This little Star Vest Pocket Pistol is one of the smallest American pistols we've ever seen. Although simpler in design, in terms of appearance, it's almost identical to item #0971, our Forehand and Wadsworth Derringer we have posted on the website. See link:
The Star was manufactured by Iver Johnson from 1870-1890. While the exact quantity mfd is not known, production is roughly estimated to be a few thousand. Caliber is .22 rimfire with 2" part round barrel. Top of breech is clearly stamped "STAR VEST POCKET". Nickel plated with walnut grips. Barrel and frame retain 90% original nickel plated while grips retain 50% original varnish. Two small letter "MH" scratched along the right facet of the breech. Nice little example of an early Iver Johnson Derringer.