ATTRIBUTED COLT SAA Frontier Six-Shooter Revolver
W Attribution to US Marshall Along with Documents
Here we present an antique Colt Single Action Army Frontier Six-Shooter Revolver, made in 1895, in Hartford, Connecticut. This revolver is attributed to the ownership and use of US Marshall William Harrison Grimshaw of Minnesota. Grimshaw was originally born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 6, 1853, and his family moved to Minnesota circa 1856. He was descended from William and Barbara Farrier Grimshaw, immigrants to Philadelphia from England, circa 1816. Their son Robert Ellwood Grimshaw was the father of William, and was the leader of a group that migrated West to then unsettled Minnesota, claiming and settling a piece they affectionately called “Grimshaw Cove”. In a letter home, he gives account for his family and had this to say about William:
“Will has entered school and is doing well. I have no hesitation in pronouncing a perfect model in structure. He is the largest boy of his age that I ever saw, full chested, square built, with perfect limbs, large head with light curly hair, large clear blue eyes, and pleasing face, and as much vigor, and strength as is rarely found in boys of his age. I look upon him as the flower of the flock.”
William took after his father in the construction trade and is listed as an architect in some records. He was also involved in politics, holding a term as a legislator from 1883 to 1885. He worked on several Republican campaigns. He was appointed a US Marshall in 1899, by President William McKinley, and held that post in Minnesota for 17 years. He died circa 1921 in Minneapolis.
This Colt revolver includes copies of two different obituaries with a photo, original US Marshall Oaths of Office from 1899 (his inaugural year), 1900, and 1908, along with Corporation Bonds from 1899, 1904, and 1907. An old shoulder holster completes the set. The gun itself was made in 1895, as mentioned before. It is a Frontier Six-Shooter with the etched panel on the barrel. The most distinguishing marks on this gun are the notches cut into the backstrap of the gun, totaling 12. These notches match the patina of the rest of the gun. There are no markings on the gun definitively linking it to Grimshaw. The only evidence is word of mouth and the accompanying documentation.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces are dark gray with age. The barrel address and etched panel are faint, but the patent dates and serial numbers are clear and legible. The serial numbers match. The hard rubber grips are a bit worn. The bore is a bit pitted. The action is functional, but a bit rough. Here is a gun that has quite obviously “been there and done that”, coming down through the years to us now to tell the tale. If you are looking for a gun with a story, here it is.
This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 4-3/4 inches in length.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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