Dreyse & Collenbusch
Støckel: 1824 founded by Nikolaus Dreyse and Carl Collenbusch
from John Walter's book, The Rifle Story, page 48
system open for loading
Interesting Pellet Cartridge pistol by Dreyse
& Collenbusch; made according to the flared grip ~ 1840's Biedermaier-style.
The nicely engraved 3½" octagonal Damascus barrel dovetail front sight and four grove rifling in .28 caliber.
Casehardened breech section with side lever opens the priming chamber and cocks the spring
mounted firing pin. German silver furniture. Full walnut stock with checkered wrist and
horn fore-cap. Right side of stock behind side lever fitted for uncommon hook safety.
Length overall 10½". Very early variation for frontloading and a pellet / pill /
ignition instead of the later used percussion caps. Excellent condition.
Butterfields 08/25/97, Lot 540
DC = DREYSE & COLLENBUSCH,
circa 1830's made needle fire pistol marked DC
and the Prussian eagle on the breech of the 7¾" barrel. Serial # 367 on breech and
under the right side lever, that one can swing around 180 degrees. Caliber .58 smooth bore.
Double or set triggers. Fully stocked with varnished walnut, and grips is checkered with a
for the time typical flared grip. This is one of Dreyses many tries to sell besides
his successful rifle also handguns to the Prussian army.
Extremely rare pistol in fine condition $4,500.
Dreyse Patent Needle Fire Single Shot pistol,
approximately 60 bore, measuring 12½”
length, full stock to the muzzle, very nicely engraved with maker’s name and
patent information on barrel with maker’s address. The pistol remains in
very good original condition showing a light gray to a brown patina finish
on the barrel with only some slight erosion pinprick pitting just starting
and natural aging. The stock is in good condition showing some light wear to
the checkering, minor storage marks, a small loss of wood towards the top
edge but generally good to very good overall. These needle fire pistols are
important in the development of cartridge arms and Johann Nikolaus Dreyse
was one of the early leaders in needle fires.
Very seldom are examples found with markings. $5,250.