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Lot 0101
For sale in this lot is an exceedingly rare, factory engraved Allen & Thurber "Dragoon Sized", six-shot Pepperbox pistol, chambered for .36 caliber. It is quoted by Norm Flayderman in "Antique American Firearms"; "These large "Dragoons" are termed by collectors "49ers", as so many of them are known to have been carried by those heading west in the early years of the Gold Rush. Many photographs can be found of California gold seekers boasting large Dragoon sized Allen & Thurber six-shooters proudly holstered or displayed held by a belt. Many of these pistols later saw strenuous use in the Civil War. This pistol in particular originates from circa 1840 to 1850, and utilizes an advanced double-action, meaning a single pull of the trigger cocks the hammer bar, revolves the barrel cluster, and ultimately drops the hammer on a freshly charged and capped barrel to fire the weapon. The fluted barrel cluster is stamped "ALLEN & THURBER WORCHESTER", and the frame, nipple shield, and backstrap show good factory scroll engraving. Overall, the pistol shows very-good condition, the uncleaned, unpolished and original condition of this firearm is in itself a rarity! As the few surviving examples are either in poor condition, or in a less-desirable state having necessitated heavy restoration. All-in-all, This Pepperbox has fine mechanics, and a very pleasing appearance, making this a prime example for any antique firearms collector! The pistol qualifies as an Antique Hand Gun, and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check. Serial Number: NSN.


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Allen & Thurber Dragoon Sized Pepperbox Pistol

Estimate $2,400 - $3,200Jun 30, 2018