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Lot 131: First Generation Colt SAA Revolver in .45 ACP with Provenance

Excellent First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver Documented in Extremely Rare .45 ACP as Originally Purchased by U.S.N. Captain John E. Shomier with Extensive Letters of Provenance, Factory Letter and Original Box

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 131: First Generation Colt SAA Revolver in .45 ACP with Provenance

Excellent First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver Documented in Extremely Rare .45 ACP as Originally Purchased by U.S.N. Captain John E. Shomier with Extensive Letters of Provenance, Factory Letter and Original Box

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Estimated Price: $65,000 - $95,000
Price Realized:

Excellent First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver Documented in Extremely Rare .45 ACP as Originally Purchased by U.S.N. Captain John E. Shomier with Extensive Letters of Provenance, Factory Letter and Original Box

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: hard rubber
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Catalog Page: 126
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is a rare and highly desirable example of a .45 ACP Colt First Generation Single Action Army revolver, originally purchased new by U.S. Navy Captain John Edward Shomier (August 24th, 1899-February 23rd, 1986) in 1933. It is accompanied by extensive letters of provenance including one in which a previous owner (the fourth owner), George S. Lewis, Jr., wrote to U.S. Navy Captain John E. Shomier of Virginia Beach, the original purchaser, to ask about the history of this revolver, and Shomier stated in his May of 1977 dated response, "I ordered it chambered for the ACP, 45 calibre, cartridge because I could get that ammunition for free aboard ship. Used it to fire off the far tail of the ship. I purchase it new of course from Stoeger and sold it in order to get money for making a few 'liberties', never thought it would be considered so rare." The included factory letter confirms the configuration of this rare revolver as originally chambered in .45 ACP caliber with a 7 1/2 inch barrel, blue finish and hard rubber grips when shipped to A. F. Stoeger, Inc. of New York, New York, on June 3, 1933, in a one gun shipment. John E. Shomier held the rank of lieutenant at the time of purchasing this revolver which coincides with when he was stationed on the U.S.S. Detroit on June 10th, 1933 (a week after this revolver arrived at Stoeger where he purchased it). Shomier was later promoted to his rank of captain on November 10th, 1945, before officially retiring in January of 1947. Another accompanying letter addressed to George S. Lewis, Jr. from Admiral Frank R. Dodge, the second owner, indicates Dodge purchased this revolver from Shomier some time in the summer of 1935, in which they were shipmates between June of 1935 to June of 1936. Admiral Dodge states, "The ship (Detroit) was in Newport, whereas John wanted to get back to New York for a weekend! I gave him $20.00 for the gun, Stoeger's price for the issue model being about $35.00." Another accompanying letter addressed to George S. Lewis, Jr. from John A. Dron, the third owner, indicates that Dron purchased it from Admiral Dodge in 1960 prior to selling it to Lewis in 1977, and further states, "Admiral Dodge was a native of New England, a fine scholarly man who toured Africa after retirement, and finally moved to New Hampshire where he last resided in Exeter. He had quite a colorful career, he commanded a battle wagon at Normandy, and his highest position was head of all our naval forces in the Ryukus after the cessation of World War II." The top of the barrel is marked "COLT'S PT. F.A.MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.", and the left of the barrel is marked "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45". Two-line patent dates marking followed by a Rampant Colt marked on the left of the frame. Small number "3" above a Colt triangle proof marked on the left of the trigger guard. Matching serial number marked on the frame, trigger guard, back strap and both grip panels. In addition to the accompanying letters of provenance, there are various included documents listing the service history of both Admiral Frank R. Dodge and Captain John E. Shomier. Also includes the matching hand-numbered factory box with "SPECIAL"/"AUTO"/"7 1/2 .45/RUBBER BLUE" end label, cleaning brushes, and papers. Provenance: The Captain John E. Shomier Collection; The Admiral Frank R. Dodge Collection; The John A. Dron Collection; The George S. Lewis, Jr. Collection; Property of a Gentleman

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 98% plus original blue and vivid casehardened finishes showing a light cylinder drag line and a few light handling marks. Grips are also excellent with crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. Included original factory box is very good with some light wear, added tape on lid corners, and a few tears and an small absent section on the lid. A highly attractive Pre-War Colt Single Action Army documented in highly desirable .45 ACP, with extensive provenance!



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