Model: No. 1 Derringer
Serial Number: 2563
Year of Manufacture: 1863-1865
Caliber: 41 Rimfire
Action Type: Single Shot Side Swing
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “Moore’s Pat. F.A. Brooklyn N.Y.”, and bottom of the barrel is marked “Pat. Feb.24 1863”, and “2563”.
Barrel Length: 2 ½”
Sights / Optics: This derringer is mounted with a fixed blade front sight and a notch in the hammer rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are part of the frame, plated and beautifully embelished. The grips rate in about Fine – Excellent overall condition, rating far better than any other Moore’s No. 1 we have seen.
Type of Finish: Plated
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dull and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is mild erosion in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This derringer retains about 75% of its metal finish. There is blue on the barrel near the top flat, with smooth metal showing wear on the sides and bottom. The top flat shows dark blue. The grip frame shows much original finish with brass showing through and natural discoloration of the plating. The finish continues to show small spots where the finish is being worn through. The Screw heads are serviceable and all show use and minor disfiguration. The hammer and the trigger cross hatch are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this derringer rates in about Excellent condition. This is the best Moore’s Derringer I have seen.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this derringer. The locking latch is functional manually but may have originally been spring loaded.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This derringer is a beauty to hold. The fit of the metal is a testament to old world quality craftsmanship. The engraving is beautiful, and though not considered extensive at the time, would be amongst the best work you could commission today. The finish is Excellent for its age. The action functions correctly. What a great find for the collector. This derringer will add to any collection and be a significant addition to any civil war era outfit. You’ll see Cabela’s selling much lesser guns for over $2,400…
Sold For: $1,350