A FINE ‘MOORE’ SINGLE-ACTION REVOLVER IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

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Item Code: 809-09

Here is a handsome sidearm produced by the Moore’s Patent Firearms Company of Brooklyn, New York. Known as a Moore’s “Seven Shooter” this specimen was produced for the Smith & Wesson company and is so marked on the barrel flat. One of several thousand handguns produced in Brooklyn by the Moore’s Patent Firearms firm between 1861 and 1863. Moore’s name was short-lived in the arms field due to a successful infringement suit brought on by Smith & Wesson.

In fine overall condition, this sidearm is a .32 caliber rimfire model with a three-screw frame and a seven-shot unrebated cylinder matched to a 5” long, octagonal barrel. Plain cylinder features seven notches along with three thin lines of tooling. Still visible on the cylinder is the patent marking of “PATENTED APRIL 3, 1855 & SEPT. 18, 1860.” Loading operation requires barrel and cylinder to swing away to the right when a small button on the shield is depressed. Revolver has a removable ejector rod under the barrel and bears serial number “6147” marked on the bottom of the barrel piece at the frame. Sidearm features factory-standard decorative scroll engraving on the silver-plated brass frame, trigger guard, and butt strap. One-piece original varnished walnut grips are in good condition with smooth but even rubbing complete with minor dents and scuffs. A weak barrel address marking of “MANF’D FOR SMITH & WESSON BY MOORE’S PAT. FIRE ARMS CO.” appears on the top of the barrel. Mechanically strong condition. This revolver features a dark gray finish on the barrel and cylinder. Barrel shows fine pitting and surface rust. There is approximately 98% silver plating remaining on the brass components with a light tarnish to the silver. All screws are in very good condition.

This handgun was a popular competitor to the S&W revolvers and many Union officers and enlisted men privately purchased the Moore revolver to carry during the Civil War. This seldom seen Moore’s Patent .32 caliber “7-shooter” revolver would make a fine addition to any military sidearm collection. [jet]

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