Autry Museum of the American West

Presentation Model 1862 Police and Pocket Navy Conversion Revolver

right side

right side

Circa 1873-1880; serial number 23773E
Owner: scout Captain Cyrus McNeeley Scott
Inscribed: C.M. Scott
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
Engraver: Louis D. Nimschke
Donated by Greg and Petra Martin

Captain Cyrus McNeeley Scott served as a special Indian scout for the adjunct general of Kansas, and he was the proprietor and editor of the Arkansas City Traveler newspaper in the 1870s. Scott was presented with this Model 1862 Police and Pocket Navy Conversion Revolver in recognition of his distinguished service and bravery while serving in the Kansas Cavalry Patrol, scouting Indian movements from South Dakota to North Texas. Unlike most beautifully engraved revolvers with "Tiffany" grips, this revolver actually saw use on the American frontier. It is also one of the only known revolvers with "Tiffany" grips that is documented in a nineteenth-century photograph with the original owner.

  • left side

    left side
  • backstrap detail

    backstrap detail
  • inscription on backstrap

    inscription on backstrap

  • grip

  • butt detail 1

    butt detail 1
  • butt detail 2

    butt detail 2

  • Captain Cyrus M Scott (seated left) with revolver tucked under his left arm, along with Nez Perce Chief Yellow Bull (seated right) and an Idaho scout (standing)

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