.36 caliber, 7" octagonal barrel, S/N 1076. Silver-flashed rounded brass frame, blued twisted iron cylinder and loading lever, steel barrel. Hammer was case colored or case hardened with finish. Bright blued trigger. Coral colored gutta percha grips with silver reinforcement to the back of the grips. No markings. Serial numbers on the bottom of barrel near the frame, top flat of loading lever, bottom of the brass frame. Also penciled on the reverse of the grip.
The complete history of the Spiller and Burr revolver remains to be written. The company was first located in Richmond, Va. Production actually began when the firm moved to Atlanta, Georga in the spring of 1862, where a total of about 742 revolvers were manufactured. At the purchase of the company by the Confederate Government in January, 1864, the company moved again, this time to Macon, Georgia. About 689 Spiller and Burr's were apparently made at the Macon Armory.
Serial number 1076 is an outstanding example of the so-called "rounded frame Spiller and Burr with gutta percha grips." Three of these are known to exist, two of which were owned by Cliff Young. While Cliff retained extensive notes for each firearm in his collection, we could find no indication from whom or when he acquired this Spiller and Burr.
THE TEXAS GUN COLLECTOR, February 1955.
Gary, William, CONFEDERATE REVOLVERS, K8 Communications, Taylor Publications, Dallas, Texas (1987). This specific revolver is pictured on page 35.
American Society of Arms Collectors (ASAC) BULLETIN Number 96, (September, 2007), "Gutta-Percha, Hard Rubber and Synthetics in Firearms" by James Hardman; the grips on this specific revolver are pictured on page 96/29, figure 51.
Barrel retains most of the bright original blue finish. Some wear around the muzzle. Loading lever has all of the original blue finish. Cylinder retains most of the blue finish with some wear around the front. Hammer and trigger still retain most of the original blue finish. Frame has a nice patina. Grips are excellent.