RARE U.S. ARMY MODEL 1861 PERCUSSION SIGNAL PISTOL

$1,250.00 SOLD

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Item Code: 1000-472

This is one of an estimated 500 Army Model 1861 Signal Pistols manufactured by William Marston of New York. The two-piece body of the pistol is of cast brass. The hammer, trigger and internal parts are iron. It is made up of two halves that are held together with two screws.

This pistol used the Coston Light System which did not propel the flare into the air. The flare burned while affixed to the pistol, which acted as the igniter and receptacle for it.

On the underside, "U.S. ARMY SIGNAL PISTOL/A.J.M 1861" is stamped ahead of the trigger and the serial number "66" is stamped near the iron clip that secured the flare in the muzzle.

This is an excavated relic and shows appropriate patina on brass and iron parts. This specimen also features an interesting field repair. One of the brass frame halves cracked and was repaired by reinforcing with a fitted piece of sheet iron. This patch is secured by two iron rivets. Potentially a southern repair since getting a replacement was much less likely than for a northern signalman.

This is a very interesting relic from the Civil War signal service.  [jet]

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