Early, Colt Third Model ‘Thuer’ deringer, serial number 12693 in obsolete .41 short rim-fire calibre. All Third models were manufactured circa 1870 to 1912 at Colt P.T.F.A. Mfg. Co. factory in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.. This is the third variation with large block letters, sloping “COLT” with dashes either side, on the top of the barrel, upright hammer and tight grip. It has a blued barrel retaining 85% plus original blue finish, a brass frame showing traces of silver-plating and hammer, which retains approx. 40% case colours. It is complimented with two-piece walnut grips.
The serial number 12693 is stamped on the left side of the brass grip frame and under the barrel. The two-piece grips are numbered 12693, in pencil on the inside of both grips. All screws are fire-blued and are in very good condition. The bore is bright, with minimal signs of pitting. The action is perfect. This little single shot deringer is contained in its own contoured chamois purse, with nickel-plated clasp. There are no tears in the material and it is in overall excellent condition. Very nice example.