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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
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.
Al Capone’s personally-owned and used rosary center. This white plastic rosary center measures approximately 1.5″ x 2.25″, with the Our Father in raised letters on one side and the Hail Mary on the reverse. Capone carried this rosary with him while in prison from 1932–1939, including almost five years at Alcatraz. Provenance: Butterfields 2000.
Typed deposition signed an unbelievable four times, “Alphonse Capone,” once on each page of a four-page transcript of Capone’s interrogation by police in their investigation of the attempted murder of his former mentor and crime associate John Torrio, dated January 24, 1925. Capone’s deposition is contained within 50 pages of police interviews, testimony, and notes in the case, each signed by the witness, two of whom include Capone’s chauffeur, Robert Barton and his accountant, Jake Gusick.
The first page provides the facts surrounding the shooting stating that it took place at 3:30 P.M. at 7011 Clyde Avenue. Page states Torrio had “3 superficial gun shot wounds,” with the cause stating “While alighting from his automobile from the front of the above address was assaulted by three men, two of the men fired several shots at him, causing above injuries. The assailants then jumped into a dark cadillac touring car.” Capone’s police interrogation took place the same day as Torrio’s near fatal shooting.
Capone’s statement is captioned: “Statement of Alphonse Caponi [sic]. 7244 Prairie Avenue…relative to the shooting of John Torrio…about 3:30 P.M. Jan 24th, 1925.” Highlights of the interrogation are as follows: “Q. What is your business? A. Furniture business. 2224 Wabash Ave. Q. What is [the] name of store? A. Antique furniture. No name to store…Q. How long do you know John Torrio? A. About three years. Q. Where did you meet him.? A. In Chicago, at the Race Track, I met him at the Bennie Leonard fight in East Chicago, about three years ago….Q. Do you know any of the Costello in New York? A. Yes, Frank.…Q. How did you happen to know Frank Costello? A. I met him in a restaurant at 7th and Broadway.…Q. Were you ever in trouble in New York? A. No…. Q. How many times were you arrested in Chicago? A. Everytime something happens I get arrested. Q. You do know Johnny Torrio, three years? A. Yes. Q. What time today did you hear he was shot? A. About six o’clock. Q. Where were you when you heard of it? I was going over to buy a couple of tickets for the White Cargo. A. I heard it in Al Bloom’s cigar store, first, everyone was talking about it. Q. What did you do when you heard of it? A. I called the hospital…Q. You got to the room where Torrio was? A. Yes. Q. Did you talk to him in Italian? A. No.…Q. Did he tell you who did it, or did you ask him who did it? A. I did not ask him and he did not tell me because he was in no condition to talk. Q. Would [you] have any idea who did it? A. No. Q. Would you tell us if you did know who did it? A. No, I value my life too much to tell if I did know…. Q. Can you give any reason for the shooting? A. No I cannot. Q. This statement is true and if you were called to testify this would be your statement and you will be willing to sign this statement? A. Yes, sir.”
Another interesting page is a memo from a captain to the Deputy Supt.of Police concerning witness Peter Veesart, dated March 4, 1925. In part: “Took Peter Veesart…to the B. of I. And he picked out the above named man, Chief of Detectives Schoemaker…arrested George Gage alias Moran and brought him to the 5th district where he was identified by Peter Veesart…as one of the men that done the shooting On that day. The prisoner was also brought to the Jackson Park Hospital where he was viewed by Johnny Torrio and his wife and they stated that he was not one of the men that done the shooting…Had three other witnesses to the shooting view George Gage alias Moran and they state that he resembled the man that done the shooting from the rear of the car on that day.” A large blue pencil notation at the bottom of the page indicates Veesart “after leaving jail at Wheaton, Ill., left the country refuses to identify anyone.” The final page of the report is a memo to the Chief of Detectives requesting “that the attached picture of George Gage alias George Moran is wanted in connection with the shooting of Johnny Torrio…who was shot in front of his home.”
In very good and slightly fragile condition, with uniform toning to pages, staple holes to top edges, scattered chips and areas of paper loss to the edges, and some mounting remnants to top edges of opening and closing pages.
The victim, John Torrio, was Capone’s mentor and sponsor in their previous criminal activities with the Five Points Gang in Brooklyn, where both had grown up. When Torrio moved to Chicago to manage a string of brothels for ‘Big Jim’ Colosimo, he brought along his protege, Capone. Torrio took over the empire after the murder of Colosimo; meanwhile Capone moved into the enormously lucrative bootleg whiskey business. Dion O’Bannion, an Irish mobster, and his lieutenant, Earl ‘Hymie’ Weiss, became their chief rivals. Conflicts between them escalated and in November 1924, O’Bannion was shot to death. On January 24, 1925, Weiss, with his sidekicks ‘Bugs’ Moran, Vincent Drucci and Frank Gusenberg, seeking revenge, came upon Torrio and his wife unloading packages in front of his home. Torrio fell in a hail of bullets, but Moran’s gun either jammed or he ran out of ammunition as he was about to deliver a shot to Torrio’s head. When Torrio eventually recovered, he fled to Italy, leaving Capone the undisputed boss of Chicago crime, a position he enjoyed until he was convicted of tax fraud and finally jailed.
Information was virtually impossible to collect in regard to the shooting. The few witnesses seemed fearful; none would conclusively identify the gunmen, although Moran was initially fingered. Even Torrio, when Earl Weiss and Vincent Drucci were brought into his hospital room, refused to identify them as being party to his shooting. A remarkable archive providing a vivid and compelling first-hand view of the methods perfected by Capone which rapidly propelled him to the pinnacle of the underworld.
Provenance: Jerome Shochet Collection Robert Batchelder, Catalogue 84, item 241 Christies, Sale 7888, May 20, 1994