Martially Marked Massachusetts Arms Adams Patent Navy Model Revolver, c. 1858, steel cylinder marked serial number 8 and a lightly stamped T, and an A near the nipple, blued-steel frame marked ADAMS.PATLNT/MAY 3D 1853 with an A near the grip, right side of frame marked PATENT/JUNE 3, 1856, topstrap lightly and doubly marked MANUFACTURED BY/MASS. ARMS CO./CHICOPEE FALLS., side of loading lever marked KERR'S PATENT/APRIL 14, 1857 with a very lightly stamped T nearby, checkered walnut grips with a cartouche on each side, barrel lg. 6, overall lg. 12 5/8 in.
Provenance: Through family descent to the consignor, owned by 1st Lieutenant Melvin S. Smith, Company E, 13th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
Steel parts look to have a coating of linseed oil which could be carefully cleaned off revealing more bluing, some plum colored parts, hammer has a small nick missing from the upper right, walnut grips in good condition with visible cartouche marks.
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