Tom Threeperson's archive includes his fabled Colt Single Action Army Revolver with a Colt factory letter, World War I documents including his enlistment record and discharge papers, Treasury Department paperwork including his Prohibition Agent appointment paperwork and his letter of resignation, his letter of resignation as U.S. Customs Mounted Inspector, his official Deputation paperwork from the state of Texas, his El Paso County Deputy Sheriff badge, his personal scrapbook of news and magazine articles, an August 1975 copy of True West magazine featuring an extensive profile on his exploits, several personal photographs of Tom, his own typed autobiographical sketch, a 92 page manuscript depicting his life, and other personal documents, including his death certificate.
For a biography of Tom Threepersons, please go to www.cowans.com. An extensive profile of Threepersons was published in True West magazine in August, 1975. According to author Mary'n Rosson, "Tom Threepersons was an honest to God American, a completely educated and civilized Cherokee Indian who will be remembered as a true figure of the old West when a lawman's longevity was determined by the quality of his courage and the dexterity with a gun - when a man had to take up his own trail of vengeance."
As noted, this lot includes Tom's famous Colt Single Action Army Revolver, .45 colt caliber, 4.75" barrel, S/N 310268. With matching numbers throughout. Re-nickel finish, with Tom Threepersons engraved into the backstrap. The left grip is of old ivory with a Colt medallion, with the right grip being pearl. The area behind the trigger guard features cross hatching that extends from the metal to both sides of the grips, attesting to the fact that the grip combination was purposeful at the time of ownership. Included with the pistol is a letter from Colt, stating that the .45 caliber revolver was shipped (blued at the time) to Charles Ilfield Co., Las Vegas, New Mexico, July 7, 1909. This very pistol is described on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' website, under Threepersons' own profile, listed in their Our History segment.
Provenance includes the original receipt of sale from Earl Ridlon to Ray Templer of Silver City, N.M., to Peter Steins, to Chas. Schreiner. The pistol was last sold April 2003, by Little John's Auction Service, as part of the Chas. Schreiner III collection.
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The revolver shows most of it's re-nickel finish still remaining, with flaking on the cylinder and muzzle. The top flat of the frame has been filed down to facilitate a better sighting picture. As noted, the inside of the trigger guard has been crosshatched, which extends to the grips. The pearl grip has some light wear near the frame, but both grips are in otherwise excellent condition.