Rare Hopkins & Allen Third Model Bacon
Hopkins & Allen bought up Thomas Bacon's manufacturing space in Norwich CT in 1867 and began production by continuing Bacon's third model pocket revolver, in .31 caliber. This percussion revolver with the octagonal barrel is a rarity, as only about 250 of them were ever made. H&A switched to a round barrel for another 1000 units before changing the design entirely and renaming it "DICTATOR"...
This specimen is in very fine condition, with a blued cylinder and "in the white" barrel and frame. The cylinder is roll-engraved with a series of "vignettes" which are somewhat difficult to decipher. They are hunting scenes of men with rifles in the woods, rabbits and deer. The engraving is shallow but sharp. Marked "HOPKINS & ALLEN MFG. CO. NORWICH CT." on top of the barrel. Matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, rammer and wedge. Crisp, accurate action, clean bore with excellent, sharp rifling, 4 inch barrel, 5 shot cylinder, clean, un-damaged nipples. The grips are excellent with 90% original varnish and only minor handling marks. SN 478, rated very fine overall.


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