Lot 1172: Unknown - Percussion Pistol
|"The True Companion" Double Shot Percussion Knuckleduster Pistol|
|Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,000|
|Serial #||Manufacturer||Unknown||Model||Percussion Pistol|
|Barrel||1 3/4 Inch Fluted||Finish||Blue/bright||Grip||Brass|
|Description||Manufactured by an unknown party, the True Companion shows a number of design similarities to the European "Apache Pistol" with a hinged grip arrangement with a set of finger holes; when opened, the True Companion is a two-shot swivel barrel percussion pistol, and when folded, it becomes a set of brass knuckles. The only markings on the pistol are "THE TRUE COMPANION" on top of the cast brass frame and "204" on the grip. It has a blue finished barrel and other components. The barrel group rests flush with the sides of the frame and the mainspring is installed on the right side of the frame for a total width of less than 3/4 of an inch and a weight of 13.8 ounces (.865 pounds). An additional variation from the Apache design is the fixed spur trigger that permits the firing of the weapon when folded.
|Condition||Very good. Half of the period refinished blue is present on the barrel and components, with a bright gray patina on the hinge hardware, mixed brown and gray on the barrel with bright high edges, and mild handling marks overall. The brass shows a well aged patina with a few scattered dings. A small amount of play is detectable in the grip, with the locking hardware in full working order both open and closed. Mechanically excellent.|
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