A Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Revolver owned by Emmett Dalton
This revolver, serial number 17887, caliber .44 S&W Russian is nickel finished with factory checkered hard rubber grips. The included factory letter says that it was shipped to the large S&W distributor M.W. Robinson in New York City on October 3, 1887. The letter indicates that it had a nickel finish and a 6 ½ inch barrel, however the barrel is 5 inches long, is numbered to the frame, and does not appear to be altered. The bore is in good condition and the mechanism functions well. The metal retains 90% factory nickel with most of the blue on the triggerguard, hammer and trigger turning plum. The grips show a good deal of wear on the checkering but have no cracks or chips.
The Dalton brothers were notorious train robbers in the early 1890s, but met their demise on October 5, 1892 when their ambitious scheme to rob two banks at the same time was defeated in a furious shootout with the town’s citizens. This resulted in the death of his brothers, Grat and Bob, and the serious wounding of Emmett (23 slugs were removed from his body). At his trial he was sentenced to life in prison , but he received a parole in 1907 and spent the rest of his days in California.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Emmett was a patient of Dr. Tilman H. McLaughlin in Hollywood, and he gave this revolver to the doctor as payment for services rendered. This revolver passed down to his daughter and eventually to his grandson, Merrill H. Deal, Jr. A notarized statement from the grandson’s wife, Marilyn K. Deal, is included that is dated August 24, 2011. This narrates the family history of this revolver. Also included is a 1902 commencement program for Dr. McLaughlin’s graduation from medical school, a photocopy of his business card listing him as a “Physician and Surgeon,” and four photographs of him from a young man to a distinguished looking senior citizen.
Provence: Emmett Dalton Dr. Tilman H. McLaughlin Lucille McLaughlin Deal Merrill H. Deal, Jr. Marilyn K. Deal
This is an antique revolver and transfers with no federal restrictions. RRAuction COA.