Rock Island has the pistols that Alexander Hamilton carried in the Revolutionary War, set to go to auction in two weeks, on May 14. They left the Hamilton family’s custody in 1942 and have been in private hands ever since.
The War Pistols of Alexander Hamilton are the most historically significant item ever offered by Rock Island Auction Company. Used in the combat that gave birth to the United States, the pistols were then presented to the man who would help shape its destiny for centuries to come.
Hamilton forever changed the timeline of the United States and these pistols provide an apt metaphor for his life at that time. Presented to the Founding Father by his father-in-law General Philip Schuyler, they are a giant in the field of American history collecting.
Items from the era rarely survive, let alone those of Founding Fathers. Given these pistols’ rarity, significance, and provenance, they may very well set the world record price for a firearm offered at auction.
Not to insert an Indiana Jones meme, but these guns “belong in a museum.” Hopefully, one with deep pockets can win the auction and institutionalize these artifacts.