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Lot 3515: C. H. Ballard & Co. Single Shot .41 Caliber Derringer Pistol

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Very Fine Scarce C. H. Ballard & Co. Single Shot .41 Caliber Derringer Pistol

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Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Very Fine Scarce C. H. Ballard & Co. Single Shot .41 Caliber Derringer Pistol

Manufacturer: Ballard C H
Model: Derringer
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41 RF
Barrel: 2 13/16 inch part octagon
Finish: nickel/silver
Grip: walnut
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Catalog Page: 260
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured circa 1870, with production numbers estimated at only a few thousand. The early production brass frame is not engraved unlike most examples. The top of the barrel is marked "BALLARD'S" and the left side of the barrel is marked with the three-line C. H. Ballard & Co. address and patent marking. It is fitted with a blade front sight and a pair of smooth walnut grips. The serial number, "183", is marked on the top of the frame and the bottom of the barrel where they meet, the right side of the grip frame, and on the inside of each grip. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 75% of the original nickel finish, the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina, 70% of the original silver finish with the balance showing an attractive antique brass, and vibrant case colors on the hammer. The grips are very good with some scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.



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