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SN 3969. Cal. 44. Wonderful 1st Model Dragoon with 7-1/2" oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and address that reads chamber to muzzle. Rammer handle has the vertical latch. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with oval stop notches and the Ormsby Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame is marked "COLT'S PATENT" over a tiny "U.S.". Square back trigger guard and back strap are silver plated and contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is engraved in period script "Presented by Col Seymour, Gov. of Conn. to Genl / Franklin Pierce, & by him presented to Thos J. Whipple." Accompanied by a very early brown leather covered casing with coffin top having incised line decorations with a gold embossed black leather rectangle in center inscribed in gold "COL. T.J. WHIPPLE.". It has a mortised brass lock with ornate rococco brass escutcheon and is lined in burgundy velvet with recesses in bottom for revolver, an early Dragoon size flask, a brass 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter unusually marked on right side "COLTS PATENT" and a reproduction Paterson style U-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver. Flask is dbl sided with a repoussed stand of flags & arms over crossed Paterson rifles which are over a crossed pair of Paterson revolvers and has a ribbon below embossed "COLTS PATENT". It has hangers low on each side with triangle loops. One of hangers has been soldered in place. Cap on the top is also marked "COLTS PATENT". Accompanied by an NRA Silver Medallion No. 378 awarded to this revolver as one of the ten best revolvers at an annual meeting. Franklin Pierce, 1804-1869, was from New Hampshire and a confirmed Democrat. His early life in New Hampshire was undistinguished even as an elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later the U.S. Senate until he enlisted for service as a Private in the Mexican War and was soon appointed Colonel. In March of 1847 he was appointed Brigadier General and took command of a brigade of reinforcements under the command of Gen. Winfield Scott marching to Mexico City. At the Battle of Contreras Gen. Pierce seriously injured his leg but the next day resumed command and fought in two more major battles and was with Gen. Scott at the capture of Mexico City. After the war he returned to New Hampshire and in 1853 became the 14th President of the United States. At the end of his term in 1857 he was not renominated by his party due to unpopular legislation he had promoted regarding the slavery issue in Kansas. He returned to New Hampshire and led a rather mundane and undistinguished life until is death in 1869. Col. Thomas Hart Seymour, 1807-1868, was also a confirmed Democrat from Connecticut where he was educated and served one term as a member of the U.S. Congress, 1843-1845. He declined renomination and in 1846 was commissioned a Major in the New England Regiment of Volunteers and served in the Mexican War. He fought with great distinction and bravery at the Battles of Melino & Chapultepec where he was accorded high military honors. During the assault up the steep slopes of Chapultepec, under murderous fire his Colonel was killed. He took command and continued the assault and capture of the fortified town. He fought through the remainder of the Mexican War and was with Gen. Scott at the capture of Mexico City. After the war he returned to Connecticut and in 1850 was elected Governor and was re-elected in 1851, 1852 & 1853. In April 1853 he was appointed Minister to the Russian Court by Pres. Franklin Pierce where he served four years. Both of these men were staunch Democrats and both were sympathetic to the Southern cause during the Civil War which, when discovered, led to their complete abandonment by the Democrat Party and general ostracizing by the public, so much so that Gov. Seymour's portrait was, by vote of the Legislature, removed from the State House. Both died reasonably obscure. The above facts give credence to the connection between Gov. Seymour and Pres. Pierce. Thomas Jefferson Whipple was born in 1816 in New Hamshire and after receiving his education became a lawyer in New Hampshire. Sometime prior to 1840 he raised an independent military company, the Wentworth Phalanx, and was Aide-de-Campe to Gen. Cook when only seventeen years of age. He was later commissioned 1st Lieutenant in the 9th New England Regiment, became the Adjutant of Col. Pierce in the Spring of 1846. He fought in the Mexican War and was taken prisoner at Vera Cruz and subsequently exchanged at Jalapa. After the War he returned to New Hampshire where he remained, practicing law, until the outbreak of the Civil War. He served as Lt. Colonel of the 1st New Hampshire Regiment and then as Colonel of the 4th and later the 12th New Hampshire Regiments. He had been active in politics prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and then resumed his political connections after the Civil War. This information therefore ties Col. Whipple to Pres. Pierce having been Col. Pierce's Adjutant during the Mexican War. As of this writing the actual reasons for the presentations are unknown. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered "924" (grip was not checked). Bbl retains about 95% orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and flaking over bbl lug. Rammer & rammer handle retain dark case colors. Cylinder retains about 90% thin orig blue turning brown and also retains 96-98% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame & hammer retain dark case colors, smoky on right side, with brighter colors on right side of hammer. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig silver plating with a couple of thin spots with brass showing through. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered spots of pitting. Case has some minor cracks in the lid that are very old, otherwise is completely sound with light handling & storage marks. Interior is moderately faded, dark under the revolver & implements. Flask is exceptionally fine retaining most of its bright & unusual orig finish. Mold is equally bright & clean and nipple wrench/screwdriver retains most of its brilliant orig case colors. Altogether an extraordinary & rare Presidential presentation Colt. 4-36411 JR94
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