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S C marked - Civil War import Austrian Cavalry Pistol

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This scarce import Austrian horse pistol has a 10 3/8 inch .665 smooth bore barrel with a period arsenal conversion from the European tubelock system to standard American percussion. The Model1851 pistol was not equipped with a ramrod channel or ramrod as, in use by Austrian Dragoons, the rammer was carried separately. In line with intended mounted use and carrying, the pistolís design offers the unusual feature of attached sling swivels. The barrel and lock face do not show arsenal markings with the exception of reversed initials on the back side of the lock (see photo). Requiring some additional research and of potential significance to the Confederate collector will be the small SC (South Carolina ?) one piece stamp on the opposite side of the lock. This offering remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of contemporary use and carrying to include a clearly period crack repair to the wood adjacent to the barrel just forward of the lock. Despite good evidence of at least a small number of these Austrian conversion having found their way into the American Civil War, existing examples of such have been extremely elusive and are seldom found even in the older, advanced collections. A complete example has been preserved in the Smithsonian Institution collection as a specimen from Civil War purchases. (see:Civil War Guns by Wm. Bennett Edwards) Additionally a relic lock is known to exist having been recovered in 1924 at the Pea Ridge battlefield in Arkansas. Acquired some time ago and set aside per our personal fascination with the myriad of Civil War imports, this is the only example of such we have owned, in our fifty plus years of active search for such treasures.
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A note about firearms: WE EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE. IT IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH THE ABOVE.



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