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SN 333342. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4" bbl, made without ejector housing. It has full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc factory deep silver medallion pearl grips with a relief carved eagle on right side. Revolver is factory engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about 80% coverage on frame consisting of intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Left recoil shield is engraved with Mr. Helfricht's trademark fan pattern with foliate patterns in the center. Each side of bbl boss is engraved in his checkerboard pattern with small flower blossoms in bottom gullets. Top strap is engraved in feather patterns. Both sides of bbl are engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns that extend nearly to the muzzle and it has geometric patterns on top around the address. Backstrap is engraved in matching geometric patterns with Mr. Helfricht's trademark fan pattern at the top/ Trigger guard is engraved in foliate arabesque pattern. Cyl is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with tiny sunbursts back of each flute. Rear edge of cyl is engraved in a fine scallop pattern with two additional border patterns. Left side of front strap, under the grip is scratched with the name "SPENCE" and the right side is also scratched with the name "SPENCE" and the SN of this revolver. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 45 Colt with 4-3/4" bbl, blue finish, pearl stocks with carved eagle motif, factory engraved and under special features: "furnished without an ejector", sold to J.D. Milton and shipped to A. Steinfeld & Co., Tucson, AZ on Aug. 7, 1916 in a 1-gun shipment. Under remarks section it states that there is another listing for this same SN in caliber 45 with 7-1/2" bbl, blue finish, shipped March 26, 1920 to Elmira Arms, Elmira, NY. Also accompanied by a reprint of an article about Mr. Milton by Skeeter Skelton which appeared in the Nov., 1978 Shooting Times magazine. One paragraph in the article states "The .45 single action was his handgun for the rest of his life, and during most of his later years, he carried a second gun, a cut-down .45 (probably this rare Sheriff's Model) in a shoulder holster under his shirt. This second gun was destined to get him out of many tight places." Consignor states that he purchased this revolver 11 years ago from the grandson of the Head of the Tucson, AZ Water Works who had been given the revolver by Mr. Milton. Jefferson Davis Milton was born on November 7, 1861, near Marianna, La., on a plantation called "Sylvania." He was named for the President of the Confederacy who was a personal friend of his father, General John Milton, Civil War Governor of Florida. His father would commit suicide as it was evident that the Confederacy was doomed. Jeff would move to Texas at the age of 16 to try his hand at cowpunching. At 18, he joined the Texas Rangers. During his three years as a Ranger, Milton acquired a reputation for speed and accuracy with a six-shooter. In 1884, he went to New Mexico as a cowboy detective for a cattle association and was Deputy Sheriff in Socorro County, NM. In the 1890s, he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and for the Pullman Company. By 1894, he became chief of police in El Paso, Tex., and in 1895, became the deputy U.S. Marshall. He worked as an agent for Wells Fargo (1895-1900). In 1904 he was commissioned directly by President Theodore Roosevelt into the newly formed Immigration Service(USIS), where for the next 28 years he patrolled the southwestern border apprehending smugglers and illegal aliens and is recognized as being the first Immigration Border Patrolman. In March 1915, Congress authorized a separate group of inspectors called mounted guards or mounted inspectors who operated from El Paso, Tex. These guards, who never numbered more than 75, rode on horseback and patrolled as far west as California with Milton leading the way. In 1932, he retired to Tombstone, AZ and died in Tucson in May, 1947. Mr. Milton was the subject of a book Jeff Milton A Good Man With a Gun, Haley, 1948. A quick scan of the book reveals that Mr. Milton was a true western law man who was involved in more gun fights than the other much more famous gun fighters of his day. He is credited with making the statement "I never killed a man that didn't need killing." During his career Mr. Milton made numerous contacts with various wealthy men who, reportedly, tried to give him the opportunity to become rich which he steadfastly refused. As head of the AZ Mounted Guards in 1915, he was sent to represent the Immigration Service at the World's Fair held in San Francisco. It seems likely that it was during that time that Mr. Milton would have seen the Colt exhibit at the World's Fair and could have placed an order for this single action Colt. Accompanying this lot is a copy of the book on Milton's rich legacy and a partial newspaper page from the Philadelphia Enquirer, dated 1933, with several photographs and a lengthy article about Mr. Milton, in a modern frame. CONDITION: Very fine, cyl & grips are unnumbered. Bbl retains about 85% strong orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and thinning on sides. Frame retains most of its orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas, fading elsewhere; cyl retains strong blue in the flutes with thin blue on outer diameter; hammer retains faded case colors; trigger guard retains strong blue, thin with two worn spots on front strap; backstrap retains strong blue at the top and on the buttstrap with the center a blue/gray patina. Grips are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. This is a rare opportunity to own a true piece of western American history. 4-46362 JR187
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