Original U.S. 19th Century Allen's 1845 Patent Percussion Pepperbox Revolver

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Pepperbox revolvers were so named because of the similarity of the front view of the weapon was so reminiscent of a Pepper Pot of the time being a circle of round holes. This example was made by Ethan Allen of Massachusetts (1808-1871). Allen developed his Gun business by taking his brother-in-law Charles Thuber as his partner, and they moved the plant to Worcester, Mass. Ethan Allen, no relation to the Revolutionary Ethan Allen, applied for various patents, most notably early on for a "TUBE HAMMER" ignition system in 1845.

This is the type exhibited on our Pepperbox Revolver offered here. The weapon is Six Shot in approximately 32 caliber measuring 7 1/2" overall with 4" barrels. The frame has light decorative engraving and the tube hammer is stamped:


Ethan Allen took into his business another brother-in-law, Thomas Wheelock, and later his two Sons-in-law, Sullivan Forehand and Henry Wadsworth, who continued the business after Ethan Allen's death in 1871. Most interesting that all these names have become an integral part of the U.S. arms industry.

The Pepperbox is in a fair to good condition, fully operational but NOT sold for firing.

An interesting stepping stone in 19th Century American firearms.


Year of Manufacture: circa 1860
Caliber:  approx .32"
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 7.5 inches
Action: Double Only
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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