FALL 2021 PREMIER FIREARMS & MILITARIA AUCTION
AUCTION DATES: November 5, 6 & 7, 2021
PREVIEW: November 3 & 4: 9 am - 5 pm; Opening at 8 AM Days of Auction, Early Preview Available By Appointment
CONFEDERATE 2ND MODEL GRISWOLD REVOLVER, EX-BILL GARY COLLECTION.
Bill Gary’s accompanying inventory card reads “Everything original excellent condition”. This is a very attractive published example w/ long collection history & provenance. Classic Confederate brass framed Colt made by Sam Griswold in his converted cotton gin factory at Griswoldville, Georgia. Griswold was largest manufacturer of revolvers in the Confederacy. Only about 7500 revolvers were made by the Southern manufacturers, & Griswold production accounted for almost half. His classic brass framed navies utilizing twisted iron instead of steel & are the most popular of Confederate revolvers. Of the approximate 350 survivors, a very small percentage are all original. Griswold revolvers in addition to serial numbers have secondary numbers (61), cryptic markings (backwards J), & Roman numerals (XXXIII) found on specific parts. These marks are found on specific locations internally, & secondary numbers also found externally on wedge & loading arm. This revolver has matching markings on every part where it should be found. If you are waiting for that perfect Griswold, this is your opportunity.
PROVENANCE: Theodore Dexter, about 1935; Jackson Arms Catalog #12, (November, 1955); Romaine Fielding, Los Angeles, CA, 1957; Marvin Hoffman, Museum of Historical Arms, Miami, FL, March, 1981; Bill Gary collection ~1990; Pictured page 288, “COLT BREVETE REVOLVERS” 2011, by Marcot/Paxton 2011; Auction of Gary estate June, 2014; Collection of historical author.