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Western style engraved Colt SAA revolver, .44-40 cal., 4-3/4” barrel, blue

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  Lot #850a  (Sale Order: 151 of 683)  
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Western style engraved Colt SAA revolver, .44-40 cal., 4-3/4” barrel, blue and case hardened finish, etched panel, one-piece ivory grips, #86944 with “S” on frame, triggerguard and backstrap indicating shortening by factory. This revolver has been expertly restored including the etched panel and the grips are finely made replacements which fit impeccably; the markings and edges are sharp and crisp and approx. 99%+ of the re-blue and re-case coloring remains. The action is tight, the bore is excellent. This particular Single Action was previously in the collection of noted Hollywood personality and actor Hunter Von Leer who obtained it during his career from Carl Pitts who performed in shows with Tom Mix in Hollywood’s early days. Pitts got the gun from Walter Cameron who was an Indian agent who travelled to Hollywood in the early 1920’s where he opened the Ben Hur Stables in Culver City and supplied horses to the movie industry for 40 years. Walter Cameron was also a member of the L.A. Mounted Sheriff’s Posse. Several articles on Cameron and a picture of him are included and his name is listed as a performer with the 101 Ranch. He also worked for the early movie production studio World Films and at the Peerless Studios in Ft. Lee, New Jersey; he performed in the early motion picture, “The Great Train Robbery”, was a U.S. Deputy Marshal in the Indian Territory, ran several cattle outfits in the Choctaw nation including the Bar 14 and the W-Bar-C, was a cattleman in Steamboat Springs, CO around 1906 and performed in many Wild West shows. Cameron was also close friends with Tex Cooper who performed with Pawnee Bill’s Wild West. This gun is pictured on page 149 of Cochran’s Peacemaker Encyclopedia Vol. II. Although not currently with this lot, when we first sold this gun at auction in Mr. Von Leer’s collection, a copy of a factory letter indicated it was shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO. on Feb. 10, 1883, 5 guns in shipment and under “Remarks”, the factory records indicated the revolver was returned by Simmons on Feb. 2, 1887 to change the 5-1/2” barrel to a 4-3/4” barrel and re-shipped on Feb. 14, 1887. A beautifully restored Single Action with a fascinating history of ownership from lawman/cowboy/early showman, Walter Cameron to latter day Hollywood personality and actor, Hunter Von Leer and to our consignor, a noted local long-time collector in his own right. (Antique). Est.: $7,000-$14,000.

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This item is part of Spectacular Spring Firearms & Collectibles AuctioN
 Monday, May 29, 2017 | 11:00 AM  Pacific

Western style engraved Colt SAA revolver, .44-40 cal., 4-3/4” barrel, blue
Western style engraved Colt SAA revolver, .44-40 cal., 4-3/4” barrel, blue
Lot number: 850a
Seller: Little John's Auction Service
Event: Spectacular Spring Firearms & Collectibles AuctioN
Ends: Monday, May 29 | 11:00 AM  Pacific

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