Original U.S. Civil War Savage 1861 Navy Model .36 Caliber Percussion Revolver - Serial No 12312
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of the Savage Navy Model, a six shot .36 caliber revolver, was 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 a very nice example, manufactured in early 1862, around the middle of total production. It bears serial number 12312, which is stamped on the underside of barrel and on the inside frame beneath the original wood grips. The serial marking on the cylinder is obscured by powder burn, and cannot be read.
Overall the pistol is in good condition with traces of past pitting, functions nicely and is completely original. The cylinder and chambers are crisp and all 6 cap nipples are intact, which is rare for this style revolver, as the hammer tension is strong. The action however is somewhat finicky, as expected on any revolver of this age. The barrel has worn lands and grooves, with a dull finish. There also is some cracking at the chamber end.
The upper frame stamping reads (partly faded but legible)-
SAVAGE R.F.A CO MIDDLETOWN. CT
H.S. NORTH PATENTED JUNE 17 1856
JANUARY 19 1859 MAY 15 1860
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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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