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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

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

.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


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

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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