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Lot 3070: Rollin White Single Shot Pistol 38 RF

Scarce, Engraved and Documented William Locke Collection Rollin White Arms Co. .38 Rimfire Single Shot Pistol Serial Number 5

Auction Date: May 1, 2016

Lot 3070: Rollin White Single Shot Pistol 38 RF

Scarce, Engraved and Documented William Locke Collection Rollin White Arms Co. .38 Rimfire Single Shot Pistol Serial Number 5

Auction Date: May 1, 2016

Estimated Price: $2,750 - $3,750
Price Realized:

Scarce, Engraved and Documented William Locke Collection Rollin White Arms Co. .38 Rimfire Single Shot Pistol Serial Number 5

Manufacturer: Rollin White
Model: Single Shot
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38 RF
Barrel: 5 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/silver
Grip: rosewood
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 44
Class: Antique
Description:

Only an estimated two to three hundred .38 caliber Rollin White single shot pistols were manufactured in the early 1860s. This attractive example is pictured on page 396 of "The William M. Locke Collection." The only marking is the serial number 5 on various components including the grips. The underside of the side plate has the serial number twice as well as "DREW." The frame has attractive floral scroll engraving with textured backgrounds. The blade front sight lines up with a slight notch/groove at the rear of the frame to form a sight picture.

Rating Definition:

Very good overall. The frame retains 90% of the original silver plating and has an overall aged patina. The barrel retains mostly a faded gray and brown patina overall. The breechblock retains traces of original finish mixed with dark patina. There are some patches of faint pitting on the iron components and various minor marks. The left grip has a small chip on the lower part of the upper edge and both grips have some light scratches and small dings. The action functions fine and the markings and engraving patterns are primarily crisp. This gun is documented as once being part of one of the finest collections known to date. It is one of the most documented examples of a Rollin White single shot pistol extant.



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