FANTASTIC HISTORICAL FIREARM, Personal handgun of Belle Starr (a...
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Started 2021-04-29 00:00:00
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FANTASTIC HISTORICAL FIREARM, Personal handgun of Belle Starr (an American Outlaw). American Standard Tool Co., Model Manhattan, .22 Cal., MFG 1868-73, S/N: 8382, 7 Shot, Top hinged single action with spur trigger, 3 1/8'' octagon barrel, This pistol was a Christmas gift from her husband Jim July. It carries fantastic & rare ivory carved grips with a hand scrimshawed inscription on right grip. ''CHRISTMAS 1888 TO BELLE JIM JULY''. Left grip has carved raised American Eagle with shield & arrows. Grips are excellent with nice aged patina. Nickel plated finish is 98%, Cylinder has etchings of Indian/Cowboy fighting scene. Checkered hammer. Excellent bore. Pistol comes in a locking & fitted green felt lined, walnut case, with period correct full green label box of Winchester Short ammo & a key. A fantastic opportunity to own a historical firearm from an infamous western outloaw.* Antique, No FFL Req.

History: American outlaw Belle Starr was raised in relative wealth & affluence. Her mother was a member of the Hatfield clan remembered for their long feud with the McCoys. In her late teens Belle was romantically & criminally involved with Cole Younger of the Younger brothers & James brothers gangs. She later became the common-law wife & suspected partner in crime of bank robber & horse thief Jim Reed. Reed was killed in a shootout with lawmen in 1874, & after his death she married Younger's uncle, a gambler named Bruce Younger. Their marriage, however, was apparently quite brief, as within months she fell in with Sam Starr, a three-quarters Cherokee cattle rustler, bandit,& bootlegger. She took an active role in some of Starr's crimes & took his name. As a result, she was portrayed in widespread & hyperbolized media coverage as ''Bandit Queen of the Old West''.

Sam Starr was killed in a duel with another criminal in 1886, & Belle later moved in with Jim July, a.k.a. Jim Starr, apparently the adoptive son of her dead lover's father. It was during this time in 1887 1889 when she was with Jim July that he gave her the aforementioned pistol as a Christmas gift in 1888. On 3 February 1889, as she & July were en route to a courtroom where charges of horse theft awaited him, she was shot twice while riding her horse, & killed. Her killer was never apprehended & the prominent suspects include July, who had reportedly come to despise her; a worker on their farm whom she had ordered whipped for some transgression; & her own son & daughter, the former a horse thief & the latter a prostitute, both of whom were estranged from their mother.

Belle Starr was clearly a criminal, & was prosecuted for several crimes including cattle rustling, robbery, & bootlegging, though she was convicted only of horse theft. For this she was sentenced to a year in prison, but released after just nine months. Beyond that, however, the legend of Belle Starr undoubtedly exceeds the reality. After her death, she was the subject of a wildly popular, but heavily embellished biography, purportedly including sections of Belle Starr's personal journal. Her exploits have been exaggerated in films & television programs ever since. - Value: 2500 to 5000

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