c1850s Period Copy of Henry DERINGER’S Hideout Pistol PHILADELPHIA Antique
.41 Caliber Engraved, German Silver “PEANUT” Sized Pistol!
Here we present an antique Period Copy of a Henry Deringer Percussion Pistol, made circa the 1850s. This single shot pistol would have fired a .41 caliber ball and was intended for self-defense. One could easily carry several on their person in pockets or a purse. 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 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.”
The overall condition is good. Strong action. Good bore. Sharp floral engravings throughout this example. The stock is solid. This is a handsome piece of Americana!
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Barrel is 2-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .41 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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