Rare Panel Scene Engraved Colt Single Action Army Revolver, “The 1876 Centennial Exhibition Colt” U.S.A.
One of the 1,001 Colt Model 1878 Double-action military issue revolvers purchased hastily by the Department of Militia & Defence in Canada through the New York outfitting firm of Hartley & Graham in 1885 when the North-West Rebellion of the Métis people of the District of Saskatchewan suddenly broke out. (Reading Canadian domestic military history can make for particularly New World experience, what with names like the Battle of Duck Lake and Fort Whoop-Up!)
This is the "ONLY KNOWN" Smith & Wesson 1st Model Schofield model, ivory grips single action revolver which was manufactured for the U.S. government in 1875 with a total production of only about 3000.
Winchester 1873 - lever action rifle, a significant improvement over existing lever guns, but marketing was key. Chambered for the same cartridges that fit the popular 1873 Peacemaker revolver, frontier “logistics” were solved. It was a favorite with Texas Rangers, and became known as “The Gun That Won The West”.
Bonnie’s light brown leatherette cosmetic case, with a slide lock on the side and a mirror inside the cover. According to the Frank Hamer letter of provenance that accompanies the lot, when recovered from the ambush car, the case at the time contained lipstick and a box of Coty face powder and a powder puff, “about the only feminine touch item in their possession.”