James Rodgers "Self Protector" Percussion Knife Pistol

.30 caliber, 3.3125" octagonal German silver barrel, no S/N. Bright finish on barrel, pinned smooth horn grip scales, balance of construction of steel with German silver bolsters and brass liners. Single action, single shot percussion knife pistol with folding trigger and two knife blades. Barrel with post-1813 Birmingham proof marks. Larger blade is a double-edged spear point blade with a prominent medial ridge that measures 3.5" in length and .56" in width, marked on the reverse ricasso JAMES/RODGERS/SHEFFIELD. Larger blade is acid etched on the reverse SELF / PROTECTOR with a frosted background, foliate decorations and a {Spread-Winged Eagle}. Smaller blade is a single edged drop point blade that measures 2.5" in length and is .26" wide. The ricasso has the same markings as the larger blade. Includes the German silver bullet mold and tweezers stored in the butt, storage compartment in butt is empty. Overall length with large blade deployed is roughly 10", folded about 6.375". A far superior to average example of a desirable and large folding knife pistol by James Rodgers.


Fine. Barrel with most of its original polish, large blade with much of the acid etched decorations. Both blades with much of their original polish showing some scattered freckling and lightly oxidized discoloration. Mechanically functional, moderately oxidized bore. Accessories very good to fine. Horn scales near fine, with some oxidation to the pins, some very minor chipping and cracking around the lower rear pin on the reverse and some similar minor chipping and cracking around the same pin on the obverse.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
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