Title [Lee Harvey Oswald]
Number 52435
Size 68" L
Date [January 1956]
Place [New Orleans]
Category Miscellaneous
Price $17,500.00
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Wooden bow and leather arm guard purchased by 16-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans with an arrow for “about $6 or $7” according to his mother’s Warren Commission testimony.
The bow measures 68 inches in length and pulls 36 pounds at a draw length of 28 inches. Carved into the bow on the opposite side of the belly are 68” 36 and 28”. String is not present. Shows wear, especially at the taped belly of the bow. The arrow is not present. The 5” by 6.25” leather arm guard was worn by Lee Harvey Oswald on his forearm to prevent the stroke of the bowstring doing damage. The tying strings are not present.

This bow is mentioned in the Warren Report. Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother, Mrs. Marguerite Oswald, testified before the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Washington, D.C., on the morning of February 12, 1964. Present were Chief Justice Earl Warren, Chairman; Representative Hale Boggs and Representative Gerald R. Ford, members. Also present were J. Lee Rankin, general counsel; Wesley J. Liebeler, assistant counsel; and John F. Doyle, attorney for Mrs. Marguerite Oswald.

Excerpt from Mrs. Oswald’s testimony: “While Lee was working for Tujague & Co. he started to have a bank account, and it was in a Homestead. I do not know the name, but it was on Canal Street, 900 or 100 block of Canal Street, because it was even with Exchange Place. And he started to save his money ... Are we in 1955 in New Orleans? Yes. No, 1956 this would be. January, 1956--Lee took his money out of the Homestead, which was approximately $150, or something like that. And Lee Harvey Oswald bought an electric football machine cost approximately $10. He bought a bow and arrow set --maybe about $6 or $7. And he bought a gun.”

Accompanied by a signed statement of Robert L. Oswald, brother of Lee Harvey Oswald: “To Whom It May Concern: My brother Lee was born in New Orleans in 1939. Lee and my mother moved back to New Orleans from New York City in January 1954 when Lee was 14. It was while he was living in New Orleans that Lee bought a bow and arrow set. When I was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1955, I settled in Fort Worth, Texas. In the Summer of 1956, Mother and Lee moved from New Orleans to Ft. Worth where we shared an apartment. I now transfer ownership of the arm guard and bow from the bow and arrow set bought by and belonging to Lee to John Reznikoff of University Archives in Westport, Connecticut.”
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