Original U.S. Civil War Allen & Wheelock .32cal Rimfire Revolver named to Lt. Isaac Potter of 3rd. R.I.
Original Item: One of a Kind. This is a very nice private purchase .32cal Rimfire "Pocket" Revolver made by Ethan Allen and his brother-in-law Thomas Wheelock in Worcester, Mass. Allen was involved in a series of different partnerships, which makes the firearms relatively easy to place in time. The side of the octagonal barrel on this example is marked:
ALLEN & WHEELOCK. WORCESTER. MS. US.
ALLEN'S PAT'S SEPT. 7. NOV. 9. 1858
As the "ALLEN & WHEELOCK" trade name was used from 1856 to 1865, this revolver definitely falls right into the civil war period. The revolver is also marked with serial number 242 under the barrel, on the back of the cylinder, under the grip frame, and on both wood grip scales.
The revolver is fitted with an interesting side hammer and a 4" barrel, with an overall length of 8 inches. The rifled barrel has nice crisp rifling, and does not appear to have been used much. Overall the revolver has a nice worn patina, typical of a gun that saw long service
The revolver has the owner's name inscribed on the grip back strap:
LT. ISAAC POTTER 3RD. R.I.
As yet unresearched, but we assume the "R.I." stands for RHODE ISLAND.
A nice little civil war pistol, named to an officer, ready to research and display!
Year of Manufacture: circa 1860-65
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 8 inches
Action: Single Only
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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