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X X X SOLD X X X American 4 barrel.32 rimfire derringer, made by Sharps. Circa 1859-1870. Ref 2085

  • X X X SOLD X X X  American 4 barrel.32 rimfire derringer, made by Sharps. Circa 1859-1870. Ref 2085
  • X X X SOLD X X X  American 4 barrel.32 rimfire derringer, made by Sharps. Circa 1859-1870. Ref 2085
  • X X X SOLD X X X  American 4 barrel.32 rimfire derringer, made by Sharps. Circa 1859-1870. Ref 2085
  • X X X SOLD X X X  American 4 barrel.32 rimfire derringer, made by Sharps. Circa 1859-1870. Ref 2085
  • X X X SOLD X X X  American 4 barrel.32 rimfire derringer, made by Sharps. Circa 1859-1870. Ref 2085

X X X SOLD X X X American 4 barrel.32 rimfire derringer, made by Sharps. Circa 1859-1870. Ref 2085

£830.00
Stock Status: Sold
A scarce American 4 barrelled .32 rim-fire derringer, made by Sharps. Circa 1859-1870. The button on side of frame is pressed downwards and the barrel group slides forward. Marked on the frame C. Sharp's Patent 1859. Wooden birds head shaped grips. Overall length 5.5 inches. In good working order. In good condition showing some signs of use and wear. Slightly larger than a gentleman’s pocket watch, Sharps’s palm sized Pepperbox derringer was a favorite with gamblers and others who felt they needed protection, but wished to keep their ace in the hole secreted out of sight.

This 19th-century gambling photograph shows two gents engaging in a game of cards with a Sharps derringer prominently displayed in the center of the table.
Evidence of the practicality of this Pepperbox derringer is found in Grantley Berkeley’s (British politician, writer and sportsman). In his own words, after being presented with one in the fall of 1859, when he was in St. Louis, Missouri. He remembered the pistol as "the most perfect little bijou of a pistol I ever saw in my life. In size it is so small that I carried it in my waistcoat pocket and in execution so effective that at eight yards I could shoot as correctly, if not more so, than I could with my favourite pair of John Manton duelling pistols". Ref 2085.
This is an obsolete antique pistol and is sold as a collectors item only.
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  • Product Code:
    2085