Manufactured by Bacon Firearms Manufacturing Company of Norwich, Connecticut, circa 1861-1862. This little cartridge powerhouse is a variant of the small frame model (Flayderman #8A-024) and fewer than TWENTY of the variants are known to have been survived. Bacon made four known models of this type of swivel barrel pistol (all made with either 4″, 5″ or 6″ barrels except for this one, which is 3 5/8″). The total production of ALL patterns was around 800, and this little gem is numbered 625 on the frame under the grips, on the inside of both grips, and on the bottom of the barrel.
About 20% of the early Civil War examples are unmarked, as it this one.
Small frame single shot pistols were highly favored by soldiers as a “backup” weapon in the field. This one came from an estate sale in Iowa which had several Civil War accoutrements in it, but no family history was known and no particular soldiers identified. This is a beautiful, high condition antique handgun and shipping is complimentary to the lower 48 United States–other areas, please ask.