The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
.

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

relicman.com.


Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
boot pistols and miscellaneous hand 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 weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.



Ethan Allen Pepperbox, Worcester production, six shot, .31 cal. approx.
This small 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.  Weapon was manufactured before the Civil War using the general Ethan Allen design.  This weapon is a six shooter, there is a flash guard installed around the nipples, the entire barrel revolves, and is ribbed, handle is wood of the "bag" type.  Round barrel measures 3.25in.
Ref: Flayderman 5A-050.

W1204     Ethan Allen Pepperbox, Worcester production, six shot, .31 cal. approx.


Small "boot" pistol, probably European origin.
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 is single shot percussion, is loaded by unscrewing the barrel, iron workings, wooden grips, trigger without a guard, there are various marks and geometric designs, origin not known.

W0818     Small "boot" pistol, probably European origin.
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Small "boot" pistol, double barrel percussion.
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 is double barrel  percussion, there are various marks and geometric designs, origin not known.  Length 7in., barrel approx. 3.5in.

W0971     Small "boot" pistol, double barrel percussion.


Stevens Old Model Pocket Pistol, .22 cal.
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.  Weapon is marked on barrel, J. STEVENS & CO. CHICOPEE / FALLS. MASS. PAT. SEP. 6, 1864", serial number appears on the breech when barrel is hinged open for loading.  Manufactured by Stevens Arms Company, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, approximately 15,000 were manufactured from 1864 to 1886. This small pistol is single shot short rimfire, barrel is hinged and released by latch at breech, trigger is protected by extension of the frame, barrel is round, brass workings nickel plated, wooden grips.  Round barrel measures 3.5in.
Ref: Flayderman 5H-002.

W1200     Stevens Old Model Pocket Pistol, .22 cal., (#3342)