Premier Firearms Auction
May 12, 13, 14, & 15, 2023
FINE CONFEDERATE RIGDON & ANSLEY REVOLVER.
The earliest Rigdon & Ansley revolvers were made early 1864 at Augusta, Georgia at end of Leech & Rigdon contracts. Serial numbers for Rigdon & Ansley’s start about 1500 & about the 1st 200 are marked “AUGUSTA GA CSA”. The lowest known revolver marked is 1512 and the highest is 1689. This revolver has inspection cartouche of confederate government. Wescom Hudgins who inspected early 1864 in Augusta and Athens.
The serial number “1518” is observed on all parts normally numbered: barrel, cylinder, frame, loading arm, wedge, loading lever catch, arbor, trigger guard, backstrap and penciled on grip in backstrap mortise. There is small factory inspection mark “W” on trigger guard bow.
This is a superior condition Confederate revolver with long elite collection history.
COLLECTION HISTORY: Herb Rosenthal, Tom Wibberly, Ron Bridges, William Albaugh, Johnny Mac Nickles, Ted Meredith, Dr. Joseph Murphy, pictured in American Society of Arms bulletin, #76, 1997, page 81.
PROVENANCE: Cullen Smith estate collection.