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Sharps Four-Shot Breech-Loading Pepperbox Pistol

Object Number: 
1927.66
Date: 
1859-1874
Medium: 
Steel, brass, silver, mother of pearl
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 5/8 in. ( 14.3 cm ) Part (barrel): 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: left frame: "C. SHARPS/PATENT 1859"; right frame: "C. SHARPS & CO./PHILADELPHIA"
Description: 
Steel, brass, silver, and mother of pearl pepperbox; silver-plated brass frame and barrel with mother-of-pearl grips; stamped marks on frame.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Walter Lispenard Suydam
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group