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Monthly Archives: September 2012
Part of the last notorious outlaw gang in the Old West. When he and his brothers Robert and Gratton attempted to rob the Condon Bank in Coffeville, Kansas on October 15, 1892, only Emmett would survive, although he had been shot 20 times. Sentenced to life imprisonment, he surprisingly proved to be a model prisoner and was released in 1907. Maintaining his rehabilitation, Dalton married his childhood sweetheart and became an ardent champion of law and order in his popular writings and lectures. Signed book: When the Daltons Rode. NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1931. Hardcover, 6 x 8.5. 313 pages. Signed in fountain pen “Sincerely yours, Emmett Dalton” on a front blank page.
A Smith and Wesson .44 caliber revolver taken from the Bonnie and Clyde ambush vehicle. This Second Model Hand Ejector revolver, serial number 18110, was given by Sheriff Henderson Jordan to his friend Bertram F. Barnette, a local attorney and a senator in the Louisiana State Legislature. Included is a notarized Statement from Bertram Rowe Henry, M.D., and Herbert Wayne Henry, M.D. (The grandsons of Bertram F. Barnette) that relates that during their childhood years they were shown this Smith and Wesson revolver many times and that their mother and grandmother told them about the ambush of Bonnie and Clyde and how their bodies were put on display for the “town’s people to see.” They also state that Sheriff Henderson Jordan had called for their grandfather to come to his office immediately, where he found a “pile of weapons” and was invited to take one for a souvenir. “He chose the nickel plated Smith and Wesson .44 caliber pistol which which has remained in our family for over 75 years.” Also included is a copy of a signed letter from Bertram F. Barnette’s legal secretary at that time, Norma Duty, dated January 29,1986, in which she states, “I saw Clyde and Bonnie at the funeral home but did not see a weapon of any kind and am reasonably sure Sheriff Jordan was telling the truth when he told your father the gun belonged to and was in the possession of Bonnie and Clyde.” In photographs taken of the stockpile of weapons laid out on the Sheriff’s desk that day, there is a Smith and Wesson .44 caliber pistol clearly visible; the gun offered here is most likely that pistol.
A copy of a Smith and Wesson factory letter states that this revolver, serial number 18110, was shipped with a 6.5 inch barrel and a nickel finish on January 25, 1922 to Richards-Conover Hardware Co., Kansas City, MO. As recovered from the car the revolver had a barrel that was shortened to 4 7/8 inch with the original front sight professionally installed and the factory butt swivel removed. While in the possession of the Barnette and Henry families the revolver developed several areas of rust that resulted in the Henry brothers having the revolver professionally restored by one of the best gunsmiths in the country, David R. Chicoine of North Carolina. It now has 100% nickel remaining with a very good bore, tight action, and factory checkered walnut grips that show wear along the backstrap where they have had the checkering scraped to thin the grip. This revolver may be the one that is referenced in a July 8, 1933 United States Bureau of Investigation report that is included with the gun. This report contains the details of a June 10, 1933 incident involving Clyde Barrow, Buck Barrow and Bonnie Parker near Wellington, Texas, in which they wrecked a stolen Ford V-8 coupe and injured themselves. Although injured, Clyde Barrow got the drop on the investigating police officers and took “a .44 S&W Revolver” from the holster of Paul Hardy, Chief of Police for Wellington, Texas.
Richards-Conover Hardware Co., Kansas City
Bonnie and Clyde
Sheriff Henderson Jordan
Bertram F. Barnette
Mary Ellen Barnette Henry
Bertram Rowe Henry, M.D.
Herbert Wayne Henry, M.D.
This transfers as a modern firearm.
Fourteen greeting and holiday cards sent from Bonanno to his companion Theresa D’Antonia (who he became associated with after his wife Fay Bonanno died), all written during the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. Eleven are signed “JB,” with the two others signed “Zio,” which means Uncle in Italian. One of the earliest cards comes from the federal prison in Springfield, Missouri, complete with the hand-addressed mailing envelope, with Bonanno writing his name and prisoner number in the return address area. The remaining cards also come with their hand-addressed envelopes. Also included is a color glossy 5 x 4 candid photo of Bonanno and D’Antonia posing together in 1998, as well as COAs from his daughter-in-law, Rosalie Bonanno. In fine overall condition.
Seven original identical wanted posters issued for Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, issued on May 21, 1934, by the Department of Justice for a violation of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act. Posters measure 8 x 8, feature individual images of both Parker and Barrow, as well as their physical descriptions, relatives, and criminal records. In very good to fine overall condition, with central horizontal folds and scattered toning and soiling.
A unique and interesting archive consisting of letters, a few documents, telegrams, news clippings, unsigned photos, and other items, many relating to the storied career of noted Texas Ranger Frank Hamer. One of the most interesting items is a carbon of a September 16, 1950 letter from Hamer to President Harry S. Truman. Hamer had two sons who served in the Marines in World War II. In part: “I have waited for sometime before answering your dirty insult to the Marines and their parents in order that I might be in a better humor and not use any disparaging remarks than possible…My youngest son died in Iwo Jima; my other boy wounded and crippled for life. I could use every insulting remark in the American category and it would no more compare with your dastardly insults than an ant hill would compare in size to the Rocky Mountains. Of course we could expect nothing else coming from a protege of the biggest gang of mobsters that ever operated in the United States…I thank God that I have never supported you or Franklin D. Roosevelt because of the fact I have felt we would be eventually led to slaughter…Being religiously inclined I want to add the following line: May God Have Mercy on Your Soul.”
Other items of note include a telegram to President Franklin D. Roosevelt shortly after the USS Panay incident that “The recent act of the Japs in the sinking out our gunboats and the assaulting of American citizens has reduced the significance of the American flag to a mere dishrag.”; a May 23 Western Union telegram to Hamer from the Associated Press asking for an “account Barrow Parker slaying”; a Warrant of Authority and Descriptive List for his nine year old son Billie, signed at the bottom by Hamer; his commissions for the Highway Patrol and Special Ranger; two letters in regards to Hamer’s attempts at putting a halt to the Texas Banker’s Association’s ‘murder-for-reward’ ring in which the association was offering rewards of up to $5000 for dead bank robbers; letters of recommendation for Hamer as well as requests for his life story; and various sized unsigned vintage photos of Hamer and other Texas Rangers.
Also included are a sworn and notarized affidavit from John B. Sawyer, who had stolen Hamer’s name and proceeded to cash checks in his name across the United States. Affidavit states “I did not even know Captain Frank Hamer and used his name for the reason that I knew he was a well known, highly respected and honorable official of the State of Texas and that was my reason for using his name in cashing checks throughout the United States.” Along with the affidavit are two original photos of Hamer posing with Sawyer; mugshots of various criminals; a notarized document between Raymond Brown and Hamer’s wife and son for a biography of Hamer; several typed poems attributed to Hamer; other paperwork relating to his biography; and a large scrapbook containing many clipped articles about Hamer and the Texas Rangers. In overall very good condition.
A Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action First Model Revolver owned by Emmett Dalton
This revolver, serial number 17887, caliber .44 S&W Russian is nickel finished with factory checkered hard rubber grips. The included factory letter says that it was shipped to the large S&W distributor M.W. Robinson in New York City on October 3, 1887. The letter indicates that it had a nickel finish and a 6 ½ inch barrel, however the barrel is 5 inches long, is numbered to the frame, and does not appear to be altered. The bore is in good condition and the mechanism functions well. The metal retains 90% factory nickel with most of the blue on the triggerguard, hammer and trigger turning plum. The grips show a good deal of wear on the checkering but have no cracks or chips.
The Dalton brothers were notorious train robbers in the early 1890s, but met their demise on October 5, 1892 when their ambitious scheme to rob two banks at the same time was defeated in a furious shootout with the town’s citizens. This resulted in the death of his brothers, Grat and Bob, and the serious wounding of Emmett (23 slugs were removed from his body). At his trial he was sentenced to life in prison , but he received a parole in 1907 and spent the rest of his days in California.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Emmett was a patient of Dr. Tilman H. McLaughlin in Hollywood, and he gave this revolver to the doctor as payment for services rendered. This revolver passed down to his daughter and eventually to his grandson, Merrill H. Deal, Jr. A notarized statement from the grandson’s wife, Marilyn K. Deal, is included that is dated August 24, 2011. This narrates the family history of this revolver. Also included is a 1902 commencement program for Dr. McLaughlin’s graduation from medical school, a photocopy of his business card listing him as a “Physician and Surgeon,” and four photographs of him from a young man to a distinguished looking senior citizen.
Provence: Emmett Dalton Dr. Tilman H. McLaughlin Lucille McLaughlin Deal Merrill H. Deal, Jr. Marilyn K. Deal
This is an antique revolver and transfers with no federal restrictions. RRAuction COA.
Huge archive consisting of hundreds of pages relating to various operations and activities, including betting and tax information, most to or from mob accountant Julius Rosengard. Included with the papers are six of Rosengard’s personal appointment books, from 1928 and 1930–1933. All of the appointment books have many appointments, numbers, and notes (mostly in pencil) in several different hands, most likely a secretary of Rosengard, with several mentions of the Cocoanut Grove and Charles ‘King’ Solomon, including an appointment with Rosengard just two weeks before Solomon was killed in the men’s room of Boston’s Cotton Club. Also included is correspondence from various other attorneys and companies, including Frank J. Albus; letters and receipts pertaining to the Paramount Theatre in Haverhill, MA; an illegal tax refund claim filed on behalf of the Cocoanut Grove after a violation found by the Prohibition Unit of the federal government; deposit slips; balance sheets of racing horse owner Howard M. Stack; tax forms; a letter to Boston Red Sox Douglas Taitt regarding the Red Sox and two boxers; stock certificates for the Crescent Kennel Club; a letter from Boston City Councilman David Brackman, hinting at some sort of payment; several checks from Anna Lansky; and hundreds of other pieces of correspondence and documents.
Original front page of the evening edition of the February 14, 1929, issue of The Baltimore News, 16.5 x 20.5, with the headline screaming “7 In Chicago Rum Gang Lined Up, Shot To Death,” and a smaller headline reading “Victims Riddled by Machine Guns; Assassins Escape.” Double matted and framed to an overall size of 22 x 26. In very good condition, with small tear to right edge, central horizontal fold, and mild toning, a bit heavier to edges. Seven members of Bugs Moran’s gang were gunned down in a warehouse, supposedly on the orders of his rival, Al Capone.
Very interesting archive from Clyde Barrow’s mother, Cumie Barrow (Walker). Centerpiece of the archive is a forty page unpublished manuscript, typed by Mrs. Barrow, detailing Clyde’s boyhood, and focusing on the period from 1929 to his death in 1934. Chapters in the manuscript include titles such as “Buck’s Escape from the Penitentiary,” “Deeper Into the Mire,” “The Hillsboro Killing,” “The Atoka Killing,” “Killing of Deputy Sheriff Malcolm Davis,” “Clyde’s Attempt to Join Pretty Boy Floyd,” and “The End of the Trail.” Manuscript reads, in small part: “Mr. Barrow was the last one of the family to see Clyde alive. It was the evening of May 7th, just exactly two weeks and two days before he was ambushed and shot down by the officers near —- La. Clyde would come by the filling station and toot his horn a certain way, and we got to know it was him. He did this instead of stopping in front of the garage so much and possibly attracting attention. Then he would stop and chat a few moments unless something looked suspicious, in which case he would drive on down the road and come back later, or maybe make several such trips by. Sometimes he would motion us to walk away from in front of the filling station….That night Mr. Barrow stayed with Clyde until nearly one o’clock in the morning, and finally Clyde told him to go on back to the filling station, as the officers would be watching his movements any way. The next time any of us saw him he was a corpse.
Most of the readers are perhaps better versed than I am in the trap that was sprung to bring my boy’s infamous career to an end in a sudden blast of lead. There have been, of course, conflicting stories concerning the ambush and that was to mean the end, and while it has been denied by the officers themselves, it is my firm belief, in which, of course, I may be wrong, that Henry Methvin and his father were both involved…Methvin parked his truck on the highway—a truck that Clyde had bought for him—and pretended to be working on one of the tires. The officers were a short ways up the road, beside an embankment…I believe Sheriff Bob Alcorn claims to have been the first one that hit him…However, the others continued to pour lead into the car, and Alcorn had to get back out of the way to keep from getting his…And so they brought him down. The officers who performed this grim task did their duty as they saw it, and I hold no grudge, only the regret that my boy had to got that way. We of course had long known it would be something like that, but it was harder than anyone who has never experienced such a thing could realize. Our own children meeting death on a lonely country road, with every hand against them, and no one to turn to for advice or comfort, shot after shot being poured into them until they were only human wreckage…Out of all this I try as best as I can to gain some consolation knowing that the end came swiftly and mercifully.”
Also included are Cumie Barrow’s eyeglasses and case; a railroad identification card filled out and signed in pencil by Clyde’s father, H. B. Barrow; an original vintage glossy 3.5 x 5.5 photo of H. B. and Cumie Barrow; and an original vintage glossy 3 x 4.75 snapshot of H. B. Barrow posing outdoors.
In very good condition, with toning, tears, and edge chips to manuscript, one page missing upper portion, and scattered creases and silvering to snapshots.