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Tom Mix's Colt Single Action Army Revolver

TOM MIX’S COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

Serial no. 352705 for 1929, .32 WCF caliber 5 1/2 inch round blued barrel. Case hardened frame. Custom checkered wood grips. Condition: Very Fine to Excellent with generous traces of color.  

Provenance: gift of Tom Mix to Constable Ed Echols, 1940; sold to Haskell Proper, 1952 (affidavit signed June 18, 1952); sold to Mel Torme, December 1986; sold by Torme via John Gangel Auctions, June 2000, to Jim and Theresa Earle; Colt factory letter dated August 10, 1984, signed by M.S. Huber, and confirming that this gun was shipped to Los Angeles in 1929.

TOM MIX’S LAST COLT.

Tom Mix was Hollywood’s first cowboy star, and his expertise at riding and roping lent authenticity to his screen performances.  His career peaked during the silent era, though he did continue to work after the advent of sound.  He died tragically in a car accident while driving between Tuscon and Phoenix in 1940.

According to an affidavit present with this lot, Mix gave the present gun to Constable Ed Echols of Tuscon the day before he died.  Echols (1879-1969) was elected Sheriff for 5 consecutive terms beginning in 1936.  In his private life he was known as “Mr. Rodeo,” having been a rodeo champion in his youth. In addition to Mix, Echols was also a close friend of fellow Hollywood cowboy Will Rogers. In 1952, Echols sold the present gun to a colleague, who later sold it to jazz vocalist Mel Torme, who in 2000 consigned the gun to auction where it was purchased by the Earles.

In a 1986 letter to Mel Torme, Proper relays the history of the gun as told to him by Echols: “Ed Echols told me that this revolver belonged to Tom Mix and was presented to him by some employees at the Fox Movie Studio. Ed further mentioned that Tom Mix had sustained a broken wrist in falls from his horse and other stunt work. That was the reason he could only shoot a 32-20 rather than a 45 in his later years, and that the special hammer was shortened for his broken thumb.”

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Condition:

Very fine to Excellent with generous traces of color. 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.

Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$6,655
09/21/2021
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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.