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*TRULY UNIQUE AND IMPORTANT SAVAGE M1907 FACTORY ENGRAVED SEMI-AUTO PISTOL PRESENTED TO WILLIAM F. “BUFFALO BILL” CODY. SN 33177. Cal. 32 ACP. All blue finish with 3-3/4″ bbl, fixed sights and standard markings, mounted with smooth pearl grips that have the Savage Arms Co. logo in the center. Engraved on backstrap “Col. W.F. Cody”. Frame & slide are lightly engraved with foliate arabesque patterns with matching patterns on heel of backstrap. Accompanied by a letter from noted researcher & historian, R.L. Wilson, wherein he states that this pistol is pictured in color in his book The Peacemakers on p. 308. He also states that the majority of known Buffalo Bill guns are in museums, unavailable to collectors. Also included is a copy of a 1979 letter from Savage historian, Roe S. Clark, which states that the records show that this pistol was marked “SPEC GRADE”. It was accepted from the factory June 12, 1911 and shipped Aug. 22, 1911 to Col. W.F. Cody. Also included with that letter is a copy of the Savage record book for this pistol. Additionally included is a handwritten, signed & witnessed Bill of Sale dated 4/29/79 for this pistol, identified by SN, from someone named Greg Gurtis to Gene Schulze for the sum of $150.00. Also accompanying is a copy of a letter on Simpson Ltd. letterhead over the signature of Robert Simpson offering to loan this pistol to the Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody, WY, for a period of two years which apparently took place at some later date as there is also a letter from Paul Fees, Curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum, thanking Mr. Simpson for the loan. In Mr. Simpson’s letter he references the book 10 Quick Shots, Stern, which identifies this pistol by SN and relates details of the presentation. Also included is a copy of the July 1979 magazine Arms Gazette where on p. 25 this pistol is advertised for sale by Andy’s Pawn Shop of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. The above referenced receipt is apparently selling this pistol to Andy’s Pawn Shop. This is one of the most historically significant Savage pistols known with its presentation to Buffalo Bill Cody who later wrote a resounding endorsement of the Savage pistol which was probably the intent of the presentation all along. It is extremely rare that such a presentation can actually be documented from existing factory records. Buffalo Bill Cody was the first real true showman in the United States and was a brilliant entrepreneur and marketing genius. In addition his true wild west exploits from the time he was a mere teenager lends great mystique to anything associated with him. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 90-92% glossy orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and some fine pitting on bbl with another small area of pin prick pitting on front sides of frame. Grips are crisp with great fire. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44745 LM357 (50,000-100,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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