This is an exceptional example of an engraved Sharps "pepperbox" pistol manufactured by English gunmakers Tipping & Lawden in the early 1860s or 1870s. Tipping & Lawden were one of only two authorized European firms licensed by Sharps to manufacture pistols based on his innovative design. They were part of the 20 member Birmingham Small Arms Trading Company and manufactured approximately 4,000 of the Model 2 in four different calibers. This example has a blue barrel, silver frame, and gutta percha grips with relief floral designs. The frame features almost complete coverage of floral scroll engraving, which continues on the barrels in flourishes surrounding a knurled gripping area on each side. The left side of the frame is marked "TIPPING & LAWDEN/SHARPS' PATENT" in a circle surrounding the hammer screw. The serial number is marked at the muzzle of the barrel group on the bottom. It comes in a scarce burled hardwood presentation case with blue baize lined interior and a key.
Exceptionally fine, retains 85% plus of the original blue finish with some scattered small patches of brown patina, 95% plus of the original silver finish which shows a very attractive, lightly aged patina, and the engraving crisp overall. The grips are fine with some moderate even wear and minimal handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The case is very fine with some light handling/storage marks scattered throughout.
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