Patented in 1841 and first manufactured in 1845, the rim fire was developed by Nicholas Flobert. This pistol is made for indoor target shooting with the Flobert rim fire cartridge. It is made without a breech block, the hammer absorbing the recoil of the modest charge. Flobert target pistols, also known as saloon pistols or parlor pistols were made for the wealthy and are finely crafted and decorated. The ammunition, as well was expensive. This example follows the standard Flobert model with well carved black japanned stock and finely engraved mounts. It has a hair line crack to the wrist which is found on nearly every example we have examined.