HENRY DERINGER - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1833 - HFSID 286029
Sale Price $5,312.50
Rare handwritten note to his son saying "keep steady to your business and all will go right and straight"
Autograph Note signed: "HD" and "H Deringer" in his hand as part of his son's name in the address, 2p, 7¼x9¾, front and verso. No place, no date, but circa 1833. Postscript written on verso of an address leaf addressed in his hand to his son: "John H Deringer Esq/Tioga Village/Tioga County/Penna". In full: "P.S. I am pleased to hear that you have commenced selling goods and that you are coming on so well, keep steady to your business and all will go right and straight." Ink note (unknown hand) on address side: "Henry Derringer [sic]/1833". Henry Deringer (1786-1868) invented the short barreled, heavy caliber pocket pistol that still bears his name. (The pistol type is spelled "Derringer"; only those of his manufacture are spelled with the single "r".) The popular weapon, easily concealable but packing a wallop, was "the weapon of choice of riverboat gamblers". John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln with an original Deringer. Deringer autographs are rare. Mailing fold at the "HD". Fragile. Moderately soiled, light show through of ink. Sporadically stained. 2-inch paper separation and 1x¼-inch paper loss at lower portion of central vertical fold on address side, ¾-inch paper separation at lower portion of right vertical fold. Paper loss at 4 fold intersections, none touching writing. Otherwise, fine condition.
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