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    Rose of the Cimarron: A Model 1878 Colt .45 Revolver and Tooled Leather Holster Attributed to the Legendary Cohort of Oklahoma's Most Notorious Outlaws. Much has been written about Rose's story and true identity, and the various accounts may never be fully reconciled. The most common version is that she was the girlfriend of a member of the Dalton and Doolin Gangs, George Newcomb. Doolin is quoted as to having said that she was "a sweet little girl who was unfortunate enough to fall in love with an outlaw. She was as good a girl as ever lived, and the whole gang worshipped her."

    A lengthy article in the June 1958 issue of True West by the widow of famous lawman Bill Tilghman may be the most authoritative source, as she claims to have known Rose, who was given her nickname by her husband. Although Rose associated freely with the gang's members, according to Tilghman her only criminal act was to rush into the street during the infamous Battle of Ingalls in 1893 to take his gun and gunbelt to a wounded gang member, Bitter Creek, and help him onto a horse. A group of Doolin gang members had been caught napping in a saloon by a group of marshals, and a firefight had ensued.

    According to Mrs. Tilghman, Rose drifted away from her association with the gang and in 1897 married an Oklahoma businessman and moved to a different part of the state, raising children and living in comfortable obscurity until her death in 1956.

    Like many Western personalities, Rose never achieved fame until years after her flirtation with the outlaw world. The episode at the Battle of Ingalls was featured in a 1915 silent film called "The Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaws." Bill Tilghman was involved in the making of the film, and to protect the woman's privacy she was known only as "Rose of the Cimarron." The movie was highly successful, and led to a variety of wild tales from characters who claimed to have known or known about Rose, nearly all of which-according to Mrs. Tilghman-were sheer fabrication or gross exaggeration.

    In any case, "Rose of the Cimarron" became one of the legendary Old West personalities. A widely-published photo purporting to be of Rose shows her holding a revolver which seems to be an exact match to the one offered here. Unfortunately, the right side of the gun is seen in the photo, so no exact identification is possible. Engraved on the left side of the frame is a circle containing the image of a rose and "Rose of the Cimarron" in script. No provenance accompanies the gun, but it has been examined by Heritage timepiece specialist James Wolf, an expert in vintage engraving, who believes the style and patina are consistent with the late 19th to early 20th century. Condition is very good overall, with good tight action. Vestiges of original nickel plating, and some scattered light pitting. Dents on one panel of the cylinder. The beautifully embossed leather holster is in excellent condition.

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