.32RF caliber, 3" barrels, S/N 12. Silver-plated brass frame, blued barrel, mother-of-pearl grips. Three-barrel, tip-down, single action cartridge derringer. Left side of frame marked in 5-lines: WM W MARSTON / PATENTED / MAY 26, 1857 / NEW YORK CITY / IMPROVED 1864. Right side with four position firing selector, marked 0, 1, 2, 3, for the safe position and for each of the three barrels. Fixed claw-shaped extractor on right of frame, swivel frame catch. Frame with nearly full coverage engraving in the style of L.D. Nimschke and is almost certainly his work. Both sides feature flowing foliate scrolls with hash line shading on the reverse and punch dot shading on the obverse. The blackstrap features a geometric scroll and starburst and the barrels feature simple intertwined geometric lines. Only the first 50 of these pistols were engraved and they are extremely rare.
Very good. Frame with a dull butterscotch patina and minute traces of silver under the grips. Barrels cleaned to bright, frame catch and extractor with some blue. Mechanically functional, very good bores with some scattered pitting and strong rifling. Grips with some handling marks and a couple of small chips out of the sharp and leading edges, the largest being along the middle of the lower left edge.