Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1334: James Rodgers "Self Protector" Percussion Knife Pistol

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,250

James Rodgers "Self Protector" Percussion Knife Pistol

Manufacturer: Unwin & Rodgers
Model: Knife Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 3 1/4 inch octagon
Finish: bright
Grip: horn
Item Views: 238
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 282
Class: Antique

Measuring 6 1/2 inches in the closed position, this pistol has an in-line percussion barrel in German silver positioned on top of a dual blade pocketknife. The knife blades (both spear point, 3 1/2 and 2 1/2 inches) bear the "JAMES/RODGERS/SHEFFIELD" address on the left ricasso, "SELF/PROTECTOR" etched on the longer blade. The barrel is stamped with a pair of "crossed scepter" proofs, with a smooth vertical spur hammer and a folding trigger. A pair of horn panels cover the sides of the body, with a steel tweezer set slotted into the right panel and a German silver bullet mold on the left. A small, empty compartment is present in the butt.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The steel components show a mixed gray patina with mild spotting, some dings visible on the barrel, and mild handling marks overall. The blade is also very good with lightly visible etching. The otherwise fine grip panels show some warping and cracks from age. Mechanically fine.

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