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Monthly Archives: September 2012
A National Arms Co. Single Shot No. 2 Derringer belonging to Pat Garrett, Sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico.
This derringer, serial number 10772, has a 2 ½ inch barrel and is in caliber .41 rimfire. It has an iron frame with broad scroll engraving and smooth walnut grips. These derringers were made from 1865 until 1870 and this is the variation with the thin “knife blade” extractor. The barrel has a dark bore, most of the metal has a steel gray patina with some scattered fine pitting. The engraving is clear and the barrel address is partially illegible. The left grip has a grain crack through the screw escutcheon.
A handwritten letter from a James Warshal offering this derringer for sale for $72.60 is included. This states that it belonged to Pat Garett [sic], the famous sheriff who killed Billy the Kid. In part: “The 2nd Model National Derringer U. S. Marshall Badge &…Indian coin case…belong to the late Pat Garett [sic]…This material came from the estate of James Madison Hervey famous Roswell attorney who died in 1953. Who was attorney general of New Mexico 1907 to 1909. He investigated the murder of Pat Garett [sic] in Feb. 1908. He found out Pat was killed by Jim Miller a paid killer was paid $1500.00.” This letter is written on the back of a mimeographed list of guns for sale that appears to date from the 1930s. Accompanied by a Deputy US Marshal badge made of nickel silver with a pin back having a safety catch. The back of the badge is marked in tiny letters “LAS & SCO” (Los Angeles Stamp and Stationary Co.) this badge is in fine condition and appears to be an original. Also part of the lot is a hand-sewn leather coin purse originally belonging to Pat Garrett with Indian beadwork on the front. This multi-colored design has hand-sewn tiny beads that are not uniform in size.
This is an antique pistol and transfers with no federal restrictions.
Provenance: Pat Garrett James Madison Hervey James Warshal R.B. Wolfe Caren Archive Collections
Thief, bankrobber, kidnapper, and bootlegger (1907–1979) nicknamed ‘The Rat’ by J. Edgar Hoover. Collection of six items consisting of three TLSs, two signed “Alvin Karpis,” and one signed “Al,” two one-page and one two-page, dated from October and November of 1969, all three to noted bank robber Frank Sawyer, shortly after Sawyer’s release from prison for a robbery he didn’t commit. One letter reads, in part: “It would be easy to just disappear but that would solve nothing for you. Perhaps that D. A. was hoping that you would hit the panic button and go on the lam, he then would be able to say; ‘See, I told you so.’ Frank, play it cool, you have made it now and there is no reason for you to ever get in trouble again. I am sure that your attorneys will see to it that you wind up with enough to keep you comfortable from here on out.” Another letter, dated November 27, reads, in part: “You can rest assured that Mr. Belli will see to it that you are not put back in prison. He will make them all look just like the dirty bastards they are, the D. A. and the judge that went along with old senile bastard in this…Frank, you will wind up the winner all the way around by the time it is all over with. As a matter of fact this petty persecution will work out in your favor if you play it cool and do not attempt to lam. You have nothing to run away from but those bastards do. They are going to outsmart themselves and Belli will wind up picking up all the marbles.” Karpis also discusses the difficulty in adjusting to life outside of prison, a television appearance he made, and about Sawyer’s potential relocation to Canada or Mexico. Also included are three glossy photos of Karpis arriving in Canada after his deportation, two 8.25 x 6 and one 6 x 8.25, each signed and inscribed in silver ink to Sawyer from Karpis. In fine condition, with scattered mild toning to letters. Sawyer was imprisoned for over two decades for the 1933 Fort Scott robbery. He was finally pardoned in September of 1969 after a signed statement from Karpis cleared Sawyer’s name.
Mafia boss (1897-1962). By the early 1930s he was the undisputed king of the NYC mafia. Convicted on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution in 1936, his sentence was commuted in 1946 and he was deported to Italy. (It has been alleged that while in prison, he assisted the US military in its plans to invade Sicily in 1943). He died in Naples in 1962 and was buried in New York City. Rare ALS, as a deportee in Italy, signed “Charlie,” two pages, 6 x 8.25, October 21, 1959. Letter to his friend Barney. In full: “I received your last letter. I was glad to hear you both had a nice trip home. Barney I don’t know who this Mike Sands is. I wish you would stop having doubts to our agreement. When you come across another Mike Sands or anybody like that, there is only one word you should say. If you have a contract why don’t you go to him meaning me. Comon [sic] sense would tell you, that if this fellow was on the up and up, he would never come to you. My best regards to Gilda.”
Cloth matted and framed (with the letter permanently affixed to the mat) with the original mailing envelope, addressed in Luciano’s hand, as well as a small portrait, to an overall size of 25 x 13.5. Several small blocks of staining from old tape or adhesive (not at all affecting the overall legibility of the letter), both pages having rough left edges, with paper loss to top left corner of second page, otherwise fine condition.
“Barney” was Hollywood producer Barnett Glassman, with whom Luciano’s had a contractual “agreement”—a 1959 deal to put together a film based on the Mafia boss’s life. The contract stemmed from a serious cash flow problem that hampered many of his New York business interests. That, coupled with a series of heart attacks, forced him to look for different money-making avenues. Anyone interested in muzzling in on the deal, or claiming to have a contradictory arrangement, could see Luciano. “If you have a contract why don’t you go to him meaning me,” he tells his associate. Despite the light, generic tone of the letter’s content, this is more than likely a coded and cryptic message delivered by a crime boss still very much in control, and the mentioned “contract” is no doubt more serious than it appears.
Vintage ink signature, “Eliot Ness, Director of Public Safety, City of Cleveland,” on an off-white lightly-lined slip removed from a larger register or guest book, and dated in another hand “Feb. 24/37”; and a ballpoint signature “Robert Stack,” on a light yellow card. Both are double cloth matted and framed together along with a photo of Ness and a photo of Stack as Ness, and a biographical plaque, to an overall size of 20.5 x 23.5. In fine condition, with some scattered light soiling to Ness’s slip.
Five items originally obtained from the floor of Bonnie and Clyde’s bullet-riddled car after it was brought to Arcadia, Louisiana, along with the bodies of the notorious outlaws. Items are: A woman’s silk stocking stained with blood. Stocking measures approximately 30″ long with several noticeable blood stains to the foot and leg area; an unused .45 caliber bullet and casing, stamped on the bottom of the jacket “P. C. Co 18,” standing for Peters Cartridge Company and the date of 1918; a side temple from a pair of eye glasses. Silver metallic temple measures 4″ long, with screw and end piece; a small wood handled flathead screwdriver, measuring 4.5″ long; and an empty Bayer Asprin tin, 1.75 x 1.25.
Items are accompanied by a notarized affidavit from a woman whose grandfather, Zell Smith, originally acquired these relics directly from the ‘death car’ after receiving permission to take them from Sheriff Henderson Jordan. Letter reads, in part: “My grandfather, Zell Smith, was a traveling hardware salesman who traveled that area of north Louisiana. He was also a friend of Sheriff Henderson Jordan. My grandfather was in Arcadia in 1934 on the day that the ambushed car was pulled into Arcadia. He, like many others, rushed to see the shot up car, and Sheriff Henderson let him and others that he knew ransack the car for souvenirs. My grandfather grabbed a handful of stuff off of the floor of the car, which the outlaws had been living in. He said the car was full of trash. When he got home, he saw that he had the following items:
a small screwdriver a Bayer aspirin tin the side temple of a pair of wire glasses an unspent bullet which reads P.C.C.O. and the number 18 on the end a blood-stained silk stocking
Evidently my grandmother was understandably upset by this gruesome assortment and made my grandfather put it away and not talk about it around her.
In 1967 I was 13 years old. The Bonnie and Clyde movie had opened in town and my sister, cousin, and I went to see it. We were thrilled by it and the fact that the outlaws end had happened in our area. When we got home from the movie, my grandfather’s story and his souvenirs resurfaced, much to my grandmother’s disgust.…My grandfather was forced to put the things away again…I talked my grandfather into sneaking out the souvenirs anytime my grandmother wasn’t around. About ten years ago, one of my aunts passed away. Her father was my grandfather. Amongst her belongings when her house was cleaned out was the little box with the Bonnie and Clyde souvenirs in it. My other aunt remembered my fascination with the whole story, and, like my grandmother, being uncomfortable with these items, sent the box to me. The artifacts were all still there and have been in my possession ever since.”
Upon its arrival in Arcadia, Bonnie and Clyde’s guarded car was swarmed by crowds anxious to see the shot-up Ford. This lot, from one of the lucky few onlookers allowed to take a souvenir, far surpasses most in its inclusion of the bloodstained stocking. This is the only item we have seen for sale that was worn by Bonnie Parker herself: a remarkable, intimate piece taken from the floor of the outlaws’ final ride.
Outstanding, and incredibly rare, original color mixed media pulp illustration done in 1905 for The All Story Magazine, volume 1 #2, February 1905, (The Frank A. Munsey Co., 10¢, 192pp+, pulp) for their story, The Torture of Johnny Disaster!
This is just a fantastic western illustration from the origins of THE ALL STORY MAGAZINE, the first of the Pulp magazines. This piece was done by one of the first, great American pulp artist/illustrators, Mr. FX Chamberlin.
ARTIST: FX CHAMBERLIN TITLE: Cover Art for the story, THE TORTURE OF JOHNNY DISASTER within ALL STORY MAGAZINE, 1905. MEDIUM: MIXED MEDIA SIZE: 16.25″ x 13″, and has been framed, and double matted to an overall size of: 25.5″ x 22.75″ SIGNATURE: Not signed. CONDITION: Fine Condition
An explosive artwork depicting several cowboys firing rifles and revolvers. A small section in the lower right is devoted to a color swatch with three small samples and pencil notations-which is standard illustrators notes from the artist. Also, several small sketches, and studies are done by the artist on the painting’s backside.
This story was written by William D. Williams for this most popular and ground-breaking pulp for the times. Debuting in January 1905, it was published monthly for 11 years, but to have an illustration this early, 1905, is amazing.
From the collection of Thomas C. Rainone