DescriptionTwo Beautifully Embellished Colt Model 1911 U.S. Army .45 Semi-Automatics Attributed to Texas Ranger Alfred Young Allee. **Gun Control Act Requirements Apply**
While not strictly speaking a matched pair, these stunning guns undoubtedly formed one in the mind of their longtime owner. Serial numbers 240444-C and 499737. Each gun has been engraved on virtually every available surface. 240444-C has a gilded five-pointed star inside a circle marked "Texas Ranger" on the top of the slide. The grips feature high-relief Texas longhorns. On the side of the slide are a number "2", a second "2" lying on its side, and the letter "P" (it reads "too lazy to pee"), and the number "101", which is unexplained. 499737 has the "Texas Ranger" insignia on the side. The grips are embellished with the Mexican eagle and a famous image of an Aztec calendar stone. Both Colts are in spectacular condition, appearing to have been fired only a very few times. A terrific addition to any Texas Rangers firearms collection!
Note: This firearm falls under the Federal Gun Control Act. Please see the information in the back of the catalog for Federal and State regulations for Buyers to make sure you can bid on this lot.
These guns were purchased by the late collector who most recently owned them with a signed letter of provenance explaining that it was believed they had belonged to someone who 'was in law enforcement in Texas, a sheriff or Ranger" and that they had come "from a family of lawmen in Texas named Alley or Allee."
Undoubtedly the lawman referred to was Alfred Young Allee (1905-1987), who joined the Rangers C Company in 1931, having formerly been employed as a special game warden and as a deputy sheriff in Zavala County. In 1933 he joined many Rangers in resigning their commission when Miriam "Ma" Ferguson was elected Texas governor. Upon the 1935 election of James Allred to replace Ferguson, he and most other Rangers rejoined the ranks. When he retired in 1970, Allee was the last remaining pre-Department of Public Safety Ranger.
In the 1960s, Allee was involved in several episodes related to the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. The Rangers were tasked with enforcing anti-picketing laws and there were allegations of excessive force and brutality. In one incident a U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Civil Rights found the Rangers had used excessive force in their handling of striking farm workers. This led to a 1974 Supreme Court decision in Allee et al. v. Medrano et al., in which the high court upheld the opinion of the Congressional Committee. But by that time, Allee had long been retired.
From the Estate of John R. Eckel, Sr. For more information on this estate, please view the article "An Antique Love Story".
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