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 Exhibition Quality Factory Engraved Marlin Model 32 Standard 1875 Revolver with Desirable DeGress 79Exhibition Quality Factory Engraved Marlin Model 32 Standard 1875 Revolver with Desirable DeGress "Tiffany" Style Grips$9,500$12,000
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 Remington-Rider Double Action Pocket Percussion Revolver with Rare Original Factory Box82Remington-Rider Double Action Pocket Percussion Revolver with Rare Original Factory Box$3,000$4,500
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 Scarce Engraved Remington Single Shot Vest Pocket Pistol86Scarce Engraved Remington Single Shot Vest Pocket Pistol$6,000$9,000
View Scarce Factory Boxed Remington Beals First Model Pocket Percussion Revolver with Desirable Iron Trigger Guard and Accessories87Scarce Factory Boxed Remington Beals First Model Pocket Percussion Revolver with Desirable Iron Trigger Guard and Accessories$2,750$3,500
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 Early 32 Caliber James Reid 92Scarce Early 32 Caliber James Reid "My Friend" Knuckleduster Revolver$2,250$3,250
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 Exceptional Cased Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Four-Shot Pepperbox Pistol96Exceptional Cased Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Four-Shot Pepperbox Pistol$8,000$10,000
View Gold Inlaid and Silver Embellished and Engraved Four Shot Pocket Pistol Serial Number 197Gold Inlaid and Silver Embellished and Engraved Four Shot Pocket Pistol Serial Number 1$5,500$7,500
View Scarce Nickel Plated Iron Frame Variation of the James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver109Scarce Nickel Plated Iron Frame Variation of the James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver$3,000$4,000
View Fine S. Bright & Co. Marked Self Protector Percussion Knife Pistol with Etched Blade111Fine S. Bright & Co. Marked Self Protector Percussion Knife Pistol with Etched Blade$2,000$3,000
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 Unwin & Rodgers 113Unwin & Rodgers "Self Protector" Double Knife Percussion Pistol$2,500$3,500
View Scarce Systeme E. Turbiaux Le Protector Palm Pistol114Scarce Systeme E. Turbiaux Le Protector Palm Pistol$1,600$2,250
View James Rodgers Self Protector Percussion Pocket Knife Pistol115James Rodgers Self Protector Percussion Pocket Knife Pistol$3,000$4,500
View Lightly Engraved James Reid .22 Caliber 116Lightly Engraved James Reid .22 Caliber "My Friend" Knuckle Duster Revolver$1,400$2,250
View Early Production Serial Number 117Early Production Serial Number "10" Engraved Kittredge & Co. Marked Eben T. Starr Four Barrel Pepperbox$3,500$4,500
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 Fine Remington-Beals Pocket Percussion Revolver123Fine Remington-Beals Pocket Percussion Revolver$2,500$4,500
View Remington No. 2 Vest Pocket Pistol with Long Barrel124Remington No. 2 Vest Pocket Pistol with Long Barrel$900$1,300
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 Scarce Starr's Patent First Model Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol137Scarce Starr's Patent First Model Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol$1,400$2,250
View Unmarked Engraved Sharps Style Four Shot Pepperbox Pistol138Unmarked Engraved Sharps Style Four Shot Pepperbox Pistol$1,100$1,600
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 Unique Percussion Pocket Knife Pistol143Unique Percussion Pocket Knife Pistol$2,500$3,500
View Scarce Charles Lancaster Percussion Trap Gun with Tripod146Scarce Charles Lancaster Percussion Trap Gun with Tripod$1,400$2,250
View Scarce Continental Arms Pepperbox Revolver148Scarce Continental Arms Pepperbox Revolver$1,800$2,500
View Exceptional Factory Engraved Moore's Patent Firearms Front Loading Revolver149Exceptional Factory Engraved Moore's Patent Firearms Front Loading Revolver$1,300$1,800
View Collector's Lot of Two Factory Engraved Norwich Arms Co. Spur Trigger Revolvers with Cast DeGress 152Collector's Lot of Two Factory Engraved Norwich Arms Co. Spur Trigger Revolvers with Cast DeGress "Tiffany" Style Grips -A) Norwich Spur Trigger Revolver$1,000$1,400
View B) Norwich Spur Trigger Revolver152B) Norwich Spur Trigger Revolver$1,000$1,400
View Very Fine Engraved Allen & Thurber Bar Hammer Pepperbox190Very Fine Engraved Allen & Thurber Bar Hammer Pepperbox$2,250$3,250
View Engraved Allen & Thurber Bar Hammer Pepperbox191Engraved Allen & Thurber Bar Hammer Pepperbox$2,000$3,000
View Pipe Cased Engraved Belgian Folding Trigger Pinfire Pepperbox230Pipe Cased Engraved Belgian Folding Trigger Pinfire Pepperbox$900$1,300
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 Very Fine Cased Deluxe Factory Engraved English Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Pepperbox Pistol1158Very Fine Cased Deluxe Factory Engraved English Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Pepperbox Pistol$9,000$13,000
View Elaborate Exhibition Grade Gold Embellished and Relief Engraved Sharps Patent Style Pepperbox Pistol1159Elaborate Exhibition Grade Gold Embellished and Relief Engraved Sharps Patent Style Pepperbox Pistol$9,000$13,000
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 Excellent Cased Tipping & Lawden Sharps Model 2 Four Barrel Pistol1163Excellent Cased Tipping & Lawden Sharps Model 2 Four Barrel Pistol$2,500$3,750
View Outstanding Cased Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Four-Shot Pepperbox Pistol1164Outstanding Cased Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Four-Shot Pepperbox Pistol$9,500$13,000
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 Unique Le Apache Single Shot Knuckle Duster Percussion Pistol with Folding Dagger and Disguised Book Case1166Unique Le Apache Single Shot Knuckle Duster Percussion Pistol with Folding Dagger and Disguised Book Case$3,500$5,500
View Fine Unwin & Rodgers 1167Fine Unwin & Rodgers "Self Protector" Knife Pistol with Etched Blade$3,000$4,500
View Engraved and Silver Finished Dolne Apache Style Knuckleduster Revolver1168Engraved and Silver Finished Dolne Apache Style Knuckleduster Revolver$2,500$4,000
View Cased Sharps Model 2A Four Barrel Pistol1169Cased Sharps Model 2A Four Barrel Pistol$3,250$4,500
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 Fine Unwin & Rodgers Non-XLL Knife Pistol with Self Protector Blade Etching and Horn Grips1171Fine Unwin & Rodgers Non-XLL Knife Pistol with Self Protector Blade Etching and Horn Grips$3,000$4,500
View 1172"The True Companion" Double Shot Percussion Knuckleduster Pistol$6,500$9,000
View 1173"The Sure Defender" Single Shot Underhammer Percussion Pistol with Integral Brass Knuckles and Trench Dagger$6,500$9,500
View Hopkins & Allen XL Number 3 Single Action Revolver with Rare Original Factory Picture Box1174Hopkins & Allen XL Number 3 Single Action Revolver with Rare Original Factory Picture Box$3,500$5,500
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 Engraved Moore's Patent Firearms Co. Single Action Belt Revolver with Desirable Smith & Wesson Markings1176Engraved Moore's Patent Firearms Co. Single Action Belt Revolver with Desirable Smith & Wesson Markings$900$1,400
View Desirable Early Production Factory Engraved Marlin XXX Standard 1872 Model Spur Trigger Revolver with Scarce DeGress 1178Desirable Early Production Factory Engraved Marlin XXX Standard 1872 Model Spur Trigger Revolver with Scarce DeGress "Tiffany" Grips$1,500$2,500
View Scarce James Rodgers Percussion Knife Pistol1183Scarce James Rodgers Percussion Knife Pistol$2,000$4,000
View Unique Pinfire Cane Gun with Bayonet1206Unique Pinfire Cane Gun with Bayonet$1,800$2,750
View Scarce J. Stevens 1213Scarce J. Stevens "Fish Tail" Vest Pocket Pistol$3,500$5,500
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 Scarce James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver with Rare Three Inch Barrel1220Scarce James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver with Rare Three Inch Barrel$3,500$4,500
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 Factory Engraved Remington Rider Magazine Pistol1227Factory Engraved Remington Rider Magazine Pistol$1,200$1,800
View Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips1228Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips$950$1,400
View Exceptional Remington No. 3 Vest Pocket .41 Pistol1229Exceptional Remington No. 3 Vest Pocket .41 Pistol$2,250$3,250
View Excellent Remington-Smoot New Model No. 2 Revolver1230Excellent Remington-Smoot New Model No. 2 Revolver$1,200$1,600
View Scarce James Rodgers Percussion Knife Pistol1231Scarce James Rodgers Percussion Knife Pistol$3,000$4,000
View Engraved Belgian Four Shot Pepperbox1234Engraved Belgian Four Shot Pepperbox$900$1,500
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 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 Co. Single Action Teat Fire Pocket Revolver3153Engraved and Silver Plated National Arms Co. Single Action Teat Fire Pocket Revolver$900$1,300
View Engraved and Silver Plated National Arms First Model Derringer3154Engraved and Silver Plated National Arms First Model Derringer$1,800$2,750
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 Factory Engraved Moore's Patent Firearms Front Loading Revolver3162Factory Engraved Moore's Patent Firearms Front Loading Revolver$900$1,300
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