Project Description

This is a 1/2 scale Sharps four barrel pepperbox derringer made by Tom P. Weston in Mexico City, Mexico, probably made in the mid 1940’s to mid 1960’s.  2 3/4″ long overall with a 1 1/2″ barrel group.  Brass frame & front bead sight.  Blued steel barrel, hammer, trigger, & screws.  Checkered hammer spur.  Both sides of the frame marked in a circle around the hammer screw.  The left side marked C. SHARPS PATENT 1859″.  The right side marked “C. SHARPS & CO PHILAD. PA”.  One piece ivory grip with beautifully aged patina & grain.  These pepperboxes were unusual as instead of having a rotating barrel group, they have a rotating firing pin.  Fully functional, including the rotating firing pin, and will shoot the 2mm rimfire cartridges with the thick rim.  Includes a mahogany finger jointed Plexiglas topped box case.  The interior French fit and lined in a very typical Weston red kid goat leather.  Accessories include a ivory lift top cartridge container, an ebony handled cleaning/extractor rod with brass ferrule and blued steel shaft, and the special blued steel tool for loading the cartridges into the chambers.  The ivory cartridge container contains 12 rounds of proper 2mm thick rim blank cartridges.  The mahogany finger jointed case with Plexiglas lid is unusual for a Weston, but the interior insert looks very typical for a Weston.  I’m guessing the outer case and heavy beveled glass lid was damaged or destroyed somehow, & someone made a new outer case & lid using the original Weston insert.  The Plexiglas lid has a thumb cut to easily slide it out.  Excellent mint 99+% condition otherwise.  Price:  $1,750.00.