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Title Five-shot .41 calibre rimfire revolver, ivory-gripped
Nationality American
Period 1873-78

This black powder weapon was made by the US Arms Company (in business 1873-78, the middle of the cowboy period!), who had a factory in Brooklyn, and would have been carried by sheriffs, riverboat gamblers and assorted 'bad guys' as a back-up weapon if their heavier guns weren't to hand! It was probably made under Otis A Smith's patent.

The grip is made of elephant ivory and there are matching serial numbers on the frame, cylinder and cylinder spindle. It is a single action weapon with a stub trigger.

The action is sharp; the barrel has a few spots of pitting, but is pretty sharp generally, with quite shallow rifling. If it has any faults, there is some loss to the nickel silver finish, perhaps 5% at most, and the springs holding the cylinder spindle are a little weak.

This calibre is obsolete in the UK under recent amendments to the Firearms Act and is sold under section 58 of this Act, ie as an antique for display purposes.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Firearms : Obsolete Cartridge : American : 19th Century]


Sword arrived today. Fabulous. This is an excellent example of a fighting sword of its period, and a real gem. The 1828 Pattern is such a gorgeous sword, and this is a fine example. Even my bride is impressed and she doesn’t really get swords.

G F, New Zealand, 06.11.2013

Cutlass received today all in good order.

It is a fine addition to my collection.

Thank you for the fast and friendly service.

D L, UK, 17.03.2012