A SCARCE .41 RIMFIRE ENGRAVED VEST-PISTOL, MODEL 'COLT'S No3 THUER PATENT DERRINGER', no visible serial number,
circa 1872, with expertly re-blued 2 1/2in. barrel (slight fading), inlet with a gold band at muzzle and profusely engraved with American scrollwork along the sides of barrel at breech, the signature 'COLT' also inlet with gold, full American scroll engraving to the sides of the open brass frame with further engraving around the hinge screw and along backstrap, later shape curved birdshead butt and factory walnut grips, the engraving possibly executed later
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament