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Cased Ethan Allan Pepperbox, Norwich Production for J.G. Bolen, N.Y.C. Labels! This Pistol Can Be Discharged Six Times with Almost the Rapidity of Thought [label] - SOLD


Very few ring trigger Allen’s marked with dealer’s name have been encountered; see pp. 57-60 of American, British & Continental Pepperbox Firearms by Jack Dunlap. The grip with silver spangles displays a beautiful robust patina; the six-barrel cluster is marked on rib PATENTED 1832 CAST STEEL; top of hammer marked with ALLEN’S PATENT; side of hammer marked J.G. Bolen, N.Y., the nipple guard features broad scroll hand engraving, the frame and backstrap also engraved. The surface is a consistent faded gray-blue. The bores are clean, action is smooth and tight. Original embossed leather covered case with fitted interior and diamond shape rosewood lock-escutcheon. The case contains correct powder flask, bullet mold and smooth rammer. Two of the three interior compartment walls are replaced; green brushed cotton interior is fine. Fantastic labels…interior label reads, THE GREATEST MODERN IMPROVEMENT IN FIREARMS – SELF COCKING & SELF-REVOLVING POKET PISTOL – J.G. BOLEN – 104 BRODWAY – BETWEEN WALL AND PINE STREETS – NEW YORK, minor edge losses as shown. Exterior label advertising ENGRAVING, PRINTING, AND SEAL CUTTING; SILVER PLATED PLATES, ROGER’S CUTLERY, PATENT REAPEATING RIFLES AND FISH RODS, REELS AND A GENERAL ASSOTMENT OF FISHING TACKLE. Half of the 4.5 by 8.75-inch label reads, LIFE AND PROPERTY PRESERVER FOR HOUSEKEEPRS, TR’VELLERS, CAPTAINS AND OTHERS; PATENT SELF-REVOLVING POCKET PISTOLS! Barrel: 3.25-inch, .32-caliber barrels; excellent overall condition including action. Case measures 9.25 by 5 by 2.5-inches.

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