Wild Bill Hickock character jug modeled by Michael Abberley and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1985-1989. James Butler Hickock (1837-1876) became a legend of the American West as a frontiersman, marksman and gambler. His legend began in 1861 with the killing of three men at a Nebraska stage stop. Acquitted on all counts, a few years after the fact a written account stated that he had killed ten men, while being wounded himself. During the Civil War he worked as a civilian spy and Indian guide. After the war he worked with Buffalo Bill Cody as a deputy recovering stolen U.S. property, and with George Armstrong Custer as an Indian scout. In 1871 he became the Marshal of Abilene, Kansas, but was fired after accidentally killing his own deputy during a gunfight. Hickock drifted around the West until landing in Deadwood, South Dakota, where, unusual for him, he sat with his back to the door while holding two pair, aces over eights. He was shot by a twenty-five-year-old drifter, Jack McCall, forever naming Hickock's cards as the Deadman's Hand. An upturned whiskey bottle pouring into a glass forms the handle of the jug.
Wild West Collection