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Manhattan Firearms Manufacturing Co.

Name Street Town State From To
Manhattan Firearms Manufacturing Co.   Norwich Connecticut January 1, 1856 1868


Patent Date Remarks
     


Contract for
Ordnance Department, September 23, 1861 26 blued seven shot cylinder pistols and 10 plated seven shot cylinder pistols and 5000 cartridges


Product
The company was incorporated in New York City. The production was organized in Norwich. The New York office was used for business meetings and sold manufactured articles.

September 1, 1857, agreement between the company and Thomas K. Bacon (see Bacon)
Which said:" I hereby convenant and agree to and with said company, that I will not engage, or be in any way concerned, in the manufacture or salt, or in any other way connected with dealing in fire arms of any kind whatever, during twenty years from this date, provided said company allows me, as another consideration, to make for them, at the prices annexed, all that they use of the following parts of pistols: "

This document was signed by Thomas K. Bacon but not by Albert Beach, secretary of said company (Manhattan).

Becames American Strandard Tool Company in November 23, 1868



Product Prices
Barrels for 2" single pistols 5 cents
Barrels for 3" single pistols 6 1/2 cents
Barrels for 4" single pistols 8 1/2 cents
Barrels for 5" single pistols 10 1/2 cents
Barrels for 6" single pistols 12 1/2 cents
Barrels for 3" revolvers 17 cents
Barrels for 5" revolvers 23 cents
Barrels for 3" 6 barrel revolvers 25 cents
Barrels for 4" 6 barrel revolvers 30 cents
Barrels for 5" 6 barrel revolvers 40 cents

Lawsuit Manhattan vs. Bacon in 1858 as Bacon founded his own company in 1858. This lawsuit adjourned the court adjourned sine die in 1860.
In this lawsuit Bacon was presented as the employ of the petitioners although the agreement appears to place him in the position of a subcontractor for Manhattan. It even seems that Bacon was the only person affilated with the Manhattan organization who knew the arms business therefor the loss of his services must hit the company seriously.



Trademark:
Hero
London Pistol Company






Bar-Hammer Single-Shot Pistols

.31 caliber percussion, double action, 2" round and octagon barrel
.34 caliber percussion, double action, 3" round and octagon barrel
.36 caliber percussion, double action, 4" round and octagon barrel
Manufactured from 1856 to 1860, production was about 1500
Markings on barrel
Manhattan F.A. Mfg. Co. New York


Shotgun Hammer Single-Shot Pistols

.36 caliber percussion, double action, 5" round and octagon barrel
.36 caliber percussion, double action, 6" round and octagon barrel
On of the rarest Manhattan Arms.
Bacon & Co. produced a similar pistol but with ring trigger

right side





Pepperbox with bar hammer

Markings on hammer
Manhattan F.A. Mfg. Co. New York


.31 caliber percussion, double action but barrel group had to be turned by hand, 3 shots, 3" barrel, very rare
left side
right side

.31 caliber percussion, double action, 5 shots, 3" barrel

.31 caliber percussion, double action, 6 shots, 3" barrel

Manufactured from 1856 to ?







Pepperbox with bar hammer

.31 caliber percussion, double action, 6 shots, 3" barrel
.31 caliber percussion, double action, 6 shots, 4" barrel
.31 caliber percussion, double action, 6 shots, 5" barrel
Resembling the Allen pepperboxes in outward appearance but mechanically different.
Manufactured from ? to ?
Bacon was made the barrels and was paid
20 cents each for the 3" barrel
30 cents each for the 4" barrel and
40 cents each for the 5" barrel


Markings on hammer
Manhattan F.A. Mfg. Co. New York








.31 Caliber Revolver

.31 caliber percussion, single action, 5 shots, 4", 5" or 6" barrel, bears the mark of Joseph Gruler, co-inventor of the company's best patent
Manufactured from 1858 to ?
Markings on barrel
Manhattan F.A. Manufg. Co. New York or
Manhattan F.A. Mfg. Co. New York or



1st Model

Serial number 1 to about 1000
Manufactured in 1858 and 1859

2nd Model

Model starts between serial number 900 and 1000
Manufactured from 1859
Large size grip
Attachable stock available

3rd Model






.31 Caliber Revolver, Improvement

.31 caliber percussion, single action, 5 shots, 4" barrel, 10 cylinder stops
Manufactured from ? to ?
Markings on barrel
Manhattan F.A. Mfg. Co. New York








.22 Manhattan First Model .22 Caliber Revolvers

.22 r.f. caliber, 7 shot single action revolver, 3" barrel, tip-off, similar to S&W 1st Model 6th variation
Manufactured from 1860 to ?
Markings on barrel
Manhattan Firearms Manufg. Co. N. Y.



1st Model, first variation

Round brass frame, round brass side plate, about 1600 made until 1861

1st Model, second variation

Round iron frame, round brass side plate, made until 1861 and found in the serial number range from 1600 to 4800

1st Model, third variation

Round iron frame, round iron side plate, hammer spur more curved, made until 1861 and found in the serial number range from 4800 to 7000

1st Model, fourth variation

as the third variation but with shorter barrel latch, made until 1861 and found in the serial number range from 7000 to 9000

2nd Model

.22 r.f. caliber, 7 shot single action revolver, 3" barrel, tip-off, similar to S&W 2nd Model
Manufactured from 1861 to ?, about 8000 were manufactured in its own serial number range
Markings on barrel
Manhattan F.A. Mfg. Co. New York








.36 Caliber Manhattan Revolvers

.36 caliber percussion, single action, 5 shot, 4" to 6 1/2" octagon barrel
Manufactured from 1859 to 1868 and production is estimaton at 78000
5 or 10 cylinder stops
Markings on barrel
Manhattan Fire Arms Co. Newark N.J.



Series I

Barrel with New York address
no 1859 patent date on the cylinder
5 shots
serial number range from 1 to about 4200

Series II

Barrel with New York address
cylinder with 1859 patent date
5 shots
serial number range form about 4200 to about 14500

Series III

Barrel with Newark address in one ligne
cylinder with the 1859 patent date
5 shots
serial number range from about 14500 to about 45200

Series IV

Barrel with Newark address in two lignes
cylinder with the 1859 patent date
5 shots
serial number range from about 45200 to about 69200

Model IV with its acouterments
and again, model IV with its acouterments
same, closer look on the bullet mould and the pouch

Series V

Barrel with Newark address in two lignes
Cylinder with the 1859 patent date
6 shots
serial number range from 1 to about 9000



see also American Standard Tool Company successor to Manhattan Fire Arms Company