Peanut Sized Antique DERINGER Percussion Pistol
Guns International #: 101042852 Seller's Inventory #: 22016
Category: Derringer Antique - Antique Pistols - Percussion

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Peanut Sized Antique 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 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. 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.

Here is what Charles Edwin 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 multishot 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.”

This specimen features nice scroll engraving. No maker’s mark is found on this gun. The overall condition is fine. Metal is smooth and dark with age. The engraving is sharp. Barrel tang is cracked, but does not alter rigidity. The walnut stock is very good. The bore is rifled and clean. The action is strong.

Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.

Barrel is 2-1/8 inches in length.

Caliber: .36

Overall condition as seen in photos.     

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Antique: Yes