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SAN FRANCISCO, CA Marked Antique HENRY DERINGER .40 Caliber POCKET Pistol Philadelphia Deringer Sold by Curry
SAN FRANCISCO, CA Marked Antique HENRY DERINGER .40 Caliber POCKET Pistol
Philadelphia Deringer Sold by Curry
Here we present an antique Henry Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol, made circa the 1850s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though partially illegible, this example is marked “C. CURRY / SAN FRANCO CALA / AGENT”. C. Curry of San Francisco, California, was one of just fifteen authorized agents for Henry Deringer selling his famous pocket pistols. Born in Ireland and operating in Philadelphia from 1837 to 1852, Charles Curry sold arms in San Francisco from 1852 until his death in 1863, becoming the sole West Coast agent for Deringer in 1858, a position he left to his sons, Nathaniel and John.
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. They conjure images of the California Gold Rush, as well as riverboat gamblers. These pistols were very practical for the time, being small and concealable and of large bore size.
The Civil War brought new technology to weapons and when sales of the Deringer pistol declined, Henry turned to the courts to defend his trademark. Suits were brought against several of the imitators, but it was his successful 1863-70 case against A. J. Plate that set patent infringement precedent. A District court awarded Deringer $1,770 in damages and issued a permanent injunction against Plate's use of the Deringer trademark.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape for its age. Well worn and repaired stock. This one also features a cap trap in the pommel.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .40 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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