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Percussion Cap Pistol

Object Number: 
1920.71
Date: 
1835-1850
Medium: 
Steel, wood, brass
Dimensions: 
barrel length: 12 in. ( 30.5 cm ) Overall: 18 in. ( 45.7 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: barrel: "A.H. KIPP/NATCHEZ" (According to accession records, Kipp was not listed as a gunmaker in directories, but was listed as a Southern hardware dealer.) stamped: lockplate: "TRYON/LONDON"
Description: 
Steel, wood, and brass percussion dueling pistol; octagon barrel with rear sight on tang; plated brass trigger guard, wedge estucheons, and nosecap; saw-handle-shaped frame with checkered bag handle; engraved peacocks and floral designs on lockplate; engraved scrolls on fish-shaped hammer; stamped marks behind hammer near tail of lockplate and on barrel.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this dueling pistol belonged to a sergeant in the New York State militia in the 1850's.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Herbert Percy Whitlock
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group