Re: need help identifying two pistols
First one is a pinfire pocket revolver, probably made in Belgium, maybe Germany, as early as 1850s. Pinfire is a cartridge that has a little pin on it that sticks out the top and is fired by the hammer coming down on it. It is a folding trigger pocket pistol, probably double action, meaning it could be cocked and fired or fired by trigger pull alone.
Second one is a percussion double barrel muzzle loaded pocket pistol probably dating from as early as 1840s. It is loaded with loose powder and ball and fired by a tiny metal cap that is struck by the hammer. Could have been made in Europe or in the US. Its chief interest to collectors is that it is double barrel. Most of its type were single barrel.
Both pistols might be considered something like the Saturday Nite Special of their time. Fair quality, made in great numbers by many makers, there is little collector interest and low value.
Last edited by rhmc24; 08-18-2012 at 04:36 PM..