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Pot Belly Miniature Box - Wyatt Earp
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$15.00

Description: Wyatt Earp, Frontiersman. Mini boxes for tiny treasures.
Measurement: 2
in h
Interior Design: OK (For his famous gun battle at the OK Corral)
Manufacturer: Harmony Ball
Material: Crushed Marble, with look and feel of antique ivory

Legendary frontiersman of the American West, was born in Monmouth, Illinois in 1848. He and his four brothers spent their early years in Illinois and Iowa. Earp married in 1870 and was elected local constable, but upon his wife's death of typhoid, he took off, drifting from Indian Territory to various towns in Kansas. He worked as a police officer in Wichita and Dodge City, went off to the gold rush in the Black Hills, and returned to Dodge City as assistant marshal, where he became noted as both a lawman and gambler and where he befriended such gunmen as Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson. Leaving Dodge City with his second wife, he went to New Mexico and then California, working for a time as a Wells Fargo guard, and ended up in 1878 in the Wild West town of Tombstone, Arizona, where most of the Earp family had congregated, buying real estate and businesses. Wyatt became a gambler and guard in the Oriental Saloon, and his brother Virgil became town marshal. By 1881, a feud had developed between the Earps and a gang led by Ike Clanton. The feud was resolved in the celebrated gunfight at the O.K. Corral, pitting the Clanton gang against three Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. Three of the Clanton gang were killed, but Ike and another member escaped. The townspeople discharged Virgil Earp on suspicion that the gunning was murder rather than crime fighting. In 1882 Morgan Earp was killed by unknown assassins, and Wyatt, his brother Warren, and some friends subsequently killed at least two suspects. Wyatt was accused of murder, and he fled, moving first to Colorado, then to several boomtowns in the West, and eventually to California. He settled there, where he supported himself variously by police work, gambling, mining, and real-estate deals. Earp eventually moved to Hollywood, where he met several famous and soon to be famous actors. On the set of one movie, he met a young extra and prop man who would eventually become John Wayne. Wayne said that he based his image of the Western lawman on his conversations with Earp. Earp died in 1929 at the age of 80. He has become an iconic figure in American folk history and the subject of many movies, TV shows, biographies and works of fiction.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 25 September, 2014.
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