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    Gustave Young Engraved Colt Model 1851 Percussion Revolver Presented to Charles L. Robinson, 1st Governor of Kansas. Serial no. 29878, matching, .36 caliber, 7 1/2-inch octagonal barrel with German silver front sight and New York address. This gun has extensive foliate and scroll-engraving by Gustave Young. Details of this recognizable style include scroll work with floral decoration and dog's head on the left side of the frame. Young's master touch is seen in the matching panels on the loading lever and barrel lug which extends over the barrel flats. Left side of frame marked: COLTS PATENT. Cylinder with naval engagement scene and with all 6 safety pins. This gun also includes on the backstrap, Young's recognizable fan pattern at the top and the iconic wolf's head on the hammer. Engraved on the backstrap: "Charles L. Robinson from his Friends". Contained in a baize lined hardwood case with working lock and key. Sold with Colt marked bullet mold, eagle powder flask, nipple wrench, percussion cap tin, bullets and reproduction paper cartridge box.

    Charles L. Robinson, born in 1818, traveled overland to California in 1849, edited the Sacramento daily newspaper "Settler's and Miner's Tribune" in 1850. Elected to the state legislature, he served from 1851 to 1852. In June of 1854, Robinson traveled to Kansas as confidential agent agent of the New England Emigrant Aid Society, and settled in Lawrence. During the Bleeding Kansas tragedy, Robinson angered many with his passionate support for the Free-Staters, who were promoting a fight against pro-slavery advocates. He was illegally elected Territorial Governor of Kansas under the Topeka Constitution in January 1856. From the spring of 1856 until September, Robinson and several other Free-State leaders, including the son of abolitionist John Brown, were held in custody in Camp Sackett. In 1861, Robinson took office as Governor of the newly-admitted State of Kansas.

    Condition: Very good. The surface a smooth gray patina, 50% cylinder scene. Grip exhibiting minor scattered scuffs. Tight crisp action. Box is in fine condition with clean lining, reproduction label is attached to the underside of the cover. The bullet mold exhibits faded blue finish and the powder flask exhibits moderate dents.


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    December, 2015
    13th Sunday
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