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 Rare Factory Engraved Silver Plated Remington-Elliot Four Barrel Derringer with Extremely Rare Box and Pearl Grips1096Rare Factory Engraved Silver Plated Remington-Elliot Four Barrel Derringer with Extremely Rare Box and Pearl Grips$6,000$9,000
View Stunning Sharps & Hankins Model 3C Four Shot Pepperbox Pistol1097Stunning Sharps & Hankins Model 3C Four Shot Pepperbox Pistol$4,000$6,500
View Rare Factory Engraved Sharps Model 1A Pepper Box with Pearl Grips1098Rare Factory Engraved Sharps Model 1A Pepper Box with Pearl Grips$5,500$7,500
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Scarce Pearl Side Plates1099Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Scarce Pearl Side Plates$2,000$3,000
View Scarce St. Etienne Mitrailleuse Palm Pistol with Leather Case1100Scarce St. Etienne Mitrailleuse Palm Pistol with Leather Case$3,000$4,500
View Rare and Desirable Engraved Sharps Model 1A Pepperbox1101Rare and Desirable Engraved Sharps Model 1A Pepperbox$2,250$3,500
View Attractive Silver Banded Henry Deringer Pocket Pistol with Curry Brothers (San Francisco) Agent Markings1102Attractive Silver Banded Henry Deringer Pocket Pistol with Curry Brothers (San Francisco) Agent Markings$3,500$4,750
View Unmarked Engraved Deringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol1105Unmarked Engraved Deringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol$900$1,300
View Unwin & Rodgers Percussion Knife Pistol1106Unwin & Rodgers Percussion Knife Pistol$1,600$2,500
View Scarce Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1887 Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips1107Scarce Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1887 Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips$1,000$1,600
View Collector's Lot of Two Percussion Knife Pistols -A) Unwin & Rodgers Non-XLL Percussion Knife Pistol1108Collector's Lot of Two Percussion Knife Pistols -A) Unwin & Rodgers Non-XLL Percussion Knife Pistol$1,600$2,500
View B) James Rodgers Non-XLL Style Percussion Knife Pistol with Horn Grips1108B) James Rodgers Non-XLL Style Percussion Knife Pistol with Horn Grips$1,600$2,500
View Collector's Lot of Two Remington Pistols -A) Remington Smoot New Model No. 3 Revolver1109Collector's Lot of Two Remington Pistols -A) Remington Smoot New Model No. 3 Revolver$900$1,300
View B) Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer1109B) Remington Type II Over/Under Derringer$900$1,300
View Rare and Desirable Large Caliber Stevens Vest Pocket Single Shot 1110Rare and Desirable Large Caliber Stevens Vest Pocket Single Shot "Fishtail" Pistol$2,000$3,000
View Factory Engraved Remington No. 1 Vest Pocket Pistol with Inscription1111Factory Engraved Remington No. 1 Vest Pocket Pistol with Inscription$900$1,300
View J.P. Lower Retailer Marked American Arms Over/Under 41 Caliber Pistol1112J.P. Lower Retailer Marked American Arms Over/Under 41 Caliber Pistol$1,300$1,900
View Hopkins & Allen XL Derringer1113Hopkins & Allen XL Derringer$950$1,400
View Scarce Blue Finish Remington No. 1 Vest Pocket Pistol with Extremely Rare Original Box Marked Blued Finish3060Scarce Blue Finish Remington No. 1 Vest Pocket Pistol with Extremely Rare Original Box Marked Blued Finish$6,000$8,000
View Stunning Sharps and Hankins Model 3D Four Shot Pepperbox Pistol3061Stunning Sharps and Hankins Model 3D Four Shot Pepperbox Pistol$4,000$6,000
View Rare Factory Engraved Remington Elliot Patent 32 Caliber Pepperbox Revolver3062Rare Factory Engraved Remington Elliot Patent 32 Caliber Pepperbox Revolver$4,500$6,500
View Scarce Unwin & Rodgers Knife Pistol3063Scarce Unwin & Rodgers Knife Pistol$2,250$3,250
View Factory Engraved Remington Rider Magazine Pistol with Scarce Pearl Grips and Wood Case3064Factory Engraved Remington Rider Magazine Pistol with Scarce Pearl Grips and Wood Case$1,800$2,750
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Pearl Grips3065Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol with Pearl Grips$1,300$1,900
View Engraved W. W. Marston Superposed Three Barrel 32 Derringer with Scarce 4 Inch Barrel3066Engraved W. W. Marston Superposed Three Barrel 32 Derringer with Scarce 4 Inch Barrel$2,500$3,750
View Scarce Systeme E. Turbiaux Le Protector Palm Pistol3067Scarce Systeme E. Turbiaux Le Protector Palm Pistol$1,400$2,250
View Engraved Early Production T.J. Stafford Single Shot Derringer3068Engraved Early Production T.J. Stafford Single Shot Derringer$900$1,400
View James Rodgers Percussion Knife Pistol with Horn Grips3069James Rodgers Percussion Knife Pistol with Horn Grips$1,500$2,250
View Scarce Minneapolis Firearms Protector Palm Pistol3070Scarce Minneapolis Firearms Protector Palm Pistol$1,100$1,600
View Engraved St. Etienne Gaulois Number 2 3071Engraved St. Etienne Gaulois Number 2 "Squeezer" Palm Pistol$900$1,400
View Fine Engraved James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster with Police Whistle and Letter3072Fine Engraved James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster with Police Whistle and Letter$1,500$2,000
View Collector's Lot of Two Percussion Trap Guns -A) Unmarked Single Shot Percussion Trap Gun3106Collector's Lot of Two Percussion Trap Guns -A) Unmarked Single Shot Percussion Trap Gun$900$1,300
View B) F. Reuthe Patent Double Barrel Trap Gun3106B) F. Reuthe Patent Double Barrel Trap Gun$900$1,300
View Rare and Unique Cromwell Type Pinfire Knife Pistol with Engraved German Silver Fittings3118Rare and Unique Cromwell Type Pinfire Knife Pistol with Engraved German Silver Fittings$4,500$6,000
View Engraved Double Action Folding Trigger Pinfire Revolver with Purse3122Engraved Double Action Folding Trigger Pinfire Revolver with Purse$900$1,300
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