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    M1851 Colt.36 Caliber Percussion Navy Revolver with the Original Holster and Belt Carried and Used by America's Greatest Author, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). This is doubtless the gun Twain referred to in describing himself as a "...rustic looking city editor... whiskered half down to the waist, and the universal navy revolver slung to my belt." The gun is serial #138599 matching, generally smooth and gray with just some small patches of scattered light pitting, retains just traces of the cylinder scene. All brass straps with nice untouched patina. The underside of the grip strap bears the hand lettered shaded initials "W. S. T.", purported to be the initials of a Civil War soldier from whom Twain acquired the gun. The grip retains approximately 30% original varnish. The original brown leather holster, now form fitted to the gun, is excellent, just missing the latch tab and loop for closure. The 1½" wide brown leather belt retains the original heavy brass horseshoe shaped buckle with iron tine, belt also excellent.

    Included with the gun is a notarized affidavit dated July 5, 1956, listing the serial number, and specifying that the holster and belt are included, stating that the gun was given by Twain to the affaint's grandfather, Marion Richards of Perry, Missouri. Also included are several articles pertaining to and identifying the gun. A remarkable slice of American Civil War period western and literary history.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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