Peavey Knife-Pistol/Burglar Alarm (1)
The only production antique American knife pistol ever marketed. It was patented by Andrew J. Peavey of South Montville, Maine on September 25, 1865 and March 27, 1866. This example is the second type. The first type was very short-lived. This mode was an improvement in that it offered a separate firing pin and combination shell extractor. The parts are all serial numbered together. The wood inserts in the handles are complete. This gun also was designed to be an alarm gun. A cord was secured in the hole in the trigger and run through a hole in the frame coming out at the rear of the knife. Any tug on this cord would fire the pistol. As Peavey stated in his patent concerning the alarm portion of his invention: “by securing the knife in some appropriate place in a room and tying the end of the cord to the door latch or to a window the trigger will be pulled in care somebody attempts to open the door or to raise the window and the charge of the barrel is exploded.” This example is in fine condition with excellent markings and no visible alterations or repairs.
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