Whiskey Barrel Pepperbox (Morphy Auctions) I love weird and wacky arms designs, and this whiskey barrel pepperbox definitely fits that definition. This nine-shot percussion pepperbox has a drop-down door that exposes the muzzle and a matching door that operates the hammer. The trigger is just a small nub protruding from the bottom.
When it comes to collectible guns, provenance is key, and this exact example is featured on page 165 of Lewis Winant’s book “FIREARMS CURIOSA” as identified by staining and imperfections on the sides and ends. Little is known about this unique arm and this appeared to be the only example known. The outer body is constructed of German silver and the gun is operated by opening the muzzle gate and pulling the opposite door latch to the rear, cocking the gun. The body of the barrel rotates to expose the next of nine barrels. A small compartment for storing bullets is in the tenth chamber slot. Obviously, this is the only one I’ve ever seen. Also, if you’re a fan of weird and wacky stuff like I am, then you definitely need to get a copy of Winant’s book!
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