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H5263 Pistol, percussion, pepperbox, maker unknown, Great Britain, 1825-1875 (OF). Percussion pepper box revolver with six chambers set in a rotating cylinder, period mid-19th century bore 0.36, Britain (LC).. Click to enlarge.

Pistol, percussion, pepperbox, maker unknown, Great Britain, 1825-1875 (OF). Percussion pepper box revolver with six chambers set in a rotating cylinder, period mid-19th century bore 0.36, Britain (LC).

Made in United Kingdom, Europe, 1825-1875.

The pepperbox revolver, named because it resembles a peppercorn grinder, was an innovation in handgun design in the mid nineteenth century because it not only enabled the use of four or more shots loaded and ready to fire, but it was simple, compact, light and less expensive than larger percussion revolvers. These handguns came to Australia in large quantities during the Australia gold rush.

Gold was found by European settlers at Ophir, near Orange, NSW, in 1851. It had a huge social impact on...

Summary

Object No.

H5263

Object Statement

Pistol, percussion, pepperbox, maker unknown, Great Britain, 1825-1875 (OF). Percussion pepper box revolver with six chambers set in a rotating cylinder, period mid-19th century bore 0.36, Britain (LC).

Physical Description

Pistol, percussion, pepperbox, maker unknown, Great Britain, 1825-1875 (OF). Percussion pepper box revolver with six chambers set in a rotating cylinder, period mid-19th century bore 0.36, Britain (LC).

Dimensions

Depth

203 mm

Production

Made

United Kingdom, Europe 1825-1875

Source

Credit Line

Gift of R Rusby, 1954

Acquisition Date

13 January 1954

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Pistol, percussion, pepperbox, maker unknown, Great Britain, 1825-1875 (OF). Percussion pepper box revolver with six chambers set in a rotating cylinder, period mid-19th century bore 0.36, Britain (LC). 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 July 2019, <https://ma.as/242659>

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