This Lever Action No.1 Pocket Pistol manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company c. 1858. The pistol has the scarce plain receiver with silver-plated finish. The blued, .31 caliber, octagon barrel has an integral six-shot magazine with brass clam-shell follower, round muzzle, rounded T-bar spring and pinch-top front sight blade. The brass receiver lacks the factory engraving found on most No.1 Pocket Pistols and has the distinctive loading lever with finger hole, scalloped cut-out at the front of the ejection port and fixed, dove-tail mounted, rear sight. The hammer has deep, hand cut, knurling on the spur and a color casehardened finish. The rear sight, bolt, cartridge elevator, trigger and loading lever are blued. The two-piece walnut grips have a varnish finish. The top barrel flat is stamped with the legend: "NEWHAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB.14.1854" in one line. The serial number "1247" is stamped on the left side of the receiver beneath the grip. "1247" is stamped on the inside of both the replacement grips.
Very good. The pistol retains strong traces of the faded blue finish on the barrel with several insignificant spots of shallow pitting and a few minor scratches. The New Haven Arms Company markings on the top flat are light but legible. The receiver remains in fine condition with traces of silver plated finish and a good-looking, untouched, patina. Eight small notches are stamped in two lines on both sides of the receiver in front of the side plates - the significance of these markings is unknown and they do not detract from the overall appearance. The hammer retains 40% of the mottled case colors. The rear sight, trigger, bolt cartridge elevator and lever have a smooth dark patina. Mechanically fine. The period replacement grips are good with scattered light handling marks. This is a good looking example of a scarce New Haven Arms Company Lever Action No. 1 Pocket Pistol.
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