Are there any knowledgeable Civil War revolver guys here? I dug out an old revolver and think it is worth more than a paperweight. I looked online and this is what I could easily find:
Model M1854 E. LeFaucheux 12mm pinfire revolver.
Marked: INVR BREVETE & several stamped inspector marks on barrel & frame
Seems to be a US Cavalry model with finger rest type trigger guard & original varnished grips, 2 notches. This manufacturer shipped serial numbers 25067 thru 36900 between Sept 1861 to June 1862 to the Union Army. This is s/n 34859. Also seen online was 34376 (sold $1,260), 35943 (sold $725). This definitely looks like an original, not reproduction. The metal has a old patina. It is missing the ejector rod. The loading gate opens fine, hammer & trigger works and the cylinder spins.
Any idea of the value? If anybody is interested, I will reactivate a premium membership and offer it for sale the right way. Thanks all for your consideration and hope someone can add to what I know or think about this great old piece.