Iver Johnson .22 single shot derringer
I am a new member and this is my first post...
I own an old Iver Johnson single shot .22 RF. It is a nickel finish (70%) with wood bird-head grips in fair condition. The word "ECLIPSE" is marked on left side of barrel and serial # is 1244. The hammer will not lock back unless trigger is pushed forward. I have done some research to find out what this little pistol is, but I am having a hard time placing a value on it. I know these little pistols are fairly rare and were made in the 1870's to 1880's. I found an antique firearm auction site online that has sold a couple of these in about the same condition (finish and function...seems the hammer not locking back was a common problem on these pistols). One sold for $395.00 and another for $480.00 but the pre-auction value was set at $900.00-$1200.00 on both pistols. My local gun dealer was only wanting to give $60.00 for mine and acted like he was doing me a favor. Does ANYONE have more information on this derringer, like what year it was manufactured, how many were made or the true value of this little pistol? Thanks, Tony.