Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 70: Engraved Henry Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

N. Curry & Bro. San Francisco Retailer Marked Engraved Henry Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol

Estimated Price: $1,300 - $1,900

N. Curry & Bro. San Francisco Retailer Marked Engraved Henry Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol

Manufacturer: Deringer Revolver And Pistol Co
Model: Percussion Pocket Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 2 inch irregular
Finish: brown/blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 401
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 54
Class: Antique
Description:

The top barrel flat is marked "N. CURRY & BRo/SAN FRANCo CALa/AGENTS". Born in Ireland and operating in Philadelphia from 1837 to 1852, Charles Curry sold arms in San Francisco from 1852 until his death in 1863, becoming sole West Coast agent for Deringer in 1858, a position he left to his sons, Nathaniel and John (N. Curry & Bro.) Blade front and notch rear sights, with a pair of German silver bands bordering the breech and "DERINGER/PHILADELa" on top, and a "P" on the upper left. Flourishes of floral scroll engraving are present on the German silver and iron, including the lockplate which is also marked "DERINGER/PHILADEL". "EH" is marked on the wrist escutcheon.

Rating Definition:

Good, showing mostly a mottled brown-grey patina and bright German silver with some mild pitting around the nipple. The hammer shows a period repair. The stock is fair with a couple hairline cracks, detached sliver on the right edge (included), and general moderate wear. Mechanically fine.



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