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Auction Date: September 12, 2014

Lot 1280: Walch John - Pocket

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Excellent John Walch Ten-Shot, Double Hammer Pocket Revolver From U.S. Cartridge Company Collection
Estimated Price: $13,000 - $17,000
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Serial #Walch  John  - Pocket ManufacturerWalch John ModelPocket
TypeRevolver Gauge31 Percussion Catalog Page133
Barrel3 1/4 Inch FinishBlue GripWalnut
Stock ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionBrass frame Walch Double Hammer Pocket Revolver manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company c. 1860-1862. The Walch pocket revolvers were manufactured by Oliver Winchester's New Haven Arms Co., at the same time as the famous Henry lever-action rifle. Total production was an estimated 3000 pistols of which 1500-2000 were brass frame models like this example. The revolver has a spur trigger, double hammers and unique 10-shot cylinder. The cylinder has five chambers; each of which takes a double load. The chambers are fired by ten percussion nipples. When the trigger is pulled the right hammer falls to fire the first charge followed by the left hammer which fires the second charge. The cylinder and octagon barrel have a high polish blue finish. The spur trigger and double hammers are color casehardened. The two-piece walnut grips have a piano finish. The finish on all components is the same as that found on Henry rifles. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "WALCH. FIRE-ARMS. CO. NEW-YORK/PAT'D.FEB.8.1859.". The serial number "1420" is stamped on the left side of the frame underneath the grip and on the inside of both grips. This revolver was formerly part of the famous U.S. Cartridge Company collection assembled during the late 19th Century by A. E. Brooks. The U.S. Cartridge Co. collection number "1895" is stamped on both grips below the grip screw. The Walch Pocket Revolver is a scarce pocket pistol directly associated with Oliver Winchester and the New Haven Arms Co.

ConditionExcellent. The revolver retains 80% plus of the original high polish blue finish on the barrel and cylinder. Both the barrel and cylinder have small spots of finish loss and some small areas of light pitting. The hammers retain nearly all of the original case colors. The spur trigger has a silver patina. The brass frame has a very attractive, untouched, patina. The two-piece walnut grips are in excellent condition and retain at least 90% of the original piano finish with a few scattered handling marks. This is an exceptional example of a scarce brass frame Walch Ten-Shot Pocket Revolver manufactured by Oliver Winchester's New Haven Arms Company concurrently with the Henry rifle.
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