CASED Pair of HENRY DERINGER Percussion Pistols
Guns International #: 100874569 Seller's Inventory #: 21572 & 21573
Category: Pairs of Pistols - Antique - Derringer Antique
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Pair of Antique Authentic Henry Deringer Percussion Pistols
The Original “Deringer”, Cased
Here we present an antique Pair of Henry Deringer Percussion Pistols, made circa 1850 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Henry Deringer was a very successful Pennsylvanian gunsmith who started his own company in his early twenties, circa 1809. It was not until the 1850s that his prototypical “Deringer” percussion pistol became extremely popular. Once it did become popular, the basic design was copied in hundreds of different shops. Not only was it copied, but Deringer’s good name was stamped on guns made by others, many of them not up to the quality standards of Deringer himself. The inventor was apparently very worried about protecting his good name, so he pursued and sued any of the counterfeiters that he could find and warned the buying public to beware of his spurious imitators.
The name “Deringer” often invokes certain historical event, characters or moments in film. Deringer’s name has become both a noun and a catch-all term. President Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed with one of Henry Deringer’s pocket sized percussion pistols, the night John Wilkes Booth revenged the South at the Ford Theater. These pistols were very practical for the time, being small and concealable and, generally, of a large bore size.
These specimens are both beautiful and practical. They are a matching pair from the factory, alike in every way. Each is numbered in the barrel channel in pencil “1” and “2”. Both have the exact same engraving, which is significant since motifs changed throughout Deringer’s career. Both feature fully engraved locks, trigger guards, escutcheons and barrel tangs. Floral theme dominates with pineapple detail on the finials. Front sights are silver and the breeches of the barrels have two bands of silver. Breech markings are “Deringer/Philadel” and “P” with radiating scroll. Wood grips feature a tear shaped silver plate. Hand checkering.
They are both in fine overall condition. Barrels are browned and most of the finish remains. All markings are clear. Wood stocks are very good and maintain good checkering. Actions are very good on one and good on the other. The partial or “half-cock” does not always engage on one, but does go to full cock. The other goes into half and full cock very well. Bores are very good.
Glass topped case included for your display.
This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction. No other examples found for sale worldwide.
Barrel is 3 inches in length.
Caliber: .52 percussion
Bores are rifled and in very good condition. The firearms are in good working order.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Here are two matching pistols from the factory that will go very nicely in your collection of investment-grade firearms.
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#21572 & 21573