Antique original Allen & Wheelock early 1845 percussion type derringer pistol. This gun is a cast iron (or other metal) single trigger derringer, about 7.5 inches long from tip of handle grip to tip of barrel. . It has wooden grips, and single barrel. Barrel is a hexagon shape.
There is not guard around the trigger which may be missing or is the way the gun was designed. When pistol trigger is squeezed, some sort of single hammer with round ball tip on top of barrel , rises and then strikes downward. On each side of the gun between the trigger and wooden handles the metal has an engraved curly fancy design.
Gun is marked with a patent date of “April 10,1845”. Also engraved with name of “Allen & Wheelock” in center top of gun in front of hammer. The gun is in fair to good condition, not sure if it works completely correct or not. Wood on handle is worn and aged from years of exposure, and metal on barrel has surface pitting and corrosion.
This is a neat looking original piece of history. Who knows where it has been or who may have used or carried in years past. It is over 160 years old and needs a new home.