1864 Texas Rangers daguerreotype makes $60,000



2015-06-26 13:26:18

1864 Texas Rangers daguerreotype makes $60,000

A Texas Rangers daguerreotype was the highlight of Heritage Auction's Legends of the West sale

A half plate daguerreotype dating to 1864 was the highest selling lot at Heritage Auction's September 21 Legends of the West sale. The rare photograph, which shows two Texas Rangers disguised as Vaqueros, sold for $59,750.

The Texas Rangers were formed in 1823 as a law enforcement agency, one of the oldest such institutionsin the US.

They were key players in some of the most important criminal events in the history of the old West, such as the cases of Bonnie and Clyde and bank robber Sam Bass. Many also fought in the Mexican American war of 1846-1848.

Two rangers Heritage The daguerreotype shows two Rangers disguised as Vaqueros

The daguerreotype is the only known example that shows a Colt Walker - the iconic pistol designed by Samuel Colt and Samuel H Walker for use in the war.

Two group portraits featuring Captain John R Hughes and Company D of the Texas Rangers sold for $20,135 in a single lot.

Following the killing of Company D commander Captain Frank Jones at the hands of Mexican bandits in June 1893, Sergeant John R Hughes was chosen as his replacement and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

The photograph was taken shortly after the capture of one such bandit in 1894. It shows Captain Hughes and company seated next tothe shackled prisoner.

Texas Rangers group Captain John R Hughes and Company D with a shackled prisoner

A daguerreotype of heavily armed Ranger Frank Schmidt standing next to a horse also performed well - making $14,937. Schmidt served with Company D for seven years before his death from a gunshot wound in 1893.

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2016-05-25 15:15:31

I thought you would be interested in knowing that some of Frank Hamer's personal items like his hunting license, hand written letters to his wife while on the Rio, and group pictures of the Texas Rangers in the early 1900's are up for auction through.
Heritage Auctions
Now-June 11, 2016
"Legends of the west" signature auction

Or you can go to ha.com and search Frank Hamer

Really cool stuff!

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