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Object ID # 1983.122.003
Object Name Pistol
Title Double-Barrelled Percussion Pistol
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Double-barrelled, muzzle-loading, percussion cap action pistol (handgun) by an unknown maker. .42 calibre. This double-barrelled percussion action pistol has two steel octagonal barrels, that are 1.47 cm across the flats. The barrels are screwed into a steel patent breech with an integral box supporting twin single-action, internally-mounted locks, two triggers and two hammers. #1 nipples are screwed into the breech. There is a combined steel top tang and action cover plate. The top and lower tangs are bent to accommodate a somewhat plain, and crudely incised varnished walnut handle grip, that has simple linear "rayed" carving on the left and right faces of the grip, adjacent to the action. There is a proof mark on the underside of the breech. The proof limit is stamped on the top flat of the breech end of each barrel: "2 gr N.G.P. / 6 gr B1" [this means 2 grains of nitroglycerine powder or six grains of black powder]. No maker's name is seen. The trigger guard is a bent, plain, thin steel strip, held by two rivets.
Makers mark No maker's name seen.
Provenance Found amidst the estate items of M.C.G. Bebee of Owen Sound, Grey County. He was an Owen Sound dental surgeon.

His wife, Kathleen Bebee, was a relation of Lt. Col. George D. McLauchlan of Owen Sound and had settled his estate. George was one of the sons of Scottish-born James McLauchlan, who came to Williamsford and Owen Sound in the 1850s, and who had also spent a couple of years in New Orleans, just prior to the American Civil War. The McLauchlans returned to Owen Sound. James McLauchlan was a confectioner and baker by trade, and eventually his business became James McLauchlan & Sons and sold products across the Dominion.

Mrs. Bebee had helped to clear the estate of Lt. Col. George Dillane McLauchlan of Owen Sound. Perhaps it had belonged to his father, James McLauchlan.
Collection Firearms & Accoutrements, 19th-c Collection
Material Metal/Wood
Dimensions W-3 L-25.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People McLauchlan, James