FRANK WESSON SUPERPOSED SWIVEL BREECH Pistol .32 Rimfire c1870s FW Antique
1 of 3,000! Scarce 2-Shot Over Under Deringer
Here we present an antique Frank Wesson Swivel Breech Superposed Over/Under Pocket Pistol made circa 1868-80 in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is estimated that less than 3,000 of these two shot pistols were manufactured during its 12 year production run. The barrels rotate for loading and firing, and it has a serrated hammer and a smooth bird’s head butt with rosewood grips.
Pistols of all sorts had by then become a common mode of pocket-sized firepower, though small revolvers were quickly eclipsing the single shot design. This would have likely been intended as a self-defense gun. In a day when the single shot pistol was popular, this over/under pistol would have been a very handy self-defense weapon to have around, having two shots to fire off instead of one! This little self-defense pistol would have been most at home in the pocket or belt of anyone in the busy cities of New York or Chicago during the tumultuous times of the mid to late-1800s. Men would carry them concealed in a waistcoat pocket or tucked inside one’s belt and women would hide them in a hand muff.
The overall condition is very good. The action is excellent. The bores are bright with good rifling. The grips are sound.
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Barrels are 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .32 Short Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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