Lot #2303
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Lot 2304: Pair of Sheriff Attributed Upgraded Colt Single Action Armys

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: June 23, 2022

Lot 2304: Pair of Sheriff Attributed Upgraded Colt Single Action Armys

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: June 23, 2022

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500
Price Realized:

A) Colt First Generation Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 357 magnum
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: smooth
Stock:
Item Views: 1524
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Bore Condition: Shiny - Very little wear
Rating:

OF - FAIR- some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

PRF - PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED OR RESTORED

WW - WOOD IS WORSE FOR THE PERCENT FINISH RATING GIVEN

Description:

The frame of this revolver is a factory replacement, numbered to an 1899 production Single Action Army, but manufactured in the 1930s. This revolver was rebarreled in .357 Magnum and similarly subsequently custom upgraded to the other revolver, including wide, flat, lightened and serrated hammers, checkered back straps, serrated wide triggers, ramped front sights, and an extra cylinder notch on each for carrying fully loaded. The left front strap on both are stamped "R.F.ENEWOLD", a marking associated with an old time collector/retailer from Reno, Nevada. This revolver is also has factory style scroll and border engraving on the trigger guard, back strap, and ejector housing, which is also engraved "E.L. Shay Sheriff San Bdno, County". Emmett L. Shay was sheriff of San Bernardino County in California from 1934 to 1946, with his father, Walter and cousin, Ernest serving as sheriff before him. A plethora of local newspapers from the time recount many of the various investigations and political wrangling involving Shay and the department.

B) Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 357 magnum
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: smooth
Stock:
Item Views: 1524
Serial Number:
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Bore Condition: Shiny - Very little wear
Rating:

OF - FAIR- some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

NPRF - NON-PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED/COLD BLUE, ETC.

Description:

Manufactured 1939. Similarly custom modified to "A". Includes a pair of North & Judd "Horsehead" spurs with straps, both stamped "ES" and with anchors, a tooled leather gunbelt fitting with two matching holsters, a pair of H&R Arms Company handcuffs stamped "SHAY", and Emmett Shay's sheriff's badge marked "AUG-39" on the back along with a partial mark for a Los Angeles retailer, several .357 Magnum casing, and a modern hardwood case fitted for both revolvers, the cuffs, and the badge. The revolvers show desirable modifications for carrying on duty and use, and the set as a whole has the appearance of some of the items that would have been carried daily by Shay.

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