These derringers were introduced in 1870 and totaled around 48,000 produced, with this example being produced late in production in the early 20th century. This derringer has gorgeous factory quality period retailer applied engraving on over 3/4 of the metal surfaces consisting mainly of highly detailed scrollwork and an oak leaf on top of the barrel at the breech. It is likely the engraving was executed in Britain by a skilled artisan or the retailer. The top of the barrel has a rounded blade front sight and "COLT" in large italic letters and the bottom of the barrel has small British proofs. It is fitted with a pair of smooth grips. Includes a lightly tooled, brown leather wrapped, hard case that is marked "R.B. RODDA & Co./LONDON & CALCUTTA" on the interior lining of the lid, and a .41 RF cartridge. There is a brass escutcheon on the lid that is presentation inscribed "H. GODRICH/from/O.G.S."
Fine, retains strong traces of the gold plating on the barrel with the balance a smooth grey patina, strong traces of the case colors and nitre blue, and 95% plus of the silver plating which shows an attractive antique patina. The engraving is crisp overall. The attractive grips are very fine with some short hairline age-related stress lines visible around the grip screws. Mechanically excellent. The case is very fine with some mild wear.
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