Unknown Derringer Help

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by heringja, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. heringja

    heringja New Member

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    Hello all
    I was given a small single shot derringer pistol. I believe it is .22 cal.
    It is similar to a

    FOREHAND & WADSWORTH SINGLE SHOT DERINGER - .22 "muff gun"
    Eclipse single shot derringer
    Iver Johnston pistol

    but none of the markings or dates match my gun. Any help.
    thanks
    Jim

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  2. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    The markings are Liege, Belgium proofmarks, and the 1900 may be the year made, as the crown at top of ELG in oval indicates at least after 1892.

    A near copy of Iver Johnson's "Eclipse" - the Belgians copied just about every gun made.

    It's badly pitted and has been abrasively cleaned, destroying much of the collector value.
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  3. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

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    And I bet-cha the fact that it is a Belgium made gun, that is the reason the markings don't match up with any known American gun:D Just pulling your chain heringja, welcome to the forum.Very good pictures by the way, It made identification easy
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