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Old 05-18-2022, 09:09 PM   #1
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I own an old Colt revolver that was 1 of 10 shipped to Denton Hardware in 1930. This particular revolver has "D Police Dept" stamped on the butt of the grip. I have attached pictures of the revolver for the inquiring minds, but would really like to know if anyone had ever heard of the Denton Hardware Company. I am not sure if this is Denton,Texas as there are a few other cities in the US named Denton. However, none of the other cities in 1930 would have been as large as Denton, Texas. I will assume that an order for 10 Police Positive revolvers would have been for a large police department and probably used as a training tool. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 05-18-2022, 09:10 PM   #2
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:10 PM   #3
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:26 PM   #4
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Jeff, I found mention of a Denton Hardware Company in Maryland. Scroll down the list to the very last name:

https://mht.maryland.gov/nr/NRDetail...M=NRMapCA.html
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:31 PM   #5
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It is apparently an Ace Hardware now. Here’s a phone number:


https://www.hours-locations.com/ace-...market-st/amp/
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:35 PM   #6
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I found that one and one in Nebraska, but the population of those cities was relatively small in 1930 and their police departments were made up of only a few officers.

But, you could be right.
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Further searching reveals that Ace Hardware is permanently closed, and it is now a pizza restaurant.
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Old 05-19-2022, 08:05 AM   #8
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I was born and raised in Denton, TX and am not aware of a Denton Hardware. Evers Hardware was on the south side of the square and the only hardware store in town that I know of.
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Pretty cool piece
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Old 05-19-2022, 11:46 AM   #10
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There was an old hardware store on the square that sold guns for a long time.
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Old 05-19-2022, 12:16 PM   #11
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There was an old hardware store on the square that sold guns for a long time.

Evers Hardware on the square and T & Sons was the old family sporting good store on the square.



Not sure if T & Sons sold hardware before or if Evers sold guns. ....
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Old 05-19-2022, 12:23 PM   #12
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Evers Hardware on the square and T & Sons was the old family sporting good store on the square.



Not sure if T & Sons sold hardware before or if Evers sold guns. ....
Maybe I'm combining or confusing the two....it was a cool place, but that was 20 years ago before the queers took over the town.
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Evers Hardware on the square and T & Sons was the old family sporting good store on the square.



Not sure if T & Sons sold hardware before or if Evers sold guns. ....
Maybe in the 30's it was called Denton Hardware Company, not real sure.
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Old 05-19-2022, 12:40 PM   #14
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Jeff,

I would reach out to Colt and see if their historian may be able to dig deeper into the records and confirm a City, State of Denton Hardware ? Even a zip code would help.
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Radar, it is also possible that Colt sold those to the hardware store, but the police department may not have bought all 10 of them. It is strange that the police would use a .22.
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I would reach out to Colt and see if their historian may be able to dig deeper into the records and confirm a City, State of Denton Hardware ? Even a zip code would help.
Good idea, but zip codes were not used in the 30's.
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Old 05-19-2022, 12:43 PM   #17
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In 1930 you could probably put Denton Hardware store on the label and the USPS/UPS would be competent enough to figure out where it went

17 places named Denton in US
https://geotargit.com/called.php?qcity=Denton

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Old 05-20-2022, 08:21 AM   #18
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Evers Hardware on the square and T & Sons was the old family sporting good store on the square.



Not sure if T & Sons sold hardware before or if Evers sold guns. ....
T and Sons opened in late 60's. Hensley family owned and operated and it was a combination Hallmark style gift and gun store. Evers opened in 1885 and sold everything from hardware, kitchenware, guns, pecans, etc. Pierce's, next door, also sold guns and ammo.
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Old 05-20-2022, 08:54 AM   #19
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T and Sons opened in late 60's. Hensley family owned and operated and it was a combination Hallmark style gift and gun store. .

They must have lost the Hallmark part by the time I got around here in the early 90s
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