IDENTIFIED REMINGTON NEW MODEL 1858 REVOLVER WITH MISMATCHED SERIAL NUMBERS

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Item Code: 490-1683

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All the metal surfaces of this revolver are a gunmetal gray except for the brass trigger guard and wood grips.

Octagon barrel has light surface pitting throughout with a worn but somewhat readable maker’s mark. Cone front sight is mortised into the barrel at the muzzle. Underside of the barrel carries serial #43438.

The loading lever works properly with an operating latch.

The six-shot cylinder shows light wear with all original nipples present and in good condition. Action works well and indexes properly.

Frame screwheads show light wear. Brass trigger guard shows some minor scratches from rubbing.

Wood grips are slightly worn but still show a faint cartouche on the left side. Cylinder and grip frame bear serial #39490.

Research shows that Remington revolver #43438 was issued to Private Joseph W. Burnett of Company I, 5th Illinois Cavalry. Burnett enlisted on December 29, 1863 and died at Vicksburg, Mississippi on October 14, 1864 and is buried in Vicksburg National Cemetery.

Research done by the former owner of this item finds that Remington revolver #39490 was issued to Private Philo N. Chapel also of Company I, 5th Illinois Cavalry. He enlisted on February 29, 1864 and was mustered out on October 27, 1865. Chapel’s findagrave.com listing has a photo of him in old age and states that he became a Corporal and “flag holder.”

Most likely Burnett’s revolver was turned in when he went to the hospital. Sometime later when Private Chapel’s revolver needed repairs, Burnett’s unused Remington was cannibalized for parts.

The 5th Illinois Cavalry was raised in August of 1861 and took part in 21 skirmishes in Arkansas and Mississippi and were mustered out at the end of the war.

The previous owner has produced a small brass tag on which he has stamped both soldier’s names and regiment. This along with a similar inventory tag is still attached to the trigger guard but can be easily removed if desired.  [ad]

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