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An extremely rare two trigger 5 shot .32 Percussion revolver by E Whitney. Circa 1852-1854. Ref 3422

  • An extremely rare two trigger 5 shot .32 Percussion revolver by E Whitney. Circa 1852-1854. Ref 3422
  • An extremely rare two trigger 5 shot .32 Percussion revolver by E Whitney. Circa 1852-1854. Ref 3422
  • An extremely rare two trigger 5 shot .32 Percussion revolver by E Whitney. Circa 1852-1854. Ref 3422
  • An extremely rare two trigger 5 shot .32 Percussion revolver by E Whitney. Circa 1852-1854. Ref 3422
  • An extremely rare two trigger 5 shot .32 Percussion revolver by E Whitney. Circa 1852-1854. Ref 3422

An extremely rare two trigger 5 shot .32 Percussion revolver by E Whitney. Circa 1852-1854. Ref 3422

£2,750.00
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An extremely rare two trigger 5 shot .32 calibre Percussion revolver made by E. Whitney. Circa 1852-1854. The six inch octagonal barrel marked on top E. WHITNEY N. HAVEN CT. The brass frame marked PATENT APPLIED FOR. The unusual feature of this revolver was the forward trigger that was used as a release and lock for the manually turned cylinder. The original Whitneyville Armory had been established by Whitney’s father in the late 1700s. The elder Whitney, best remembered for inventing the cotton gin, passed away in 1825 while his son was still a young boy. The elder Whitney’s nephews, Philos and Eli Whitney Blake, managed the armory until 1835. After that it came under the control of Henry W. Edwards and James Goodrich until 1842 when Eli Whitney Jr. (an 1841 Princeton graduate) stepped into his father’s position as head of the armory at the age of 22. A gifted engineer and designer, Eli Whitney Jr. reorganised and expanded the Whitneyville Armory to increase manufacturing. By late 1846, the 24-year-old was exchanging ideas with Samuel Colt before stepping into the role of manufacturer to fulfill Colt’s military contract. In the 1850's Whitney began making his own revolvers and developed the two trigger pocket revolver with it's unusual mechanism to avoid any patent litigation problems with Samuel Colt. Only 650 of these revolvers where produced and this particular revolver having the serial no 29 makes this a very rare and desirable revolver that probably would have seen action during the American civil war. It is probably one of the rarest revolvers carried during the American Civil war era. Action in good working order. Some slight dings and scratches during it's working life otherwise in good condition. Overall length 11 inches. Ref 3422.

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