.36 caliber, 6.875" octagonal barrel, S/N 4. Blued finish, smooth walnut grips. Ring trigger cocking, gas seal, 6-shot percussion revolver. Topstrap marked in two lines: E. SAVAGE MIDDLETOWN, CT. / H.S. NORTH PATENTED JUNE 17th 1856. Left side of loading lever marked in two lines with H.S. NORTH PATENTED / APRIL 6, 1858. Serial number found only on top of creeping loading lever, not on frame under grips, cylinder was not removed. The scarce final variant of the innovative gas seal Savage and North "Figure-8" revolver, only about 50 of this particular variant with the flat iron frame and rounded recoil shield were produced during the latter part of the 1850s. A scarce gun for the American percussion revolver collector, particularly one that concentrates on the guns of Middletown, CT or the production of either HS North or the later Savage Revolving Firearms Company, which would produce a much more successful and refined version of the gun during the Civil War period.
Good. Retains no finish with a mottled and oxidized brownish gray patina. Markings partly legible. Mechanically functional, mainspring repaired, some percussion cones battered. Loading lever missing the two tiny tension screws that keep it from wandering in the mortise when it is operated, leading to easy removal or misalignment. Bore good with moderate oxidation and some pitting. Grips about good, sanded and refinished with scattered bumps and dings and a couple of chips missing.