Premier Firearms Auction
May 12, 13 & 14, 2023
LEMAT SECOND MODEL 2 BARREL CIVIL WAR ERA “GRAPE SHOT” REVOLVER.
Cal. 42 / 63
This iconic revolver was designed by southerner Dr. Jean Alexandre Francois LeMat of New Orleans. These rare revolvers were known to be a favorite of many high ranking Confederate officers. Total quantities believed to be less than 2,900 including production in Liege Belgium, Paris France & Birmingham England. This revolver has crown over “GP” London definitive blackpowder proofs & crown over “V” London view marks. Bbls. 6 1/2″ oct. over 5″ rnd. 63 cal. buckshot bbl. Top flat is marked “SYSTme LEMAT Btf S.C.D.G. PARIS”. Right flat is marked w/ star over “LM” following the S#. Left side of both bbls & 9 shot rnd. cyl. have British proofs. Left side of bbl. & frame have matching S#’s. Center mounted hammer has rotating bbl. selector. Left side of frame & bbl. hold attached loading lever. 2 Piece checkered walnut grips w/ lanyard ring at butt.
CONDITION: bbls. & cyl. retain 25% lightly faded blue blending w/ areas of brown patina & scattered spots of very light corrosion. Frame, hammer, trigger guard & grip straps have faded to gray showing scattered dark spots. Grips & checkering show light wear & handling marks. Sound mechanics. 42 Cal. bbl. retains sound rifling showing scattered light pitting. Smoothbore bbl. shows scattered light pitting. (01-21227/DS). ANTIQUE. $17,500-25,000.