Historically Important & Factory Engraved, Supreme Court Justic...
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Started 2019-04-26 00:00:00
Ended 2019-06-01 03:03:33

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Historically Important & Factory Engraved, Supreme Court Justice owned, Colt 1861 Navy Percussion, .36 Percussion, MFG. 1864, SN: 18765, 7-1/2'' round barrel. This factory engraved (in the style of Gustave Young & attributed to him as the engraver 1852-1869) 1861 Navy was presented to Prominent American Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr.. The pistol was presented upon his completion of serving 3 yrs as a 1st Lieutenant in the 20th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Upon completion of the war Holmes returned to Harvard where he finish Law school, then practiced law for 15 years. He wrote ''The Common Law'' in 1881, which has been in continuous print ever since. His career grew becoming a professor of Law at Harvard, a Massachusetts State Judge & Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court where he served for 20 years. In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt nominated Holmes to the United States Supreme Court. He later served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, retiring in 1932 after 30 years in service. The US postal service honored him with a Prominent Americans Series (1965-1978) 15 cent postage stamp. Aside from the prominence of belonging to Chief Justice Holmes, 1861 Navy pistols are fairly rare in that only 38,843 were produced between 1861-73 as compared to 215,348 model 1851 Navy pistols & 200,500 1860 Army pistols. Further, this pistol becomes an even rarer example as it is ''E'' stamped under all serial #'s signifying that it numbers amongst the rare 1861 Navy's that were factory engraved. The revolver was manufactured & finished in blue & case colored finishes with one piece select walnut grips & engraved in the style of Gustave Young. Elaborately engraved in Young's tight floral scroll with coverage on frame, recoil shield, barrel bolster, backstrap, trigger guard & hammer flats. Backstrap carries the inscription ''Oliver W. Holmes Jr.''. Cylinder has the Navy battle scene roll engraving, which while fading, is fully visible. Condition is good to very good overall. Small traces of blue finish & case-colors remain in protected areas. The balance of exterior has attained an even gun metal gray with some plum/brown patina. Areas of light scattered rust freckling. Black powder bore with plenty of strong rifling. Grips are excellent, solid & full sized with some original factory finish remaining. Cylinder indexes properly when cocked & hammer engages in half & full cock. Comes with lots of documents more fully detailing the life & accomplishments of Mr. Holmes. An attractive, Civil War era, all numbers matching, factory engraved by one of Colts finest artisans, with significant ownership prominence. Extremely collectible.* Antique No FFL Req. - Value: 10000 to 15000

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