31. U.S. Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless General Officers Pistol Belonging to General Lawson Moseley

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serial #559358, 32 ACP, 3 3/4" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces on this very nice Model M retain about 97 to near 98% original blue, the loss is due primarily to some very light high edge wear and some very light toning on the edges of the frame at the backstrap, also showing some very sparsely scattered extremely light surface oxidation here and there. The checkered walnut grips with silver Rampant Colt medallions rate very good plus each showing some very minor compression or flattening of the points. All of the markings remain crisp and legible with the "U.S. Property" marking being of the smaller font, the left side root of triggerguard exhibiting the ordnance acceptance punch mark. Lawson S Moseley Jr., U.S.M.A. Class of 1934 graduated with a Bachelor of Science and was commissioned a Second Lieut. in the Coastal Artillery Corps. He was then detailed to Randolph Field Texas for pilot training, earning his wings in 1940. He was a pilot in the 19th Bombardment Group at March Field, California where he worked to develop new techniques in flying, navigating and bombing. After a stint at the Air Corps Technical School in Illinois he became Commander of the 32nd School Squadron and was promoted to Captain. In 1941 the Army Air Corps began training cadets as navigators and "Jeff" Moseley was transferred to Barksdale Field, LA, then promoted to Major and reassigned as the Director of the Air Navigation Training School at Albany, Georgia. In 1942 he was promoted to Lieut. Colonel, then Colonel in 1943 and was then transferred to Maxwell Field Alabama to the Southeast Air Corps Training Center. In 1944 he became the Assistant Chief of Staff and Training of the China-Burma-India Air Force Training Command. It was here that he would earn the respect of not only the United States, but also the Royal Air Force counterparts with which he would work. His stations in this theater of action were at Karachi, Chungking and Shanghai and he was awarded the Special Breast Order of the Yun Hui with ribbon. Post-war he was a student at the Second Command Class, Command and Gen. Staff School. After a short assignment at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio he was placed in command of the Air Force Training Station at San Marcos Texas. Shortly after he would become the Commanding Officer at Randolph Field and later deputy of the Plans Training and Operations, Air Training Command. In 1949 he was lucky enough to become student at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base and upon graduation he was sent to Istanbul, Turkey as an advisor to the Turkish Staff College. In 1952 he was selected to attend the prestigious National War College, next assigned to the War Plans Division, Headquarters, United States Air Force being promoted chief of this division and a Brig. General in 1956. For four years he was at the Pentagon and was transferred to the Pacific Air Force at Hickam Field Hawaii, traveling extensively through Polynesia and Southeast Asia. On completion of this assignment he was designated the Director of Research Studies Institutes, now the Aerospace Studies Institute, at Maxwell Air Force Base. Brig. General Moseley retired in 1961, additional decorations included the Air Medal, Legion of Merit with oakleaf cluster, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with service star and he was rated a command pilot and aircraft observer. Included with the arm are a brown leather regulation officers belt and Moseley's original holster (the attaching snap has come unfastened from the body) along with two blued Colt magazines. The pistol is listed by serial number in U.S. General Officers Pistols: A Collector's Guide by Williams and Brunner where it is also pictured, along with a short narrative of Brig. General Moseley's career; a signed copy of this book is included. A consummate Southern Gentleman of the old school, a West Point classmate remarked of him "Rhett Butler was a hack compared to Jeff". Really a lovely pistol overall belonging to this intelligent and dedicated southern officer. Slide and frame are numbered alike. (37644-23) {C&R} [Kevin Williams Collection] (4000/6000) SOLD FOR $6,900.00

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