One of the noted rarities among 19th century American firearms will be on offer in Lancashire on August 30 when Silverwoods of Clitheroe sell this John Walch Navy Model 12-shot percussion revolver.
This strange hybrid
aimed to increase the number of rounds that could be fired from a
normal six-shot revolver by double-charging the chambers, each of
which is fitted with two sets of nipples fired by twin hammers and
In practice this
complicated arrangement was not popular and only around 200 were
made between 1859 and 1862.
This example has the
serial number 20 and an assembly number 138. It is estimated at