Billy the Kid Gun Knife Set. A Great collectible of Billy the Kid.
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Billy the Kid Gun Knife Set
Set comes complete with a folding revolver knife, leather holster and a Lincoln County Sheriff Badge all in a large deluxe wooden display box. The gun knife's handles sport the name and picture of Billy the Kid. On the top of the display case is a Wanted Dead or Alive poster for Billy the Kid. Inside the display box is another picture and the
Story of the Legendary Billy the Kid
The most famous outlaw-gunfighter of the frontier Southwest was William Bonney , alias Billy the Kid. Born in New York City, Billy moved west and eventually became a cowboy in Lincoln County, New Mexico territory, working for cattleman J.H. Tunstall
In February, 1878, Tunstall was killed by a rival cattle outfit, this started Lincoln County War in which Billy played a leading role. This "war" was actually a struggle between two rival groups of businessmen and ranchers. Murders and depredations between the two groups culminated in a three day battle in Lincoln , New Mexico in July, 1878. Billy was one of the group that shot Sheriff Bill Brady dead. "The Kid" was said to have been involved in 20 other murders in his lifetime.
Governor Lew Wallace offered a $500 reward for the capture of William Bonney , and deliver him to any sheriff in New Mexico. In 1880 , Lincoln County elected sheriff , Pat Garrett , and a posse trapped Billy and four companions in a hut at Stinking Springs. On December 23, 1880, after a three day seige, the gang was captured.
Billy was convicted of murder, and was sentenced to be hanged in Lincoln. However, on April 28, 1881, he escaped from custody, killing two guards in the process.
Billy was tracked down by Sheriff Pat Garrett , who cornered Billy on July 15, 1881 in Fort Sumner , New Mexico. On July 18, 1881, The Las Vegas Daily Optic carried the story headlined: "The Kid Killed". Thus ended the short life and stormy career of William Bonney - "Billy the Kid".
Billy the Kid Gun Knife Set features
Gun Knife Open Length: 7"
Gun Knife Closed Length: 4 1/2" - fits into leather holster
Blade Length: 3"
Blade Material: Stainless Steel
Comes in a deluxe wood display case 11" long and 5" wide
Set includes Gun Knife , Leather Holster , Lincoln County Sheriff badge