Colt New Service Revolver and Holster: Major Donald Gordon Cross, 6 Light Horse Regiment, AIF

Accession Number REL31704
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Maker Colt Industries Inc
Place made United States of America
Date made c 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Colt New Service revolver and holster. The barrel top is stamped with the manufacturer's name, address and patent dates with NEW SERVICE .455 ELEY on the left side. The frame has a double arrow sale mark on the left and "Capt.Cross 6th LH" scratched on the right. The black checkered grips are attached with a single screw bolt and has the name COLT in the top section. A lanyard swivel is attached the butt. The revolver is contained in a brown leather holster with a top flap secured by a single strap and brass stud. The rear of the holster has a belt loop and an unofficial two piece shoulder strap, stitched on in two places and joined together with a square steel buckle. A brass cleaning rod with a loop top is fitted in the strip leather pouch that has a damaged end.

History / Summary

This revolver and holster was used by Major Donald Gordon Cross, DSO, on Gallipoli and in the Middle East. The holster shoulder strap stitching was repaired by the regimental farrier on Gallipoli.