EAGLE ARMS CO. Antique PLANTS Front Loading .30 Cup Primed Revolver HOLSTER
Great Little Leather Holster Rig!
Here we present an antique Eagle Arms Company Cup Primed Plant’s Front Loading Pocket Revolver and Leather Holster, made circa 1864 in New York, New York. The legendary firearms agents Merwin & Bray of New York City financed the manufacture of this revolver, and they were produced by Plant’s Manufacturing Company. Only 20,000 were made of all types.
This was one of the few relatively successful designs that made it around the Smith & Wesson owned Rollin White Patent for the bored through cylinder, which was held and vigorously defended until about 1869. This was done by keeping a “lip” at the back of each cylinder chamber, so that the cylinder was not completely bored through and was loaded from the front versus the back of the cylinder. This is why the ejector is located behind the cylinder. The ammunition was unique to this gun in that the bullet’s tip sat flush or below the neck of the cartridge and then neck was flush with the leading edge of the chamber. The back of the cartridge had a distinct cup-shape in which the primer was located. This cartridge was designed by Willard C. Ellis and John H. White, and they were granted the patent in July of 1859.
This represents the “Pocket” version of the design. There were belt-sized “Army” versions available as well. Though not a primary military arm during the American Civil War, handguns were commonly privately purchased by soldiers for use on the battlefield. Whether legend or fact, it is interesting to note something commonly read about pocket revolvers of the day: that while they could be used for self-defense against the enemy, many soldiers kept them on their person to defend themselves against an unwanted amputation in the primitive field hospitals that were notorious, even in their day.
The overall condition is near fine. Original blue and silver finish. The action (hammer/trigger) is excellent though the cylinder does not lock up due to a weak spring. The grips are in great shape. The holster is in very good condition and the flap has been reworked slightly. Fits like a glove! A handsome little rig!
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Barrel is 3-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .30 cup primed (teat-fire) cartridge
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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