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Started 2020-07-30 00:00:00
Ended 2020-08-29 07:45:00

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BUFFALO BILL PRESENTED REVOLVER Remington 1875, 44 Cal. SMOOTHBORE, Mfg. Antique, SN: ''3'' VERY EARLY EXAMPLE, 7 1/2'' barrel. Six shot cylinders.

HISTORY: Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody) was already widely recognized as a frontier hero before starting his Wild West shows. He had worked as a scout, rode the Pony Express, acquired his name as a buffalo meat hunter for the Kansas railroad workers, fought Indians & had his life glorified in the first of some 550 different dime novels. He had also spent eleven years working as an actor often playing himself & later forms the ''Buffalo Bill Combination'', a traveling theatrical troupe with Wild Bill Hickok & Texas Jack. In 1879 he publishes The Life of Hon. William F. Cody, Known as Buffalo Bill, the Famous Hunter, Scout & Guide: An Autobiography, which only further serves to heighten the mystic & popularity. In the summer of 1882, he organizes a 4th of July celebration in North Platte, Nebraska, later known as the Old Glory Blowout, which becomes the precursor to his Wild West Show. In 1883 he stages his first Wild West exhibition in Omaha Nebraska & soon starts traveling with the show. After spending the winter months of 1893-84 in New Orleans he began the 1884 season early in the Spring. It was at this point that this Nickeled & Ivory gripped pistol came into play. According to the history passed along with the pistol, it was apparently presented to him by his troupe before the start of the second season. The pistol carries the inscription BUFFALO BILL on the backstrap & the date 1884 on the butt. It also carries the initials W.F.C. & a crown behind the hammer above the backstrap. The pistol carries a nickel finish & fine ivory grips consistent with the brash & showy style needed by someone leading the show in front of large crowds on a nightly basis. The pistols bore is smooth for trick shooting & distance control, much like many of the firearms used during the show. It was said this firearm was used heavily by Buffalo Bill during his show & was carried often as a favorite.

DESCRIPTION & CONDITION: The full nickel finish is very good, but with flaking of the top nickel layer, exposing the silver tone undercoating & with very limited speckles of erosion. The original Ivory grips are excellent having aged to a beautiful butterscotch patina, with minor shrinkage & without side cracks. There are some minor age cracks within the age rings on the bottom, which is often the case of this particular type of natural material. There is also a tiny chip along the bottom edge of the left grip against the bottom strap. The smoothbore & cylinders are excellent. Beveled top of frame & a fixed blade front sight. The left back side of the trigger guard is stamped with a 44 indicating caliber. The numbers ''114'' are stamped on the left side of frame, which we are told are the assembler numbers. On the bottom left side of the frame, under the left grip, the frame is serial number stamped with a single ''3''. No other numbers are visible, except the matching serial number ''3'' is hand written on the underside of each grip. We do not test fire, nor do we disassemble firearms, but the pistol appears mechanically sound. The cylinder indexes properly & the trigger & hammer funtion as they should. Overall excellent appearance. Included with the auction is a collage poster of the pistol as produced, & at one time offered as a fund raiser, by the Remington Society of America. This is your chance to own the personal sidearm of a famous & historical old west frontier hero. Also consider the collectibility of the early single digit serial number. No FFL Req. - Value: 10000 to 20000

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