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Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK. See our website andrewbottomley.com Ref 3774. A scarce English .36 calibre percussion bar-hammer 6 shot pepper-box revolver. Circa 1840-1850. The nickle silver side plates engraved with scrolling. Finely chequered grips. The three inch barrel stamped with British proof marks. Engraved trigger guard. Sometimes referred to in the USA as the gun that won the east, the pepper-box was primarily used by the man in the street for self defence. A pepper-box wielding person might not aim the pistol but rather shoot from the hip, holding the gun low and pointing at the largest area of the target in front of them. While smaller pocket size pistols were preferred by many, larger pistols were favoured by gold prospectors during the California Gold Rush era for protection against rival prospectors, robbers and Indians. Although intended for civilian use, many military men made private purchases of pepper-box pistols and carried them into battle as an extra line of defence. Action in good working order. The pistol 7 inches overall. In good overall condition showing little signs of use and wear. Ref 3774. This is an obsolete antique item and is sold as a collectors item only. No Licence is required in the United Kingdom. If you wish to purchase this item please visit our website andrewbottomley.com where you can pay by credit/debit card. Established 1968.