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Lot 3183: Slotter & Co. J. Deringer Marked 'Peanut' Derringer Pistol

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Desirable Slotter & Co. J. Deringer Marked 'Peanut' Percussion Derringer Pocket Pistol

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

Desirable Slotter & Co. J. Deringer Marked 'Peanut' Percussion Derringer Pocket Pistol

Manufacturer: Slotter & Co
Model: Pocket
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41
Barrel: 2 1/4 inch irregular
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 239
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 141
Class: Antique

Slotter & Co. of Philadelphia was formed by five of Henry Deringer's former employees in 1859. They copied his pistol designs and were among the most prolific makers of pistols of this type, even bringing a tailor named John Deringer into the firm merely for the use of his name for markings. Aside from their popularity during the mid-19th century, these firearms have also become particularly famous thanks to the use of a Deringer in the assassination of President Lincoln. The rifled barrel has a brass blade front sight, "STEEL/WART" on the upper right, false patent breech, and a notch rear sight on the upper tang. The lock and breech are both marked "J.DERINGER/PHILADELA". The furniture is German silver and has scroll engraving similar to the lock and tang. There is a "5" marked on the trigger guard tang.

Rating Definition:

Very good, showing traces of the original brown finish mixed with grey patina on the barrel with some very light surface pitting, a mostly dark grey patina on the lock and breech, and mostly bright German silver with crisp engraving overall. The German silver buttplate is slightly proud. The wood is also very good with a few scattered hairline cracks, some scattered light handling marks and wear, and mostly well defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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