Christian Sharps was the inventor of the famous Sharps rifle, the first commercially successful breech-loading carbine and rifle and the Sharps Four Barrel Pistol. One of the more interesting small personal weapons of the Civil War era, they are four-barrel, single-action pistols with a revolving firing pin. Chambered in .22 rimfire, the four barrels slide forward to load and unload. First patented in 1849, they were not manufactured until 1859 when Sharps patented the practical pocket pistol design. The first model pistols had brass frames and gutta percha grips made in a floral design. This example functions perfectly and all markings are crisp and clear.