May 26 , 2021
Here’s a relic that just came to the light of day. This pistol was excavated by a farmer, using a horse drawn plow, in the 1930/40’s on a local farm. This farm has produced many relics over the years…one of the best was a period brick with a 3 ring minie’ball shot into it. Here’s a Smith & Wesson Model 1 second issue 7 shot basically an underpowered 22 short cartridge…notice that there are 3 of the original cartridges left in the cylinder. Spur trigger. The brass frame has a nice aged patina with a clear serial No 21866 or 21886 stamped into it. The iron cylinder is rusted & will not move. The iron barrel is hinged to the frame in two places & one is broken. The barrel will not lock into position but will tip up showing the front side of the cylinder…showing the 3 white bullets. The hammer is made from iron & has aged better than the cylinder & barrel. The hammer also has crude serrations on it. Overall about 8 inches long. This farm had a few CS relics but was mainly a “running” camp of the 13th Tenn Vol Calvary Reg USA…these are the guys who shot & killed CS General John H Morgan.