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    Colt Single Action Revolver, Gun Belt, Watch, Spurs and Other Effects Reputed to Have Belonged to Outlaw James "Killin' Jim" Miller.
    Comprising: 1.) Colt Single Action Army Revolver. Serial no. 137238 [frame, barrel, trigger guard force matched]. .45 caliber. 4 ½-inch barrel with fixed blade front sight. Blued finish. Double-line Colt address on top of the barrel. Left side of barrel marked "45 COLT." Two-line three date patent information on the left side of frame. Rampant Colt logo on left side of frame. Mother of pearl grips. Back strap stamped "J. B. MILLER" and the right side of the trigger guard has 3 notches. 2.) Elgin pocket watch, brass chain and U.S. 1902 Indian head penny watch fob. Back of watch jeweler engraved with the initials "JBM". Accompanied by Colt factory letter indicating the revolver was originally shipped to Lee Clark Andreesen Hardware Company, Omaha, Nebraska, February 2, 1891. 3.) Unmarked iron spurs with five-pointed "Texas" star rowels and tooled basket weave leather leathers with perforated five-point stars. 4.) Brown leather revolver holster and pistol belt. Both belt and holster are unmarked. Russet brown holster with simple tooled borders and flower motif. Brown belt with elongated single-claw black buckle. 5.) Brauer Brothers of St. Louis brown leather rifle scabbard. 27 ½-inches long. Complete with both leather mounting straps. 6.) Pair of black leather gaiters complete with all straps, buckles and hooks. 7.) Leather saddles bags stamped "JBM". Brown leather saddle bags bearing no maker marks. Stamped "JBM" on the connecting leather above the left bag.

    James "Jim" Brown Miller, aka "Deacon" Miller, and "Killer" Miller was one of the worst of the many violent men in the closing days of the lawless Western frontier. He was an assassin, outlaw, occasional church goer, teetotaler, non-smoker, one-time lawman and very probably a psychopath. A complete account of Miller's life could fill volumes, so in the interests of brevity, only the a few of his many foul deeds will be shared here. Born in 1861, Miller's problems began early, being arrested at 8 years old for killing his grandparents, a charge that he was not convicted of. Miller's first documented murder was for killing his brother-in-law, a crime for which he was convicted but which was later reversed due to a technicality. He married John Wesley Hardin's cousin, Sallie Clement and they would eventually have four children. Miller killed many men, the number will probably never be known, until he was himself lynched by a mob in Ada, Oklahoma in 1909. At his lynching Miller had two requests: that his diamond ring be returned to his wife and that he be hung wearing his black hat. Both requests were granted and he is alleged to have said "Let 'er rip!" as he stepped off the box.
    Note: According to consignor notes, this gun and ensemble was purchased at an Estate sale in Kansas as being the personal property of James B. Miller. Heritage Auctions has not researched the lot further than speaking with the consignor and reading the documents included in the sale.

    Condition: 1.) Good. Metal with an overall smooth, brown patina worn gray on the ejector, muzzle and grip straps. Bore dark but the rifling remains distinct. 2.) Very good. Winding mechanism works but remains untested for long periods of time. 3.) Very good. 4.) Very good, showing honest wear and scuffing to leather, top retaining strap on front of holster a bit tender otherwise the leather remains supple and serviceable. 5.) Very good. 6.) Very good. 7.) Very good. Lacking one closure strap, two others fragile and incomplete. Signs of some repairs.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2016
    12th Sunday
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