Lot 211 Detail
Historic Cased and Inscribed Reid Phoenix Pocket Revolver Model 2, Presented to Dorman
B. Eaton by James P. Fitch Associated with the Phoenix
Serial no. 1344, .32 rimfire caliber, 7 shot, 6-inch octagonal barrel marked on top:
JAMES P. FITCH N.Y. PHOENIX REVOLVER; blued finish, with case-hardened hammer; ivory
grips, the right panel inscribed in script: "D.B. Eaton Esq./FROM/Jms. P. Fitch./Nov.
12, 1862." Revolver made with ejector rod. Varnished walnut case, the lid inlaid with
scalloped brass plaque, inscribed in script: "D.B. Eaton." Lined in burgundy
velvet, with packet of 50 cartridges, .30 caliber-long by UMC Co.; one loose cartridge,
key and small screwdriver.
Condition: Fine. 45% blue, balance gray; 50% case-hardening on
hammer; mellow patina to ivory; inscription fine. Case and accessories fine, light marks
outside; light wear and stains inside; cartridge box opened, presently sealed in plastic
Provenance: Karl Moldenhauer
Accompanied by hand-written note in ink referring to Captain Eaton and his coming to
New York, dated July 24, 1865, plus typed page quotation from Encyclopedia Britannica,
vol. 7, page 1877 (1945 edition) on Dorman Bridgman Eaton, American lawyer (1823-1899),
providing history. Includes note on his role in "the fight against [Boss] Tweed and
his followers, by one of whom he was assaulted . . . ." Eaton served as a member of
the "first U.S. civil service commission. In 1877, at the request of Pres. Hayes, he
made a careful study of the British civil service . . . . He drafted the Pendleton Civil
Service Act of 1883, and later became a member of the new commission established by it . .
. ." With his law degree from Harvard (class 1850), and admission to the bar in New
York City, he was prominent also as an author, and a privately printed volume on his life
was published in 1900. Eaton is also believed to have been an officer with the Union in
the Civil War.
Estimate: $10000 - $15000
kit for pinfire cartridges (5mm, 7mm, 9mm & 12mm)
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Basic one shell
16 gauge caliber kit
for pinfire shotgun
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Includes a brass
case, a cap holder, a firing pin and a long screw
Revive your antique French 11mm Model
1873 (Chamelot Delvigne) revolver
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Content : 11 mm tools + 12
reloadable cases + 1 powder measuring cup + 25 lead bullets
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