John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

1873 Colt - Lawman Henry Suratt
1873 Colt - Lawman Henry Suratt

This interesting and historic Colt is out of my personal collection.  It's a 44-40 with matching serial numbers that's engraved  Henry Suratt  on it's butt strap. The inscription is worn but reabable.  Henry Suratt  lived a very interesting life, from enlisting at age 13 in the Alabama Cav. during the Civil War to becoming  City Marshal of Ft. Smith , Ark. in 1885. He held that position for 2 terms and in 1887 was elected  Captain of Police.  In 1894  he was named  Chief of Police  a position he held through 1897. As if he didn't have enough to do as a Lawman he was also a Volunteer Fireman.  He worked with many Western legends to include  Judge Isaac Parker (The Hanging Judge ),  Lawmen Heck Thomas and  Bill Tilghman. This is the time period when Sam & Belle Starr, the Daltons and Doolin gangs were all active in the Ft. Smith area. I've put together a pretty interesting file on him that will come with the pistol.

The pistol has taken on a appealing blue brown patina. According to it's serial number it was manufactured in 1884 so it's safe to assume that  Henry Suratt  carried this pistol throughout his law enforcement years.  The action is good and locks up as it should. The bore is good with nice rifling. The original grips were replaced in their period of use with a pair of oversized grips which exhibit raised silver medallions. They fit nicely and feel very comfortable in your hand.  A true piece of the Old West. 


Price: SOLD!!!