This is a Whitneyville Model 2, six shot revolver in .32 Rim Fire, with 5” barrel, solid frame, and birdshead, rosewood grips. The bore is a mix of pits and good rifling, with the good predominating. It is in working condition, but loose, and fails to lock up every time. It is cased in a vintage display box with a mirror top on the inside and sailing ship on the outside. It holds the pistol and fifteen .32 rim fire cartridges. It is an early one of the more scarce six shot revolvers, serial number 58.
Research finds the following information: The production of cartridge revolvers started about 1871, most with brass frames. The Model 2 Whitneyville (actually manufactured in Hartford, Connecticut) was produced circa 1875. About 17,000 were made: 15,000 five-shot and 2,000 six-shot. The company was then owned by Eli Whitney, Jr., and it was a continuation of the firm started by his father, Eli Whitney, of cotton gin fame and promoter of interchangeable parts.
Whitney, Sr., started making guns with a contract from the War Department to produce 10,000 to 15,000 muskets in 1800. Undoubtedly the most remarkable, if still least known, effort of the Whitneyville Armory was the production of 1,000 Walker Revolvers as a subcontractor for Samuel Colt. A very short time after the closing of his Paterson, New Jersey facility, Colt received an order for 1,000 pistols for use by mounted soldiers in the Mexican War. Colt assigned his entire contract to young Eli Whitney, Jr.s' company. Although this was the era that gave birth to robber barons and cut-throat business tactics, Whitney produced the Walkers and turned over all dies and equipment to Colt when Sam opened his factory in nearby Hartford. Unlike other manufacturers, Whitney never infringed on any of the Colt patents, yet managed to produce eight distinct models of percussion revolvers between 1850 and 1865.
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