S&W PATENT INFRINGEMENT Antique LUCIUS W. POND Scarce Lucius Pond Tip-Up Belt Revolver
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S&W PATENT INFRINGEMENT Antique LUCIUS W. POND
Scarce Lucius Pond Tip-Up Belt Revolver
Here we present an antique Lucius W. Pond Belt Revolver, manufactured circa 1862 in Worcester, Massachusetts. This Civil War era single action revolver was the subject of a patent infringement lawsuit in 1862, by Pond, of the Rollin White Patent from 1855, which was owned by Smith and Wesson. The court ruled in favor of Smith and Wesson. However, Pond, along with Bacon, Moore, and Warner (who were also found infringing on the patent) were able to continue producing the Belt Revolver on the grounds that they would be marked “Manuf’d for Smith & Wesson Pat’d April 3, 1855”. The final run of 4,486 were marked as the court demanded, with production ending in 1870.
The Belt Revolver had several distinctive features. The most notable of them is the small trigger and no trigger guard. This was combined with a single action mechanism and a break open frame, allowing the shooter to load the cylinder. However, the hinge was located above the cylinder, rather than below as had become the norm. This allowed the cartridges to fall out of the cylinder, as it would be pointed downwards.
The Belt Revolver was chambered to fire one of two different calibers. Those designated as “Navy” models were chambered for .32 rimfire cartridges, while the “Army” model was chambered to accept .44 rimfire cartridges. This revolver features six shots of .32 rimfire, making it the “Navy” model. The left side of the barrel is marked “MANUF’D FOR SMITH & WESSON PAT’D APRIL 3, 1855”. The top of the barrel is marked “L.W. POND WORCESTER MASS. PAT’D JULY 10, 1860”.
This revolver is similar to the S&W Model No. 2 in several ways, including the tip up barrel design for loading and unloading. However, the Pond’s hinge is located at the rear of the frame and is more robust, making it less prone to wobble.
The overall condition is very good. The iron parts are gray. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The rosewood grips are in fine shape. Strong bore. The action is excellent. Here is a great looking, scarce Pond Revolver with Smith & Wesson markings and history!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 5 inches.
Caliber: .32 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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