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Auction Description for James D. Julia: Extraordinary Firearms Auction, Day 2
Viewing Notes:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 8-10, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., March 11 & 12, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Sale Notes:
A spectacular plethora of rare, historic and outstanding condition firearms. Included are items from various renown collections including the final session of the extraordinary Wes Adams Collection.

Extraordinary Firearms Auction, Day 2

(457 Lots)

by James D. Julia

Platinum House

457 lots with images

March 12, 2013

Live Auction

203 Skowhegan Road

Fairfield, ME, 04937 USA

Phone: 207 453 7125

Fax: 207 453 2502

Email: loakes@jamesdjulia.com

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PAIR OF NATIONAL ARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. SHORT BARREL IRON FRAME DERINGERS.

Lot 2000: PAIR OF NATIONAL ARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. SHORT BARREL IRON FRAME DERINGERS.

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Description: SN 10179 & 10176. They are reputed to be the finest pair of short barrel Nationals known to exist. They are deluxe presentation engraved with silver plated bbls and gold washed frames with pearl grips. PROVENANCE: John Battaglia Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The iron frames which are profusely engraved very much in the New York style of L.D. Nemschke. The original finish of gold gilt over the entire frame is still very apparent down in the engraving and retains probably 15% of the original gold finish. Both guns have the knife blade ejector. SN 10179: The hammer retains about 50% of the fading case color. The bbl which was originally silver plated retains portions of silver and the gun is still extremely sharp in every respect and only shows use with no abuse. The pearl grips have wonderful coloration and luster. It has one tine nick on the right hand side just as where the pearl meets the frame at the top. Other than that, nearly perfect. The SN 10176 is in a similar condition and has almost the same little flake missing in the same position on the left hand grip. The case color on the hammer is about 75% probably 50% and fading on the trigger, does have the knife blade ejector system. National Arms Co.,Brooklyn is very sharp and apparent on top of the bbl flat with traces of silver plating. These are truly a magnificent matched pair that cannot be equaled by any other National pair known to L.D. Eberhart. Must be seen to completely be appreciated. 4-47771 DE127

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MATCHED PAIR OF COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION WITH ORIGINAL HOLSTERS.

Lot 2001: MATCHED PAIR OF COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION WITH ORIGINAL HOLSTERS.

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Description: SN 22271 & 22432. Cal. .41 Short RF. Matched pair of 4th Variation Deringers with English proofs and the very rare dealership markings of "WILLIAMS & POWELL., LIVERPOOL," who imported and sold them. They have "G" inspector initials under grips on each piece. The specially made holsters have sterling Irish Crowns on them with the shamrock high center on each. Englishmen make fun that Liverpool is the largest city in Ireland because it is so close and there are so many Irish there. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 22271: Frame orig finished in nickel has retained 99% of the orig nickel on the frame This finish may be a very old re-nickel as the mated gun in this pair retains only 50% of its orig silver plate. Bbl, which was orig blued has proof marks on side of bbl rather than on bottom as well as on rear portion of frame underneath firewall. These guns were imported directly from Hartford to this dealership never having passed through the 14 Pall Mall agency. Bbl which retains no blue has a brownish patina overall and bears the very rare dealership markings as stated above on top left portion of bbl. Fire blued screws still retain nice portions of color. Hammer retains 50% of case color with some fading as does trigger. Fancy grade walnut grips have normal use, small scratches and dings but no gouges and retain 75%-85% of orig varnish. SN 22432: Frame finished for some reason with silver plate with blue bbl and screws. Blued bbl retains 70% of orig blue with some small pitting over the ejector housing portion of bbl. Bbl is also engraved as described above and has English proofs. Hammer retains 80% of orig case color as does trigger. Walnut grips have normal wear, very little scarring and retain 80% of orig varnish. This pair either by the individual purchaser or the dealer were fitted with two holsters, one for each gun, with spring loaded belt hooks to slide over belt so that the wearer does not have to take off belt to mount. They are done in black leather and retain most of their orig luster. Both equipped with an Irish crown at top of holster with center portions being a shamrock indicating that the original purchaser was Irish. 4-47479 DE99

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CASED MATCHED PAIR OF COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION.

Lot 2002: CASED MATCHED PAIR OF COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION.

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Description: SN 8876 & 3684. Cal. .41 Short RF. Cased pair of 2nd Model Deringers are English proofed just forward of SN on bottom of bbl. Sold by Colt's agency at 14 Pall Mall to Fred T. Baker and cased by that dealer and re-sold through their retail store at 21 Cockspur St. in the Pall Mall district of London. Double cased sets of 2nd Models by any English dealer are seldom seen. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Standard finished silver plated iron frames and blued bbls with checkered walnut grips. SN 8876: Iron frame does not retain any orig silver except under the grips. Frame stamped ".41 CAL" under bbl release button. No pitting and a very nice gun metal gray patina overall. Bbl, which has storage scrapes and dings, has about 60% of orig bright blue remaining, the rest having been removed by poor care and storage. Gun has knife blade extractor. Grips, which have some marring on left side, but very little on right, retain sharp checkering and 95%+ orig varnish. Hammer is case colored and retains 95% case color and bright blue finish on hammer which has sharp checkering. SN 3684: Iron frame is sharp and retains none of the orig silver is not pitted and has nice, gun metal gray appearance. Bbl retains 50%+ of orig blue with wear on sides and spotting due to improper storage. Bbl legends of both guns are very lightly struck but all there and orig. These guns also have knife blade extractors. Hammer retains 50% of orig case color fading and 60% of bright blue on trigger as well as checkered part of trigger. Grips have some scarring on left hand grip have sharp checkering and are still very bright and retain 90%+ of orig varnish. Housed in orig casing and sold by Frederick T. Baker Gun Manufacturing. Label also states there was a store at 88 Fleet St. Lined in green blase and is in excellent condition but no key is present,; orig lock is present and working. In case there are compartments for for combination tool, ram rod and turn screw, which are not present. Orig oil can and 3 very rare Ely, with "E" head stamp marked .41 Short RF British cartridges are present. Label has some staining, foxing and rust marks but is otherwise completely there. Top of case is in nice condition as are hinges. Half dollar size initial plaque is inlaid in center top but unadorned. 8 screws that retain the top lid to side portions are present. Case lid over the years has some warping that will not allow the case to be locked but does not deter from the overall nice condition of the case. 4-47481 DE101

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1ST MODEL COLT DERINGER WITH EXTREMELY RARE SOUTH AFRICAN LICENSE TO OWN & POSSESS A FIREARM WHICH IS NUMBERED TO THIS GUN

Lot 2003: 1ST MODEL COLT DERINGER WITH EXTREMELY RARE SOUTH AFRICAN LICENSE TO OWN & POSSESS A FIREARM WHICH IS NUMBERED TO THIS GUN

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Description: SN 952. 41 cal. short rim fire. This 1st Model Deringer, was made in the first months of production. It is British proofed & was sold through the London Agency at 14 Pall Mall. Some how it made its way to the Union of South Africa. The "License to Possess a Firearm" accompanies this piece. It was issued in the Transvaal district which is where the major gold mines were located. It is dated 20 August 1903. A very rare document. The gun was finished in all nickel plate. PROVENANCE: Peter Holder Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun which was finished in nickel plate overall retains 80% of that orig finish with flaking occurring around the muzzle. The top of the bbl flat edges have some dings & denting from improper storage. The piece has a knife-ejector blade. The hammer retains 50% of the case color on the sides & the trigger retains 50% of its orig blue. The license was made out to "Christiaan Joseph George Kirsten/20 Central Road, Fordsbury" in the District Transvall of South Africa. It is serial numbered to the gun & stamped as being issued "20th of August 1903" in Fordsbury. An interesting feature to this license is on the reverse side which states "This endorsement to be made by person issuing license if issued to a native or coloured person" but was never issued to such and is unsigned. To my knowledge, this is the only firearms license to this type of weapon known to exist in modern times. 4-47454 DE74

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EXTREMELY RARE COLT 3RD MODEL 3RD VARIATION PAIR OF DERINGERS IN A RARE CIGAR CASING BY JOHN P. MOORES & SONS, BROADWAY, NY.

Lot 2004: EXTREMELY RARE COLT 3RD MODEL 3RD VARIATION PAIR OF DERINGERS IN A RARE CIGAR CASING BY JOHN P. MOORES & SONS, BROADWAY, NY.

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Description: SN 4898 & 4530. 41 cal. short rim fire. This extremely rare cigar casing made by John P. Moores & Sons for this pair at the time of their manufacturing is the only cigar casing known to this cataloger. The case itself is lined on the bottom where the guns lay, in purple velour. PROVENANCE: Doug Carlson Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 4898 has a silver plated frame which still has 90%+ remaining. All the screws are fire blue color with most remaining. The hammer has 90% of its orig case coloring & the trigger retains at least 50% of its orig blue. The bbl which shows use but not abuse retains only 40% of the orig bright blue but is a nice gray patina over the rest of the bbl. The grips are deluxe grade walnut, have very few scratches or dings with 98% orig varnish still remaining. SN 4530 is finished in the same manner & has 95% of the orig silver still remaining on the frame. Both silver frames are tarnished from age. The hammer retains 70% case color. The trigger retains 50% orig blue. The bbl itself has full blue coverage with wear at the muzzle end to about 85% total coverage. This casing, which was orig made only to fit the high hammer version of the 3rd model series, retains all of its purple velour on the bottom of the interior. The top of the interior has the John P. Moores & Sons, 204 Broadway, NY label in the white satin lining which has become somewhat threadbare around the edges but still all remaining. The exterior Moroccan cover is totally intact but shows scuffing & age marks from many years of use. One of the rarest of Colt period casings. 4-47447 DE67

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EXTREMELY RARE GOLD FINISHED COLT 3RD MODEL 5TH VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2005: EXTREMELY RARE GOLD FINISHED COLT 3RD MODEL 5TH VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 14811. 41 cal. short rim fire. This special order piece was finished in the rarest of all finishes, overall gold gilt over silver plate. It appears to have been Class "C" engraved in the Nimschke style, maybe in their shop. PROVENANCE: Robert Lippincott, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The hammer & trigger still retain portions of the orig case color. The screw heads still retain some of their orig fire blue. The overall gun retains 85%+ of the orig gold wash with slight wear on the ejector housing from storage but no pitting. On the left side of the bbl, over the engraving, the gold wash is missing from storage & handling. The factory pearl grips are in orig condition and have bright luster. This is an extremely hard to find gun in this style of decoration. 4-47438 DE58

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MATCHED PAIR COLT 2nd MODEL DERINGERS.

Lot 2006: MATCHED PAIR COLT 2nd MODEL DERINGERS.

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Description: SN 4660 & 5798. Cal. .44 RF. short shot shell. With Standard and Model markings. Both have standard "COLT'S PT. F.A.MFG. Co/HARTFORD CT. U.S.A. NO 2" bracketed by Maltese crosses on bbl flat. Made for trick shooting in Caliber .44 RF shot shell, smooth bore with special silver plated frames and nickel plated barrels so they could be shot a lot without the barrel finish flaking off. Made for someone like Ira Paine or Annie Oakley for trick shot exhibitions. Only one other gun like these is known at present. Accompanied by a box of Union Metallic Cartridge Co. .44 Cal Short RF blanks made for general trade, but also for the Colt Derringers such as these. One blank shot shell and two other loaded shells of .44 RF also accompany this lot. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 5798 has ejector blade which is blued, just as hammer, retains 70% of orig blue. Factory nickel bbl retains 90%+ of nickel with only small patches of flaking. Iron frames which have only a brown patina were orig silver plated but have long since flaked off. Varnished, checkered walnut grips are excellent and very sharp. SN 4660 is in every respect the same style and condition as its mate. 4-47422, 4-47497 DE40

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BOXED PAIR OF MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGERS.

Lot 2007: BOXED PAIR OF MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGERS.

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Description: SN 4253 & 4343. Cal. 41 Short RF. Cased pair of deluxe engraved 5th Variation. In the SN ranges from 3750 to 4339 there were approximately 20 to 24 pairs of these guns made with the patriotic motif of a spread eagle holding a shield on backstrap of each gun and frames were all finished with deluxe engraving and gold wash and all bbls were silver plate with extra engraving. It is theorized by several advanced Moore collectors as well as Mr. Eberhart that these guns were made by Moore for presentation to high ranking military officers as this SN range of guns were produced in 1864 during the Civil War. Moore was probably trying to emulate Samuel Colt by presenting these guns in order to gain contracts for his other line of guns. Only 2 of these rarely seen 2nd Type cardboard boxes are known to exist today. PROVENANCE: C.W. Slagle, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 4253 also has flower pattern with leaves engraved over breech it retains approximately 15% of original gold plate, which consists mainly in the engraving. Bbl has standard arrows down each side, it was originally silver plated and retains only traces of plating. Otherwise, all original. SN 4343 has same engraving overall and retains only traces of original gold plating on frame but 90% of silver on bbl Cardboard box has some repair but is all there with all labels intact and shows some scuffing.†† 4-47393 DE15

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MOORE PAT. F.A. COMPANY. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 5th VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2008: MOORE PAT. F.A. COMPANY. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 5th VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 18. Cal. 41 Short RF. The gun is one of the earliest known examples of the 5th Variation, being SN 18, also has no patent dates on bottom of bbl and has early style pin front sight. These features were carried over from the first 4 variations. The 1863 Patent dates are on top of bbl flat running from muzzle to breech as on the 4th Variation except as the same font as the complete run of the 5th Variation, except it is different reading from all other 5th Variations. Less than 20 of these of this type are known. It is finished with an extremely rare pattern of engraving of foliage and flowers with a ring neck pheasant engraved over the breech. Also has the rare blue bbl and silver plated frame, which is the rarest of all Moore finishes. Because of its extremely fine condition and exceptionally rare engraving style is considered to be one of the finest Moore Derringers in existence. PROVENANCE: John Battaglia Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains 90% of original bright blue with strong traces of case color on hammer. Frame retains 95%+ of original silver plate overall. 4-47381 DE3

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NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER.

Lot 2009: NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER.

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Description: SN 5623. Cal. 41 Short RF. Short bbl One of only 5 known examples of a short barreled model with a brass frame. 99% of short barreled Nationals are iron framed. PROVENANCE: Richard Capps Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun, which was finished orig with blue bbl and silver plated brass frame, retains about 50% of an old restoration blue overall. Brass frame retains about 60% of orig silver. An extremely rare gun. 4-47404 DE26

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CASED MATCHED PAIR OF COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION.

Lot 2010: CASED MATCHED PAIR OF COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION.

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Description: SN 6628 & 6604. Cal. .41 Short RF. This English proofed set is cased in their orig 14 Pall Mall oak box with the label. These guns have seen little or no use and retain all the silver and blue finish as well as all of the varnish on the select grade walnut grips. Casing also has the combination screwdriver and cleaning rod. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 6604: Gun is Class C engraved all over with many of the L.D. Nimschke style motifs. Stamped "41 Cal" on left side of frame. Gun is in as issued condition retaining 99% bright blue and nearly 100% bright nickel. Nearly 100% case color remains on hammer and 90% blue on trigger. All screws were fire blued color and 4 out of 5 have nearly 100% remaining. Walnut grips, which are deluxe grain have no bruising and retain nearly 100% of orig varnish. SN 6628:In exact same condition as its mate with the exception of two small patches of discoloring on left side of bbl, just forward of the proof mark. This is one of the most extraordinary cased pairs known and in near perfect condition for the most discriminating collector. They are housed in their orig 14 Pall Mall oak casing with the interior label in the blue velour lining. Label has some small staining but in same condition as guns. Two compartments with ivory pulls where orig key is housed and the orig cleaning rod combination turn screw screw. Exterior of case is just like the guns and lock works. 4-47459 DE79

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EXCEPTIONAL BRITISH PROOFED 1ST MODEL COLT DERINGER IN ITS ORIG OAK CASING

Lot 2011: EXCEPTIONAL BRITISH PROOFED 1ST MODEL COLT DERINGER IN ITS ORIG OAK CASING

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Description: SN 4404. 41 cal. short rim fire. This 1st model Colt Deringer has British proofs and is cased in the orig 14 Pall Mall oak casing which it was sold in at Colt's London Agency. It is finished in blued bbl & the very seldom seen case colored frame. Orig cased first models in 14 Pall Mall oak casings are extremely rare and only 2 are known by advanced collectors at this time. The case contains its orig cleaning rod & a block with 6 orig 41 cal. short rim fire cartridges. PROVENANCE: Peter Holder Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun which is the very rare finished 1st model being that it had a case colored frame. Very few traces of that coloring are still apparent but enough to tell what it was orig. It is overall gun-metal gray with some patina spotting but with no pitting. The case colored hammer retains at least 90% of its orig color as does the trigger. The bbl is British proofed on the bottom next to the SN & retains 90%+ of the orig bright blue & excellent company bbl markings on the top bbl flat. Some wear on the bbl sides from use but no abuse. It has a knife-blade ejector. The orig oak casing is lined in dark blue velour with some scrapes & missing cloth where the hammer & front blade sight has touched over the years. The inside of the top casing has still bears the orig Colt 14 Pall Mall London paper label which has scratches, dents & some foxing but is nearly 100% there & still very legible. Also included in the case is the orig cleaning rod & a block with 6 orig 41 cal. short rim fire cartridges. The exterior of the oak box retains most of its orig varnish, the hinges are sound, the top lid is very sound & has its orig brass 1/2 dollar-sized plate inlaid into the center top. It also has all 6 of the orig brass screws which hold the top lid together. There is no key but the lock is in good repair and keys are obtainable. 4-47455 DE75

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CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION.

Lot 2012: CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION.

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Description: SN 2493. Cal. 41 Short RF. It is English proofed and cased in its orig 14 PALL MALL English Oak casing that it was sold in. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This gun is finished in 100% factory nickel finish with 99% still remaining intact. Reputed to be the finest all nickel 2nd Model Colt in existence. Fire blue screws throughout which still retain 100% of their color as does the trigger. Hammer retains 100% of orig case color and grips have almost no scratches or dings except from storage and case. Checkering is absolutely as issued. Has a case hardened knife blade ejector. The condition of this gun cannot be improved upon. Blue velour lined case includes two ivory pull compartments; one which is empty and the other containing 8 orig, old .41 Short RF shells; and a key which does not fit the lock. Label inside top lid is perfect except for some foxing and some staining from age. Orig combination cleaning rod and turn screw still in case as issued. Case, at a way earlier date, has been pried open using a screwdriver which has put several dents in the wood before the lock was managed to be broken. 4-47456 DE76

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CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION FACTORY FITTED TO FIRE ELY .41 CAL. SHORT CENTRAL FIRE.

Lot 2013: CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION FACTORY FITTED TO FIRE ELY .41 CAL. SHORT CENTRAL FIRE.

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Description: SN 7794. Cal. .41 Short CF. Is housed in the orig 14 Pall Mall labeled English oak casing, which it was sold in. There are only 5 known examples of this very rare gun. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun with standard finish of blued bbl and silver plated frame. English proofed blue bbl retains 85% bright blue with some scuffing and wear from its casing. Silver has long since flaked off from iron frame leaving a pleasing gray and no pitting. All screws were fire blued; bbl screw is nearly perfect and other screws still have traces of blue remaining. Fitted with a case colored knife blade ejector which is about new. Case coloring on hammer is 90% as well as trigger. Grips are near perfect having nearly 100% of checkering and orig varnish. Case, which is orig English oak casing, is blue velour lined with one compartment with ivory pull lid and factory cleaning rod as well as a period pewter oil can. Five very rare Ely Central Fire cartridges, specially manufactured for this gun, are also within the case. Interior of case has normal wear from hammer spur and sight. Label is in its entirety but does have foxing and oil stains from bygone years. No key is present but lock is working. Top lid has orig half dollar size inlay in center bears the initials "WHP". Exterior of case does retain most of the orig varnish and hinges are perfect and in good order.To the best knowledge their are only 2 other cased guns that shoot this extremely rare cartridge and few others that are not cased, in existence. It has been stated, by previous authors, that there were some 200 of these guns made in this caliber. Because of the extreme rarity of the cartridges and the guns I seriously doubt that statement. 4-47457 DE77

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CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION.

Lot 2014: CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION.

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Description: SN 36098 & 36209. Cal. .41 Short RF. Cased and sold in London at the Colt 14 Pall Mall store. They have the "C" and Rampant Colt which was Von Oppen's stamp. Both guns are finished in full nickel with blued screws and case colored hammers and triggers. Fitted with factory ivory grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 36098: Finished in 100% nickel overall with fire blue screws and factory ivory grips. Piece is marked with Von Oppen and "C" Rampant Colt and "41 Cal." on left hand side of frame. Frame retains 95% of orig nickel with only loss being a small amount from the backstrap area. Bbl retains 90% of orig nickel with 1 small, very minute pitted area close to the "C" in the "Colt" address on top of bbl and a few flaking areas around front sight. Trigger and hammer retain 90%+ of orig case colors.SN 36209: Has English proof marks as well as "41 Cal" in left side of frame is finished exactly as its mate but does not bear the Von Oppen Colt stamping. It appears to have been with this gun, as its mate since the beginning. Nickel frame retains nearly 100% of coverage and bbl retains 95% of orig nickel with only minor flaking at left muzzle portion and left upper bbl portion, from storage. Hammer and trigger retain 90% of bright case color. Fire blued screws retain most of their color. Both guns have factory ivory grips which have normal aging patina and are perfect in every respect with no chips and dings. English style, fancy casing is done in deluxe, diseased mahogany giving a magnificent grain to the top of lid. Interior is in nice condition and contains 2 orig, very rare, raised "E" headstamps made by Eley Bros. London, 41 cal. RF cartridges as well as 3 American made 41 cal. RF cartridges in other compartments. One compartment contains orig oil can and orig "L" shaped cleaning rod and turn screw. Lock is locked and no key is present. Tongue portion on upper lid has a missing section which allows case to close despite the lock being locked. On interior of top lid is orig Colt 14 Pall Mall paper label which is complete but does have oil stains and foxing due to age. Hinges are perfect. 2 ivory compartment pulls are perfect. Top of case bears a German silver, unadorned inlay shield. A nice English casing with excellent guns. 4-47464 DE84

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CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION.

Lot 2015: CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 2ND MODEL DERINGER 2ND VARIATION.

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Description: SN 7003. Cal. .41 Short RF. Cased in its orig Wm. WATSON & SON casing. Gun was in all likelihood purchased from the COLT agency at 14 PALL MALL. London and then resold through Watson. Orig, finish is silver plated frame with blued bbl and checkered walnut grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun, which was finished in blue bbl and silver plated frame is English proofed and retains 90%+ of orig blue on bbl with only wear on one side from storage. Gun has a case colored knife blade ejector with most of the case color intact. Case color on hammer and trigger are both 90% remaining. Iron frame has very nice gun metal gray patina with no pitting and is stamped "41 Cal" underneath bbl release button. Silver plate is still evident under grips but has long since flaked off from frame. Deluxe walnut grips have only storage marks and retain very sharp checkering and nearly 100% varnish. Fire blued screws , bbl retaining screw and grip screw are nearly perfect. Cased in orig "W. Watson & Son." Casing having been cased by that company after purchase from Colt at 14 Pall Mall. Interior of case contains 12 of orig .41 short RF cartridges as well as orig ramrod combination tool, which retains most of its orig blue. Orig key within one of the storage compartments and works lock perfectly. All hinges are very sound. Finish on exterior of mahogany case is intact. Interior label is completely there having some staining with one small corner, no more than 5mm missing. A truly fine example in a wonderful casing which is all orig and extremely hard to improve upon. 4-47458 DE78

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CASED MATCHED PAIR COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 3RD VARIATION.

Lot 2016: CASED MATCHED PAIR COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 3RD VARIATION.

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Description: SN 10101 & 11367. Cal. .41 Short RF. This matched pair was sold in England by Boss & Co,. 73 St. James St,. London. They are cased in their orig leather over wood casing with the orig oil can and turn screw. Both Deringers are Class C+ engraved and British proofed and fitted with fancy walnut grips. Cased pairs by this dealer are almost never seen. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 11367: Finished with blued bbls and silver frames, blue screws and case colored triggers and high hammers. Retains, in area where proof marks are on bottom of bbl very strong blue, fading overall to the top of bbl but has faded to a very nice, deep gun metal gray which does not detract from the gun. Silver plating on frame has 99% coverage. Case color on hammer and trigger are about 95%+ and all screws retain portions of the orig fire blue. The deluxe, striped walnut grips have only small storage marks and retain nearly 100% of orig varnish. SN 10101: Finished in same manner as its mate has 90%+ of orig blue, fading in some areas. Silver plate on frame is about 99% and blue screws still retain most of the fire blue and hammer and trigger are both 90%+ case color remaining. Grips are deluxe walnut with only light storage marks and retain nearly 100% of orig varnish. The very rare leather covered wood case that the guns were fitted to by Boss & Co. bears their label on the interior of the top lid affixed to the red blase which covers the entire interior. Guns are fitted in a most unusual way as evidenced by the pictures. There are ribbons under each gun to extract them from the casing. Interior of case contains: orig turn screw; 9 orig 41 short RF cartridges; orig "L" shaped cleaning rod and turn screw combination and pewter oil can. This is a unique, magnificent and very rare casing with super guns. Exterior of case has initials "J.B.G" in gold leaf on top lid. Some scuffing and dings over the years, but leather is sound. Leather hinge that holds lid on does have some cracking and damage but is still complete. At one time there was a strap present holding top tight but it is not present. The two keepers, one on front and one on back are present and complete with orig screws. 4-47462 DE82

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CASED MATCHED PAIR COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION.

Lot 2017: CASED MATCHED PAIR COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION.

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Description: SN 38250 & 39046. Cal. .41 Short RF. Both have Von Oppen markings and/or the 14 Pall Mall address which are poorly stamped on right side of frame. They were marketed by Watson & Son in London, circa 1900. Each has British proofs and were finished in blue and silver with walnut grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 39046: Has ".41 Cal" stamped on left side of frame is finished in silver plated frame with blue bbl. Bbl retains bright blue over 95% with some storage wear on left side. Marked poorly on right side with Von Oppen Rampant Colt stamping and the large style 14 Pall Mall stamp. 95% of orig silver having only small losses on rear of backstrap.Trigger retains 90%+ of orig blue, hammer retains 90%+ of orig case color and grips, which have normal wear marks with some dents are deluxe grade walnut and retain 90%+ of orig varnish. SN 38250: Finished in the same manner as its mate with a better stamping of the Von Oppen and Colt markings on left side of frame and without 14 Pall Mall stamping. Gun retains 90%+ or orig silver plate on frame having some losses on rear of left side. Blued bbl retains 90%+ of orig blue but shows wear in certain areas around muzzle and right hand top side of bbl. Trigger retains 50%+ of orig blue, hammer retains 90% orig case colors and most fire blue remaining on all screw. Deluxe walnut grips have very few dings or scratches and retain 100% of their orig varnish. Orig English oak casing is blue velour lined with 2 covered compartments in the diagonal corners which have perfect ivory pulls. One compartment contains orig key which operates the lock. There are several open areas containing the orig oil can, 4 orig 41 short RF cartridges and also the orig ramrod and turn screw combination tool. Interior of lid lined in a deep blue taffeta and in gold leaf bears "Watson & Son 313 High Holborn London" and also "Opticians to the UK Government". Watson & Son were noted opticians and sold all kinds of optical equipment including telescopes, microscopes and eye glass as well as guns. There were a number of Watson companies in and around London and we feel that all of these Watsons were related in some way, but had independent companies. 4-47463 DE83

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CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION.

Lot 2018: CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION.

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Description: SN E26017. Cal. .41 Short RF. Gun with Class C factory engraving. English proofed on bbl bottom. Piece is in orig English oak, single gun case which is lined in green blase. Orig dealer label inside top lid shows " E.M. Reilly & Co./502 New Oxford Street, LONDON." PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun, with E SN prefix, sent out for special engraving and has exceptional Class C engraving over entire gun. Gun was finished in total silver plate with approximately 25% remaining. Silver remaining on bbl is only in trace amounts in protected areas. Gun does not show use or abuse, but flaked off for some reason. Very sharp over all, Fire blued screws still have much of their orig color and trigger has most of its orig blue color. Hammer has probably 85%+ orig case color. This was a deluxe gun in every way that it is fitted with the very rare factory ebony grips which are nearly perfect and still retain much of the orig varnish with very little scratches and bruising. Piece is housed in orig casing of English oak and green blase lining. Label has some foxing and oil stains but is complete. Interior of case is nearly perfect except for normal wear. Contains orig turn screw, "L" shaped cleaning rod with turn screw end and orig pewter oil can. Also included are 5 old, Short RF cartridges and cotton wadding to use as cleaning material. Hinges are nearly perfect as is entire English oak casing. Lock is perfect but no key is present. All of the orig is present. Lid has small amount of warping but does not detract from overall condition of case. 4-47460 DE80

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CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 3RD VARIATION.

Lot 2019: CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 3RD VARIATION.

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Description: SN E7533. Cal. .41 Short RF. Gun is British proofed and fitted in English Dealer's rare cigar style casing. Markings on backstrap read "F.T.Baker, 88 Fleet St. LONDON" engraved down the backstrap and stamped in the top interior lid of case. Piece is finished in full nickel with blued screws, hammers & trigger and has factory ivory grips. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection, Peter Holder Collection. CONDITION: Very rare casing contains an early high hammer model which is finished in full nickel overall with fire bright screws and blued hammer and trigger plus factory ivory grips. Gun retains 99% of orig nickel overall. Fire blued screws retain 90%+ of their color. Hammer and trigger have 100% of their bright blue coloring. Gun is English proofed in normal manner. Orig ivory grips show very nice patina coloring. Gun would be exceptionally hard to improve upon. Orig cigar purse casing contains blue-green velour in bottom section where gun rests. The top interior of casing is a green satin over cotton padding retaining the F.T Baker stamp and address. Exterior of brass casing retains nearly 100% of orig diamond patter, snake skin style leather covering and orig initial plate. All hinges are perfect as orig. Bottom of case has normal wear patterns and some scratches, but otherwise nearly perfect. There is one pull up lid compartment for approximately 3 or 4 cartridges with a brass pull. No cartridges are included. 4-47465 DE85

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CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION.

Lot 2020: CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 4TH VARIATION.

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Description: SN 24141. Cal. 41 Short RF. Gun is British proofed and has the Von Oppen Rampant Colt stamped on frame indicating it was sold by Van Oppen to R.B. Rodda & Co. for resale. It is fitted in a factory Rodda Cigar casing that is extremely rare. Rodda & Co had stores in London and Calcutta, India. It is finished in all nickel finish with blued screws and a case color hammer. and fancy burl walnut grips. PROVENANCE: Peter Holder Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Frame is stamped on left side with "C" and Von Oppen Rampant Colt. Has normal British proofs on bottom of bbl. Nickel frame retains 98% of orig nickel having only small losses around outer edge of firewall. Fire blued screws retain most of their coloration. Hammer retains 95% of orig case color as does trigger. Bbl retains 98% of orig nickel with some scratches and dings on left side, probably from storage. This rare 4th Model has deluxe, extremely fine, burl walnut grips which have some nicks and dings from normal wear but still retain 95% of orig varnish. It would be very hard to improve upon this gun. The extremely rare cigar casing is practically as issued being covered with purple velour on bottom half, which is nearly perfect with one small compartment for 1 -3 cartridges. Orig brass pull and brass retainer latch on compartment. Top lid is purple taffeta and gold embossed with the Rodda marking. The latch, when pushed when case is opened reveals a cigar storage area which contains 4 of the 5 orig cigars which have remained in this case since the fist owner parted with it. Exterior of case is done in a deep mahogany coloring in a diamond patter similar to snake skin, both top and bottom. Brass hinges are nearly perfect, top initial panel on top is intact and unadorned. The excellent condition of this casing would be practically impossible to replace and may indeed be unique. It is only fitted for the rare 4th Variation Colt Deringer. No other Deringer will fit this case. 4-47466 DE86

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CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION.

Lot 2021: CASED COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION.

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Description: SN 39247. Cal. .41 Short RF. This 5th Variation has a "P" where the grip screw goes through the frame. Finished in 100% nickel with blued screws, hammer and trigger. Has factory ivory grips. Orig imported by Von Oppen and has the Rampant Colt & "C". Probably sold by them to E.M.Reilly & Co. of London as it also has their dealership marking. Cased in rare single gun casing with also rare double dealership markings. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is full nickel plate with nearly 100% remaining on frame with "41 Cal." along with Rampant Colt and "C" on left hand side of frame. All fire blued screws retain most of their color as does the trigger. Bbl has about 80% of orig nickel still remaining with some losses through flaking showing dark patina in those areas. The engraved "E.M. Reilly" is nearly perfect and appears on right side of frame and is normal for this gun. Factory ivory grips are 95% have some chipping on left side where the top of grip meets frame. Hammer retains 85% strong case color. Factory casing is lined in blue blase and is totally there but contains 100+ years dust and some scraping from bbl sight and hammer spur. Orig label is complete on inside lid with some oil staining and foxing, but is otherwise as issued. Casing has orig oil can,turn screw and combination cleaning rod still in evidence along with key which does not work the lock. Also included are 5 old, 41 short RF cartridges. Ivory pull has a small piece missing. Case is a nice patina brown mahogany and has 10 brass screws around the outer edges of the top which is normal on most English style cases, however the shield shaped initial plaque on top of lid, we feel has been replaced with a later piece of brass. It has been there many years as it is tarnished almost black. This may have been removed by the orig owner to prevent someone from knowing they had sold the gun. A truly rare single casing by a well known English dealer. 4-47461 DE81

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COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION WITH LEATHER HOLSTER.

Lot 2022: COLT PAT. F.A. MFG. CO. 3RD MODEL DERINGER 5TH VARIATION WITH LEATHER HOLSTER.

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Description: SN 44864. Cal. .41 Short RF. British proofed and sold by "COGSWELL & HARRISON, Ltd, 141 New Bond St & 226 Strand, London" which is engraved on backstrap. Finished with nickel plated frame and blued bbl with walnut grips. Made towards end of production of this type Deringer. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Finished in standard nickel framed and blue bbl with blued screws with British proof marks on bottom of bbl. Has rare dealership engravings on backstrap as noted above as well as ".41 CAL" on left side of frame. Frame retains 90%+ of orig nickel with only one portion of small flaking on left side just underneath ejector housing on frame and one small bit at back of ejector housing on firewall. Blue screws retain 90%+ of orig fire blue. Hammer retains 90%+ of orig case color. Trigger retains 75% of orig blue with some fading on face. Bbl retains 50%+ of orig bright blue with fading over portions on both sides, but still a very pleasing looking gun. The bright colored, nicely grained walnut grips have very few scratches or dings and retain 95%+ of orig varnish. Gun is accompanied by an orig period, English style holster which has seen very little use and pieces like this are seldom seen. 4-47480 DE100

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COLT 2ND MODEL 2ND VARIATION DERINGER

Lot 2022A: COLT 2ND MODEL 2ND VARIATION DERINGER

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Description: SN 9191. 41 cal. short rim fire. This piece is British proofed as well as having a secondary Australian importation number "88661" and the inspector "J.P." stamped on the toe of the butt. It is 41 cal. rim fire short with a shell ejector. Pieces with these markings are rare. PROVENANCE: John Molloy Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun which was orig silver plated, iron-framed & blued bbl has only traces of silver under the grips to verify that fact. The iron frame is marked "41 CAL" just under the bbl release button. It shows use but no abuse. Nice smooth patina. The bbl retains 15% of orig bright blue around the bbl retaining screw. It has nice, clear markings on top of the bbl flat. The hammer & trigger both have 50% of their orig color. The grips which are a nice grade of walnut have sharp checkering with some scratches & denting & retain 75%+ of their orig varnish. The gun has British proof marks close to the bbl SN. The rare Australian importation number & the inspector's stamp "J.P." with that number is on the bottom of the toe of the butt. Examples of Colt Deringers with this style Australian markings are almost non-existent. This gun also has the knife-blade ejector. 4-47453 DE73

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ENGLISH PROOFED COLT 2ND MODEL 2ND VARIATION DERINGER

Lot 2022B: ENGLISH PROOFED COLT 2ND MODEL 2ND VARIATION DERINGER

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Description: SN 8513. 41 cal. short rim fire. This 2nd Model 2nd variation Colt Deringer has English proofs & extremely rare dealership marking of "R. JONES" in one stamp & located underneath in another stamp "MANCHESTER ST.,/LIVERPOOL". These are found on the left side of the bbl. The orig finish was blued bbl with silver plated frame with orig ivory grips. It is also fitted with a shell ejector. The iron frame is also marked "41 CAL." under the bbl release button. PROVENANCE: Malcolm Arterburn Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The very lovely patina orig factory grips have only one small age crack at the bottom on the left grip. The frame, which initially was silver plated, has only traces under the grips. The metal frame which is gun-metal gray has some minute pitting on both sides but is hardly noticeable. The bbl which initially was blued has the English proof marks on the bottom next to the SN & has mainly faded away with some bright blue still remaining around the bbl screw area. The hammer retains small traces of case color as does the trigger. The piece is equipped with a knife-blade ejector which was a carry-over from the National Firearms era, which Colt took over. The screw holding the ivory grips on retains its bright fire blue. The "R. JONES" marking which was a bad stamping, only shows "R. JO" and nothing else. The "MANCHESTER ST./LIVERPOOL" stamping is still there & in excellent condition. Guns marked & sold by this dealer are extremely rare & very seldom ever seen. 4-47452 DE72

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BARON VON OPPEN'S PERSONAL BUSINESS CARDS AND POCKET CASE.

Lot 2023: BARON VON OPPEN'S PERSONAL BUSINESS CARDS AND POCKET CASE.

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Description: The 19th Century pocket business card case which still retains 3 of the Baron Friedich Von Oppen business cards. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The case interior is nearly perfect and still retains the very nice elastic bands which hold the cards in place on both sides of the interior. The exterior of the snakeskin pattern which is overlaid over the brass frame in near perfect condition showing some scuffing and wear just from normal use and no abuse. An exceptionally one of a kind piece of Colt memorabilia for the most discriminating Colt collector. 4-47505 DE122

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FRAMED ORIG INVENTORY LEDGER SHEETS FROM THE 14 PALL MALL COLT AGENCY

Lot 2024: FRAMED ORIG INVENTORY LEDGER SHEETS FROM THE 14 PALL MALL COLT AGENCY

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Description: Five ledger sheets measuring about 12 7/8" x 7 7/8" showing inventory of all the Colt firearms at 14 Pall Mall that were in inventory dated December 31st 1877. Inventory shows hundreds of guns, including 419 Colt Derringers, 10 gold-plated National Derringers along with more than 20 other Colt models which included 76 Percussion Army revolvers, 593 Navy Percussion revolvers & 32 cartridge Navy revolvers. Single action Armies are listed as new model Armies of which 2 are listed with carved black walnut stocks, inlaid gold & engraved & gold-plated mountings. There are accessories listed including fancy cases for Derringers including cigar cases. Ledger also shows 60 or 70 vendors who owe money for guns purchased including many of the agents who are known to have agent-marked Colts & casings, many of which are being sold in this catalogue. There is lots of interesting information written on these ledger sheets which are reproduced on our website for interested bidders. This is a must have for any collector of English-marked Colt guns! PROVENANCE: Anthony Stone Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Ledger sheets overall are in very good condition with 3 folds on each sheet with minor cracking & small losses at edges & where pin has been removed from corners. Ink is dark & easily discernible. The last two pages have damp stains & areas of acid burn which can be seen in photographs which do not affect text.†† 4-47450 JS151

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MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. THIRD VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2025: MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. THIRD VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 261. Cal. 41 short. This deluxe special factory engraved Derringer is of the third variation of this series, of which they made approximately 425 total pieces. It is one of the very early frames which were originally cut for center fire cartridges. Like all of these the recoil shield has been filled in and the hammer fitted for rim fire shells. The barrel legend reads "D. MOORE" in one stamp and patented "Feb.19,1861." PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: The gun retains 30% orig. blue on the bbl with some small salt and pepper pitting on the left hand side of the bbl. The brass frame retains 50% of the orig. silver plating.††The gun is orig throughout. 4-47379 DE1

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MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. SECOND VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2026: MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. SECOND VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 3. Cal. 41 Short RF. This gun is 2nd Variation having February 19th, 1861 patent, engraved on top of bbl Also has "D. Moore Patent" stamped on top of bbl flat like 3rd Variation. "EXPLANATION" normal 3rd types have 2 stamps, which read as above. This piece was made before the other stamp was included. Only 2 others are marked like this and they are SN 26 & 30. This piece is SN 3. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Rarest of all Moore finishes, blue bbl and silver plated frame. Engraving is a little more than average coverage having additional thumbprints, one on each side of backstrap. Bbl retains 80%+ of original, bright blue. Hammer retains 80%+ of original blue. Brass frame retains 98% of original silver finish. There is a starburst pattern over breech. 4-47382 DE4

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MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. SECOND VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2027: MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. SECOND VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 11. Cal. 41 Short RF. Company legend, which appears on bbl flat is all engraved and reads "D.MOORE,S, PAT,t FEBRUARY 19 1861". This variation numbered in its own special SN range to approx. 225 total pieces. Standard Moore engraving for this particular variation. Starburst engraved over breech. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: All original but retains only traces of original silver plate which was overall coverage. 4-47383 DE5

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PAIR OF MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIRST VARIATION DERINGERS.

Lot 2028: PAIR OF MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIRST VARIATION DERINGERS.

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Description: SN 9 & 10. Cal. 41 Short RF. Cased in ONLY KNOWN original cardboard box, note the wooden dowels which hole the guns in place. This is a feature which Colt would later use in their cardboard boxes. This matched pair of First Variations are consecutive SN. Also in accompaniment are the original turn screw cleaning rod combination, which is the only original tool of its type known to the author, and a brass cleaning rod. Also included are the three styles of original ammunition used in these guns including the inverted nipple percussion cartridge, only 3 are known to be in existence by the author, which will fit either gun in this early series. Also included is early center fire shell casing of the very rare Goldmark Cartridge Company (fulminate) of mercury centerfire, which there are only 2 known specimens of, and 1 original short RF cartridge to illustrate the differences between the ammunition. Both guns have the bbl release button on left hand side of frame. Only the first 48 examples of this gun have that special feature. To the author's knowledge there are less than 15 of these guns known to exist today. Both of these guns were deluxe engraved. At the time of production almost every one of the first 48 had some variation of address. SN 9 has an engraved company legend on bbl flat "D MOORE,S PATENT" and SN 10 has 2 line stamp of "PATENT APPLIED FOR" in an oval engraving covering entire bbl flat. These First Variation Moore's, which are all centerfire, have a see through vent between bbl and frame recoil shield so that the owner can see, at a glance, if the piece is loaded. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Both guns are engraved alike, even to the starburst over breech, except for company legend. It should be noted here that in these first 48 guns almost every one is different from each other in some form or fashion. At that early stage they were trying to put out guns as quickly as possible and very little standardization was used. The guns retain none of the original, overall silver plate finish. Accompanying box is all original and has had some restoration; labels are all complete both interior and exterior. It should be noted that the label on top of box, the top line started off with "UNION." It is unknown why this was done and some Southern gentleman did try to mark that out with a pencil, otherwise it is fine. 4-47385 DE7

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MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. SECOND VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2029: MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. SECOND VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 20. Cal. 41 Short RF. This piece would normally have had hand engraved address markings on bbl, "D.MOORE'S PATENT FEBRUARY 19, 1861"; instead this gun was somewhat deluxe engraved, including fancy scroll engraving half way out the bbl flat with no more markings. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: All original parts; no original finish remains. Gun was originally silver plate, overall. Front bbl pin sight is worn, but still 50% remaining. Bbl locking pin is slightly worn through the brass frame and can be seen on outside. 4-47384 DE6

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MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2030: MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 1987. Cal. 41 Short RF. Standard Moore pattern engraving with spread eagle engraved over breech with arrows down each side of bbl Evidently, in the beginning this was a ladies gun in that it is engraved on right side of exterior of firewall "ZOEY". PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is finished in silver plate, overall, of which 95% remains, even on hammer. 4-47390 DE12

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MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2031: MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 2217. Cal. 41 Short RF. Has small amount of extra engraving on frame and is finished in rare finish of blued bbl and silver plated frame. Bbl has arrows pointing down each side. There is an un-inscribed shield engraved over breech. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains 80% of original bright blue finish. Hammer has 50% of original case color. Gun is all original and brass frame, which is silver plated has 80%+ of original silver. 4-47391 DE13

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MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2032: MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 2134. Cal. 41 Short RF. Full nickel finish and bears the very rare "B. Kiitreidge Cin.O" stamped left side of bbl There are only 2 known examples of Moore Deringers stamped in the particular way. The gun has what appears to be a pot of gold engraved over top of breech. PROVENANCE: Herb Ratner, Jr., L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: It is overall nickel plate, and orig throughout. 95% of orig finish remains with only slight wear at muzzle. 4-47396 DE18

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MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2033: MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 2483. Cal. 41 Short RF. the name "C.D. IRONS" is engraved on left backstrap. This gentleman went into the Illinois State Infantry at the War's beginning and ended the war as the Adjutant of the 86th Illinois Infantry. The Moore was the only Derringer that was around the entire Civil War. Many were carried as second weapon and some were engraved with the name of the man that carried it as this one was. It has extra engraving on the bbl Deluxe engraved from breech to end of bbl as well as regular arrows with uninscribed shield over breech and original owner's name engraved on left side of backstrap. Service record of the Civil War owner will be furnished along with the gun. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is original overall and was, in the beginning a blue bbl and silver plated frame. Only traces of blue in protected areas remain. About 25% of original silver plate remains on frame with nice portions of case color on hammer. 4-47395 DE17

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MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER.

Lot 2034: MOORE'S PATENT. F.A. CO. BROOKLYN N.Y. FIFTH VARIATION DERINGER.

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Description: SN 3789. Cal. 41 Short RF. Engraved over breech is a farmhouse and picket fence. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is finished in rare silver and blue finish and retains about 80% of faded blue finish and frame retains 95% of orig silver finish. 4-47398 DE20

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NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 1ST MODEL DERINGER.

Lot 2035: NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 1ST MODEL DERINGER.

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Description: SN 169. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2" bbl Brass framed 1st model. This model was made in very limited production with no more than 400 2" bbls being made throughout production in both the 1st & 2nd models. This piece is presentation engraved and specially finished with gold washed frame and silver plated bbl It has a presentation engraved on top backstrap, "Cornelis/E/Duval/with the/compliments/of/A.J.Bergen". Mr. Bergen was a large stock holder and president of National Arms Co,. as of 7/25/1865, and at the time which this gun was produced and presented. It is not known what affiliation Miss Duvol had with Bergen, however it is known that she lived in NYC and was in a family which owned railroad holdings, as did Mr. Bergen. Presentation Derringers of any kind are truly rare. PROVENANCE: Doc Gutherie Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun has silver plate over bbl with 95% still remaining. It is gold washed over frame with 40% still remaining on the engraving and protected areas. It has a 4 petal flower engraved over breech.It should be noted here that there are two such guns, the other presented by A.J.Bergen to another person. Despite the fact they are finished identically they were not a pair and their SN are 20 apart. This gun should be considered one of the finest National Firearms products. 4-47401 DE23

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NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 1ST MODEL DERINGER.

Lot 2036: NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 1ST MODEL DERINGER.

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Description: SN 5034. Cal.41 Short RF. The brass frame was engraved over breech in banner for presentation, which was never filled out. Standard engraving and the very rare blue bbl and silver plated frame finish. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Blue bbl retains 80% of blue and silver frame retains 75%+ or orig silver plate. Hammer retains 50% case color. 4-47400 DE22

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NATIONAL ARMS CO. BROOKLYN NY. 1ST MODEL NATIONAL DERINGER.

Lot 2037: NATIONAL ARMS CO. BROOKLYN NY. 1ST MODEL NATIONAL DERINGER.

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Description: SN 5233. Cal. 41 Short RF. This piece has brass frame and is finished in silver plate over all. Has 2nd Variation Moore patent dates on bottom of bbl. Also has arrows engraved on bbl sides like Moore derringers. Has diamond pattern engraved over breech. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Finished in overall nickel plate and retains 90% of that original finish. Hammer has 90% orig blue. 4-47399 DE21

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NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 1ST MODEL DERINGER.

Lot 2038: NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 1ST MODEL DERINGER.

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Description: NSN. Cal.41 Short RF. 2-1/2" bbl Rare iron frame 1st Model. Gun has 20% extra engraving over top of breech and rear end of bbl flat as well as a border around and behind hammer with extra chasing outlining the bbl flat on each side. No company legend on top of bbl flat due to extra engraving. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is silver plated overall retains at least 90%+. Hammer retains portions of orig case color. 1st Model National iron frames are rarely seen in this fine a condition. 4-47402 DE24

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NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER.

Lot 2039: NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER.

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Description: SN 8236. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2-1/2" bbl. Scarce iron frame. Iron frame pieces of this model were produced throughout production but in limited numbers, probably less than 300. This gun finished with rare blue bbl and silver plated iron frame. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: 30% orig blue remains, mainly on top bbl flat. Only traces of silver on frame in protected areas. Walnut grips are extremely nice with most of orig varnish present. 4-47405 DE27

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NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. PROTOTYPE DERINGER.

Lot 2040: NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. PROTOTYPE DERINGER.

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Description: SN 11. Cal. 41 Short RF. Unmarked except for SN on frame under grips. This experimental piece was finished in the white only to illustrate the use of a special oversized ejector. As this piece is unique it is assumed that the cost factor kept it from being used in general production. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Condition fair as completed as bench model; finished in white. 4-47407 DE29

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NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. PROTOTYPE DERINGER.

Lot 2041: NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. PROTOTYPE DERINGER.

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Description: SN C763. Cal. 52 Short RF. Unmarked except for the SN stamped on the frame under the grips. This experimental piece was finished in the white. It has an oversized bbl and much stronger locking latch because it was made for it. Note the loading port to help accommodate the oversized cartridge. Both gun and cartridge are unique and were never put into production. The cartridge is .52 cal. RF short designed especially for this gun. This piece turned up at Harry Mann's Shooting Gallery on Main Street in Old Downtown Las Vegas, circa 1938. It was accompanied by the shell shown here, which is the only one known in .52 Short RF. That shell accompanies the gun. The fact that it is stamped on the frame, with the SN C763 indicated that a shop mechanic took a standard frame off the production line. then perhaps tried to create a more powerful Second model. There are no other examples and no patent papers, etc..., probably means that ownership-management did not think it was a good idea or cost effective. No one knows for sure. PROVENANCE: Harry Mann Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun is a bench model and as such is finished in the white. 4-47408 DE30

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NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER.

Lot 2042: NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER.

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Description: SN 4015. Cal. 41 Short RF. Brass frame, finished in full silver plate with blue hammer and screws as well as the optional ejector, a $.50 option on orig order. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Gun, which is very sharp, retains 90%+ of orig factory silver plate. Checkered, walnut grips retain 95% orig varnish. Hammer retains 50%+ case colors. An exceptional 2nd Model National. 4-47410 DE32

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NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER.

Lot 2043: NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGER.

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Description: SN 5460. Cal. 41 Short RF. 2-1/2" bbl. Brass frame. This piece with specially ordered factory engraving. Typical NYC style from the shop of L.D. Nimschke. Floral pattern engraved over breech. Gold plated frame stamped under grips "A & 60", as are the walnut grips. Bbl is full silver plate that has never been polished and appears to be blued, but is not. Deluxe finished National Derringers like this one are very rare. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains 90%+ of silver plate. Frame only retains traces of orig gold plating in protected areas. Grips are all orig with 50% varnish remaining. 4-47411 DE33

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MATCHED PAIR OF NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGERS.

Lot 2044: MATCHED PAIR OF NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGERS.

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Description: SN 11832 & 11754. Cal. 41 Short RF. SN 11832 & 11754.Silver plated iron frames and blued bbls. This pair was made very close to the end of production which ended at approximately 12000. They have piano finished varnished, plain, uncheckered walnut grips which are somewhat rare as only about 3% were finished this way. Matched pairs like these are rarely seen. Less than 6 pairs like this are known. PROVENANCE: Melvin Flanagan Collection, L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 11832 retains 85% of orig bright blue on bbl; 90% of orig case colors on hammer; 80% of orig silver on frame. SN 11754 retains 25% bright blue with mixed patina and blue overall rest of bbl; 85% of orig case color on hammer; 90% of orig silver on frame. Both pairs of grips retain 90%+ of orig dark varnish. Both guns have rarely seen cartridge ejector, which was a $.50 option as were the plain grips. 4-47415 DE37

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MATCHED PAIR NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGERS.

Lot 2045: MATCHED PAIR NATIONAL FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y. 2nd MODEL DERINGERS.

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Description: SN 8637 & 8645. Cal. 41 Short RF. Iron framed Nationals. Finished in overall silver plate. Triggers, hammers and ejectors retain case colors. Special order ivory grips are completely checkered rather than the standard National pattern. Grips, which were probably sent out for checkering, were totally checkered right through the escutcheon plates that are period and correct to these guns. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: SN 8637 retains most of the orig silver plate over entire bbl with some wear at muzzle edges. Strong company markings on top bbl flat; iron frames retain probably 70%+ of orig silver. Nice case color on hammer. There is some age shrinkage to the ivory grips but there are no breaks scratches, etc...SN 8645 has 90%+ of orig silver on bbl with strong bbl markings and strong case color on hammer with 70% silver plate remaining on frame. Grips have no dings or chips but some age shrinking and are a nice mellow, aged color. 4-47417 DE39

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THIS PAIR OF 1ST TYPE 3RD MODEL DERINGERS HAVE THE SMALL COLT ADDRESS.

Lot 2046: THIS PAIR OF 1ST TYPE 3RD MODEL DERINGERS HAVE THE SMALL COLT ADDRESS.

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Description: SN 136 & 1255. Cal 41. Short rim fire. There were slightly less than 500 of these produced, and then the Colt stamping went to the larger Colt which carried on through to the end of production. Explanation about SN 1255: There will be a copy of L.D. Eberhart's story about these type weapons which will accompany these guns to the new owner which explains in detail how three of these very rare guns were found to be out of the normal series range. Both guns are original in every way, Cal 41 short rim fire. Are two of the finest examples of the 19 guns that are still known to be remaining of the original 500 production. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection CONDITION: SN 136: This gun retains 90%+ of the original silver plate on the frame. All the screws as well as the trigger still have their bright blue finish. The high hammer retains 90% of its original case color. The bbl which shows some flaking on the left-hand side still retains 75% of the original bright blue as it was issued. The walnut grips are very bright and light and have not been darkened by oil stains or age. they retain 95% of their original varnish. SN 1255: This gun retains 85%+ of the original silver plate, screw heads etc retain most of the original fire blue. The high hammer retains 90% of its original case color. Blue trigger has total blue coverage. The grips are nice walnut and have almost full coverage original varnish and are still nice bright color. The bbl itself with some wear retains 70% of bright blue as issued. This very rare pair of guns are housed in their original 1st type cardboard box which to the author's knowledge, there are only four known examples remaining. 4-47428 DE47

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2ND VARIATION 3RD MODEL COLT, SN 994.

Lot 2047: 2ND VARIATION 3RD MODEL COLT, SN 994.

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Description: SN 994. 41 cal. short-rim fire. This style Deringer was manufactured up to serial number 2400, then the frame-style was changed to make it stronger. (A copy of Eberhart's article which appeared in "Man At Arms" magazine can be furnished to show how this transition came about. Subtracting the first style variations, which numbered 500 total, that leaves 1,900 of this rare second variation. This variation also retains the very rare pot-bellied or 'bubble' frame and high hammer as well as the tight-curve grip. Through Mr. Eberhart's research we can find no other engraved gun of this variation. PROVENANCE: L.D. Eberhart Collection. CONDITION: This gun which is New York style, class C engraved bears a number of the L.D. Nimschke-style engraving patterns. The frame retains 70%+ of its orig silver plate, screw heads and trigger retain traces of their orig blue. The high hammer retains 50% of its orig case color. The bbl retains 50% of its bright blue. The ivory grips which are orig to the gun are panel checkered. The screw-head and end tip both have bright fire blue. The ivory grips are perfect as issued and have mellowed over the years, more so on one side than the other because of storage. This gun is reputed to be by most advanced Colt Deringer collectors to be the finest example known of this variation. 4-47429 DE49

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