Confederate Kerr’s Patent Revolver
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There is some speculation as to which Kerr revolvers were actually imported by the South during the war. Generally, the serial number range from 3,000-10,000 is considered to be Confederate, as is the "JS/anchor" mark. There is a small group of Kerrs which can positively be identified as Confederate. In July of 1864, Confederate Lieutenant George Julian Pratt of the 18th Virginia Cavalry inventoried the arms in his command by serial number, which consisted of a number of weapons imported from England. Among them were seven London Armoury-produced Kerr revolvers ranging in number from 9240 through 9974. The so-called "Pratt Roll" has become the standard by which collectors measure the desirability of imported revolvers of all types that were used by the Confederacy. Most of the Kerrs were used by the cavalry.
This example is marked "KERR’S PATENT 9508" (right in the middle of the Pratt Roll SN range) on the lower right frame, with "LONDON ARMOURY" on the reverse. The lockplate on the right grip is marked "LONDON ARMOURY Co". On the grip, just below the frame tang is stamped "JS" over an anchor, long thought to be the mark proving Confederate importation. Octagonal 5 3/4" barrel in .44 caliber, marked "LAC" with stamped view and proof marks on upper left flat. Thin rectangular-section loading lever, integral flat top strap (no groove), and 5-shot cylinder with crowned "V" view stamps on the face between each chamber. One-piece checkered walnut grip with iron butt cap and lanyard ring. Single action, mechanically good condition; the metal pitted overall and showing much use, as is typical of most CS used arms. Small amount of original bluing in protected areas. Markings worn, but readable, and undoubtedly proves its Confederate usage. Priced at a fraction of the cost of Confederate made handguns
- Tuckasegee, North Carolina
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