RR Autograph Auctions Bonnie Parker’s “Squat Gun”

13 Jul
Bonnie Parker’s “Squat Gun” recovered from her thigh, after she was killed in a police ambush on May 23, 1934

A Colt .38 Detective Special snub-nose revolver, .38 cal, recovered from the body of Bonnie Parker after she was killed in a police ambush on May 23, 1934. Revolver is accompanied by a handwritten note by Frank Hamer, signed “Frank,” written on the back of a Texas Ranger Expense Account form, dated August 1934, stating “Davis, Hold on to this. Bonnie was ‘squatting’ on it.” Also accompanied by a 1979 notarized letter from Frank Hamer, Jr., which reads, in part: “I, Frank Hamer, Jr., have given to Mr. Raymond Brown the item described below because he has an extensive collection of my father’s firearms and other memorabilia and personal effects, and it is my hope that they will all be in a museum type display about my father, Captain Frank Hamer of the Texas Rangers. A Colt 38 special with a 2-inch, or as is commonly called a snub-nosed, barrel. It is a Colt detective special…On the morning of May 23, 1934, when my father and the officers with him in Louisiana killed Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. My father removed this gun from the inside thigh of Bonnie Parker where she had it taped with white, medical, adhesive tape. My father said that one reason she had the gun taped to the inside of her leg was that, in those days, no gentlemen officer would search a woman where she had it taped, and there were very few women police officers. Sometime later, my father gave this gun to Buster Davis who had been a Texas Ranger and was, at the time, an FBI Agent. Upon the death of Mr. Davis, the gun was returned to my mother….There was also returned with this gun a hand-written note from my father to Mr. Davis; this note is also in Mr. Brown’s possession and it says, “Buster hold onto this. Bonnie was squatting on it.” The note was written on the back of an old Texas Ranger Expense Account form. Provenance: Frank Hamer, Jr.; Raymond Brown Collection; Tom Keilman Auctioneers, 1986.

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