Carved wooden Dillinger jail break gun goes for $19120 at auction

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Crown Point jail – Indiana (March 3, 1934)

While awaiting trial for the alleged murder of an East Chicago policeman, the police boasted to area newspapers that the jail was escape-proof and posted extra guards to make sure Dillinger couldn’t escape.  Dillinger was able to secretly carve a wooden gun (pictured) from the top of a wooden washboard and coat it with black shoe polish. Using it, he was able to trick a guard into opening his cell. He then took two men hostage, rounded up all the guards in the jail, locked them in his cell, and fled. Dillinger stole Sheriff Lillian Holley’s new Ford car, embarrassing her and the town, and traveled to Chicago.

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seth June 24, 2010 at 05:26 am

does this gun fire and if so what caliber i suppose a .45apc or a .32

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Matt March 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

No, it does not fire. It was made from the top of a washboard and was used AS a pistol, if a piece of wood fired a .45 cal round, it would explode.

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mason July 5, 2011 at 06:29 pm

it looks like it would explode if it fired a 22 short

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