Original U.S. Sprague & Marston Double Action Percussion Pepperbox Revolver serial 573 - Circa 1850
Original Item: Only One Available. Recently acquired at a military auction, this is a very nice condition American manufactured Pepperbox percussion pistol utilizing the 1849 patent of William W. Marston. Most of these were manufactured in New York by Sprague & Marston sometime between 1850 and 1859. It definitely looks to have seen significant use, and the left action side plate was replaced with a cast white metal one at some point. It has a lovely patina, and makes a wonderful display piece.
The frame is engraved with floral scrolls and light engraving on the back strap and other metalwork, though wear and oxidation has made it faint in a lot of areas. The lovely figured walnut "bag" grips are held in place by a cross screw with brass escutcheons.
The barrel cluster is worn on the exterior, and the maker name has been worn off, but it is still marked with:
WARRANTED CAST STEEL
The markings on the bar hammer are also faded, but originally would have read W. MARSTON on the top, with PATENT 1849 on the left and NEW YORK on the right. The revolver is also marked with serial number 573 under the grips, and the barrel assembly has 73 stamped between two of the nipples.
The revolver does function well, though the barrel can spin almost freely when not being cycled. It indexes well, with the hammer striking correctly. The trigger return spring is a bit worn, so it does not return forward without being moved by hand.
A lovely service worn example of a hard to find pepper box revolver, ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: Circa 1850-1859
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Overall Length: 9.2 inches
Barrel Length: 4.25 inches
Action: Percussion Cap
Feed System: Breech-Loaded - 6 barrels
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