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pep·per·box

 (pĕp′ər-bŏks′)
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pepperbox

(ˈpɛpəˌbɒks)
n
1. (Cookery) archaic a container for pepper; a pepper pot
2. (Architecture) a building or tower etc thought to resemble a pepper pot
3. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) an old-fashioned gun with revolving barrels
adj
(Architecture) (of a turret or tower) shaped like a pepperbox
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The double action came first on the pepperboxes that preceded the modern revolver.
The company had a factory in Worcester, Massachusetts, and produced quite a few guns over the years--including pepperboxes, revolvers and other derringers and long guns.
prior to 1851, especially in the pepperboxes offered by Ethan Allen, among others.
(37) Pepperboxes were commercially successful and it took a number of years for Samuel Colt's revolvers (also invented in the 1830s) to surpass them in the marketplace.