March 2014 Firearms Auction
World Record at Approximately $19 Million+

Auction: March 10, 11, & 12, 2014

Preview: March 7-9, 2014

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1023
Revised: 3/7/2014

Please Note: The caliber is 44 WCF not mentioned in the catalog.

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 270779. Standard grade carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight & “1873” marked carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver is third type with milled rail and third type dust cover. It has a staple and ring in the left side. Mounted with very highly figured, streaky, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate that has a trap. This carbine was produced in about 1888 when the west was still wild and these carbines were extremely popular. They usually saw continuous hard service in a saddle scabbard or wagon box under very harsh circumstances and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 92-93% strong orig blue with some plum overtones; receiver retains 93-95% strong orig blue with light edge wear and a few small spots of surface rust; the area behind the hammer slot has some very fine pitting; hammer retains moderately faded case colors and the lever is a brown patina; stock has a couple scratches on the left wrist, otherwise wood is sound with light handling and storage nicks and scratches and overall retains most of its orig oil finish; mechanics are crisp; strong bright bore with light pitting. 4-50544 JR268 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1023

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1097
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Catalog states “Factory sealed in plastic wrap”. It should say “Factory sealed and in plastic wrap”.

FULL SEALED BOX OF UMC 44 RUSSIAN CARTRIDGES.

Orig 2-pc box that has light blue label with black lettering and the line drawing of a Smith & Wesson, 1st Model, Russian Single Action Revolver. Box is covered with plaid paper and an orange band. PROVENANCE: Ray T. Giles Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Top label is lightly faded but completely intact with 3 or 4 small spots of wear, not affecting the image or writing. Band has a couple small breaks but is intact and box is factory sealed in plastic wrap. 4-51037 JR458 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 1097

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1151
Revised: 2/25/2014

There is a tiny wood repair where forend meets the receiver.

RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 10999. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Rare deluxe engraved ’92 rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, about 3X American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and straight stocks with crescent buttplate. Receiver, forend cap and buttplate tang are beautifully engraved by John Ulrich in #6 patterns consisting of the large vignettes of a bighorn sheep in a mountain scene on the left side and a whitetail buck in a forest scene on the right side, all surrounded by very fine, very well executed foliate arabesque patterns with latch hook borders. Engraving patterns extend over the top of the receiver, about 1-3/4″ over the chamber area of the bbl with light patterns on the forend cap and buttplate tang. Bottom of the receiver is elaborately engraved with intertwined crossing ribbons, surrounded by very fine scrolls. Left side of the lower tang is marked with the assembly number “16” and “XXX”. Matching assembly number is also found in the top tang channel of the buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Engraved ’92s are only a very small portion of engraved Winchesters. These little rifles were considered primarily as working tools and very few were special ordered or had extra finish wood or engraving. CONDITION: About fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 80% dulling orig blue with some spots of surface rust; receiver retains blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a grey metal patina; wood is sound with usual nicks, scratches and dings and retains most of an old added finish; mechanics are crisp; worn dark bore with good rifling. 4-51514 JR271 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 1151

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1172
Revised: 3/9/2014

Please Note: There are two fingerprints of fine pitting on the bottom of the barrel in front of the forearm.

SCARCE REMINGTON HEPBURN #3 MATCH RIFLE.

SN 1619. Cal. Appears to be 38-50 Remington-Hepburn. Fine single shot target rifle with 28″ medium weight oct to rnd bbl, spirit level windgage globe front sight, no rear seat and a thick base short range vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. Mounted with very light, nicely figured American walnut with checkered, nickeled steel schnable tipped slim rnd forearm and rnd knob pistol grip stock with cheekpiece and nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Less than 1,000 of these rifles were produced in the period 1883 to 1907 and few survive today in orig configuration with orig finish. Target shooters are notorious for altering their rifles to suit themselves. Consequently very few are found today without some form of alteration. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including bbl, forearm, stock and buttplate. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue and the receiver virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant on the right side and over the top with the left side moderately faded, brilliant toward the rear; lower tang & trigger plate are moderately faded with some rust pitting on the lower tang. Wood is sound and retains about all of an old restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-50847 JR148 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 1172

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1298
Revised: 2/25/2014

Has the rarer London address, not the common Hartford address, this is much more rare.

COLT MODEL 1877 LIGHTNING SHERIFF’S MODEL DA REVOLVER.

SN 16523. Cal. 38 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 3-1/2″ bbl without ejector, German silver front sight and 2-line address with “COLT D.A. 38” etched panel on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left rear web of trigger guard is marked “38 CAL”. Bottom of bbl & cyl have tiny British proofs. Mounted with checkered, 1-pc, rosewood grip. The model 1877 was Colt’s first double action revolver and saw widespread use, especially in the U.S,. and blued examples with any orig finish are quite scarce. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 20% orig blue with the loss areas a medium patina; frame retains bright case colors on the sides, fading on the recoil shield, loading gate & top strap; trigger guard & backstrap retain strong orig blue in sheltered areas, thinning elsewhere; cyl retains plummy blue in the flutes and a blue/brown patina on the outer diameter. Grip is sound with a few chipped diamonds and sharp edge wear and retains about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; very bright shiny bore. 4-50512 JR402 (1,500-2,000) – Lot 1298

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1342
Revised: 3/6/2014

Please Note: A factory letter for this serial number is not available.

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH FACTORY CARVED STEERHEAD IVORY STOCKS.

SN 357371. Cal. 45. This Colt single action is new in the box with factory ivory stocks and a normal configuration for other single action armies being finished blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with factory rampant Colt “carved steerhead” ivory grips matching this revolver. This revolver will letter with 4-3/4″ bbl, in 45 caliber with blue finish and ivory stocks. Orig blue, veneered Colt box, has penciled SN written on bottom and Colt’s label on one end describes this gun as stated above. Box still retains orig wrapping papers, bore brush, and small 4-pg. pamphlet from Colt. CONDITION: Crisp, new & unfired, all matching externally as gun was not disassembled but no doubt grips are original to this gun as stated on box. 4-51552 JS153 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 1342

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1381
Revised: 2/25/2014

The date of manufacture is 1911, not 1900 as stated in the catalog.

*SCARCE EARLY COLT NEW SERVICE DA REVOLVER.

SN 51966. Cal. 44 Russian. High gloss blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, fixed sights and 2-line address with model & “44 RUSSIAN CTG.” caliber marking on the left side. Cyl latch is early hook style with Rampant Colt and “Colt eye” logo on sideplate. Butt strap has a lanyard stud & loop. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips. This revolver was produced in 1900 at a time when business was still being conducted from the back of horse and these big bore dbl action revolvers were becoming extremely popular with citizens from all walks of life. They generally saw hard use and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Robert H. Haskell, III Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 98% glossy orig blue and the frame 93-95% glossy orig blue; cyl retains 95-96% orig blue and the checkered trigger most of its orig fire blue; front strap & butt strap retain about 95% strong orig blue while the back strap is a gray patina. Grips are sound showing light edge wear with a hand worn patina on the right side and retains about 50% varnish on the left side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; has been fired but very little. 4-50244 JR203 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 1381

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1395
Revised: 3/6/2014

Please Note: This is actually a 2nd Model, not a 3rd Model

SMITH & WESSON MODEL 3 RUSSIAN THIRD MODEL SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 36287. Cal. 44 Russian. Commercial model with nickel finish, 7″ keyhole shaped bbl, pinned half moon front sight and fixed rear sight in the bbl latch. Hammer & trigger guard are color case hardened and it has a lanyard swivel in buttstrap. Mounted with smooth 2-pc ivory grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Bbl address is in 1-line on top of rib and ends in “RUSSIAN MODEL”. According to Smith & Wesson 1857-1945, Neil & Jinks, there were 6,200 of these revolvers produced 1873-1878. These revolvers were quite popular and were used extensively on the American frontier by citizens on both sides of the law. They are rarely found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Collection of Charles A. Lamb. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains 80-85% strong orig nickel turned a little milky with spots of flaking and fine pimpling on the rib and a large area of flaking on the left side of top strap; hammer retains dark case colors and the trigger guard a dark brown patina; grips have a few age lines otherwise are sound, showing light to moderate wear and retain a golden ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore. 4-51861 JR426 (2,500-4,000) – Lot 1395

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1404
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: This gun has a standard hammer, not the humpback hammer as stated in the catalog.

*SCARCE SMITH & WESSON REGISTERED MAGNUM DA REVOLVER THAT BELONGED TO TEXAS RANGER, ROBERT GOSS.

SN 53983. Cal. 357 Mag. Blue finish with 4″ ribbed bbl, pinned king ramp front sight, with full matted top and adjustable sight in the top strap. Left side of bbl has the company name and right side cal marking. Frame is 5-screw type with S&W trademark on side plate. Mounted with large silver medallion, diamond checkered, walnut grips that are not numbered. Although grips are unnumbered they are correct to the model. Hammer is humpback style with patent marking on rear edge and has grooved sides with fine checkered spur. Inside the crane has the registration number “2915”. Accompanied by a letter on Clark Custom Guns, Inc. letterhead over the signature of James E. Clark, Sr., wherein he states that he purchased this revolver from the collection of Robert G. Goss. Mr. Clark used the assembly number “11630” as the serial number but has the correct registration number in the body of the letter. Robert G. (Bob) Goss was born Jul. 1898 in Honey Grove, TX. He apparently was a rancher/farmer until about 1924 when he enlisted in the Texas Rangers. Records show that he enlisted again in 1930 & 1932 as an unpaid appointment. He then became Chief of Police in Kilgore, TX from 1933-1935, then reenlisted in the Rangers apparently until 1940. As of this writing, very little more is known about his activities after 1940, except that he apparently was with the Texas Wildlife & Fisheries Dept. in the 1970s, and passed away in 1978. During Mr. Goss’ tenure as a Ranger it is well documented that he was the partner of Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, also known as “Lone Wolf Gonzaullas”. While Capt. Gonzaullas became very well known and famous, Ranger Goss was referred to as Gonzaullas’ “shadow” and was involved with him in numerous incidents and shootouts. Capt. Gonzaullas was overheard to say that Ranger Goss was the finest shot he had ever seen and he didn’t think there are a half a dozen better pistol shots in America. Ranger Goss is noted as having been Texas state pistol champion 1926-1930. Ranger Goss was apparently very modest and avoided the limelight as much as possible. When someone would ask him about his shooting skills, he would change the subject to his silver mounted saddle or something more innocuous. After Ranger Goss passed away, his widow sold about fifty of his guns to Mr. James E. Clark, Sr., the famous target pistolsmith, of Shreveport, LA. which included this revolver, two Colt semi-auto pistols and two Colt Single Action revolvers, being sold elsewhere in this auction. Accompanying this lot is a large volume of enlistment records, letters and newspaper clippings all about Ranger Goss. Ranger Goss was the subject of an article by Mr. Jim Clark, mentioned above, titled “The Last Word” which appeared in the magazine Shooting Times Handgun Quarterly, date unknown. Ranger Goss is also mentioned in the book The Last Boom, Clark & Halbouty, published in 1972. Also accompanying are several copies of photos of Ranger Goss, apparently from about the 1930s. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains 95-96% bright orig blue with holster wear on each side of the muzzle, sharp edge wear elsewhere and a small scrape pattern on the left side, probably from a holster rivet; hammer & trigger retain about 95% brilliant case colors; left grip has a ding in the edge, otherwise grips are sound showing light diamond point wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp & smooth; brilliant shiny bore. 4-50660 JR418 (5,000-8,000)

Click here to view pdf provenance. – Lot 1404

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2009
Revised: 2/25/2014

Additional Information:  This double cased set of revolvers was part of a special grouping of approx. 60 special revolvers consisting of several double-double and even fewer double cased sets given by Colonel Colt to select military dignitaries as “Presents to Officers” in late 1861.  Lot is accompanied by an original handwritten letter to Col S. Colt dated 1/23/1860 from Thornton requesting a quantity of pistol barrels be sent to affect repairs at the New York Arsenal, and signed W.A.T.

EXTRAORDINARY RARE PRESENTATION DOUBLE CASED SET OF COLT 1860 ARMY AND 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS PRESENTED TO GENERAL WILLIAM A. THORNTON BY COL. COLT.

Both revolvers have a period engraved inscription on backstraps “Col. W. A. Thornton / with Compliments of Col. Colt”. Both revolvers are blue and color case hardened with deluxe 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by their spectacular, orig, purple velvet lined, brass bound walnut casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Corners have mortised brass reinforcements and its has English style sliding latches in the front with a mortised brass lock and large escutcheon. Interior is compartmented for both revolvers, a sgl sided, angle spout, “COLTS PATENT”, trophy of flags & arms, Army sized and Navy sized flasks, blued “COLTS PATENT” bullet molds with sprue cutters in both 36 & 44 cal, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a tin of Eley’s caps. Left front corner has a small tube of spare parts and a functioning key. Col. William A. Thornton, later Brigadier General Thornton, graduated West Point in 1825 and became Captain of Ordnance in 1838. Over 41 years of service he commanded Ordnance depots at New York, Watervliet and St. Louis and was chief inspector for Military Arms at Springfield beginning with the Paterson revolver and continuing through the Dragoon series. There were many sub-inspectors who worked for him until 1861. General Thornton was highly regarded and very ingenious and was instrumental in the development of the Dragoon models of Colt revolvers. He died in 1866. It is evident that Sam Colt regarded General Thornton very highly or at least wished to influence his decision making with this presentation. According to preeminent Colt Historian & author R. L. Wilson there were only a very few dbl case sets, such as this one, presented by Col. Colt in late 1861. Several of them are know today, with this one being one of the most important. 1). Model 1860 Army. Serial number 11682. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Frame is 4-screw type, cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contains a highly figured 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. 2) Model 1861 Navy. Serial Number 1822. Cal 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”, and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cyl has usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a highly figured 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching serial number in backstrap channel. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: 1) Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 75% orig blue mixed with dark brown patina; rammer handle retains about 95% orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; frame and hammer retain about 90% orig case colors, strong & bright on the sides, turned a little dark on recoil shields and edge of hammer, showing light wear on left recoil shield; cyl retains about 50-60% thin orig blue and shows about 75% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore with a couple small spots of pitting. 2) Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas, mixed with light patina elsewhere; rammer and handle retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on pivot; frame and hammer retain about 90% orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded; cyl retains about 50-60% orig blue with balance a brown patina and shows about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard and backstrap retain about 98% strong orig silver; grip is sound with a few nicks in the edges and retains about 93-95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with 3 or 4 small spots of pitting. Case has a couple grain checks in the lid and couple more in the bottom with usual handling and storage nicks & scratches and retains 95-96% strong orig varnish; interior is very lightly faded in the lid with some light staining from revolvers and implements, bottom is moderately faded showing wear from the front sights and hammer spurs with light soil; flasks are very fine with the Army model retaining about 93-95% orig finish with one small dent on the back side; Navy model also has a sgl dent and retains about 95-98% orig finish; molds and other accessories are fine. This is an extraordinary rare set. (WG-004) 4-51091 JR524 (200,000-300,000) – Lot 2009

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2023
Revised: 2/25/2014

Please Note: The estimate should read $12,500-$17,500

FINE CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 2 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 5036. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address with pointing hand motif. Cyl is usual 5-chambers with Cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking. Mounted with nicely figured varnished walnut 1-pc grip. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a straight legged brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, a dbl sided eagle & stars, 28 cal. size flask and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. This model Root revolver was one of the highest production of the series, but it is rarely found with high orig finish. They were very popular with the public as pocket pistols for gentlemen and muff pistols for ladies. They generally saw very hard use. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, grip was not removed to check for matching number. Overall retains about 98% glossy orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; rammer handle retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; hammer retains case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a gray patina; cyl has been fired and shows fine pitting around the nipple recesses; overall retains about 90% thinning orig blue and shows about 98% Cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking; grip is crisp with 1 or 2 tiny nicks and retains about all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case is sound with faint nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; interior is very lightly faded with very light soil in the bottom, solid partitions; accessories are fine. (WG-052) 4-51061 JR519 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2023

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2046
Revised: 2/25/2014

Additional Information: Lot is accompanied by two letters from noted collector/dealer Arnold Chernoff describing the gun and relating that this exact gun was de-accessioned  from the Museum of CT History in Hartford, having originally been part of the Colt’s Patent Firearms Company Collection – Inventory # 439.

RARE CASED 1ST MODEL COLT OPEN TOP 22 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

SN 445. Cal. 22. Rare 1st model with 2-7/8″ blued bbl, German silver half moon front sight and 2-line address. Right side of bbl has attached ejector with checkered half moon ejector rod head. Frame is silver-plated brass & cyl is blued with usual 7 chambers. Mounted with very nicely figured, varnished 2-pc, birdhead rosewood grips that have matching SN inside each grip. Hammer, screws & trigger are fire blued. Accompanied by an orig, red felt lined, mahogany casing that is partitioned in the bottom for the revolver, a wire metal cleaning rod, an empty box for Peter’s 22 short cartridges & a functioning key. Although this model was produced in fairly large numbers, the 1st model with ejector & high spur hammer are quite rare and cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips. Bbl retains 60-70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina. Frame retains 95-96% strong orig silver with one chemical streak on the side plate. Cyl retains about 95% glossy orig blue. Grips are sound, showing light sharp edge wear with ding on the right side and retains 95-96% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, needs old dried oil cleaned, bright shiny bore with 2 or 3 small spots of pitting. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled inside the lid. Bottom is moderately faded & soiled with one small area of moth damage. Partitions are solid. Cleaning rod is fine, cartridge box is fair. (WG-035) 4-51077 JR370 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2046

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2067
Revised: 2/25/2014

Please Note: The trigger is a replacement.

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON WITH RAMMER.

SN 13684. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line right hand New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is usual 5 shots with Stagecoach hold up scene roll marking and rectangular stop notches with 2 of the 6 safety pins serviceable. The silver plated square back brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last 3 digits of matching SN in back strap channel. There was a total of about 15,000 baby dragoon revolvers produced in the period 1847-1850, the majority of which was made without rammers. Only about 1500 were made in this configuration. The baby dragoon was the first pocket size revolver produced by Colt after the collapse of the Paterson enterprise and was released at the beginning surge of the Great Western migration when any repeating side arm was in great demand, especially the smaller, lighter arms that could easily be handled from a pocket or holster. These little revolvers usually saw continuous hard service right through the Civil War into the 1870s, usually under very harsh circumstances with limited maintenance and are rarely found with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including rammer handle, wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains about 50% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer retains faded case colors on the pivot, faded to silver elsewhere. Frame retains traces of case colors being mostly a dark patina. Cyl retains 60-70% strong orig blue with the balance flaked to a light patina. Hammer is a dark patina. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 85-90% strong orig silver with most of the losses on the lower backstrap and around the heel. Grip has a chip on the left side at the frame, shows moderate edge wear with a few small nicks & retains 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright, shiny bore. 4-51124 JR141 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2067

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2081
Revised: 2/25/2014

Exciting Update! This is a Model 3A, bot a 4th Model as cataloged. The 3A is much more rare!

RARE FIRST DAY PRODUCTION CASED COLT 4TH MODEL 1855 ROOT SIDE HAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 9. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address without pointing hand motif. It has 5-shot full fluted cyl without patent date in one of the flutes. Mounted with smooth 1-pc walnut grip, matching numbered to this revolver. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an orig brass 2 cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped screwdriver and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 1,149 of these revolvers were produced before the model was discontinued about 1870. These revolvers were very popular as concealed arms and are rarely found in high orig finish and complete orig cased examples are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cylinder & grip. Overall retains about 98% glossy orig blue with very faint sharp edge wear and a couple tiny spots of flaking on the bbl. Rammer & hammer retain bright case colors in sheltered areas. Grip has a tiny chip near the frame & a small gouge in the front area and overall retains about all of its bright orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, probably unfired. Case has a couple of cracks in the bottom otherwise is sound with light handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded with moderate soil in the bottom with 1 partially loose partition. Bullet mold appears new, screwdriver & cap tin are very fine. 4-51167 JR118 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2081

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2083
Revised: 3/9/2014

Please Note: The Serial Number on this outstanding Colt is 35284. The factory worker applying the number to the original cylinder of this gun was either dyslexic or not paying attention, as the number reads 3284 (it should be 5284).

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 35284. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ bbl, German silver front sight and one line address. Left side of frame has a faint Colt’s patent, an unusually light strike. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. The brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain an oil finished 1-pc walnut grip with the last four digits of matching SN in the backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a crisp “PB” inspector’s cartouche. There are various other inspector initials on other major parts. Finish of this revolver is military type with satin blue & unplated brass trigger guard with oil finish grip. The U.S. government purchased 127,156 of the approximate 156,000 revolvers produced by the end of 1865 which makes this a fairly common revolver. However those arms purchase by the government were issued to field units during the Civil War and remained in service after the war on the American Frontier until the mid-1870s. During that time they usually saw continuous hard service under adverse conditions and are rarely found today with orig finish or configuration. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with crisp feathers on each side of the front sight & lever latch lug. Rammer pivot & handle retain about 95% bright case colors, showing a little wear on the pivot. Frame & hammer retain about 98% orig case colors, brilliant everywhere except showing light fading on the recoil shields and top edge of hammer. Cyl retains about 75% dull orig blue and shows about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. All 6 safety pins are crisp and serviceable. Trigger guard and front strap are a medium brass patina. Backstrap & buttstrap retain about all of their orig blue, a little thin on the heel and center of backstrap. Grip is crisp with one or two minor nicks and retains about all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired and retains most of its orig blue in the chambers and bore. 4-51129 JR137 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2083

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2092
Revised: 3/9/2014

Please Note: the cylinder Serial Number is “3883”. The revolver Serial Number is “163833”. Obviously an assembly mistake. Cylinder is original to revolver.

SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 163833. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl. Rare dovetail front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. “PATENT” on the frame is a very light strike. The brass trigger guard and back strap contain a replacement 1-pc smooth ivory grip. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Revolver is engraved in late vine style probably by Gustave Young. Three of the scrolls terminate in flower blossoms which is one of Young’s trademarks. Hammer is engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose with fish scale patterns on the top edge and sides of the spur. Matching engraving patterns extend over the bbl lug, top side flats and around the address on the top flat with additional matching patterns on the rammer pivot. Top of the backstrap is engraved in Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on the backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard. All the visible serial numbers on bottom of the revolver are accompanied by a small punch mark which indicates that this revolver was to receive extra polishing for engraving. Trigger screw and lock bolt screw appear to have been changed, an easily rectifiable situation. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 80-85% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a dark patina with some fine pitting. Rammer handle & pivot retain bright case colors with pitting on the handle. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors turning a little dark. Cylinder retains about 50% orig blue with a large area of fine pitting. Trigger guard & backstrap are a medium brass patina. Grip has a few age lines, shows light wear and retains a golden ivory patina. Timing needs attention otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with 2 or 3 small spots of pitting. 4-51178 JR115 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2092

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2094
Revised: 2/25/2014

Please Note: There is a typographical error in the title. It reads “Navy Arms” which is INCORRECT. It should read “Colt Model 1851 Navy-Army…”

SPECTACULAR COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY ARMS PERCUSSION REVOLVER ENGRAVED “H.Y. EVANS 1861, “F.J.P.C.C.”.

SN 104910. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. The unplated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain an oil finished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching serial number in backstrap channel. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking and all 6 safety pins crisp & prominent. Backstrap is very nicely amateur inscribed “H Y Evans 1861” and the buttstrap “F J P C C”. Finish on this revolver is military style with satin blues & not so bright case colors with the unplated grip frame & oil finish grip. This was an expedient by Colt to fill government contracts. A search of the American Civil War Research Database disclosed 227 individuals named Evans with first initial “H” and about half that many Confederates. None, however showed a middle initial “Y”. Regardless this is a scarce, very high condition military revolver that apparently was issued during the Civil War. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl retains 96-97% crisp orig satin blue with the only loss areas faint sharp edge wear and an area of surface rust with fine pitting on the right side toward the muzzle. Rammer & handle retain bright case colors. Frame & hammer also retain brilliant case colors, lightly faded on left recoil shield with a small area of wear at the highest point. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on the sides, faded on top edge. Cylinder is a dull blue/brown patina and shows about 97-98% Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking with one small area of fine pitting. Grip frame is a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound with sharp edges and retains about 99% of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, billiant shiny bore. May have been fired, but if so, very little. Chambers of the cylinder & bore retain most of the orig blue. 4-51141 JR134 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2094

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2117
Revised: 3/6/2014

Please Note: The cylinder pin has been shortened (probably during period of use) and cylinder pin retaining screw is missing (as seen in the catalog image)

HISTORICAL LARGE FRAME BEAUMONT-ADAMS PERCUSSION DRAGOON REVOLVER INSCRIBED TO “A FOUNDER OF THE PONY EXPRESS” AND LATER CONFEDERATE PURCHASING AGENT, MAJOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FICKLIN.

SN B20276. This rare large-bore Pattern 1856 revolver, 38 bore, approx 50 cal, is inscribed on right side of bbl flat ‘B.F.FICKLIN, VIRGINIA.’ This is a typical style of engraving found on other Confederate-associated English military revolvers. Gun overall measures just over 13″ with a 6-1/2″ full oct bbl. This massive Dragoon had about the largest caliber bullet utilized in any Civil War Revolver. It is impressive. These English guns with multiple patents in this era typically have two serial numbers. This gun has on the frame ‘B20276’ over ‘ADAMS PATENT NO. 36025R’. The ‘B’ serial number we are utilizing as this is the number that is used in the Confederate inventories according to recent research to be published in upcoming text on English Confederate imports The English Connection by C. A. Huey & R. Pritchard. Gun was not disassembled as it is no doubt all orig, matching and authentic. It is interesting to note that there are 5 other identical revolvers with names inscribed identically to other Virginia military officers in same position on right bbl flat of guns in the same serial range. Identities and inscriptions of these other guns will be published in 2014. It is also thought according to upcoming text that Ficklin was the responsible agent for bringing these guns to the Confederacy. Benjamin Franklin Ficklin was a famous graduate of VMI in 1849. He taught school for a short period of time but the lure of the West was too great. By the early 1850s he was out on the plains in the employ of Russell, Majors & Waddell Freight Line. “He familiarized himself with the West making the acquaintance of the Indians, proved himself a shrewd trader, and mixed freely with the military.” Ficklin was one of the orig 3 partners of the Central Overland California and Pike’s Peak Express Company which conducted the famous Pony Express. Ficklin was the first general superintendent for the Pony Express until being replaced in June 1860. According to VMI archives “Along with several others, he formed the famous Pony Express courier company in January 1860 and served as a key partner in the venture until he left the company due to conflict with another partner.” When the Civil War began in 1861 Ficklin was commissioned Major in Virginia’s provisional army. He took part in the July 1st disastrous assault at Malvern Hill southeast of Richmond where, according to the Charlottesville newspaper, “Ficklin succeeded by his own hands of saving a cannon abandoned by those who had served it.” Life between battles was notoriously dull and Ficklin turned to the high seas. He became a blockade runner, operating 3 ships in the risky business: the Virginia, Coquette, and Giraffe. Ficklin is known to have hired 26 English bank-note engravers that he smuggled to the Confederacy on the blockade runner Giraffe in 1863. According to Monticello’s official website: “Ficklin’s ocean-going operations must have proven quite lucrative, for on November 17, 1864, he purchased Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and 600 surrounding acres from the government of the Confederate States of America. Having been the property of Uriah Phillips Levy, a commodore in the U.S. Navy who owned Monticello from 1836 until his death in 1862, the estate had been seized by the Confederacy under its Alien Enemies Act, which authorized the confiscation of property owned by Northerners. According to an account in the Lynchburg Republican, the deputy marshal handling the auction sale of Monticello first told the large assembled crowd that one acre of the property – the Jefferson family cemetery – was reserved and would not be sold. “Monticello was put up,” the newspaper noted, “and the first bid was $20,000, the last $80,500, and Lieutenant-Colonel B. F. Ficklin the purchaser… The bust of Mr. Jefferson, which stood in the hall on a fluted Corinthian pedestal, brought only $50, and will still retain its place, as Mr. Ficklin repurchased it.” The Lynchburg newspaper also described the condition of the Monticello house: “Visitors have defaced the walls of the house by scribbling their names over them. Hundreds of them can be seen and read on each side of the front entrance to the hall; pieces of the bust of Mr. Jefferson were chipped off; chairs, tables, mirrors, vases broken and destroyed, and in some cases mementoes of rare virtue and art have been purloined. Shame, shame upon our thoughtless countrymen; why should they be so disrespectful to the sepulcher of the great patriot of the Revolution?” Ficklin did not acquire the title to Monticello until March 17, 1865, a mere three weeks before Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Although it is unclear whether Ficklin ever stayed in Jefferson’s home, Ficklin family lore holds that the adventurer took his aged father to Monticello, where he died. (The U.S. government never recognized the Confederacy’s or Ficklin’s ownership of Monticello; after the Civil War all confiscated properties were returned to their previous owners. In 1879, after years of disputes among the heirs of Uriah Levy, his nephew Jefferson Monroe Levy bought and took possession of Monticello.) In April 1865, Ben Ficklin was in Washington, D.C. On the 16th of the month, two days after President Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth, Ficklin was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the assassination. A telegraph operator had reported Ficklin to the authorities, saying the 37-year-old ex-Confederate presented “the appearance of a refined pirate.” Ficklin was never tried, and was released after spending a couple of months in prison. Within two years he was back in Texas, running the U.S. mail between San Antonio and El Paso. When his stagecoaches were attacked by Kickapoos, Ficklin managed to obtain cavalry escorts. He later armed his passengers with Spencer repeating carbines. The adventurous Benjamin Franklin Ficklin died March 10, 1871, but not from a bullet, arrow, or cannonball. Rather, a jagged fishbone lodged in his throat during a dinner at the Willard Hotel in Washington. When a physician tried to remove it he severed an artery, and Ficklin drowned in his own blood. His body was transported to Charlottesville and lies buried in the city’s Maplewood Cemetery.” PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: This gun is fine to very fine overall retaining 80% of its orig blue on frame and bbl with numerous small dings, dents and scratches. Cylinder retains 10 – 20% blue with much of its remainder turning plum with scattered dings, dents and scratches. Trigger guard has strong traces of finish in protected areas as does trigger with balance being gray/brown. Stocks are sound and solid with crisp checkering with some dings and dents. Mechanically gun functions intermittently. Rifling in bore is crisp with rust and pitting. Markings including serial numbers are all crisp and easily discerned. 4-51190 JS (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2117

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2126
Revised: 2/25/2014

This item was not consgined by the Flayderman family to the auction. However, this Bowie knife does appear in Flayderman’s book and was once part of Norm’s prestigious collection.

BOWIE KNIFE IMMORTALIZING ZACHARY TAYLOR.

This rare knife with possibly unique motto “GENERAL TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS” was made by Wraggs Celebrated Cutlery of Sheffield, circa 1850. This knife is in beautiful condition measuring over 12-1/2″ overall with an 8″ clip point blade. This exact knife and scabbard are pictured on pg 423 of The Bowie Knife Unsheathing an American Legend by Norm Flayderman. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall. Blade retains much orig luster with sharpening, staining and pitting; maker mark and 3-1/2″ etched panel is excellent; German silver cutlery handle and cross guard are very good overall with good detail and patina. Accompanying scabbard is scuffed but retains most of its orig red color and gold highlights. Scabbard fits slightly loose and is embossed “I*XL”. German silver mounts to scabbard are well fit and complete including frog button. 4-50315 JS92 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 2126

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2143
Revised: 3/7/2014

Please Note: This Gatling was produced by a company by the name of “THUNDER RIVER”, now out of business. Sold to Norm late 1980s/early 1990s by Collector’s Firearms.

Please Note: This is a Modern firearm and subject to ATF Regulation.

FINE REPRODUCTION FULL SCALE MODEL 1874 GATLING GUN.

SN 72480. 45-70 cal. This full-sized faithful, fully-functional reproduction has sat in Norm and Ruth Flayderman’s home in Florida overlooking incoming ships into Ft. Lauderdale since they moved there. The model 1874 came in two lengths and this is a copy of the larger of the two with the gun measuring 49″ overall, weighing about 200lbs. without the mounting. With the addition of the yoke and heavy tripod weight no doubt will double. We are not sure of the maker as there are no markings other than a number ‘72480’ which is stamped on the right side of brass frame. The magazine slot is marked ’45 CAL GOV’. Quality and machining of this gun appear quite fine. I’m sure someone reading this catalogue is going to call and tell us they know who made it. We would like to know. This is a stunning decoration for any family room and is in complete and beautiful condition. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Gun overall is in fine condition. Metal surfaces are smooth gray/bright. Gun appears functional and mechanics seem to work well. The handle to the bolt removal plug in the casabel plate is broken off but is easily restored. 4-51212 JS176 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2143

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2199
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: This lot is accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver as it is found here, shipped to “P.S. Newton” probably in April 1861, address unknown. The early fluted Armys that letter are scarce!

FINE COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 4762. Cal. 44. This early 1861 manufactured 4-screw fluted army revolver that retains good orig finish and appears much better than most guns in this serial range that generally saw hard Civil War service. Many of these guns were shipped South and possibly more research through Colt records might ascertain where this gun was shipped. SN 4762 matches throughout though wedge and cyl are not serialized. Cyl does retain its safety pins though three of them have been fairly well smashed. Cyl is correctly marked in one flute “PATENTED SEPT. 10 1850″. PROVENANCE: Collection of Charles A. Lamb. CONDITION: Gun is overall very good to fine with good crisp marking including the bbl address, patent markings on frame and cyl and SNs. Bbl retains 10%+ orig bright finish especially in protected areas with balance plum/brown with staining and pitting. Backstrap has strong traces of finish on top where attached to frame and on bottom of butt. Cyl is plum/brown overall with strong traces of blue in protected areas. Frame and hammer exhibit 20-30% muted case colors with balance gray/brown with staining and pitting. Stocks are sound and solid with oiled finish with scattered dings and dents especially in butt where gun apparently was used as tack hammer. 4-51848 JS132 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 2199

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2266
Revised: 3/6/2014

Please Note: As noted in the catalog the sword was in Corky Huey’s collection; that was approximately 20 years ago. More recently it was in the collection of a private southern collector.

RARE AND UNIQUE CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER’S SWORD, GOODY & JONES.

Little is known about the firm of Goody & Jones of London, however London newspaper advertisements do show advertisements by Goody & Jones of 40 Pall Mall offering military goods including Confederate uniforms and regalia. These ads appear early in the war, in 1862. This is the only surviving or known sword by this retailer and may have been their salesman sample as it is so spectacular. The iron basket hilt incorporates a 1-3/4″ high Confederate drooped wing eagle with “CSA” engraved on its breast surmounted below a ribbon of 11 stars, representing the 11 Confederate states. The 32″ straight blade is intricately etched with floral and geometrical motifs with a central panel on either side of a Confederate battle flag attached on a flag pole. The grip is covered with sharkskin with the highest grade triple silver wire wrap. The entire hilt, backstrap and scabbard are silver-plated. This is a truly wonderful unique and high conditioned Confederate officer’s sword that would grace the finest institutional or collection display. PROVENANCE: C.A. Huey, Southern collection CONDITION: The blade is in excellent condition, retaining most all of its orig luster and polish. The orig protective washer is intact and the pristine silver-plated surface is visible where this washer lifts up. The balance of plating on hilt and scabbard has a mottled and eroded look due to rust and pitting beneath the silver. Sharkskin grip is complete as is the silver twisted wire. 8-76344 JS234 (17,500-25,500) – Lot 2266

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2301
Revised: 2/25/2014

Please Note: The revolver is an “Army” Model not “Navy”.

JOSLYN NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2320. Cal. 44. This popular Civil War martial revolver with 8″ oct bbl, dovetail front sight with 2-line bbl marking and with a 3-pc rammer. It has an unusual side hammer with cylinder pin inserted through rear like the 1855 Colts. It also has checkered 2-pc walnut grips typical of this manufacturer. Bbl is marked “B. F. JOSLYN/PATD. MAY 4, 1858”. This is a nice example of a scarce Civil War revolver that is in very nice functioning condition. PROVENANCE: Collection of Charles A. Lamb. CONDITION: Very good overall. Bbl retains traces of orig blue finish with balance being gray/brown; cyl retains about 30% of its orig blue finish with a prominent drag line as can be seen in photos; remainder of metal retain strong traces of finish in protected areas with balance being gray/brown; stocks are sound and solid with hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright bore with pitting. 4-51856 JS98 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2301

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2384
Revised: 3/9/2014

Please Note: We can not guarantee the period of origin.

SOUTHERN FLINTLOCK CURLY MAPLE HIGHLY INLAID KENTUCKY PISTOL.

SN NSN. 8-1/4″ full oct 41 Cal. unmarked rifled bbl. Nicely curled red finished maple stock with 9 silver inlays which include a bird on left side, a snake on right side an engraved 8 pointed star behind bbl tang and 3 crosses on left side of grip. Cap box in butt. Large full brass sideplate is not engraved. This pistol appears to be of southern manufacture, perhaps Tennessee. PROVENANCE: Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Two silver tacks appear to be missing, one for the eye of snake and one for eye of a fish inlay near muzzle. 4-49471 RG33 (4,000-8,000) – Lot 2384

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2484
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: This pistol is pictured as item P-46 in the book “Weapons of the American Revolution” Moore.

JAMES BARBAR DOUBLE BARRELED FLINTLOCK PISTOL.

SN NSN. This Revolutionary War era, circa 1750, military sized double barrel pistol measures just over 15″ overall with 9″ 65 cal bbls. Warren Moore in his book Weapons of the American Revolution shows a fairly identical pair of these guns on pg 35. As noted by Moore, an interesting feature of these pistols is the placing of the lockspring on the outside of the locks beneath the frizzen springs. This iron mounted pistol has silver thumbplate and silver mask on the butt, typical of pistols carried by officers during the Revolutionary War. Each bbl and each lock is marked “BARBAR”. This gun appears all orig and authentic. PROVENANCE: Collection of Charles A. Lamb. CONDITION: Very good overall. Markings in steel including bbl proofs and engraved borders of bbl housing and elsewhere are all easily discernible. There is strong traces of org brown finish in protected areas especially on bbl housing. Stock is sound and solid retaining about half of its orig thin varnish finish as does ramrod’s wood body. 4-51865 JS105 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2484

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2489
Revised: 3/7/2014

The pistol barrels may have been refinished during their period of use.

EXCEPTIONAL HIGH CONDITION CASED PAIR OF JOSEPH EGG FLINTLOCK OFFICERS PISTOLS.

SN NSN. Cal. .75. These high quality, military caliber, horseman’s pistols with 8″ twist ovate bbls fitted with U-notch rear and silver blade front sights, are engraved “Joseph, Egg. No 1 Piccadilly London” in script on top flats. Each bbl has gold band at rear, and platinum touch hole. Captive bridled ramrods mount to heavy bosses under muzzles. Locks with semi-waterproof pans, bridled frizzens with large rollers on springs, back sliding safeties, and serpentine cocks, have chamfered plates with rebated pointed tails. Rear portion of plates and flat body of cocks have floral engraving. “Joseph Egg” is engraved under each pan. Dense, nicely figured European walnut stocks have horn tips, and fully checkered bag grips. Trigger guards with floral engraving on bows extend to classic pineapple finials. Rectangular crest plates with clipped corners behind breech irons, are each engraved with a horse. Stocks mount to bbls with single captive side nail with no escutcheons. Orig makers mahogany case with key lock closure, and with ebony key escutcheon, is lined in pilled green baize, and has orig paper Joseph Egg label on lid. Case contains a number of lead balls in central compartment and under one covered compartment, a second covered compartment is empty, a fine early rosewood cleaning rod with brush, scraper, and jag, early double bladed walnut handled turnscrew with brass vent pick/ blade guard, and a cleaning brush. PROVENANCE: Robert H. Haskell, III Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, as found. Bbls retain 80 – 90% orig brown, silvering on sharp edges. Locks and breech irons retain a great deal of their orig case hardening color under a layer of dust and grime. Trigger guards and thimbles retain nearly all of their charcoal blue. One thimble is considerably flaked. Stocks retain nearly all their orig finish with some dull spots and a few minor marks. Bores are very fine with a few minor pits. Locks and frizzens are crisp. Safeties work. Exterior of case retains most of what appears to be an old refinish over a number of scratches and marks, and some minor repairs. Bottom board has two cracks. Interior cloth is extremely fine, with some light rubs and marks from contact with guns and accessories. Partitions are solid. Label is extremely fine, unsoiled, with two minor tears. Accessories are also very fine. A truly exceptional pair of flintlock man stoppers, by this highly regarded maker, nephew of Durs Egg, who was working at 1 Piccadilly from 1814 – 1834. 4-50184 MGM16 (8,500-12,500) – Lot 2489

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2509
Revised: 3/9/2014

Please Note: This gun is not genuine.

FINE SIMEON NORTH FLINTLOCK OFFICERS PISTOL.

SN NSN. Cal. .552 Smooth bore. 9-1/2″ Swamped octagon bbl is gold inlaid on top flat with 2-3/4″ banner engraved “S. North Middletown, Conn.” in Gothic script (Simeon North moved operations to Middletown in 1813.). Touch hole is gold lined. Breech iron with scroll engraving has filed-in V-notch rear sight. Lock with semi-waterproof rounded pan has bridled roller frizzen. Spring has bulbous end with teat. Chamfered lockplate has double line chamfers, and rebated pointed tail. It is fitted with broad back sliding safety, and serpentine cock with molded chamfers. “S North” is engraved on gold inlaid scrolled banner, which is set in over some foliate engraving. Trigger plate is fitted with set trigger. Stock which extends to within 1/2″ of muzzle, appears to be of American walnut, with flat facets to bulbous bag grip. Furniture is very British in styling. Double beaded trigger guard with armorial engraving has stylized pineapple finial. Stock attaches to bbl with two captive side nails through oval silver escutcheons. Greenheart ramrod has steel tip with removable trumpet shaped end, and steel tail with worm, and is held by well filed, beaded, steel, single pipe and thimble. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Good. Iron parts cleaned to gray brown, with considerable pinprick pitting and discoloration on bbl. Stock retains what appears to be most of its orig finish with numerous marks, dents, and scratches. Bore is good. Lock crisp. 4-49856 MGM138 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2509

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2514
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Pistol is accompanied by the original Bill of Sale from Norm Flayderman dated Dec. 1, 1993. The note on the Bill of Sale states that this pistol “is the exact gun used to illustrate that model in the well known work on naval weapons “Small Arms of the Sea Services” illustrated on page 72. he further states “this pistol was in my personol (sic) all these many years. I acquired it approximately in the late 1950s”.

MODEL 1826 SIMEON NORTH FLINTLOCK NAVY PISTOL DATED 1828.

SN NSN. This an honest, complete example of the scarce Navy Flintlock pistol made between 1826 & 1829 in original flint with total production of about 3,000 guns. This example conforms to others with 8-5/8″ rnd bbl, brass blade front sight iron mounted, 3″ belt hook, captive swivel ramrod and measuring 13-1/4″ overall. This example is marked forward of hammer “U.S./S. NORTH” and dated “1828” behind the hammer. This particular model in original flint is quite scarce. PROVENANCE: Collection of Charles A. Lamb CONDITION: Overall good-very good. Metal overall is bright where bbl has been cleaned; markings on bbl are only partially discernible as can be seen in photos but are present; front sight has been shortened and has tool marks present around it; the backstrap has a braised repair where it was broken at the tang screw; lock is fairly smooth gray/brown with good markings; small assembly letters “J” are found on frizzen and hammer; balance of iron hardware is cleaned to bright like bbl with areas of erosion and pitting. Gun functions mechanically; bore is pitted. 4-50942 JS124 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2514

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2520
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: The lot is accompanied by a letter dated 2/25/1992 from collect Dave Stewart wherein he states the lock on this gun is a restoration. The ramrod is a replacement and probably the sidelock screws. The barrel was weld repaired at the breech which can be seen when the gun is disassembled. All else is original.

J. HENRY MARTIAL FLINTLOCK PISTOL.

SN NSN. Cal. 54. This scarce early martial flint pistol made by Joseph Henry of Philadelphia between 1807 and 1808 was originally part of a pair of somewhere over 1,000 guns made in total. This gun conforms to other specimens of this contract with 10″ Round bbl marked “J. Henry Phila” on top, with eagle head “P” proof on left. Lock with flat chamfered plate with long teat at tail has integral pan with bridled friction frizzen, fitted with flat faced chamfered cock, stamped “US” under pan, and with “J. Henry” and “Phila” on tail vertically. Stock extends to muzzle, and is fitted with brass furniture and wooden ramrod. There is inspector’s cartouche in stock opposite lock. This is an attractive, well marked example of a scarce American Martial Flint pistol that could have been carried during the War of 1812. PROVENANCE: Collection of Charles A. Lamb. CONDITION: Gun appears very good overall. Markings on bbl and block are well struck and easily discerned as can be seen in photos. The gun appears to be orig flint as there is no apparent weld around touch hole and lock appears orig externally. Interior of lock is stamped “SS” with small assembly numbers on several parts, mainspring is a new replacement otherwise other lock parts appear orig. Wood inside lock mortise shows restoration and lock escutcheon appears to be a replacement. Externally on stock there is some glued repair at muzzle end; there are two small putty insets, one under lock and one about 1/2″ at buttcap and there is a 1″ x 1/2″ glued repair just forward of lock. Ramrod is probably a replacement. Mechanically gun functions adequately and bore is smooth though pitted. 4-50935 JS137 (4,000-8,000) – Lot 2520

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2553
Revised: 3/9/2014

Please Note: This gun may be a conversion.

LONG BARRELED NEW ENGLAND COLONIAL FOWLER WITH EVIDENCE OF MILITIA USAGE.

SN NSN. 52″ rnd 62 Cal. smooth bbl stamped “M” on top at breech. Overall 67-3/4″, butt is 4-7/8″ x 2″. Bbl is pinned to finely figured curly maple stock which has very nice fan relief carving around bbl tang. 5-1/2″ flintlock is engraved but unmarked. Small oval silver inlay on top of wrist and military style brass sideplate. 11″ brass trigger guard is English style. First 2-1/4″ of stock have been cut back for a bayonet and nose cap added which indicates militia usage by its owner. Ramrod held in place by 4 brass ramrod pipes, first of which is 4″. There are more surviving Massachusetts militia arms than from the other 5 New England states combined. As the militia was often volunteer and very local, considerable license was permitted in the choice of weapons and uniforms. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Absolutely excellent condition as modified for militia usage. 3-1/2″ x 1/8″ wood sliver is missing along bbl 7″ from muzzle. 4-49825 RG21 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2553

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3002
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $3,500-$4,500

UNUSUAL DREYSE NEEDLEFIRE REVOLVER, LIGHTLY ENGRAVED, WITH LOADER.

SN 5215. Cal .35. Dreyse made relatively few needlefire revolvers. This example has a 4″ bbl with a drift adjustable front sight and a fixed rear sight. The top strap reads “v. DREYSE SOMMERDA”. The SN 5215 appears within a light scroll on the left side of the frame while the caliber designation “Cal: 0,35-12 Gran Pulv”, is on the right frame. “K” is stamped on the front of the frame, partially covered by the cylinder pin lever. Additional light scroll is on the rear of the receiver and under the trigger guard that was originally case hardened. The exaggerated grip, with horizontal escutcheons, has fine wraparound checkering that extends to the strap. At the base is a robust non-rotatable lanyard ring. Function is double action only. Included is an orig loader, bare metal, #5555. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Little orig finish with all metal surfaces having been lightly cleaned over mild pitting. No case coloring on the trigger guard whose surface has been equally burnished. Comparable condition single piece grip with scattered bruises and dings. Most of the varnish has thinned to allow oil soaked staining, particularly at the base of the grip, though losses are minimal. Dark bore with strong rifling amidst moderate oxidation. Perfect manual function. The loader is in comparable condition, having been very lightly polished, but showing orig machine marks and very sharp edges. 4-52419 LMA114 (2,750-4,500) – Lot 3002

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3004
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $2,750-$3,000

SWISS M1882 REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL SCHMIDT SHOULDER STOCK.

SN 32165. Cal. 7.5mm. Swiss M1882 revolver with 4-1/2″ bbl, having a fixed front and rear sight. Fully matched SNs on the left side of bbl, left frame and on the cyl. The last few matching digits marked on the ejector, hammer, loading gate and trigger. The right grip panel was removed and marked with a penciled “65”. Under the panel was a previous owner’s tag, noting Schwab, Jak. from Winterthurer. Revolver was released from Army service in 1963 as reflected by the “P63” on the left side of the frame. Major components with orig rust blue; minor components strawed. Varnished and fluted grip panels. Complete with correct and orig leather wrapped shoulder stock whose lid was marked with a circular logo containing “R. Schmidt. Lt. Col. L. Bern” surrounding a Swiss cross. The inner body of the stock was lightly ink stamped “1914” – originally to match a revolver of the same number. Body of stock is missing its shoulder straps. Lug extension is correctly in the white and fits nicely into the grip recess though does not lock in place. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess CONDITION: Revolver has a bright 98-99% orig rust blue with comparable condition strawed parts. Grips retain most of their varnish with slight thinning on the right panel. Mirror bore with sharp rifling. Perfect mechanics. Leather covered shoulder stock sound but oiled with moderate crazing. No suggestion of restitching. Lug extension has been filed to fit a particular gun and has a welded repair at the forward tip. 4-52050 LMA110 (2,250-3,000) – Lot 3004

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3035
Revised: 3/7/2014

Please Note: The caliber is 7.63 Mauser not mentioned in the catalog.

EXTRAORDINARY LONDON RETAILER CASED MAUSER C96 “SYSTEM MAUSER” STEP BARREL, MATCHING STOCK.

SN 189. Mauser made fewer than 200 step barrel C96s with most numbered in the serial range 1-200. This 10 shot example has a 5.5” barrel with a fixed front sight and a pinned 1-10 rear sight. “System Mauser” is hand inscribed over the chamber that has been struck with a large Crown/U proof on the left side. Externally the serial number is repeated on the firing pin retainer and in large hand inscribed numerals on the backstrap over the stock slot. The extractor, bolt stop, cursor/rear sight, firing pin retainer, safety and grip screw are fire blued. The trigger is strawed while the hammer and subframe are gray case hardened. Extensive disassembly shows all matching parts including the grips. This gun has several unusual features. Unlike other System Mauser pistols that have an open rear recess on the left side of the frame, this gun has the raised island typical of later guns. Another unusual feature relates to the grips. Most step barrel guns have checkered grips. As production shifted to the tapered chamber, Mauser changed the grips to serrated panels, whereby the serrations were perpendicular to the grip axis. The serrations on these grips, unquestionably factory original, angle upward to parallel the barrel axis. The matching stock has a unique long neck and lug, unique to the early guns, that has a narrower-than-usual upper arm and a broader-than-usual lower arm. The matching number is hand inscribed on the fire blued lid hinge. A transitional feature relates to the lid release. The earliest step barrel guns were sold with a reverse opening stock whose lid latch incorporated only a narrow button. The button on this stock has the fuller, checkered form as subsequently became standard. The gun, stock and original Putzstock come in a full leather bound oak presentation case lined in red felt with Cogswell and Harrison London trade label on inner lid, compartmentalized for ammo boxes (not present) and an early developmental “fat” Putzstock. Case lid embossed in black “F.R.S”, the original owner being Frederick Richard Simms, 1863 – 1944, British engineer, founder of the UK Daimler Motor Syndicate, collaborator with Gottlieb Daimler in early motor car development, founder of UK Royal Automobile Club, designer of first armoured “car”, the Motor Scout, an 1899 DeDion quadricycle mounting a Maxim gum with armour shield, etc. etc. PROVENANCE: F. R. Simms family, Sotheby’s, London sale Dec 1988, Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Stunning 99% bright original blue with negligible loss along the leading edge of the floorplate and on the backstrap where in contact with the stock lug. Same extraordinary condition applies to the fire blued small parts and strawed trigger. Numbered grips (both penciled and stamped-standard for these guns) retain virtually all the original varnish with minor handling marks. Perfect bore and mechanics. Exceptionally nice and all original and matching stock, no staining, cracks or losses, with vivid fire blued lug and hinge. Crisp case shows only minimal internal staining and few external dings. This British cased set is undoubtedly the best stepped barrel System Mauser rig in existence, an antique whose attraction and unique provenance should transcend the gun collecting community. 4-52102 LMA136 (75,000-100,000) – Lot 3035

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3040d
Revised: 3/7/2014

Please Note: The caliber is 30 Mauser not mentioned in the catalog.

*◊ SCARCE MAUSER C96, PRE-WAR LARGE RING BOLO WITH FLORAL GRIPS AND MATCHING STOCK.

SN 29300. Pre-war Large Ring Bolo with 4″ bbl, having fixed sight and slip-in 50-1000 rear sight. Bolt with long extractor and single lug firing pin. Usual address on top of chamber, Full SN on left chamber flat. Crown U marking on left side of bbl extension; antler proof on right side. Frame with standard 2-line address on right side. Small parts fire blued except trigger that is strawed. Hard rubber floral grips. Disassembly shows all matching numbers including the bbl extension, sight bar, bolt, bolt stop, hammer, subframe and associated components, frame, locking block, floorplate, follower and grip panels (hand inscribed with a “K” and the full SN). Lanyard ring present. Accompanied by orig factory matching stock. Exact pistol was mentioned in the Wesley Richards Register, page 70, copy provided by consignor, that shows this pistol as having been received on May 25, 1901 and sold to the Army and Navy Society on June 14, 1901. An exceptional Large Ring Pre-war Bolo rig with well documented provenance. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess, Ex-Dinely Collection. CONDITION: 98-99% bright factory orig rust blue with congealed oil in the recesses around the bolt stop. Minor freckling on frontstrap. Wear on backstrap corresponds to stock attachment. Orig fire blue on extractor, cursor and bolt stop with freckled oxidative loss bringing condition to 90-93%. Comparable condition straw on trigger. Hard rubber grips with negligible handling wear. Mirror bright bore with sharp rifling. Perfect mechanics. Matching stock with most orig varnish and mildewed spotting. Single 3-1/2″ hairline crack extends along the lower spine. Hinge with lanyard loop has 80-90% orig temper blue with moderate oxidative spotting. Comparable condition lug whose upper arm is covered with congealed oil, likely responsible for much of the brown toning. 4-52082 LMA126 (6,500-9,500) – Lot 3040d

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3058
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $30,000-$50,000

*◊ IMPORTANT 1899 UK TRIALS PROTOTYPE LUGER.

SN 40. 4-3/4″ 7.65 mm Cal bbl. Part upper rim of breech face removed in manufacture, possibly to allow sight of loaded cartridge rim as a loaded indicator. Plain toggle assembly without DWM logo with prototype large digit numbering. Prototype square section hinge tongue between rear and mid toggle links. Dished toggles with toggle latch. Orig prototype thin trigger and thin coil spring assembly and orig prototype checkered flat safety lever. Proper wood bottom magazine with flat button unrelieved frame with correct prototype brass spring follower and internally numbered wood base and body. This gun is featured on pp. 175, 179, 181, 186, 191 and 192 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. All numbered parts are matching. The only known surviving 1899 prototype Luger in wholly unmodified, complete orig form. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Good. Retaining about 40% blue with scattered pitting that is deeper on the left side. 20% straw. Bore is worn and bright. Grips are moderately worn with a small chip under the safety lever. Magazine has light corrosion on body and minor nicks and dings to wood bottom. Mechanics are very good. 4-52001 BWS10 (20,000-50,000) – Lot 3058

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3062
Revised: 3/7/2014

PleasPlease Note: The caliber is 9mm not mentioned in the catalog.

*◊ EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT DWM 1904 NAVY TROOP TRIALS PROTOTYPE LUGER SN 51.

SN 51. 6″ Crown proofed (left side) “fat barrel” with full SN on bottom. “DWM” scroll on center toggle link. Toggles have transitional 90 degree checkering and a second type (single piece leaf spring, shaped as the extractor) transitional toggle lock. The extractor (GELADEN marked) is the prototype 1906 pattern with short retaining “ears”, and the mainspring is the earlier 1900 Model leaf spring. Two position Navy rear sight. Crown M (early 3 lobe crown) acceptance and Crown (pentagonal pattern) pressure proofed left receiver. Crown M acceptance mark on the rear frame above the lanyard ring. Grip safety with lever recess mark altered to Gesichert in the up position and grip lever stop lug modified accordingly. All numbers on metal parts are matching. Checkered walnut grips, the right grip is unnumbered and left grip is numbered 83. Remnants of partially erased unit mark “W. W. 33” on rear grip strap. This gun is featured on pp. 248, 255, 263, 271, 272, 275, 291, 305, and 490 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. This gun is also featured on pp. 165 and 166 of Imperial Lugers by Jan C. Still. This is probably the best surviving example of the first German military Luger contract, and the most important German military Navy Luger known. This gun has a long and famous history dating back to the collection of Dr. Lee Schreiber in Baltimore, MD. PROVENANCE: Ex Dr. Schreiber Collection. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent retaining 97% orig blue with light wear on the sharp edges and fine corrosion on the grip straps. Orig straw is about 90% with scattered fine corrosion. Bore is worn and lightly pitted. Grips are lightly worn and show wood grain. Magazine has very little wear and minor corrosion on the body. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52899 BWS29 (50,000-100,000) – Lot 3062

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3080
Revised: 3/7/2014

Please Note: The caliber is 9mm not mentioned in the catalog.

*◊ MAGNIFICENT NEAR NEW IN CASE STOEGER SAFE & LOADED ARTILLERY LUGER WITH MATCHING STOCK AND THREE MATCHING MAGAZINES.

SN 246i. 8″ artillery bbl with multi-position rear sight with full SN and Crown/N proof on bottom. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Crown/N proofs on breech block, center toggle link and left receiver. Two line “A.F.STOEGER INC/ NEW YORK.” on right receiver. “GERMANY” on left frame rail, “SAFE” on safety, “LOADED” on extractor. All numbered parts are matching. Checkered walnut grips. Three matching numbered wood bottom magazines marked 1), 2) and 3). With matching numbered stock stamped “A.F.STOEGER INC/NEW YORK.” in middle of left side. “GERMANY” stamped on left side between strap slots. With fitted dark brown leather case with brass fittings, and with “A.F.STOEGER INC/NEW YORK.” stamped on top and gold blocked black leather DWM/Berlin, A.F. Stoeger label inside lid. Red interior also contains orig cleaning rod, takedown tool and pin punch and includes orig key. This gun is featured on pp. 525, 535 and 1444 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Near new. Bright Stoeger finish with little wear to blue and straw. Bore is bright and sharp. Grips are sharp with beautiful wood grain. Magazines, stock and accessories are near new. Mechanics are excellent. Interior of case is stained and indented where the gun and accessories have sat for years, otherwise in excellent condition. Exterior has minor wear and scuffs. 4-52176 BWS56 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3080

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3134
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $3,500-$5,000

EXTRAORDINARY RARE REICHSHEER UNIT MARKED LUGER “FÜLLSTÜCK ZUR TASCHE” (WOODEN HOLSTER FILLER) RIG WITH TWO EXTRA DUMMY MAGAZINES.

SN NSN. Black leather PO8 holster modified to 1934 pattern with cleaning rod holder added inside lid. Holster is marked “10/J.R.19.48.”(Tenth Coy, 19th Infantry Regiment, Weapon #48) on front and “10.19.48.” below a Crown/III Bavarian leather rationing stamp on back. Inside is wooden dummy Luger marked “10/JR19 25” (dummy weapon #25) and block wood magazine that is marked “10/JR.19.41” (dummy magazine #41). Also in holster is orig unmarked takedown tool and metal cleaning rod. Dummies were used to help retain shape of holster when worn on occasions not requiring the pistol or stored without gun & magazine, the pistol being retained in the unit armory unless required for active service or exercises. With two extra dummy magazines. One is unmarked, the other is marked 4/R.R.18.(66.)6. (Fourth Eskadron 18th Reiter Regiment) erased dummy magazine #66, replaced with dummy magazine #6. This rig and extra magazines are featured on p. 1337 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very good. Holster retains orig dark brown color in back and stitching retains orig color. Front of holster has been dyed black, as has stitching. Dummy gun is excellent with black stain and light wear on sharp edges and corners. Dummy magazine retains orig wood color and is very lightly worn. Takedown tool is excellent, retaining 97% blue. Cleaning rod is excellent with scattered light corrosion. Extra dummy magazines are very good with some staining to wood. 4-53359 BWS109 (2,000-5,000) – Lot 3134

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3153
Revised: 3/6/2014

Please Note: The exploded interior images in the catalog for Lot #3153 are not for Lot #3153. Please see the images on our website for the correct exploded view. The full view of the complete gun and two close-ups in the printed catalog are of this gun.

*◊ FABULOUS WALTHER PP PROTOTYPE SN 2.

SN 2. 4″ 7.65mm (32 ACP) bbl. “Waffenfabrik Walther, Zella-Mehlis (Thur.) / Walther’s Patent Cal. 7.65m/m” and “WALTHER” banner on left side of slide. Front of slide is uniquely dovetail jointed to frame by “T” section frame extension, 90 degree safety lever. Prototype pattern checkered walnut grips with double lines within border. Prototype lock work. Unique magazine has prototype metal extension at base and no visible markings. Front grip strap is stamped with SN “2” towards bottom. Crown/N proofs on right side of bbl visible through ejection point, directly below on slide and on frame. One of a kind PP that is a study in the development from the Model 4. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent. Retaining 97% orig bright blue with sharp edge wear and light fading & corrosion on grip straps. Bore is bright and sharp. Grips are excellent with minor dings and dents to checkering. Magazine retains 95% orig blue. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52591 BWS132 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 3153

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3179
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $1,500-$2,600

LOT OF THREE GERMAN ARMY ZINC LEUP SIGNAL PISTOLS.

SN 7093/58542L/20746. #1: ERMA 1943. 6-1/8″ 27 mm round bbl with octagonal chamber, Eagle/280 proof marks on right side, and SN on left side. Left side of frame is marked “ayf/43” (Manufactured by Erma in 1943), SN and “Zink 4″ on left frame above trigger guard. Eagle/280 proofs on right frame. Cast zinc alloy construction with blued steel hammer, tip lever, trigger guard, trigger, small parts and screws, and blued steel lanyard ring on bottom of frame. Checkered brown bakelite grips. #2: WALTHER. 6-1/8” 27 mm round bbl with octagonal chamber, Eagle proof mark on right side, and SN on left side under chamber next to hinge. Left side of frame is marked “Waffenfabrik Walther Zella Mehlis(Thur)” above a Walther banner and the full SN on left frame above trigger guard. Eagle proof and Eagle/359 on right frame. Cast zinc alloy construction with blued steel hammer, tip lever, trigger guard, trigger, small parts and screws, and blued steel lanyard ring on bottom of frame. Serrated wood grips. #3: WALTHER. 6-1/8″ 27 mm rnd bbl with octagonal chamber and Crown/B, Crown/U, and Crown/S proofs and Eagle/359 proofs on right side and matching SN on bottom under chamber by hinge. Right side of frame has two Eagle/359 proofs and Crown/B and Crown/U proofs. Left side of frame has “Waffenfabrik Walther Zella-Mehlis (Thur)” above a Walther banner with 1936 below. Full SN on left frame above bbl tip lever. Pre-war time wide serrated hammer. Black anodized aluminum construction with blued steel, hammer, trigger, trigger guard, bbl tip lever, lanyard, pins and screws. Checkered wood grips. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent with minor wear and light scratches to zinc. 97% original blue finish with scattered light corrosion on blued parts. Bore dull. Grips are sharp with minor wear. Mechanics are excellent. #3: Excellent, retaining 90% black finish with silvering on sharp edges and corners, mostly on octagonal chamber and sides of muzzle with extra wear on right flat of chamber. Finish is turning a greenish tint. Steel parts retain 97% original blue with scattered light corrosion. Bore has light parallel scratches. Grips are lightly worn with minor dings and dents. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52693, 4-52696, 4-52681 BWS77 (1,500-2,600) – Lot 3179

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3186
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $10,000-$15,000

*◊ VERY RARE 9.3 MM MANNLICHER M1904 SPORTING/MILITARY TRIALS SELF LOADING RIFLE.

SN 62. Cal. 9.3mm. Scarce opportunity to obtain one of the only surviving examples of Mannlicher’s last patent model as made by OWG Steyr and submitted for military trials at the time of Mannlicher’s death in 1904. Ferdinand von Mannlicher was a prolific designer with numerous successful and not so successful designs. This particular rifle was formerly part of the Henk Visser collection, and covered by US Patent 804, 748, granted Nov. 14, 1904. Mannlicher’s 1904 uses a short recoil system, in which the bolt and bbl recoil rearward together until the bolt is cammed down at rear to disengage the locking lugs. Rifle is set up in sporter configuration has a lever magazine release, finely checkered stock, flip-up rear sight graduated for 100 & 200 meters, checkered rail and high polished bluing overall. Receiver is marked with Austrian proofs and a single crown over “N” on the left bbl. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess, ex-Visser collection. CONDITION: Very fine. 98% high polished blue remains with some slight browning and edge wear on straight pull bolt handle. Bore, bright shiny strong lands and groves, high polished hard wood stock is in nice condition with numerous nicks, dings & scratches that do not detract. 4-53240 DW8 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3186

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3187
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $5,500-$7,500

*◊ EXTREMELY RARE HOLEK AUTOMAT RIFLE CHAMBERED IN 8 MM.

SN 245. Cal. 8mm x 57. Interesting tipping breech block (similar to ZB vz. 26/BREN MG) semi-automatic sporter developed by the Czech arms designer Emmanuel Holek (brother of Vaclan Holek) and manufactured in 1942, utilizing an under-barrel tapped gas recoil system, the weapon cocks by taking the front sling loop and pulling the gas system rearward thus disengaging and retracting the tipping bolt. This rifle was very advanced for its time, it is Czech proofed and is marked with Holek’s logo and “ORIGINAL HOLEK AUTOMAT” on the top receiver rear. The magazine (replacement) is in the white as are the bolt and extractor, period 2-pc sporter stock shows nice checkering at forend & wrist. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess, ex-Visser collection. CONDITION: Very Fine. High polished blue is 98%, the rear dove-tail sight has been ground down at some point and 3-threaded holes are present on the right where a presumed tangent or target sight was probably added and later removed. Bore is very nice, shiny, stock shows some wear & a few minor scratches and dings. 4-53224 DW7 (5,500-7,500) – Lot 3187

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3192
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $14,000-$20,000

EXCEPTIONAL PURPOSE MADE FG42 SCOPE AND VERY EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PRESSED STEEL DOVETAIL MOUNT.

SN 48577. Once in a lifetime opportunity to obtain an example of a rarely found purpose made FG42 scope and pressed dovetail grooved mount (also incorrectly known as a “swallow tail” mount due to mis-translation from the German “Schwalbenschwanz”). The positioning of the clamp screws and small dovetail claws allow this pattern mount only to clamp correctly to the dovetail section receiver rail of the rare “gcy” (L.O.Dietrich/Altenburg) manufactured second pattern FG42, of which only 2 – 300 were made, the cut-outs in the rail of the Krieghoff made guns preventing engagement of the front clamp claws of this pattern mount. This exact set is illustrated on page 243 of Darrein Weaver’s 2001, Hitlers Garands. Scope itself is in very good condition. Marked with the normal “Gw ZF4 48577 ddx”, an additional blue filled triangle and an additional engraved “L”. It is also marked in large engraved letters “FG42 Nr.0232”, which is the SN of the gcy code weapon it was originally mated to. The heavy stamped sheet metal mount itself is also in very good condition, is complete and mechanically sound. The stamped metal retaining bands, spacers and screws are also complete & secure. The set comes with its orig rubber eye piece, stamped sheet metal rain shield & wood, leather, and Presstoff cover. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very good to excellent overall. Scope retains 95% of orig bluing with wear on the high edges. Some near microscopic scattered pitting in various locations. Optics are clear. Everything functions as it should. Accessories are in excellent condition with tiny dent on rain shield and wooden dowel of cover is missing one small screw. The mount appears contemporary to the scope and is in very good to excellent condition again with tiny scattered pits & blemishes that do not detract. 4-53364 DW36 (14,000-20,000) – Lot 3192

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3193
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $12,000-$25,000

SPECTACULAR EARLY ZFG42 SCOPE AND EARLY STRADDLE MOUNT DEVELOPED FOR THE FIRST PATTERN FG42 RIFLE.

SN 10V113. Once in a generation opportunity to obtain an example of a rarely found purpose made ZFG42 scope and straddle mount. Another example of this set in the APG collection is illustrated on page 220 of Darrein Weaver’s 2001, Hitler’s Garands. This scope, made with a brass body, is in very good condition, with 3 post reticle. Marked “ZFG42 Fl52973 ddx. 10V 113”,which is 64 scopes away from the one illustrated in the book. The “V” indicates “experimental” or “trials” piece. The heavy machined steel mount itself is also in very good condition, is complete and mechanically sound, and marked on the rear “auf”, “zu”, and on the left side “FG42 No1003”, which represents the orig rifle it was mated to. Unlike the example from APG, this mount has its orig tightening lever. The stamped metal retaining bands, spacers and screws are also complete & secure. The set comes with its orig rubber eye piece, stamped sheet metal rain shield & wood, leather, and Presstoff cover. These scopes & mounts are only found in government museums or in the most advanced private collections. PROVENANCE: Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess Collection. CONDITION: Very good to excellent overall. Brass scope has lost much of its orig black stain. Optics are clear. Everything functions as it should. The mount appears contemporary to the scope and is in very good to excellent condition with 80+% bluing remaining with most wear at the sharp edges. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very good to excellent overall. Brass scope has lost much of its orig black stain. Optics are clear. Everything functions as it should. The mount appears contemporary to the scope and is in very good to excellent condition with 80+% bluing remaining with most wear at the sharp edges. 4-53365 DW37 (12,000-25,000) – Lot 3193

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3194
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $12,500-$15,000

EXCEEDINGLY RARE ZF4 SCOPE WITH DOUBLE FG 42 SCOPE MOUNTS.

SN 38613. Once in a lifetime opportunity to obtain one of the very rare, genuine, original ZF4 scopes outfitted with purpose made mounts for the FG 42 rifle. This pattern mount is the only type that fits correctly and clamps both mount feet to the receiver rails on Krieghoff (“fzs”) made second pattern FG42s. Scope itself is in excellent condition. Marked “Gw ZF4 38613 ddx”. it is also marked with a green filled triangle indicating the type of lubricant used, as well as an additional large “L” engraved to the right, indicating Luftwaffe issue. The scope comes with an orig windage cover, good condition but stiff eye piece and fragile & torn wood, leather and Presstoff cover. The mounts themselves are phosphated sheet metal stampings. They are secured to the top of the FG42, via two stamped levers quite unlike the post war reproductions that are seen. The split mount rings are correctly tack welded under the mount foot preventing removal. The rear mount is SN 04522. This set up is illustrated in several publications to include Death from Above and others. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Exceptional overall. Scope retains 99% of bluing. Mechanically functional and optics clear. Leather cover is in poor condition as indicated above. Both FG42 mounts retain 99% phosphate, mechanically functional and complete. 4-53363 DW35 (12,500-15,000) – Lot 3194

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3197
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $3,500-$5,000

VERY RARE PROTOTYPE VOIGTLÄNDER ZF4 SCOPE WITH “BURK” RANGING RETICLE.

SN 41539. Excellent condition ZF4 4X scope marked “Gw ZF4 Bu 41539 ddx.”. Scope is also marked with an additional triangle indicating the type of internal lubricant. Has experimental graduated reticle as developed by the German Army Officer Hauptmann Burk in an attempt assist snipers to quickly estimate range. This experiment was tested at the Infantry School in Döberitz, but was ultimately unsuccessful and only a handful of these rare scopes remain. Included are a copy of the test report from the Döberitz School rejecting the sight and a letter from Döberitz to Burk confirming that only 15 G43 rifles so equipped had been made up by Walther and were available for issue for the trials. The “Bu” marked scopes are discussed at length on page 244 of Darrin Weaver’s 2001 “Hitlers Garands” Both the elevation and windage knobs function as they should. Comes with two windage knob cover, as these prototypes were also fitted with two elevation windage-type knobs. Of note, there are several reproductions of the Burk reticle scope on the market. This one has been thoroughly examined and is unquestionably authentic. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very good to excellent. Retains over 90% bluing. Some very minor scattered speckling. Optics are clear and the scope is mechanically functional. 4-53368 DW40 (3,500-5,000) – Lot 3197

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3198
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: Estimate should be $2,500-$6,000

SCARCE UNMARKED PROTOTYPE ZF4 SCOPE WITH THREADED OBJECTIVE LENS.

Great opportunity to obtain one of just a few known prototypes in this configuration. An otherwise standard ZF4, this prototype has a threaded objective lens mounting ring screwed over the body, secured in place by 3 small set screws, having an annular abutment groove which is far deeper and set 10mm further to the rear than the standard ZF4 scope. The scope also features 2 hexagonal screws on the bottom whose purpose is not exactly known, but thought to be dry atmosphere plugs. This exact scope is illustrated in Darrein Weaver’s 2001 “Hitlers Garands” on page 248. Of note, the variations to the objective end of the scope, make it impossible to fit correctly on the standard ZF4 mount suggesting that it was manufactured for testing only or for a mounting system currently not known. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very good. Bluing remains at approximately 90% with some handling marks, scattered patina and finish wear, especially at the bottom. Optics are clear with no appreciable chips or scratches. Complete and functions. 4-53367 DW39 (2,500-6,000) – Lot 3198

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3218
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: This is the standard GEW 88/5 variation; not the GEW 88/14 variation as stated in the catalog.

DESIRABLE SPANDAU 7.92 MM GEW 88/14 RIFLE.

SN 2958Z. Cal. 7.92mm. Nice condition, mostly matching Spandau Arsenal manufactured Gewehr Model 1888/14 full length rifle. Top receiver marked “S” (.323” bore) with Imperial crown over “SPANDAU 1890”. Left bbl shows British test proof as does left receiver. Bolt is a Turkish rework and renumbered (SN 8429). Metal parts profusely Imperial proofed, rear band is unit marked “65.R.11.146.”. Comes with orig period cleaning rod. All functional and complete. Bbl shroud undented. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Overall good. Bluing is approx 80% with most wear at the front band & bbl shroud. Receiver has some browning. Stock and several metal parts appear to have been refinished at some time. Bore is bright with very little rifling left. 4-53311 DW17 (350-800) – Lot 3218

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3237
Revised: 3/9/2014

Please Note: Geoff Sturgess can not find the original document. He purchased the gun from an English dealer who had acquired it from another English dealer who bought the Sir Vivian Fuchs Collection. Geoff will provide a document from his dealer testifying this.

*◊ VERY FINE CARL WALTHER MODEL 1 RIFLE OF SIR VIVIAN FUCHS.

SN 13423. Cal. 22 long rifle. Exceptionally hard to find pre WWII Model 1 carbine made by Carl Walther Waffenfabrik, Zella-Mehlis. Sporter configuration, 3-position flip up rear sight, half stock, finely checkered wrist, Walther banner marked buttplate & rear receiver, left bbl marked crown over “N”, and “Nitro” and, left trigger guard marked with tiny “MADE IN GERMANY”. This particular rifle was once owned by Sir Vivian Fuchs, a noted Antarctic explorer with the Scott Polar Institute of Cambridge, who is said to have used this gun for self defense during several polar expeditions. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine. Bluing is 98%, bore frosted, but should clean up. Stock presents well but has 4″ split on bottom by front screw, replacement magazine is unmarked. 4-53188 DW22 (550-850) – Lot 3237

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3249
Revised: 3/10/2014

Please Note: The machine gun is MP 5 A-3 configuration not the MP 5K configuration. Also, the crown of the muzzle has been slightly ground.

**DESIRABLE H&K MP5 FLEMING ARMS SEAR CONVERSION GUN (FULLY TRANS).

SN 7322/H0471. Cal. 9mm. 8.9″ Bbl. This H&K MP5K is marked with Fleming Firearms name as well as the registered sear number on the right side of the magazine housing. Telescoping stock employs smoothly. NFA paperwork indicates caliber 9mm, 223, 308. Included accessories are seven 30-rnd magazines five of which are still new in the wax wrapper, one sure-fire M628 tactical light new in the box with instructions, one Fleming Firearms .22 caliber conversion kit in its orig shipping box in unused condition. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon passes functions check and appears fully functional. Magazines fit properly in the magazine well. CONDITION: Overall finish and appearance is excellent, as new. Bore appears excellent, shiny and mirror bright. Bolt face is also excellent. Conversion kit and magazines also in excellent condition. Tactical light kit new in its box. This is an extremely clean and attractive MP5 that any enthusiast would be proud to own. 4-51117 JWK4 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 3249

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3256
Revised: 3/6/2014

Please Note: There are two old extra holes in the helmet behind the front plate. The plate on the helmet currently appears to be an original old helmet plate and was probably changed due to a unit change during the period of use.

HESSIAN 117TH LIFE GUARD REGIMENT OF THE GRAND DUCHESS, 9TH COMPANY HELMET.

Officer model 1897-1915. Black lacquered leather body with fine gilt metal trim. Hessian lion with banner “1697” and “1897” and silvered Anchor with Cross axes device to represent a Pioneer (Engineer) Company on the frontplate. Interior with officer’s silk and leather headliner, inner visors officer colors red and green. No extra holes in body. Chin scales on M91 sidepost, as done for the model 1915. Extremely rare company level helmet purchased from a famous collector in California. Virtually impossible to find in today’s marketplace. Purchased in 2005 from Walter Hartmann, famous U.S. collector. PROVENANCE: Robert H. Haskell, III Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine quality leather body with firm stitching, all orig metal trim, 85% fine gilding, small scuffs to exterior lacquer but no significant damage to lacquer finish, anchor appears orig with very fine detail, chin scale golding weak at about 50% orig color. 4-50221 RT1 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3256

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3401
Revised: 2/25/2014

Please Note: Serial Number is 18120

NOT

98120 as stated in the catalog.

*MERKEL MODEL 323 OVER-UNDER DOUBLE EJECTOR RIFLE WITH EXTRA 16 GAUGE BARRELS AND SCOPE.

SN 98120. Cal. 8 x 60 Magnum and 16 ga. 26-3/4″ Demi-bloc rifle bbls are fitted with matted quarter rib with one standing, one folding rear sight and claw bases. Silver bead front sight is in matted ramp. A sling loop is soldered to bottom bbl. Rear portion of top bbl is marked “BOHLER SPECIAL” and “Weichlot” and “Retailer Machac, Brunn” on left side and “Gebruder Merkel, Suhl” on right. Bottom bbl is stamped with proof date of 7/30, and with Czech proofs for 1933. 16 ga. 29-5/8″ Bbls with full length, matted, solid rib are marked in the same fashion. Coin finished, hand detachable sidelock, OU, double Kersten action features automatic safety (S gold inlaid), reinforcing bolsters, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers (both set). Action and lockplates are engraved with exceptionally well cut, large, shaded, flowing scroll, with near full coverage of lockplates and bottom of action. Reinforcing bolsters are engraved with semi-relief matching scroll with floral highlights. Bottom of action is engraved “Suhler Waffenwerk” “Gebruder Merkel, Suhl”. Merkel’s logo is stamped on action face. Trigger guard is of horn, and extends to engraved steel grip cap. Finely fiddly figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over open-sided Jotsam pad, and features unusual right hand pop-up cheekpiece with release button on right side of stock, diamond shaped inlet drop points and point pattern checkering at grip, a sling loop matching those on bbls, and vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching 3-pc ejector forend fits both sets of bbls. Karl Zeiss 4 X scope with three post reticle is in soldered on claw mounts, rear mount with windage adjustment. 16 ga. BBLS: Bore diameter: top -.669, bottom -.669. Bore restrictions: top -.028 (Full), bottom -.018 (Mod). Minimum wall thickness: top-.031, bottom -.025. Drop at heel: 2-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. Rifle BBLS: Weight of rifle with scope: 10 lbs. 5 oz. Brown leather case with brass corners is lined in green felt. PROVENANCE: History of this gun attributing to its being made for Count Von Kounitz, its burial during WWII and subsequent journey to Canada then to US, as well as previous auction history. CONDITION: Excellent. Rifle bbls retain 85 – 90% orig blue, silvering on sharp edges, thinning somewhat overall. 16 ga. bbls retain over 90% of their blue with a few light marks. Action retains nearly all of its orig coin finish. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil finish with a number of subsequent marks. Checkering partially re-cut. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Finish of scope grayed to about 80%, optics clear. Case is good. 4-50349 MGM168 (17,500-27,500) – Lot 3401

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3421
Revised: 3/7/2014

Please Note: Someone has contacted us to inform us that this gun could be an unmarked Haenel Model 1909.

UNUSUAL UNMARKED MANNLICHER PROTOTYPE (?) SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 26739. Cal. 9 x 57. High quality, unmarked, but obviously factory made, sporting rifle using Mannlicher action, has 23-1/2″ tapered round bbl fitted with sleeved-on block for one standing, one folding leaf U-notch rear sight, sling loop, and short ramped front sight base, which is fitted with silver bead. Removed from stock, bbl and action show German imperial proofs, and bottom of bbl is stamped with SN 26739. Mannlicher action has long bolt stop, and sidewall with thumb cut. Bolt is fitted with unusual commercial type pear-shaped turned down knob. Cocking piece has flat gas deflecting shield. Bottom metal with hinged floorplate and articulating beautifully made cartridge follower, has push button release detent to left of trigger guard bow, and is fitted with double set triggers. Classically shaped, light colored, and lightly fiddle figured European walnut stock features side panels, round knob pistol grip, swept right hand cheekpiece, schnabeled forend tip, and sling loop matching that on bbl. Stock measures 14-1/8″ over steel buttplate with widow’s peak, and features point pattern checkering at grip with broad mullered borders. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″. Drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 6 lbs 12 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. CONDITION: Excellent. Metal parts retain approx 90% orig blue with some silvering of high edges, some freckling and flaking of finish on trigger guard bow and floorplate. Stock retains most of its orig glossy oil finish, with numerous light marks and scratches. Area around buttplate is discolored from moisture. Bore is excellent, bright, sharp and shiny throughout. Action and set triggers are crisp. Neat and very rare. 4-50177 MGM26 (1,200-2,200) – Lot 3421

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3463
Revised: 3/6/2014

Exciting Update: This gun is signed by the engraver “Glahn” on the right lockplate. Additional photos of a close-up of the signature will be/have neen posted online.

VERY RARE AND FINE GRADE 6 SYRACUSE PRODUCTION L. C. SMITH.

SN 18759. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Fine three stripe Damascus bbls with wide, matted rib, are engraved “L. C. SMITH MAKER SYRACUSE, N.Y.” and “DAMASCUS STEEL” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with SN and “6”. Standard weight action with patent dates, SN, and “6” on water table features non-automatic safety and double triggers which have checkered finger blades and were once gold-plated. Action is very nicely filed with fluted beads around bottom and with relief carved fleur-di-lis fences. Action is engraved with sprays of well cut scroll, and with geometric devices and borders. Lockplates continue the scroll and border theme, surrounding large oval vignettes of gold inlaid dogs and birds in detailed settings, with small engraved portraits of dogs and birds in circles at rear of lockplates. A gold spaniel flushes a trio of grouse from edge of marsh with cattails and old fence line in background in center oval, with portrait of spaniel at rear, on left lockplate. A gold inlaid hound is chasing a fox through open woodlands in central oval with a swimming duck in small circle, on right. “L. C. Smith” is on the front of each plate. Trigger guard has gold inlaid setter in weedy meadow on bow, and SN at grip. Nicely marbled and lightly figured Circassian walnut hard rubber capped semi-pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over Silver pad. Point pattern checkering is at grip and is done with two different spacings separated by a ribbon, with the more closely spaced checkering toward grip. A vacant gold shield is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has inlaid ebony diamond device on central uncheckered diamond, and shaped ebony inlay at tip. This gun is pictured on page 91-92 of L. C. SMITH; THE LEGEND LIVES by Houchins. Bore diameter: left-.752, right -.752. Bore restrictions: left -.028 (IMod), right -.009 (IC). Minimum wall thickness: left -.038, right -.032. Drop at heel: 3″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of John Houchins. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain approx 80% of an old re-brown with very fine definition to pattern, engraving slightly softened. Action and lockplates retain a considerable amount, perhaps 40 %, of their orig case hardening color, strong where protected, with some light flecking. Lockplates are fairly dark. Trigger guard retains most of an old re-blue, flaking and silvering at edges and grip. Triggers have remnants of their gold plating where protected. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil refinish, sharp edges slightly rounded, finish in checkering (which has not been re-cut), and with a number of previous and subsequent scratches and marks, one or two fairly deep. What appears to be orig pad is petrified and heavily chipped. Bores are very fine, shiny, with a few light pits. Action is tight. A very pleasing high grade early gun. Easily one of the finest Syracuse L.C. Smith Guns extant. 4-50895 MGM163 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3463

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3520
Revised: 3/6/2014

Please Note: The beautiful heavy gloss finish is a later refinish.

*HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION ITHACA KNICK 7 E SINGLE BARREL TRAP.

SN 400299T. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 32″ Bbl with raised, matted, ventilated rib is engraved “Ithaca Gun Co” on arched riband within field of scrolled olive leaves and olives on each side of breech section. SN and grade are on polished lump. Bbl flats are engine turned. Case hardened “Knick” type boxlock action is marked with SN, grade, and gauge on water table, is without safety, and has broad trigger with checkered finger blade. Action is engraved with large open scrolled olive leaves and olives, with stippled backgrounds, matching that on bbl with geometric borders surrounding vignettes of game with subjects gold inlaid; a pair of ducks flush from marsh on left side, and a pair of pheasants are foraging on right. Bottom of action is two color gold inlaid with heraldic eagle, and engraved “Made in U. S. A.” Trigger guard has gold inlaid portrait of white tailed buck and SN at grip. Striking feather crotch figured American walnut steel capped (engraved and gold inlaid with red gold flushing pheasant over yellow gold ground) long pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over Ithaca sunrise pad with aluminum base plate. There is fancy fleur-di-lis borderless checkering with additional fleur-di-lis through pattern at grip with flourishes into butt. Side panels are also checkered with fleur-di-lis motif. A gold inlaid shield on toe line is engraved with monogram “R V”. Matching flared beavertail ejector forend has Deeley type release. Bore diameter: .733. Bore restriction: .032 (Full). Minimum wall thickness: .048. Drop at heel: 1-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Gun is accompanied by dark brown vinyl Browning case lined in brown faux fur. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains approx 95% orig blue, silvered slightly on sharp edges, and with a few light marks. Action retains 85 – 90% orig case hardening color, silvered on bottom from normal hand wear. Stocks retain nearly all of their heavy gloss finish with a few minor marks. Bore is excellent. Action is tight. Ejector is strong. Case is excellent. An excellent example of this highly regarded trap gun. 4-50345 MGM251 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3520

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3521
Revised: 3/6/2014

Exciting Update: According to noted Ithaca Gun Co. reseacher, scholar and author Walt Snyder, this is one of four Grade 6 Knick Single Barrel trap guns made!

*ITHACA KNICK 6 E SINGLE BARREL TRAP.

SN 400482T. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Bbl with raised, matted, ventilated rib is engraved “Ithaca Gun Co” on arched riband within field of open scrolled acanthus on each side of breech section. SN and grade are on engine turned lump. Case hardened “Knick” type boxlock action is marked with SN, grade, and gauge on water table, is without safety, and has gold-plated trigger with checkered finger blade. Action is engraved with large open scrolled acanthus with floral highlights, stippled backgrounds, and geometric borders surrounding oval target shooting vignettes with subjects in two colors of gold on each side; an Indian brave in breechclout has drawn bow in woodlands on left, and a trapshooter stands at target station on right. Bottom of action is engraved with heraldic eagle, “Made in U. S. A.” and “ITHACA GUN CO ITHACA N Y”. Trigger guard with scroll on bow has SN at grip. Striking feather crotch figured American walnut capped long pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over Silver type pad. There is fancy fleur-di-lis checkering with line borders and additional fleur-di-lis through pattern at grip with flourishes into butt. Side panels are also checkered with fleur-di-lis motif. A gold inlaid shield is on toe line. Matching flared beavertail ejector forend has inset ebony tip, and Deeley type release. Bore diameter: .728. Bore restriction: .035 (Full). Minimum wall thickness: .038. Drop at heel: 1-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. Gun is accompanied by Red Head heavy leather large leg o’ mutton type case, gold embossed on side “J. H. K.” CONDITION: Near new, as completely and competently refurbished. Wood and metal retain essentially all of their custom finishes. Bore is excellent. Action is tight. Ejector is strong. Case is excellent, handle a bit tired, one strap missing. 4-50346 MGM250 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3521

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3525
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: There is a small tight crack at the forend tip; a very easy repair.

*VERY FINE BAKER PARAGON GRADE WITH DAMASCUS BARRELS.

SN 646. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Fine three stripe Damascus bbls with concave, matted rib, are unmarked except for SN on polished bbl flats, and are fitted with “extra draw lug”. Case hardened sidelock action features non-automatic safety and double triggers. Action is engraved with simple scroll at about 30% coverage. Fences are semi-relief carved in well done open shaded scroll. Lockplates with sprays of scroll are engraved with very well detailed dogs and birds (dogs are expressive and quite lifelike); a spotted setter peers intently at a pair of quail on left plate, and a pointer looks skyward over a pair of woodcock on right. “Baker Gun Co” is on bottom of each side of action under lockplate. Blued trigger guard has scroll engraving on bow, and SN at grip. Lightly figured American walnut pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over checkered composition buttplate with Baker logo. Intricate point pattern checkering with line borders is at grip. Composition grip cap has interesting scroll profile. Matching splinter forend has fancy inset hard rubber tip and J-spring release. Bore diameter: left-.724, right -.725. Bore restrictions: left -.028 (IMod), right -.021 (Mod). Minimum wall thickness: left -.030, right -.029. Drop at heel: 2-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/4″. Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of John Houchins. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 90 – 95% orig fine Damascus finish. Action retains most of its case hardening color with some flecking and browning at front part of bottom. Lockplates retain most of their color which has thinned toward tails. Trigger guard retains a considerable amount of orig blue, but is heavily flaked on bow. Stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig finish with a number of light marks and bumps, checkering slightly worn and dirty. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. A fine example of this relatively scarce American classic. 4-50889 MGM253 (3,500-5,500) – Lot 3525

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3550
Revised: 3/8/2014

Please Note: The catalog says one of the triggers does not work correctly. That is not so, it works fine. There may have been some old dried grease in it originally.

*16 GAUGE WINCHESTER MODEL 21 DELUXE GRADE WITH VENTILATED RIB AND CASE.

SN 28625. Cal. 16 ga. 28″ Bbls choked modified and full are fitted with flat, matted, ventilated rib, and have Winchester model and gauge information on top of left bbl, and standard marks on bbl flats and bottoms of bbls. Standard blued action with matted top, is marked “DELUXE” over screw-in trigger plate. Action features automatic safety and blued single trigger. Flame figured, red-toned American walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over Winchester composition buttplate. Point pattern checkering with beaded borders is at grip. Matching ejector beavertail forend has reinforcing brace. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. Tan leather case with stitched leather corners has canvas outer cover with leather trim. Case is lined in burgundy cloth and has Model 21 label in lid. Case contains 2-pc brass and rosewood cleaning rod with mop, jag, and brush in leather container, a gold-plated square oil bottle, and a pair of gold-plated Winchester snap caps, along with case straps and cleaning rag. CONDITION: Excellent, restored to essentially as new, retaining nearly all of its high quality factory type finishes on wood and metal, with only a few minor flaws, most noticeably some lifting of finish on left side of forend and right side of grip near cap. Bores are excellent. Trigger will not fire second shot (needs cleaning). Case is essentially as new, some scuffs in outer cover. 4-50966 MGM91 (4,500-7,500) – Lot 3550

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