Antique PHILADELPHIA DERINGER Percussion Pistol ENGRAVED Pocket
1850s ENGRAVED Self Defense Pistol with German Silver Accents!
Here we present an antique Philadelphia Style Deringer Type Percussion Pistol, made circa the 1850s. This single shot pistol would have fired a .38 caliber ball and was intended for self-defense. One could easily keep in a pocket (or one in each pocket for follow up). It is quite the attractive pistol, with its German silver accents and engraved hardware.
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 a fairly large bore size.
The overall condition is very good. Nice sharp rifling in the bore with a patina to match the exterior. The action is excellent and crisp. The walnut stock is nicely hand-checkered and solid. There is the requisite short hairline split at the side plate screw on the left side. Beautiful engraved German silver ornament. The hammer has been well-repaired at the shank.
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Barrel is 1-7/8 inches.
Caliber: .38 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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