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Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP - Issued to Brigadier General Dabney Otey Elliott, with original box, instructions and spare magazine and his Model 1900 American Eagle Luger 7.65mm

Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP serial number 135497 issued to Brigadier General Dabney Otey Elliott on August 30, 1944.

Brigadier General Dabney O. Elliott (1890-1976) was born on October 13, 1890, in Sewanee, Tennessee. He was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers from West Point in 1914. Chief of staff of IX Corps 1941-1942. Brigadier general in June 1943. Chief engineer for Allied Forces in the North African Theater of Operations 1943-1944. Commanding general of engineers in the China Theater of Operations 1944-1946. Retired in 1950. Decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal and two Legions of Merit. Died on June 20, 1976.

Brigadier General Dabney Otey Elliott (USMA Class of 1914) and his younger brother, Robert Habersham Elliott (USMA Class of 1918), were the sons of Stephen Habersham Elliott (USMA Class of 1886), and Kate Otey Elliott. BG Elliott was pre-deceased by his younger brother on June 27, 1971.  Both brothers are interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

 

 

 

 

 

Brigadier General Dabney Otey Elliott - USMA Class of 1914 Yearbook entry from The Howitzer.

 

Brigadier General Dabney O. Elliott (1890-1976)

August 1, 1935 Lieutenant-Colonel
June 26, 1941 Colonel (Army of the United States)
July 1, 1942 Colonel
June 23, 1943 Brigadier-General (Army of the United States)
   

Legion of Merit

SYNOPSIS: Colonel Dabney Otey Elliott (ASN: 0-3669), United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Chief of Staff, IX Corps, from 1941 to 1942.

Action Date: 1941 - 1942

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Army Distinguished Service Medal

Awarded for actions during the World War II

SYNOPSIS: Colonel Dabney Otley Elliott (ASN: 0-3669), United States Army, was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Chief Engineer, North African Theater of Operations from 1943 to 1944.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 46 (1947)

Action Date: 1943 - 1944

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel
Legion of Merit

SYNOPSIS: Brigadier General Dabney Otey Elliott (ASN: 0-3669), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding General Army Service Forces Training Center, from 1944 to 1946.

Action Date: 1944 - 1946

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General
 

Name Gen. Dabney Elliott to Civil Defense Post - Maj. Lenox Lohr, director of the state civil defense corps, has announced the appointment of Brig. Gen. Dabney O. Elliott as a deputy director of the Illinois emergency defense program. (ca. 1950)

Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP serial number 135497 issued to Brigadier General Dabney Otey Elliott - Accompanying General Elliott's pistol is the original box (numbered to the gun) spare magazines and instruction sheet. The pistol retains approx. 99% of its original bluing.  Both original issue clips show almost no wear.  There is no "M" recorded next to the serial number, nor on the butt (clip release).

Colt Model M .380 ACP serial number 135497 issued to Brigadier General Dabney Otey Elliott - Bottom of original box showing serial number and "Brig. Gen. Dabney O. Elliott" written over "Ser # O3369".  This could be an error as BG Dabney's number is also recorded as "O-3669".

Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP serial number 135497 and American Eagle  Luger Model 1900 7.65mm serial number 6060 - these pistols are from the estate of  Brigadier General Dabney O. Elliott.  This Luger has all the characteristics of the 1,000 test pistols ordered by the U.S. Government and based on the available historical information, it's inconclusive if this pistol was one of the actual test pistols. (Some collectors count only those guns from the known Bannerman sales following the military trials as legitimate Model 1900 Test Lugers.)

American Eagle  Luger Model 1900 7.65mm serial number 6060 (right side) - This Luger has all the characteristics of the 1,000 test pistols ordered by the U.S. Government and based on the available historical information, it's inconclusive if this pistol was one of the actual test pistols.

American Eagle Luger Model 1900 7.65mm serial number 6060 with original holster - this pistol belonged to Brigadier General Dabney O. Elliott. The Luger has all the characteristics of the 1,000 test pistols ordered by the U.S. Government and based on the available historical information, it's inconclusive if this pistol was one of the actual test pistols. Of note, the style of American Eagle on pistol 6060 has "squared tail feathers" which is the same marking as those observed on pistols 6005, 6018, 6020 and 6048.  Examples 6893 and above have been observed with rounded tail feathers.

 

American Eagle Luger Model 1900 7.65mm serial number 6060 with original period commercial holster - this pistol belonged to Brigadier General Dabney O. Elliott.

Colt Model 1908 Pocket Hammerless .380 ACP original box serial number 135497 issued to Brigadier General Dabney Otey Elliott - faint pencil note on the top of the box says "This pistol is loaded, fireable."

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