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Fine Art, Decorative Arts

Lot 381:

Robbins and Lawrence Pepperbox Pistol

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Start price: $300

Estimated price: $600 - $1,000

Auction house commission: 15%

Antique Robbins and Lawrence 5-shot pepperbox .31 cal (approx) pistol, ribbed barrel variant, 4.5" barrel, standard factory scroll engraving, small post front sight, notch in the latch for a rear sight, and smooth rosewood grips. The upper left rib is marked "WINDSOR. VT., " and the upper right rib is marked "ROBBINS & LAWRENCE CO, bottom rib marked PATENT 1849, serial # 4635 on butt of frame, The design is different than others of the era in that it uses a non-rotating barrel, group drops downward like a break action for capping and unscrews from the breech section for loading the powder and balls, has a concealed revolving hammer mechanism, a ring trigger for cocking, and a second outer curved trigger for firing.