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AUSTIN, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The most significant historical
collection of Western Frontier artifacts to be offered for sale in decades
will hit the auction block this coming week. David J. Hall, author and
historian of the American West, has announced his retirement and the immediate
dispersal, at auction, of his vast collection of antique weapons, photographs,
documents and other artifacts pertaining to the Western Frontier. The sale
will take place on May 7th, 8th, and 9th in Pflugerville, Texas. The
collection has been known and admired by two generations of historians,
researchers, students and enthusiasts.
For 55 years, Mr. Hall collected, studied and wrote about the artifacts of
the exciting Frontier era. His collection of guns, badges, documents,
photographs and old west memorabilia has been exhibited in museums throughout
the U.S., including the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian additionally
sponsored a nationwide two-year tour for his U.S. Marshals Exhibit. The
collection contains items owned and used by such famous western characters as
Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Tom Horn, Annie Oakley (her gloves and pistol), the
Western gangster "Soapy" Smith (his Derringer) and U.S. Marshals Bill
Tilghman, Chris Madsen and Heck Thomas.
One highlight of the antique and collector sale is a large photograph
collection compiled by the late General F. W. Sackett. The collection of over
100 photographs from the 1880's consists of some of the most famous people of
the Old West: Indian Chiefs Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Red Cloud; Generals
Custer, Crook, Miles, Merritt and Sherman and Custer's chief of scouts,
Charles "Lonesome Charley" Reynolds and the Crow scout, Curley. Perhaps the
most interesting of all is the picture of "Comanche," the cavalry horse who
was the sole survivor of Custer's command. The General's other interest was
entertainers. Photos include Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill and "Gentleman Jim"
Corbett, actresses Lillie Langtry, Sarah Bernhardt and Lillian Russell.
The auction will be conducted by Tom Keilman of Tom Keilman and Son
Auctioneers, an old friend of Mr. Hall's, and an expert in his own right on
artifacts of the Western Frontier. "David hopes that the collection will pass
into the hands of people who share his devotion to the American Frontier
story," said Mr. Keilman. "This is the damndest collection I ever saw, and
I've been doing this for 24 years."
The sale will take place May 7th, 8th and 9th at Lions Hall on North
Railroad Street in Pflugerville, Texas. The vast collection is available for
viewing on the internet at www.tk-auctioneers.com. More information is
available by calling 512-251-4236 or 251-5113.
SOURCE Tom Keilman and Son Auctioneers