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An inmate of the Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing carved this fake pistol out of wood, and then used it in an aborted escape attempt. The prisoner covered the "pistol" with foil from cigarette packages to make it appear more realistic. Other carved features include cross-hatching on the grip, and bullets in the cylinder. The "pistol" was donated to the Kansas Museum of History by a descendant of Joseph B. Tomlinson, who was warden at the time it was confiscated. Tomlinson was an Ottawa County attorney before accepting the warden's post at Lansing in 1899.

Date: between 1899 and 1901

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Item Number: 209978
KSHS Identifier: 1998.69.1

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