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Tom Mix's Colt Officer's Model Flat Top Target Revolver

TOM MIX’S COLT OFFICERS MODEL FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER.

Serial no. 567209 for 1927, .38 caliber 6 in round barrel. Raised adjustable front. Sight. Blued finish with bold foliate scroll engraving overall. Swing-out cylinder. Mother-of-pearl grips with Rampant Colt medallions. 

Provenance: gift of Tom Mix to Juan Stockmeyer, 1935 (letter dated September 24, 1973); sold to Ron Peterson of Albuquerque, September 1973; sold to Jim and Theresa Earle at the Beinfeld’s Sahara Gun Show, Las Vegas, June 1974.

Stockmeyer’s letter dated September 24, 1973 explains the gun’s provenance: “Sold this day to Ron Peterson … one Colt Officers Model Target Revolver caliber .38 special, engraved blue finish, with pearl  grips … I Juan Stockmeyer, received the above pistol from ‘Tom Mix’ in 1935 after I had been a guest at his home and admired the pistol. Tom told me at that time he had received the pistol as a gift from Wm. Randolph Hearst.” Juan Stockmeyer (1902-1977) was a prominent El Paso banker and gun collector who moved in rarefied circles.

We do not sell post 1898 firearms to California residents unless they have a valid FFL or Relic and Curio license. Old West Gun Room in El Cerrito, CA will handle all in state and out of state transfers. His fees are $100 per gun plus any applicable shipping charges. By purchasing this lot you agree that you will be solely responsible for compliance with all applicable Legal Requirements governing the purchase, sale, transfer and shipping of Firearms. The Firearms must be shipped only to a Federal Firearms License holder (“FFL Holder”). You must transmit a copy of your (or your FFL Holder’s) license to the seller before the Firearms can be shipped. You must make arrangements with an FFL  Holder before placing a bid. It is very important that you contact an FFL Holder before placing a bid in order to verify the complete cost of the transfer, the legality of the item in your area, and to make sure you qualify to pass any required background checks. “Firearms” shall have the meaning provided under the Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. 101 et seq. “Legal Requirements” means all applicable legal requirements for the sale, transfer and transport of the item, including but not limited to statutes, regulations and/or requirements of any country, state locality, province, municipality or other government authority or regulatory entity regarding sales or auctions, the sale and/or transfer of the item, export or import control, taxation, duties or tariffs, and licensing of brokers and dealers. 

Condition:

Very fine to excellent. Minor losses to finish. 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: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$9,680
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.