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Accession Number: 1981.91.0

Physical Description: Colt Single Action nickel-plated Army Revolver with ivory handle. Serial No. 111055. 45 caliber, 4-¾ in. barrel. Ivory grips with obverse piece bearing carved steer head relief. Profusely engraved with foliate and scroll design. Nickel-plated finish. Presentation inscription on backstrap engraved recently (possibly 1960).

History of Object: According to donor, the revolver belonged to his father, Patrick F. Sughrue, who served as constable of Dodge Township from 1877 to 1879 and as sherriff of Ford County from 1884 to 1888. Presented to Patrick Sughrue by the citizens of Dodge City on December 18, 1884. Sughrue gave the gun to his son, the donor, after he injured himself badly at the age of five in 1904. The donor had the gun engraved to commemorate the original presentation of the gun to his father at a jeweller in Emporia in the 1920s.

Date: 1884

Dimensions (in cm): 12.70 (H) 3.80 (W) 26.70 (D)

Marks/Inscriptions: [stamped into top of barrel] COLT?S PT. F.A. MFG. Co / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. // [stamped into reverse side of bow of trigger guard] 45 CAL // [stamped into reverse side of frame below cylinder] PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871. / JULY 2.-72. / JAN. 19.-75. // [serial number stamped into backstrap, trigger guard and frame] 111055 // [stamped into loading gate] 8921 // [engraved on backstrap] PRESENTED TO PATRICK F. SUGHRUE / DEC.-18-1884 / BY THE CITIZENS OF DODGE CITY //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Ford County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Dodge City (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Hartford (Conn.)
    Theme/topic: Cattle trade
    Theme/topic: Cowboys
    Theme/topic: Law enforcement
    Individual: Sughrue, Patrick Francis, 1844-1906

Creators and Contributors

    Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company

Status: Cataloged

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