March 15th & 16th Firearms Auction
Totals Over $16 Million!

Auction: March 15 & 16, 2015

Preview: March 12-14, 2015

Please Note: All prices include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, which is paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. The prices noted here after the auction are considered unofficial and do not become official until after the 46th day.

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*THE MOST FAMOUS OF ALL ELMER KEITH’S HANDGUNS, COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, “THE LAST WORD – OLD NO. 5”, CUSTOM DESIGNED BY MR. KEITH & HAROLD CROFT.

SN M5. Cal. .44 Special. All blue finish with 5-1/2″ bbl that has 1-line address & dual caliber markings on left side. Bore is 6 lands & grooves with left hand twist. Muzzle is fitted with a sleeve that is mounted with a Colt double action style adjustable front sight. Top strap has been reworked & redesigned into a flat top style which extends over the hammer slot and has a Colt style, windage adjustable rear sight. The base pin is of custom design that has a ribbed hourglass shaped head and is secured with a swinging latch replacing the screw or spring-loaded crossbolt and is retained by a spring-loaded detent. Hammer is Bisley style that has a widened & extended spur. The trigger is also wider & a little longer than a standard single action trigger. Backstrap is an altered Bisley part attached to a single action frontstrap/trigger guard. The hammer spring is a custom design between the originator of this design and Mr. Keith. Mounted with 2-pc pre-ban African ivory grips, custom built to fit this frame with a raised, carved Mexican eagle on right side. The orig customized single actions that led to the final development of this revolver “Old Number 5” was begun by S. Harold Croft who, having heard of Mr. Keith’s legendary long range handgun shooting skills, traveled to Durkee, Oregon with “a box full of guns” for a demonstration of Mr. Keith’s long range shooting. He was so impressed with Mr. Keith that he began working with him to re-design the single action army revolver. The No. 5 Colt was as its name suggests the fifth iteration of Harold Croft’s highly modified Colt revolvers. The first four were Croft’s designs and called “Featherweights.” After experimenting with these Elmer made final design changes to create what was in his mind the perfect revolver. The final design became No. 5, being sold here. In an April, 1929 American Rifleman article, titled “The Last Word”, Mr. Keith details the specifics surrounding the concept, and manufacture of the revolver including those who assisted on the project. In a side note, he states that the orig walrus ivory grips had shrunk, and so he had a new pair made from elephant ivory carved with a Mexican eagle which are mounted on the gun today. The engraving on this revolver was commissioned by Mr. Croft for Mr. Keith and consists of flowing foliate & floral patterns with about full coverage on the frame, bbl, cyl, frontstrap & trigger guard. Top strap is engraved with the Masonic symbol of a square & compass. Backstrap is engraved “Elmer Keith” and buttstrap is engraved “Durkee, Oregon”. This revolver is pictured on p. 103 of Mr. Keith’s book Six Guns and on p. 169 in the accompanying Keith designed Lawrence holster. Holster is beautifully tooled with a light buckstitch edge and has a thumb strap with snap. It also has Mr. Keith’s designed integral leg strap. This storied revolver has been the subject of numerous articles over the last 80 years. More recently on the cover of the May, 2003 edition of Guns & Ammo magazine. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our “Ivory Position Statement” and the “Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object”. This information is located in our catalog on pages 30 and 31. PROVENANCE: The Elmer Keith Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 96-97% strong custom blue showing holster wear & sharp edge wear. Grips are sound showing light wear on eagle and retain light ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Holster is crisp showing only very light wear & retains about all of its orig brown finish. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to own handgun history, the iconic “Last Word” from Elmer Keith. 4-47801 JR244 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1005

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1024

*RARE ONE OF A KIND SMITH & WESSON PRE-MODEL 29 MAGNUM REVOLVER PRESENTED TO ELMER KEITH BY CARL HELLSTROM, PRESIDENT OF SMITH & WESSON.

SN S161577. Cal. .44 Magnum. Blue finish with 4″ ribbed bbl, red ramp front & white outline adjustable rear sight. It has semi-target trigger & target hammer. Mounted with 2-pc pre-ban Africa ivory Smith & Wesson Magna-sized grips with gold “S&W” trademark medallions. Right grip has a deep relief carved American eagle & left grip is mounted with a 7/8″ x 7/8″ gold shield engraved “PRESENTED TO / Elmer Keith / BY / Carl R. Hellstrom” with some light engraved decorations. Revolver is beautifully engraved by George Dallas in fine foliate & floral arabesque patterns without background or shading. Engraving is virtually full coverage over the revolver with blank counterpoint panels artistically placed on the bbl, ejector housing & frame. Flutes of the cyl are also without engraving. Right sideplate is engraved in script, “Elmer M. Keith”, a facsimile of Mr. Keith’s signature. Left side of backstrap, under the grip is engraved “ENGRAVED BY GEORGE S. DALLAS”. Left heel of frame is marked with a small diamond and a “B” which indicates factory restored blue finish and left toe is marked “8 59″ which indicates the work was accomplished in August of 1959. This revolver will letter from Smith & Wesson as having been shipped November 20, 1956 directly to Elmer Keith with 4” bbl and blue finish, on advertising account at no charge. A copy of this document accompanies this revolver. Accompanied by a beautiful, hand-tooled stiff brown leather belt holster of Mr. Keith’s design, made by the famous Bohlin Co. of Hollywood, CA and so marked on rear face of skirt. Mr. Keith’s design incorporates a thumb strap for the revolver spur attached to a coil spring to maintain tension but still be releasable very quickly. Body of the holster has a matching tooled, narrow leather strap with Bohlin marked silver buckle set that is also beautifully engraved. Back of the holster is marked “Pat Pend.” Accompanied by a reproduced page from one of Mr. Keith’s articles which pictures him shooting a 4″ .44 Magnum Model 29, which is probably this revolver. Also accompanied by a copy of p. 20 of the October, 1959 issue of The American Legion Magazine which depicts Mr. Keith holding two short-barreled .44 Magnums, one of which is probably this revolver. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our “Ivory Position Statement” and the “Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object”. This information is located in our catalog on pages 30 and 31. PROVENANCE: The Elmer Keith Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 97-98% glossy Smith & Wesson blue showing very little use. Trigger & hammer retain strong case colors. Grips are sound with some minor age lines with good detail in the carved eagle, and overall shows very light wear with a fine light patina. Mechanics are crisp with a wonderful tuned action; bright shiny bore. Holster shows light wear & retains about all of its orig Bohlin finish. 4-47980 JR236 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1024

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1040
Revised: 3/12/2015

Please Note: Pre-ban ivory bead sight. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our “Ivory Position Statement” and the “Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object“. This information is located in our catalog on pages 30 and 31.

*.577 NITRO EXPRESS WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST DETACHABLE LOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASE.

SN 17336. Cal. .577 Nitro Express, built and regulated for the maximum load (100 grains cordite, 750 grain bullet). This fine rifle has 26″ Shoe lump bbls which have full length top rib deeply swamped at center forming quarter rib, at rear. Top of this quarter rib is matted behind one standing, one folding leaf rear express sight marked for 100 and 200 yards. Transition to mid rib is scroll engraved and has matching scroll at front portion behind Westley Richards patent flip-over hood for front sight base, fitted with white bead and flip-up gold moon bead. Mid rib is engraved “Westley Richards 178 New Bond St London Gun Makers By Appointment to His Majesty George V Rex Et Imp.” Tops of bbls are engraved “W. R. H. V. Nitro Express Cartridge .577 Bore” and “Cordite 100/ 750 Grs.” Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for this load and with “577EX”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “H.L” and with SNs. A narrow sling loop is screwed and soldered to bottom rib. Coin finished robust Westley Richards patent hand detachable lock action (use no. “2212”), has hinged floorplate/ cover. Locks are not engine turned, but are gold inlaid “L” and “R” on tops. Action features non-automatic bolted safety with SAFE and BOLTED inlaid in gold, sliding bolt dolls head third fastener, bushed strikers, and double triggers. Action is engraved with 80% coverage large well cut scroll. “WESTLEY RICHARDS” is in scroll terminated ribands on each side. Top of action is engraved “WESTLEY RICHARDS” “EJECTOR” in front of pivoting top lever. Scroll engraved floorplate has central vignette of trotting rhino. Top lever and trigger guard are also blued, top lever scroll engraved, trigger guard has prowling tiger on bow, and SN at grip. Tang extends to large steel trap grip cap. Well marbled and figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over red Old English smooth pad. Side panels are checkered and have drop points. Point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip. A large vacant gold oval and sling loop are on toe line. Matching splinter forend has inset horn tip, Deeley ejectors and release. Drop at heel: approx 2-1/2″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 13 lbs 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4. Makers oak and leather case with nicely shaped brass corners has central leather rectangle on top embossed “E. K. Hoyt”. Interior is lined in close checked cloth and has Westley Richards paper label in lid. Case contains a spare pair of detachable locks SNed to this gun but with patent use number “2350”. Locks are engine turned, have “L” and “R” gold inlaid, and are engraved “Extra Locks”. Ross Seyfried relates that the case was relined by Iver Henriksen of Missoula, Montana “with a pair of Pendleton Britches. Accompanied by a target with hand-written “Wesley Richards 577-100-750″… shot at 40 yards… on April 27, 1968 with Kynoch Factory soft nose”. Also in case are 2-pc wood covered steel cleaning rod, jag, brush, round oil bottle, pair of brass snap caps, two red and yellow boxes of Kynoch 577 Nitro Express, and information label used when this rifle was displayed at Cabela’s in Boise, Idaho. Included with rifle are 3 5-rnd boxes Kynoch soft and 3 5-rnd boxes Kynoch solid Elmer Keith’s .577 x 3″ ammunition for this rifle. PROVENANCE: The Elmer Keith Estate Collection. Elmer Keith referred to this rifle as “elephant medicine”, and featured it in Guns & Ammo 1964 article “Put Your Double Rifle Into Action”, as well as in many other “Gun Notes” articles. G&H archivist relates that “this rifle was received on consignment 9/22/1953 from Demetrios Samaras. it was sold to the A & B Plastic Manf’g Co for $1450 on 4/14/1954. It was consigned again by Ben Schur in 1957 and withdrawn by him later that year. It was then consigned again by “H. Schur in 1961, and withdrawn again in 1962.” CONDITION: Excellent, as refinished. Bbls retain approx 80% of an old re-black over light pitting, engraving slightly softened. Action has been coin finished and is a pleasing silver gray. Top lever, floorplate, and trigger guard retain most of their re-blue, guard considerably silvered at grip. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil finish over some light dents and marks, checkering competently re-cut. Bores are very fine, with strong rifling throughout, lightly frosted in grooves. Right bbl shows more wear than left. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case leather is dark, considerably rubbed and scuffed. Handle is a bit tired, and shows old reinforcement. Newer straps are good. New lining cloth is fine. Old label on orig green baize shows many cracks and chips, and is considerably foxed. Accessories are good. Cleaning rod has large chip and crack in wood. An exceptionally rare big bore stopping rifle in good mechanical nick. 4-47963 RJS/MGM135 (50,000-80,000) – Lot 1040

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1041

*FINE & IMPORTANT WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST QUALITY SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DETACHABLE LOCK DANGEROUS GAME DOUBLE RIFLE.

SN 17222. Cal. .476 Westley Richards. 26″ H.L. steel bbls proved Cordite 75-520 Max. Bbls with concave rib with raised breech section; flat engine turned to the sights, remainder concave with 3″ section of bold Westley Richards scroll engraving toward the muzzle with smooth midsection and 4″ section of bold scroll ending at the front sight ramp. Muzzles with large regulating wedge with integral front sight base and a shell-form engraved bottom rib finial. Raised front sight base with Westley Richards patent folding hood. Small caterpillar front sight with 1/8″ white folding moon sight. Rear sights one standing leaf, four folding leaves with shallow Vs, platinum center lines, regulated from 100-500 yards. Midsection of the rib engraved “WESTLEY RICHARDS 178 NEW BOND St LONDON GUN MAKERS BY APPOINTMENT TO HIS MAJESTY GEORGE V. REX et Imp”. Right bbl engraved “W.R.H.V. CARTRIDGE .476 BORE”; left bbl engraved “75/520 Grs”. Bbl Shoe-lump includes hook under lugs double bites with Westley Richards Model C top extension, with third bite. Orig front sling swivel on small raised oval base screwed to bottom rib. Action is Westley Richards Best Quality Model C Flatback with hinged floorplate for detachable locks and disk set strikers. Action is fully engraved with Westley Richards Best bold scroll. “WESTLEY RICHARDS” engraved in banners on both sides of the action. Floorplate features an Indian rhinoceros in a jungle scene surrounded by flowing scrolls and the trigger guard bow is engraved with a stalking tiger. Top of receiver engraved “PATENT ONE TRIGGER” for selective single trigger with trigger selector to the right of the trigger, with “L” & “R” inlaid in gold. Full pistol grip stock with trap grip cap containing a new spare caterpillar front & folding moon sight along with the orig rear sight locking screw (likely removed by Elmer Keith to adjust rear sight slightly to the left). Westley Richards Model C top lever with sliding third locking bolt. Non-automatic top tang safety with gold inlaid “SAFE” and fire blued stocking-lock in front of safety slide to bolt safety in the “SAFE” position. Splinter forearm with horn tip and Deeley forend catch with fine multipoint checkering. Pistol grip buttstock with highly figured marble case Circassian walnut, side paneled with teardrops and extra fine checkering within the side panels. Grip checkered in classic Westley Richards pattern, slightly sunken and extending around the top tang. Left side small classic cheekpiece with single top bead and bottom shelf. 14-1/8″ LOP over 3/4″ solid red pad. Toe line includes vacant gold shield and 3/4″ swing swivel. Rifle is cased in a green baise lined leather covered case with brass corners. Case includes three Westley Richards labels, glass Rigby oil bottle, pull through cleaner in leather pouch, leather muzzle & front sight cover, pair of snap caps and various cleaning accessories. Accompanied by target shot on June 20th, 1973 at 50 yards by Elmer’s friend Truman Fowler with Kynoch Factory solids with hand-written “Resting on the car top with white folding night sight”. Also included are 3 5-rnd boxes Kynoch soft and 3 5-rnd boxes Kynoch solid Elmer Keith’s .476 W.R. ammunition for this rifle. PROVENANCE: The Elmer Keith Estate Collection. This is the rifle that was the center piece of the book Safari which was a chronicle of Elmer Keith’s first trip to Africa. He used it to take four of the African Big Five, the fifth, his leopard, being taken with his .333 OKH is also offered in this sale. CONDITION: Bores bright & shiny, near mint, with almost no evidence of frost or Cordite burn. Bbls retain most of a professional reblack. Rear sights retain about half orig blue, sight locking screw is not in place but is inside the grip trap. Some loss of bluing to front sight hood & at the muzzles. Action body retains significant faded case color with edges turning soft silver patina. Hinged floorplate retaining significant charcoal blue with traces of charcoal blue on trigger guard & virtually all charcoal blue on top lever. Forend checkering remains crisp with slight compression marks & some very minor wear. Grip checkering remains crisp & orig with minor compression dents as does the extremely fine checkering on side panels. Buttstock shows old gentle cleaning & renewed oil finish. Recoil pad is an older replacement with some roughness to the heel & side finish of the rubber. Wood shows a few minor mars & dings. Bbls tight & on face. Hand detachable locks bright & clean with most orig damascened finish. Action is tight, bbls are on face, trigger pulls are fine, ejectors are in time. Case lining & labels in good condition, exterior shows minor scuffs & scratches; otherwise very good. A 1″ x 7″ strip of leather has been pieced into the top center of the case, probably after removing previous owner’s name or initials. 4-47960 RJS (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1041

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1060

*EXCEPTIONAL PACHMAYR CUSTOM SILVER INLAID AND ENGRAVED MODEL 70 WINCHESTER RIFLE WITH SCOPE, MADE FOR ELMER KEITH.

SN 104326. (on top of left side wall) Cal. .375 H&H Magnum. 25″ Bbl. Typical pre-war configuration, and markings on orig bbl, with flip-over express rear sight. Bbl is also marked “CUSTOM MADE BY PACHMAYR L.A. CALIF. U.S.A.” on top. Stippled front ramp is fitted with sourdough bead. Pre-war action has had bolt release neatly checkered, bolt body jeweled, and bolt knob nicely knurled. A Pachmayr “Low – Swing” side mount has been fitted. All metal parts are very finely engraved with near full coverage cleanly cut open shaded scroll with crenelated inlaid silver wire borders and accents. This fine engraving surrounds full relief silver inlays of game animals including the head of a bugling elk on receiver ring, a snarling bobcat on bridge, and a standing grizzly bear on floorplate. A fine bighorn ram adorns trigger guard bow. Full capped pistol grip stock is of exceptional heavily marbled and finely figured circassian walnut, and features red Old English pad, right hand Monte Carlo cheekpiece, flush mounted Pachmayr patent detachable swivels, and large ebony forend tip. Stock is checkered in multi-paneled fancy border, fleur-di-lis style, with stippled flourishes. Checkering is borderless and exceptionally well done. Hard rubber grip cap has inset gold oval engraved “CUSTOM MADE FOR” “ELMER KEITH” “by PACHMAYR” “L.A. CALIF. USA”. Drop at heel: approx 2-1/4″, drop at rear of Monte Carlo: approx 1-5/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-1/2″. Weight: 9 lbs 14 oz. LOP: 13-1/2″. Lyman All Weather 2-1/2 X scope with crosshair and post reticle, is in engraved Low-Swing mount. PROVENANCE: The Elmer Keith Estate Collection. This rifle was the subject of an article in August 1976 GUNS AND AMMO by Elmer Keith entitled “Pachmayr’s Model 70 Masterpiece” which describes the rifle and its history. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, retaining nearly all of its orig custom finishes on wood and metal, with only a few light marks and scratches. Bore is excellent. Action is smooth. Scope optics clear. Also included with rifle is a tooled leather sling in Pachmayr detachable loops. 4-47951 MGM130 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1060

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1085

RARE CASED ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 51246. Cal 44. Full gold finish with 8″ oct bbl, dovetailed nickel silver cone front sight and 3-line address. Mounted with smooth 2-pc rosewood grips matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is engraved by L.D. Nimschke with about 75% coverage flowing foliate arabesque patterns that has pearled background. Top strap is engraved in double chip & dot patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up both sides of the bbl, sides of the muzzle and around the address. Bbl also is engraved in geometric patterns in other areas. Rammer handle web is engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns. Top of backstrap is engraved in a diamond & dot panel with foliate arabesque and geometric patterns down the backstrap and the buttstrap. Trigger bow is engraved to match and bottom front of frame has a very finely detailed hunters star. Cyl has a full band of engraved foliate arabesque patterns with chip & dot border around front edge. Accompanied by an orig green velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a large size double sided Remington flask, a two cavity Remington bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter, a Remington L-shaped nipple wrench, a soft packet of combustible cartridges, a tin of Goldmark’s caps and lead bullets & balls. This model revolver was one of the most popular side arms of the Civil War and later with the Army and Civilian populous on the American frontier. It was very desirable for its ease of changing cylinders wherein someone could carry loaded spare cylinders and change them out quickly to continue firing versus the complicated operation required to change a Colt cyl which required partially dismantling the pistol. These pistols remained in service well into the 1870s and were in use by various famous cavalry units fighting Indians on the frontier. Cased examples are rare, engraved and cased sets are very rare and cased, engraved and plated specimens are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching incl cyl & grips. Overall retains about 98% strong restored gold finish. Grips are slightly shrunken with a hairline grain check in the left heel, otherwise are sound and retain a smooth, hand-worn oil finish. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with a couple small spots of pitting. Cyl shows no evidence of having been fired. Case is sound with few light nicks & and scratches and retains all of a restored finish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with moderate soil in the bottom. A couple of partitions have been re-glued. Flask has a dent on one side and retains about 80% strong orig finish. Mold is cleaned to bright metal with pitting inside the arms. Other accessories are fine. 4-56308 JR198 (20,000-35,000) – Lot 1085

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1092

VERY RARE ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 45138. Cal. 38 RF. Silver & gold finish with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pinched post front sight and 3-line address. Cyl is an orig factory conversion item with conversion number “14” on rear face and matching number on bottom of bbl by the rammer stud. Right side of frame has an attached ejector housing and right recoil shield has a loading gate. Cylinder, rammer handle & hammer are gold plated with the balance of the revolver silver plated. Mounted with smooth 2-pc certifiable antique ivory grips matching numbered to this revolver. Left heel of grip frame, under the grip, also has the assembly number “14” which is also found inside each grip in pencil and on front face of recoil shield. Revolver is beautifully engraved in New York style by L.D. Nimschke with about 80% coverage foliate arabesque patterns that have fine pearled background. Top strap is engraved in chip & dot patterns with a beautiful flower blossom on top front of frame. Foliate, floral & geometric patterns extend over the bbl. Rammer handle is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns and the web with snake & dot patterns down the sides. Edges of recoil shield are also engraved in snake & dot patterns. Top of back strap is engraved in diamond & dot patterns with beautiful shell patterns on the back strap and geometric patterns on the butt strap. Cyl is engraved with a full band of matching foliate arabesque patterns with a snake & dot pattern around rear edge. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 28,000 of this model revolver produced 1863-1878 with many of them leaving the factory as cartridge revolvers and were in fact not conversions. Such is probably the case with this revolver. These revolvers were a very strong & direct competition with Colt’s conversion revolvers and remained popular well into the 1870s until supplanted by the more efficient & powerful center fire cartridges. They usually saw very hard service and are rarely found in high orig finish. Undoubtedly this revolver would have been ordered by someone of great wealth or as a special presentation to someone of importance or high esteem. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our “Ivory Position Statement” and the “Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object”. This information is located in our catalog on pages 30 and 31. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cyl & grips. Overall retains about 99% strong orig finish with only light wear on the trigger bow which has exposed the underlying brass. Grips are extremely fine with a couple of minor age lines and show a mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; appears to be new & unfired. 4-56316 JR127 (35,000-50,000) – Lot 1092

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1160

RARE REMINGTON CANE GUN WITH SMALL DOG’S HEAD HANDLE AND EXTREMELY RARE TAKEDOWN FEATURE.

SN 1558. Cal 22. Made of brown gutta percha 36-3/4″ long with metal tip and a metal insert about mid-point which unscrews to reduce the overall length. SN is found on the tip and the long handle shaft. The domed trigger has concentric rings and there is a 1/4″ nickel silver band at the joint between the dog’s head handle and shaft. Cane is unscrewed for loading and unloading and when reassembled the handle is pulled to cock the striker and raise the rear sight. The patent date is partially visible at the joint between the handle shaft and main shaft. There were only about 1800 cartridge cane guns produced 1866-1888 in two different calibers and at least four different handle styles with a variety of lengths. The takedown feature is previously unknown to this cataloger. Workmanship on the takedown joint is of the very highest quality and something that likely would have originated at Remington. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine with no visible breaks or cracks. Overall retains a smooth brown patina with a few minor nicks & scratches. Mechanics are crisp; worn dark bore. 4-56424 JR211 (6,500-8,500) – Lot 1160

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SCARCE EARLY MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 884. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Spectacular early rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, early nickel silver half moon front sight and an orig, 1st type 1000-yard Henry ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut. SN was observed to be in the usual place on top bbl flat between receiver & rear sight, left side of lower tang under the wood, in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate tang. All stock & buttplate screws are orig and matching numbered to this rifle. Rnd section of bbl, under rotating sleeve, is marked with assembly number “276” which number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. This rifle has all the attributes of the earliest Henry rifles: the follower tab is small size without a milled flat in the receiver, sharp radius at top rear of receiver, rear sight dovetail in top flat of receiver, small loop lever, perch belly stock and rnd heel brass buttplate with large trap and correspondingly large recess in the buttstock to accommodate the accompanying 4-pc hickory & steel wiping rod. Follower spring appears to be original. The Henry rifle was the first successful metallic cartridge lever action repeating rifle and as such was in great demand from the very beginning by pioneers & adventurers on the great American frontier. Almost immediately after production began Oliver Winchester attempted to garner government contracts but initially was unsuccessful. Regardless, with the outbreak of the Civil War individual soldiers and in some cases, entire regiments armed themselves with Henry rifles to great effect. The government eventually purchased over 3,000 Henry rifles to arm special “shock” troops. Most of those rifles produced during the Civil War saw very hard service and in the post-war period continued in service on the American frontier well into the 1870s and later. A large number of Henry rifles, along with their successor model, the 1866 Winchester were sold into Mexico & South America where the 44 RF cartridge retained popularity for many years. Henry rifles are rarely ever found with any orig finish and to find one with such high orig finish is an extraordinary rarity. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain 93-95% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and some very minor surface spotting; receiver has sharp edges with a couple of very minor nicks on right side and some very small scratches on left side and shows an even medium to dark mustard patina; side plates appear to never have been removed; hammer retains strong bright case colors and lever case colors on the sides faded on outer faces; buttplate has matching patina to the receiver. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains 96-98% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Wiping rod is also crisp & new. 4-55541 JR335 (80,000-140,000) – Lot 1182

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BEAUTIFUL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 396440. Cal. 38 WCF. Standard grade 3rd Model rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, blued Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is small bore type with stepped receiver ring and integral dust cover rail with 3rd type dust cover. Bottom of carrier has caliber marking. Mounted with extra-finish, perhaps 2X, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate that has trap containing a 4-pc all steel wiping rod. This rifle was produced in about 1891 when most business & work was conducted from the back of a horse, wagon or buggy and carrying a firearm as a working tool was an everyday way of life. The Model 1873 was the most popular repeating rifle on the frontier at that time and as such usually saw daily hard service under extreme weather conditions and are rarely found today with high orig finish, especially color case hardened examples such as this one. Simple exposure to the ultra-violet rays of sunlight rapidly fades the colors. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with some freckles of rust on the left side just forward of the forend cap; magazine tube retains about 98% orig blue; receiver & side plates retain brilliant case colors showing only light fading on bottom front at the carry point; hammer also retains brilliant case colors and the lever brilliant case colors on the sides, lightly to moderately faded on outer faces; buttplate retains faded case colors; forend cap retains bright, strong case colors. Stock has a grain crack through the wrist, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Shows very little use, retaining virtually all of its orig factory blue on bolt face & loading gate. Wiping rod is fine 4-55543 JR341 (17,500-27,500) – Lot 1201

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1221

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 135502. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and unmarked 1876-1886 style ladder rear sight. This sight is most unusual but is absolutely original. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1902 when most business was still conducted from the back of a horse, wagon or buggy and carrying a firearm as a daily use tool was a way of life. This rifle being a standard grade was of the type affordable by the average working man of that era as a hunting or self-protection arm. These rifles were extremely popular on the western frontier, the northern woods, Canada, the Yukon & Alaska. They usually saw very hard service and are almost never found with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig blue as does the forend cap; receiver retains about 98% crisp orig blue with some very faint scratches and a few small bright spots on the most sharp edges; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, slightly faded on face of outside loop; buttplate retains faded case colors. Wood is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, inside receiver has orig heavy factory grease; bright shiny bore with a coating of heavy factory grease. 4-55548 JR342 (17,500-27,500) – Lot 1221

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1247
Revised: 3/12/2015

Please Note: Certifiable antique ivory bead sight. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our “Ivory Position Statement” and the “Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object“. This information is located in our catalog on pages 30 and 31.

*DELUXE ENGRAVED & INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 188984. Cal. 25-35. Rare ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine and Lyman front sight, no provision for rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Bbl address is of the small size and top left flat over the chamber area is marked “NICKEL STEEL BARREL / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”. Mounted with about 2X flame & shell grain American walnut with “F” carved forearm and capped pistol grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number “17583” and “X”. Matching assembly number is also found on rear face of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Rear face of buttstock is also marked “94”. Receiver is engraved by John Ulrich in #6 style which consists of the large vignette of a Rocky Mountain Big Horn sheep standing on a promontory and the right side a standing whitetail buck. Both vignettes are surrounded by very fine foliate arabesque patterns that have fine shaded background. Both sides of receiver have small wavelet borders. Matching engraving patterns extend over the five exposed flats of the bbl around the caliber marking, and on sides of bbl extension, sides of lever, outer face of lever, sides & rear edge of hammer, over receiver ring and bottom edges of receiver. Matching patterns are also on forend cap and buttplate tang. Floorplate is engraved, apparently from the factory “A.E. Hammond”. It seems likely that this was a rifle presented to Mr. Hammond and as such saw very little use although it does appear to have been carried & fired. A Cody Firearms Museum letter has been ordered which will list this rifle in caliber 25-35 with oct bbl, plain trigger, extra finish stock, pistol grip, carved style “F”, Lyman front & rear sights, no rear seat, takedown and $10 engraving in No. 6 pattern, received in warehouse 11 Nov. 03 and shipped next day to Order #200218. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% crisp orig blue with only very light muzzle end and very fine sharp edge wear with one scratch on top flat near front sight; bbl extension retains about all of its orig blue turned a little dull on bottom of the carry point; receiver retains 95-96% bright orig blue, a little dulled on the carry point bottom edge with some light sharp edge wear; lever, hammer & buttplate retain about all of their bright orig case colors, faded on outer faces of lever and moderately faded on buttplate; forend cap retains about 75% orig blue with the main losses from a scrape on left side. Stock has a series of small gouges on the left side at the buttplate, otherwise wood is sound with a few light creases in the finish and light wear on the forearm at the receiver and overall retains about 98% bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-55555 JR348 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1247

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1266
Revised: 3/11/2015

Please Note: Great News! We have some additional information for you: 1) Barrel & magazine tube are matching numbered to rifle. 2) Letter prefix on Serial # is “B” not an “R” which is great because the rifle has many early features. 3) Three renowned collectors of Whitney Arms have stated they believe the engraving is correct and an outstanding example!

VERY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED WHITNEY-KENNEDY LIGHT FRAME LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN R947. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Spectacular and probably one of a kind deluxe engraved Whitney-Kennedy rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, gold-washed Beach’s combination front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “WHITNEYVILLE ARMORY, CT, U.S.A. KENNEDY”. Caliber marking is on top flat over the chamber area. Lever is the earlier serpentine style. Mounted with very nicely figured center crotch, flame grain American walnut with checkered forearm and straight stock that has crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver is beautifully engraved, probably by Conrad Ulrich, with the large vignette of a hunter in a woodland scene, shooting from behind a tree with a wounded elk in the foreground. Right side has a smaller vignette of a running bull moose in a forest & field scene. Both vignettes are surrounded by very fine foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background. Dust cover on the bolt is engraved with intertwined initials that appear to be “WJW”. Floorplate of receiver and lever are engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns. Top three flats of the bbl, over the chamber area are also engraved to match. Forend cap has a small rnd vignette engraved with a “W”. Buttplate tang has matching foliate arabesque patterns. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is marked with the matching SN which is also found inside toe of buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 15,000 Whitney-Kennedy rifles produced 1879-1886 in at least six calibers and three different styles making this a rather rare specimen. Extremely few were deluxe and of those a very small number were engraved. Whitney-Kennedy arms are very rarely encountered and almost never are found with any orig finish with most having served on the American frontier. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 98% glossy orig blue showing a little more wear on the high points of the receiver with sharp edge wear; hammer retains brilliant case colors; lever tang is moderately flaked, as is the buttplate. Wood is sound with a few scratches in the varnish and overall retains about 98% orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; appears to have been used very little. 4-55556 JR358 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1266

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1267

INCREDIBLE FACTORY ENGRAVED GOLD & SILVER COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER THAT WAS PART OF THE 1876 COLT EXHIBIT AT THE PHILADELPHIA WORLD’S FAIR.

SN 11089. Cal. .45 Colt. Silver & gold finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address. Left side of frame has the 2-line September 19, 1871 and July 2, 1872 patent dates. Mounted with smooth, 1-pc certifiable antique ivory grip. The first type ejector rod housing has a bull’s eye ejector rod head and is gold-plated including the spring. Cylinder, hammer, trigger guard & backstrap are gold washed over silver plating with the bbl & frame strong bright silver. Screws & base pin are fire blued. Revolver is spectacularly engraved, probably by Herman Ulrich, with about 80% coverage intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend over the top strap onto the bbl around the address and around the front sight with a fine scalloped border around the muzzle. Hammer, backstrap, buttstrap & trigger bow are engraved to match and all of this engraving is without shading or background. Cylinder is engraved in matching patterns on lands between flutes with a partial, very fine pearled background. The area behind five of the flutes are engraved in delicate flower blossoms with the other flute having the last four digits of matching SN enclosed in a stylized ring. Front edges of the cyl and around the flutes are engraved in a single line border with a triple line border around the rear edge enclosing an incredibly fine circle & dot border. The area of the cyl forward of the rear borders has very fine reeded engraving. Hammer spur has a large oval panel with hand-cut checkering and sides of hammer are engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns. That this revolver was part of the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Expo (World’s Fair), is indisputable, although no records exist to positively establish this. The renowned Colt historian, researcher & author R.L. Wilson has studied this revolver & one or two others which were positively identified as having been displayed in 1876 by Colt on their huge “wheel” of firearms and has identified many of the revolvers in that display as being identically engraved like this one. The likelihood is that this revolver was sold directly from the display as the close of the Expo and no record exists. This cataloger has also carefully studied and examined two of the Colt Single Action revolvers that were positively identified as having been on the 1876 “wheel” display and has reached the conclusion that there is no doubt whatsoever that this revolver was engraved by the same hand as those other two. It is documented that Colt loaned the Henry Folsom & Co. a large number of arms from the Expo display after the Expo closed. While examining & describing another of the Expo single actions, this cataloger was able to also examine a 2-page invoice from the Henry Folsom Co., dated St. Louis October 15, 1877, returning a long list of these revolvers including SN 11086 which is only three numbers away from this revolver. #11086 is described on the invoice as “Colt Army 45 Cal Ivory Nickel Eng Gold”. With that information, the identical engraving & plating leaves little doubt that this Colt was also on the display. Accompanied by a fine brown leather covered, green velvet-lined Arno Werner casing that is French fitted in the bottom for the revolver. Case has removable, fitted lid that is gold embossed with very decorative border and inscribed in the center “PHILADELPHIA CENTENNIAL / 1876 / COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER / NO. 11089”. Also accompanied by an 11-page letter from Mr. Wilson wherein he extols the quality of this revolver and relates its history as he knows it. This revolver appears in full color on pgs. 172-177 & 178 of Colt Pistols, Wilson & Hable; several times in Mr. Wilson’s Colt engraving books, the original and Volume I; in color on pgs. 174, 181 & 305 The Colt Heritage, Wilson; again in Colt An American Legend, Wilson; and on p. 28 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West An American Legend, Wilson & Martin. Also accompanying is a framed, poster size, copy of a photograph of the Colt “wheel” display at the 1876 Expo which includes the 18 engraved & ivory-gripped Colt single actions in the center, one of which is undoubtedly this revolver. Additionally accompanying is an orig book, Leslie’s Historical Register of the Centennial Exposition 1876, Frank Leslie; Colt’s Pistols, Wilson & Hable, Deluxe slip cover edition; the book Souvenir of the Centennial, Curtis; the book Centennial Exposition, Ingram (leather bound); Industrial and Fine Arts Illustrated, Sandhurst et al (with flyleaf titled “The Great Centennial Exposition”); 1876 Centennial small picture booklet; an orig James Creamer stereoview of the interior of the exhibit hall showing the United States booth, showing back side of Colt’s display; and one orig admission ticket to the 1876 Philadelphia Expo. This revolver won “MOST OUTSTANDING WEAPON” as a 1-gun display at the 1981 Texas Gun Collectors Spring Show. The display incorporated a large framed photo of the 1876 Colt’s Exhibit Case as a back drop. This is perhaps the last opportunity anyone will have to purchase a genuine 1876 Centennial Expo Single Action revolver in this lifetime, and this is one of the best. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our “Ivory Position Statement” and the “Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object”. This information is located in our catalog on pages 30 and 31. PROVENANCE: Dr.Gianfranco Spellman Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine+. Overall retains about 99%+ orig silver finish on bbl & frame. Ejector housing retains about 65-70% orig gold wash with the loss areas showing silver. Cyl retains virtually all of its strong orig gold wash with only faint sharp edge wear. Hammer also retains virtually all of its orig gold wash. Trigger guard & backstrap retain thin gold wash in sheltered areas being mostly silver. Screws are all completely intact & appear to be unturned showing virtually all of their bright fire blue. No disassembly was affected to check for matching numbers as there is no doubt of the authenticity of this revolver. Case is extremely fine+ showing no flaws. Books are generally fine with one or two showing loose spines, yellowed pages & light soil. The Colt Pistols book in its slip case is extremely fine. The Leslie’s book is fine, showing only light wear & moderately yellowed pages. Small articles are also very good to fine, small picture booklet has a slightly loose spine. 4-54040 JR267 (175,000-225,000) – Lot 1267

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1268

*RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 198011. Cal. .45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight & 1-line Hartford address. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Cylinder has last two digits of matching SN on rear face. Mounted with 2-pc pearl grips that have a deep relief carved ox head on right side that has ruby red eyes. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about C coverage foliate arabesque patterns that have fine pearled background. Top strap, front frame gullets & rear edge of cyl are engraved with snake & dot patterns. Left recoil shield & loading gate are engraved in flower/sunburst patterns with a light sunburst pattern at top of backstrap. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up sides of the bbl with a foliate spray forward of the address. Top gullet of ejector housing is engraved in a zigzag snake pattern. Cyl has Mr. Helfricht’s typical foliate patterns on lands between flutes. Backstrap & buttstrap are engraved in geometric patterns & trigger bow has a large hunters star. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber .45 with nickel finish, 5-1/2″ bbl, type of stocks not listed and factory engraved, shipped to Schoverling, Daly & Gales, New York, NY on August 6, 1900 in a shipment of three same-type revolvers. This revolver was purchased when most business was still being conducted from the back of a horse, wagon or buggy and carrying a sidearm was a daily way of life. Most of these revolvers saw hard service and are frequently found with little or no finish, showing hard use. This exact gun is pictured on full page page 430 of R. L Wilson’s The Colt Engraving Book Volume One Finding one today with such high orig finish is a great rarity. CONDITION: Extremely fine+, all matching. Overall retains 97-98% crisp orig nickel with slight holster wear on left muzzle edge & tip of ejector housing, with some minor flaking on ejector housing. Frontstrap & heel of backstrap also show light flaking. Cylinder retains about 98% crisp orig nickel with one small area of fine flaking. Hammer retains most of its orig nickel & screws most of their orig fire blue. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-48065 JR230 (55,000-65,000) – Lot 1268

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1290

RARE AND IMPORTANT CASED ENGRAVED INVENTOR PRESENTATION COLT MODEL TWO 1855 ROOT PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH CHARTER OAK GRIP, PRESENTED TO FAMOUS BOSTON DEALER WILLIAM READ.

SN 4442. Cal. .28. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & pointing hand motif address. Cyl is unfluted with five chambers and cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking. Mounted with rare Charter Oak grip with matching number in backstrap channel. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Gustave Young with nearly full coverage, foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. Matching engraving extends up the side & top side flats of the bbl and onto the rammer pivot. Hammer shank and sides of the spur are engraved to match with matching patterns at top of backstrap, heel & buttstrap. Screw heads are also engraved. Backstrap is factory engraved in period script “To Wm Read from the Inventor / Charter Oak stock From J.W. Stuart”. William Read was a prominent Boston gunsmith and a major importer & distributor of firearms & accessories and a large Colt customer. Mr. Stuart was the owner of the Charter Oak tree. The Charter Oak was a very historic tree that played an instrumental part in the founding of the State of Connecticut. Prior to the Revolutionary War, on the night of a State Charter meeting, the British sent troops to confiscate the new Connecticut charter. However, patriots learned of the forthcoming raid and after the British arrived the lights were mysteriously extinguished and when they were re-lit the charter had disappeared. One of the committee members spirited the constitution out of town and hid it in the large hollow of the venerable old oak, saving the charter. Thereafter the tree was referred to as the “Charter Oak”. In 1856 this old tree was destroyed in a wind storm and at the time it was estimated to have been 800-1,000 years old. Local Indians venerated the old tree. Numerous souvenir articles were produced from the wood and sold, but Samuel Colt obtained enough of the wood to produce a number of special grips for his presentation firearms, this being one of them. Accompanied by a rare dark green & burgundy velvet-lined rosewood casing with the center plaque in the lid missing. Inside the lid is lined with dark green velvet and the bottom French fitted with dark green & burgundy velvet, for the revolver, a double-sided eagle & stars flask, a bowlegged brass bullet & ball mold with bright “COLTS PATENT” steel sprue cutter, a wood-handled turn screw and a covered compartment in the right rear containing lead balls. Also accompanying is a very rare packet of .28 caliber combustible cartridges. Inventor presentations are extremely rare and come along only one in a lifetime, especially those with Charter Oak grip. This very well be one of the last, if not the last, Charter Oak stocked Colt to be discovered and presented for sale. PROVENANCE: This Colt is consigned by the great great grandson of William Read of Wm Read & Sons, Boston, MA, and has been handed down directly through the Read family. The pistol and has never been shown or made available for sale until this auction. Notarized affidavit from Read family stating the chain of possession and history of the pistol as known to them. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine, all matching. Bbl & frame retain about 90% glossy orig blue with light sharp edge wear and a spot of rust on right side of muzzle. Backstrap shows moderate wear with thinning blue. Cyl retains about 70% dull orig blue with some flaking around the rear edge. Grip is sound, showing very light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some fine pitting. Case has crack in lid with some veneer losses on two of the bottom corners and as noted, is missing the plaque. Interior is lightly faded & soiled with some light wear around muzzle area & other recesses. Accessories are very fine. Cartridge packet has one broken corner with wire still intact. 4-54038 (65,000-95,000) – Lot 1290

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1306

VERY RARE CASED & ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER PRESENTED TO CHARLES A SHEFFIELD.

SN 21519. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight & 1-line New York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is rebated and half fluted with five chambers. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a highly figured select walnut varnished 1-pc grip with last four digits of matching number in backstrap channel. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend over the sides of the bbl and around in front of the address. Top of backstrap is engraved in Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on the backstrap, buttstrap, trigger bow and trigger plate. All of the SNs on bottom of revolver are accompanied by a small “E” which signifies that this revolver was to receiver special polishing and attention to detail for engraving. Backstrap is period engraved “Charles A. Sheffield” by Mr. Young. The sale of this revolver by another auction house reported the following: Charles Amos Sheffield was reportedly a cousin to Mrs. Samuel Colt who likely presented this cased set to Mr. Sheffield. Charles Sheffield’s brother, F.W.H. Sheffield, was presented a shoulder stocked Model 1851 Navy Revolver inscribed from Col. Colt and their sister, Amelia, was presented a copy of Armsmear inscribed from Mrs. Colt “With the devoted love of her friend and cousin, Elizabeth H. Colt, Armsmear Christmas 1866”. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined rosewood casing with empty scalloped edge plaque in the lid and a matching escutcheon around the keyhole on the front. Interior is compartmented, American style for the revolver, a single sided eagle & stars flask, a blued bullet & ball “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin for Eley’s caps with green label. There were about 28,000 of this model revolver produced 1861-1873. They were an extremely popular side arm during the Civil War and later on the American frontier. Given the Civil War circumstance and demand for repeating arms post Civil War, very few were engraved and of those extremely few were cased. Colt family presentations are some of the most rare of Colt revolvers. PROVENANCE: Charles A. Sheffield. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching, cyl number could not be determined. Bbl retains about 95% glossy high polish blue with light flaking around the muzzle and a couple of other small spots on the bbl. Rammer handle & pivot retain bright case colors; frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors with the frame colors of a lighter tone than normal but absolutely orig; cyl retains 30-40% orig blue with the balance flaked to a light patina and the rear face heavily battered from hammer strikes. Trigger guard & backstrap retain 75-80% strong orig silver with most of the losses on the backstrap. Grip is sound with one small chip in the left bottom edge and overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Appears to have had very little use. Case has a crack across the lid otherwise is sound with usual light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is heavily faded with light to moderate soil. Two areas of the dust seal rail have been repaired. Flask has a small dent on the front and overall retains about 90% strong orig finish. Mold is fine with crisp cavities and shows about 90% orig blue. Nipple wrench & cap tin are fine. 4-48090 JR215 (45,000-55,000) – Lot 1306

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1313

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE NEW AND UNFIRED CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 152329. Cal 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Cyl is rebated with Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking and five of the six safety pins serviceable. The un-plated brass trigger guard & blued steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip. No disassembly was effected to check for matching SNs. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with rnd head hammer screw. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing with an engraved plaque in the lid bearing the crest of an armored arm clutching an arrow in its hand, all over a six section rope-like ribbon. A quick Google search initially turned up this exact crest as belonging to David Fletcher. Additional search was enormously extensive. With time and resources undoubtedly additional information could be developed. Interior, in the bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a double sided trophy of arms & flags “COLTS PATENT” flask with long angle spout, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bow-legged bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter marked with a “C” on right side, a brass mushroom head steel cleaning rod, an L-shaped nipple wrench and an orig paper sealed tin of Eley’s caps with tan label. The Model 1860 Colt was the most widely used sidearm in the Civil War with about 200,000 manufactured 1860-1873. A total of about 127,000 of these revolvers were purchased by the U.S. Government and virtually the entire production saw service throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier where they remained equally popular. They continued in service well into the late 1870s even after the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. By the end of the Civil War nearly 156,000 of these revolvers had been produced most of which had been sold to the U.S. Government leaving very few for civilian purchase. Even those were mostly private purchase by military personnel for use in the Civil War. This revolver was produced in 1864 while the Civil War was still raging and therefore must have been a present for a departing soldier, a high ranking military officer or someone of political importance or great wealth. That it has remained in pristine unfired condition with an equally pristine presentation case is the ultimate find for a Civil War era firearm. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching (grip was not checked). Overall retains 99%+ orig factory finish with brilliant charcoal blue and crisp case colors. Cyl is equally new & unfired although it has been “played with” and shows light front edge wear, a small ding and some slight thinning with minor flaking and shows 99% Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. Chambers of the cyl & bore retain virtually all of their orig factory blue; trigger guard is a medium mustard patina with crisp, sharp edges; backstrap shows light wear on the heel with some scattered light flaking. Grip is sound with a few minor nicks and one small spot of wear on left side and overall retains about 98% crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny, unfired bore. Case is sound with a few minor, light nicks & scratches, a small chip from bottom front edge and overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig varnish; plaque in the lid retains about all of its orig gold wash. Interior is crisp & bright with only a small impression from the revolver cyl and all partitions are solid. Flask retains about 96-97% strong orig finish. Mold has some fine pitting on left arm, otherwise is crisp and unused. Cleaning rod & nipple wrench are equally new. Cap tin has some minor paper losses but is still sealed with lightly faded label. An incredible find, the equivalent of which probably never to be seen again. 4-48086 (85,000-100,000) – Lot 1313

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1375

RARE AND HISTORIC 100 GUINEA LLOYD’S PRESENTATION SWORD FOR HERO OF BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR.

John Pilford joined the Navy at the age of thirteen in 1782, which was common in his day of learning the trade of a sailor. He was promoted through the ranks of the Royal Navy and was distinguished in battle during the “GLORIOUS 1ST OF JUNE” Naval Battle in 1794 where he was promoted to lieutenant. He served gallantly on his first assignment on the H.M.S. Russell where three enemy ships were taken during the battle of Groix, June 23,1795, Russell lost three men killed and ten men wounded. As a reward he was posted on the 18-gun sloop HMS Kingfisher capturing prizes off the Spanish and Portuguese coast. He was instrumental in quelling mutiny in 1797 and in 1798 he was transferred to the 74-gun HMS Impetueux. He gained notoriety in 1800 when leading a raiding party into the Morebihan River and destroyed a dozen French ships and wrecking port facilities int he river. Now a notorious and wealthy first lieutenant, Pilford met and married during the “Peace of Amiens” but war would soon come again. Pilford was back aboard the HMS Hindostan in 1803 then HMS Dragon and there to HMS Ajax. Ajax which was commanded by Capt. William Brown. Captain Brown was involved in a scandal which resulted in court martial. Brown place Pilford in charge of the Ajax, which joined Nelson’s fleet during the blockade of Cadiz. Ajax was sixth in Nelson’s line, Oct. 21, 1805 the battle which ensued became the most decisive Naval victory in world history to that date. Lord Nelson’s 27 ships of the line defeated 33 French & Spanish ships. The Franco-Spanish fleet lost 22 ships, without a single British vessel being lost. Admiral Nelson was mortally wounded and the Captains of each British vessel were given a fabulous 100 Guinea Sword by the Lloyd’s patriotic fund. HMS Ajax was the only vessel commanded by a lower ranking officer, and Lt. Pilford too was given a sword which blade presentation in 3-lines reads, “FROM THE PATRIOTIC FUND AT LLYODS TO JOHN PILFORD ESQ CAPTAIN OF HMS AJAX FOR HIS MERITORIUS SERVICES IN CONTRIBUTING TO THE SIGNAL VICTORY OBTAINED OVER THE COMBINED FLEETS OF FRANCE AND SPAIN OF CAPE TRAFALGAR ON THE 21ST OF OCTOBER 1805”. The fine mahogany presentation case also reads on the mounting plaque, “From the Patriotic Fund Lloyd’s London to Lieut. John Pilford R.N. of HMS Ajax 1805. A secondary inscription on scabbard throat reads, “Presented to Movis D’Omer Jac Aberle Prop Tivoli Theatre March 1st 1878”. I can imagine this sword being used as a prop in a Shakespearean play in Victorian England. John Pilford never commanded at sea again, with his wealth from prize money in his glorious Naval career he spent his time as a gentleman farmer and funding the lifestyle of his nephew Percy Bysshe Shelley, who is regarded among the finest poets of the English language. Pilford died in 1834 and was buried at St. George’s Church in Plymouth. The churchyard which contained his tombstone was bombed by the German’s in the Blitz, 1941 and there is no indication of his burial spot today as the area is now covered in a parking lot. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our “Ivory Position Statement” and the “Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object”. This information is located in our catalog on pages 30 and 31. PROVENANCE: Lieutenant John Pilford 1805. Tivoli Theatre 1878. Collection of W. Scott Ferris. Pictured in American Society of Arms Collectors Journal #86 in article “British Naval Edged Weapons” by Peter Tuite. CONDITION: Fine to very fine overall. 32″ x 1-1/2″ wide blade, gold & blue decoration are all intact and discernible. Gold highlights are about 80% present and blue is about 50% retained. Several of the words in 3-line presentation are difficult to read due to loss of gold, blade is otherwise fine with scattered areas of staining & pitting. Brass hilt, scabbard & decoration retain over 90% of their orig gold plating. Velvet backgrounds to scabbard panels have lost most of their velvet nap. Scabbard is missing one screw retaining throat and there are two light bends 6-8″ above drag. The certifiable antique elephant ivory grip has several chips at pommel and one near bifurcated flange on right side about 1/2″ by 1/4″. The orig mahogany veneered case is very good to fine overall, with normal nicks, scratches and other minor blemishes to surface associated with 200 years. Interior of box is very good retaining good nap & color to the green felt lining. Richard Teed’s vellum label in case is stained as can be seen in photos otherwise sound and easily discerned. 4-55553 JS (125,000-150,000) – Lot 1375

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1376

RARE AND EXQUISITE LLOYD’S PATRIOTIC FUND PRESENTATION LIDDED SILVER TROPHY FOR BRITISH NAVAL ACTION AT MARTINIQUE 1804.

This silver trophy about 13″ tall, 10-1/2″ wide and weighs just over 60oz, is quite rare. It was awarded to mid-shipman (later Lieutenant)John S. Tracey of the Royal Navy for heroic actions in the capture of the French corvette Curieux, inscription on 2″ round plaque with sea serpent border reads, “FROM THE PATRIOTIC FUND AT LLOYDS TO MR JOHN S TRACEY WHO ON THE 4TH FEB’ 1804 WHEN SECRETARY TO COMMODORE HOOD IN HMS CENTAUR AIDED IN CUTTING OUT THE BOALS OF THAT SHIP THE FRENCH CORVETTE CURIEUX FROM UNDER THE GUNS OF FORT EDWARD IN THE HARBOUR OF FORT ROYAL MARTINIQUE AS RECORDED IN THE LONDON GAZETTE OF THE 1ST MAY.” On Feb. 4,1804, HMS Centaur sent four boats and 72 men under Lt. Robert Carthew Reynolds to cut her out at Fort Royal harbour, Martinique. The British suffered nine wounded, two of whom, including Reynolds, later died. The French suffered 10 dead & 30 wounded, many mortally. Cordier, wounded, fell into a boat and escaped. The British sent Curieux under a flag of truce to Fort Royal to hand the wounded over to their countrymen. John Tracey was one of the 64 men of whom only 3 were sighted for gallantry in securing the lines under enemy fire and great risk. Lloyds Patriotic Fund also presented two swords of 50 Guinea value to Capt. Reynolds (posthumous) and Lt. Bettesworth. This fabulous piece of presentation silver was made by Philip Rundell & John Bridge, Royal silversmiths for King George III and marked along with standard British hallmarks including makers mark of Digby Scott & Benjamin Smith and date letter for 1804 and stamped along base ring “RUNDELL BRIDGE ET RUNDELL AURIFICES REGIS ET PRINCIPIS WALLIAE LONDENI FECERUNT”. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall with old polish inscription in 13 lines is easily discernible opposite inscription plaque is about a 3″ medallion in relief of fluted anchor and rope over oak branch with acorns. This medallion is framed with two intertwined sea serpents like around presentation. Handles terminate in raised relief faces surrounded by grapes & grape leaves. Lid & top are decorated with relief floral & berries with a floral finial . 4-55554 JS (50,000-75,000) – Lot 1376

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1377

EXCEPTIONAL HIGH GRADE STATUE HILT PRESENTATION CIVIL WAR SWORD TO LT. COL GEORGE SANGSTER 47TH NEW YORK INFANTRY.

This is a beautiful and among the highest grade Civil War Presentation sword you will find. The hilt is most unusual showing a bare breasted winged figure of “Victory” holding a laurel wreath above her head. Opposite side of grip is highly figured with a central motif of a patriotic U.S. shield with 13 stars and 13 stripes. Above the statue of Victory is a most unusual pommel cap showing a feathered slouch hat atop a telescope, map and a sash. The hilt has fine floral detail with a large 2-1/4″ oval frame of red semi-precious stones surrounding a heraldic American eagle with down spread wings holding arrows and olive branch in either talon. The blade has wonderful fine detail including “ONE and INSEPARABLE” in central panel with other patriotic motifs including panoply of arms, “US” and an up-spread American eagle above ribbon which says “E Pluribus Unum” etched panels exhibit two colors of gold with bright lustrous white polished central elements. Scabbard mounts have raised relief patriotic motifs including a full figured soldier standing before two American flags on drag. Mounts are engraved including the versos which is an unusual and rare feature. The eleven line inscription, finely engraved between throat and top mount on reverse of scabbard reads; “Presented to Lieut. Col. Geo. Sangster 47″ N.Y.S.M. by the Officers at the Camp of Paroled prisoners / Annapolis Md. / Nov. 25, 1862” “Comte; Capt. F.J. Keffer / 71st Pa. Vols. / 1st Lt. J.I.J. Kiersted / 66 N.Y. VOLS.” Lt. Col. Sangster of the 47th New York Infantry was originally from Brooklyn and was in charge at time of presentation of the prison camp at Fort McHenry known by many as the “Baltimore Bastille”. Those imprisoned here came from all classes of the civilian population and military ranks which was uncommon in this day as generally P.O.W. camps were segregated for officers only or for enlisted men only. Civilian combatants and political prisoners were generally in state prisons. Those imprisoned at Fort McHenry included a former Governor of Maryland, members of the House of Delegates, Congressman, ministers, doctors, judges, lawyers, Confederate enlisted men, officers, chaplains, surgeons and guerrillas. Unlike high death tolls at other prisons, the death toll at Fort McHenry was only 15 throughout the war. It is of note that one of the committee members who presented the sword, Capt. Francis J. Keefer of 71st Pennsylvania (Bakers California Regiment), was wounded at the Battle of Balls Bluff, was part of prisoner exchange at Fort McHenry and became the provost marshal at Annapolis, Maryland. There are varying reports of the treatment of prisoners at this facility and varying accounts on the competency of George Sangster but his fellow officers indeed presented him with a magnificent sword. PROVENANCE: Ex-Norm Flayderman Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine overall. 32″ blade retains most of its orig gold background on 14″ patriotic etched panels. Blade is bright overall retaining most of its orig polish and luster with areas of staining and pin prick pitting near point. Blade has no retailer’s mark but blade has crisp mark of “Clauberg, Solinger” on ricasso. Sword retains its orig scalloped red cloth covered leather protective washer. Brass hilt, pommel and scabbard mounts are sharp and crisp with good detail and traces of gilt in protected areas with areas of patina where cleaned. Grip retains virtually all its silver wash. Knucklebow has gap where originally braised and pinned just before bifurcation into basket hilt. The 29 bezel mounted red stones surrounding eagle in hilt are all present and very good. Silver plated brass scabbard body is sound and solid with several small dings, dents and nicks between middle mount and drag. Drag has similar small dents, dings and nicks especially on verso but engraved panoply of arms is still well discerned. Inscription is well discerned as is other engraving on mounts. Applied relief decorations to scabbard mounts are fine and complete. 4-55339 JS (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1377

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1380

RARE AND UNIQUE SIGNED SAMUEL BELL SAN ANTONIO SILVER MOUNTED BOWIE KNIFE.

This knife is classic in its configuration 13″ overall with thick 9” fullered blade that form fits silver sheath with indention for fuller and 4-1/2″ beveled sharp top edge. Bell’s blade design is unique with one side totally flat and other side saber ground with distinctive fuller and sharpened “false edge”. Samuel Bell is no doubt among the finest and most unique craftsmen of Bowie knives known to America and also a noted antebellum silver smith. Though he made his first knives in Knoxville, Tennessee, by 1852 he was making knives in San Antonio. Two of his sons were in the gold fields of California and based on family letters, they were shipping Comstock Silver back home for their father to make knives and sheaths. Son Edward was taking orders for silver mounted knives in California. There is a well-known California Congressional Presentation Bell Knife circa 1862 to Union General R. B. Ayres which is the most likely date of this knife. An article December 31, 1935 in the San Antonio Express underscores the importance and desirability of Bell’s Bowie knives during the early years in San Antonio. “In the year 1852, when San Antonio was still a small community of less than 5,000 citizens, Samuel Bell and his two sons, David and James, founded what we know today as The Bell Jewelry Company…The Bells soon became noted for their exquisite craftsmanship, and many a treasured heirloom. In the possession of some of San Antonio’s pioneer families represent the handicraft of the Bells… He (Samuel) had a sterner side, and this was devoted to the manufacture of the famous Bowie knife. As in jewelry, a Bowie knife carrying the trade mark of Samuel Bell was considered the best that could be secured. Bell became famous for its fine workmanship, the quality of its materials, and the exquisite pieces of jewelry that were produced here, and such famous men as Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant and Jefferson Davis are numbered among the customers….” In the recent 2014 monumental Bowie knife exhibit at the historic Arkansas State Museum a majority of the finest American Bowie knives assembled from noted institutions and collectors were displayed. Eight Bell Bowie’s of all genres were displayed together and none signed like subject “S. BELL MAKER SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS”. There are approximately 25 Samuel Bell made Bowie knives and of these only seven are known with silver handles and sheaths. Samuel Bell’s engraving is noted on all these knives though each one is a unique piece of art with varying designs on grip, sheaths, frog buttons and skirted guards. This newly discovered knife is the only example privately owned. As a matter of fact, this is only the second knife noted with signature, city and state. There are three knives known simply signed “S. Bell”. The other fully signed knife is in a prominent San Antonio family (see provenance file) with an interesting 1862 history also and will never be sold. If you want the only fully signed Samuel Bell Bowie, this is your only opportunity. Accompanying this knife is a large file of documentation on Samuel Bell and his Bowie knives. CONDITION: Overall very good to fine. Knife is un-cleaned and “as found”. Silver grip and sheath have dark patina with numerous small nicks, scratches and dents unaffecting aesthetics or engraving. Blade still exhibits areas of original polish with old sharpening (knife is extremely sharp). Engraving is all fine and easily discerned. The three initials on one side of grip have been “scratched out” such that they are non-discernible. San Antonio in the maker’s mark was also scratched, however marking is still quite discernible. Silver has dark patina and could easily be polished to bright such that makers mark would appear quite crisp. Blade and knife could be polished and restored to “like new” condition which is popular with many collectors today, but not some purists but this is the only example like this. 8-76409 JS (45,000-65,000) – Lot 1380

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1474

ULTRA RARE, ONE OF A KIND, PERCUSSION JOHN ARMSTRONG EMMITSBURG, MARYLAND RELIEF CARVED RIFLE HAND 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 hand signed “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 forestock 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 a 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 like new perfect condition throughout with the exception of 11″ of forend wood and bbl which has been professionally restored at the muzzle end of the rifle. The rifle was returned to its original length by Carl Pippert in the second half of the 20th century. Pippert is recognized as having been the best of the best in honest restoration. 4-49838 RG10 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1474

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1483

RELIEF CARVED AND SIGNED WOLMESDORF JOHN BONEWITZ KENTUCKY RIFLE.

SN NSN. 41-1/2″ full oct 60 caliber smooth bbl stamped “IB” at the breech for John Bonewitz. Rifle has a four piece engraved typical Bonewitz style patchbox. Patchbox lid catch is fastened by two rivets and the patchbox finial is identical to the one pictured in figure 6 of John Bonewitz’s Primer of Sophia by Lorentz Kafka published in the spring 1994 Kentucky Rifle Association bulletin as well as the patchbox on Kindig’s rifle number 80. This rifle has a wavy carved detail under the cheekpiece, indicative of Bonewitz. John Bonewitz is one of the most collectible of the early Heidelberg Township, Berks County gunsmiths. Bonewitz rarely signed his rifles but this rifle is stamped “I.B.” near the breech with a small die. Some of Bonewitz’s existing rifles are stamped with the “I.B.” and rampant lion while others have only the “I.B.” stamp. This “I.B.” stamping is unlike the one used with the lion as shown on the cover of the Kentucky Rifle Association Bulletin Vol. 29 No. 2. This cataloger is not familiar with this “I.B.” stamping. Brass furniture and heavy beveled brass sideplate are all typical of Bonewitz’s work and the trigger design is similar to Bonewitz’s rifle number 78 in Kindig. Relief carving is beautifully composed of C scrolls and is very similar to that found on the majority of Bonewitz’s guns. Bonewitz’s carving designs are similar to those attributed to J. Haga. Relief carving on cheek side of the butt forward and rear of the cheekpiece is very deep and attractively executed. There is heavy relief carving around the barrel tang and incised carving surrounding the rear ramrod pipe. Flint lock is not marked. Rifle is 57 5/8″ in overall length. PROVENANCE: The James Milton, California Collection. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Wood restoration on this rifle from the lock to the nosecap. Entire butt end of the stock and its very attractive and deep carving are exceptionally well done and original. Flint lock has been reconverted. 4-49834 RG32 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1483

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1490

EMITTSBURG SCHOOL RELIEF CARVED RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO JACOB METZGER.

SN NSN. 41-5/8″ full oct 50 Cal. smooth bbl. This bbl is unsigned but this cataloger believes the gun is the work of Jacob Metzger. Bbl is held to the stock by four bbl wedges and the stock is curly maple. Rifle has a four piece engraved brass patchbox. Butt side of the stock is deeply relief carved in C scrolls to the rear of the cheekpiece and incised carved forward of the cheekpiece and forward of the patchbox. There is an eight-pointed silver star inlay above the cheekpiece and an oval silver inlay to the rear of the bbl tang. Very nice relief carving around the bbl tang and incised carved on both sides of the rear ramrod entrance pipe. Flat brass sideplate is characteristic of Metzger’s work. Jacob Metzger is listed as a gunsmith in the borough of Lancaster in 1777. Sometime around 1788 he moved to Frederick, MD where he was associated with Jacob Groff. The way the carving extends out from the rear of the cheekpiece, and from the forward edge of the cheekpiece, appears to be characteristic of Metzger’s work. Metzger was a gunsmith who constantly changed his style from gun to gun. All of his patchboxes appear to be different in design. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Lock has been reconverted. Rear bbl wedge is missing. Two minor cracks on the forestock. 4-50121 RG46 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1490

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1491

RELIEF CARVED CURLY MAPLE KENTUCKY RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO WOLFGANG HAGA.

SN NSN. This is a very interesting early rifle with a 44″ full oct unsigned 58 Cal. Smooth bbl held to the stock with four bbl wedges. Rifle has a very nice curly maple stock striped throughout with a four piece unengraved reading area patchbox. Heavy relief carving forward and rear of the cheekpiece is very similar to the flower style carving on rifle number 75 attributed to Haga in Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age and is very deep and original. Sideplate on this rifle is heavy beveled brass suggesting it is earlier than Kindig’s rifle number 75. Panels around the sideplate and lock are nicely relief carved. Rifle has no carving on the wrist forward of the patchbox. The rifle is relief carved around the bbl tang and around the rear ramrod entrance pipe. 4″ toe plate has an attractive finial and the unmarked flint lock appears to be original. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Rifle is in very nice orig condition throughout with exception of 18″ of forend and 15″ of bbl having been professionally replaced. Finish all appears to be original. Ramrod is old, but may not be orig to the gun. A small chip of wood is missing at the tail of the lock. 4-50067 RG33 (13,000-25,000) – Lot 1491

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1499

OUTSTANDING BEDFORD COUNTY PERCUSSION RELIEF CARVED JOHN AMOS RIFLE.

SN NSN. 42-3/4″ full oct unsigned 44 Cal. rifled bbl. Characteristic Bedford County four piece engraved patchbox with its five piercings is characteristic of John Amos’ work. Rifle is deeply relief carved forward and rear of the cheekpiece in the traditional Bedford style. Silver football shaped inlay on the cheek is nicely engraved but not with the American eagle often used. Engraving on the brass sideplate is consistent with the engraving on the patchbox door and the sideplate is held to the stock by a wood screw at the front indicating this rifle was always percussion. Teardrop extensions in the carving to the rear of the sideplate and lock panels each are enhanced by silver oval inlays. A relief feather design extending 3″ forward of the lock and sideplate panels is attractively done. Stock is very attractive curly maple with bold striping throughout. Rifle has double set triggers. John Amos worked in Bedford from 1849 to 1867 and was the partner of Daniel Border. Lock is signed with two initials which are very difficult to make out but appear to be “J.A.”. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Wood sliver replaced on the left hand side near muzzle and another very small repaired sliver near nose cap. Both very professional. Rifle is in very nice condition. A very nice solid Bedford Rifle. 4-50098 RG56 (18,000-30,000) – Lot 1499

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1501

BEDFORD COUNTY JACOB STOUDENOUR PERCUSSION RELIEF CARVED KENTUCKY RIFLE.

SN NSN. 38″ full oct 52 Cal. unmarked smooth bbl. Typical Stoudenour characteristic four piece brass engraved patchbox with five piercings identical to the rifle pictured in Plate 131 of Calvin Hetrick’s The Bedford County Rifle and its Makers. Nicely relief carved to front and rear of the cheekpiece identical to the rifle pictured in Plate 131 in Hetrick’s book. Cheekpiece features a large 3″ oval silver inlay engraved with the American eagle. Long hand-forged characteristic Bedford County lock plate is signed “J.S.” and the brass elongated engraved sideplate is also typical of the Bedford School. Stock is beautiful curly maple throughout and the bbl is held to the stock by three bbl wedges. Engraved brass toeplate is 5-3/4″ long and held to the stock with four screws. This gun has three silver inlays along with one brass inlay on the comb forward of the buttplate. Jacob Stoudenour is listed from 1795-1863 and worked in Colerain Township, Bedford County in the flintlock and percussion period. His rifles were normally signed “J.S.”. Stoudenour was the most prolific maker of rifles in Bedford County and is generally considered one of the finer of the Bedford County makers. He excelled in the exquisite grace of his hammers and the slender lines of his stocks. This rifle was illustrated in Kentucky Rifles and Pistols 1750-1850 published by the Kentucky Rifle Association and was exhibited at the York County Pennsylvania Historical Society exhibit in 1971. PROVENANCE: See Kentucky Rifles and Pistols 1750-1850, 1976, by KRA, pp. 34-35. Al Sullivan Sr., William S. Bowers, and Ray McKnight Collections. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Rifle has been shortened 3-1/2 to 4″ from the rear as evidenced by the middle ramrod pipe having been moved back about that distance. Small piece of wood added forward of the lock. Otherwise this rifle appears to be in fine original condition. 4-49824 RG55 (10,000-20,000) – Lot 1501

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1546

EXEMPLARY ORNATE PERCUSSION DOUBLE GUN BY NICHOLAS NOEL BOUTET, LIKELY CONVERTED FROM FLINTLOCK DURING ITS WORKING LIFE BY BOUTET.

SN 135. Cal. .602 Bore diameter. Beautiful 32″ bbls of stub Damascus transitioning to plain twist at breech ends, have low narrow game rib. 12″ of breech section and 4″ of muzzle area around silver barleycorn front bead, are gold damascened in scrolling acanthus patterns with floral highlights. On breech ends, this damascening is either side of flush gold inlaid “Boutet” and “Versailles” in script, within ovals. Gold damascening extends to rear portion of rib with central lozenge gold inlaid with Boutet’s SN “135”. A non-original rather plain greenheart ramrod with steel tip and brass tail (worm under tail), is held by two ornate beaded and laurel leaf engraved steel pipes. “No. 135” is also stamped on rear portion of lower bbl rib. Percussion patent breeches are gold inlaid with open scroll and banding. Breech iron is relief engraved with feather band where it meets patent breeches, with flowers and man’s head on tang, and with long necked vulture feeding its young engraved in sighting dish. Locks, once flint, as evidenced by plugged holes for frizzen screws, etc., are fitted with tall, deeply chamfered serpentine hammers that have deep relief engraved stylized dolphin heads. Engraved coiled dragons surround hammer screws. Lockplates have been beautifully engraved with renditions of other vermin such as snarling spotted cats, and wolves. “BOUTET” and “A VERSAILLES” is gold inlaid at front portion of each lock either side of some beautifully cut attenuated scroll. Trigger plate is of polished steel, and is fancy filed and engraved with strawberry burst motif at termination. Central motif is of another snarling dragon. Trigger guard with beautifully sculpted octagonal section to front post, transitions through scroll to top of bow engraved with oval vignette of snarling dog holding down a striking snake. This scene is over a human face flanked by wings. Bow transitions to tang which is relief engraved with stylized flowers. Fancy filed thimble mimics finial of trigger plate. Central oval depicts a dog. The animal theme continues to crescent shaped heavy buttplate, tang of which has leaping stag at rear under acanthus transition to strawberry finial. Stock of dense crotch figured European walnut has large sculpted right hand cheekpiece, and is ornately carved with exceptionally well detailed acanthus and scroll borders surrounding full relief scrolls and flowers around thimble, in front of trigger plate finial, behind locks, around top tang, and cheekpiece. Grip extension is carved in the form of a boar’s head. A vacant gold oval is at top of grip, and stock attaches to bbls with captive side nail through oval gold escutcheons. PROVENANCE: Consignors notes with some family history, as it has been in one family for well over 50 years. CONDITION: Excellent, as refurbished at time of conversion to percussion. Bbls retain nearly all of an exceptional chocolate re-brown with spectacular definition to Damascus pattern. There are some slight losses to damascening overall, and it is a bit patchy. Iron and steel parts retain most of a fine French gray, engraving exquisitely done, and remains exceptionally clear. Stock retains nearly all of what appears to be its orig French polish, with quite a few light marks, nicks, and scratches. Carving has dark background, and beautiful hand rubbed highlights. Bores are excellent, but with some areas of light pitting. Locks are crisp. Nicholas Noel Boutet “Directeur Artiste” is justly regarded as the maker of the most beautiful firearms of the flintlock period. All guns made at his Versailles workshop are of the very finest quality and artistic design and this lovely fowling piece is no exception to the rule. 4-54071 MGM153 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1546

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2149

*EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL SEMI-AUTO PISTOL ONE OF ONLY 2 KNOWN TO EXIST WITH SILVER FINISH.

SN c144603. Cal. 45 ACP. Rare full silver finish and standard configuration, 5″ bbl, orig fixed sights and full checkered walnut grips. Pistol is stamped “G” on top of frame near the disconnector hole. This indicates a post contract unfinished frame originally designated for military production which was put into the commercial production line and marked externally as commercial Government Model. Pistol has all 1911A1 features with finger relief cutouts by the trigger, short hammer spur, long grip safety spur and checkered, arched spring housing. Slide is matching numbered to the frame and the one accompanying magazine is also silver finished. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this pistol in cal. 45 with 5″ bbl, silver finish, type of stock is not listed, factory engraved and shipped to Murta Appleton & Co., Philadelphia, PA on Sep. 23, 1925 to factory order #10395/1 in a 1-gun shipment. Civilian Government Model pistols are not especially rare but those with special order features are exceedingly so. Although the factory letter states that this pistol was engraved, it is not, obviously a clerical error which was confirmed by the Colt Historian. Many special order and engraved Colts have been recorded as being shipped to Murta Appleton in the 1920s. We are aware of only one other Government model with this rare silver finish. PROVENANCE: Colt Factory Letter CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains about 98-99% bright silver finish with some fine pimpling on the front strap and on the magazine. Grips show faint diamond point wear. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore shows very little use. 4-54022 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2149

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2203

FANTASTIC MAUSER C96, 20-SHOT CONEHAMMER, MILLED PANEL, WITH CORRECT STOCK.

SN 9686. Cal. 7.63mm. Late 20-shot Conehammer with 5-1/2″ bbl having a fixed front sight and pinned 1-10 rear sight. Long extractor and independently secured firing pin. Usual Mauser chamber address with Crown/Crown U on left chamber flat. Antler proof on right chamber flat. Unmarked frame except for SN on backstrap. Extensive disassembly shows all matching SNs including firing pin and replacement grips. Major components rust blued. Extractor, sight cursor, bolt stop, firing pin retainer, safety and replacement grip screw are fire blued. Trigger is in the white. Serrated wood grips. No lanyard ring. Correct and all orig 20-shot stock with lug numbered “8451” having the broadly serrated plunger as more frequently seen with the 20-shot Flatside pistols. PROVENANCE: Dineley Collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 95% orig rust blue with light wear in expected areas, mainly on left side of the bbl and fading around extended magazine. The fire blue has essentially faded from the extractor; 80% remains on the cursor with 90-95% remaining on other parts. Replacement grips fit extremely well, are color appropriate, and show no wear. Bright bore with minimal oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. Stock retains much of its orig varnish with a 2″ vertical crack near latching assembly & a second 3″ crack along lower spine. A portion of the body & lid have been routed out to facilitate insertion of the pistol. As a result of thinning, two small sections are missing from the lid on each side of the lanyard ring recess. Hinge with uniform greyish-brown patina. Less extensive oxidation involves the otherwise untouched lug. Fit to pistol is tight & free of discernible wobble. Arguably the most charismatic of all the Mauser C96s, particularly when fitted to its correct shoulder stock, sure to enhance any collection. 4-52080 (35,000-55,000) – Lot 2203

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2225

*◊ DANISH M1906 SCHOUBOE, FIRST VARIATION, GOLD INLAID, PRESENTATION TO PRESIDENT OF URUGUAY.

SN 339. Cal. 11.35mm. The Danish Schouboe is a rare, single action, internal hammer, blowback pistol firing a special 11.35 mm cartridge having a very light wood cored jacketed bullet. It has a frame mounted rotatable safety and bottom release magazine. This gun has a 5″ bbl with a fixed front sight & drift adjustable rear sight secured with a fixation screw. The left side of the slide is marked “DANSK REKYLRIFFEL SYNDIKAT / KOBENHAVN.” with SN “339” marked on the rear surface of the tang. Egyptian style gold inlay has been applied to the bbl, slide, safety and frame with top of slide bearing initials “C.W.”. Metallic grips have also been ornately inlaid in gold, each featuring a large Uruguayan crest whose shield measures 1-1/4″ x 13/16″. A gold border has been applied to the base of the frame and repeated on the magazine base whose walls remain unadorned. Dismounting is accomplished by depressing the horizontally serrated insert above the tang and then rotating the bbl slide assembly up and off the frame. Slide can then be separated from the bbl to confirm that both are marked with matching numbers. According to the consignor, this pistol was presented to Claudio Williman, 20th President of Uruguay (1907 – 1911), following the Madsen machine gun contract to Uruguay, ca. 1910-11. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 95% orig rust blue, the balance involved by patchy oxidation reflective of poor storage – particularly on leading edge of right side of slide & frame, and bottom right frame, grip & toe of magazine. Missing lanyard ring. Bright bore with sharp rifling & mild oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. A highly desirable Schouboe with historic provenance. 4-52513 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2225

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2234

*◊ ULTRA RARE & HISTORIC BERLIN-SUHLER WAFFENWERK (BSW) GAS OPERATED PISTOL, GERMAN TEST TRIAL 1936-37, SPARE MAGAZINE.

SN 9A. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Extraordinarily rare and highly desirable BSW gas operated prototype, a close competitor to the P38, that was considered by the German military in 1936-37. Several variations were assembled, this double action only version having a sheet metal slide and a matted alloy frame. Gas unlocking action and single column magazine holding 8 cartridges. This exceptional pistol is unmarked except for the “9A” that was applied to the left tang for purposes of importation. This full size pistol has a 5″ bbl and a drift adjustable front & rear sight dovetailed into a shallow checkered rib. Forward slide serrations and a slide mounted safety whose detents are marked with an “S” and a red button. Lowering the forward locking lever to permit retracting the slide and lowering the forward locking lever extension will show the forward gas port under the bbl through which muzzle gases blow the lever downwards on firing as the bullet clears the muzzle to unlock the slide. Checkered push button magazine release adjacent to the serrated slide release. At the bottom of the magazine is a flat unnumbered floorplate. Consignor mentioned that this pistol is one of only three known, an affirmation independently confirmed by the cataloger. PROVENANCE: Ex Henk Visser Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Illustrated TBLAP. CONDITION: Fantastic BSW prototype pistol in about 80% orig condition with most of the blue having faded from the slide that now appears as a toned, dark grey. The alloy frame retains over 95% of its original black matte finish. High condition orig grip panels, with sharp checkering, having only a few minor handling mars. Near excellent condition magazine and spare: one with a blued base, one with a plum base. Generally bright bore with sharp rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. A developmentally important prototype, tested by the German military, sure to enhance any collection of military or early automatic pistols. 4-52509 (32,500-42,500) – Lot 2234

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2235

*◊ PHENOMENAL WALTHER MP-PP BLOWBACK PROTOTYPE, SHOULDER STOCK LUG.

SN 6B. Cal. 9mm Steyr (9 x 23 mm). Extraordinary Walther MP-PP single action/double action blowback pistol with earliest Walther (PP) pattern split firing pin, early 90 degree safety and single column magazine. Walther only made a handful of these large salt blued guns, this one with salt blued small parts, excepting fire blued trigger, having a 5″ bbl, appropriately extended slide, and full size frame. Left slide marked with the 2-line Walther address followed by the Walther banner. Unlike most MP-PP pistols, there is no caliber notation nor is there any reference to the model M.P. Crown/N proofing in a stacked pattern on right side of the bbl hood, right side of the slide and right side of the frame. Originally unnumbered, the gun is marked “6B” on the right frame for purpose of importation. The backstrap on this example has an integral Luger pattern stock lug (dimensioned to accept and lock with a Luger stock attaching iron). Checkered walnut grips with bordered securing screws. Orig unmarked magazine 4 mm wider than the 9 mm Para MP magazine to accommodate the 9 mm Steyr cartridge. PROVENANCE: Chilean origins, possibly for trials to replace the Chilean Steyr M1912 pistols; Ex Henk Visser Collection. Illustrated TBLAP. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Spectacular 98% bright orig blue with mild thinning of front & backstrap. On each side of slide, just ahead of slide serrations, is a small patch of discoloration reflective of local heat treatment of the guide lugs at the corresponding position inside the slide performed at the Walther factory before the slide was blued. Notice that the Crown N marking on slide has proud edges being applied after blueing. Much of the fire blue on trigger has faded; remaining small parts in same condition as rest of pistol. Grips retain virtually all orig varnish with only minor handling marks. Comparable condition magazine. Mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. An absolutely fantastic Walther prototype that would enhance the most advanced collection. 4-53052 (55,000-85,000) – Lot 2235

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2236

*◊ ULTRA RARE WALTHER VOLKSPISTOLE, SHEET METAL DOUBLE ACTION PROTOTYPE, 9MM PARABELLUM.

SN 3B. Cal. 9mm Parabellum. Exceedingly rare Walther sheet metal prototype, blued finish, double action/single action, with rotary locked bbl (Steyr pattern) having large diameter muzzle band. This example has a 4-3/4″ bbl with a fixed front & drift adjustable rear sight attached to a machined slide with riveted bbl control cams. The left side of the slide is marked with the Walther banner. No safety catch on slide and no slide release for manual manipulation on frame. The all pressed sheet steel/spot welded construction grip is marked “3B” for purpose of importation. Mounted on the left side is a pressed takedown lever and a flat slide holdopen. On bottom of the left frame is a lanyard loop. A standard P38 magazine, marked “P38/U” is retained via a bottom magazine release. Wood grips are coarsely checkered & bordered, each retained by two screws. A precursor of the all pressed steel construction Walther Volkspistole, this example from ca. 1943 reflects a mastery of pressed sheet metal construction combined with a machined slide and turning barrel locking action, reminiscent of the Steyr M1912 or Nickl/CZ pistols. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. Illustrated TBLAP. CONDITION: Approx 90% orig salt blue with age appropriate staining & fading, noticeably spotted over the Walther banner logo, with front & backstrap wear consistent with balance of gun. Excellent orig grips with only a few handling dings. No checkering losses, splits or chips.Right grip missing lower screw. Near excellent P38 magazine. Bright near mirror bore. Perfect manual mechanics. One of Walther’s most desirable wartime prototype pistols, often regarded as the Holy Grail for advanced collectors. 4-53061 (65,000-85,000) – Lot 2236

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2259

*◊ FABULOUS GABBETT-FAIRFAX MARS M1900, CALIBER .45, GRIP SAFETY.

SN 41. Cal. .45. At the turn of the last century, Hugh Gabbet-Fairfax patented and made a small number of big bore pistols, the most powerful semi-automatic pistols of their time, all produced with military trials in mind. Those made by him prior to his bankruptcy in 1903 bear serial numbers up to 41 or 42 and have chequered grips. This example, one of the last made by Gabbett-Fairfax personally, 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 “MARS PISTOL 0″ 45.”. The SN “H41″ appears on the bottom of the frame and is repeated on bottom of the magazine. 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. Frame is unique among Mars pistols in being fitted with grip safety. Walnut grip panels are checkered with a border around the screw escutcheons. 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. PROVENANCE: Ex Visser Collection. Illustrated HBSA Journal, Vol. 2, No. 8, illustrated TBLAP. 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 in the larger caliber with a grip safety. 4-52414 (35,000-50,000) – Lot 2259

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2372

*EXTRAORDINARY STUNNINGLY GOLD INLAID CHARLIN SLIDING BREECH GAME GUN WITH CASE AND INTERESTING RHINESTONE ELEPHANT.

SN 13094. Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 28″ Finely struck bbls have concave matted game rib, gold inlaid “1” (gun is one of a pair), with “1” also inlaid on sliding breech. Breech ends of bbls are relief two color gold inlaid with wonderful depiction of rails flushing out of cattails. Cattail blooms and birds are in darker yellow gold than the stems and leaves. Bbl flats are stamped with SN, French nitro proofs, and “CHARLIN AUTOMATIQUE”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with more French proofs, left bbl with “P. CHOKE” and left with “1/2 CHOKE”. Case hardened sliding breech action is also marked “CHARLIN AUTOMATIQUE” on flat. Charlin guns are renown for their extreme smoothness of operation, and are considered the finest of the breed. The operating lever is marked “CHARLIN”. Fences and operating lever are relief engraved with foliage and flowers, on gold background. Remainder of action has exquisite gold inlay of similar foliage and flowers very tastefully distributed over the case hardened surface. Rear portion of slide has relief gold jack-in-the-pulpit foliage and flower superimposed on flush inlaid gold cattails. Relief gold flowers with gold wire inlay extend onto bottom of action and bright blued trigger guard. Dark, beautifully marbled and finely fiddle figured European walnut buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over skip line checkered wood butt. Extremely fine, perhaps 40 LPI checkering with mullered borders is at grip, and on matching captive fore piece. Right side of stock has inlaid metal shield. Bore diameter: left -.728, right -.731. Bore restrictions: left -.036 (full), right -.021 (Mod). Minimum wall thickness: left -.023, right -.026. Drop at heel: 3″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Exceptionally fine custom made walnut and dark brown pebbled leather case with brass corners is lined in royal blue suede. A paper Charlin label is in lid. Partitions have walnut tops. Case is semi-French fitted for action and bbls and French fitted for gold-plated snap caps and square oil bottle, as well as a rhinestone encrusted gold colored elephant with sapphire blue jewel eyes, complete with covered howdah. The howdah’s trapping and straps are in red, purple, and green cloisonne. Base portion is hinged to form a small jewel box, and has magnet closure. PROVENANCE: George Reeb Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 95% what appears to be orig blue, with some flecking and light marks. Action retains approx 90% orig vivid case hardening color, silvered on bottom and on sharp edges. Stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig French polish finish, which has considerably worn through at grip. Checkering is lightly worn. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout, with a few very minor dents noted on bottoms of bbls, and slight frosting at breech end of bbls. Action is exceptionally smooth. Case leather is near new with only a few light marks. Interior is excellent. Oil bottle is slightly corroded. Elephant is excellent. This is truly a beautiful “high art” gun showing exquisite detail and craftsmanship. 4-53728 (50,000-80,000) – Lot 2372

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2375

*DAINTY EXQUISITELY RELIEF ENGRAVED AND MULTI-COLOR GOLD INLAID .410 FRANCOTTE SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN.

SN 9120. Cal. .410. 28″ Bbls are engraved “A. Francotte” on narrow, game rib. Breech ends of bbls have gold line inlay and 1-1/2″ triangles of exceptionally well done shaded relief scroll. Bbl flats are stamped with 2011 London nitro proofs and are marked with SN and “.410 3 IN”. Splinter is marked with importers name and address (CSMC). Very small coin finished sidelock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and blued double triggers. Action is engraved with truly exceptional full relief acanthus scroll with stippled background. On bottom of action this scroll has ribbon and floral highlights, surmounted by relief gold inlaid eagle perched on flag, wings spread. Flag staff is in red gold. Pike tip is in light yellow gold. Sidelocks with matching scrolled acanthus depict interesting game scenes of foxes and quail; left lock shows a pair of foxes; where fur is normally red, one is rendered in dark gold, and the other in somewhat lighter gold, both with white gold where fur is normally white. This pair of foxes is hunting a nestled covey of four quail, throat patches in yellow and white gold. On right lock the same foxes have attempted capture of quail, three of which are flying away. Top lever with pierced thumbpiece has relief gold inlaid head of ruffed grouse. This unique engraving appears to be unsigned. Trigger guard has scroll engraving on bow, which is pierced. Scroll matching action continues onto tang with SN gold inlaid on central oval. Spectacular, exhibition quality, fully flame figured and nicely marbled circassian walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over checkered wood butt, with steel heel and toe plates engraved matching action. Very well cut point pattern checkering at grip has pattern outlined in inlaid gold wire. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter at muzzles: left -.395, right -.402. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 5 lbs 0 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, appears unfired since proof, and retains essentially all of its fine finishes on wood and metal, with only the faintest light handling marks visible on buttstock. Mechanically crisp. 4-55385 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2375

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2397

*EXCEPTIONAL NEAR NEW BOSS OVER-UNDER GAME GUN WITH EXTRA BARRELS AND CASE.

SN 8981. (ca 1952) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 27″ Demi-bloc bbls, fitted with matted, solid, raised ribs, mounted with red Bradley beads, are engraved “Boss & Co Albemarle Street Piccadilly London. Made in England” on top lefts. Open choked set has inlaid gold star on top left. Right sides of top bbls and bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. SNs are on bottoms of bottom bbls. Typical case hardened Boss O-U sidelock action nicely sculpted to incorporate Boss ejector system, features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, bushed strikers, and Boss’s exceptional single trigger. Action and lockplates are engraved with Boss house style small scroll and rose bouquets. “Boss & Co” is on each lockplate, and “Patent 3307 1909” is on both sides of action, referring to Boss’s patents for the O-U system. “Patent 3308 1909” referring to ejectors is on bottom of forend iron. “Boss Patent No. 11278″ is on trigger plate referring to single trigger patent. Small bow single beaded trigger guard is also scroll engraved, and has SN at grip. Very fine, nicely marbled, and fiddle figured European walnut round knob pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2” over brown leather pad. Classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip; well shaped drop points are at rear of lockplates, and a large gold “P” is inlet on toe line. Unusually shaped one piece forend flares to semi-beavertail, and is fitted with Anson release. Open choked (gold star) bbls: Bore diameter: top -.729, bottom -.729. Bore restrictions: top -.008 (IC), bottom -.024 (Mod). Minimum wall thickness: top -.027, bottom -.024. Drop at heel: 3-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Heavily choked bbls: Bore diameter: top -.731, bottom -.731. Bore restrictions: top -.026 (Mod), bottom -.036 (Full). Minimum wall thickness: top -.022, bottom -.022. Drop at heel: 3-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Original makers tan leather two-gun motor case is embossed on top, and is accompanied by tan canvas outer cover with leather trim, with medallion embossed “G.P.” Interior is lined in burgundy cloth and has small Boss Albemarle Street label in lid. Case contains 2-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod, assorted cleaning implements, two pairs of snap caps, round oil bottle, dusting brush, small leather wallet containing a pair of spare strikers, three beech handled turnscrews, and a small envelope marked “Safety Wire” (removed to make safety non-automatic). CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, very close to new. Bbls have only a hint of silvering on sharp edges of ribs, and a few exceptionally light marks. Damascening on breech ends and bottoms is excellent, with only some slight assembly marks. Action and lockplates have only a hint of silvering on beads. Blue of top lever, trigger guard, and forend iron have only the slightest of edge wear. Fire blue of hinge pin covers, screw heads, and lock pin ends is essentially untouched. Safety is only slightly silvered. Stocks retain essentially all of their hand rubbed oil finish, grain open, with one or two light handling marks. Leather of pad is slightly darkened. Bores are excellent, appear essentially unfired. Mechanically crisp. Case leather is excellent, with only some slight rubs, as protected by orig outer cover, which shows some scuffs and marks, but is generally excellent. Interior cloth is excellent, with some light marks from contact with gun. Label is excellent, as are accessories. A good handling, versatile Boss O/U in an extraordinary state of preservation. 4-53503 (60,000-90,000) – Lot 2397

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2424

*JOHN RIGBY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN ENGRAVED BY KEN HUNT, WITH EXTRA BARRELS AND CASE.

SN 18340. Cal. 20 ga. 3″ Chambers. 26″ and 28″ Chopper lump bbls are engraved in Olde English script “J. Rigby & Co 13, Pall Mall. London.” on slightly swamped game ribs, which have the numerals “1” and “2” inlaid in gold at breech ends, set number “1” are the 28″ bbls. Bbl flats are stamped with 1979 London proofs for 3″ chambers. Bbl sets are fitted with H&H style self-opening assist springs. Case hardened H&H type sidelock action is filed in traditional Rigby manner with straight upturn at sides of action beads, and with fences carved in leaf pattern. Action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, and double triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved with exceptionally fine, large, attenuated scrolling acanthus with some ribbon highlights, all nicely shaded, and with fine stippled backgrounds. “J. Rigby & Co” “LONDON” “ENGLAND” is gold inlaid on bottom. Lockplates are devoid of scroll, and are engraved in the style of Harry Kell with game birds, and with backgrounds covering entire plates, except for thin line borders. “J. Rigby & Co” is gold inlaid at the front portion of each plate. Balance of plates are relief gold inlaid with a trio of mallards settling into marsh on left lockplate, and a trio of red grouse winging across moorlands on right. Details of backgrounds are lightly gold washed creating an interesting frosted effect. This fine work is by noted engraver to the trade, Ken Hunt, who was trained by Harry Kell. His signature appears under each lockplate scene. Blued top lever and trigger guard are engraved with matching acanthus. Trigger guard has fine scene of flying woodcock on bow, and SN is gold inlaid at grip. Exceptionally well marbled, stump figured, red-toned, European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 15-1/8″ over checkered wood butt. Classic tear shaped drop points are behind lockplates. Wraparound point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip, and a vacant gold oval is on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. 28″ Bbls set “1”: Bore diameter: left -.613, right -.613. Bore restrictions: left -.034 (Full), right -.025 (IMod). Minimum wall thickness: left -.039, right -.037. Drop at heel: 1-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 6 lbs 5 oz. LOP: 15-1/8″. 26″ Bbls set “2”: Bore diameter: left -.614, right -.613. Bore restrictions: left -.015 (Mod), right -.010 (IC). Minimum wall thickness: left -.039, right -.038. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz. LOP: 15-1/8″. Brown leather VC case with stitched leather corners has space for gun and both sets of bbls, and is lined in purple velvet with gold embossed black leather Rigby label in lid. Case contains 2-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod with mop, jag, and brush in black morocco leather wallet, Rigby marked square oil bottle, pair of snap caps, and a horn handled turnscrew, as well as straps and key. PROVENANCE: Thomas W. Connally Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, near new, with only the slightest marks on wood and metal, just a hint of silvering on safety button. Mechanically crisp. Case leather is excellent, with only a few light handling marks. Interior cloth is excellent, with slight compressions. Accessories are excellent. A fine, versatile, nicely embellished example of one of the last London built Rigbys. Life is short … write the check. 4-55659 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2424

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2546

*AS FOUND, PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN, LIGHT WEIGHT PARKER A-1 SPECIAL.

SN 172804. Cal. 12 ga. No. 1 Frame. 28″ Whitworth steel bbls are marked on the medium matted concave game rib with Parkers Meriden address and “Whitworth Steel”. There are 3″ triangles of intricate scroll at breech ends, and geometric borders at muzzles. Bbl flats have all correct markings, and Whitworth tube nos. “47553” and “47554”. A sling loop has been screwed to bottom rib. Coin finished action is beautifully filed with three beads around fences and additional bottom fourth bead extending along water table and down around central portion of action, terminating in scrolls either side of trigger plate. Fences are additionally carved in relief feather bursts. Top lever has filed in chevron, and thumbpiece is pierced and relief acanthus scroll engraved. Parts of action are gold inlaid, including “Parker Bros” around bottom, SN on grip, and “S” in front of automatic safety. All A-1 Specials have relatively unusual engraving. Engraving on this fine gun consists of intricate small scroll with some geometric borders surrounding vignettes of game birds and dogs; a pair of snipe are on left side in marsh, one is standing and easily seen, the other is huddled in reeds. A setter looks over his shoulder, hidden amidst scroll at left front. Right side depicts a pair of grouse in woodlands, with another setter on point, at front. Trigger guard depicts a trio of spaniels. A pair of pheasant, one perched, the other flushing, are on trigger guard bow. Beautifully marbled and lightly figured circassian walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over leather faced Silver pad. Stock is checkered in classic “A-1 Special” style with fleur-di-lis intruding into pattern, and flourishes toward butt. Side panels have inset checkering around central fleur-di-lis, and terminate in fleur-di-lis drop points. Typical “A-1 Special” hard rubber grip cap has beaded gold spacer and large gold oval set into top, engraved with initials “FT” surrounded by scroll. Consignors email states that these are the initials of his uncle, Florestano Tiso, who was a general in the Italian army. A sling loop is on toe line. All specifications match those in PARKER GUN IDENTIFICATION AND SERIALIZATION ledger. Splinter ejector forend has carved forend tip, typical release, and May 7, 1901 patent date on iron. Bore diameter: left -.739, right -.741. Bore restrictions: left -.044 (full), right -.028 (IMod). Minimum wall thickness: left -.022, right -.019. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 6 lbs 5.5 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. These measurements match those in the orig factory records, except LOP and overall weight. LOP was originally 14-1/4″. The shortening of the stock to its present length most likely explains the difference in weight. Gun is accompanied by its light tan leg o’ mutton case. PROVENANCE: Parker Gun Collectors Assn letter stating that it was ordered by Abercrombie & Fitch on Jan. 12, 1916, and with info from stock book with measurements. Per consignors email, this gun went to Italy and was given to consignors uncle by a high official of the US Army. Consignor received it from his father in 1993, and his father received it from the uncle (Florestano Tiso) in 1981. It has just recently been imported into the US. CONDITION: Good, as found. Bbls retain nearly all of an old re-black, with some subsequent freckling and light silvering, engraving slightly softened. Action has been cleaned to silver overall, which has toned back with some areas of light browning, engraving remains sharp and clear. Stock retains most of an old oil refinish with numerous marks and light scratches, and one deep scratch through checkering on left grip, checkering considerably worn, and slightly cleaned up. Sharp edges of drop points somewhat worn. Forend wood is a rather crude replacement, with rough checkering, but utilizing orig metal. Left rear portion of latch housing has been filed flat. Bores are good with light pitting throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Left ejector will not trip. Case is good, carrying strap missing, handle good. THE PARKER STORY relates that a total of 79 Parker A-1 Specials were produced, only four in 12 ga. with 28″ bbls. 4-54023 (32,500-62,500) – Lot 2546

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2551

*DANDY HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER BHE.

SN 146253. Cal. 12 ga. 1-1/2 Frame. 2-5/8″ Chambers. This lovely gun has 30″ fine Damascus bbls with concave rib marked with Parker Bros Meriden, CT address, and “DAMASCUS STEEL”. All correct markings are on water table and lump. Case hardened action is filed with chevron on top lever and single bead around fences. Action is engraved in typical “B” style with 70% coverage medium scroll surrounding vignettes of pairs of dogs on each side; pointers on left, setters on right. “PARKER BROS” is on each side behind dog scenes. Trigger plate portrays a pair of sitting ducks. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN at grip. Finely marbled and nicely stump figured circassian walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/16″ over skeleton steel buttplate. Hard rubber grip cap has inset large gold oval on top. Side panels are recessed and checkered, and have fleur-di-lis drop points. Checkering at grip is typical “B” style with fancy mullered borders and flourishes up toward comb. Matching splinter forend has nicely filed steel tip, typical release, and is stamped with 1901 ejector patent info. All specifications match those in the PARKER IDENTIFICATION & SERIALIZATION ledger. Bore diameter: left -.734, right -.733. Bore restrictions: left -.023 (Mod), right -.038 (full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.032, right -.033. Drop at heel: 2-3/4″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 7 lbs 3 oz. LOP: 14-3/16″. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Bbls retain approx 90 – 95% beautiful orig Damascus finish, most loss due to an area of light cleaning 9″ back on left bbl, and some thinning toward breech ends. Action retains 70 – 80% orig case hardening color, silvered on fences, rear portion of top tang, and around bottom from normal handling wear. Trigger guard retains traces of orig blue, most loss due to flaking. Grip loss is due to wear. Stocks retain over 90% orig finish with numerous light marks, scratches, and dents, as would be expected from normal field use. Checkering is very slightly worn. Bores are excellent, with one long striation in right bbl, and a shallow dent 15″ from muzzle also in right bbl. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. A fine example of this tastefully appointed Parker. 4-54782 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 2551

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2572
Revised: 3/12/2015

Please Note: Pre-ban ivory bead sight. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our “Ivory Position Statement” and the “Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object“. This information is located in our catalog on pages 30 and 31.

*THE ONLY KNOWN PHILADELPHIA ARMS COMPANY (PREDECESSOR TO A.H. FOX) GRADE “D” SHOTGUN.

SN 348. Cal. 12 ga. 2-5/8″ Chambers. 30″ Krupp steel bbls with matted rib marked “PHILADELPHIA ARMS CO., PHILA. PA. – KRUPP FLUID STEEL” has early rendition of Fox’s rotary bolting in rib extension. Lump is stamped “D” “348”. Case hardened action featuring automatic safety (SAFE engraved), is stamped “PAT. AUG 16. 1904”, and with grade and SN on water table. The gun copied Parker’s styling as evident by its recessed hinge pin, and rounded action panels. Rib matting and bbl markings are also remarkably similar to Parkers. Action is engraved with small scroll with floral accents as counterpoint to vignettes of dogs and game; a pair of setters are on left side; with a pair of pointing pointers on right. “FOX” is in rectangular band at rear of each side. More scroll and rose are on bottom of action. Trigger plate is affixed with three screws, and engraved with circular vignette of feeding quail behind post and rail fence. Trigger guard has scroll engraving on bow, and SN on grip. Nicely veined and lightly figured European walnut ribbed capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14″ over a ribbed hard rubber buttplate, and features side panels with lozenge shaped drop points and multi-point pattern checkering. A vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has inlet metal tip, similar to that found on a Parker, and Deeley type release, again a Parker knock-off. SN is stamped on iron. Bore diameter: left -.730, right -.728. Bore restrictions: left -.042 (extra full), right -.031 (full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.032, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs 7 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain 60 – 70% orig blue with some areas of cleaned rust, and flecking overall. Action retains approx 30% orig case hardening color, strong where protected, balance is pewter to gray with some flecking. Trigger guard retains nearly all of a shiny blue, engraving slightly soft. Stocks retain what is most probably their orig oil finish with some added oil rubbed in over the years. Checkering is slightly worn and dark. There are two small cracks at rear of top tang, and a small 1/4″ notch out of left side of forend. Bores are shiny with scattered pitting throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. All Philadelphia Arms guns are exceedingly rare. Michael McIntosh in A.H. FOX “THE FINEST GUN IN THE WORLD” lists 11 that he knew of, none in a grade higher than “C”. The “D” grade listed for $150.00 in 1905, while the bottom of the line “A” grade was $50.00. This is the only D Grade gun known to exist…Ownership is an absolute requirement for the most serious Fox collector. 4-54074 (17,500-22,500) – Lot 2572

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2573

*LOVELY AND VERY RARE 20 GAUGE A.H. FOX (PHILADELPHIA) “DE” GRADE WITH EXTRA BARRELS.

SN 202030. (ca 1924) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. This gun has 28″ Chromox bbls and is so marked on tops, along with Fox name and Philadelphia address. These bbls are fitted with narrow, matted game rib, and have 2-1/2″ triangles of large unshaded scroll at breech ends. SN and grade are engraved on bbl flats, which are also stamped “FOX PROOF”. Bbls are also stamped “4” (Striking weight). A second set of 26″ bbls (“2” weight) have been fitted to this gun by Niccola DiGualielmo of the old Westchester Gun Works. They are also marked “Chromox” and with Philadelphia address. They have been engraved and renumbered to match this gun, and are fitted with Briley thin wall chokes. Case hardened action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), and double triggers. Action is engraved with large scrolling acanthus with stippled backgrounds, and has griffin heads on fences, and a setter on bottom. There are oval scenes of game birds on sides of action; snipe on left, and quail on right, along with “ANSLEY H. FOX” in banners. Matching trigger guard has central shield on bow gold inlaid with “F” in script. SN is on tang. Beautifully marbled and nicely flame figured circassian walnut Fox capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over Silver type pad. Side panels are checkered, and grip is checkered in fancy scallop pattern, as typical on “D” grade guns. Matching long splinter ejector forend has inset schnabeled ebony tip, and Deeley type release. Michael McIntosh in A. H. FOX THE FINEST GUN IN THE WORLD, estimates that 49 20-bores of this grade were made in Philadelphia. 28″ Orig BBLS: Bore diameter: left -.615, right -.615. Bore restrictions: left -.013 (mod), right -.009 (Imp Cyl). Minimum wall thickness: left -.028, right -.028. Drop at heel: 3″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Weight: 5 lbs 12 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. 26″ BBLS: Bore diameter: left -.623, right -.623. Bore restrictions: screw chokes. Minimum wall thickness: left -.035, right -.037. Drop at heel: 2-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 6 lbs 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by a copy of the original A.H. Fox built card for order 8396 for John Sinnott-Philadelphia, requesting triggers be set to fire in reverse, left-front/right-rear and weight 5 3/4 pounds or less. CONDITION: Excellent, as professionally restored. Bbls retain nearly all of an old brownish re-black over some light pits and marks, engraving slightly softened. Second set of bbls are also re-blacked. Action retains over 85 – 90% case colors, engraving remains sharp and clear. Stocks retain nearly all of a hand rubbed oil finish over some old light marks, and a few subsequent light marks, checkering competently refreshed. Bores of both sets are excellent, with a few very small light pits in orig bbls. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Second bbl set fits well. Ejectors are very slightly out of time. 4-54068 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2573

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2579
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*EXCEPTIONALLY RARE (NINE PRODUCED) A.H. FOX M GRADE SINGLE BARREL TRAP GUN (LAST M GRADE SHIPPED).

SN 400476. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chamber. This spectacular top-of-the-line A H Fox product has 32″ ventilated rib bbl engraved “MADE BY A.H. FOX GUN CO. PHILA. PA. U.S.A.” and “CHROMOX FLUID STEEL” either side of rib. Breech section is engraved with large, open, shaded scroll and some zigzag borders, which is highlighted by geometric gold inlay. Bbl flats are engraved with SN, grade, and stamped with Fox proof. Case hardened action is engraved with grade and SN on engine turned water table. This engine turning extends onto breechface. Action has gold-plated locking system release button on left side. Sides of action are engraved with nearly full coverage exceptionally well cut open, shaded scroll within geometric borders. These borders are highlighted by gold wire inlay. Rear border is inlaid with arcaded gold wire. “FOX” is gold inlaid in Old English script on both sides, and right side has scroll surrounding two color gold olive frond with olives, leaves in light colored gold. Top of action is neatly stippled, and is inlaid with more two color olive branches. Top lever is inlaid with long stemmed rose and rosebuds with foliage. Bottom of action portrays two flush inlaid gold pigeons flying through scroll. Borders of trigger plate are gold wire dash and dot inlaid. Blued trigger guard has gold wire device on trigger guard bow, and gold inlaid SN at grip. Beautifully marbled and finely fiddle figured Circassian walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over Silver type tan leather faced pad. A vacant gold shield is on toe line. Stock is checkered in exceptionally well done borderless fleur-di-lis pattern, with fancy scrolled borders and ribbons. This fine checkering is also on side panels, with portion toward action stippled. Matching slightly flared long beavertail ejector forend has Deeley type release. Bore diameter: .726. Bore restrictions: .023 (Mod). Minimum wall thickness: .060. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs 1 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. PROVENANCE: The Steven Harris Collection. CONDITION: Essentially as new, after extremely careful professional restoration. This fine gun was in exceptionally fine condition before restoration, and retains essentially all of its fine custom correct finishes on wood and metal. Buttstock exhibits a few light marks and dents under renewed finish. Pad is new. Checkering is very fine, with only light wear, and has not been re-cut. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny with some light striations and frosting toward breech end. Action is tight. A grand old gun. 4-55038 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2579

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2581

*FINELY RESTORED EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ITHACA KNICK SOUSA GRADE SINGLE BARREL TRAP.

SN 401036. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chamber. 32″ Bbl with matted, ventilated rib is engraved on breech side flats with nicely cut, intricate scroll. “ITHACA GUN. CO” is on the left and “ITHACA N. Y. U.S.A.” is on the right in scroll terminated ribands. Other sprays of scroll and geometric line engraving is on bbl and base of rib. Bbl flats are engine turned and bottom of lump is engraved with SN and “S.S”. Case hardened action has nearly full coverage of scroll engraving with various sized scroll surrounding exceptionally fine oval vignettes of relief gold inlaid dogs on sides; a pointer is on left, and a setter is on right. A two colored rendition of dark gold mallard with light gold head is flying over light gold foliage on bottom of action. Classic Sousa jubilant mermaid is on trigger guard bow. All of these gold inlaid subjects have inlaid diamond chips as eyes. Trigger with checkered blade is gold-plated. Water table is engraved with SN, “Sousa”, “Pat’d” and “12”. Beautifully flame figured American walnut sunburst horn capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over red basket weave pad. Borderless checkering at grip and side panels is in scallop pattern. There are fleur-di-lis extensions of checkering into butt at comb. A vacant gold oval is on toe line. Flared beavertail ejector forend has inset scalloped ebony tip, and Anson Deeley type release. Inside of iron is engraved with SN, “S-S”, and a burst of line engraving. Bore diameter: .730. Bore restrictions: .038 (full). Minimum wall thickness: .033. Drop at heel: 1-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 8 lbs 5 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. PROVENANCE: The Steven Harris Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, as completely refurbished, retaining essentially all of newly applied custom finishes to metal, engraving slightly softened on bbl, clear on action. Gold details are excellent. Markings on bbl lump are softened. Newly made stocks have only a few nicks in their orig finish. Bore is excellent. Action is tight. Ejector is strong. Very few Sousa grades were produced, approximately one or two per year. 4-55078 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2581

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2593

*RARE L.C. SMITH PREMIER GRADE TWO BARREL SET WITH CASE.

SN 220635. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Two sets of 30″ bbls differentiated by “2” stamped on loop, forend wood, and iron under patent number of second set of bbls. Both sets have matted, concave game ribs engraved “L. C. SMITH PREMIER GRADE” on rib extensions. Tops of bbls are engraved “Monogram Steel” and “MADE TO ORDER BY THE Hunter Arms Co Inc FULTON, NY”. There are 2″ triangles of large scroll on the sides of each bbl intersected by gold inlaid lightning bolts. Muzzles are engraved with geometric bands and 1″ triangles of scroll. Engine turned bbl flats are engraved with SNs and “P”. Standard weight action is engraved with patent information, SN, and “P” on water table, and features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), and Hunter One Trigger with selector on right side with “R” and “L” gold inlaid. Action and lockplates are engraved with nearly full coverage large shaded scroll with floral highlights and geometric borders. Fences are beautifully relief carved in open shaded acanthus scroll. Well detailed relief engraved oval vignettes of a dog are on each lockplate; a setter on left, and pointer on right. The portrait of a spaniel is on trigger plate. Scroll engraved trigger guard has inlaid gold signature “H.W. Jones” on bow, and SN on tang. Dense, crotch figured American walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over black basket weave solid Pachmayr pad. Fancy pattern borderless checkering wraps over grip. A large gold oval on toe line is engraved “H.W.Jones” (matching trigger guard bow) “From” “Braden Friends” “CHILE” “Dec 25 – 1917”. Each bbl set is accompanied by its own splinter ejector forend with inset ebony tip and guitar shaped secondary latch escutcheon. Checkering is of nearly full coverage with fleur-di-lis ribbons through patterns. Bbl set “unnumbered”: Bore diameter: left -.728, right -.728. Bore restrictions: left -.038 (full), right -.020 (Mod). Minimum wall thickness: left -.034, right -.029. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 7 lbs 11 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. Bbl set no. “2”: Bore diameter: left -.729, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.034 (full), right -.034 (full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.030, right -.030. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs 7 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. Oak and leather case with brass corners is lined in purple velvet with space for action and both bbl sets, and contains 3-pc brass C.M.Power cleaning rod, and some brushes. CONDITION: Very fine, as partially refinished and refurbished. Bbls retain nearly all of a fine quality satin rust blue over some light pits and marks, engraving still clear. Action and lockplates retain a considerable amount, perhaps as much as 30%, orig case hardening color, strong where protected behind fences, engraving very fine and sharp. Screw heads show considerable use. High quality newly made stock retains nearly all of its hand rubbed dull oil finish. Reset gold oval appears to be lightly re-engraved. Orig forends do not appear to have been refinished or re-checkered, checkering slightly worn, over 90% case hardening color remains on insides of engraved irons. Forend no. “2” has a fairly large gouge taken out of left rear. Bores are very fine, bright and shiny, with some very light frosting, especially in left bbl of set “2”. Action is tight with both sets of bbls. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case leather has a considerable amount of scuffing on edges, and marks overall. Handle is fair. Interior cloth is good with compressions and soiling from contact with gun and bbls, and needs a good dusting. Cleaning rod is good. Premier grade guns are exceptionally rare, with a total of 28 being produced, 21 in 12 ga, but how many with two sets of bbls? This may be the only one. 4-53997 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2593

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2594

*INCREDIBLE, ESSENTIALLY AS NEW, .410 L.C. SMITH SPECIALTY GRADE SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SALESMAN’S SAMPLE WITH HANG TAG, BOX, AND CASE.

SN FWE103622. Cal. .410. 2-1/2″ Chambers. Factory records indicate that this gun was finished 5/18, 1928, and sold to McDonald & Linforth with additional notation “Sample 2″, and shipped 12/15/28 to Tufts Lyons Arms Co. It has 28” bbls with slightly raised, matted rib, marked “L.C. SMITH SPECIALTY GRADE” and “HUNTER ARMS CO., INC. M’F’R’S FULTON, N.Y. USA” on tops. Sides of breech ends are engraved with sprays of scroll. Bbl flats are stamped with SN and Hunter proofs. Bottoms of bbls have nitro steel logos. Case hardened action with SN on water table, features non-automatic safety and Hunter One trigger. Action is engraved in typical “Specialty” grade style with 40% coverage simple scroll. Trigger plate is marked “Hunter One Trigger” beside trigger. Lockplates have near full coverage matching scroll surrounding vignettes of game birds; nestled quail on left, and flying duck on right. “L.C. SMITH” is stamped at front of each lockplate. Trigger guard is scroll engraved on bow, and has SN at grip. Special order, very fancy, burl European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 13-1/2″ over ribbed composition buttplate, and features point pattern checkering with line borders which continues over grip. Matching splinter ejector forend has inset ebony tip and guitar shaped secondary latch escutcheon. Bore diameter at muzzles: left -.383, right -.383. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs 0 oz. LOP: 13-1/2″. Tan L. C. Smith hang tag has information for this gun typed in. Brown cardboard box printed “L.C. SMITH GUNS” on sides, has blue and white Hunter Arms Co label addressed to McDonald & Linforth, as well as railway express labels, including COD label for $155.50 with Hunter Arms Co written in as shipper. Inner box contains corrugated packing materials, has correct end label for this gun, with information typed in, and stamped “Select Wood”. High quality newly made oak and leather case with brown canvas leather trimmed outer cover, has brass corners. Interior is lined in scarlet cloth, and has L. C. Smith gold embossed leather label in lid. Case contains case straps, square oil bottle, snap caps, plated striker bottle, and 2-pc rosewood and brass cleaning rod with brush, mop, and patch loop, along with the key. Also included is Great Gun Works brass L. C. Smith cocking tool. PROVENANCE: Copies of L.C. Smith shipping records, Cody Firearms Museum letter, consignors notes concerning documentation. Info and instructions for brass cocking tool. CONDITION: Truly exceptional, essentially as new, retaining virtually all factory finishes on wood and metal. There is a hint of silvering at muzzles, a touch of sharp edge wear on bottom of action, and one or two of the faintest marks in wood finish. Left front of forend wood has a 1/2″ x 1/16″ void in checkering pattern, undoubtedly original, as voids are often found in burl walnut. Hang tag is crisp. Box is very fine with some tape lifting. Blue and white Hunter label has some minor insect damage, as do freight labels. Interior box and end label are excellent. Case leather is excellent, essentially new, as protected by its outer cover which has some light rubs. Interior is excellent with just slight soiling from bbls. Accessories are new. A unique opportunity to acquire what is possibly the finest L. C. Smith in existence, with impeccable condition, provenance, and rarity, with only 33 .410’s made in Specialty grade. 4-55374 (35,000-55,000) – Lot 2594

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2611

EXCEPTIONAL LEFEVER “B” GRADE SIDE COCKING DRILLING, EX-JOHN AMBER COLLECTION, WITH CASE.

SN 6661. Cal. 16 ga x 16 ga x 40-70. This fine, early, exceedingly rare Lefever offering has what appears to be original 27-3/4″ fine Damascus shotgun bbls with steel rifle bbl mounted as top rib. Top rear of this bbl is engraved “LEFEVER ARMS CO. MAKERS and PATENTEES SYRACUSE N.Y.” behind small rectangular base holding flip-over express type sight. German silver blade front sight is also soldered to top bbl. Bottom of left shotgun bbl is stamped with SN and an additional number “9137”. A broad sling loop is soldered to bottom rib. Case hardened hammerless sidelock action with long cocking lever on left side, features Lefever’s compensating features with split lump and ball and socket hinge joint, as well as long push-up bbl release lever on top tang, which is also fitted with a small Lyman type folding aperture rear sight, with screw adjustment for elevation. Action also features an unusual grip safety, typical Lefever cocking indicators, and double triggers. It appears that rifle bbl is fired by rear trigger. Opening lever retracts dual forward sliding pins that engage shotgun bbls either side of rifle bbl. Action is engraved with about 30% coverage of various sized well cut scroll. This scroll is counterpoint to exceptionally well detailed dogs in field settings on lockplates; with pointer and setter on left plate, and a pair of setters on right. Trigger guard bow depicts a running buck and doe. The front of each lockplate is engraved “D. M. LEFEVER HAMMERLESS” “Pat. June 20, 1880”. Trigger plate is engraved “Patented 1872-78″. Fine flaming stump figured dense American walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14″ over checkered horn buttplate with spur. Horn grip cap has dimpled edges. Comb is thin and beautifully fluted. Scallop patterned checkering has line border. There are spade shaped drop points behind lockplates. Matching splinter forend has inset slightly schnabeled horn tip and push button release, and is fitted with very early Lefever cam to actuate extractors. Bore diameter: left -.678, right -.678. Bore restrictions: left -.018 (Mod), right -.013 (Lt Mod). Minimum wall thickness: left -.042, right -.047. Drop at heel: approx 3-1/2″, drop at comb: approx 2-1/4″. Weight: 9 lbs 4 oz. LOP: 14”. Old leather case inked in “Bran??l” on top, is lined in green cloth, and contains orig key with tag, marked “Lefever 16 x 16 x 40-70 BGT. at Luce sale”. PROVENANCE: Reported to be made for Henry Cabot Lodge, with old photographs attributing same. John Amber pictured holding it in the Gun Digest 1981 p. 19, gun is pictured on p. 25. Framed Gold Medal Concours bronze medal certificate at 2005 Vintage Cup for Vintage American SXS. It is pictured on p. 48 of LEFEVER GUNS OF LASTING FAME, 2nd edn. Old photo by David Trevallion of the gun and its case in front of a photo of David Trevallion with John Amber, with cover letter. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 70 – 80% orig brown, with fine definition to Damascus pattern, silvered at muzzles, and thinning toward breech ends above forend from normal hand wear. Action retains 20 – 30% faded orig case hardening color, mostly silver gray toning to brown on bottom. Left lockplate retains over 80% orig color, as it is protected by side lever. Right lockplate retains 40%. Stocks retain 80% orig French polish finish with a number of light scratches and marks. Checkering is slightly worn at grip, more so on forend. Bores are excellent with some scattered light pitting, and there is evidence of a few dents being removed. Rifle bore is bright and shiny throughout, with a few pits about 4″ in front of chamber. Case leather is water marked, stained, and has many marks and scrapes. Old straps are fair with some repairs. Handle is good. Interior cloth is partially detached, has insect damage, and is somewhat tattered and worn with some rubs through. The holy grail for Lefever collectors. 4-54764 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2611

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