Lot 966

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ANTHONY W. VOGDES (1843-1923) was a career U.S. Army officer, son of Union Brigadier General Israel Vogdes, and descendent of Continental Army General 'Mad' Anthony Wayne. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant into 'I' Co., 100th N.Y. Vols. at Morris Island, SC on August 13, 1863, and was promoted to first lieutenant on March 17, 1864. His regiment was heavily involved in the assaults and sieges on Forts Wagner and Gregg, and operations against Fort Sumter and Charleston. It was later engaged at the battle of Drury's Bluff, Deep Bottom, Petersburg, Fair Oaks, and at Appomattox. Post-war, he was stationed at Forts Laramie and Fetterman on the Indian frontier, where he reportedly met and entertained famous Indian leaders such as Red Cloud and Man Afraid of His Horses. Vogdes eventually commanded artillery units in the Spanish-American War, reaching the rank of brigadier general. An avid scholar his entire life, Vogdes played a major role in the establishment of the San Diego Museum of Natural History. This fine pistol is a Navy Model .36 Caliber Percussion Revolver made by the Metropolitan Arms Co., single action six-cylinder construction, 7.5 in. barrel, 12 in. overall, made between 1864-1866, serial number 3071 on all parts except the barrel, which is 3099 and was likely replaced by Vogdes due to years of wear and tear. Engravings on the barrel read: 'Metropolitan Arms Co. New York', and a brass strip between the two wood grips is period-engraved: 'Lt. Wayne Vogdes 100th Reg. N.Y. Vols..' The pistol mechanism is operable, parts remain quite tight, and overall in very good condition. The Metropolitan Arms Co. received its impetus when Colt, one of America's largest gun manufacturer at the time, suffered a substantial fire in their factory in February 1864. Every Metropolitan Arms product was a copy of a Colt, so much so that it is sometimes difficult to tell one brand from the other. A great Civil War firearm.

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May 23, 2021 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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