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purehavoc 12-04-2012 09:53 PM

Colt Derringer question
 
Today I found a pair of Colt 4th model derringers in the velvet lined Colt book storage box , nickel plated and in mint shape, Faux ivory handles , the book has some wear and need rebound but these should be dated back from 1960-63 by the N code on the guns low serial number 4 digit unlike most of the 5 digit I see .
$325 a fair price for unfired matching pair with well used book box ? These are not the actual pistols but pics I found that are identical as they would not let me take pics of them until they are in my hands . I pick them up Saturday
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...-46-45_234.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...-35-02_685.jpg

hiwall 12-05-2012 12:47 AM

Yes that is a fair price.

Rick1967 12-05-2012 01:11 AM

I would think that a pair of anything that says Colt on it would be worth $350.

hiwall 12-05-2012 04:15 AM

Well they say Colt but were made by Butler not Colt.

purehavoc 12-05-2012 06:13 PM

I have a few gun value books but still cannot find these . I found a Gun blue book guide online but of course they want you to pay for it but this is all it stated
Quote:

FOURTH MODEL DERRINGER (FIRING)
.22 Short cal., single shot similar in appearance to the 3rd Model, 2 1/2 in. barrel, approx. 112,000 mfg. 1959-1963 with either D or N suffix. A few were put in books (sometimes as pairs), picture frames, penholders, bookends, etc. (these will command premiums).

hiwall 12-05-2012 06:31 PM

The $325 is a fair price for both buyer and seller as that is what they go for around here.

purehavoc 12-05-2012 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hiwall (Post 1040259)
The $325 is a fair price for both buyer and seller as that is what they go for around here.

Would this be a used price ? These are supposedly unfired , no scratches or wear marks at all on the nickel plating . These were on consignment and the actual owner claims he has had these since new early 1960's . The book isnt in the greatest shape , Dont get me wrong its not scrap but not mint either I would be looking at $25 to have the original binding fixed its just separated like any normal old book would be from opening and closing it all the time . Will the fixing of the book lose value ? it would looks alot nicer fixed up right though.
After looking around $325 seems to be about the bottom end all the way up to $700 for a mint set with minty fresh book . So I guess I didnt get hurt . Just reassuring myself . :D I hate getting screwed on what I think may have been a great deal . Anyway thanks for the heads up and if it wont kill the value I'm going to have the spine repaired on it , they quoted me $25-45 on the repair and it will still have everything original on it just a new spine under the cover

purehavoc 12-06-2012 09:48 PM

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Here are some better pics I found on line . This book is in about the same shape as the one I bought and guns are about the same as far as unused and shiny nickel finish

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...1295515885.jpg

John_Deer 12-07-2012 10:59 AM

At one time similar guns (mostly 25 cal) were popular with law enforcement. The book made a good rest for their ticket pad and they had an easy to get gun in the event their primary weapon was disabled. My father still has a 25 cal in a book he used to carry when he worked for LA county Sheriffs Department. His wife is gun scared. In times of elevated risk he just sets the book on a table beside his chair.


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