J. M. Cooper Pocket Revolver, .31 Percussion
J. M. Cooper made a variety of percussion revolvers from the 1850's to the late 1860's. From the outside the Cooper pocket looks a lot like the Colt 1849 pocket however that is where the similarites end: this one is a sophisticated double action revolver, years ahead of the Colt design. The gun is of excellent workmanship, every bit as good as a Colt, but the internal mechanism is nothing like the simple Colt single action. This is the Second Model Philadelphia revolver with a brass grip strap. The gun is in excellent condition, with about 80% blue on the cylinder and traces on the 4-inch barrel and loading lever. The silver plating on the grip strap has mostly worn off, with about 15% remaining. The case hardening colors are still visible on the side of the frame. The nipples are clean, without corrosion or damage. Shiny bore, and sharp rifling. The one-piece walnut grip is excellent, with 99% original varnish and only a few scratches, no cracks or missing chips. All matching parts on the barrel, cylinder, trigger guard, grip strap and loading lever. Crisp, accurate action and strong springs. Marked "COOPER FIREARMS MFG CO. FRANKFORD PHILA. PA. / PAT. JAN 7, 1851 APR.25 1854 SEP 4 1860 / SEP 1 1863 SEP 22 1863. SN#3343, rated excellent overall.


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