Austin H. Freeman, Binghampton, NY, receives December 9th
1862 patent # 37,091
for a percussion revolver. According to a government's order HOARD's ARMORY,
Watertown, NY built 2,500 pieces.
Austin T. Freeman Army Model Revolver, Made by Hoard's Armory, Watertown
serial no. 162. .44 caliber percussion, 6-shot cylinder, 7
1/2-inch round barrel with mortised front sight, on
FREEMAN'S PAT. DECR 9. 1862 HOARD'S ARMORY,
N.Y.> Blued finish
with case-hardened hammer and lever, oil-finished walnut grips.
Approximately 2,000 of these revolvers
manufactured. The solid frame and the recessed
nipples in cylinder were prominent marketing
features of the Freeman revolvers. See Arms
Gazette magazine, December 1979, pages 14, 17
and 38-40, specifically noting this revolver.
Circa 85% blue on barrel, remainder of revolver
95% blue and case-hardening, with some fading,
light oxidation. Tracking lines on cylinder.
Light storage marks and minor nicks on grips and
chipping on butt.
In left grip H. W.
Flayderman's # 7A-031
In good working order and NRA
very good condition