N.F.A Co, NEW YORK
AN ULTRA RARE CASING OF .41 DUAL IGNITION DELUXE DERRINGERS, MODEL 'WILLIAMSON'S PATENT', serial no's. 4808 & 4811,
manufactured by the National Fire Arms Company, New York circa 1868, with silver-plated slide forwards barrels scroll engraved at muzzles and breech-ends and signed 'WILLIAMSON'S PAT. OCT. 2 1866 NEW YORK' on the left hand side, flat sighting plane engraved with an arrow and fitted with a blade fore-sight, engraved gilded brass frames featuring shield-shaped escutcheons engraved to the back-straps, rosewood full-stocks with chequered birdshead butts and engraved and gilded trigger-guards, central blued hammers and complete with their moulded and embossed leatherette covered deluxe case, the lid lined in padded lilac satin, the tray with a continental form 'papier mache' moulded insert lined in purple velvet (faded) to take the two pistols with space for ammunition, complete with a scissors mould and a (later) flask, both pistols with reproduction percussion adapters and retaining much original finish
Provenance: Previously sold by Pete Holder in January 2017
Other Notes: This is the only known casing of Deluxe Williamson's Patent derringers and by popular tradition were thought to have been a gift from Ned Buntline to Wild Bill Hickok
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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