CASED Antique COLT 3rd Model “THUER” .41 Caliber Rimfire NEW MODEL DERINGER
19th Century HIDEOUT Pistol with ACCESSORIES!
Here we present an early production antique Colt Third Model Thuer Deringer, also known as the New Model Deringer, made between 1875 and 1912. This one comes in a period fitted case. During this span, Colt manufactured 45,000 of these deringers. The serial number series ran from 1 to 45,000, though the yearly production numbers are not known. In 1870 Colt’s purchased National Arms Company and began producing a Deringer pistol based on its design. This became Colt’s First Model Deringer and it was Colt’s first single shot pistol. It was followed in quick succession by a very similar pistol, called Colt’s Second Model Deringer. Both of these pistols were chambered for .41 rimfire and featured a barrel that rotated counter-clockwise for loading and unloading. In the same year, a Colt employee, F. Alexander Thuer, patented an altogether different design.
His Deringer had a barrel that pivoted to the right on a vertical axis for loading and unloading. Instead of using a manually operated latch to open, his used a very positive, spring-loaded catch and detent that did not require anything but a firm twist of the barrel. This spring-loaded catch also acted as an automatic ejector, which was very handy for a single shot self-defense pistol. These were sold alongside the other two models as the Third Model Deringer but are now known to many as the Thuer Model. The Thuer was far and away the most successful of the three. These were very refined, very handy conceal and carry pieces all the way through 1912, when semi-automatic firearms took the lion’s share of the market.
This one comes in a fitted period case that includes an oiler, key, and two-piece cleaning rod of appropriate size. The .41 rimfire cartridges are for display purposes only and will not accompany this set. The bottom of the case has an old (circa 1920s) collector label that attributes the set to 19th Century dealer Joseph C. Grubb & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The overall condition is Very Good. Original nickel finish. The action is strong. The bore is in good shape remaining semi-bright with thin rifling. Both grips are solid with some shine left on the finish. The period case is in near fine condition. A wonderful set!
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Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .41 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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