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TRANTER'S PATENT
SPURR TRIGGER REVOLVER
MANUFACTURED EXPRESSLY FOR
D. KERNAGHAN & COMPANY
NEW ORLEANS

This is a very rare agent marked New Orleans Tranter 36 caliber pistol.  It dates to approximately 1860.  The top of the barrel marked "Manufactured expressly for "D. KERNAGHAN & COMPANY, NEW ORLEANS - W. TRANTER'S PATENT".   The serial number of the gun is 11473, which places it just before the American Civil War.  The gun retains all of its principal markings and engraving but there is only the slightest hint of finish left.  It has a pleasant light patina and solid checkered wood grip.  It is complete and functions quite nicely.  Agent marked D. Kernaghan pistols are quite rare.  The books I have indicate that Kernaghan was an importer and retailer in New Orleans between 1855 and 1860.   New Orleans dealers were major importers of firearms just prior to the advent of the American Civil War.  This one would be among the rarest and considered by most collectors to be a secondary Confederate handgun.  SOLD!!