November 28, 2018 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


Springfield Arms Automatically Revolved Brass Open Frame Warner Revolving Rifle

.38 caliber, 21.75" octagon to round barrel, S/N 30. Blued finish, brass open bottom frame, iron furniture, smooth, straight-gripped walnut stock with raised cheek rest. Right side of frame marked WARNER'S PATENT / JAN. 1851, surrounded by simple foliate scroll engraving, left side of frame engraved with a panoply of arms. No external serial number, "30" found on several internal parts. Springfield Arms (Wesson & Leavitt) style cylinder with angled cones and recesses, Warner style angled loading lever. Fixed rear sight in top of frame, fixed blade front sight. These brass framed Springfield-Warner automatically revolving rifles are believed to have been the immediate predecessor to the iron framed versions, both of which were produced in extremely small quantities by Springfield Arms Company during the early 1850s. Production totals for these brass framed guns are are unknown, but are believed to be fewer than 25. Unlike nearly all Warner revolving rifles, which had manually rotated cylinders, these guns had cylinders that were automatically rotated by the cocking action of the hammer. As this ran afoul of the extended Colt patent, production of the automatically rotating arms was discontinued in favor of the manually rotated guns. An extremely rare revolving rifle, rarely found for sale.


Good. Retains no finish with a dull pewter patina, scattered surface oxidation, some pinpricking and some pitting on the cylinder. Mechanically functional, but the action sometimes jams at full cock and the cylinder does not always lock up correctly. Fair bore with moderate pitting and visible rifling. Hammer possibly an old replacement, loading lever catch replaced, loading lever pivot pin replaced, rear triggerguard tang screw replaced. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars and some minor chipping at the toe.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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