Antique CIVIL WAR Era SHARPS Model 3 .32 Caliber Rimfire PEPPERBOX Revolver
4 Shot Self Defense Pocket Gun
Here we present an antique Sharps & Hankins Model 3 Pepperbox Revolver in .32 Rimfire, made circa 1862 to 1867 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christian Sharps invented his famously namesake large bore, breech-loading rifle in 1848, after practicing gun-making under John Hall at Harpers Ferry Armory. In 1859, he premiered another unique design in the 4-barreled pepperbox pistol with a unique revolving firing pin, made for 19th Century concealed carry.
This repeating design was able to utilize the new rimfire ammunition like Smith & Wesson, without infringing on Smith & Wesson’s Rollin White Patent for bored through chambers on a revolver’s cylinder. This gave Sharps a leg up in the market since everyone else either had to produce single shot pistols, come up with an alternate ammunition and weapon design, or just stick with percussion until the patent expired. They made very nice, easy to use and compact firearms for 19th Century conceal and carry!
The overall condition is near fine. Nice original blue finish. The action is strong, even the firing pin rotates tightly all the way around. All four bores are in fine shape remaining bright. The numbers match. Ersatz barrel release button. A true eye-catcher from Christian Sharps!
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Barrel is 3-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .32 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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