Small Pocket Percussion Derringer

.40 caliber, 2.25" wedge retained flat top round barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, German silver mounts, checkered walnut stock. Approximately 4.75" in overall length. Back action lock with foliate scroll engraving, marked in two lines: J DERINGER / PHILADELA, breech marked in the same fashion and without a "P" proof but with the sunburst motif. Right angled barrel flat marked WART/STEEL. Engraved German silver triggerguard with pineapple finial, the balance of the mounts engraved as well including the shield-shaped wrist escutcheon. Not fitted for ramrod. Jacob Deringer worked in Philadelphia ca 1860 (Sellers). A fine example of a derringer-type pistol well made in an attempt to appear to be the work of Henry Deringer, trading upon the name that the maker could legally use.


Very good. Barrel with a lightly mottled grayish patina showing some scattered surface oxidation and surface discoloration. Mechanically functional, good bore, oxidized with strong rifling and evenly scattered pitting. Stock crisp with scattered handling marks.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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