Unusual percussion transitional revolver with spring loaded bayonet. English, mid 19th century.
Engraved Colt Single Action Army with silver grips and Mexican silver mounted holster rig.
Estimated Value: $30,000 - $40,000
Rare and unusual transitional revolver signed “J.R. Cooper”. Birmingham, England proof marks, mid 19th century.
A fine and rare presentation quality silver mounted flintlock pistol. Crafted by Michael Barnett of London, silver working done by J. Knubley of London. Dated to 1786.
Sold at Auction: £16,250 (US$ 27,183)
An engraved four barrel flintlock pepperbox revolver signed, “T. Probin”, late 18th, early 19th century.
Factory engraved gold plated Walther Model 9 presentation pocket pistol with ivory grips.
Estimated Value: $3,500 - $5,500
Hi Ho Silver!
The Lone Ranger’s Colt Single Action Army pistols with original rig.
Estimated Value: $20,000 - $30,000
A nicely engraved Chamelot-Delvigne patent pinfire revolver crafted by Lepage Moutier Faure of Paris. Circa 1865 - 1868.
An over and under percussion pistol crafted by Carlo Alberto and W. Giolitti of Brescia, Italy, mid 19th century.
The Robbins and Lawrence Pepperbox pistol,
Before the invention of the cap and ball revolver, the closest anyone could have to a repeating pistol was the pepperbox. A bizarre thing in firearms history, the pepperbox was a precursor to the revolver which had multiple barrels which turned into place. An interesting design, it was also riddled with flaws. They were heavy and cumbersome due to their multi-barrel design. Typically the barrels had to be revolved by hand, though some single action models were created. Finally, having multiple barrels loaded through the muzzle with blackpowder, and ignited by percussion caps sometimes caused an even called “chain firing”. The was when an errant spark ignited multiple barrels at a time, which could be very dangerous.
In the early 1849 Samuel Robbins and Richard Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont improved upon the pepperbox with their own design. Instead of having exposed nipples for percussion caps, the Robbins and Lawrence featured a break open action in which percussion caps were placed. Perhaps the first break open pistol, this design improved reliability and lessened the risk of chain firing. Furthermore, rather than having to revolver the pistols 5 barrels into place by hand, the barrels remained stationary. Instead, the firing pin moved to each chamber with each trigger pull. The pistol was chambered in .28 caliber and .31 caliber.
The Robbins and Lawrence was probably the most popular pepperbox pistol. Unfortunately its production time was short lived. Pepperbox revolvers quickly fell by the wayside with the introduction of the Colt revolver, which made pepperboxes obsolete technology. Between 1851 and 1854 around 7,000 were produced.