WM. W. MARSTON, USA
AN EXTREMELY RARE .32 RIMFIRE THREE-SHOT PISTOL, MODEL '4IN. ENGRAVED DERRINGER', serial no. 18,
for circa 1864, with hinged moulded vertically stacked 4in. three-barrel group with strong traces of silver plating, engraved band at muzzle and open arabesque scroll engraving at breech-end, small applied crescent fore-sight, blued rotating dove-tailed locking catch with central sighting groove mounted to top of the brass receiver, the side with full American scroll coverage around the details 'WM. W. MARSTON PATENTED MAY 26 1857 NEW YORK CITY IMPROVED 1864' on the left hand face and blued rotating barrel selector on the right, both sides with traces only of silver plating, spur trigger, external colour hardened hammer, brass grip-straps fitted with period mother-of-pearl grips and further engraving along the back-strap, traces of blued finish to the small iron parts
Provenance: According to Flayderman, out of the production of approximately 3.300 pieces, only the first 50 pistols were engraved as standard, this being no. 13. Examples with 4in. barrels (as opposed to the usual 3in. variety) are also very rare
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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