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Tim Holt's Bernardelli Semi-Automatic Pocket Pistol

TIM HOLT’S BERNARDELLI SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL.

Serial no. 35251, .25 caliber 2 inch barrel. WITH: original printed sheet of specifications for the gun; 6 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print photographs of Holt onscreen c.1951, most with studio stamps on verso; and a collection of correspondence to Tim Holt, 1951, regarding his public appearance schedules, merchandise, and fan club news.

Provenance: purchased by Tim Holt, August 20, 1951 (original receipt and import tag present); gifted by him to Janie Statz Hovious in 1951; sold by her to an unknown buyer, September 3, 1979 (notarized statement); consigned to Texas Gun Collectors Association Auction, Fall 1980, and sold to Jim and Theresa Earle.

Tim Holt (1919-1973) was the son of actor Jack Holt.  He began his career as a juvenile leading man before going over to RKO to star in a series of Westerns after George O’Brien quit over a monetary dispute.  Most of his career was spent in B Westerns, though Holt did appear in Orson Welles’s The Magnificent Ambersons and John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

This Bernardelli pistol is accompanied by Holt’s original handwritten sales receipt and the Italian import tag. 

Janie Statz Hovious was the daughter of Arnold (Jigger) Statz, a professional baseball player with the Pacific Coast League team the Los Angeles Angels.  Janie married Hollywood stuntman John Hovious; both Janie and her husband were rodeo trick riders who performed all over the world as well as in films.  Janie Hovious was also the stuntwoman for Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) in Gunsmoke.

We do not sell post 1898 firearms to California residents unless they have a valid FFL or Relic and Curio license. Old West Gun Room in El Cerrito, CA will handle all in state and out of state transfers. His fees are $100 per gun plus any applicable shipping charges. By purchasing this lot you agree that you will be solely responsible for compliance with all applicable Legal Requirements governing the purchase, sale, transfer and shipping of Firearms. The Firearms must be shipped only to a Federal Firearms License holder (“FFL Holder”). You must transmit a copy of your (or your FFL Holder’s) license to the seller before the Firearms can be shipped. You must make arrangements with an FFL  Holder before placing a bid. It is very important that you contact an FFL Holder before placing a bid in order to verify the complete cost of the transfer, the legality of the item in your area, and to make sure you qualify to pass any required background checks. “Firearms” shall have the meaning provided under the Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. 101 et seq. “Legal Requirements” means all applicable legal requirements for the sale, transfer and transport of the item, including but not limited to statutes, regulations and/or requirements of any country, state locality, province, municipality or other government authority or regulatory entity regarding sales or auctions, the sale and/or transfer of the item, export or import control, taxation, duties or tariffs, and licensing of brokers and dealers.  

Condition:

Blued finish in excellent condition. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups.

Starting Price: $400
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards. This auction has a buyer's premium of 21% when bidding through witherells.com.