Rare Chicago Firearms Co. Palm Pistol
Manufactured by The Ames Sword Company under contract for Peter Finnigan, who formed the Chicago Firearms Co. to sell these "palm-squeezers" at the 1891 Worlds Fair in Chicago. Ames defaulted on the contract and Finnigan sued. He won and Ames was penalized for missing the deadline. The remainder of the guns was made from 1891 to approximately 1895, and it took another 20 years to sell them all. They are not particularly well made however their extreme rarity makes them a very desirable collector's item. This specimen is in fine condition, fully functional, and with matching serial numbers on the lid and frame, fine gutta percha grip pad and lid panels, 90% nickel finish. SN# 9689 Rated very fine to excellent.

$2,100
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