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Early Henry Deringer Square-Back Trigger Guard Pistol, First Type, Philadelphia,
Circa 1835-1840
Extremely rare, one of three known1, silver and gold mounted, elongated walnut stock - SOLD

Early Henry Deringer Square-Back Trigger Guard Pistol, First Type, Philadelphia,
Circa 1835-1840, right facing

Walnut stock with round butt; fine checkering within border engraving; mountings are silver and
gold…fancy lock escutcheon is gold as are barrel key escutcheons and oval thumbpiece;
engraved breech inlayed with two bands of gold. The silver trigger guard is engraved and
features the early type forend and long tang. The tiny blade site, nose cap, rammer entry pipe
and trigger guard are German silver. The breech and breech tang are engraved as are all
screws; octagonal breech is engraved; two stage barrel [octagonal to round] is a smooth dark
mottled to gray; bore is good. Dolphin form hammer is engraved as is the lockplate which
displays the circa 1832-1836 legend: DERINGER over PHILA. The stock displays a rich patina,
likely an original surface; mechanics are fine, action is smooth. See, The Deringer in America,
The Percussion Period
by R.L. Wilson & L.D. Eberhart, page 21, figure 8. 1 [page 21, figure 8,
see text]. The author states that only three are known, we believe that our example which was
discovered after the book was published is the fourth extant. This outstanding example is much
fancier with its engraved silver trigger guard, and all other furniture being gold.
The overall condition is very good, iron rammer is an old replacement, else fine. (.45-caliber)
Length: 8”, barrel: 3.5”, breech: .75”.

Early Henry Deringer Square-Back Trigger Guard Pistol, First Type, Philadelphia,
Circa 1835-1840, left facing
Early Henry Deringer Square-Back Trigger Guard Pistol, First Type, Philadelphia,
Circa 1835-1840, book cover
Early Henry Deringer Square-Back Trigger Guard Pistol, First Type, Philadelphia,
Circa 1835-1840, page
Early Henry Deringer Square-Back Trigger Guard Pistol, First Type, Philadelphia,
Circa 1835-1840, lock plate
Early Henry Deringer Square-Back Trigger Guard Pistol, First Type, Philadelphia,
Circa 1835-1840, ram rod
Early Henry Deringer Square-Back Trigger Guard Pistol, First Type, Philadelphia,
Circa 1835-1840, tang
Early Henry Deringer Square-Back Trigger Guard Pistol, First Type, Philadelphia,
Circa 1835-1840, trigger guard

308-490
SOLD



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