John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

 
1873 Colt S/A -War Trophy
1873 Colt S/A -War Trophy

​This is one of the neatest Colt's that I've ever offered for sale. It originally was shipped to Hartley & Graham of N.Y.C  in 1883 and eventually found it's way into the hands a Mexican Rebel. This Colt was captured from a Mexican rebel by U.S Seaman J. Parkison of the Battleship Utah and is so inscribed on the barrel.. The inscription reads "​ Captured in the Occupation of Vera Cruz Mexico April 24, 1914  J. Parkison Seaman USS Utah -CSC  No.42029 ".  The "Tampico Incident" in the spring of 1914 was used as a excuse for the U.S to send the Fleet to Mexico in order to block German ships from landing and arming the rebels.  The Utah landed her Battalion -17 officers and 367 sailors- as well as her marine detachment ,which formed part of the improvished "First Marine Brigade"' .  In the ensuing fighting in which the men of the ​Utah's "Blue Battalion " ​distinguished themselves, 7  ​Medal of Honors  were awarded them.  For an engagement of this rather small magnitude to have 7 Medals of Honor  awarded this most have been one fierce battle. The U.S.S Utah is memorialized at Pearl Harbor today where she was sunk by a Japanese sneak attack on Dec.7, 1941.

​The pistol is in pretty good condition with a nice even patina and surprisingly a very good bore. The gun does show signs of having been in hand to hand combat exbiting a sword or a machete slash on the ejector housing and the front of the trigger guard.  This wonderful piece was orignally in Dr.Wm. Shugars collection and will come with a copy of the article he did for the Feb. 2005 Gun Report, two books shown in my pictures and a 1" thick folder of research and photo's.   

Price: $8,950.00