CIVIL WAR Era Antique ROLLIN WHITE Pocket Pistol
EXTREMELY RARE Single Shot Pistol!
Here we present an antique Civil War-Era Rollin White Arms Pocket Revolver in .22 Rimfire, manufactured circa 1861-1864 by the Rollin White Arms Company in Lowell, Massachusetts. These are extremely scarce with a very limited number produced by White’s namesake company. This pistol was made during the American Civil War on behalf of Smith & Wesson, due to S&W’s inability to keep up with their orders. Rollin White was the owner of the “bored through cylinder” design that launched Smith & Wesson into greatness and had all the other revolver designers struggling to compete until the patent expired in 1869.
Of the gun manufacturers that have fallen by the wayside that collectors inevitably stumble across, one of the ones with the least information out there is the Rollin White Arms Company. Norm Flayderman wrote that “the Rollin White Arms Company was formed by Rollin White in 1861 to manufacture revolvers to meet the demand which Smith & Wesson could not fill during the Civil War. Their entire production was marketed by Smith & Wesson through their normal dealers. The firm name was changed to Lowell Arms Company in 1864 (Rollin White’s association with it was terminated) following a change in management.”
The overall condition is very good. 10% of the original blue finish remains with a mellow patina throughout. The markings are clear. The rosewood grips are in great shape. The bore is dim with visible rifling. The action is non-functional. With the cylinder out, the hammer moves freely and has good spring tension, however, it does not stay cocked. The cylinder binds with the hand when in the gun.
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Barrel is 3 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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