Colorado Rangers Outfit
Gun, Bowie Knife, and Rig
A lover of the Old West will appreciate this Historic Colorado Rangers outfit with gun and holster. An interesting and historical gun belt assemblage belonging to Colonel Charles J. Wall of the Colorado Rangers. Colonel Walls outfit is completely untouched and in very good condition overall. This historic Colorado Rangers outfit consists of his gun belt with holster and knife scabbard (permanently attached). Also, this outfit includes his .44 S&W Revolver and his antique bowie knife.
In 1861 the Colorado Territory was established and the Rangers were organized as Colorado’s only statewide law enforcement through the late 1920’s. The Colorado Rangers were fashioned after the well known Texas Rangers. They often served both law enforcement and militia roles in the early days of the Colorado Territory. To this day, Rangers serve as an unpaid auxiliary to any agency that requests their assistance.
Colonel Charles J. Wall
Col. Charles J. Wall is listed in the roster of the Rangers, as noted in the “COLORADO RANGERS” by Carleton McClure. The Denver city directories and 1920 federal census both list Wall as rooming at the Denver Athletic Club at 1325 Glenarm in Denver. Around 1919 Wall was serving as the head of the state constabulary and had been appointed as head of safety for the city of Denver. However, at the end of May he was implicated in a bootlegging scandal that involved hundreds of gallons of whiskey that was shipped to him. Fortunately, Wall was not prosecuted, but was forced to resign his appointment as chief of the constabulary. Similarly, his appointment to the head of safety was also revoked.
Smith & Wesson Revolver
THE GUN is a S&W .44 Double Action First Model Revolver, shipped to New York in 1894. A factory letter (included) confirms barrel length of 6 ½”, nickel finish, hard rubber grips and .44 S & W Russian Caliber. It’s in good condition with approximately 15-20% of the original nickel, the rest gone to a dark patina. The grips are very good (no damage) and the mechanics function well. Similarly, the bore is good and the entire gun is in as found, uncleaned condition. Markings are good and “C. J. Wall, Colorado Rangers” is stamped on the left side of the frame. The hammer/side plate screw is somewhat buggered and the side plate not completely screwed down, but it functions fine. All the other screws are good.
THE BOWIE KNIFE is very high quality with an 8 ¾” blade. There are copper name plates soldered on both sides at the top where the makers name may or may not be covered up. The plates are stamped “Colorado Rangers” on one side and “Col. Chas. Wall” on the other. The blade is nicely etched on the left side with an inscription or name removed from the center. The right side of the blade is plain with “Col Chas J Wall” very lightly professionally engraved. The handle is wood. Also, it is German Silver with a snake and eagle at the top and flower ornamentation at the bottom. A “W” of tacks is on the left side of the wood. The knife is in very good condition showing use and some dark patches that appear to be blood pitting. The knife still has a very sharp edge.
Belt, Scabbard & Holster
THE LEATHER RIG consists of a custom made belt and scabbard with a maker marked holster permanently attached with period copper rivets. The belt is 42” long x 2 ¾” wide and is decorated with nickel spots and hand tooling with the inscriptions “Colorado Rangers” and “CJW”. The scabbard is sewn to the belt and has 4 rifle cartridge loops in front and 6 loops behind for 44 caliber bullets. All the sewing on the belt appears to be hand done. The buckle is made from an actual Colorado Ranger Badge and is marked “Denver” and “B” on the back. In addition, a copper plate has been soldered at the bottom and stamped “COL”.
THE HOLSTER is maker marked in a circle with only “Colorado” barely legible. Most likely it is “Colorado Saddlary” which was in existence from 1902-1910. Also stamped on the holster is “CJW”. The holster is a double loop with a nice impressed border tooling and all the original stitching. A period repair to the skirt is showing with an additional piece of leather hand stitched to the back. The holster is a lighter color of brown from the belt with the belt being almost black in color.
This historic Colorado Rangers outfit is impressive and significant in Colorado history and rarely acknowledged by the ranks of Western Antique Collectors. Additional information about the Colorado Rangers and Charles Wall is included along with the Smith & Wesson letter for the gun.
Clarks Antiques Firearms – Historic Colorado Rangers Outfit – Price $6,500.00
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