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Derringer, German Silver Frame, Attributed to James Evans, Philadelphia
Less than a half-dozen extant…Could also be by Andrew Wurfflein, Philadelphia


Derringer, German Silver Frame, Attributed to James Evans, Philadelphia Less than a half-dozen extant…Could also be by Andrew Wurfflein, Philadelphia, right facing

Measurement: Overall length: 4.5"; barrel length: 2", .41-caliber

Material: German silver frame and trigger guard

Condition: Mechanically fine, mottled barrel speckled brown and smoky gray

Additional Information: Unmarked percussion derringer with German silver
stock…1.5-inch tear-drop barrel. No finish remains on the barrel. Believed to be the
work of James E. Evans (1850-1872), this Derringer is one of only three in this
configuration believed to exist. Fixed sights, with scroll engraving on the tang, breech
plug, barrel, lock and hammer, a scrolled floral design on the tang and lock plate screws
and a burst design on the hammer screw; scroll designs are present on the stock, which
is constructed from two pieces of solid cast silver, ahead of the trigger guard, opposite
the lock plate and behind the tang, with a checkered bird's head butt.

Evans made derringers are scarce, examples are prized by collectors specializing in
diminutive pocket pistols. There is little “Evans” biographical information; Philadelphia
newspapers of the period published Evans’s advertisements. See Frank Sellers seminal
work American Gunsmiths where he lists Evans as working in Philadelphia from 1845 to
1867 with his operation located at 25 North Street in 1850, at 86 South Street in 1855
and 230 South Street from 1860-1865.

The mate to this derringer is one sold from the Stagecoach Collection by Rock Island
Auction in 2008.

$6,975.00

308-588 / TO 135


Derringer, German Silver Frame, Attributed to James Evans, Philadelphia Less than a half-dozen extant…Could also be by Andrew Wurfflein, Philadelphia, left facing


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