Made in Whitneyville, Connecticut most likely before or during the Civil War.
31 caliber, seven shot, percussion cap revolver.
The manufacturer E. Whitney was the son of Eli Whitney, of cotton gin fame. His employee Richard Beals was responsible for the pistol's patent.
The mechanism works by pulling the hammer back first. Then the ring trigger is pushed forward to advance the cylinder. Finally the ring trigger is pulled to complete the firing process.
Serial number 219 is on the frame.There is only one problem to mention. A chip in one grip is quite visible.
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