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Original U.S. Civil War Era Percussion Prototype Revolver Marked- D.C Hodgkins & Son, Macon, GA.

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Original Item: Only One Available. This extremely rare previously unknown, perhaps prototype, pistol is a subject on episode two of our television show FAMILY GUNS on the National Geographic Channel (watch the segment below). Based on our research and opinions of other industry experts, this most unusual uniquely designed percussion revolver has not been previously encountered. Circa 1860, this revolver bears the name "D.C.Hodgkins & Sons, Macon, Ga." on the top strap.

Hodgkins was a pre Civil War Importer and Manufacturer of small arms that was absorbed by the Georgia State government at the outbreak of war in 1861 that became to be known as the "Georgia State Arsenal ". The actual origin of this revolver is unknown as it bears no proof marks or any other markings whatsoever.

The revolver actually turned up in 2003 in the Palace Armory of Lagan Silikana in Kathmandu, Nepal but was initially overlooked with regard to the markings which have since fueled the possible argument that all the Sharps type Rifles and Carbines that were also discovered in Nepal were in fact unfinished Confederate made weapons from the Georgia State Arsenal (Hodgins & Sons) where Sharps copies were known to have been manufactured towards the close of the U.S. Civil War.

The speculation was that whatever remained in the Armory at war's end was purchased and shipped, no doubt by a carpet bagger, to an emerging overseas market, like Culcutta, India where a Nepalese buying agent purchased the entire consignment delivering the total to the Nepalese National Armory of Nakku in Kathmandu.

This unusual handgun, most likely a one-of-a-kind prototype is the only connection between Nepal and the Georgia State Arsenal.

A highly important and rare percussion revolver with connections to the Confederacy that may be the missing link in the long mystery of the real origin of the Sharps type Rifles and Carbines found in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Watch this pistol being fired on our television program FAMILY GUNS on the National Geographic Channel.

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