Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    The Law West of the Pecos.

    Historic and Documented Colt Frontier Six Shooter SAA Revolver, once owned by Judge Roy Bean.
    Serial no. 169526, .44/40 caliber, 4 3/4-inch barrel with two-line address. Blued finish with case-hardened frame. Hard rubber grips with Rampant Colt ovals on both sides. Left side of barrel reads COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER. In December of 1976, Robert E. McNellis of El Paso, TX bought this gun from a Pawn Shop in Las Cruces, New Mexico. According to Mr. McNellis, he paid the sum of $150 dollars and was told the "high price" was due to the gun being from a famous Las Cruces family. After investigating, he was able to see and meet Mr. Bean, Roy Paul Bean, Judge Roy Bean's great nephew. Roy Paul Bean states in one of Mr. McNellis letterhead letter in 1976 that " I received the .44 Colt Single Action, serial #169526 from his Estate [My Father Sam Fermin Bean died in 1938] I rember [sic] that my Father used to keep the gun in the cash drawer at the Majestic and that he was carrying it when the Saloon was destroyed in 1914. This gun had belonged to my Grandfather, Sam, who got the gun from his brother Judge Roy Bean's Estate upon his death in 1903. This gun must have been the enforcement part of the LAW WEST OF THE PECOS".
    This gun has been owned by Robert E. McNellis in the 1970's, Peter Steins also owned the gun and it also made its way to a few auctions in the early 2000's, at Donald M. Yena's sale from A&S Auctions and most recently in 2013.
    Colt Factory letter states; current configuration and as shipped to Simmons Hardware Company in St. Louis, Missouri on March 1, 1897 in a 25 Gun Shipment. This historic revolver is sold and accompanied by letters, newspaper articles and photocopies of images directly related to this gun, to be described below. One interesting item included in the sale is an original painting of a windmill and a sunset scene done by Roy Paul Bean, Judge Roy Bean's great nephew. Signed Roy Bean on lower right, painted on a Duro Canvas Panel, size 10 by 14-inches.
    Colt serial number 169526 has letters 2 letters from Robert E. McNellis about history on finding the gun, chain of ownership and a two-page letter from Peter Steins of Germany which he states information about history of the gun when obtained by him. Also included in the sale are past auction catalogs from various houses, newspaper articles from 1977 talking about Roy Paul Bean as an artist and family name history, more recent newspaper article from 2000 where Scott Franks, owner of A&S Auctions, shows the gun and it being a highlight of Mr. Yena's sale. Photocopies of newspaper articles from 1955 about Samuel Bean, Dona Ana Sheriff . A few copies of Judge Roy Bean related photographs are included and more recent add-ons of 2 Judge Bean related books, Law West of the Pecos by Everett Lloyd and Vinegarroon The Saga of Judge Roy Bean by Ruel McDaniel. Note: left grip on inside scratched JUDGE BEAN.

    Condition: Very good for its age. Retaining approximately 30-40% original case-hardening to frame, a good 30-40% bluing is left on the barrel, including protected areas. Metal has some minor scuffs, marks and dings, prominent near barrel address and butt, including 4 notches [mentioned in 1976 letter from Roy Paul Bean on McNellis letterhead]. Missing [tip] end of screw on right side of frame. Grips are very good with minor scuffs, scratches and dings. Cylinder has good balance of bluing on flutes and the balance turning a grey-brown patina
    Action good, bore ok, needs cleaning. Provenance and documents with age and handling wear. Canvas painting by Roy Paul Bean with scuffs near corners and minor handling.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2018
    9th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,556

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 June 22 - 23 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential &  Political Americana, Part V - Dallas
    2019 June 22 - 23 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part V - Dallas
    REALIZED $745,438