678. Scarce Jacob Rupertus Pepperbox Pistol

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serial #173, 22 RF, 2 1/2'' eight-shot barrel cluster with light to moderately oxidized bores. The metal surfaces of the barrel cluster, hammer and trigger are mostly a medium gray patina showing a few small spots of minor pinprick pitting. The brass frame retains about 65-70% silver finish with the balance worn to ocher brass along with some moderate scratches and dings on either side. The screw heads show some slot wear and the pistol is marked on the butt ''RUPERTUS PATENT PISTOL / MFg Co PHILADELPHIA''. The smooth walnut grips are stamp-numbered to the gun and remain in very good plus condition showing some remnants of original varnish scattered throughout, small scratches and minor dings. The barrel cluster is numbered to the gun and the removable ejector rod seated in the center of the cluster is present. The action is functional with good timing but the bolt does not lock correctly. A fine example of these interesting and low-production pepperbox pistols. (138931-162) {ANTIQUE} (1000/1500) Sold For 977.50

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