Maker: Frederick Beerstecher
This is the rarest Deringer of them all. Less than a dozen were made and fewer have survived. This one is Serial # 2. It is marked in 7 places, both screws, the wedge, bottom of the barrel, the back of the hammer, and in two places on the back of the lock plate. The rifled barrel is .41 caliber, with a 3 inch barrel, and a walnut stock with a birds head shaped grip. The finish on this barrel is brown, you can see the original finish on the picture of the bottom of the barrel, out of the stock. This gun was made in 1855 it is a 2 shot superposed pocket pistol. The Beerstecher patent is mentioned in Lemat's patent for his famous revolver. The lock plate is marked BEERSTECHERS PATENT 1855, No 85. The hammer is marked 1855. The barrel is marked Lewisburg. PA. There are 2 gold bands on the breech, and a German silver front blade sight. The grip is checkered, with German silver furniture. The metal surfaces have a smooth patina and the markings are very crisp. Overall condition is very good to fine. The gun is loaded with two full charges, one on top of the other. The double strikers are selected to fire the front charge first, and then it is hinged and folded under and the second charge is fired. There aren't 10 of these in existence. If you collect Deringers, this is a must to complete your collection. I have seen only 2 of these in over 30 years. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own consecutive serial number Beerstecher Deringers Serials 2. Call for pricing.
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