Lot 21: Very Fine Factory Cased Engraved Moore Teat-Fire Revolver
November 30, 2012
Rock Island, IL, USALive Auction
Estimate: $2750 - 4500
Manufactured from 1864 to 1870 these front loading teat-fire revolvers were one of the most successful competitors to Smith & Wesson and it is believed that their strong sales was one of the reasons for Colt's purchase of the National Arms Co. (Moore's successor) in 1870. The top of the barrel is marked "MOORE'S PAT. ARMS CO. BROOKLYN N.Y." and "D. WILLIAMSON'S PATENT JANUARY 5, 1864" is marked around the rear edge of the cylinder. The frame and butt are nicely scroll engraved with a punch dot background on the frame sides. Blue with silver plated frame, casehardened hammer and smooth dark rosewood grips. The original walnut case is lined with maroon velvet and holds a block for 48 cartridges which has 48 original flat teat cartridges. The revolver retains a very rare original ejector rod.
BBL: 3 1/4 inch round
Serial Number: 19479
Condition: Very fine. The barrel and cylinder retains 70% original blue finish with some flacked areas turning brown. 97% of the original silver finish remains on the frame with scattered minor flaking. 85% of the original case colors remain on hammer. The grips are excellent with a small chip in the varnish on the right panel and high edge wear. Mechanically needs adjustment. The ejector rod is missing its small brass collar. The case is very fine with minor wear and marks, and a short crack in the lid on the exterior, light stains and wear on interior.