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This rarely seen Mod. 1854 factory decorated Luxury Mod. 1854 LaFaucheux revolver sports the telltale finger rest trigger guard with the Chinaman's Hat oval diamond but cap indicative of early production of the popular so called Cavalry Model 12mm pin-fire. The arm offers Gothic lettered E. Lefaucheux, B té in Paris markings on it's 155mm / 6 1/8 inch barrel and classic Lefaucheux marking with the serial number LF2923 of approximately Sept. / Oct. 1857 manufacture. In the white with no evidence of ever having been blued, this rare revolver was referred to as the Luxury model by the manufacturer reflecting its heavy engraving with rare black ebony carved grips. The gun remains in pleasing as found condition with good age and evidence of originality. Complete save the ejector rod, this pinfire revolver is tight and indexes but doesn't lock up due to a slightly week or dirty trigger return spring which functions but lacks adequate pressure. (The cylinder and hammer lock up if pressure is placed on the trigger pushing it forward when drawing the single action hammer.) A little oil may correct this but the arm is offered entirely as is in order to preserve historic integrity and obvious period originality of its identification to New Orleans Colonel Gustave A. Breaux commander of the 30th Louisiana Infantry (Sumter Regiment). As shown in our illustrations the frame bears, after manufacture but clearly period, die marking Gust. A. Breaux.
A common import into heavily French connected Louisiana, it is not surprising that this highly ornate Lefaucheux was destine for use and carrying by a member of the New Orleans elite such as Gustave Breaux. One of the several biographical references we found, this one from A History of Lafayette Parish, Louisianaby Harry Lewis Griffin, advises that Colonel Breaux represented the best traditions of the old French stock of Louisiana Born of well to do stock Breaux graduated from Harvard with high honors, returned to New Orleans to establish a highly successful law practice. At the outbreak of the Civil War he entered Confederate service and through rapid promotion was made colonel of the 30th Louisiana Infantry. Appointed to command of the so called Sumter Regiment, Louisiana Militia Col. Breaux was actively engaged in all the battles of his regiment and was wounded several times. Col. Breaux's 30th Louisiana fought at Baton Rouge and Port Hudson where it was captured in July, 1863. Exchanged and reorganized, the regiment subsequently served with the Army of Tennessee in the Atlanta Campaign and Hood's Tennessee operations.
After the war Col. Breaux returned to New Orleans and his law practice eventually dividing his time between management of his Lafayette plantation and his library which consisted of the most complete French collection in New Orleans. Writings reflecting the Colonel's earlier and Civil War era life offer insight as to his post Civil War experience as well as his war time popularity with the ladies. (see: The Sweetness of Life: Southern Planters at Home by Eugene D. Genovese and Keep the Days: Reading the Civil War Diaries of Southern Women by Steven M. Stowe
A rare and desirable arm in and of itself, this highly ornate LaFaucheux offers unquestionably, period original, identification to the most experienced eye. With its connection to one of the most prominent New Orleans social and military leaders of of the era, this Mod. 1854 pin fire offers lots of good fodder for further research.
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A note about firearms: WE EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PURCHASER ASSUMES ALL LIABILITY FOR PURCHAS, CONTROL AND OWNERSHIP. PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH THE ABOVE.





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