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Who's would have ordered it?
« on: March 13, 2022, 04:48:53 PM »
An exercise just for fun:

Pictured is a Smith & Wesson 4th model .38 cal. Safety Hammerless.  Options include a 5 inch barrel and ivory stocks.
It left the factory circa 1899.

The 1900 Sears Catalog lists a 5 inch, nickel, .38 Safety Hammerless at $12.50.  Pearl stocks were and extra $ 1.25 (at the time ivory was cheaper than pearl).

A box of 50 cartridges listed for $.69.

So: who would have ordered/carried such a pistol at the turn of the 20th century?

Use your historical knowledge and imagination to create a character.

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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2022, 02:40:56 AM »
Perhaps Hugh Obrien?



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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2022, 07:53:26 AM »
I was thinking Bat Masterson when he was in the sports announcer era. 

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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2022, 10:45:48 AM »
I think a city policeman in a small town in Missouri or Eastern Kansas.
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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2022, 10:53:12 AM »
I was going to say Pimp,  but he would have probably spent the additional $1.25 for the Mother of Pearl stocks!

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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2022, 11:03:42 AM »
Scotty, I think a pimp would have gone for a shorter barrel ;D
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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2022, 01:28:33 PM »
Definitely someone going for the showmanship but not conceal-ability.

Or someone like Patton.
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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2022, 03:09:07 PM »
Scotty, I think a pimp would have gone for a shorter barrel ;D

But then he wouldn't be able to enter the "mine is longer than your's" discussion!

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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2022, 05:12:18 PM »
I know the history of 3 pre-1900 lemonsqueezers.  One (3" barrel) was pocket-carried by a homesteader. One (5" barrel) was owned by a doctor in his bag while doing rounds.  One (5" barrel) was kept by a newspaper publisher/editor, and carried in the aftermath of the County Seat Wars. 

The longer (4-5" barrel) tucks nicely behind a belt, in a boot top, or behind a work apron. 
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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2022, 10:14:40 PM »
Me!

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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2022, 08:20:33 AM »
I just got my letter from the Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation.

Now I know who got the pistol in December of 1900: it was Gustav E. Dietz.

Now I need to know who this Gustav Dietz is.

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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2022, 11:24:45 AM »
That is way cool. 
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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2022, 08:12:39 AM »
Unfortunately there are 40+ Gustav Dietz from NYC to California listed in the 1900 census.
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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2022, 09:09:40 PM »
Just to add some mystery, I have a pre 1914 44 1/2 Stevens Schuetzen gun that was
bought new by a Adolph Dietz. He also had an old 1895 Marlin that Peevine bought from me.
Probably no relation but???  He lived in Toronto Iowa.


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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2022, 08:48:29 AM »
Just to add some mystery, I have a pre 1914 44 1/2 Stevens Schuetzen gun that was
bought new by a Adolph Dietz. He also had an old 1895 Marlin that Peevine bought from me.
Probably no relation but???  He lived in Toronto Iowa.

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Maybe we could do an exhibit of "The Dietz Family Arms."  ;D

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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2022, 09:52:28 AM »
Of the Lantern Dynasty Dietz' . . .
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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2022, 08:20:46 AM »
Of the Lantern Dynasty Dietz' . . .

I have not been able to find a Gustav associated with the Dietz Lantern company. :-[

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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2022, 01:27:32 PM »
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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2022, 04:16:27 PM »
Books,
Did the letter say where it was shipped to?
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Re: Who's would have ordered it?
« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2022, 08:56:06 AM »
Books,
Did the letter say where it was shipped to?
Yuma

No.  Implying that Mr. Dietz picked it up.

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