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    Little Bighorn: A Most Evocative Relic, a Colt Revolver Found at the Battle Site in 1935. This 1860 model Colt Army revolver, made in late 1867, was undoubtedly brought into the battle by an Indian combatant, as Custer's men were using a newer model. It was found along the banks of the Little Bighorn at the site of the battle, buried in the ground with only the butt visible. The river was unusually high at the time of the battle, and it seems probable that the weapon was dropped into the water and lost. But at the time it was recovered, the river was lower, allowing it to be detected.

    What is particularly interesting about this gun is the fact it is still loaded (albeit with corroded and non-functional bullets)! It is easy to imagine a warrior riding across the river on his horse when he was shot, and the gun he was brandishing plunging into the water.

    This great relic is accompanied by a notarized affidavit confirming the circumstances of its discovery in 1935, as well as a detailed chain of ownership since then. Also included is an old note, found rolled up in the barrel, which also confirms those details. As would be expected, the steel elements of the gun have a rich corroded patina and the wood grips are long gone, but the brass elements are clean and show only a deep patina of age. The gun is clearly in "as found" condition.

    Little Bighorn battlefield relics have always been prized by collectors, but this one exhibits a particularly powerful display appeal.

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    June, 2012
    10th Sunday
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