SCARCE Antique ALLEN & WHEELOCK .31 Cal. PERCUSSION Small Pocket Revolver
Here we present an antique Allen & Wheelock Small Frame Double Action Percussion Pocket Revolver, made circa 1858-61 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Also known as the “Transition Pepperbox-revolver”, this model was manufactured circa 1858 into the early 1860s with a total production of only about 1,000. The small frame model is identical in profile to that of the medium and large frame, but with a hammer that is evenly rounded.
The left barrel flat is marked “ALLEN & WHEELOCK. WORCESTER, MA./ALLEN’S PATENT APRIL 16 1845” and the cylinder is roll engraved with a wooded scene with deer and a marsh scene with ducks. The matching serial (batch) number “689” is marked on the inside of each grip panel, on the lower right rear barrel flat and on the right side of the front strap under the grip. The hammer spring and cylinder are also numbered “689”. The revolver is manufactured without sights (for up close and personal work), blue finish with casehardened cylinder and hammer, and fitted with smooth varnished walnut grips.
The overall condition is very good. Great cylinder scene clarity. The action is excellent. The bore is in nice shape with sharp rifling. The grips are solid and smooth. A great little piece!
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Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .31 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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