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Lot 2484
The Belongings of Rev. A.T. Gesner, Lay Missionary in the District of Nevada from April 1893 to September same year in charge of Gold Hill, Silver City and Dayton. residence at Virginia City, Nev.” Includes the Colt .44 Revolver, s/n 152246, that belonged to famous stage driver Hank Monk, who drove Horace Greeley over the "Horn" in Chapter 20 of Mark Twain's second travel book "Roughing It", 1872, (a copy of which is included) The lineage is evidenced by a very old tag tied to the trigger. Includes April 25, 1920 partial front page from the Waterbury, Conn. "Sunday Republic", with a photo of Gesner aiming the pistol, telling the story of his acquisition of the piece. Also includes (4) cabinet photos of Virginia City about 1890-93, with Gesner's inscriptions; a cabinet photo of camp at Clarks Fork Valley at mouth of Dry Creek, Mont. & cabinet photo of Rev A.T. Gesner in Billings Mont. about 1902, with his bicycle and portable altar kit. The pistol is in rough condition, the photos are good.

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Estimate $3,000 - $5,000Aug 24