The 38-caliber gun was given to the president in Havana by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel at a solemn ceremony, in which they explained that it was made on the instructions of revolutionary leader Francisco I. Madero and given to Villa, whose real name was Jose Doroteo Arango.
The historic piece was incorporated into the collection of The Greatness of Mexico temporary exhibition, at the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
It was placed in the Revolution Hall of the exhibition in a ceremony headed by the Secretary of Culture of the Mexican Government, Alejandra Frausto Guerrero; and by the General Director of INAH, Diego Prieto Hernandez.
The head of Mexico’s cultural policy highlighted that this is an extraordinary gesture of collaboration, friendship and brotherhood from Cuba to Mexico.
The revolver was manufactured in Eibar, Spain, in 1910 by the Iriondo y Guisasola firm.
Its materials consist of steel and gold, and it is adorned with yellow figures and blue details, as well as a “U” with a double royal crown as inscription.
The piece comes with two percussion bullet cartridges and a box made of wood, mother-of-pearl and silver, which includes a brief plaque with the dedication of the then provisional president of Mexico, Francisco I. Madero (1873-1913).