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Lot 280: Lebeda Engineering LLC. Elgin Pocket Watch Percussion "Pistol"

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 19, 2023

Lot 280: Lebeda Engineering LLC. Elgin Pocket Watch Percussion "Pistol"

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 19, 2023

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000
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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Catalog Page: 247
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 made, the case of the watch retaining most of the nickel finish and the face showing some light staining and glue residue. Mechanically excellent. The case is very fine with some light handling/storage wear.



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