Gambler’s Case with Colt Model 1878 Frontier Double Action Revolver (D1153)
Whether on a lively riverboat on the crest of the Mighty Mississippi, or in the smoky din of a camp saloon in the frontier west, a lucky draw could turn a broken betting man into a champion. Gamblers played with their back to the wall, guns at the ready, and painted ladies looking on, playing games like Chuck-A-Luck, Three Card Monte, High Dice, and Faro—by far the favorite in the Wild West saloons.
This 13.5 x 8.5 x 6.5 inch leather covered case contains monogrammed chips, gambling paraphernalia, cards, dominoes, and dice along with an 1878 Frontier Colt. This revolver was designed as the double action version of Colt's famed Single Action Army revolver and shared much of its history. The Model 1878 saw action on America's frontier and throughout the world until production ended in 1905. It was the first large frame, large caliber, double-action handgun to be produced by Colt, and was a hybrid between their successful 1873 Single Action Army and 1877 Double Action Revolver which had been introduced the previous year.This example, made in 1892, has a 45 long Colt caliber with 5 inch barrel. 90% original blue remaining. Monogrammed mother of pearl grips with a small crack in the right grip. Serial number 29555.