CIVIL WAR Era Antique C. SHARPS .22 PEPPERBOX Wild West RIVERBOAT GAMBLER
Mfg. 1859-74 Model 1 Pocket Pepperbox Revolver
Here we present an antique Christian Sharps Model 1 Pepperbox Pistol, made during its production run between 1859 and 1874 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christian Sharps invented his famously 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. Over the decade and half that Sharps produced his little pistols, some 156,000+ would be manufactured in four basic types.
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 good. The action function, but the trigger spring is weak. All four bores are in very good shape. Solid markings. Both grips are carved and remain seated firmly with minimal handling wear.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrels are 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE. Delivered directly to your door by express mail!
Guaranteed AUTHENTIC & Includes CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY.