An Extremely Rare Brace Of .38(Long Colt) Colt 1877 Model Lightning (Sheriff's Model) Presentation Revolvers

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An Extremely Rare Brace Of .38(Long Colt) Colt 1877 Model Lightning (Sheriff's Model) Presentation Revolvers
No. 48967/89 For 1884

Sold for £ 12,500 (US$ 17,092) inc. premium
An Extremely Rare Brace Of .38(Long Colt) Colt 1877 Model Lightning (Sheriff's Model) Presentation Revolvers
No. 48967/89 For 1884
The barrels each stamped 'Colt Pt. F. A. Mfg. Co., Hartford. Ct. U.S.A' along the top and etched 'Colt D.A. 38' on the left, blade fore-sights, the frames each with sighting groove and stamped with patent dates, hinged loading-gate on the right, fluted cylinders, bright hammers each blued along the top, blued triggers, knurled arbor pin and retaining screws, the trigger-guards each stamped '.38 Cal', bird's head butts engraved respectively 'Joseph O. Goodwin From Alex Thuer 1884' and 'Edwin O. Goodwin from Alex Thuer 1884', each inscription on a furled banner, and rounded chequered black hard-rubber grips each with Colt logo at the top (2)
3½in. barrels, recent London black powder proof

Condition: These revolvers appear to be in unused condition and retain virtually all their original nickel-plated and blued finish. No. 48967 has some very minor spotted flaking on the right side of the frame in front of the cylinder and minor flaking around the front of the cylinder. No. 48989 has a patch of minor pitting on the loading gate and further patches on one side of the cylinder. The bores are bright

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Joseph and Edwin O. Goodwin
    Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection
    James D. Julia, Inc., Fairfield, Maine, 16 & 17 March 2009, lot 2037

    Offered with two facsimile Colt Industries letters dated 24 April 1980 and 7 December 1982 respectively confirming the revolvers' specifications and that they formed part a shipment together on 22 March 1884. Each letter includes remarks regarding Alexander Thuer and his involvement with the Colt Firearms Company

    Joseph O. Goodwin (1843-1923) was born in East Hartford, Connecticut, where his family had resided for over two hundred years. Following his education he worked in the family business which he left in 1862 in order to join the printing business of Calhoun Brothers in Hartford where he worked until 1871. He then went into business with his brother Edward (as recorded in the Connecticut Historical Society publication, a facsimile of which is offered with the lot. This may be in error as No. 48989 is clearly engraved 'Edwin'). On 5 October 1874 he was elected Town Clerk, a position he was to hold until his death. He was a prominent figure in town affairs, and due to his efficient service and kindly spirit he enjoyed the confidence of all. He was influential in the founding of East Hartford High School and from 1879 to 1921 served as secretary of the School Board and as chairman of the High School Committee. Over the years he filled many positions of trust and responsibility including representative to the Connecticut General Assembly; Trustee, Director and Secretary of the Raymond Library Company; Treasurer of the Village Improvement Society; Secretary of the Cemetery Center Committee; Secretary of the Operative Saving Society of Connecticut and manager of its Loan Department; and was Director of the Dime Saving Bank of Hartford. During his youth he devoted his leisure time to writing and was one of the publishers of East Hartford's first newspaper The Elm Leaf, which appeared in 1863. In 1879 he published East Hartford Its History and Traditions and also wrote a short history of the town entitled Memorial History of Hartford County. Photographs on his collection of Indian relics are preserved in the Smithsonian Institute, Washington

    Edwin or Edward O. Goodwin was elected first Fire Chief of the East Hartford fire district in 1894

    Offered with numerous facsimile paperwork giving further details regarding Joseph and Edwin Goodwin

    Alexander Thuer spent many years working for the Colt Firearms Company and was instrumental in the production of the conversion of Colt revolvers from percussion to metallic cartridges. He was also the designer of the highly popular Colt third model deringer

    These revolvers may be held under s7.3 Heritage Pistol in the U.K.
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An Extremely Rare Brace Of .38(Long Colt) Colt 1877 Model Lightning (Sheriff's Model) Presentation Revolvers
An Extremely Rare Brace Of .38(Long Colt) Colt 1877 Model Lightning (Sheriff's Model) Presentation Revolvers
An Extremely Rare Brace Of .38(Long Colt) Colt 1877 Model Lightning (Sheriff's Model) Presentation Revolvers
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