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OE - GOOD - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; lightly scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.
WW - WOOD IS WORSE FOR THE PERCENT FINISH RATING GIVEN
This revolver was manufactured in 1863 and is accompanied by a brown leather belt with "US" marked oval brass plate and holster (fair with heavy wear, tears, pieces absent, flaking, and crackling) and a Great Seal of the U.S. themed pocket powder flask (fair with heavy age and storage related wear). The included notarized "Statement of History of Antique Gun" from Leta M. Harding on June 2, 2022, states that this revolver was given to her husband "Harold Harding sometime in the mid to late 1980s" and was given to him "by Fred Lasley who was a long time friend of Florence Strother who died in 1984. Florence was the widow of Julian Strother who died in 1968 and they had no children. Fred Lasley was one of the major benefactors of Florence Strother as documented in her will which is found in the records in Kansas City, Missouri, [copy included] her date of death was 7/12/84. Mr. Lasley interred her ashes in the Lees Summit Missouri Cemetery with only Mr. Lasley and myself present. Mr. Lasley died on 10/8/1992 at the age of 95. The history of Lees Summit includes members of the Strother family who were known to the family of the Cole Younger. Mr. Lasley states he was given this gun by Florence Strother who indicated this gun had belonged to Cole Younger, a member of the Younger Gang, and had been given to her husband Julian Strother. This gun has been in the sole possession of the Harding family from the time it was given to Mr. Harding. Mr. Harding died in April of 2021 after which time it became the possession of Leta Harding of Bryant, AR." Additional documentation is included stating that Julian Strother was the grandson of Dr. William Strother who was known to the Younger family and had an office above Spencer's Drug on East Main a few blocks away from the Younger home in Lees Summit, Missouri. Dr. Strother was present at Bob Younger's funeral according to the Kansas City Weekly Times on September 21, 1889, (copy included). Provenance: The Strother Family Collection; The Fred Lasley Collection; The Harding Family Collection
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