Rare Opportunity: President And Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt’s Revolver Goes Up For Auction | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Leif Le Mahieu.

    A host of historic artifacts, including firearms linked to two presidents, are being sold this weekend, giving bidders the rare opportunity to own the gun of a former president.

    The Illinois-based Rock Island Auction Company (RIA) is auctioning off a trove of historic guns, swords, and other items this weekend, including a factory-engraved Smith & Wesson Model No. 3 single-action revolver that belonged to former President Theodore Roosevelt.

    "Any time you can have a Teddy Roosevelt item, he's such a man of his times, it's very exciting," Joel Kolander, interactive production manager for RIA, told The Daily Wire. "I've been working for Rock Island Auction Company for ten years, I can count on one hand the amount of presidential-tied items that we have had."

    The revolver, which could go for up to $1.4 million or more, was shipped to Roosevelt just before he left the U.S. in 1898 to fight in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Roosevelt did not end up using the gun during the war, instead carrying one that had been salvaged from the USS Maine. The Maine had exploded under mysterious circumstances, precipitating the war with Spain.

    "It's [in] remarkable condition," Kolander said, "It's almost fortunate that this revolver did not go off to war because there's no way that it would have survived in the condition that it did." The gun, which has been held in a private collection, was factory engraved by the Youngs, a family known at the time for their skill at engraving.

    The auction company sold a gold hunting knife belonging to Roosevelt in 2016 for over $400,000. Kolander said one reason Roosevelt is still so popular is because he embodies American values like rugged individualism.

    "For us as Americans or anyone who appreciates some of those traditional American values, Teddy Roosevelt is absolutely someone that's going to appeal to them," he said.

    Another presidential-linked item at the auction is a Burnside Carbine that former President Abraham Lincoln presented in 1862 to John J. Crittenden, an influential Kentucky statesman who worked to keep Kentucky in the Union during the Civil War.

    The gun, which had been kept by the descendants of Crittenden until 1992, is expected to go for between $100,000 and $300,000.

    Other items available at the auction include the battle and dress swords of Brigadier General John W. M. Appleton, who was one of the white officers leading the 54th Massachusetts, the second African-American regiment during the Civil War. A sword belonging to Medal of Honor recipient and Gettysburg hero General Dan Sickles, expected to go for between $30,000 and $50,000, can also be purchased.
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( December 24th, 2022 @ 4:49 pm )
I have to agree with you on that one.

Many of the Republicans of that day were rather unremarkable, excepting President William McKinley (a smart /competent president), who was shot dead; however, Roosevelt would have never been president if the then Republican had not dislike him as they did, which made for a most serendipitous presidency ... You know the ironic story here.

His largest political mistake was promising to stand for only one election. The party that did not like him held him to that promise.
( December 24th, 2022 @ 2:15 pm )
What Teddy Roosevelt did in the 1912 election is a big reason I do not care for him. He ran on the Progressive Party ticket, and as a former Republican president, he split the Republican vote, allowing another obnoxious progressive, Woodrow Wilson to become president, which had a huge list of negative consequences. It was all about Teddy's ego, not what was good for the country. Roosevelt's platform in 1912 was quite far to the left, but he drew most of his votes based on his personality, not his platform.
( December 24th, 2022 @ 2:05 pm )
You are right.

But the upside for the United States was acquiring the potential to have far flung land all over the Pacific, including Cuba. Should have annexed Cuba, as well as Puerto Rico and Hawaii and Guam.
( December 24th, 2022 @ 12:20 pm )
The Spanish American War was a war that Big Media of the day pushed us into. Spain probably had nothing to do with the explosion on the battleship Maine, which was not at all in their interest. It came within a day of being an extremely consequential war for the US, because that is how long the Imperial German Far East Fleet lost their race with Dewey to reach Manila Bay. Imperial Germany wanted the Phillipines and when the war broke out, they ordered their Far East Fleet based in Kaio Chau, the German version of Hong Kong on the Chinese coast, to steam for Manila. The goal was to position the German fleet in front of the Spanish to force US Admiral Dewey to either attack them first or leave. If the former happened, the Kaiser was ready to go to the Reichstag for a declaration of war, and America would have found itself fighting the world's second most powerful navy at the time (the UK's Royal Navy was the most powerful). As it was, the German fleet was a day late and while they steamed around trying to provoke an attack by Dewey, including landing German marines, Dewey was smart enough to ignore them and they eventually steamed away. Even after the naval gambit failed, Germany offered to buy the Phillipines from Spain and take on evicting the Americans themselves. That is why in the peace treaty with Spain, the US paid for the Phillipines while Cuba and Puerto Rico were ceded without any payment.
( December 24th, 2022 @ 11:37 am )
At least he balanced the budget. The Swamp has proven that they will not.

Getting the National Parks started and increasing the size of the US Navy, and using the navy worldwide was a bold move that initiated the pathway to the US Navy's dominance since WWII.

Remember that Roosevelt left a cushy job in Washington, DC to fight in a consequential war, that would have had even greater effect on the predominance of the USA had we had the forethought to annex Cuba after Spain was finally tossed from this hemisphere.

Plus, Roosevelt was smart, and he was a Cowboy, which is very cool.
( December 24th, 2022 @ 10:23 am )
Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive Republican, a big spender and a big government guy, more like a Cheney than a Trump. His role in the Spanish American War was more hype than reality. He may have exuded a certain personal bravado, but his politics were to the left of most Republicans of his day.
( December 24th, 2022 @ 10:08 am )
As a United States President, Theodore Roosevelt is still larger than life.

The only United States President to win the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first real Swamp fighter, and like President Donald Trump, from New York.

In these days, when we must endure, here in modern times, America's 2nd non patriot president; second Socialist president; and America's First Idiot President - www.beaufortcountynow.com - we should be thankful for the bold, super patriot, the hyper intelligent, and exceedingly honest Teddy Roosevelt.

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