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Lot 2: Scarce "Curiosa" E. Carlstrom Sleeve Rifled Barrel Pistol with Original Box
November 30, 2012
Rock Island, IL, USALive Auction
Estimate: $2000 - 3000
This sleeve pistol was described in Elek B. Juhasy's August 27, 1929 patent as an "automatic concealed firearm for self defense." The rifled barrel unscrews for loading and fires a .30 caliber center fire cartridge. The pistol is fastened to a leather strap by a metal stiffener which is marked "PATENTED E. CARLSTROM CHICAGO/4852S MAY ST./U.S.A." The leather strap has elastic bands to fit around the forearm. A striker similar to that found on pen pistols is pulled back in order to cock the gun. The striker is released when the operator pulls back on a wire that is attached to a ring on the middle finger by flipping the hand upwards. The pistol has a two piece black box. This pistol is described in Lewis Winant's book FIREARMS CURIOSA, pages 161-162.
BBL: 2 3/4 inch round
Gauge: 30 CF
Serial Number: 1220
Condition: Very fine. The pistol retains 80% original blue finish with a smooth gray patina on the balance. The leather strap is fine with some minor flex wear. A button replaces the ring. Mechanically fine. The box is very good.