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    Artifacts from the Dalton Gang Shoot-Out, Coffeyville, Kansas, 1892. A Dalton gang shadow box full of artifacts from the famous bank robbery gone badly. The histories of these items are explained in a newspaper article dated November 16, 1907 titled "As He Saw Dalton Raid" in which a Kansas City man, Ansel McMurty, recounts that he saw the raid. It begins "I was a boy of 15 when the Dalton raid occurred at Coffeyville, Kas., and was working in a drug store next door to the First National Bank. The drug store at the time was the property of my two uncles, the Rammel Bros." He gives a very articulate description of the events leading up to the Bank Robbery, "...I could write many pages of my impressions of the Dalton raid, but that has not been my intention. I merely wished to state the incidents that occurred in my little scene of the drama of the last important border fight of Kansas and a drama of the times that have passed. And even now seems like a dream of the past to the boys and girls today. Boy-like, I collected some relics on the day of the raid. These comprised a cork from bottle of Vaseline found in Grat's saddlebag, some broken plate glass and splinters from window, a piece of mane from one of the horses, the bullet already spoken of, and a piece of Bob's trousers." There are eighteen items in the display: seven pieces of glass; rock; vial containing lead and bone; Bob Dalton's coat fragment; three splinters of wood; a button; horsehair mane; and also three cartridges- Cal. 44-40, Cal. 40-65, and Cal. 38-56. There is a thank you note from the "Dalton Defenders Museum," dated 1999, Coffeyville, Kansas. The prior lot of the Dalton's photograph and this display box were both displayed at the museum. Box measures approximately 12" x 8.75" x 2". Four newspaper articles are not included in the lot.

    Around 9:30 am on the morning of October 5, 1892, five members of the Dalton Gang (Grat Dalton, Emmett Dalton, Bob Dalton, Bill Power, and Dick Broadwell) rode into the small town of Coffeyville, Kansas. Their objective was to achieve financial security and make outlaw history by simultaneously robbing two banks. A brief moment in time in which four townspeople lost their lives, four members of the Dalton Gang were gunned down, and a small Kansas town became part of history.

    Condition: Very fine.

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    January, 2009
    23rd-25th Friday-Sunday
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