November 18, 2016 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


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Calamity Jane Cabinet Photograph by C.E. Finn, Livingston, Montana

Cabinet photograph with imprint of C.E. Finn, Livingston, Mont., captioned in the negative, Calamity Jane, Gen. Crook's Scout. An early view of Calamity Jane wearing buckskins, with an ivory-gripped Colt Single Action Army revolver tucked in her hand-tooled holster, holding a Sharps rifle.

Perhaps no other figure is more illustrative of the wild days in Deadwood in the 1870s than Martha Jane "Calamity" Cannary (1852-1903). Her history is shrouded in uncertainty and myth. As early as 1864 her family was living in Virginia City, NV, and by the late 1860s she was apparently a consort of various soldiers at Forts Jim Bridger and Steel in Montana Territory. She had a propensity for dressing in men's clothes, and may have been with Crook at the Battle of Slim Buttes in 1876, dressed as such. She apparently accompanied Wild Bill Hickok, Colorado Charlie Utter, and Bloody Dick Seymour when they arrived in Deadwood in June or July of 1876, and was there when Hickok was murdered. Later in life, she appeared in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. By all accounts, she was a profane, alcoholic harlot, but with many likable qualities. While never married to Hickok, she was buried next to him in Deadwood.

Provenance:Descended in the Family of Colonel George Lawson Scott

Condition:

Even toning to print, with few light spots, wear to mount corners and edges, with some slight corner loss. Few stains on mount verso, which includes printed information about cost of photographs. 

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,444
11/18/2016

 

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