Patent Model - Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms

Maker and role
Eli Whitney (b.1820, d.1895), Patentee
Production date
Mar 21 1871
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Object detail

Media/Materials
Wood
Measurements
24 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/2" (61 x 47 x 6.4cm)
8 x 4 x 1 1/2" (20.3 x 10.2 x 3.8cm)
Description
Whitney's patent "relates to an improvement in the construction of that class of breech-loading fire-arms in which the breech-block is turned down to the rear to open the barrel for the insertion of the charge... It consists in a mechanism, combined with the hammer and breech-block, yet independent of both, by which the breech-block is locked in position." (Patent Number 112,997)
Object number
2015.14.1284
Currently on display?
Yes

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