DALLAS – A Confederate revolver, one of only about 1,000 of its kind, will find a new home when it is sold in Heritage Auctions’ Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction June 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The Confederate Rigdon, Ansley & Co. C.S.A. single action revolver, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, is a rare Confederate revolver made by Charles H. Rigdon after the Leech & Rigdon firm was disbanded, according to research. The .36 caliber firearm features a 7-1/2-in octagonal/round barrel with fixed front sight and a blued finish; the 12-stop cylinder was copied from Manhattan Arms. Co.
“It’s a Confederate revolver, which are always scarce and highly collectible,” Heritage Auctions Historical Consignment Director David Carde said. “This comes from the mid-1860s, toward the end of the Civil War, which also was the time when Rigdon separated from Leech & Rigdon. They only made approximately 1,000 of them, compared to the popular .36 caliber Colt 1851 Navy, which manufactured more than 200,000 examples from 1850-73, and was among the heavily-used revolvers in the Civil War.”
Another highlight is an extensively decorated pair of Turkish Walklate flintlock pistols, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. The unserialized, approximately .64 caliber weapons feature 13-in octagonal and round damascus barrels with decorative gilt accents at breech, barrel transition, and muzzle. They were reportedly bought in an Old Bazaar in Tehran, Iran, around 1951 by the consignor’s father-in-law, Dr. Michael J. Hansinger.
Also on offer is a magnificent etched and gilded Spanish Morion-Cabasset, estimated at $6,400-$9,600. The dome-shaped steel helmet stands approximately 12-1/2 in high and boasts elaborate etching and gilding over the dome. It was likely worn as a presentation or parade helmet, and it was constructed from a single piece. According to Stone’s Glossary, “The name is Italian and means pear, and the little point is supposed to represent the stem.”
Leading the selection of flags in the sale is a United States Naval Ensign flag along with the personal effects of Jerome Foley (1923-2002), who served as a crew member of PT-Boat Squadron 30 PT-461. The lot carries an estimate of $6,400-$9,600 and comes from Foley, who was a Torpedoman’s Mate, 2nd class on the PT-461 Motor Torpedo Boat, known as the “Summa,” at the time of the D-Day invasion of Normandy June 6, 1944. It arrived in England on June 7, and joined other boats from Squadron 30 on the so-called “Mason Line” three days later.
Rounding out the highlights is a Pennsylvania Volunteers gold ID badge, estimated at $2,400-$3,600. The gold shield features the blue enamel clover of the 2nd Army Corps and is engraved: “Thos. Tyndal/ 2nd Lieut./ Co. F. 130th. P. V.” Tyndal served from Aug. 9, 1862 to May 21, 1863 with the regiment that fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville.
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