FINE & RARE SOUTH CAROLINA INSPECTED CONFEDERATE LEECH & RIGDON REVOLVER
Manufactured in late 1863, one of 1000 revolvers made at Greensboro GA under Confederate contract and one of 300 with South Carolina inspection stamped “S. C.”. SC marked revolvers are only known in serial range 1000-1300 (lowest survivor 1007 and highest 1290). Revolver is in standard configuration 7.5″ half octagonal to round barrel with brass pin front sight “LEECH & RIGDON CSA” on top flat. “N” inspector stamped both sides front trigger bow. S# observed on every part normally numbered including latch, wedge, arbor, factory mis-transcribed S# 3031 on frame and barrel. Penciled S# observed on grip backstrap channel. This is only example in database with a factory mis-transcribed serial number.
Revolver is especially sharp, showing little wear, superior “LEECH & RIGDON” and “CSA” barrel markings. Grips have 5 cut slashes on left side, possible kills in battle? This is a very crisp revolver that probably saw service in the South Carolina Cavalry that has survived in beautiful condition.