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Cherokee Bill, Indians Gambling, Rocky Mountain Steve, Kit Carson’s Daughter, et al.

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476.     [PHOTOGRAPHY]. [TEXAS & THE WEST]. Twelve photographic prints and reproductions:

[CARSON, KIT]. Bust portrait of Kit Carson in military uniform. Gelatin silver print with photographer’s ink stamp on verso. 17.9 x 12.8 cm. Longview, Texas: Rogers & Price, n.d. (twentieth-century copy print). Image with some silver mirroring, otherwise very good condition.

[CARSON, KIT: HIS DAUGHTER]. SQUIRES, JOSEPHINE CARSON & BILLY SQUIRES (sitters)]. CHASE, Dana B. (photographer). Full-length studio portrait of man seated in arm chair, with woman standing behind him, both in dark Victorian attire. Cabinet card (albumen print mounted on card), photographer’s imprint in gilt below image: D.B. Chase Extra Finish Trinidad, Colo. and Santa Fe, N.M. Image: 14 x 10 cm; card: 16.3 x 10.6 cm. Pencil inscriptions on verso: “Josephine Carson Squires | Billy Squires”; “Josephine very picture | of her mother | Mrs. Kit Carson.” Trinidad, Colorado & Santa Fe, New Mexico, n.d. [ca. 1880s]. Image with a few tiny spots, card a bit dark with a few abrasions to blank margins, small waterstain along right margin of card and image, overall very good condition. Josephine (1868-?) was the daughter of Kit Carson and Josefa Jaramilo (Carson’s third wife).

[GABRIEL, COLONEL WILLIAM J. (sitter)]. STACY, Charles E. (photographer). Three-quarter posed studio portrait of man in elaborate Western garb, holding a whip in his right hand (possibly a Wild West performer). Cabinet card (matte collodion print mounted on card with embossed decorative border). Photographer’s imprint in orange below image: Chas. E. Stacy 5th Ave & 9th St Brooklyn. Image: 14.1 x 9.8 cm; card: 18.3 x 13.4 cm. Inscription in colored pencil on verso: “Compliments of | Col. Wm J Gabriel | –[illegible]–1906– | To Younger Bros. | Tecumseh, | Okla.” Brooklyn, n.d. [inscribed 1906 on card verso]. Image with vertical crease in upper half and a few small scratches but overall sharp and clear, card darkened and stained with three pinholes (not affecting image), light wear to edge.

[GOLDSBY, CRAWFORD, “CHEROKEE BILL” (sitter)]. GANNAWAY, J.M. (photographer). Full-length portrait of Cherokee Bill. Cabinet card (gelatin silver print mounted on card), photographer’s imprint on verso and below image: Gannaway JMG Fort Smith Ark. Image: 14.1 x 9.9 cm; card: 16.5 x 10.8 cm. Ink inscription on lower half of image: “Compliments J.W. Yves.” Ink inscription below image to left: “‘Cherokee Bill’” Fort Smith, [ca. early 1890s]. Poor condition: Image very faded, eight pin holes in card and print, card and image worn and soiled, adhesive stains on verso. This one is well worth restoring. “This is as good a day to die as any” proclaimed Cherokee Bill, March 17, 1896, age twenty, as he stepped into the courtyard at Fort Smith and saw the gallows. Cherokee Bill (1876-1896) was born at Fort Concho, Texas, of Mexican-Anglo-Sioux heritage. At age twelve, he murdered his first man; at age fifteen he killed another man in a fight over a woman at a dance hall; and by age eighteen was a man very much on the run. See McLoughlin, Wild and Woolly: An Encyclopedia of the Old West, pp. 197-198. Photograph J.M. Gannaway was active at Fort Smith, Arkansas, from ca. 1898-1900.

[HICKS, “ROCKY MOUNTAIN” STEVE]. Full-length portrait of long-haired Steve Hicks in hat, fringed jacket, and boots, lariat in right hand, left arm resting on saddle. Cabinet card (gelatin silver print mounted on card). Image: 14 x 10 cm; card: 16.5 x 10.8 cm. N.p., n.d. [Dallas, 1898, place and date from pencil note on card verso: “Rocky Mountain Steve Hicks 1898 Dallas”]. Image lightly scuffed, slight wear to edges, overall very good condition. A handsome portrait with superb depictions of equestrian equipage.

[PLAINS INDIANS]. Image of Southern Plains Indians gambling with scout in front of small tipi with ledger painting on side. Gelatin silver print mounted on card. Print: 13 x 17.9 cm; card: 17.8 x 22.8 cm. Pencil inscription in top blank margin of print identifying subjects: “Scout White Hawk & 4 feathers.” Pencil inscription on verso: “Younger gambling with white Hawk & 4 feathers.” N.p., n.d. [ca. 1900]. Poor condition: large chip to right margin of print, affecting image, short tear to left blank margin of image, image faded, lightly worn, and soiled overall, card with a few creases and scattered fox marks. Assorted mathematical figures and notes apparently unrelated to image in pencil and ink on verso. Despite condition problems, contains a good amount of historical detail, particularly the ledger painting.

[ROBERTS, ED (sitter)]. Bust profile portrait of ancient Ed Roberts. Toned gelatin silver print. Image: 22.8 x 19.2 cm; sheet: 25.4 x 20.3 cm. Lengthy pencil inscription on verso: “–1939– | Ed Roberts–Wharton, Texas–who punched cattle in the Tres Palacios country with Chas. A. Siringo, Shang[hai] Pierce et al. He says he slept many a night under the same blanket with Siringo, and wrote Charley’s letters for him before the latter learned to write. Calls himself a Yellow Man. ‘Mr. Pierce, me and another yellow man, and two niggers,’ he put it.” N.p., n.d. [1939] (from note on verso). Fine.


Sold. Hammer: $700.00; Price Realized: $840.00

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