Original British 1877 Frankenau Patent Concealed Double Action Purse Gun Pinfire Revolver

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The design of this fascinating self-defense handgun was discussed in "Firearms Curiosa" by Winant and pictured on page 159. The design for this unusual weapon was patented in the U.K. on September 5, 1877, and then the U.S. on November 6, 1877.

This exact gun was featured on an episode of Forgotten Weapons (when it was non-functional, it is in working condition now with correct springs replaced).

At first glance, this 5mm pinfire revolver appears to be a simple coin purse but inside it contains a folding trigger pin fire revolver! The serial number "1085" on the recoil shield on the right, "8" on the back of the cylinder, "85" on the rear of the right blast shield, and a "crown/Z" proof on the left side of the frame at the rear. The trigger folds down and through the bottom of the purse so that the revolver can be fired without opening the purse itself. The top of the case reads FRANKENAU'S PATENT. There is also a small cover for the muzzle. It is also numbered "1085" by hand inside the metal body of the purse. The revolver compartment also has an ejector rod and is perforated on the lid to aid in heat dissipation. The other compartment can hold money or other items.

Rating Definition: Fine. The revolver itself retains 90% of its original nickel finish. The leather/fabric exterior is good with wear and aged patina, and the interior lining has some tears. Mechanically functions well with correctly indexing cylinder. A rare and very interesting "covert" revolver and piece of "firearms curiosa."

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