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SN 1286. 36 Cal. This is a nice example of an orig and authentic Leech & Rigdon maker marked revolver. This gun appears “as found” orig and complete in every regard having a much better and discernible than average bbl marking. The firm of Leech & Rigdon started business in Memphis, TN and being chased by advancing Union forces, moved their operations to Columbus, Miss. where pistol production began, and then to Georgia where this gun was made. This gun is marked “LEECH & RIGDON CSA” on top flat of half-oct bbl housing. Matching SNs are found on bbl, loading arm, cylinder, frame, trigger guard, wedge, arbor, backstrap and bbl catch. Stocks appear orig though there is no discernible internal SN. This gun has all features consistent with this model including a cryptic mark found on the front right web of trigger bow and in this example cryptic is 4-dots in a square. Gun was made with no safety pins, solid hammer face with no slots, ball and pin loading arm type. There is no cap release groove in recoil shield. These features are typical and consistent to these Georgia made Confederate revolvers. The “CSA” marking on bbl is consistent with this gun being part of Confederate Government order that ends in the 1500 serial range. There are two wonderful articles detailing the history of Leech & Rigdon revolvers published by the American Society of Arms Collectors in their journals by Ted Meredith originally and updated by Kent Wall. Copies of these articles will be included. These articles add to the primary research published by William Albaugh and William Gary in their texts on Confederate handguns. PROVENANCE: Collection of Bob King, Atlanta, GA. CONDITION: This gun has overall plum/brown patina to iron and dark mustard patina to brass. There are numerous small dings, dents and bruises to surfaces of this gun with pitting. This gun appears never to have been cleaned with the tiniest traces of orig blue finish found in protected areas. SNs and bbl marking are all easily discerned though there are significant dents and dings on bottom of buttstrap where gun was apparently used as a hammer but SN is still mostly discernible as you can see in photos among the many small dents and dings. There are two dents in the “RIGDON” portion of address but address is still discernible and actually among the best marks that can be found on these guns. Gun appears all orig with exception of front screw in trigger guard and pivot screw which are excellent restorations. Left stock has a 3″ x 1/4″ repair to back toe extending along grip strap. Repair is well matched and difficult to ascertain as can be seen in photos. Stocks also have chips at inside toes and on edges as can be seen in photos. Stocks have shrunk slightly and have a poor fit with small gap at frame that can be seen in photos. Mechanically gun will not index properly and bore retains crisp, discernible rifling with pitting. 4-54403 JS210 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3272

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2014
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