Plant Revolver - Inventory Number: HAN 137
Marked: “Merwin and Bray
This is a rare example of a brass frame .42 caliber “cup primed” large frame or Army size Plant’s Manufacturing Company Front-Loading Revolver. The six shot, front loading Plant patent revolver, was produced by the Plant’s Manufacturing Company of New Haven, CT. Approximately 8,000 of these revolvers were produced during the mid-1860s, firing their patented “cup primed” cartridge. The Plant’s Manufacturing Company was financed by Merwin & Bray, who also acted as the sales agents and exclusive distributor for the products.
This “Army” Revolver became a popular choice for the armed citizen and military officer of the mid-1860’s. The robust, solid frame design was much stronger than its direct competitor the Smith & Wesson #2 “Old Army”, and the .42 cartridge packed more punch than the S&W in .32 rimfire.
Inventory Number: HAN 137