Cased pair of Henry Deringer Pistols,
A true matched pair with identical measurements
Cased .44 caliber pair of Deringer pistols with 4" ovoid shaped barrels, dovetailed
German silver front sights and fixed rear sights that are part of the top tangs. Top flats
of the barrels have the large left-hand marking “DERINGER / PHILADA.” Which is
repeated on the lockplate, with scroll engraving. The breech plugs feature two silver
bands flanking zigzag engraving centering "P" proof on left side of breech.
Lockplates are of the medium size; lockplates, hammers, and top tangs have the usual
Deringer-style engraving. Mounted in one-piece walnut stocks with checkered bird head
grips and German silver furniture, secured with a single key through bow engraved
bowtie escutcheons. The barrels are finished brown with sharp striped patterns.
Fitted and housed in a mahogany satin lined and compartmented case which is
generally excellent. Case is complete with mold, rammer cap tin and medium pistol
flask. Deringer pairs are very difficult to find…these guns are a true pair with identical
measurements and embellishments. This outstanding set has been very well cared for;
very fine with most all the striped [lightning bolt] pattern remaining on the barrels; one
pistol, likely the gun carried daily displays a slightly matt finish on right side while the
barrel other remains bright. The checkered walnut stocks are superb. The bores of both
pistols are exceptional. The actions are tight and smooth with no issues. The case is
equally fine with the interior having only the ubiquitous minor soiling and scattered
fading mostly limited to high spots being commensurate with age and use; all partitions
are intact and very fine. Mold is slightly browned; flask is very fine with a pleasant period
tarnish. The ramrods appear to be original. The Eley Brothers Cap Tin retains most of
its jappaning and a strong label. Key is present, lock works.