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SN 175937. Cal. 45. 7-1/2″ bbl. Blue and case colored finish with “PM SS Co.” marking on left side of bbl. 2-pc hard rubber snake and eagle grips. Manufactured 1898. Shipped February 5, 1898 to Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Mfg. Company, San Francisco Agency, San Francisco, California in a 25 gun shipment. This is the only known example of a Pacific Mail Steamship Company marked Colt Single Action Army. Pictured on p. 288 of the Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia by Keith Cochran and pictured as well on p. 3 of Jerry R. Hemphill’s book, Colts From Texas and The Old West, and is attributed to the Collection of Gary Helin. Accompanying this revolver is a copy of a notarized affidavit from the family of Mr. Elleck Lonnie Angles who was issued and carried this revolver during his duties as a mail room guard on various vessels operated by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company during the years 1907 through 1915. A historically important Colt revolver that’s ownership can be tracked for over 100 years. CONDITION: Very fine overall, with most finish having turned a more pleasant patina. The Pacific Coast Steamship Co., existing from the late 1850’s to the early 1930’s, was an iconic west coast transporter of treasury and martial goods with routes from Panama to San Francisco with a fleet of over 13 steamers. Pacific Mail Steamship Company delivered from the East some of the very first gold seekers from 1849 to San Francisco. Later, in 1867, they began regular service between San Francisco and Hong Kong. Accompanying this revolver is a copy of a Colt factory letter, and copies of affidavit and confirmation of previous owners by receipt. A spectacularly rare and desirable item of Western Americana. 50935-4 TDW (16,000-20,000) – Lot 2342

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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