The must have modified the tooling some though.Spiller & Burr were entrepreneurs...
It has been said that parts from the original Whitney are interchangeable with the original Confederate S&B as they were produced on the same tooling.
Agreed. IIRC, the tooling came from the Harper's Ferry armory and was transported to Richmond(?). It was then moved to the CSA armory in Georgia under the direction of Burton, who commanded the armory. The strange thing about the S&B revolvers is that the original contract with the CSA called for 15,000 "Colt style revolvers".They must have modified the tooling some though.
Notice in my pictures above, the brass framed Spiller & Burr has considerably more material where the barrel screws into the frame.
Correct. You have (had) the First Model.From Flayderman's Guide, I learned that the Second model reduced this material from approx. 7/8" to 5/8" creating a gap between the cylinder and frame of about 1/4". This exposed the barrel threads so like the Remington New Army, the threads could scrape the fouling off of the front of the cylinder and reduce it's tendency to "lock up".
Looks like a Whitney? Spiller & Burr used bronze frames. Alloy meets current specs for "Valve Bronze" (a.k.a. Navy M, or Steam Bronze). Chemistry nominal 88% copper 6% tin, 4% zinc and 1.5% lead.
IF YOU WELD UP THIS OLD CYLINDER YOU WILL GREATLY, GREATLY DIMINISH THE VALUE. COLLECTORS LIKE OLD GUNS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN MONKEYED WITH.It's an earlier one...
All the all the internals are repops. This hammer may be original. The cylinder was worn out and I will have to weld it up and recut it, then age it... Gonna make all new standard screws and age them...
I am literally an antique firearms dealer. This is how I make a living. I would think that I have a better knowledge in regards to what the market wants.Rabbit, I fear you are loosing money. No one (sane) wants to shoot this thing.
Collectors are impressed with history, not modren repairs no matter how skillfully done.
Really. I have been a collector since late childhood. Member Kentucky Rifle Association, Pennsylvania Antique Gun Collectors Ass'n, Michigan Antique Arms Collectors. OK, you do not believe me, I am obviously full of it -
So ask some person with an actual antique (1800's or earlier) gun collection.
Then you can tell me to shut up.