.42 caliber, center barrel .62 caliber smoothbore, 7" part octagonal-to-round, S/N 4. Engraved on top of the barrel Le Mats Patent in script and in a banner with fleur de lis on both ends of the banner. Engraved cylinder, trigger guard with spur, checkered walnut grips. This is one of but a very small number of the LeMat revolvers with the first type of barrel address: "LEMATS PATENT' engraved on the top barrel flat and enclosed within a scroll, rectangular cartouche. "Baguet" is stamped on the inside flat of (on the first Model LeMat sometimes stamped on one of; other times stamped on both of) the grip panels. Baguet's exact association with LeMats is vague. However, the strong conjecture is that he was the Paris stock maker whose working shop supplied the grip panels to Girard & Cie.
A copy of a letter that was originally sent by A.R. Allen, MD the first known name in line of provenance of this specific revolver to E. Berkley Bowie (a very early collector of Confederate arms, as well as a collecting contemporary of Richard D. Stewart, co-author of the book: FIREARMS OF THE CONFEDERACY ) has survived the years having been passed down the line of the owners of the gun, as well as having been retained at times in the Confederate Arms Collecting files of Richard D. Stewart. William A. Albaugh II, and Edward N. Simmons. It can be read on www.cowans.com.
R.Allen, MD 31 South Pitt St Carlisle, PA
E.B. Bowie Buena Vista Springs,PA
Dear Sir: My LeMat has the loading rod the right side and I believe its serial number is 4. I enclosed slip with rubbings 8(on?) cylinder and top of barrel. The barrel is part octagon and part round. It has five lands rather shallow. I have refused seventy-five dollars for the piece. I have been unable to hear of its counterpart anywhere. It is in A1 condition.
PS: I would be glad to have any facts you may have about the mfg of this arm.
Very Truly yours
ADAMS, Doug, THE CONFEDERATE LeMAT REVOLVER, Mowbray Publishers (2005). The upper LeMat revolver pictured on page 35; the upper LeMat revolver pictured on page 90.
ALBAUGH, William A. III, Edward N. SIMMONS; Hugh BENET, Jr. , CONFEDERATE HANDGUNS, Riling & Lentz Publishers (1963). Mentioned by serial number on pages 118 & 120.
(AUCTION OF) THE COLLECTION OF HUGH BENET, Jr., RUXTON, MD & R. L. MOORE, Jr., MD, PHILADELPHIA, MS ,"Catalog of The Conestoga Auction Co., Manheim, Pa., June 22, 2000, Lot 175, page 41.
FORGETT,Valmore J., Alain F. & Marie-Antoinette Serpette, LEMAT, THE MAN, THE GUN, Navy Arms Co. (1996), Pictured and discussed on page 54, 55, & 134.
Provenance: A.R. Allen, MD Collection (early 20th century) S.Harold Croft Collection, Henry M. Stewart Jr Collection(circa 1939) Robert L.Moore. MD Collection, M. Clifford Young Collection
Very sharp and crisp with excellent markings. Metal has some very light staining. Grips are excellent. Outstanding condition for a very early first model LeMat.