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.

£1,400.00

Details

PEPPERBOX SHOOTER

Publisher

T. J. Wilkins,

Place

Banbury

Date

ND but c. 1835.

Item Description

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.

Notes

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]

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