General George S. Patton, Jr.’s Colt .45 Single Action Revolver Expected To Fetch $60,000+ At Auction

With a Signed Letter of Authenticity From Patton’s Grandson, Robert H. Patton, General Patton’s Colt.45 Revolver Featuring Original Stag Horn Strips Highlights Profiles in History’s “Historical Auction” Taking Place On June 11, 2015


For Immediate Release:

(Los Angeles) (5/18/2015)- The Colt.45 Model 1871 single-action revolver (Serial No. 351427) acquired by General George S. Patton, Jr. around 1928 and owned by him throughout his life and known for its unique fancy stag horn grips, is set to be auctioned by Los Angeles-based auction house, Profiles in History on June 11, 2015. The revolver was personally owned by Patton’s grandson, historian and author, Robert H. Patton, who was given the gun by his father, General S. Patton IV, nearly 30 years ago. The working firearm combined with an esteemed signed letter of authenticity from Robert is expected to fetch $60,000+ at the Profiles in History “Historical Auction.”

“I am not aware of any Patton-owned handgun or shotgun ever coming available to the public,” noted Robert H. Patton.

The General of WWII fame owned and used the gun for about 17 years and it is often considered to be a version of Patton’s famous ivory-handled Colt.45 revolver which currently resides on display at The General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

“No other personal Patton Colt revolver supported by such compelling documentation by the Patton family has ever been available on the market”, said Joe Maddalena, CEO and President of Profiles in History. “This is certain to be seen as one of the most significant pieces being offered in our Historical auction and sure to be a highly sought after lot not only by historical collectors but gun collectors as well.”

Patton was photographed carrying the weapon at least once—while dressed as Rhett Butler at a “Gone with the Wind” costume party which he attended with his wife, Beatrice (ca. 1941). The event is is referenced on page 314 in the personal memoir, The Button Box, written by Patton’s daughter, Ruth Ellen Patton Totten. The photograph is included in Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, by Martin Blumenson (p. 148). The weapon was positively identified in the photograph by matching the original stag horn grip visible above Patton’s belt at the costume party.


Qualified bidders can participate in person, by telephone, submit absentee bids or participate online in real time from anywhere with Internet access across the globe. For more information, please visit

Auction Details: Thursday June 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. PST

Location: Profiles in History Offices

26662 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; Phone: 310-859-7701



About Profiles In History: Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.