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    [Erle Stanley Gardner]. Collection of Personal Items. Gardner's Smith & Wesson Model 36 Double Action Revolver. Serial no. 133347, .38 caliber, 2-inch barrel with serrated front sight and frame notch rear sight. Blued finish. Case-hardened hammer and trigger. Right side of frame features ERLE STANLEY GARDNER and light scroll engraved. Smooth rosewood grip panels with inlaid S&W medallions. Contained in factory pasteboard box with cleaning tool. Good. Retaining approximately 85-90% finish with thinning to relief edges, scattered handling wear and fine patches of pitting. Few scuffs and dings to grips; half-inch crack to top corner of right grip panel. Action crisp. Bright bore. Normal age and storage wear to box.

    NOTE: This lot falls under the Gun Control Act of 1968 and can only be delivered to a buyer who meets Federal and State requirements. For more information please see the extended description on line.

    [Together with:] Pewter Flask. [Abercrombie & Fitch, no date] Approximately 8 x 4.5 x 1.25 inches (with lid). Gardner's initials engraved on front. Screwtop lid is present. The usual wear. Very good.

    [and:] Silver-plated copper cigarette case. [Victorian Plate E. P. Copper, no date]. Cigarette case with hinged lid. Approximately 7 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches. Lid engraved to Gardner: "Erle Stanley Gardner / from Edward J. Donovan / Aug. 1939." Laid-in is a photocopy of a letter stating that Donovan was a struggling writer who received advice from Gardner, hence the cigarette case. Some tarnishing to case (especially on the interior), still, very good. Includes an inscribed first edition copy of Neighboring Frontiers.

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    [Together with:] Erle Stanley Gardner. Neighboring Frontiers. New York: William Morrow: [1954]. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gardner on half-title: "To Lew with all/good wishes from/Uncle Erle/Erle Stanley Gardner/At Rancho del/Paisano/June 1961". Large octavo. 272 pages. Illustrated. Publisher's full blue cloth, front board and spine stamped in red, dust jacket. Jacket toned, chipped, and worn, some sunning, mild wear to binding. Very good.

    Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) was a lawyer and a prolific author, most famous for the creation of the sleuthing attorney, Perry Mason. He also wrote books under a variety of pen-names, including A. A. Fair, Kyle Corning, Charles M. Green, etc.  During his lifetime, Gardner was one of the most successful writers in the United States.

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