ENGRAVED Antique CIVIL WAR Era MANHATTAN ARMS .31 Caliber POCKET Revolver
With 5 Inch Octagon Barrel and CYLINDER SCENE
Here we present a Engraved Manhattan Arms Percussion Pocket Revolver, made between February 1860 and December 1862 in Newark, New Jersey. Manhattan Fire Arms Co. was founded in 1856 specifically to capitalize on the soon to be expiring Colt patents in 1857. This strategy worked very well for the company and they began by making high quality and very close copies of both Colts and other popular pistols with expired patents. These revolvers greatly resemble the Colt Model 1849 Pocket and 1851 Navy revolvers. In fact, Manhattan’s copies of Colts were so close that Colt tried to kill their production with a lawsuit, even though their patent had expired.
Manhattan’s revolvers were very well received by the public. The company never received U.S. military contracts, except for a small delivery, most likely on the regimental level. Nevertheless, many Manhattan revolvers found themselves on smoky Civil War battlefields, purchased privately by officers and soldiers, and they were certainly in use at home. The war created a vast and unquenchable market for firearms of all types.
The overall condition is good. This one has pitting throughout the exterior and a grey patina. The action is in good working order. The bore is in good condition with sharp rifling. The grips have a very nice grain to them and remain smooth and solid.
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Barrel is 5 inches.
Caliber: .31 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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