|These pistols have plain cylinders and are considered developmental in nature. Waldo
Nutter, in his Manhattan Firearms book, suggests that "...the ornamentation of ivory and
engraving might indicate that this revolver was made for the purposes of exhibition and
sales promotion." There was a frenzy of revolver sales to soldiers early in the Civil War and
it was difficult to meet the demand. These Manhattans may have been sold to a soldier who
wanted something out of the ordinary!