Sharps & Hankins Four-Barrel Pepperbox, .32 Rim Fire Long 
Christian Sharps' patent of 1858 for this four-barrel pepperbox is quite unique: the four barrels stay stationary while the firing pin rotates 90 degrees with each cocking of the hammer. The pepperbox was available in calibers from .22 to .32, with the larger caliber being more on the rare side. This is the .32 variant, Model no. 3B, made between 1862 and 1866, the period during which Sharps was in partnership with William Hankins. It is in excellent condition with almost all of its nickel plating intact. There is a small amount of flaking evident on the barrels. The markings are sharp and clear. "ADDRESS SHARPS & HANKINS PHILADELPHIA PENN" on top of the barrels and "C SHARPS PATENT / JAN 25 1859" on the side of the frame. The rosewood grips are excellent with minor handling marks, without cracks or missing chips. Strong action, 3 1/2 inch barrels. SN 12142, rated excellent overall.


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