Pepperbox Pistol - Inventory Number: HAN 146
Improved Revolving Patent - Williams and Powell Liverpool
Circa 1855. The frame of this pistol was constructed of silver and hand engraved. Williams and Powell had a workshop 29 Castle Street, Liverpool. (1837-59). The percussion pepperbox was first used around the 1830s and was intended for civilian use, but military officers often made private purchases for their own use. James Ewell Brown “Jeb” Stuart (1833-1864) was a U.S. Army officer and later a Major General and cavalry commander for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War (1861-65). In 1857 he was shot in the chest at point blank range with a pepperbox revolver by a Cheyenne warrior, Stuart survived, probably due rumor has it, to a very weak powder charge. Finely engraved side plates, trigger guard and bar hammer. The 3.5-inch barrels and trigger guard retains traces of its original bluing. English proof marks stamped on the barrels.
Inventory Number: HAN 146