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John R. Hughes' Colt Bisley Single Action Revolver

JOHN R. HUGHES’ COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

Serial no. 240355 for 1903, .41 caliber 5 inch round barrel marked (Bisley Model) and stamped .41 Colt. Hard rubber checkered grips. In leather holster. With Colt factory letter dated February 6, 1985 and signed by M.S. Huber.

Provenance: recovered from the body of Juan Carrozco by Hughes near Ysleta, TX; traded by Hughes to S.D. Myers some time later, as payment for a saddle (letter of Myers’ nephew Douglas dated April 29, 1978); by descent to Myers’ brother C. Lee, thence to Douglas Myers; sold to collector John Wilson of Pyote, TX; by descent to his son John Wilson, who cosigned this and other items from his father’s collection to auction, where it was purchased on November 19, 2000, by Jim and Theresa Earle.

 

Texas Ranger John R. Hughes became a working cowboy in Texas at the age of 14, before heading west into Indian Territory learning much of the language and culture of the Choctaw and Osage Indians, and later the Comanche. He first worked as a Ranger in 1887 at the age of 31, and would spend most of his years as a Captain of the Frontier Battalion, until his retirement in 1915. Zane Grey’s 1915 Lone Star Ranger was dedicated to Hughes, and many assert that he was the inspiration for the iconic masked man, The Lone Ranger.

 

Douglas Myers explains the history of the gun in his 1978 letter: “The story as related to me by ‘Tio Sam’ [S.D. Myers], was that Capt. Hughes had disposed of, in the act of apprehension, a Mexican bandit by the name of Juan Carrozco, near Ysleta, Texas.  And that this Colt’s pistol was in the hands of said bandit at that time.” S.D. Myers owned a saddlery in Sweetwater during the early part of the 20th century, and Douglas Myers confirms that Hughes traded this gun to S.D. Myers for a new saddle.

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Condition:

Very good. No finish remaining. Grips with minor rubbing. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups.

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$7,865
09/21/2021
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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards. This auction has a buyer's premium of 21% when bidding through witherells.com.