This unique single shot percussion pistol is attributed to Lewis B. Vaughn. According to research provided by the consignor, Vaughn was born in late 1836 in Batana, New York. Accompanying the pistol is an original Vaughn drawing of this pistol and it refers to the pistol as "The Little Gun." The pistol is designed with the hammer on the right side of the frame inside a large cut-out. When cocked, the hammer lays flat against the frame. The top of the trigger is designed to lock the hammer in the cocked position, and when the trigger is pulled back, the hammer is released. The nickel finished frame has engraved fancy scalloped borders. The trigger guard, plates on the bottoms and tops of the grips and grip screw escutcheons are silver and are engraved with a floral motif. A bird scene is engraved behind the rear sight. The butt features a fox and bird scene engraving. Globe front sight on a silver base and adjustable peep rear sight mounted on the rear of the frame. The combination ram rod/cleaning rod is steel with silver ball latch and rear mounting hardware. The barrel has a 12 1/4 inch grooved section with gold in the grooves and a silver plated 2 1/2 rear section that features wide floral and chevron engraved bands. A wide gold inlaid band surrounds the muzzle. Fitted with smooth two-piece grips. With an iron bullet mold, two face powder flask, and ammo board.
Very fine. The frame remains bright with the grip straps frosted. The barrel has a overall bright appearance with most of the gold inlay remaining. The German silver is fine. The grips are excellent with the slightest handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
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