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Original U.S. Civil War Bacon MFG. Co. 2nd Model .31cal Percussion Revolver Serial 1148 - Circa 1860

Regular price $995.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Here is a very cute .31 caliber percussion revolver with a fluted five shot cylinder made by the Bacon Manufacturing Company. Thomas K. Bacon had been a gunsmith working with the Manhattan Firearms Manufacturing, and then left to found his own company Company and established the Bacon Manufacturing Company in Norwich, Connecticut. The first pistol that they marketed was the fully engraved .31cal "Excelsior" model pistol, with a round cylinder and barrel. Shortly after that model came Bacon's "2nd Model", which is the only version to have the fluted cylinder, like this example has. They were available in 4, 6, and 8 inch barrel lengths.

This find example has the standard standard BACON MFG. CO. NORWICH CONN. marking on the top of the 4 inch barrel, and is 8 1/2 inches in overall length. The frame is decoratively engraved on both sides, which is still quite clear. The revolver bears serial number 1148 on the Grip frame, Cylinder, Loading Rammer, Barrel, Barrel wedge, and even on the retainer for the loading rammer.

These revolvers were great favorites with Union Officers, who purchased these as a personal second revolver to take into battle. They were easily concealed and most effective, giving the officer an additional 5 shots when needed.

The action works quite nicely, but can be slightly stiff and finicky after 150 plus years in storage. The barrel shows clear rifling, but also some wear and oxidation. Nice old finish, the blue turning to plum brown. A great Civil War Private Purchase revolver, ready to display!

Specifications: 

Year of Manufacture: circa 1860
Caliber:  .31cal
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 8 3/4 inches
Action: Single Only
Feed System: 5 Shot Revolver

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