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Wesson, Frank

Name Street Town State From To
Wesson, Frank   Worcester Massachusetts 1854 1865
Wesson, Frank 2Manchester Street Springfield Massachusetts 1865 1875


Patent Date Remarks
25,926 October 25, 1859 Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms, Wesson and N.S. Harrington patent
Patent drawing
Specification
Specification, 2nd page
36,925 November 11, 1862 Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms
Patent drawing
Specification
Specification, 2nd page
84,976 December 15, 1868 Improvement in Revolving Fire-Arms
Patent drawing
Specification
92,918 July 20, 1869 Improvement Combines Pistol and Dirk Knife
Patent drawing
Specification
103,694 May 31, 1870 Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms
Patent drawing
Specification
115,916 June 13, 1871 Improvement in Revolving Fire-Arms
Patent drawing
Specification
Specification 2nd page
125,640 April 9, 1872 Improvement in Gun-Locks
Patent drawing
Specification
193,060 July 10, 1877 Patent of Frank Wesson and Charles N. Cutter
Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms
Patent drawing
Specification
Specification 2nd page


US Ordnance Department about 200
   


Product
Brother of Daniel and Edwin Wesson, uncle of Edward Wesson

see also Wesson & Harrington and Harrington & Richardson

.44 caliber rimfire, single shot Wesson Carbine, 24" octagonal barrel, two triggers, first type, made from 1859 to 1864, marked FRANK WESSON WORCESTER MASS PAT'D OCT 25 1859 & NOV 11 1862, about 4 to 5,000 were produced

Same but with Kittredge markes marked, Kittredge would made 1,400 carbines for the State of Kentucky in 1862, furthers would have been sold to Indiana, Missouri and Kansas. Same serial number range as those made by Frank.

.32 caliber rimfires, single shot Wesson Carbine, 24" octagonal barrel, second Type made so about 1863 to 1771. Production is estimated at about 5000. Very likely serial number continued as carbines with serical numbers upper 7,000 are known.

Single shot Wesson Carbine, thirds type, adjustable hammer striker to permets the use of either rimefire or centerfire cartridges, production so about 7,500.

.22, .32, .38 and .44 caliber, single shot Wesson Carbine, fourth type, longer and round barrele, production so about 7,500 until 1888.

Same with very heavy barrel, fifth type, also known as New Model, about 15,000 were produced from 1876 to 1888.

Worcester production


.22 r.f. short caliber, single shot pistol, Model 1859, spur trigger, tip up barrel
left side
top side
open for loading

.32 r.f. caliber, single shot pistol, Model 1859, spur trigger, tip up barrel
Thanks for Dirk for the picture.
left side
.39 r.f. caliber, single shot pistol, Model 1859, spur trigger, tip up barrel
.22 r.f. short caliber, single shot pistol, Model 1862, spur trigger, tip up barrel
.30 r.f. caliber, single shot pistol, Model 1862, spur trigger, tip up barrel
.32 r.f. caliber, single shot pistol, Model 1862, spur trigger, tip up barrel

Springfield production


.22 short caliber, small frame rifle Model 1870, spur trigger
rifle left side rifle right side

various calibers, large frame rifle Model 1870, spur trigger
.32 caliber rifle, left side same, right side

.32 r.f. caliber, double barrel derringer, barrel turns

left side right side open for loading