SOLD FOR: $2535
Model: Elliot’s O/U Derringer, Intermediate Variety
Serial Number: 823
Year of Manufacture: 1888-1898
Caliber: .41 Rimfire
Action Type: Single Action Over/Under Barreled Derringer with Tip-Up Barrels & Manual Extractor
Markings: The top of the barrel’s rib is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION, N.Y.”. The underside of the barrel and the left side of the frame under the grip are marked “823″. The right side of the frame has small inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 3”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade integral to the barrel. The rear sight is a large “U” groove in the boss at the top rear of the barrel at the hinge.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black hard rubber. There are a couple little marks. The checkering is strong. There are no cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are gray and the rifling is sharp where not interrupted by erosion. There are some spots of erosion and pitting.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 20% of its metal finish. There is finish loss, patina, discoloration from previous oxidation, oxidation, and light scabbing scattered throughout. The strongest bluing is on the bottom of the lower barrel covered by the frame. There are some little nicks and scratches. There are some scattered light handling marks. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp to lightly worn. Overall, the pistol rates in about Good-Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Shortly after the American Civil War, a New York dentist-turned-firearms inventor named William H. Elliot designed a revolutionary pocket pistol to fire the .41 Short rimfire caliber metallic cartridge. At the time, it was the most powerful small handgun cartridge on the market. This compact but hard-hitting pistol was immediately embraced by riverboat gamblers, ladies of the night, messengers, travelers, shopkeepers and anyone else who needed an easily concealable, large-caliber weapon for self defense. Its novel design featured twin, over-and-under barrels that swung open from a top hinge for loading and cartridge extraction, a “spur” trigger and large, comfortable grips. This was one, but not the first, of the more than 130 firearms patents Dr. Elliot would be granted over the last half of the nineteenth century. The Elliot’s Over/Under Derringers were made by Remington from 1867 to 1935, with the barrel address changing as the name of the company changed, and with the address moving from the web between the barrels to the top rib. They made over 150,000 and they were offered in either blue, nickel, or a combination of the two. This is an intermediate Remington Arms Co. variation with the marking on the top of the barrel. The pistol appears in about Good-Very Good condition with about 20% of its finish remaining and black hard rubber grips. The hinges on this one are intact and this will also be a great display piece. This is a good example of a vintage firearm of a type favored by gamblers, lawmen, and ladies of the night in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Please see our photos and good luck!