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Gun Ascribed to Jesse James

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Pistol is accompanied by a receipt signed by James's mother. On today's Curator's Corner, Cam Edwards speaks by phone with National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier about a Smith & Wesson pistol owned by Zerelda Samuel, the mother of famous outlaw Jesse James. Zerelda made a business of selling what she claimed to be her son's personal effects, and this pistol comes with a hand-written receipt in her name. The museum displays the pistol and receipt together in a recreation of a famous still life painted by William Harnett.

Season 11