JOHNNY RINGO'S COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FOUND HELD IN HIS HAND WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT TURKEY CREEK. Serial no. 222 for 1874, .45 caliber, 7 1/4 inch barrel with single line address.

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JOHNNY RINGO'S COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FOUND HELD IN HIS HAND WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT TURKEY CREEK.
Serial no. 222 for 1874, .45 caliber, 7 1/4 inch barrel with single line address.

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JOHNNY RINGO'S COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FOUND HELD IN HIS HAND WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT TURKEY CREEK.
Serial no. 222 for 1874, .45 caliber, 7 1/4 inch barrel with single line address. Doughnut ejector. US mark on left side of frame (partially defaced), Inspectors marks on barrel. Serial number partially visible on frame and triggerguard. Number on cylinder defaced. Condition: Good. Generally no finish with traces of blue on ejector housing balance a brown patina. Toe of left grip missing. Worn grips with no visible inspectors marks. Cylinder possibly replaced. Barrel shortened through wear. A very early martially marked single action.
Provenance: Johnny Ringo, found in his hand in Morse Canyon (mentioned by serial number, containing five cartridges, in inquest document, "Statement for the information of the Coroner and Sheriff of Cochise County, A.T.," 1882); by descent to Mrs. Prigmore; to Allen Erwin (bill of sale, signed by Erwin and by Mrs. Prigmore's son Donald Wilson, on her behalf); by descent to Francis Huffstadter (signed Power of Attorney, May 2, 1979; sold European and American Firearms, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Los Angeles, 1980, to Jim and Theresa Earle.
Literature: Burrows, Jack, John Ringo: The Gunfighter Who Never Was, Tucson, 1980, p 101; Wilson, R.L., The Peacemakers, New York, 1992.

JOHNNY RINGO'S "SUICIDE" COLT FOUND IN HIS HAND AS HE SLUMPED AGAINST A TREE IN MORSE CANYON, JULY 14, 1882.
Johnny Ringo famously arrived in Tombstone in 1879, reportedly shooting Louis Hancock, who refused to drink whiskey with him, expressing a preference for beer. He had journeyed overland with his family in 1864, and his father had accidentally shot himself on the journey (see lot 214, for his mother's diary of the trip). He was associated with the Cochise County Cowboys alongside the Clanton family and the McLaury brothers, and it's speculated that he missed the incident at the OK Corral only because he was visiting family in California. The Earp family suspected him of taking part in both the attempted assassination of Virgil Earp and the murder of their brother Morgan.

In July of 1882, the body of Johnny Ringo was found near Turkey Creek, with a hole from his temple through the back of his head, this colt, serial number 222, in his hand, his feet wrapped in cloth torn from his undershirt. His horse was found nearby with his boots tied to his saddle (in order to keep out scorpions). The coroner's report called it suicide, listing this colt as the culprit, with 5 rounds still in the chamber. By all accounts, he had been drinking heavily in recent weeks, and the Tombstone Epitaph of July 18, in a fairly elegiac report on his death, noted that Ringo had "frequently threatened to commit suicide, and that the event was expected at any time." However, stories persist that Ringo was killed by Wyatt Earp, who had been in the vicinity, or by Doc Holliday (who hadn't been close), or by Buckshot Frank Leslie, who reportedly confessed during a prison stint in Yuma.

A most well-documented gun from one of the West's most tragic outlaws, often portrayed as an introspective, unpredictable gunslinger quoting Shakespeare, whose death may have been as much of an enigma as his life.
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JOHNNY RINGO'S COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FOUND HELD IN HIS HAND WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT TURKEY CREEK. Serial no. 222 for 1874, .45 caliber, 7 1/4 inch barrel with single line address.
JOHNNY RINGO'S COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FOUND HELD IN HIS HAND WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT TURKEY CREEK. Serial no. 222 for 1874, .45 caliber, 7 1/4 inch barrel with single line address.
JOHNNY RINGO'S COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FOUND HELD IN HIS HAND WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT TURKEY CREEK. Serial no. 222 for 1874, .45 caliber, 7 1/4 inch barrel with single line address.
JOHNNY RINGO'S COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FOUND HELD IN HIS HAND WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT TURKEY CREEK. Serial no. 222 for 1874, .45 caliber, 7 1/4 inch barrel with single line address.
JOHNNY RINGO'S COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FOUND HELD IN HIS HAND WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT TURKEY CREEK. Serial no. 222 for 1874, .45 caliber, 7 1/4 inch barrel with single line address.
JOHNNY RINGO'S COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FOUND HELD IN HIS HAND WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT TURKEY CREEK. Serial no. 222 for 1874, .45 caliber, 7 1/4 inch barrel with single line address.
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