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SN 2473. Cal. 10.57 & 16 ga. Scarce Paris 2nd Model LeMat grape shot revolver with 6-5/8″ oct revolver bbl & 7″ 16 ga. smoothbore bbl/cylinder arbor. Cylinder is 9-shots for the 10.57/42 caliber rifled bbl that rotates around the smoothbore arbor. Top flat of bbl is marked in block letters “SYSTme LEMAT Bte s.c.d.g. PARIS” which is Le Mat’s last bbl marking used during Civil War production. Hammer is the usual Le Mat style with long, checkered, paddle shaped spur and an articulated nose with v-notches for the rear sight. The actuating lever for the articulated nose is most unusual with the lever extending back over hammer nose with a small checkered pad on each side. This lever for shotgun cylinder is unique and appears to be a factory made replacement for the more fragile device that often failed breaking off the small hammer ears. Another feat of Confederate ingenuity. Trigger guard is the usual oval shaped steel without finger rest spur. Grip frame has an integral butt cap with integral lanyard hole containing a large welded ring and is mounted with 2-pc checkered walnut grips pencil numbered to this revolver on bottom edges. The frame locking pin is of the sliding type with reeded edge on the cap and the rammer is mounted to left side of the bbl lug with a large oval headed screw and a spring clip near the muzzle attached to the left lower flat with a screw. Front sight is the typical Le Mat narrow dovetailed style. SN was observed on right forward side of frame, right side flat of bbl and on cylinder. Last two digits of SN were observed on the smoothbore bbl, rammer & rammer handle, removable smoothbore rammer, rammer screw and on the frame pin. Grip screw is also numbered to this revolver. While no production records exist as to the actual numbers of Le Mat revolvers produced in Paris for the Confederate military, according to Le Mat The Man, the Gun, Forgett & Serpette, about 1,500 Paris Le Mats were produced and it can be assumed that the majority of them were intended for, if not in fact, delivered to the Confederacy. It is well documented that Le Mat revolvers & carbines were used by the Confederacy during the Civil War. Page 70 of the referenced publication pictures Paris Le Mat #2475, only two numbers from this one, with a caption which states “It was manufactured on the Confederate Contract.” CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Overall retains about 92-93% strong orig blue with only light edge wear and a few scattered spots of light surface rust. Hammer retains dark case colors. Trigger guard retains blue in sheltered areas being mostly a silver/gray patina. Back strap retains strong blue with light surface rust. Front strap is mostly a blue/gray patina. Grips are sound showing light wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong rifled bore with moderate pitting, strong bright smooth bore. 49838-1 JR82 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2220

Auction: Firearms - March 2016
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