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Allen & Wheelock Sidehammer Revolver
Item #: AA1187
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This is a third model Allen & Wheelock sidehammer six shot revolver in .32 caliber rimfire. These small belt revolvers were produced from 1859 through 1862 at their Worchester, Massachusetts location. It is estimated that just over 1000 of these revolvers were made. This one has a 4" octagon barrel with mortised brass blade front sight. The barrel has a little darker patina than the rest of the gun. The bore is bright and free of pitting, with good rifling showing. The left barrel flat is faintly stamped "ALLEN & WHEELOCK WORCHESTER, MASS. U.S./ALLEN"S PATENYS SEPT. 7, NOV. 9, 1858". Some of the lettering is no longer visible. The smooth, 1" cylinder retains a small amount of original bluing. The remainder of the metal parts of the gun have a dull steel/gray patina. The action works perfectly on this little rimfire. The original walnut grips retain some original finish. It's obvious this revolver has seen a lot of use. The JULY 3, 1860 stamp on the left side of the frame is completely gone. The serial number of 744 is stamped on the inside of the cylinder, along with the number 3. I'm not sure if that was to indicate third model or what. The same number 744 is stamped inside the left grip and on the left frame. The bottom of the back strap has been engraved, but is no longer legible. There are many Civil War period photo's and images of these little revolvers stuck in soldiers belts.