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Kerr revolver in a studio photo

Discussion in 'Civil War Weapons and Ammunition' started by Ralph Heinz, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Ralph Heinz

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    This photo appeared recently on Ebay and shows a union artillery private with a Kerr revolver stuck in his belt. While I believe the revolver was probably a studio prop as heavy artillery men didn't carry pistols unless they were private purchase and there is no holster on the man's belt, it is a very rare photo showing one of these English revolvers. Based on the background which appears to be a professional photographer's studio, this photo may have been taken in a large city like Washington and the artillery soldier may have served in its defense.

    Does anyone have another Civil War photograph showing a Kerr revolver? I've posted it here instead of on the photograph forum specifically because of the interest in firearms.
    Arty soldier with Kerr revolver.jpeg
     
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  3. Jobe Holiday

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    It is a very rare photo to include a Kerr revolver. I do not recall ever seeing another. Does anyone know of any Kerr revolvers having been imported by the North?
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    It's my understanding some Kerr revolvers were sold commercially (both in Great Britain and in the US) between 1859 and 1861. Perhaps it is one of those. I agree it is most likely a studio prop. Definitely a rare image and perfect for displaying with a Kerr revolver.
     
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  6. Ralph Heinz

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    That older post showed a revolver much too small for a Kerr. The Kerr is basically the same size as a Beaumont-Adams and the same caliber. Barrel lengths are nearly the same. I don't own a Kerr but have three Beaumont-Adams .44 cal. revolvers so I can hold one like the rebel soldier in that photo and see the obvious difference.
     
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    Well not imported by the US, but per Executive Document #99-18681 reveals the US purchased 16 Kerr Revolvers from Schuyler Hartley and Graham of NY at $18.00 each in November 1861. Info from Jan. 1979 Gun Report in article by Henry Gaidis
     
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    The NRA blogsite today has a nice image of the Jefferson Davis Kerr revolver, the one he carried when he fled Richmond in April, 1865.
     
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    Hmmm.... I wonder what happened to the original image of the soldier with the Kerr revolver that was on eBay. Did someone buy it? I would be interested in it.
     

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