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The lot features an excellent Smith & Wesson No. 1 2nd Issue .22 caliber single action spur trigger revolver attributed to being owned by Chief Red Horn Bull, an Ogala Sioux Warrior that rode at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The revolver features a blade front sight and notched rear sight with a seven shot un-fluted cylinder, square flared butte, blued finish octagon fully ribbed barrel and silver plated brass frame. The top of the barrel is marked, “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS” and the cylinder is marked with the patent dates. The pistol is fitted with the factory original Rosewood grips showing excellent original Togia Language carvings. The pistol has been examined and authenticated by renowned historian and Togia language expert, Wendell Grangaard of The Guns of History, Inc. The revolver has a serial number of 20481 and is estimated to have been manufactured in circa 1860-1865. Marked on the right side of the rosewood grip in Togia Language carvings, “Wounded Red Horn Bull”. Chief Red Horn Bull was an Oglala Sioux Warrior born in 1851. He rode at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Red Horn Bull belonged to the Strong Heart Warrior Society. This revolver was a camp gun that Red Horn Bull kept in his lodge which his future wife, Common Gun, learned to use, especially after Red Horn Bull was injured during The Battle of the Little Bighorn. The family story is that Common Gun was a very good shot with the little revolver and it provided lots of small game for the cooking pot. Red Horn Bill also had an 1866 Winchester Rifle and 1863 Star Single Action Revolver that he carried with him into The Battle of the Little Bighorn. The lot includes a digital copy of the photograph of Chief Red Horn Bull, Sioux Indian taken in 1898 by New York Photographer Getrude Kasebier. The pistol comes with the signed letter describing the piece’s history from Wendell Grangaard along with detailed illustrations showing the markings he has translated. Wendell Grangaard is the foremost knowledge on the Togia language along with the Battle of the Little Bighorn as he is the author of the book, “Documenting the Weapons Used at Little Bighorn” 2015. Wendell was also intricate in the authentication and examination of the historic George Armstrong Custer Captured Sharps Carbine from Chief Black Kettle that sold at auction for $127,000. Comes with documentation including a detailed description authenticating the piece signed by Wendell, along with illustrations showing the Togia language carvings and a few photographs.

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Smith & Wesson No 1 2nd Issue Chief Red Horn Bull

Estimate $500 - $3,000Sep 30, 2017