11mm and 8mm Pidault & Cordier (Raphael) Cartridges

Posted on January 24th, 2014

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What is commonly known as the Raphael cartridge was initially patented by a Frenchman named Charles Carroll Tevis in 1856. He was associated with a man named Pidault Martial and together they improved the patent and released the first Pidault centerfire revolver in 1858. Then on May 28, 1860 Pidault, in conjunction with Charles Cordier, patented this variation which has become known as the Pidault Cordier Revolver. A very similar revolver which does not have any markings on it by Pidault & Cordier was used in the American Civil War. It uses this same cartridge and is thought to be based on the same patent. On September 21, 1861 106 of these 11mm revolvers were purchased by the Union from George Raphael, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, for $26.33 each; making them one of the most expensive revolvers of the war. Some were stamped “Raphael / Paris” on the barrel. It is unknown if Pidault & Cordier or someone else manufactured these Raphael-marked revolvers.

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  • Sheri

    We found a box of No. 2 Cooper Primers for Shot Shells and Cartridges (Adapted to Black Powder) The Union Metallic Cartridge Co., Bridgeport, County, U.S.A. while remodeling. A little beat-up, but the green box is readable, and it still has close to half of the primers in it yet. Any idea of it’s value?