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Leech and Rigdon Revolver #1386 Manufactured Greensboro, Georgia, Spring, 1864 on Confederate contract (CSA inspector Wescom Hudgens’ diamond cartouche evident at base of butt in wood). Estimated total production, 2,400. It was sent to the Confederate ordnance department at Augusta, Georgia.

Features: Iron construction, blued finish, case-hardened frame, brass trigger guard and backstrap. Serial number “1386” on all external parts: trigger guard, backstrap, cylinder, wedge, loading lever lug, cylinder frame, barrel frame. Dark walnut grips. “LEECH & RIGDON CSA” barrel stamp.

Condition: Major and minor parts 100% original and distinctly of L&R manufacture. Joinery remains tight; patina is dark. Cylinder does not index. Traces of original bright blue remain, original to its manufacture. The rest of the blued finish remains, but in an oxidized, plum-brown state overall. Left side of the barrel contains a pitted blemish resulting from improper storage in the past. This has been minimally treated and stabilized and as a result does not detract measurably from the overall patina presentation. Brass parts are smooth and display a pleasing plum-brown color as well. Walnut grips are smooth with few minor scratches and dings. Gun has never been subjected to heavy wear, and as a result, original machining marks are evident throughout, especially the lathe-marks on barrel and cylinder. Rifling in bore is well preserved. #1 in all serial numbers is from a broken die, consistent with other L&R’s in this serial range. Cryptic mark (bench assembly mark) is (four dots resembling cloverleaf).

History: this revolver surfaced approximately in 2011, in Lexington, Virginia. Gun was found hidden within joist supports of an attic. The barrel rested on the joist support, causing the previously mentioned blemish. There is a register of all known Leech & Rigdon, and Rigdon & Ansley revolvers. This gun is now on that register by serial number and description.