National Arms MOORE’S PATENT Teat-Fire Revolver
Fantastic & Unique Pocket Revolver!
Here we present an antique National Arms Moore’s Patent Firearm’s Company Teat-Fire Revolver, made circa 1865, in Brooklyn, New York. It was wartime and the United States stood divided. During a period of rapid industrial innovation, the firearms industry was one of the hottest. The war drove a huge market and many different makers, designs and patents appeared in a very short amount of time. Some of Colt’s most coveted patents expired in 1857, opening opportunity, but Smith & Wesson purchased the Rollin White Patent in the late 1850s, enabling them to control the market on what virtually became the “modern” revolver. Specifically, the Rollin White Patent was for completely bored through (front to back) chambers in the cylinder. This is the same concept still in use in revolvers today. This enabled the most effective use of metallic cartridges.
Many companies simply infringed on the patent. They were promptly sued. Others tried and succeeded in finding ways around the patent to make metallic cartridge revolvers while the Rollin White Patent was still in effect. Daniel Moore, the designer of this revolver was one who did both. He designed a cartridge revolver that was the first “swing-out” cylinder revolver, but blatantly infringed on S&W’s patent. He was sued and lost, but he was not done. He soon designed another revolver with the partnership of David Williamson. That is the pictured “teat-fire” revolver. Like the Plant, another successful revolver that skirted the RW Patent, it used a mostly bored through cylinder with a constriction at the back. The cartridges each loaded from the front of the cylinder. A small projection at the back of the cartridge (like a teat) was the primer.
The overall condition is fine. The original blue finish is 90%. Strong traces of original silver finish cling to the engraved brass frame. The markings are clear. The grips are smooth and solid. The bore is bright and sharp. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 3-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .32 Teat-fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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