CHICAGO, ILL.—-Leaving a small theatre on the North Side, America’s Public Enemy Number One finds death waiting at the hands of sixteen Federal men. Sensing his danger, Dillinger started to draw his gun, but bullets reached his heart before he was able to reach his pocket, ending a career of crime unparalleled in modern police annals.

Excerpted from:  Universal News, Volume 6, Release 269, Story #1, July 23, 1934

On the run following a Federal warrant and nationwide manhunt, notorious Depression-era gangster John Dillinger was killed by Federal agents outside a movie theater in Chicago eighty years ago on July 22, 1934.  A few of his more memorable personal effects are displayed for the camera in this Universal Newsreel.

The complete newsreel is available on the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Note that the clip includes footage of Dillinger’s body in the morgue and may be considered too graphic for some viewers.

Keep reading at Prologue: Pieces of History » A Public Enemy’s Life in the Fast Lane

Ram’s Head Dagger
India (likely Jaipur), Mughal, 18th or 19th century
Hilt: Gold, enameled and set with precious stones; kundan technique Blade: steel

Often tucked into a sash or horseman’s boot, daggers in Mughal India displayed the wealth and power of their owners. An intricately patterned ram’s head pommel adorns the hilt of this dagger, made in the kundan technique in which gems are set into malleable pure gold foil, allowing them to be arranged in any pattern or density over curved surfaces. In this dagger, pieces of quartz adorning the cross guard are surrounded by raised borders of gold which form the curved lines of a flower. The ram’s head is decorated with a floral scroll and is separated from the hilt grip by a quartz collar, also in the kundan method.

This dagger bears a striking resemblance to another dagger posted recently.

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