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925 Silver George Elgin "Pistol-Cutlass-Style" Money Clip

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***Note: This is NOT a firearm***

Attention Military and Adventure History fans! Own a rare and fiercely historical 925 Sterling Silver money clip that delivers style, military history, adventure and attitude all at the same time, The George Elgin Cutlass Pistol Money Clip in Sterling Silver! 

During the 17th century, advancements in military weaponry led to the introduction of a unique and innovative weapon - Cutlass Pistol. This revolutionary firearm combined the functionality of both swords and pistols, with some models even incorporating bayonets or daggers. 

While popular among the general public, it was not until George Elgin, a native of New York, invented the Elgin Patent Cutlass Pistol that it gained recognition and widespread usage among official military forces. In 1837, Elgin's design was granted United States Patent No. 254 for its "Improvement in the Pistol Knife or Cutlass". In his patent description, Elgin described how this versatile weapon, inspired by the legendary "Bowie" knife, was specifically designed for effective close combat.:

“...(Regarding the patent application for) a new and useful instrument called the Pistol-Knife or Pistol-Cutlass; and I do hereby declare that the following is a true and exact description...

...The nature of my invention consists in combining the pistol and Bowie knife, or the pistol and cutlass, in such a manner that it can be used with as much ease and facility as either the pistol, knife, or cutlass could be if separate, and in an engagement, when the pistol is discharged, the knife (or cutlass) can be brought into immediate use without charging or drawing, as the two instruments are in the hand at the same time.”

Dimesnsions: 4"x1.5"x.33"

ITEMS ARE SOLD AS IS, NON-RETURNABLE WITH NO WARRANTY, ALL STONE WEIGHTS & GRADES HAVE BEEN ESTIMATED AND ARE APPROXIMATES.

Wasting no time in seizing on model's novelty and publicity surrounding his invention, on September 8, 1837 Elgin  wrote a proposal to the US Navy deliver 150 "Pistol Knives" to  by October 25th, just in time for an expedition in the South Seas. They accepted. Elgin's Cutlass Pistol became the first percussive handgun commissioned by the United States Military.