Manhattan Firearms Co. "Navy" Series V 
Founded in 1855 in New York City, the Manhattan Firearms Company was a group of 18 businessmen who formed the company in order to engage in the manufacture and sale of firearms and related items. In the early years in New York the company did not actually produce any arms, but it would seem they were mostly engaged in importing and selling. Their manufacturing facility was In Norwich, CT (1857-59) and later in Newark NJ (1859-68). Thomas Bacon of later Bacon Mfg Co. fame was the superintendant at Manhattan. A later lawsuit between Manhattan and Bacon would reveal how closely the Bacon designs resembled those of Manhattan...
The .36 caliber "Navy" model was an early competitor to Colt's 1851 "Navy", and in every respect it is similar to that design. It was never offcially adopted by the government as a side arm however many soldiers during the civil war carried Manhattan's as a secondary weapon. 
This particular specimen is from the "Series V", identifiable by the two- line address (MANHATTAN FIREARMS CO. NEWARK, NJ / PATENTED MARCH 8, 1864), the six-shot cylinder and the serial number range (1 to 9000) - a new range from previous Series which would suggest that Manhattan thought this one to be a distinctively different model. It would have been made after the war, between 1867 and 1868. It is in fine condition, with sharp markings and a reasonably well preserved roll engraving on the cylinder. All numbers match, on the barrel, frame, wedge and cylinder. The nipples are clean and un-damaged, the bore is bright and the rifling sharp. The grips are free of cracks and missing chips, and show moderate handling marks and scrapes. The brass grip frame retains about 30% tarnished silver plating, while the steel parts are covered in an old plum-brown patina. Mechanically excellent, with a properly indexing cylinder, proper lock-up and half-cock position. SN 5572, rated fine overall.


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