Dean Harding Cased Revolver
- Licensing Category: Antique
SN 6532L is an exceptional example of a Dean Harding 2nd Model percussion revolver. The Harding revolver was patented on May 24, 1858. For the benefit of the readers and future owner, we have included 1,3 pages from the work "The Revolver 1818-1865" by Taylerson, et al. The Harding was the first to utilize a lever action rammer, a two part frame and a double action lock. These revolvers could be dismantled and re-assembled in seconds. The condition of this revolver is best described "as new", 99% original blue with only loss being the finish on the butt cap. The cylinder shows 3 out of 5 cylinders showing evidence of firing. The bore can only be decribed "as new". The checkered grips remain in "as new" condition. The mahogoney case shows no breaks or scratches (slight storage marks if any). This case comes with all of its original tools and accessories. The 54 marked double mold shows original petina and no indication of polish. The Hawkesbury powder flask shows it's orginal light brown finish and its original brass finish on the top and spout. The nipple wrench turn screw shows ebony handles and unpolished brass. The Elay percussion cap tin is full with an original side paper label to John Dean & Sons. The oiler shows its dull original finish. The rammer/cleaner rod shows its unpolished brass and all original wood finsh. The wood threaded container shows 5 new spare nipples. The blue linen is original to case with its slightly faded Dean & Sons paper label. The front side pocket shows 36 factory 54 caliber bullets. The case key remains. The aforementioned reference at pg 179, plate 18 shows the Harding 6536L. Page 189 shows serial numbers listing 6532L and 6536 L aforesaid. This item is one of the finest examples of a Dean Harding that one could encounter. The chance of finding an equivalent example are very remote. The expression " condition is everything" certainly applies to this item. The photos do not do the gun justice. The blue is very bright and there is lots of reflection.