Lot 14    

Colt Single-Action Army Revolver Presented to General Thomas H. Ruger as Superintendent of West Point,
2009, Spring Firearms Sale, April 29th
.45 caliber, 7.5" barrel, serial number 1504. German silver front sight, early italic barrel address, two-line patent markings on left side of frame; with an obviously incorrect.22cal stamped on frame at rear of trigger guard. Varnished deluxe burled walnut grips. Blued barrel, ejector, cylinder, backstrap, triggerguard and trigger. Hammer and frame are case colored. The revolover is housed in a mahogany factory casing that is partitioned and lined in purple velvet with wood cartridge block holding 56 original cartridges. All cartridges unspent.

This lot is further accompanied by a January 7, 1874 letter on Colt factory letterhead to Ruger as Superintendent of the United State Military Academy at West Point, from W.B. Franklin, Colt Firearms Vice President :

My Dear General, I have intended to send you one of the new Army pistols for a New Year's gift, but I could not get it ready until yesterday, when I sent it to Gen. K.O. Tyler of New York, to be sent from there to you. I hope that you will be able to give it a good test and develop all of its weak points, which however I hope are few. Certainly Your Friend, W.B Franklin


We interpret Franklin’s admonition for Ruger to “give it a good test” to be a sort of inside joke from one friend and seasoned vet to another. Both Franklin and Ruger had been career military men, thoroughly familiar with the arms of the Federal government. For Ruger to have missed the stamping .22cal would have been inconceivable. In addition, at the time of the gift, the U.S. Army Quartermaster had just signed a contract with Colt for 3,000 of the new single-action .45 caliber pistols.



More than likely Ruger never fired the revolver; it appears to be in untouched condition. An outstanding, and historically important weapon.



Provenance:  
Descended directly in the family of General Thomas H. Ruger


Condition:  
Barrel and ejector rod housing retain ca 97% original blue with some light wear at left side of muzzle and scattered very light pinprick-size brown spots. Cylinder finish is a pleasing mixture of blue thinning to brown. Backstrap and triggerguard retain ca 95% original blue with some very minute flaking. Frame and hammer retain ca 98% original case color. Grips retain most of the original varnish with some tiny nicks on the bottom. Top of case lid has an age crack. Left side of case has some dings. Case still retains most of the original finish. The heirs pried the lid open to find what was inside. Since they did not have a key, there is evidence of their actions. The top latch pulled way and could be easily restored. The interior is in excellent condition. The outline of the revolver shows and the hammer has cut into the lining. The outline of the cartridges can be seen inside the lid.
Sold: $143,750.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

don't miss

an opportunity to bid. You can't win if you're not in.

sign up to bid

what's it worth?

ask the experts

sell your item

start selling
Ottoman Early Hand-Forged Stirrup Plus Extra Stirrup,
Lot # 603 - Ottoman Early Hand-Forged Stirrup Plus Extra Stirrup,
ca 18th century. Side of stirrup is lightly engraved with roses encircled by circles and vines, including engravings with six-pointed star. Perforated base. Second stirrup is slightly smaller and is devoid of engraving. > Item Details
* Winchester Model 62A Rifle,
Lot # 531 - * Winchester Model 62A Rifle,
ca 1942. .22 caliber, 28" barrel, serial number 138331. Walnut stocks. > Item Details
Colt Derringer Pistol,
Lot # 242 - Colt Derringer Pistol,
.41 RF caliber, 2.5" barrel. Colt marked on top of barrel. Walnut grips. > Item Details
Japanese <i>Chisa Katana</i>  Sword,
Lot # 606 - Japanese Chisa Katana Sword,
an intermediate blade between the Katana and the Wakizashi, commonly worn at court. Hand-forged 18" single-edged steel blade, with beveled top edge with single Nakago-ana (mounting holes) in Nakago (tang) signed on left side, with Sugba type Hamon (temper line). The blade appears to have quite a goo... > Item Details
Siberian Expeditionary Force Shoulder Insignia,
Lot # 455 - Siberian Expeditionary Force Shoulder Insignia,
removed from uniform as evidenced by stitching holes along the borders, as issued to 27th and 31st U.S Infantries who served in Siberia during WWI. > Item Details
Double Barrel Percussion Combination Rifle/ Shotgun,
Lot # 222 - Double Barrel Percussion Combination Rifle/ Shotgun,
ca .42 caliber rifle barrel, 16 gauge shotgun barrel, brass patchbox and inlay, tang target sight. > Item Details
Two Pamphlets from the Gardner Gun Company,
Lot # 124 - Two Pamphlets from the Gardner Gun Company,
one is in French and is entitled Gardner Gun Company Bureau Et Atelier; 23pp. Second pamphlet is in English and is entitled Office and Factory of the Gardner Gun Company; 23pp. > Item Details
Russian Rail Service Overseas Enlisted Cap,
Lot # 448 - Russian Rail Service Overseas Enlisted Cap,
officer's darkened R.R.S. device on enlisted overseas cap. Soiled sweatband marked with British War Department stamp. > Item Details
Hanging Tipi Lamp by Peter M. Fillerup,
Lot # 152 - Hanging Tipi Lamp by Peter M. Fillerup,
20th century, with circular frame of cast metal suspended by arrow-shaped metal arms and decorated with motifs including a bison hunt, a mounted war party and an Indian travois followed by two camp dogs. The frame is centered with a rawhide tipi hand-painted with a wounded bison, with brown and yell... > Item Details
War Hammer,
Lot # 386 - War Hammer,
6.5" crecsent shaped blade. 12.5" wood haft. > Item Details
M1872 Cavalry Sword,
Lot # 379 - M1872 Cavalry Sword,
32.75" blade with etched military motifs U.S. and E. Pluribus Unum. Shagreen and brass wire wrapped handle. Brass knuckle bow and pommel. Metal scabbard with brass bands and carrying rings. > Item Details
Irish Flintlock Blunderbuss by <i>Dobson</i> Presented to <i>D. Peet, Newton,</i>
Lot # 304 - Irish Flintlock Blunderbuss by Dobson Presented to D. Peet, Newton,
ca 1790. 1.5" muzzle diameter, 14.5" three-staged octagonal-to-round barrel. Top flat engraved Dublin. Left side of flat engraved Gift of Mr. Wm Nunn, Senr. Right side of flat with script letters To D. Peet Newton. A lightly engraved rounded lock with a pointed tail signed Dobson. The cock is line e... > Item Details
Military Decoding Machine,
Colt Model 1889 Double-Action Revolver,
Lot # 543 - Colt Model 1889 Double-Action Revolver,
1895 date of mfg. .38 caliber, 4.5" barrel, blue finish, serial number 19044. Hard rubber grips. > Item Details
* Remington Pump-Action Rifle,
Lot # 289 - * Remington Pump-Action Rifle,
.22 caliber, 24" octagonal barrel. Top of barrel marked Remington and Model 12C. Blued finish with walnut stock and forearm. > Item Details
Percussion Cane Gun,
Lot # 231 - Percussion Cane Gun,
.36 caliber, 30" round barrel, with underhammer-style percussion action. > Item Details
Exceptionally Rare Gardner Gun,kp
Lot # 121 - Exceptionally Rare Gardner Gun,kp
.50-70 caliber, 32" barrel, Gardner Patent Gun Serial Number 2 is a single barrel with single feed guide and operated by hand. William Gardner is believed to have had Serial No. 2 manufactured, based upon his patents of 1876 and 1879, by the Pratt & Whitney Company. The weapon offered here is the Pa... > Item Details
Polar Bear WWI Medic's Tunic,
Lot # 171 - Polar Bear WWI Medic's Tunic,
OD green wool, with U.S. and Medic collar disks having the distinctive Polar Bear patch on right sleeve with PFC stripes and overseas chevron. A very rare medic's white embroidered band with a red cross. The larger medical components of AEFNR included the 337th Ambulance Company, 337th Field Hospita... > Item Details
Lot of Three Waffen SS Items,
Lot # 502 - Lot of Three Waffen SS Items,
including field cap eagle of Nazi Waffen SS, silver bullion sleeve eagle of Nazi Waffen SS, and silver Germanic Proficiency badge stamped on back RZM. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: