Original 19th Century British Pepperbox Double-Action Percussion Revolver circa 1840
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of the unusual system known as the "PEPPERBOX". The muzzle is similar to the business end of a Pepper Pot of the the early days of Queen Victoria. All six barrel contained in one solid "tube" of steel revolving as a unit. The system was quickly superceded with the design of the tradition revolver using a rotating chamber and a single barrel in the 1840s. Pepper boxes as such were short lived with the possible exception in France and Belgium where examples using the Pin Fire and Rimfire systems were made into the late 1870's.
Our example bears British proof marks to EACH barrel, which look to be from the gun-making city of Birmingham. . and the frame is modestly engraved indicating it was an item of quality. The wood grips have been nicely checkered. The Pepper box functions perfectly and is exactly what a Victorian Gentleman might have concealed in his Coat pocket to deal with the then all too common Foot Pads and Brigands. Nicely engraved decoration, showing old pitting scars on the barrels and the trigger guard. The revolver does function, but is finicky, as the interior workings are definitely worn.
Ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: circa 1840
Caliber: approx .32"
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 8 inches
Action: Double Only
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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