The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Manhattan revolvers

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.

Five shot percussion revolver, Manhattan, Series IV, .36 cal.
The Manhattan revolver is very similar to the Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver, is a percussion fired five shooter, .36 caliber, manufactured by Manhattan Firearms Co., Newark New Jersey, approximately 78,000 were manufactured from 1859 to 1868, series IV is numbered approximately 45,200 to 69,200.   Standard design employed an octagon barrel, barrel and cylinder held in place and easily removed for loading by releasing removable wedge, three screws, rounded cylinder with notches, rounded brass trigger guard, brass back strap, walnut grips.  Top of barrel is marked " MANHATTAN ARMS CO NEWARK NJ / PATENTED MARCH 8, 1864"Cylinder is marked: PATENTED DEC 27, 1859" and artwork. Matching serial number, appears four times, underneath on both sections of frame, trigger guard, backstrap.  Octagon barrel length 6.5 in.
Ref:  Flayderman 5C-014.

W1201     Five shot percussion revolver, Manhattan, Series IV, .36 cal., (#62682)