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44092

Half-Plate Daguerreotype, circa 1848, Featuring Two Anglos Disguised as Vaqueros....

2013 September 21 Legends of the West Signature Auction - The John N. McWilliams Texas Ranger Collection - Dallas #6104

 
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Auction Ended On: Sep 21, 2013
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

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The Only Known Daguerreotype of a Colt Walker
Half-Plate Daguerreotype, circa 1848, Featuring Two Anglos Disguised as Vaqueros. 5" x 6". The men are believed to be Texas Rangers participating in the Mexican War. The younger man on the left (thought to be a private) sports a prominent, though holstered, Colt Walker on his belt. Only 1,100 of these pistols were made with the majority issued to the Texas Rangers during the war with Mexico. According to our research, this is the only known daguerreotype of a Colt Walker. Hanging from the man's wrist is a riding quirt. He shakes hands with a bearded man (likely an officer) who stares directly into the camera. The daguerreotype is housed in its original leather-embossed case, lined with embossed velvet. The front cover has detached at the hinges, but the clasps still work. The case exhibits usual wear.

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