All photos included here are from Old West Daily Reader Contributor Marcel Cansee (014) and used by permission. You need to get his permission too, if you want use any. Marcel lives in Belgium and collects early American and Old West firearms among his other interests. This fine collection contains numerous unusual and rare Old West firearms, Enjoy! All photos: © Marcel Cansee
This is just a starter on Marcel’s collection! I probably have at least twenty more photographs to post. It will take some time. Stay tuned!
The Massachussets Arms Co. .28 cal. percussion Pocket Pistol (above left) is quite interesting for two reasons: First, it’s Maynard tape primed, Marcel has opened up the primer mechanism so we can see how it worked. Second, the cylinder must be turned by hand. (see also: Wk.18, 05/04/1891)
In regard to the Wesson and Levitt Pistol (left) Marcel tells us, “…wonderful condition, retaining almost all of it’s original colors. Said to have been part of Gregory Peck’s private collection (I can’t prove that). Only about 900 made before Colt’s trial.”