1. Colt 1908 Vest Pocket Pistol Belonging to Daniel J. Leary of Waterbury Connecticut

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serial #400240, 25 ACP, 2" barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a lovely little and somewhat storied pistol. The metal surfaces retain about 98% to near 99% original blue, showing just the tiniest bit of sharp edge wear near the muzzle on the slide. Trigger, grip safety and manual safety show all their original vibrant color case-hardening. The pistol features factory mother-of-pearl grips, the right precisely engraved in block letters "D.J.Leary". The pistol includes a very nice two tone magazine and comes in its original purple-tone box, numbered to the gun on its bottom, in black grease pencil. Included is a small boar bristle cleaning brush and onion skin wrapping on the interior. The box itself rates very good with minor scuffing along the periphery of the edges of the lid and a very good end label, with surcharge label which reads "pearl blue". Daniel J Leary was the Comptroller of Waterbury Connecticut from 1931-1937. In 1938 a grand jury returned indictments against 26 officials in Waterbury Connecticut including the Waterbury Mayor and Lieut. Gov. of the State of Connecticut Frank Hayes, along with others, including his Comptroller Daniel J Leary, citing corruption and defrauding of the City of Waterbury to the tune of $1,000,000. Eighteen of those were convicted, Leary was sentenced to 10-15 years and subsequently disappeared while on bond, the city levying a $600,000 lien against his assets, he would stay "on the lam" after having assumed another identity for five years, eventually he was caught in Chicago when recognized by a former Waterbury resident who pointed him out as a fugitive to a beat cop walking the street. The pistol was consigned by a long-time Connecticut gun dealer who obtained it from a "family friend" who received the pistol after Leary "disappeared". After his release, Leary would remain a prominent Waterbury citizen and continue running the soft drink company he had owned and directed to prior to his stint as City Comptroller. Overall an absolutely fabulous pistol in its own right, all the more interesting by its ownership from this prominent, and one may argue notorious, Waterbury resident. (38211-23) {C&R} (1200/1800) SOLD FOR $3,737.50

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