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
FINE EARLY GOVERNMENT CONTRACTED GREENSBORO GEORGIA MADE LEECH & RIGDON CONFEDERATE REVOLVER, SN 507 WITH HOLSTER
inv # 01-19412
This is a fine 100% original, authentic and complete “LEECH & RIGDON CSA” marked Confederate revolver. This manufacturer had a colorful history starting their manufacturing operations in Memphis, Tennessee, being chased by advancing Union troops moving first to Columbus, Mississippi & then to Greensboro, Georgia, where this gun was made in 1863. Leech & Rigdon had a contract w/ the Confederate Government for the manufacture of 1500 revolvers at Greensboro, they only completed about 1000 of that contract, serial numbers about 500-1500. “Records from the Augusta Arsenal indicate that from September of 1863 to March of 1864, some 903 revolvers were received from Leech & Rigdon, 814 of which were issued. SN 507, was no doubt, one of the 814 issued”. This gun is well above average for Confederate primary revolver, w/ matching serial numbers throughout and especially crisp maker’s mark and “CSA” surcharge as seen in photos. Inspection marks “N” stamped on both sides of trigger bow, “*” stamped on left rear of trigger guard. Accompanied by well fit Confederate military-style flap holster.
PROVENANCE: J. W. Bates collection 1950; Tom Keilman auction of Joe. W. Bates collection, lot 154 Austin, TX, November 1, 1975; Bob Owens collection, Cypress, TX; Buddy Bass 1987; estate collection of John Evasius 2000