Original Spanish Double Action 11mm Pinfire Revolver by Antonio Lisundia of Eibar with Folding Trigger - c. 1855

Item Description

Original item. Only One Available. The Pinfire system was the earliest form of "Cartridge" developed with a pin projecting out at 90 degrees to the cartridge case. When depressed by the falling hammer the cartridge discharged. At the time up against muzzle loading Revolvers these were revolutionary. Like most things by the end of the Civil War technology had moved on and in the late 1860's regular type cartridges as we know them today had been introduced.

This is a very nice Spanish made example of a pinfire revolver, which follows the French design closely, except for the more swept back flat bottomed grip. This example was manufactured in Eibar, Spain, which during the 19th century had a sizable gun industry. It is marked on the top of the barrel by the maker:


We have unfortunately not been able to find much information on this maker, and the markings look hand stamped, so it most likely was a smaller maker. This example is fitted a 4 3/4 inch long barrel, and overall length of 9 inches. Like other "private purchase" examples we have seen, it has a folding trigger, which would make it easier to fit into a pocket.

The original metal finish looks to have been bright steel, which is still well preserved, with only a bit of staining and peppering. The revolver comes complete with ejector rod for ejecting spent cartridges. The loading gate is still fully functional, with a working closure catch.

It has very nice original checkered and carved walnut grips, which have a great color and show very little wear. The lanyard loop on the bottom of the grip is still intact. The revolver functions well in double and single action, with good indexing and lockup. It is a bit stiff due to age. The barrel has 4 groove rifling, which is still very well retained, with just a bit of oxidation. The loading gate is still fully functional, with a working closure catch.

Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1855
Caliber: 11mm
Ammunition Type: Pinfire Cartridge
Overall Length: 9 3/4 inches
Barrel Length: 4 3/8 inches

Action: Double / Single Action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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