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Other Name
SMITH & WESSON "CHIEFS SPECIAL" .38
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19960109002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SMITH & WESSON "CHIEFS SPECIAL" .38
Date
1987
Materials
PLASTIC, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
13
Length
16
Width
3.8
Description
BLACK BURNISHED 38 CAL. REVOLVER WITH SHROUDED HAMMER AND SHORT BARREL. MOLDED PLASTIC GRIP HAS RAISED CRISS-CROSS PATERN AND BLACK MARBLING. TIP OF MUZZLE HAS TAPERED POST WITH FLUTED TOP EDGE. CYLINDER HAS FIVE CHAMBERS. TRIGGER IS WIDE CRESCENT SHAPED TAB WITH FLUTED GRIP AS WELL. STAMPED INTO SIDE OF BARREL IS "AIRWEIGHT 38 SPL. CTG.". STAMPED INTO RIGHT SIDE JUST BELOW CYLINDER IS "MADE IN U.S.A. MARCAS REGISTRADAS SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS." STAMPED INTO LEFT SIDE OF BARREL IS "SMITH & WESSON" AND STAMPED INTO LEFT SIDE JUST ABOVE GRIP IS SMITH AND WESSON LOGO WITH STYLIZED "S" AND "W" WITH "TRADE MARK" AROUND IT. STAMPED ON INSIDE OF CYLINDER FRAME IS "MOD-38". RAISED ON LEFT GRIP IS "FITZ" AND "TEN-O-GRIP" WITH TARGET. STAMPED ON CYLINDER ARM IS "24128".
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
SPORTS
LEISURE
History
THERE IS A CHANCE THAT THIS FIREARM WAS USED BY THE DONOR'S HUSBAND INSPECTOR FRANK BATHGATE IN A NON-ISSUE, LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE SERVICE CAPACITY. PLEASE REFERENCE P19960109006 FOR DETAILS. FRANK JAMES BATHGATE WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE AND GREW UP IN THE PARK LAKE AREA. HE APPLIED TO THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN 1951 AND WAS APPOINTED CONSTABLE ON JANUARY 14, 1953. HE WAS THEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ACTING SERGEANT IN 1960, AND IN 1967 PROMOTED TO DETECTIVE IN THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH, WHERE HE WAS APPOINTED HEAD OF NARCOTICS AND DANGEROUS DRUG SECTION OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. IN 1971 FRANK WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF DETECTIVE SERGEANT AND WAS THE HEAD OF THE NEWLY CREATED CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE UNIT, IN ADDITION TO HIS DUTIES IN THE DRUG UNIT. ACCORDING TO ONE DOCUMENT (PERM RECORD), HE WAS AN INTEGRAL PART IN THE FORMATION OF THE CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE OF CANADA, WHICH DEALS WITH ORGANIZED CRIME AND OTHER AREAS OF NATIONAL INTEREST. IN JUNE OF 1978 HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF INSPECTOR, AND TOOK OVER COMMAND OF THE UNIFORMED PATROL DIVISION. IN AUGUST OF 1979 BATHGATE WAS PROMOTED TO SUPERINTENDENT AND FOURTEEN MONTHS LATER PROMOTED TO DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE. HE HELD THIS APPOINTMENT UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1988. FRANK BATHGATE PASSED AWAY IN 1996. C-301 PERMIT TO TRANSPORT RESTRICTED WEAPONS AND APPLICATION FOR FIREARMS ACQUISITION CERTIFICATE (F.A.C.) CAN BE FOUND IN PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19960109002
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
MODEL 929 .22 CAL
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, BAKELITE
Catalogue Number
P19960087002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MODEL 929 .22 CAL
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
STEEL, BAKELITE
No. Pieces
7
Height
10
Length
16.5
Width
9
Description
.22 CALIBRE REVOLVER KNOWN AS A "SIDEKICK". REVLOVER HAS 9 CHAMBERED CYLINDER AND BLACK BAKELITE GRIPS. STAMPED INTO LEFT SIDE OF BARREL IS "MODEL 929 22LR" AND "MADE IN U.S.A.". RAISED AT TOP OF GRIPS ARE MANUFACTURER LOGO "H&R". S/N "AP137117" IS STAMPED INTO BUTT.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
REVOLVER WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM BY THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE WHO CONFISCATED THE GUN FROM AN UNKNOWN PERSON.
Catalogue Number
P19960087002
Acquisition Date
1996-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
VICTORY MODEL 38 (SMITH & WESSON)
Date Range From
1942
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19980037004
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
VICTORY MODEL 38 (SMITH & WESSON)
Date Range From
1942
Date Range To
1945
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
13
Length
27.7
Width
3.7
Description
STEEL .38 CALIBRE REVOLVER WITH SMOOTH WOOD GRIPS. "SMITH & WESSON" IS STAMPED INTO LEFT SIDE OF BARREL. "38 S. & W. CTG" IS STAMPED INTO RIGHT SIDE OF BARREL. SMITH & WESSON LOGO IS ETCHED INTO RIGHT SIDE OF FRAME. "U.S. PROPERTY G.H.D." STAMPED ON TOP OF FRAME. SERIAL NUMBER "V506055" IS STAMPED INTO BUTT FRAME AND END OF CYLINDER.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
REVOLVER WAS DONATED BY THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE. IT WAS CONFISCATED FROM HARVEY DOB.
Catalogue Number
P19980037004
Acquisition Date
1998-06
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
IVER JOHNSON .32 CAL
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, BAKELITE
Catalogue Number
P19960087003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
IVER JOHNSON .32 CAL
Date
1904
Materials
STEEL, BAKELITE
No. Pieces
1
Height
9
Length
19
Width
2.8
Description
.32 CALIBRE REVOLVER WITH BREAK TOP AND NICKEL PLATING. 5 CHAMBERED CYLINDER AND BLACK BAKELITE GRIPS. STAMPED INTO TOP OF BARREL IS "IVER JOHNSON'S ARMS CYCLE WORKS" AND "FITCHBURG, MASS, U.S.A.". GRIPS HAVE RAISED SCROLL WORK AND OWL LOGO AT TOP. SERIAL NUMBER "K2929" IS STAMPED INTO BUTT FRAME BENEATH LEFT GRIP.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
REVOLVER WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM BY THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE WHO CONFISCATED THE GUN FROM AN UNKNOWN PERSON. THE SERIAL NUMBER WITH THE PREFIX "K" INDICATES MANUFACTURE YEAR OF 1904.
Catalogue Number
P19960087003
Acquisition Date
1996-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
38 200 MODEL BRITISH SERVICE (SMITH & WESSON)
Date Range From
1943
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19980037001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
38 200 MODEL BRITISH SERVICE (SMITH & WESSON)
Date Range From
1943
Date Range To
1955
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
13
Length
27.7
Width
3.7
Description
BLUE STEEL .38 CALIBRE REVOLVER WITH CHECKED WOOD GRIPS. "SMITH & WESSON" IS STAMPED INTO LEFT SIDE OF BARREL. "38 S. & W. CTG" IS STAMPED INTO RIGHT SIDE OF BARREL. SMITH & WESSON LOGO IS ETCHED INTO RIGHT SIDE OF FRAME AND ALSO RAISED ONTO MEDALLIONS AT TOPS OF GRIPS. SERIAL NUMBER "729050" IS STAMPED INTO BUTT FRAME AND END OF CYLINDER.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
REVOLVER WAS DONATED BY THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE. IT WAS USED IN A ROBBERY AT A SAFEWAY ON 21 FEBRUARY 1981.
Catalogue Number
P19980037001
Acquisition Date
1998-06
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
REMINGTON MODEL 12 .22 CAL E (SMITH & WESSON)
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19980037003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
REMINGTON MODEL 12 .22 CAL E (SMITH & WESSON)
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
18
Length
103
Width
3.4
Description
PUMP ACTION .22 CALIBREE RIFLE WITH OCTAGONAL BARREL AND TUBE MAGAZINE. STOCK IS WOOD WITH MEDIUM FINISH. STAMPED INTO LEFT SIDE OF RECEIVER IS "MODEL 12" AND SERIAL NUMBER "747525". STAMPED INTO TOP OF BARREL BEHIND REAR SIGHTS IS "REMINGTON". CIRCULAR REMINGTON LOGO IS STAMPED INTO BUTT PLATE.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
RIFLE WAS DONATED BY THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE AFTER BEING CONFISCATED FROM AN UNKNOWN PERSON. THE MODEL 12 REMINGTON RIFLE WAS MANUFACTURED FROM 1909 TO 1939.
Catalogue Number
P19980037003
Acquisition Date
1998-06
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
22 CALIBRE STERLING
Date Range From
1895
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD (WALNUT)
Catalogue Number
P19683312000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
22 CALIBRE STERLING
Date Range From
1895
Date Range To
1900
Materials
STEEL, WOOD (WALNUT)
No. Pieces
2
Diameter
97.1
Description
55.8 (D) CM. S/N 946 SERIAL NUMBER ON SIDE OF RECEIVER AND BARREL. "SINGLE SHOT TAKE DOWN RIFLE CAL 22 LONG RIM FIRE SER. NO. STERLING" ON BARREL "STAR, ARROW F.L. 22 ELG" INSIDE A CIRCLE. FIRE STOCK CRACKED AND SPLIT ON LEFT SIDE PPEARS TO BE A REPLACEMENT FORESTOCK, HAND MANUFACTURED FROM OAK. MANUAL FROM OAK. MANUAL EXTRACTOR. ROLLING B CORK ACTION. RECEIVER EQUIPPED WITH LOCKING CAM. EQUIPPED WITH BUCKHORN AND BEAD SIGHT.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
STERLING 22 CAL. RIFLE BROUGHT TO CANADA BY FRANK CLIFTON (ROYAL NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE, FIRST MEMBER STATIONED IN RIVER BOTTOM NORTH OF PRESENT SITE OF TABER
Catalogue Number
P19683312000
Acquisition Date
1968-06
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
COLT NEW POLICE 38
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1915
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL (BLUED), BAKELITE
Catalogue Number
P19820015000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COLT NEW POLICE 38
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1915
Materials
STEEL (BLUED), BAKELITE
No. Pieces
1
Length
10.1 (BARREL)
Description
S/N 342. 6 SHOT CYLINDER. .38 CAL., PATENT DATES AUG. 5, 1884, JUNE 5, 1900, JULY 4,1905 (ON BARREL). DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH "COLT NEW POLICE 38" AND "COLT PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT., U.S.A." AND PATENT DATED STAMPED ON BARREL. "COLT'S NEW POLICE" AND REARING HORSE STAMPED ON LEFT SIDE OF FRAME. 5 NOTCHES AND NUMEROUS SMALLER NOTCHES FILED INTO TOP RIGHT EDGE OF FRAME. BLUEING WORN ON BARREL, PROBABLY FROM A HOLSTER. CORNER OF RIGHT GRIP MISSING, BOTH GRIPS EMBOSSED "COLT". ALL PARTS APPEAR ORIGINAL.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ORIGINALLY OWNED BY SYD RUSSELL WHO WORKED FOR CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THEN LATER PARTNER WITH HARRY HEARNE, AS OWNERS OF CITY ABATTOIR ON 43RD STREET SOUTH. NOTCHES IN REVOLVER RELATE TO MEN KILLED IN MEXICO BY SYD RUSSELL IN A DANCEHALL FIGHT. REFER TO ATTACHED HISTORY & TAPE.
Catalogue Number
P19820015000
Acquisition Date
1981-06
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON MODEL 1871 "SPORTSMAN"
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, BAKELITE
Catalogue Number
P19970088003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON MODEL 1871 "SPORTSMAN"
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
STEEL, BAKELITE
No. Pieces
1
Height
12.8
Length
27
Width
3.9
Description
.22 CALIBRE REVOLVER WITH BROWN WOOD GRIPS. 9 CHAMBER CYLINDER. STAMPED INTO LEFT SIDE OF BARREL IS "H&R 'SPORTSMAN' DOUBLE ACTION". STAMPED INTO RIGHT SIDE OF BARREL IS "22 LONG RIFLE CTC." SERIAL NUMBER "R55157" IS STAMPED INTO BUTT FRAME. GRIPS HAVE PEWTER MEDALLION LOGOS WITH STYLIZED "H&R".
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR WAS BORN IN SASKATCHEWAN AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AT AGE 8. JOINED THECANADIAN MILITARY AND THEN ATTENDED SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY. WORKED FOR 25 YEARS AS A PROBATION OFFICER AND SOCIAL WORKER IN FAMILY COURT. DONOR PURCHASED REVOLVER IN VANCOUVER IN 1970 OUT OF PERSONAL INTEREST. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVERY OF MILITARY OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY ALEXANDER MCQUARRIE. SHE LEARNED THESE DETAILS ABOUT THE DONOR FROM HIS LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY: "ALEXANDER ROBERT 'MAC' MCQUARRIE, BELOVED HUSBAND OF MRS. JULIE L. MCQUARRIE OF LETHBRIDGE, PASSED AWAY AT THE ST. MICHAEL'S HEALTH CARE CENTRE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1997 AT THE AGE OF 59 YEARS... MAC WAS BORN IN PRINCE ALBERTA, SK AND GREW UP IN LETHBRIDGE. HE RECEIVED HIS PILOT'S WINGS IN THE CANADIAN AIR FORCE AND SPENT THREE YEARS IN THE LORD STRATHCONA'S HORSE REGIMENT. HE ATTENDED SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY AND RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE HE WORKED FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA AS A SOCIAL WORKER FOR 25 YEARS."
Catalogue Number
P19970088003
Acquisition Date
1997-09
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19640199000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WINCHESTER MODEL 1873
Date
1882
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
61.0
Description
S/N 101506A. PATENT DATE: MAR...1866, OCT. 16, 1880. STOCK SPLINTERED IN TANG AREA, HAMMER INOPERABLE. DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE ORIGINAL BUTT STOCK. 44-40 WCF CAL. WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 (ON TANG). ROUND BARREL. REPEATING (LEVER ACTION). HEAVY WEIGHT BARREL. REF: CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
UNITED STATES. KNOWN IN THE U.S. AS "THE GUN THAT WON THE WEST." REF: DIXIE GUN WORKS CATALOGUE #125, P. 521. CITY OF LETHBRIDGE PURCHASE INVOICES 3519 AND 3874. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS, A PORTION OF WHICH WERE DONATED BY BOB FAULDS. A NOTICE FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON APRIL 1, 1991 LISTS THE DONOR AS DECEASED. CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NEXT OF KIN WAS NOT FOUND. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19640184000-GA FOR HARDCOPY OF NOTICE. *UPDATE* IN 2019 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN ARTIFACT SURVEY THAT INCLUDED A NUMBER OF BARBER-RELATED INSTRUMENTS DONATED BY BOB FAULDS. HIS FULL NAME WAS ROBERT ERNEST FAULDS. ATTEMPTS MADE TO MAKE CONTACT HIS NEXT-OF-KIN WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. AN OBITUARY FOUND IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD FOR FAULDS STATES, “BORN, RAISED AND EDUCATED IN TABER, ALBERTA, BOB SPENT THE MAJORITY OF HIS LIFE IN LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE WORKED AS A BARBER AT WESTBROOKS BARBER SHOP, LATER OWNING HIS OWN BUSINESS CALLED BOB’S BARBER SHOP.” JAMES AND HAROLD WESTBROOK WERE THE ORIGINAL PROPRIETORS OF THE WESTBROOKS BARBER SHOP. IT OPENED IN 1917 IN THE BLENNER-HASSETT BLOCK AT 303 6TH STREET SOUTH (LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD, 21 JULY 1917). FURTHER RESEARCH INTO HIS BARBER CAREER FOUND A RETIREMENT NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE HERALD WHICH READS “R. E. FAULDS: I WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT AFTER 48 YEARS OF BARBERING, I WILL BE RETIRING, EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 1987.” IN ADDITION TO A SEPTEMBER 6, 1939 PUBLICATION IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD STATES “… SOME TABER YOUNG MEN APPLIED [FOR THE WAR], AMONG THEM ROBT. FAULDS, JR., OLDEST SON OF THE LATE CHIEF FAULDS, WHO WEEKS AGO OPENED A NEW BARBER SHOP IN TOWN.” FAULDS’ OBITUARY STATES HE “MARRIED OLIVE CARDWELL [1916-2005] ON MARCH 4, 1942, AND TOGETHER THEY RESIDED IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL HIS PASSING.” THEIR CHILDREN WERE ROBERT THOMAS AND PHILLIP RONALD. BOB FAULDS PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 1991 AT THE AGE OF 73 YEARS. REFERENCE TO FAULDS’ DONATIONS TO THE MUSEUM WERE FOUND IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THERE WAS AN IMAGE PUBLISHED OF MUSEUM OFFICIALS ALONG WITH FAULDS TAKING DOWN HIS BARBER POLE FROM ITS 6TH STREET LOCATION (NOVEMBER 29, 1965). A LINE IN THE MARCH 9, 1964 EDITION OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD READS, “FAULDS TURNED UP [AT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE MUSEUM] WITH TWO STRAIGHT RAZORS. THE SHAVERS ARE MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19640121000 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, INCLUDING COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH.
Catalogue Number
P19640199000
Acquisition Date
1964-03
Collection
Museum
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SHOTGUN, SINGLE-BARREL

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Other Name
BREECH LOADING 12 GAUGE "RANGER"
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WALNUT
Catalogue Number
P19640186000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BREECH LOADING 12 GAUGE "RANGER"
Date
1913
Materials
STEEL, WALNUT
No. Pieces
3
Length
130.8
Description
S/N 253-KECALIBRE 12 GAUGE. PAT. DATE. AUG. 12, 1913. SERIAL NUMBER ON BARREL AND FORESTOCK. "ELECTRO STEEL CHOICE BORED" ON BARREL PATENTED AUG. 12/1913". "RANGER" STAMPED ON RECEIVER. HIGH PROOF STEEL BARREL FULL CHOKE. SINGLE ACTION TRIGGER. EXPOSED HAMMER. TANG BARREL LOCK. BEAD (OFSIGHT) MISSING. PISTOL GRIP SPLIT AND CRACKED.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ENGLAND. SIMILAR TO INEXPENSIVE SHOTGUNS MASS PODUCED TODAY. PURCHASED BY CITY OF LETHBRIDGE INVOICES 3519 AND 3874. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS, A PORTION OF WHICH WERE DONATED BY BOB FAULDS. A NOTICE FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON APRIL 1, 1991 LISTS THE DONOR AS DECEASED. CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NEXT OF KIN WAS NOT FOUND. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19640184000-GA FOR HARDCOPY OF NOTICE. *UPDATE* IN 2019 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN ARTIFACT SURVEY THAT INCLUDED A NUMBER OF BARBER-RELATED INSTRUMENTS DONATED BY BOB FAULDS. HIS FULL NAME WAS ROBERT ERNEST FAULDS. ATTEMPTS MADE TO MAKE CONTACT HIS NEXT-OF-KIN WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. AN OBITUARY FOUND IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD FOR FAULDS STATES, “BORN, RAISED AND EDUCATED IN TABER, ALBERTA, BOB SPENT THE MAJORITY OF HIS LIFE IN LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE WORKED AS A BARBER AT WESTBROOKS BARBER SHOP, LATER OWNING HIS OWN BUSINESS CALLED BOB’S BARBER SHOP.” JAMES AND HAROLD WESTBROOK WERE THE ORIGINAL PROPRIETORS OF THE WESTBROOKS BARBER SHOP. IT OPENED IN 1917 IN THE BLENNER-HASSETT BLOCK AT 303 6TH STREET SOUTH (LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD, 21 JULY 1917). FURTHER RESEARCH INTO HIS BARBER CAREER FOUND A RETIREMENT NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE HERALD WHICH READS “R. E. FAULDS: I WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT AFTER 48 YEARS OF BARBERING, I WILL BE RETIRING, EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 1987.” IN ADDITION TO A SEPTEMBER 6, 1939 PUBLICATION IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD STATES “… SOME TABER YOUNG MEN APPLIED [FOR THE WAR], AMONG THEM ROBT. FAULDS, JR., OLDEST SON OF THE LATE CHIEF FAULDS, WHO WEEKS AGO OPENED A NEW BARBER SHOP IN TOWN.” FAULDS’ OBITUARY STATES HE “MARRIED OLIVE CARDWELL [1916-2005] ON MARCH 4, 1942, AND TOGETHER THEY RESIDED IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL HIS PASSING.” THEIR CHILDREN WERE ROBERT THOMAS AND PHILLIP RONALD. BOB FAULDS PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 1991 AT THE AGE OF 73 YEARS. REFERENCE TO FAULDS’ DONATIONS TO THE MUSEUM WERE FOUND IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THERE WAS AN IMAGE PUBLISHED OF MUSEUM OFFICIALS ALONG WITH FAULDS TAKING DOWN HIS BARBER POLE FROM ITS 6TH STREET LOCATION (NOVEMBER 29, 1965). A LINE IN THE MARCH 9, 1964 EDITION OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD READS, “FAULDS TURNED UP [AT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE MUSEUM] WITH TWO STRAIGHT RAZORS. THE SHAVERS ARE MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19640121000 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, INCLUDING COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH.
Catalogue Number
P19640186000
Acquisition Date
1964-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
SMITH & WESSON MODEL 14 - .357 MAGNUM
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
1995
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960109006
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SMITH & WESSON MODEL 14 - .357 MAGNUM
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
1995
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC, PAPER
No. Pieces
4
Height
13.5
Length
23.5
Width
3.7
Description
1. 1 PIECE, STEEL, PLASTIC. BLACK BURNISHED STEEL REVOLVER. REVOLVER HAS BLACK PLASTIC GRIP WITH MOLDED FINGER GRIP AND CRISS-CROSS PATTERN. AT MIDDLE ON EACH SIDE IS BRASS LOGO WITH RAISED LION, TARGET AND "P". RAISED ON BOTTOM OF GRIP IS "THE PACHMAYR `GRIPPER' LOS ANGELES CALIF. MADE IN U.S.A." ON LEFT SIDE OF BARREL IS "SMITH & WESSON" AND ON LEFT SIDE OF FRAME JUST ABOVE GRIP IS SMITH & WESSON LOGO WITH STYLIZED "S" AND "W" WITH TRADE MARK AROUND IT AND "REG. U.S. PAT. OFF." BELOW. STAMPED ON RIGHT SIDE OF FRAME IN FRONT OF TRIGGER IS "MADE IN U.S.A. MARCAS REGISTRADAS SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS." STAMPED ON RIGHT SIDE OF BARREL IS "S. & W. 357 MAGNUM". STAMPED ON BUTT OF REVOLVER IS "20D6135". 2. INSTRUCTION PAMPHLET: WHITE PAPER PAMPHLET FOLDED TWICE HORIZONTALLY. HAS PHOTO OF REVOLVER AND TITLE WHICH READS ".357 MILITARY & POLICE REVOLVER MODEL NO.13". BELOW TITLE IS CONTENTS LIST "PARTS LIST", "INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE", "MAINTENANCE" AND "SPECIFICATIONS". AT BOTTOM OF PAGE IS "SMITH & WESSON" LOGO WITH ADRESS OF "BANGOR PUNTA COMPANY". CONTAINS A PARTS DIAGRAM, LIST OF PART NUMBERS AND SERVICING INSTRUCTIONS. 3. SAFETY PAMPHLET: WHITE PAPER PAMPHLET WITH CLOSEUP PHOTO OF REVOLVER HAMMER AND CYLINDER AND TRIGGER. TITLE IN WHITE READS "SAFETY & INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR YOUR SMITH & WESSON FIREARM". INSIDE IS PHOTO DIAGRAMS FOR FIRING AND MAINTENANCE. 4. SAFETY PAMPHLET: WHITE ACCORDIAN STYLE PAMPHLET WITH "SMITH & WESSON" LOGO AND TITLE WHICH READS "SAFETY & INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR YOUR SMITH & WESSON FIREARM". CONTAINS PROSE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FIRING, AMMUNITION, STORAGE AND SERVICE OF FIREARM.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON 24 SEPTEMBER 2010, LORELEI VANDEN BERG, FIREARMS OFFICER WITH THE RCMP IN LETHBRIDGE, CONFIRMED THAT THIS WEAPON WAS REGISTERED TO THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE (CERT. NO. K-095693) PRIOR TO HAVING BEEN REGISTERED BY THE DONOR’S HUSBAND INSPECTOR FRANK BATHGATE. THE WEAPON, IT IS PRESUMED, WAS BOUGHT BY BATHGATE AS A POLICE SERVICE MEMENTO AND WAS ADDED BY HIM TO HIS COLLECTION FOR POSTERITY. OTHER DONATED FIREARMS IN THIS COLLECTION MAY HAVE BEEN UTILIZED AS PART OF HIS SERVICE IN A NON-ISSUE CAPACITY AS CLAIMED WAS GENERALLY DONE BY RETIRED CONSTABLE ERNIE KREEFT BELOW. AMONGST THE COLLECTION, HOWEVER, THIS IS THE ONLY WEAPON WITH DOCUMENTED TIES TO THE POLICE FORCE. ________________________________________ ON 8 OCTOBER 2009, TECH KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED RETIRED LPS/CITY POLICE FORCE CONSTABLE AND ARMOURER ERNIE KREEFT (SERVICE DATES 1 JUNE 1977 TO 4 JAN 2004) ABOUT THE FORCE’S USE OF THE .357 SMITH & WESSON REVOLVER. ACCORDING TO KREEFT, THE SMITH & WESSON 38 SPECIAL WAS ISSUED TO HIM AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAREER, BUT SOMETIME ABOUT THE MID 80S THE FORCE OFFICIALLY TRANSITIONED TO THE .357 SMITH & WESSON WHICH, WAS STILL FIRED USING .38 SPECIAL AMMUNITION. WHEN ASKED WHY THE TRANSITION TO THE .357 OCCURRED HE SAID, “IT’S JUST A PROGRESSION OF A BETTER GUN. THE OTHER ONES, I THINK, WERE OLD SMITH AND WESSON T-FRAMES AND THEY WERE STARTING TO GET LIKE, OVER THE YEARS, THEY GET OLD, AND I THINK THE ODD TIME WE HAD A COUPLE OF BACK STRAPS THAT BROKE, WHEN GUYS WERE DOWN AT THE RANGE, GOT INJURED, AND LIKE, THEY BLEW UP A LITTLE BIT, AND, THEN WE ENDED UP GOING TO REPLACE THEM AND WE JUST ENDED UP GETTING THESE GUNS.” IT’S POSSIBLE, HE SAID, THAT THE .38S DATED BACK TO THE 1960S. BEFORE THAT, HE THOUGHT THEY “USED THE WEBLEY WITH A FRONT BRAKE”. KREEFT TOLD MACLEAN, “THERE WAS A TIME WHEN GUYS WERE ALLOWED TO CARRY THEIR OWN FIREARM ON DUTY AND SOME OF THE GUYS BOUGHT 357S ALTHOUGH [THE FORCE] USED THE .38. AND THEN THEY DIDN’T WANT GUYS HAVING THEIR OWN GUNS SO THE DEPARTMENT SAID “BYE-BYE.” YOU COULDN’T HAVE YOUR OWN GUN. YOU WERE ISSUED ONE.” THE .357’S WOODEN GRIP, CLAIMED KREEFT, COULD BE REPLACED WITH A RUBBER ‘PACHMAYR’ GRIP. “BUT NOT EVERYBODY PUT PACHMAYRS ON”, HE SAID. “SOME PEOPLE LEFT THE OLD WOOD GRIPS ON THAT CAME WITH THE GUN [AND] SOME GUYS JUST LIKED [THE PACHMAYR] BETTER BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEY TOOK A LITTLE MORE PRIDE IN WHAT THEY SHOT AND THOUGHT THEY FELT BETTER.” AS FOR RANGE USE OF THE .357, KREEFT SAID, “OH, THEY SHOOT A LOT MORE NOW THAN THEY DID THEN. I THINK QUALIFYING WAS MAYBE ONLY ONCE A YEAR BACK THEN. AND FOR SOME GUYS THAT’S THE ONLY TIME THEY’D SHOOT THEIR WEAPONS WHEN THEY’D GO FOR QUALIFYING. SOME GUYS REALLY DON’T LIKE GUNS AT ALL, THEY JUST, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST I GUESS. YOU’D THINK A POLICEMAN, THAT’S ONE OF HIS TOOLS; THEY’D WANT TO BE PROFICIENT. BUT SOME GUYS REALLY AREN’T VERY GOOD AT IT AND NEVER REALLY LIKED IT.” IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, THE MEMBERS OBSERVED AN “OLD FBI COURSE” STANDARD, STARTING “AT THE 50 YARD LINE [AND] THEN YOU MOVE UP TO THE 25 YARD LINE AND THEN YOU MOVED UP TO MAYBE THE 15 AND THE 7 YARD LINE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. AND AT THE 7 YARD LINE THERE WASN’T AIMING. I REMEMBER WE HAD TO SHOOT KIND OF INSTINCTIVELY AND PULL THE GUN OUT AND JUST OFF THE HIP. ONLY 2 GUYS COULD GO AT ONCE, EH.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE .357S’ EFFECTIVENESS, KREEFT STATED, “YOU KNOW THE THING ABOUT A REVOLVER, IT’S A GOOD WORK HORSE. THEY’RE GOOD WEAPONS. THEY KIND OF, LIKE, JUST KEEP TICKING ALONG BUT THEN, YOU KNOW, IT COMES UP AND YOU’RE IN A GUNFIGHT AND THERE’S ONLY 6 ROUNDS IN AND YOU HAVE TO RELOAD WHEREAS A SEMI-AUTOMATIC YOU HAVE 15 ROUNDS AND THEY HAD ALL KINDS OF TRAINING WHERE FBI AGENTS WERE SHOT AND KILLED BECAUSE OF NOT ENOUGH ROUNDS. IT’S A PROGRESSION OF THE WAY THINGS GO, YOU KNOW, LIKE, OTHER WEAPONS.” ________________________________________ FRANK JAMES BATHGATE WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE AND GREW UP IN THE PARK LAKE AREA. HE APPLIED TO THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN 1951 AND WAS APPOINTED CONSTABLE ON JANUARY 14, 1953. HE WAS THEN PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF ACTING SERGEANT IN 1960, AND IN 1967 PROMOTED TO DETECTIVE IN THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH, WHERE HE WAS APPOINTED HEAD OF NARCOTICS AND DANGEROUS DRUG SECTION OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. IN 1971 FRANK WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF DETECTIVE SERGEANT AND WAS THE HEAD OF THE NEWLY CREATED CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE UNIT, IN ADDITION TO HIS DUTIES IN THE DRUG UNIT. ACCORDING TO ONE DOCUMENT (PERM RECORD), HE WAS AN INTEGRAL PART IN THE FORMATION OF THE CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE OF CANADA, WHICH DEALS WITH ORGANIZED CRIME AND OTHER AREAS OF NATIONAL INTEREST. IN JUNE OF 1978 HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF INSPECTOR, AND TOOK OVER COMMAND OF THE UNIFORMED PATROL DIVISION. IN AUGUST OF 1979 BATHGATE WAS PROMOTED TO SUPERINTENDENT AND FOURTEEN MONTHS LATER PROMOTED TO DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE. HE HELD THIS APPOINTMENT UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1988. FRANK BATHGATE PASSED AWAY IN 1996. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW, REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE AND P20090009001-2 TO LEARN ABOUT THE TRANSITION TO THE SMITH & WESSON AUTOMATIC HANDGUN IN 1995. SEE ALSO ARTIFACT P19960109007, SPEED LOADERS, WHICH ARE DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE OPERATION OF THIS WEAPON.
Catalogue Number
P19960109006
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
.38 SPECIAL, “CST. LEE BRUNEAU”
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20130005001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
.38 SPECIAL, “CST. LEE BRUNEAU”
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1990
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
12
Length
22.5
Width
5
Description
SN#C808798, SMITH & WESSON .38 SPECIAL, MODEL 10-5. CARBON STEEL FRAME WITH WOOD GRIP. EMBOSSED AND GOLD-PLATED WITH CREST IMAGE AND TEXT READING “1964 – 1990” ON FRAME, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE” ALONG BARREL, AND “CST LEE BRUNEAU” ON UPPER GRIP. WOOD GRIP CARVED WITH CROSSHATCH TEXTURE ON BOTH SIDES, WITH SMITH & WESSON SYMBOL INSET IN METAL. MAKER’S INFORMATION AND PATENT DATE STAMPED ON FRAME BENEATH BARREL. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS REVOLVER WAS USED BY THE DONOR, CONSTABLE LEON BRUNEAU, DURING HIS CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED BRUNEAU ABOUT HIS POLICE WORK AND THE WEAPON ON OCTOBER 8, 2009 AND APRIL 4, 2013. BRUNEAU SAID: “THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THE PAPER ABOUT [THE LETHBRIDGE AUXILIARY POLICE]. THIS INTERESTED ME BECAUSE… I HAD BEEN WORKING FOR A PRIVATE INVESTIGATION [BUREAU] AS A SECURITY GUARD UP IN CALGARY … [SO] I THOUGHT I’D TRY THIS AUXILIARY POLICE THING AND SEE WHAT COMES OUT OF IT… I DIDN’T KNOW [THE POLICE FORCE] WERE PLANNING TO TAKE RECRUITS OUT OF THE AUXILIARY… I WAS 29 YEARS OLD [WHEN I WAS] SWORN IN… THE FIRST GUN I WAS ISSUED… WAS AN OLD MILITARY 38 THAT HAD BEEN BORED OUT… TO ACCEPT .38 SPECIAL AMMUNITION, BUT THE .38 CALIBER HOLES ARE A LITTLE BIT BIGGER THAN THE .38 SPECIALS… SO IT RATTLED AROUND IN THERE AND IT WAS AN UNSAFE THING… AS SOON AS JIM TUTTLE QUIT [IN 1965/66] I WAS IN [SERGEANT] ALBERT HACKETT’S OFFICE LIKE A SHOT. [HIS] WAS A NEW GUN AND WAS THE ONLY .38 SPECIAL WITH A ROUND BUTT, AND I WANTED IT… [HACKETT] GOT IT FOR ME AND I CARRIED IT UNTIL I RETIRED… [IT’S] THE GUN I HAD IN ’82 WHEN WE HAD THE SHOOTOUT.” BRUNEAU CONTINUED: “THE REVOLVER ACTUALLY SAVED MY LIFE AT ONE TIME, BECAUSE IF I HADN’T FIRED IT, I MIGHT NOT BE HERE… IN JULY 1982… I WAS IN THE STATION [AT 5TH S AND 5TH AVE SOUTH] AND WE HEARD A COMMOTION, A SHOT, AND A SECOND SHOT… HOW [THE PRISONER] MIKE FRANK GOT A HOLD OF [OFFICER DARCY MURRAY’S] GUN, I DON’T KNOW. HAD WE HAD ANY WARNING ABOUT HOW VIOLENT THIS YOUNG MAN WAS, THERE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE THAN ONE POLICEMAN DOWN THERE… [MURRAY WAS SHOT] THROUGH HIS ARM… WAYNE JOHNSON WAS ON THE DESK AND HE SAW THE COMMOTION ON THE CLOSED CIRCUIT TV AND WENT RUNNING DOWN THE STAIRS AND TOOK A BULLET RIGHT ABOVE HIS BODY ARMOUR [IN HIS NECK]… FRANK CAME RUNNING UP THE STAIRS… [SERGEANT] BUTCH LEE FIRED AT HIM [AND] HE RAN OUT THE FRONT DOOR… UP 5TH STREET TO 6TH AVENUE, AND WE CHASED HIM… AS HE WAS CROSSING [THE STREET] HE MADE A GRAB FOR A LITTLE OLD LADY… AND THEN HE FIRED A SHOT… BUTCH LEE AND I WERE THE FIRST ONES THERE… I THOUGHT ‘OK, WELL I’LL SHOOT HIS SHOULDER’ BUT I JUST GRAZED HIS SHOULDER, AND BUTCH FIRED FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE AND MIKE FRANK WENT DOWN… [THEN] HE CAME UP SHOOTING… I FIGURED, ‘HE MISSED ME THIS TIME BUT HE MAY NOT MISS ME NEXT TIME, SO I BETTER SHOOT’. SO I DID. I WENT A COUPLE OF BUTTONS DOWN ON HIS SHIRT AND SQUEEZED OFF A SHOT AND HE WENT DOWN, AND THEN I HEARD A LOT OF GUNFIRE… AFTERWARDS WE FOUND OUT THERE WAS ELEVEN BULLET HOLES IN HIM… IN THAT NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH [PUBLISHED IN THE JULY 10, 1982 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD] I WAS STANDING THERE TALKING ON THE RADIO AFTER IT, AND HE WAS STRETCHED OUT ON THE STREET.” BRUNEAU CONCLUDED: “IT WENT THROUGH MY HEAD, PRIOR TO THIS, ‘IF I WAS CONFRONTED WITH A SITUATION LIKE THIS, COULD I ACTUALLY SHOOT SOMEONE WITH THE INTENTION OF KILLING HIM?’ AND I FOUND OUT I COULD… THAT WAS ONLY THE SECOND TIME THAT I ACTUALLY HAD TO DRAW MY FIREARM… I DON’T THINK [THE INCIDENT] ACTUALLY CHANGED ANYTHING IN TERMS OF MY STATUS AS A POLICEMAN. I JUST KEPT ON DOING MY JOB… I BOUGHT THE GUN FOR $50 WHEN I RETIRED [IN 1990]. THE DEPARTMENT SENT IT AWAY TO VANCOUVER, HAD IT ALL REFURBISHED AND HAD MY ENLISTMENT DATE, MY NAME, EVERYTHING ENGRAVED AND FILLED IN WITH GOLD.” FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, AND COPIES OF RELATED NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND BRUNEAU’S DEPARTMENTAL COMMENDATION FOR HIS ACTIONS DURING THE SHOOTOUT, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20130005001
Acquisition Date
2013-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 (R.C.M.P. CENTENNIAL)
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970065001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 (R.C.M.P. CENTENNIAL)
Date
1973
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, BRASS
No. Pieces
8
Height
12.7
Length
102
Width
3.5
Description
1) 30-30 CALIBRE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH ETCHED BRASS RECEIVER. LEFT SIDE OF RECEIVER HAS SCROLL WORK WITH MOUNTIE ON A HORSE AND "1873-1973". RIGHT SIDE OF RECEIVER HAS SCROLL WORK WITH "MP". "MP" ALSO ETCHED INTO STOCK. ETCHED ON BARREL ON RIGHT SIDE OF REAR SIGHT IS "R.C.M.P. CENTENNIAL 1873-1973". ON BARREL ON LEFT SIDE OF REAR SIGHT IS "WINCHESTER MODEL 94" AND "30-30 WIN". ON RIGHT SIDE OF STOCK IS POLISHED BRASS MEDALLION WITH R.C.M.P COAT OF ARMS OVER "1873-1973" WITH "NWMP", "RNWMP" AND "RCMP" AROUND TOP EDGE. ON TANG BEHIND HAMMER IS "MAINTIENS LE DROIT". SERIAL NUMBER "RCMP4326" IS STAMPED ON UNDERSIDE OF RECEIVER IN FRONT OF TRIGGER GUARD. 2) ANNIVERSARY BOX. 118.5 CM (L) X 17.5 CM (W) X 6.5 CM (H) BOX MADE OF CARDBOARD AND STYROFOAM. CARDBOARD SHEATH HAS COLOUR IMAGES OF N.W.M.P AND R.C.M.P. OFFICERS AND MEN SERVING AROUND CANADA. "RCMP CENTENNIAL 1873-1973" ON SIDE. STYROFOAM BOX HAS CARVED FORM FOR RIFLE AND SEPARATE LID. 3) INSTRUCTION PAMPHLET ENTITLED "WINCHESTER MODEL 94 RCMP CENTENNIAL RIFLE INSTRUCTIONS", WITH MOUNTIES ON FRONT. IN BOTH FRENCH AND ENGLISH.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
RIFLE WAS PURCHASED BY DONOR IN 1973 DUE TO HIS INTEREST IN THE HISTORY OF CANADA AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. UPDATE: INTERVIEW CONDUCTED WITH DONOR BLAINE THACKER ON 23 JUNE 2014 WITH RESPECT TO HIS ACQUISITION AND OWNERSHIP OF HIS TWO DONATED, COMMEMORATIVE RIFLES. FOR TRANSCRIPT AND AUDIO OF THE INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE THIS DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19970065001
Acquisition Date
1997-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SMITH & WESSON .32
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20030017000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SMITH & WESSON .32
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
13.5
Length
29.5
Width
3.5
Description
32 CAL. STEEL REVOLVER HAS 80% BLUED FINISH. FRONT AND REAR IRON SIGHTS. STAMPED SIDE BARREL "32 WINCHESTER CTG" AND ON TOP "SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS, U.S.A. PATENTED MAR. 27 94.... FEB.6.06." BASE OF PISTOL GRIP AND CYLINDER SN# STAMPED "42090". STAMPED ON ONE SIDE OF REVOLVER BODY CIRCULAR LOGO WITH "TRADE" AT TOP, "MARK" AT BOTTOM AND STYLIZED "W" OVER TOP "S". PISTOL GRIP IS MADE OF FINISHED WOOD. ONE SIDE BODY DISPLAYS MODERATE PITTING AND GOUGING. HOUSING SCREW MISSING SAME SIDE AS S&W LOGO.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
MILITARY
History
REVOLVER ORIGINALY OWNED BY DONOR'S GRANDFATHER LEODAS DESIRE BOURASSA. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE DONOR STATES: "LEODAS BOURASSA WAS BORN ON APRIL 18, 1897... IN BUCKINGHAM, QUEBEC. LEO CAME WEST IN 1917, HOMESTEADING IN THE LUNDBRECK DISTRICT NEAR CHAPEL ROCK. HE JOINED THE RNWMP IN FORT MACLEOD [AND] WAS MOBILIZED INTO THE RNWMP CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE AT REGINA AND SERVED IN ENGLAND. UPON DEMOBILIZATION OF THE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN MAY 1918, HE WENT BACK TO THE RNWMP UNTIL HIS DISCHARGE IN JANUARY 1919 IN MONTREAL. THE WEST MUST HAVE MADE AN IMPRESSION ON HIM, AS HE THEN RETURNED TO THE LUNDBRECK HOMESTEAD... LEO MARRIED JEANNETTE ALIDA LEMIRE ON JULY 31, 1922 IN FORT MACLEOD... [THEY] HAD NINE CHILDREN.... LEO WAS AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE FORT MACLEOD GOLF AND CURLING CLUBS, LIFE MEMBER OF KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, AND VERY ACTIVE IN ALL ASPECTS OF SPORT IN THIS AREA... LEO DIED AT THE AGE OF 80 ON DECEMBER 25, 1977, WHILE JEANNETTE HAD PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 28, 1977." SEE HARD COPY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON BOURASSA FAMILY. WEAPON DONATED IN MEMORY OF LEO DESIRE BOURASSA.
Catalogue Number
P20030017000
Acquisition Date
2003-09
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 (DIAMOND JUBILEE)
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, SILVER
Catalogue Number
P19970065002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 (DIAMOND JUBILEE)
Date
1980
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, SILVER
No. Pieces
8
Height
12.7
Length
96.5
Width
3.8
Description
1) 38-55 CALIBRE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH ETCHED SILVER RECEIVER. LEFT SIDE OF RECEIVER HAS FLORAL SCROLL WORK WITH SCENE OF CATTLE AND OIL WELLS. RIGHT SIDE OF RECEIVER HAS FLORAL SCROLL WORK WITH ALBERTA COAT OF ARMS. ETCHED INTO BARREL ON RIGHT SIDE OF REAR SIGHT IS "ALBERTA DIAMOND JUBILEE". ETCHED INTO BARREL ON LEFT SIDE OF REAR SIGHT IS "WINCHESTER MODEL 94" AND "38-55 WIN". ON RIGHT SIDE OF STOCK IS SILVER MEDALLION WITH ETCHED WILD ROSE AND "ALBERTA DIAMOND JUBILEE 1905 - 1980". ETCHED INTO TANG BEHIND HAMMER IS "WINCHESTER MODEL 1894". SERIAL NUMBER "ADJ2872" IS STAMPED ON UNDERSIDE OF RECEIVER IN FRONT OF TRIGGER GUARD. 2) ANNIVERSARY BOX. 103.5 CM (L) X 17.0 CM (W) X 6.5 CM (H) BOX MADE OF CARDBOARD AND STYROFOAM. CARDBOARD SHEATH HAS COLOUR IMAGES SUCH AS COWBOYS, N.W.M.P. OFFICERS, INDIANS AND OIL WORKERS WITH "ALBERTA DIAMOND JUBILEE" ON SIDE. STYROFOAM BOX HAS CARVED FORM FOR RIFLE AND SEPARATE LID. 3) WARRANTY CARD. 18.6CM X 8.2 CM GREEN CARD WITH SYMBOL NUMBER "9464". 4) BOOKLET. 8.5CM X 9.7CM RED COVERED BOOKLET ENTITLED "WINCHESTER-WESTERN HUNTER'S POCKET GUIDE." 5) INFORMATION CARD. 13.6CM X 10.6CM PAMPHLET ENTITLED "WINCHESTER AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTRES". 6) RECORD CARD. 18.5CM X 9.6CM GREEN "WINCHESTER PURCHASE RECORD CARD" WITH VARIOUS QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO MERCHANDISING. 7) INSTRUCTION BOOKLET. 23.9CM X 10.5CM RED COVERED BOOKLET ENTITLED "ALBERTA DIAMOND JUBILEE: INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR WINCHESTER ALBERTA MODEL 94..."
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
RIFLE WAS PURCHASED BY DONOR IN 1980 TO PAIR WITH ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE CENTENNIAL RIFLE (P19970065001-GA) AS COLLECTION. UPDATE: INTERVIEW CONDUCTED WITH DONOR BLAINE THACKER ON 23 JUNE 2014 WITH RESPECT TO HIS ACQUISITION AND OWNERSHIP OF HIS TWO DONATED, COMMEMORATIVE RIFLES. FOR TRANSCRIPT AND AUDIO OF THE INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE THIS DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19970065002
Acquisition Date
1997-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
BALE OR HAY HOOK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, WOOD, IRON
Catalogue Number
P20150010009
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BALE OR HAY HOOK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
METAL, WOOD, IRON
No. Pieces
1
Height
11.0
Length
24.5
Width
12..7
Description
HAY CROOK OR BALE HOOK. METAL AND WOODEN HANDLE, WITH CAST IRON HOOK. MAIN PORTION OF THE HANDLE IS WOODEN, WITH A MEDIUM AND LIGHT GREY PAINTED FINISH. WHERE THE HANDLE ATTACHES TO THE HOOK IS SILVER COLOURED METAL, WITH A MEDIUM LIGHT BLUE PAINTED FINISH. THE HOOK ITSELF IS CAST IRON, WITH A RED PAINTED FINISH. OVERALL IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. STRUCTURALLY THE HOOK IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, BUT THE PAINTED SURFACES ARE ALL VERY WORN. THE WOODEN HANDLE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN FINISHED IN A LIGHT GREY FIRST, WITH A LATER ADDITION OF MEDIUM GREY PAINT. BOTH OF THE GREY FINISHS ARE VERY SCUFFED AND SCRATCHED AND THERE IS A LOT OF EXPOSED WOOD. THE MEDIUM BLUE FINISH OF THE METAL PORTION OF THE HANDLE HAS FLAKED OFF IN SEVERAL AREAS. SEVERAL MORE AREAS OF THE FINISH ARE LOOSE. THE RED FINISH ON THE CAST IRON IS VERY WORN, REVEILING BOTH UNFINISHED METAL AND A LIGHT BLUE PAINT.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS HAY CROOK OR BALE HOOK WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994), RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998), AND LAWRENCE DZUREN (HIRED 1959, RETIRED 1992). ALL FOUR MEN AGREE THAT THE HOOK WAS USED TO HELP FIGHT HAYSTACK FIRES ON LOCAL FARMS. BROWN EXPLAINS THE DIFFICULTY OF DEALING WITH A HAYSTACK FIRE AND WHY THE HOOK WAS SO USEFUL: “WITH A HAYSTACK FIRE, ONCE IT STARTS ON FIRE, THE WHOLE STACK IS WRECKED, EVEN THOUGH IT DOESN’T BURN, BECAUSE THE SMOKE GOES THROUGH IT, THE HAY IS CONTAMINATED AND THE ANIMALS AREN’T GOING TO EAT IT, SO YOU PRETTY WELL HAVE TO KNOCK IT DOWN ANYWAY. AS SOON AS YOU PUT WATER ON IT, IT WILL SMOLDER, AND SMOLDER, AND SMOLDER. PROBABLY ONE OF THE HARDEST FIRES TO PUT OUT IS A HAYSTACK FIRE, BECAUSE YOU CAN’T GET THE WATER TO IT. … YOU PUT YOUR WATER, YOU SOAK ON TOP OF THE BALES AND IT JUST WON’T SOAK IN, SO YOU HAVE TO TAKE EVERY BALE APART, BREAK EVERY PIECE APART, EVERY LITTLE BALE, BREAK IT DOWN, HOSE IT DOWN, NEXT BALE, BREAK IT APART, HOSE IT DOWN, AND CONTINUE.” LAZENBY RECALLED SEEING THE HAY CROOK ON THE TRUCK WHEN HE FIRST STARTED AND EXPLAINED: “I’M NOT A FARM KID AND I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS.” HE ASKED WHAT IT WAS, RECEIVING THE REPLY: “’WELL, IT’S A BALE HOOK’ AND I SAID, ‘SO I’M NOT TRYING TO BE A SMART ALECK HERE, BUT WHY DO WE HAVE BALE HOOKS ON THE ENGINE?’ THEY SAID, ‘WELL, IN CASE WE GO TO A HAY BALE FIRE.’ YOU KNOW, ASK A SIMPLE QUESTION, YOU GET A SIMPLE ANSWER, RIGHT? … I NEVER SAW ONE USED AND … THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT THAT GOT PHASED OUT SHORTLY AFTER THE BEGINNING OF MY CAREER. … THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE PIECES THAT WE FOUND THAT WE JUST DIDN’T HAVE A USE FOR. YOU CAN MOVE HAY BALES WITH OTHER MEANS THAN TO HAVE A SET OF BALE HOOKS ON THE TRUCKS, SO THEY WENT AWAY.” PETIT RECALLED USING THE HOOK AND ADDED: “IT WAS USUALLY ON THE PUMP WHEN THEY RESPONDED TO GRASS FIRES … SOMETIMES WE’D TAKE THAT, NOT USUALLY TO FIGHT THE FIRE, BUT WHEN YOU HAD TO KNOCK [THE BALES] DOWN, YOU HAD TO DRAG THE BALES OUT OF THE WAY. OTHERWISE THEY WOULD START THE FIRE ALL OVER AGAIN. IT WASN’T USED THAT MUCH BUT WE DID GO TO QUITE A FEW FIRES, YOU KNOW, STACKS OF BALES.” DZUREN AGREED: “WELL, IT’S THE BAILING HOOK. AND THAT’S JUST TO MOVE ANY, WHETHER IT’S A BALE OF STRAW OR ANY OTHER ITEM THAT HAD TO BE MOVED AWAY FROM THE FIRE, OR JUST, YOU KNOW, SEGREGATED FROM WHAT WAS ALREADY BURNING.” HE RECALLED THAT IT WAS IN USE WHEN HE STARTED IN 1959 AND ADDED “IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ON ONE OF THE VEHICLES … PARTICULARLY … COUNTY VEHICLES THAT WOULD RESPOND OUT TO THE COUNTY, TO THE FARM FIRE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010009
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
STEN MARK II
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19960087001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STEN MARK II
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1945
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
8
Height
18.5
Length
77.5
Width
9
Description
1. STEN MARK II SUBMACHINE GUN. CYLINDRICAL RECEIVER WITH OPEN FRAME STEEL STOCK. EJECTION PORT ON RIGHT SIDE AND MAGAZINE HOUSING ON LEFT SIDE. STAMPED INTO TOP OF MAGAZINE HOUSING IS "STEN MK II" AND "S13". STAMPED INTO BOTTOM OF MAGAZINE HOUSING IS SERIAL NUMBER "12635" AND MANUFACTURER "H.F. & C. LTD.". SUBMACHINE GUN USES 9MM LUGER AMMUNITION. 2. MAGAZINE. 24.4 CM (L) X 4.0 CM (W) X 2.5 CM (H) RECTANGULAR STEEL MAGAZINE HAS SPRING LOADED INTERNAL PLATFORM AND PINCHED TOP. 3. MAGAZINE. 24.4 CM (L) X 4.0CM (W) X 2.5 CM (H) RECTANGULAR STEEL MAGAZINE. HAS SPRING LOADED INTERNAL PLATFORM AND PINCHED TOP. 4. MAGAZINE. 24.4 CM (L) X 4.0 CM (W) X 2.5 CM (H) RECTANGULAR STEEL MAGAZINE HAS SPRING LOADED INTERNAL PLATFORM AND PINCHED TOP. 5. MAGAZINE. 24.4 CM (L) X 4.0 CM (W) X 2.5 CM (H) RECTANGULAR STEEL MAGAZINE HAS SPRING LOADED INTERNAL PLATFORM AND PINCHED TOP. 6. MAGAZINE. 24.4 CM (L) X 4.0 CM (W) X 2.5 CM (H) RECTANGULAR STEEL MAGAZINE HAS SPRING LOADED INTERNAL PLATFORM AND PINCHED TOP. 7. MAGAZINE. 24.4 CM (L) X 4.0 CM (W) X 2.5 CM (H) RECTANGULAR STEEL MAGAZINE HAS SPRING LOADED INTERNAL PLATFORM AND PINCHED TOP. 8. SPEED LOADER, STEN 10 CM (L) X 5 CM (W) X 2.5 CM (H) RECTANGULAR SHAPED, BLUED STEEL LOADER FEATURES HINGED BRASS DEVICE WITH FINGER HOLE TO PRESSURE LOAD AMMUNITION. UNMRKED.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
MILITARY
SAFETY SERVICES
History
STEN WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM BY THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE WHO CONFISCATED THE GUN FROM AN UNKNOWN PERSON. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. SHE WAS UNABLE TO FIND ANY NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC WEAPON, BUT DID FIND DETAILS ABOUT THE STEN MARK II MODEL OF SUBMACHINE GUN: "DURING THE EARLY DAYS OF WORLD WAR II, THE BRITISH ARMY PURCHASED LARGE NUMBERS OF THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUNS FROM THE UNITED STATES UNDER LEND-LEASE. AS AMERICAN FACTORIES WERE OPERATING AT PEACETIME LEVELS, THEY WERE UNABLE TO MEET THE BRITISH DEMAND FOR THE WEAPON. FOLLOWING THEIR DEFEAT ON THE CONTINENT AND THE DUNKIRK EVACUATION, THE BRITISH ARMY FOUND ITSELF SHORT ON WEAPONS WITH WHICH TO DEFEND BRITAIN. AS SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF THOMPSONS WERE UNAVAILABLE, EFFORTS MOVED FORWARD TO DESIGN A NEW SUBMACHINE GUN THAT COULD BE BUILT SIMPLY AND CHEAPLY. THIS NEW PROJECT WAS LED BY MAJOR R. V. SHEPHERD, OBE OF THE ROYAL ARSENAL, WOOLWICH, AND HAROLD JOHN TURPIN OF THE DESIGN DEPARTMENT OF THE ROYAL SMALL ARMS FACTORY, ENFIELD. DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE ROYAL NAVY'S LANCHESTER SUBMACHINE GUN AND THE GERMAN MP40, THE TWO MEN CREATED THE STEN. THE WEAPON'S NAME WAS FORMED BY USING SHEPHERD AND TURPIN'S INITIALS AND COMBINING THEM WITH "EN" FOR ENFIELD. THE ACTION FOR THEIR NEW SUBMACHINE GUN WAS A BLOWBACK OPEN BOLT IN WHICH THE MOVEMENT OF THE BOLT LOADED AND FIRED THE ROUND AS WELL AS RE-COCKED THE WEAPON. DUE TO THE NEED TO QUICKLY MANUFACTURE THE STEN, CONSTRUCTION CONSISTED OF A VARIETY OF SIMPLE STAMPED PARTS AND MINIMAL WELDING. SOME VARIANTS OF THE STEN COULD BE PRODUCED IN AS FEW AS FIVE HOURS AND CONTAINED ONLY 47 PARTS. AN AUSTERE WEAPON, THE STEN CONSISTED OF A METAL BARREL WITH A METAL LOOP OR TUBE FOR A STOCK. AMMUNITION WAS CONTAINED IN A 32-ROUND MAGAZINE WHICH EXTENDED HORIZONTALLY FROM THE GUN. IN AN EFFORT FACILITATE USE OF CAPTURED 9 MM GERMAN AMMUNITION, THE STEN'S MAGAZINE WAS A DIRECT COPY OF ONE USED BY THE MP40. THE STEN MK I ENTERED SERVICE IN 1941 AND POSSESSED A FLASH HIDER, REFINED FINISH, AND WOODEN FOREGRIP AND STOCK. APPROXIMATELY 100,000 WERE PRODUCED BEFORE FACTORIES SWITCHED TO THE SIMPLER MK II. THIS TYPE SAW THE ELIMINATION OF THE FLASH HIDER AND HAND GRIP, WHILE POSSESSING A REMOVABLE BARREL AND SHORTER BARREL SLEEVE. A ROUGH WEAPON, OVER 2 MILLION STEN MK IIS WERE BUILT MAKING IT THE MOST NUMEROUS TYPE. AS THE THREAT OF INVASION EASED AND PRODUCTION PRESSURE RELAXED, THE STEN WAS UPGRADED AND BUILT TO A HIGHER QUALITY. WHILE THE MK III SAW MECHANICAL UPGRADES, THE MK V PROVED TO BE THE DEFINITIVE WARTIME MODEL. THE STEN PROVED AN EFFECTIVE WEAPON IN THE FIELD AS IT DRAMATICALLY INCREASED THE SHORT-RANGE FIREPOWER OF ANY INFANTRY UNIT. ITS SIMPLISTIC DESIGN ALSO ALLOWED IT TO FIRE WITHOUT LUBRICATION WHICH REDUCED MAINTENANCE AS WELL AS MADE IT IDEAL FOR CAMPAIGNS IN DESERT REGIONS WHERE OIL COULD ATTRACT SAND. USED EXTENSIVELY BY BRITISH COMMONWEALTH FORCES IN NORTHERN AFRICA AND NORTHWEST EUROPE, THE STEN BECAME ONE OF THE ICONIC BRITISH INFANTRY WEAPONS OF THE CONFLICT. BOTH LOVED AND HATED BY TROOPS IN THE FIELD, IT EARNED THE NICKNAMES "STENCH GUN" AND "PLUMBER'S NIGHTMARE." THE STEN'S BASIC CONSTRUCTION AND EASE OF REPAIR MADE IT IDEAL FOR USE WITH RESISTANCE FORCES IN EUROPE. THOUSANDS OF STENS WERE DROPPED TO RESISTANCE UNITS ACROSS OCCUPIED EUROPE. IN SOME NATIONS, SUCH AS NORWAY, DENMARK, AND POLAND, DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF STENS BEGAN IN CLANDESTINE WORKSHOPS. IN THE FINAL DAYS OF WORLD WAR II, GERMANY ADAPTED A MODIFIED VERSION OF THE STEN, THE MP 3008, FOR USE WITH ITS VOLKSSTURM MILITIAS. FOLLOWING THE WAR, THE STEN WAS RETAINED BY THE BRITISH ARMY UNTIL THE 1960S WHEN IT WAS FULLY REPLACED BY THE STERLING SMG. PRODUCED IN LARGE NUMBERS, THE STEN SAW USE AROUND THE WORLD AFTER WORLD WAR II. THE TYPE WAS FIELDED BY BOTH SIDES OF THE 1948 ARAB-ISRAELI WAR. DUE TO ITS SIMPLE CONSTRUCTION, IT WAS ONE OF THE FEW WEAPONS THAT COULD BE PRODUCED DOMESTICALLY BY ISRAEL AT THAT TIME. THE STEN WAS ALSO FIELDED BY BOTH THE NATIONALISTS AND COMMUNISTS DURING THE CHINESE CIVIL WAR. ONE OF THE LAST LARGE-SCALE COMBAT USES OF THE STEN OCCURRED DURING THE 1971 INDO-PAKISTANI WAR. ON A MORE NOTORIOUS NOTE, A STEN WAS USED IN THE ASSASSINATION OF INDIAN PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI IN 1984." (SOURCE: HTTP://MILITARYHISTORY.ABOUT.COM/OD/SMALLARMS/P/WORLD-WAR-II-STEN.HTM - RETRIEVED AUGUST 7, 2014)
Catalogue Number
P19960087001
Acquisition Date
1996-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
"VICTORY" SMITH AND WESSON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20180013000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"VICTORY" SMITH AND WESSON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
20.5
Width
3.3
Diameter
1
Description
REVOLVER WITH BLACK STEEL SHORT BARREL, CYLINDER AND FRAME. BARREL HAS FRONT SIGHT PIN AT END; HANDLE IS BROWN WOOD WITH STEEL PLATE RUNNING DOWN THE SIDES AND ACROSS THE BASE. HANDLE HAS METAL PIN ON FRONT THAT RUNS THROUGH HANDLE TO BACK. REVOLVER HAS INSCRIPTION STAMPED BESIDE CYLINDER ON RIGHT SIDE, “TRADEMARK S W, REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.”; INSCRIPTION STAMPED BELOW CYLINDER“MADE IN U.S.A.”; INSCRIPTION ON BASE OF HANDLE “611407”; INSCRIPTION ON RIGHT SIDE OF BARREL “.38 767 E.38 S&W CT6, 3.5 IONS”. REVOLVER HAS SILVER TRIGGER AND HAMMER; REVOLVER HAS STEEL CYLINDER RELEASE ON LEFT SIDE; REVOLVER HAS SIX CYLINDERS. STEEL BARREL AND CYLINDER HAVE MINOR WEAR TO FINISH; HANDLE HAS WEAR AROUND BASE; FRAME HAS MINOR SCRATCHES ON LEFT SIDE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON MAY 29, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DUANE KING REGARDING HIS DONATION OF A REVOLVER. THE REVOLVER WAS USED BY POLICE OFFICERS IN PICTURE BUTTE, ALBERTA, AND WAS ACQUIRED BY KING FROM THE TOWN OF PICTURE BUTTE. ON THE REVOLVER, KING ELABORATED, “[THIS HANDGUN] BELONGED TO THE TOWN OF PICTURE BUTTE. I WAS HAVING COFFEE ONE DAY, IN FEBRUARY OF 1980, IN THE COFFEE SHOP IN PICTURE BUTTE, AND THE TOWN SECRETARY WAS THERE, AS USUAL, A WHOLE BUNCH OF US. HE SAID, “I HEAR YOU LIKE GUNS.” ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER, AND I PUT A BID IN [FOR THE HANDGUN], TO THE TOWN COUNCIL, AND THEY ACCEPTED IT. I ENDED UP WITH THE TWO GUNS. THE TOWN SECRETARY’S NAME WAS PIUS RIES. HE’S SINCE PASSED AWAY, BUT HE WAS A WELL-KNOWN MAN IN PICTURE BUTTE.” “THE [THE HANDGUN WAS ONE OF THE ONLY TWO GUNS] THAT THEY HAD. THEY ONLY HAD THE ONE POLICEMAN, AND I KNEW THE MAN WHEN I WAS A BOY GOING TO SCHOOL, GROWING UP. HIS NAME WAS BUCK GELDERT, AND, AS IT TURNS OUT, MY BROTHER-IN-LAW BOUGHT THE POLICE CAR, ONCE THEY GOT RID OF EVERYTHING. I BOUGHT THE GUNS MAINLY BECAUSE THEY WERE THE TOWN OF PICTURE BUTTE POLICE GUNS. NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE REALIZE THAT PICTURE BUTTE DID HAVE A POLICEMAN.” “[THE SMITH AND WESSON WAS A GUN] THAT POLICE FORCES WOULD HAVE USED. I WOULD IMAGINE THAT SMITH AND WESSON IS PROBABLY A VERY POPULAR POLICE GUN.” “THEY KNEW THAT I WAS INTERESTED IN GUNS. I HAD ALWAYS BEEN, SINCE A LITTLE BOY, HAD GUNS. [RIES] APPROACHED ME THAT DAY, AND I WENT TO LOOK AT THE GUNS. I MADE AN OFFER, TO TOWN COUNCIL, AND THEY ACCEPTED IT.” “I MADE A WRITTEN OFFER TO THE TOWN OF PICTURE BUTTE, AND THEY TOOK IT UP AT THEIR NEXT COUNCIL MEETING. THEN IT WAS ADVERTISED IN THE ‘SUNNY SOUTH NEWS’, THAT I HAD DONE THIS, THAT THEY HAD ACCEPTED MY OFFER, AND WHAT THE OFFER WAS. I WENT AND PICKED THE GUNS UP, GAVE THEM THEIR MONEY, AND I’VE HAD THEM EVER SINCE. I’VE NEVER SHOT THEM. THAT’S NOT WHY I BOUGHT THEM…I’VE JUST ALWAYS HAD THEM, AND LOVED THEM.” “[THE TOWN POLICE] MUST HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE TOWN HALL. I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH THE POLICEMAN’S SON, AND I KNEW HIS DAUGHTER. WE ALL WENT TO THE SAME SCHOOL, THE SAME CHURCH, THE SAME SUNDAY SCHOOL. I REMEMBER THE POLICEMAN, BUCK GELDERT. HE WAS A HUGE MAN, AND WHEN HE LEFT PICTURE BUTTE, HE WENT TO COALDALE, AND HE WORKED FOR THE COALDALE POLICE.” KING RECALLED GELDERT, NOTING, “HE HAD A UNIFORM, AND A POLICE CAR WITH A BIG RED SIREN, FLASHING LIGHT, ON THE ROOF…I DON’T REMEMBER HIM WALKING, BUT I REMEMBER HIM DRIVING AROUND TOWN, ESPECIALLY IN THE EVENINGS AND AT NIGHT. ONE NIGHT I WAS GOING HOME IN THE DARK, AND I HIT A HORSE, GRAVEL ROAD, AND I WRECKED THE TRUCK THAT I WAS DRIVING. [BUCK GELDERT] CAME AND HE GAVE ME A RIDE HOME. MY FOLKS WEREN’T ALL THAT HAPPY, BUT HE WAS THERE.” “I REMEMBER HIM PASSING OUT SPEEDING TICKET. THEY HAD A COURTROOM, AND THEY HAD A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, OR A MAGISTRATE. YOU WENT THERE TO PAY YOUR TRAFFIC TICKETS, BUT, OTHER THAN THAT, I DON’T REMEMBER ANY BIG CRIME.” “I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG HE WAS THERE IN PICTURE BUTTE. I HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING THAT. I ONLY REMEMBER HIM BEING IN CHURCH ON SUNDAYS…I REMEMBER HIM BEING IN COALDALE, AND I DON’T KNOW WHEN THAT WAS, BUT IT HAD TO BE AROUND 1960.” KING ELABORATED ON HIS MOTIVATION FOR DONATING THE REVOLVER, STATING, “BECAUSE I’M GETTING OLDER, I WANT [THE REVOLVER] TO BE PRESERVED, AND THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE THAN A MUSEUM. I LIKE THE GALT, SO THAT’S WHY I CHOSE TO DO THIS RIGHT NOW. I JUST WANT THEM PRESERVED. THEY’RE IMPORTANT TO ME, AND I THINK THEY ARE IMPORTANT TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA.” “I WAS BORN, AND GREW UP [IN PICTURE BUTTE]; LIVED AND FARMED. MY FAMILY CAME TO PICTURE BUTTE IN 1929, AND I STILL HAVE FAMILY IN PICTURE BUTTE. PICTURE BUTTE IS WHY THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT TO ME.” “I HAD A LOT OF HANDGUNS [WHEN I LIVED ON THE FARM] AND I’VE GOTTEN RID OF MOST OF THEM…ONCE I MOVED TO THE CITY, I DIDN’T FEEL SAFE WITH THEM IN THE HOUSE. YOU GET BROKE INTO, SOMEBODY STEALS YOUR GUNS AND COMMITS A CRIME, AND IT GOES FROM THERE. I’M GETTING RID OF THE THINGS THAT I WORRY ABOUT, AND [THE] HANDGUN [IS] PART OF THAT. FOR [THIS REVOLVER] TO GO WHERE [IT’S] GOING IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME.” ACCORDING TO LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, WARREN “BUCK” GELDERT BEGAN HIS CAREER IN POLICING WITH THE R.C.M.P. AT THE AGE OF 19. GELDERT SERVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE BEFORE BEING NAMED CHIEF CONSTABLE FOR THE TOWN OF PICTURE BUTTE IN 1955. GELDERT REMAINED CHIEF CONSTABLE UNTIL 1967, WHEN HE ACCEPTED A POSITION AS RECREATION DIRECTOR IN COALDALE, ALBERTA. KING PURCHASED THE SMITH AND WESSON REVOLVER, AND A .38 COLT IN FEBRUARY, 1980 FROM THE TOWN OF PICTURE BUTTE FOR $175, AND HAD BOTH REVOLVERS REGISTERED IN 1980. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180013000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180013000
Acquisition Date
2018-05
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
IVER JOHNSON .22 CAL "TARGET"
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960087004
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
IVER JOHNSON .22 CAL "TARGET"
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
13
Length
27.5
Width
3.3
Description
1. .22 CALIBRE REVOLVER WITH SMOOTH WOOD FINISHED GRIPS. STAMPED INTO TOP OF FRAME IS "I.J. TARGET SEALED 8" AND "I.J. & C. WKS. FINCHBURG, MASS. U.S.A.". SERIAL NUMBER "M93907" IS STAMPED INTO THE BOTTOM OF TRIGGER GUARD. RED PAINT SPLOTCHES ON MUZZLE SIGHT. 8 SHOT CYLINDER. 2. HOLSTER. 24.2CM (L) X 11.0CM (W) X 4.5CM (T) BROWN LEATHER HOLSTER. HOLSTER IS SINGLE PIECE WITH STITCHING ALONG LEFT SIDE. HAS CLOSURE STRAP WITH STEEL SNAP AND HORIZONAL STRAP AROUND MIDDLE HOLDING BELT LOOP AT BACK. STAMPED INTO LEATHER ON BACK NEAR BOTTOM IS "1-C" AND "HALLENGER" WITH "GEO. LAWRENCE CO. PORTLAND ORE." AND "507".
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
REVOLVER WAS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM BY THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE WHO CONFISCATED THE GUN FROM AN UNKNOWN PERSON.
Catalogue Number
P19960087004
Acquisition Date
1996-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail

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