Spectacular Auction of Quality Firearms Totals Approximately $15 Million!
Auction: March 14th & 15th, 2016: 10am
Preview: March 11th - 13th, 2016: 9am-5pm and March 14th & 15th, 2016: 8am-10am
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.
Please Note: IMPORTANT EXCITING DISCOVERY: We have just learned that this 1866 Carbine is purportedly one of ten such guns ordered for Mexican Presidente Porifiro Diaz in 1872. Each of the ten were supposedly delivered as unfinished barreled actions to L.D. Nimschke’s shop where they were engraved, silver-plated, and stocked in French walnut. Further research may uncover a connection between the buttplate inscription “J.R. Heaven” and Diaz. Six of these special order 1866 Carbines are known to exist in addition to this recent discovery. Correction: The inscription on the top of the buttplate should read “J.R. Heaven” not “J.D. Heaven”. The condition report should state… Bbl retains traces of oxidized silver finish. Condition report references receiver, lever and buttplate as having a nickel finish. This is not correct – There is NO NICKEL FINISH. The finish is positively silver.
RARE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.
SN 107853. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fine, signed, Nimschke engraved ’66 carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight & 2-position flip rear sight graduated to 500 yards. Mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered European walnut with straight stock & rifle crescent buttplate that has trap. Left side of buttstock has a very large kidney-shaped patch. Unusually, right side of lower tang under the wood is marked with an “X” and a “V”. Top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate are marked with matching SN to the carbine. Receiver & sideplates, along with lever & buttplate are silver-plated. Receiver is beautifully engraved by Master Engraver L. D. Nimschke in his typical intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background. Several scrolls on left side terminate in flower blossoms and the left side plate is engraved in a very nicely detailed Mexican eagle. Right side has matching engraving with a single flower blossom & an open counter-point panel on sideplate. Engraving extends over top of receiver, top tang, bottom tang & buttplate tang. Bottom of carrier is engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s trademark flower blossom with fine pearled background and with his figure 8 ribbon around the timing screws on which is engraved his “LDN” initials top of buttplate tang is engraved “J.D. HEAVEN”, probably at the time the carbine was engraved. Signed examples of Mr. Nimschke’s work are rather rare and not often encountered. Equally rare, is the deluxe wood on an 1866 Winchester. This carbine appears to have been produced in about 1872 at a time when any repeating firearm was in great demand on the Western frontier and a firearm was a daily use tool. Firearms of that era are rarely found today with orig configuration and finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate of G. W. “Bill” Stewart of Sonora, Texas. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 60-70% blue, strong in sheltered areas, fading and thin elsewhere with scattered spots of light surface etching and light pitting around the muzzle ends and on front band. Receiver retains about 95% strong, restored nickel. Hammer retains about 75% case colors, dark on top edge, showing wear on the right side. Lever retains about 85% orig nickel. Buttplate retains about 60% restored nickel finish. Stock with the aforementioned patch and a small, filled area by the top tang is otherwise sound with nicks, dings & bruises and shows an old restored finish. Forearm is sound with light nicks & dings, also with a restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Very bright shiny bore with some scattered pitting about mid-point. 49973-493 JR95 (6,500-12,500) – Lot 1007
Please Note: As the catalog indicates this is a 15″ original Trapper. Great News! BATF has determined that because the Trappers are antique guns, they are now a non-issue and no longer require paperwork. Specifically in the most recent letter from them…”is not subject to regulation”.
RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 TRAPPER LEVER ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE.
SN 96791. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Full nickel finish with rare 15″ bbl, half-magazine, barleycorn front sight & reverse mounted, 1873 marked ladder rear sight. Receiver is 3rd Type with stepped receiver ring and integral dust cover rail with 3rd Type dust cover. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate that has trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms’ Museum letter which identifies this carbine with 15″ bbl, 1/2 magazine, received in warehouse Aug 26, 1882 and shipped the same day with 99 other Model 1873’s to order number 34775. While 1873 carbines are somewhat prolific, 15″ examples are quite rare and of those extremely few had nickel finish. The majority of trapper carbines were sold into Central & South America and those few that have been repatriated to the U.S. are most often found in extremely worn condition with little or no orig finish. The fact that this was a shipment of 100 Winchesters supports the supposition that it was a shipment to South or Central America. PROVENANCE: The Estate of G. W. “Bill” Stewart of Sonora, Texas. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig nickel with some fine pimpling & flaking on the left side toward the muzzle. Magazine & bbl band retain strong orig nickel, with bbl band having been cleaned on right side. Receiver retains about 65-70% orig nickel with fine pimpling & losses on both sides, more so on the right side. Buttplate retains about 50-60% orig nickel. Stock has a hairline back of top tang and a chip at the heel with other nicks, dings & scratches and overall shows a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 49973-16 JR91 (7,500-9,500) – Lot 1018
Please Note: Rifle is listed in the catalog as Cal 45-60. It is Cal. 45-75.
WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1876 OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE RIFLE WITH OPEN TOP RECEIVER.
SN 962. Cal. 45-60. 28″ oct bbl with full magazine. Blue finish with straight grained American walnut stocks with crescent butt. Bbl has standard bbl address for this model. Nickel silver Rocky Mountain blade front sight ladder type rear site, with “1876” stamped at the top. Receiver is of the early and scarce open top variety with no provision for a dust cover. Upper tang is marked Model 1876, lower tang has SN engraved behind lever, and assembly no. 861 stamped on inside of lower tang. Assembly no. is also stamped on the inside of the upper tang mortise of the stock and on the inside toe of the buttplate. Stock is otherwise unmarked. PROVENANCE: The Estate of G. W. “Bill” Stewart of Sonora, Texas. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and magazine show a mottled oil stained finish overall with clear markings. Sights are very good. Bore is dark with traces of rifling. Receiver is also a mottled brown patina overall with dried oil stains. Elevator is an even mustard patina with very few small dents. Hammer and lever are a pleasing plum patina with traces of casecolor on the sides of the hammer. SN on lower tang is sharp. Tang screw is a replacement. Stocks are very good, slightly undersized with some small dents and handling marks overall. Buttplate is a silver gray patina with some oil stains. Forend has dark carry wear at the rear. Forend cap is a silver gray patina. A very good example of a rare “Open Top” Model 1876 Winchester with a 3-digit SN. 49973-8 TEP (5,500-7,500) – Lot 1054
Please Note: Rifle is listed in the catalog as Cal 45-60. It is Cal. 45-75.
RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 “OPEN TOP” OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE SPORTING RIFLE WITH 28″ BARREL.
SN 2500. Cal. 45-60. 28″ oct bbl. Blue finish. Straight grained American walnut stocks with crescent buttplate. A hard to find variation of a 76 Winchester rifle which has no provision for a dust cover. CONDITION: Good. Bbl shows a mottled brown patina with some heavy staining towards the muzzle. High point wear. Sharp bbl marking. Rear sight is a replacement. Bore is dark with visible rifling. Receiver shows a gray-brown patina overall with some traces of blue in protected areas around side plate. Some scratching on right side plate. Elevator shows some dents. Hammer and lever are a gray-brown patina. Stocks are good, slightly undersized and show numerous mars and dents commensurate with age of rifle. A very rare, hard to find variation of the Winchester model 76 rifle. 49971-22 TEP (2,000-3,000) – Lot 1057
Please Note: This Winchester is listed by Serial Number as removed from the provisions of the National Firearms Act and is classified as a Curio or Relic under the NFA and legal to sell and convey.
*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE “TRAPPER” MODEL WITH 15″ BBL.
SN 977103. Cal. 44 WCF. 15″ rnd bbl with “certifiable pre-ban ivory” bead front sight. All other features are standard for this model. PROVENANCE: The Timothy Scott Collection. 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 the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very good for this model. Bbl retains a slight amount of blue in protected areas with staining and slight pitting on top forward end. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Magazine tube shows 20% blue finish drifting to a plum patina. Receiver is a gray-brown patina overall with some bright blue on the tang and in protected areas. Saddle ring shadow is present on left side. Hammer and lever show a gray-brown patina. Stocks are very good showing a old oil re-finish and are slightly undersized at the wrist. Buttplate and barrel band show a gray-brown patina. This is a very good example of a Trapper carbine in better than average condition. 50071-18 TEP C&R; IVORY (4,000-6,000) – Lot 1082
SN 137412. Cal. 30 WCF. 22″ tapered octagon nickel steel bbl with folding express leaf sight and gold bead front. Blued takedown action with half magazine and Lyman tang sight. Tastefully engraved with flowing scrollwork in fine punch dot matrix. Game scene vignettes feature silver inlaid Mountain Lion stalking a Stag in full relief are unsigned. Pistol grip stock of fancy figured feathercrotch walnut with H-style checkering, Winchester marked hard rubber gripcap and crescent steel buttplate. A full-relief likeness of the Winchester Horse & Rider in ivory is inset into the stock on the right side. CONDITION: Very Fine. Gun retains virtually all of its custom wood and metal finish with a few light handling marks. Mechanics are crisp. Bright bore. 50181-11 WD C&R (2,000-3,000) – Lot 1115
Please Note: This rifle IS accompanied by its black cardboard factory box, end label is partially legible.
*BROWNING MODEL 71 HIGH GRADE RIFLE.
SN 00054PR6R7. Cal .348 Win. 24″ round bbl w/ hooded front sight, semi-buckhorn rear and half magazine. Silver finished receiver features foliate scroll engraving and gold big game animals in panel scenes, deer on right and two elk on left. Nicely figured walnut checkered pistol grip stock, checkered steel buttplate, and matching checkered forend. CONDITION: As new, no box. 50083-2 WD C&R (1,000-1,500) – Lot 1143
Please Note: Barrel is re-blued. Sights are replacements by Axtel.
SHARPS MODEL 1874 LONG RANGE RIFLE NO. 1 WITH CHECKERED WALNUT STOCK, VERNIER TANG SIGHT, AND ADJUSTABLE GLOBE FRONT SIGHT WITH SPIRIT LEVEL.
SN 158200. Cal. 45-2-4/10″. 32″ half rnd, half oct bbl. This rifle is mounted with a fine set of Sharps long-range sights. The front sight being an adjustable Globe-style front sight with inserts and Spirit level. Rifle is mounted with straight-grained American walnut stocks that sport deeply cut checkering on forend and at wrist of stock with a steel checkered shotgun butt. The SN of bbl is matching. Accompanying this rifle is a letter from Dr. Richard J. Labowskie confirming all the above features and showing the weight of rifle to be 9 3/4 lbs. The record also indicates that the rifle was shipped to Liddle & Keading of San Fransisco on August 4, 1887 and states it to be “For Exhibition”. PROVENANCE: The Timothy Scott Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80-85% orig matte blue finish with clear bbl markings and a clear “Old Reliable” cartouche. Bore is fine with very good rifling. Receiver retains 20-30% orig case color in protected areas turning silver-gray overall. There is some erosion on lever and on rear lower tang. Lower tang has an unfilled hole behind lever. Screws are very good with considerable blue remaining. Sights are fine condition. Stocks are very good with numerous handling marks overall and a small crack at front of forend. Checkering is very sharp. Steel buttplate is very good with some erosion at heel. This is a very nice Sharps sporting rifle with a wonderful set of long-range target sights. 50071-26 TEP (5,000-8,000) – Lot 1151
Please Note: There is a small crack in the wood on the back right side of the tang strap with a replaced sporting tang sight.
SHARPS MODEL 1874 HALF ROUND HALF OCTAGON BARREL SPORTING RIFLE WITH SET TRIGGERS SHIPPED TO CARLOS GOVE AND SONS DENVER COLORADO.
SN 155990. Cal. 44-90. 32″ half-rnd half-oct bbl. This rifle has a bbl with matching SNs and a fine-bladed Rocky Mountain style front sight with a Vernier rear tang sight. Rifle has set triggers, and is mounted with straight grained American walnut stocks with a steel buttplate. Initials “H.M.” are scratched into the left wrist of stock. This rifle is accompanied with a letter from Dr. R.L. Moore, Jr. stating that he found this gun in the Sharp’s records, confirming shipment to Carlos Gove and Sons in Denver, Colorado. Letter confirms caliber, bbl, and set triggers. Open sights and oil finished stocks. Weight was not listed but the list price was $44.00. Shipment was on March 3, 1876. PROVENANCE: The Timothy Scott Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 70% matte blue finish with high point wear marks. There is a rub mark probably from a gun rack at joint between rnd and oct section. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver is smooth silver-gray finish overall with some traces of case color in protected areas. Rear tang sight very good. Set triggers function well. Stocks are very good with numerous scratches and mars overall. Forend has some slight trimming at front end. Buttplate is smooth silver-gray. This is a very nice heavy bbl Sharps sporting rifle in a very desirable cal. 50071-27 TEP (5,500-7,500) – Lot 1152
Please Note: This is a .28 caliber revolver, not .31 caliber as stated in the catalog.
FINE COLT 1855 ROOT PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
SN 12322. Cal. 31. Very nice example of 2nd model Root with 3-1/2″ oct bbl made in 1856 only 2nd year of production, gun appears 100% original and matching, retaining much of its original finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate of G. W. “Bill” Stewart of Sonora, Texas. CONDITION: Bbl, frame which includes the integral grip strap retain about 70% bright finish though thinning on bbl. Markings are all crisp and well defined. Top of grip frame has several cuts and bruises which can be seen in photos. Cylinder has no finish but crisp well discerned rolled “Cabin & Indian Fight” cylinder scene with slight pitting around nipples, gray/plum overall. Grips retain virtually all their original bright factory finish with edge wear. Mechanically gun is functional with crisp rifling in lightly pitted bore. 49973-429 JS (2,000-4,000) – Lot 1223
Please Note: The barrel has been stretched a couple of inches.
RARE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 RICHARDS-MASON CONVERSION ARMY REVOLVER.
SN 6096. Cal. 44. This is one of about 2000 Richards-Mason conversions of Colt Army produced 1877-1878. This gun has contemporary engraving and has seen apparent hard use, but good care. Gun appears original and complete, including the well patinaed ivory grips. PROVENANCE: The Estate of G. W. “Bill” Stewart of Sonora, Texas. 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 the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Gun is fair to good overall. Engraving fairly crisp and discernible, though bbl address and patent markings are weak. Iron cleaned, gray overall. Brass trigger guard has traces of silver, cleaned with light brass patina. Grips fit fairly well with good hand worn patina to the “certifiable antique elephant ivory”. Mechanically gun is sound and functioning though a little wobble between bbl and frame, wedge appears to be a replacement, bore shows considerable wear with barely discernible rifling and pitting. 49973-152 JS IVORY (1,500-3,000) – Lot 1272
Please Note: Additional Information: We have learned that Robert G. Sullenger, nicknamed “Denver Bob”, was a long time west Texas peace officer who died from Amarillo, TX, Dec. 5, 1934.
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER ENGRAVED IN FACTORY STYLE NICKEL PLATED WITH TWO-PIECE CARVED STEER HEAD MOTHER-OF-PEARL GRIPS, INSCRIBED “R.G.Sullenger 1915” ON THE BACKSTRAP.
SN 147242. Cal. 45 Colt 4-3/4″ bbl. Full nickel finish with blue screws. Two piece carved steer head Mother-of-pearl grips. “R.G.Sullenger” Stamped on backstrap. The date 1915 is stamped on the apron of backstrap behind hammer possibly indicating when re-finish work was done. Engraving is definitely in Helfricht style and could possibly be factory orig, deserves further research. Two line bbl address. Colt patent mark with Rampant Colt logo on left side of frame. SNs on frame trigger guard and backstrap are all matching. Grips are not orig to the gun but fit very well. Right grip is definitely carved in the factory style. Grips also could be Colt factory products. PROVENANCE: The Dr. Robert G. Cox Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine as professionally re-nickeled. The engraving has not been overly polished. Bbl retains 95% bright nickel finish with some muzzle wear on left side. Two line bbl address is sharp. Front sight has been slightly trimmed. Bore is dark with traces of rifling. Frame retains 98% nickel finish as does backstrap and trigger guard. Hammer and trigger also retain 98% nickel finish. Screws retain almost all of re-blued finish. Cylinder retains 90% nickel finish with some wear on the front face. Grips are very good with a small chip on upper left side. Action needs repair as bolt does not rise at full cock. A very interesting Colt Single Action Army Revolver that deserves further research to determine who was the owner of this fancy revolver. 50019-165 TEP (3,000-5,000) – Lot 1301
Please Note: This lot consists of three guns described as antique. Please Note: SN 215137 IS MODERN.
THREE ANTIQUE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS.
SN 24828, 215137, 139380. Cal. 45LC/32/44. 1) Colt period modified Sheriff’s model type revolver. 2″ bbl. Six shot rebated cyl. 2-piece walnut grips. SN stamped on trigger guard and bottom of frame. Assembly number on loading gate, no other markings present. Top of bbl with remnants of sight. Colt Factory letter with information on this SN, confirming cal and shipment to Spies, Kissam & Co., 10/9/1876, with bbl length, finish, and stocks “Not Listed”. 2) Colt SAA, 4-3/4″ bbl, with front blade sight, marked on left side “32 W.C.F.” Six shot rebated cyl. Ejector housing on right side of bbl. 2-piece hard rubber grips with Rampant Colt on top and American Eagle with Snake on bottom. 3) Colt SAA, 7-1/2″ bbl, front blade sight. Ejector housing on right side of bbl. Six shot rebated cyl. 2-piece replacement hard rubber grips with Rampant Colt on top. PROVENANCE: The Dr. Robert G. Cox Estate Collection. CONDITION: 1) Fair as period modified and made into a Sheriff’s model. All metal parts are brown with light to moderate surface erosion and wear. Grips appear to modified and worn with rounding and handling marks and are likely replacements, grips are loose. Mechanics are good. Bore with wear though does not appear to be pitted. 2) Very good as refurbished. Retains most of its refurbished finish to metal parts with light wear. Grips are fair though original with heavy wear from handling. Mechanics are good. Bore is fair. 3) Good as refurbished. There is minor pin prick pitting and corrosion under new blue scattered throughout. Grips are slightly over-sized. Mechanics are good. Bore is fair. 50019-164, 50019-166, 50019-205, JSL117 (1,000-1,500) – Lot 1341
Please Note: One of these two guns in this lot have ivory grips. Because we cannot guarantee the age of this ivory, we cannot legally sell it. To repeat, if you purchase this lot, when you receive it, one gun will not have the grips.
*FINE PAIR OF BILL MAINS ENGRAVED COLT 2ND GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS.
SN 36644SA & 61746SA. Cal. 357 Mag. Revolvers are identical configuration, blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, block letter address with model and cal marking on left side. Left side of frames are marked with 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt without circle. 1) SN 36644SA. Cal. 357 Mag. With 2-pc, after market stag grips. Cyl, each side of muzzle, ejector housing tip, backstrap and trigger guard are lightly engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with stippled background. Bottom front of the trigger plate is stamped with a small buffalo figure. 2) SN 61746SA. Cal. 45 Colt. Nearly identically engraved with slightly more coverage on rear edge of cyl & ejector housing and bbl just in front of the frame. Tip of trigger guard also has extra engraving. Buttstrap is signed “Mains” with a tiny buffalo. Mounted with factory 2-pc smooth ivory silver medallion grips. Bill Mains was Colt’s most prolific factory master engraver for several years. Colt instructed Mr. Mains not to sign his work so he developed a small buffalo stamp or engraving as a signature, which is usually found on most of his work. PROVENANCE: The Brad Shepherd Collection. 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 the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Revolvers are virtually identical condition, both are all matching except grips, which are unnumbered. Both retain bright custom blue on the bbl, ejector housing, cyl & grip frame. Frames retain about all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere. Grips are fine. Neither revolver appears to have been fired since engraving. 50062-42, 50062-54, JR159 IVORY (4,000-8,000) – Lot 1350
Please Note: This is NOT C&R eligible, it IS a Modern Gun.
*ENGRAVED GOLD INLAID 3RD GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH ONE PIECE MOTHER OF PEARL GRIP.
SN SA 07081. Cal. 44 Special. 7-1/2″ bbl, blue and case color finish, 1-pc Mother of Pearl grip. Engraving coverage is class “A” with scroll around bbl address and on either side of muzzle. Gold band at breech and at muzzle. Frame is engraved with scroll at the rear that continues to the sides of the trigger guard. Recoil shield has a scallop pattern which is matched on loading gate. Small scroll in front of cyl on top of frame. Backstrap only has small scroll on either side of hammer, balance is bare. Cyl has scroll over each chamber and a gold band at the rear. Engraving is expertly executed with very fine stippled background. Gold bands are also expertly executed and very straight. There is no engraver’s signature apparent on the gun. Bbl has 1-line address on top and Colt SAA cal mark on left side. Front sight is of the fat style with a high profile. Frame has a 2-line patent mark on forward left side with Rampant Colt logo to the right without circle. SN matches on frame, trigger guard and backstrap. 7081 is stamped on the front face of the cyl. 1-pc Mother of Pearl grip is built around wood blocks on the inside and is not marked. Accompanying this revolver is a Colt Factory Letter confirming cal, bbl length, blue finish with stocks not listed. No mention is made of engraving. Shipment was to Howco Distributors Inc., 122 Lafayette Avenue, Laurel, MD on November 24, 1978 in a shipment of 2 guns. Accompanied by a dovetail construction oak presentation casing w/ blue velvet interior and a block for 6 cartridges. PROVENANCE: The Brad Shepherd Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and ejector rod retain nearly all of the blued finish applied after engraving with only a few slight scratches. Bbl markings are sharp. Front sight is full sized with some staining on right side. Bore is bright with sharp rifling and a couple of small stains at the muzzle. Engraving is crisp. Frame retains nearly all case colors applied after engraving with only miniscule handling marks. Engraving and markings are crisp. Hammer retains nearly all of the blue finish on top and back with sides polished bright and a couple of small scratches on left side. Trigger guard has nearly all of the blue finish applied after engraving with a couple of small scratches. All markings and engraving are sharp. Backstrap retains nearly all of the blue finish applied after engraving. Cyl retains nearly all of the blue applied after engraving with a slight rust stain around base pin at front of cyl. A couple of chambers also have some slight staining. Engraving is crisp. Grip is fine with no chips and vibrant hues. A masterfully engraved Colt Single Action Army revolver with gold inlay. 50062-63 TEP C&R (3,000-5,000) – Lot 1358
Please Note: This is NOT C&R eligible, it IS a Modern Gun.
*ENGRAVED COLT 3RD GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH 1-PIECE MOTHER OF PEARL GRIP, PART OF THE COLT U.S. MODEL LIMITED EDITION CIRCA EARLY 1990S.
SN SA95172. Cal. 45 ACP. 5-1/2″ bbl, full Royal Blue finish, 1-pc Mother of Pearl grip. Engraving is of the scroll style with Class “A” coverage. Bbl has scroll around the address and at the muzzle. Receiver has scroll on recoil shield and loading gate, also scroll on either side of frame under hammer. Trigger guard has scroll at forward end and on outside of trigger guard bow. Backstrap has scroll on apron behind hammer. Engraving is well executed. Bbl has 1-line address on top and Colt SAA cal mark on left side. Frame has 2-line patent mark on forward left side with Rampant Colt logo without a circle to the right. Loading gate has last 3 digits of SN stamped on the inner flap. SN matches on frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Last 3 digits of SN are stamped on front face of cyl. Rear face of cyl is stamped “ACP”. Grip is unmarked. Revolver is housed in a walnut case that is nicely joined with a single latch, padded blue velvet lining, with a cartridge block with provision for 6 cartridges. Revolver is accompanied by a Colt Letter saying that they were unable to provide the usual information on this revolver but confirmed this revolver was part of the “Colt U.S. Model Limited Edition” which was produced by the Colt Custom Shop in the early 1990s. The Edition consisted of 270 revolvers that were made in 45 ACP cal. 110 were made with 5-1/2″ bbls and Colt records indicate this revolver is one of those. Revolver was orig fitted with plain walnut grips. Engraving was done by Old Dominion Engravers of Lynchburg, VA. in a Class “A” American style. PROVENANCE: The Brad Shepherd Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to excellent. Revolver retains almost all of the orig Royal Blue finish overall with sharp markings and crisp engraving. Loading gate has turned a plum color. Bore is bright and appears unfired. Chambers are clean with no evidence of ever being fired. Grip is excellent with no chips and vibrant color. Case is excellent with very small handling marks overall. Lining is excellent. This is a very fine Colt Single Action from the Colt Custom Shop with very good out-of-house engraving and pearl grip. 50062-65 C&R (3,000-5,000) – Lot 1359
Please Note: This is NOT C&R eligible, it IS a Modern Gun.
*SECOND GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH FULL NICKEL FINISH.
SN 47980 SA. Cal. 357 Mag. 4-3/4″ bbl, full nickel finish, no grips. Bbl has standard 1-line address rolled on top and Colt SAA cal mark on left side. Frame has 2-line patent mark on left forward side with Rampant Colt logo without circle to the right. Trigger guard has a “VP” on forward left trigger guard bow and a “U” assembler mark on left rear trigger guard bow. Assembly number 49 stamped on loading gate and right rear of frame. SN is stamped on frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Cyl has Rampant Colt logo stamped on rear face. Cyl has 980 with a “W” stamped on front face. Revolver is accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter confirming cal, bbl length and nickel finish. Type of stocks listed as wood. Shipment was to The Wishing Well Gift Shop, U.S. Route 522, White Post, VA, September 9, 1968 in a 1 gun shipment. PROVENANCE: The Brad Shepherd Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to excellent. Bbl and ejector rod tube retains nearly all of the orig nickel finish. Bbl markings are sharp. Front sight is full size. Bore is bright with sharp rifling. Frame, trigger guard, backstrap, hammer, screws and trigger retain nearly all of the orig nickel finish. Cyl retains nearly of the orig nickel finish with a few scratches and a very slight drag mark and light scratching around the periphery. A very nice Colt 2nd Generation Single Action in a rare bbl length and finish that just needs a nice set of wood grips. 50062-48 TEP C&R (2,000-3,000) – Lot 1369
Please Note: This gun has ivory grips. Because we cannot guarantee the age of this ivory, we cannot legally sell it. To reiterate, if you purchase this lot, when you receive it, the gun will not have the grips.
*2ND GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.
SN 54209SA. Cal. 357 Mag. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, block letter address with model and cal marking on left side. Left side of frame is marked with the 2-line 3 patent dates & Rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with orig Colt silver medallion ivory grips, that may not be orig to this gun. According to consignor there are only 575 of this model revolver produced in 1969. PROVENANCE: The Brad Shepherd Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Appears to be new and unfired. 50062-50 JR160 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 1371
Please Note: This is NOT C&R eligible, it IS a Modern Gun. ALSO Please Note: As the title states, this is a 3rd Generation Colt. There is a typographical error near the end of the description referencing 2nd Generation, but of course it is a 3rd Generation.
*3RD GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH STAGHORN GRIPS.
SN 88691SA. Cal .45 COLT, 4-3/4″ bbl, blue and case color finish, 2-pc Staghorn grips. Bbl has standard 1-line address on the top and Colt SAA cal mark on left side. Front sight is of the thick high type. Frame has 2-line patent mark on the forward left side with rampant Colt logo, with no circle to the right. SN matches on frame, trigger guard, and backstrap. Last 4 digits of SN is stamped on front face of cyl. Grips have “AJAX Grips” marked on inside of right grip. Grips have gold Colt style medallions. Also included are a set of checkered hard rubber grips that are numbered to this revolver. PROVENANCE: The Brad Shepherd Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to excellent. Bbl and ejector rod housing retain nearly all of the orig blue finish, with very slight edge wear. Markings are sharp. Front sight is full sized. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Frame retains nearly all of the orig case color finish. Hammer has a slight scratch on left side but otherwise has all the finish. Trigger and screws also retain nearly all the orig blue finish. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 99% blue with a slight scratch on the left side by the front trigger guard bow and a small stain at the toe of the butt. Cyl retains 99% blue with a very slight drag mark. Chambers are clean. Stag-grips are fine with no losses. Hard rubber grips are also fine. An opportunity to obtain a nearly new 2nd Generation Colt Single Action in a popular cal and bbl length. Manufactured in 1977. 50062-59 TEP C&R (1,250-1,750) – Lot 1373
Please Note: This is NOT C&R eligible, it IS a Modern Gun.
*3RD GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER NICKEL FINISH WITH TWO PIECE WOOD GRIPS.
SN SA32157. Cal .44 SPEC, 7-1/2″ bbl, full nickel finish, with plain 2-pc walnut grips. Bbl has 1-line address on top and Colt SAA cal mark on left side. High thick front sight. Frame has 2-line patent mark on left forward side with Rampant Colt logo without circle to the right. SN on frame, trigger guard, and backstrap all match. Loading gate is unmarked. Last 4 digits of SN are stamped on front face of cyl. Full SN is written in pencil on the inside of each grip. PROVENANCE: The Brad Shepherd Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl and ejector rod retain nearly all the orig nickel finish, with some slight scratching overall. Markings are sharp. Front sight is full sized. Bore is bright with sharp rifling. Frame, trigger guard, and backstrap retain nearly all of the orig nickel finish, with some small scratches overall and a small dent on the butt near the screw. Loading gate needs adjustment. Hammer, trigger, and screws also retain nearly all of their orig nickel finish. Cyl retains nearly all of the orig nickel finish, with sharp markings and a slight drag mark. Chambers are good. Grips are very good with very few handling marks. A nice full nickel Third Generation Six-Shooter with an uncommon bbl length and grips. 50062-64 TEP C&R (1,000-1,500) – Lot 1377
Please Note: This is NOT C&R eligible, it IS a Modern Gun.
*4TH GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER SPECIAL EDITION WITH BLACK POWDER STYLE FRAME AND OTHER BLACK POWDER FEATURES.
SN S46101A. Cal .44 SPEC/44 WCF, 4-3/4″ bbl, full nickel finish with case color hammer, equipped with 2 cylinders. 2-pc checkered hard rubber grips with Colt medallion and American Eagle logo. Bbl has standard 1-line address on top and “Colt Frontier Six-Shooter” in a rolled panel on the left side. High front sight. Ejector rod has a donut-head. Frame is of the black powder type with a screw holding in the cyl base pin. 3-line patent date on mid left side of frame. SN matches on frame, trigger guard, and backstrap. Last 3 digits of SN are stamped on inner flat of loading gate and on the face of both cylinders. Last 3 digits of SN are also scratched on inside of both grips. PROVENANCE: The Brad Shepherd Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to excellent. Bbl and ejector rod housing retain nearly all the orig nickel finish, with only slight scratching. Bbl markings are sharp. Front sight is full sized. Bore is bright with strong rifling and a few minor stains. Frame, trigger guard, and backstrap all retain 99% of the orig nickel finish with a few very slight handling marks. Trigger and screws also retain nearly all the orig nickel finish. All markings are sharp. Hammer retains nearly all of its case hardened finish, with coarse knurling. 44-40 cyl retains nearly all the orig nickel finish and appears un-fired. 44 spec cyl has been fired, chambers need to be cleaned, and front face of cyl has dark stains. Grips are excellent with sharp checkering and logos. A very nice Colt Frontier Six-Shooter made in modern time with old black powder features. 50062-69 TEP C&R (1,250-1,750) – Lot 1380
Please Note: Accompanied by a 1966 vintage Colt Factory Letter stating revolver was sold and shipped to the London Agency Aug. 25, 1879 in a 100 gun shipment. Ex-John Kopec Collection.
AGENCY CASED COLT NEW LINE 41.
SN 9395. Cal. 41 CF. 2-1/4 ” bbl, regular sights, 2 line bbl address, patent date, etched panel, British proofed, 5 shot cylinder, “certifiable antique ivory” grips. Oak case with green felt lining, Colt agency label reads “Pall Mall, London”, medallion on top with initials “JGL” in script. Collector’s notes included. PROVENANCE: The Dr. Robert G. Cox Estate Collection. 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 the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Bbl has vivid bright orig blue with strong etched panel. Frame has 50% orig case coloring. Cylinder is flaked with strong blue in the flutes. Screws, hammer, cylinder pin, and trigger are bright fire blue. Case in very good condition with green felt slightly worn. 50019-243 TN IVORY (1,500-2,500) – Lot 1404
Please Note: Gun #3; Serial Number 632; Barrel may be a replacement and has been restamped.
LOT OF THREE COLT CLOVERLEAF HOUSE REVOLVERS.
SN 261. 1) Cal. .41 RF. SN 261. 3″ bbl, Nimschke engraved, 2-line bbl address, bushing-type cylinder pin with ejector inside, 4-shot cylinder, 2-pc mother-of-pearl grips. 2) Cal. .41 RF. SN 2866. 1-1/2″ rnd bbl, bbl stamped “Colt” on left side, bushing-type cylinder pin, rosewood 2-pc grips, 4-shot cylinder. Brass blade front sight with a top strap groove rear sight. 3) Cal. .41 RF. SN 632. 1-1/2″ oct bbl, bbl stamped “Colt” on left side, brass blade front sight and top strap groove rear sight, bushing-style cylinder pin, 4-shot cylinder, 2-pc rosewood grips. PROVENANCE: The Dr. Robert G. Cox Estate Collection. CONDITION: 1) Bbl and cylinder are silver-plated with nearly full coverage. Engraving on bbl. Cylinder has engraved panels on each chamber. Frame has full coverage arabesque engraving with traces of silver plating. Engraving is sharp and un-altered. Hammer has traces of gold wash. Bore is very good. Grips are near excellent. 2) Bbl and cylinder have 40% orig blue. Frame is brass with traces of silver plating. Hammer is fire-blued starting to dull. Grips have orig finish. Bore fair. 3) All metal has 70% nickel with light scratches and sharp edge wear. Grips have oil staining with orig finish in good condition. Bore is fair. 50019-132, 50019-135, 50019-342, TN35 (5,500-6,500) – Lot 1413
SN 643. 1) Cal. .38 RF. SN 693. 2-1/4″ bbl, factory engraved with “certifiable antique ivory” carved Mexican eagle grips, 2-line bbl address, blade front sight, frame notch rear sight, 5-shot cylinder. 2) Cal. .38 CF. SN 18082. 2-1/4″ bbl, New House Model, blade front sight and frame notch rear sight, 2-pc hard checkered hard rubber grips with Colt oval. 3) Cal. .41 CF. SN 16798. 2-1/4″ bbl, blade front sight and frame notched rear sight, 5-shot cylinder, hard rubber grips with oval Colt. 4) Cal. .38 CF. SN 12297. 2-1/4″ bbl, rosewood 2-pc grips, 5-shot cylinder, blade front sight with frame notch rear sight, 2-line bbl address with patent date. PROVENANCE: The Dr. Robert G. Cox Estate Collection. 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 the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: 1) Nickel is 70% bright orig on frame and bbl, cylinder has flaked and worn to mostly bare metal. Cylinder SN matches bbl. Hammer has traces of gold plating. Bore is fair with strong rifling. 2) 80% bright orig nickel, near excellent “Colt House .38” etched panel. Hammer, trigger, screws, and cylinder pin are fire-blued. Cylinder has some flaking and discoloration, grips are in very good condition and are very well fit. Bore is good. 3) Good etched panel, frame and bbl have flaked and worn to 10% nickel. Cylinder is mostly worn and shows nickel in flutes. Bore is good. 4) Very good etched panel, bbl has flaked near muzzle, cylinder has light flaking. Cylinder face has bevels at flute. Cylinder pin, hammer, and trigger have good fire blue. Grips have orig finish and are in good condition. Bore is good. 50019-73, 50019-91, 50019-100, 50019-295, TN IVORY (2,500-4,500) – Lot 1416
Please Note: Title should read “SCARCE MODEL 1870 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE”. Caliber is 50-70.
SCARCE MODEL 1870 SPRINGFIELD 45-70 RIFLE.
SN NSN. Cal. 45-70. Honest, complete, orig example utilizing 1863 dated Springfield lock. Breechblock properly marked “MODEL 1870” over eagle head, crossed arrows and “US”. 32-1/2″ bbl is standard with discernible cartouches. CONDITION: Gun is very good. Complete and functional overall. Metal shows old cleaning, markings clear and discernible though cartouches are weak as can be seen in photos.. Mechanically gun functions well with good, discernible rifling in bore. Stock is sound and solid with typical storage blemishes 49497-1 JS (1,750-2,750) – Lot 1533
SN 226045. Cal. 20 ga. 28″ Vulcan steel bbls. 2-1/s” chambers. Chokes mod/full. Full length matted rib marked “Parker Bros. Makers, Meriden, Conn. Vulcan Steel”. “0” frame. Dbl triggers, ejectors, automatic safety. Capped full pistol grip buttstock with 14-7/16″ LOP over Parker Bros DHBP. Buttstock checkered in standard 2-point pattern with nickel shield. Splinter forearm with Deeley release and steel tip, checkered in standard “V” grade pattern. Receiver zig zag border engraved and marked “Parker Bros.” on both sides. WEIGHT: 6lbs. 2oz. PROVENANCE: The Timothy Scott Collection. CONDITION: Excellent and totally original overall. Bbls retain 90-95% original blued finish. Buttstock and forearm retain 85-90% of their original hand rubbed factory finish. Buttplate is excellent with tiny chip at toe not extending into stock. Receiver retains 50-60% bright original case color, particularly strong on left side, toning on bottom. Trigger guard retains approximately 40% original blue mostly on bow, tang has toned. Mechanics are excellent. Brilliant shiny bores. A handsome and collectible field gun. 50071-5 JSL9 C&R (2,000-3,500) – Lot 1581
Please Note: From the Estate Collection of Malcolm Arterburn
*EXCEPTIONALLY FINE HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION LEFEVER GE GRADE 20 GAUGE.
SN 65585. Cal. 20 ga. 28″ Fluid steel bbls. 2-1/2″ chambers. Choked full/full. Full length tapered matted rib with steel front bead. Frame marked “XX”. Dbl triggers, automatic ejectors, automatic safety. Capped full pistol grip buttstock with 14-1/8″ LOP over serrated line hard rubber buttplate. Buttstock checkered in 3-point pattern. Splinter forearm with friction release checkered in 2-point pattern. Receiver lightly scroll engraved and marked “LeFever Arms Co. / Syracuse, NY USA” on both sides. WEIGHT: 6lbs. 7oz. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Bbls retain nearly all of their original plum brown original LeFever blue. Receiver retains 70% bright original case color. Trigger guard and forearm iron retain approximately 80%+ original blue. Buttstock and forearm are excellent and retain virtually all their original factory finish, checkering is crisp. Brilliant shiny bores. Mechanics are excellent. Previous owners initials “MA” very lightly scratched on inside of forearm iron and bbl flat. In 25 + years of collecting and studying LeFever’s, this is the best 28″ steel bbl GE 20 gauge this cataloger has examined. 49770-3 JSL17 C&R (4,000-6,000) – Lot 1598
Please Note: From the Estate Collection of Malcolm Arterburn
FINE LEFEVER F GRADE 12 GAUGE.
SN 21728. Cal. 12 ga. 30″ Damascus bbls. 2-5/8″ chambers. Choked full/full. Full length matted rib with brass front bead. Dbl triggers, extractors, automatic safety. Capped full pistol grip buttstock checkered in 2-point pattern with 13-7/8″ LOP over LeFever Arms Co., hard rubber monogrammed buttplate, beautiful dense grain pattern which certainly could be suitable for a higher grade gun. Splinter forearm with push button release and steel tip, checkered in 2-point pattern. Receiver is lightly engraved with large woodcock on left, large duck in marsh scene on right surrounded with light scroll and marked “LeFever Arms Co.” on both sides. WEIGHT: 7lbs. 6oz. CONDITION: Excellent and totally original as found. Bbls retain approximately 90% dark contrast original Damascus pattern with some very light staining and handling marks. Buttstock and forearm retain 95-98% original hand rubbed varnish, checkering is sharp and crisp, superb wood to metal fit throughout. Buttplate is excellent with minute divot in toe. Receiver retains 65-70% bold original case color, particularly strong on lockplates starting tone on bottom and top of frame. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bores. A totally untouched and original LeFever. 49770-2 JSL24 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 1599
Please Note: The caliber is .270 Winchester, and not 7mm.
*COMMERCIAL MAUSER TYPE B WITH SQUARE BRIDGE ACTION CUSTOM BARRELED.
SN 75024. Cal. 5x57mm? 24″ Custom tapered round bbl has no marks or stampings, is fitted with one standing, one folding leaf rear sight in island base. Commercial Mauser action with square bridge is fitted with factory claw mounts and detent mount in bridge. Pear-shaped bolt handle is dished for scope clearance. Bottom metal with hinged floorplate has lever release, and is fitted with double set triggers. Nicely figured and streaked European walnut stock has replacement horn buttplate, horn grip cap, and a black walnut forend tip. PROVENANCE: The Timothy Scott Collection. CONDITION: Good. Metal parts are considerably silvered from heavy hand wear. There are some deep pits on left side of bbl. Stock refinished and somewhat below metal. Checkering worn. 50071-23 MGM174 C&R (300-500) – Lot 1628
Please Note: Catalog indicates chokes are “Q1” and “Q2”. This is incorrect. The gun is marked “MOD/FULL” as is the box. MOD/FULL is the correct markings that should appear on the 410. The gun is as it should be.
*WINCHESTER MODEL 23 GOLDEN QUAIL .410 AS NEW WITH BOX.
SN GQ41087E. Cal. 410 ga. 25-1/2″ bbls, 3″ chambers, chokes marked “Q1 & Q2”. Full length matted rib with white plastic front bead, and marked “Golden Quail” near breech. Gold plated single selective trigger, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, straight grip stock, checkered in 2-pt pattern with fleur-de-lis on side panels of nicely figured American walnut, 14-1/4″ LOP over thin Winchester red pad, semi beaver tail forearm, checkered on sides and fleur-de-lis at tip. Forearm with plunger-style release at center. Frame is nicely engraved with setter and quail on left, two flying quail on right and gold bust of quail’s head on bottom all surrounded by tastefully executed light scroll engraving. Bottom of frame also marked “One of 500/Golden Quail”. Housed in orig Winchester shipping box with packing material. WEIGHT: 6lbs 5oz. CONDITION: As new, likely test fired only. Only faintest of handling marks. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bores. Box is excellent with minor scuffing. 50117-2 JSL76 (2,500-3,500) – Lot 1647
Please Note: Factory refinish not noted in the description.
*DAINTY SMITH & WESSON LADYSMITH THIRD MODEL.
SN 18248. Cal. 22LR. Smith & Wesson LadySmith 6″ rnd bbl. Target front sight (blade missing). 7-shot rebated cylinder. Blued frame, 2-pc walnut grips with gold colored Smith & Wesson medallions on tops. CONDITION: Excellent overall with light handling marks pertaining most orig finish to wood & metal. 50143-1 JSL106 C&R (1,000-2,000) – Lot 1750
Please Note: There are five more original cartridges that are missing their lead bullet. They are 45-70 Gallery Practice, 44 Russian Gallery Practice, 38 Gallery, 32-44 Gallery/Target and 32 Gallery.
RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1897 DOUBLE-W CARTRIDGE BOARD.
SN 1147. This most famous of all Winchester Cartridge Boards, and the last one produced in the 19th Century shows 182 metallic cartridges plus 15 bullets, 20 shot shells and 9 primer and cap tins. The board is dark green color of dense cardboard with the center vignette the famous A. B. Frost scene showing two hunters and a bear they have apparently just dispatched. Their Winchester rifles are leaning on a log upon which one of the hunters is sitting. The left vignette is of a flying mallard drake and the right side is a bull moose head. Top center has the bright red Winchester Repeating Arms Co logo with various other advertisements and the address across the bottom. The exposed image is about 48-3/4″ x 31-1/4″ and mounted in its orig oak frame with gold gesso inner frame that measures 56″ w x 38-3/4″ h. Back of the board has its orig heavy paper covering that is completely intact showing no reattached cartridges. Center of the backing has the overlabel marked “PRESENTED WITH COMPLIMENTS / OF THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / PLEASE HANG IN A PROMINENT PLACE” and has the SN stenciled below. While this model of cartridge board is a little more common than some of the early ones, it is still considered to be the most beautiful and most sought after of all the Winchester cartridge boards. Few survive today with bright orig artwork and orig color. CONDITION: The backing board is lightly covered with smoke or dust and has only a few small nicks & scratches in the finish. The lettering and central vignette are all bright and crisp. One cartridge, the 45 Sharps 2-4/10″ is missing its bullet, otherwise cartridges appear to be intact. Outer frame is also in extremely fine condition with only a few minor nicks & scratches. 50178-7 JR246 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2064
Please Note: Special Important Note regarding this rare lot: Mr. Charles Pate, noted martial arms scholar, recently contacted us concerning this auction lot and the extraordinarily rare accessory shoulder stock. Mr. Pate states the shoulder stock was made in early November 1860 for use with one of the rare Colt “no-patent” Army pistols. At least two of these “no-patent” pistols were cut for shoulder stocks. But this stock, SN 4, is the only one now known to exist. Also please note, the Colt Army SN 4 is in the Gene Autry National Center Museum. Detailed information is included in the attached article, researched by Mr. Pate. Our sincere thanks to him for this information.
RARE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH SHOULDER STOCK.
SN 136923. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock and is marked “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. Cyl is rebated with Ormsby’s Naval battle scene roll marking. The unplated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain an oil finished, 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Both sides of grip have a legible cartouche and various parts have small inspector initials. Accompanied by a Type 4 shoulder stock with unplated brass yoke and carbine style buttplate. Bottom tang also has a sling stud and ring and it appears that the stock lug housing of the yoke has had a 3/8″ extension added to the bottom. Bottom tang has the number “4” with matching numbered stock lug. It appears that this revolver was manufactured in 1863 at the height of the Civil War when any firearm was in great demand. Of the more than 200,000 revolvers of this model produced 1860-1873, the U.S. government purchased 127,156 of them during the Civil War period with another 2,200 purchased on the open market. Most of these revolvers saw extensive hard service throughout the war, it being the most popular sidearm in the Union Army, and later on the American frontier where they usually saw hard service under adverse conditions and are rarely found today with orig finish. Orig buttstocks are extremely rare with only a few produced. PROVENANCE: The Esteemed Collection of Steve Ardia. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 85-90% orig blue, strong and bright in sheltered areas with visible feathers by the front sight and rammer lug. Loss areas are from light wear. Rammer pivot retains dark case colors. Frame retains about 70% strong case colors, turned to silvery/brown on recoil shields. Hammer retains bright case colors on right side, fading elsewhere. Cyl is mostly a blue/brown patina with a few nicks & dings and shows about 60-70% naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard is a mellow brass patina. Backstrap retains 50-60% thin orig blue with the loss areas a medium patina. Grip has light battering on bottom right edge with light nicks & dings and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few spots of bright pitting. Shoulder stock is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Yoke and buttplate are fine with a few dings on the yoke and both show a medium mustard patina. 49631-22 JR78 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2127
Please Note: One collector feels the bulbous brass plunger tip is an old restoration.
Please Note: Photos for Lot 2146 & 2147 are reversed in the printed catalog only. (online they are correct)
EXTRAORDINARILY RARE PATENT ARMS POWDER FLASK FOR THE 1839 PATERSON REVOLVING CARBINE.
Extremely well made bulbous copper body flask with brass collar and acorn shaped tip on the plunger spout. Both the tip and collar have machined grooves. Edge of the top is knurled to aid in unscrewing for filling. The plunger body inside the flask is numbered “42”. One side of the body of the flask has an applied oval brass plaque that is 2-1/2″ x 2-3/8″ that has the raised repoussed vignette of 2 bird dogs on point in a very detailed field scene with a hunter in the background, surmounted by “PATENT ARMS MANUFACTURING COMPANY” in an arc around the top edge over “PATENT / NEW YORK”. This plaque has a raised rib around the outer edge. Edges of the flask are mounted with 4 small round carrying rings. This flask, unlike other know Paterson flasks, is not marked “PATENT” on the collar. An identical flask is pictured on pg 50 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson with the caption that the embossed brass plate was attached to identify the pieces for Paterson Colt Arms. The caption also quotes: “Pliny Lawson of the Patent Arms factory is known to have advised Colt that: the flask with carbines has our hunting design on it – you must call it a seen (sic) in Florida one man with a rotary & two black hounds …”. The caption further states that although the flask was intended for the carbine, it is known that it was sold with correct spout for the #2 Model Paterson rifle. These flasks are extraordinarily rare and almost never encountered. CONDITION: Very fine. Body of the flask retains a dark coppery color with seams that appear to be filled with black material. The attached plate shows moderate wear with a couple small dents. Back of the flask has 1 large and 2 small dents. Collar, plunger & tip are a fine brass color, as is the attached plate. Altogether, an extraordinarily rare flask. 50260-1 JR243 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2146
Please Note: Photos for Lot 2146 & 2147 are reversed in the printed catalog only. (online they are correct)
RARE PATENT ARMS MODEL 1839 HORN AND BRASS SHOTGUN FLASK.
SN 11. Rare Paterson flask, 8-1/2″ overall length with opaque greenish cow horn body with has flat sides with brass overlaid rim, brass collar & brass self-measuring, spring loaded cylindrical measure marked on one end “PATENT ARMS MAN’G CO. N.Y.” Collar and top are matching numbered. Sides of the collar and brass fitted rim have 4 brass studs with rings in which a green braided cotton cord is fitted. Collar has 3 cracks around the bottom edge extending upward. The top unscrews for loading. Given the rather delicate nature of the horn body and the fact that horn is very attractive to insects it is a miracle that any have survived these 175+ years. CONDITION: Very good to fine. All complete and orig with the aforementioned cracks in the collar and one small crack in the body. Otherwise, the brass rim around the body is undented and the brass overall retains a dark mustard patina. The spring loaded charger function perfectly. 50260-2 JR244 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 2147
Please Note: This gun is mentioned on page 45 of “Confederate Revolvers” by Bill Gary but is not pictured.
EXTREMELY FINE AUGUSTA MACHINE WORKS REVOLVER.
SN 7. There is very little information on this particular manufacturer other than the Confederate government factory was located in Augusta, GA. Revolvers are known with 6 and 12 stop cyls and somewhat follow the course of the Rigdon & Ansley also made in Augusta. The 6 stop revolver as offered here with safety pins and the 12 stop without. There are less than 20 Augusta Machine Works revolvers known in any configuration and this is an exceptional survivor. Full oct bbl measures 7-9/16″. This gun appears in “as found” condition being authentic, complete and orig. Brass post front sight is very good and crisp. As with most Augusta Machine pistols there are very few marks, some guns being marked only two or three times however, this gun is marked on at least seven parts with its assembly or SN “7.” These Augusta made pistols were extremely well constructed and have unique “pinched” grips at the frame, which this gun clearly exhibits along with other Augusta features that can be noted in William Gary’s “Confederate Revolvers”. This is a very fine example of a rare Confederate handgun that there are probably no more than 10 guns of this configuration and this gun is no doubt among the finest, if not the finest example known. PROVENANCE: Mentioned by SN on pg. 8, “Confederate Handguns” by Albaugh, Benet, Simmons, 1957; William Bond, Vernon, Texas, 1975; Pictured pgs. 46-49, “Confederate Revolvers” by Bill Gary, 1987; Conestoga Auctions, Lot #564, July 5, 1994; Don & Kathlee Bryan Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall. Bbl retains about 10% bright blue in protected areas with balance silver/gray. Bbl is smooth with sharp angles with several tiny dings and dents around wedge slot right side. Cyl is smooth with light plum/gray. Frame retains virtually all of sky blue apparent case color with several small reductions on left side that are mottled gray. Grips are sound and well fit with distinct Augusta profile with light tacking marks on right side, having hand worn patina. SN 7 appears on bbl, loading arm, wedge, frame, cyl, backstrap, and back of hammer, which is typically the only external SN by this manufacturer. Gun is mechanically excellent with crisp bright bore. The accompanying holster fits the revolver well with unusual pewter button closure and is in matching fine condition. 50122-10 JS (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2194
Please Note: The catalog states Mr. Bryan displayed this rig with the Columbus Firearms revolver in the previous lot. It should have stated in the NEXT lot.
EXTREMELY RARE AND FINE LOUIS HAIMAN, COLUMBUS GEORGIA PISTOL BELT AND HOLSTER.
This extremely fine and possibly unique belt and holster are in excellent condition. Don Bryan displayed this rig with the Columbus Firearms revolver offered in the previous lot. Mr. Bryan purchased these separately and this was the only Confederate accouterment in his collection. He purchased this from the late prominent Confederate collector and dealer Richard E. (Sonny) Neville, Jr. Sonny Neville had the reputation for only owning the finest Confederate objects and this was one of his prizes. The buckle that is very similar to an example in the Virginia Historical Society (pg. 18, plate 22, Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates, by Steve Mullinax, 1991). Holster fits Confederate Navy size pistol like the Columbus revolver quite well. Holster is military flap style with both a leather closure and finial that is not often seen. PROVENANCE: RE Neville Jr.; Don & Kathlee Bryan Collection. CONDITION: Buckle displays a dark chocolate brown patina with filed finishing marks typical of Confederate made sand cast belt plates. Patent leather belt is folded over and sewn along inner seam like finer belts today; sound with scuffing and a well conserved cut repair in back, holster is in matching similar condition with scuffing, missing about 1/2 of its original black finish. Seam of holster has possibly been re-sewn. 50122-14 JS (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2195
Please Note: Further information: This fabulous gun is exactly as described and illustrated. However in the description we note there is only 1 of 3 known complete examples to exist. We reference a loose barrel SN 94. Indeed SN 94 which has a unique octagonal barrel as Bill Gary states in his text “as joined to Colt frame, has Columbus Firearms Manuf. Co/Columbus, GA on top of barrel”. It is also noted that trigger guard is also SN 94 showing that there are 4 examples (of course this one has Colt parts not all Columbus parts) but it is a complete gun and is believed to have been made by Columbus Works utilizing the Colt parts.
COLUMBUS FIREARMS MANUFACTURING COMPANY CONFEDERATE REVOLVER.
SN 23. Cal. 36. This is the rarest of all marked Confederate revolvers; only 3 specimens have survived and this example is no doubt the finest. Other examples known are SN 46 which is from the Richard Steuart Collection owned by the Virginia Historical Society. SN 34 once in the Don Bryan Collection was sold privately and replaced with SN 23 offered here. This example is published in several texts, to include Confederate Handguns, by William Albaugh, 1963. It is of note that there are numerous fake Columbus Firearms revolvers, several in published references, however, the most scholarly research has shown the only 3 original guns are SNs 23, 34, and 46. This gun is marked on left side of cyl “COLUMBUS FIREARMS / MANUF. CO / COLUMBUS GA / 23”. This identical marking occurs on SN 34 other than the SN; SN 46 is unmarked. The bbl on this revolver is marked “COLUMBUS GA” just like SN 34; SN 46 also contains “COLUMBUS FIREARMS / MANUF. CO” above city and state. A loose bbl SN 94 is also marked like SN 46 making it the only other part of a Columbus revolver known. Based on this limited census, it would be logical that this manufacturer quit marking the cyls and combined the markings to the bbl later in manufacture. Though it can be guessed based on period Confederate records that there may have been as many as 1000 revolvers envisioned to be made, today there are only 3 known and 1 loose bbl. It is extremely unlikely that production even remotely approached that height as a new example has not surfaced in over 50 years, though numerous fakes have been made and offered. It is known that when Federal General Winslow captured Columbus GA., he destroyed “Haiman’s Pistol Factory”. William Albaugh in Confederate Handguns notes several newspaper accounts telling of the pistol manufactory but only one newspaper account mentions examination of a revolver, May 3rd, 1863, from the Augusta Daily Chronicle & Sentinel (taken from the Columbus Times). “HAIMANS REPEATER. We have had shown us a beautiful repeating pistol, the first out by the Columbus Firearms Mfg. Co. We take the liberty of naming it Haiman’s Repeater…. It is handsomely mounted with polished brass & the barrel & other parts are beautifully blued. The revolving machinery works quick & exact & quite easy…it is the same pattern as Colts celebrated repeater the company have (sic) a large number of various parts of the (sic) pistol shaped out which will be finished and put together so soon as the new buildings which are now being erected just above the Saber manufactory are ready to receive the workman, which will be within a short time.” There is a large file of paperwork, correspondence and research concerning Louis Haiman and his Columbus Firearms Manufacturing Co., much of which can be seen on the provenance link on the Julia website listing this specific gun. If you wanted to start a collection of every major Confederate military manufacturer of revolvers, you have to buy this one. PROVENANCE: Harry Brooks, Dallas, TX.; Pictured in The Texas Gun Collector, Issue 36, July 1953; Jackson Arms; William A. Bond, Vernon, TX. December 1959; Conestoga Auctions, Lot #566, July 5, 1994; Don & Kathlee Bryan Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall. All is matching, complete, and original. Matching SN 23 is found on bbl, frame, trigger guard, backstrap and cyl, other parts are not numbered, but every part appears to be original including screws, there is a very old braised repair to tip of arbor that is not easily discerned and of course internal. Bbl retains about 20% bright blue finish with balance plum/gray. Cyl is overall plum/gray with scattered small blemishes. All 6 safety pins are discernible; 2 nipples are fractured. Frame and hammer show some finish in protected areas with balance dark gray/silver. Grips are sound and well fit with hand worn patina and small chip to left inside toe. Mechanically gun is sluggish with crisp distinct rifling in bore. 50122-11 JS (150,000-200,000) – Lot 2196
Please Note: Condition states shotgun selector tip missing; this is incorrect as an extremely fine restoration to this small component has been completed with matching fire blue that this cataloger would have never noticed.
EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE PRE-CIVIL WAR EARLY PRODUCTION LEMAT REVOLVER.
SN 16. Cal .42/16ga, 7-1/2″ bbl. The LeMat story is among the most intriguing of American & Confederate gun manufacture. P. G. T. Beauregard, an American Officer from New Orleans and later Confederate General, was the original driving force on the manufacture of these guns from his friend & relative, Col. Alexander LeMat. Two trial guns were made by John Krider of Philadelphia that are known and so marked. Krider No. 1 LeMat is in the Liege Belgium Museum and has Auguste Francotte’s mark on the stock as does this gun. Francotte modeled his guns from Krider prototypes supplied by LeMat. There are only six known, and the gun presented here is no doubt the finest specimen. Prior to Confederate production of the LeMat revolvers in France, later in England, and prior to the Civil War, in May of 1859 then Maj. Beauregard placed an ad which ran in several New Orleans newspapers attempting to market these guns in which Beauregard was a partner in the company. This gun no doubt was one such gun contracted by Francotte for this market. Alain Serpette, in his book collaborated with Val Forgett, lists this model as USA 1859 model in his French language 1995 text on LeMats. There is one known specimen very similar to this which was presented as a Christmas present to a Maine soldier in 1863. This gun presented to Capt. John Conley of the 16th Maine was quite possibly taken from captured New Orleans and sent north as a present by a relative or another Maine soldier stationed in the Gulf. Regardless of history of this gun, it is in beautiful condition, retaining most all of its orig finish. Every major part is marked with various proofs, most with Francotte’s mark either an “AF” or an “AF” below a crown. On bottom of bbl above shotgun bbl there are two identical maker marks “A. FRANCOTTE / A. LIEGE”. Serial number or assembly number “16” is found on shotgun bbl & back of cyl. A roman numeral “VI” is found inside left stock. Internally, on trigger guard and back of frame are the initials “GC”. There is a Liege black powder proof externally on cyl. There is an unknown stamp inside trigger guard between stocks “NR / 309”. No further disassembly was attempted to find other assembly or serial numbers. This is a truly beautiful and impressive firearm. PROVENANCE: Julia Lot #2408, March 2012; Paul Tudor Jones II Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains 90-95% of its orig bright blue finish on bbls and frame & 50% bright blue finish on cyl with remainder being mostly plum. Hammer is finished bright, retains most of its orig shine with areas of staining. Hammer is missing selector tip for shotgun bbl. Brass backstrap & trigger guard retain about 20% of their orig silver plating with the balance a mustard yellow patina. Mechanically, gun functions well. Action is crisp and bore exhibits bright, well-defined rifling. 49941-44 JS32 (50,000-75,000) – Lot 2218
SN 3361. Cal. 44. The London Armory Co. produced about 11,000 large 54 bore revolvers from 1859-1866. The largest part of that production were purchased by the Confederacy. The majority of guns with credible Confederate association have the stamp “JS/anchor” on grips just behind trigger guard. Serial numbers range from 1019-9975 with this marking. Excellent new information can be found on English Confederate imports in the monumental text just published in 2014 by Russ Pritchard and C.A. Huey The English Connection. This “as found” example just brought in from a local Maine estate, as the earliest style markings with “London Armoury” on lock, matching SN found externally on frame and cyl. CONDITION: Gun is good overall. Complete and all matching other than latch. Front sight has contemporary upgrade to blade with small inset horn post. Metal brown overall, markings all discernible. Stocks are well fit with discernible JS/anchor marking. Large sliver about 1″ – 3/8″ missing on right side with a nail repair. 49969-2 JS (2,000-4,000) – Lot 2227
Please Note: We are told this should read “Irish Registration Act” not “English” as Michael Zomber has indicated in our March 9th correction.
Please Note (3/9/2016): It has been brought to our attention that these pistols bear the Constabulary Registration Numbers DC 5046 and DC 5047 which indicated they were registered under the English Arms Act of 1843. DC is the abbreviation for Dublin City, where the owner of these pistols would have resided, and where the numbers were applied by local police, in compliance with the law.
FINE CASED PAIR OF H. DOWLING DOUBLE BARREL PERCUSSION TRAVELING PISTOLS.
SN NSN. Cal. .52. Cased matching pair of H. Dowling double bbl percussion traveling pistols. 3-1/4″ bbls, checkered stocks with German silver buttcap, lock plates, hammers and bbl tangs are engraved as is the trigger guard and ramrod thimble. Orig case with H. Dowling label on inside of lid. Case contains powder flask, bullet mold, “certifiable antique ivory” handled bullet starter, and cap tin. 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 the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Fine overall. Both pistols are in almost matching condition. Bbls retain about 50% Damascus finish with two platinum bands at the breech. Locks are marked “Dowling” and show a silvered case colored finish. Hammers are fine showing traces of case color. Stocks are fine with no cracks or breaks, some minor handling marks commensurate with the age of the pistol. There are old collector or museum inventory numbers marked on the rib of each bbl. Pistol 1) “DC-5046”, Pistol 2) “DC-5047”. 49358-1 TEP C&R; IVORY (6,000-8,000) – Lot 2279
Please Note: There is an almost invisible repair to action area of stock vertically from rear trigger to top strap. It appears solid and does not flex. Also please note this gun is Not modern, IT IS ANTIQUE.
*.577 HOLLAND & HOLLAND UNDERLEVER HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE MADE FOR H. J. A. HERVEY, WHO DIED IN THE 2ND MATABELE REBELLION, RHODESIA 1896.
SN 14434. Cal. .577 BPE. 26″ Steel bbls are mounted with full length rib, which is file cut behind one standing, two folding leaf express rear sight. Center portion is unmatted and slightly swamped, and rises again with more file cutting forming low ramp for silver bead front with flip-up “moon” sight. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland 98 New Bond Street, London” and “Winner of All The “FIELD” Rifle Trials London”. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs. SNs are on bottoms of bbls. A wide sling loop is soldered to bottom rib. Round bodied, Jones underlever action with top strap extending over comb, and side clips, is fitted with peninsula rebounding back locks having serpentine flat faced, low set hammers. Action and locks are engraved with near full coverage varying sized, well cut, open, shaded scroll with some floral accents on sides of fences. “Holland & Holland” is at central portion of both locks, and left side of action bar is engraved “Charge 6 Drams. Case 3 Inches”. SN is relief engraved on trigger guard tang which extends to steel grip cap. Finely marbled and lightly fiddle figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 15-1/8″ over Silver type pad. Stock features classic point pattern checkering at grip, shadow line right hand cheekpiece, a newer sling loop, and a silver oval on toe line engraved with monogram “JSM” (?). Matching splinter forend has forward pivoting lever release. Drop at heel: approx 2-15/16″, drop at comb: approx 1-15/16″. Weight: 11 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 15-1/8″. PROVENANCE: Copy of factory ledger page confirming specifications, and stating that is was made for H.J.A. Hervey. Excerpts from a book about Hubert John Anthony Hervey entitled “HUBERT HERVEY STUDENT AND IMPERIALIST; A MEMOIR” with copies of the pages relating to his death in the Matoppo Hills, Rhodesia, 1896, and with pictures of his grave, and plaque in the Memorial Hospital in Bulawayo. CONDITION: Very fine, as completely refinished, retaining nearly all fine high quality finishes on wood and metal, with a few minor handling marks. Engraving on action slightly softened, with some striations on bottom. Wood is slightly below metal. Bores are fine, lightly frosted throughout, with a few scattered minor pits. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. 50073-2 MGM185 (12,500-22,500) – Lot 2363
Please Note: Length of pull is 14-3/4, not 15-3/4.
*EXCEPTIONALLY FINE DIMINUTIVE 22 LONG RIFLE SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE BY MARCEL THYS.
SN 0124. Cal. 22LR. 24″ Chopper lump bbls are fitted with matted, quarter rib holding single standing leaf express rear sight, and single bead front longitudinally dovetailed into matching ramp. Unmatted portion of quarter rib is gold inlaid “M. Thys & Sons. Belgium” in Old English script. Small sized, case hardened, full sidelock action has reinforcing bolsters and top strap which extends over comb. Action features non-automatic safety, bushed strikers, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers (front articulated lest one bumps ones trigger finger during the massive recoil developed by this cartridge). Action and locks are engraved with 80% coverage well cut scroll surrounding interesting vignettes of birds and animals, possible targets for this caliber rifle, rendered in interesting poses. A hawk perches on a branch on main portion of left lockplate, with a dead rabbit on front portion. A large quartering raccoon is on right lockplate with smaller raccoon toward front. A lynx looking over its shoulder is perched on tree stump on bottom of action, and a squirrel sits on a branch on trigger guard bow. Engravers signature “C. Thys” is on right side of trigger plate. Trigger guard has tang which extends to engraved steel grip cap with trap. European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock with interesting dark vertical striping and light stump figure measures 15-5/8″ over skip line checkered wood butt. Stock features small right hand cheekpiece, fluted drop points, and point pattern checkering with line borders. Matching semi-beavertail ejector forend has Anson release. Drop at heel: approx 2-5/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-9/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 15-5/8″. PROVENANCE: Ex Robert Petersen Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with only high edge wear on beads of action, with some thinning and silvering of color on top and trigger guard tangs. There are a few very light marks in wood. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Mechanically excellent. Few double rifles have been made in 22 LR, this interesting and well made example has all the features expected in a big bore. 50232-1 MGM274 (28,000-35,000) – Lot 2399
Please Note: Additional Information: This best quality Francotte Sidelock was engraved by Belgian Master Lyson Corombelle and is signed by her on the floorplate.
*HIGHEST GRADE SPECIAL ORDER 20 GAUGE FRANCOTTE SIDELOCK EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUN WITH CASE.
SN 90963. (1969) Cal. 20 ga. 3″ Chambers. 26″ Chopper lump bbls mounted with slightly raised, matted, concave rib, are engraved “A. Francotte Maker & Patentee” and “Abercrombie & Fitch” “Made in Belgium” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with 1969 Belgian nitro proofs for 3″ chambers. Bottoms of bbl are engraved “Siemens Martin Steel.” and stamped with SN. Bottom of left bbl is stamped “.618”, and right “.610″. Case hardened sidelock action features automatic safety (S inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and single non-selective trigger. Action is engraved with 80% coverage well cut small scroll mimicking rose and scroll styling, however where rose bouquets would normally be, there are whorls of scroll. There are no makers marks or names engraved or stamped on action or locks. Blued top lever and trigger guard are also scroll engraved, and SN is at grip. Very fine, intricately marbled, and lightly fiddle figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/16″ over coarsely flat top checkered wood butt. Stock features classic drop points, very well cut flat top borderless checkering at grip, and a vacant gold oval on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left – .624, right -.624. Bore restrictions: left -.021 (full), right -.010 (mod). Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.028. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 14-3/16”. High quality Brady type leather VC case with stitched leather corners is lined in burgundy velvet, and has gold embossed black leather Francotte label in lid. Case contains a pair of Orvis marked snap caps, square oil bottle, and 2-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod. PROVENANCE: Email from G&H stating that this Spl Order gun was received in inventory at A&F on 4/27/70, as an “Eagle Grade” which is not correct. The retail price of this gun was $3150.00 while another Eagle grade on the same page was priced at $1875.00.” The retail price of this fine gun is nearly equal to a new Boss or Purdey of the day. Additionally, a handwritten note from the consignor’s family stating this gun was special ordered from Francotte to match Boss .410 (sn 9374), which was sent to Belgium to serve as the model. The Boss .410 was sold by Julia’s in the October 2015 auction for $103,500 on behalf of the same consignor, and is indeed a faithful copy. CONDITION: Excellent, nearly as new, with only a few light scratches and handling marks in wood and metal, shows very little evidence of firing. Mechanically crisp. Case leather is excellent, with a few scuffs and marks. Straps and handle are very fine. Interior cloth is very fine with some compressions and some glue showing after installation of new label. 49961-1 MGM83 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2403
SN O258. Cal. 20 ga. 3″ Chamber. 25-5/8″ Mono-bloc bbls with triple proofs, are choked mod and Imod, and stamped for 65mm chambers. Coin finished, sliding block action with obturating disks is engraved with 70% coverage rose and scroll and nicely carved fences. Nicely fiddle figured straight grip 2-pc stocks are fitted with ribbed buttplate and horn forend tip. Weight: 5 lbs 8 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of their re-blue. Coin finish of action is excellent. Stocks refinished, checkering re-cut. Bores are excellent. Action smooth and tight. 49978-1 (12,500-15,500) – Lot 2406
Please Note: The Deeley release has an old repaired crack in the forearm metal as can be seen on our close-up image in the catalog. Also there is at least one interior screw that is replaced. Also Please Note: From the Estate Collection of Malcolm Arterburn.
EXTREMELY RARE MASSIVE LEFEVER C GRADE 8 GAUGE.
SN 14120. 33-3/4″ (original length) Fine Damascus bbl. Full length matted rib with brass front bead. Extremely large frame. Pivot opener top lever. Water table marked with SN and grade designation “C”. Dbl triggers, extractors, automatic safety and straight grip stock with gold shield. Checkered in typical flowing “C” grade 2-point pattern with teardrop behind lockplates. 13-1/2″ LOP over original checkered horn buttplate. Splinter forearm near fully checkered with steel tip and unusual elongated Deeley release. Receiver is very tastefully engraved, left side with ducks in marsh scene and finely engraved grass, right side also with ducks in marsh scene. All surrounded by well executed classic Lefever scroll engraving. Both lockplates marked “Lefever Arms Co.” at front. Trigger guard engraved bust of a spaniel’s head with dead duck in mouth and well executed grass. Fences nicely sculpted in single clover-leaf pattern. WEIGHT: 13lbs. 14oz. CONDITION: Excellent overall. Bbls retain most of a high quality restored finish that has toned and could be restored again to create striking and bold pattern, forend lug position has been adjusted. Buttstock and forearm are excellent as restored, retaining nearly all of their restored finish with light handling marks throughout. Checkering re-cut and is sharp. Forearm is slightly loose and in need of a minor adjustment, although otherwise stocks are excellent with great contrast and figure. Receiver retains approx 15% orig case color, mostly on lock plates, balance having toned silver. Buttplate is excellent, checkering lightly worn. Bright shiny bores. Mechanics are crisp. It is very likely this is the finest 8-gauge “C” grade Lefever extant. 50160-1 JSL47 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2432
Please Note: Please see the numerous online images which reflect the true outstanding condition of this gun. The catalog photographs are not appropriate or accurate.
*EXCEPTIONALLY FINE L. C. SMITH 5E GRADE.
SN 211012. (1909) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Nitro steel bbls are engraved “Made to Order By the Hunter Arms Co Fulton N. Y.” on concave, matted game rib, fitted with two orig “certifiable pre-ban ivory” beads. There is a geometrically engraved gold band between main rib and extension. Bbls have 1-1/2″ triangles of scroll at breeches and geometric bands at muzzles. Bbl flats are stamped with SN and grade. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with nitro steel logos. Case hardened standard action is fitted with non-automatic safety and selective Hunter One trigger. Action is engraved with 60% coverage medium scroll with rose bouquet highlights. Lockplates with matching scroll and roses are engraved “L. C. SMITH” in ribands at fronts. Scroll surrounds finely detailed vignettes of hunting dogs in meadows; setters on left and pointers on right. Matching blued trigger guard has SN at grip. Finely marbled and lightly figured European walnut Prince of Wales buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over Silver’s type red pad. Matching splinter ejector forend has inset ebony triangular tip, and guitar shaped secondary release escutcheon with knurled thumbpiece. Bore diameter: left-.728, right -.728. Bore restrictions: left -.035 (Full), right -.032 (I Mod). Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.027. Drop at heel: 2-3/4″, drop at comb: 1-3/4″. Weight: 7 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. 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 the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, retaining nearly all its orig finish on wood and metal. Bbls have 95%-98% + orig blue with some minor spotting. Case hardening of action is slightly silvered on sharp edges, with some flecking on left side action bar. Lockplates retain essentially all their orig color. Thumbpiece is slightly silvered. Trigger guard retains 95%-97% + orig bright blue with any loss due to flaking. Forend release retains nearly all its blue, with some digs on thumbpiece. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig oil finish with a number of light marks on butt, and a scratch or two on forend. Pad is a recent Silvers type replacement. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. As fine an example of this high grade gun as one could hope to find. A total of 457 were made in 12 gauge, 376 with 30″ bbls. 50149-4 IVORY (13,000-17,500) – Lot 2435
Please Note: Additional Information: Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Research Document listing the gun as Deluxe Field Grade, 16 GA, 28″ two barrel set (I/M, M/F), Pistol-grip stock and leather-covered pad, 14″ LOP, Wt 7lbs, Thin Comb, Deluxe Field finish Wood, Gold Oval “R.H.H. 1950”, No. 6 Engraving, Rounded Frame. Made for Abercrombie & Fitch, 9/27/50.
*SCARCE 16 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 GRADE SIX TWO BARREL SET.
SN 18606. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Two sets of 28″ bbls with matted, concave ribs; One marked “Imp. cyl.” and “Mod”; The other “Mod” and “Full”. Each bbl set is marked with gauge, chamber information and SN on engine turned bbl flats. There are 2-1/2″ triangles of scroll engraving on breech ends. Blued flat side action has patent and Winchester information on engine turned water table, and features automatic safety and blued single selective trigger. Action is engraved in 21-6 style, with near full coverage nicely cut scroll surrounding deep relief etched portraits of dogs on each side; setter on left, pointer on right, and a pair of pheasant in circular vignette on trigger plate. Fences are nicely carved in oak leaf pattern. A portrait of a spaniel is on trigger guard bow. Fine crotch figured American walnut Winchester capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14″ over red Winchester pad. Stock is shaped in “deluxe” style without side panels, and has deluxe checkering at grip. A gold oval on toe line is engraved “RHH” and “1950”. Matching beavertail ejector forend has reinforcing brace. Mod and Full marked BBLS: Bore diameter: left – .667, right -.667. Bore restrictions: left -.028 (full), right -.008 (Lt mod). IC and Mod marked BBLS: Bore diameter: left – .666, right -.666. Bore restrictions: left -.008 (IC), right -.005 (IC). Drop at heel: 2-9/16″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain essentially all of a fine re-color over some light spots, most noticeable on left side of breech end of IC and Mod bbls. All engraving remains sharp and clear. Action retains 90% of what appears to be orig blue, silvering slightly on trigger plate and bottom. Trigger guard has been re-blued, engraving at grip slightly softened. Stocks retain over 90% of their orig varnish with numerous light marks and a few scratches, wearing through from normal hand wear at rear portion of forend. A small 1/4″ x 1/8″ dutchman has been let into grip area on left side of trigger guard tang. There is a 3/4″ x 1/8″ sliver of wood missing from right tip of forend. Bores are excellent. Mechanically crisp. An exceptionally fine classic high grade 21. 49708-42 MGM22 (25,000-40,000) – Lot 2483
Please Note: The serial number on the barrel flats is 27963 which does not match that on the frame.
*VERY FINE 20 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21.
SN 27937. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ bbls with matted, concave rib is marked model, trademark, gauge, and chamber information on side of left bbl. Engine turned bbl flats are stamped with SN and proofs. Bbls are marked for Mod and Full. Blued standard action has Winchester information on engine turned water table, and features automatic safety and gold-plated single selective trigger. Slightly crotch figured American walnut square knob pistol grip buttstock measures 14″ over Winchester composition buttplate with circular logo. Stocks are oil finished. Side panels and grip have standard checkering. Matching beavertail ejector forend has reinforcing brace and engine turned internals. Bore diameter: left – .613, right -.613. Bore restrictions: left -.019 (Imod), right -.009 (Lt mod). Drop at heel: 2-9/16″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Although it has some unusual features, all finishes appear to be factory original, with only the slightest of handling marks, and a few places, around trigger guard tang, where some other marks have had some added oil. Bores are excellent. Mechanically crisp. 49708-40 MGM23 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 2487
Please Note: This is not a Model 323, it is a Model 223.
*FINE MERKEL 323 OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH SCOPE.
SN 24678. Cal. 7x65R. 25-1/2″ Bbls are fitted with quarter rib holding one standing leaf rear sight and claw scope bases. Checkered front ramp holds silver bead. Rear portions of sides of bbls are engraved “GEBRUDER MERKEL SUHL” on right, and with the retailer, “George Honald” “Ulm a/d” on left. Bbls are stamped with pre war German imperial proofs dated 2/33 (?). Coin finished, OU, double Kersten, sideplated, Blitz action features non-automatic safety, reinforcing bolsters, pin type cocking indicators, and double triggers (both set). An arched banner on bottom of action is engraved “Suhler Waffenwerk” “Gebruder Merkel Suhl”. Action and lockplates are fully engraved with exceptionally fine, cleanly cut, large, shaded, intricate scroll. Side bolsters have similar scroll with floral highlights. Trigger guard is of horn and extends to plain composition grip cap. Well marbled European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/16″ over checkered horn buttplate with Merkel logo at toe. Point pattern checkering is at grip. A rounded cheekpiece is on left side of stock, and a cartridge trap with space for four cartridges, is on rear of comb. Engraving on trap matches action. Matching 3-pc forend has Deeley release. Hensoldt steel bodied 4X scope with post and crosshair reticle is in soldered-on claw mounts. Drop at heel: approx 3″, drop at comb: approx 1-11/16″. Weight without scope: 8 lbs. 5 oz. LOP: 14-3/16″. CONDITION: Very fine, as partially refinished. Bbls retain essentially all of a satin re-blue. Action retains nearly all of its orig coin finish, and is quite pleasing. Stocks retain nearly all of a fine hand rubbed oil finish with some subsequent light marks and scratches. Bores are very fine. Bottom bore has a few light pits. Action is tight. Scope finish is excellent, as re-blued, optically poor, most likely reassembled incorrectly. 50146-18 MGM236 (6,500-9,500) – Lot 2568
Please Note: Mr. Shepherd states this is not engraved by Colt Custom Shop. Aftermarket engraved by Luis Herrera.
*COLT CUSTOM SHOP ENGRAVED DETECTIVE SPECIAL DA REVOLVER.
SN 49136R. Cal. 38 SPCL. Nickle finish with 2″ shrouded bbl, fixed sights & mounted with checkered walnut grips. Consignor reports that this revolver is engraved by Luis Herrera. Engraving consists about D+ coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background. Accompanied by a Colt Custom Shop brown leatherette, hinge-lid, orange velvet lined, Custom Shop casing with gold embossed Colt logo on the lid & company information inside. Very few of this era of detective specials were factory engraved. PROVENANCE: The Brad Shepherd Collection. CONDITION: Appears to be new & unfired showing only a very faint hint of a cyl line. Case is equally new. 50062-98 JR169 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2611
Please Note: The barrel in this gun is from a later Model M2 Browning, and is shorter than the original barrel. Still remains a functional machine gun.
*US 50 CALIBER BROWNING WATER COOLED MG ON PEDESTAL MOUNT (C & R).
SN 1964429. Cal. 50. 36″ bbl. Model 52 Browning mounted on anti-aircraft pedestal mount. This desirable M2 50 Cal. Browning machine gun was manufactured by the Frigidaire division of General Motors and is so marked on the right sideplate. Includes one 200 rnd orig ammo chest and reel in addition to the pedestal mount. Cooling shroud retains orig brass water hose fittings and covers with retention chains. Brass water drain also present, although valve is stuck in the closed position. Rear sight top plate matches receiver SN. Internal parts appear to be orig and of correct vintage. Reinforcement bracket near charging handle not present. Firing mechanism moves smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional. This is a National Firearms Act item and requires BATF approval prior to transfer. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is very good to fine with orig blue finish, scattered pitting and some wear to bare metal at the mounting contact points with some high edge wear. Ammo chest and reel retain orig olive drab painted finish with balance of pedestal mount a later light green military painted finish. Hydraulic mechanism not tested, but mechanically appears serviceable. Hard brown composite handles on cradle in extremely fine condition and actuating mechanism as well as recoil mechanism appear to be serviceable. Bore has strong rifling with quite a bit of brightness, but getting dark in the grooves. This is an exceedingly impressive display piece and anyone who has watched popular films about the attack on Pearl Harbor will recognize this iconic American machine gun. 49651-9 JWK21 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2682
Please Note: The left side of the receiver is drilled for scope. The stock is slightly reconfigured at wrist. Front blade sight is a replacement.
*SCARCE MAUSER G41(M) SEMI-AUTO RIFLE.
SN 8959. Cal. 8MM. Highly sought after Mauser G41(M) Rifle produced 1942 with machined trigger guard. WaA 135 proofed on numerous parts including receiver band, bolt, top cover, bbl bands, trigger guard, rear sight and magazine housing. Numbers appear all matching except for bolt which is “8249”, and buttplate which is “9234A” Mfg. by C. G. Haenel. Even the detachable muzzle matches SN. Lock screws not present on bottom of trigger guard nor is hood for front sight present. Includes one orig steel cased German cartridge. Consignor states he purchased this directly from the veteran together with the cartridge which has nearly all of the lacquer worn off due to it being “carried in a pocket”. Wood stock has NOT been duffle bag cut. Action moves smoothly when operated by hand. Bolt stays in the down and locked position when fired as is proper. This weapon appears fully functional. CONDITION: Overall appears and finish very good to fine with finish on metal parts thinning to a pleasing grey patina uniformly across all metal parts. A nice indication that this weapon was indeed a bring-back. Stock has been sanded and refinished and there is a 3″ long crack on the handguard at the top right side. Sling slot shows a little more significant sanding and scratching. Buttplate is affixed with non-original screws and is proud of the wood. Bore has strong rifling, dark in the grooves. Examples of this model surface only very rarely and even with a couple of mis-matched parts, this is a highly desirable specimen. 50188-1 JWK20 C&R (7,000-12,000) – Lot 2694