Colt Single Action Army Revolver Presented to Miss Lillian Smith by Philo Jacoby, President of the Schutzen Rifle Club San Francisco, Mar. 15 1885

.22 caliber, 4 7/8" barrel, S/N 105125. Matching numbers throughout. The revolver features period scroll and stipple engraving throughout, with some gilt on the cylinder. The barrel has Colt engraved on the top, with the caliber engraved on the left side. The backstrap is engraved in cursive, Presented to Miss Lillian Smith by Philo Jacoby Pres. / of the Schutzen Rifle Club San Francisco Mar. 15 1885, with The California Girl / Champion Rifle Shot engraved on the underside of the butt. With pearl grips.

Lillian Smith (1871-1930), also known as "Princess Wenona" or "The California Girl", began shooting at the age of 7, and joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show at the age of 15, in 1886. Philo Jacoby (1837-1922), a Polish born Jew who arrived in San Francisco in 1859, was at the time one of the leading marksmen in California, if not the world. The prize was documented on page 49 of Buffalo Bill's 1887 program Buffalo Bill's Wild West. America's National Entertainment, An Illustrated Treatise of Historical Facts and Sketches. Miss Smith's profile states "This remarkable little lady has shot successfully in tournaments with various gun clubs on the coast ... taking two valuable prizes, the special prize given by Philo Jacoby, president of the Scheutzen Rifle Club, San Francisco, March 15, 1885." 


The revolver has a flat gunmetal patina throughout, with some case hardened colors remaining in protected areas on the cylinder. The grips are in good condition. The bore and action are good.

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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