Militaria and Sporting Arms / Colt U.S. Property Marked Model 1908 Hammerless Semiautomatic Pistol Curio or Relic firearm
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Originally the property of General Nathaniel Hillyer Egleston, 51st Cavalry Brigade, New York National Guard; by family descent to the consignor.
General Nathaniel Hillyer Egleston was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on February 13, 1884. After attending the Pingry School, he went to Williams College and graduated in the Class of 1906 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Egleston then attended the New York Law School and graduated in 1908. He was admitted to the Bar and eventually became the general solicitor for the New York Telephone Company.
Nathaniel Egleston enlisted in "Squadron A" on February 18, 1907, he was promoted through the grades of corporal, sergeant, first sergeant, and on March 11, 1915, was commissioned second lieutenant in the cavalry. He was promoted to first lieutenant on July 7, 1915. Egleston served in the Mexican Border Campaign and supported the Pancho Villa Expedition from June 30th to December 28, 1916.
Upon the organization of the New York National Guard into the 27th Division for World War I service, Squadron "A" was converted into the 105th Machine Gun Battalion, in which organization Egleston served as a first lieutenant until February 21, 1918, when he was commissioned captain. On October 28, 1918, he was transferred to the Infantry and promoted major on November 9, 1918. On December 1, 1918, he was assigned to command the 106th Machine Gun Battalion until this unit was discharged from service on July 7, 1919.
During the World War I, Nathaniel Egleston participated in all of the battles and engagements of the 27th Division. For his gallantry, Egleston was awarded the Silver Star with Cluster, the Order of the Purple Heart, a citation from General Headquarters, American Expeditionary Forces, two citations by Commanding General Pershing, 27th Division, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.
Captain Egleston returned to the National Guard in command of Squadron "A," Cavalry, which was subsequently known as the 51st Machine Gun Squadron, and later made part of the 101st Cavalry. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on November 26, 1932. On January 31, 1933, Governor Herbert H. Lehman approved the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Hillyer Egleston to the rank of Brigadier General to command the 51st Cavalry Brigade, New York National Guard.
At the beginning of WWII, General Egleston was assigned to Office of the Secretary of War. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and retired from active duty in 1949.