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John Dillinger's Nickel-plated Colt Pre-Woodsman .22 Caliber Automatic Pistol, #5436, Manufactured 1917.... (Total: 2 Items)

2009 December Signature Arms & Militaria Including Civil War Auction #6021

 
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Auction Ended On: Dec 12, 2009
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Presented by John Dillinger to his younger brother Hubert at their family reunion, April 8, 1934.
John Dillinger's Nickel-plated Colt Pre-Woodsman .22 Caliber Automatic Pistol, #5436, Manufactured 1917. Given to his brother Hubert at Mooresville, Indiana just a month after his daring "wooden gun" escape from the Crown Point, Indiana jail and only nine days after he was wounded in the St. Paul, Minnesota shootout, possibly with this gun in his possession. The gun is accompanied by the watch presented to Hubert Dillinger upon his retirement, ironically, from the Indiana State Police in 1967. 6.5" barrel, retaining 100% of a period nickel finish, mechanically perfect as is the bore, fitted with a period set of white composition grips. During Dillinger's early April visit to the family homestead in Mooresville, when this gun was presented to Hubert, having been wounded in the leg during the St. Paul shootout, Frances Helen jumped into her big brother's lap, unaware of his injury, resulting in the leg wound reopening, much to her shock and dismay. As with Frances Helen, Hubert idolized his big brother, and this gun was one of Hubert's most cherished possessions, having been given to him just two and a half months before his brother's death. The wrist watch is a 17 jewel Waltham automatic, with gold filled case, that bears the inscription on the back of the case, "H. M. Dillinger/ Indiana State Police/ 1946-67" A remarkable set, with the gun certainly being one of the most important Dillinger artifacts extant.

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