GILDED AGE Antique Engraved AMERICAN STANDARD TOOL Tip-Up .22 Revolver
Manufactured by MANHATTAN FIREARMS Co. with PEARL GRIPS
Here we present an antique Factory Engraved American Standard Tool Co. Tip-Up .22 Rimfire Revolver, made circa 1870 in Newark, New Jersey. This small, 7 shot .22 revolver was a direct copy of the successful Smith & Wesson Model No. 1 Second Issue Revolver. While the making of the AST revolver commenced after S&W’s Rollin White patent expired in 1869, the Manhattan Firearms Mfg. Co. (the predecessor to American Standard Tool) made direct and quality copies of the S&W pistol without any regard to their patent infringement. The Manhattan Co. became part of AST in 1868 after briefly closing its doors. Interestingly, Manhattan was also famous for its virtual copies of Colt’s patents. In some ways, this is not terribly different than what goes on today in the firearms industry. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The cylinder scene on these revolvers features settlers and Native Americans in a desperate fight. Cylinder scenes served multiple purposes at this time, primarily to make a gun difficult to forge, but certainly you can see the aesthetic value and the advertising that this one does for itself. A fascinating, if dark and gruesome, peek into mid-19th century America.
The overall condition is fine. Original nickel finish. The action is strong and tight all around. The mother of pearl grips are luminescent and firmly seated. The bore is in good shape. A gorgeous little revolver from 1870s New Jersey!
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Barrel is 3-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire (short)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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