Bacon Excelsior - The First of Three Models
Thomas K. Bacon left the employment of Manhattan Firearms Manufacturing
Company and established the Bacon Manufacturing Company, his second of
three endeavors to form a successful company.
Thomas Bacon's first .31 caliber pocket pistol was called the Bacon Excelsior.
While he used the same side plate design as did Manhattan, Bacon refrained
from using the patented intermediate cylinder stops. This model has a round
cylinder and an octagonal barrel. Another difference, already mentioned, was
Bacon's use of the ball-style latch to hold the loading lever in place against the
catch. Fewer than 1,000 of these pistols are estimated to have been
This example of a Bacon Excelsior shows the standard number of cylinder
stops; that is, one stop per chamber. The cylinder and barrel were originally
blued, but the ravages of time have turned that hue to that seen in the
photograph. This pistol also shows remnants of the silver that was applied to
the frame and trigger guard. The hand engraving is very similar to that found on
the Manhattan pistols. Place your cursor on the photo to see a closeup.
|Manufacturer's Identification on Barrel
According to our research....
SERIES I (Excelsior)
Those with early serial numbers appear
on two lines
(We have a 2-digit serial numbered
BACON MANUF'G ??.
(?? could be GT)
(If you can clearly discern your last two
letters, please contact us.)
SERIES I (at least s/n 333 and later)
BACON MF'G. CO. NORWICH CONN.