Merwin & Bray Front-Loading Pocket Revolver, .32 Cup-Primed
The patent for this unusual gun actually belonged to W.C Ellis and J.H. White, and was manufactured by the Plant's Mfg. Co. in an attempt to circumvent S&W's Rollin White patent. Like with so many other makers at the time, the ingenuity was without limits - albeit often less than practical. This one had a special cartridge which was inserted from the front of the cylinder instead of the rear, and it needed a special extractor attached to the side of the frame to push the spent cartridges out. This was a bit awkward, but still, these designs are an important part of American cartridge gun development of the 1860's​​
This particular piece is in very fine to excellent condition, with much of the original silver plating intact on the brass frame. The slver is thin in places, and the brass is starting to show through. The blue on the steel barrel, cylinder hammer and trigger is about 50% intact. The rosewood grips rate about very fine, without cracks or missing chips and a series of regular cuts on both sides which may be "kill notches" - although I doubt someone killed 8 people with this little gun. The action is crisp, the cylinder indexes properly, and the springs are strong. This is one of the more unusual pieces I have had. SN 7410, rated Very Fine to Excellent overall.

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