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A rare John Walch 12-Shot Civil War era Navy Model Revolver; image credit on full record.
Cylinder detail and marks on the Walch 12-Shot Navy Model Revolver; image credit on full record.
Cylinder detail of the Walch 12-Shot Navy Model Revolver; image credit on full record.

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Revolver; Walch, Navy Model Revolver, 12-Shot Cylinder, 36 Caliber.

A very rare Civil War era Walch 12-Shot Navy Revolver. SN 129. Cal. 36. Blue finish with 6" octagon barrel & brass pin front sight. Barrel without markings. It has the usual 12-shot cylinder with corresponding twelve nipples at the rear with two hammers & two triggers in frame. It is a single action revolver & both hammers are cocked simultaneously & the triggers are staggered so that a right hand person will pull front trigger first which drops right hammer & fires front load. A continuous pull then depresses left-hand trigger which drops the second hammer & fires the rear load in the chamber. It has iron frame marked on left side "WALCH FIRE ARMS-CO. / NEW-YORK / PATD FEBY. 8. 1859". Both sides of frame & backstrap are lightly engraved with foliate arabesque patterns. It has 2-piece walnut grips that have replaced sections of toe & right grip has a full length replaced section on back edge. Assembly number "11" is found by left heel on frame under grip, inside each grip on face of cylinder, rammer lever & bottom of barrel.

Only about 200 of these rare revolvers were ever manufactured in period 1859 into early 1860s. They were made by the Union Knife Company & by J.P. Lindsay for Walch. They are considered secondary U.S. Martial handguns, although no contracts are known. ...[more information available via subscription]

p4A Item D9911296
Category:  firearms & edged weapons    Origin:  New York
Type:  handguns    Year:  1859 - 1862

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