Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 338

Price Realized: $ 688
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(WEST--SOUTH DAKOTA.) Photograph of famed Deadwood lawman Seth Bullock on parade, flanked by American Indians. Albumen photograph, 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches, on original mount with developer's inked stamp on verso; minor wear to mount, minor staining in image; inked stamp of South Dakota dealer James O. Aplan on verso. Deadwood, SD, 4 July 1901?

Additional Details

Seth Bullock (1849-1919) was the first sheriff of Deadwood in 1876, and spent the remainder of his life there. This photograph is uncaptioned, but was taken by a Deadwood photographer, and Bullock was probably the only man in the Black Hills with a nose, ears, and moustache this large. He appears in military uniform, dating the scene to shortly after his return from the Spanish-American War as an Army captain. A likely date: Deadwood's 25th annual Independence Day parade, which featured "the Grand Marshal, Captain Seth Bullock, in his uniform as a captain of United States Volunteers; mounted Indians from the Pine Ridge Reservation; aides to the grand marshal, D.F. Connor, G.P. Mills, and Henry Wyttenbach" (Daily Deadwood Pioneer Times, 5 July 1901).

The stamp on verso reads "C.B. Horton, Jr., Developing, Printing and Viewing, Deadwood St." This would very likely be Charles Bela Horton Jr. (1876-1944), then resident in Deadwood as telegraph manager, following in his father's footsteps, though we find nothing else connecting him to the photography business.