279. Extremely Fine and Rare Early London Made Confederate Lemat Grapeshot Revolver

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serial #67, .42 cal. / 18 ga., 6 7/8'' octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. These early London made guns are distinctive and extremely rare with only four examples previously known, this represents the fifth and is likely the finest of all known guns. The top of the barrel is engraved ''LEMAT & GIRARD'S PATENT LONDON'' in all capital, italicized letters. The gun features the proper long mainspring which affixes to the frame at the base of the grip frame and the barrel locking pin has a single notch, unlike the French examples which have two positions. The cylinder is locked by a reciprocating pin which was only on the very earliest 1862-63 production London guns, later London guns used an improved system similar to Colt. The serial number appears on the right side of the revolver barrel, loading lever, plunger, grapeshot barrel, frame and hammer. The cylinder shows proper Birmingham proofs and is not numbered, there is a single number ''3'' directly adjacent to one of the proofs. The cylinder matches in condition perfectly, the patina matches perfect and we deem it to be original to the gun. The bottom of the grapeshot barrel shows Birmingham proofs and is marked ''18'' indicating the bore of the barrel. The barrel shows Birmingham proofs on the top left flat. The revolver barrel retains about 50% original blue finish overall with the areas bearing a pleasing smooth brown patina. The cylinder shows generous traces to perhaps 10% original blue finish with the balance showing a pleasing even brown patina with just a small patch or two of light pitting in a couple areas. The frame retains a lovely smooth gray brown paitina overall with just a little light pitting on some of the edges but with surfaces remaining very smooth overall. The two-piece checkered walnut grips rate excellent with generous traces of original finish and with checkering remaining strong and with no chips. This Lemat shows very little use with the nipples and nipple recesses showing original finish and with no pitting, the bore in the revolver barrel is extremely crisp and clean as is the smoothbore barrel. An extremely rare and extremely fine early London Lemat revolver worthy of the finest private or institutional Confederate collection. (18737-235) {ANTIQUE} [Dr. Louis C. March, Jr. Collection] (20,000/30,000.00) Sold For 14950.00

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