20 gauge, 23.5" octagonal-to-hexadecagonal-to-round barrel with beaded baluster turned rings the transition to round, no S/N. Blued finish, smooth walnut stock with shotgun butt. 6-shot cylinder. Top flat of barrel stamped: H.S. NORTH, MIDDLETOWN, CONN in two different gang stamps. Angled flats stamped CAST-STEEL and PATENTED JUNE 12, 1852. The only visible "serial number" is stamped on the right wrist of the stock, which is the US Cartridge Company collection number 1391. No serial numbers are present in the usual expected places on the exterior and further disassembly was not performed due to the delicate and complicated nature of the mechanism. Bead front sight. Rather than the attached loading lever found on the rifles, the shotguns had a removable tamper in the same location, as does this example. Shotgun is period engraved on the frame, flash guard, upper and lower tangs, buttplate tang and loading tamper with flowing foliate scrolls, with a game scene in the center of the flash guard of a leaping stag. The hammer and many of the screw heads are engraved as well. Only about 600 of the North and Savage revolving long arms, based on the North and Skinner 1852 patent, were produced ca1856-1859; with shotgun production only a small part of that. Like the later and more numerous Savage "Navy" revolvers, the most intriguing feature of the mechanism was the gas seal system that reduced gas leakage from the cylinder gap. Engraved examples of the North and Savage long arms are extremely scarce and this is a lovely example of an early American repeating shotgun.
Very good. Retains some traces of brown on the barrel with scatted light surface oxidation and some flecked surface roughness along the left side of the barrel. Frame and mounts with a steel gray patina and some age discoloration. Markings remain clear, engraving crisp. Mechanically functional, good bore. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and surface mars.