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Scarce 1st Model Confederate Griswold Revolver
This is scarcer 1st model Griswold revolver in standard configuration with raised round barrel housing and 7.5″ round barrel, serial number “1121” is found stamped on right side of cylinder and bottom of frame, trigger guard and barrel. Secondary number “11” is found on loading arm, hammer and triggerguard. Wedge is unnumbered replacement.
Early first models usually don’t have Roman numerals such as this example which has five punch dots instead found on frame, trigger guard, & backstrap. Cryptic backwards “E” is stamped on back of cylinder, frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Original wood grips have “H” carved on right side near frame. The butt strap appears to have had a name but has been filed off starting with the capital “H”.
This revolver tells part of the story of Confederate manufacturer, casting flaws are quite evident in the brass, twisted iron used for the cylinder instead of unavailable steel is easily observed. All in all, this is an attractive original and authentic Griswold properly marked throughout.