The Church Pistols

The pistols Burr and Hamilton used to fight their duel originally belonged to John Barker Church, Alexander Hamilton’s brother-in-law. They were used in duels that killed both Alexander Hamilton and his son, Philip. Church’s daughter, Mary Helen Church Gilpin, sold them to Chase Manhattan Bank, where they were reproduced in a limited edition by an Italian gun maker as presentation pieces for the American Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. The reproductions depicted here were presented to Jack Phillips, an officer of Chase Manhattan Bank and are shown courtesy of John Phillips, Fly Creek, New York.