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Wyatt Earp's Harrington & Richardson Break Top Revolver

WYATT EARP’S HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON BREAK TOP REVOLVER.

Serial no. 147, .32 caliber 3 1/8 inch nickeled barrel, the sighted rib with maker’s mark and patent dates. Hard rubber checkered grips with bulls-eye target monogram. Condition: Very Fine. With some nickel losses to barrel, cylinder and frame.

Provenance: gift of Josephine Earp to Harrison Leussler (letter dated August 5, 1933); by descent to Leussler’s widow Margaret; sold via Enrico Saccone to Jim and Theresa Earle, March 1978.

WYATT EARP’S LAST REVOLVER. 

After Earp’s death, his widow Josephine took a keen interest in the writing of Earp’s biography by historian Stuart Lake.  She had many talks with Harrison Leussler, who worked for publisher Houghton Mifflin, and who was able to give her confidence in the quality of Lake’s work.  According to a letter from Leussler’s widow Margaret dated August 9, 1978, the Leusslers invited Josephine Earp to visit them in Palm Springs.  When she arrived, she made a gift of the present gun and the pair of binoculars.  In a letter dated August 5, 1933, she references the gift, saying “I hope you were afforded the most enjoyment in the use of Mr. Earp’s field glasses and revolver which I let you have.”

In the years after Tombstone, the Earps moved about the country, spending time in San Diego, Alaska, and other boom towns, earning fortunes and losing them.  He and Josephine spent their later years in Los Angeles, where he did consulting for both law enforcement and the movies.  This gun, which was manufactured sometime around 1900 (the H&R company was founded in 1899), dates from Earp’s later, post-lawman years. 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:

Very fine. With some nickel losses to barrel, cylinder and frame. 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: $75,000 - $100,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$48,400
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.