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Lot 55: 1880's Era Craps Table Attributed to the Crystal Palace Saloon

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

1880's Era Craps Table Attributed to the Crystal Palace Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona

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Estimated Price: $6,000 - $8,000

1880's Era Craps Table Attributed to the Crystal Palace Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona

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This craps table is attributed to the Crystal Palace Saloon of Tombstone, Arizona. Tombstone became a very famous mining town in the American West and was the sight of the notorious gunfight at the OK Corral, which pitted the Earp brothers, including Wyatt, Doc Holliday, and a handful of other lawmen, against a band of stagecoach robbing Cochise County Cowboys. Craps would have been a popular gambling game in the saloons of any western boom town that was seeing an influx of people and money due to local mining. Included with the table is a notarized letter from Sara E. Love, who along with her husband Harold purchased the Crystal Palace Saloon, OK Corral, the Epitaph Building, and Scheiffelin Hall in the 1950s, when the table was discovered in the basement of the saloon. Also included is a 2007 dated letter from the Tombstone Western Heritage Museum detailing how the table was acquired by them from the Loves. The table itself appears standard, including the wall ring (mirrors absent), two pairs of legs with a center support beam, and the playing surface measuring approximately 108 x 51 inches.

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Very good. The playing surface is fair with extensive staining, fading, and tears, while the wood ring and legs are good with some cracking, wear and handling marks throughout. There appear to be two upper support beams and some mounting hardware that are absent. A very interesting, hard to find, piece of Wild West history!



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