Antique Associates at West Townsend


Belt Pistol Gun, Anti-Garrotter, Ball’s Patent, Almost Never Encountered
Among the Rarest Firearms Curiosa Especially Cased with Accessories
Date/Period: 1860’s


Belt Pistol Gun, Anti-Garrotter, Ball’s Patent, Almost Never Encountered Among the Rarest Firearms Curiosa Especially Cased with Accessories, entire view

Measurement: Jappaned case; 2" x 7.5" x 3", 1 3/8 inch 36-caliber barrel;
backplate: 2.5 x 6.75”.

Condition: Outstanding, mechanically fine, retains bluing

Reference: Among other titles… See Firearms Curiosa by Lewis Winant, pp 151/152,
plates 170 and 171.

Additional Information: An extremely rare and fine cased [lacquered] belt pistol
retaining the original powder flask, barrel wrench, bullet mold, and amazingly the
original mountings screws used to fasten back plate to split belt. The leather belt is
original and supple, one side has a stitched guide/rib channel running the entire length
that accommodates the trigger string which appears to be original. The trigger cord is
contained within the ribbed belt channel and was concealed by the wearers coat as it
ran up his back or chest then down the coat sleeve…when the wearer was ordered to
raise his arms by an attacker, he was able to tighten the string as arms are raised thusly
firing the gun. The device could be worn either at the front of the body, or at the small of
the back pointed to the rear…its intent was defense against an attacker attempting to
garrote - to use a cord or wire with handles attached to strangle the victim.

Henry Ball worked at 23 Weaman Row, Birmingham, England, as a gun and lock
maker from 1849-1868. Ball’s invention was created for protection during the Garroting
Panic of the 1860’ s in England. This example is impressed with makers’ mark.

There are few examples extant, we sold another many years ago and know of one
other complete set that was owned by Norm Flayderman.

$6,225.00

308-639


Belt Pistol Gun, Anti-Garrotter, Ball’s Patent, Almost Never Encountered Among the Rarest Firearms Curiosa Especially Cased with Accessories, entire view 2

Belt Pistol Gun, Anti-Garrotter, Ball’s Patent, Almost Never Encountered Among the Rarest Firearms Curiosa Especially Cased with Accessories, entire view 3

Belt Pistol Gun, Anti-Garrotter, Ball’s Patent, Almost Never Encountered Among the Rarest Firearms Curiosa Especially Cased with Accessories, entire view 4

Belt Pistol Gun, Anti-Garrotter, Ball’s Patent, Almost Never Encountered Among the Rarest Firearms Curiosa Especially Cased with Accessories, detail view

Belt Pistol Gun, Anti-Garrotter, Ball’s Patent, Almost Never Encountered Among the Rarest Firearms Curiosa Especially Cased with Accessories, entire view 5

Belt Pistol Gun, Anti-Garrotter, Ball’s Patent, Almost Never Encountered Among the Rarest Firearms Curiosa Especially Cased with Accessories, entire view 6



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