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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1002

EXTREMELY RARE IRON FRAME MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 90. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fine iron frame Henry with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, early round top German silver front sight and an orig 1000 yard Henry ladder rear sight without stop screw. Top flat of receiver has an additional sight seat. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip and first type iron buttplate with round heel and large trap containing a 4-pc iron & hickory cleaning rod. This rifle has all the attributes of early Henrys with the first type round top German silver front sight, small bbl address, sharp radius on top rear edge of receiver, deep radius on bottom front edge of receiver, small loop finger lever without latch, small trigger pin, a slight perch belly stock and the round heel on the buttplate. According to the book The Henry Rifle, Quick, there were fewer than 400 iron frame Henrys produced with the highest number known being “355”. At the writing of this book, March 2008, Mr. Quick reported that there were only 89 known iron frame rifles, 16 of which had duplicate serial numbers with brass frames. SN was observed in the usual places, on top bbl flat between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate tang. Round part of bbl under loading sleeve has assembly number “183” with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. This exact rifle, identified by SN, is pictured on pg 30 of The Henry Rifle, Quick with credit to the Tommy Rholes Collection. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including all stock & buttplate screws. Bbl & magazine tube retain 75-80% glossy orig blue with sharp edge wear on oct part with some scattered chemical spotting and wear on magazine tube at the carry point; receiver retains about 10% flaked orig blue with the balance having flaked to a medium gray/brown patina; hammer retains moderately faded case colors and the lever mostly a gray patina. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and overall retains about 90% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Cleaning rod has had the jag tip altered, otherwise is fine. 4-50616 JR7 (100,000-200,000) – Lot 1002 – test

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1039

EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE MODEL WINCHESTER 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE INSCRIBED TO ANTONIO C. HESING/CHICAGO/E.U.A.

SN 22581. Cal. 45-75. Rare nickel trim 2nd model ’76 carbine with 22″ bbl, full length forearm, barleycorn front sight & orig reverse mounted, 1000 yard ladder rear sight. Receiver is 2nd type with attached rail & 3rd type dust cover. Left side plate is engraved “ANTONIO C. HESING / CHICAGO / E.U.A.” Receiver, bbl band, fore end cap and buttplate are nickel finish. Mounted with exceptional 3-4X, center crotch, flame & burl grain American walnut with H-style fine checkered forearm & horn fleur-de-lis insert serpentine grip buttstock that has carbine buttplate without trap. Buttstock has a recess under the buttplate but not sufficiently deep for a cleaning rod. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Left side of lower tang under the wood is marked with the assembly number “1482”, “XXX” & a “C”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe buttplate. The “C” indicates carbine. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum postcard dated April 18, 1972 over the signature of T.E. Hall, Curator, which identifies this carbine in Cal. 45-75 with checkered pistol grip stock & nickel trim, shipped March 15, 1882, no additional information listed. Also accompanied by a letter on Chicago Historial Society letterhead over the signature of Herbert G. Houze, Curator of Weapons & Military History. Mr. Houze states that there is very little information regarding Mr. Hesing other than that he was mentioned as the publisher of “The Staats Zeitung”. In the second paragraph Mr. Houze states “There is evidence (largely unsubstantiated) that he was a strong supporter of Mexican President Porfiro (sic) Diaz. This hypothesis is supported by the inscription on the rifle “E.U.A.” which is Spanish for “Estados Unidos de América” which is translated to “United States of America”. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains a thin blue/gray patina with a few scattered spots of light surface discoloration; receiver, side plates & carrier retain 65-70% orig nickel with most of the losses from flaking, not wear; right front side flat has a small spot of wear; hammer retains strong, bright case colors; lever retains traces of case colors being mostly a brown patina; buttplate retains 30-40% orig nickel with the balance flaked. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig fine hand rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, shiny bore. 4-50621 JR59 (35,000-50,000) – Lot 1039

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1100

RARE NEW HAVEN ARMS NO. 1 POCKET MODEL TARGET VOLCANIC LEVER ACTION PISTOL.

SN 1661. Cal. 31. Blue & silver finish with rare 6-3/8″ oct bbl that has integral magazine and pinched post front sight, with fixed rear sight in the top flat of the frame. Top flat of bbl has the New Haven address and Feb. 14, 1854 patent date Frame is silver plated gun metal (bronze) with typical sparse factory engraving consisting of shaded foliate arabesque patterns which extend over the top of the frame, around the hammer slot and down the back strap. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. SN is on the left side of the butt strap and inside each grip. No additional disassembly was effected to check for other matching numbers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms There were only about 225 No. 1 pistols produced with 6″ bbl. Of these 225 guns produced in this barrel length, few could have survived in such high condition. Our company has sold several of the finest Volcanic collections in past ten years and only had two examples in 6”(SN 502, 553), and neither close to this condition. While these pistols are occasionally encountered they are rarely ever found plated & engraved with any appreciable amount of orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine retain 75-80% glossy orig blue with light surface rust; receiver, sideplates, front & back straps retain 88-90% strong orig silver with sharp, clean edges; hammer retains dark case colors and the lever 50-60% orig blue turning brown. Grips show light edge wear with some minor dings on the bottom edges and overall retain about 97-98% crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with pitting in the grooves. An exceptionally rare, high condition Volcanic. 8-76377 JR167 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1100

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1104

EXTREMELY RARE FULL NICKEL ENGRAVED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 9389. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral magazine, late style square back German silver front sight and late style 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight. Mounted with very unusual deluxe, uncheckered American walnut buttstock with straight grip and late style crescent buttplate with sharp heel and trap that contains a 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. SN was observed in the usual places, on top flat of bbl between receiver & rear sight, on left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. The rnd portion of the bbl, under the loading sleeve is marked with assembly number “91”. The matching assembly number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. Receiver is engraved by Samuel Hoggson with a bird dog on point on left side surrounded by very well-executed foliate arabesque patterns and a dbl border. Right side of receiver is engraved with a large panel of intertwined foliate arabesque patterns which are also on the top three flats of the receiver, around rear edge and on top tang. Buttplate tang is engraved to match. Left side of buttstock & left side of bbl are mounted with factory installed sling swivels. This rifle, identified by SN, is pictured full length, both sides, on pp. 174 & 175, and closeup photos of left side on pp. 149 & 176 with credit to the Norm Vegely Collection in the book The Henry Rifle, Quick. Mr. Quick, in the referenced publication, states that plated & engraved rifles were common in the early production of this model but as the Civil War progressed “the manufacture of specially embellished and plated rifles declined. At the peak of production, during the Civil War, it has been reported that the company discouraged the placing of such special-feature orders.” A copy of the referenced book accompanies this rifle. This rifle would have been produced in about 1865, probably just around the end of the Civil War. It seems likely that it would have been ordered by someone of importance or as a presentation for a high ranking military officer or civilian official. Regardless, it is a most rare & unusual Henry rifle with deluxe wood. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching. Overall retains about 90% strong orig nickel with some light wear on the carry point on the bottom of the magazine and edges of the receiver. The loading sleeve shows areas of flaking to bare metal which has turned to a dark patina. Stock has a repaired chip at the top left side of the tang, at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and a series of tiny gouges & scratches by the left heel and retains a wonderful hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting turning dark in the grooves. 4-50317 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 1104

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1107

FINE & RARE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH IVORY STOCK & FOREARM.

SN 44316. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 20″ bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight and 2-position flip rear sight graduated 100-300-500 yards. Mounted with uncheckered solid ivory with carbine forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate that has a trap. Inside toe of buttplate has last four digits of matching SN. Receiver & buttplate are silver finished and engraved in very distinctive L.D. Nimschke style with very large panel on left sideplate depicting an Indian on horseback wearing full headdress escaping with a woman in a long dress across his saddle. In the background is a man standing in front of a log cabin firing a gun toward the escaping Indian. Background has a large fir tree and various other forms of vegetation all surrounded by flowing, intertwined foliate arabesque scrolls with pearled background. Left rear side of the frame is engraved with a narrow ribbon. Raised area forward of the sideplate is engraved in distinctive wheat chaff patterns with an elliptical shape in the center. Right side is engraved identically but with an empty panel in the center. Both front side flats have identical empty ribbons surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns. Top of the receiver is engraved with a large flower blossom and various other patterns with distinctive matching patterns on the top & bottom tangs. Bottom of the carrier is engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s distinctive 4-petal flower blossom inside a sweeping diamond shape with spider web patterns at each corner. The area between the timing screws is engraved in reverse images of foliate arabesque patterns with a rectangular panel between the screws stamped “L.D.N”. The “N” has been dbl struck. Most unusually the bbl bands are engraved on each side. These exact patterns on both sides of the receiver, the area between the timing screws, top of the receiver back of the ejection port, top & bottom tangs and the flower blossom atop the receiver are all pictured on p. 57 of L.D. Nimschke Firearms Engraver, Wilson. These depictions in the book are reproductions of Mr. Nimschke’s smoke pulls as compiled from the Nimschke archives by Mr. Wilson. Mr. Nimschke’s notation in the right side smoke pull is “Septbr. 1869” with another indecipherable notation. this carbine appears to have been produced in 1870. An extremely rare and extraordinary find. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain a smooth blue/brown patina with some mottling on the bbl toward the muzzle; receiver & sideplates retain 30-40% orig silver finish with traces of silver down in the engraving; hammer retains strong, bright case colors; lever is a gray patina. Stock has a couple of age lines parallel with the stock recess with a couple of others in the forearm, otherwise ivory is completely sound showing very little wear and overall retains a fine, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-51483 JR172 (60,000-80,000) – Lot 1107

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1162

*EXCEEDINGLY RARE JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED AND GOLD INLAID WINCHESTER MODEL 1910 SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE WITH SEVEN GOLD ANIMALS.

SN 17646. Cal. 401 SL. Extraordinary highly decorated, purportedly the most highly embellished Winchester. Rifle has a 20″ tapered rnd bbl with pedestal mounted, Marbels ivory bead, tunnel front sight and a flat top rear sight. It is mounted with about 2-3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut, that is carved in style B, consisting of raised foliate & floral arabesque patterns with fine stippled background. Left side of buttstock is inlaid with a 1-3/8″ x 1″ oval brass plaque engraved “W. Alton Jones”. Buttstock has a brown leather covered pad and a 1/4″ spacer. Receiver & forearm band are wonderfully engraved by John Ulrich in a custom No. 1 pattern which consists of the very large oval vignette on the left side, depicting a bull elk and two hinds jumping a fallen tree and a very detailed forest scene in the background. All three animals are shown in great detail in flat gold inlay. Right side is equally detailed in a large oval vignette depicting a grizzly bear and two crouching wolves, also in flat gold inlay, depicted in great detail, all in a forested mountain scene. Top of the receiver has a flat gold inlaid bull moose head also showing great detail. The entirety of both sides & the top are then surrounded by very elaborate gold wire with heart shaped panels at the ends of the vignette on the left side, with another on the right side, and a large heart shaped design on top over the forward edge. Rear edge of the receiver is inlaid with a double gold wire as is the bottom front of the receiver. Bottom front of receiver also has a gold outlined shell pattern. Bbl band is engraved to match with a gold wire band. This rifle, identified by serial number, is pictured, both sides and top in the book Winchester Engraving, Wilson, on p.176. Mr. Wilson, in the caption, states that the engraving is signed “J. Ulrich”, but a diligent search under magnification did not disclose such signature. Until this rifle surfaced, it was believed that the Emperor of Japan’s, Model 1892, was the most elaborately engraved & inlaid Winchester ever produced. It had six gold animal inlays versus the seven gold animals on this rifle. It is almost certainly a one of a kind. Examination of the records of Abercrombie & Fitch on file at Griffin & Howe, disclosed that this rifle was consigned by G.W. Hill, Jr. in 1948 and sold to J. Marron, Jr. for $195, and it reportedly had 12oz of gold inlay. It was reconsigned by Mr. Marron in 1951 and sold to W. Alton Jones for $500. In 1962 Abercrombie & Fitch sold the W. Alton Jones collection, including this rifle which was sold to C.J. Wicks for $200. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong restored blue, lightly thinned between the bbl band & front sight with some minor staining in the same area; receiver retains about 98% strong restored blue with a few fine freckles of pitting; forearm has a grain check on the left front side, otherwise wood is sound and retains about all of its restored varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 4-50377 (60,000-120,000) – Lot 1162

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1190

EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 127099. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER.” in an etched panel on the left side. Bottom of bbl is marked with a tiny “44”. Left side of frame has 3 line patent dates and left front web of trigger bow is marked “44 CAL”. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half moon ejector rod head. Mounted with exceptional 2-pc pearl grips with an outstanding raised carved flying American eagle and American shield on the right side. Revolver has full coverage New York style engraving on frame, probably from the L.D. Nimschke shop. Matching engraving patterns extend nearly full length of the bbl on each side with a triple border around the address terminating in fine foliate & arabesque patterns. Top of backstrap is engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s typical large fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on the backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard. Cylinder is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes and has an unusual chain border around the rear edge that has 6-pointed stars in each link. Hammer is nickel finished. Screws, trigger & base pin are fire blued. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 44-40 with 5-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl stocks with a “carved Mexican eagle motif”, factory engraved and shipped to Western Arms & Cartridge Co. Chicago, Illinois on Aug. 23, 1888 in a one gun shipment. Also accompanied by a typed Bill of Sale for this revolver, transferring ownership to Tommy Rholes over the signature of Michael Eric Ecton of Blue Springs, Missouri. Additionally accompanying is a second Colt Factory letter dated March 4, 1969, with identical information to the previous factory letter addressed to Mr. W.F. Bradford of La Plata, Missouri. PROVENANCE: Michael Eric Eaton; W.F. Bradford; Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, has been fired but very little. Overall retains about 98-99% strong orig nickel finish with slight dulling on the left side of the muzzle and tip of the ejector housing. Front face of cylinder has 2 or 3 small spots of flaking with light pitting under the grips. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue, showing wear on the trigger & lock bolt screws. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-50687 JR66 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 1190

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1194

FINE ENGRAVED COLT SA ARMY REVOLVER WITH TEXAS HISTORY INSCRIBED “FROM THE BOYS 1895” (POSSIBLY TO JUDGE JOHN L. SHEPPARD, MOUNT PLEASANT, TEXAS).

SN 163605. Cal 45 Colt. Silver finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with cal. marking on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Revolver is deluxe engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame including Mr. Helfricht’s trademark flower blossoms on the recoil shield & loading gate. Front gullets of the frame also have his trademark patterns. Top strap is engraved in snake & dot patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend nearly full length over sides of bbl with fine snake & dot patterns around the address & geometric patterns all the way to the muzzle. Top radius of the ejector housing is engraved in snake & dot patterns with full length geometric & floral patterns on the outer radius. Top of backstrap has Mr. Helfricht’s deluxe fan pattern with geometric patterns down the back strap, on the butt strap & trigger guard. Center of the backstrap is engraved in block letters “From the Boys 1895”. Cylinder is also deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes, a snake & dot pattern with other border patterns around the rear edge and most unusual, fully shaded panels around the stop notches. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal. 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, silver finish, pearl grips, factory engraved and inscribed “From The Boys 1895” on the back strap and shipped to H.S. Bettes Hardware Co. Paris, Texas December 20, 1895 in a one gun shipment. Also accompanied by a large packet of information including a copy of a letter dated 11, October 1988 over the signature of H.H. Miller wherein he documents this revolver back to 1950. Mr. Miller states that a gentleman named Lee Greenly of Manitou Springs, Colorado purchased this revolver who related that it had been ordered by several citizens of Mount Pleasant Texas, Titus County, as a gift to a Judge in that area who was thought to be John L. Sheppard who was Judge of the 5th district and had presided over court cases in Mt. Pleasant. It was thought that the gift was in relation to his resigning from the bench in 1896 to enter politics to run for the U.S. Congress, and was elected. Judge Sheppard died in Hot Springs, AR in 1902. Mr. Miller states that in 1952 this revolver was obtained by A.E. Dyer, a rancher and later County Judge of Callahan County Texas. It remained in Judge Callahan’s collection until 1988 when he apparently agreed to sell it to Mr. Miller. Since that time Mr. Miller has spent considerable effort attempting to document Judge Sheppard’s activities and life. Judge Sheppard’s brief biography appears on pg 238 of History of Titus County Texas, Russell. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains nearly all of its restored silver finish, showing light wear and scattered fine pitting under the new finish. Grips have chipped left toe & heel & chipped right heel, otherwise are sound showing great fire & color. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore; base pin is a replacement. 4-50752 JR71 (25,000-40,000) – Lot 1194

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1204

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

SN 144729. Cal. 450 Eley. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, blued target front sight with 1-line Hartford and “DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON” address and caliber marking on left side. Frame is flat top style with fixed target rear sight, left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in the circle. Mounted with extremely rare, diamond checkered, extra long walnut grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Toe & heel of grip frame are sharp versus the rounded configuration usually found in order to accommodate the extended grip without leaving a gap. Bore has Metford rifling. Bottom of bbl and cylinder have tiny British proofs. Accompanied by its orig green baize lined English oak casing that has an empty medallion in the lid and a “J.H. CRANE” paper distributor label inside the lid. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver with several non-orig tools, plus an “L” shaped Colt semi-auto pistol screwdriver. Left center of the bottom has a cartridge block with spaces for 42 cartridges. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal. 450 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, extra long wood stocks and shipped to Colt’s London agency, June 1892 in a 1 gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, out of the approximate 357,000 single actions produced there were 914 flat-top target revolvers and only about 50 of these had the extended grip. The chart on pg 174 of the referenced publication shows only 84 flattop single actions were produced in cal. 450 Eley. Extrapolating those numbers discloses that only about 9% of the total flat-top production was in cal. 450 Eley. On pg 251 of the referenced publication, Mr. Cochran states that he had examined 10 long-grip revolvers of which 4 were in cal. 450 Eley, and only 2 had the London address. This exact revolver, identified by SN in pictures on pg. 250 and 251 of the reference publication. Regardless, this is an exceptionally rare Colt Single Action revolver. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with 3 spots of flaking and some scrape marks on the bottom adjacent to the base pin; ejector housing retains about 60% strong orig blue, showing wear on the outer radius; frame retains about 50% orig blue with the balance having mostly flaked to a medium patina, showing wear on the recoil shield and loading gate; trigger guard retains blue in sheltered areas with the front strap and back strap a blue/brown patina; buttstrap retains about 90% glossy orig blue; cylinder retains strong blue in the flutes, flaked and thinning on the outer diameter with a light drag line. Grips are very fine showing light diamond point wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case has a couple of cracks and is missing a couple of splinters on the bottom, otherwise is sound; interior is lightly faded and soiled; accessories are all fine. 4-50756 JR91 (40,000-70,000) – Lot 1204

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1264

*RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH TEXAS RANGER AND TEXAS COUNTY SHERIFF HISTORY.

SN 352587. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in an engraved oval. Mounted with 2-pc, silver medallion, smooth pearl grips. Revolver is engraved by Wilbur Glahn with about “B” coverage, foliate & floral patterns with fine stippled background. Cylinder is engraved to match on lands between the flutes with a zigzag pattern around the rear edge. Left recoil shield, loading gate, butt strap and top panel of the back strap are engraved with Mr. Glahn’s trademark “V” patterns. Serial number was observed on the frame and right side of the front & back straps, under the grip and cyl has last two digits of matching serial number on the rear face. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stocks not listed, grade “2” factory engraving and shipped to Toepperwein Hardware Co., San Antonio, TX on May 23, 1929 in a one gun shipment on order #16529/1. Also accompanied by a notorized letter over the signature of W.G. Chapman wherein he states that his father, George W. Chapman was a Texas Ranger in Company “A” in Alice, TX,1917 and Company “C” in Laredo, TX 1920-1921. Letter also states that Ranger Chapman owned this revolver, identified by serial number. The last paragraph states “he was a deputy sheriff in LaSalle County, Texas from about 1926-1935 and purchased this Colt single action in 1929 and carried it as a deputy sheriff.” This letter is dated April 39,1991. Additionally accompanied by a form letter signed by Homer Garrison, Jr., director of Texas Dept. of Public Safety which verifies the service of Ranger Chapman. Letter is dated September 1959. Additionally accompanied by several pictures of Mr. Chapman on horseback. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about 95% strong orig nickel, turned a little milky. Left edge of muzzle and tip of ejector housing show heavy holster wear with light holster wear on left side of bbl; cyl shows holster wear around the front edge; grips are sound with no visible flaws and show great fire. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. 4-50668 JR328 (25,000-40,000) – Lot 1264

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1303

EXTREMELY RARE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1878 FRONTIER “OMNIPOTENT” DA REVOLVER.

SN 1505. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl. Full front sight & 1-line block letter address with crisp etched panel “OMNIPOTENT” on the left side. Serial number is found on the butt and on rear face of cylinder with last 2 digits of serial number on bottom of bbl under base pin. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Mounted with 2-pc smooth bird head ivory grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is lightly engraved with intertwined foliate arabesque patterns that is without background. Top strap, back strap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Matching patterns also extend up the bbl with an unusual oval around the front sight. Cylinder is engraved with matching patterns on lands between the flutes with a fine chain pattern border around rear edge. Screws, trigger & edges of hammer are fire blued. Butt of the revolver has a factory sling swivel & left front web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, plain ivory stocks, factory engraved, special features; “Omnipotent” bbl marking & shipped to B. Kittredge & Co. Cinncinnatti, OH on Dec. 24, 1878 in a 2 gun shipment. The “OMNIPOTENT” bbl marking was created by Benjamin Kittredge who ordered the markings applied to 45 caliber model 1878 revolvers only sold by his firm and is the only non-caliber marking every etched on any Colt model other than “Colt Frontier Six Shooter” on Single Actions. This marking was applied for The Kittredge Co. from Aug. 1878 to May 1882 with an estimated 154 revolvers so marked. It is believed that only 2 of these revolvers were ever factory engraved and this one is believed the only surviving example on the open market. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains 88-90% orig nickel turning a little milky, showing wear around the muzzle with flaking in the forcing cone area and on the front & back straps. Cylinder retains 65-70% nickel. Trigger & screws retain strong fire blue with bright blue on edges of hammer. Grips have a couple of minor age lines, show light wear and retain a wonderful golden ivory patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-50766 JR76 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1303

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1330

SCARCE VERY HIGH CONDITION HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 48860. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S”. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching serial number in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a crisp “JEG” (Capt. John E. Greer) inspector cartouche under the date 1878. Right side has the crisp “HN” Henry Nettleton sub-inspector cartouche. Various parts have Mr. Nettleton’s initials, H.N., including bbl, cyl, frame, trigger guard, top of backstrap, bottom right edge of grip and left side of hammer. Bottom of bbl, under ejector housing, has last four digits of matching serial number which are also found on outside diameter of cyl. Trigger guard has the serial number “48960”, factory assemblers stamping error. Ejector housing is 2nd type with bulls-eye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. This revolver was produced between May and August 1878 and almost certainly would have been issued to a front line Cavalry unit fighting Indians in the west. The fact that it retains virtually all of its crisp orig finish in orig configuration lends credence to the thought that it may have been issued to a high ranking officer who never used it or possibly went to a state militia unit. Obviously it escaped the recalls of the 1890s and early 1900s where several thousand Cavalry revolvers were returned to Colt or Springfield Arsenal and modified to artillery configuration by having their bbls cut to 5-1/2″. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine (probably unfired) all matching including bbl, cyl & grip, except trigger guard as noted. Bbl retains 96-97% crisp orig blue with full strong feathers on each side of front sight and ejector housing stud showing only light muzzle edge wear and a small wear spot on left side; ejector housing retains about 90% orig blue with wear at the tip and outer radius; frame retains about 98-99% brilliant orig case colors with some thinning on the left recoil shield, a couple small scratches and very faint sharp edge wear; hammer retains virtually all of its brilliant, orig case colors turned a little dark on top edge; cyl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear around the front edge, small wear spots opposite each other on the rear side, probably from sliding around in a drawer and has a light cyl line; trigger guard & front strap retain about 98% crisp orig blue; backstrap has some tiny scratches near the top with a few small streaks of candy striping and overall retains 95-96% crisp orig blue; grip has a gouge on the left side and shows light edge wear, again from sliding around in a drawer and overall retains a light hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; brilliant shiny bore. Chambers of the cyl & bore retain virtually all of their orig factory blue. 4-50383 JR456 (100,000-125,000) – Lot 1330

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1390

VERY RARE CASED SMITH & WESSON REVOLVING RIFLE.

SN 537. Cal. 320 S&W. Blue finish with 20″ keyhole shape bbl, clip-on stamped metal front sight and orig 2-position rear sight. Mounted with diamond checkered red & black marbled gutta percha grips that have the S&W logo at the top on each side and a matching long, slim, red & black marbled, schnable tip forearm with S&W logo. Accompanied by an orig, uncheckered walnut shoulder stock with blued steel yoke and checkered black hard rubber buttplate with embossed S&W logo. Also accompanied by an orig adjustable tang sight and the orig tang sight screw hole plug. Additionally accompanied by an orig gold felt lined, burgundy leatherette covered hinged lid case that has brass reinforced corners and a leather carrying handle on the front. Interior is compartmented for the rifle and shoulder stock with another compartment for a box of ammunition. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were 977 of these rare rifles built in the period 1879 – 1887 of which 224 had 20″ bbls. These rifles are rarely encountered, often having had their bbls reduced in length. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, matching frame, cyl & bbl; appears to be new & unfired. Overall retains about 98% glossy orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear and a few tiny scattered spots of flaking on the frame. Hammer retains brilliant case colors and the trigger guard bright case colors in sheltered areas. Grips & forearm are crisp, showing little or no wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Stock, yoke & buttplate are equally new with one or two tiny nicks on the stock. Case hinge is sound and all brass corners are intact; exterior shows about 15-20% losses of burgundy leatherette covering; the replacement straps & handle are dry and in need of treatment; interior is moderately faded & soiled with a broken divider corner and shows damage from the hammer. A truly rare, superior condition revolving rifle. 4-50647 JR53 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1390

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2000

VERY RARE CASED COLT PATERSON #2 BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH ALL ACCESSORIES.

SN 667. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and usual 1-line left hand, script letter address that reads “Patent Arms M’g Co Paterson N-J Colt’s Pt.” with small bow ties at each end. Frame measures 2-1/8″, front to back, and has scalloped bottom edges. Cyl has 5 chambers with centaur scene roll marking and round shoulder. Mounted with very nicely figured, matching numbered, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Paterson mahogany casing that is dark brown velvet lined and recessed in the bottom for the revolver, an orig charger with numbers “51” and “54”, a sgl cavity ball mold that has three turned walnut handles, an orig capper with “NO 89” inside the lid & body, an orig loading tool with nipple pick and an orig turned walnut handle brass cleaning rod. In the right rear corner is a wooden spindle with a spare matching numbered, round shoulder cyl. There were about 800 of these rare revolvers produced 1838-1840, a few of which had rammers added in the 1840-1841 period. Examples of this model are rarely encountered today and of those, the vast majority show wear and hard use and are almost never found cased with complete accessories, especially with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Famed Parsons’ Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection, William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including bbl, wedge, cyl plate, frame, backstrap, grip & both cylinders. No additional dismantling was effected to check for additional matching numbers. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with strong feathers visible on both sides of front sight; cyl plate & recoil shields retain virtually all of their glossy orig blue with faint thinning on each side of recoil shield; frame retains 75-80% orig case colors which were traditionally light to begin with; case colors are almost never found, ever; hammer retains strong case colors on the sides and rear edge, turned silver on top edge; front & backstraps are mostly a gray metal patina with the buttstrap retaining faded case colors. Grip is sound with sharp edges and overall retains 60-65% orig varnish with the loss areas flaked, not worn; cyl in the revolver retains about 90% glossy orig blue, a little thin around the front & rear edges and shows 98-99% crisp centaur scene roll marking. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Spare cyl is mostly a gray metal patina and shows about 90% centaur scene roll marking. Case is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish; lining inside the lid is intact with strong colors and soil from contact with revolver and various parts; bottom is lightly faded with light soil from contact. Charger is intact and retains about 90% crisp gold & copper finish; capper is fine with a dark brass patina; mold is very fine and retains about 75-80% strong orig blue; the two large handles on the mold each have a small grain check; loading tool is mostly a gray metal patina and cleaning rod is fine. All together a very high condition, rare, complete cased set. (WG-001) 4-51084 JR495 (150,000-250,000) – Lot 2000

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2001

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

SN 223. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 4″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and usual 1-line left hand script letter address which reads “Patent Arms Mg Co. Paterson N.J. – Colt’s Pt.” with dashes at each end. Cylinder has 5 chambers with centaur scene roll marking. Frame is usual configuration and is mounted with varnished 1-pc, square butt, walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Colt casing with fluted lid and brown striped velvet lining, recessed in the bottom for the revolver, an orig copper & gold washed brass charger with matching number “34”, an orig capper numbered “58” inside the lid and in the body, a sgl ball bullet mold with three turned walnut handles, a loading tool with tipped nipple pick, a walnut handle brass cleaning rod and a matching numbered spare cylinder. There were about 500 of these baby-sized Paterson revolvers produced in the period 1837-1838 with a few having loading levers added in the period 1840-1841. Matching SNs were observed on rear face of bbl lug, wedge, both cyls, side of trigger, cyl rotating sleeve, hammer, front & back straps and grip. These diminutive revolvers are rarely ever encountered and of those, extremely few are cased with original accessories with much, or any, orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching as noted. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with strong feathers on each side of front sight; overall shows only sharp edge wear and a small worn spot on left side of bbl lug; frame, cyl plate, front & backstraps retain 95-96% glossy orig blue with a series of scratches on front strap and slight thinning; backstrap has one small spot and some light thinning; hammer retains brilliant case colors on both sides and rear edge, turned silver on top edge; cyl in the revolver retains about 95-96% strong orig blue and shows about 99% centaur scene roll marking; spare cyl retains about 90% strong orig blue and shows about 98% centaur scene roll marking. Grip is sound showing very light edge wear with a few light nicks in the finish and overall retains about 98-99% crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some very fine pitting near the cyl end. Case has a crack in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish; interior is moderately faded and lightly soiled inside the lid and lightly faded with moderate soil in the bottom; charger retains about 80-85% orig finish with strong gold wash on the powder end and middle ring; capper is extremely fine and is a medium brass patina; mold has a hairline in two handles, otherwise is very fine with some light dings on the left side and retains about 80% orig blue; tool & cleaning rod are fine. All together a complete and very rare Baby Paterson. (WG-002) 4-51085 JR496 (225,000-325,000) – Lot 2001

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2015

EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE COLT MODEL 1849 WELLS FARGO POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 85303. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 3″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Bbl is made without rammer. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl has 5 chambers with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip that has SN in backstrap channel. There were about 4,000 of these rammerless model 1849 revolvers produced, scattered over much of the total production. They were made in several different variations with 3″ & 4″ bbls, small & large trigger guards and two different frame styles. They represent a very small portion of the approx. 325,000 model 1849 pocket revolvers produced 1850-1873. Being a small and easily concealed revolver they usually saw hard service and are rarely found today with any orig finish. This is one of the finest Wells Fargo models extant. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching, including wedge, cyl & grip. Overall retains virtually all of its fine orig finish with bright bbl blue showing only faint sharp edge wear and a few nicks around the wedge slot. Frame retains virtually all of its orig, naturally muted case colors, as does the hammer. Top edge of hammer has turned dark. Screws are fine and retain most of their orig fire blue. Cyl is also fine and retains about 75% thin orig blue and shows about 98% crisp stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their strong, orig plating. Grip is sound, showing very light edge wear and retains about all of its bright, orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong, bright bore with scattered pitting. Has been shot, but very little. (WG-020) 4-51053 JR364 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2015

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2020

VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6291. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. left side of frame as a small “COLTS PATENT” and left rear web of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cyl is rebated with 5-chambers and stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc ivory grip that has matching SN in backstrap channel. Revolver is beautifully engraved in donut style, probably by Gustave Young, with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns without background shading on the frame and with matching patterns about 3/5 up the bbl and on the rammer pivot. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard are engraved to match with a fan pattern at top of backstrap. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose, fish scale patterns on top edge & sides of spur with hand checkered spur. All 4 SN’s on bottom of revolver are accompanied by a small “E” which signifies this revolver was to receive special attention for engraving. Accompanied by a spectacular orig, brass bound Colt casing that has an empty plaque in the lid with mortised brass corners, brass reinforcements on the bottom corner and a mortised brass lock in the front. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a blued steel 2-caivty “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “36P”, a sgl sided eagle and stars, “COLTS PATENT” flask, a packet of 5 combustible cartridges, an “L” shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, and a functioning key. Bottom is originally oilcloth covered. There were about 19,000 of these fine revolvers produced 1861-1873. They were mostly produced during the Civil war and remained in service throughout the war well into the 1870’s & 80’s until supplanted by cartridge revolvers. They generally saw hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Cased examples are very rare and engraved cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip, cyl spindle is unnumbered or perhaps has had the number obliterated by cleaning. Bbl retains about 85% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer and handle retain faint case colors in sheltered areas. Frame retains traces of case colors, being mostly a gray metal patina. Cyl retains about 25% blue in the rebated area with the balance a gray/brown patina and shows about 75% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap are mostly a medium brass patina with silver on the trigger plate. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Case has grain check in the lid and a couple more in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about 85% orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with light soil under the revolver and damage from the front sight. Flask retains 65-70% strong orig finish and the mold about 90% orig blue. Cartridge packet and cap tin are fine, other accessories are fine. (WG-029) 4-51058 JR502 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2020

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2038

EXTRAORDINARY AND UNIQUE PROTOTYPE COLT MODEL 1871-1872 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 4. Cal. 44 (appears to be 44 Russian as a 44 Colt will not chamber and a 44 Russian will). Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with dashes. Breech end of the bbl has an integral, fixed, V-notch sight. Right side if the bbl lug is mounted with an ejector housing that has half-moon bullseye ejector rod head. Bbl was made for this revolver and is not a conversion. It has conventional right hand twist rifling, not gain twist of the Model 1860. Frame is completely unmarked and was a specially made item for this revolver, not a conversion from another model. Hammer very closely resembles the ensuing Single Action Army style with integral conical firing pin and short checkered spur. Firing pin slot in the frame is also conical to accept this firing pin and could not have been converted from anything else. Cyl is new made with usual 6-chambers and extended integral bushing out the front. Grip frame is of un-plated brass and contains a 1-pc, Navy size, oil finished walnut grip and has No. “4” scratched in the backstrap channel and also stamped on the front edges where it meets the frame. The No. “4” is also found on the loading gate, inside the hammer, front face of cyl, rear face of bbl lug and scratched on right side of backstrap at the heel. Inside the front strap has 4 horizontal lines, which presumably is also the assembly number. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. This revolver is pictured on pg. 278 & 294 of A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers, McDowell, with credit to Francis E. “Bud” Firth. A nearly identical revolver is pictured as plate D on pg. 235 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson. The caption to that revolver identifies it also as cal. 44 center fire, with silver plated brass grip frame and a varnished Navy size grip. The caption further states “Believed to have been submitted to the U.S. Government for acceptance by the Ordnance Department”. Consignor has presented evidence of another nearly identical revolver with ivory grip sold recently. He states that there are 3 other examples known, all with English proofs, silver plated grip frames and varnished walnut grips. It is believed that this is the only example, of the total of 5 or 6 known, that is without English proofs. It is also believed that the revolvers sent to England were to test the market for the center fire cartridge. The rimfire ammunition available in England at that time was problematical and they apparently thought a center fire revolver could be successful. Apparently that did not prove to be so and this model was never produced in center fire. This is one of the most rare and high condition prototype Colts extant. Accompanied by NRA silver medal No. 292 and certificate awarded to Mr. C.D. Terry on April 30, 1989 at the St. Louis, MO annual NRA meeting. PROVENANCE: C.D. Terry Collection; Frances E. “Bud” Firth Collection; Fred Sweeney Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl retains 70-75% glossy orig blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina and with a couple small rubs; ejector housing is flaked to a dark patina on the outer radius; frame and hammer retain 99%+ orig case colors, brilliant on sides of the frame and hammer slightly faded on left recoil shield and top edge of hammer; cyl retains about 50-60% orig blue with the balance flaked to a dark patina; grip frame was never silver plated and is now a medium, mellow mustard patina; grip is sound with a couple minor nicks and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new and unfired. (WG-007) 4-51098 JR514 (90,000-150,000) – Lot 2038

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2062

EXTREMELY FINE THIRD MODEL MARTIAL COLT DRAGOON.

SN 17886. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. Frame is standard 3-screw type, not cut for shoulder stock with a small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” on left side. The brass trigger guard and brass backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels surrounding the SN. All six safety pins are complete and serviceable. The right side grip has a crisp cartouche “WAT” (William A. Thornton) and various parts have small inspector initials. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 10,500 3rd Model Dragoons produced from 1851-1861 in both 7-1/2″ and 8″ variations with both 3 and 4-screw frames. They were virtually all issued to front line troops for use in the Indian Wars and continued in service throughout the Civil War, usually seeing very hard service and are rarely found today with any orig finish. This is a very fine gun that is high finish, orig, authentic and complete in every regard. This is a beautiful gun retaining most all its orig finish with bright crisp bore and brilliant case colors rarely seen. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine – excellent overall, all matching SN’s. Bbl retains 80% plus orig blue finish with areas thinning especially on left side if bbl. Cylinder retains 70% plus orig blue and cylinder scene is almost 100% discernible with bright crisp legends on either side of SN. The remainder of cylinder on one side has areas of pitting as does small areas of frame on left side and left side of bbl housing where this gun must have laid in poor environment. Viewed from the right side, this gun looks almost new. Frame retains about 90% bright case colors with balance turning silver/gray with small areas of pitting on left side as can be seen in photos. Backstrap and trigger guard have good yellow/mustard colored patina with some staining on backstrap. Screws all retain some orig fire blue. Grips are sound and solid showing very little handling, well fit with “W.A.T” cartouche being very crisp and well defined. Mechanics are excellent and bore is crisp and bright. 4-51179 JS51 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2062

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2068

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 62710. Cal 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & engraved address “Saml. Colt”. Left side of frame is engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a pillow shape. Mounted with distributor supplied 1-pc pearl grip constructed of 2 slabs of pearl attached to a center wooden spacer that has a pin through both sides. Cylinder is usual 5 shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Revolver is engraved by Gustave Young in his deluxe full coverage patterns consisting of foliate arabesque scrolls, one of which terminates in his mythical bird’s head on the frame. Matching patterns extend over the bbl lug with another mythical figure incorporated into one of the scrolls. Rammer pivot is engraved to match. Top of the back strap is engraved in his typical fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns down the back strap, on the buttstrap and trigger guard. Screw heads are all engraved as are the ends of the wedge. Hammer is also engraved in Mr. Young’s deluxe patterns with a wolf’s head on both sides of the nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and fish scale patterns on the top edge & sides of the spur. Spur is hand checkered. Accompanied by a patterned blue velvet lined Kidder case with Kidder’s markings on the top rear edge of the bottom. Corners are brass reinforced. Bottom inside is partitioned for the revolver, an early “COLTS PATENT” double sided eagle case with Dixon spout, a small lacquered tin of Goldmark’s caps and a functioning key. This revolver was produced in about 1853 and likely was a presentation for someone of reasonably high position. These early pocket models are rarely found with any orig finish given that they usually saw hard service on the American frontier and later throughout the Civil War. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “2717” but is engraved so undoubtedly has been with this revolver its entire existence. Bbl retains about 98% glossy orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and some very minor spots of flaking. Rammer pivot & handle retain dark case colors. Frame & hammer retain about 97-98% strong orig case colors that are typically muted for this period of production. Cylinder retains 93-95% glossy orig blue and shows about 99% crisp stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. All 5 safety pins are prominent & serviceable. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver. Grips are fine with good fire and light iridescent colors. Case has a small grain check in the lid and a stress crack vertically through the lock escutcheon, which is missing. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with all partitions intact. One partition has an old repair. Flask has been replated. 4-51136 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2068

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2115a

FINE CONFEDERATE GRISWOLD REVOLVER.

SN 3094. Cal. 36. This is a standard second model Griswold revolver being among the highest SNs known that is complete. This gun overall is in very good condition showing strong traces of blue finish in protected areas. Much of the remaining finish on bbl and bbl housing has turned plum and much is remaining as can be seen in photos and a similar plum color is present on much of cyl’s surface. The safety pins are partially intact with two being totally smashed. Ratcheting on back of cyl is still crisp and the cryptic “C” on back of cyl is visible. This gun appears all-original and authentic in every regard including the screws. This gun has a pleasant mustard/yellow patina to the brass, and a nice dark brown surface to the metal surfaces. This gun is SN’d 3094 on left side of bbl housing, frame, and cylinder. Secondary number “4” found stamped on wedge, hammer, trigger guard and backstrap and penciled into channel of grips; but there is little doubt all parts are original. A cryptic “C” is found on bottom of bbl, back of frame, right side of trigger guard and back of cyl. Secondary number “5” is found on loading arm which no doubt appears original to this gun with nearly identical matching patina. A Roman numeral “I” is found on backstrap and trigger guard. This is an extremely fine Griswold revolver retaining much of its orig finish that no doubt rates it in the top 5% of all surviving Confederate handguns as to originality and finish. This gun is pictured on p. 234 of Norm’s book The Bowie Knife as a prop for knife. PROVENANCE: Listed in William Albaugh “The Brass Framed Colt & Whitney”, 1955. Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: This gun is overall very good to fine. Brass show old cleaning with a mottled surface. Bbl and cyl retain much of their orig finish though mostly turned plum. All parts appear original including screws. The cylinder shows distinct twist marks under its thin plum finish. The right ear of the hammer is missing where it has chipped off. Stocks are sound and well-fit with normally seen small dents and scratches. There is a small area of rust and pitting near front sight at muzzle which does not effect aesthetics. Gun is slightly loose between frame and bbl housing. 4-51128 JS6 (20,000-25,000) – Lot 2115a

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2139

EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBITION GRADE SILVER MOUNTED CONSTABLE PHILADELPHIA PERCUSSION SPORTING RIFLE.

SN N/A. Cal. .45, 28″ full oct bbl. This exceptional rifle is no doubt one of a kind and was made for exhibition for a very wealthy individual as a special order. The gun is entirely silver mounted including ramrod thimbles, nosecap, keyway escutcheons, lock escutcheons, thumbplate, buttplate, toeplate, patch box and trigger guard. The 28″ octagonal bbl retains most of its orig brown finish and the fully engraved lock, hammer, breech and tang and engraved screws retain small traces of case color. A small gold inset in center of lock reads “CONSTABLE/PHILADELPHIA”. The engraving on this gun is extreme. The lock is fully engraved with floral and geometric swirls with a beveled border that is also fully engraved. The hammer is fully engraved, terminating in an animal’s head. The breech is engraved with a sea serpent continuing into swirls into the top bbl flat. The bbl tang is fully engraved, terminating in a panel on its flat with a whimsical standing bird looking over its shoulder. The patch box is a real piece of art with a boar’s head over a horn as a central vignette with engraved leaves radiating about. Two whimsical faces are found engraved on either side of the hinge to the patch box door. Above the patch box door is a large globe showing the Americas surmounted by a drooped-wing eagle sitting atop the globe. The massive trigger guard has a panoply of arms on the flat of the trigger bow and the two finials terminate into a lion and a lioness on opposite ends. This gun is a true piece of art with no peers we are aware of. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Gun is in very fine condition overall with bbl retaining 95%+ its orig brown with crisp, well-defined bore with rust and pitting. Steel surfaces are all engraved, are gray/silver overall with traces of case color in un-engraved areas with some staining and pitting. The gold plaque in lock “CONSTABLE” can only partially be read, as can be seen in photographs. Maple stock is sound and solid showing fine striping. There is a repaired crack at wrist that does not affect aesthetics as can be seen in photographs. There is a 1/2″ crack in bottom toe of stock. The silver mounts are fine overall, well-fit engraving all sharp and discernible with good patinaed surfaces. 4-51192 JS33 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2139

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2146

RARE CASED ENGRAVED PAIR OF HARTFORD/LONDON 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVERS- NRA SILVER MEDAL No. 283.

SN 135 & 136. Cal. 44. Revolvers are virtually identical with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbls, German silver front sights and New-York City right hand addresses with brackets. Left sides of frames are engraved “COLTS PATENT” in ribbons. The silver-plated brass trigger guards and backstraps contain highly figured, 1-piece oil finish walnut grips. Cyls and bbl lugs have English proofs. They are similarly engraved in English style with light foliate arabesque patterns in about 50% coverage without background shading. Hammer screws are engraved with large rosettes, recoil shields are engraved with foliate and floral patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend over the bbl lugs and top side flats, onto the rammer pivot and leaf and vine patterns on rammer handles. The 2 rammer screws also have engraved rosettes. Rammer screw on #135 enters from the left and on #136 from the right. Cyls have usual 6 chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. The “MODEL U.S.M.R. AND COLT’S PATENT” panels appear to have been hand enhanced. Accompanied by an original, brass-bound, green felt lined, English oak casing with empty medallion in the lid and swinging latches with a mortised lock in the front. Period original casing originally designed for 8″ revolvers, now housing these 7 1/2″ guns. Inside the lid has an original Colt’s directions for loading and cleaning label. Bottom is compartmented for two revolvers, a Barlow bag shaped flask with graduated spout, a brass Colt’s patent 2-cavity mold with bright sprue cutter and bowed handles with an “S” inspector mark on the right side, 2 large tins of Joyce caps, 2 L-shaped nipple wrenches, a sealed packet of 6 combustible cartridges, a pewter oil bottle, a military-style steel oil bottle, a wood handle cleaning rod, 7 spare nipples and a small turn screw. Also accompanied by an NRA sliver medal awarded for one of ten best arms displayed at an NRA meeting. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were only about 700 Hartford/English Dragoons produced in the period 1853-1857. He speculates that there were about 150 of those 700 that were engraved. It is well recorded that there were 73 engraved English dragoons returned to the US in September, 1861, just at the onset of the Civil War. Simple extrapolation of the estimated numbers shows that probably fewer than 80 English dragoons were sold in England. This pair of revolvers is pictured on pg. 149 of Colt Engraving, Wilson; pg 236 The Colt Engraving Book Volume One, Wilson; pg 62, plate 35 Samuel Colt Presents, Wadsworth Atheneum; pg 70 of Colt’s History & Heroes, Hamilton and pg 98 The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson. None of the illustrations show a case. PROVENANCE: Johnie Bassett Collection; J.P. Altmeyer Collection; George Allen Collection; Robert Q. Sutherland Collection; Arnold Marcus Chernoff; Michael Leff Estate Collection; Mr. Leff’s notes show also the William M. Locke Collection. CONDITION: Revolvers are in virtually identical condition, all matching except grip on #135 which number is obscured. Overall both revolvers retain a smooth, cleaned gray metal patina. Cyl on #135 shows 80-85% strong dragoon Indian fight scene with clearly legible cartouches. Grip on #135 has been repaired with what appears to be a screw and re-gluing with a plug in the left side. This grip retains a fine hand worn patina. Cyl on #136 also retains 80-85% strong dragoon Indian fight scene with sharp, slightly enhanced cartouches. Grip also shows a glued repair and retains a smooth, hand worn patina. Neither grip shows much wear. Mechanics are fine on both revolvers. Bore on #135 is bright with scattered pitting. Bore on #136 is bright and shiny with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid, otherwise is sound with usual handling and storage nicks, scratches and a few small gouges and retains about 80% original varnish. Interior is moderately faded with yellowed label and light soil in the bottom. Flask has a small dent otherwise is fine with traces of original finish. Mold has a few light nicks and dings with bright sprue cutter and has sharp cavities. Cap tins show spots of rust with one label showing wear with a couple of missing spots. Cartridge packet is crisp and clean, still sealed. Other accessories are fine. Altogether a fine and rare set. 4-49622 (75,000-100,000) – Lot 2146

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2150

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE PROTOTYPE OR EXPERIMENTAL COLT 1ST MODEL 1851 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER- A TRUE ONE OF A KIND ’51 NAVY!.

SN 7.. Cal. 38 CF. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and early New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has small “COLT’S PATENT”. The silver plated, square back, brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a a varnished 1-piece walnut grip with matching number in buttstrap channel. Cyl is usual 6 chambers with Ormsby Naval battle roll marking and has been converted in the Richards type conversion wherein the rear shoulder of the cyl was machined away to expose the chambers, leaving about a 5/16″ long star wheel extension. The conversion ring is also Richards type with loading gate. Wedge is first type also, mounted upside down, with retaining screw on the bottom, and fits in a groove on top of the cyl spindle. The bbl of this revolver was apparently created especially for this conversion with a very unusual set of plugs in the rammer and rammer pivot slots. Further evidence that is was a specially created bbl is that there was never a dovetail for the rammer handle latch stud. Left side of the front strap is stamped with the number “47”. This number was not observed anywhere else on the revolver. Some of the screws are round head English type. Revolver is engraved in early scroll style with about 75% coverage, very well executed foliate arabesque patterns without background shading or pearling. Conversion ring, loading gate and hammer are not engraved. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend nearly full length over the bbl lug and side flats of bbl with matching patterns on the top and top side flats. Muzzle is engraved in a scallop pattern with a double chip pattern around the bbl lug. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard are engraved to match. Trigger bow is also engraved with a small elliptical shield shape observed on other early engraved Colts. This revolver is pictured on pg 112 of The WM M. Locke Collection, Sellers. Mr. Leff’s note also gives provenance to the Harry Thomas Collection. Undoubtedly this is a one of a kind prototype for the later factory conversions of the ’51 Navy and others that followed. An exceptional and exceedingly rare gun that is an important piece of Colt History. PROVENANCE: William Locke Collection; Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered; bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with losses on both sides of the muzzle, probably from long term holster storage; frame retains 75-80% orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas mostly fading elsewhere, worn to metal patina on left edge of conversion plate and loading gate; hammer retains about 70% faded case colors; cyl retains about 50-60% thin orig blue with 2 areas, opposite each other, that are metal patina apparently caused by long term holster storage; cyl shows about 50% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard and backstrap retain about 98-99% strong orig silver plate; grip shows heavy wear on the sides with a few light nicks and scratches and retains 50-60% orig varnish; mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-49709 (75,000-200,000) – Lot 2150

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2158

FINE ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 148032. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, thinned front sight and 1-line block letter address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” roll marked on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with exceptional, smooth, 2-pc pearl grips. Revolver is beautifully after-market engraved in L.D. Nimschke style with nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame, feather patterns on the top strap and matching foliate arabesque patterns over about 3/4 of the bbl and around the muzzle. Top of the bbl, forward of the address and around the front sight is engraved in geometric patterns. Top gullet of the ejector housing is engraved in leaf & vine patterns with matching foliate arabesque patterns on the outer radius. Back strap, butt strap & trigger plate are engraved in matching patterns with Nimschke style crossed ribbons centered on the back strap and a small ribbon on the butt strap. Bottom of the trigger bow and bottom of the bbl at the muzzle are engraved in geometric patterns matching those on top of the bbl. Cyl has nearly full coverage matching foliate arabesque patterns. Nearly all the engraving has a fine pearled background. Trigger, screws, ejector rod head and base pin are all fire-blued. This is very high quality engraving by a very talented engraver using patterns from the master. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 44-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish and pearl stocks, shipped to James Dodds, Dayton, Ohio on Oct. 13, 1892. No mention of the engraving. According to our consignor, noted Colt Collector and Dealer, Ron Dean, sold this gun to Michael Leff many years ago. Ron has stated that he feels the engraving is factory original to the gun and done at the time of sale and plating and that the notation for engraving could simply be missing from the factory records. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Overall retains 96-98% crisp orig nickel finish with some minor pimpling in the front gullets of the frame, heel of the back strap, hammer & flutes of the cylinder; screws, trigger & base pin retain most of their fine fire blue; ejector rod head shows light wear on the outer edge. Grips are exceptional with great fire and fantastic iridescent colors. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-49699 (45,000-55,000) – Lot 2158

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2218

EXTRAORDINARY AWARD-WINNING CASED COLT MODEL 1855 FULL STOCK SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 2416. Cal. 44. Beleived to be The Finest Known Cased Sporting Rifle in Existence, with 27″ oct to rnd bbl, dovetailed German silver front sight and 3-leaf rear sight dovetailed into top flat of octagonal section. Sight is graduated 100-300-600 yards. Top flat of frame is marked similar to full stock military rifles “COL. COLT HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.” Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” along with the patent date. It has 5-shot, full fluted cyl with patent date in one of the flutes. Rifle is mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with 7/8 length forestock that has brass forend tip, secured with two bbl bands, the lower band having a sling loop. Buttstock has a straight grip with crescent steel buttplate without trap. The long bottom tang has a corresponding sling loop and left rear web of trigger guard is stamped “44 CAL”. Bottom of bbl, at the muzzle, has a cleaning rod stud with brass tipped Gutta Percha cleaning rod in the groove in bottom of the forestock. Loading rammer has a horizontal latch. Left side of the octagonal section of the bbl and each flute of the cyl are stamped with British proofs. Accompanied by its orig green felt lined, English oak Colt casing with recessed bullseye carrying handle in the lid. Corners have mortised brass reinforcements with a mortised brass lock in the front and sliding brass latches in each end of the lid. Inside the lid is mounted with an orig Colt label “DIRECTIONS FOR USING / COLT’S PISTOLS, RIFLES, CARBINES, AND SHOTGUNS.” This label lists directions for loading & firing, cleaning handguns, cleaning long guns and “for cleaning New Model pistol” (Single Action Army). Bottom is compartmented for the rifle; an extraordinarily rare Dixon & Sons copper & brass bag-shaped flask with the maker’s name on top of the collar on one side and “COLTS / RIFLE FLASK / LARGE BORE” on the other side; a rare blued steel 2-cavity bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “.44R”; an exceedingly rare orig Colt leather sling with brass hook that has cartouche on one end “J.E. CONDIOT / NEW YORK”; two exceedingly rare tins of Eley’s caps with green & black labels marked with maker’s name & address, etc. “COLT’S PT REPEATING RIFLES”. Tins are sealed in gold embossed blue paper with the Eley wax seal on the bottoms. Sides of tins have brown & white labels extolling the virtues of these caps. Also accompanying is an additional exceedingly rare Colt revolving rifle combination tool with three screwdriver blades & nipple wrench, a tiny 2-section hickory & brass cleaning rod with knurled brass knob that is overall about 29″ in length and a Dixon pewter oil bottle along with two empty covered compartments in the left & right rear corners. Additionally accompanied by an NRA silver medal #297 in its orig box, one of ten best arms at the 1990 NRA Convention. Cased revolving rifles are exceedingly rare with only a very small handful known. This is one of the most rare of all collectible Colt firearms. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine and Unfired. No disassembly was affected to check for matching numbers. Bbl retains about 99% strong, orig factory blue. Frame retains about 98% strong, glossy, orig factory blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Cyl retains 96-97% strong, glossy orig factory blue with faint front sharp edge wear and the loss areas, primarily in the flutes, flaked to a medium patina. Top & bottom tangs retain about all of their glossy orig blue with a few minor flaked spots from dry storage. Buttplate retains 25-30% glossy orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Hammer retains virtually all of its brilliant orig case colors. Rammer & handle retain about all of their orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot, somewhat faded on the handle. Bbl bands are flaked to 50-60% glossy orig blue. Cleaning rod is exceptionally crisp. Wood is sound with only one or two extremely minor finish flaws and overall retains all of its brilliant orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is exceptionally fine with only very minor storage & handling mars in the finish with a couple of grain checks on left end of the lid and another in the center of the lid. Lock escutcheon is missing with some minor damage in that area. Interior is lightly faded with a few scattered spots in the felt lining and minor damage from the rear sight. Flask is exceptionally fine retaining all of its orig factory finish. Mold is also new with some light flaking and minor surface discoloration. One cap tin paper wrap has a couple of small tears, otherwise,cap tins are equally new as is the leather sling, never having been unfolded or installed on the gun. Cleaning rod, oil bottle & combination tool are equally new. Medal, box & sign are fine. This is likely the finest, highest condition Colt full stock sporting rifle extant. Then to have it cased with complete, equally new accessories is almost beyond comprehension. 4-50409 JR501 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 2218

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2219

EXTREMELY RARE CASED FACTORY ENGRAVED 1855 COLT MODEL 7 PERCUSSION REVOLVER PRESENTED TO EDWARD M. BUNCE, BANKER FOR COLT FIRM.

SN 16321. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 3-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address. Mounted with 1-pc checkered ivory grip with borders, matching number to this revolver. Cylinder is usual five chambers with hand engraved stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking and has the cylinder pin retaining screw through the side. When initially examined it was discovered that two of the chambers in this cylinder still had orig loads, which have been drawn. Revolver is spectacularly deluxe factory engraved with nearly full coverage late vine style patterns without shading or background, probably by Gustave Young. Hammer is engraved to match with patterns on the shank and both sides of the spur. Matching engraving patterns extend over the top strap, onto the bbl lug, sides of the bbl and around the muzzle with additional matching patterns on rammer pivot. Cylinder has the rear 1/3 engraved in matching patterns. Back strap has matching patterns at the top & heel and on the butt strap. Center of back strap is engraved in a period script factory presentation inscription “EDWARD M. B—- / With compliments of / Colt’s P.F.A.M.Co. / June 12th 1867”. A faint U and N can also be made out within the last name of the engraving. Accompanied by one of the most spectacular, deluxe, pink velvet lined rosewood casings to be encountered. The case is constructed of matching rosewood on all exposed surfaces and has spectacular streaky honey & chocolate grain patterns with an empty brass shield in the lid and mortised brass lock in the front. Interior is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver in reverse, a single sided, “COLTS PATENT”, eagle & stars Root sized flask, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter, marked on the right side “31 PKT”, an empty packet for five combustible cartridges from Colt’s cartridge works and four complete and partially complete combustible cartridges. Accompanied by a two page letter from renowned Colt researcher, historian and author, R.L. Wilson, verifying most of the above information with the additional statement that the presentation was to Edward M. Bunce of Hartford, CT, who was the chief cashier at the Phoenix bank in Hartford, Colt’s company bank and a very important person to the Colt company. Mr. Wilson states that the presentation on the back strap was partially defaced by a family member “embarrassed to have been disposing of this prized heirloom”. This revolver is listed on p.72 of Colt Presentations From the Factory Ledgers 1856-1869, Houze, which shows that page 466 of the ledger, dated Thursday, June 20, 1867, “For 1. 3 1/2 in N.M.Pkt Pistol Ex Engraved / ivory with all Appendages in / Rosewood Case presented to / Edwd. M. Bunce Hartford Conn. 29.31”. That sum of $29.31 was an extraordinary amount for a handgun in 1867 and showed the value that Mr. Colt placed on the relationship with Mr. Bunce. Such elaborate presentations as this one are exceedingly rare, especially when found in such high orig finish, both case & revolver. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip; bbl retains about 60-70% orig blue turning a little plumy with bright metal on both sides; frame, back strap & butt strap retain about 90% glossy orig blue with a small cleaned area on the right side of the bbl lug and sharp edge wear; back strap has the small cleaned area where the name was defaced; cylinder retains a thin blue/brown patina and shows about 98% stagecoach hold-up scene; front edge of the cylinder has some very fine pitting; rammer & hammer retain bright case colors; grip has a small chip in the toe and 2-3 tiny age lines and shows crisp diamond checkering and has a wonderful golden ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Case has some fine grain checks in the lid with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains almost all of its orig varnish with what appears to be a wet glass circle on the lid; bottom retains nearly all of its orig green oil cloth covering with applied red leather corners; interior is lightly faded with very light soil in the bottom; partitions are all solid; flask is crisp and retains about 95-96% orig finish; mold appears to be unused and retains virtually all of its orig blue with fire blued sprue cutter screw; empty cartridge packet is fine. 4-50311 (75,000-95,000) – Lot 2219

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2282

FABULOUS GENERAL PHILIP SHERIDAN ETCHED GLASS RAILROAD-STYLE LANTERN.

SN N/A. This rare and wonderful lantern made by Kelly & Co., Rochester, NY measures about 12″ tall with a 5-1/2″ tall globe, 4-1/2″ wide, with beautiful etched panel of patriotic eagle perched on patriotic U.S. shield surrounded by cannonballs and a panoply of American flags and arms measuring about 3″ tall and 4″ across. The opposite side surrounded by floral wreathes reads ‘GENERAL P.H. SHERIDAN’. General Sheridan was a famous Civil War general of great renown. He served in the American military most of his adult life. He became the commanding general of the United States Army in 1883 until his death at age 57 in 1888. This lantern dates somewhere in the 1870s or 80s as that was Kelly Lantern Works’ time of business making other presentation lanterns such as this. These lanterns are quite rare and we know of only one other to such a prominent American iconic general as this one. That lantern has the same patriotic eagle (though a bit different as both are totally hand etched) and attribution to “General Ulysses S. Grant”. The Grant example is nearly identical as can be seen in photos and is owned by West Point Museum at the U.S. Military Academy. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Brass body retains 30-40% of its orig white metal plating still retained in protected areas and on base. Glass lense has one large chip in the top rim measuring about 1/4″ by 1″ that does not affect aesthetics. Accompanying lantern is a framed Civil War CVD as Sheridan as a Major General. 4-50152 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2282

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2324

THE BEST OF THE BEST-RELIEF CARVED JOHN ARMSTRONG EMMITSBURG, MARYLAND AWARD WINNING RIFLE.

SN NSN. Maryland’s John Armstrong is considered by most to be one of the foremost artisans of the golden age. Armstrong was the creme de la creme, creating designs emulated by rifle makers everywhere. This rifle has a 41″ full oct . 38 Cal rifled bbl signed “John Armstrong” on a brass plate inlaid into the top facet of bbl. Overall 57″. Butt is 4-3/4″ x 1-1/2″. Most of his early rifle bbls were handmade. Large engraved brass 4-pc patchbox has 3 piercings and the door is engraved with Armstrong’s characteristic two crossing vines. Fine grade curly maple stock with pronounced comb is carved behind cheekpiece in a high relief motif of interlacing branches. Large “C” scrolls cross over the tight radiused curves of the smaller bottom scrolls. Area under cheekpiece is elevated and checkered. Carving at front of cheekpiece correlates in design with butt carving. Relief carving extends forward from lock and sideplate in feather like tapered flutes where each feathered area is slightly concave, this is a characteristic Armstrong feature. Rifle is relief carved behind bbl tang with vine like designs carried over from butt carving. Relief carving to rear of rear ramrod pipe is a fleur-de-lis type carving extending rearward about 4″ from the pipe. The entire forstock molding along the ramrod channel is deep and elegantly accomplished. Armstrong’s innovative, stylish rifle features extend from the buttplate to the 2-1/2″ long brass muzzle cap. Large silver oval cheekpiece inlay is engraved with a classic spread eagle with shield surrounded by an engraved border. Long elegant handmade lock is engraved “JA”. Armstrong’s locks had internal mechanisms as precise as a clock’s movement. The outside of the lock has beveled edges, square tail, graceful hammer and fancy hammer screw. Armstrong was born September 5, 1772 in Adams County, PA just north of the Maryland border. He settled in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he practiced his trade. The many features Armstrong brought into being with his meticulous workmanship produced immaculate rifles. As Joe Kindig states in his book, Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in it’s Golden Age, “John Armstrong’s workmanship is magnificent, and his designs are just about perfection. I cannot overemphasize the beauty of his rifles”. This rifle was awarded NRA’s First Place Silver Award at it’s national show in Washington, D.C. in 1962 and won the NRA’s One of Best seven awards in 1967. This is the best of the best. PROVENANCE: Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Minor lock pitting and very few scratches and dings from age. The lock does not hold on full cock and needs to be adjusted. Kentucky rifles do not come any finer than this one. 4-49418 RG105 (90,000-150,000) – Lot 2324

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2327

SUPERBLY RELIEF CARVED GOLDEN AGE FLINTLOCK RIFLE BY ADAMS COUNTY GUNSMITH ADAM ERNST.

SN NSN. 42″ oct to rnd 48 Cal. smooth bbl signed “A Ernst”. Overall 57″, butt is 4-1/2″ x 1-1/2″. Bbl is fastened to curly maple stock with 4 bbl wedges. 4-pc engraved brass patchbox has 5 piercings. Head is shaped like a dogs head with a ball or other round object in its mouth. Engraving is somewhat sparse but extremely good. Beveled brass sideplate is nicely engraved. Hand forged flintlock is unmarked. Cheekpiece side of stock is profusely relief carved to rear, under and forward of cheekpiece. Carving is composed of a large number of C-scrolls and is the work of an artist superb in using rococo design. It would be very difficult to find rococo better exemplified in the work of any other gunsmith. Half moon silver engraved inlay on cheekpiece and an oval silver inlay on top of wrist which is engraved “JB”. Nicely relief carved around bbl tang with outstanding incised carving behind rear ramrod pipe. Adam Ernst is listed as a gunsmith in Berwick Township, Adams County, PA, in the years 1805-1811. Adam died in 1857 which would suggest he was a gunsmith from about 1800 on. A. Ernst always used a beautifully scrolled trigger, generally with very beautiful piercings in rear as seen on this rifle. Another characteristic feature of Ernst’s work is molded detail at front end of trigger guard. Carving and patchbox design are very similar to rifle no.157 on p. 362 of Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in it’s Golden Age PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Extremely fine condition exhibiting some of the best of Adam Ernst carving. 20″ of forend wood and 12″ of bbl at muzzle have been professionally replaced. 4-49813 RG14 (25,000-40,000) – Lot 2327

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2328

AWARD WINNING 18th CENTURY RELIEF CARVED DAUPHIN COUNTY PETER BERRY KENTUCKY RIFLE.

SN NSN. 44-1/4″ full oct .45 Cal rifled bbl signed “P Berry”. Overall 61″, butt is 4-3/4″ x 1-1/2″. 4-pc brass engraved patchbox has 3 piercings and is very similar to the Peter Berry pictured on plate number 112 in Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in it’s Golden Age. Brass sideplate is also similar to rifle number 112. Brass 4″ triangular engraved inlay is inlet to the face of cheekpiece. Curly maple stock is wonderfully relief carved behind cheekpiece with very deep rococo carving that appears even finer than the rifles pictured in Kindig’s book. Some relief carving forward of cheekpiece and patchbox, and around bbl tang. Deep incised carving around rear ramrod pipe. Hand forged German lock is unmarked and release for patchbox is a rectangular button in the 3-1/2″ buttplate. Forend has nice paneled molding running along the ramrod channel to nosecap. This gun was awarded the Kentucky Rifle Association’s Silver Metal as on of the best five on display at their 1965 annual meeting. Peter Berry is listed as a gunsmith in the tax records of Dauphin County in the years 1786-1789. Peter Berry died in 1795 so all his guns were made before the end of the 18th century. Peter Berry carved beautiful designs of “C” scrolls in high relief and no two of his guns are carved exactly alike. This gun is pictured on p. 55 plate no.48 of Henry Kauffman’s book, The Pennsylvania Kentucky Rifle while in the Collection of Herman Dean. PROVENANCE: Ex Herman Dean Collection. Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl has been shortened approximately 3″ from rear. 3-1/2″ wood sliver repair along right hand side of forend 25″ back from muzzle. Wood replacement around tail of flintlock. Small square of wood inlet to rear of tang carving where a screw had been placed to stabilize an old, in-period wrist break. 4-49419 RG104 (30,000-65,000) – Lot 2328

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2348

EXTREMELY FINE PERCUSSION OVER AND UNDER NICHOLAS HAWK, MONROE COUNTY, PA KENTUCKY RIFLE.

SN NSN. Cal. 50. 52-7/8″ overall with 37-1/2″ full oct rifled bbls. One bbl is signed “NICHOLAS HAWK” in script in a 3-3/4″ brass engraved inlay inlet into the top flat of the bbl. Other bbl is also signed “NICHOLAS HAWK” in script in a 4″ silver inlay inlet into its top bbl flat. Buttplate is 4-1/4″ high x 1-1/4″ wide and stock is finely curled maple. The 4-pc brass patch box with 7 piercings is finely engraved and is Hawk’s characteristic style. Brass panels between the two bbls are finely engraved on each side at the breech end, as is the 9-1/4″ brass toe plate, the 7″ brass comb inlay and the brass side plate. Cheek is decorated with Hawk’s characteristic finely engraved silver oval inlay with 8 piercings and an 8-pointed flower design inside the oval. The cheek side of the butt features a second outstanding silver oval inlay with 5 piercings and a wonderfully engraved American Eagle in its center. Cheek piece has a 3/8″ x 2″ silver engraved inlay. There are 3 silver engraved inlays on the wrist and an engraved silver inlay surrounds the finely engraved bbl tang. This is an outstanding example of Nicholas Hawks finest work. Rifles and pistols of Nicholas Hawk are distinct works of art upon which he executed in lavish pride his utmost skill, ingenuity and craftsmanship. Nicholas Hawk lived, worked, and is buried in Gilbert, Monroe County, PA. He was born March 3, 1782 and died 1844. The orig gun shop of Mr. Hawk has been relocated to Boulton, PA at the PA Long Rifle Museum run by the Jacobsburg Historical Society. The PA Long Rifle Museum is on the orig site of the Henry gun factory from which Hawk purchased his gun bbls. It is interesting to note Hawks’s reputation as an engraver is unparalleled. He was so good, in fact, he spent time in federal prison for counterfeiting. CONDITION: Remarkable condition throughout with no visible repairs or alterations. The breech end of the bbls show pitting from the percussion ignition system as would be expected, and the bbl signatures show signs of wear. The rifle was obviously used, but not abused. This rifle is of higher quality than the majority of those found made by this sought after gunsmith. Accompanied by a bag & horn set which according to family lore came with the rifle. 4-49575 RG100 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2348

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2366

A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT PAIR OF SILVER AND GOLD INLAID AMERICAN FLINTLOCK DUELING PISTOLS BY JAMES HASLETT: MADE FOR JEROME-NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, YOUNGEST BROTHER OF NAPOLEON AND KING OF WESTPHALIA (1807-1813) CIRCA 1803.

These very fine American flintlock dueling pistols are unusually large having 10 inch octagonal barrels rather than the usual 9 and are 15.25 inches overall. The barrels have silver foresights, gold banded breeches, and a large heavy silver inlay with an arrow and ribbon, the ribbon engraved Baltimore. Additionally there is a gold sunburst issuing from the rear breech band. The locks are signed Haslett, bolted and finely engraved, cocks and frizzens en suite all featuring characteristically Haslett quality. The gold lined pans are rainproof and frizzens are roller bearing. The half stocks are of American walnut and finely checkered with silver wedge escutcheons and forend caps. The triggerguards are spurred with pineapple finials and finely engraved. The silver thumbpieces are period engraved GEROME (sic) BONAPARTE. These duelers are not only intimately associated with the history of both America and France but with one of the great romances of the 19th century. Girolamo, later Jerome Bonaparte served in the French Navy until he left for America at the age of 19. He won the heart of Elizabeth “Betsy” Patterson, the 18 year old daughter of millionaire Baltimore ship-owner, William Patterson. They married on December 24th, 1803. Neither the elder Patterson nor the Emperor Napoleon was pleased at this marriage. In 1805 the Emperor sought an annulment and Elizabeth who was pregnant took ship to France so her child would be born on French soil but the Emperor barred her ship from French harbors so she went on to London. Presumably Elizabeth had her husband’s Haslett pistols in her baggage and stored them with Lloyds until her return to Baltimore. Jerome was crowned King of Westphalia in 1807 and following the Emperor’s fall returned to the United States in 1814. Jerome’s grandson, Charles served as Theodore Roosevelt’s Secretary of the Navy and as his Attorney General. The Maryland Historical Society specifically refers to Elizabeth’s father William’s enmity towards Jerome Napoleon: “But the most egregious offense for Mr. Patterson was covering his new son-in-law’s extensive debts. There were bills for tailors, shoemakers, carriages, and pistols.” The reference to pistols can only be for the present pistols as James Haslett was the only maker of superb London or Parisian quality pistols in the city of Baltimore in 1803. James Haslett trained under the great Irish gunsmith, Robert McCormick of Belfast and Dublin prior to making rifles for the Philadelphia maker also named Robert McCormick. Haslett moved to Baltimore in 1803, opening a shop at 64 North Gay Street at “The Sign of the Golden Gun.” Haslett brought all the latest refinements from Dublin and London and may be justly regarded as the finest gunsmith working in America at the time. CF The magnificent set of Haslett dueling pistols sold by James D. Julia on October 15th as lot 2301 for $195,500.00. The Jerome Bonaparte Haslett flintlock dueling pistols are the most historically important pair of pistols to be offered since Christie’s sale of Simon Bolivar’s Boutets on November 18th 2004 (1,687,000 with premium). The Bonaparte pistols offered here have a more romantic story, powerful United States association, and a stronger provenance as Jerome (Gerome) Napoleon’s name is engraved on the thumbpieces. Together with the Lloyds’ wooden case one cannot ask for better provenance. PROVENANCE: Duane Broderson, Martin B. Retting. Los Angeles. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: The pistols are in good relatively untouched condition throughout with all small lock parts original, little or no original finish, but crisp overall. The wood stocks are fine with no noticeable repairs and minor wear to the extremely fine checkering. The rammers are old replacements. Jerome Napoleon’s Haslett pistols are together with their period wooden storage/shipping box, bearing a wax seal, and tape marked LLOYDS BANK LIMITED in good original condition. 4-49789 (25,000-50,000) – Lot 2366

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2367

EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND DESIRABLE BUCKS COUNTY RELIEF CARVED FLINTLOCK BY ANDREW VERNER.

SN NSN. This pistol is a Bucks County masterpiece. Andrew Verner is recognized as one of the finest, if not the finest gunsmith of Bucks County, PA. Pictures of one of Verner’s finest rifles are on pp. 38-42 of David Hansen’s new book An Intimate Look at The American Longrifle its Art and Evolution. This pistol has a 9-1/8″ full oct unmarked iron 57 Cal. smooth bbl. Overall 14-1/2″. Flintlock plate is marked “Ketland”. Beautiful curly maple stock is incised carved behind bbl tang, behind lock and sideplate and around rear entrance furrule. Intricate designs of delicate incised carving create a unique effect using single incise lines rather than usual raised carvings. Heavy beveled brass sideplate is nearly identical to the sideplate on Verner rifle pictured in Hanson’s book but has a scallop design under the top screw which is also present around the screw on the buttcap. Brass trigger guard ends in an arrow head finial and has a 4 petaled flower engraved on bow. 8 pointed silver star inlay attractively placed between trigger guard and rear ramrod pipe. A silver double headed eagle inlay, a heraldic symbol of great power and influence reaching back to great Roman empire and German Emperor, is located on top of pistol grip. Identical inlay is also found on magnificent Verner rifle pictured in Hanson’s book. 3/4″ brass nosecap notched for ramrod is typical of those used on rifles of Bucks County area. Very intricate beautifully scrolled trigger is similar to Verner rifle in Hanson’s classic book. Classic Bucks County incised carved fleur-de-lis design to rear of lockplate and sideplate is similar to design shown on Verner rifle in Hanson’s book executed in silver wire inlay. This pistol probably dates as early as 1790. This pistol was awarded the National Rifle Associations silver metal as one of the 10 best exhibited at NRA annual meetings. PROVENANCE: Ex Dave Hanson and Thomas Wilson Collections. Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: Remarkable original condition.  Pistol is in overall exceedingly fine condition.   4-49463 RG26 (65,000-85,000) – Lot 2367

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2368

EXCEPTIONALLY FINE SILVER MOUNTED LEFT HANDED HENRY YOUNG (EASTON, PENNSYLVANIA) “KENTUCKY” PISTOL.

SN NSN. Cal. .448 Bore diameter. 9-3/8″ Octagon bbl has long silver inset rectangle on top flat, engraved “Henry * Young” (Easton, PA 1774 – 1780) flanked by well engraved fleur-di-lis. Silver front sight bead is on inlaid silver “X”. There is an unknown proof, possibly an old inlay, on top left flat above touch hole. Unmarked left handed lock with bridled frizzen, with roller on spring, is fitted with serpentine cock. Cock and lockplate are deeply chamfered, and plate has rebated tail with teat. Dense, closely tiger striped curly maple stock extends to within 3/16″ of muzzle and terminates in silver band. Stock is silver mounted with exceptionally fine furniture having plain surfaces giving counterpoint to exceptionally well engraved highlights, possibly engraved by Henry’s son, John Young, who was known for his fine engraving. Sideplate mimics shape of lock and is engraved with shaded fleur-de-lis at either end, and with fine American eagle under false screw slot at center. Two scrolled straps extend along ball grip, and are inlet into unique raised, scrolled bosses carved into grip. Relatively plain silver butt cap has fleur-di-lis finial. Elegant, beautifully finished, double beaded trigger guard has foliate flourish as finial. Crest plate at top of grip mimics style of butt cap. Hickory ramrod mounts through well shaped silver beaded thimble and tailpipe. Stock mounts to bbl with two silver-plated side nails through oval silver escutcheons. Escutcheons on right side have raised, false side nail heads. There were five members of this family that were gunsmiths, Henry, John, John, Jr., Peter, and John K. Young. The first Young gunsmith of Easton was Henry Young who was born about the year 1720. The Young gun shop enterprise was established in 1759. Henry Young taught his son, John, the profession and art of gun making. The Northampton County tax list lists Henry Young as a locksmith 1774 and John as a gunsmith at the time of the American Revolution. Both are listed as gunsmiths in the tax lists of 1779. The Young family made flintlock rifles and pistols for private customers, the Continental Congress and later the United States Government. The Young gun shop at Easton was a place of importance and the family became generally known, not only in PA, but throughout the other colonies. John and Henry Young took the Oath of Allegiance on October 17th and 26th, 1778, respectively. CONDITION: Very good to excellent. Bbl and lock are a pleasing mixture of silver and brown patina. Stock shows some losses of wood on volutes at grip, and with crack running from tail of lockplate to rear of trigger guard bow. Silver is very fine, somewhat raised above wood. Butt cap has a number of old dents. A very pleasing, top quality, “Kentucky” pistol. 4-49544 MGM17 (40,000-70,000) – Lot 2368

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2374

RELIEF CARVED CURLY MAPLE FLINTLOCK PISTOL BY FREDERICK SELL CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT KENTUCKY GUNSMITHS.

SN NSN. 4-7/8′ oct to rnd .30 Cal smooth bbl signed “F. Sell”. Overall 9″. This petite pistol has a fine curly maple stock with heavy relief carving around and behind bbl tang. Flintlock is held by one lock screw and brass nicely engraved sideplate is held in place by an additional wood screw in front. Brass trigger guard and buttcap are each engraved with a 4-petal flower design. Flint lock is not marked or engraved. Frederick Sell was one of the great masters of Kentucky rifle making and a member of one of the most important Kentucky gun making families. Frederick Sell is listed as a gunsmith in York, PA in 1807 and appears in Littlestown records from 1817 until 1858. It is believed Frederick is the son of Jacob sell the elder and a brother of Jacob sell the younger. This is the only Frederick Sell Kentucky pistol we have seen. PROVENANCE: Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: Fine. This pistol is a fine example of a Kentucky pistol by a very famous Kentucky rifle gunsmith. Flintlock is not working and needs adjustment. Evidence pistol had an in-period break through wrist. 4-49495 RG3 (11,500-18,500) – Lot 2374

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2428

FINE WHEEL LOCK SPORTING GUN ATTRIBUTED TO THE MEISTER DER TIERKOPFRANKE, CIRCA 1645.

SN NSN. Plain lockplate struck with a maker’s mark unidentified. Internal wheel with wheel cover pierced and engraved. Pierced dog beautifully engraved with an eagle holding a serpent in its talons. Finely formed octagonal bbl fluted throughout its length. Stock elaborately inlaid with white stag horn, hunting scenes, stag, rabbits, dogs, and a fox. Stag horn patchbox scrimshawed with combat between turbaned Turks mounted on horseback and dogs and ostrich. Cheekpiece very finely carved with recumbent stag and flowers characteristic of the Meister der Tierkopfranke. Right side of stock carved with dog. Tang enclosed with carving of flowers and trees. PROVENANCE: George Shumway. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Lockplate condition is fine, engraving still crisp. Bbl is crisp with pronounced flutes. Stock inlay is fine and carving pristine. Stock appears to have few if any replacements. Some insignificant chipping along ramrod channel, otherwise fine. Ancient European inventory No. 21 on reverse of cheekpiece. 4-49939 (15,000-30,000) – Lot 2428

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2432

FINE AND RARE HIGH ART DRESDEN WHEEL LOCK RIFLE DATED 1615.

SN NSN. This rare long wheel lock rifle is in fine condition throughout. The lock with internal wheel as gilt bronze wheel cover engraved with double headed eagle, dog spring is held by a gilt bronze lion mask carved in high relief. Lock plate is plain. Octagonal bbl is well formed with deeply sunken maker’s mark “IP” over a heart within a shield. Sparse engraving around maker’s marks. Bbl is deeply rifled. Trigger guard lightly engraved. Fruit wood full stock is tastefully inlaid throughout its length featuring addorsed birds on cheek piece, faces and birds on forend enhanced with horn tendrils and pellets. Patchbox scrimshawed with unicorn in finely detailed scrolls. A fine and rare high art wheel lock rifle. PROVENANCE: Raymond J. Petry. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Metal is cleaned but not rubbed and remains crisp. Stock inlay is in relatively good condition throughout, much of the scrimshaw retaining all of its original black ink. Minor almost unnoticeable repairs to some of the inlay, but mostly fine throughout. Set trigger functions. Patchbox appears original. Ramrod is an old replacement. 4-50004 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2432

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2447

VERY RARE RUSSIAN/POLISH “YUSHMAN” (PERSIAN JAWSHAN) ARMOR TO THE WAIST CONSISTING OF HORIZONTAL IRON PLATES EMBEDDED IN RIVETED CHAINMAIL RESEMBLING LAMMELAR ARMOR CIRCA 1600.

Any element of Russian armor represents an extreme rarity outside Russia and a complete half suit of lammelar armor has not been offered for sale in memory. The present suit is of a most attractive and elegant form consisting of horizontal flat plates connected by large riveted iron links of fine quality and is a masterpiece of the armorer’s craft. The links are thicker in the collar area and the sleeves extend halfway down the arm. Below the bottom plates, 12 rows of links form the skirt. Derived from Persian armors from the 15th century the ‘Yushman’ type of armor is similar to the Medieval European brigandine in which the plates were riveted to cloth usually thick velvet or sometimes leather. The great advantage of both the ‘Yushman’ and the brigandine over true plate armor was mobility and comfort. The sophistication of the Russian design renders it superior to the Indian mail shirts of the same period. CONDITION: Condition is remarkable for a mail armor of this period. Nearly all the horizontal plates and all the riveted links are intact with light to medium patination throughout as expected but no significant holing or damage. This ‘Yushman’ represents possibly the only opportunity for collectors of Russian and Polish armor to acquire a genuine example of this rare type in nearly pristine original condition in many years. 4-51026 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2447

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2505

FRENCH YEAR 13 CHARLEVILLE FLINTLOCK PISTOL.

SN NSN. .69 Cal x 8″ long bbl marked on the left breech flat with date “1807”, Tang area of bbl marked with a large script “M” “an” 9″. The 5″ long lock is marked under the brass pan “T” over “Manufacture” “Imp”/ “de” “Charleville” in script. Inside of lock marked “LE” and is orig flintlock. Brass furniture consists of front bbl band, trigger guard bow, buttcap and sideplate of French Year 13 Pattern. European walnut stock is 10-1/2″ long marked opposite the lock with a 1″ diameter French arsenal roundel. Ramrod is a modern reproduction. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Bbl, tang, and lock all have a light to medium pitting consistent with age and use of this pistol. Brass furniture is in very good condition having minor nicks, dings and scratches from handling. Stock is in good plus condition having numerous nicks and dings from handling as well as a large glued area inside the lock running from the rear most bridle screw through to the main spring mortice. There is also 1-1/2″ long stress fracture running from bbl breech through rear lock screw in the direction of the trigger. Overall the stock is sound. 4-49884 PAS69 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2505

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3025

SUPERB EARLY DWM BORCHARDT MODEL 1893 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL IN ORIGINAL CASE WITH FULL ACCESSORIES AND FOUR MATCHING MAGAZINES.

SN 1919. 7-1/2″ Cal. 7.65 mm Borchardt bbl with integral blade front sight and “BUG” proofs on left side. “D.R.P./No75837.” on center toggle link. “BUG” proofs on toggle assembly and left side of receiver. “SYSTEM BORCHARDT PATENT. / DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN. / BERLIN.” on right receiver. Checkered walnut grips with border. Numbered parts on gun are matching. Four orig magazines with matching SN, one having a stop after the number (1919.) indicating it to be the original magazine to the gun, those without the stop being the spares. With orig correctly (for DWM) unnumbered shoulder stock with attached holster, unnumbered cheekpiece, sling, dummy wooden magazine/breech cleaning holdopen which contains a 3-pc brass cleaning rod with oiler in the handle, screw driver with two blades, two punches, and brass cleaning rod. Gun, holster/stock and accessories in orig black leather case with nickel plated fittings, brass studs on corners and leather handle. Compartmentalized green felt lined interior. This gun is featured on pp. 133 and 137 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent. Retaining 98% orig bright blue with light wear on sharp edges. Fire blued parts are bright with minor wear. Orig straw is 90%. Bore is bright and sharp. Grips are excellent with some minor indentations on lower border of left hand grip. Magazines are in near new condition with very little wear. Stock is excellent with very little wear on orig wood finish. Blue on metal parts is bright with light wear on corners. Holster is excellent with solid structure and light surface cracking overall. Attaching straps are cracked and flaking. Fire blued screws look beautiful with almost no wear. Cheeckpiece appears almost new with beautiful finish, bright fire blue and proper patina on brass. Dummy mag is in excellent condition with orig finish on wood and proper patina on brass. Screwdriver has some dents and dings on wood handle and minor wear on blades and punches. Brass rod has little wear with orig patina and a few areas of verdigris. Exterior of case has scuffs, scrapes and a couple cracks on top. Fittings are excellent. Key is missing. Interior felt is very good with a few areas of decay. Stud on small compartment lid is missing. Structure is solid. 4-52099 BWS135 (30,000-55,000) – Lot 3025

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3034

VERY EARLY EXPERIMENTAL MAUSER STEP-BARREL CONEHAMMER C96 CARBINE FROM KING FAROUK OF EGYPT’S COLLECTION.

SN NSN. Extraordinary experimental C96 carbine, unmarked, unnumbered and in-the-white, whose generally oversized dimensions differ in every respect from production guns. This example has a 19.5” bbl, proofed on the lower surface, with a fixed front sight and a graduated but unmarked rear sight whose height is adjustable by a cursor, centrally recessed to expose the center of the sight bar. Curiously, the sight bar markings are repeated on the lower surface of the bar. As found in a number of experimental carbines, the chamber is round, rather than octagonal, and measures 1” in length. Barrel extension rib is solid and the firing fin is secured by a separate strawed retainer. The subframe assembly is 1/2” longer than usual with a different milling pattern that has no recesses in its rearmost portion. The safety, of later form, has a solid head. Corresponding to the enlarged subframe dimensions, the transfer bar is longer than usual, the sear is more acutely angled with a broader engagement surface, and the two-lug locking block is correspondingly more robust. Even the hammer is different, having an usually broad shaft. These components are all housed in a long, flatside frame whose length is 6.75” (corresponding dimension on a standard gun is 5 5/8”) and interdigitates with the floorplate as per a standard pistol. The magazine follower is longer than usual and the follower spring more robust. The carbine attaches to the stock via a squared lug measuring 2.5” (H) x 2 5/8” (V) and is secured by a spring loaded plunger button whose checkered head protrudes from the left side. Two screws, one on each side, attach the lug to the hollowed stock, made from two pieces of walnut-stained birch, whose lid hinges on the left side. There is no provision for a tensioning spring inside the lid that snaps closed securely. Due to wood swelling, the carbine cannot enter the stock sufficiently to allow lid closure. This was a ballistic test gun, firing data for the longer cartridge with a 1.5 gm load (cf standard C96 load of 0.5 gm) being given in Wille, “Mauser Selbstalader”, Versuch 8, 1896. Chamber casting shows the cartridge case, which is otherwise unknown, to have been 44 mm long, with straight tapered body and minimal shoulder. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess, ex-Visser collection, ex-Fred Datig, ex-King Farouk of Egypt’s collection. illustr. Schroeder, “System Mauser” p181, TBLAP. CONDITION: The Carbine is all in-the-white (except for the strawed firing pin retainer) and remains as bright, lightly cleaned metal, with sharp edges, expected machine tool marks and only minimal staining. The same holds true for the stock lug, hinge and other stock fixtures. The wood is a replacement made by the Mauserwerke in the 1960s for Henk Visser when he was their sales director and owned the gun, being birch rather than walnut, and made from two pieces. Bright, mirror-like bore with strong rifling. Perfect fit of carbine to stock lug and perfect mechanics. A truly extraordinary, one-of-a kind Conehammer carbine whose rarity and charisma would be the pride of any collector. 4-52078 LMA14 (35,000-50,000) – Lot 3034

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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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3040b

MAUSER C96 LARGE RING FLATSIDE CUTAWAY, SN 1.

SN 1. Cal. 7.63mm. Factory Flatside Cutaway with 5-1/2″ bbl, having fixed front sight and slip-in 1-10 rear sight. Long extractor (missing) and single lug firing pin. Standard chamber markings and inspector markings under bbl. No Crown U marking or antler proof on bbl extension. SN 1 on sight bar, cursor, bolt stop, bolt, firing pin, hammer, subframe components including transfer bar and sear, floorplate, magazine follower and frame. Orig fire blue on small parts except trigger that is correctly strawed. No grips. Lanyard ring present. The bbl extension and frame have been generously cut away to show all functioning components. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: 95-97% orig blue with thinning on bbl and a few small spots of erosion on the right side. Comparable condition fire blued and strawed parts. Lanyard ring with slight separation. Mirror bore with sharp rifling and no discernible erosion. Perfect mechanics. Orig finish coupled with absent bbl extension markings support this C96 as being a factory Cutaway, possibly assembled as a demonstration unit in concert with the Italian Navy contract. One of very few factory C96 Cutaways. 4-53289 LMA125 (12,500-22,500) – Lot 3040b

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3053

*◊ SPECTACULAR UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL FIRST PRODUCTION LUGER SERIAL NUMBER 01.

SN 01. 4-3/4″ 7.65 mm Cal bbl. Model 1900 Swiss Military Contract with Swiss cross in sunburst above chamber. DWM scroll on center toggle link. Dished toggles with toggle latch. Early flat checkered safety lever. Grip safety. Swiss proofs on bbl and receiver. All numbered parts are matching down to the checkered walnut grips. Takedown lever and magazine latch are both numbered on right side. Unrelieved frame with original, correct flat button wood bottom magazine with metal discs. This gun is featured on pp. 170, 181, 183 and 191 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. This gun was delivered to Bern in May 1901 and issued as a Swiss Army standard weapon. This is the very first production Luger manufactured and it remains in beautiful condition. PROVENANCE: Collection of Henk Visser who purchased it from the widow of the officer to whom it was issued in 1901. Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent. Retaining about 97% orig bright blue with light sharp edge wear and some fading on grip straps. Swiss arsenal straw is about 95% and bright. Bore is bright and sharp. Grips retain nice color and have light wear on checkering, Magazine is near new with very little wear. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52832 BWS7 (50,000-100,000) – Lot 3053

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3094

*◊ SPECTACULAR AND IMPORTANT CASED PLATINUM PLATED IVORY GRIPPED AND ENGRAVED PRESENTATION KRIEGHOFF P.08 LUGER.

SN 17232. 4″ 9mm bbl with oak leaf pattern engraving around front sight band and Crown/N proof on bottom. HK Anchor/KRIEGHOFF SUHL on center toggle link. Star (military reject) proof on right front receiver and Eagle/2 on front of right frame rail. Crown/N proofs on front of left receiver and front of left frame rail. Oak leaf pattern engraving on receiver, toggle assembly, sideplate, frame, magazine release button and grip screws. Ivory grips are engraved with an oak leaf pattern with black filling of background. With two matching numbered aluminum based magazines that are highly polished and also platinum plated. All numbered parts are matching. Left side frame panel is gold inlaid “HEINRICH KRIEGHOFF/WAFFENFABRIK SUHL/15. 8. 39.” indicating presentation on August 15, 1939. Other similar engraved/ivory gripped pistols in this 5 digit commercial SN range with the identical inscription have been positively identified to ownership by Hermann Goering by the Krieghoff factory, though the exact significance of the date of the inscription remains unknown (see The Krieghoff Parabellum/Gibson). With a high polished and platinum plated takedown Krieghoff tool that is Eagle/2 proofed and a brass cleaning rod/oiler in a case with black leatherette exterior, blue velvet fitted interior, leather handle and nickel plated fittings. This gun is featured on pp. 536 and 803 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. This gun is also prominently featured in color in The Krieghoff Parabellum by Randall Gibson (see pp. 200, 204/5 & 212). PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Near new. Retaining over 99% of platinum plating that has resisted tarnishing and corrosion. Bore is bright and sharp. Ivory grips are starting to yellow and left grip has a chip under safety lever which has been professionally repaired. Magazines are near new with a few spots of corrosion. Mechanics are excellent. Hold-open spring tang is broken off and included with gun. Case is in very good condition with some indents on lid. Sharp edge wear and some wear through on corners. Leather handle has some cracking and flaking. nickel plated fittings are lightly pitted. Interior velvet is stained and indented from pistol sitting in it for many years. Takedown tool is near new. Cleaning rod is excellent with some corrosion on metal ware. 4-52167 BWS58 (50,000-100,000) – Lot 3094

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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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3259

PRUSSIAN REGIMENT GUARD DU CORPS AND GUARD KURASSIER REGIMENT.

Officer model M1889-99. Late production, possibly circa 1915, officer’s guard corp style body, steel with tombac finish, helmet body in the later pattern elegant form, tombac chin scales with cloverleaf rosettes, Prussian guard star as frontplate, silver parade eagle on cloverleaf base, eagle has gold crown to indicate officer, interior has sweat leather and silk liner, back visor has black leather, front visor green leather. Elegant and rare helmet. PROVENANCE: Robert H. Haskell, III Estate Collection. CONDITION: Helmet body in perfect shape with no dents or damage. Helmet body is magnetic indicating tombac colored steel helmet body. Front visor trim is loose with the loss of the right retaining stud, solder on interior edge of front visor has also broken. Chin scales have the wartime finish with slight pebbling underneath tombac. Inner liner is dried with numerous small tears. Front visor leather is slightly shrunken, exposing metal underneath and back black leather trim extremely dry. Eagle appears to be original officer pattern with fine detail and gold crown. Frontplate has oxidation which indicates it may have been replated. 4-50221-3 RT4 (4,000-8,000) – Lot 3259

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3327

*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE 1ST CONTRACT FIRST PISTOL SHIPPED COLT MODEL 1900 U.S. ARMY SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL GIVEN TO COL. JAMES BOYD BY GEN. LUCIUS CLAY IN EARLY 1945.

SN 11. Cal. 38 ACP. Blue finish with 6″ bbl, thin half moon front sight and grooved rear sight in the unique unaltered sight safety. Left side of slide has Browning’s & Colt’s patent information with rampant Colt in a circle at the rear. Right side of slide has standard markings “AUTOMATIC COLT / CALIBRE 38 RIMLESS SMOKELESS”. Left front web of trigger guard is hand stamped “U.S.”. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips that has a “JTT” (Lt. Col. John T. Thompson) cartouche under the date “1900”. Accompanied by a period of use Audley brown leather belt holster with the unique locking device that catches in the trigger guard, which must be depressed to remove the pistol. Holster is mounted to a 9-1/4″ x 6″ stiff leather backing and has the unique feature of three spare magazine pouches and a loading tool pouch. There are a total of three nickel plated orig magazines with patent marked bases. Loading tool is missing. Accompanied by a notarized letter from Bruce Boyd and Angela Boyd Todd, wherein Mr. Boyd states that this pistol was given to his father Col. James Boyd, by Gen. Lucius Clay in early 1945 when Col. Boyd was assigned to Germany working for Gen. Clay. Col. Boyd apparently arrived in country without a sidearm and Gen. Clay, noticing this, gave him this pistol with the holster and three magazines. Col. Boyd returned from Germany in 1946 with this pistol in his suitcase and kept it locked away in the bottom left drawer of his desk. When Col. Boyd passed away in 1987 the pistol was bequeathed to his youngest son, Hudson Boyd who passed away a few years after his father. This pistol was then passed on to Bruce Boyd who in turn gave it to his daughter Angela Boyd Todd. He states that this pistol has been in the Boyd family since 1945. The Model 1900 is very significant in military arms as it was the very first semi-auto pistol tested by the Army. The first shipment of these pistols were issued to U.S. Cavalry officers stationed in the Philippines, Cuba & Puerto Rico for field testing. This pistol is doubly significant, not only was it among the first semi-auto pistols ever purchased but it, in fact was the very first production Colt 1900 issued to the Army. The first ten pistols (#1-#10) were presented to military & government officials. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter stating sale to United States Government and shipped to Springfield Armory on May 16, 1900 in a shipment of 50 guns. Also accompanied by a packet of information furnishing the provenance of this particular pistol along with historical information regarding the Model 1900 in general. PROVENANCE: Col. James Boyd Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 70% strong orig blue with muzzle end sharp edge wear and a few surface spots on the slide; front & back straps are a mottled blue/gray patina; hammer & sight safety retain virtually all of their bright, orig case colors, turned dark on top edges. Grips are sound showing light edge wear and retain about 90% varnish on right side and 75% varnish on the left side with crisp, clear date & cartouche. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Outside magazine pouch has about 1/2″ of loose stitching, otherwise holster is completely sound showing light wear & soil. One magazine has a slightly bent toe, otherwise they are all sound; two retain most of their orig nickel and the third about 70% orig nickel. 4-50150 JR112 (25,000-50,000) – Lot 3327

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3367

*PERAZZI EXTRA GOLD .410 GAUGE GAME GUN WITH GALEAZZI ENGRAVING.

SN 99677. Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. 28-3/8″ Mono-bloc bbls fitted with matted, ventilated rib having two beads, are gold inlaid “4” at rear portion of rib. Ejector bosses are marked “Perazzi BRESCIA MADE IN ITALY.” on left, and “IMPORTER – Perazzi – U S A MONROVIA – CA.” on right. Bottom of mono-bloc is stamped with SN, 1997 Italian Nitro proofs and “Extra”. Caliber is on bottom bbl. Coin finished, low profile, side-plated trigger plate, OU action features gold-plated single selective trigger with selector in non-automatic safety slide. Action is engraved with truly exceptional semi-relief open shaded scrolled acanthus covering fences, top strap, top lever, and portions of bottom of action framing flush gold inlaid Bulino vignettes of pheasants in various poses set in nicely detailed backgrounds. Left side depicts a hen pheasant roosting at left front with three cock pheasants, two strutting and one flying in edge of woodland on lockplate. Right side depicts a pair of cocks in battle, with another flying in background on right lockplate, with a brooding hen at front. Bottom of action portrays Labrador retrieving a cock pheasant. “EXTRA GOLD” is gold inlaid toward front. Top lever, trigger plate, and trigger guard are blued. There is a head of a cock pheasant gold inlaid on pivot of top lever over “4”, and trigger guard is gold inlaid with one flying and another running pheasant. This exceptionally fine work is in Perazzi 854, 855, and 856 factory styles, created by master engraver, Angelo Galeazzi, whose signature is on trigger plate. Exceptional dark marbled and lightly figured European walnut full pistol grip buttstock with Monte Carlo comb measures 14-3/8″ over thin, black, Perazzi marked pad, and features right hand palm swell and point pattern checkering at grip. Matching slim one piece forend has Deeley type release, gold inlaid “4”. Included with gun is a red plastic Perazzi marked box containing five choke tubes and wrench, along with plastic certificate of warranty card. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, rear of Monte Carlo: 1-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. The 12 ga. companion to this gun is also in this auction. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, possibly unfired since proof, with only one or two of the faintest marks on wood and metal. Suggested manufacturers retail for this model is over $100,000.00. 4-51109 MGM266 (40,000-70,000) – Lot 3367

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3459

*UNIQUE GOLD ENCRUSTED 16 GAUGE L. C. SMITH “DE LUXE” GRADE WITH EJECTORS, SINGLE TRIGGER, BEAVERTAIL FOREND, AND VENTILATED RIB.

SN FWE202811. Cal. 16 ga. 2-5/8″ Chambers. This exceptionally rare (2 listed in Brophy) spectacular best grade shotgun has 28″ bbls fitted with raised, flat, ventilated rib, mounted with two steel beads, engraved “MADE TO ORDER BY THE HUNTER ARMS CO. INC. FULTON, N. Y.” and gold inlaid “L. C. SMITH De-Luxe GRADE” on rear portion. Breech ends of bbls are engraved with 2″ triangles of shaded scroll framing gold inlaid oak leaves in three colors, with branches and acorns in light gold, acorn caps in red gold, and leaves in yellow. There are 1″ triangles of scroll at muzzles. Engine turned bbl flats are stamped with Hunter nitro proofs, and engraved with SN and grade. Case hardened action has nicely filed-in bead which runs from the top of the standing breech forward and around each fence. Action is fitted with non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold and oval checkered safety button gold washed), as well as gold-plated Hunter one trigger with checkered blade, and engraved gold-plated selector. Action and lockplates are engraved with near full coverage very well cut, medium, shaded, scrolled acanthus surrounding extensive relief three color gold inlays of oak leaves, game birds, and dogs. The oak leaf and acorn theme, as found on the bbls, continues onto top and bottom of action, along opening leaver with pierced and carved thumbpiece, on fences, and on bottom of forend iron. Left lockplate depicts a pair of setters in yellow gold, one on point, the other in the background honoring point. Bushes and grass, as background, are in light yellow gold. Seed heads of grass are in red gold. Dogs attention is drawn by gold flying woodcock on front of lockplate. Right lockplate depicts a trio of flushing quail in dark yellow gold, flying over sagebrush in light yellow and red gold, with another gold quail at front of plate. The oak leaves on bottom of action frame a superb relief rendition of standing, alert ruffed grouse on light gold rock with red gold floral base. The extent of this gold work is beyond any pictured examples in either Brophy or L. C. Smith; The Legend Lives by John Houchins. Quality is very fine. Blued trigger guard has matching scroll, and SN at grip. The trigger guard bow engraved with vacant scrolled riband has been filed to shape matching outline of scroll at edges. Lightly marbled European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over ribbed composition buttplate. Buttplate screws are scroll engraved. Stock is checkered in fancy borderless pattern with ribbons running through grip, and flourishes extending into butt. Schnabeled beavertail ejector forend has oval secondary release escutcheon engraved to match action. Interior of iron is also fully scroll engraved. Brophy on p. 213 lists this gun without beavertail forend. The forend wood is a factory schnabeled replacement. Factory letter states that this gun was likely shipped back for the Beavertail forend to be fitted after manufacture. Metal original. Engraving executed and signed by Albert E. Kraus, signed under the top lever. Bore diameter: left-.661, right -.661. Bore restrictions: left -.003 (Skeet), right -.003 (Skeet). Minimum wall thickness: left -.030, right -.035. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain essentially all of a fine satin re-black. Action and lockplates retain a large percentage of their orig case hardening color, in excess of 80%, difficult to assess due to extensive engraving and inlay. Trigger guard retains nearly all of what appears to be its orig blue, with a few light scratches. Buttstock retains nearly all of an old light refinish, checkering slightly worn. Factory made forend retains essentially all its original finish, and clean checkering. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. An exceptionally fine and rare American classic. 4-49533 MGM14 (150,000-250,000) – Lot 3459

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3460

*EXCEPTIONALLY FINE A-3 L. C. SMITH.

SN 204351. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Bbls with high matted rib are engraved “SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL” and “MADE TO ORDER BY THE Hunter Arms Co. FULTON, N.Y.” on tops. Breech ends are engraved with 2-1/2″ triangles of scroll with inlaid gold lightning bolts; tops of breech sections with small triangles of scroll, and matching scroll on rib extension. There are 1-1/2″ triangles of scroll at muzzles. Engine turned bbl flats are engraved with SN. Whitworth Steel sheaf of wheat trademarks are stamped on the bottom of each bbl. Standard weight action features non-automatic safety (S gold inlaid) and single selective trigger. Action is engraved in typical “A 3″ late style with nicely cut and shaded scroll of various sizes, rose bouquet highlights, and geometric borders, as counterpoint to relief engraved oval vignettes of dogs on each lockplate; a setter on left, and pointer on right. Scroll engraving on action and lockplates is also highlighted with one or two game birds flying through scroll. Trigger plate portrays a portrait of a spaniel. Fences are very nicely carved with relief attenuated acanthus scroll. The quality of workmanship in all this relief engraving is beyond compare; dogs are lifelike. Blued trigger guard has matching scroll on bow, and SN at grip. Very fine, smoky marbled and lightly stump figured European walnut round knob semi-pistol grip buttstock measures 13-1/2″ over ribbed composition buttplate. Borderless checkering at grip has fancy crenelated outline and fleur-di-lis ribbons through pattern. Matching splinter ejector forend has inlet ebony triangular tip and guitar shaped secondary release escutcheon. Bore diameter: left-.727, right -.726. Bore restrictions: left -.035 (Full), right -.033 (Full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.033, right -.034. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 13-1/2”. This gun is pictured and described in L. C. SMITH; THE LEGEND LIVES on pp. 115 through 120. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of John Houchins. CONDITION: Excellent, near new. Bbls retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig blue, with a few light marks. Action and lockplates retain approx 90% orig case hardening color, silvered on bottom of action. (Actual percentage difficult to assess due to the relatively light color of the hardening, especially on lockplates, as well as the extensive engraving.) Trigger guard retains nearly all of what appears to be its orig bright blue, engraving still sharp. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish with a few light scratches and marks, commensurate with the remainder of the gun. Bores are excellent, bright, and shiny. Action is tight. Mechanically crisp. An exceptionally fine, investment quality, example. A total of 19 “A-3” guns were made. 4-50879 (65,000-85,000) – Lot 3460

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3494

*RARE PARKER A 1 SPECIAL TRAP GUN WITH VENTILATED RIB, BEAVERTAIL FOREND, AND SINGLE TRIGGER.

SN 232047. Cal. 12 ga. 1-1/2 Frame. 2-5/8″ Chambers. 32″ Peerless steel bbls with raised ventilated rib, are marked with faint Peerless steel logos and “Parker Overload Proved”, on engine turned bbl flats. SN, gauge and frame size are on lump. Case hardened action is marked with “A 1 S”, SN, and “8” on engine turned water table, and is nicely filed with four beads around fences, bottom bead running along bottom of bbls and terminating in scroll at bottom of action. Action is engraved with full coverage of unusual small interwoven scroll with floral highlights on bottom. Four flowers in bouquet on trigger plate are semi-relief inlaid in gold. “PARKER BROS” is in rectangle on each side of action. Thumbpiece of top lever is relief carved in scrolled acanthus. Blued trigger guard is also scroll engraved, with “R. H. Fleet.” gold inlaid on bow. SN is in gold on tang. Action has been fitted with Miller selective trigger. Crotch figured American walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock with Monte Carlo comb, measures 14-1/4″ over 3/8″ thick plastic spacer and features fleur-di-lis pattern checkering, checkered side panels, and fleur-di-lis drop points. Hard rubber grip cap with beaded gold spacer has inset engraved gold oval on top, which is vacant of any initials. Matching large beavertail ejector forend has reinforcing bolt. Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.731. Bore restrictions: left -.035 (Extra full), right -.032 (Full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.030, right -.026. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at rear of Monte Carlo: 1-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 8 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Gun matches all specifications as listed in PARKER GUN IDENTIFICATION AND SERIALIZATION ledger. PROVENANCE: Parker Gun collectors letter with specifications of this gun. CONDITION: Fine, as partially refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of a correctly colored re-blue with some subsequent silvering and light marks. Action retains traces of its orig case hardening color where protected, silvered from normal carry wear. Stocks retain nearly all of a hand rubbed oil finish, with a number of marks, checkering re-cut. Wood loss at left end of forend from a small crack that can be easily repaired. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors are strong and in time. Trigger works. THE PARKER STORY relates that only 79 “A 1 Specials” of all types and gauges were made, only two with ventilated ribs, and three with beavertail forends; therefore this gun is most likely unique. 4-50355 MGM229 (32,500-62,500) – Lot 3494

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3495

*VERY FINE LIGHTWEIGHT 20 GAUGE PARKER AHE WITH CASE.

SN 184302. Cal. 20 ga. 0 Frame. 2-5/8″ Chambers. 26″ Acme steel bbls have typical Parker nomenclature on top rib. Bbl flats and lump have all correct markings. Case hardened action has one bead filed in around fences, and features automatic safety and double triggers. Action is engraved with nearly full coverage well cut medium scroll with unusual vignettes of antlered deer in wooded backgrounds on each side of action, and “PARKER BROS” is in rectangular band behind hinge pin recesses. Bottom of action depicts a pair of pheasant, one standing, one flying, at front, and fine semi-relief portrait of pointer retrieving snipe or woodcock on trigger plate. Trigger guard is scroll engraved, and SN is at grip. Streaked and lightly figured European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over engraved skeleton steel buttplate. Hard rubber grip cap is embellished with inset gold oval engraved with initials “DCA”. Stock features typical A-grade checkering with fleur-di-lis highlights, and checkered side panels with fleur-di-lis drop points. Matching splinter ejector forend is nearly fully checkered. Bore diameter: left-.617, right -.617. Bore restrictions: left -.020 (Full), right -.010 (Mod). Minimum wall thickness: left -.021, right -.020. Drop at heel: 2-9/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. Abercrombie & Fitch green canvas case with green leather trim is lined in dark green cloth. PROVENANCE: PGCA letter confirming all present specifications, and indicating that it was shipped to A & F in NY on Oct. 18, 1919. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain approx 85% of what appears to be orig blue, browning and thinning slightly at normal carry point, and with scattered minor rubs and marks. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, mostly where protected, and is quite vivid under top lever. Otherwise surfaces are a pleasing pewter gray patina. Buttstock retains traces of what appears to be its orig finish under added varnish, which is over a number of scratches (heavy and light), hunting marks, and dings. Checkering is very good, does not appear to have been re-cut, except on right side near grip cap where it appears a dent was removed. Wood finish on forend appears untouched. Checkering is good, but slightly worn. Bores are near excellent, mostly bright and shiny, but with one or two tiny pings. Action has a hint of looseness only with forend removed, but is tight when fully assembled. Screws are in time. Ejectors are in time. Case is very fine with slight discoloration to canvas, and a few rubs in leather trim. Straps and handle are fine. Interior cloth is excellent. An exceptional light and lively high grade small bore Parker. Every grouse or quail hunters dream. 4-50845 MGM7 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 3495

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3517

*VERY FINE, HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION, ITHACA FLUES GRADE 7 WITH EXTRA BARRELS.

SN 313767. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Both sets of bbls are 30″ with flat, engine turned ribs, with triangles of foliate scroll engraved at breech ends. One set with open chokes, has SN on engine turned water table and is marked in small letters “ITHACA GUN CO.” and “ITHACA, N.Y.” on tops of bbls, the other set with tight chokes is marked on water table with SN “-7”, and is engraved in large letters on tops “ITHACA GUN CO.” and “ITHACA, N.Y. U.S.A.” Loop of tightly choked bbls is stamped “T” and “P”. Case hardened Flues action features automatic safety (“S” inlaid in gold), and checkered, gold-plated double triggers. Water table is engraved with SN, gauge, and “7”, along with “PAT’D.” Action is engraved with nearly full coverage nicely rendered scrolling leaf and berry motifs with stippled background. This interesting work surrounds multi color gold inlaid vignettes of game birds on each side of action; a pair of ducks on left, pheasants on right, a two colored gold heraldic eagle clutching arrows on trigger plate, and a head of antlered deer on trigger guard bow. Top lever and trigger guard with matching engraving are blued. SN is at grip. Nicely flame figured American walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over orig Ithaca Gun Company composition buttplate. Grip and side panels are checkered in an extensive, fancy, fleur-di-lis style, with fleur-di-lis and ribbons in patterns. Each bbl set has its own splinter forend, each nearly fully checkered and with inset ebony tip. Set one with open chokes: Bore diameter: left-.730, right -.730. Bore restrictions: left -.022 (Mod), right -.011 (IC). Minimum wall thickness: left -.022, right -.026. Drop at heel: 3-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Set two (-7) with tight chokes: Bore diameter: left-.729, right -.729. Bore restrictions: left -.038 (Full), right -.039 (Full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.014, right -.030. Drop at heel: 3-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. PROVENANCE: Framed “Concours d’Elegance” certificate. CONDITION: Excellent to Near Mint. Bbls retain 95% + orig blue, just silvering slightly at muzzles and sharp edges of ribs. Action retains well over 90% of its bright orig case hardening color, silvered on edges of fences, and slightly on bottom. Top lever is silvered slightly on thumbpiece, trigger guard on sharp edges of bow. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig varnish finish, grain slightly raised, with some crazing around comb. Checkering is near mint. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. A very fine high grade Ithaca, with very unusual, possibly unique, engraving. This gun was the gold medal winner in the Vintage American Side By Side Class at the 10th Gold Medal Concours d’Elegance of Fine Guns, at the Vintage Cup 24 September 2005. 4-50843 MGM23 (27,500-47,500) – Lot 3517

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3566

*OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ARNOLD GRIEBEL ENGRAVED BROWNING HIGH POWER SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN T171952. Cal. 9 MM. French gray finished with 4-3/4″ bbl, custom BO-MAR rib with adjustable sights.Trigger is fitted with an attachable trigger shoe. Pistol is nearly full coverage engraved with exceptional fine foliate arabesque patterns. Left side of slide has a raised gold running hare in a field scene and a raised gold falcon in a forest scene. Right side of slide has a raised gold squirrel on a limb and another falcon to match the one on the left side. Both sides of the slide and rib are outlined in gold wire. Bottom of the backstrap is inlaid in gold with the initials “R.V.H.” and bottom front of the slide is engraved “ENGR. BY A.GRIEBEL”. Mounted with, what appear to be, custom finished checkered Browning grips. The magazine release button is custom checkered. Accompanied by two original 13-rd magazines with polished base plates. Also accompanied by a parchment-like paper describing this pistol by SN with the following additional information: “Modified especially for Russell V. Hardtke by the following artists.” Action adjustment and sight installation by Carl Reid Aug. 20, 1968. Custom engraving by Arnold O. Griebel Feb.1, 1969. Personalized grips by Lars Flat—- May 15, 1969 and signed Russell V. Hardtke.This is an exceptionally high quality example of engraver’s art. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp custom finish. Grips and magazine are equally fine. 4-50838 (7,000-10,000) – Lot 3566

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