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Antique Allen & Thurber Worcester Pepperbox 6 Shot .31 Caliber Cap and Ball SOLD
Antique Allen & Thurber Worcester Pepperbox 6 shot .31 caliber with fluted barrels. Pepperboxes in general were very popular in the 1850's and 60's as they fired multiple shots using a double action mechanism. They eliminated the process of cocking the hammer manually and allowed the carrier to fire quickly and rapidly if the situation dictated it. They were truly a formidable weapon at that time. This Allen & Thurber example is an all original 6 shot .31 caliber Pepperbox with a 3" inch barrel cluster. It was well-made and works properly even today. The scroll/floral engraving is still visible but has worn down over time. All of the stampings are clean and legible on the hammer and barrels. The original two piece walnut grips are in good condition overall and are free from any cracks. They are both numbered "526". The hammer, barrel cluster, frame, mainspring, grips, and frame are all numbered "525". This Pepperbox was probably carried quite a bit but rarely fired. It certainly was cared for and not abused given the mechanical condition. This was a very important design in the evolution of self defense pistols in the U.S., and this is a rare chance to get one that is still in working order. This would be an excellent addition to any antique firearms collection.
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Manufacturer: Allen & Thurber
Barrel Length: 3 Inch
Action: Double Action Only
Manufacture Date: 1847-1865