VERY NICE SPUR-TRIGGER BACON ARMS CO. POCKET REVOLVER

$1,895.00
Originally $1,995.00

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Item Code: 218-578

This first model Bacon Pocket Model rates excellent for condition. The metal is smooth throughout and the barrel, loading assembly, hammer and cylinder have lots of blue finish remaining. The screw slots are sharp and the screw heads have thin blue also. The forward frame shows some faint color. The rear is a mellow silver from handling. All the engraved details, however, are crisp. This includes floral scrolls at rear of the frame, raffles at the front, and a wavy, scalloped border on the upper frame along the sighting groove. The grips have great color and finish, a minor ding or two around the base and one short narrow dip on the right between the frame edge and grip screw escutcheon that blends in. The wood to metal fit is tight at the frame. The butt shows the tiniest, short, hairline age gap at front right grip. The backstrap shows a subdued silver from handling, but the engraved edges and shaded floral scroll are sharp, and buttstrap shows thin blue. These are elegant pistols and the engraving was obviously a real selling point.

There are no markings other than the serial number, 356, as is standard for this model. The maker, however, was Thomas Bacon, who had been superintendent of manufacturing, and sometime subcontractor, for the Manhattan Firearms Company, but set up business for himself in Norwich, CT, when Manhattan moved its manufacturing to New Jersey in the late 1850s. This model is five-shot, .31 caliber, with 4-inch barrel and elegantly proportioned. It is fitted with a sliding button on the frame to allow the cylinder to be removed without disassembling the gun and a sleek spur trigger, a thoughtful touch if one actually had to take it from a pocket fast. Flayderman estimated production at just 1,000 in the mid-1860s, with another 600 of a second model that added a screw to the cylinder pin, but was made with Bacon’s name on the barrel.

This is a very, very nice example of a pistol popular for walking out on dangerous streets, participation in dubious card games, and even a personal sidearm for a military officer.  [sr] [ph:L]

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