This pair of pistols and the holster rig belonged to Officer Edward J. O'Connor of Butte, Montana. O'Connor was born in 1910 and join the Butte Police Department in 1929 at the age of 19. O'Connor was a fine officer by all accounts and attend the National Police Academy run by the FBI and also helped in the capture of Harmon and Margaret Waley, the perpetrators of the infamous Weyerhaeuser kidnapping. He passed away in 1939 after a long battle with meningitis. Standard markings and features. Matching serial number on the barrel, barrel latch, cylinder, butt, and right grip panel. Includes a custom made leather holster rig made to fit both guns and a spare magazine, extra magazine for "B", detective's badge, and a letter proclaiming the pair as carried in the line by O'Connor but listing his date of passing incorrectly as 1938.
Very fine, retaining 75% original blue with most of the loss concentrated on the cylinder, scattered light oxidation, brown coloration to the grip panels, and well-defined grip checkering. The holster is very good with light wear and use evidence as carried by the Montana lawman in the line of duty. Mechanically excellent.
The included factory letter confirms the current configuration other than the grips, when the gun was shipped to the Missoula Mercantile Company, Missoula, MO care of the Union Hardware Company of Torrington, Connecticut, on February 22, 1934. Provenance: The John Fox Collection
Very fine, retaining 95% original blue, 50% casehardened finish on the safeties and trigger, scattered light oxidation, mild handling evidence/holster wear, and well defined grip checkering. A very interesting piece of Montana law enforcement history!
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