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The Darling Pepperbox by Stuart C. Mowbray

(1 customer review)


The Darling Pepperbox: The Story of Samuel Colt’s Forgotten Competitors in Bellingham, Mass. and Woonsocket, RI by Stuart C. Mowbray

The Darling brothers filed their patent for a revolver seven weeks after Colt, who went on to riches and fame, the Darlings died in poverty. Explores the Darling story, answering questions that have plagued collectors for generations.


  • Softcover
  • 6″ x 9″
  • 104 pages
  • 100+ b&w photos/illustrations

1 review for The Darling Pepperbox by Stuart C. Mowbray

  1. John L. Darling Jr.

    As a decendent of the Darling Brothers, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for information as to a source to identify the weapon. I have seen a couple of requests for info showing pictures which were not these pistols. This book has several top grade pictures of the actual weapon. I have seen one for sale for eight thousand–not sure if it ever sold. The book was very good at telling a good, and factual story of the Darling Brothers. The only thing interesting I might add is that their idea for the revolver with the rotating chamber holding the ammo & gun powder came to them after observing a windmill that had fallen into the Blackstone River that was still rotating in the water. They also invented the first water turbine using the same idea. Also the first easy-back reclining chair (my wife says it figurers my ancestors came up with that idea by observing me.

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