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Sharps Breech-Loading Four Shot Pepperbox Pistol, Model 1A

Object Number: 
1953.196
Date: 
1870-1874
Medium: 
Steel, gutta percha, brass, silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 in. ( 12.7 cm ) Part (barrel): 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: buttstrap: "51566" stamped: left frame: "C. SHARPS/PATENT 1859"; and on right frame: "C. SHARPS & CO./PHILADA./PA"
Description: 
Steel, gutta percha, brass, and silver pistol; silver-plated brass frame; scroll-decorated gutta percha grips; stamped marks on frame and buttstrap.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this pistol belonged to First Lieutenant Abram P. Haring, a Civil War veteran of Company G, 132nd New York Volunteers. The pistol was part of a collection of mementoes given to the Montclair Art Museum by Ms. Haring in 1946. Haring was wounded and out of action in 1865.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Ms. Bess Haring, through the Montclair Art Museum
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group