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Frankenau's Patent Purse Pistol
The Frankenau Combination Pocket Book and Revolver
Patented US Nov 6, 1877, and in Britain Sept 5, 1877
Retains detachable ejector rod - SOLD

Frankenau's Patent Purse Pistol
The Frankenau Combination Pocket Book and Revolver, case view

The patents refer to this item as a "revolver purse". According to Lewis Winant, the author of Firearms Curiosa, "This unusual leather-covered fabrication has a sheet-metal center frame which divides it into two sections", (one section being a purse and the other section holding a revolver). "The revolver section need be opened only for loading or unloading. It is not opened when the gun is fired. At one end of the frame is a pivoted gate to cover the barrel muzzle, and at the bottom is a well concealed folding trigger. To fire the gun it is only necessary to snap the trigger free and pull it. At the very beginning of the trigger pull, an ingenious contrivance swings the pivoted gate or muzzle cover out of the way. The closed purse revolver is about 4" by 2.5" by 1.25"." The caliber is 5 mm pinfire, serial number 7. The delicate and complex mechanism functions smoothly.

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Frankenau's Patent Purse Pistol
The Frankenau Combination Pocket Book and Revolver, open view
Frankenau's Patent Purse Pistol
The Frankenau Combination Pocket Book and Revolver, purse
Frankenau's Patent Purse Pistol
The Frankenau Combination Pocket Book and Revolver, trigger barrel
Frankenau's Patent Purse Pistol
The Frankenau Combination Pocket Book and Revolver, gun
Frankenau's Patent Purse Pistol
The Frankenau Combination Pocket Book and Revolver, patent




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