An historic Colt Bisley revolver attributed to outlaw Little Bill Raidler

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Lot 2036ANTIQUE
An historic Colt Bisley revolver attributed to outlaw Little Bill Raidler

Sold for US$ 7,187 inc. premium

Antique Arms & Armour

29 Jun 2005, 10:00 PDT

San Francisco

An historic Colt Bisley revolver attributed to outlaw Little Bill Raidler
Serial no. 1811 (loading gate), .38 W.C.F. caliber. 4 3/4 inch barrel. Checkered hard rubber Colt grips. Together with two letters dated 1929, from Fred Sutton. One on his letterhead titled Fred E. Sutton/Dealer In/Oklahoma and Texas Oil Lands/.../Kansas City, Mo. Both letters state that this gun was one of a pair taken from Bill Raidler by Marshal Bill Tilghman and later given to Mr. Sutton.
Condition: Very good. Grey metal showing areas of light pitting. Serial number removed from frame. Left grip missing 1/4" x 1" piece at forward toe.
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Footnotes

  • Note:William Raidler, aka Little Bill was an outlaw during the late 1880s and early 1890s in Kansas, Oklahoma and Indian Territories. He joined the Wild Bunch in 1893. On September 7, 1895 he apprehended by Marshal Bill Tilghman at the Sam Moore ranch in the Osage Nation. Refusing to surrender he was severely wound by Tilghman with a shotgun and eventually sentenced to ten years in prison. He never recovered from his wounds and was released from prison, purportedly at the prompting of Marshal Tilghman, and settled down to a quiet life. He died in 1903.
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