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    John Wallace Olinger: A Marvelous Ensemble of "Tools of the Trade" Belonging to this New Mexico Lawman. Consisting of his German silver "N. M." Deputy Sheriff's badge with his name stamped on verso, its original presentation box, and his Colt revolver, along with its original holster and cartridge belt (which includes 19 original 19th century bullets, which will be shipped separately). This is a model 1862 police and pocket Navy conversion, 36 caliber, 3.5" barrel, five shot, roll engraved with stagecoach hold-up scene. All numbers match (5093). The gun, although well used, seems to be in good operating condition, and the other items are excellent.

    John Olinger was the brother of another New Mexico peace officer, Bob Olinger, who was killed by Billy the Kid during a jail break. He played a significant role in the notorious Lincoln County War when he was deputized by Sheriff George Peppin to battle Alexander McSween's "Regulators." Olinger was involved in a noteworthy gun battle near Lincoln on April 30, 1878, when his posse caught up with Frank McNab, Abe Sanders, and Frank Coe. McNab was slain, Sanders seriously wounded, and Coe captured when he ran out of ammunition. His career as a lawman ended in August of that year with a violent incident, after which Olinger was arrested for shooting one party in a dispute involving the family of Olinger's business partner. Although he was later released, Olinger chose to retire to a quieter life!

    Included with this lot is a more detailed account of Olinger's career, as well as a delightful 1937-dated notarized bill of sale from the grandson of the man whose own shooting led Olinger to fire the shot which landed him in jail. According to the affidavit, the lawman gave his gun and badge to his grandfather upon Olinger's arrest, and "the gun and badge was past (sic) down to me."

    It is rare to encounter an evocative, provenanced grouping like this from an identified lawman who was involved in significant events of his time.


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    May, 2011
    21st Saturday
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