CASED SET WITH ENGLISH DOUBLE-ACTION BAR HAMMER PEPPERBOX REVOLVER

$2,500.00

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Item Code: 482-408

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This is an interesting cased pepperbox revolver set. The centerpiece is the double-action percussion pepperbox revolver in very good to excellent original condition. The revolver is a .40 caliber, six-shot, cap and ball specimen with a German silver frame, a rotating 3 ½” fluted barrel, a nipple shield, and a bar hammer. Revolver frame, hammer, triggerguard, and backstrap are profusely engraved in a floral motif.  Left side of frame bears the maker’s name, “J. A. BLAKE & CO. / LONDON”. The right side of the frame reads, “IMPROVED / REVOLVING PISTOL”. Revolver mechanics are crisp and strong. All nipples are original and unbroken, but are heavily worn. All screwheads are in excellent shape and those on the grip and at the muzzle are also engraved. Crown “proof” stampings appear on the flutes between each barrel. Two-piece, varnished rosewood wood grips are excellent.

The original wood case is constructed of beautiful figured Walnut with brass furniture. Brass corners, hinges, hooks, and escutcheon plate. Apparently, the key was lost and the brass hooks were added and inset into the front surface afterwards. The inset plate on the lid is missing. Possibly lost when the box was SHOT!  Most interesting (and humorous) is the .40 caliber bullet hole through the corner of the lid!  The chipping in the wood indicates the direction of travel was from the inside of the lid, out. It can easily be imagined that, with the lid open, and the owner fumbling with the gun, perhaps capping it, that it went off blasting a hole directly through the lid and no doubt startling the person holding the gun. Since this type of revolver has no half-cock type of safety, this was probably an inherent and common danger.  We can only hope that nobody was holding the box open and facing the shooter at the time. The interior is compartmentalized and lined in blue wool. There are only glue spots where a paper label was once placed on the inside of the lid. There are a few moth bites, a bullet hole, and minor wear to a couple dividers, but overall the lining is in good shape and presentable.

The components that come with this set include, a screwdriver, two oilers, a ramrod with two screw-in attachments (ball screw & cleaning jag), copper powder flask, bullet mould, some loose round balls, and a tin of Eley’s pistol caps. All of these parts are in very good condition.

A fine looking, original English bar hammer pepperbox revolver set in exceptional condition and with a story to tell!    [jet]

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