Premier Firearms Auction
May 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2022
Our first premier auction of 2022! This event hosts collections from across the country and brings them under one roof for an amazing multi-day auction!
This is an incredible opportunity to add rare and desirable firearms & militaria to your collection.
OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE LEMAT SECOND MODEL GRAPESHOT REVOLVER.
Cal. 42/18 Ga.
Bbl. 6 3/4″ octagon above a 5 7/8″ round bbl. beneath. Upper bbl. is used with the 9 shot cylinder to fire 42 cal. ammo. Top flat of bbl. is marked with a panel that reads, “Systeme Le Mat Bte s.g.d.g. Paris”. The right flat of the bbl. is marked “1952” with the star over “LM” proof. All numbered parts of this fine pistol match completely. Lower bbl. is used for firing a single charge of buckshot. 9 Shot revolving cylinder, with associated loading lever, on left side of bbl. The hammer is fitted with a pivoting striker to accommodate the 9 cylinder nipples along with a single nipple at the top of the frame to fire the buckshot bbl. 2 Piece, fine checkered walnut grips with lanyard loop at the buttcap.
Dr. Jean Alexandre Francois Lemat from New Orleans, LA, patented this type of revolver in 1856. He was originally business partners with P.G.T. Beauregard, who was to become one of the most famous Confederate generals of the war. The LeMat revolver was made from 1856-1865 with a total quantity produced of less than 2,900 examples. At the outbreak of the Civil War, it quickly became the most favored sidearm of many high ranking Confederate officers & officials. Captured examples were coveted & prized by Union officers as well.