National Law Enforcement Museum Acquires “Gangsters, Outlaws, and Lawmen” Artifacts
Collection includes objects related to the law enforcement posse that tracked down notorious criminal duo, Bonnie & Clyde
|Washington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Museum participated in “Gangsters, Outlaws, and Lawmen,” a live auction hosted by RR Auctions on Sunday, September 30, in Nashua, New Hampshire. The auction had many high-profile objects up for bid, and the Museum acquired three different lots.
One of those lots includes a National Arms Co. Single Shot No. 2 Derringer, along with a badge and coin purse belonging to Pat Garrett, who was elected Sheriff of Lincoln County (NM) in 1880. The lot also includes a handwritten letter penned on the back of a mimeographed list of guns for sale and dated from the 1950s that refers to Garrett as the famous sheriff who killed Billy the Kid.
|Derringer pistol used by Pat Garrett, 1870. 2012.40.1 Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC||Badge: Deputy U.S. Marshal Pat Garrett, 1870. 2012.40.2 Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC|
|Coin Purse used by Pat Garrett, 1870. 2012.40.3 Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC|
|The second lot includes the Deputy U.S. Marshal commission and badge that belonged to Ted Hinton, the youngest (and last surviving member) of the posse that ambushed and killed Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in Louisiana in 1934.|
|Badge: Deputy U.S. Marshal Ted Hinton, 1941. 2012.40.5 Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC||Commission appointing Ted Hinton as Deputy U.S. Marshal, April 16, 1941. 2012.40.6 Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC|
The final lot contains original 1930s Associated Press photos of a payroll robbery pursuit in New York. Two New York City patrolmen, Edwin V. Churchill and Walter J. Webb, were killed during the robbery. Their names are inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC (on panels 61 East: line 6, and 1 West: line 3, respectively).
While the National Law Enforcement Museum's doors won't open until 2015, visit what will certainly become a not-to-be-missed Museum destination online at www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.
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