Ethan Allen (armsmaker)
September 2, 1808
Bellingham, Massachusetts, United States
|Died||January 10, 1871
Massachusetts, United States
Ethan Allen (September 2, 1808–1871) was a major American arms maker from Massachusetts. He is believed to be unrelated to the revolutionary Ethan Allen. His first firearm, the "Pocket Rifle" was developed in 1836, and his first patent was granted in 1837.
The Pepper-box, known as the "Gun that won the East", was the most common repeating handgun prior to the invention of the revolving cylinder. Its name may have been coined by Samuel Clemens. It was commonly found during the California Gold Rush.
- 1831–1837: E. Allen (Grafton)
- 1837–1842: Allen & Thurber (Grafton)
- 1842–1847: Allen & Thurber (Norwich)
- 1847–1854: Allen & Thurber (Worcester)
- 1854–1856: Allen Thurber & Co (Worcester)
- 1856–1865: Allen & Wheelock (Worcester)
- 1865–1871: E. Allen & Company (Worcester)
Ethan had daughters but no sons. The "Company" refers to his 2 sons-in-law, Sullivan Forehand and H. C. Wadsworth. On Allen's death in 1871 they operated the company under their own names: Forehand & Wadsworth, until Forehand reorganized the company in 1890 as the Forehand Arms Company.
- The Story of Allen & Wheelock Firearms - H. H. Thomas (1965) (ISBN 0-913150-73-8)
- Ethen Allen, Gunmaker: His Partners, Patents and Firearms - Harold Mouillesseaux (1973) (ISBN 0-919316-68-9)
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