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by Bacon Mfg, Norwich, Ct.
.38 RIM FIRE...1878
In collecting small Pocket Pistols of the 19th century, the name is very important. This one is "EXPRESS", normally a .22, this is the FIRST .38RF I have encountered.
Along with the EXPRESS, comes its original box of US Cartridge Co. .38 Rim Fire cartridges, a full box ! The graphics are very good, as all sides of the box are complete, and the top label shows only normal shelf wear. Self protection was a big issue during that period, both in the Eastern Cities and the Frontier. These small but effective pistols could be carried, and render serious stopping power. This EXPRESS, Serial No. 278X, is from 1878, and has a 2-3/4 inch Octagonal barrel. About 95% of the original factory nickel finish is present, with the wear being the position of the finger when grasping the revolver. It is 100% mechanically correct on all working actions. A unique name and revolver, plus US box of .38 RF ctg's. PRICE $ 575
|THE DICTATOR, .32rf,
by Hopkins & Allen, 1879....
Besides the more known names of Pocket Pistols from Hopkins & Allen, (Blue Jacket, Ranger, XL) they made their "generic" line, for lower price sales points. This is the DICTATOR, a 5 shot, .32 rim fire from 1879. Serial No. 2305 has about 99% of all the original factory nickel plating, and Rosewood grips. Serial No. 230X has a 2-1/2 inch barrel, and all case colors on the hammer. Mechanically it is 100% perfect on ALL working actions.
PRICE $ 350
|HOPKINS & ALLEN, " XL No.3", .32 RIM FIRE
/ FACTORY ENGRAVED/ ENAMEL
Within the H&A line, the XL series was considered their finest offering, from Pocket Pistols, all the way the the big .44 XL No.8. Serial No. 540X is fully factory engraved, in the style indicative to H&A. It has punch dot, some NY , and a Panel Scene, in this case a Bird. It has the Dogs Head early style grips, and in PERFECT condition. Mechanically, it is in PERFECT working order! The overall condition is 99.999%, in original factory nickel, and inlaid enamel in the engravers cuts. It has the 3 inch barrel, and 5 shot capacity. This is a SPLENDID example of factory engravers art, and one of the finest No.3's available for collection today.
|NEW YORK PISTOL Co. NY. , " LONE STAR
No.1" .22 CAL., 7 SHOT, ENGRAVED.
I think the key attraction here is the name, LONE STAR, named right after the State of Texas ! I would guess the maker really thought it would imply a reliable revolver, and impart the Frontier heritage of Texas. This .22 has a 2-1/2 inch barrel, and is 7 shots. ALL factory applied markings are present on the revolver, and clearly read. It is 100% mechanically correct. It has about 60% of the original nickel plate remaining, mostly on the cylinder and frame. The starburst and banner engraving is clear and present. The wooden grips are smooth and have a fine patina. A quality representative of the desire to sell by association. The "Lone Star ".
|HOPKINS & ALLEN, "THE CHICHESTER" .32
WITH 10 INCH BARREL , AND DETACHABLE SKELETON STOCK...
Perhaps the name "Chichester" came from England, in the fact this would make an excellent "poaching " companion, as it fires the .32 rim fire cartridge, and with the stock, an added measure of accuracy. Or, perhaps it was just an advanced Target Pistol, and with a detachable stock, once again aided accuracy. Either way, or maybe another, it is a VERY interesting outfit! The pistol itself has about 80% of the original factory nickel plating, the balance a soft gray spotting and patina. The "Dogs Head" hard rubber grips are very crisp and in excellent condition. The stock seems to have seen more wear, and is basically a soft gray finish, with only traces of nickel plating. Serial No. 568X makes quite an appearance with that 10 inch barrel and stock. ALL mechanical functions for firing operate PERFECTLY, with each and every cocking of the hammer. A unique "outfit".
MAY 16, 2019
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