SETTLER-INDIAN Fight Scene MANHATTAN 7-Shot .22 Caliber Revolver Antique
FANCY Grips & ENGRAVING with PURSE HOLSTER!
Here we present an antique Engraved Manhattan Arms Pocket Revolver in .22 Rimfire, made in Newark, New Jersey circa the late 1850s to early 1860s. 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 American Standard Tool (the successor to Manhattan) revolver commenced after S&W’s Rollin White patent expired in 1869, the Manhattan Firearms Mfg. Co. 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 blatant 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.
In addition, there is extra factory scroll engraving on the barrel, deluxe grips, and a silver finish throughout.
The overall condition is fine. Original silver finish has been preserved on the frame, cylinder, and barrel. The action is strong. Numbers match. The cylinder scene is intact. The bore is semi-bright. Fancy grain grips are in very good shape with a smooth finish. The period purse holster is in fantastic condition. This is a very nice carry revolver for the Gilded Age or Wild West eras!
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Barrel is 3-3/16 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire (short)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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