38. ENGRAVED ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL DOUBLE ACTION "BAR HAMMER" PERCUSSION REVOLVER, CIRCA 1845-1850

Origin: England.
Length 31,4 cm.
English transitional percussion revolver was invented around 1845 as the development of the pepperbox multi-barreled pistol. The pepperbox's three to six barrels revolved around a central axis. While using only one barrel with a six shot revolving cylinder it retained the overhead elongated hammer employed by the pepperbox system. It also retained the distinctive double action feature of the American pepperbox. The design essentially consists of a traditional bar hammer pepperbox with a short cylinder and an octagonal barrel threaded on the cylinder pin. Like a pepperbox, there is no cylinder stop which could result in disaster if the gun fired with the cylinder improperly aligned with the barrel.
The hammer and action are engraved, and walnut grips checkered. On the top of the barrel inscription “BRANES IMPROVED REVOLVER”, on bottom – illegible stamps, probably English proofs, same on cylinder, next to each chamber. Cylinder of six shots. Revolver is decorated with a delicate scroll work on frame, barrel, trigger guard and butt cap.
Condition report: Fine with normal wear and no signs of abuse. The grip is good with few, small dents and light scratches. In fully functional condition with fine timing, a strong mainspring and a smooth action.

Sale No 10182

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Estimate 1100-1400 EUR

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