Friday, June 24, 2011
This original American Civil War ferrotype image, which shows a young sergeant clutching an interesting revolver. This pistol was made by the Savage and North Fire Arms Company and had a patent mechanism for double action fire that was to circumvent other revolver patents of the period. The Savage & North Navy Model pictured is a descendant of the even more interesting Savage & North Figure Eight revolver. About 20,000 total were produced from 1861 to about 1865. The Union purchased just over 12,000 guns, with 1,126 going to the navy and the rest to the army. I am sure there were a number of private purchases as well from the remaining stock.
Armscollectors.com has an exceptionally well photographed specimen revolver with complete disassembly for your perusal along with superb notes and explanations.