Daniel Buck
E. Dixon Larson & the Earle auction
Sun Aug 08, 18:15

A colleague alerted me to the inclusion in the sale of a "Colt Single Action attributed to 'Kid Curry'," lot 25, which per the Bonham's Catalog Jim and Theresa Earle had apparently purchased from E. Dixon Larson in 1974.

Said Colt as well as Larson's rapscallion reputation as a "celebrity gun magnet" were discussed in my December 2012 WWHA Journal article, "Butch Cassidy Sought Amnesty, Fact or Folklore."

Excerpt: "Seven years later, Larson disclosed that he had located Logan’s “most favored” gun, a factory-engraved Colt .45 Single Action Army that he had taken off Charles Judd, “a well known trick shot artist” and Colt salesman, during the 1899 Wilcox holdup. According to Larson, deputy sheriff Fred Carlson had retrieved the gun from Logan’s body after his suicide at Parachute in 1904. An inconvenient fact is that no passengers were robbed during the Wilcox heist, and a second is that there’s no record of a lawman named Fred Carlson being involved in the 1904 chase. Larson further egged the omelet by asserting that Logan re-stole the Judd Colt while escaping from the Knoxville jail in 1903, kidnapping the sheriff in the process. He did escape, but with his guards’ weapons and without abducting the sheriff. Several months after his escape, Logan’s two revolvers were still in the custody of a federal court in Knoxville."


Four other guns in the auction came through E. Dixon Larson's hands. Caveat emptor. In the Earles' defense, when Dixon was active some decades ago his reputation was not quite as tarnished as it is today.

    • E. Dixon Larson's 5 guns all soldDaniel Buck, Tue Aug 31 3:41
      All five of the guns at the 27 August 2021 Bonhams auction of the Earle collection that had been linked to E. Dixon Larson sold. The extremely dubious Harvey Logan Colt topping the totem at $62,812 i... more
    • Re: E. Dixon Larson & the Earle auctionPam Potter, Mon Aug 09 13:03
      Very interesting, Thanks, Dan. I am glad you posted it on the WWHA FB page well.
      • Re: Re: E. Dixon Larson & the Earle auctionWayne Sanderson, Mon Aug 09 19:39
        Ah, EDL... The wondrous discoverer of more heretofore undiscovered Wild Bunch guns than there ever were Wild Bunch guns... There's a rumor he faked his death, adopted a new name and now hawks newly... more
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