Historic 1851 Colt Navy Revolver Recovered Underneath the Shack Where Billy the Kid Was Killed - Inventory Number: HAN 219
This excellent relic condition Model 1851 Colt Navy holds a fascinating connection to the wild west. It was recovered from the floorboards of the room where the infamous outlaw “Billy the Kid” was killed by Pat Garrett at Fort Sumner, New Mexico on July 14, 1881. The original handwritten tag is accompanied a laminated copy and reads “#134295 Remington prc. Revolver (actually colt 1851 Navy-1863 ) personal property of Mr. Richard Steuart. Presented by Dr. Charles F. Elvers of Brady Institute Johns Hopkins Hospital. Also archeologist. This pistol was found under the floor of the shack where "Billy the Kid" was killed. The story and authenticity was given to Mr. Steuart who placed it in his files at the Balto news office. Mr Steuart was curator of arms sector, Maryland Academy of Sciences, 2724n. Charles St.. Mr. Steuart presented the pistol to Mr.Ernest L. Hoxter, custodian of the arms collection of the M.A.of S. In January 1946. This pistol was purchased June 10, 1978 from Wm. Whitley, son-in-law of E. L. Hoxter, by Charles h. Klein. Mr. Whitley was disposing of Mr. Hoxters collection due to his hospitalization. Mr. Hoxter is 86 years old. 6/25/78 c. H. Klein” This pistol was likely at the scene of one of the most famous incidents in old west outlaw history.
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Inventory Number: HAN 219