Title: Spiller & Burr Confederate Revolver, Important Collection History
Date/Period: Circa 1864


Spiller & Burr Confederate Revolver, Important Collection History, right facing

Measurement: 36 Caliber, Serial number: 105

Condition: Very good-fine overall, complete, original, and matching. Matching serial
numbers are found on barrel, frame, trigger guard, cylinder pin, and penciled on each
grip. Cylinder shows distinct “twist” unique to Georgia brass framed revolvers utilizing
twisted iron instead of steel. The loading arm is not numbered but displays a matching
patina. Mechanically fine; bore is crisp with well discerned rifling; pitted near muzzle
end. Gun has crisp edges and functions well. Stocks are fine; grips are well fit with very
small chip to left inside toe. This revolver ranks among the top 10% of all CS revolvers
for condition.

Literature:
1.A copy of most recent Spiller & Burr research published within Arms Heritage
Magazine,
October 2020 (Part 1) and the December issue (Part 2) titled: Spiller & Burr
Revolvers: Chronology of Manufactory
by John Sexton will accompany the pistol.
(Snippets below)

Pictured in Colonel Burton’s Spiller & Burr Revolver by Matthew Norman, 1996
Conestoga Auction Catalog, Meredith Estate, Nov. 9, 2001, [Sold $31,900]
Ex-collection Dr. Joseph Murphy 2012, New Hope, PA (The top collector of the finest
Colts and other American martial pistols, past 20 years till his passing)

Spiller & Burr revolvers are the most beautiful of all CS revolvers and the most
difficult to find in complete unmolested condition. This revolver ranks among the
top 10% of all CS revolvers for condition.

Spiller & Burr revolver…Confederate brass-framed copy of Whitney’s Navy Revolver.

Additional Information: A fine and extremely rare Confederate revolver made in
Georgia during the Civil War. [Albeit a low serial number revolver, it was most likely
manufactured in Macon early in 1864…it is unquestionably among the most pleasing
Spiller & Burr revolvers extant, beautiful patina to brass frame, smooth iron with traces
of finish. Revolver is in standard configuration with 6 7/8” octagonal barrel. Frame is
stamped “C.S.” on right side and inspector initial “E” stamped on right side of grip frame.
[The large “C.S.” stamp strongly suggests the probable likelihood of Confederate
Government acceptance.] Serial number appears on the bottom of the barrel, cylinder
pin, butt-strap, right side of frame beneath grip, again on frame under trigger guard,
trigger guard, loading arbor, and in pencil inside right grip. There are traces of finish in
protected areas on this gun. Cylinder and loading arm are not serial numbered, but both
appear original. This revolver has been in some of the best known and most important
Confederate revolver collections since 1960s

PROVENANCE:
Ex-collection Bob Howard, Fredericksburg, TX (Famous collector known for owning the best)
Ex-collection Bill Albaugh 1964 (pioneer collector/author of Confederate Collecting Texts)
Ex-Collection Bruce Kusrow, 1967 (pioneer Spiller & Burr researcher, collector, and authority)
Ex-collection Ted Meredith 1977 (pioneer CS revolver collector, authority)
Ex-collection Dr. Joseph Murphy 2012, New Hope, PA (The top collector of the finest Colts and
other American martial pistols, past 20 years till his passing)

1.SN 105, “CS” right, “M” right. This is among the few revolvers that appear to be totally
Macon manufacture, probably April 1864. All serial numbers including the barrel are late
die fonts not seen on any Atlanta revolvers. This example’s collection history dates to
early Confederate collectors, Robert Howard, and William Albaugh both owned it prior
to 1965, Bruce Kusrow and Ted Meredith later. All these collectors believed this early
serial number gun to be like serial number 104, as early Atlanta manufacture, which
now can be proven to be Macon issued in 1864 most likely March-April 1864. Atlanta
Macon Compare “1” and “0” in die fonts between Atlanta and Macon.

Surviving lot 1 August 1863 Atlanta revolvers should have Atlanta inspector’s initials
stamped on left side of frame under grips, and final government inspection “C.S.” on
right side. Based on 20 survivors in serial range 1-123 known to me, only 3 fit all the
criteria for 1st lot (36, 76, 91), 5 fit criteria for Macon issue in 1864 (5, 75, 77, 87, and
105) and 12 others do not have enough physical characteristics documented to
determine issue though most of the parts will no doubt be found to have been made in
Atlanta.

$39,950.00

SKU: 1310-85



Spiller & Burr Confederate Revolver, Important Collection History, left facing

Spiller & Burr Confederate Revolver, Important Collection History, butt strap

Spiller & Burr Confederate Revolver, Important Collection History, detail view




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