The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
English revolvers

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.

Five shot percussion pocket revolver, Adams Patent, .32 cal., (#5278), with box and accoutrements.
 This finely crafted revolver, made in England, were well advanced ahead of its American counterparts.  This is the 19th century version of the concealed weapon and was popular then as now as a weapon of last resort for self defense.  This model is very high quality and would have been an expensive weapon sold to a wealthy owner.  The grips are single wood finely carved, metal is fully blued, showing considerable art work.  Marks: on top of barrel, "MANUF'd by C. D. DULY AND LEGALLY LICENSED", right side of frame: ADAM'S PATENT" and serial number, left side of frame "ADAMS / 1851/ PATENT", cylinder: and frame each show a makers cartouche, frame is adorned with various artistic designs.  Serial number, "5278" appears at least twice, right side frame and cylinder.  This revolver arrived with a box, thought to be original, that includes a flask with American patriotic symbolism, a bullet mold for a round ball, two tools, and a box containing various bullets and caps.  Everything fits in the box, it is likely original and the presence of American symbolism on the flask suggests this was specifically made to be sold in the American market.  Period of manufacture is estimated 1850's.  Octagon barrel length 4.62in. .32 cal, estimated.

W1118     Five shot percussion pocket revolver, Adams Patent, .32 cal., (#5278), with box and accoutrements.

Percussion revolver, Dean & Adams, English manufacture, .44 cal.
These very well made revolvers, made in England, were well advanced ahead of their American counterparts.  This is multi shot, single action and is believed to have been manufactured by Dean and Adams.  Mark on top of frame is makers name, mark on both sides of the frame, "TRANTORS / PATENT, serial number on cylinder.  More information needed.

W0566     Percussion revolver, Dean & Adams, English manufacture, .44 cal., (#12850)