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 Very Scarce Factory Engraved Sharps Model 2 Four-Barrel Pepperbox Pistol201Very Scarce Factory Engraved Sharps Model 2 Four-Barrel Pepperbox Pistol$2,500$4,000
View Factory Engraved Nickel and Gold Plated Hopkins & Allen Blue Jacket No. 2 Revolver202Factory Engraved Nickel and Gold Plated Hopkins & Allen Blue Jacket No. 2 Revolver$1,200$1,700
View Colt Third Model Derringer203Colt Third Model Derringer$900$1,400
View Sharps Model 4B Pepperbox Pistol204Sharps Model 4B Pepperbox Pistol$1,000$1,500
View Collector's Lot of Two Pepperbox Pistols -A) Sharps Model 1C Pepperbox Pistol205Collector's Lot of Two Pepperbox Pistols -A) Sharps Model 1C Pepperbox Pistol$1,800$2,750
View B) Scarce Remington Zig-Zag Pepperbox Pistol205B) Scarce Remington Zig-Zag Pepperbox Pistol$1,800$2,750
View Collector's Lot of Two American Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Colt New Line .41 Spur Trigger Revolver206Collector's Lot of Two American Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Colt New Line .41 Spur Trigger Revolver$900$1,300
View Collector's Lot of Two American Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Colt New Line .41 Spur Trigger Revolver206Collector's Lot of Two American Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Colt New Line .41 Spur Trigger Revolver$900$1,300
View B) Forehand & Wadsworth Swamp Angel Revolver206B) Forehand & Wadsworth Swamp Angel Revolver$900$1,300
View B) Forehand & Wadsworth Swamp Angel Revolver206B) Forehand & Wadsworth Swamp Angel Revolver$900$1,300
View Attractive Silver Barreled/Gilt Framed Moore First Model Derringer Pistol with 207Attractive Silver Barreled/Gilt Framed Moore First Model Derringer Pistol with "Political Gift" Engraving$2,500$4,000
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Pearl Grips208Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Pearl Grips$1,600$2,500
View Merrimack Arms Southerner Single Shot Breechloading Pocket Pistol with Scarce Iron Frame209Merrimack Arms Southerner Single Shot Breechloading Pocket Pistol with Scarce Iron Frame$1,800$2,750
View Engraved Early Production T.J. Stafford Single Shot Derringer210Engraved Early Production T.J. Stafford Single Shot Derringer$1,200$1,800
View Minneapolis Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Blue finish211Minneapolis Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Blue finish$1,300$2,000
View American Arms Double Barrel Derringer Pistol in 41 Caliber212American Arms Double Barrel Derringer Pistol in 41 Caliber$800$1,100
View Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips213Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips$700$900
View Desirable Gold Banded and Silver Mounted Henry Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol, Produced for F.H. Clark & Company of Memphis, Tennessee214Desirable Gold Banded and Silver Mounted Henry Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol, Produced for F.H. Clark & Company of Memphis, Tennessee$1,800$2,750
View 216"DERINGER/PHILADELa" Marked Philadelphia Percussion Pistol$1,100$1,500
View Engraved and Gold Finished Williamson Patent Moore Single Shot Pistol with Percussion Insert217Engraved and Gold Finished Williamson Patent Moore Single Shot Pistol with Percussion Insert$1,400$2,250
View Collector's Lof of Two Philadelphia Percussion Pistols -A) Henry Deringer Percussion Pistol218Collector's Lof of Two Philadelphia Percussion Pistols -A) Henry Deringer Percussion Pistol$1,300$1,800
View B) William Wurfflein Philadelphia Style Percussion Parlor Gun with Wire Stock218B) William Wurfflein Philadelphia Style Percussion Parlor Gun with Wire Stock$1,300$1,800
View Desirable Silver Banded Henry Derringer 220Desirable Silver Banded Henry Derringer "Peanut" Sized Philadelphia Pocket Pistol with N. Curry Brothers (San Francisco, California) Agent Markings$2,750$4,250
View Engraved James Reid 221Engraved James Reid "My Friend" Knuckle-Duster 22 Caliber Revolver$900$1,300
View Collector's Lot of Two Antique American Over/Under Pistols -A) American Arms Double Barrel 41 Caliber Pistol222Collector's Lot of Two Antique American Over/Under Pistols -A) American Arms Double Barrel 41 Caliber Pistol$1,300$1,900
View B) Frank Wesson Medium Frame Superposed Pistol222B) Frank Wesson Medium Frame Superposed Pistol$1,300$1,900
View Philadelphia Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol223Philadelphia Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol$1,100$1,600
View American Arms Company Wheeler Patent Swiveling Double Barrel Pistol224American Arms Company Wheeler Patent Swiveling Double Barrel Pistol$900$1,400
View Collector's Lot of Two Sharps & Hankins Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistols -A) Sharps & Hankins Model 3A Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol225Collector's Lot of Two Sharps & Hankins Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistols -A) Sharps & Hankins Model 3A Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol$1,000$1,500
View B) Sharps & Hankins Model 3C Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol225B) Sharps & Hankins Model 3C Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol$1,000$1,500
View William Marston Triple Barrel Pocket Pistol with New York Style Engraving226William Marston Triple Barrel Pocket Pistol with New York Style Engraving$1,800$2,750
View Scarce E. Allen & Co. 32 Derringer227Scarce E. Allen & Co. 32 Derringer$900$1,400
View Collector's Lot of Two American Antique Pepperboxes -A) Jacob Rupertus Pepperbox with Ivory Grips228Collector's Lot of Two American Antique Pepperboxes -A) Jacob Rupertus Pepperbox with Ivory Grips$1,000$1,500
View B) Eben T. Starr Four Barrel Pepperbox228B) Eben T. Starr Four Barrel Pepperbox$1,000$1,500
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Revolver with Holster229Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Revolver with Holster$900$1,300
View Engraved James Reid 230Engraved James Reid "My Friend" Knuckle-Duster 22 Caliber Revolver$900$1,300
View Collector's Lot of Two Marlin 231Collector's Lot of Two Marlin "Never Miss" Single Shot Derringer Pistols -A) Marlin Never Miss 32 Caliber Single Shot Pistol$1,100$1,600
View B) Marlin Never Miss Single Shot 41 Caliber Derringer231B) Marlin Never Miss Single Shot 41 Caliber Derringer$1,100$1,600
View Collector's Lot of Two American Arms Wheeler Patent Swivel Barrel Derringer Pistols in 32 RF Caliber -A) American Arms Double Barrel Derringer232Collector's Lot of Two American Arms Wheeler Patent Swivel Barrel Derringer Pistols in 32 RF Caliber -A) American Arms Double Barrel Derringer$900$1,400
View B) American Arms Double Barrel Swivel Breech Pistol232B) American Arms Double Barrel Swivel Breech Pistol$900$1,400
View Scarce Iron Frame Brown Southerner Single Shot Deringer with Engraving233Scarce Iron Frame Brown Southerner Single Shot Deringer with Engraving$1,100$1,600
View Systeme E. Turbiaux Le Protector Palm Pistol234Systeme E. Turbiaux Le Protector Palm Pistol$1,400$2,250
View Factory Engraved Merrimack Arms Southerner Single Shot Derringer Pistol with Bone Grips235Factory Engraved Merrimack Arms Southerner Single Shot Derringer Pistol with Bone Grips$900$1,400
View Scarce J. Stevens Vest Pocket Pistol236Scarce J. Stevens Vest Pocket Pistol$1,400$2,250
View Unwin & Rodgers Percussion Knife Pistol237Unwin & Rodgers Percussion Knife Pistol$1,400$2,250
View Rare Factory Patriotic Engraved Lindsay Two Shot Pocket Percussion Pistol238Rare Factory Patriotic Engraved Lindsay Two Shot Pocket Percussion Pistol$1,100$1,600
View Gaulois No. 3 Palm Pistol239Gaulois No. 3 Palm Pistol$1,500$2,250
View Scarce Massachusetts Arms Maynard Primed Pocket Revolver with Ivory Grips240Scarce Massachusetts Arms Maynard Primed Pocket Revolver with Ivory Grips$900$1,400
View Collector's Lot of Two Antique American Revolvers -A) Merwin & Bray Spur Trigger Pocket Revolver243Collector's Lot of Two Antique American Revolvers -A) Merwin & Bray Spur Trigger Pocket Revolver$1,100$1,600
View B) Connecticut Arms Pocket Revolver243B) Connecticut Arms Pocket Revolver$1,100$1,600
View Scarce Late Production James Reid New Model 32 Knuckleduster Revolver245Scarce Late Production James Reid New Model 32 Knuckleduster Revolver$1,600$2,500
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol246Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol$1,400$2,250
View American Arms Double Barrel Derringer247American Arms Double Barrel Derringer$1,000$1,400
View Engraved H.C. Lombard Single Shot Pocket Pistol248Engraved H.C. Lombard Single Shot Pocket Pistol$1,200$1,800
View Colt Number Three Single Shot Derringer249Colt Number Three Single Shot Derringer$700$1,000
View Remington-Elliot Four Barrel Derringer Pistol250Remington-Elliot Four Barrel Derringer Pistol$700$1,000
View Engraved Remington-Elliot Four-Barrel Pepperbox Pistol with Pearl Grips251Engraved Remington-Elliot Four-Barrel Pepperbox Pistol with Pearl Grips$2,000$3,000
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol252Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol$1,600$2,500
View American Arms Wheeler Patent 32/22 Double Barrel Pocket Pistol253American Arms Wheeler Patent 32/22 Double Barrel Pocket Pistol$1,200$1,800
View Scarce Continental Arms Pepperbox Revolver254Scarce Continental Arms Pepperbox Revolver$800$1,200
View Scarce Factory Engraved American Arms Dual Caliber Over/ Under Superposed Pistol255Scarce Factory Engraved American Arms Dual Caliber Over/ Under Superposed Pistol$900$1,400
View Engraved Remington First Model Iron Frame Vest Pocket Pistol256Engraved Remington First Model Iron Frame Vest Pocket Pistol$700$1,000
View Collector's Lot of Two Antique Marlin OK Model Derringers -A) Marlin OK Model Bird Head Butt Derringer262Collector's Lot of Two Antique Marlin OK Model Derringers -A) Marlin OK Model Bird Head Butt Derringer$900$1,400
View B) Marlin OK Model Square Butt Derringer262B) Marlin OK Model Square Butt Derringer$900$1,400
View Excellent Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Four Barrel Derringer269Excellent Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Four Barrel Derringer$1,300$1,900
View Collector's Lot of Two Antique American Pepperboxes -A) Bacon Arms Pepperbox Revolver270Collector's Lot of Two Antique American Pepperboxes -A) Bacon Arms Pepperbox Revolver$1,100$1,600
View B) Sharps Model 4 Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol270B) Sharps Model 4 Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol$1,100$1,600
View Scarce J.C. Terry Single Shot Derringer271Scarce J.C. Terry Single Shot Derringer$1,100$1,600
View Collector's Lot of Two Merwin & Bray Single Shot Derringers -A) Merwin & Bray 32 Caliber Derringer272Collector's Lot of Two Merwin & Bray Single Shot Derringers -A) Merwin & Bray 32 Caliber Derringer$900$1,200
View B) Factory Engraved Merwin & Bray 22 Caliber Derringer272B) Factory Engraved Merwin & Bray 22 Caliber Derringer$900$1,200
View Engraved James Reid 273Engraved James Reid "My Friend" Knuckle-Duster 22 Caliber Revolver$950$1,400
View Collector's Lot of Two Sharps Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistols -A) Sharps Model 2A Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol274Collector's Lot of Two Sharps Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistols -A) Sharps Model 2A Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol$900$1,300
View B) Sharps Model 1A Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol274B) Sharps Model 1A Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol$900$1,300
View Scarce and Desirable Colt Etched Panel New Police 38 Revolver with Cop & Thug Grips1240Scarce and Desirable Colt Etched Panel New Police 38 Revolver with Cop & Thug Grips$2,750$4,000
View Factory Engraved Colt New Line .22 Caliber Revolver with Pearl Grips1241Factory Engraved Colt New Line .22 Caliber Revolver with Pearl Grips$1,800$2,750
View Factory Engraved Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver with Wexell and Degress Patent Grips1242Factory Engraved Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver with Wexell and Degress Patent Grips$1,800$2,750
View Factory Engraved Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver1243Factory Engraved Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver$1,800$2,750
View Colt Third Model Derringer with Pearl Grips1244Colt Third Model Derringer with Pearl Grips$1,400$2,250
View Rare James Reid 1245Rare James Reid "My Friend" New Model 32 Knuckleduster Revolver, as Pictured in Arms Gazette Magazine$3,500$5,500
View Scarce 32 Caliber James Reid 1246Scarce 32 Caliber James Reid "My Friend" Knuckleduster Revolver$2,000$2,750
View Excellent Colt Number Three Single Shot Derringer1247Excellent Colt Number Three Single Shot Derringer$1,800$2,750
View Rare Short Barreled Colt House Model Cloverleaf Revolver1248Rare Short Barreled Colt House Model Cloverleaf Revolver$2,750$4,250
View Attractive Silver Barreled/Gilt Framed Moore First Model Derringer Pistol with 1249Attractive Silver Barreled/Gilt Framed Moore First Model Derringer Pistol with "Political Gift" Engraving$2,500$3,500
View Scarce Minneapolis Firearms Protector Palm Pistol1250Scarce Minneapolis Firearms Protector Palm Pistol$1,600$2,250
View Exceptional Factory Engraved Remington Rider Magazine Pistol with Pearl Grips1251Exceptional Factory Engraved Remington Rider Magazine Pistol with Pearl Grips$3,000$4,000
View Scarce Remington Zig-Zag Derringer1252Scarce Remington Zig-Zag Derringer$2,250$3,500
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Scarce Attractive Pearl Side Plates1253Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Scarce Attractive Pearl Side Plates$1,100$1,600
View Scarce Silver Plated B. Kittredge & Co. Marked Remington-Elliot Ring Trigger Derringer1254Scarce Silver Plated B. Kittredge & Co. Marked Remington-Elliot Ring Trigger Derringer$1,400$2,250
View Very Fine Remington Early Production Double Barrel Derringer Pistol1255Very Fine Remington Early Production Double Barrel Derringer Pistol$1,800$2,750
View Fine Remington-Elliot Ring Trigger 22 Caliber Derringer1256Fine Remington-Elliot Ring Trigger 22 Caliber Derringer$900$1,400
View Extraordinary Documented Marston, Superposed Three Barrel Retractable Knife Blade Derringer Exhibition Quality Engraved and Signed by L. D. Nimschke1257Extraordinary Documented Marston, Superposed Three Barrel Retractable Knife Blade Derringer Exhibition Quality Engraved and Signed by L. D. Nimschke$20,000$35,000
View Extremely Rare Nimschke Panel Scene Engraved Frank Wesson Small Frame Superposed Deringer with Pearl Grips and Sliding Dagger1258Extremely Rare Nimschke Panel Scene Engraved Frank Wesson Small Frame Superposed Deringer with Pearl Grips and Sliding Dagger$15,000$25,000
View Scarce Desirable Remington 1259Scarce Desirable Remington "Dog Head" Cane Gun$4,500$6,500
View Engraved Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips1261Engraved Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips$1,400$2,250
View Engraved and Ivory Gripped Remington-Elliot 4-Barrel Ring Trigger Pocket Pistol1262Engraved and Ivory Gripped Remington-Elliot 4-Barrel Ring Trigger Pocket Pistol$1,800$2,750
View Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips1263Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer with Pearl Grips$900$1,400
View Remington-Elliot Five-Barrel Ring Trigger Pocket Pistol, in Two-Tone Silver and Blue Finish1264Remington-Elliot Five-Barrel Ring Trigger Pocket Pistol, in Two-Tone Silver and Blue Finish$2,000$3,000
View Scarce E. Carlstrom Sleeve Pistol1265Scarce E. Carlstrom Sleeve Pistol$1,500$2,500
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol in Scarce Blue Finish1266Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol in Scarce Blue Finish$1,600$2,500
View Scarce Factory Engraved Merrimack Arms Southerner Single Shot Derringer Pistol with Ivory Grips1267Scarce Factory Engraved Merrimack Arms Southerner Single Shot Derringer Pistol with Ivory Grips$1,800$2,750
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