Original U.S. Kentucky Style Octagonal Barrel Percussion Pistol with Replaced Stock circa 1840

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Here we have a very nice "Kentucky" style percussion pistol, which has been attributed to the North Carolina area. This design was very popular throughout the United States Frontier during the 1830s and 1840s, and was based on the "Kentucky" or "Pennsylvania" style rifles of the time. Like most, this example has an octagonal barrel with a cylindrical cap bolster, and the lock is unmarked and minimally engraved.

As best we can tell, the stock on this was replaced at some point, probably during the 19th century, and the original fittings were kept, including the pewter nose cap, which is now somewhat corroded. The barrel looks to be in .32" smoothbore, and does not have any markings. The lock functions, but does not hold at half cock. Overall condition is very nice, and this would make a lovely display piece. It has a replacement wooden ramrod under the barrel, which is a non-functional replacement.

A nice example of the pistols that the early U.S. Frontier pioneers were armed with. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: Circa 1840
Caliber: .32 inches
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder with Percussion Cap
Barrel Length: 7 inches
Overall Length: 12 inches
Action: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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