Antique ENGRAVED WILLIAMSON Single Shot DERINGER Engraved Rimfire/Percussion Combination Pistol
Guns International #: 101275490 Seller's Inventory #: 190181
Category: Antique Pistols - Percussion - Derringer Antique
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Antique ENGRAVED WILLIAMSON Single Shot DERINGER
Engraved Rimfire/Percussion Combination Pistol
Here we present an antique Williamson Deringer, made circa 1866 in Brooklyn, New York. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms, this was invented by David Williamson and this unique design that was meant to be the stopgap between a time when the benefits of cartridge pistols were obvious and desirable, but ammunition supply in certain places was questionable. He chambered his deringer for the .41 rimfire cartridge, but included a small adapter that allowed the user to use it as a percussion pistol as well. The hammer was such that it would strike the percussion cap if the adapter was being used (see the hole in the center of the breech face), but also had a rimfire striker when that ammunition was used. Fewer than 10,000 of these were made between the Moore’s Patent Fire Arm Company and National Fire Arm Company. The design shows a clear likeness to Henry Deringer's original percussion single shot pistol from the 1840's...especially in size and profile. It even uses Deringer's distinctive wrap-around checkering on the grip handle.
This pistol is nicely scroll engraved on all the brass parts. There is an arrow engraved on the top of the barrel flat. The percussion adapter for this pistol is absent. As one can imagine, this thimble sized accessory would have been lost easily if not used.
The overall condition is fine. The blue finish is 75%. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is in fine shape. The bore is fine, bright and shiny. The action is excellent. Here is a superior example of the rare Williamson!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .41 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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