Rock Island Auction Company

April 13, 2021

[Press Release] Alexander Hamilton Pistols to Auction

By Joel R Kolander

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill – A pair of pistols belonging to Founding Father Alexander Hamilton will be offered May 14th by Rock Island Auction Company. The flagship offering of a three-day auction, the pistols may set a world record as the highest priced firearm ever publicly sold. They are accompanied by a pair of shoulder epaulettes worn by then-Colonel Hamilton while serving with George Washington during the American Revolution. Given Hamilton’s historical importance and recent resurgence in popularity, the pistols are expected to fetch bids far outside the realm of traditional fine arms collecting.

The pistols were presented to Hamilton by his father-in-law General Philip Schuyler during the Revolutionary War, and were passed down through the family until sold in 1942.

“These pistols represent Hamilton’s physical ability to wage war on the enemy. They are his physical ability to achieve Revolution and start the Republic,” states RIAC President Kevin Hogan. “However, they also transcend arms specific collecting. They are an American institution in and of themselves, and an intimate way to be a part of the past.”

Surviving items from the Revolutionary War Era are rare, and those with concrete ties to significant individuals are a true prize for collectors of historic objects. Hamilton’s pistols are one of several items of note in the sale, including a pair of revolvers given to Tsar Alexander II, the Colt revolver of Old West gunslinger and lawman Bat Masterson, and the original document of Ulysses S. Grant’s appointment to major general, signed by Abraham Lincoln.

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About Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company is the world’s #1 auction company for firearms, bladed weapons and militaria. Founded in 1993 by its current CEO Patrick Hogan, RIAC continues to lead the industry with record sales numbers and their extensive and beautiful marketing efforts. Their 150,000 square foot campus consisting of two buildings, hosts around 12 auctions each year. They actively seek consignments, be it a single weapon or a collection of hundreds, a thousand dollar item or one million. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-238-8022.



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