Pepperbox Six Barrelled Percussion Cap Pistol.
Appears to lack the sliding safety guard with mottling to metal surfaces commensurate with age, otherwise in excellent unrestored working condition.
T. J. Wilkins,
ND but c. 1835.
A 19th Century.36 calibre 'pepperbox' six barrelled pistol by T. J Wilkins of Banbury, 3inches case hardened revolving barrels, case hardened action bearing manufacturers name with scroll work engraving, chequered composite grips, 7.5 inches overall.
Although flint-lock firearms had been made in multi-shot form it was not until the advent of the percussion cap, which eliminated priming with loose powder for each shot, that revolvers became a really practical proposition.
The earlier ones were generally of the familiar 'pepper box' type where a group of barrels revolved around a central spindle. The barrels were usually bored out of a solid cylinder (as here), but some had separate barrels screwed into a large rotating breech block. Every barrel had a nipple at its breech and they were loaded and capped individually.
A formidable pocket-sized weapon.
[Stock No. 25419]