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THE "SOUTHERNER" DERINGER, .41RF, manufactured by Merrimack Arms & Manufacturing Co. Newburyport Mass. Patented April 9, 1867......


This is a very early production SOUTHERNER, having a 3 digit Serial No. 60X. All it's mechanical working actions work 100% correctly: opening loading, cocking, and firing. It has the 2-1/2 inch octagonal barrel, and fires the .41 rim fire cartridge. This specimen is FULLY engraved , all surface area and a very fine touch. Why do I say this ? ON THE BOTTOM of the frame, appear the signed initials of the engraver.

The engraver is Louis Nimschke !! Quite a famous engraver of the 19th century. The Rosewood grips show minimal handling and have no damage, with a soft antique patina. Any engraver signed firearm of the 19th century is a great find, but Nimschke is a SIGNIFICANT find.  So, we have a signed engraved Silver plated early SOUTHERNER Deringer, someone's treasure of  154 years ago, for the collector of today !


The manufacturers legend is surrounded by an oval framing in vine & leaf engraving pattern.

Currently the Southerner has about 98+% of all the original Silver Plating, fire blue still on screw heads and case color on the hammer.



In the late 1870's Hopkins & Allen entered the existing Military and Police nomenclature revolver market. Prior to that, they were well known for high quality "Pocket Revolvers", Blue Jackets, etc... They introduced three lines, the XL No.8 Large Frame for the .44, The XL Navy in .38, and the ONLY round butt model, the XL Police in .38RF.  the Police represented only a FEW hundred manufactured, the others were just as limited in production. This XL Police, Serial No. 141X is an excellent example. Most encountered today are thoroughly worn out. This 4-1/2 inch barrel, Single Action has the rounded butt, and the unusual "hump back" small hammer. It has about 90% of the original factory nickel plate, however has gray spotting "freckling on the surface. Mechanically this Police is 100% correct in ALL its working actions. There are obvious case colors still on the hammer and faded blue on the trigger. The grips show normal hand wear, no damage and have fine antique luster. ALL parts are original , and ALL factory applied markings are CLEAR and present.

The top of frame marked " XL POLICE ", and "38-100 Cal."

This is a very scarce and seldom seen Hopkins & Allen, and a unique trend setter.  PRICE $1,875





F&W old Model Army 44 blue left view

During the 1870's there was a popular demand for big frame Frontier revolvers. "Old School" companies like S&W and Colt were enjoying phenomenal sales. Forehand & Wadsworth was also an old school company , BUT had restricted their manufacturing to smaller Pocket Pistols. They rethought their position, and went to the drawing board, and introduced their FIRST large frame .44 caliber Frontier Revolver. This is it, called the "Old Model " Army because F&W redesigned this model and introduced it a little later, a.k.a New Model Army. Serial No.75X is the Old Model Army, and was limited in production to slightly LESS than 1,000 pieces. So, they are very scarce ! and a complete and correct model is infinitely scarcer. They found favor on the Frontier and with the demand for big frames generated by the growth on the western frontier. This Old Model .44  had a blue finish, a bit scarcer as nickel was dominant. Today it has maybe 15%+, in flutes and protected areas. The balance is a "plum: color patina  (correct for blued specimens), smooth metal and sharp edges. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear. ALL parts are original, and it is mechanically perfect, It loads, cocks, indexes, rotates and locks tight, then releases for firing. The Walnut grips are near perfect, with remaining varnish. This Model is seldom encountered due to low production numbers, and comparing this Old Army to it's peers, is an outstandingly fine specimen. A RARE and different 1870's Frontier Revolver. PRICE $3,850

bottom view of FW old model army 44 blue

This exact same Model , with Serial No. 10 was forwarded to the U.S. Ordnance Board for Testing against Colt, and S&W. The F&W faired very well, and had the best blue finish tested for durability.

FW old model army grip with lanyard ring

FW old model army w/ all original parts blue

F&W old model army 44 right view




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