A Very Scarce American Moore's patent / front Loading Teat-Fire revolver. Obsolete calibre .32. The barrel approx 3.25 inches in length, engraved on the cylinder "D WILLIAMSONS PATENT, JANUARY 1864". The silver plated frame nicely engraved. The action extremely crisp. The whole pistol retaining much original finish. Very fine overall condition with much original blue.
The Moore .32 cal Teat-fire, which used a unique cartridge to get around the patent owned by Smith and Wesson proved very popular during the American Civil War. The "Teat-fire" cartridges did not have a rim at the back like conventional cartridges, but were rounded at the rear, with a small "teat" that would protrude through a tiny opening in the rear of the cylinder. The priming mixture was contained in the "teat" and when the hammer struck it, the cartridge would fire. Thus, it was akin to a rim-fire cartridge, but instead of having priming all the way around the edge of the rim, it is centrally located in the teat. Moore's Caliber .32 Teat-fire Pocket revolver proved very popular during the American Civil War with both soldiers and civilians.
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