Manufactured for the U.S. military and later issued to the San Francisco Police Department by Benicia Arsenal. Approximately 300 Schofields were issued to the San Francisco Committee of Safety during the labor riots and civil unrest of 1877-78. The riots and unrest were a result of the great railroad strikes of 1877 that sprung up in many large cities across the United States. Records do exist of these 300 revolvers being issued; however, no records exist of them being returned, and it is popular belief that once the riots were put down all the revolvers were obtained by the California militia. This example is stamped with the rack number "293" behind the hammer, has U.S. grips featuring script cartouches on each panel and the date "1877" on the left panel, unnumbered cylinder, and matching serial numbers on the but and right grip panel Provenance: The Dr. Gerald Klaz Collection
Fine, retaining 70% plus original blue finish with the balance between smooth brown and gray patinas. Some original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are also fine with minor dings and scratches and clear cartouches. Mechanically excellent.
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