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 C) Charter Arms Target Bulldog Double Action Revolver831C) Charter Arms Target Bulldog Double Action Revolver$700$950
View D) American Derringer Model 1 O/U Derringer with Case831D) American Derringer Model 1 O/U Derringer with Case$700$950
View Two Colt Derringers and One Tear Gas Gun -A) Cased Colt Fourth Model Single Shot Derringer852Two Colt Derringers and One Tear Gas Gun -A) Cased Colt Fourth Model Single Shot Derringer$500$650
View B) Colt 4th Model Single Shot Derringer with Stone Grips852B) Colt 4th Model Single Shot Derringer with Stone Grips$500$650
View C) Brevetta Model 1900 Blank/Tear Gas Pistol852C) Brevetta Model 1900 Blank/Tear Gas Pistol$500$650
View Five Handguns -A) Harrington & Richardson Model 949 Double Action Revolver853Five Handguns -A) Harrington & Richardson Model 949 Double Action Revolver$800$1,300
View B) American Derringer Number 1 Double Barrel Derringer with Case853B) American Derringer Number 1 Double Barrel Derringer with Case$800$1,300
View C) Smith & Wesson Model 38-2 Airweight Double Action Revolver853C) Smith & Wesson Model 38-2 Airweight Double Action Revolver$800$1,300
View D) Ruger New Model Blackhawk Single Action Revolver with Box853D) Ruger New Model Blackhawk Single Action Revolver with Box$800$1,300
View E) Intratec DC-9 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box and Extension853E) Intratec DC-9 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box and Extension$800$1,300
View Four Handguns -A) Bauer Model 25 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box903Four Handguns -A) Bauer Model 25 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box$700$1,000
View B) Kolb Model 1910 Baby Hammerless Revolver with Pearl Grips903B) Kolb Model 1910 Baby Hammerless Revolver with Pearl Grips$700$1,000
View C) Cop Inc. Model SS-1Derringer with Case903C) Cop Inc. Model SS-1Derringer with Case$700$1,000
View D) Colt Woodsman Second Series Semi-Automatic Pistol903D) Colt Woodsman Second Series Semi-Automatic Pistol$700$1,000
View Six Pistols, One Blank Pistol and a Rifle -A) Unmarked Single Shot Percussion Pistol905Six Pistols, One Blank Pistol and a Rifle -A) Unmarked Single Shot Percussion Pistol$750$1,000
View B) Unknown Single Shot Pistol905B) Unknown Single Shot Pistol$750$1,000
View C) SGL Selecter (sic) Gas Pistol with Box and Ammunition905C) SGL Selecter (sic) Gas Pistol with Box and Ammunition$750$1,000
View D) Single Shot Martini Action Pistol905D) Single Shot Martini Action Pistol$750$1,000
View E) High Standard Double Barrel Derringer Pistol905E) High Standard Double Barrel Derringer Pistol$750$1,000
View F) Charter Arms AR-7 Explorer Survival Rifle905F) Charter Arms AR-7 Explorer Survival Rifle$750$1,000
View G) Rohm RG3S Blank/ Gas Pistol With Box, Holster and Flare Attachment905G) Rohm RG3S Blank/ Gas Pistol With Box, Holster and Flare Attachment$750$1,000
View H) Colt Government Model Pistol with Unique Long Slide Assembly905H) Colt Government Model Pistol with Unique Long Slide Assembly$750$1,000
View Five Pistols and Three Revolvers -A) European Single Shot Pistol963Five Pistols and Three Revolvers -A) European Single Shot Pistol$750$950
View B) Connecticut Valley Arms Black Powder Kentucky Pistol with Holster963B) Connecticut Valley Arms Black Powder Kentucky Pistol with Holster$750$950
View C) Engraved European Folding Trigger Double Action Revolver with Two Firecracker Holders963C) Engraved European Folding Trigger Double Action Revolver with Two Firecracker Holders$750$950
View D) Baby Hammerless Marked Revolver with Pearl Grips963D) Baby Hammerless Marked Revolver with Pearl Grips$750$950
View E) Kolb Model 1910 Baby Hammerless Revolver963E) Kolb Model 1910 Baby Hammerless Revolver$750$950
View F) Colt Lord Model Derringer Pistol963F) Colt Lord Model Derringer Pistol$750$950
View G) European Percussion Pistol963G) European Percussion Pistol$750$950
View H) Flintlock Pistol963H) Flintlock Pistol$750$950
View Two .22 Rifles, a Pair of Cased Derringers and a Colt Single Action Revolver -A) Mossberg Model 44 U.S. Bolt Action Rifle2454Two .22 Rifles, a Pair of Cased Derringers and a Colt Single Action Revolver -A) Mossberg Model 44 U.S. Bolt Action Rifle$700$900
View B) Remington Model 12A Slide Action Rifle2454B) Remington Model 12A Slide Action Rifle$700$900
View C) Cased Colt Derringer Pistol2454C) Cased Colt Derringer Pistol$700$900
View D) Cased Colt Derringer Pistol2454D) Cased Colt Derringer Pistol$700$900
View E) Cased Colt Frontier Scout Single Action Revolver2454E) Cased Colt Frontier Scout Single Action Revolver$700$900
View Seven Antique Handguns -A) Unmarked Percussion Pistol2541Seven Antique Handguns -A) Unmarked Percussion Pistol$1,000$1,500
View B) Unmarked Underhammer Percussion Pistol2541B) Unmarked Underhammer Percussion Pistol$1,000$1,500
View C) Sharps 2A Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol2541C) Sharps 2A Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol$1,000$1,500
View D) Brown Manufacturing Southerner Model Derringer2541D) Brown Manufacturing Southerner Model Derringer$1,000$1,500
View E) Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver2541E) Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver$1,000$1,500
View F) Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver2541F) Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver$1,000$1,500
View G) Sharps Breech Loading Single Shot Pistol2541G) Sharps Breech Loading Single Shot Pistol$1,000$1,500
View Six Antique Handguns -A) Remington Elliot Ring Trigger Pepperbox Derringer Pistol2563Six Antique Handguns -A) Remington Elliot Ring Trigger Pepperbox Derringer Pistol$800$1,100
View B) Whitney Pocket Model Percussion Revolver2563B) Whitney Pocket Model Percussion Revolver$800$1,100
View C) Whitneyville Rimfire Pocket Revolver2563C) Whitneyville Rimfire Pocket Revolver$800$1,100
View D) Sharps Model 4C Pepperbox Pistol2563D) Sharps Model 4C Pepperbox Pistol$800$1,100
View E) Italian Copy Second Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver2563E) Italian Copy Second Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver$800$1,100
View F) Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 2nd Issue Revolver2563F) Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 2nd Issue Revolver$800$1,100
View Ten Handguns -A) Henry Deringer Philadelphia Pocket Pistol Marked Hyde & Goodrich of New Orleans2573Ten Handguns -A) Henry Deringer Philadelphia Pocket Pistol Marked Hyde & Goodrich of New Orleans$1,000$1,800
View B) Cased Colt Third Model Derringer2573B) Cased Colt Third Model Derringer$1,000$1,800
View C) Cased Colt Third Model Derringer2573C) Cased Colt Third Model Derringer$1,000$1,800
View D) Armi San Marco Reproduction Colt 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Box2573D) Armi San Marco Reproduction Colt 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Box$1,000$1,800
View E) Cased Colt Derringer Single Shot Pistol2573E) Cased Colt Derringer Single Shot Pistol$1,000$1,800
View F) Cased Colt Derringer Single Shot Pistol2573F) Cased Colt Derringer Single Shot Pistol$1,000$1,800
View G) Cased Colt Civil War Centennial Model Single Shot Pistol2573G) Cased Colt Civil War Centennial Model Single Shot Pistol$1,000$1,800
View H) Cased Colt Civil War Centennial Model Single Shot Pistol2573H) Cased Colt Civil War Centennial Model Single Shot Pistol$1,000$1,800
View I) Cased Colt Civil War Centennial Model Single Shot Pistol2573I) Cased Colt Civil War Centennial Model Single Shot Pistol$1,000$1,800
View J) Cased Colt Civil War Centennial Model Single Shot Pistol2573J) Cased Colt Civil War Centennial Model Single Shot Pistol$1,000$1,800
View 11 Assorted Revolvers and Derringers -A) Unique Engraved 260811 Assorted Revolvers and Derringers -A) Unique Engraved "Pocket Size" European Pinfire Folding Trigger Revolver$1,200$1,800
View B) Butler Associates Single Shot Derringer with Wood Case2608B) Butler Associates Single Shot Derringer with Wood Case$1,200$1,800
View C) Butler Associates Single Shot Derringer with Case2608C) Butler Associates Single Shot Derringer with Case$1,200$1,800
View D) Colt No. 4 Derringer2608D) Colt No. 4 Derringer$1,200$1,800
View E) Colt No. 4 Derringer2608E) Colt No. 4 Derringer$1,200$1,800
View F) Eclipse Single Shot Pistol2608F) Eclipse Single Shot Pistol$1,200$1,800
View G) Whitney Rimfire Breech Loading 22 Caliber Revolver2608G) Whitney Rimfire Breech Loading 22 Caliber Revolver$1,200$1,800
View H) Howard Arms Co. Top Break Double Action Revolver2608H) Howard Arms Co. Top Break Double Action Revolver$1,200$1,800
View One Derringer, One Pistol and Five Revolvers -A) Engraved Belgium Single Shot Pistol2611One Derringer, One Pistol and Five Revolvers -A) Engraved Belgium Single Shot Pistol$700$900
View B) Engraved Belgium Folding Trigger Pinfire Revolver2611B) Engraved Belgium Folding Trigger Pinfire Revolver$700$900
View C) Belgium Pinfire Folding Trigger Revolver2611C) Belgium Pinfire Folding Trigger Revolver$700$900
View D) Belgium Folding Trigger Pinfire Revolver2611D) Belgium Folding Trigger Pinfire Revolver$700$900
View E) Model 1920 Baby Hammerless with Pearl Grips2611E) Model 1920 Baby Hammerless with Pearl Grips$700$900
View F) Hopkins & Allen Pointer Marked Single Shot Derringer with Holster2611F) Hopkins & Allen Pointer Marked Single Shot Derringer with Holster$700$900
View G) Belgium Folding Trigger Pocket Revolver with Pearl Grips2611G) Belgium Folding Trigger Pocket Revolver with Pearl Grips$700$900
View Seventeen Handguns and Two Gas Pens -A) Faultless Brand Teargas Pen Pistol2612Seventeen Handguns and Two Gas Pens -A) Faultless Brand Teargas Pen Pistol$1,600$2,250
View B) EIG Brand Model S-25 Gas Pen2612B) EIG Brand Model S-25 Gas Pen$1,600$2,250
View C) U.S. Revolver Company Top Break Double Action Revolver2612C) U.S. Revolver Company Top Break Double Action Revolver$1,600$2,250
View D) Karl Kormes Baby Hammerless Revolver2612D) Karl Kormes Baby Hammerless Revolver$1,600$2,250
View E) Remington Type III Over Under Double Barrel Derringer2612E) Remington Type III Over Under Double Barrel Derringer$1,600$2,250
View F) Harrington & Richardson Trapper Model Double Action Revolver with Holster2612F) Harrington & Richardson Trapper Model Double Action Revolver with Holster$1,600$2,250
View G) Stevens Diamond No. 43 First Issue Pistol2612G) Stevens Diamond No. 43 First Issue Pistol$1,600$2,250
View H) Special Marked Baby Hammerless Revolver2612H) Special Marked Baby Hammerless Revolver$1,600$2,250
View I) Harrington & Richardson Young America Double Action Revolver2612I) Harrington & Richardson Young America Double Action Revolver$1,600$2,250
View J) Stevens No. 35 Single Shot Pistol2612J) Stevens No. 35 Single Shot Pistol$1,600$2,250
View K) Meridan 2612K) Meridan "Howard Arms Co" Brand Double Action Top Break Revolver$1,600$2,250
View L) Stevens No. 35 Single Shot Pistol2612L) Stevens No. 35 Single Shot Pistol$1,600$2,250
View M) Stevens No. 43 Pistol2612M) Stevens No. 43 Pistol$1,600$2,250
View N) Smith & Wesson 32 Double Action Fourth Model Revolver2612N) Smith & Wesson 32 Double Action Fourth Model Revolver$1,600$2,250
View O) Smith & Wesson Second Model Safety Hammerless Double Action Revolver2612O) Smith & Wesson Second Model Safety Hammerless Double Action Revolver$1,600$2,250
View P) Hopkins & Allen Forehand Model 1901 Double Action Revolver2612P) Hopkins & Allen Forehand Model 1901 Double Action Revolver$1,600$2,250
View Q) Remington Type III Over and Under Derringer with Holster2612Q) Remington Type III Over and Under Derringer with Holster$1,600$2,250
View R) Harrington & Richardson Victor Double Action Revolver2612R) Harrington & Richardson Victor Double Action Revolver$1,600$2,250
View S) U.S. Revolver Company Top Break Revolver2612S) U.S. Revolver Company Top Break Revolver$1,600$2,250
View National Arms Co. No. 2 Derringer with Two Digit Serial Number2613National Arms Co. No. 2 Derringer with Two Digit Serial Number$850$1,000
View Two American Pistols -A) Sharps Model 1A Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol2614Two American Pistols -A) Sharps Model 1A Four Barrel Pepperbox Pistol$700$1,000
View B) Remington Type II Over and Under Derringer2614B) Remington Type II Over and Under Derringer$700$1,000
View Four Handguns -A) Remington Type II Over Under Derringer2616Four Handguns -A) Remington Type II Over Under Derringer$950$1,300
View B) Connecticut Arms Bulldog Breech Loading Pistol2616B) Connecticut Arms Bulldog Breech Loading Pistol$950$1,300
View C) British Proofed Colt Number 2 Single Shot Derringer2616C) British Proofed Colt Number 2 Single Shot Derringer$950$1,300
View D) Remington Type II Over Under Derringer2616D) Remington Type II Over Under Derringer$950$1,300
View Three Antique Pistols -A) Remington-Elliot Ring Trigger Derringer2617Three Antique Pistols -A) Remington-Elliot Ring Trigger Derringer$750$1,200
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