The Lincoln Assassination

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, in the company of Major Henry Reed Rathbone and his fiancée, Clara Harris, attended a performance of Our American Cousin, a play showing at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. At approximately 10:15 p.m., an actor named John Wilkes Booth made his way to the state box occupied by the President and his companions, entered the sitting area unchallenged, and, pointing the muzzle of his Deringer pistol at the back of Abraham Lincoln's head, fired a single shot. During the ensuing chaos, Booth dropped the pistol, stabbed Major Rathbone in the arm with a knife, vaulted over the railing of the state box to the stage, and escaped through the back of the theater to his horse. Though having broken the fibula of his left leg during his leap to the stage, Booth was otherwise uninjured and rode unpursued from the scene of the crime. The pistol recovered from the state box after the Lincoln shooting was a silver-inlaid model of the pocket type produced by Deringer, an armsmaker based in Pennsylvania.

Reference: FBI Forensic Science Communications: Jan. 2001 - Vol. 3 - No. 1

HENRY DERINGER RIFLES & PISTOLS - Philadelphia, PA

Henry Deringer Sr. and his son, Henry Jr., were well established in Philadelphia by the close of the War of 1812, having made both sporting and military rifles at that place since the turn of the century. Henry Jr. continued in the gun trade until the outbreak of the American Cicil War, primarily producing flintlock and percussion military rifles, at least 2,500 "Northwest Guns" and 1,200 rifles for the Indian trade, a frew percussion martial pistols, but most importantly the percussion pocket pistols that became so popular that they took on his mispelled name as a generic term, the "Derringers." After his death, Henry Deringer's name was used by I.J. Clark who manufactured rimfire revolvers on Charels Foehl's patents between 1870 & 1879.

    

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View Custom Engraved Colt Third Model Derringer with Custom Cases74Custom Engraved Colt Third Model Derringer with Custom Cases$1,400$2,250
View Extraordinary Cased New York Engraved Ethan Allen .22 Eighth Issue Sidehammer Revolver with Gold and Silver Plating and Carved Pearl Grips80Extraordinary Cased New York Engraved Ethan Allen .22 Eighth Issue Sidehammer Revolver with Gold and Silver Plating and Carved Pearl Grips$7,500$10,000
View Scarce Remington 83Scarce Remington "Dog Head" Cane Gun$2,500$3,500
View Fine Remington-Elliot Five-Shot Ring Trigger Derringer with Desirable Full Blue Finish84Fine Remington-Elliot Five-Shot Ring Trigger Derringer with Desirable Full Blue Finish$5,000$8,000
View J.P. Lower Cased Remington Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips85J.P. Lower Cased Remington Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips$3,250$4,500
View Fine Nimschke Engraved W. W. Marston Superposed Three Barrel 32 Derringer90Fine Nimschke Engraved W. W. Marston Superposed Three Barrel 32 Derringer$3,750$5,500
View Scarce Factory Engraved Gold Plated and Blued Williamson Single Shot Derringer with Percussion Adapter93Scarce Factory Engraved Gold Plated and Blued Williamson Single Shot Derringer with Percussion Adapter$2,750$4,250
View Factory Engraved Merrimack Arms Southerner Single Shot Derringer Pistol94Factory Engraved Merrimack Arms Southerner Single Shot Derringer Pistol$2,250$3,250
View Chicago Protector Palm Pistol95Chicago Protector Palm Pistol$1,100$1,600
View Scarce Engraved Marston Three-Barrel Derringer with Desirable Sliding Spear Point Dagger112Scarce Engraved Marston Three-Barrel Derringer with Desirable Sliding Spear Point Dagger$3,000$4,000
View Scarce Systeme E. Turbiaux Le Protector Palm Pistol114Scarce Systeme E. Turbiaux Le Protector Palm Pistol$1,600$2,250
View Lightly Engraved James Reid .22 Caliber 116Lightly Engraved James Reid .22 Caliber "My Friend" Knuckle Duster Revolver$1,400$2,250
View Minneapolis Fire Arms Co. Protector Palm Pistol118Minneapolis Fire Arms Co. Protector Palm Pistol$1,300$1,900
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Partial Picture Box121Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Partial Picture Box$1,400$2,250
View Exceptional Blued Finish Remington Elliot Five Shot Pepperbox Pistol with Pearl Grips122Exceptional Blued Finish Remington Elliot Five Shot Pepperbox Pistol with Pearl Grips$3,500$6,500
View Remington-Elliot Single Shot 126Remington-Elliot Single Shot "Mississippi" Derringer$1,200$2,500
View Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips127Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips$1,800$2,500
View Two Pocket Handguns with Purse Holsters -A) Belgian Velo-Dog Style Double Action Revolver139Two Pocket Handguns with Purse Holsters -A) Belgian Velo-Dog Style Double Action Revolver$1,200$1,700
View B) Frank Wesson Superposed Pistol139B) Frank Wesson Superposed Pistol$1,200$1,700
View Engraved Merrimack Arms & Manufacturing Co. Southerner Derringer140Engraved Merrimack Arms & Manufacturing Co. Southerner Derringer$2,500$3,500
View Scarce Peavey Pocket Knife Pistol142Scarce Peavey Pocket Knife Pistol$1,800$2,750
View Scarce Continental Arms Pepperbox Revolver148Scarce Continental Arms Pepperbox Revolver$1,800$2,500
View Rare and Exceptional Gutta Percha Cased Smith & Wesson Third Type No. 1 First Issue Revolver with Ammunition and Cleaning Rod368Rare and Exceptional Gutta Percha Cased Smith & Wesson Third Type No. 1 First Issue Revolver with Ammunition and Cleaning Rod$9,500$16,000
View Cased New York Engraved Smith & Wesson No. 1 Second Issue Revolver with Pearl Grips373Cased New York Engraved Smith & Wesson No. 1 Second Issue Revolver with Pearl Grips$1,800$2,750
View Outstanding Presentation Cased Set of Philadelphia Deringer Percussion Pistols with Accessories -A) Pocket Deringer Percussion Pistol1144Outstanding Presentation Cased Set of Philadelphia Deringer Percussion Pistols with Accessories -A) Pocket Deringer Percussion Pistol$14,000$22,500
View B) 1144B) "Peanut" Deringer Percussion Pistol$14,000$22,500
View Desirable 1145Desirable "Peanut" Size Philadelphia Deringer Percussion Pistol$4,000$6,500
View Rare Bitterlich & Co. Nashville Tennessee Marked Deringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol1146Rare Bitterlich & Co. Nashville Tennessee Marked Deringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol$3,000$4,500
View Early Deringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol1147Early Deringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol$1,600$2,250
View Attractive Gold Banded and Silver Furnished Slotter & Company Deringer-Style Pocket Pistol1148Attractive Gold Banded and Silver Furnished Slotter & Company Deringer-Style Pocket Pistol$3,000$4,000
View Pair of Philadelphia Deringer Percussion Pistols -A) Philadelphia Deringer Pistol1149Pair of Philadelphia Deringer Percussion Pistols -A) Philadelphia Deringer Pistol$3,500$5,500
View B) Philadelphia Deringer Pistol1149B) Philadelphia Deringer Pistol$3,500$5,500
View Deringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol1150Deringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol$1,400$2,250
View Documented R.P. Bruff Silver Banded Derringer Percussion Pistol1151Documented R.P. Bruff Silver Banded Derringer Percussion Pistol$1,300$1,900
View Unmarked Derringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol1152Unmarked Derringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol$900$1,300
View Philadelphia Deringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol1153Philadelphia Deringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol$1,200$1,700
View Unknown English Proofed Derringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol1154Unknown English Proofed Derringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol$950$1,400
View Tryon Philadelphia Percussion Derringer Pistol1155Tryon Philadelphia Percussion Derringer Pistol$900$1,300
View Extraordinary Factory Engraved Gold and Silver Plated Williamson Derringer with Maple Stock1160Extraordinary Factory Engraved Gold and Silver Plated Williamson Derringer with Maple Stock$4,500$7,000
View Scarce Blue Chicago Fire Arms Co. Protector Palm Pistol with Scrimshaw Side Plates1162Scarce Blue Chicago Fire Arms Co. Protector Palm Pistol with Scrimshaw Side Plates$4,000$6,000
View Scarce and Attractive Factory Etched, Engraved and Silver Plated Remington Elliot 5-Shot Pepperbox1165Scarce and Attractive Factory Etched, Engraved and Silver Plated Remington Elliot 5-Shot Pepperbox$5,000$6,500
View Chicago Protector Palm Pistol with Scarce Attractive Pearl Side Panels1170Chicago Protector Palm Pistol with Scarce Attractive Pearl Side Panels$2,500$3,750
View Remington Arms Type II Double Derringer with Pearl Grips and Holster1175Remington Arms Type II Double Derringer with Pearl Grips and Holster$1,800$2,750
View Excellent Factory Engraved American Standard Tool Co. Pocket Revolver with Pearl Grips1177Excellent Factory Engraved American Standard Tool Co. Pocket Revolver with Pearl Grips$1,800$2,500
View Scarce J.C. Terry Single Shot Derringer1214Scarce J.C. Terry Single Shot Derringer$2,000$3,000
View Frank Wesson 1215Frank Wesson "Watch Fob" Two Shot Superposed Pistol$950$1,400
View Fine W. W. Marston Superposed Three Barrel 32 Derringer with Scarce 4 Inch Barrel1216Fine W. W. Marston Superposed Three Barrel 32 Derringer with Scarce 4 Inch Barrel$2,500$3,500
View Scarce Nickel Plated Iron Frame Variation of the James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver1217Scarce Nickel Plated Iron Frame Variation of the James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver$1,800$2,750
View Engraved Brown Manufacturing Co. Southerner Derringer with Pearl Grips1218Engraved Brown Manufacturing Co. Southerner Derringer with Pearl Grips$3,000$5,000
View Factory Engraved T.J. Stafford Single Shot Derringer1219Factory Engraved T.J. Stafford Single Shot Derringer$900$1,400
View Engraved and Silver Finished Brown Manufacturing Southerner Deringer1222Engraved and Silver Finished Brown Manufacturing Southerner Deringer$1,700$2,250
View Engraved William W. Marston Three Barrel .22 Caliber Derringer1223Engraved William W. Marston Three Barrel .22 Caliber Derringer$2,500$3,750
View Fine Blued Williamson Derringer with Percussion Adapter1225Fine Blued Williamson Derringer with Percussion Adapter$1,600$2,500
View New York Engraved Remington Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips1226New York Engraved Remington Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips$3,000$5,000
View Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips1228Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips$950$1,400
View St. Etienne Model 1892 Double Action Revolver1254St. Etienne Model 1892 Double Action Revolver$600$800
View Cased Set of Two Colt Second Model Derringers with Accessories -A) Colt Second Model Derringer1296Cased Set of Two Colt Second Model Derringers with Accessories -A) Colt Second Model Derringer$4,500$6,500
View B) Colt Second Model Derringer1296B) Colt Second Model Derringer$4,500$6,500
View Cased Colt No. 1 Derringer1302Cased Colt No. 1 Derringer$2,500$3,250
View Colt Thuer Model Derringer with Scarce High Hammer and Tight Frame Curl1304Colt Thuer Model Derringer with Scarce High Hammer and Tight Frame Curl$1,800$2,500
View National Arms Company No. 2 Derringer1306National Arms Company No. 2 Derringer$1,800$2,750
View Documented One-of-a-Kind National Arms Co. Prototype Second Model Derringer1307Documented One-of-a-Kind National Arms Co. Prototype Second Model Derringer$1,000$2,000
View Cased Colt Third Model Derringer with British Proofs1312Cased Colt Third Model Derringer with British Proofs$1,400$2,250
View Smith & Wesson Model 1 First Issue 6th Type Revolver1358Smith & Wesson Model 1 First Issue 6th Type Revolver$1,800$2,750
View Collector's Lot of Two Antique Smith & Wesson Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Second Issue Tip-Up Revolver1361Collector's Lot of Two Antique Smith & Wesson Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Second Issue Tip-Up Revolver$950$1,600
View B) Smith & Wesson Number One Third Issue Tip-Up Revolver1361B) Smith & Wesson Number One Third Issue Tip-Up Revolver$950$1,600
View Pair of National Arms Co. Derringers with Brass Frames and Scarce Short Barrels -A) National Arms Co. Second Model Derringer3152Pair of National Arms Co. Derringers with Brass Frames and Scarce Short Barrels -A) National Arms Co. Second Model Derringer$5,500$7,500
View B) National Arms. Co. Second Model Derringer3152B) National Arms. Co. Second Model Derringer$5,500$7,500
View Engraved and Silver Plated National Arms First Model Derringer3154Engraved and Silver Plated National Arms First Model Derringer$1,800$2,750
View Colt Third Model Derringer3155Colt Third Model Derringer$1,400$2,250
View Colt Open Top Pocket Model Revolver with Scarce Ejector Rod3157Colt Open Top Pocket Model Revolver with Scarce Ejector Rod$1,100$1,600
View Pair of National Arms Co. Derringers with Scarce Short Barrels -A) National Arms Co. Second Model Derringer3158Pair of National Arms Co. Derringers with Scarce Short Barrels -A) National Arms Co. Second Model Derringer$6,000$9,000
View B) National Arms Co. Second Model Derringer3158B) National Arms Co. Second Model Derringer$6,000$9,000
View Engraved and Silver Plated National Arms Co. Second Model Derringer with Brass Frame3159Engraved and Silver Plated National Arms Co. Second Model Derringer with Brass Frame$1,800$2,500
View Cased Engraved Colt No. 1 Derringer3160Cased Engraved Colt No. 1 Derringer$1,700$2,250
View Colt Third Model Derringer with Pearl Grips3161Colt Third Model Derringer with Pearl Grips$900$1,400
View Colt Number 3 Thuer Single Shot Derringer with Scarce Bulbous Frame3164Colt Number 3 Thuer Single Shot Derringer with Scarce Bulbous Frame$1,000$1,500
View Custom Cased Pair of Engraved Colt Open Top .22 Pocket Revolvers -A) Colt Open Top Revolver with Bone Grips3168Custom Cased Pair of Engraved Colt Open Top .22 Pocket Revolvers -A) Colt Open Top Revolver with Bone Grips$2,250$3,500
View B) Factory Engraved Colt Open Top Revolver3168B) Factory Engraved Colt Open Top Revolver$2,250$3,500
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