This revolver is attributed as carried by Benjamin P. Holland during the Civil War in the included letter from Lee A. Silva of the Relic Room in Sunset Beach, California, from 1996. He indicates he purchased the revolver along with the included certificate of election and commission of justice of the peace from 1874 for Holland for Centre Township, Buchanan County, Missouri, after the death of Fred H. Thomas, Holland's grandson, and had known about the revolver since 1991. Alfred "Fred" Holland Thomas (1898-1996) was the son of Florence Minervia Holland Thomas (1867-1954) and the grandson of Captain Benjamin P. Holland (1823-1876). Holland served in Company A of the 4th Missouri State Cavalry (Union) as a 2nd lieutenant and was promoted to 1st lieutenant. He later served as a captain in Company F of the 35th Missouri Infantry (Union). Though attributed as used in the Civil War, the revolver was manufactured c. 1869 and thus was likely carried when Holland was serving as justice of the peace.
Very good with 20% original blue and casehardened finish, traces of original silver, mottled gray and brown patina on the balance of the iron, some patches of pitting, aged patina on the brass, and several mild dings and scratches. The grip is also fine and has moderate edge wear, some flaking of the varnish. Mechanically fine.
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