Very Rare Cased (Edwin) Budding Patent Second Model [2B] 5-Shot Pepperbox
Hand Revolving Budding…the earliest percussion revolver/pepperbox
Edwin Beard Budding (1795-1846) Worked and died in Gloucestershire, England
Measurement: Case: 1.75" x 9.25" x 5.75"; Pistol, overall length: 8"; barrel length: 3.25"
Additional Information: A scarcely encountered cased underhammer (under-striker)
multi-shot copper cap ignition system with enclosed action…the worlds earliest
percussion pepperbox revolver. Hand turned/rotated 5 shot, .30 caliber barrel group:
each barrel with detonation vent. The pistol has two-piece figured walnut grips.
The pistol displays the standard marking “BUDDING MAKER” centered within oval
featuring scroll decoration. Budding’s pistols are respected as well made and feature a
simple action. The lower barrel is fired by a horizontal striking rod within a spiral spring
made as a single piece with the cocking lever. The case retains original “DIRECTIONS”
…to cock, pull back lever/trigger which compresses the strong spring…then push the
lever/trigger into the small notch [with index finger] cut into the steel plate on the pistol’s
underside…to fire, simply release the striker from the notch with index finger activating
the spring. The 3.25-inch barrel group slides over a rod attached to frame and is held in
place by a protruding square headed nut attached to the end of rod. When the nut is
removed, the barrel group is released. The nut when removed includes a pricker, used
for removing spent caps [included is an extra nut].
The dovetail joined case with rounded corners remains in original surface displaying
a rich patina, the interior is lined with green baize and retains original instructions which
are pasted to lid interior. Within the case is a wad cutter, steamed and pressed horn cap
box, powder flask, and screw-in pricker.