Rare Antique Elgin Cutlass Percussion Pistol Combo
Inspired by Jim Bowie’s Epic Sandbar Knife Fight!
Here we present an antique Elgin Cutlass Percussion Pistol, made circa 1837 in Amherst, Massachusetts. In the aftermath following the infamous Battle of the Alamo (1836), men who died in that little mission in Texas were propelled from larger than life men into the pantheon of national heroes. In addition to Davey Crockett, James Bowie also found his life turned into legend in the public mind. Bowie initially became famous after his deadly “Sandbar Fight” (1827) in the middle of the Mississippi River, during which he was shot and stabbed repeatedly, before prevailing with his famous Bowie knife. The conflict began as a duel, during which the two primary duelists, Samuel L. Wells III and Dr. Thomas H. Maddox, (ironically) each took two missing shots before shaking hands and ending their feud. Afterwards, a brawl broke out among each man’s supporters and Bowie was shot by Major Norris Wright (the Sheriff of Rapides Parish with who Bowie had an ongoing feud), bludgeoned with the empty single shot pistol and stabbed with a cane sword. With a boot on his chest and the sword still stuck in him, Bowie pulled the other man down and used his large knife to great effect. He was shot and stabbed again before the fight was completely over.
George Elgin, seizing on such sensational stories, developed and patented a single shot percussion pistol with an attaching blade. The blade was specifically designed in a Bowie fashion. The idea was that one would have a secondary weapon on their sidearm once their single shot was expended. The N.P. Ames Company, famous for their swords, made the blades for these pistols and both C.B. Allen and Morrill, Mosman and Blair made these pistols. Interestingly, despite a high profile name like the Ames Company and two other firms producing them, the overall number produced was very low and measured in hundreds. 150 were produced and purchased by the U.S. Navy. All others were sold on the public market.
This example is one made by Morrill, Mosman and Blair and is the larger size. It is in overall good condition. The metal surfaces have a very dark patina. The serial number on the frame under the trigger guard is “67”. The action is functional.
This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction. Compare to $9500 from our competition!
Barrel is 4 inches in length. Blade is 8-3/4 inches in length.
Caliber: .41 percussion
The bore is in good condition. The firing mechanism is in good condition.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Here is a fascinating gun inspired by the larger than life man who was James Bowie.
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