A. A. POPE's S&W model Army, serial # 19000
Capt. A. A. Pope 35th Mass. Vols. engraved on the back strap of a S&W model 2 Old Army, according to literature a preferred sidearm of officers during the Civil War. The # 19000 fits into the group. Caliber .32 rim fire.
Capt. A. A. Pope is identified as Albert Augustus Pope, born May 20, 1843 in Boston, MA. In 1862 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the 35th Massachusetts regiment, with which he continued until the end of the war. He was mustered out as a Brevet Lieutenant Colonel. During the 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition Pope saw and became enthusiastic about bicycles. He began imparting European and took out US patents for those models. In the early 1890s he had established a bicycle trust which controlled the patents in the US. Nearly every bicycle manufacturer paid Pope around $10 per bike. His bicycle brand was know as Columbia. More can be found in Wikipedia. (5 pages are included)
The Index to the Gregory A. Coco Collection Gettysburg National Military Park library papers, photographs and diary of Captain Albert A. Pope are exhibited in Box B-45 (6 pages included)
For exhibition purpose the revolver was silver plated, and is now in fine condition. A historic interesting piece $4,250.