A Fine Cased Presentation .36 Percussion Colt 1862 Model Police Revolver

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Lot 31S58
A Fine Cased Presentation .36 Percussion Colt 1862 Model Police Revolver
No. 11628 For 1862

Sold for £ 13,750 (US$ 18,801) inc. premium
A Fine Cased Presentation .36 Percussion Colt 1862 Model Police Revolver
No. 11628 For 1862
With blued sighted barrel with New-York address, blued fluted rebated cylinder misnumbered 1638 at the time of manufacture, case-hardened frame stamped 'Colt's Patent' on the left side, brass trigger-guard and back-strap retaining most of its original silvering, the former stamped '36 Cal' on the left shoulder, the latter engraved 'B. Frank Palmer to Lieut. E. Osborne', case-hardened rammer, varnished figured rounded grips, matching numbers apart from the cylinder as noted above, and retaining nearly all its original finish: in original brass-mounted rosewood-veneered case (keyhole escutcheon missing) fitted and lined in burgundy velvet with accessories comprising American eagle and shield flask retaining most of its original lacquered finish, blued bullet mould stamped 'Colt's Patent', and blued combined nipple wrench and turnscrew, the exterior of the lid with brass shield-shaped escutcheon engraved with initials 'H.V.O.' in gothic letters
4½in. barrel


  • Provenance
    James D. Julia, Inc., Fairfield, Maine, 16 & 17 March 2009, lot 2082

    The recipient appears to be Edwin Augustus Osborne (1837-1926). In May 1862 he enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company C, 4th North Carolina Troops. Elected Captain of Company H, Fourth Regiment, North Carolina Troops, Osborne fought at Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Seven Pines, where he was wounded in 1862. In the Maryland campaign he saw action in the Battle of South Mountain and at Sharpsburg where he was wounded again. His regiment then proceeded to Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spottsylvania and the Wilderness, where he received another injury, and Appomattox. Promoted to Major, Lieutenant-Colonel, and finally Colonel in July 1864, he left his regiment to recover from his wounds. In 1865, he married his second cousin, Fannie Swann Moore, a descendant of Colonial Governor James Moore of South Carolina, and General Maurice Moore of Revolutionary War fame.

    Following his wedding, while attempting to rejoin his regiment, he learned that General Robert E. Lee had surrendered. The Fourth Regiment had earned a fine reputation in the war, especially at Sharpsburg and again at the Battle of Seven Pines, where Osborne exhibited exceptional personal courage and gallantry. Awaiting support and facing evident destruction, Company H, the "Hunting Creek Guard" from Northern Iredell, under Major Osborne, charged the enemy with such determination that the entire regiment followed, driving back the enemy and capturing six pieces of artillery. Wounded within a few rods of the breastworks, Osborne forced a Union soldier to carry him beyond the breastworks to the point where his troops had advanced. On 19 May 1864 at Spottsylvania Court House, as commander of a division line of pickets against two enemy lines, he led his men out of a difficult situation - while charging and repulsing the Federalists, he was shot through the right hand, losing two fingers.

    After the War Osborne studied law, was admitted to the bar, and in 1867 he was appointed Clerk of the Superior Court, a position he held for the following ten years.

    In 1874 he entered the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church and was ordained deacon in June 1877, and was named rector of Calvary Church, Fletcher. He was ordained as a priest in May 1881 and was appointed to the charge of St. Marks Mission in 1884.

    When the War with Spain broke out in 1898 he re-enlisted as Captain and served as chaplain of the Second Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers. Following the conflict he continued with his religious duties and in 1908 was appointed chaplain to the bishop and attended the Pan-Anglican Congress in London. He served as chaplain of the Mecklenburg Camp of Confederate Veterans and is buried in Elwood Cemetery, Charlotte

    A.B. Frank Palmer is recorded as the inventor of prosthetic limbs for which he filed a patent for an artificial leg in 1849, and for which he received a silver medal at the Great Exhibition held in London in 1851. It is thought that Osborne, in his capacity as a lawyer, may have assisted Palmer with the granting of his patent
A Fine Cased Presentation .36 Percussion Colt 1862 Model Police Revolver
A Fine Cased Presentation .36 Percussion Colt 1862 Model Police Revolver
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