Original U.S. 19th Century Allen's 1845 Patent Single Shot Percussion Pocket Pistol

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely early percussion pocket pistol, made in the 1840's for the U.S. Market 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.

Our offered example measures approximately 7 inches long, and has the 1845 Patent "TUBE HAMMER", which is marked:


It has a wooden bag style grip, a trigger protected by a trigger guard and has a single 3 1/2 inch steel barrel in approximately .38 Caliber smooth bore. The frame has lovely decorative engraving on both sides, as well as some engraving work on the grip back strap. Condition is very good, with the expected light staining, as well as some powder burn around the cap lock nipple.

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.

A cute little pocket Pistol, ready for display.


Year of Manufacture: circa 1860
Caliber:  approx .38"
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 3 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 7 inches
Action: Top Action Percussion
Feed System: Single Shot

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