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Spiller & Burr Pistol
Division of Military History & Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Spiller & Burr Pistol

Catalog #: 1980.0399.01161    Accession #: 1980.0399
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History


Spiller & Burr (Manufacturer)

Originally established in Richmond in 1861, Stiller & Burr soon moved to Atlanta.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 5" H x 12.5" W x 1.5" D

Physical Description

Spiller & Burr Confederate revolver; .38 caliber, Serial Number : 726-CS.

General History

This type of Spiller & Burr revolver is based on the Whitney revolver. Spiller & Burr had to use brass for the frame. They used iron which they twisted in an ingenious process, for the cylinder. the Whitney’s cylinder had been steel. They were only able to produce about 1,500 revolvers while Whitney produced over 30,000 during the war.


Country: United States
War: Civil War
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