Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 73: Engraved Henry Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

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

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

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: 41
Barrel: 3 inch irregular
Finish: brown/blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 330
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/PHILADEL" on top. Flourishes of floral scroll engraving are present on the German silver and iron, including the lockplate which is also marked "DERINGER/PHILADELa".

Rating Definition:

Very good, showing traces of the original brown and blue finishes, primarily on the bottom of the barrel/breech, with the balance a smooth grey patina and mostly bright German silver. The lightly sanded revarnished wood is fair with a few stabilized hairline cracks and some scattered minor dings. Mechanically excellent.



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