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Marston Pocket 4th Type
« on: August 01, 2015, 07:23:17 PM »

The New York arms maker, William W Marston, started making firearms in1837.
Marston made percussion revolvers from 1858 till about 1863 with around 15,000 pocket and 1,000 navy models. Flayderman’s lists 7 types of Pocket and 3 types of Navy revolvers.
This revolver sn 4170, is a ‘type 4’, 5 shot pocket with s 5 ¼ inch hexagonal barrel [measured from the cylinder face]. The barrel has a two line address ‘The Union / Arms Co.’ and the cylinder is semi fluted. The iron trigger guard is nice size being larger than the Colt pocket but not as large as the Cooper pocket.
I think Mr Marston was one of the first gun makers to use trade names. According to Sellers & Smith ‘American Percussion Revolvers’ barrel markings on these revolvers where:
Wm. W. Marston / Phenix Armory / New York City;
The Union / Arms Co.;
The Union Arms Co.;
Western Arms Co. New York; and
Western Arms Co. / Chicago. Ill.

All in all this is a very solid, well made and attractive pocket percussion revolver.

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Sn 4170

The Union Arms Co. markings
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