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Exceptional Second Model LeMat Revolver With Very Rare "Murdaugh" Confederate Navy Inspection. Lt. William H. Murdaugh inspected, Paris made late model Lemat’s in London in 1864. There are no more than a dozen of his inspected guns known and this is possibly the finest example which retains much of its original finish in fine “as found” condition with crisp markings and function. Most Murdaugh inspected guns noted even the late-war are rough and saw hard use. This example is fine with all matching serial numbers including loading assembly.

These late second models were manufactured in Paris and then shipped to London for proofing to ensure quality. There is a "1" stamped on firing pin shroud and an "N" stamped on left side of hammer. Left side of both barrels have the London mark, as does each cylinder. Right side of barrel is stamped "L.M." with star. Has all matching serial numbers to include cylinder, barrel and frame. All original nipples. Checkered walnut stock with engraved escutcheon. Lt. Murdaugh inspection letter "M" in a box is stamped on the cylinder. Indexes perfectly. Strong bore with light black powder corrosion. Near mint walnut grips. Left panel has minute chip at left top. Loading assembly retaining clip is missing but original screw is present.

Overall, the barrel retains 40-50% original factory blue finish mixing with a smooth brown patina and razor sharp legends. This blue-brown patina mix is present on nearly all surfaces of this LeMat. Grips are excellent with sharp checkering. Beautiful walnut. This revolver has a wonderful, homogeneous look about it. Entire revolver is blue with a major portion of that intact, mixing with a soft brown, even patina showing through. Great Confederate LeMat in excellent condition.

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