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    Fine Condition Colt M1862 Pocket Navy Revolver with the Original Holster and Belt, and a History of Use by a Member of Quantrill's Guerillas, #853 Matching, Produced in Early 1862. The gun retains 30% of the original blue and 50% of the original case colors, the balance a smooth even brown, the gun being totally untouched. Perfect cylinder scene with just the slightest salt and peppering on the face and leading edge of the cylinder. The brass straps retain vestiges of the original silver, else perfect. Fine bore, mechanically tight and crisp but does not index, easily repaired. Grips retain 90% of the original varnish. Really and exceptional example of this scarce Colt. The original flap holster, which is perfectly contoured to the gun, has considerable flaking and uses a decoratively stitched 1¼" wide belt loop. The holster uses a flat brass finial and could easily be characterized as Confederate. The 1½" wide belt, which is now in two pieces with considerable flaking, is also of a form normally associated with Confederate use, with a ¾" wide closure tab and a horseshoe shaped single tine iron buckle. The tip of the closure tab is missing. The holster and belt set is unquestionably indigenous to the gun.

    The set is accompanied by a notarized letter from Millie Ann Wood Glenn of Dallas, Texas which states that she inherited the gun from her father, who inherited it from her grandfather who inherited it from Ruben Wood who had a ranch in Brownfield, Texas. She further states that Ruben Wood was originally from Slater, Missouri and the revolver was always referred to in family lore as the "Confederate Gun" and was purportedly used by a member of "Quantrill's Raiders" with the surname Wood. She also states that her own research identified two members of Quantrill's band with that name, Hop and Bennett Wood, but was never able to establish which one owned the gun. Interestingly the research that accompanies the gun identifies Hop Wood as having been killed by Union cavalry during a raid on Independence, Missouri, February 22, 1862, making him an unlikely candidate based on the date of the gun's manufacture. The other candidate, however, Bennett Wood, after being wounded at Independence, Missouri, was sent by Confederate Gen. Marmaduke to recruit men for his command in Missouri. He was subsequently killed near Napoleon, Missouri June 20, 1863, making it more likely he was, in fact, the owner of the gun. A scarce Colt with a remarkable history.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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