19th century Dragoon pistol sells for $8k

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2015-06-26 11:49:59

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19th century Dragoon pistol sells for $8k

Historic firearms are continuing to bring several thousands at auction, most recently at Fontaine's

"For whatever reason, [collectible firearms] are on the rise," said Patrick McWilliams, Manion's firearms specialist, as we reported, last month.

According to McWilliams, Manion's -therenowned seller of militaria, medals and other war related memorabilia -has seen plenty of historic weapons sell for several thousands ofdollars in recent months.

The latest example in this trendauctioneda few weeks ago, at Fontaine's Auction Gallery in Massachusetts, US. The gun, a Colt First Model Dragoon Revolver achieved a four figure hammer price.

A Colt First Model Dragoon Revolver, sold for $8,625

The First Model Dragoon in question is 44 caliber, has a good bore and the top of the barrelis marked "Address Samuel Colt New York City" in one line.

The gun was reportedly owned by a sheep rancher in Alturas, California.

Upon his death in 1895, the grandfather of its present owner - then 18-years-old - and his mother travelled from Connecticut by train to Reno, Nevada and then by stagecoach to Alturas, California to settle her brother's estate.

As a part of the settlement, the son was given his uncle's Colt pistol. Since that time, the Colt has been handed down through three generations of the family.

One of the star lots in the January auction at Fontaine's, the Dragoon realised $8,625.

Image: Manion's

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