an1738aA scarce .36” E. WHITNEY 2nd Model, 5th Type Navy percussion revolver.


A scarce .36” E. WHITNEY 2nd Model, 5th Type Navy percussion revolver. Solid Whitney frame with sight groove to the top strap and loading lever / arbour pin release nut to the right side is struck with an O factory inspection stamp. Brass trigger guard to the underside and two piece walnut grips with spurred hammer. Six shot cylinder with locking notches to the rear has feint roll engraved cylinder scene of the normal Eagle, Lion and Naval Engagement with Shield. These were very lightly rolled on the Whitney’s and hard to see, and this is typical with the scene being viewable in parts under a glass. Octagonal 7 ½” barrel with rammer to the underside is rifled with seven deep grooves and is roll engraved to the top flat E. WHITNEY N HAVEN. The Whitney was one of the first practical solid frame revolvers, manufactured after Colt’s master patents expired in 1857 it was a stronger design than Colts Navy and saw some service during the Civil war. About half the 34000 pistols made went to the military with the remainder like this being sold to the civil market where they saw wide use across the States, particularly in the west where the strong accurate design was popular with ranchers and cowboys etc. Today few are seen on the market. In good condition with very good progressive rifled bore, good mechanics with tight lock up and much blue finish to the metal work turning brown / grey with age. A good and scarce example of one of the first of the reliable solid frame percussion revolvers made by one of the biggest US arms manufacturers of the time.

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Fultons Building, 
Bisley Camp, 
Surrey         GU24 0NZ

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