The Civil War Relicman,
Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.
All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.
Small "boot" pistol, Sharps Breech - Loading 4
shot Pepperbox pistol, Model 1C, .22 cal., (#3494)
The small "boot" pistol could be hidden in a boot or in a pocket, this is the 19th century version of the "concealed" weapon, and was widely purchased for self defense . The weapon was good for only very short range and was truly a weapon of last resort. This small pistol loaded 4 rimfire cartridges at a time, firing pin rotated. Pistol is marked "C. SHARPS PATENT 1859" on the left side, and "C. SHARPS & CO PHILADA, PA" on the right. Serial number is located on the underside, "3494". This is Model 1C wood grips, on brass frame.
Ref: Flayderman, 5F-075.