1854 Beaumont Adams Double Action Revolver
Guns International #: 101227227 Seller's Inventory #: 181
Category: Civil War Revolvers - Antique Revolvers - Percussion
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First Name: Douglas
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I purchased this revolver from Commonwealth Arsenal. Write up is credited to them.
M-1854 Beaumont-Adams Double-Action Revolver; 1862-1863 London Armoury Co Production/Confederate Shipped; Capcity: 5 Rounds .450 Percussion(54 Bore); Barrel: 6" Octagon; S/N: 38752
Rare Confederate-shipped Model 1854 Beaumont-Adams Double-Action service revolver...this revolver was manufactured by the London Armoury Co. in mid-to-late 1862, or possibly early 1863, expressly for shipment to the Confederacy during the American Civil War. A truly rare find on the market that is identified by features, markings and serial number, this revolver is well within the range of those identified as Confederate shipped weapons(33000-42000; reference "The English Connection" by Pritchard & Huey) and is a relatively wonderful representative of this highly sought-after arm.
The features are standard, and include a 6" octagonal barrel with dovetail-mounted pinched brass front sight, one-piece grip of hand-checkered English Walnut, and the distinctive loading lever mounted on the left of the frame, with functioning catch on the barrel. Having seen no refinish, the revolver displays honest wear from holstering, as well as even fading, leaving mottled but strong traces of original finish visible along the barrel and on the more protected areas of the frame. Perhaps unusually, the revolver retains its original, matching numbered cylinder, and the markings include London House proofs on the barrel and cylinder, simple border engraving, and two-line inscription on the right of the frame beneath the cylinder with 'Adams Patent' before the serial number. The additional number above lacks the 'B' prefix, which further dates the frame to production prior to February of 1862(before the expiration of the Adams patent), with final assembly and shipment occurring in late 1862 or early 1863. Notably, the top of the frame is absent any retailer markings, which, in conjunction with the 'L.A.C' mark on the barrel, and serial number, identifies this weapon as among those intended for a Southern port during the war.
A textbook example of a historic weapon, the London Armoury Company famously contracted with Confederate agents(Major Caleb Huse and Captain James D. Bulloch) to furnish the South with their entire production from early in the war, and is today regarded as the closest thing the Confederacy had to a functioning arsenal. Founded by Robert Adams after a falling out with the Deane brothers, the operation was taken over by James Kerr in 1860, and, unable to sustain operations in the wake of the losing the Confederate contract, went bankrupt less than a year after the war's conclusion. As one of only 7,000 manufactured for the Confederacy, with survival rates estimated to be around 2%, correct and matching Confederate contract Adams revolvers are considered to be among the rarest of American martial arms. Fresh to the market after decades in a noted collection, this Adams remains in condition that is honest, original, and-as Confederate arms go-virtually fine. Falling right in the middle of the Confederate range, this 1863 British-made Model 1854 Adams Revolver represents an extraordinary find for any historic arms enthusiast, as well as a sound investment that would be a showpiece addition to any public display or private collection.
About good-relative to Confederate used arms, the condition would be graded as fine. The revolver has seen no refinish or restoration, with even fading, heavy edge wear from holstering, dried lubricant and oxidation leaving the factory finish at around 30%, the balance trending toward a dulling, frosted blue patina. Impact marks are present, as well as rubs and some superficial surface pitting, with no rust or notably deep pitting present. The markings are correct, with most remaining crisply-edged, and none have seen any buffing or refreshing. The grip is very good, having some wear to the checkering and no cracks, chips or repairs. Mechanically, the revolver remains surprisingly strong, with fine action, good lock-up, and functional indexing(although the cylinder rotation is somewhat loose). The bore is good, having evident rifling beneath lint and residue. There is powder flash abrasion, frost and oxidation along with light to moderate pitting, and the bore should clean nicely.
Provenance: The Lifetime Collection of Gene Rourke, Windcrest, Texas