Julia’s October 2014 Firearms Auction
Continues to Raise the Bar!

Auction: October 7th-9th, 2014

Preview: October 3rd-6th, 2014

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1144

*◊ EXQUISITE AND ULTRA RARE SPRINGFIELD PEDERSEN MOD GX PROTOTYPE RIFLE, SN 3.

SN 3. Cal. .30. Exquisite and exceptionally rare Pedersen Model GX Rifle, serial number 3, chambered in .30-06. Having lost out to John Garand in the US Rifle trials, Pedersen went about developing a rifle that incorporated what he must have thought were the best features of both the Garand and the Pederson Model PA. The GX and GY designs were Pedersen’s last attempts to offer the US Army something to replace or supplement the M1 Garand and utilizes a turning bolt action, fixed 8-round clip loaded magazine, an improved micrometer rear sight, spiral cooling fins on the barrel, similar to Pedersen’s Model PA rifle, and several other refinements. Exquisitely made with intricate machining, only about 10 examples of this prototype are thought to have been manufactured, almost every component by hand. This example is the third one made and is very fine, marked “PEDERSEN SELF-LOADING RIFLE MODEL GX CAL. .30 US”, SN 3 on the left receiver and several of the bolt parts to include the charging handle. The handguard metal heat shield near the receiver is marked with a single numeral 4. This rifle formally part of the prestigious Henk Visser collection. Usually seen only in the most advanced government museums such as Springfield Armory which retains examples of the GX and GY rifles, this is undoubtedly a once in a lifetime opportunity to obtain the finest known example of one of the rarest US Martial arms in private hands! PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Extraordinary fit and finish, probably only test-fired, and retains 99% bluing. Bore is bright, sharp with strong lands and grooves. Beautiful hardwood grained stock is very nice, in original condition, with only a couple of storage dings and scratches. Mechanically fine, with tight, crisp mechanism. 4-53250 DW6 (45,000-70,000) – Lot 1144

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1151
Revised: 9/15/2014

Estimate should be $60,000-$100,000.

*◊ UNIQUE AND IMPORTANT BABY LUGER SERIAL NUMBER 4.

SN 4. Cal. 9mm Kurtz. 3-7/8″ bbl with SN on bottom. Toggle assembly is unmarked and unnumbered, as is receiver and small parts. Frame has SN on front. Unique serrated sliding safety catch, similar to the Borchardt pistol’s. No hold open. No grip safety. Checkered walnut grips. Right grip “S” stamped on back. Left grip has matching “4” on back. Hand made prototype wood bottom mag with plain wood bottom. Button is missing from follower. Unique pocket tool room prototype pocket pistol with much evidence of hand working and that fitting shares no parts with a full size Luger except for the grip screws. Believed to have been made around 1925-6 by DWM after Georg Luger’s death in an attempt by DWM to enter the low price pocket pistol market that was then burgeoning in Germany. This gun, the only known genuine original example, is featured on p. 1640 of Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz and Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess and is also illustrated in Kenyon, Lugers at Random. Accompanied by archival material including personal correspondence and images pertaining to the history, design and mfg of the “Baby” from August Weiss, retired Works MGR for DWM, to Carl Wilson. Also a copy of Shooting Sports Magazine dated Sept,1962, which features on its cover the “Worlds Rarest Luger”. PROVENANCE: Collections of Carl Wilson, Pat Redmond; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining 95% orig blue with normal wear to sharp edges and corners. Some fading on chamber and top of toggles. Orig straw is 60%. Grips are lightly worn and oil soaked with some wood grain still visible. Mag has chips on wood bottom and scattered pitting on body. Bore is sharp with light wear. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52754 BWS19 (50,000-100,000) – Lot 1151

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1154
Revised: 9/15/2014

Estimate should be $45,000-$75,000.

*◊ UNIQUE “GL” PROTOTYPE LUGER SN 10066B.

SN 10066B. 4-3/4″ 9mm slim bbl with notched foresight and 5-digit SN to bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. “GL” proof on rear toggle behind rear safety and SN (66) applied to underside of rear link. 5-digit B suffix prototype SN on front of frame which is a shortened long type. P.08 pattern safety with long checkering. “GESICHERT” in upper position. All numbered parts are matching. No grip safety, special safety lever/block components. Checkered walnut grips. Plain wood bottom magazine. Most likely connected with 1932-4 German trials, the safety lever configuration and lack of a grip safety, along with slim 9mm bbl is a study of evolution towards P.08. This gun is featured on p. 103, 217, 229, 280 and 283 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent. Retaining 97% orig bright blue with some touch up on grip straps. Light scratches on left of bbl. 95% bright orig straw. Bore is bright and sharp. Grips are lightly worn and show wood grain. Magazine is near new with minor chips on wood bottom. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52745 BWS138 (40,000-75,000) – Lot 1154

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1227

*◊ PHENOMENAL PROTOTYPE WALTHER WITH TOGGLE ACTION & HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINE.

SN 104. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Unique Walther with 4-1/4″ bbl having a ramped dovetailed front sight & a fixed rear sight integral with the rear toggle link. The pistol uses a delayed blowback action with fixed barrel, the powerful mainsoring lying under and parallel to the bolt/toggle axis, actuated by a cam horn projection below the rear toggle link. Walther banner over the chamber with full Zella-Mehlis address on left side of the receiver specifying CAL 9m/m. The “104” appearing on the left tang was applied for purpose of importation, matching the original SN of the pistol as applied to the bottom of the magazine spine. The main components are salt blued with purple toning of the toggle train reflecting its hardened surface. Mounted on the left side of the frame is a vertical safety bar that when rotated back blocks the trigger. The frame is unusually broad to house a double column magazine, that is released at the base. The magazine follower is grooved and the spine drilled with four indicator holes marked “4”, “8”, “12”, and “16”. The floorplate is secured by a central pin, as per the more modern FN GP35 magazines. Single piece wrap-around walnut grip with broadly checkered side panels, made to slide up onto the frame, then secured with a transverse pin (no screws). PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Illustrated in The Borchardt and Luger Automatic Pistols . CONDITION: Approx 95% orig salt blue with most wear on frontstrap. Extractor, safety & other small parts that were orig fire blue have largely faded to a pleasantly toned blue/grey. No evidence of touch up. Magazine is in the same condition as pistol as is the wrap-around grip with only a few minor handling marks, no cracks or chips. Bright, near mirror bore with strong rifling. Magazine needs to be supported to reliably keep the toggle up; manual mechanics otherwise perfect. This extraordinary Walther has been well known in collector’s circles for decades, now illustrated in TBLAP. A truly phenomenal gun, the only toggle action pistol made by Walther, sure to be a centerpiece in the most advanced collection. 4-53051 LMA114 (50,000-75,000) – Lot 1227

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1241

*◊ WALTHER VOLKSPISTOLE, ALL SHEET METAL SINGLE ACTION PROTOTYPE, 9MM PARABELLUM.

SN 6. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Exceedingly rare Walther sheet metal prototype, in-the-white, simple blowback action, single action only, with unique bbl having a flared muzzle. This example has a 5″ bbl with a fixed front sight & an integral rear sight attached to a folded sheet metal slide. The left side of the slide is marked with the Walther banner and the usual slide serrations have been replaced with four punched indentations on each side which also serve to locate the machined from solid breech block. The pressed construction grip frame is spuriously marked “14” on each side, just behind the trigger guard cutout. Mounted on the left side is a takedown lever and a flat slide holdopen. The stamped safety is in the recess cut into the left upper grip with detents marked “F” & “S”. At the base of the left frame is a lanyard loop. A standard P38 magazine, marked “P38 VU” on the left side & having an unnumbered base, is retained via a folded bottom release with a smooth surface. Wood grips are coarsely checkered & bordered, each retained by two large screws. The slide is marked with a “6” (or “9”) on the left side and SN “4” is electro-pencilled internally under the barrel retaining recess; This is the final flowering of Walther’s expertise in sheet steel construction and design, produced in 1945 as a last ditch weapon using the simplest materials and production techniques, it competed with Mauser’s comparable design in trials by the Waffenamt in early 1945, but was far too late for production during the war, and only this and one other example are now known to exist. Illustrated in Weaver’s “Desperate Measures”, page 313. PROVENANCE: Ex-Visser collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Uniformly toned colourless Parkerizing now appearing as being in-the-white with scattered staining & trace oxidation. The same condition applies to all small parts & grip screws. Checkered wood panels are in excellent condition with staining & a few superficial handling dings, consistent with and complimenting the appearance of the pistol. Same holds true for the slightly discolored in-the-white P38 magazine. Near mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. The ultimate Walther collector’s piece, never before offered at public auction and a true once in a generation opportunity. 4-53062 LMA107 (65,000-95,000) – Lot 1241

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1244
Revised: 9/15/2014

Estimate should be $45,000-$50,000.

*◊ EXTRAORDINARY WALTHER MODEL PP LONG SLIDE WITH VERCHROMT FINISH AND SPECIAL FEATURES.

SN 779150. Cal. 7.65mm. One of a handful of Walther Model PP pistols with an extended 127mm bbl and matching long slide, finished in pearl chrome (Verchromt). Reportedly 10 of these pistols were made as a special order for Swiss target shooters, shipped to the gunsmith Glaser in Zurich, in the serial range 779,150-779,160. Slide markings are standard with the Walther banner, 2-line address and “Mod.PP”. On disassembly, the top of the chamber is marked “BOHLER STAHL ANTINIT” (Bohler stainless steel). Usual Crown/N on the right side of the chamber, right side of slide. Full SN is marked vertically on right frame ahead of grip. In addition to the long bbl and slide, other special features include a gold plated checkered trigger, hammer and safety lever and a finely checkered front and backstrap. This pistol was the first in that series and comes with a Swiss target competition “scrutineer’s seal” on the trigger guard. Correct wood checkered grips, each matched with a penciled “50” on the inner surface. Special order mag, also in Verchromt finish, with a metal finger extension. One of the scarcest and most visually impressive Walther Model PPs. PROVENANCE: Ex-Visser Collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Superb orig finish, near 99% with scattered handling marks around the slide. Negligible wear on front and backstrap. Comparable condition gold plated trigger, hammer & safety lever, mag and grips. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. An extraordinary Walther PP, the first in a limited series and complete with a shooting competition seal. The very best, suited for the most advanced Walther collector. 4-52604 LMA22 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1244

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1273
Revised: 9/15/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): This gun is 100 years old. The ivory mounts are original to the gun, therefore legal to sell with an ESA certificate. Also, this gun was originally in the United States many years ago, before Dr. Sturgess bought it. We have not located the CITES permit yet and if necessary, will reapply for the CITES permit.

WE WILL OFFER THE GUN AT AUCTION, REGISTER THE HIGH BIDDER, BUT YOU WILL NOT PAY UNTIL WE HAVE ACQUIRED THE CITES PERMIT. ONCE WE HAVE THAT, WE’LL COLLECT THE PURCHASE PRICE FROM YOU AND PROVIDE YOU WITH THE CITES PERMIT AND AN ESA CERTIFICATE.

Estimate should be $35,000-$50,000.

*◊ MAGNIFICENT AND HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT GERMAN IMPERIAL PRESENTATION MAUSER C96 SIX SHOT, FULLY ENGRAVED, WITH GOLD LINE HIGHLIGHTING.

SN 40896. Cal. 9mm Export. Mauser made relatively few six shot pistols, especially in 9mm Export. Any presentation gun is a rare find and to encounter such an outstanding example is truly a rare opportunity. The pistol has standard mechanical features for a six shot of this vintage in having a 4″ bbl with a fixed front sight and a slip-in rear sight marked from 50-1000. The left chamber flat is marked with a Crown/Crown/U proof and the full SN appears on the left side of the bbl extension.The two line Mauser address,inlaid in gold, is in the usual location on the right side of the frame. The serial number dates the pistol to manufacture in 1903/4, but is very much lower than other 9 mm Export calibre C96 pistols, which commence in the 8x,xxx range (ca. 1907), suggesting this may be a prototype of this calibre pistol commensurate with awakening German military interest in this caliber at this period (1904) due to the ongoing GPK pistol trials between Luger/Mauser/Mannlicher. Bolt has a long extractor, the special 9 mm Export magazine follower with cutout scoop to aid feeding the last cartridge and a two lug firing pin. Disassembly shows all matching numbers, including the firing pin, with an unnumbered follower and floorplate. The pistol has been lavishly engraved with a floral design, including hammer. An Imperial German Hohenzollern Eagle clutching a lightening bolt and sword has been engraved on the raised panel on the left side of frame. Under the trigger guard is a crown surmounting an elaborate “E”, referencing the Prince Eitel-Frierich von Hohenzollern, second son of Kaiser Wilhelm II and later commandant of the 1st Garde-Regiment zu Fuss. Elaborate gold inlaid highlighting borders most of the panels with Greek Key patterning around the muzzle. The smooth ivory grips, with inked matching numbers on their inner surface, have carved floral motifs around the screw escutcheon. This gun is featured on pp. 91 and 92 of Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz and Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: 99% of bright blue with negligible sharp edge wear. Comparable condition fire blue of small parts. Ivory grips show age related cracks in each panel but no wear related chips or losses. Bright bore with sharp rifling and minimal erosion. Perfect manual function. An extraordinary gun whose history and aesthetic appeal should transcend the realm of firearm collectors. 4-53021 LMA48 (25,000-50,000) – Lot 1273

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1291
Revised: 9/15/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): This gun is 100 years old. The ivory mounts are original to the gun, therefore legal to sell with an ESA certificate. Also, this gun was originally in the United States many years ago, before Dr. Sturgess bought it. We have not located the CITES permit yet and if necessary, will reapply for the CITES permit.

WE WILL OFFER THE GUN AT AUCTION, REGISTER THE HIGH BIDDER, BUT YOU WILL NOT PAY UNTIL WE HAVE ACQUIRED THE CITES PERMIT. ONCE WE HAVE THAT, WE’LL COLLECT THE PURCHASE PRICE FROM YOU AND PROVIDE YOU WITH THE CITES PERMIT AND AN ESA CERTIFICATE.

Estimate should be $40,000-$60,000.

*◊ FABULOUS IMPERIAL KAISER WILHELM PRESENTATION MANNLICHER M1901 IN DECORATED CASE WITH ACCESSORIES.

SN 231. Cal. 7.65 Mannlicher. Exceptionally rare M1901 Mannlicher, factory engraved with walnut grips inlaid with ivory. The pistol has a 5-1/2″ bbl with a fixed front and rear sight. SN is repeated on left side of the bbl, chamber and on the floorplate forward of the serrations. Crown/Crown U proofing appears just over the SNs and on the left side of the slide. The front strap is marked “RHEINISCHE METALLWAAREN U. / MASCHINEN-FABRIK, ABTEILUNG SOEMMERDA. / EHRHARDT WERKE.”, translating “Rhenish Metalware and Machine Factory, Sommerda Division, Ehrhardt Works”. Virtually the entire surface has been engraved with a deeply chiseled vine and floral pattern. The bbl and frame are blued while the slide and sideplate are etched grey. Several smaller components including extractor, thumb safety and trigger are gold plated. The grips have ivory inlays that encircle 1-1/4″ x 1″ oval ivory escutcheons,, probably bone, finely engraved with the Imperial Hohenzollern crest. Pistol is presented in an embossed and gilded leather marquetry case whose lid has a raised Hohenzollern crest surrounded by a multicolored, Arabic inspired design that is repeated around the base. Retracting two pins from the base releases the lid to view the interior, which is lined with grey baize. Marked in gold inside the lid is “EHRHARDT WERKE / ABTEILUNG SOMMERDA, GEWEHRFABRIK / SYSTEM MANNLICHER 1903.” The base is compartmentalized for the pistol, oiler, a stripper clip (missing), screwdriver and cleaning rod whose handles have been engraved in a complementary pattern. Very few of these pistols are known. Two similar examples were purportedly gifts or presentations to the Sultan of Turkey; this example reflects presentation to Kaiser Wilhelm, circa 1903. At this time the Mannlicher pistol was involved in competitive trials with the German Army against the Luger and Mauser C96 pistols and this pistol may represent an attempt to curry favour at the highest level, the “1903” nomenclature also presenting it as the very latest development when presented. Accompanying paperwork includes capture papers from James F. Buie dated Oct. 13, 1945 specifying this exact pistol. Another letter from 1957, also from James F. Buie, mentions he had obtained the gun in a munitions factory from a military person claiming to be the nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm, further supporting the historic association. PROVENANCE: Ex Visser collection. Capture Papers. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Illustrated TBLAP. CONDITION: Approximately 95% orig blue on bbl and frame with acid etched toning on the greyed slide and sideplate. 90% of the gold plate remains on the extractor; 30% of the gold remains on the safety and trigger. Grips retain orig finish with negligible repair around escutcheon on right panel. Mirror bore and perfect manual mechanics. Comparable condition oiler, screwdriver and cleaning rod. An outstanding presentation case whose visual impact is even greater than the pistol. One of the best cased and most historic Mannlichers in existence. 4-52214 LMA76 (30,000-60,000) – Lot 1291

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1319

*◊ FABULOUS GABBETT-FAIRFAX MARS M1905, CALIBER .360″, IN OAK CASE.

SN 57. Cal. .360. At the turn of the last century, the Mars Automatic Pistol Syndicate made a small number of big bore pistols, the most powerful semi-automatic pistols of their time. This very late example has a bbl length of 9-1/2″, though at least 5/8″ of that length houses the bolt. Fixed front & rear sights. Lightly hand engraved on the rib is “360 MARS PISTOL (PATENTED) BIRMINGHAM.”. The SN “57” appears on the back of the bolt, back of the hammer, and on bottom of the magazine. On the bottom of the frontstrap is “57/9/2”, significance unknown. As true for most Gabbett-Fairfax pistols, this one is rust blued except for a few small parts, including the magazine, that were left in-the-white. Walnut grip panels are smooth and heavily varnished. To open the action, the hammer is cocked and the carrier knob twisted 45 degrees counterclockwise, which unlocks the bolt from the bbl. As the bolt is withdrawn, a cartridge from the top of the magazine is drawn backwards onto a carrier which lifts the cartridge up, above the upper magazine extension, for chambering. There is no holdopen. Releasing the carrier knob allows the bolt to fly forward and lock into place, though sometimes the carrier ears need to be nudged clockwise to lock into place. The magazine is loaded with the nose of the top bullet bearing against the elevated extension. The pistol comes in an English pattern oak case, with a blank brass disk inletted into the lid. The interior of the case is lined with green felt baize and compartmentalized for the pistol that will only fit with the magazine removed. The magazine fits into a separate compartment. There are two additional compartments, likely for ammunition and cleaning supplies, and a block for six rounds of ammunition (not included). PROVENANCE: Illustrated R K Wilson, “Textbook of Automatic Pistols”, 1st Edition 1943, Plate VIII. Illustrated HBSA Journal, Vol 2 No 8. Ex Visser collection. Ex R.K. Wilson collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Bright orig blue with 95-97% coverage, with sharp edge wear and thinning of the front & backstrap. Comparable condition in-the-white parts that show minor age appropriate staining & minimal oxidation. The same considerations hold true for the magazine. Grips have most orig varnish and only a few surface dings. Near mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. An extremely attractive Gabbett-Fairfax Mars, particularly as it presents in the unique English pattern case. 4-52412 LMA110 (35,000-55,000) – Lot 1319

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1325
Revised: 9/18/2014

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Estimate should be $35,000-$50,000.

*◊ EXTRAORDINARILY RARE WEBLEY & SCOTT M1906 PROTOTYPE, U.S. TEST TRIALS, .45 M1906 TRIALS CALIBRE.

SN 2. Cal. .45 M1906. Webley & Scott made a handful of M1906 prototypes in .45 M1906 calibre (the 1906/7 US trials cartridge, 1 mm longer than the production .45 ACP M1911 case) with the intent of entering them into the 1907 US test trial competition. Though the guns were never evaluated by the US Ordnance Board, they remain as some of Webley & Scott’s most interesting large caliber pistols. This example with a 5-1/16″ bbl has a fixed front sight with a bead profile and a drift adjustable rear sight that also serves to anchor the strawed top mounted extractor. The barrel block engages with the frame via three pairs of angled cam slideways (to lift/lower the block to lock/unlock the slide) in comparison to the two pairs of cams used for the production M1912 pistols. Left side of the slide is marked with the winged bullet logo ahead of a 3-line hand inscribed address “WEBLEY & SCOTT LTD / .45 AUTO PISTOL / PATENT APPLIED FOR IN U.S.A.”. SN and BV proofing appear on top of bbl, top of slide, with SN “2” marked on left side of frame. The slide is disengaged for stripping from the leaf mainspring and lever under the right grip by totally removing the stripping button on the right side of the slide. Since the button is easily misplaced, this was replaced by the captive U shaped stripping bar in the M1912 pistol. Disassembly shows all matching parts with slide internally marked under firing pin housing and bbl marked with additional “2” under the lugged reinforcement. All major parts are blued with the hammer & safety strawed. Magazine body is in the white and numbered “3” near bottom of the front spine and adjacent floorplate that is pinned in place. High quality varnished wood grips with prominent diamonds around the screw escutcheons and fine checkering. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fantastic restoration with perfect surface planes, sharp logo, legend and numerations. Now with better than 99% coverage with flawless front & backstraps. Same immaculate condition with respect to strawed parts. Magazine body with minor staining, near new floorplate. Beautiful grips show only a few superficial dings; no cracks or chips. Bright bore with sharp rifling and only minimal frosting. Perfect manual mechanics. One of the rarest Webleys in existence. According to the consignor, one of only two known examples. A fantastic addition to any collection. 4-52472 LMA100 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1325

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1331

*◊ EXTRAORDINARILY RARE MODEL 1906 U.S. TEST TRIALS WEBLEY-FOSBERY SEMI-AUTO REVOLVER.

SN 2371. Cal. 45 (M1906 Rimmed Trials cartridge). Blue finish with 6″ octaonal bbl that has Pryse rib, per U.S. Trial Report illustrations. Front sight is removable target bead style with fixed rear sight in thumb latch. Top of the rib is marked “P. WEBLEY & SON / LONDON & BIRMINGHAM”. Left side of topstrap is marked “WEBLEY FOSBERY”. Cyl is short, measuring only 1-5/16″, with the usual Zig-Zag patterns and tiny thumbnail flutes on the front edge. Left side of frame is engraved “WEBLEY & SCOTT Ltd / .45 AUTO REVOLVER” over the Webley winged bullet logo, exactly as the inscription that can be discerned in the illustration of the US Trial Report. Left side of frame also has a thumb safety that when the slide is retracted can be raised into the safe position which exposes the word “SAFE” in raised letters on the grip. Mounted with checkered 2-pc hard rubber grips. Buttstrap is mounted with a factory Lanyard swivel. Bottom left side of buttstrap has the serial number, which is also found on the right side of frame and various other parts of the revolver. This model of the Fosbery revolver was submitted for the 1906 U.S. military test trials and is consequently chambered for the US rimmed M1906 cartridge, which is smaller than the usual .455” Revolver cartridge, which will not chamber properly. This revolver is pictured in the Text Book of Automatic Pistols 1st edition, plate IX and in the final illustration of the US Army Ordnance Dept 1907 Report of Board on Tests of Revolvers and Automatic Pistols. This is one of the most rare English handguns to ever come to market, no other examples being known to have survived the trials. PROVENANCE: R.K. Wilson Collection; Dinley Collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered but are undoubtedly original to this revolver. Overall retains about 90% strong orig blue with some scattered surface etching and a few scattered pinpricks of pitting. Grips are sound, showing light diamond point wear. Bright shiny bore. Mechanics are crisp. 4-52505 JR209 (50,000-80,000) – Lot 1331

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2003

EXCEEDINGLY RARE FACTORY CASED AND ENGRAVED NEW HAVEN VOLCANIC 25″ LEVER ACTION CARBINE.

SN 73. Cal. 41. This is the rarest Volcanic carbine known with less than twenty 25″ carbines having been produced. This extraordinarily rare cased 25″ carbine is the only cased Volcanic carbine of this Bbl length known to exist. Bbl is 25″ with arched German silver front sight and Volcanic, wheel adjustable rear sight in the dovetail in top of frame. Bbl has a 1-line New Haven address & patent date. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut with straight grip and silver plated brass buttplate. Left side of buttstock has the pronounced “Henry bump”. SN was observed on left side of the bottom tang under the wood, on buttstock under buttplate tang, inside buttplate tang and on all the stock & buttplate screws. Receiver & buttplate are silver plated & engraved in typical Volcanic style with light foliate arabesque patterns on sideplates and sides of frame with chain style borders on transition at scallop in frame. Top tang is engraved to match with feather patterns on top side flats and around hammer slot. Top three flats over chamber area are engraved in foliate patterns. Buttplate tang is engraved to match. Accompanied by its orig Volcanic walnut casing with four brass hinges, a mortised brass lock in the bottom front and swinging brass latches in front on each end. Interior of case is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom for carbine and the front center compartment.The bottom only of a lacquered tin for 100 Volcanic cartridges. There are several other empty compartments for cartridge boxes, a cleaning rod and other unknown implements. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 1,000 New Haven marked carbines were produced in three bbl lengths in the period 1857-1860 and this is reported to be the only cased carbine in 25″ bbl length. PROVENANCE: Dr. Edmund Lewis Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including stock & buttplate. Bbl retains an even, smooth, plum blue/brown patina with strong blue in the gullets and a couple of small areas of old fine pin prick pitting. Receiver & buttplate retain about 95% strong orig silver plating. Hammer retains faded case colors and the lever is a mottled silver brown patina. Stock is sound with minor handling & use nicks & scratches and a couple of small bruises and overall retains about all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Case has a grain check in the lid and a couple of others in bottom with usual light nicks, scratches & dings and retains most of its orig oil finish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled with all partitions strong & solid. Cartridge box bottom is fine and retains 75-80% orig dark lacquer. A truly rare & wonderful set. Illustrated in the book Volcanic Firearms by Edmund Lewis and Stephen Rutter. 4-53548 JR73 (100,000-150,000) – Lot 2003

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2029

EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 ONE OF ONE THOUSAND LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 18387. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Fine, deluxe 1873 one of one thousand with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, Beach’s style blued combination front sight, short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and a thick base mid-range tang sight with 4″ staff. Receiver is 1st type with mortised, impressed thumbprint dust cover and has single-set trigger. Mounted with very highly figured, about 4-X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate & trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number “28” and “XXXX”. Matching assembly number is also found in the top tang channel of the buttstock along with an assemblers mark of “VI”. Matching assembly number is also found inside toe of the buttplate. Bbl is engraved over the chamber area on the five exposed flats, probably by Conrad Ulrich in fine foliate arabesque scrolls with pearled background. The top flat has an engraved panel “One of One Thousand”. Matching engraving patterns are on 7 of the 8 bbl flats around the muzzle. The bbl is inlaid with a narrow platinum band at the receiver and at the muzzle. This rifle is pictured in full color on page 50 of The Story of the Winchester 1 of 1000 and 1 of 100 Rifles, Lewis. It is also pictured in color on the frontice page and on page 61 of Winchester; The Golden Age of American Gunmaking and the Winchester 1 of 1000, Wilson. It is also pictured in black & white on page 74 of the reference Wilson publication. This rifle is listed by serial number on page 25 of the Lewis book, noted above, as having been received in the warehouse May 22, 1876 and shipped Aug. 2, 1876 to order number “6528”. This chart shows that it had a 26″ oct bbl and case hardened receiver with set trigger. No other specifications are listed. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, varnished stock, case hardened, 1 of 1000, received in warehouse May 22,1876 and shipped Aug. 2,1876 to order number 6528. This is one of the finer 1873 one of one thousand rifles to come to market in recent years. PROVENANCE: A.I. McCroskie; Rudolph W. Driscoll, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue turning a little brown with sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains about 90% orig blue, turning a little dull; receiver retains 70-80% fading case colors with bright spots in the sheltered areas, the balance mostly turned silver; hammer retains bright case colors and the lever strong case colors on the sides, turned silver on outer faces; forend cap retains faint case colors and the buttplate has turned silver. Stock has a few light nicks & scratches with three bruises on the left side, otherwise wood is sound and retains about 90% strong orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, set trigger needs adjusting, very bright shiny bore. 4-51999 JR9 (200,000-300,000) – Lot 2029

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2189

*EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND SUBLIME BOSS .410 OVER-UNDER, SIDELOCK EJECTOR, SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUN WITH CASE.

SN 8855. (1952) Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. 26″ Demi-bloc barrels are engraved “Boss & Co 41 Albemarle Street. Piccadilly. London. W.” on left side of top bbl, which is mounted with flat, matted, solid rib sporting Bradley red beads. Right side is stamped with London nitro proofs for 3″ chambers. Bbl flat is stamped with matching proofs. SN is on bottom of bottom bbl. Diminutive Boss low profile O/U action is fitted with back action sidelocks and incomparable Boss single trigger. Case hardened action is nicely filed and engraved in classic Boss house style of medium scroll and 14 rose bouquets. “Boss & Co” is on the front of each lockplate, and “Patent 3307-1909” (O/U gun) is engraved on each side of action. Single beaded trigger guard is scroll engraved and has another rose bouquet on small bow. SN is at grip. Beautifully marbled and elegantly flame figured European walnut straight grip buttstock has negative camber along toe line giving racy look. Butt is checkered and flanked by engraved steel heel and toe plates. Other features include classic drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and the initial “P” inlaid in gold on toe line. Small forend housing Boss’s unique ejector system, matches wood and checkering of butt, and has Anson type release. Bottom rear of iron is engraved “Boss’s Patent 3308-1909″ (ejector system). Bore diameter at muzzles: top -.398, bottom -.399. Minimum wall thickness: top-.032, bottom -.030. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 4 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14-1/2”. This lovely creation comes with its original leather case with stitched leather corners. Case is lined in scarlet cloth. Paper Boss label in lid has Dover Street address crossed out and Albemarle Street address stamped in. A second label gives instructions regarding ejectors. Case contains a pair of brass snap caps marked “Parker” “Made in England”, an H & H marked round oil bottle, and a 2-pc oak and brass cleaning rod, with mop, jag, Turk’s head, and lead remover in brown leather wallet. A horn handled small turnscrew and key are in covered compartment with brass knob. Accompanied by a copy of the original Boss ledger page for this gun order 12th May,1952 with specifications as observed. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, as found, near new, showing scant evidence of handling and firing, with only a few very light handling marks on bbls. Nearly all damascening marks are on breech ends. Action retains nearly all of its orig case hardening color with slight silvering evident on beads, and on sharpest edges. Breech faces show only a hint of firing halos. Safety button retains over 60% orig bright blue, as do hinge pin covers. Trigger guard and top lever show only the slightest of silvering. Stocks retain essentially all of their lovely rubbed oil finish, with only a few minor pings and marks. Checkering shows only a hint of wear. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are strong and in time. Trigger works flawlessly. Case leather is excellent with only a few very minor marks. Straps and handle are very fine. Interior cloth is excellent with only a few slight rubs. Leather action guard shows some scuffs. Labels are slightly soiled and foxed. Accessories are fine. As well as being in an extraordinary state of preservation, this exceptional wand is also extremely rare. Dr. Ronald S. Gabriel in his book AMERICAN AND BRITISH .410 SHOTGUNS relates that he has studied the Boss records, and found only five .410 O/U’s before SN 10000. He further states that the 5th found was SN 10000 commissioned by an American dealer. A unique opportunity to own one of the finest and rarest British shotguns in existence. 4-51601 MGM76 (100,000-200,000) – Lot 2189

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2196

*EXQUISITE CASED PAIR OF 28 GAUGE EXTRA FINISH HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL DELUXE SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUNS WITH FINE GAME SCENES BY W.P. (BILL) SINCLAIR.

SN 40592/ 40593. Cal. 28 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 27″ Chopper lump bbls with narrow game ribs are engraved “Holland & Holland.” and “33, Bruton Street, London.” on tops. Guns are made as a pair and the numerals “1” or “2”, for each gun respectively, are gold inlaid on rear portion of ribs, top levers, and forend tips. Bbl flats are stamped with 1981 London proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs, and each bbl set is fitted with Holland & Holland self opening assist spring. Coin finished small sidelock actions feature automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), gold line tumbler end cocking indicators, single non-selective triggers, and H & H style hand detachable locks. (Bridles scroll engraved) Actions are engraved with well cut large shaded scrolled acanthus at nearly full coverage framing Bulino vignettes of flushing pheasants against clouded skies on bottoms. Lockplates have matching scroll on front portions. Rear portions are engraved with exceptionally well done, intricately detailed Bulino scenes of red grouse and red leg partridge in various quiet poses. Gun no. “1” has group of four grouse perched on rocks looking over hillside on left lockplate; with four partridge on right, two flying, two standing on open moor. Gun no. “2” has three grouse on left, again on hillside, one preening with lifted wing; right lockplate depicts a covey of partridge, three standing in lee of a banking, and one dusting. These fine lockplate scenes have engravers initials “WPS” at bottoms; engraver’s full signature, W. P. Sinclair, is on each trigger plate. (Bill Sinclair worked in the firearms industry in Great Britain until he tried engraving in 1971, with the encouragement of Ken Hunt. In 1978 he took up the work full time.) Single beaded small bow trigger guards depict flying grouse on bow. SNs are on bands across acanthus scroll on tangs. Well matched, dramatically marbled, and lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstocks measure 14-1/2″ over checkered wood butts, and feature diamond hands, drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and inlet composition circles further inlaid with individual initials “CRA” on toe lines. Matching splinter ejector forends have Anson releases. Gun no. “1”: Bore diameter: left-.548, right -.550. Bore restrictions: left -.010 (Mod), right -.008 (IC). Minimum wall thickness: left -.025, right -.022. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Gun no. “2”: Bore diameter: left-.548, right -.549. Bore restrictions: left -.009 (Lt Mod), right -.007 (IC). Minimum wall thickness: left -.030, right -.025. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2. Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Brown leather double motor case with stitched leather corners is embossed “C.R.A.” on top. Interior is lined in dark green cloth, with black leather gold embossed H&H label in lid, and contains 2-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod with mop, brush, and jag, H&H marked round oil bottle, pair of snap caps, and a striker bottle with spare strikers. Also there is an empty tin of H&H Rangoon oil, a pull through cleaning kit in black plastic wallet, and some cleaning patches. CONDITION: Excellent, with evidence of only light field use, and a few minor marks and scratches on bbls, mostly on gun no. “2”. Coin finish of action shows some darkening. Stocks have some light marks in their orig finish, again gun “2” has seen more use and has some considerable marks at rear of lockplates. Bores are excellent. Mechanically crisp. Case is excellent, with a few light marks on exterior leather. Interior is excellent, as are accessories, most still wrapped in tissue. 4-50453 MGM285 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 2196

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2263

*EXCEPTIONALLY FINE, EXQUISITELY ENGRAVED, HOLLAND AND HOLLAND ROYAL DELUXE DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASE.

SN 35655. (1995) Cal. .500/ .465 H & H Magnum. This world class dangerous game rifle has 24″ chopper lump bbls fitted with quarter rib and front sight bases filed in classic H & H manner. Rib is mounted with one standing, one folding express sight, with standing leaf marked for 50 and 100 yards. Gold bead front sight is longitudinally dovetailed into base and has flip-over bone night bead. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland” and “Bruton Street. London”. Bbl flats are stamped with caliber and 1995 London nitro proofs. SNs are on bottoms of bbls. Classic Royal hammerless action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), hidden third fastener, bushed strikers, side bolsters, and long top tang which extends over comb. Typical back action locks have hand detachable takedown pin and gold band tumbler end cocking indicators. Double triggers have articulated front trigger blade which is checkered. Action and lockplates are engraved with an exceptional mix of various types of scroll surrounding motifs of Indian game and hunting. The major component of this scroll consists of large flowing open acanthus on lockplates flowing onto front of action. Its background is of beautifully cut open shaded small arabesque scroll. Larger arabesque scroll is in full relief on fences. Incuse fine attenuated scroll with acanthus highlights is on action beads and top tang. This fine panoply of scroll is background to relief gold inlaid Bengal tigers on lockplates. Head and fore limbs of snarling tigers are in front of scroll, with body and tail ghosting through scroll in background, all to very fine effect. “HOLLAND & HOLLAND” is engraved in high relief on bolsters. Bottom of action depicts high relief realistic hunting scene of elephant with alert hunters in howdah. Elephant is walking along finely detailed wooded path. There are gold inlaid floral highlights to scroll on top of action and on single beaded trigger guard bow. SN is gold inlaid on tang, which extends to steel trap grip cap with scroll and floral gold inlay matching action. Quality and presentation of this engraving is beyond reproach, as executed by Eric Gold and as featured in “The Best of Holland & Holland.” His initials “EG” can be found on the bottom metal under the elephant’s feet and to the right hidden in the shrubs. Beautifully marbled and nicely figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock features classic H & H style checkering, drop points, and right hand cheekpiece. It measures 14-3/4” over Silver type pad. A gold oval on toe line is engraved “F J R”. Matching sling loops are on stock and bbl. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Drop at heel: approx 3″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 10 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-3/4″. Makers oak and leather case with canvas outer cover features brass corners and central brass medallion engraved “F J R”. Canvas outer cover has central leather patch likewise embossed. Interior is lined in dark green cloth, and has gold embossed black leather Holland & Holland label in lid. Case is semi-French fitted for rifle and accessories, which include a pair of ebony turnscrews, brass and vulcanite cleaning rod, and oil bottle, all marked “Holland & Holland”. Cleaning brush and mop are in black morocco leather wallet, and a pair of snap caps are marked “RWS”. Another compartment contains leather trimmed web carrying sling, and a bench cloth. PROVENANCE: Copy of factory build specs, and copy of target from H&H shooting ground indicating that gun was built for stock. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, near new, with only one or two of the lightest of handling marks on bbls and stocks. Bores are excellent. Mechanically crisp. Case leather is excellent, near new, as protected by its outer cover, which has some slight discoloration and scuffs. Interior is excellent, with only a few light rubs on cloth and leather action guard. 4-50464 MGM68 (150,000-225,000) – Lot 2263

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2322

*UNPRECEDENTED SPECTACULAR UNIQUE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 “GRAND ROYAL” WITH EXTRA BARRELS AND CASE.

SN W33103. Cal. 28 ga. The idea for the Winchester 21 “Grand Royal” was conceived in 1980 as a collaboration between Winchester and Kevin Kurtz, owner of Kurtz Hardware of Des Moines, Iowa, to produce “the finest modern firearms made in the world”. The initial plan was not to resell the guns, but to use them as gifts and/or fund raising endeavors for charity. As history played out, only three of these unique guns were ever completed at the Winchester factory. The first, SN “W9190”, was engraved by Alvin White, and was to have been presented to John Olin, President of Winchester. Mr. Olin died before the gun was completed and the gun is now in a private collection. No. 33102 was finished by the Winchester Custom Shop and engraved by Howard Dove, and is also in a private collection. This particular gun W33103, was also engraved by Alvin White, but was not completed until 1992. The utmost care was taken in its building and finish. A description is probably best done by quoting the factory letter, and I will add comments in brackets where I feel necessary, as the factory letter does not describe many of the exceptional features of this fine creation: Office of the U.S. Repeating Arms Company, New Haven, Conn.: Model 21, SN W33103 was completed on April 27, 1992. Following are the specifications of this “GRAND ROYAL” as it originally left the factory. GAUGE – 28 BARREL LENGTH – 26″ CHOKE – R. Skeet L. Skeet GAUGE – 28 BARREL LENGTH – 26″ CHOKE – R Modified. L. Full BARREL – VENTILATED RIB CHAMBER – 2-3/4″ TRIGGER – Single STOCK – Straight grip EJECTION – Auto SAFETY – Auto CHECKERING – Fleur-di-lis with ribbon by Jerry Fisher BUTT – Checkered ENGRAVING includes a raised gold inlay of King Buck on the trigger plate with the inscription “KING BUCK”. Other features include the “Winchester” horse and rider on left side (exceptionally well executed in high relief) and King Buck on the right side of the receiver (in pointing pose with head erect). Both in raised gold inlay. Gold oak leaves and delicate gold lines highlight both sides of the receiver (Oak leaves and acorns on fences in exceptional high relief. Gold lines terminate in sprays of flush inlaid and engraved acanthus open scroll. This treatment extends to trigger guard and also highlights bbl engraving. WINCHESTER is inlaid in bottom front of receiver.) Both the barrel inscriptions and the engraved rib panels “GRAND ROYAL HAND BUILT BY WINCHESTER” are gold inlaid. The rib is a royal blue finish. The first four inches of barrel from the breech are engraved with gold inlays. Top lever engraved along with gold inlay of Winchester horse and rider. Gold crown inlaid on top of receiver. Engraving accomplished by Alvin White. (His signature appears on right side of trigger plate.) ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Full fancy “AA” American black walnut stock in the “Grand Royal” configuration by Jerry Fisher, with side panels fitted into the scalloped receiver with a silver and gold plaque inletted on both sides into the ebony side panels. (These plaques are further embellished with relief gold inlaid game birds; a flying grouse on left, and duck taking wing on right.) Both forearms are beavertail style. There are a great many other features to this piece which include a hand rubbed oil finish – red bead front sight – metal middle sight – gold plated trigger – all bright surfaces hand engine turned – gold oval inlay in stock picturing “King Buck”. (Further mention should be made of the exceptional gold line bordered and engraved skeleton steel buttplate.) Accompanying this set is a trunk style leather case with a zippered canvas cover. Finished blue of engraved parts and the fitting of the leather case are accomplied (sic) by Custom Shop. The companion to this unique shotgun can be seen on page 448 in the 1989 edition of R. L. Wilson’s book “WINCHESTER ENGRAVING”. Sincerely, U.S. Repeating Arms Company, Don M. Pind, Manager Custom Shop. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz. PROVENANCE: Factory letter. Various correspondence relating to this gun, and final test report. The Bill Phifer Collection. CONDITION: Exceptional, essentially as new, with only two or three of the faintest minor handling marks on wood or metal. Gun appears unfired with only extractor wipe marks on breechface. Case is excellent, leather with only some faint marks as protected by its blue canvas outer cover, with only some slight scuffs to leather trim, and marks on canvas. Interior is lined in royal blue suede and shows a few marks and compressions from gun and accessories, which include two turnscrews, brass snap caps, and round oil bottle. An exceptionally well presented and tastefully executed exemplary Winchester shotgun. 4-51819 MGM149 (60,000-90,000) – Lot 2322

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2408

*VERY FINE 20 GAUGE PARKER AHE WITH UNUSUAL ENGRAVING.

SN 179090. Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 0 Frame. 28″ Acme steel bbls. This unusual gun matches all specifications in Parker Gun Identification & Serialization ledger, with capped pistol grip, and double triggers. Bbls retain all correct markings on rib, flats, and rear lump. All correct markings are also on water table. Action is nicely filed with single bead behind fences, and chevron on top lever. Action is engraved with various sized scroll and “PARKER BROS” on each side. On sides of action this scroll surrounds vignettes of deer; a stag is drinking from a pond with semi-relief wooded background on left, with stag and hind running through meadow on right. The front bottom of action depicts near full relief hare crouched under bough of tree in oval, and a spaniel closely points a huddled quail on trigger plate. This engraving is exceptionally well done, and unique. Nicely fiddle figured European walnut buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over Silver type pad, and features standard “A” style fleur-di-lis checkering, sunken checkered side panels, and fleur-di-lis drop points. Hard rubber grip cap has large inset gold oval engraved with monogram “ECF”. Matching splinter ejector forend has typical release, nicely filed tip, and all correct markings. Bore diameter: left -.619, right -.617. Bore restrictions: left -.023 (Full), right -.027 (Full). Wall thickness: left -.020, right -.020. Drop at heel: 2-13/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs 3 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. CONDITION: Fine, as partially refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of a good quality re-blue over numerous light marks and scratches. Action retains traces of case color in protected areas, and is mostly a very pleasing silver to gray. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil re-finish over numerous marks and scratches. Grip checkering is slightly worn, and does not appear to be re-cut, forend checkering competently re-cut. Pad is new. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. A great handling, small bore, high grade Parker, with only 13 listed with this bbl configuration, and a total production of 46 in this grade and gauge. 4-51214 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2408

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2459

*TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, UNIQUE, 20 GAUGE, ALL OPTION, HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION ITHACA NID GRADE 7E WITH 32″ BARRELS.

SN 457439. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 32″ Ventilated rib bbls are engraved “Ithaca Gun Co.” “Ithaca, N.Y. U.S.A.” on tops, and have 1-1/2″ triangles of scrolled fig leaves and figs at breech ends. Engine turned bbl flats are stamped with SN and grade. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with a crowned “D”, and are marked “BEST FLUID STEEL”. Case hardened action features non-automatic safety, early pin type cocking indicators, and gold-plated, selective single trigger with selector combined with safety button. Tang is gold inlaid “RSL”. Action is engraved in “7E” style with well cut and shaded fig leaves and figs, covering nearly all of the action, outlining vignettes of game birds inlaid in gold; a pair of ducks flying over marsh with reed in background on left, and a pair of pheasant on right. Bottom of action is gold inlaid with heraldic eagle with white gold head, and cluster of arrows in talons is over “MADE IN USA”. Matching blued trigger guard has gold inlaid elk on bow. SN is at grip. Finely feather crotch figured American walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over composition ribbed buttplate. Fleur-di-lis checkering with fleur-di-lis ribbons through pattern and separate flourishes into butt is at grip. Side panels are also checkered with fleur-di-lis intrusions. A vacant gold shield is on toe line. Matching short beavertail ejector forend has reinforcing bolt and inset black wood triangle at tip. Bore diameter: left-.615, right -.615. Bore restrictions: left -.023 (full), right -.024 (full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.032, right -.033. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. PROVENANCE: Letter from Walt Snyder, Ithaca historian, who estimates that only 25 NID’s were made in Grade 7 in all gauges, and he guesses that only 1 or possibly 2 were made in 20 ga. with this configuration. Copy of factory shipping page showing that it was shipped to Tufts – Lyons Arms Co of Los Angeles on June 27, 1930. Letter from Bob Beach, Griffin & Howe historian, stating that this gun was purchased as a 2nd hand gun, by A & F on Jan 5, 1966 from a customer identified only as “Hearst”. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, as found, near new, with scant evidence of ever having been fired, with only a hint of silvering on sharp edges of bbls and action. There are a few handling marks, and patterning of finish on buttstock from contact with case or sleeve. Mechanically crisp. 4-53780 MGM297 (35,000-65,000) – Lot 2459

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3004

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED COLT PATERSON #1 BABY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH 4″ BARREL AND COMPLETE ACCESSORIES.

SN 457. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 4″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and usual 1-line left hand script letter address which reads “Patent Arms Mg Co. Paterson N.J. – Colt’s Pt.” with dashes at each end. Cylinder has 5 chambers with centaur scene roll marking. Frame is usual configuration and is mounted with varnished 1-pc, square butt, walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Colt casing with fluted lid and brown striped velvet lining, recessed in the bottom for the revolver, an orig copper & gold washed brass charger with matching number “53″, an orig capper numbered “89″ inside the lid and in the body, a sgl ball bullet mold with three turned walnut handles, a loading tool with nipple pick, a walnut handle brass cleaning rod and a matching numbered spare cylinder. There were about 500 of these baby-sized Paterson revolvers produced in the period 1837-1838 with a few having loading levers added in the period 1840-1841. Matching SNs were observed on rear face of bbl lug, wedge, both cyls, side of trigger, inside back strap and backstrap channel of grip. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. These diminutive revolvers are rarely ever encountered and of those, extremely few are cased with original accessories and rarely with much, or any, orig finish remaining. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching as noted. Bbl retains about 97-98% glossy orig blue with strong feathers on each side of front sight; overall shows only sharp edge wear; frame, recoil shields and front strap retain 88-90% glossy orig blue with light surface rust and some light flaking; top of backstrap and buttstrap retain glossy orig blue with most of the backstrap flaked to a light patina; hammer retains brilliant case colors on both sides and rear edge, turned silver on top edge; cyl in the revolver retains about 95% strong orig blue and shows about 99% centaur scene roll marking; spare cyl retains about 90% strong orig blue with some light rust and shows about 97-98% centaur scene roll marking. Grip is sound showing very light edge wear with a few light nicks in the finish and overall retains about 98-99% crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about 85-90% orig finish with some heat crazing, and a chemical spot in the front left corner of lid; interior is moderately faded and lightly soiled inside the lid and lightly faded with moderate soil in the bottom; charger retains about 50-60% orig finish with strong gold wash on the powder end and middle ring; capper is very fine and is a medium brass patina; all three mold handles are sound showing moderate wear and strong orig finish; mold body and sprue cutter are very fine with light, scattered surface rust and shows about 70% bright blue; tool & cleaning rod are fine. All together a complete and very rare Baby Paterson. 4-50351 JR132 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 3004

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3006

RARE CASED COLT EHLERS NO. 2 BELT MODEL PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 420. Cal 34. Usual configuration with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and usual 1-line script letter address with “M’g Co.” missing from the address. Bore has 11 lands and grooves. Bbl has attached Ehlers rammer. Cyl is 1-1/16″ long and has usual 5 rebated chambers with centaur scene roll marking. Mounted with a straight 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in buttstrap channel. Grip is constructed of two pieces of walnut to form a solid one piece. SN was observed on rear face of bbl lug, wedge, cyl, side of trigger, trigger plate, right sides of front and backstraps and grip, as noted. Accompanied by a rare burgundy velvet lined orig Colt Paterson casing, recessed in bottom for the pistol, a small brass charger with plunger and an orig single ball mold with sprue cutter and 3 turned walnut handles. Also included is a rare orig nipple wrench. According to various publications there were only about 500 of these little revolvers produced 1840-1843 combined with the No. 1 Baby Paterson. Apparently all pistols with added rammers had rnd shoulder cylinders and cased examples are as found here. Very few survive today in orig configuration with any orig finish. Altogether a very rare set. CONDITION: Very good, all matching as noted above. No additional disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. Pistol, overall retains a mottled gray patina with fine surface pitting. Cyl is matching patina and with about 20-25% centaur scene roll marking visible. Frame and grip frame are also matching patina with moderately battered screws. Grip has a replaced large chip in right toe and is missing small chips from left toe and heel and shows a dark, hand worn patina. Hammer shank has an old forged repair. Mechanics are fine. Worn, dark bore. Case has three grain checks in lid and another in bottom otherwise is sound with handling and storage nicks, dings and scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish. Lid lining has strong, deep wine color with one small chemical stain from contact with cyl. Bottom is moderately faded and soiled with chemical staining around cyl and bbl areas. Flask is fine showing a medium mustard patina and is functional. Mold is mostly a dark gray patina with some light battering on sides. Sprue cutter handle has a hairline by the brass ferrule and both large handles have smoothed chips, otherwise are sound with a dark, hand worn patina. Nipple wrench is a dark patina. 4-54290 (45,000-75,000) – Lot 3006

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3036

RARE CASED DAMASCENED COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 35232. Cal. 36. Circa 1855. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 1-line address “COL. COLT. LONDON” with spears. Frame is marked with a small “COLT’S PATENT”. Damascened steel trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Entire revolver including cyl, rammer & handle, wedge, hammer, trigger guard & backstrap are beautifully damascened with intricate vines and flowerets in heavy gold and a dark brownish metal background. Screw heads are also damascened. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Accompanied by an orig English mahogany casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Case is scarlet velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a Dixon “COLTS NAVY FLASK”, bag shaped flask, a blued steel 2-cavity bullet & ball “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, an all steel cleaning rod and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. There is also a functioning key. Most of the Colts so decorated had the work done in India for the RAJ or for the occasional British officer. This exact Colt is pictured on p 141 in “Colt Engraving” by R. L. Wilson. All damascening done in 22k gold wire work in 3 distinct patterns. Bbl & backstrap decorated in complex foliate vine & scrollwork w/flowerets; receiver and chambers area in fine foliate reticulations only; cyl in connecting circular patterns w/linear foliations. PROVENANCE: Ex Frank Russell Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of this fine gold damascening with the only noticeable wear on the ends of the wedge and a couple of small spots on front strap. Grip has a chipped right toe, otherwise is sound showing light edge wear and overall retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. Case is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish; interior is lightly to moderately faded with light soil in bottom and light damage from front sight & hammer spur; flask has one small dent and overall retains 70-75% orig finish; mold has numerous small nicks & dings and retains about 50% orig blue; other accessories are fine. 4-51981 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3036

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3055

SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 23868. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame is marked “Colt’s Patent” and left shoulder of trigger guard has the cal marking. Cyl is half fluted with five chambers and it is mounted with 2-pc pearl grips that are hand scratched on the inside “BFY”. Revolver is beautifully engraved, probably by L.D. Nimschke in beautiful New York style with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend onto the bbl lug, around the address and around the muzzle. Rammer pivot is engraved to match with spiral & foliate patterns on the handle. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are also engraved to match with a deep relief foliate panel at top of backstrap. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose. Cyl is engraved to match on the lands between the flutes. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an early double-sided eagle flask, a steel Colts Patent mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a packet of six combustible cartridges and an empty Eley’s cap tin. Few of this model Colt were ever cased and engraved. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching except wedge & grips which are unnumbered. Cyl has only one number visible. No orig finish remains on the revolver being an overall dark blue/brown patina. Trigger guard retains about 70% orig silver and the backstrap/buttstrap about 40%. Grips have a hairline above the left escutcheon and a small repair on the right side at the frame, otherwise are sound with good fire. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. Case has two or three grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded with moderate soil and a couple of slightly loose partitions; flask is extremely fine; mold is battered and worn; other accessories are fine. 4-53595 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3055

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3088

MATCHED PAIR OF ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS.

SN 95521, 111471. Cal 45 Colt. Revolvers are virtually identical with 7-1/2″ bbls and 1-line block letter addresses. Left side of frames have 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guards have caliber markings. They are mounted with 2-pc pearl grips, left and right hand, incise carved with a shaggy face-on buffalo head on one side and a naked lady on the other side. Both sets of grips have foliate arabesque patterns at tops and bottoms with a fine line borders. Right grip on #111471 is broken and repaired. Revolvers are identically engraved by L.D. Nimschke with nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frames and elaborate shell patterns on the recoil shields and loading gates. Top straps are engraved in feather patterns. Almost identical matching engraving patterns extend up both sides of the bbls, over the tops between the addresses and front sights, and each side of the muzzles. Backstraps are engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s distinctive fan patterns with foliate arabesque and geometric patterns down the backstraps. Buttstraps and trigger bows are also engraved in geometric patterns. Cyl has matching foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with fine pearled panels in between and a wide square & stars border around the back edges. Ejector housings are engraved with geometric patterns in the top gullets and snake and dot patterns on the outer radii. Accompanied by a large packet of information which includes several Colt Factory letters for both revolvers. These letter identify these revolvers in cal 45 with 7-1/2″ bbls, silver finish, pearl grips, and factory engraved, shipped to William Nelson, address unavailable, on September 30, 1884, in a 2 gun shipment. The early letters list his name as “William Nelon” and the later letters show his name as “William Nelson”. These later letters also list both serial numbers in the same shipment. Additional research accomplished by previous owners disclose that Major William Nelson came from Indiana along with Judge J.B. Shackleford to Muscogee, OK, in April 1889 to establish the first court in Oklahoma, Indian Territory. Judge Shackleford was the presiding judge and he appointed Major Nelson as Clerk of the Court. The records show that Major Nelson was from Evansville, IN, a retired officer who had served in the immediate county (around Muscogee) and “in Arizona”. There is very little additional information regarding Major Nelson in this large volume of research other than he is mentioned on pps 458 & 462 of the Chronicles of Oklahoma. A copy of an article which appeared in the April 23, 1988 Oklahoman & Times newspaper is a story about the Guthrie, OK, Old Blue Belle Saloon being back in business. The article relates that on April 23, 1889 John Sampsel opened the first Blue Belle Saloon in Guthrie on a lot that he purchased from Major William Nelson for $30. Since Major Nelson was a member of the court and in Oklahoma, Indian Territory, prior to the Great Oklahoma Land Rush it is elsewhere speculated that he might have used his position to stake claims “a little early” as did many other sooners. A search of a Civil War personnel data base disclosed several hundred Union soldiers named William Nelson, so no conclusive evidence could be found that Mr. Nelson had served in the Army. Regardless of Major Nelson’s status, it is apparent that he had fine taste in firearms. PROVENANCE: Larry Scherrin Collection; Jack Slaughter; Lang Spraggins; Tom Seymour Collection; Dr. S.H. Janes Collection. CONDITION: 1) Serial number 95521: Extremely fine. Overall retains about 97-98% strong orig silver finish with only faint losses inside the cyl opening. Cyl shows equal amount of coverage and very little use, if any. Grips are extremely fine, showing very little to no wear, with good crisp carving showing and great fire and are possibly more modern replacements, carved to match. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with scattered very fine pitting. 2) Serial number 111471: Overall retains about 60-70% orig silver finish with loss areas barely distinguishable gray metal. Both left and right edges of muzzle show extremely heavy holster wear, as does the recoil shield and outer radius of ejector housing. Cyl is a gray metal patina, showing moderate to heavy wear on the engraving. Grips show moderate wear with a chipped left toe and the aforementioned repair of right grip. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. It is readily apparent that Mr. Nelson used revolver #1 and not #2. 4-51263 JR217 (60,000-80,000) – Lot 3088

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3111

EXTREMELY RARE COLT FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH EXTENDED GRIP.

SN 144729. Cal. 450 Eley. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, blued target front sight with 1-line Hartford and “DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON” address and caliber marking on left side. Frame is flat top style with fixed target rear sight, left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in the circle. Mounted with extremely rare, diamond checkered, extra long walnut grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Toe & heel of grip frame are sharp versus the rounded configuration usually found in order to accommodate the extended grip without leaving a gap. Bore has Metford rifling. Bottom of bbl and cylinder have tiny British proofs. Accompanied by its orig green baize lined English oak casing that has an empty medallion in the lid and a “J.H. CRANE” paper distributor label inside the lid. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver with several non-orig tools, plus an “L” shaped Colt semi-auto pistol screwdriver. Left center of the bottom has a cartridge block with spaces for 42 cartridges. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal. 450 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, extra long wood stocks and shipped to Colt’s London agency, June 1892 in a 1 gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, out of the approximate 357,000 single actions produced there were 914 flat-top target revolvers and only about 50 of these had the extended grip. The chart on pg 174 of the referenced publication shows only 84 flattop single actions were produced in cal. 450 Eley. Extrapolating those numbers discloses that only about 9% of the total flat-top production was in cal. 450 Eley. On pg 251 of the referenced publication, Mr. Cochran states that he had examined 10 long-grip revolvers of which 4 were in cal. 450 Eley, and only 2 had the London address. This exact revolver, identified by SN in pictures on pg. 250 and 251 of the reference publication. Regardless, this is an exceptionally rare Colt Single Action revolver. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Tommy Rholes. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with 3 spots of flaking and some scrape marks on the bottom adjacent to the base pin; ejector housing retains about 60% strong orig blue, showing wear on the outer radius; frame retains about 50% orig blue with the balance having mostly flaked to a medium patina, showing wear on the recoil shield and loading gate; trigger guard retains blue in sheltered areas with the front strap and back strap a blue/brown patina; buttstrap retains about 90% glossy orig blue; cylinder retains strong blue in the flutes, flaked and thinning on the outer diameter with a light drag line. Grips are very fine showing light diamond point wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case has a couple of cracks and is missing a couple of splinters on the bottom, otherwise is sound; interior is lightly faded and soiled; accessories are all fine. 4-50756 JR91 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 3111

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3161

RARE DIAMOND ENCRUSTED ILLINOIS POCKET WATCH AND CHAIN DOCUMENTED TO HAVE BELONGED TO INFAMOUS CHICAGO GANGSTER AL CAPONE.

Small triangular shaped 17 jewel, six-size, pocket watch, serial number 5281719. The movement has gold wheels and gold jewel cups. Face is platinum color with impressed gold numbers and gold hands. The entire circumference of the front bezel is set with small cut diamonds. The rear plate is mounted with a 5/8″ x 1/2″ oval which surrounds the letters “AC”, all of which are encrusted with cut diamonds. Accompanied by what is purported to be the orig silver colored watch chain from Mr. Al Capone. Chain is delicate, 13″, made of 3/8″ links connected by fine wire links. This watch was recently sold to consignor by Mr. Eric Griesa, who, in a notarized affidavit, states that he is the great-grandson of Alphonse G. Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) and that he received this watch directly from his grandfather Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone (December 4, 1918 – July 8, 2007), who was the only child of Alphonse G. Capone. He states that Albert Francis had four children, all daughters, one of whom was Diane Patricia Capone Griesa, who was born January 14, 1944 and is Mr. Griesa’s mother. He further states that after the death of Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone another of his daughters, Barbara Capone Prince, a resident of California, “delivered the watch described below to me, along with other personal property that at one time was the personal property of my great grandfather, Alphonse G. Capone.” He further states that his great grandfather had given all of this material to his grandfather, who had instructed his daughter Barbara to give this property to Mr. Griesa upon the grandfather’s death. The description of the watch in the statement is as above, with the addition “This watch was purchased new by Alphonse Capone”. The affidavit is notarized and signed. Also accompanying are copies of two photographs of an elderly gentleman holding a baby which is captioned “Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone / Eric Griesa” and the other is of the same gentleman and baby with a man and woman, apparently Erick’s parents, with the additional caption of “Diane Griesa” included. PROVENANCE: Alphonse G. Capone; Capone Family Descendents. CONDITION: Fine. Watch will run, however it appears the mainspring is broken. The glass crystal is intact and the face is crisp and clean. Back of the watch shows light wear and scuffing with one small ding in a lower point. All the diamonds are intact. Chain is fine. 4-53666 JR237 (35,000-55,000) – Lot 3161

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3332

EXTREMELY RARE, ONE OF A KIND, PERCUSSION JOHN ARMSTRONG EMMITSBURG, MARYLAND RELIEF CARVED RIFLE SIGNED AND DATED IN PEN AND INK ON THE STOCK UNDER THE BUTTPLATE BY THE GUNSMITH.

Cal. 45. Overall length 58-1/4″, 4-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ buttplate. 42-1/2″ full oct rifled bbl signed “John Armstrong” in a brass plate inlet into the top flat of the bbl. This rifle is unique in that it is the only known Armstrong rifle to have been signed and dated in pen and ink on the stock by the gunsmith. Under the buttplate the rifle is handsigned “John Armstrong November 1836”. Maryland’s John Armstrong is considered by most to be one of the foremost artisans of the golden age. Armstrong was the creme de la creme, creating designs emulated by rifle makers everywhere. Most of his early rifle bbls were handmade. This rifle’s large engraved brass 4-pc patchbox has 3 piercings and the door is engraved with Armstrong’s characteristic two crossing vines. Fine grade curly maple stock with pronounced comb is carved behind cheekpiece in a high relief motif of interlacing branches. Large “C” scrolls cross over the tight radius curves of the smaller bottom scrolls. Area under cheekpiece is elevated and checkered. Carving at front of cheekpiece correlates in design with butt carving. Relief carving extends forward from lock and sideplate in feather like tapered flutes where each feathered area is slightly concave. This is a characteristic Armstrong feature. Rifle is relief carved behind bbl tang with vine like designs carried over from butt carving. Relief carving to rear of rear ramrod pipe is sharp and crisp, extending 2-3/4″ from the pipe. The entire forstock molding along the ramrod channel is deep and elegantly accomplished. Armstrong’s innovative, stylish rifle features are evident on this rifle. Large silver oval cheekpiece inlay is engraved with a classic spread eagle with shield surrounded by an engraved border. Long elegant handmade lock is engraved “JA”. Armstrong’s locks had internal mechanisms as precise as a clock’s movement. The outside of the lock has beveled edges and graceful hammer. Armstrong was born September 5, 1772 in Adams County, PA just north of the Maryland border. He settled in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he practiced his trade. The many features Armstrong brought into being with his meticulous workmanship produced immaculate rifles. As Joe Kindig states in his book, Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in it’s Golden Age, “John Armstrong’s workmanship is magnificent, and his designs are just about perfection. I cannot overemphasize the beauty of his rifles”. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Excellent. This rare rifle is in perfect condition throughout with the exception of 11″ of forend wood which has been professionally replaced at the muzzle end of the rifle. The fact wood and barrel have been stretched on a rifle. This perfect suggests the rifle had been sporterized in period. The rifle was returned to its original length by Carl Pippert in the second half of the 20th century. Pippert is recognized as one of the best in the restoration field. 4-49838 RG10 (40,000-75,000) – Lot 3332

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3358

NICELY INCISED CARVED YORK COUNTY KENTUCKY RIFLE BY J. LOWMASTER.

SN NSN. 42″ full oct .52 Cal smooth bbl signed “J Lowmaster” in script. 4-pc engraved brass patchbox has the characteristic York County finial and the flat brass side plate is similar in design to rifle number 143 in Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in it’s Golden Age. Curly maple stock is checkered at wrist and incised carving behind cheek is similar to Kindig’s number 143. There is an 8-pointed silver star inlay on cheek, and a large oval silver inlay on top of the wrist. Bbl is held to stock with 4 bbl wedges. Unmarked flintlock appears to be orig flint. It is said that J. Lowmaster was a gunsmith in York until 1800, after which he moved to Ohio. As Kindig notes in his book, Lowmaster’s incised carving is of very high quality. PROVENANCE: Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: Large, 2″ piece of new wood inlet between trigger and lock and some evidence there may have been a break in wrist, the repair of which is hidden in the wrist crosshatching. The flint lock may be a replacement. 4-49421 RG23 (4,500-7,500) – Lot 3358

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3416

EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBITION GRADE SILVER MOUNTED CONSTABLE PHILADELPHIA PERCUSSION SPORTING RIFLE.

SN N/A. Cal. .45, 28″ full oct bbl. This exceptional rifle is no doubt one of a kind and was made for exhibition for a very wealthy individual as a special order. The gun is entirely silver mounted including ramrod thimbles, nosecap, keyway escutcheons, lock escutcheons, thumbplate, buttplate, toeplate, patch box and trigger guard. The 28″ octagonal bbl retains most of its orig brown finish and the fully engraved lock, hammer, breech and tang and engraved screws retain small traces of case color. A small gold inset in center of lock reads “CONSTABLE/PHILADELPHIA”. The engraving on this gun is extreme. The lock is fully engraved with floral and geometric swirls with a beveled border that is also fully engraved. The hammer is fully engraved, terminating in an animal’s head. The breech is engraved with a sea serpent continuing into swirls into the top bbl flat. The bbl tang is fully engraved, terminating in a panel on its flat with a whimsical standing bird looking over its shoulder. The patch box is a real piece of art with a boar’s head over a horn as a central vignette with engraved leaves radiating about. Two whimsical faces are found engraved on either side of the hinge to the patch box door. Above the patch box door is a large globe showing the Americas surmounted by a drooped-wing eagle sitting atop the globe. The massive trigger guard has a panoply of arms on the flat of the trigger bow and the two finials terminate into a lion and a lioness on opposite ends. This gun is a true piece of art with no peers we are aware of. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Gun is in very fine condition overall with bbl retaining 95%+ its orig brown with crisp, well-defined bore with rust and pitting. Steel surfaces are all engraved, are gray/silver overall with traces of case color in un-engraved areas with some staining and pitting. The gold plaque in lock “CONSTABLE” can only partially be read, as can be seen in photographs. Maple stock is sound and solid showing fine striping. There is a repaired crack at wrist that does not affect aesthetics as can be seen in photographs. There is a 1/2″ crack in bottom toe of stock. The silver mounts are fine overall, well-fit engraving all sharp and discernible with good patinaed surfaces. 4-51192 JS33 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3416

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3476

MAGNIFICENT PAIR OF 17TH CENTURY LONG ITALIAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS WITH STEEL MOUNTS RELIEF CHISELED IN THE BRESCIAN MANNER BY VINCENZO BORAZO AND SPLENDID BARRELS BY THE MASTER LAZARINO COMINAZZO CIRCA 1685.

SN NSN. There are two styles of Brescian work found on the best Italian pistols, the familiar pierced, engraved lacework and the deeply chiseled relief sculpted steel on this pair. The locks are of convex form superbly chiseled at the tails with scrolls and a monster head. The swan neck cocks are finely formed and held by an expanded flower retaining screw with no slot. The frizzens are austere. The barrels are by the master Lazarino Cominazzo with polygonal reeded breeches boldly signed in full “Lazarino Cominazzo” then becoming chevroned. The mounts comprising buttcaps, thumbpieces, sideplates, and ramrod pipes are chiseled in relief with dense patterns of twining foliage, leaves, and scrolls. The triggers are delicately articulated. The walnut fullstocks feature fore-ends fluted and sculpted in the Italian manner and moulded around the lock mortise. The long belt hooks are chiseled en suite at the rear. This is a splendid pair of Brescian high art flintlock pistols of a quality that rarely appears on the market either in America or Europe. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: The steel parts are polished bright in the European museum fashion with some very minor staining and erosion mostly on the barrel breeches but the magnificent chiseling is nearly pristine retaining all its 17th century artistry. The frizzens appear to be replacements. The walnut fullstocks are very good overall with minor dents and compressions. Brescian pistols of this period and superior quality usually have extremely highly figured rootwood stocks which raises the possibility that the stocks on these pistols may have been replaced sometime during their working life. 4-49874 (20,000-40,000) – Lot 3476

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