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    Cased Gustav Young Factory Engraved Colt Second Model 1855 Root Side-Hammer Pocket Revolver Belonging to Amos Stellenwerf. Serial no. 26484, .28 caliber, 3 ½-inch octagonal barrel with Hartford address. Fully scroll-engraved. Blued finish. Case-hardened lever, hammer and trigger. 5-shot unfluted cylinder with cabin and Indian scene. Engraved screws. One-piece wraparound ivory grips. Contained in original factory deluxe rosewood, dark violet velvet lined partitioned presentation case together with accompanying accessories including: Colt eagle flask, James Dixon & Son marked pewter oiler, "L" tool, Colt's Patent two-cavity bullet mold, Eley's cap tin and bullet supply. Top of lid with German silver escutcheon engraved: Amos Stellenwerf. Case with German silver reinforcement corner bands.

    Mr. Stellenwerf was a prominent innkeeper who operated the Lake House in the south shore area of Islip, Long Island. His establishment was opened in 1856 and was easily accessible via the Southside Railroad [later the Long Island Railroad], had bath houses on the lake and was known for its excellent cuisine. Amos Stellenwerf's daughter, Louise, married Thomas Worth, a noted artist with Currier and Ives, who depicted the Lake house in a Currier & Ives print of the period. Later, the Lakehouse was converted to an estate known as Brookwood Hall, then an orphanage and finally as Brookwood Mansion where it currently serves as the home of the Islip Art Museum, Islip Arts Council and other Islip Town offices. Sold together with a provenance file including copies of photos of Stellenwerf; an engraving of the Lake House; a Currier & Ives print of the Lake House; a Civil War period photo of the Lake House; a copy of the dinner menu and a photo image of the site as it appeared in 1999.
    Condition: Fine to excellent. Retaining approximately 85% finish on frame and barrel; 50% on cylinder with 100% cylinder scene. Grips excellent with mellow age patina. Action crisp. Case with light wear and minor losses to veneer. No key present. Accessories: oiler fine; screwdriver 70% blue; Root flask with minor dents; cap tin with 90% lacquer/60% label; Root bullet mold with 40% blue; assorted bullets fine.


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    18th Sunday
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