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Civil War Double barrel “side by side” percussion boot pistol, as in Gettysburg Museum


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This is another great piece being offered, it is a Civil War double barrel “boot pistol”. This one has both of the full-length 3-inch barrels that fire a bullet of about .41 caliber. It has the “ELG” Belgium proof mark – just about all of these small pistols were imports. The action on both hammers are tight and the triggerguard conceals the double triggers. The 1-piece handle of the gun is original with a nice, aged look to the wood.

I have one of these boot pistols in my collection which came out of Lee’s Headquarters Museum in Gettysburg and I used it in two of my books “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items” and “Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs” (see pictures). Also, there is one of these boot pistols on display at the Gettysburg NPS Museum (see pictures).

These small pistols were often carried by soldiers and thought of as a last line of defense if attacked. Actually, awhile back I sold a near identical example which was dug at Cold Harbor. There is also a period photograph of a Civil War soldier holding one (see pictures).

There are similar dug examples in "Civil War Relics - A Guide for the Historian", by Crouch (see pictures). They were small enough to tuck away in their pocket or slide in their boot. This is a great example in very nice condition.

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