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Title Pepperbox revolver
Nationality British
Period c 1840

This somewhat scruffy example is, surprisingly, in good working order with a six-barrel capacity of approximately .36 calibre. It is marked 'Cooper's Patent' on one side of the frame and has Birmingham proofs on all the barrels. These weapons were produced in the 1840s and proved very popular and reliable for short range self-defence.

The barrel is a little pickled with old rust which I have not removed as it would also remove all patina. However, it could be cleaned with a few hours' hard graft, which would leave the barrel bright. The grips are walnut and the action is in excellent shape. Some of the nipples would appear to be old replacements, but, with a good internal clean of the bore, I am sure this weapon would function quite adequately! However, I would hasten to add, I sell this under Section 58 of the Firearms Act, as an ornament or curio, not as a working firearm!

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

[Firearms : Percussion Revolvers : British : 19th Century]


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