Held†† †† Antique
541 Lynnie Pennie
Lane††††††††††††††Midlothian, Texas 76065
Volcanic Repeating Arms
StÝckel: Norwich and New Haven, CT, 1854 - 1857,
founded by Horace Smith and Daniel Baird Wesson, for 1854 patented repeaters.
Oliver F. Winchester buys in 1856 the shares and reorganized the company as New
Haven Arms Co. Since 1866 Winchester Repeating Arms Co.
NEW HAVEN VOLCANIC NO. 1 LEVER ACTION POCKET PISTOL,
matching serial #197 on butt strap and
grip, caliber .31, 3½ barrel
maker's inscription on top. This is a very nice example of these early
predecessors of the Henry and Winchester rifles. The barrel and integral magazine retain
traces of original blue and are mostly a smooth even
brown patina with nice edges and good clear markings. There are a few
scattered pits on the barrel primarily on right side and near the muzzle.
The brass frame shows a very nice untouched mellow patina with well-defined
edges. The two piece walnut grips are numbered to the gun and rate very good
plus having. Flayderman's
Guide 5K-014: only 850 made. In good working order and
fine condition $10.500.
NEW HAVEN VOLCANIC NO. 1 LEVER ACTION POCKET PISTOL, cased,
228 on back strap and grip, caliber 31. 3Ĺ" octagonal barrel, pinched post
front sight and integral magazine tube. Top barrel flat has the 2-line New
Haven address with patent date Feb. 14, 1854 and it has fixed rear sight in
the top flat of the receiver. The frame is silver plated and engraved with
typical Volcanic patterns consisting of foliate arabesque scrolls on sides
and side plates with a scallop border at the transition to the front fluted
area. Top side flats of frame and around hammer slot are engraved in feather
patterns with foliate patterns on top flat and back strap. Pistol is mounted
with nicely smooth American walnut 2-piece grips.
Accompanied by an extremely rare original Volcanic
case, dark blue lined and compartmented for the pistol, a cleaning rod, oil
can, key and one very rare original cartridge.
The lid shows
Baron Thornton de Mouncie, Londres.
In Taylerson's book ďThe Revolver 1865 Ė
1888" we find his address Baron A. T. de MOUNCIE of Paris, now Queen Victoria
St., City of London.
De Mouncie received some patents for British handguns.
Flayderman's Guide 5K-014: only 850 of these rare pistols were produced in
the period 1857-1860. Few of those survived and cased models
The pistol is in good working order, some plating is worn off, over all fine
condition. The very
rare set $20,000.
matching # 1285
REPEATING ARMS CO.
NEW HAVEN, CONN.
FEB. 14, 1854,
inscribed on 8 octagonal barrel with magazine
underneath, caliber .41 rocket ball cartridge (see picture below) Matching
serial # 1285 on trigger, frame and grips, the frame in smooth brass, the
barrel with magazine, trigger and guard with traces of original blue, varnished grips, tight
and in good working order including the sometimes
broken cartridge elevator and spring in the magazine.
It was originally
used in a repeating Smith & Wesson pistol made by them in Norwich, CT in the
1850ís. Oliver Winchester bought it away from them and set up shop in New
Haven to build the weapons, which later evolved into the famous Winchester
1866. A rare piece of history from two early leaders in the
industry. With scarce case in fine condition.
Fine condition. Flayderman's #
5K-007 "Navy Model"
- Cartridges designed for early Smith and Wesson
(later Volcanic Arms) They are deeply concave-based lead cartridges
containing powder and primer within their bases. They are an evolution of the
Hunt Rocket Ball.
VENDITTI E CI
Pietro Antonio VENDITTI, Napoli +
Lancusi, 1877 patented repeating pistol
action open, showing elevator to carry cartridge from tube to barrel
Venditti Lever Action Repeating Pistol
no visible serial #, 9 mm caliber. 6 15/16" octagonal barrel with front
sight, underneath the barrel is a
tubular10 shot magazine. The
top of the barrel is marked "VENDITTI E CI LANCUSI". This pistol is a copy of
the American Volcanic and fires a similar self-contained cartridge. The pistol
has a brass frame with steel side plates. The sides of the frame, side plate,
back strap and top of the barrel are engraved with floral scrollwork with a
stippled background. The walnut grips have a checkered panel on each side with
engraved screw escutcheons. The brass frame has a honey brown patina and the
other metal parts are a clean steel gray with a little age spotting on the
barrel. All of the engraving is in very good condition. The grips show
light wear and rate very good.
"Der Neue StÝckel", Volume II, page 1324:1828
- 1878. After being released from hard labor, as he had been convicted for
murder, he started his own activity in Torre Annunziata; after many patents, he
realizes and patents his famous repeating pistol, made for ten and even
According to the internet there are less than 100 made, this is the second I own
in more than 40 years of collecting
additional information supplied by a reader:
It is a second series pistol and not a first series. The
principle differences between the two series are as follows:
The extractors for the cartridges are clear in the picture you
have posted on your site showing the close-up of the chamber
marked "action open, showing the elevator......"
The 1877 patent specified the adoption of
a strange brass or copper cased cartridge that constituted a
sort of compromise between centre-fire ignition and
Dreyse-Chassepot needle peroration and hence the necessity of
the extractors. (quote from article by Emanuel Marciano in
Robert Held's edited Arms and Armour Annual, volume 1.)