36. Handsome Slotter and Co. Peanut Percussion Pistol

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.40 cal, 1 5/8'' barrel with a lightly oxidized bore. The barrel is a lovely contrasting plum and pewter striped ''bronzed'' finish, marked ''wart steel'' on the right diagonal barrel flat. The breech and tang are a nice mottled blue-gray case-hardened patina, the breech appropriately marked ''Slotter & Co. Phila'' with zig-zag line engraving on the left diagonal flat. There is a simple scant brass blade front sight affixed. The lockplate and hammer are a pleasing duel gray case-hardened patina with light engraving and appropriate makers marking. The German silver furniture includes dainty engraved wedge escutcheons, flash plate, bow of guard, engraved pineapple front extension, neatly engraved monogram plate atop the wrist and a very nice flowing engraved sideplate. There is a very thin German silver tip inlay and a very lightly engraved teardrop-shaped butt inlay. The stock itself rates very fine with well-defined edges, nicely flared but, the checkering wearing very slightly to flattop and there is a 1'' crack at the left underside of forestock through the wedge escutcheons; it certainly could be made to disappear by a good wood man. The lock is crisp and mechanically functional and the pistol has a lovely overall look. This is a very fine example of these Deringer competitors, no doubt manufactured post-lawsuit as the Slotter name is the only one which appears on the arm. (38751-26) {ANTIQUE} (3500/5000) Sold For 0.00

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