Very scarce First Type Colt Third Model Deringer s/n 1435 in obsolete .41 rimfire calibre. It has a 2½ inch round barrel with blue and silver finish, complimented with two-piece walnut grips. Manufactured circa 1870. This is one of approximately only 2,000 First Type Third Model derringers manufactured by Colt. It has the raised relief (bulbous) bolster around the barrel screw and the high spur hammer which are the defining characteristics of the First Type derringers. It has the large italic “COLT” marking on the top of the barrel. This example falls within the 200-2,000 serial range. Matching numbers on the left side of the grip frame, barrel and handwritten inside each grip panel.
Very good condition, retaining traces of original blue and silver plating. The balance is mostly a smooth grey patina with attractive aged brass, a few scattered patches of light pitting and some evidence on the barrel of light cleaning. The grips are fine with a few scattered light handling marks and retaining most of the varnish. Mechanically excellent.