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Actual Sales Broadside for Colonel Le Mat's Grape Shot Revolver, Incl. South Carolina Governor Pickens' Handwritten Order for 500 of Them

Printed broadside, 8.5 x 11 in., consists of three flattering testimonials to the excellence of the revolver. It is interesting that in the testimonials, dating March 1859 - August 1860, both future Union and Confederate Officers are listed, many who would be fighting against each other in less than eight months. 

This advertising broadside/brochure was sent to South Carolina Governor Pickens on September 3, 1861. On a second page, now that the war has begun, Colonel A. Le Mat, aide-de-camp of the Governor of Louisiana has written in type, "I take the liberty to enclose you herewith the Report of US Army Officers, relative to my 'Grape Shot Revolver', by which it will be seen that it has met with their unqualified approval. Being moreover an arm of Southern invention, intended to be manufactured, if practicable, in a Southern State. I hope it will be adopted to arm our Volunteers in the defense of our Southern Rights."

Below Le Mat's note, Governor Pickens has written the following in ink, "I refer the above to Col. Manigault Ordnance Officer. Record if he thinks that five hundred would be useful for our service. I am writing to contract for them upon the same conditions as the Confederate Authorities have contracted, but I doubt whether we would receive an equivalent benefit. I desire, however, to refer this entirely to Col. Manigault who is better able to decide."

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,233
10/31/2018

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