Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3109: Civil War Presentation Inscribed Colt Model 1862 Police Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Historic Civil War Presentation Inscribed Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver

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Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Historic Civil War Presentation Inscribed Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1862 Pocket
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 4 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
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Item Views: 239
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 85
Class: Antique
Description:

This revolver was manufactured in 1863 and has the standard markings and features, including matching serial numbers aside from the wedge. In addition, the back strap is inscribed "Presented to Capt. John W. McKim A.Q.M. U.S.A./by the Employees of the U.S. Military Store House Nov. 6 1863." Judge John W. McKim (1822-1908) was a captain and assistant quartermaster of volunteers and was in charge of the Assistant Quartermaster's Officer in Boston. His younger brother William Walker McKim was the chief quartermaster for New England and then at Cincinnati, Ohio, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, late in the war. In "War of the Rebellion," John W. McKim is listed as "specially mentioned to the Quartermaster-General for good service." He received a brevet to major. He returned to he law career after the war and was a judge on the Boston Municipal Court for West Roxbury in 1876-1877 and then a probate judge for Suffolk County, Massachusetts, until 1907.

Rating Definition:

Fine with distinct inscription, 50% age darkened original silver plating on the grip straps, 60% original case colors, 40% original blue finish with flaking to smooth gray and brown patina, some spots of minor oxidation/pitting, and generally minor overall wear. The grip is very fine and retains nearly all of the original varnish and has some minor lower edge wear and light scratches and dings. Mechanically excellent.



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