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     LOT 3199
Extremely Rare Remington-Rider All Brass “Parlor Pistol” Derringer
- NSN, 17 Percussion cal., 3 inch round bbl., silver finish, brass grips. Manufactured circa 1860 to 1863, with an unknown number of those made completely from silver plated brass. Estimated total production of this rare derringer is somewhere between 200 and 1,000 depending on which source you read, and is an extremely rare piece. This derringer represents the smallest pistol Remington ever manufactured. The derringer is .17 caliber, and the only propellant force was the percussion cap. With the exception
of the hammer, trigger and breech block, the entire derringer is made of brass. “RIDERS PT./SEPT. 13. 1859” (partial) is marked on the left side of the frame behind the barrel. The breechblock is not connected to the pistol,
it can be freely removed, and must be to insert the percussion cap on the nipple. It has a contoured butt, effectively making the toe a rest for the ring finger. This pistol is complete in that it has both the breech bolt and nipple insert (usually missing). These pistols with their tiny bore were intended
for indoor or “parlor” shooting. Accompanying this derringer are copies of letters of correspondence from Eric Vaule Military Antiquities dated 1978 (authenticating this example) and a copy of an
advertisement for the Parlor Pistol.
CONDITION: Extremely fine. The derringer retains 75% original silver plating with an attractive aged patina on the exposed brass. Most of the barrel marking is clear. The action is excellent. An extremely fine example of a very rare Remington-Rider Parlor Pistol.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 16,000 - 25,000
  Collector’s Fact
This extremely rare Remington- Rider Brass “Parlor Pistol” is 1 of only between 200 and 1,000 manufactured, depending on sources, but is none the less extremely scarce.

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