Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Revolver Bedroom. Someone had a "Thing" for Them

These pictures of a unique bedroom set came to me via the Internet.  I do not know the location of the set or the source of the revolvers.

Counting the revolvers that make up the bed frame, the vanity, the lamps, table, chair, chandelier, and window decoration, and assuming that there is symmetry on the sides of the objects that are not visible, I believe there are at least 100 revolvers used in the construction of the set.

The revolvers are an eclectic mix of Smith & Wesson (or clones) and Colt (or clones) revolvers.  They appear to mostly intact.  It seems likely that a few dozen working revolvers could be assembled from the frames and parts.   While there are many places that have dozens of revolvers, there may be only one revolver bedroom! 

The actions do not appear to be welded shut.  A good friend who is a small arms expert, and I, examined the pictures as best we could.  He believes that the revolvers are pre-WWII.   It is certainly possible.   All of them appear to be side swing revolvers.   I do not see any top breaks, and that makes sense for this sort of construction. 

A related question is: what was the source of these revolvers?  Our best theory is that they were confiscated guns that were required to be "disposed of".   A large police department in a city such as New York, Chicago, or Detroit, can confiscate thousands of firearms a year.    Perhaps these were confiscated during Prohibition.

The set is a unique piece of firearms art that celebrates, rather than vilifies, gun maker skills.

Any additional information about the provenance and location of this set would be appreciated.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My best guess is that various police depts. are indeed the source. I'm betting that they are worn-out retired duty guns rather than confiscated pieces. They ALL look like mid-20th-century police carry revolvers and there are too many like models for them to have been acquired randomly.