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Historic Firearms & Western Auction From Dakota Plains on April 28th

Dakota Plains Auctions has worked for weeks to put together a historic catalog in preparation for their next event on Saturday April 28th, 2018. This auction includes historic firearms with documented provenance that make this a sale not to miss. Some of the treasures available are:

Colts with documented provenance
Winchesters belonging to Emmett Dalton with documented provenance
The Winchester that killed Bill Dalton with documented provenance
7th Cavalry Sharps and tacked Colt with documented provenance
Cole Agee engraved Colts
Chief Gull tacked Winchester with documented provenance
Texas Lawman Parnell Colt with gun rig featured on Front cover of Texas Colts

There is much more to view. Over 500 lots are up for grabs on the auction block with full viewing available online at iCollector.com

The most valuable piece at the auction is a Henry 1860 .44 cal lever action rifle available at Lot 262. Bidding for this historical firearm opens at $11,250. The full description from the online catalog is as follows:

“Henry 1860 .44 cal. SN4XXX lever action riflemade in 1864, standard 24″ barrel, an overall very good untouched Henry with the barrel and magazine tube showing a dark brown patina, crisp standard barrel address and caliber designation, correct nickel silverblade front and 900 yd folding leaf rear sight, the receiver is a very pleasing dark mustard patina, side plates with excellent factory fit, some period marks and impressions from clamping, hammer showssilver gray, the lever and lever screw dark brown, walnut stock is very good showing factory fit to tangs, some light loss at upper buttplate area, NO cracks, added filler, or repairs, early style roundedcleaning rod, buttplate shows same dark uncleaned color as receiver, serial numbers on lower tang, screws and stock, matching to rifle, mechanically very good to fine, action functions flawlessly, the loading sleeve and magazine spring in good working order, bore is somewhat dark, the rifling strong, an untouched and original 158 year old rifle. Est. 22000-28000’

Lot 141 is where bidders can find the Winchester that killed Bill Dalton. There is a full provenance included with this and its presale estimated value is as high as $30000. The auctioneer describes it as follows:

“belonged to Deputy US Marshal Caleb “Loss” Hart SN 310707 44-40 saddle ring carbine. Caleb Hart was born in Texas 1862, his family moved to Indian Territory Oklahoma in 1879. Caleb killed 9 men in his 11 year career as Frontier Marshal, 3 years served under US Marshal JJ McAlester, founder of McAlester OK. In 1894 while living in Elk, OK, Bill Dalton of the Dalton-Doolin gang and 2 others robbed a bank in Longview, TX. When a posse, including Hart, surrounded Dalton’s house it was reported that after jumping out of a window Bill Dalton was ordered to halt at which time he raised his pistol. In self defense Caleb Hart shot once, killing him with a 4440 slug. Only when a crying woman rushed out of the house did they realize it was outlaw Bill Dalton of the Wild Bunch. He was 28 years old, married with 2 children. On June 9 the Admoreite newspaper reports “Bill Dalton Dead the Noted Bank and Train Robber Brought Down by a Winchester Ball in the Hands of Loss Hart” Caleb Hart continued as Marshal for 2 more years then moved to McGee Indian Territory and died in 1934. Well documented carbine with notarized affidavit from Caleb’s son Lewis Hart transferring ownership to Gary Helin in 1990. Also included is a 1983 copy of “Lawmen of the Old West” featuring the Hart-Dalton story with picture of Lewis holding the gun and badge, 2 negatives and reproduced from original photos of Caleb both young and old holding carbine, 1987 dated letter from a Dalton relative to Lewis, and color pictures of Caleb’s grave with Lewis, defunct Hart mercantile, and old home in McGee, OK’

Dakota Plains Auctions will present a live audio and video feed to give the worldwide audience of bidders a great part in the auction day. Absentee bidding is currently open until the auction kicks off at 1PM Central Time on Saturday April 28th, 2018. Dakota Plains Auctions will be happy to answer any questions about the online catalog via telephone or email.

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