In 1800s, the western states were filled with colorful figures, from legendary frontiersman to notorious outlaws. And, New Mexico was home to many of them, including Kit Carson, an American frontiersman, Indian fighter, a rancher, trapper, soldier and all-round outdoorsman whose name has come to symbolize the great American West. Now, the Auction of Santa Fe at the Hilton Hotel on August 11 and 12, provides an once in a life-time opportunity to all gun lovers and collectors to get hold of dozens of personal items associated with Kit Carson, including his 1816 U.S. Flintlock pistol which was issued for use in the historic Mexican-American War. However, it’s not new when firearms associated with renowned personalities have come to auction blocks, as we have earlier seen the sale of the most important William F. Buffalo Bill revolver, gangster Bonnie and Clyde’s weapons sale, besides the sale of a rare pair of silver Flintlock holster pistols and 1836 rare Colt revolvers that fetched whopping $1 million.
Other artifacts associated with Kit Carson includes his personal document bag which he used to carry items to generals and presidents, his saddles, the bridles, a cupboard, a tin box, snowshoes, a wooden bench and other important items covering his life.
Owner of Santa Fe's Manitou Galleries, Bob Nelson and the sponsor of the auction, Cheyenne, Wyo. stated that they obtained most of the Kit Carson's personal items from Ouray Mayers' informal museum he had in his art gallery basement in Taos.
This historic auction in Santa Fe will feature more than 600 items, including a total of 300 American Indian collectibles.
UPDATE: The famed Kit Carson’s Flintlock .54 calibre pistol back from the Mexican-American war of 1846-1848has been auctioned for $18,000, above its estimated price range of $15,000-$25,000.