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Colt Super 38 Pistol 38 Colt Super Auto

This is an excellent example of a very scarce early pre-war Colt Super 38 Automatic pistol, that was sold to the St. Louis Police Department in 1937. The front grip strap has been factory engraved "St. L.P.D." This beautiful pistol is complete with an original maroon shipping box that is correctly marked "Colt Automatic Pistol Super 38" on the label and includes the original test target and shooting suggestion tip sheet with a reproduction instruction manual. The serial number "26319" is written in pencil on the underside. The Colt factory letter is dated Dec 1986 and verifies this is one of 10 pistols shipped to the St Louis PD in April 1937. The left side of the slide is marked with the standard two-line address/patent dates and the right side is marked "COLT SUPER.38/AUTOMATIC" followed by the Rampant Colt. The upper left side of the trigger guard bow is stamped with a letter "P" over the Colt "VP" proof with the number "60" on the opposite side. It is fitted with the correct barrel that has the polished chamber area, that is marked with only "COLT 38 AUTO" on the lower left side. It has the early high polish blue finish with an excellent super smooth action. The slide has the standard pre-war fixed sight with the thick, half-moon style front sight with the square notch rear sight. It has the short trigger with the checkered face, with the checkered slide lock lever, thumb safety and the wide spur hammer, with the full checkering. It is complete with one half-tone Colt magazine that is marked "COLT/SUPER .38 AUTO" on the bottom.Read more

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Ohio Colt Fluted Cylinder Model 1860 Army Revolver

The factory letter indicates that this revolver was one of 200 shipped to Governor William Dennison in Columbus, Ohio, on June 14, 1861, and confirms the configuration including the "plated" grip frame. The revolver has a standard sights, the one-line Hartford barrel address, standard patent markings, all matching serial numbers (wedge blank), frame and grip frame cut for a shoulder stock, and a varnished grip. Only 4,000 fluted cylinder Army revolvers are believed to have been manufactured. Given that another 300 gun shipment of 1860 Army revolvers was also shipped to Governor Dennison the same day, a quarter or more of these rare 1860 Army variants appear to have gone to Ohio. Another one of these revolvers is in the Smithsonian and was inscribed to Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth, considered the first Union officer killed during the war, and donated by Frank E. Brownell who is believed to have been presented the revolver by Governor Dennison. William Dennison Jr. was the 24th Governor of Ohio from January 1860 to January 1862. As governor, he was famously enthusiastic about the call to arms at the onset of the Civil War. He mobilized over 100,000 troops and used them to secure Ohio's railroads and telegraph lines and also sent troops under George McClellan into western Virginia without federal permission to protect the First Wheeling Convention. The convention ultimately led to the formation of the new free state of West Virginia. Lincoln appointed him Post Master General in 1864. He also served as the head of the Republican National Convention that year. Ohio was a crucial state for the Union War effort thanks to its central location, large population, waterways, and railways. Many of the Civil War and post-war era's leading and most famous men were Ohioans including: generals Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Philip H. Sheridan, James A. Garfield, Rutherford B. Hayes, George Armstrong Custer, and George Crook; Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, and Secretary of the Treasury and Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase. These revolvers were very likely issued to the Ohio cavalry.Read more

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Churchill E J Ltd - Premier Side by Side

These shotguns are consecutively serial numbered and each feature A single bead sight on the matte solid rib. The top of the right barrel at the breech is marked "E.J. CHURCHILL. GUN & RIFLE MANUFACTURER" and "8 AGAR ST. STRAND LONDON W.C." on the left barrel. Both have 2 3/4 inch chambers, choked improved cylinder/modified with ejectors. The breech end of the rib is gold inlaid with a "1" (A gun) and "2" (B gun). The gold inlaid "1" and "2" are repeated on the break lever and forearm forend metal. The receivers, break lever, trigger guard and forearm hardware feature fine English floral scroll engraving with "E.J. CHURCHILL" in banners on either side. The underside of the receiver has an intertwined "EJC". The matching serial number is marked on the lower tang, on each side of the water table, on the underside of each barrel and on the forearm hardware. The water table is also marked with two "crown/V" proof marks. The barrel flats are marked on each side with a "crown/GP", "crown/V" and the London proof house proofs, "NITRO PROOF", "12", "1 14 OZ", "12 C in a diamond", "CHOKE" and "MAXIMUM". Double triggers, tang mounted automatic safety with gold "SAFE" and mounted with a nicely figured multi-point checkered walnut forearm and straight grip stock with teardrop flats and checkered bare butt. A 1 inch extension has been added to the stock making the length of pull 15 1/8 inches. Drop at the heel is 2 1/2 inches and drop at the comb is 1 1/4 inches. The shotguns come with a leather and walnut takedown case with brass corner protectors, leather handle and wine colored lining with a E.J. Churchill label affixed to the inside of the lid. There is an outer leather trimmed pale yellow canvas cover with 5 leather securing straps. In the case is a nickel oiler, two nickel snap caps and a leather pouch containing cleaning rod attachments.Read more

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