Original U.S. Civil War Pettengill "Self-Cocking" Hammerless Army .44cal Percussion Revolver - serial 3247

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. These are very rare! C. S. Pettengill of New Haven, CT was granted U.S. Patent 15,388 on July 22, 1856, which was for this "Self-Cocking" design. The design was then improved by Edward A. Raymond and Charles Robotaille of Brooklyn, NY, who were granted U.S. Patent 21,054 on July 27, 1858. Production was then started in 1858 at the Rogers and Spencer production plant, being overseen by HENRY S. ROGERS himself. The first model to be produced were the .31 Caliber Pocket Model and the .34 Caliber Navy Model.

In 1862 Henry S. Rogers of Willow Vale, NY, was granted U.S. Patent 36,861 on November 4, 1862, which was used for the new .44 Caliber Army Model. The U.S. government placed an initial order for 5,000 Units at $ 20.00. per piece, hoping to quickly arm for the Civil War. Unfortunately the Army testing facility found that the powder fouling was so severe that they wanted to cancel the entire order. In fact a compromise was reached with the order being cut to 3,400 units only. By the end of 1863 all of the .44 caliber Army Revolvers had been replaced with Colt 1860 Revolvers.

Here we have a typical .44 cal Army model, marked with serial number serial number 3247 on the cylinder and the bottom of the grip frame. The revolver features the standard internal hammer and a cylinder in .44 caliber with 6 shots. The barrel is 7 1/2 " long Overall 14" in length. The left wood grip still shows the ghost of the U.S. Inspector's cartouche.

The top cylinder strap is marked:


While the bottom is marked:


This appears to be of the last delivered to the Army,being #3247 of 3,400, which would production right in early 1863. Interestingly the ram rod assembly, located under the barrel similar to the Civil War Colt and Remington Revolvers, has been removed and is now absent however the front catch is still present. Possibly quite easily replaced.

In Full working Order and in good condition, this was the ONLY Hammerless design available during the Civil War, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1863
Caliber: .44cal
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 7 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Action: Double Action Only
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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