Arizona TERRITORY COPPER QUEEN MINE Colt SAA With Colt Factory Letter & Other Documents!
Guns International #: 101357094 Seller's Inventory #: 190250
Category: Colt Revolvers - Single Action Army - 1st. Gen - .32 Revolvers
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Arizona TERRITORY COPPER QUEEN MINE Colt SAA
With Colt Factory Letter & Other Documents!
Here we present a First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver in .32 WCF, manufactured in 1906 in Hartford, Connecticut with a factory letter stating that it was shipped as part of a 20 gun shipment to the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company in Douglas in the Territory of Arizona on March 30, 1906, six years before Arizona became a state. The Copper Queen mine was once one of the most copper rich mines in North America. This revolver not only comes with the letter, but also two stock certificates, one for the Copper Queen Mining Company and the other to the Phelps Dodge Corporation. The one for the CQMC is for 250 shares to Herbert Banton and dated June 3, 1901. That for the PDC is for 50 shares to the Callaway Fish & Co. and dated April 12, 1929.
The Queen Mine was one of the most productive copper mines the world has ever seen. It was discovered in the 1870s by a Lieutenant Dunn as he and his unit were scouting the Apaches in the area. Not a miner himself, he made a deal with a prospector who promptly cut him out. Soon there were many claims filed. Eventually, the Phelps Dodge Corporation, via their subsidiary company the Copper Queen Mining Company, bought it all. The mine was closed in 1975 but not before over 8 billion lbs. of copper (and much in the way of other valuable minerals such as silver, gold, lead and zinc) was taken. This revolver was shipped to Douglas, close by to the mine which was in Bisbee. Bisbee was named for Judge DeWitt Bisbee, a shareholder of the Copper Queen Mining Company. While it is understood that a mining company might need arms to protect shipments and payroll, it is quite a more controversial topic than that as labor movementanizations and strikes are part of the history of this mine and others during this period. Laborers were coalescing into several different unions in the early-20th Century. These unions were sometimes violently hostile to each other in addition to drawing the ire of the mine owners and operators. In fact, in 1917 miners wereanizing and striking in both Bisbee and Jerome, Arizona and these mines used local law enforcement and their own hired hands to “deport” many of the agitators out of Arizona altogether.
The photographs are actually period postcards made variously by C.T American Art of Chicago, E. C. Kropp Co. of Milwaukee, A. O. Boeres Company of Phoenix, and Benham Indian Trading Co. of Los Angeles. Interestingly, both of the latter companies used swastikas in their trademarks. The postcards from left to right and top to bottom represent: the engine room of the Copper Queen smelter in Douglas, the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, the exterior of the smelter in Douglas, and the Main Street of Bisbee. This is such a fabulous collection and there be even be more to discover!
The overall condition is very good plus. Lots of original blue finish. The bore is clean with nice rifling. The action is excellent.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 4-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .32 WCF
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Guaranteed AUTHENTIC & Includes CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY.