Factory Engraved Consecutively Numbered Pair of Colt Third Model Thuer Derringers by F. Alexander Thuer

This exquisite pair of consecutively numbered Colt Third Model Thuer Derringers represents a pinnacle of craftsmanship. They were factory engraved by F. Alexander Thuer. Both have blade front sights and smooth grips for a sleek and refined look. They rest within a specially crafted brown leather case.

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This exquisite pair of Colt Third Model Thuer Derringers represents a pinnacle of craftsmanship and historical value. Designed by the renowned F. Alexander Thuer for Colt, these firearms were the company’s first in-house derringer model following their acquisition of the National Arms Co. The Thuer Derringer, patented on July 12, 1870, rapidly became Colt’s flagship derringer, remaining in production until 1912. Their popularity surged in the burgeoning urban centers of Britain and North America, where the demand for personal protection devices like these soared amidst rising urban crime.

By the cessation of their production, Colt had manufactured roughly 48,000 of these Colt Third Model Derringers, making consecutively serialized and ornately embellished pairs like these exceedingly rare, especially in such pristine condition. These derringers showcase later productions’ refined design elements, such as the sloping hammer and a more open grip profile. Adorned with intricate factory floral scroll engravings covering about half of the surface area and featuring small parts finished in niter blue, they are a testament to Colt’s artistry. The “-COLT-” brand is elegantly italicized atop the barrels, with serial numbers E26083E and E26084E marked on the left side of the grip frames, the bottom of the barrels, and inked by hand inside the right grip panels.

Both Colt Third Model Derringers have blade front sights and smooth grips for a sleek, refined look. They rest within a specially crafted brown leather case, distinguished by a subtle, tooled diamond pattern and an interior lined with plush black silk and velvet—a fitting encasement for such distinguished pieces. Featured in R.L. Wilson’s “Colt Engraving” and the American Society of Arms Collectors bulletin, these derringers are a celebrated part of firearms history.

The technical specifications of these derringers are as follows:

  • Barrel Length: 2 1/2 inches, round
  • Caliber: .41 Rimfire
  • Finish: Nickel
  • Grips: Crafted from antique ivory

The condition of each of these Colt Third Model Thuer Derringers is exceptional. Both retain 99% of their original nickel finish and exhibit only minor signs of wear. The antique ivory grips are noted for their excellent state and bear minimal handling marks. Both pieces function flawlessly, a testament to the enduring quality of Colt manufacture.

This pair, formerly part of the esteemed collections of William Edmunds and George S. Lewis Jr., denotes their significance and collectibility in antique firearms.

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