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George Todd (Austin, Texas) .36 Caliber Revolver
« on: November 10, 2012, 05:00:02 PM »

George Todd (Austin, Texas) .36 Caliber Revolver

The Rarest Confederate Revolver Ever Made, A Texas-Made George Todd( Austin, Texas) .36 Caliber Revolver This George Todd .36 revolver, serial numbered 272 has been referenced throughout the literature of famous Confederate weapons for over 50 years. From William Albaugh's classic text Confederate Handguns to Norm Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms, this gun has a storied and spectacular reputation as an extremely rare Texas Confederate weapon.
George Todd came to Texas from Alabama in 1851 and set up his small operation on Second Street in Austin, patterning his revolvers on the .36 caliber Colt Navy model with octagon and round barrels. He stayed in Texas only a short time after the outbreak of the Civil War moving back to Alabama making only a small number of these revolvers in Texas. This six-shot revolver with six stops on an iron frame features a 7 1/2" octagon barrel where "George Todd . Austin" is stamped on a barrel flat. The trigger guard, back strap and front strap are made of brass and at one point have been cleaned and bear some scratches. The serial number "272" appears at the loading lever flat, barrel lug, on the frame in front of the trigger guard, butt strap and trigger guard flat.
The overall condition of the revolver is good with the iron parts having an even patina with only minor pitting throughout. The grips have shrunk somewhat and an approximately 1" piece is missing on the right side near the frame.
This serial number 272 may be the highest number known (Albaugh III) placing this gun at the time of the Civil War in Texas, historically significant, making this the most rare Confederate revolver known. The gun comes with an extensive research file and provenance as well.

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