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Lot 1320: Unique Documented Superposed Charge Ratchet-Fired Pistol

Auction Date: September 12, 2014

Lot 1320: Unique Documented Superposed Charge Ratchet-Fired Pistol

Auction Date: September 12, 2014

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500
Price Realized:

Unique Documented Superposed Charge Ratchet-Fired Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 53
Barrel: 6 3/4 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 148
Class: Antique
Description:

Made by an unknown smith, this pistol started life as a single shot underhammer target pistol before being changed to it's present configuration. The original working guts of the pistol have been stripped, and a novel single trigger, multi-hammer arrangement has been installed in its place. A series of 4 percussion nipples have been installed on the upper left flat, each with a single hammer that is lifted and dropped in sequence, muzzle to breech, by a ratchet driven camshaft, which is moved by the spring loaded double action trigger. In operation, four charges of powder and ball would be loaded, one atop another, and then (hopefully) fired one at a time. Grips are smooth walnut. This pistol can be seen on page 183 of Lewis Winant's Firearms Curiosa with a description on page 182.

Rating Definition:

Fair. A mixed gray patina is present overall with scattered pitting. A thin break is visible in the back of the rear trigger and the side of the front camshaft base, and a retention spring has broken off near the breech. The grips are good with mild pressure dents. Some of the ratchet teeth are a bit worn, but the action still functions.



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