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Lot 158: Pair of British Proofed Copies of Henry Deringer Pocket Pistols

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Attractive Engraved Pair of British Proofed Copies of Henry Deringer Medium Size Percussion Pocket Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

A) Deringer Style Pocket Pistol

Manufacturer: British
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45
Barrel: 5 inch irregular
Finish: brown/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 329
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 184
Class: Antique
Description:

This pair of pistols are an attractive example of the reach and popularity of Henry Deringers Philadelphia style pocket pistols. These specific pistols appear to have been made in Europe, likely Britain, as each has a British "crossed scepter" proof on the bottom of the barrel along with the marking "H&", but the specific manufacturer is unknown. They mirror Deringer's designs closely, even bearing the markings "DERINGER/PHILADEL'A" on both the lock plates and breeches. The barrels are true Damascus steel rather than having imitation patterns like true Deringers and have bead front sights and notch sights on the upper tangs. The tangs, locks, breeches, and trigger guards all have nicely executed floral scroll engraving. Ebony ramrods are fitted below the barrels. The walnut stocks have bag shaped checkered grips and the remaining furniture is of German silver.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 60% plus of the original brown finish with strong Damascus patterns and 50% of the vibrant original case colors with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina or bright German silver. The wood is fine with a minor crack in the right of the grip, some scattered minor handling marks and varnish flaking, and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



B) Deringer Style Pocket Pistol

Manufacturer: British
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45
Barrel: 5 inch irregular
Finish: brown
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 329
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 184
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A".

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 50% plus of the original brown finish with strong Damascus patterns and 40% of the vibrant original case colors with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina and bright German silver. Some of the furniture is slightly proud. The wood is very good with a minor crack in the grip, some scattered mild flaking and minor handling marks, and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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