ENGRAVED Antique PEANUT Sized “PHILADELPHIA DERINGER” Percussion Pistol Period & Quality Copy of Henry Deringer’s Famous Pistol
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Category: Derringer Antique - Antique Pistols - Percussion
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ENGRAVED Antique PEANUT Sized “PHILADELPHIA DERINGER” Percussion Pistol
Period & Quality Copy of Henry Deringer’s Famous Pistol
Here we present an antique Deringer Percussion Pistol, made circa 1850. 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 dozens of different shops. Not only was it copied, but Deringer’s good name was stamped on guns made by others, some of them not up to the quality standards of Deringer himself. The inventor was 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 events, 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. They conjure images of the California Gold Rush, as well as riverboat gamblers, and bounty hunters. These pistols were very practical for the time, being small and concealable and of large bore size.
In his book “Guns of the Old West”, here is what Charles Edward Chapel had to say about the Deringer pistol:
“For a man in a tight spot, with an armed enemy only a few feet away, a pair of single-shot Deringer pistols was more effective than the multi-shot pepperbox. You either got your man at the first or second shot—if, indeed, you were given the chance to fire twice—or you got a fast funeral. That heavy-calibered little gun was a man-stopper at short range, an effective surprise weapon, an “equalizer” with which many a gold-camp David permanently tamed the muscle-bulging, belligerent Goliaths of the frontier. Included in a man’s personal arsenal, the pistol was carried either as a principal weapon or as a reserve to be used when revolver, pepperbox or Bowie knife failed.”
The overall condition is good. The action is strong. Over time and with use the bore has become dark. The barrel is inlaid with 2 silver bands. Fine engravings and the hand checkered stock make this quite the little display piece!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 2 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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