Monday, June 27, 2016

E. A. Prescott Navy Revolver

Edwin A. Prescott of Worcester, Massachusetts and Norwich, Connecticut, an ex-employee of Ethan Allen, was the patentee and maker of a Navy model .38 caliber rimfire cartridge revolver. His design was granted patent #30,245 on October 2, 1860. The Prescott was distributed by Merwin & Bray. 
It is thought that these revolvers, produced in Prescott's Worcester, Massachusetts armory, were manufactured in hope of a government contract. However, no records exist indicating that any were ever bought or issued by the federal government. Some are known to have been carried and used by Union officers and enlisted men during the Civil War, the above picture seems to confirm that. 
However, the picture appears to show a brass frame which opens another "can of worms".  J
They were good looking, strong and well made revolvers.The number of these revolvers produced is not known but the consensus seems to be that it was just a few hundred. Of that amount about 25% had iron frames and 75% brass frames. 

Due to it's being an infringement upon the Rollin White patent, which was assigned to Smith & Wesson, production was stopped in 1863.

Monday, June 13, 2016

- Freeman Army Revolvers -

"Austin T. Freeman of Binghamton, N.Y., patented this single-action percussion revolver, December 9, 1862 (#37,091). Freeman had been employed at the Starr Armory and some design features suggest how strongly Freeman was influenced by the Starr revolver.Caliber 44 with a 7 1/2" barrel it fired a self-consuming cartridge or could employ powder and ball. 
A unique feature of the Freeman is the way the removal of the cylinder is accomplished. It and the two-part cylinder pin are removed by pushing forward the slide on the right side of the frame and in front of the cylinder.
Only about 2,000 of these revolvers were made in period 1863-64. Those produced initially at Hoard's Armory are marked, “Freemans Patent Dec 9, 1862 Hoards Armory, Watertown, N.Y.” 
Most of the known revolvers produced at Hoard's have no serial number. There are no records of any Freeman revolvers ever being produced under government contract. It is likely that many of the 2,000 turned out during 1863 and 1864 were bought by state contracts and private purchase.
Later the manufacturing rights were secured and manufacture continued by Rogers & Spencer of Utica, N.Y." 

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