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.36 Caliber Navy Percussion Revolver, Savage-North 

Revolver, Percussion, American, Savage, Navy Model

Title: Revolver, Percussion, .36 Cal, Savage-North, US
Accession #: NHHC 1965-231-AU
Circa: 1860
Size: 5.5 x 14.5 x 1.5"
Medium: Steel, Wood
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

One Civil War era revolver with patent mark // Savage  R. F. A. Co Middletown, CT / H.S. North Patented June 17, 1856 / January 18 1859. May 15 1860 //

The US Navy initially received 300 of the unique Savage-North Percussion Revolvers in 1860. An additional 800 were ordered in 1861. Designed by Henry S. North and Edward Savage, this revolver was produced by the Savage Revolving Firearms Company from 1861 to 1862. This design was an early attempt at a double-action revolver. The lower ring cocking lever cocks the hammer and rotates the cylinder while the upper trigger releases the hammer, thereby firing the weapon. The weapons were overly complex and not well received by sailors. Consequently, they saw limited use during the Civil War

Published: Fri Sep 21 07:40:25 EDT 2018