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Rare Pettingill Army Revolver with holster
Item #: tb170 / 426
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A very rare example, serial number 3196, of the Pettingill Army Revolver with what appears to be the original holster. The holster is probably as rare as the revolver and I believe this is the first one I have ever encountered. Total production was around 3400 total beginning in the early 1860's. According to the late Norm Flayderman 500 of that production were issued the the 3rd Michigan Cavalry. These arms were manufactured by Rogers, Spencer & Company for Pettingill and were unique for the time because it utilized a hammerless action. My research indicates that a number were also issued to the 1st Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry beginning in April 1863 with serial number 3244, 48 numbers away from this particular example.
Overall this firearm retains a deep brown dark patina on all the metal parts with all matching serial numbers. The firm name stamping is somewhat light but present. The mechanical action functions properly without any issues. Minor surface pitting is visible on the top strap above the cylinder and on the backstrap from the soldiers perspiration. The wooden grips show quite a bit of wear and have a chip as shown in my photos.

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