- May 18, 2018
What a find!!!
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There’s another article https://civilwartalk.com/threads/frank-james-1851-navy-colt.107799/ on the Frank James colt. Seems to me that everyone owns a Colt navy that belonged to Frank James, what’s the story behind the images you posted?What a find!!!
But if he owned it, it WAS HIS gun. There's nothing false or misleading to the provenance in that case, unless one is claiming its linked to a specific robbery or shooting...…..I've said here many times before, Frank was known to buy up old guns CHEAP then palm them off to the unsuspecting as HIS GUN.
agree, even without a questionable provenance to someone famous, I'd be pretty happy to find one in that shape in a house I was tearing down.Finding it in a house about to be torn down is a great story in and of its self!!! Great find
But if he owned it, it WAS HIS gun. There's nothing false or misleading to the provenance in that case, unless one is claiming its linked to a specific robbery or shooting...
If it truly did belong to Frank James. I am skeptical: is there any information establishing provenance?
I think the overall condition of the revolver is very nice. I am highly skeptical of a Frank James ownership. It's a heck of a conversation starter, though. On those grounds, and on the condition, I'd be super proud to own it.
Frank lived a long time, and was himself a tourist attraction at the family homestead... It would not surprise me if he had old revolvers engraved to sell as souvenirs either. After the war, he was a Remington fan and wrote a letter commending the pistol to the gunmaker. Frank and Cole Younger were quite the old showmen.
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