Rare ENGRAVED Antique WILLIAMSON Single Shot CONVERTIBLE .41 Cal. DERINGER
Rimfire/Percussion Combination Pistol with PERCUSSION ADAPTER!
Here we present an antique Williamson Deringer, made circa 1868 in Brooklyn, New York with a production run between 1866 and 1870. According to “Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms”, this was invented by David Williamson and this unique design that was meant to be the stopgap between a time when the benefits of cartridge pistols were obvious and desirable, but ammunition supply in certain places was questionable.
He chambered his deringer for the .41 rimfire cartridge but included a small adapter that allowed the user to use it as a percussion pistol as well. The hammer was such that it would strike the percussion cap if the adapter was being used (see the hole in the center of the breech face), but also had a rimfire striker when that ammunition was used. Fewer than 10,000 of these were made between the Moore’s Patent Fire Arm Company and National Fire Arm Company. The design shows a clear likeness to Henry Deringer’s original percussion single shot pistol from the 1840s, especially in size and profile. It even uses Deringer’s distinctive wrap-around checkering on the grip handle. This is a hard to find pistol and even harder to find one in this condition that includes the Percussion Adapter!
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape for its age and the percussion adapter is included. Lightly engraved example. Grip/stock is in good shape with an expected amount of wear. There is a light period repair on the left side of the grip. “WILLIAMSON’S…” is marked on the left side of the barrel.
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Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .41 Rimfire or .41 Percussion (with adapter)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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