Title: Henry Deringer .41 Caliber Percussion Pistol, Philadelphia, San Francisco Agent
Marked MAND For A.J. TAYLOR & Co SAN FRANCO CALA
Date/Period: 1835-1847 [based on mark]SOLD
Measurement: Overall length: 5.5"; barrel length: 2.25"
Condition: Very good, smooth action, good bore
Additional Information: Brass front and notch rear sights, with zig-zag engraving
centering the "P" on the left side of the breech, "DERINGER PHILADELA'' on barrel flat
at breech; top marked for A.J. TAYLOR & Co SAN FRANCO CALA.
Repeated on the lock, with leafy scroll engraving is the same Deringer mark found on
breech; tang and tang screw engraved as is the hammer; German silver accent pates,
escutcheons, teardrop buttplate having zigzag engraving; silver mounted tip. The
German silver trigger guard is leafy/scroll engraved and features a pineapple finial and
long tang. The grip is inlayed with leafy/scroll engraved vacant silver shield shape
thumb-piece. The barrel is displays scattered mottling; breech tang, hammer, and
lockplate in darker finish. The finely checkered walnut stock remains in original oiled
walnut finish, displays a nice patina. *Andrew J. Taylor figured prominently in the
Deringer vs. Plate lawsuit; he was active loading Deringer pistols at his San Francisco
shop. He died from a bullet wound in September of 1858 when a customer was testing
the springs of a Colt revolver; the gun went off striking taylor in the head.
308-545 / R0272