Lot 239: Bonnie and Clyde
Two .38 caliber bullets recovered from the disabled car of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow following the ‘Sowers Raid’ conducted by a Dallas Sheriff’s posse on November 22, 1933. Displayed with a caption and image of the original ammunition box. In fine condition. Consignor notes that the gunpowder was removed by a professional gunsmith. These bullets were among the items collected at the scene by one of the deputies, Millard Sweatt, and they are accompanied by a packet of provenance material describing Sweatt’s career. Informed of a family gathering that was supposed to take place near Sowers, Texas, the deputies—Millard E. Sweatt, Smoot Schmidt, Ted Hinton, Ed Caster, and Bob Alcorn—laid in wait for the outlaws to arrive. As Barrow approached in a stolen 1933 Ford Model B, he sensed a trap and accelerated past his family's car, at which point the lawmen unleashed a hail of bullets. Unable to continue in the decimated vehicle, the gang was forced to abandon and flee on foot, despite wounds to both Parker’s and Barrow’s legs from a bullet that passed through the car. The outlaws escaped, and Sweatt set about collecting relics from the bullet-riddled car, recovering a number of artifacts that were later found among his possessions.
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