Authentic Antique Arms | Revolvers

Allen & Wheelock Centre Hammer Revolver c 1861

This is a large and unusual American Civil War era single action six shot percussion revolver manufactured around 1861 by Allen & Wheelock of Worcester, Massachusetts.
The half octagonal to round barrel with brass front sight measures 7 ½ inches and is lightly stamped two lines ‘ALLEN & WHEELOCK. WORCESTER. MASS. U.S. / ALLEN’S PT’S. JAN 13. 1857. DEC 15. 1857 SEPT 7. 1858.’ The revolver itself measures about 13 inches.
The most unusual feature of this revolver is the unique ratchet loading leaver that forms the trigger guard.
The number ‘117’ is found on various parts of the revolver, such as the loading leaver, the frame under the grips and the rear of the cylinder. This is probably not a serial number but more likely a batch or assembly number as some duplicates numbers have been found. The total production for this model was probably around 2,000 – 3,000.
Overall the revolver is in good condition with some pin pricking and a few spots of slightly deeper corrosion. The grips are in a good condition with much original varnish.
While strong the action is a fault with no full cock. Also the cylinder pin is a very well made and accurate replacement and the small pin retaining spring is broken. An original cylinder pin would be numbered.
It is known that the US Federal Government purchased 536 of these revolvers on the open civilian market in 1861 and subsequently none have any inspection marks. Nearly all of these were issued to the 2nd and 3rd Michigan Volunteer Cavalry regiments.
A rare and unique American Civil War era revolver not often seen outside the USA.
Sold as a collector item only.
Please be aware that there are licensing requirements for this item in some jurisdictions.
Price includes postage within Australia, lay buy available.

Stock No. R35P

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