.40 caliber, 2.625" wedge retained flat top round barrel with gold bands at breeches, no S/N. Blued finish, German silver mounts, checkered walnut stock. Approximately 5.875" in overall length. Back action lock with tight foliate scroll engraving and unmarked. Barrel profusely engraved with flowing foliate scrolls and punch dot background shading in a New York style. Barrel has the legend R.P. BRUFF in an arc over N.Y. and with the flat additionally marked CAST STEEL. Engraved German silver triggerguard with a horse in full gallop surrounded by flowing foliate scrolls and a long, thin topiary finial. The other mounts engraved as well with a much higher quality and detail than typically encounter on derringer-style pistols. Wrist with shield-shaped escutcheon. Not fitted for ramrod. Richard P. Bruff manufactured derringer style pistols in New York ca 1858-1875.
Very good to near fine. Barrel retains some traces of the blued finish, which shows some wear, and has faded and dulled leaving the metal a mostly dull blue-gray color. Barrel shows lightly scattered surface oxidation and some pin-pricking. All engraving and markings remain clear. Mechanically functional, good bore, oxidized with strong rifling and evenly scattered pitting. Stock with scattered bumps and dings retaining some of the varnish.
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