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Lot 1302: Wheeler & Son Four-Shot Tap Action Boxlock Flintlock Pistol

Scarce Wheeler & Son Four-Shot Tap Action Boxlock Flintlock Pistol

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1302: Wheeler & Son Four-Shot Tap Action Boxlock Flintlock Pistol

Scarce Wheeler & Son Four-Shot Tap Action Boxlock Flintlock Pistol

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

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

Scarce Wheeler & Son Four-Shot Tap Action Boxlock Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer: Wheeler & Son
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38
Barrel: 2 3/4 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 259
Class: Antique
Description:

Robert Wheeler & Son of Birmingham was active c. 1814-1843. This pistol would be from the earlier part of that range. It has "WHEELER/& SON/BIRMINGHAM" on the left in an oval with martial trophies engraved in the background, coordinating engraving and a sliding cover on the right for the right pan, sliding safety on top, Birmingham proofs on the bottom, numbered barrels (0-3), and a lever on the left for rotating between the four flash pans in relatively fast order, especially compared to the single shot pistols that were most common in the era. All a shooter had to do was re-cock, close the frizzen, and switch pans to fire a subsequent shot. The grip is checkered walnut and has a floral pattern silver cap and silver diamond escutcheon. Provenance: The Collection of Joe M. Wanenmacher Jr

Rating Definition:

Very good with gray and brown patina on the iron, aged patinas on the silver and frame, mostly distinct markings and engraving. and mild overall wear. The grip is also very good with slightly battered iron cap and some minor dings and scratches in the otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically fine.



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