Tell Model-1 Air Pistol - Stills from the movie 'The Thin Man' 1934.
William Powell, as retired detective Nick Charles in the 1934 film The Thin Man, plinked (while acting drunk) with a Tell 1 at the Christmas tree decorations.
He describes the Tell as "the best Christmas present I ever had". With several shots he bursts balloons although a window is the backstop - which eventually he smashes with a pellet!
Clip on YouTube:
Tell Model-1 Air Pistol - Extended breech model.
This could have been destined for a shooting gallery, with the breech extended to allow a swivel attachment to be fitted to the underside of the block.
Note the fixed rear sight and the lack of an adjuster bolt through the front of the (replacement?) trigger guard.
Tell Model-1 Air Pistol - Tellow (Oscar Will - David Swan collection).
The first Tell 1s were known as the 'Tellow' and only started to become known as the 'Tell 1' after the Tell 2 was introduced in 1925/6. As noted by John Atkins in Air Gunner, as cut-down rifles these were huge and were expensive to buy when new - they appear to have been slow sellers.
With thanks to Rod Meek of Anderson & Garland Auctioneers ( http://www.andersonandgarland.com) for permission to post these pics of a gun auctioned in 2015.
"A Tell ''Tellow'' .177cal. air pistol, no. 191 circa 1925, fitted break barrel action, black patinated barrel on chromed metal mount and walnut bag pattern grip, 21 1/2in. long overall.
Hammer Price: £200.00"
Tell Model-1 Air Pistol - Set of Four.
With thanks to Andy in the UK (who first posted on the airgunforum.co.uk) for these pics. The pistols were given to him by his grandfather over 50 years ago.
Professor John Griffiths, author of The Encyclopedia of Spring Air Pistols, says of these guns: "These would have been specifically made for public shooting arcade or shooting game use (the Tell 1s were very popular for this sort of thing, probably because of their large size which made them less likely to 'disappear'). They differ from the normal Tell 1 in lacking trigger guards, which were an unnecessary expense on an arcade gun, and the lack of sights, which were often omitted to make the shooting more challenging."
Tell Model-1 Air Pistol - David Swan Collection.
With thanks to Rod Meek of Anderson & Garland Auctioneers ( http://www.andersonandgarland.com) for permission to post these pics of a pistol auctioned in 2015.
Auction blurb: "A Tell I type .177cal. air pistol, no. 6, fitted blue steel break barrel action, chequer cut walnut grip."
Hammer price: £180