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Original U.S. Civil War Savage 1861 Navy Model .36 Caliber Percussion Revolver - Serial 4762

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Item Description

Original Item. Only One Available. This is a stunning service-worn example of the Savage Navy Model, a six shot .36 caliber revolver, which was made from 1861 until 1862 with a total production of only 20,000 guns. This unique military revolver was one of the few handguns that was produced only for Civil War use. Its design was based on the antebellum Savage-North "figure eight" revolver. The Savage Navy had a unique way of cocking the hammer. The shooter used his middle finger to draw back the "figure 8" lever and then released it forward to cock the hammer and rotate the cylinder.

This is a stellar early produced example almost certainly manufactured in 1861. It bears the serial number 4762, which is marked on the underside of the barrel, the interior frame under the grips, and the rear of the cylinder. We cannot find a serial number in any other spots due to heavy wear, and the grips are not matching, so we are not calling this an all matching example. It is very well marked with a mottled finish overall.
The grips are heavily worn as shown, with one side missing a small corner from wear. It also appears that some of the percussion cap “nipples” on the cylinder have been replaced at some point, likely wartime. The revolver has no functional deficiencies and works as intended. The figure 8 trigger still cycles the cylinder very well, the ram rod still functions well, and the bore is in great shape for its age.

The upper frame stamping is still crisp and reads-

JANUARY 19 1859 MAY 15 1860

These are always hard to find, especially in this very good condition, now is your chance! Ready to add to your civil war collection and display!

Year of Manufacture: c.1861
Caliber: .36cal
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 7 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Action: Single Action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

History of the Savage 1861 Model .36 Cal-

The Union purchased just fewer than 12,000 of these initially at $19.00 apiece for use by its cavalry units. Savage Navy revolvers were issued to the 1st and 2nd Wisconsin U.S. Volunteer Cavalry regiments, and 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry while the State of Missouri issued 292 Savage revolvers to its Missouri Enrolled Militia units.

The remaining revolvers were purchased by private means and shipped to the Confederacy for use with the 34th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Nighthawks), the 35th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry (White's Rebels), 11th Texas Cavalry, 7th Virginia Cavalry (Ashby's Cavalry), and 7th Missouri Cavalry. The United States Navy also made a small purchase of 800 Savages during 1861 for use on its ships.

The Savage-North revolver is a direct descendant of the Savage & North Figure 8 Model Revolver and the Alsop revolver sharing many similarities with both arms. Alsop was also located in Middletown, CT. and three members of the Alsop family served on the Savage Revolving Firearms Company board of directors. Therefore, the relationship between the two companies and the two weapons was more than coincidental.

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