Originally Posted by Helleri
Okay this has got to be one of the single most fascinating pieces I've ever seen. What it looks like is a knife that one flips around to be used as a revolver. My thought is that it's a late 1830's-40's one-off prototype weapon of some gunsmith attempting to capitalize on both colt revolver action and the popularity of the Bowie knife after the sandbar fight. There was a lot of crazy stuff like this and odd ideas floated around that time. Including pieces that were actually produced and used to some extant which are not entirely dissimilar to this. Such as the Elgin Cutlass pistol.