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Colt Police Positive .38 Special - Collector's Information, Factory Inscribed "J.M.T.", Serial Number 12938, 4" Barrel, City of Meriden Police

Erik Winter Collection

First Year of Production Colt Police Positive .38 Special Serial Number 12938 with 4" barrel - Factory inscribed "JMT" on butt of revolver with blue finish and Colt hard rubber stocks.  This Police Positive was one of 20 in a shipment to the City of Meriden, Chief C.B. Bowen, Meriden, Connecticut on November 23, 1908.  Letter confirms factory inscription "JMT" on the butt of the revolver.

Early Colt logo on left side plate with Rampant Colt and Stylized "C"

Officer James M. Tolles

Chief C.B. Bowen

Officer James M. Tolles

Chief C.B. Bowen

Left side of barrel marked:

P olice
ositive
-.38 SPECIAL

Colt Police Positive .38 Special - factory inscribed "J.M.T." on the butt of the revolver.

"J.M.T." initials are hand engraved.

Marked on top of barrel:

COLT'S PT. F. A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.
PAT'D. AUG. 5. 1884, JUNE. 5. 1900, JULY 4. 1905

Police Positive .38 Factory Inscribed serial number 12938 with 4" barrel - right side.  Revolver is fitted with Colt black hard rubber stocks.  Front site is standard early rounded type.

Serial number 12938 is marked on cylinder crane and frame.

Original factory stocks are numbered to the revolver 12938 which was done when they were originally fitted to the gun.  Nickel stock screw was standard.

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