Unmarked brass tap action pistol,
Made sometime in the 18th century this odd pistol features four barrels. Being a tap action, the pistol has a switch on the right hand side which opens or closes access to the barrels. Having the lever fully upright fires the top two barrels simultaneously. To fire the bottom barrels, the use would then add another charge of powder to the flashpan, push the tap switch downward, which opens the tap to discharge the bottom two barrels. There is also the option of firing all four barrels at once by firing it with the tap switch in the downward position with all barrels loaded. Maker is unknown as is exact date of production.
Sold At Auction: $3,750