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Cody Firearms Museum

Makers
H. Estes, Columbia, Tenn.
Descriptions
octagon 23 trigger 354 barrel 187 open 55 steel 2355 plain 345 wood 4438 sights 95
Names
firearm 4093
Use
pistol 909
Date:
1830-1860
Dimensions:
L: 11.5 in, Barrel length: 7 in, H: 3.75 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
Gloss:
American Underhammer, Bootleg Pistol. No trigger guard. Originally had a belt hook. Called Bootleg pistol as the underhammer made for an unencumbered design which made it convenient to carry in the top of a bootleg with the barrel concealed in the boot. Could also habe been carried in a belt or pocket. However the term or name bootleg has become synonymous with underhammer pistols. The underhammer also said to have aided in making a quick draw easy. The era of the popularity of the underhammer pistol was from ca. 1835 to ca. 1860. Mostly made in the New England States with Massachusetts & Connecticut makers producing the largest numbers. Sometimes used as a supplemental weapon to another pistol a revolver or rifle etc.
Inscription:
[on top of barrel:] H. ESTES; COLUMBIA TENN.
Remarks:
underhammer
Model:
American Underhammer, Bootleg Pistol
Caliber/Gauge:
.45 ML
Accession Number:
1988.8.2271

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