Slocum’s patent for an “improvement in revolving firearms” centered around his “Side Loading Revolver” concept. The revolver was loaded and unloaded by placing it on half cock and rotating the cylinder to align with a plunger post on the right side of the frame. The revolver design featured an ingenious method of evading the Rollin White’s 1855 patent for the bored-through cylinder, which White had assigned to Smith & Wesson in 1856. Smith & Wesson’s control of this patent made it very difficult for competitors to manufacture a self-contained cartridge revolver between 1856 and 1869, as any bored through cylinder was a violation of that patent.
This gun has a great patinina dicative of a well cared for gun of this era. Grade is at 90%. VERY RARE!