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Engraved BRITISH Antique .36 Cal. BAR HAMMER Percussion PEPPERBOX Revolver 1840s 6-Shot Self Defense Revolver
Engraved BRITISH Antique .36 Cal. BAR HAMMER Percussion PEPPERBOX Revolver
1840s 6-Shot Self Defense Revolver
Here we present an antique British Percussion Pepperbox Revolver, made circa the 1840s in Great Britain. This pepperbox is one of the smaller ones for this era, featuring 6 shots of .36 caliber ball. It was meant to be worn on a belt for self-defense. The mechanism is double action only with a bar-shaped hammer on top. The flutes on the barrel cluster each have a British firing proof mark.
This revolving pistol had percussion nipples integrated to the barrels. Made with a bar hammer and standard trigger, models have been encountered with or without an integral nipple shield. While simplifying shooting (no manual cocking of the hammer), the bar hammer did preclude the inclusion of usable sights. However, this early example of a double-action pistol must have been quite a selling point. As these were considered “point and shoot” short range defensive weapons or “belly guns”, the market did not seem to object to the limitation of not having sights.
The overall condition is fine. Original finish. Strong action. Nice bores. The grip is very good with sharp checkering. Floral engraved frame. Original case colors preserved on the frame. Here is a solid pepperbox that’s a force to be reckoned with.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 2-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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