Autry Museum of the American West

Actor Tom Mix

right side

right side

1915; serial number 331793
Owner: actor Tom Mix
Inscribed: Texas Ranger / Tom Mix
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
Engraver: Cuno A. Helfricht
Grips: the shop of Edward Bohlin
Donated by Ms. Mary Schoenfeldt

Tom Mix honed his skills as a rider and marksman at the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch, a cattle operation and Wild West show in Oklahoma. His action-packed movies showcased his ability to perform a variety of breathtaking stunts. Wildly popular around the world, Mix was one of the most successful actors of the silent era. He was also the first screen cowboy with a flamboyant sense of style. His custom-made clothing and accessories, often adorned with a floral motif and the Mix brand, influenced generations of cowboys, both onscreen and off. This Single Action Army is indicative of Mix’s lavish tastes. The revolver is completely engraved, and "Tom Mix" is scripted in gold on the right side of the sterling silver grip.

  • left side

    left side
  • grip, left side

    grip, left side
  • grip, right side

    grip, right side

  • butt detail

    butt detail
  • cylinder detail

    cylinder detail
  • multiple objects

    multiple objects

  • Postcard of Tom Mix, Chief of Cowboys at the 101 Ranch, circa 1909

    Autry National Center
  • Publicity photograph of actor Tom Mix circa 1930

    Autry National Center
  • Dutch movie poster for The Miracle Rider (1935) starring Tom Mix

    Autry National Center


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Web Development

Gary Cannone

Electronic Cataloging and Imaging

Marilyn Kim, Vlasta Radan, Carmel France, Rebecca Menendez, David Benitez, Susan Eisenstein


Marlene Head

Special Thanks

Greg Martin, R. L. Wilson

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