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Lot 102: Pair of Colt Third Model Deringer with Shared Box

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Exceptional Pair of Colt "Thuer" Third Model Deringers with Extremely Rare Factory Box

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000

A) Colt Third Model Deringer

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: #3 Derringer
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41 RF
Barrel: 2 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/nickel
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 1424
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 92
Class: Antique
Description:

Colt manufactured these Third Model derringers from 1870 to 1912, and they were Colt's most popular single shot pocket pistols. This exceptionally high condition pair has the later sloped hammers, round blade front sights, "-COLT-" on top of the barrels, blued barrels, nickel frames, casehardened hammers, niter blue remaining small parts, and grips hand numbered to the pistols. They come in an extraordinarily rare box designed to hold the pair with wooden rods on the inside. The lid has the Rampant Colt trademark and "COLT'S/41 Cal./BREECH-LOADING/DERINGER."

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 99% plus original polished blue finish on the barrel, 98% plus original nickel plating on the frame, essentially all of the bright original nitre blue and case colors on the small parts and minimal overall wear. The grips are also excellent with limited handling marks and retaining nearly all original varnish. Mechanically excellent. The incredibly rare box is fine with moderate edge wear, tear on a lid end and distinct markings. A true rarity in Colt collecting.



B) Colt Third Model Deringer

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: #3 Derringer
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41 RF
Barrel: 2 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/nickel
Grip: antique ivory
Stock:
Item Views: 1424
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 92
Class: Antique
Description:

As described in "A."

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 98% original polished blue finish on the barrel, 99% plus original nickel plating on the frame with some shallow tiny dings ahead of the barrel screw, essentially all of the bright original nitre blue and case colors on the small parts and minimal overall wear. The grips are also excellent with stripped right panel screw escutcheon and high attractive color and grain. Mechanically excellent.



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