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Lot 3180: London Agency Cased Colt Third Model "Thuer" Derringer

Very Fine London Agency Cased Colt Third Model "Thuer" Derringer with Unique Circled Rampant Colt Trademark

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Lot 3180: London Agency Cased Colt Third Model "Thuer" Derringer

Very Fine London Agency Cased Colt Third Model "Thuer" Derringer with Unique Circled Rampant Colt Trademark

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500
Price Realized:

Very Fine London Agency Cased Colt Third Model "Thuer" Derringer with Unique Circled Rampant Colt Trademark

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: #3 Derringer
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41 RF
Barrel: 2 1/2 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip: hardwood
Stock:
Item Views: 233
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 140
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured beginning in 1870, approximately 48,000 of these Colt Third Model, or "Thuer", derringers were produced by 1912. This example has the standard "-COLT-" in italics on top of the barrel and caliber marking on the left of the frame in addition to a circled Rampant Colt trademark that the writer has never seen on a Third Model derringer before. This marking may have been applied by the retailer for marketing purposes. The serial number is marked on the left side of the grip frame. It is fitted with a blade front sight and a pair of smooth hardwood grips. Includes an oak presentation case with Colt London Agency label attached inside the lid as well as seven .41 RF cartridges in the block, cleaning rod, and a key for the case.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 85% plus of the original nickel finish with the balance having thinned to either a smooth grey patina or an attractively aged brass. The grips are also fine with some scattered minor dings and scratches, and retaining most of the varnish. Mechanically excellent. The case is very fine with some light handling/storage wear.



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