A rare U.S. Navy Elgin cutlass pistol by C.B. Allen

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Lot 5048ANTIQUE
A rare U.S. Navy Elgin cutlass pistol by C.B. Allen

Sold for US$ 14,040 inc. premium
A rare U.S. Navy Elgin cutlass pistol by C.B. Allen
Serial no. 58, .54 caliber. Of standard configuration with 5 inch octagonal barrel marked on the top Elgins/Patent and CBA/PM/1837. The side of barrel/frame marked 58-58 C.B. Allen/Springfield/Mass. Underside of barrel affixed with broad 11 inch single edged blade with beveled false edge and forged with integral triggerguard/knucklebow. Varnished walnut grips.
Condition: Very good. Smooth, mottled grey metal showing some patches of spotting/light pitting. Sharp markings. Spur of cock repaired. Wood with scattered marks and filled area at butt.
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Footnotes

  • Note: One of 150 specimens manufactured by C.B. Allen, with blades by N.P. Ames, for a U.S. Navy contract specifically associated with the Wilkes South Seas Exploring Expedition of 1838-42. (Flayderman's Guide, sec. 6A-038)
    Authorized in 1828, the expedition was composed of six vessels, with a complement of scientists, under the command of Lt. Charles Wilkes. Leaving Hampton Roads, Virginia the fleet rounded South America, explored the Pacific coast of that continent, proceeded to the South Pacific, where they engaged in combat on Fiji in 1840 and then sailed on the map and explore the west coast of the United States. Nineteen scientific volumes were published after the fleets return and the expedition played a major contribution in the advancement of the U.S. scientific community.
A rare U.S. Navy Elgin cutlass pistol by C.B. Allen
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