National Arms Co.
◄ small hole for teat of cartridge
large frame teat-fire revolver in caliber .45 teat fire, 7˝" round and octagonal barrel on top with inscription
matching serial # 4, 6-shot cylinder, iron frame with cartridge ejector like
the better known smaller size Moore teat fire revolvers, very fine
two-piece bird head ivory grips, lanyard. The metal parts retaining a salt
and pepper gray patina mixed with traces of blue. This revolver
is in fine overall condition. Extremely rare, probably only 4 pieces are known
from which 2 are in
museums. Additional 6 very rare empty .45 shells.
Flayderman's # 8A-101. $13,850.
a unique cartridge to get around the . Rollin White patent owned by Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson, proved very popular during the Civil War, with both soldiers and civilians. The teat-fire cartridges did not have a rim at the back like conventional cartridges, but were rounded at the rear, with a small "teat" that would protrude through a tiny opening in the rear of the cylinder. The priming mixture was contained in the "teat" and when the hammer struck it, the cartridge would fire.