An historic Gustave Young deluxe engraved Colt Model 1860 Army percussion revolver with rare double presentation

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An historic Gustave Young deluxe engraved Colt Model 1860 Army percussion revolver with rare double presentation
Presented to General Rosencrans by the Colt company and by the General to Col. Coolbaugh

Sold for US$ 16,380 inc. premium
An historic Gustave Young deluxe engraved Colt Model 1860 Army percussion revolver with rare double presentation
Presented to General Rosencrans by the Colt company and by the General to Col. Coolbaugh
Serial no. 111594, .44 caliber. 8 inch barrel. Barrel lug and muzzle, rammer lug, frame and triggerguard/gripstrap with profuse scroll engraved coverage by Gustave Young, the barrel engraving incorporating a dog's head on the right side of the lug and an eagle's head on the left. Left side of the frame also with an eagle's head. Tip of rammer lug with crosshatching. Hand engraved cylinder. Backstrap inscribed To Maj. Gen. W.S. Rosencrans/With the Respects of Colt's Pat. Fire Arms Mfg. Co. The inner grip strap inscribed Genl. R. to Col. Coolbaugh. Deluxe walnut grips. Together with voluminous research material dealing with General Rosencrans and Colonel Coolbaugh.
Condition: Very good. Grey metal showing some areas of light pitting and showing minor wear to engraving with more wear to cylinder scene. Gripstrap inscription to General Rosencrans very worn. Head of rammer screw broken. Wedge mismatched, 1592, and belongs to the mate to this gun. Grips retaining slight traces of varnish and showing a few small marks.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Illustrated on page 107 of Colt Engraving and page 163 of The Colt Engraving Book, both by R.L. Wilson. One of the only known Colt revolvers with a double presentation done by Colt number, number 111594 was originally a pair, along with serial number 111592. They were presented to General Rosencrans by the Colt company. The general later sent them back to Colt for the presentation inscription to Colonel George Coolbaugh, who was a member of his staff as well as Director of Military Railroads. According to notes compiled by Mr. Robin O. Cotten (Sr.), he made contact with the Colonel's descendants at his place of birth and secured details of his history. Col. Coolbaugh was last mentioned in the O.R. October 21, 1863 at Vicksburg which was after the fall of Vicksburg in July of that year. Coolbaugh's relatives stated that Coolbaugh died at the hands of the Confederates for his role in passing along Confederate secrets. The file contains a copy of the will of the father of George Coolbaugh leaving George an equal share with 11 other children. The will was prepared May 13, 1863. George Coolbaugh never returned home to claim his share of the estate. Mr. Cotten wrote in a letter to R. L. Wilson, dated 11/28/1979, that he had an original book printed in 1896 and a re-print in 1977 of Frank Leslies' "Illustrated History of the Civil War" with sketches made on the scene by well known artists of that day. Both books have a drawing of five locomotives made immediately after the fall of Vicksburg. The caption below the drawing is as follows: "FIVE LOCOMOTIVES BUILT AT VICKSBURG, MISS. BY THE FEDERAL SOLDIERS UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF COLONEL COOLBAUGH OF GENERAL McPHERSON'S STAFF". The gun had been purchased in 1957 by Mr. Cotten from Mr. David Shannon Drake Shaw, whose father, Richard Hart Shaw, had served in the Confederate forces at Vicksburg. Shaw family history states that he took the gun and a watch as payment for a debt of $65.00 from a jeweler named Birch, who had a store in Vicksburg.
An historic Gustave Young deluxe engraved Colt Model 1860 Army percussion revolver with rare double presentation
An historic Gustave Young deluxe engraved Colt Model 1860 Army percussion revolver with rare double presentation
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