CIVIL WAR Era ALLEN & WHEELOCK Antique CENTER HAMMER Percussion .32 Pistol
Single Shot Pistol Made Circa 1856-65
Here we present an antique Allen & Wheelock Center Hammer Percussion Single Shot Pistol in .32 Caliber made in Worcester, Massachusetts circa 1856-65. This is one of only a few thousand made and designed to be a very simple and slender conceal and carry, self-defense pistol in the turbulent mid-19th Century.
Ethan Allen was a true family man, investing and partnering with a nephew in a New York sporting goods retailer, hiring another brother-in-law, Thomas Wheelock, who was eventually made a partner, and similarly hiring and later making partner his two sons-in-law Sullivan Forehand and Henry Wadsworth. This little pistol would have been made early in the Allen & Wheelock era which ran from 1856 through 1865 and very likely saw time on the Civil War battlefield.
The overall condition is good. Light gray patina. Strong action. Good bore for its age. Markings are legible. Both grips are in good shape with average handling wear.
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Barrel is 4-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .32 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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