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General Morgan Henry Chrysler's .42 Caliber Civil War Plant Cupfire Revolver
Item #: A5919
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This is a very beautiful Civil War era large frame .42 caliber cup-fire revolver. These pistols were designed to fire the Plant patent cartridges. These cartridges were designed to get around the Rollin White patent held by Smith & Wesson. The cartridge fired when struck on the side of the cupped rim of the brass cartridge. The pistol loaded from the front of the cylinder. The frame of the pistol is brass with a very attractive Golden honey tone all over with an excellent amount of the original silver hanging onto the brass. It is much more silver than you usually encounter. The 5 inch barrel is full length with a nice look with a fine amount of the original bluing. It has the original silver front sight intact. On the top side of the barrel is the mark of "PLANT'S MFG. CO. NEW HAVEN, CT". On the side it has the traces of the "MERWIN & BRAY NEW YORK”. Merwin & Bray were the agents and financiers for these revolvers. What makes this on extra special is the engraving on the left hand side of the frame. In jeweler quality engraving it proudly reads "Colonel Morgan H. Chrysler". Morgan Chrysler had an exemplary service history. He is one of only four men that rose all the way from the rank of Private to Brevet Major General during the Civil War. He initially enlisted as a private that later joined the 30th New York Infantry. He was appointed Captain on June 1st 1861 then Major on March 11th 1862 and then Lt. Colonel on August 30th 1863. He received his promotion to Colonel on December 13th 1863. That is the rank he held when he got this gun. He went on to be promoted to Brevet Major General on March 13th 1865. He then served as a military Governor for the state of Alabama for the Northern District. He saw extensive service including the Peninsula Campaign, the Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville. After Chancellorsville the 30th was mustered out because of the expiration of their service term. He reorganized the men into a Cavalry regiment, the 2nd New York Veteran Cavalry. They were sent to New Orleans and fought in the Red River Campaign. They fought in the final campaign against Mobile, Alabama in 1865. The action works nicely. The ejector rod is present and fully functional. The serial numbers are matching at 7,978. In Flayderman’s guide he states that this is the 3rd model type 1 design Plant patent revolvers and that they were made in the mid 1860’s. On the cylinder you can still see the patent dates that reads "PATENTED JULY 12. 1859 & JULY 21. 1863. On the grip of the gun it has the original 2-piece rosewood grips intact. The grips have a very pleasing look. These plant revolvers were one of the most distinctive designed weapons of the Civil War and we know who this one belonged to and he had a cool history.


Price: $4,850.00 USD (Sale Pending)

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