137. Rare U.S. Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Dual Issue General Officers Pistol belonging to Brigadier General Frederick W Duncan and Major General Philip C Wehle

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serial #568334, 32 ACP, 3 3/4" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain about 97% arsenal gray phosphate finish, the loss being some light fading and high edge wear with the sparsely scattered minor handling mark here and there. The markings remain crisp including the "U.S. Property" marking on frame with the ordnance wheel on left of frame being slightly off-struck and is only partial. The checkered walnut grips with silver Rampant Colt medallions rate very good showing wear along their lower edges and with minor dings, light compressions or chips scattered about their surface. The pistol comes with two "Cal.32/Colt"-marked magazines, one is blued, one is parkerized, they both rate very good to excellent. Major General Philip Wehle, a native of Westport Connecticut, graduated the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned Second Lieutenant of field artillery in 1930, beginning his service in the 82nd Field Artillery at Fort Bliss Texas. He would attend field artillery school and enjoy other assignments until the Second World War when he was assigned to the 603rd Field artillery in the APT where he served as G-1 of the first joint Army Navy Task Force headquarters in the Pacific. Upon return to United States he became the battalion commander of the 616th Field artillery at Camps Carson and Hale and in 1944 he served in the ETO as Assistant Corps Artillery Officer of the XVIII Airborne Corps through the Ardennes's, Rhineland and Central European campaigns. During the Korean conflict he attended the Army War College and later served as an instructor there. 1954-55 he was assigned to the Korean Military Advisory Group and became senior advisor to the second ROK Army. In 1963 Major General Wehle was assigned to the Military District of Washington as the Commanding General and presided over the state funerals of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Herbert Hoover and General Douglas MacArthur. He was issued this pistol on October 1962 and clearly turned the arm in upon retirement. His decorations include the Legion of Merit in the Army Distinguished Service Medal. Precious little can be found about Brigadier General FW Duncan although his original certificate of ownership listing the gun by serial number and Department of the Army letter are included with the arm as well as a packing list, computer punch card and instruction sheet for the "Colt Automatic 32 and 380 Pocket Model M Pistols". Photographs of general Wehle are included along with a facsimile of his service ribbon and decoration bar, a black leather general officers holster and a copy of the "yearbook" from the Infantry Training Center at Fort Polk LA where Wehle was Commanding General in 1962. Another interesting inclusion is a first-day cover of a U.S. Army three cent postage stamp, postmarked September 1945, in honor of the U.S. Army Rhine crossing and victory, with Philip Wehle's name on the front. The slide is properly numbered to the gun and the gun seems to function well mechanically. The Colt U.S. General Officers Pistol by Greeley and The Colt Pocket Hammerless Automatic Pistols II by Brunner both list of the arm, the latter book showing issue to both men and the dates. Overall a very nice Model M, all the rarer due to its dual-issue status. (38668-5) {C&R} (4000/6000) SOLD FOR $4,887.50

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