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Title: Hawes 1863 Gettysburg Commemorative Cased Set
Post by: sourdough on August 30, 2020, 03:58:43 PM
Well, folks, this is a new one on me. I used to visit October Country daily in December 2019/January 2020 when the Davis Collection was being sold for very good prices. These days I go there about every two weeks.

I found this oddity/curiosity there today, which was once part of Davis' collection (the man had a penchant for any non-mainstream revolvers). It is a Hawes 1863 Gettysburg Commemorative cased set, datecode XX7/1971. The photos provided do not show a manufacturer, nor does OC give a description of it. It is an 1851 Navy .36 which has a brass: frame, trigger guard, backstrap, CYLINDER, and BARREL! It has 2 proofmarks on the right side of the frame, one of which is poorly struck. I cannot imagine what manufacturer would provide a brass cylinder/barrel for proofing. Given the datecode I am thinking it maybe a C.O.M., DGG, Mainardi, ASP, or ?. I cannot imagine ASM, Uberti, or Pietta doing this. The SN is B595: even if the "B" denotes "brass" I cannot see 595 of these revolvers being produced.

I will enquire OC as to any other info/markings on the revolver after I post this.

It is for sale @ $400 plus $30 shipping. If I had $450 cash just sitting around I might purchase it because of its rarity but mad money here these days is slim. I would bet it will languish on OC for some time.

https://www.octobercountry.com/1863-navy-36-cal-gettysburg-special-edition-hawes-firearms/

If anyone has any info about this, I would be the first to want to know before I post a thread about it on the sister The Black Powder Revolver Collector Forum.

Thanks in advance!

Please look at photo #5. The Hawes barrel stamp is in a completely different font than the "BLACK POWDER ONLY" factory stamp font just below it. Does anyone recognize the BPO font as it pertains to which Italian manufacturer? I think I have seen it before but it's going to take a bit of research to find a similar one.

(https://i.ibb.co/3W6XHzF/Hawes-Gettysburg-001.jpg) (https://ibb.co/RPrnWy6)

(https://i.ibb.co/1dC6mBP/Hawes-Gettysburg-002.jpg) (https://ibb.co/yYzSQKZ)

(https://i.ibb.co/Phsvh0Y/Hawes-Gettysburg-003.jpg) (https://ibb.co/mqrVqgB)

(https://i.ibb.co/swsW5xL/Hawes-Gettysburg-004.jpg) (https://ibb.co/HzGhNwm)

(https://i.ibb.co/kH9JLw7/Hawes-Gettysburg-005.jpg) (https://ibb.co/j6WzCQN)

(https://i.ibb.co/LCvBz9K/Hawes-Gettysburg-006.jpg) (https://ibb.co/19bBfRc)

(https://i.ibb.co/5MfGPcj/Hawes-Gettysburg-007.jpg) (https://ibb.co/h7tLS8d)

Regards,

Jim
Title: Re: Hawes 1863 Gettysburg Commemorative Cased Set
Post by: Fingers McGee on August 30, 2020, 08:03:32 PM
Ive had both the Gettysburg and Ft Sumpter versions.  There should be a DGG stamp under the barrel.  My serial numbers were b005 and a005 IIRC. 
Title: Re: Hawes 1863 Gettysburg Commemorative Cased Set
Post by: Captainkirk on August 31, 2020, 07:48:19 AM
My guess is that the cylinder and barrel are brass plated. A quick peek down the bore and cylinders would give you a confirmation on that.
Title: Re: Hawes 1863 Gettysburg Commemorative Cased Set
Post by: mike116 on August 31, 2020, 09:34:47 AM
My guess is that the cylinder and barrel are brass plated. A quick peek down the bore and cylinders would give you a confirmation on that.

Or a magnet....
Title: Re: Hawes 1863 Gettysburg Commemorative Cased Set
Post by: Captainkirk on August 31, 2020, 10:00:50 AM
My guess is that the cylinder and barrel are brass plated. A quick peek down the bore and cylinders would give you a confirmation on that.

Or a magnet....

That too. L@.