c1850s Antique HENRY DERINGER .41 Caliber Percussion Pistol ENGRAVED Phila
49ers, Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth
Here we present an antique Henry Deringer Percussion Pistol, made circa the 1850s. 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.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. Good bore with strong rifling. The stock has seen a few repairs, all remain stable. Markings and engravings are clear.
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Barrel is 3-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .41 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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