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
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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