BRITISH PROOFED Antique .31 Cal. Bar Hammer Percussion PEPPERBOX Revolver
FLORAL SCROLL ENGRAVED Double Action Revolver
Here we present an antique Engraved British Proofed Bar Hammer 6-shot Percussion Pepperbox pistol made circa the 1850s likely in Birmingham, England. This example is much like the Allen & Thurber and Allen & Wheelock pepperbox revolvers being made in Worcester, Massachusetts during the same time period. Percussion nipples were integrated to the barrels. Made with a bar hammer and standard trigger, models have been encountered with or without an integral nipple shield. While simplifying shooting (no manual cocking of the hammer), the bar hammer did preclude the inclusion of usable sights. However, this early example of a double-action pistol must have been quite a selling point. As these were considered “point and shoot” short range defensive weapons or “belly guns”, the market did not seem to object to the limitation of not having sights.
Made circa the mid-1850s, these pistols enjoyed even greater popularity than Sam Colt’s first pistol. The history that these pistols enjoyed over the years is astounding: the Seminole Wars, Gold Rush, Mexican War and American Civil War. These guns are true relics of American, and with this example, British history.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bores are in good shape for their ages. Sharply engraved frame. Solid grips. Each flute is British proofed.
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Barrel is 2-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .31 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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