Dalton Gang rifle takes aim at top lot in CA sale

Dalton Rifle copyVENTURA, Calif. — A historic Dalton Gang 1876 Winchester rifle will be sold Sunday, May 5, 2013, by California Auctioneers of Ventura, Calif., during its “East Meets West” event. The noteworthy Winchester was confiscated from Bill Dalton by Sheriff E. W. Kay when Kay arrested him after the Ceres Train robbery attempt in Tulare County, California, in 1891.

The rifle’s chain of custody passed from Sheriff Kay to California historian and author of the “Dalton Gang Days,” Frank S. Latta, to the current owner. This one-of-a kind firearm is a true Wild West relic and a valuable part of California history. It carries a presale estimate of $75,000 to $150,000.The “East Meets West” auction also includes collections of fine Asian objects; antique Winchester 1876 copyfirearms, such as Colt 1873 SAA Pinch frame SN #154; Native American artifacts; Western, African, Ethnographic, and American collectables; Antique furniture; jewelry; and more. The auction will be live in-house and broadcast live online at www.calauctioneers.com. Visit the website or call 805-649-2686 for more information.