320. Very Rare Remington Model 1875 Single Action Army Revolver with Capper's Farmers Protective Association Marking

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serial #993, 44-40 WCF, 7 1/2'' barrel with a bright very good plus bore which shows some scattered very light oxidation and a handful of light pits along its lower edge. This lovely bright blued model 1875 revolver remains in an exceptional state of condition. While most 1875's are seen nickeled, the barrel and ejector rod housing retain about 90% bright original blue, the loss due to flaking to plum with wear to pewter at the muzzle. The cylinder shows a bit more wear with a few rotational marks and the frame retaining perhaps 75-80% original blue. The triggerguard has some excellent original blue with the hammer showing vibrant color case-hardening on its side flats, front and back straps are worn to a smooth pewter patina. The inside surfaces of the chambers retain virtually all their original blue, the gun showing very scant evidence of having been fired, the forcing cone showing some light pinprick pitting, but clearly the gun was cleaned and very well cared for. The smooth English walnut grips rate very fine to excellent with much original varnish showing only light wear with the expected tiny dings and handling marks from the years, they are pencil-numbered to the gun on their interior, the grip screw still with some nice fire blue. The factory lanyard loop is intact and the gun functions very well mechanically with crisp ''E. Remington & Sons Ilion N.Y. USA'' barrel marking, ''44'' stamping at left root of triggerguard and ''C.F.P.A.'' marking neatly stamped on the right of the frame. Arthur Capper, native son of Kansas, later its governor and later senator for the state, purchased the Missouri Valley Farmer in 1893, naming the newspaper ''Capper's Farmer''. He was a great proponent of agriculture and of the men who worked the land, and in 1922 as Senator helped to pass the Capper-Volstead Act which allowed farmers the ability to work collectively to set pricing for their wares in the marketplace, thus assuring them a higher market share for their labors. In 1932 Capper established a farm insurance company on a nationwide basis, the ''Capper's Farmer Protective Service'' being a division of the ''Capper's National Protective Service Association'' (Topeka Kansas). Brilliant red and white signs were provided the policyholders which denoted their lands as being under protection of the Association and that thieves should stay away. Indeed later signs denoted the marking of cattle with ''Capper's National Marking System'' on the protected properties and offered $25-$50-$75 rewards, it is quite easy to see why any field agent or investigator for the company would need a side arm in the wide open lands of the West, where local or state police intervention was sparse and wide. An outstanding example with its bright original blue in its own right, even-the-more interesting and rare with the Western Prairie-lands marking of the Capper's Farmers Protection Association. (38751-39) {ANTIQUE} (8000/12,000) Sold For 7475.00

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