Here's nice, all original and functional M1854 Lefaucheux Pinfire Revolver in 12mm. Original records indicate that the Union imported more than 13,000 12mm pinfire revolvers from France, along with 2.2 million cartridges. Union-imported guns fall in the serial number range 25,000-87,000; putting this revolver squarely in the range of Union-bought guns with a serial number in the high 31,000 range.
George Schuyler of Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, was the North's primary purchasing agent of M1854 Pinfire Revolvers; purchasing a majority of the guns directly from the Lefaucheux factory in Paris. However, a number of other importers supplied pinfires to the North for both government issue and private purchase. They include: Herman Boker, George Raphael (who provided the Raphael revolvers to the US), Alexis Godillot of Paris (who provided the Perrin revolvers to the US) and even Tiffany & Company.
This particular Lefaucheux is in good functional condition and is very likely a Union-imported gun, as it falls within the known serial number range of Federally-purchased guns. Plus it is a legitimate French-made pinfire; not one of the licensed Belgian copies that are often encountered on the collector market.
The weapon is in good condition. The action functions well with a good lock up on full cock. The loading gate and plunger are both intact and original - a rare feature for these guns.
Externally, this pinfire shows a great smooth patina with no areas of major rust or pitting. The grips are in great shape with no chips or cracks.