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HYDE & GOODRICH
AGENT MARKED
50 CALIBER PISTOL
MFG'D BY HOLLIS & SONS

 

This is an English export pistol which was made for Hyde & Goodrich in New Orleans.  It is .50 caliber, ten inches in overall length, with a six inch barrel.  It is complete with the exception of one link on the swivel rammer assembly, which looks to be a period replacement.  Hyde & Goodrich is clearly engraved on top of the barrel, along with an interesting gold inlaid directional arrow around the front site.  I guess people needed to know which way the bullet flew!  The action works on the gun.  One interesting feature that you will see in the photography is that just above the English proofs on the bottom of the barrel, is the date 1861.  That would make this gun one of the last items sold by Hyde & Goodrich before it was bought out by Thomas & Griswold.  Apparently, these older style single shots were still being sold, as backup weapons at the beginning of the Civil War.  This gun has a nice belt hook and would have done good service in that regard.  SOLD!!