.36 caliber, 7.5" octagonal-to-round barrel, S/N 2258, "CSA" is stamped in the normal location on the top flat of the barrel housing reading from the muzzle to the breech of the barrel; the cryptic letter "W" is stamped on both sides of the trigger guard assembly above and the rear of the trigger guard bow; the fully serialized barrel wedge is the non-spring type generally found on the late Rigdon-Ansley revolvers above circa serial number 2150. PROVENANCE
Andy Palmer, "The Military Inn,"Collection
M. Clifford Young Collection
"GUNS" Magazine, March, 1956, "Arsenal In A Tavern," by Harvey Brandt, pages 21-25, and pages 48-49. This specific Rigdon-Ansley revolver is pictured on page 24.
"AUCTION OF ANTIQUE FIREARMS FROM THE ANDY PALMER GUN COLLECTION," Catalog of The C. B. Charles Auction Galleries, (Pontiac, Michigan), October 12-14, 1972, Lot 87, page 14.
Barrel has a grey look with some staining and some traces of original blue finish. Very sharp edges. Loading lever with a mottled grey look. Frame has a grey look with sharp and crisp edges. Cylinder with a grey look. Hammer is dark with some traces of case color. Brass backstrap and trigger guard with a nice untouched look. Grips are excellent with maybe post-war silver inlays of silver shield, five-pointed star and a ribbon. All numbers match. Overall this an excellent Rigdon & Ansley.