Original U.S. Civil War Manhattan Navy Revolver Made in 1861

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example is .36 caliber with a 5" barrel. It is in tight functional condition with cylinder engraving still visible showing a Naval scene. Serial number 16974 denotes the year manufacture of 1861. A very popular percussion revolver carried by many Union Officers.

This example comes with the original heavily pitted Manhattan Firearms Company marked .36 caliber bullet mold. Currently it is contained together with a quantity of lead balls and bullets in 36 caliber in a red velvet lined wooden case and looks to have been stored in this for a great period of time. However, this custom case is not original to the revolver. An very interesting Union Civil War Officer 1861 revolver together with the correct marked bullet mold in an aftermarket wood case.

The Manhattan Fire Arms Manufacturing Co. was founded by a group of New Jersey businessmen in 1856. Their goal was to take advantage of Colt’s patent for revolving firearms that was due to expire in 1857. Manufacturing began in Norwich, Connecticut and in 1859 moved to Newark, New Jersey. During their existence, Manhattan Firearms produced approximately 175,000 pistols. Only Colt, Remington, and Winchester produced more guns during this era in which included the Civil War.

While waiting for Colt’s patent to expire, Manhattan first made copies of American firearms that no longer had patent protection. These included pepperboxes and various single-shot designs. Shortly thereafter, they turned their attention to making Colt-style revolvers in both the .31 caliber Pocket and .36 caliber Navy styles. Manhattan patented an extra set of cylinder safety notches on these models. Manhattans can be easily identified by the many notches on their cylinders.

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