Factory Engraved exceedingly rare POCKET SIZE Allen & Thurber five shot percussion “Pepperbox” revolving pistol, c.1845, .34 caliber with 2 3/4” barrels. This is the very seldom seen small size Allen Pepperbox that found favor as a pocket or “hideout” weapon. These early competitors to the Colt and Remington revolvers were popular with the “49ers” of California Gold Rush fame as well as gamblers and with urban dwellers in need of a small repeating firearm for self defense. Many were carried as privately owned weapons on both sides in the Civil War. Examples in fine condition are rare as these handguns were often used for “daily carry” by their owners. This example retains a rich and deep, uncleaned patina on all metal surfaces. The usual condition for a small size pepperbox is gray metal at best and more often than not badly rusted, pitted and showing abuse. The frame is factory hand engraved as is the back strap. This is a double action pistol in which a single pull of the trigger revolves the barrel cluster, raises the bar-style hammer and fires the gun. The barrels are marked “ALLEN & THURBER” and “WORCESTER” plus “PATENTED 1845.” The original walnut grips are in fine condition and still fit well. Surprisingly, the mechanical condition is excellent and fully functioning. This is a truly uncleaned and unmolested example of a uniquely American firearm of the pre-Civil War period. Almost never found in this small size. This firearm qualifies as an Antique, and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.
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