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 Fine Cased Pair of Le Page Marked Percussion Muff Pistols -A) Folding Trigger Screw Barrel Le Page Muff Pistol with Accessories4Fine Cased Pair of Le Page Marked Percussion Muff Pistols -A) Folding Trigger Screw Barrel Le Page Muff Pistol with Accessories$3,000$5,000
View B) Le Page Screw Barrel Folding Trigger Percussion Muff Pistol4B) Le Page Screw Barrel Folding Trigger Percussion Muff Pistol$3,000$5,000
View Finely Engraved Unmarked European Pinfire Pepperbox Revolver50Finely Engraved Unmarked European Pinfire Pepperbox Revolver$1,100$1,600
View Engraved Meyers Marked Pinfire Pepperbox57Engraved Meyers Marked Pinfire Pepperbox$900$1,400
View Engraved French Pinfire Pepperbox with Ivory Grips59Engraved French Pinfire Pepperbox with Ivory Grips$750$1,300
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol95Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol$750$1,200
View Remington Over Under Double Barrel Derringer96Remington Over Under Double Barrel Derringer$400$600
View Unidentified 97Unidentified "PATENTED" Marked Knife Pistol$750$1,300
View Two Spur Trigger Hopkins & Allen Revolvers -A) Hopkins & Allen XL Number 3 Revolver98Two Spur Trigger Hopkins & Allen Revolvers -A) Hopkins & Allen XL Number 3 Revolver$750$1,200
View B) Hopkins & Allen Model XL No 5 Single Action Revolver98B) Hopkins & Allen Model XL No 5 Single Action Revolver$750$1,200
View Two Antique Spur Trigger Pocket Revolvers -A) Forehand & Wadsworth Bull Dog Single Action Revolver99Two Antique Spur Trigger Pocket Revolvers -A) Forehand & Wadsworth Bull Dog Single Action Revolver$700$1,000
View B) Hopkins & Allen XL Number 3 Spur Trigger Revolver99B) Hopkins & Allen XL Number 3 Spur Trigger Revolver$700$1,000
View Unwin & Rodgers Knife Pistol100Unwin & Rodgers Knife Pistol$2,250$3,500
View Chicago Firearms Palm Pistol with Pearl Grips101Chicago Firearms Palm Pistol with Pearl Grips$2,000$3,250
View C.H. Ballard Single Shot Breech loading Derringer Pistol102C.H. Ballard Single Shot Breech loading Derringer Pistol$1,000$1,500
View Bacon Arms Spur Trigger Pepperbox Revolver103Bacon Arms Spur Trigger Pepperbox Revolver$750$1,200
View Remington Over Under Derringer with Scarce Factory Box and Cleaning Rod104Remington Over Under Derringer with Scarce Factory Box and Cleaning Rod$2,500$4,000
View Excellent Colt Number Three Single Shot Derringer with Case106Excellent Colt Number Three Single Shot Derringer with Case$1,400$2,250
View Two Antique Colt Handguns -A) Colt Third Model Derringer107Two Antique Colt Handguns -A) Colt Third Model Derringer$1,200$1,700
View B) Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver107B) Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver$1,200$1,700
View Two Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Hopkins & Allen XL No. 5 Revolver108Two Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Hopkins & Allen XL No. 5 Revolver$600$900
View B) Factory Engraved Hopkins & Allen Blue Jacket Number 2 Revolver with Ivory Grips108B) Factory Engraved Hopkins & Allen Blue Jacket Number 2 Revolver with Ivory Grips$600$900
View Two Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Engraved Hood Arms 109Two Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Engraved Hood Arms "Mohegan" Pocket Revolver with Pearl Grips$500$750
View B) Otis Smith Pocket Revolver109B) Otis Smith Pocket Revolver$500$750
View Two Antique Derringers -A) Hopkins & Allen XL Derringer110Two Antique Derringers -A) Hopkins & Allen XL Derringer$600$900
View B) Marlin First Model Deringer110B) Marlin First Model Deringer$600$900
View Excellent Early Remington Double Barrel Derringer with Box of Ammunition112Excellent Early Remington Double Barrel Derringer with Box of Ammunition$900$1,300
View Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol113Chicago Firearms Protector Palm Pistol$1,200$1,700
View Remington Over Under Double Barrel Derringer114Remington Over Under Double Barrel Derringer$850$1,200
View Two Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) F.D. Bliss Brass Frame Pocket Revolver115Two Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) F.D. Bliss Brass Frame Pocket Revolver$950$1,600
View B) Whitneyville Pocket Model Revolver115B) Whitneyville Pocket Model Revolver$950$1,600
View Two Antique Revolvers -A) Hopkins & Allen XL 4 Single Action Revolver116Two Antique Revolvers -A) Hopkins & Allen XL 4 Single Action Revolver$750$1,200
View B) Hopkins & Allen XL No. 2 1/2 Single Action Revolver116B) Hopkins & Allen XL No. 2 1/2 Single Action Revolver$750$1,200
View Two Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Scarce F.D. Bliss Pocket Revolver119Two Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Scarce F.D. Bliss Pocket Revolver$700$900
View B) Springfield Arms Co. Pocket Model Revolver119B) Springfield Arms Co. Pocket Model Revolver$700$900
View Two Antique Revolvers -A) Smith & Wesson 2nd Model .32 Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips and Box121Two Antique Revolvers -A) Smith & Wesson 2nd Model .32 Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips and Box$650$950
View B) Remington-Smoot New Model Number Two Revolver121B) Remington-Smoot New Model Number Two Revolver$650$950
View Two Marlin O.K. Model Revolvers -A) Marlin O.K. Model Revolver122Two Marlin O.K. Model Revolvers -A) Marlin O.K. Model Revolver$500$750
View B) Marlin O.K. Model Revolver122B) Marlin O.K. Model Revolver$500$750
View Colt 123Colt "Cloverleaf" House Model Revolver$400$600
View Two Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Aetna Arms 3 Pocket Revolver125Two Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Aetna Arms 3 Pocket Revolver$300$500
View B) Wesson & Harrington Number Two 22 Caliber Single Action Revolver125B) Wesson & Harrington Number Two 22 Caliber Single Action Revolver$300$500
View Two Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Aetna Arms Pocket Revolver126Two Antique Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Aetna Arms Pocket Revolver$300$500
View B) Forehand & Wadsworth 22 Caliber Side Hammer Pocket Revolver126B) Forehand & Wadsworth 22 Caliber Side Hammer Pocket Revolver$300$500
View Two Factory Engraved Lee Arms Co. Red Jacket Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Factory Engraved Lee Arms Red Jacket No. 4 Revolver127Two Factory Engraved Lee Arms Co. Red Jacket Spur Trigger Revolvers -A) Factory Engraved Lee Arms Red Jacket No. 4 Revolver$300$500
View B) Factory Engraved Lee Arms Red Jacket No. 3 Revolver with Pearl Grips127B) Factory Engraved Lee Arms Red Jacket No. 3 Revolver with Pearl Grips$300$500
View L.G. Naylor Ivory Stocked Ring Trigger Percussion Knife Pistol1084L.G. Naylor Ivory Stocked Ring Trigger Percussion Knife Pistol$2,500$3,750
View Cased Pair of John Manton & Son Box Lock Pocket Pistols -A) Engraved Manton & Son Percussion Pocket Pistol1119Cased Pair of John Manton & Son Box Lock Pocket Pistols -A) Engraved Manton & Son Percussion Pocket Pistol$3,500$5,500
View B) John Manton & Son Percussion Pocket Pistol1119B) John Manton & Son Percussion Pocket Pistol$3,500$5,500
View Cased Engraved Miniature Pair of Single Shot Percussion Muff Pistols -A) Siddins Marked Engraved Percussion Vest Pistol1129Cased Engraved Miniature Pair of Single Shot Percussion Muff Pistols -A) Siddins Marked Engraved Percussion Vest Pistol$2,500$4,500
View B) Engraved Siddens Marked Percussion Vest Pistol1129B) Engraved Siddens Marked Percussion Vest Pistol$2,500$4,500
View Desirable Pair of Factory Engraved Colt Third Model Derringers with Presentation Case -A) Factory Engraved Colt Third Model Derringer1396Desirable Pair of Factory Engraved Colt Third Model Derringers with Presentation Case -A) Factory Engraved Colt Third Model Derringer$14,000$22,500
View B) Factory Engraved Colt Third Model Derringer with British Proofs1396B) Factory Engraved Colt Third Model Derringer with British Proofs$14,000$22,500
View British Proofed Colt New House Revolver with Scarce Cop and Thug Grips1397British Proofed Colt New House Revolver with Scarce Cop and Thug Grips$2,500$3,500
View Colt New Line Pocket Revolver with Etched Panel1398Colt New Line Pocket Revolver with Etched Panel$1,300$2,250
View Excellent Colt New Line 22 Spur Trigger Revolver with Etched Panel Marking1399Excellent Colt New Line 22 Spur Trigger Revolver with Etched Panel Marking$1,500$2,750
View Excellent Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver1400Excellent Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver$1,000$1,600
View Colt Number 3 Thuer Single Shot Deringer with British Proofs1401Colt Number 3 Thuer Single Shot Deringer with British Proofs$900$1,200
View Colt Second Model Single Shot Derringer with British Proofs1402Colt Second Model Single Shot Derringer with British Proofs$1,000$1,600
View Colt First Model Derringer Pistol1403Colt First Model Derringer Pistol$900$1,400
View National Arms Company Number 2 Derringer1404National Arms Company Number 2 Derringer$950$1,600
View Pairof Colt Third Model (Thuer) .41 Caliber Derringers Serial Numbers 44247, 44227 -A) Colt Third Model (Thuer) .41 Caliber Derringer1405Pairof Colt Third Model (Thuer) .41 Caliber Derringers Serial Numbers 44247, 44227 -A) Colt Third Model (Thuer) .41 Caliber Derringer$1,400$2,250
View B) Colt Third Model (Thuer) .41 Caliber Derringer1405B) Colt Third Model (Thuer) .41 Caliber Derringer$1,400$2,250
View Two Antique Colt Pocket Revolvers -A) Colt New Line Pocket Revolver with Etched Panel and Holster1406Two Antique Colt Pocket Revolvers -A) Colt New Line Pocket Revolver with Etched Panel and Holster$1,200$1,800
View B) Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver1406B) Colt Open Top Pocket Revolver$1,200$1,800
View Two Colt Deringers -A) Colt Number 2 Single Shot Derringer1407Two Colt Deringers -A) Colt Number 2 Single Shot Derringer$950$1,600
View B) Colt Number Three Thuer Single Shot Deringer1407B) Colt Number Three Thuer Single Shot Deringer$950$1,600
View Engraved Remington Type II Over and Under Derringer Pistol with Case3187Engraved Remington Type II Over and Under Derringer Pistol with Case$9,500$13,000
View Manufacture Francaise Gaulois Number 3 Palm Pistol with Presentation Grade Etching, Pouch and Purse3188Manufacture Francaise Gaulois Number 3 Palm Pistol with Presentation Grade Etching, Pouch and Purse$4,500$6,500
View Unique Deluxe Factory Engraved Remington Arms Vest Pocket Single Shot Pistol with Patriotic Motif in Case, as Pictured in the Eberhart & Wilson Book 3189Unique Deluxe Factory Engraved Remington Arms Vest Pocket Single Shot Pistol with Patriotic Motif in Case, as Pictured in the Eberhart & Wilson Book "The Deringer In America: Volume II"$6,500$9,000
View Attractive Swiss Weber-Ruesch Copy of a Remington Vest Pocket Pistol with Gold and Silver Inlay, Carved Ivory Grips and Case3190Attractive Swiss Weber-Ruesch Copy of a Remington Vest Pocket Pistol with Gold and Silver Inlay, Carved Ivory Grips and Case$7,000$9,500
View Engraved Remington Vest Pocket Derringer with Ivory Grips and Case3191Engraved Remington Vest Pocket Derringer with Ivory Grips and Case$2,500$4,500
View Rare Cased Engraved Iron Frame Ballard Single Shot Derringer with Ivory Grips3192Rare Cased Engraved Iron Frame Ballard Single Shot Derringer with Ivory Grips$5,000$7,500
View Unique Engraved Prototype Bowles Patent Over and Under Rimfire Derringer with Ivory Grips3193Unique Engraved Prototype Bowles Patent Over and Under Rimfire Derringer with Ivory Grips$6,000$13,000
View Rare Nashville Production Bitterlich & Legler Derringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol3197Rare Nashville Production Bitterlich & Legler Derringer Style Percussion Pocket Pistol$4,750$8,000
View Attractive Henry Deringer Philadelphia Pocket Pistol, Gold Banded and Silver Mounted, Produced for M.W. Galt, Washington, D.C. Agent3198Attractive Henry Deringer Philadelphia Pocket Pistol, Gold Banded and Silver Mounted, Produced for M.W. Galt, Washington, D.C. Agent$4,250$6,000
View Brass Stocked Philadelphia Derringer Type Percussion Pistol3199Brass Stocked Philadelphia Derringer Type Percussion Pistol$3,500$5,500
View Gold Banded and Silver Mounted Henry Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol, Produced for F.H. Clark & Company of Memphis, Tennessee3200Gold Banded and Silver Mounted Henry Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol, Produced for F.H. Clark & Company of Memphis, Tennessee$3,750$5,500
View Henry Derringer Percussion Pistol with Silver Bands, Coin Silver Fittings, Wolf & Durringer (Louisville, KY) Agent Marks, and Inscription3201Henry Derringer Percussion Pistol with Silver Bands, Coin Silver Fittings, Wolf & Durringer (Louisville, KY) Agent Marks, and Inscription$3,500$5,500
View Gold and Silver Banded Deringer Philadelphia Percussion Pistol, with F.H. Clark (Memphis, Tennessee) Merchant Marking and Birmingham Proofs3202Gold and Silver Banded Deringer Philadelphia Percussion Pistol, with F.H. Clark (Memphis, Tennessee) Merchant Marking and Birmingham Proofs$3,250$5,500
View R.P. Bruff New York Derringer Pistol with Silver Banding3203R.P. Bruff New York Derringer Pistol with Silver Banding$2,000$3,500
View Attractive 3204Attractive "DERINGE" Marked Single Shot Pocket Pistol$1,800$2,500
View Philadelphia Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol3205Philadelphia Deringer Percussion Pocket Pistol$1,500$2,000
View Excellent Connecticut Arms Hammond Patent 3210Excellent Connecticut Arms Hammond Patent "Bulldog" Single Shot Pistol with Original Box$5,000$8,000
View Very Fine Moore's Patent Number One Single Shot Deringer3211Very Fine Moore's Patent Number One Single Shot Deringer$2,500$3,750
View Rare Marston Three Barrel 22 Caliber Deringer with Sliding Knife3212Rare Marston Three Barrel 22 Caliber Deringer with Sliding Knife$4,500$7,000
View Excellent Chicago Protector Palm Pistol with Pearl Grip Panels3213Excellent Chicago Protector Palm Pistol with Pearl Grip Panels$2,250$3,500
View James Reid .32 Caliber Engraved 3214James Reid .32 Caliber Engraved "My Friend" Knuckle Duster Revolver$950$1,400
View Inscribed Cased Factory Engraved English Tipping & Lawden/Sharps Patent Four-Shot Pepperbox Pistol with Ivory Grip3220Inscribed Cased Factory Engraved English Tipping & Lawden/Sharps Patent Four-Shot Pepperbox Pistol with Ivory Grip$3,000$4,500
View Factory Engraved Gold Inlaid Gaulois Palm Pistol with Rare 3221Factory Engraved Gold Inlaid Gaulois Palm Pistol with Rare "Cigar" Case$2,000$3,000
View Connecticut Arms Hammond Patent 3222Connecticut Arms Hammond Patent "Bulldog" Single Shot Pistol with Original Box$3,500$4,750
View Excellent Chicago Firearm Palm Protector Squeeze Fire Pistol with Scarce Pearl Grip Panels3223Excellent Chicago Firearm Palm Protector Squeeze Fire Pistol with Scarce Pearl Grip Panels$3,250$4,500
View Engraved Carl Schleef Miniature Colt Third Model Derringer with Ivory Grips3571Engraved Carl Schleef Miniature Colt Third Model Derringer with Ivory Grips$1,500$2,500
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