Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3302: Howard Brothers Lever Action Single Shot Pistol

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Rare Howard Brothers Lever Action Single Shot Pistol

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Rare Howard Brothers Lever Action Single Shot Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Single Shot
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 50 RF
Barrel: 8 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 208
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 166
Class: Antique

This is possibly the only known example of a Howard Brothers lever action single shot pistol. Charles and Sebre Howard opened Howard Brothers Firearms in New York in 1863 and remained an active gun business until 1874; best known for the Whitney-Howard rifles, carbines, and shotguns of which only less than 2,000 were manufactured by Whitney Arms Company. Of interesting note, Charles Howard was elected mayor of Detroit 1848, prior to moving to New York in 1858. This likely one-of-a-kind pistol loads from the bottom with a metallic rimfire cartridge and functions similar to the Whitney-Howard rifles. In "Flayderman's" it is noted, "One of these 'Thunderbolts' is known and recorded as a handgun (an extreme rarity)." It has no visible proofs or makers marks. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Fair with scattered light to moderate pitting overall. Grips are good with scattered scratches, dents and chips around the edges. Mechanically fires using the forward trigger, the rear trigger does not seem to function.

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