Lot #3084
Lot #3086

Lot 3085: Lebeda Engineering LLC. Elgin Pocket Watch Percussion "Pistol"

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3085: Lebeda Engineering LLC. Elgin Pocket Watch Percussion "Pistol"

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

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

Unique Lebeda Engineering LLC. Elgin Pocket Watch Percussion "Pistol" with Case

Manufacturer: Lebeda Engineering
Model: Pocket Watch Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 177
Barrel: 7/8 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 69
Class: Antique
Description:

Developed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by Lebeda Engineering LLC. The frame of the pistol is a hollowed-out Elgin pocket watch, with a cocking piece in lieu of the winding knob, a manually set niter blue trigger bar at 10 o'clock, a barrel extending out at the 6 o'clock position, and the hands permanently at 5 minutes to midnight. Elgin National Watch Co. was the largest manufacturer of pocket watches in the United States and were in operation from 1864 to 1968. The barrel has an integral nipple to accept a single charge for a cap gun and is manually loaded with a .177 inch BB. Gamblers of the old west era would have used similar concealed weapons to keep themselves safe in a poker game gone awry. The combination of percussion cap and muzzle loaded ball makes this neither a firearm nor is it considered an "any other weapon". Includes a Jack Daniel's branded playing card tin, fitted for the watch pistol, and a plastic wrapped deck of playing cards.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as custom upgraded to current configuration, the watch case retaining most of the nickel finish with some scattered light handling marks and 50% of the nitre blue on the trigger. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine with some moderate wear.



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