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Lot 1267: James Rodgers "Self Protector" Percussion Knife Pistol

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Attractive James Rodgers "Self Protector" Percussion Knife Pistol

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Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250

Attractive James Rodgers "Self Protector" Percussion Knife Pistol

Manufacturer: Unwin & Rodgers
Model: Knife Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 30
Barrel: 3 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: bright
Grip: horn
Item Views: 161
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 126
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. 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, showing mostly a bright attractive antique finish on the German silver with some of the iron components showing a grey patina with evidence of sharpening and some scattered light pitting visible on the knife blades. The grip scales are very fine with some scattered light handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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