Civil War General's Engraved Colt 1851 Navy 36 cal

General Henry Dwight Terry, Nimschke New York
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4/17/2019 2:42 PM
Item 809156947
Location Camp Verde, AZ 86322
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Here we have an offering that covers so many areas of firearms collecting as wells American history. This piece was purchased by the consignee at a gun show because the beautiful engraving caught his eye. He got it exactly as pictured in this auction and it was simply described as a Civil War General's Colt. The consignee didn't seek further information from the seller as he was excited about the purchase as it was. Information on US Brigadier General Henry Dwight Terry is easily obtained through many sources. Terry was originally appointed on June 10, 1861 by Governor Blair of Michigan to the position of Colonel of the 5th Michigan Infantry Regiment (also known as the skeleton regiment) as it was put together from scratch by Terry at the time. Fort Wayne (a museum today) was used as the training camp for this regiment. His regiment also became known as the Fighting Fifth and became part of the Army of the Potomac. At Williamsburg on May 5, 1862 Terry led his men on a charge against the Confederacy who had a battery of 10 captured Union cannons. Even though he was wounded he was able to lead the regiment upon a successful campaign to recapture the weapons which likely prevented catastrophic losses to the Union soldiers. Soon after (likely due to his effectiveness in battle) he was promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers and was involved in several other campaigns (most notably in disrupting the Confederate lines of communication during the Battle of Gettysburg). This is all in the history books so I'll stop here and describe the revolver. We believe some time not too long after being appointed Brigadier General Terry purchased this revolver from Cooper & Pond of New York (both a wholesaler and retailer) which supplied many firearms to officers. It is our assessment that he took this privately purchased revolver to Lewis Daniel Nimschke (a very popular New York engraver at the time) to have this beautiful engraving work done. I and several of my colleagues have compared this engraving to other work done by Nimschke and it is giving us little doubt who did the work (but most of all it is the time frame as well as location corresponding well). It is also our belief that the US Volunteer badge was added by a different silversmith and signified Terry's dedication as a volunteer. We were a bit curious as to how this ended up in private hands and sadly it turns out the last direct descendant of General Terry was a gentleman by the name of Robertson Dwight Ward who passed away in 1997 and did not seem to have any offspring. This revolver was likely sold in a low profile estate sale upon his passing. The beauty of this item is that it would fit in various advanced collections including Civil War, engraved firearms, Colt, US military, etc. We are not experts on engraved Colts, but rather specialize in military firearms so are open to any constructive feedback. The condition of this revolver is mechanically excellent with a tight action, bright shiny bore with sharp rifling. It was clearly carried by the General for some time. The bluing and plating has mostly faded, yet the engraving is still very crisp. The walnut grips show the most wear as would be expected for something of this age. The factory presentation box looks to be in great shape as are the accessories pictured. This item is also available in our store until it receives its first bid so don't wait as it is already drumming up a lot of interest. We also believe the opening bid price represents about 1/2 the actual appraised value of such a significant Civil War engraved and boxed revolver. This is a consignment item and all sales are final so be sure of what you are bidding on. Buyer to pay actual shipping and provide copy of proof of age. Payment to be in the form of Money Order or Cashiers Check (credit cards add 3%).
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