Gold decorated flintlock pistol originating from Liege, Belgium. Crafted by Phllippe Desellier, circa 1700.
Engraved and gold inlaid Robbins and Lawrence pepperbox revolver with ivory grips, mid 19th century.
Sold at Auction: $14,000
Gold, silver, and antler decorated wheel-lock pistol originating from Germany, circa 1670.
Currently on display with the Wallace Collection in London.
Excellent condition Hungarian Model 1910 Frommer Stop semi automatic pistol.
Sold at Auction: $2,500
The Rare Prescott Magazine pistol,
Manufactured by the Prescott Pistol Company of Hatfield, Massachusetts, the Prescott Derringer was a rare repeating derringer produced in 1875. A break top design, a tubular magazine located below the barrel held six cartridges. When the pistol was opened, an ejector automatically ejected spent casings. A loading mechanism also readied a new cartridge from the magazine. When the pistol was closed the cartridge was seated into the chamber.
Prescott’s loading mechanism was iffy at best, and was prone to malfunction and failure. As a result few were made. It is estimated that only around 100 were produced and sold.
A pair of folding trigger pocket pistols crafted by Nicolas Noel Boutet celebrating Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign. Dating to 1804, these pistols were originally flintlock but converted to percussion later in Boutet’s life.
Ornate silver mounted flintlock pistol originating from Switzerland. Crafted by David Dick of Bern, circa 1670-1680.
A set of engraved percussion pocket pistols with ivory handles originating from Liege, Belgium, circa 1830’s.
Sold at Auction: $2,250
The Bullard lever action rifle,
One of the competitors of Winchester during the later half of the 19th century, Bullard Repeating Arms Company was founded by James Bullard in 1881 and centered in Springfield, Illinois. The Bullard lever action rifle was made to outperform Winchester in all aspects. The rifle was tougher, more accurate, had a smoother action, and overall was produced with finer quality. The Bullard lever action featured a beefier frame based upon the Remington Rolling Block. Because of its larger frame the Bullard could be chambered for more powerful express hunting cartridges such as .45-70, .45-90, and 50-115. Its lever action used a rack and pinion gear which made working its lever extremely smooth, so much so that it often beat out all competition in speed shooting trials.
Regardless of its superiority to the Winchester, the Bullard lever action rifle could not compete with Winchester in terms of affordability and mass production. For the common man the Bullard was too expensive, and mostly only purchased by professional hunters and sportsmen. Furthermore, Bullard Repeating Arms Company could not mass produce the rifle on a large scale. As a result Bullard Repeating Arms Company went out of business in 1891.