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Seven Barrel Gun

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Seven Barrel Gun
1837 patent
Henry Harrington, Southbridge, Massachusetts

Content Description: 

This experimental weapon has seven smoothbore barrels of about .32 to .36 calibre. It is stocked in fancy burl walnut with a patch box decorated delicately but rather crudely with and urn bearing a single flower; leafed branches flank the urn's base. The stock also has an iron butt plate, trigger guard and an iron sleeve over the rear of the barrel group. The balance of of the barrel cluster is tightly wound with string or cord painted black ending in an iron ring around the barrels with a brass sight. The seven chamber breech lock is fitted with a single percussion nipple, so all chambers discharge simultaneously. Henry Harrington, whose primary occupation was cutler, making knives and razors, also made several other firearms in the OSV collection. He was the great-grandfather of Mrs. Wayland Heck. The gun descended in the family to her. Family tradition records that only about half a dozen of this type were ever made.

Physical Description: 

Wood, brass, steel, cord. Length over all: 121.5cm (48"); Barrel length: 71.9 cm (28 1/4").
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village