64. Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver Issued to 1st Sgt. Cyrus North 6th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry

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serial #64884, .44 cal, 8" octagon barrel with a dark oxidized bore still showing some evident rifling. The metal surfaces of this revolver are an overall plum-brown patina with freckling and light to moderate pitting throughout. The triggerguard is a nice untouched dark ocher patina with a couple scattered small dings. The smooth walnut grips have dried out considerably showing a number of small cracks, some warping and light chipping. The barrel and triggerguard are matching the frame and there is no discernable number on the cylinder. The mechanism still functions surprisingly well with good lockup and timing just a little off. The consignor's notes state that this revolver was a barn find and it certainly looks the part. Included is a Springfield Research Service letter stating that this revolver was issued to 1st Sergeant Cyrus North of Co. F, 6th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry on February 2, 1865. Sgt. North initially enrolled in the 6th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry on September 10, 1862 and was eventually promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on July 10, 1865 before transferring to the 1st Michigan Veterans Volunteer Cavalry on October 2, 1865. The letter goes on to note that the 6th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry was initially part of the defensive forces of Washington, D.C. but later went on to serve in numerous campaigns and battles including the Battle of Gettysburg, commanded by General George Armstrong Custer at the time, and was present at Lee's surrender at Appomattox. The 6th Cavalry was eventually consolidated into the 1st Michigan Volunteer Cavalry on November 7, 1865. Although quite well-worn, this revolver remains a wonderful little piece of history. (138706-17) {ANTIQUE} (1000/1500) SOLD FOR $1,610.00

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