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Samuel Griswold set up a cotton gin manufactory along the railroad nine miles south of Macon, Georgia in 1835. Evidently, Sam was an enterprising man. He added a foundry, planing mill, saw mill, gristmill, soap and candle factory and a post office, thus founding the town of Griswoldville. When the South was invaded in 1861, Sam began making pikes for the Georgia Government.
Arvin Gunnison had begun the manufacture of pistols in New Orleans, Louisiana. When the city fell to the Yankees in the spring of 1862, Arvin and his machinery moved to Griswoldville. There he joined with his old friend Sam Griswold and together they made handgun history.
From July of 1862 until November 22, 1864, when the factory was destroyed by Yankee cavalry, Griswold and Gunnison produced over 3,600 revolvers on the Coltís pattern. Today their brass-framed revolvers are one of the most sought after handguns in the world.
The revolver shown here is serial number 2974. Serial number 2934 is stamped into the side of the frame, the side of the barrel lug and the cylinder. Secondary number 4 is stamped on the top of the loading lever, the trigger guard, assembly number Roman numeral V is stamped into the bottom of the frame, the grip strap and the trigger guard. Cryptic letters are stamped into the underside of the barrel, the side of the back strap and the back of the frame.
The gun is completely original in all regards except the inner springs and possibly the wedge, as it is unnumbered. However, it has definitely been in the revolver for many, many years and probably always. Even all of the screws are original. The gun has seen a lot of use: the grip stock dings and chips, the frame has scratches and the leg has many dings around the wedge; the riling is strong, but not pretty. The action is tight and works perfectly and locks up tight. There is some play between the leg and the frame as to be expected on a well-used revolver.