November 01, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


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Colette Gravity Pistol

.40 caliber rifled bore, 9" octagonal iron barrel. Serial number VG2158. Unique mid-19th century "high capacity" gravity fed magazine pistol capable of holding 20 rounds of self-contained "Rocket Ball" ammunition (similar to that used with Volcanic repeating arms). Magazine mounted on top of barrel, mechanism raises the chamber to accept a new cartridge when the hammer is half-cocked and lowers it to firing position when the hammer is at full cock. Rounded iron frame is engraved with tight floral scrolls and game scene panels that include a hunting dog in full chase of a pheasant on the wing, repeated on each side of the frame. Iron triggerguard and butt cap nicely engraved as well. Checkered walnut stock.

 

Condition:

Fine overall, with steel gray patina showing speckled age discoloration and minor surface oxidation. Action functions correctly. Fine bore. Fine grip with sharp checkering and minor handling marks. A fine example overall of a very scarce and very modern mid-19th century firearm design, rarely seen for sale.

Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,760
11/01/2016
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