.36 caliber, 7" octagonal barrel, S/N 44. Blued and color case hardened finish, brass frame, two-piece walnut grips. Top of barrel marked in two lines: E. SAVAGE - MIDDLETOWN, CONN. / H.S. NORTH PATENTED JUNE 17, 1856. Mark is mostly legible with the bottom line weakly struck with most of the lower portions of those letters missing. Matching assembly numbers 92 on barrel, frame, loading lever, cylinder arbor pin, rear of cylinder, cylinder rotation disk and both grip panels. Serial number 44 on frame, hammer, triggerguard, loading lever and cocking ring. Early, flat-top loading lever, replaced front sight Only about 250 of these early brass-framed predecessors to the later Savage Navy revolver were produced, with about 100 going to fill a US military contract. These are very rare, pre-Civil War percussion revolvers.
Good. Retains no finish, metal with an oxidized brown patina showing some light pitting. Frame with a lovely butterscotch patina. Mechanically functional, good, pitted bore. Grips worn with old cracks and some minor chipping at the leading and trailing edges.
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