Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3509: Stevens .41 Caliber Tip Up Derringer Pistol

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Extremely Rare Stevens .41 Caliber Tip Up Derringer Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,500

Extremely Rare Stevens .41 Caliber Tip Up Derringer Pistol

Manufacturer: Stevens J Arms Co
Model: Derringer
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41 RF
Barrel: 4 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/silver
Grip: rosewood
Item Views: 330
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 259
Class: Antique

This is an especially rare model of a Stevens pistol, with fewer than 100 believed to have been manufactured circa 1875 and few examples known to exist today. The barrel is fitted with a German silver blade front sight with a sight notch on top of the hammer. The upper left barrel flat is marked with the two line Chicopee address/Sept. 6, 1864 patent date (note that most of the observed pistols lack maker markings). The serial number "100" is stamped on the left side of the frame under the grip and the number "2621" is stamped on the barrel. The brass bird head frame has a circular side plate and smooth rosewood grips. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Fair. The barrel and hammer have a smooth gray patina over extensive minor pitting. A dovetail sight slot has been added and filled ahead of the barrel marking. The brass has an even aged patina with a couple areas of minor dings. Action is fine. A rare Stevens pistol with only a handful having been located. Even though the condition is not there, this is an extremely rare variation of a Stevens pistol missing from most collections.

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