The only thing about "Doc's" derringer is that no one in the many years this little two shooter has been in public, has documented evidence of provenance. I've been into Outlaw & Lawman history since I was a kid and they've argued this gun's history forever. The new thing that has history buffs talking is a new picture that has come to light (2015), that is supposedly a picture of Doc in his last days at the Glenwood Springs Hotel. If you are familiar with the real Doc Holliday pictures, this guy looks very much like him, but again, there is no provenance.
Great post, Richard!Great photograph, Dan. I'd never seen that one!
This photo is, as Dan suggests, subject to scrutiny due to the scarcity of photographs with strong provenance. The friend I mentioned, who was familiar with this photo, pointed out the Glenwood Hotel did not have windows with six panes or eight panes (see below) but that the fabrics, the neck wrapping, the ironed crease in the sleeves, and in fact, the face are all strong indications of Doc. Having said that, the photo could have been taken at the photographers rather than the hotel. My friend also noted the fabrics are period correct, as my wife also noted.
The mystery continues.