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PRESENTATION HELFRICHT ENG. COLT SAA REVOLVER

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PRESENTATION HELFRICHT ENG. COLT SAA REVOLVER
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The factory letter indicates that Colt Single Action Army Revolver serial number 121971, a 45 caliber with 7 1/2" barrel has having been shipped in a shipment of four guns on April 15, 1887 to one of the largest Colt distributors in the country, Hartley & Graham of New York. Gun is listed as "soft" finish which indicates gun was to be engraved by their engravers, the same firms used by Colt. In this case, the nearly full coverage scroll engraving appears to be that of Cuno Helfricht or his shop. The gun as it exists today has factory quality full nickel finish, engraved, with presentation bone grips that read " Presented to Jeff Kurtz" by the Southern Ex. Co. Vigilante 1892." Jefferson Davis Kurtz. Born in Virginia in 1861 to Robert Isaac Kurtz. Kurtz Sr. served in the Confederate Army in the Marion Rifles of the 5th Virginia and his son was named after the President of the Confederacy. After a short stay in Texas during the 1880's, Jeff Davis Kurtz moved to DeLand Florida in 1887. He became deputy sheriff of Volusia County in 1889. He ran and won his first full term as sheriff in 1892. Sheriff Jefferson Kurtz was shot and killed while he and the sheriff of Putnam County attempted to arrest a man who had been in a shootout with another man in Ormond Beach. He was killed in the line of duty on April 25, 1895, the first death in office for Volusia County sheriff's. . Sheriff Kurtz had a brother and a nephew who were also killed in the line of duty while serving the Volusia County Sheriff's Department. His brother, Deputy Charles Kurtz, was shot and killed on September 3, 1907, and his nephew, Deputy William Kremer, was shot and killed on December 10, 1898. It was while working during his first year as the sheriff that he thwarted a robbery of the Southern Express company. His funeral was paid for by the Southern Express Company for his valor in running down the "Monroe Junction train robbers" This robbery occurred on May 20, 1892. At the time of the ill fated train robbery, the cost of protecting their interests and seeking out criminals came and the expense of the Southern Express Co. For those that thought Florida was the roundups, cattle drives, rustling, gunslingers and hostile Indians. All this was part of the history and range wars in Florida. His 1895 obituary states that " Mr. Kurtz "won many handsome awards from Express Companies. " One of those handsome rewards was this Colt. It is obvious that Kurtz carried this gun. There is some light bubbling and flaking of nickel on barrel, cylinder and frame but it blends perfectly with the original nickel finish which appears to be at least 80-85 % The grips show a nice mellow tone with exposed grain and a few darker oil spots along metal edges. The frame screws still show nice blue. Action indexes and locks up like new. Bore is near mint. This gun was consigned in Florida and was the first time it left the state since carried by Kurtz himself. The gun comes with factory letter, original newspaper article and two books dealing with event and Kurtz himself. A very handsome gun with a connected storied past and a piece of Florida history. ANTIQUE
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PRESENTATION HELFRICHT ENG. COLT SAA REVOLVER

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The factory letter indicates that Colt Single Action Army Revolver serial number 121971, a 45 caliber with 7 1/2" barrel has having been shipped in a shipment of four guns on April 15, 1887 to one of the largest Colt distributors in the country, Hartley & Graham of New York. Gun is listed as "soft" finish which indicates gun was to be engraved by their engravers, the same firms used by Colt. In this case, the nearly full coverage scroll engraving appears to be that of Cuno Helfricht or his shop. The gun as it exists today has factory quality full nickel finish, engraved, with presentation bone grips that read " Presented to Jeff Kurtz" by the Southern Ex. Co. Vigilante 1892." Jefferson Davis Kurtz. Born in Virginia in 1861 to Robert Isaac Kurtz. Kurtz Sr. served in the Confederate Army in the Marion Rifles of the 5th Virginia and his son was named after the President of the Confederacy. After a short stay in Texas during the 1880's, Jeff Davis Kurtz moved to DeLand Florida in 1887. He became deputy sheriff of Volusia County in 1889. He ran and won his first full term as sheriff in 1892. Sheriff Jefferson Kurtz was shot and killed while he and the sheriff of Putnam County attempted to arrest a man who had been in a shootout with another man in Ormond Beach. He was killed in the line of duty on April 25, 1895, the first death in office for Volusia County sheriff's. . Sheriff Kurtz had a brother and a nephew who were also killed in the line of duty while serving the Volusia County Sheriff's Department. His brother, Deputy Charles Kurtz, was shot and killed on September 3, 1907, and his nephew, Deputy William Kremer, was shot and killed on December 10, 1898. It was while working during his first year as the sheriff that he thwarted a robbery of the Southern Express company. His funeral was paid for by the Southern Express Company for his valor in running down the "Monroe Junction train robbers" This robbery occurred on May 20, 1892. At the time of the ill fated train robbery, the cost of protecting their interests and seeking out criminals came and the expense of the Southern Express Co. For those that thought Florida was the roundups, cattle drives, rustling, gunslingers and hostile Indians. All this was part of the history and range wars in Florida. His 1895 obituary states that " Mr. Kurtz "won many handsome awards from Express Companies. " One of those handsome rewards was this Colt. It is obvious that Kurtz carried this gun. There is some light bubbling and flaking of nickel on barrel, cylinder and frame but it blends perfectly with the original nickel finish which appears to be at least 80-85 % The grips show a nice mellow tone with exposed grain and a few darker oil spots along metal edges. The frame screws still show nice blue. Action indexes and locks up like new. Bore is near mint. This gun was consigned in Florida and was the first time it left the state since carried by Kurtz himself. The gun comes with factory letter, original newspaper article and two books dealing with event and Kurtz himself. A very handsome gun with a connected storied past and a piece of Florida history. ANTIQUE

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