Very Nice All Original Sharps Model 1A Four Shot Pepperbox Derringer, .22 RF cal, mfg 1859-1874. This is a great example of one of the most popular hide away guns of the Civil War/Wild West era. Matching serial numbers visible on the butt and under the barrel cluster. The brass frame retains approx. 70% original Silver finish which has lightly begun to wear from handling along the high spots and forward of the trigger. The barrel cluster shows about 20% original bluing which has turned plum with more vivid traces visible in protected areas between the individual barrels. The original carved hard rubber grips show light wear and fading from exposure to sunlight. There is a very small chip on the rear toe of the left grip, and the fit of the grips is slightly off probably due to movement under sunlight and heat. Original trigger, hammer, and brass bead front sight. The barrel cluster slides forward, stops, and clicks back into place freely. There is a very small chip or gouge next to the barrel release button on the frame. The action is tight and functions perfectly including the rotating firing pin. Bores could use a little cleaning but all have good, strong rifling. A fine looking little Sharps pepperbox! Allen & Thurber Worcester "Baby Dragoon" Medium Size Percussion Pepperbox, .32 cal, mfg. ca. 1847-1865 with 5" barrels. This relatively scarce variant is slightly larger than the pocket and standard size Allen pepperboxes, but not quite a Dragoon model. The frame and nipple shield are lightly engraved, and the metal has a silvery/gray color with no original finish remaining. The original wood grips fit excellent and are in quite nice condition with no chips or cracks. "ALLEN'S PATENT / 1845" is stamped on the bar hammer, while "ALLEN & THURBER / WORCESTER" is stamped on the barrel cluster. The hammer cocks and fires tight with a pull of the trigger, however the cylinder does not rotate as it should (spins freely). The nipples are all clean originals. Overall a large and attractive pepperbox that displays very nicely. Wonderful Brass Cannon Barrel Percussion Pocket or "Muff" Pistol with Lanyard, .45 cal smoothbore, mfg. ca. 1850's. This would have been an ideal hideaway gun for all walks of life during the mid 19th century. The gun is unmarked but is probably English made (possibly American?) The brass cannon barrel measures 3 1/8" long, with the entire pistol measuring just under 7 1/4". The brass has a pleasing mellow patina while the hammer and tang are a faded plum/blue color. The original wood grips feature checkered panels surrounded with star or flower punched motifs. There are no cracks, chips, or repairs, and the wood has a great untouched look showing traces of original varnish. A leather lanyard is tied through the grips with an old collector's tag attached. The action is strong and for the most part works very well, however sometimes the trigger needs to be pushed forward ever so slightly to allow the hammer to engage full cock. A fine and impressive little gun! Rare & Unusual Dug Relic Factory Engraved Eben T. Starr Four Barrel Pepperbox Derringer, Fifth Model, .32 RF cal, mfg. 1864-1869. This interesting gun was dug near historic Hagerstown, Maryland. Only 2,000 of these were ever produced and very few were engraved. Those that were engraved new were most sent from the factory to New York engravers. The gun has perfect patina for a relic, with a dark brown untouched brass frame, heavily worn and eroded wood grips, and rusty iron components. The engraving and markings are very clear, and the hammer still pulls back though it does not lock into place. The barrel cluster freely opens, and the barrel release is missing. This is just a very neat and interesting gun that we only wish could talk! Scarce Manhattan Bar Hammer Percussion Single Shot Pocket Pistol with Purse Bag, .31 cal smoothbore, mfg. late 1850's with 2" barrel. Only about 1,500 of these were made, and they were the first production arm made by Manhattan Firearms. This example was most likely carried in a purse as a self defense hideaway gun. The accompanying bag which fits the gun perfectly could have doubled as a coin sack that could disguise the gun until the last moment in the event of a robbery. The gun features a lightly engraved frame with a nicely turned barrel and a simple double action style bar hammer. The triggerguard has been removed for better ease of access. The metal has an even plum patina, while the original wood grips have an untouched look with no chips or cracks. The action is strong and functions perfectly and the nipple is a clean original. Clear Manhattan New York address marked on the hammer. A neat little Civil War era gambler's or prostitute's style gun!
London's Oldest Surviving Gunmaker!
RARE Smith & Wesson .38 Double Action Fourth Model Revolver sold by Cogswell & Harrison, London, in Excellent Condition, .38 S&W cal, mfg. approx. 1906-1908. This gun is absolutely gorgeous, showing 95% bright factory blue finish and vivid case color on the hammer and trigger. It features the shortest barrel offered at 3 1/4", and is British proofed on the cylinder, barrel, and frame. The Cogswell & Harrison address is engraved on the left side of the barrel; "Cogswell & Harrison Ltd. / 141 New Bond St. & 226 Strand. London.". They are the oldest gunmakers in London.
This pistol was bought and re-sold by them when new. The grips have no chips or cracks, and the bore and action are perfect. A very unusual and pleasing example. We have had several British proofed Smiths but never one with a great address engraved like this. *Selling from my private collection*
Rare & Unusual Peanut Size Vest Pocket Percussion Pistol, Engraved with Ivory Grips & Turn Off Barrel, .36 cal smoothbore, mfg. ca. 1850. A most interesting curiosity, with the entire gun measuring just 4 1/2" long! The frame is nicely engraved and features a folding trigger. The 1 1/2" barrel features a very deep Damascus pattern and is Belgian proofed. Four notches on the muzzle indicate that the barrel was intended to be screwed off with a spanner and loaded from the breech. Nicely sculpted bolster with the clean original nipple intact. The hammer is missing. Original Ivory grips are nicely carved and show a pleasing mellow color. They have shrunken slightly from age. Overall just a great looking and really interesting little gun that should function with a properly fitted hammer. I can only imagine a fine 19th century dandy with this hidden away in his vest or sleeve! Allen & Thurber Worcester Six-Shot Percussion Pepperbox Revolver with Fluted Cylinder & Engraved Nipple Shield, .31 cal, mfg. 1850's. A good early pistol to display or restore. Barrel cluster measures just under 4" (overall length of gun 7 1/2"). The metal is an even gray/brown patina with worn floral engraving throughout. The wood grips are later replacements. The cylinder sluggishly rotates with the pull of the trigger, and the hammer does not cock or fire (it moves freely, but does not function). Hammer is marked "ALLEN'S PATENT 1845" and cylinder is marked "ALLEN & THURBER / WORCESTER". All nipples are intact, clean originals. A good looking little gun for the money! Percussion Remington New Model Pocket Revolver, Third Type, .31 cal, mfg. 1865-1870. Scarce original percussion New Model Pocket, all original. The gun appears to have been originally Nickel plated, though practically no finish is remaining. The metal has a lightly cleaned silvery patina overall. The original Walnut grips are in excellent condition, and the original German Silver front sight is intact. The action works well, but the cylinder needs just a tiny bit of help to lock in place when it is cocked. Probably just a little worn inside. Nipples are all clean, and the barrel address is visible. The loading lever latch is missing. A sound example overall that deserves a little attention. Nickel Plated Lefaucheux Style Double Action Pinfire Revolver, WWII "Bring Back", 7mm, mfg. ca. 1865. This gun, along with several other antique guns, bayonets, and German WWII items, was found in the attic of a WWII veteran's home several years ago. They were presumably all smuggled home by the solider after the war and kept hidden in a box until being discovered by the new home owner. The gun retains 85% of it's original Nickel finish overall, with clear Belgian and Liege proof marks visible. The original wood grips are very nice with no chips or cracks. Original lanyard ring, fold down trigger, and 3 1/2" octagon barrel with post front sight. The pin that holds the loading gate to the frame has some slop in it, which is not allowing the gate to stay clicked shut. Once the pin is tightened up it will function fine. The action functions very well in both single and double action, though the timing could be a little better in single action. Bore is very dirty but has visible rifling. A good cleaning would improve it greatly. A very nice looking little gun with more original finish than you normally see!
Marlin No. 32 M1875
Large Vintage Reproduction Revolutionary War English Flintlock Military Pistol, .68 cal smoothbore, mfg. 1970's (blackpowder). The pistol measures 15 1/2" overall with a heavy 9 1/8" octagon barrel. The lock is lightly engraved and marked with a Crown over "GR", and the furniture is brass. The wood is very nice with no cracks or repairs, and only a few very minor chips along the front edge of the buttcap. Large brass front sight and original ramrod. The action is tight and functions flawlessly and the gun appears to have never been fired. A sturdy, well made gun with a great feel. RARE Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson .38 Double Action Third Model Revolver with Ivory Grips, .38 S&W cal, mfg. 1884-1895 with 3 1/4" barrel. Great example of a high quality belly gun! Totally untouched and with matching serial numbers throughout. The gun features a factory 3 1/4" barrel, the shortest offered, and is blued; rare for an engraved gun. The frame, barrel, and cylinder have turned to a pleasing plum patina, while the triggerguard and barrel latch bluing are very strong. Faded traces of case color on the hammer and trigger. The engraving is very crisp and untouched. There is a spot of some very light, old pitting on the left side of the frame near the barrel hinge. The gun has original, factory fitted Ivory grips that look just perfect. They fit the gun excellent, have nice wear and patina, and have no chips or cracks. The gun has a great look overall. The front and rear sights look to have been filed off during the period, leading us to think that this gun was carried by someone who intended to use it in close quarters, and had no use for the sights, or did not want them to get hung when pulling the gun out. The S&W markings are crisp, and the action works perfect. The bore is very good with strong rifling. Overall a fine example of a rare .38 Smith & Wesson that has a story to tell!
FACTORY ENGRAVED 1st MODEL!
Nickel Plated with S&W Pearl Grips
RARE Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson .32 Safety "Lemon Squeezer" First Model Double Action Revolver, Nickel Plated with Pearl Grips, .32 S&W cal, mfg. 1888-1898. Excellent example of a 1st Model Smith & Wesson with some rare factory features. 100% original, factory, and untouched with matching serial numbers throughout. The gun is fully engraved, and features approx. 90-95% bright original Nickel plating, with only minor flaking along some edges and the right side of the frame. The triggerguard shows 95% bright original bluing, and the trigger has vivid case color. Excellent factory fitted
Pearl grips with the S&W medallion. No chips or cracks, the grips are just perfect. The engraving is crisp and clean, as are all the S&W markings. The action works perfect, and the bore is excellent. This gun saw very little use if any. A truly impressive example of a factory engraved Smith & Wesson for the sophisticated collector.
Scarce War of 1812 Era Brass Barrelled English Flintlock Officer's Pistol, Converted to Percussion, .60 cal smoothbore, mfg. ca. 1815. This attractive pistol features a 9 1/8" brass barrel which is lightly engraved "LONDON" on top enclosed within a panel border. Additionally there are two proofs stamped on the left side of the breech. The pistol measures 14 3/4" long overall. The lock appears to have had a name which has since worn away. The wood shows an honest, original patina and features a brass escutcheon on the wrist. There appears to have been a little work done long ago in the typical spot behind the hammer to the right of the barrel tang, and there is a fine old 1 5/8" crack between the tip of the triggerguard to the base of the ramrod entry pipe. There is also a very small crack just under the forward tip of the lock, and a 1/2" crack forward of the rear lock screw. Engraved brass triggerguard with original brass ramrod pipes. The triggerguard has an old break behind the bow which is stable. The ramrod is missing however a replacement would be easy to make. The action is strong and crisp, and the nipple is a clean original. Overall a great looking brass barrelled pistol that would display perfectly with any War of 1812 or Alamo era collection! RARE Revolutionary War Flintlock Hessian Officer's Pistol with Pig's Head Butt, .52 cal smoothbore, mfg. 1760's. This is a fantastic piece for any Revolutionary War collection. The pistol measures 15 1/8" long overall with a 10" barrel. The lock is a very early style convex plate which is curved down slightly at the rear. The brass furniture is wonderfully sculpted throughout including a pig's head butt cap. The metal has been cleaned at some point and is bright, while the brass seems to still have a dull patina. The wood is carved in typical early/mid 18th century Germanic style and looks to have never been cleaned or sanded. There are a few very fine age cracks here and there but overall the wood is in very nice condition considering the gun's age. Original blade front sight, and the horn tipped ramrod is most likely an older expertly made replacement. The action functions perfect, it is crisp and tight. Any Revolutionary War era pistol is difficult to come by, but we rarely see something that would classify as a Hessian officer's gun. This is exactly what would have been carried by an officer at the Battles of Trenton, Princeton, or Brooklyn Heights. Halbach & Sons, Baltimore, Maryland, Attributed Brass Barrel American Flintlock Holster Pistol with Lion's Head Butt Cap, Converted to Percussion, .60 cal smoothbore, mfg. ca. 1790. Halbach & Sons produced a very limited number of officer's style pistols between approximately 1780-1800. This pistol comes from an old Massachusetts estate and had been attributed to this firm. Most of these guns are encountered with an American Eagle motif butt cap, and though this example features a Lion's head, many other features and details of the gun do distinctly resemble identified Halbach & Sons pistols. The brass barrel measures 8 5/8" long, with the entire pistol measuring 14 1/2" long. The front sight is a simple low brass blade. The lock appears unsigned and has been converted to percussion. The brass has an even mellow color while the metal components have an untouched gray patina. The wood has for the most part an old, worn appearance. The wrist appears to have once been broken entirely through and repaired long ago. The tip of the butt cap was lost during the break and it's channel filled with wood. The triggerguard was also broken behind and forward of the bow. There are also some fine age cracks near the muzzle along the left side. Brass sideplate, buttcap, and triggerguard are done in very similar pattern to Halbach & Sons. The triggerguard bow is somewhat loose from the repairs done. Old museum/collection inventory number "40" affixed to the left side of the stock. Original ramrod pipes and wood ramrod. The action is strong and works very well, and the nipple is a clean older replacement. An attractive pistol with great potential history that is worthy of restoration.
L. D. Nimschke Engraved
"Morgan Silver Dollar" Lady Liberty Panel Portrait
Original Design by George T. Morgan
Produced from 1878-1904, & 1921
Scarce Gold Washed M1873 Otis Smith Pocket Revolver with Rare L. D. Nimschke Engraving & Unique "Morgan Dollar" Lady Liberty Panel Portrait, .32 S&W cal, mfg. 1870's. These Otis Smith revolvers were produced in Connecticut throughout the 1870's and were actually of a higher quality compared to the similar Smith & Wesson .32's of the period. This example retains approx. 5% of it's original full Gold wash, the balance of the gun having turned a plum brown patina. The gun is fully engraved by L. D. Nimschke, and features a panel portrait on the left side of the frame of Lady Liberty, taken right from the Morgan Silver Dollar of the period. Other examples exist of this exact pattern done by Nimschke, and there is no doubt that it is his work. Known "portrait" revolvers include depictions of a woman (presumed his wife), and a Spanish Conquistador. This is the only example we are aware of done by Nimschke depicting George T. Morgan's Lady Liberty design from the Silver Dollar. The engraving is very presentable overall, with natural wear but totally untouched. The original Rosewood grips have a nice luster with no chips or cracks, and appear to have swelled slightly over the years. The action works very well, and the bore is good. Top of the frame is marked "SMITH'S PATENT / APRIL 15, 1873". The thread on tip of the cartridge extractor is missing, as well as the cylinder locking tab forward of the hammer. Both of these pieces could be easily replaced from a donar revolver. One cylinder chamber has a very old 1/2" long crack on the exterior. This could probably be fixed, but would need expert attention to do so. Overall this is a great little oddity, and a very rare and unusual representation of L. D. Nimschke's work. RARE High Condition New York Engraved Smith & Wesson No. 1 Third Issue Pocket Revolver, Nickel Plated with Pearl Grips, .22 cal, mfg. 1868-1881. This is a great little gun that was probably sent to M. W. Robinson in New York judging by the pattern of engraving. A factory letter should be ordered for the gun, but the engraving pattern and border match others that were engraved by the firm. Robinson was one of Smith & Wesson's largest retailers and did most of the "factory" engraving on Smith's from this period. The gun retains 98% bright original Nickel finish with no signs of wear or frosting. The engraving is crisp and sharp. The hammer shows vivid traces of original case color. The pearl grips are no doubt original to the gun (whether they are factory or New York installed is unknown). They have vibrant color and fit perfect. There is a tiny check on the inside edge of the right grip, but otherwise there are no chips or cracks. The action is crisp and functions flawlessly, and the barrel clicks tightly into place. Clear barrel address & serial number, and full original front sight. The bore is very good with minimal scattered black powder frosting. I think a quick cleaning would improve it greatly. This model is seldom encountered with engraving and the condition of this example would be hard to improve upon! High Condition Civil War Era Smith & Wesson Model No. 1 Second Issue Revolver with Ultra Rare Gutta Percha "Picture" Case, .22 RF Short cal, mfg. early 1860's. This is a fantastic, all original and untouched example of an early production Second Issue revolver which is accompanied by the original and very rare Gutta Percha case. The gun retains 98% original Silver finish on the frame, while the barrel shows 80%+ original bluing which is just showing slight wear and freckling. The cylinder has turned plum, yet still has notable bluing on the front face. The hammer has vivid Sharps Model 2A .30 Cal 4-Shot Pepperbox Derringer with Ivory Grips, Found Inside Period Hollow Book Case with Accessories, .30 RF cal, mfg. 1859-1874. This group was recently discovered in an old book collection! The hollow book box measures 7 1/2" wide, 5 5/8" deep, and about 2 5/8" thick. There are four small metal tabs on the bottom, so it was meant to sit flat. The underside of the box is marked "Made in Austria". Inside, the box is cloth lined, and filled with matching cloth that the pistol sits in. Along with the gun is a Ebony tipped brass cleaning rod, and a small clay pipe. The pistol is absolutely untouched and original, with vivid bluing in protected areas of the barrel, and traces of Silver remaining on the brass frame. The Ivory grips are factory original and fit the gun very well, with only minor shrinkage from age. The grips have a beautiful yellowish/red patina, with no chips or cracks. Clear, original markings, and the action works perfect. The bores are very good with strong rifling present. Overall a fantastic example of a scarce .30 cal Sharps presented in a very unusual and rare period box! James Reid "My Friend" Knuckle Duster Revolver, .22 cal, mfg. 1868-1882. Nicely engraved brass frame has turned a mellow patina, while the cylinder and other iron components have no original finish remaining. The mainspring has broken and will need to be replaced in order for the gun to function properly. As it sits the hammer pulls back strong and would cock if the spring was intact. Clear markings on the left side of frame. Overall a good looking little gun for the money that will only improve with some work. Rare L. D. Nimschke Factory Engraved Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Pocket Revolver, Nickel Plated with Pearl Grips, .32 RF cal, mfg. 1875-1887. This is a fantastic, all original and untouched example of a true Nimschke engraved 1875 Pocket Revolver. The gun retains approx. 65% original Nickel on the barrel and ejector rod, 75%+ on the cylinder, and about 5-10% on the brass frame, mostly within the protected areas of engraving. The engraving is crisp and sharp throughout. The original pearl grips have vibrant color with a perfect fit and absolutely no cracks or chips. Original barrel address markings are clear, and the front sight is the original German Silver blade. The action is tight and functions flawlessly. The bore appears to have strong rifling but is very dirty, it would benefit greatly from a proper cleaning. This is just a gem of a gun that is as original as they come and looks even better in person. Exceptional High Condition M1858 Remington New Model Army Civil War Issue Percussion Revolver, .44 cal, mfg. March 1864. By far one of the finest condition Civil War Remingtons we have offered. The gun was manufactured in March of 1864, and is a US martially marked revolver. The stars and bars became the official flag of the Confederacy in March '64, and Ulysses S. Grant became commander of all Union forces. This revolver is 100% original and untouched. It features various military inspection markes on the frame, cylinder, barrel, triggerguard, loading lever, and grips. The frame and backstrap retain 75% bright original bluing, just thinning to plum in areas that would commonly see the most handling or heat from the cylinder. The barrel shows 85%+ bright original bluing, with slight wear on the edges, and a little muzzle wear on the right side. Portions of the top and bottom of the barrel under the loading lever show 90%+. The loading lever retains 85% original finish. The cylinder shows approx. 55% original bluing, having turned plum from the heat of firing. The hammer shows approx. 45% original swirls of case color, and traces of bright fire blue can be seen on the trigger. The original wood grips are excellent, with no chips or cracks and nice patina. Two inspector's marks can be seen on either side of the butt, and a clear "BH" (Benjamin Harris) cartouche can be observed on the right grip. There are three old initials very lightly scratched into the butt. The action works absolutely perfect as if it were new. It is as tight and crisp as you can get. Even the loading lever is tight to pull down, and clicks back in place tight with no wobbling. The bore is absolutely perfect, with crisp rifling and bright clean surfaces. It is becoming very difficult to find Civil War issue martially inspected revolvers in this caliber of condition. A very fine addition to any firearms or military collection. RARE Civil War Era T. J. Stafford Single Shot Deringer, Nimschke Engraved & Inscribed, Gold Plated with Pearl Grips, .22 cal, mfg. 1860's. These are relatively scarce little pistols in themselves, but it is very rare to find them like this! The gun is fully engraved in period Nimschke style and was most likely his work done out of New York. The backstrap is inscribed "Danl McLeod". Records exist showing a few officers by the name of Daniel McLeod on both sides during the Civil War, one of which was a Captain in the Confederate 24th Alabama Infantry. It would be well worth some further research as to the identity of Daniel RARE Factory Gold & Nickel Plated Remington Smoot New Model No. 1 Pocket Revolver in Excellent Original Condition, .30 RF Short, mfg 1873-1888. This scarce and attractive pistol features a gold washed frame and barrel with a nickel plated cylinder, recoil shield, and ejector. The gun retains approx. 85%+ original gold wash overall showing only minor wear and toning along the backstrap and having thinned to the nickel base finish along the underside of the barrel and frame. Typical of the era, gold washing was often done over a nickel or copper base finish (sometimes both!). The cylinder, recoil shield, and ejector rod show 95% original nickel finish. The hammer retains 85% vivid original case color with traces of fire bluing on the trigger. The hard rubber grips are flawless with no cracks or chips. They show essentially no wear and the checkering is still sharp. Full original gold plated front sight, clear Remington barrel address, and original screws throughout. The action is crisp and functions like new. The bore is very good with clean and sharp rifling front to back with minor blackpowder frosting. The only gold plated Smoot revolvers we have encountered were engraved presentation pieces. This is a very fine and unusual two-tone gun that will make a stellar addition to any collection. Large Percussion Miquelet Style Howdah Belt Pistol with Hook, WWII "Bring Back", .70 cal smoothbore, mfg. ca. 1840. This gun, along with several other antique guns, bayonets, and German WWII items, was found in the attic of a WWII veteran's home several years ago. They were presumably all smuggled home by the solider after the war and kept hidden in a box until being discovered by the new home owner. The gun features a typical percussion back action lock but with the exposed horizontal sears of a Miquelet action. The metal is deeply engraved with a dark patina. The 8 1/2" octagon barrel is banded with brass and Nickel Silver (or Platinum?). The wood features relief carving down the handle, and a 4 1/8" long belt hook on the side. There is an old age crack on the left side beginning below the lock screw, and a small expertly replaced piece just behind the ramrod hole. The ramrod and butt cap are missing. The action is tight and functions very well. A pistol of this caliber would have been suitable for defense against any animal in Europe at the time, and was thought enough of to be taken home as a prize during WWII! Wonderful English "Foster" Flintlock Muff or Pocket Pistol with Turn-Off Barrel , .43 cal smoothbore, mfg. ca. 1800. This fine little gun would have been stored away in a waistcoat or woman's hand muff for personal protection. The metal has an even gray patina overall, and the name "FOSTER" is engraved on the left of the gun side surrounded by flags. A display of flags and a shield are engraved on the right side of the boxlock, with boarder engraving on all other components. The wood grips are well figured and have no cracks or chips. There are two small dents on the left side of the grip however. The entire barrel from the touchole forward measures only 3", with the actual barrel being just 2 3/16". The entire gun measures about 6 3/4" long. The underside of the barrel is English proofed and marked with the number "1", which very well may indicate that this was originally part of a pair. The action functions tight and flawlessly, and the frizzen snaps shut and springs forward perfect. Notice the spring and two rollers mounted on the face of the frizzen. Everything about this gun is clean and sharp. It was certainly well taken care of. Overall this is a fantastic little flintlock that remains all original and untouched from the days when you may have wanted this by your side traveling along the highway or in a dark alley!
McLeod. The brass frame retains approx. 80% bright original Gold finish, while the barrel, hammer, and trigger are in the white. The Pearl grips are fantastic with a perfect fit, no chips or cracks, and vibrant swirls of color. The rear sight, which is dovetailed into the top of the frame, is missing. This also aids in keeping the barrel latch in place when the gun is cocked. The low brass front sight is intact. Clear markings including the barrel address and 1860 patent date on the butt. The action works very well and the bore is clean with sharp rifling. This is a very impressive little gun that you are not likely to see again anytime soon! Research on Daniel McLeod may yield some interesting Civil War history as well.
Civil War Era E. A. Prescott Short Frame Pocket Model Revolver, .32 RF cal, mfg. 1862-1867 with 4" barrel. A very nice untouched gun featuring a brass frame with pleasing dark patina. The barrel has turned silvery/gray, and the front sight is missing. The slot for the sight is very clean however and should be relatively easy to replace. The original grips are in great condition with no chips or cracks. The hammer pulls back, locks up, and fires tight, however the cylinder does not rotate when cocked. The bore is very good with surprisingly sharp rifling. Very clear Prescott barrel address and low 185 serial number. A fine little gun that will improve greatly with only minimal work.
L. D. Nimschke
Scarce M1816 Simeon North US Flintlock Military Pistol with Early Type Lock Marking, .54 cal smoothbore, mfg. 1817-1820. This is a good honest, untouched gun with a great look. The metal has an even dark plum patina overall, while the lock is faintly marked with the desirable early type "MIDLn CON." marking. Barrel shows "US" and "P" proof at breech with long tang extending down to the butt cap. The wood has a wonderfully rich, worn appearance. A cartouche is very faintly visible just behind the sideplate. There is an old yet stable crack which goes through both sides of the butt, and another old crack from the lock to the triggerguard which continues through to the bottom of the sideplate. There is also a 1/2" crack in the typical spot forward of the rear lock screw. The rear lock screw is a later replacement. Original trigger, low blade front sight, and Hickory ramrod. The action is very crisp and functions perfectly. Even the frizzen snaps shut and springs forward tightly. This is a great example of an early US martial pistol that has a fantastic look with tons of character! Nickel Plated & Engraved Lefaucheux Style Pinfire Double Action Pocket Revolver, WWII "Bring Back" from Cologne, Germany, 7mm, mfg. ca. 1870. This gun, along with several other antique guns, bayonets, and German WWII items, was found in the attic of a WWII veteran's home several years ago. They were presumably all smuggled home by the solider after the war and kept hidden in a box until being discovered by the new home owner. This gun has an old tag affixed to it which reads "Cologne". This of course is referring to the famous German city which was bombed over 250 times throughout the course of the war. The revolver is coarsely engraved with only traces of original Nickel finish remaining. The octagon barrel measures 3" long and features a high post front sight. The ejector rod is missing and the loading gate is bent back slightly. The original hard rubber grips are very good with no chips or cracks. Clear Liege proofs with no maker's name that I can see. The action does not function properly and would require some work. The bore is very rough. A neat little gun with some fantastic history! Scarce Civil War Era E. A. Prescott Long Frame .22 Caliber Pocket Model Revolver, .22 RF, mfg. 1862-1867 with 2 3/4" barrel. For some reason these little .22 caliber versions seem to be much harder to find than the .32's. The gun remains completely untouched with a wonderful, dark patina covering the brass frame. The barrel and cylinder have turned plum. Original Rosewood grips are perfect with no chips or cracks and approx. 80% original varnish. The revolver is unmarked which is correct for this variant, with the exception of the number "5" under the barrel pin. The cylinder catch forward of the trigger is missing, so the cylinder does not lock into place. Otherwise, the hammer cocks, locks up and fires tight, and the cylinder rotates properly. Original "pin" post front sight and a decent bore with strong rifling. A rare little gun! Belgian Single Shot Percussion Pocket Pistol, .60 cal smoothbore, mfg. ca. 1845. This would be a great candidate for restoration or for display just the way it is. The pistol features a 4 3/4" sighted barrel, and measures 10" long overall. The lock, hammer, triggerguard, sideplate, barrel, and nose cap have been Nickel plated some time ago. The buttcap still retains it's original untouched patina. Light engraving throughout on the lock and furniture. The wood is well figured and features a checkered wrist and German Silver shield escutcheon. There is a large chip missing along the right side of the barrel tang and another chip missing forward of the lock alongside the barrel. Otherwise the wood is untouched and original. The hammer cocks, locks up, and fires tight, and the nipple is a clean original. The hammer screw is missing, so as of the moment when cocked the hammer easily comes off the gun. The ramrod is also missing. A fine little gun that displays very nicely.
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MASSIVE M1870 Austro-Hungarian "Montenegrin Gasser" Style Double Action Cavalry Revolver with Bone Grips, 11mm, mfg. 1870's. These huge revolvers were originally developed by Leopold Gasser and produced in Austria for military use. As their popularity grew, many were sold in the civilian market and other manufacturers began producing examples to keep up with demand. This is a fine example of a Belgium manufactured Gasser revolver that measures 14 7/8" long! Pictures don't do justice the size of this weapon. The barrel alone measures 9 1/2" long, and the gun weighs just under 3 1/2 pounds! Belgium proofs can be seen on the frame and cylinder, with a serial number visible on the lower right front corner of the frame. The frame, cylinder, backstrap, and triggerguard are coarsely engraved, and the revolver has a pleasing plum patina overall. Original bone grips have a fantastic, old, mellow color and are in great shape with no cracks, chips, or repairs. Sighted frame with large post type front sight. The hammer screw and cylinder pin retaining screw appear to be replacements, all others are original. The ejector rod is missing, although I believe it was intentionally removed during the period of use. Original loading gate & spring, hammer, and trigger. The action is strong and functions great in both single and double action. The bore is very good with crisp, sharp rifling front to back and only minor blackpowder frosting. These guns are relatively hard to come by and have a fascinating history. Certainly an impressive curiosity for ANY firearms collection! High Condition Scarce Civilian Production M1858 Starr Arms Co. Percussion Double Action Army Revolver, .44 cal, mfg. ca. 1859. The Starr DA Army was one of the most popular sidearms of the American Civil War next to Colt and Remington with the majority of production being purchased by the US Government. A very small amount of guns however were sold through private agents for civilian sales. Some of these guns were privately purchased by officers and used in the war while some stayed in civilian hands. This is an excellent example of one such revolver. Aside from a sub inspector mark "H" on either side of the barrel and "L" under the frame serial number, there are no inspector's markings on any other parts of the gun. The wood grips, serial numbered to the gun, show no evidence of military cartouches. The gun retains approx. 75-80% original bluing overall, with portions of the barrel, triggerguard, and backstrap turning plum. The hammer and trigger show about 60% original case color. The grips have minimal wear with no chips or cracks. The initials "RWT" are period scratched into the butt. Matching serial number 7787 marked throughout. The screw above the grips on the right side of the frame is an incorrect replacement, otherwise all screws are clean originals. The hand has broken internally, causing the gun to not function properly. Several sources sell this part as well as all other internal parts for the M1858 Starr so it should be an easy fix. Otherwise the hammer has good spring to it and cocks tight. Due to the broken hand, the cylinder does not rotate and the lever behind the trigger must be pulled to fire the hammer. All six nipples are clean originals. The bore is absolutely stunning for a blackpowder Civil War era revolver, and certainly the best we have ever had in a Starr. Judging by how sharp and clean the lands and grooves are I doubt it saw much use at all. Overall a wonderfully untouched example of a scarce Civilian Starr Double Action that will make a fine addition to any antique arms collection. Magnificent John Adams Jr. Full "D" Coverage Engraved Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Second Issue Revolver, Sterling Silver Plated with Dan Chinnock Custom Ivory Grips, .32 RF Long cal, mfg. 1868-1875. This stunning piece of art was commissioned about 10 years ago and features full coverage scroll engraving by noted master engraver John Adams Jr. His signature can be seen on the barrel behind the barrel catch. The revolver was refinished by Adams and retains 100% Sterling Silver Rare Civil War M1861 Remington Old Army Percussion Revolver with Original Quick Release Cylinder Pin, .44 cal, mfg. ca. 1862. Not to be confused with the more common M1858 "New Model", only 6,000 of these M1861's were produced under government contract during the war. The most notable feature was the channel cut into the top of the loading lever allowing the cylinder pin to slide forward with the loading lever remaining closed, thus removing the cylinder more quickly. This design was found to be flawed however, and most were returned to the factory and modified back to the standard configuration. This revolver is a 100% untouched, original, and unaltered example of a M1861 Army. The barrel and cylinder retain approx. 35% original bluing turning plum, while the frame has turned a plum/gray patina with traces of bluing in protected areas. Faint traces of marbled case color still visible on the hammer. Matching serial numbers on the barrel, cylinder, and backstrap, with various inspector's markings throughout. Original wood grips are excellent with no chips or cracks, and visible cartouche on left side. Clear 1861 Remington barrel address, and original German Silver post front sight. The action is tight and functions flawlessly. All the nipples are clean originals, and the bore is excellent with clean, strong rifling and only minimal scattered black powder frosting. Well above average bore for a Civil War revolver. Overall a wonderfully untouched and original example of a scarce Civil War Remington! Scarce Connecticut Arms & Manufacturing Co. Single Shot Hammond Patent "Bulldog" Derringer with RARE Nickel Finish, .44 RF cal, mfg. 1866-1880's. These pistols are very hard to find in nice condition and most of production had blued barrels with case colored frames, few were made with Nickel finish. This example is very clean and sharp overall, showing approx. 95% original Nickel finish, with only minor flaking on the butt and one spot on the left side of the frame. Bright fire blued screws and case color visible on the hammer. The original checkered grips are excellent with no chips or cracks, and showing practically no wear. The barrel address and patent dates are all sharp. Original German Silver blade front sight. The action is strong and works well, however the hammer doesn't seem to want to hold half cock unless the trigger is pushed forward slightly upon cocking it. Very good bore with clean, sharp rifling front to back. These Connecticut Arms Bulldogs are a very interesting gun and this is certainly one of the finer examples we have come by. Rare & Exceptional Factory Engraved & Inscribed Sharps Model 2A .30 Cal Four-Shot Pepperbox Derringer with Checkered One-Piece Ivory Grips, .30 RF cal, mfg. 1859-1874. This is by far the finest Sharps pepperbox we have ever offered. The gun is absolutely 100% original and untouched throughout. The brass frame retains about 40% original Silver finish which has worn along the backstrap and thinned on the sides of the frame. The bottom of the frame and butt show more vivid amounts of Silver which has turned black. The barrels retain 70% original bluing which has thinned slightly and is turning plum. Faint traces of case color are visible on the back of the hammer. The engraving is very sharp and crisp, featuring floral scroll motifs throughout with the name "Howard W. Sherman" inscribed along the backstrap. Further research should certainly be done as to this man's identity and history. The checkered Ivory grips are stunning quality and fit the gun perfectly. They are one-piece in design and have no chips or cracks whatsoever. Matching serial numbers visible on the butt and under the barrels, with clear Sharps patent and address markings. The action and rotating firing pin are crisp and function flawlessly. The bores are excellent with bright, clean rifling front to back. Original brass bead front sight and spur trigger. This is a very rare and impressive little gun that will certainly be a highlight in any antique arms collection.
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finish, with 95%+ case color on the hammer and rammer pin. The trigger, barrel catch, and cylinder stop spring are bright fire blued. The "bark" Elephant Ivory grips were carved by custom knife and grip maker Dan Chinnock. They have a perfectly smooth fit and finish with aesthetically pleasing surface grain. Original serial number and barrel address are crisp and clear. The action is tight and functions flawlessly, and the bore is excellent with clean, sharp rifling front to back. Whether you're a collector of fine engraved guns or Smith & Wessons in general, this will make a fantastic and impressive addition to any collection.
swirls of case color still visible. The original Rosewood grips fit perfectly and have no chips or cracks. They retain 95% original varnish. Clear serial number, cylinder patent dates, and Smith & Wesson barrel address. The action is incredibly crisp and tight, while the bore is very good having clean visible rifling with lightly scattered black powder frosting. Original screws and German Silver front sight. The Gutta Percha case has various repaired cracks and chips as pictured but remains essentially complete and very presentable. The velvet lining is original and in relatively good condition for it's age. Accompanying the case is an assortment of period .22 Short blanks and one cartridge. The survival rate of these early Smith & Wesson cases is very low and are a prize to find in any condition. Overall a very scarce and impressive Civil War era Smith & Wesson pocket revolver for the advanced collector!
Fantastic All Original Wild West Era M1858 Remington New Model Army Percussion Revolver, .44 cal, mfg. 1870's. This is a great example of an unusually late production New Model Remington (SN 143316 of approx. 148000). Just as they had previously been during the Civil War, these guns were very popular out west during the late 1800's. Buffalo Bill's favorite revolver he ever owned was a New Model Army which he owned from approx. 1866-1906. This revolver is 100% original and untouched throughout. The blued finish has faded to an even plum/gray patina with the brass triggerguard having a dark mellow color. The original wood grips fit perfect and have no chips or cracks. They retain approx. 15% original varnish and show a pleasing worn look. No cartouches are visible. Matching serial numbers under the barrel and on the backstrap under the grips. The cylinder is un-numbered as most were. Various inspector's markings can be seen on the frame, barrel, cylinder, and triggerguard. Original post front sight, loading lever & catch, cylinder pin, hammer, trigger, and screws. The action is tight and functions perfect. The nipples are all clean originals. The bore has some light traces of blackpowder frosting but overall is very good with sharp rifling visible front to back. A quick cleaning would improve it greatly. This is just a great honest and original example of a western used Remington! Scarce James Warner Pocket Revolver, .30 RF cal, mfg. late 1860's. Only about 1,000 of these little pocket pistols were made and are therefore considered much harder to find than their earlier percussion counterparts. The original blued finish has turned to a plum/gray patina overall. The original Walnut grips are in great condition overall showing moderate wear and patina. There are a couple tiny little chips on the inside edge behind the triggerguard that are hardly worth noting, but otherwise they are clean with no cracks or repairs. Original hammer, trigger, loading lever & gate, and all original screws. The front sight is missing, however the inlet for the sight is clean so a replacement can easily be remounted. Cylinder is clearly marked "WARNER'S PATENT 1857". The action is crisp and functions perfectly. The cylinder has some play within the frame and the bore is dirty with faint rifling visible. Overall a very nice example of a scarce Warner cartridge revolver. Wonderful & Scarce Brass Double Barrel Flintlock Coat Pistol, .44 cal smoothbore, mfg. ca. 1810. This is an interesting and unusual pistol that is in need of some light restoration/preservation work. The boxlock action and barrel cluster are all one brass casting. The entire pistol measures 7 5/8" long with 3 5/16" octagon barrels. The brass has a lovely dark untouched patina. The barrels are proofed with maker's or inspector's marks under the breech with a Belgium proof on the left side of the barrels. There are no additional markings visible. The sides of the action are nicely engraved with border engraving around the tangs and a starburst on the iron triggerguard. The checkered wood grips feature a fluted butt with clamshell motifs on either side. They are in very nice condition overall and show a pleasing original patina. Both hammers are missing. From what I can see the mechanics of the pistol appear to be complete. Both original frizzens are in place and snap shut as they should. Original triggers and tang mounted safety. The two screws that hold the upper tang onto the action are replacements. This is a great looking little gun that will be quite valuable with a correct set of replacement hammers! Scarce Underlever Pinfire Double Barrel Pistol with Folding Triggers, 11mm Pinfire, mfg. ca. 1860's. This pistol is in very nice original condition overall and would have been a very effective self defense gun during the period. There are two proof marks under the barrels which I can't quite discern, however I believe the pistol to be French. The rifled barrels measure 3 3/8" long with the overall length of the pistol measuring 7 5/8". The barrels retain 75-80% vivid original bluing with light wear & fading along the sides, while the engraved case colored frame has turned a silvery/brown patina. The carved and fluted wood grips show a pleasing original finish with no chips or cracks. Both actions are crisp and function perfect. Triggers fold out when cocked and retract when fired. The striking portion of the left hammer is broken away and missing. Bores are very good with strong, clean rifling visible. Overall a fine example of a scarce and handsome double barrel pinfire pistol.