This is a nice example of a post civil war reconstruction era front loading Teat Fire Revolver. Manufactured by Williamson Brooklyn, NY special markings include: MOORE’S PAT. FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. Cylinder marked: D. WILLIAMSON’S PATENT/JAN. 5, 1864. Nicely engraved. Revolver has a small hinged swivel gate on right side of barrel lug ahead of cylinder.
Overall Length 7” - Barrel Length 3 ¼ “
Condition of Bore is very good. Bluing 80% remaining on barrel and cylinder.
Silver plate is 5% remaining on brass metal frame. Firearm shows a beautiful patina overall.
Birds Head Walnut Grips with light wear
Condition Overall is Fine overall condition for an antique.
Moore’s Patent Firearms Company and the National Arms Company, Brooklyn, New York. Front Loading Teat-Fire Revolver. Made c. 1864 to 1870.
32 caliber teat-fire (special cartridge designed by Daniel Moore and David Williamson). 3-1/4" barrel. Six-shot. Brass frame with silver-plated finish; barrel and cylinder blued. Walnut grips; bird’s-head butt. Markings as indicated below. An attempt to circumvent the Rollin White patents, the Moore was one of the most successful competitors to Smith & Wesson. It is believed that their strong sales was one reason for Colt’s purchase of the National Arms Company (Moore’s successor) in 1870. At least six distinct variations are known, Estimated quantity made 20,000. Serial Number 14521
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