Charles Alsop patented the Alsop revolver design in 1861 and 1862, and produced it in two varieties – a .36 caliber Navy and a .31 caliber Pocket. The two were made in a single serial number range, with about 500 Navies and 300 Pockets. This Alsop Pocket is in excellent condition, and shops us a glimpse of what one of these revolvers would have looked like out of the factory, with a mixture of deep bluing, strawing, and case hardening.
The Alsop design is similar to the Savage Navy revolver, which is not a surprise when one notices that several members of the Alsop family were stockholders in the Savage enterprise. The Alsop revolvers proved too expensive to be commercially sustainable, and the company additionally faced difficulty in keeping skilled workmen employed in the face of competition from other factories in the area.
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Hi guys thanks for tuning in another Video on forgotten weapons calm I’m Ian McCallum and I’m here today at the Rock Island auction company taking a look at Some of the guns that they’re going to Be selling in their upcoming December of 2017 premier auction today we have an Elsa Pocket model revolver this is a Early and early Civil War design bears Some some resemblance to the savage Revolvers and we’ll see why when we talk About the guys who actually design this Well let’s take a closer look well no Sense talking about this from way back There where you guys can’t even see it The Alsop pocket here is one of two guns That were designed by Charles R Alsop of Connecticut the other being a navy model So this pocket is a six shot 31 caliber Revolver has a four inch barrel that’s About a hundred millimeters the Navy Model was the basically the exact same Design but 36 caliber both of them had Spur triggers so the idea of a spur Trigger is there is no trigger guard the Trigger itself is recessed into this Spur and it clicks forward just slightly When the guns cocked and ready to fire It’s basically a way to reduce some of The bulk of the gun and allow you to Have a a practical trigger on a gun That’s a little bit smaller without Having a trigger guard getting away now These pistols bear a lot of visible
Similarity to savage model revolvers and There’s good reason for that all three Of the else offs Joseph senior and both Of his sons Charles and Joseph junior Were actually listed on the Board of Directors as stockholders in the Savage Arms Company when it reorganized around 1860 so they were very familiar with Savage and in some ways the Alsop guns Are a little bit of a refined version of The savage Alsop charles ellis out Issued requested and was granted a Couple patents for these guns in 1860 And 1861 although he would only actually Make about 800 of them in total he did About 300 of these pocket models and About 500 of the Navy model guns all run In the same serial number range so this Particular one is serial number six Hundred and fifty-five but as I said That one serial range for both models The grip on this has been described by Some as rather awkward with this little Hump in the back of the grip I actually Find this to be a very comfortable gun To handle it’s a comfortable gun to aim And well I imagine to fire although I Haven’t actually shot one one issue here That does come up is that this central Mounted hammer comes very close to Completely obscuring the sight picture As you can see there now as a pocket Model revolvers are the sights that Important well maybe not
It is convenient to recaulk the grip on It is really quite nice and on this Particular example the finish is in Really kind of extraordinary condition Given its age and I really like being Able to take a look at something like This where you can really see what these Guns looked like coming out of the Factory it’s a smooth gun to operate and Honestly it seems like a really nice Little pocket revolver which I think Probably contributes to why so few of Them were made that being the reasoning There being it was a very nice little Pocket revolver perhaps too nice it was A fairly expensive gun and it appears That the biggest reason that production Had end well two reasons not enough People buying them because they were Expensive and there was there were also A fair number of other firearms Manufacturing concerns in Connecticut This was made specifically in Middleton Connecticut and so the Alsop family had To compete with a bunch of other Companies to get qualified skilled Workers and to pay them a competitive Wage and they just weren’t able to do That between the cost of production and What you know the price that the market Would bear for pocket revolvers the Markings on this are really small we Have a CR Alsop patented November 26th 1861 on the cylinder there and we have
Markings on the top of the barrel as Well CRL Saab Middleton Connecticut Patented July 17th and August 7th 1860 And May 14th 1861 the things that make This All for a bit distinctive are of course The grip which is rather more in line With the cylinder and Barrel than a lot Of the other revolvers of the time and The fact that has a central mounted Hammer here so there is actually a hole In the top of the frame that the hammer Drops through in order to fire each Cylinder and the cylinder and rotation Mechanism are a bit complicated and a Bit fragile you’ll notice there’s a Plate on the back of the cylinder there The mechanism actually rotates that Plate which then rotates the cylinder in Turn there were definitely simpler ways To do this although not necessarily Simpler ways that weren’t covered by Other people’s patents at the time this Revolver also gives us a nice selection Of finishes that you can take a look at Which is cool to see obviously there’s This nice deep blue on most of the gun But then we have taste hardening on some Bits like the loading lever here which Of course drops down like so and we also Have them straw finish that gives it This nice brilliant yellow colour on the Back portion of the cylinder it’s really Pretty unusual to find Civil War guns
There is nice as this one still remains And it’s really cool when you’re able to Do that you actually get a feel for what These guns look like and felt like and How they handled out of the factory Which is often a lot different than what A grey worn and loose example feels like Today more than 150 years later so Definitely a really nice example of Alice out pocket here if you’d like to Add if you’d like to add it to your own Collection take a look at the Description text below the video you’ll Find a link there to rock island’s Catalog page for it and you can see Their pictures their description their Price estimate all that sort of stuff And you can place a bid right through Their website or over the phone or live At the auction thanks for watching You