Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Enterprise: Ferengi Phaser

Here is another Ferengi prop for your viewing pleasure:  A Ferengi phaser. 

This style of weapon was seen numerous times in a variety of colors throughout Deep Space Nine and Enterprise.  Seeing as it was used by Humans, Vulcans, and Ferengi, it is hard to know which species designed the weapon, but it is generally considered to be of Ferengi origin as it shares more screen time with them.

These Phasers were seen in such DS9 episodes as 'The Emperor's New Cloak', and 'The Siege of AR-558' and in Enterprise's 'Acquisition'.  However, they were most prominently seen in the season 6 DS9 episode 'The Magnificent Ferengi'.  In the episode Ishka is being held captive by the Vorta, so Quark, Rom, Nog and 3 other Ferengi go to Empok Nor to rescue her.  This weapon seems to be standard issue as every Ferengi in the episode has one as their sidearm.

There was one additional use of this style of phaser in the Star Trek Enterprise episode 'Acquisition'.  Muk carries one as his sidearm and it is seen several times in the episode.

 I have wanted a light colored one for some time, but with so many fakes in the market, I have been very cautious.  This particular Ferengi phaser was sold at the 2006 Christie's  auction in a set of 8 that was eventually broken up and sold individually.  It is easily identifiable in the Christie's catalog at the bottom of the page by the distinctive paint marks on the handle.