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rare! Civil War import - Mod. 1849 German Bundesmarine Percussion Single Shot Pistol

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rare!  Civil War import - Mod. 1849 German Bundesmarine  Percussion Single Shot Pistol (Image1)
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While considered as being among the rarer of German origin martial arms, of significance to the American Civil War historian will be that this example of the Mod.1849 German Navy percussion pistol was altered by the Philadelphia, Wurfflein family of gunsmiths when the limited number of these pistols were purchased for import at the outset of the American Civil War. This rather massive three pound single shot percussion pistol measures approximately 16 inches in total length with a 9 1/4 inch 62 caliber barrel and remains in excellent condition as will be best described here by our illustrations. Untouched and original to the period with the signature Philadelphia, Wurfflein belt hook alteration and American standard musket nipple this rare Civil War import will set well in any quality Civil War collection. The lock is marked with the classic Double-Headed Eagle of the German Confederation with SUHL, S&C and Anchor. A total of 1,000 of these pistols were ordered for the Bundesmarine on 19 May 1849. This short lived first German Federal Navy lasted a mere four years upon which two of its ships were transferred to the Royal Prussian Navy with the remainder of their vessels, less their armament sold commercially. Pistols from the ships sold were stored at the Fortress of Mainz until 1861 when in the early Civil War clamor for arms, approximately eight-hundred of these Mod. 1849 pistols were purchased for import to this country. (see illustration Civil War Guns by William B. Edwards p. 292 / see also: illustration and description of a lesser example - 11/18/2013 Bonhmans Antique Arms Auction Catalogue lot#4250)
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