Kit Carson Winchester rifle Colt Single Action revolver and other memorabilia (MIS845)
William "Uncle Kit" Carson: Massive Archive of the Eccentric Indian Scout and Wild West Show Performer, Includes His Rifle, Pistol, Knife, Trunk, Buckskin Outfit, and a Lifetime of Personal Memories.Â Without a doubt, "Uncle Kit" was one of the most interesting, colorful, and enigmatic characters symbolic of the "Wild West" that we've come across. The more research we did, the more difficult it became to separate fact from fiction. The easiest portions to verify are that: he did perform in a number of Wild West and Circus shows in the 1900-1930 period including five seasons with Buffalo Bill; he was close personal friends with Pawnee Bill and Diamond Dick; he knew Geronimo personally, and he lived from 1931 until his death in 1957 at age 99 in Roswell, New Mexico as a local folk hero and celebrity, making appearances at local events and parades dressed up in the very buckskin outfit included in this lot. He represented himself to those townspeople as Kit Carson's nephew William Kit Carson. This older gentleman told amazing stories about his birth in New Mexico in 1858 to Kit Carson's half-brother William and his wife Maria, about being an Army scout, a cattle drover for John Chisum, a personal friend of Billy the Kid, a participant with Teddy Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War, appearing with Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill Wild West shows, and the list goes on. He was a treasured member of the Roswell community and no one ever doubted that all his stories were true. He was greatly mourned when he died just short of his (claimed) 100th birthday.