[Texas Rangers]. John S. "Rip" Ford Half-Plate Ambrotype, circa 1858....
Rip Ford was one of the most well-known and influential Texas Rangers throughout the 1850s. He joined the Rangers during the Mexican War, gaining the full trust of his commander, Colonel Jack Hays. From January through May 1858, he participated in the Antelope Hills Expedition in which his Rangers, along with allied Indians, pursued Comanche Indians from West Texas to Indian Territory, concluding with a victory at the Battle of Little Robe Creek and killing Comanche Chief Iron Jacket.
Moderate wear to the original leather embossed case, which is lined with embossed velvet. The cover has detached from the base. The ambrotype exhibits some crazing along the right side of the image; scattered loss of emulsion to the background and on Ford's coat.
This image has appeared in numerous books, including Lone Star Justice, Robert M. Utley, and The Art of the Gun: Magnificent Colts.
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