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Cased 3rd Model Tranter Percussion Revolver

54-Bore (.442 caliber), 6" octagonal barrel, S/N 12365T. Nickel finish, checkered one-piece walnut grip. 5-shot cylinder with standard 3rd model Tranter's patent "double trigger" mechanism with frame mounted spring safety on left rear of frame and standard Tranter cylinder arbor pin retaining mechanism on forward right of frame. Tranter's patent loading lever secured to left of frame with screw. Unmarked top strap with no retailer markings, frame with typical, light flowing foliate engraving and standard Tranter markings including the serial number. London commercial proofs on upper left angled barrel flat near frame and between chambers on the cylinder. Revolver is contained in a standard Tranter style compartmentalized factory casing with mahogany exterior veneer, dual brass hook clasps on front, "Bible" hinges and a dark green baize lining. Typical factory cased accessories are included in the casing, consisting of a Tranter's Patent and 54 marked brass bullet mold, an Eley marked tin of percussion caps, japanned bullet and lube tins with green paper Tranter labels, a brass tipped wood cleaning rod, an ebony handled cone wrench and an unmarked pewter oiler. 

Condition:

Fine. Retains most of a period nickel finish with a milky age patina. While the nickel appears to be absolutely from the period of use, the nickel plating of firearms was a process in its infancy when this revolver was produced circa 1861. Some American retailers like Schuyler, Hartley and Graham were offering nickel plating during this period but such finishes are extremely rare prior to the latter half of the 1860s. All markings and engraving remain clear and crisp, revolver remains mechanically functional with a fine bore that shows moderate oxidation scattered along its length. Grip shows some light wear and handling marks with some minor flattening to the sharp tips of the checkering. Case and accessories all remain in very good to fine condition, especially the mold. Most items show some light to moderate expected wear, including the case interior. 

Starting Price: $1,500
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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