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 F. Reuthe Percussion Trap Gun1089F. Reuthe Percussion Trap Gun$1,100$1,600
View Stevens Off-Hand Smoothbore Pistol BATFE Class III/Any Other Weapon Registered1090Stevens Off-Hand Smoothbore Pistol BATFE Class III/Any Other Weapon Registered$1,200$1,800
View Stevens Off-Hand Smoothbore Pistol BATFE Class III/Any Other Weapon Registered1091Stevens Off-Hand Smoothbore Pistol BATFE Class III/Any Other Weapon Registered$1,000$1,500
View Stevens Model 35 Auto-Shot Smoothbore Pistol (NFA Registered Any Other Weapon)1092Stevens Model 35 Auto-Shot Smoothbore Pistol (NFA Registered Any Other Weapon)$600$900
View Two Spur Trigger Pistols -A) Engraved Tip Up Single Shot Pistol1093Two Spur Trigger Pistols -A) Engraved Tip Up Single Shot Pistol$750$1,000
View B) Unknown Over/Under Double Barrel Pocket Pistol1093B) Unknown Over/Under Double Barrel Pocket Pistol$750$1,000
View Three Antique Derringer Pistols -A) Merwin & Bray Derringer1094Three Antique Derringer Pistols -A) Merwin & Bray Derringer$900$1,300
View B) Merwin & Bray Derringer1094B) Merwin & Bray Derringer$900$1,300
View C) Brown Manufacturing Southerner Derringer1094C) Brown Manufacturing Southerner Derringer$900$1,300
View Three Pocket Pistols -A) Colt New House Model Spur Trigger Revolver in .41 Center Fire1095Three Pocket Pistols -A) Colt New House Model Spur Trigger Revolver in .41 Center Fire$900$1,200
View B) Remington Arms Type III Over/Under Derringer1095B) Remington Arms Type III Over/Under Derringer$900$1,200
View C) Colt Third Model Derringer1095C) Colt Third Model Derringer$900$1,200
View Three Frank Wesson Single Shot Pocket Rifles -A) Frank Wesson Model 1870 Second Type Medium Frame Pocket Rifle with Matching Stock1097Three Frank Wesson Single Shot Pocket Rifles -A) Frank Wesson Model 1870 Second Type Medium Frame Pocket Rifle with Matching Stock$900$1,400
View B) Frank Wesson Model 1870 First Type Medium Frame Pocket Rifle with Matching Stock1097B) Frank Wesson Model 1870 First Type Medium Frame Pocket Rifle with Matching Stock$900$1,400
View C) Frank Wesson Model 1870 Second Type Medium Frame Pocket Rifle1097C) Frank Wesson Model 1870 Second Type Medium Frame Pocket Rifle$900$1,400
View Four Stevens Single Shot Pocket Rifles and Three Stevens Single Shot Pistols -A) Stevens Hunter's Pet No. 34 Rifle with Stock1098Four Stevens Single Shot Pocket Rifles and Three Stevens Single Shot Pistols -A) Stevens Hunter's Pet No. 34 Rifle with Stock$1,400$2,250
View B) Stevens New Model No. 40 Pocket Rifle with Stock1098B) Stevens New Model No. 40 Pocket Rifle with Stock$1,400$2,250
View C) Stevens No. 40 Pocket Rifle with Matching Stock1098C) Stevens No. 40 Pocket Rifle with Matching Stock$1,400$2,250
View D) Stevens New Model No. 40 Pocket Rifle with Stock1098D) Stevens New Model No. 40 Pocket Rifle with Stock$1,400$2,250
View E) Stevens Model No. 43 Pistol1098E) Stevens Model No. 43 Pistol$1,400$2,250
View F) Stevens No. 43 Pistol1098F) Stevens No. 43 Pistol$1,400$2,250
View G) Stevens Old Model Pocket Pistol with Holster1098G) Stevens Old Model Pocket Pistol with Holster$1,400$2,250
View Henry Deringer Philadelphia Percussion Pocket Pistol1129Henry Deringer Philadelphia Percussion Pocket Pistol$700$900
View Two Antique Handguns -A) Custom Built 3121Two Antique Handguns -A) Custom Built "CQB Variant" Sharps 1A Pepperbox Pistol$1,400$2,250
View B) James Reid 3121B) James Reid "My Friend" Knuckle Duster Revolver$1,400$2,250
View Two Antique Revolvers -A) Osgood Gun Works 3122Two Antique Revolvers -A) Osgood Gun Works "Duplex" Double Barrel Spur Trigger Revolver$1,400$2,000
View B) Forehand & Wadsworth Engraved Sidehammer Revolver3122B) Forehand & Wadsworth Engraved Sidehammer Revolver$1,400$2,000
View Engraved Sharps Model 1A Pepperbox Pistol3134Engraved Sharps Model 1A Pepperbox Pistol$500$750
View Three Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) F.D. Bliss Pocket Conversion Revolver with Case3135Three Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) F.D. Bliss Pocket Conversion Revolver with Case$1,000$1,600
View B) Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Revolver3135B) Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Revolver$1,000$1,600
View C) Remington Smoot No. 3 Revolver3135C) Remington Smoot No. 3 Revolver$1,000$1,600
View Three Remington Saw Handle Derringer Pistols -A) Remington No. 2 Vest Pocket Pistol3140Three Remington Saw Handle Derringer Pistols -A) Remington No. 2 Vest Pocket Pistol$800$1,200
View B) Remington No. 1 Vest Pocket Pistol3140B) Remington No. 1 Vest Pocket Pistol$800$1,200
View C) Remington No. 1 Vest Pocket Pistol3140C) Remington No. 1 Vest Pocket Pistol$800$1,200
View Colt New Line 22 Pocket Second Model Single Action Revolver with Case3142Colt New Line 22 Pocket Second Model Single Action Revolver with Case$800$1,000
View Four Antique Pocket Revolvers -A) Marlin Model 1887 Double Action Pocket Revolver3144Four Antique Pocket Revolvers -A) Marlin Model 1887 Double Action Pocket Revolver$900$1,300
View B) Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Spur Trigger Pocket Revolver3144B) Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Spur Trigger Pocket Revolver$900$1,300
View C) Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Spur Trigger Pocket Revolver3144C) Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Spur Trigger Pocket Revolver$900$1,300
View D) Colt Open Top Pocket Spur Trigger Revolver3144D) Colt Open Top Pocket Spur Trigger Revolver$900$1,300
View Unwin & Rodgers Non-XLL Percussion Knife Pistol5197Unwin & Rodgers Non-XLL Percussion Knife Pistol$850$1,200
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