Original U.S. Civil War Savage 1861 Navy Model .36 Caliber Percussion Revolver - Serial No 10316
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of the Savage Navy Model, a six shot .36 caliber revolver, 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 one of the better examples we have seen, and was manufactured in mid 1862, just over 1/2 of the way through the total production. It bears matching serial number 10316, which is stamped on the inside frame beneath the original wood grips, and on the back of the cylinder. The bottom of the barrel under the loading rammer has some oxidation, so unfortunately the serial number there is unclear.
Overall the pistol is in very good condition with some light peppering on the exterior, but no major pitting or scaling. The revolver cycles correctly both for cocking and firing, but as with any revolver of this age and type, it can be finicky at times. The bore is in good condition, with clear lands and grooves, and an oxidized bore with some areas of past pitting.
The upper frame stamping is still fully legible, definitely a rarity, and it reads:
SAVAGE R.F.A CO MIDDLETOWN. CT
H.S. NORTH PATENTED JUNE 17 1856
JANUARY 19 1859 MAY 15 1860
The original grips are also in good shape, without a repairs, cracks, or major dents. They have a lovely worn look with a great color and grain pattern. There is some light denting and wear on the bottom of the grips.
These are always hard to find in this very good condition with matching numbers and intact markings, now is your chance! Ready to add to your civil war collection and display!
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.
Year of Manufacture: c.1862
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 7 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Action: Single Action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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