Allen 1847 Pepperbox

This six-shot Allen pepperbox was very popular during the 1850's. It is double-action, that is a pull on the trigger cocks and then releases the hammer. Rotation of the barrel is done by hand.
The hammer is marked "Allen's Patent". The protruding screw in the convexity of the grip is part of the original design.The hammer is marked "Allen's Patent". The protruding screw in the convexity of the grip is part of the original design.

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The cutout of the frame allows the percussion cap to be applied.The cutout of the frame allows the percussion cap to be applied.
Gentle rotation of the barrel lifts the hammer and then lowers it. A sharp blow to the hammer can cause unintended firing.Gentle rotation of the barrel lifts the hammer and then lowers it. A sharp blow to the hammer can cause unintended firing. The view from the business end.The view from the business end.