This Palmetto Pistol was manufactured in Columbia, South Carolina in 1853. These weapons were primarily produced prior to the War Between the States as response to the Mexican War. Many were brought back to the factory for repair or upgrades. The War became imminent, there was very little weapon production in South Carolina and even though the Palmetto Armory had manufacture experience, the governor and state legislature awarded few contracts to Palmetto. There are very few of these relics existing today. Photo provided by a private collector.
For more information regarding this relic, please see the 44 page pamphlet online: William Glaze and the Palmetto Armory by Jack Allen Meyer, Museum Bulletin Number 6, South Carolina State Museum, Copyright 1982, page 21.