On April 11 American auction house James D Julia, in Fairfield, Maine, will be offering a Colt SA Army (SAA) in original condition, which the saleroom says is “positively proven to have been used by Custer’s men at the infamous Battle of the Little Bighorn”.
A James D Julia spokesman says: “In 1980, after a special archaeological dig at the battle site, excavated cartridge cases used during the battle underwent special forensic testing. This was done in an attempt to match up various guns currently held in museums and private hands to a casing from the battle site.
Some months after the massacre, in December 1876, Benteen appeared at Fort Rice, Dakota Territory. There he presented the Military Board with a group of firearms, including some carbines and three Colt SA firearms (this one being one of them).
The guns were all “…rendered unserviceable in action against the hostile Indians at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, N.T. on the 25th & 26th of June, 1876”, in the captain’s own words.
The Benteen Colt.
Last Edit: Aug 13, 2017 15:07:44 GMT -5 by moderator
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