.32 RF. 3" round barrel. SN: 2655. Nickel barrel and cylinder, silver plated brass frame, varnished two-piece walnut grips. Single action, 5-shot revolver with fully floated "sliding chamber" cylinder. Barrel marked in a single line B.A. Co PATENT APRIL 14, 1863. Serial number of front of fame, below barrel. Frame with typical simple floral scroll engraving. These somewhat unique revolvers were produced in an attempt to evade the Smith & Wesson held Rollin White patent on the bored-through cylinder and used sliding covers over the chambers for loading and unloading the gun. The design was moderately successful with somewhat more than 10,000 believed to have been produced circa 1863-1864.
Very good. Retains most of the finish with some flaking and loss to the nickel on the top strap, ejector plunger, and around the muzzle. Nickel with a milky tone, typical of old, 19th-century plating. Barrel markings slightly weak, engraving on frame crisp. Exposed areas of metal with a dark, moderately oxidized patina. Mechanically functional, bore fair with moderate oxidation and pitting and visible rifling. Grips very good with some original varnish, the balance having flaked and worn, and scattered bumps, dings and mars.
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