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Old 12-04-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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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


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Old 12-05-2012, 01:47 AM   #2
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Yes that is a fair price.

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

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

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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

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

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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 . 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
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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

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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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