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Colt Detective Special 38 SN:398742 MFG:1930 - Police Chief Vardalis

  • Caliber: .38
  • Era: Pre-War
  • Finish: Fine Brushed Blue
  • Serial Number: 398742
  • Shipment Type: Commercial
  • Year: 1930

This Colt Detective Special was Shipped to the John Jovino Company of New York, New York on December 9th, 1930 in a single gun shipment.  It was marked for Chief Alfred Vardalis of Kenilworth, New Jersey.

The John Jovino Gun shop is a firearms dealer located at 183 Grand Street in New York City.  It is the oldest gun retailer in New York City and is believed to be the oldest gun ship in the United States.

In 1920 Alfred Vardalis was hired as a policeman for the Kenilworth Police department.  In 1922 he was appointed as Kenilworth's first Police Chief.

One of Officer Vardalis's most noteworthy deeds of the department was on the night of February 25th, 1921.  The "Union County Bandits" attempted to rob the midnight Morris Avenue Trolley, near Kean College.  Officer Vardalis traced the bandits to a home, cornered them and caused them to surrender.  He was cited for bravery by the State and County.

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