I followed up Jean-Marie’s comment on Helena’s three-barrel pistol in the 2013 The Lone Ranger. You know me and derringers.
It’s a Marston three-barrel.
I found one that went at auction for $35,000. Brother.
Worth it, though, for the retractable knife blade. That combination three-barrel and stabber would do some damage alright, up close.
The engraving on the weapon is fine. It was apparently by the famous master engraver Louis Daniel Nimschke. The letter N on the inside of the pistol grip indicates the authorship of the engraver. The upper part of the trunk latch is decorated with the image of the shield with the American flag. The left side of the frame is engraved in the form of a winged fire-breathing mythical creature. On the right side is a tiger standing on its hind legs. Screw heads are decorated with floral designs. Pretty snazzy.
William W Marston was born in England in 1822 but came to the US with his gunsmith father and later set up business on his own, in New York.
I think a Marston may have to appear in my next novel.