Maker: William Walker Marston
This is a special Marston deringer. Serial #3, .32 rimfire, 4" barrels with excellent bright bores. The gun is marked Serial # 3 on the frame under the grips, and on the front barrel by the hinge screw, one of the grips has a penciled 3 on it. To quote noted author Doug Eberhart's research paper on Marston from 1974, "Most Marston derringers that are engraved were done by Nimschke or in his style and under his supervision, with at least 5 examples shown in his personal scrap book". See page 40 of ASAC Bulletin #34 from 1974 for this article. This pistol is clearly Nimschke engraved. It has the Nimschke features lovely 19th-century relief floral scroll engraving on frame, including his intertwining line borders and star motif. The barrels retain about 45-50% bright original blue finish with the balance bearing a pleasing smooth brown patina. The frame bears a lovely untouched mustard colored patina. The smooth gutta-percha grips rate excellent. The bright shiny bores have very strong rifling, and are very bright with just the smallest amount of typical black powder corrosion. This pistol comes in a cigar box display case which has been retrofitted for the pistol including an ambrotype of W.W. Marston, this is the only picture known of Marston. I don't believe that this is the only copy of this picture, because I have seen the picture published someplace. I believe there are other copies of this picture. The picture could be a surprise. The new owner can take the ambrotype it out of this case if he so chooses.
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