- there definitely were no brass monkeys around this morning 😙
- Because of ongoing interest in my first post about the Jacob Shaw Under Hammer ..
.. about this wee gun - I've tried to take a second look - but I can't find any useful news .. these bottom chamber firing guns are going to remain obscure unless someone out there can find another specimen to examine:
Rock Island Auctions records having sold an engraved model of this innovative cap-n-ball revolver for $8,625 on 8th December 2007 (Lot No. 3198). Sadly there are no images posted on the web site.
However, their lot description is detailed and informative .. if only Ian McCollom had managed to produce one of his superb video reviews!
Here's a Link to a (Russian?) 'Pistols History' site recently found:
Image From Patent No. 17698 Dated 30 June 1857.
These compact percussion revolvers seem to have been "before their time" & and their many advanced features may have been the cause of them failing to sell - folk tend to stick with the familiar. - Maybe a lack of "Marketing" or perhaps the guns had other failings .. I guess that the cylinder indexing mechanism being exposed to the combustion gasses will have made cleaning a regular chore?
- Sorry but all the images I have found appear to be from one only gun.