Category Firearms & Military
Auction Currency USD
Start Price 400.00 USD
Estimated at 800.00 - 1,200.00 USD
Cal. 50. NSN. Bbl. 5 1/4". An interesting historic pistol worthy of more research and restoration. The hexagon barrel is marked on the top flat “London Fine Damascus Twist” with an inlaid gold and silver band at the breech. The bolster has foliate engraving, and the German silver side plate has similar engraving accompanied by the name “Lewis & Tomes”. The hammer is missing. German silver trigger guard with similar engraving, buttcap, entry thimble, nosecap, and barrel pin escutcheon. There is also an oval wrist escutcheon engraved “John C. (star) Fremont” flanked by two starbursts. Stock appears to be walnut, and the ramrod is a wooden replacement. Major General John C. Fremont was an American military officer, explorer, and politician. He is well-known for his five separate western exploration trips mapping overland routes to California and the West. He is also recognized for his service in the Mexican War and as military governor of California after that war. He served in the Civil War as Major General in the Western Theater helping to secure Missouri and the surrounding areas from the Confederates. CONDITION: barrel has a dark, overall mottled patina. As stated, the hammer is missing. German silver generally shows light wear with clear engraving. Stock has a 1” rectangular pieced repair at the wrist and a small piece repair in front of the side screw. There is also a small pieced repair on the right side in front of the bolster. Fair bore. It is obvious that this pistol had a hard life, and someone in the past made attempts at restoration due to the historical importance of this pistol. (01-24420/BF). ANTIQUE. $800-1,200.