Historic Firearms Auction
A Blowout at Approximately $18 Million in Sales!

Auction: March 12th & 13th, 2012

Preview: March 9th - 11th, 2012

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1043
Revised: 3/1/2012

Correction: This is a Class III (AOW) Firearm.

**ITHACA AUTO & BURGLAR GUN WITH HOLSTER. SN 390724. (1925) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. Early type Flues model Auto & Burglar with 10″ bbls and high spurred buttstock. Bbls are marked “Smokeless Powder Steel” and “Made in USA” on tops. Case hardened action is hand engraved “Auto & Burglar Gun” on each side between normal rolled on dog, and Ithaca name and address “engraving”. American walnut pistol grip stock has coarse flat checkering on either side of grip and at butt, and was reinforced at factory, with pin extending from butt up through top of grip. Short splinter forend has SN on iron. Brown leather holster is embossed “Auto & Burglar Gun Made by Ithaca Gun Co, Ithaca, N. Y” on flap. PROVENANCE: Notarized copy of letter from consignor outlining owners and history of this gun. It’s been in Mitchell and Sioux Falls, SD area for all of its existence, until now. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 80 – 90% orig blue, thinning and silvering on sides. Action retains nearly all its orig case hardening color, silvering on sharp edges, and on fences. Trigger guard retains 90% of its orig blue with some slight flaking, and silvering at grip. Stocks are excellent with a few minor bumps and knocks on grips. Some finish is thinning at flare of butt and on sharp edges. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Holster is fine, muzzle plug stitching is beginning to let loose, with some rubs on outer edges. Polished. Lettering is good. 4-45568 MGM39 (3,000-5,000)

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1066
Revised: 3/9/2012

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS HISTORIC GUN. The image used in our catalog is from the renowned Dr. Otto Bettmann archive. According to archive records, this image is of “Herman Goering in hunting gear, 1934”. The date that the photo was taken is December 23, 1934!! This gun bears a medallion indicating that it was presented to Goering on Christmas of 1934. Upon enlarging this image of Goering with his gun, some factual observations can be discerned.

1. The front sight most definitely is highly visible. Because this is a black & white image, we can’t tell if it’s the yellow paint that appears on our lot 1066 (yellow paint also appears on another O/U rifle that has been confirmed to be Herman Goering’s). 2. It’s also clear from this image that this gun has a special 1934 patent Schiwy running boar rear sight. An extension of this sight can be seen in the shadows of the image, without question. 3. It also appears that this gun has a 3-piece forend as indicated by the two screws that are slightly reflective in the enlarged image. 4. The stock also clearly has a pistol grip, it cannot be deduced from that if it is a rounded pistol grip or a flat knob pistol grip with cap, but it most certainly does possess a pistol grip. 5. The top of the stock has a straight comb, as does our lot 1066, and not a hog back. 6. On the enlarged image, although the butt of the stock is out of focus, there is a difference in coloration which appears to be the recoil pad. This is not as conclusive as some of the other aspects we’ve mentioned but it certainly appears to be. 7. The scope mounted on the gun appears to be similar or the exact scope which is with this gun now. Again, this is not conclusive but it certainly has a round adjustment cap on the top with an extension lever as does our scope.

It certainly appears to us that our lot 1066 gun, and the one in this image, are one and the same gun but because of the focus or lack of focus on the gun, it is impossible to be absolutely conclusive. Certainly the date is right, the style is right and many of the aspects I’ve mentioned appear to be the same as our gun.

*FABULOUS HERMANN GOERING PRESENTATION OVER-UNDER SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH SCOPES AND CASE FROM 1934. SN 268615. Cal. 9.3 x 74R. Factory records indicate that this very unique rifles’ barreld action was made by J.P. Sauer, the bbls completed in 11/1933 and the M33 action in 1/1934, leaving the factory in “the white” to an unknown recipient. Definitive pre-1939 proofs stamped under the ejectors indicate that it was finished and proof tested in 7/1934. Gold oval engraved “Dem Schirmherrn der Deutschen Jagd die Waffenstadt Suhl Weihnachten 1934” on toe line of stock indicates that it was a Christmas gift in 1934 from the city of Suhl to “The Protector of the German Hunt”. (Hermann Goering was appointed to this position by Hitler in 1933.) It is surmised that the rifle left Sauer in early 1934 and was sent to independent Suhl engraver, August Heym, before stocking and finishing, then final proofing. A copy of a period German photograph of the Heym engraved action in the white accompanies the lot. Consequently, this serial number does not appear as a finished rifle in Sauer records. 24-1/2″ Demi-bloc bbls are fitted with full length matted rib with slight rise at muzzle, as front sight base, for very unusual longitudinally dovetailed .155″ diameter front bead, sharply sloped to rear, and painted with yellow enamel to insure its visibility in low light. An exceptionally rare patented running boar sight (1.43″ wide) stamped “D.R.P.I. Schiwy Berlin” with large central U-notch, and two flanking triangular apertures is dovetailed through rib. This unique 1934 patented sighting arrangement is visible on a large caliber over-under sidelock rifle carried by Hermann Goering in several original photographs (ca 1934-1937). Ludwig Schiwy was known to be a favorite gunsmith of Goering. Caliber is engraved on milled out portion of rib between finely checkered and finished claw mount bases. Bbls are stamped “Special – Gewehr – Lauf – Stahl” (3-ring logo) “Fried. Krupp. A. G. Essen”. Breech ends of bbls and claw bases are engraved with very well cut shaded medium Germanic scroll with rose bouquet highlights. Provisional proofs and SN are stamped on bottom of bottom bbl with definitive pre-1939 nitro proofs on left side of bbls under top piece of 3-pc forend wood. Sling loop is soldered to bottom bbl. Exceptionally fine French grayed, robust, double Kersten full sidelock M33 over-under action features non-automatic safety (SICHER inlaid in gold), double triggers (both set), raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and reinforcing bolsters. Action, lockplates, and trigger guard exhibit exceptionally well executed Germanic style engraving consisting of medium shaded scroll with very well sculpted relief rose highlights on bolsters, along with further relief carving of oak sprigs and acorns, in the exact style of August Heym, framing exceptional, lifelike, nearly full relief carved scenes of game; a family group of 5 wild boar in woodland setting on left lockplate; a bounding stag following two scampering hinds into a meadow on right; a large European elk (moose) is on bottom of action with Goering’s favorite game animal, a Polish bison, in full relief on trigger guard bow. Blued top lever is also scroll engraved. Dense nicely marbled and stump figured European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over Silver type pad (This pad is also visible in one aforementioned Goering photograph. Light and dark variations in stock wood visible in photograph match the pattern of this particular stock, as well.). Nicely shaped, modified diamond, horn drop points grace side panels, and finely cut 28 LPI classic checkering has double line border. Sling loop is installed on toe line 1-1/2″ in front of aforementioned presentation gold oval. Blued steel grip cap is attached with 2 screws, and is beautifully engraved with scroll border around central motif of Hermann Goering’s personal crest (a shield with raised crooked arm holding a ring – derived from Wagners “Der Ring des Nibelungen” – surmounted by a crown with same arm and ring device flanked by heraldic wings) semi-relief inlaid in gold. There is no indication that there was ever any other grip cap installed on this rifle. Matching 3-pc ejector forend has inset horn tip and Deeley type release. Drop at heel: Approx 2-5/8″, drop at comb: Approx 1-5/8″. Weight without scopes: 9 lbs. 4 oz. LOP 14-1/2″. Rifle is fitted with two scopes in claw mounts with windage adjustment in rear. One is Karl Zeiss Zielvier no. 48203 with 3 heavy post and dot reticle. The other is Zeiss Zielmar no. 47982 with single post crosshair and dot reticle. Crocodile leather trunk case with nickel-plated brass corners and hardware, is lined with green cloth, with room for rifle and both scopes, and contains fine quality leather sling. PROVENANCE: Orig photo of Goering and rifle. 3-ring binder containing pictures of rifle, Goering holding rifle, copies of Schiwy sight patent, other photos of Goering, early owners of rifle holding it, articles from various publications featuring the rifle, and letters and emails from previous owners and others outlining the known history of this rifle. Copy of a 3/1958 Guns magazine article on August Heym. 3 Cartridges. CONDITION: Excellent, as found, showing some use. Bbls retain 95 – 96% orig blue, silvering at muzzles, along rib, and on scope bases, with a few minor marks and knocks. Running boar rear sight retains most of its heat blue, silvered on ends and top. Large bead front sight is considerably silvered. Action and lockplates retain nearly all their French gray finish, pleasingly brightening on beads and other high points with no areas of discoloration. Lock internals were gold-plated, and traces of the gold are visible on cocking hooks and tumbler ends. Top lever retains nearly all of its orig bright blue, slightly silvered on thumbpiece. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish, grain slightly raised with a few minor marks and knocks commensurate with the condition of the rest of the rifle. Silvers pad appears to be orig. The amount of wear on presentation oval and grip cap is also commensurate with the condition of the remainder of rifle, showing some softening and silvering. Bores are excellent with some slight erosion and frosting in throats. Screw slots show use. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Zielvier scope retains nearly all its original blue, lacquer of adjustment turret brassing slightly. Optics are slightly clouded, but usable. Zielmar ocular housing is considerably silvered and browned, body retains perhaps 80% blue, thinning, adjustment turret brassed, optics clear. Case leather is stained, chipped, and worn. Plated corners are beginning to show brass, handle detached with lining missing. Interior cloth is good showing areas of fading and staining from contact with rifle and scopes. Many areas are worn through especially at breech end of bbls, and where contacting sight. Partitions are somewhat loose. Sling is good, but missing its wooden retainers. 4-44212 MGM13 (100,000-200,000)

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1083
Revised: 2/20/2012

Additional Information: Left forward side of frame is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” and it has the “JMG” (Lt. Col. J.M. Gilbert) inspector mark just above magazine release.

*COLT MODEL 1911 SEMI-AUTO MILITARY PISTOL. SN 240689. Cal. 45 ACP. Fine 1918 pistol, all blue finish with 5″ bbl and standard fixed sights. Left side of slide has usual Colt address & patent markings with rampant Colt at the left rear. Right side of slide is marked “MODEL OF 1911. U.S. ARMY”. Bbl has “P” and “H” proofs perpendicular to the bore and a “K” inspector mark on the right side of the lug with a “5” on bottom of bbl. Pistol has straight spring housing with short spur grip safety and long spur hammer and is mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips. Accompanied by one 2-tone military magazine. CONDITION: Very fine. Slide retains about 95% strong orig blue with muzzle end wear and a few light spots of discoloration; frame retains 70-75% strong orig blue with the majority of losses on front strap which is a blue/gray patina; spring housing retains plummy blue with fine surface rust that will clean; grip safety, thumb safety & slide lock retain about all of their strong orig blue; magazine retains strong orig finish with bright blue and slightly discolored white area; bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue showing light slide wear with a bright shiny bore; grips are sound with a couple of chipped diamonds and shows light to moderate diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp. 4-45082 JR378 (2,500-3,500)

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1133
Revised: 3/1/2012

Correction: The correct length of pull is 14 9/16″.

*L. C. SMITH SPECIALTY GRADE EJECTOR STRAIGHT GRIP TARGET OR WATERFOWL GUN. SN 218443. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Rare 32″ Steel bbls are stamped “L. C. Smith” “Specialty Grade” and “HUNTER ARMS CO M.F’R’S FULTON, N.Y.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with SN and “SE”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with “Hunter Arms Co” “Patent” and nitro steel logos. Typically engraved case hardened Specialty Grade L C Smith action features automatic safety and double triggers. Nicely fiddle figured American walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-9/16″ over ribbed composition buttplate. Standard point pattern checkering with beaded border wraps over top of grip. Matching splinter ejector forend has triangular inset ebony tip with secondary ejector latch. Iron is stamped with SN and patent dates. Bore diameter: left.727, right .728. Bore restrictions: left .034, right .034. Wall thickness: left -.034, right -.029. Drop at heel: 1-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz. LOP 13-9/16″. Perfect balance on the hinge pin. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 90% + orig blue, silvered at muzzles, thinning at normal carrying areas, with a few minor marks. Action and locks retain 90% + orig case hardening color, silvered somewhat on bottom of action and on sharp edges, but generally quite vivid. Blue of trigger guard is almost completely flaked and worn. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig oil finish with a few minor marks. Buttplate is slightly under wood. Flatpoint checkering shows some normal handling wear and is commensurate with rest of gun. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is very slightly loose, and rt bbl is very slightly off face, but feels solid and is not an issue with forend installed. Ejectors are in time. Screw heads are unmolested. This would make a superb clays gun or game getter for tall birds. 4-45081 MGM214 (2,500-3,500)

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1147
Revised: 3/1/2012

Additional Information: Gunstock tests negative for salt using silver nitrate solution.

*BROWNING OLYMPIAN GRADE BOLT ACTION SPORTING RIFLE. SN 55309L69. Cal. 30-06. Beautiful Browning with 22″ tapered rnd sporting weight bbl without sights. Mounted in spectacular center crotch flame grain walnut with wide coverage checkered & carved forestock & pistol grip with rosewood forend tip and grip cap that have white spacers. Butt has a Monte Carlo comb with cheekpiece and its orig Browning embossed black composition buttplate. Forestock & bottom of butt have sling swivel studs & the grip cap is inlaid with an empty diamond shaped gold initial plate. Receiver, floorplate & trigger guard are French gray finish. Receiver is game scene engraved with the large vignette of a bugling bull elk on left side and a running American antelope buck on right side. The elk is in a mountain background scene and the antelope a desert scene. Left side of receiver, rail & rear bridge are engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with stippled background. Left vignette is signed “ABEE”, the signature of renowned engraver, Angelo Bee, who was Browning’s Master Engraver for many years before he emigrated to the U.S. and set up his own business where he became even more famous. Floorplate & trigger guard are wonderfully engraved with the large vignette of a mule deer buck in a forest scene on the floorplate and a grizzly bear on the trigger bow. These vignettes are surrounded by well-executed foliate & floral patterns with punch dot background. Floorplate is signed “R DEWIL”. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, probably unfired. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with bright bbl blue and crisp gray finish on receiver, trigger guard & floorplate. Bolt is polished bright and shows very little scuffing. Stock is sound with bright clean checkering, with only slight hand oil on the forestock. There are only a very few, very light nicks in the varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shin bore. 4-42492 (6,000-8,000)

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1544
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: Accompanying this lot is the original brown military style flap holster for this gun marked with the owner’s initials “S.C.H.M.”

CASED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH PALL MALL LONDON ADDRESS. SN 51099. Cal. 45 Boxer. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter Hartford/Pall Mall London address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and the left front web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of SN on back strap channel. Bottom of bbl & cyl have small British proofs. Buttstrap is fitted for a sling stud & swivel which are separate in the case. Ejector housing is third type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Base pin is orig with dimpled ends. Backstrap is inscribed in period script “S C H Monro 72nd Highrs”. Accompanied by a fine, blue felt lined English oak casing with empty brass medallion in lid and the Moore & Grey distributor’s label inside the lid. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a crystal & pewter oil bottle, a small ebony handle turn screw, an ebony handled brass cleaning rod and an oak cartridge block for 25 ctgs containing 24 orig Eley cartridges. Right rear covered compartment contains the lanyard stud & ring which, if installed, would not permit the revolver to fit into the case. This indicates that this revolver probably did not originate in this case. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only 729 Colt Single Actions were produced in caliber 45/450 Boxer. Seymour Charles Hale Monro is listed as a sub-Lt. in 1876 after having graduated from the Royal Military College. He was promoted to Lt. in May 1877 and served throughout the Afghan War 1878-1880 with the 72nd Highlanders. He fought in several battles in Afghanistan and was wounded during the capture of Peiwar Katal and again severely wounded at the Battle of Kandahar. He was highly decorated and mentioned in several reports. He transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders and was transferred to the Egyptian Campaign in 1882 and fought at the Battle of Tel el Kabir where he was again decorated. In 1884 he fought in South Africa as Commander of Volunteers. He fought in the Battle of Hazra in 1891 and in the Chitral and Terah campaigns in 1895. He fought again in Africa in 1897-98. During his career he was promoted through the ranks becoming a Brig. General in command of the Seaforth Highlanders. He died Sept. 1906. PROVENANCE: Herb Glass (1998); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including cyl & grip. Bbl & ejector housing retain traces of orig blue in sheltered areas with balance a medium gray patina. Frame retains strong case colors in sheltered areas with the balance fading to gray. Hammer retains smoky case colors on sides and back edge with top edge turned gray. Cyl retains traces of blue being mostly a light gray metal patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with the front & back straps gray metal patina. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy edge wear with light nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case is sound and extremely fine with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig bright varnish. Interior shows little or no fading with slight soil from the revolver cyl, grip & bbl in bottom and a small spot inside lid. Label is lightly yellowed. Accessories are very fine with a repaired crack in cleaning rod handle. Cartridges are fine. 4-45380 JR56 (4,000-7,000)

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1592
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: The markings on the barrel are incorrect.

RARE CASED INSCRIBED EARLY COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 171. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New-York City address with brackets. Frame has forward located “COLT’S PATENT” on the left side and the silver plated square back brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last three digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Backstrap is engraved in block letters “H.F. BISSELL”. Cyl is usual 5-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene, rnd cyl stop notches and one safety pin which is battered. Cyl arbor is early type with cupped tip and no grease grooves. Right recoil shield has a capping cutout and it has a Type I hammer face. Hammer is early style without roller and it has a flat hammer spring with Type I Boss. Accompanied by an extremely rare casket burl walnut casing with empty silver shield in the lid. Interior is brown velvet lined with Paterson style recesses in the bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided “COLTS PATENT” early eagle flask, a “COLTS PATENT” brass 2-cavity bullet & ball Baby Dragoon bullet mold, an L-shape nipple wrench and a small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Bottom front edge of case has an iron mortised lock with wooden shield shaped escutcheon. Bottom of case is covered in dark paper. According to Colt’s Pocket ’49 It’s Evolution, Jordan & Watt, only an estimated 4,650 of these rare revolvers were produced with right hand addresses that have brackets. Of that number only an estimated 500 had the Type I hammer face. That information coupled with the extremely rare casing makes this a truly very rare Baby Dragoon. Henry F. Bissell was a Union soldier who enlisted as a Corporal in Company C, Connecticut 14th Infantry on 30, July, 1862 and was mustered in on 20, August, 1862. On 13, July, 1863 he transferred to Company F, 3rd Veteran Reserve Corps, and was discharged on July 6, 1865. He was promoted to Sergeant on February 9, 1863. The 14th Connecticut participated in the Battles of Antietam, MD on September 17, 1862; Fredricksburg on December 13, 1862 and was the first division to charge the stone wall at Marye’s Hill. It fought again on May 1 through 3, 1863 at Chancellorsville and again at Gettysburg July 2nd and 3rd. On the July 2 they were stationed at the center of the 2nd Corps and on July 3 repulsed Longstreet’s Charge, capturing 5 battle flags and over 200 prisoners. In the afternoon of July 3, 1863 this 8 companies of this regiment captured the large brick barn and house of William Bliss which were nearly half a mile forward of the Union lines and held them until ordered to burn the buildings, during which time they suffered several casualties. On July 6 the regiment began the pursuit of Lee’s army and were engaged at Falling Waters, Maryland. It was during this time that Sgt. Bissell was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, which means that during one of the early July battles he was severely wounded and unfit for active service. PROVENANCE: Jim Handy (2004); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip, cyl spindle is not numbered. Bbl retains about 85% thinning orig blue. Frame retains dark orig case colors, more faded on the recoil shields. Hammer retains dark case colors on sides and rear edge with the top edge turned brown and light pitting around hammer nose. Trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their orig silver plating with some slight losses on trigger bow and light bubbling on backstrap. Cyl is a medium gray patina and retains 80-85% Ranger/Indian fight scene roll marking. Grip is sound with some hammer marks on bottom edges and a large bruise on left side at the frame and overall retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with dark pitting in the grooves. Case has a few grain checks in bottom otherwise is sound with usual storage & handling light nicks & scratches and overall retains a cleaned varnish finish. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with some staining in the lid & bottom from the revolver and flask. Flask retains most of its orig finish on the body with 60-70% orig polish on collar and about 50% on spout, which is a Dixon & Sons replacement. Mold has numerous light nicks & dings but is completely sound with clean cavities and retains a dark mustard patina. Nipple wrench is lightly pitted and cap tin is fine. 4-45371 JR45 (20,000-30,000)

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1594
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: Cylinder in this gun is incorrect. The markings are incorrect and the notches on the cylinder are incorrect. The end of the cylinder was altered. Barrel not original.

RARE COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 27. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with scarce 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line left hand New York City address. Left side of frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the square back, silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 5 shots with round stop notches and the dragoon Indian fight scene roll-marking. Cyl also has its single safety pin in sharp, serviceable condition. Hammer is type 1 without roller and has a V-shaped hammer spring. Recoil shield is without capping groove and the bbl lug is without a loading notch. Bore has 7 lands and grooves with right hand twist. This was Colt’s first attempt at producing a pocket size revolver, which became extremely popular during the great westward expansion of Manifest Destiny, especially with the ’49er miners, the Northwest Territories and into Alaska. These fine little revolvers remained in service throughout the Civil War and returned to the frontier where they continued in service well into the 1870’s when they were supplanted by self-contained cartridge arms. Throughout their storied use they were frequently carried in extreme adverse conditions with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, including wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and a few tiny nicks. Frame retains about all of its orig factory case colors, strong and bright on sides, moderately faded on recoil shields. Hammer also has very bright case colors on the sides and rear edge, with the top edge fading. Cyl retains about 85% thinning orig blue and 96-98% dragoon, Indian fight scene. Trigger guard and backstrap retain most of their orig silver plating with a few minor thin spots. Grip is sound with sharp edges and a few light nicks and scratches in finish and a wear spot on top left side near frame. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Bore and chambers of cyl retain strong orig factory blue, further indicating that it is probably unfired. This is one of the finest conditioned early Baby Dragoons extant. 4-45328 (15,000-30,000)

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1598
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: There are two cartridges. One is antique and other is marked. Cartridge packet marked with Racine, Wisconsin address is modern made. Serial Number on barrel lug has been re-stamped.

FINE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 67899. Cal. 44. Silver & gold finish with 8″ bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. The brass trigger guard & steel back strap contain a checkered 1-pc ivory grip. Cyl is rebated with usual 6-shots and all six safety pins serviceable. Cyl is numbered “066” and the wedge is unnumbered but has engraved ends. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with round head hammer screw. Revolver is engraved by renowned master engraver L.D. Nimschke, with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns that has punch dot background on the frame, which patterns extend over the sides of the bbl with smaller patterns at the muzzle and a knurled band around the muzzle. The address has chip & dot borders which terminate in geometric patterns. Hammer is engraved with deluxe foliate arabesque patterns and a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose. Top edge of hammer is engraved in a “V” and feather patterns with hand checkered spur. Top of back strap is engraved with a distinctive fan pattern with checkered triangular center. Backstrap has foliate arabesque patterns at top & heel and on trigger guard. Buttstrap is engraved in geometric patterns. Cyl is engraved around the major circumference with matching foliate arabesque patterns and has chip & dot borders front & rear. Rammer pivot also is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns. Cyl, hammer & rammer handle are gold plated with the balance of revolver silver plated. Accompanied by its orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a fine sgl sided angle spout “COLTS PATENT” silver plated flask, a blued steel “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “44H”, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a cardboard container for caps. Also included is a functioning key, along with two lead balls and two packets of six combustible cartridges, one by the Mount Pleasant Cartridge Co. of Racine, Wisconsin. Given that the cyl is mismatched but engraved to match the rest of the revolver and that the wedge is an unnumbered replacement but also engraved, it seems likely that this revolver was after market engraved by Mr. Nimschke after it had seen an amount of service. The chambers of the cyl retain virtually all of their silver plating indicating that it is unfired since engraving however the bore is moderately pitted indicating a period of use. Since this revolver was produced during the Civil War the likely scenario is that post-Civil War it was sent to Mr. Nimschke for engraving and then presentation. PROVENANCE: Bobby Smith Collection; Bill Sisney (2005); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge and cyl as noted above. Grip could not be removed. It appears that the bbl is also renumbered and probably is a replacement at the time of restoration or rebuilding. Bbl retains 60-70% strong silver plating with the exposed areas a gray metal color. Rammer handle & pivot retain about 50% thin gold wash. Frame retains most of its fine silver plating. Cyl retains about 90-92% thin gold wash. Hammer retains strong gold wash on sides and rear edge with top edge somewhat more worn. Trigger guard retains 92-93% strong silver plating and the backstrap about 50% silver. Grip is sound with fine age lines and a wonderful golden ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. Wedge spring tip is broken. Case is sound with a heavy crease across the lid and light handling & storage marks and retains most of a fine restored varnish finish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled with sound partitions. Flask retains most of its orig silver plating and the mold most of its orig dark blue with a few light nicks & scratches. Cartridge packets & cap box are fine. 4-45369 JR50 (12,500-17,500)

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1599
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: Refinished – probably from the factory.

SCARCE COLT RICHARDS CONVERSION MODEL 1860 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 5116. Cal. 44 Colt. Nickel finish with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight & 1-line block letter address. Left side frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard has cal marking. Mounted with fine varnished 1-pc walnut grip numbered “5156” in the backstrap channel. Apparently this is an assembler’s mistake as the grip fits perfect and appears to have been with this revolver its entire life. Cyl has usual Ormsby Naval Battle Scene. SN was observed in all the correct places. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 9,000 of these revolvers produced in the period of 1873 to 1878. This exact revolver, identified by SN, is pictured on p. 165 of A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers, McDowell, with credit to the C.D. Terry Collection. PROVENANCE: C.D. Terry Collection; Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered and grip as noted. Overall retains about all orig factory nickel finish with a few minor, light nicks and scratches. Grip has sharp edges with a few minor nicks and scratches and retains virtually all orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-45278 JR12 (10,000-15,000)

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1608
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: We are told by a Baby Dragoon & Model 49 pocket scholar that this gun was not originally made with a 6″ barrel.

EXTREMELY RARE COLT MODEL 1849 WELLS FARGO POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 152816. Cal. 31. Extremely rare ’49 pocket with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Made without provisions for a rammer. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” and a small loop silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is 5 shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll-marking and all 5 safety pins prominent and serviceable. According to COLT’S POCKET ’49….IT’S EVOLUTION, Jordan and Watt, this model of revolver is not known with a bbl longer than 4″, which would indeed make this an extremely rare Wells Fargo. This is a long frame type with thin bbl lug. PROVENANCE: Arnold Chernoff; Ron Ogan; David Condon (1999); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching, including wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains 70-80% thin plummy blue with fine pitting around muzzle. Frame and hammer are a mottled dark patina with light pitting around hammer nose. Cyl retains a plummy blue patina with fine pitting around front edge and overall shows 93-95% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 35-40% orig silver with the balance a light mustard patina. Grip is sound with a ding on left side and shows moderate edge wear with a few light scratches and nicks in the finish and overall retains 80-85% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-45251 JR37 (4,000-7,000)

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1696
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: The round base tang sight is a contemporary replacement, constructed and finished to Springfield Armory specification.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of noted Springfield Armory Scholar Dr. Vance Haynes’ data sheet for this rifle, as compiled 2/10/2006, accompanies this lot.

SPRINGFIELD 1875 OFFICERS MODEL TRAPDOOR, FIRST TYPE. SN NSN. Cal. 45-70. Made by Springfield Armory to be either issued to or purchased by officers, these special rifles are very nicely finished and often have unusual features. This fine example has 26″ round bbl with 1873 rear sight and Beech combination front. Case hardened receiver has 1873 dated high arch breechblock. Case hardened lock is marked “U. S. Springfield 1873”. Breech, lock, hammer, trigger guard, buttplate, and nosecap, are engraved with nicely cut open scroll with acanthus highlights. Nicely stump figured American walnut stock has added wood pistol grip, as normally found on second type rifles. Checkering is coarse, but well cut, with mullered borders at grip and forend. Rifle is fitted with unusual Springfield made vernier sight with small round base, as is normally found on later type ones and early type two officer’s models. “98” is stamped behind action tang. Rifle is furnished with set trigger, rounded pewter engraved forend tip, and hickory cleaning rod with nickel-plated tip. A total of 477 officers models were produced, with only 125 estimated as first type. An exceptionally scarce and important US military variation. PROVENANCE: Robert Howard Estate Collection. Mr. Howard’s notes indicate that he acquired this item from Collectors Firearms, Mike Clark in 1987, and that it was “found in the bush in the Carolinas.” CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains 90 – 95% orig blue, silvering at muzzle, and thinning somewhat overall. Action retains most of its orig case hardening color, and a good deal of its orig protecting varnish. Lock and hammer retain perhaps 90% color, silvered slightly at rear, and more so at front. Trigger guard is browning over bow. Trigger plate retains a considerable amount of its color. Buttplate retains strong traces of color on its tang, but is mostly mottled silver gray. Stock is excellent, retaining nearly all its orig oil finish, with a few dents and marks. Checkering shows some very slight wear. Vernier rear sight is excellent, retaining nearly all of its fire-blue. Cleaning rod retains nearly all of its varnish, tip most of its plating. Bore is excellent. Lock and set trigger are crisp. 4-45406 MGM43 (15,000-30,000)

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1699
Revised: 3/6/2012

Additional Information: It has recently become known that this rifle and accessories were originally purchased by Mr. Gideon Burgess of New Haven, Indiana on 29 May 1873. Mr. Burgess appears in Gilbert’s Encyclopedia of Buffalo Hunters. The article on this rifle by Chuck Suydam which appeared in the September 1981 issue of Gun Report, and was also on the cover of that issue, states that this rifle was subsequently given to Mr. Burgess’ Son-in-Law, Nathaniel Risdon and that Mr. Burgess then ordered a similar rifle for himself. According to Mr. Risdon’s son, who inherited this rifle, box and accessories in about 1918, the two men then went to Kansas to hunt Buffalo in 1874 or 1875. Mr. Risdon’s son sold the complete outfit in about 1958.

EXTREMELY RARE GENUINE BUFFALO HUNTER’S RIFLE COMPLETE WITH CARRYING CASE & HUNTER’S EQUIPMENT. SN C52981. Cal. 50-70. Wonderful heavy bbl Sharps Sporting Rifle, 12 lbs. 6.08 oz, with 30″ oct bbl that measures 1-1/8″ across muzzle with homemade front sight replacement blade in an orig Sharps dovetail. Rear sight is an orig Lawrence Patent ladder sight and it has an orig sporting windgage tang sight with 3-5/8″ staff without graduations. Top flat of bbl has the Sharps Hartford address with no “OLD RELIABLE” marking with the caliber marking over chamber area. Left side of receiver has usual Sharps patent markings. Mounted with uncheckered, highly figured, center crotch American walnut with pewter tipped Sharps forearm and straight stock with smooth Sharps steel buttplate. It has dbl set triggers. SN was observed on top tang, bottom flat of bbl under forearm, inside bbl channel of forearm, on lockplate, trigger plate and inside the toe of buttplate. Front face of buttstock is also matching numbered. Tang sight is not numbered. Accompanied by an authentic, period of use oak & mahogany custom transport case that is 49″ long x 6-1/8″ deep x 7-1/4″ high with molded decorations around the lid and base. Molded base has early style dovetailed corners. Front of case is mortised for a lock, which is missing and it has three early brass hinges. Lid is secured with early strap iron latches with swinging locks for the corresponding staples. Also accompanied by an orig black leather covered, purple satin & velvet lined sight case embossed on lid with the Sharps Rifle Company Bridgeport address. All the contents are missing. In addition there are the following items accompanying: an orig Sharps 50 cal. mold with sprue cutter; a Hall rifle 50 cal. nutcracker ball mold; an orig box of ten Sharps Rifle Co. 50 cal. cartridges with buff colored label on both sides; an empty du Pont FFG Indian Rifle gun powder tin; an H. Boker brass & iron buffalo hide scale; an iron lead pot with wire bale and an early hand forged lead ladle with pigtail hook; a leather cartridge belt with shoulder harness and 32 sewn-on cartridge loops for large cartridges; twenty-four 50-70 cal. cartridges; a pair of buffalo hide gauntlets; an early handmade dbl knife sheath & belt with shoulder harness containing a “GEO. W. HAMM” knife with pewter ferrule & smooth homemade wood handle and a Russell Green River skinning knife along with a wood handled sharpening steel and a vinegar horn with hand forged belt hook used when sharpening knives. (Please note: buffalo hide in photo is not included in this lot.) This is a wonderful and probably complete buffalo hunter’s kit from the 1870s rarely encountered today. According to Mr. Howard’s collection notes this rifle and accessories appeared on the cover of The Gun Report, Sept. 1981. PROVENANCE: C.W. Slagle (1994); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 90-92% orig blue with sharp edge wear and some thinning around the muzzle; receiver, lockplate & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, thinned & fading on the high exposed areas; lever & bottom tang retain case colors in sheltered areas with the balance a dark, smooth brown patina; tang sight retains a smooth brown patina with traces of orig blue; wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish on buttstock with about 40-50% varnish on forearm with balance a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case is fine with some expected wear but retains most of its orig finish; leather accessories are fragile but mostly intact with some light losses. Knives & sharpening steel show heavy wear; lead pot & ladle are sound with a dark brown patina; cartridges are oxidized with heavy verdigris; gauntlets show heavy wear with old repairs and a couple of minor holes with some losses of hair; horn is sound. 4-45412 JR192 (25,000-40,000)

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1732
Revised: 3/10/2012

Correction: The description and image of the gun is correct, however the description and image of the box is incorrect. To see the description of the correct box, please see Lot 1734.

SCARCE BOXED REMINGTON VEST POCKET DERRINGER FROM THE FAMOUS KARL MOLDENHAUER COLLECTION. SN B3711. Cal. 22 Short. Blue finish with 3-1/4″ rnd bbl integral with frame, brass pin front sight and mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips. Buttstrap is marked in white ink “KM640” which is Mr. Moldenhauer’s inventory number. Accompanied by an orig 2-pc green cardboard box that may not be orig to this pistol. Inside lid has the company label titled “VEST POCKET PISTOL”. Bottom of box has pencil codes and a red overstamp “FULL PLATE”. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms about 17,000-20,000 of these little pistols were produced in the period 1865-1888. They were very popular with gamblers & ladies for their ease of concealment. Few survive today with high orig finish and boxes are even more rare. This pistol was sold as lot #198 and pictured in the Karl Moldenhauer Collection Auction sold by Richard Bourne in 1980. PROVENANCE: Karl Moldenhauer Collection; Jerry Fountain (1985); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 85-90% orig blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina; there is light muzzle and sharp edge wear; grips are sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, dark bore. 4-45268 JR136 (3,000-5,000)

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1733
Revised: 3/7/2012

Additional Information: There are two tiny cracks at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock on the left hinge only. The right hinge is not cracked.

SCARCE BOXED ENGRAVED REMINGTON MODEL 1 FIRST VARIANT DOUBLE DERRINGER. SN 2067. Cal. 41 RF. Nickel finish with 3″ superposed bbls, fixed sights with early style markings on side ribs and extractor in left side rib. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips that are numbered “5779” inside each grip. Pistol is engraved with nearly full coverage foliate arabesque scrolls with foliate & floral engraving on frame. Backstrap is engraved with snake & dot patterns around hammer slot. A large flower blossom behind hammer slot with snake & dot borders down the backstrap and geometric patterns on the butt. Accompanied by an orig 2-pc Double Derringer box with dark green lid that has an end label marked “DOUBLE BARREL REPEATER / FULL PLATE”. Inside the lid has a “DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING” label. Bottom of box is a blue/green color with a couple of minor repairs. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 100 of these derringers were produced in the period 1867-1868. Few of these derringers were ever engraved and even fewer boxes survive today. PROVENANCE: Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except grips as noted above. Overall retains 85-90% dull orig nickel plating with bare metal on front strap; grips have lightly chipped edges, otherwise are sound with good fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bores with moderate pitting. Box has one broken corner and one repaired corner in the top and a couple of repaired seams in bottom. 4-45267 JR127 (3,000-6,000)

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1734
Revised: 3/10/2012

Correction: The description and image of the gun is correct, however the description and image of the box is incorrect. To see the description of the correct box, please see Lot 1732.

RARE BOXED ENGRAVED REMINGTON VEST POCKET DERRINGER. SN 12904. Cal. 22 Short. Silver finish with 3-1/4″ bbl integral with the frame. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Pistol is engraved in New York style foliate arabesque patterns with full coverage on sides and over the top of frame. There is a small shield engraved on top strap with an arrow pointing toward the muzzle. An identical shield is on heel of buttstrap. Front sight has been carefully filed down apparently to prevent snagging in a pocket. Accompanied by a black cardboard 2-pc box. Inside lid has a blue manufacturer’s label titled “VEST POCKET PISTOL”. Bottom of box has a small buff colored label “VEST POCKET PISTOL / ONE SHOT NO. 22 CARTRIDGE / BLUED”. Also accompanied by an orig steel cleaning rod with brass knob. One edge of lid is detached but present. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were an estimated 17,000-20,000 of these little derringers produced 1865-1888. Few were engraved and of those, not many survive today with orig finish. Boxes are even more rare. These tiny pistols were extremely popular with gamblers & ladies for their very compact size. PROVENANCE: Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains just about all of its silver plating with the bbl possibly retouched; grips have a chip on left side with a couple of age lines, otherwise are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, dark bore. Box as noted above, has a detached edge with another broken corner in lid; shows heavy wear on lid; bottom is fine showing light to moderate wear. 4-45272 JR135 (3,000-5,000)

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1805
Revised: 3/11/2012

Correction: Item #20, “Brown Military style holster marked “S.C.H.M.” is Not included in this lot.

LARGE LOT OF 96 LEATHER ITEMS, INCLUDING SCABBARDS, HOLSTERS, CARTRIDGE BOXES, ETC. SN NSN. SCABBARDS: 1. U. S. MODEL 1885 CARBINE BOOT marked “Rock Island Arsenal” with brass escutcheon guard. Good to very good condition, with leather deeply crazed, and some chipping. Straps are good, top strap replaced. 2. U. S. MODEL 1904 RIFLE SCABBARD. 33″ marked “B. Bros. 1918” near top edge, which is also stamped “A R S”. Good condition. Leather darkened, mostly brown with dark stains. Top strap is good, center and bottom straps are missing. 3. U S MODEL 1918 SCABBARD. 33″ stamped “RMY” on top strap, with cut in initials “DS” at top of scabbard. Brass plaque is marked with “Read M. Young” address and phone number. Good condition. Leather mostly dark brown. Straps good. 4. LEATHER CARBINE SCABBARD thong wrapped, with flap has hand tooled decoration of oak leaves, deer, and human caricature. Good condition. Leather is creased, and chipped. Thong wrappings are detaching at tip. 5. NICE QUALITY COMMERCIAL BOLT ACTION CARBINE SCABBARD. Hand-tooled borders. Good condition. Leather with numerous rubs. Stitching getting tired. Straps are good. 6. HAND-TOOLED LEATHER CARBINE SCABBARD. 27″. Owner marked “Tom Monger Stockton, MO”. Copper rivets, scrolled border. Good condition. Grain of leather is slightly cracked, mostly bright with some dark stains. Straps are intact. 7. MILITARY LEATHER POMMEL BAGS, MARKED “W. BROOKS & SON, (??) 1917” on central strap. Nice quality. Brass stud closures. Good condition. Leather mostly brown, turning dark. Stitching on cover flaps beginning to pull. LOOP HOLSTERS: 8. NICELY CARVED LOOP HOLSTER WITH STAR ON LOOP MARKED “J. P. ROWE MAKER” in oval on back, also stamped “RANGER”. Front of back is marked with owners name “Chuck Young”, appears to be for 5-1/2″ Colt single action. Very good condition. Leather is dark. Stitching is good. 9. NICELY BASKET-WEAVE TOOLED UNMARKED LOOP HOLSTER. 9″ Long. Possibly for Sheriff’s model SAA. Good condition with considerable wear, leather dark. 10. WELL MADE SMALL 7″ HOLSTER, FOR SMALL PISTOL, BASKET-WEAVE CARVED with “A. W. Brill Maker Austin, TEX.” on loop. Very fine condition. 11. HEISER LOOP HOLSTER FOR 7-1/2″ SAA. Loop is S-shaped. Very good condition. Leather has many marks, and is darkening slightly. Loop stitching is beginning to detach. 12. H. J. HEISER MODEL 414, apparently for 7-1/2″ SAA with tie-down thong. Very good condition. Leather is darkening. 13. UNMARKED BROWN DOUBLE LOOP HOLSTER 8-1/2″ long, for short barreled large revolver. Fine condition. 14. ANOTHER VERY SIMILAR TO ABOVE. 7″. Good condition, leather of good color, but beginning to deteriorate at loops. 15. NICE QUALITY KIDSKIN LINED ALLIGATOR LEATHER HOLSTER. 9″, for short barreled SAA or other large revolver, marked “JAS. Hawes Maker Henrietta, Okla.” in oval cartouche on loop. Good condition. Considerably worn, leather is soft and supple. FLAP HOLSTERS: 16. RARE MILITARY HOLSTER PROBABLY FOR COLT NEW SERVICE embossed “USMC” on front, not maker marked. 11″ Overall. Lanyard ring is on bottom. Fine condition. Leather still bright. Two newer holes are punched in belt loop. 17. SIMILAR TO ABOVE EXCEPT embossed “US”. Belt loop is marked “G & K 1917 A. G.” Good condition. Embossing is faint. Leather is crazed. 18. MILITARY TYPE FLAP HOLSTER probably for Colt Model 1902, Owner marked “J. E. Johnston R – E” (Royal Engineers?). Belt loop stamped “Hand Sewn”. Very fine condition. Leather has slight wear. 19. LARGE BLACK MILITARY STYLE HOLSTER FOR VERY LARGE REVOLVER, 12″ Overall. Brass stud closure. Unmarked. Very good condition. Leather beginning to craze, with numerous marks and rubs. Stitching is good. 20. BROWN MILITARY STYLE HOLSTER FOR LARGE REVOLVER, probably SAA. Interior of flap is marked “S. C. H. M.” Brass stud closure with secondary flap. Good condition, leather fine, slightly darkened. Belt loop re-sewn in different position. 21. BROWN MILITARY STYLE HOLSTER for SAA, marked “Wyeth Hdwr. Mfg. Co St. Joseph MO.” on loop, which is also stamped “747”. Brass snap closure with nicely tooled outline. Fine condition. Leather is a nice russet brown, still supple. 22. UNMARKED HOLSTER FOR LARGE LONG BARRELED REVOLVER. 12″ Long. Snap closure. Good condition. Top grain of leather rubbed considerably. Stitching is good. 23. 12″ TOOLED BROWN LEATHER HOLSTER with brass stud closure marked “306C” and “6” on belt loop. Very fine condition, with slight crazing and discoloration, mostly on back. 24. 19TH CENTURY BLACK PATTERNED LEATHER WITH RED MOROCCO INTERIOR. 11-1/2″. Large brass stud closure, probably for Smith & Wesson no. 2 Army. Good condition, leather considerably crazed, stitching is good. Belt loop is an old replacement. 25. NICELY MADE CLOTH LINED UNMARKED HOLSTER for large frame revolver, probably Smith & Wesson. 13″ OA. Patterned tooling. Good condition. Leather shows slight wear, cloth lining of flap is considerably deteriorated. Secondary closing strap is a replacement. 26. HAND STITCHED RELATIVELY NEW BROWN LEATHER HOLSTER for SAA. 14-1/2″. Brass stud closure. Stamped “F 0 7″ on body under flap. Fine condition. Shows light wear. Stitching is good. 27. UNMARKED PLAIN BROWN HOLSTER, probably for SAA. 15″ overall. Brass stud closure. Fine condition. Top grain of leather is flaking slightly, otherwise a pleasing brown with slight darkening. 28. PLAIN BROWN LEATHER UNMARKED HOLSTER. 9-1/2″ overall. Snap closure. Probably for top break revolver. Good condition. Leather losing top grain on edges. Stitching is good. 29. PLAIN BROWN HOLSTER. 13” Overall. Belt loop is marked “S & W DA 44”. Good condition. Leather is supple, but top grain is mostly lifted. Stud replaced. Belt loop repaired. 30. EARLY RED MOROCCO LINED BLACK HOLSTER possibly for Colt 49 pocket. 10″ overall. Brass stud closure. Good condition. Leather is considerably crazed, loss to top grain. Morocco lining is good. Belt loop is missing. 31. UNMARKED KIDSKIN LINED PIGSKIN HOLSTER, possibly for 4-1/2″ Colt pocket. 10″ OA. Brass stud closure. Fine condition. Some rubs to high points, stitching beginning to let go near trigger guard. 32. DARK BROWN HOLSTER WITH BORDER TOOLING. 13″ OA. Brass stud closure. Belt loop stamped “508”. Very good condition. Losses to top grain of leather on edges. Stitching is good. 33. UNMARKED BLACK HOLSTER. 12″ OA. Fair condition. Leather is good, but keeper and belt loop replaced. 34. BLACK LEATHER HOLSTER possibly for 1851 Navy. 13″ OA. Brass stud closure. Fair condition, re-stitched with new lining to top portion and flap. New brass stud installed along with tab. 35. BROWN HOLSTER WITH TOOLED BORDER. 12″ OA. Brass stud closure. Belt loop stamped “305C5″. Good condition. Leather shows some creases, relatively supple. Edge has been re-stitched. 36. BROWN HOLSTER TOOLED EDGES. 12″ OA. Brass stud closure. Unmarked. Fair condition. Leather good with some crazing and lifting of grain. Needs re-stitching. 37. BROAD ARROW MARKED KHAKI WEB HOLSTER probably World War I vintage for Colt 45 Auto, has magazine compartment. 10-1/2”. Very fine condition. Little soiling and some rubs. 38. SCARCE WORLD WAR I SWIVEL KHAKI WEB HOLSTER for 1911 Colt, marked under flap “Mills” in cartridge logo. Brass muzzle cap, and swivel. 12-1/2″. Exterior of flap is stamped “T. A. M. TEX.” Very fine to excellent condition. Brass retains most of its orig black finish. Cloth slightly dusty, and with little wear. 39. UNMARKED BROWN HOLSTER probably for Model 1849 pocket revolver with black belt, which has rectangular steel buckle with cut corners. Holster is 11″ OA, belt is 35″. Good condition. Leather has slight lifting of top grain, with great patina. Belt shows considerable wear with buckle attachment redone. Buckle is fine. HOLSTER RIGS: 40. 50’S VINTAGE LOOP TYPE OPEN TOP RIG FOR 4-3/4″ SAA. Belt loop attaches to front of holster with buckle (loop). 10″ OA. Bottom of flap pierced for tie-down. 2-1/4″ Wide, 43″ belt has 12 cartridge loops. Stamped on back “BOHLINMADE CALIF. HOLLYWOOD”. Good condition. Shows a considerable amount of wear and use. One cartridge loop is very tender. Undoubtedly used in the filming of many westerns in the 1950’s and 1960’s. 41. 12″ BROWN OPEN TOP HOLSTER WITH TOOLED BORDERS is stamped “45” on belt loop, is on 34″ brown leather belt with plated brass square buckle, bulbous brass studs, and with 35 cartridge loops, probably for 38 Special. Marked “Iver Johnson Co Boston” with nos. “097B” and “38”. Tongue is marked “32”. Holster is in fair condition. Leather crazed. Some lifting of grain on edges. Tip has stitched repair. Belt is good, missing one small stud near buckle, which has plating slightly lifted. 42. UNMARKED OPEN TOP BROWN HOLSTER with large copper rivet reinforcement along tooled edge, is on closely matching belt stamped “44” and “34” behind tongue. No other markings are evident. Holster is good with aforementioned period repairs. Belt is missing many loops, still has full length tongue. Buckle plating has mostly lifted. OPEN TOP HOLSTERS: 43. NICELY MADE SLIM JIM HOLSTER for SAA, 11″ OA, marked “Alfonso’s Holster and Gun Shop No. Hollywood, Calif.” on belt loop. Excellent condition, showing little wear. 44. BROWN LEATHER SLIM JIM HOLSTER 10-1/2″ OA. Unmarked. Punch border decoration. Very good condition. Leather slightly darkened. 45. NICELY MADE SLIM JIM HOLSTER, probably for Colt Dragoon. 11-1/2″ OA. Punch border decoration with central rosette. Unmarked. Very fine to excellent condition, with a few creases and marks. 46. FINE EARLY UNMARKED MAHOGANY COLORED SLIM JIM HOLSTER for large frame revolver with 6″ bbl. 10″ OA. Very good, stitching beginning to let go at top. Some crazing of leather and chipping of edges. 47. H. J. HEISER 920X HOLSTER FOR HIGH STANDARD 4-1/2″ barrel, with place for magazine. 10-1/2″ OA. Very fine condition. Leather darkening slightly. Verdigris around snaps. 48. NICELY MADE BASKET-WEAVE CARVED KID LINED QUICK DRAW HOLSTER for 5-1/2″ bbl SAA. No maker mark. Very fine condition, with some rubs on back, and staining of lining. 49. BROWN LEATHER OPEN TOE HOLSTER MARKED “MERWIN HULBERT & CO * NEW YORK, USA” on back. 9″ OA. Good condition. Top grain of leather is lifting. Stitching is good. Marking is clear. 50. UNMARKED RUSSET LEATHER SLIM JIM HOLSTER. 9-1/2″ OA. Large belt loop. Very good condition, leather beginning to craze. Slightly stained. Restitched long ago. 51. NICELY FLORAL CARVED KID LINED HOLSTER FOR SMALL REVOLVER. Marked “G. I. Tibiletti Victoria TEX.” in round cartouche on back. 7-1/2″ OA. Fine condition. Shows considerable wear, leather slightly darkened and some rubs to lining. 52-59. LOT OF EIGHT RELATIVELY MODERN POLICE AND CIVILIAN HOLSTERS BY BRAUER, BOYT, S & W, AND BUCHEIMER. Black and brown leather. Very good to fine condition. CARTRIDGE BOXES AND AMMUNITION POUCHES: 60. RARE U S NAVY PISTOL CARTRIDGE POUCH MARKED “Manufactured by Joseph J. Walton New York Hitchcock’s Pat Oct. 7. 1879” in oval cartouche on back. Front of domed black leather cover embossed “USN”. Brass stud closure on right side, leather hinge on opposite. Two belt loops. Good condition. Leather surface is crazed with some loss, and rubs. 61. RARE HAGNER PATTERN TYPE ONE CARTRIDGE BOX with Y-shaped strap retained by horizontal secondary strap, has “US” embossed flap, inspectors mark “RG” on tab. Very fine condition with some crazing to leather cover at hinge. All straps are intact. Interior is clean. An excellent example. 62. HAGNER TYPE TWO CARTRIDGE POUCH. “US” embossed on flap. Inspectors mark “GL” on tab. Very good condition. Leather slightly crazed, rubbed on belt loops. Interior cartridge loops removed, and wood block cut for 6 shotgun cartridges, installed. 63. 1889 PATTERN NAVY CARTRIDGE BOX. “USN” embossed on lid. Interior wood block with spaces for 6 cartridges and 2 Colt cartridge packs. Good condition, leather dark. Closing strap detached at snap. 64. LARGE US MARKED CARTRIDGE BOX (8″ X 6″) with “US” embossed on lid with brass stud closure, (8″ wide and 6″ high) marked “Rock Island Arsenal 1917” with initials “T. O. C.” Interior wood holder for 18 30-06 size cartridges, with attached carrying strap. Fine condition, leather dark. 65. FINE EARLY HAND MADE RUSSET LEATHER CARTRIDGE BOX WITH BLACK MOROCCO FLAP, containing 12 tin containers for cartridges, stitched on belt. Fine condition. Leather is still supple. Belt strap is a bit tender on one end. 66. BROWN LEATHER MCKEEVER CARTRIDGE BOX with webbed loops for 20 cartridges, marked “39B66”. No markings evident on exterior except “US” is embossed on cover. Very good condition, leather with numerous marks and scuffs. 67. BLACK LEATHER MCKEEVER CARTRIDGE BOX. Interior with webbed compartment for 20 45-70 cartridges. Retainer marked “WATERVLIET ARSENAL”. Good condition, leather crazed. 68. BLACK LEATHER MCKEEVER CARTRIDGE BOX. Marked “ROCK ISLAND” with webbed loops for 20 45-70 cartridges. Good condition. Leather quite crazed with some rubs. “JFM 1943” is scratched on back. 69. 1896 PATTERN REVOLVER CARTRIDGE BOX of russet leather, stamped “Rock Island Arsenal 1903”. Fine condition, with rubs and marks on leather. Interior wood block for 12 cartridges, a probable replacement. 70. SAME AS ABOVE dated 1907. Fine condition. Missing interior block. 71. SAME AS ABOVE, dated 1909. Excellent condition. Stamped under flap “Colo. F’ld Art. 36”, with orig wooden block for 12 cartridges. 72. TWO-POCKET MAGAZINE POUCH FOR COLT MODEL 1911, russet leather, stamped “Rock Island Arsenal 1913”. Very fine condition, with some marks to leather, with some soiling from old sticker on back. 73. RUSSET LEATHER SQUARE BOX stamped “S. F. Co. 1-41” probably for BAR parts kit. Fine condition, with some rubs and marks. 74. RUSSET LEATHER CASE FOR STEEL SHAVING MIRROR marked “US” “J. Q. M. D. 1942” and “J. B.” under flap. Excellent condition. 75. SCARCE 3-POCKET POUCH FOR CARRYING HALF MOON CLIPS marked “B. H. Long 9-18″ under top flap, mounted on contemporary period web belt, which is unmarked. Excellent condition. with slight soiling, mostly from verdigris. STRAPS AND BELTS: 76-79. LOT OF 4 RELATIVELY NEW RIFLE SLINGS, ALL UNMARKED. One Cobra type with carved and painted decoration, along with 3 others, 2 with swivels. Excellent condition. 80-83. LOT OF 4 EARLY BELTS. One with Imperial eagle brass buckle. Excellent to fine condition. SIX MISCELLANEOUS LEATHER ITEMS: 84-89. BLACK LEATHER FOLDING WALLET, SHOTGUN BUTT EXTENDER, BROWN LEATHER OVOID POUCH Morocco lined, BROWN LEATHER HOLSTER (?), UNMARKED PIGSKIN SHOT FLASK with brass end, and missing spout, AND BROWN LEATHER CARRYING CASE with russet trim. All items are good to fine condition. OTHER NEAT THINGS FOUND ON THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX: 90. TOOLED LEATHER HOLSTER FOR NORTH AMERICAN ARMS MINI REVOLVER. Excellent condition. 91. SOFT DOE SKIN POUCH WITH NICKEL-PLATED BRASS JAWS for 4″ bbl revolver. Very fine condition. 92. OLD BELT LOOP WITH CAST BRASS US MEDALLION. Rough condition. 93. EARLY STITCHED AND DECORATED NORTH AFRICAN LEATHER POWDER FLASK. 8”. Good condition, with leather beginning to chip, missing plug. 94. INTRIGUING SCRATCH DECORATED RAWHIDE FLASK, probably of North African origin, with file decorated hanger, and orig strap. Excellent condition, missing stopper. 95. LARGE 18″ RUSSET LEATHER FLASK. Broad thong stitched edges with carrying strap and plug. Fine condition. 96. GLASS BOTTOM HORN TRAVEL FLASK, Silver-plated, German silver mounted. Cup/ cover is stamped “C & Co” with other identifying cartouche, in its leather travel case. Fine condition. Retains most of its silver plate. Horn has minor insect damage. Case leather darkened, and tab repaired. PROVENANCE: Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: See Conditions with descriptions. 4-45460 MGM122 (5,000-8,000)

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2016
Revised: 3/9/2012

Additional Information: The lower tang on this rifle is a replacement. The stock has been renumbered to match the assembly number on the tang.

EXTREMELY RARE, VERY EARLY SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 “BIG 50” LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 74783. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Extraordinary deluxe ’86 with 26″ extra-heavy oct bbl that is 1″ across the flats. It has full magazine and Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black triangle inlay and crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “685” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle is quite unusual with its extra heavy bbl, color case hardened receiver and crescent buttplate. This weight barrel is rare on any Winchester but more so on the heavier 50 caliber rifles. The color case hardening on a 50 caliber rifle also is somewhat unusual because by the time the 50 caliber was adopted for the 1886 the standard for this model was blued frame. The crescent buttplate is equally unusual on a 50 caliber rifle because they were very uncomfortable to shoot with anything but a shotgun buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1988 and the other 2007 with both having identical information which identifies this rifle in caliber 50-110, extra heavy oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and Lyman front & rear sights, received in warehouse Feb. 14, 1893 and shipped same day to Order #14285. Also accompanying is a copy of the shipping record. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with very light sharp edge wear and a small scratch on top left flat that does not go completely through the blue; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant on left side which also has most of its orig shellac, and in sheltered areas elsewhere, fading to silver on the bottom and areas of the right side; top of receiver is moderately faded; hammer retains strong case colors, moderately faded on top edge; lever retains most of its orig case colors, strong & bright on sides and upper front, strong in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded on outer face; wood is sound with a few light storage & handling nicks & scratches and a grain check in left side of buttstock and overall retains most of an outstanding professionally restored finish; buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors, bright in a few spots, moderately faded elsewhere. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired but if so very little. 4-44487 JR430 (45,000-75,000)

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2028
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: This firearm is antique.

FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 147518. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with set screw, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a locking Lyman tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “14401” and “XX”. Buttstock has the assembly number “5292” and “94” on rear face under buttplate. Buttplate is not marked. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 30 caliber with oct bbl, plain trigger and fancy, checkered stock received in warehouse June 22, 1902 and shipped June 25, 1902 to Order #144605. Even though the stock is not orig to this rifle it fits perfectly. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle & sharp edge wear with a couple of minor scratches on magazine tube; receiver retains about 98% strong orig factory blue with light sharp edge wear and a scratch on left side; hammer retains lightly to moderately faded case colors; lever retains strong case colors on sides, faded to silver on outer faces; buttplate, a modern replacement, retains strong case colors; wood is sound with buttstock having a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of a fine restored finish; forearm retains about 50% orig varnish with dark, hand-worn stains in rear half showing moderate wear on checkering. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44323 JR396 (6,000-10,000)

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2032
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: This firearm is antique.

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 90558. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful rifle with 24″ lightweight tapered oct bbl, half magazine takedown with tall dovetailed Lyman ivory bead front sight, Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Top flat of bbl is fully matted with all of the roll markings & caliber marking on left top flat to accommodate the matted finish. Mounted with very nicely figured shell & flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “10491”, “XX” and “HRB”. Top tang channel of buttstock has the matching assembly number & “94”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 30 caliber with 24″ extra lightweight oct bbl, plain trigger, takedown, matted bbl, Lyman leaf sight, Lyman front & rear sights, half magazine, checkered stock with pistol grip & shotgun butt with rubber buttplate & oil finish, received in warehouse Sept. 1, 1900 and shipped Sept. 19, 1900. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; forend cap retains 98-99% strong orig blue; takedown ring retains about 95% orig blue, thin on bottom at carry point and around top front edge; receiver retains 95-96% orig blue, strong on sides with some candy striping showing wear on the bottom at the carry point and over the receiver ring; hammer retains about all of its strong orig case colors; lever retains brilliant case colors on right side, in sheltered areas on left side with balance fading to silver; wood is sound with a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-44353 JR399 (15,000-25,000)

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2033
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: This firearm is antique.

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 137965. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful lightweight takedown ’94 with 22″ lightweight tapered rnd bbl, 3/4 magazine, pedestal front sight with Lyman ivory bead, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured burl & shell grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “15282”, “X” and “HR”. Matching assembly number is found in the top tang channel of the buttstock along with “94”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 30 with 22″ rnd bbl, takedown, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman front & rear sights, 3/4 magazine, extra light, oil finish and rubber shotgun butt, received in warehouse Aug. 6, 1903 and shipped Aug. 15, 1903 to Order #193442. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and some minor nicks from the takedown lever; forend cap retains most of its strong orig blue with some light wear & scratches on right side; takedown ring retains 97-98% strong orig blue; receiver retains about 96-97% strong orig blue, slightly thinned on bottom and with sharp edge wear; hammer retains strong, bright case colors; lever retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant on sides, bright on outer faces, fading on the loop; wood is sound with a few minor handling & use nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44335 JR398 (14,000-20,000)

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2054
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: The receiver may be an old refinish and if it is was probably done at the factory in the 1870s. The finish is exactly right for that time period. Not the type used by the factory later on.

SCARCE WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 2451. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare 1st Model ’73 with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, slightly altered early style semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges that has been filed flat on top. It also has a thick base tang sight with 4″ staff. Receiver is early style with mortised raised thumb print dust cover. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang is stamped with the assembly number “224” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. SN is hand engraved on bottom tang. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with 24″ rnd bbl, received in warehouse Oct. 3, 1874 and shipped same day to Order #2045. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Overall retains about 98% strong orig blue over all metal with receiver & sideplate blue glossy & bright with a couple of minor spots of flaking on right sideplate and a few light freckles on left side; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, strong & bright on sides, moderately faded on outer face of lever and top edge of hammer; buttplate retains virtually all of its orig case colors, moderately faded; stock has a hairline grain check on left side of toe through the screw hole, otherwise wood is sound with one small gouge on buttstock and a couple on forearm and overall retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; may have been fired but if so, very little; bolt face retains about half of its orig blue. 4-44573 JR340 (20,000-30,000)

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2058
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Spot of wood fill in stock on left side of top tang at the receiver, not noted in catalogue.

RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. . SN 210561. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Rare engraved ’73 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, front sight with homemade short Rocky Mountain German silver blade, semi-buckhorn rear sight and early Lyman combination tang sight with spiral knurled barrel. Rifle is mounted with very highly figured, shell grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with black fleur-de-lis inlay and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “632”, “XX” and “3”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock along with a “3”. Inside toe of buttplate also has the matching assembly number. Receiver & sideplates are beautifully engraved by John Ulrich with vignettes of a walking bull elk on left sideplate and the rare vignette of a dog’s head on right sideplate, all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with a scalloped border pattern at top edges of front flats. Top & bottom of receiver, forend cap and buttplate tang are engraved to match. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 32 with 26″ half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, shotgun butt, Lyman & Beach sights, case hardened and “engraved, etc.”, received in warehouse June 17, 1886 and shipped next day, no order number. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 92-94% thinning orig blue, turning a little plum with scattered spots of light surface discoloration and a couple of dings over chamber area; receiver retains 88-90% orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas, moderately to heavily faded elsewhere, turned silver on bottom at carry point; hammer retains strong case colors; lever retains strong case on sides and sheltered areas, turned silver on outer faces; buttplate retains a blue/brown patina with light surface rust; wood is sound with light nicks, scratches & dings and retains most of its orig factory piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-44563 JR425 (20,000-35,000)

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2065
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: The bolt may be refinished.

ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 37050. Cal. 40-82. Rare special order deluxe short rifle with 22″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, German silver blade Rocky Mountain front sight with altered semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with assembly number “186” & “XXX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of the buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Mounted with 3X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip buttstock that has black triangle inlay & crescent buttplate. Receiver is very beautifully engraved, probably by John Ulrich, with the vignette of a #6 pattern on left side which consists of a standing whitetail buck in a woodland scene on left side with light foliate arabesque patterns front & back with feather border patterns. Right side of receiver has a small, long oval vignette of a setter on point in a field scene above the ejection port with foliate arabesque patterns front & back and along bottom edge with feather border patterns. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang & buttplate tang are engraved to match. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, with 22″ half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, stock 14″ long, drop 3″, $4.00 engraving and Rocky Mountain front sight. The stock is listed as 14″ long with a drop of 3″. Current stock dimensions are 13-7/8″ with a 2-1/2″ drop, received in warehouse Nov. 19, 1889 and shipped same day to Order #4766. The fact that the assembly numbers are completely matching leads one to speculate that the record may be mistaken. PROVENANCE: Dr. James M. Goforth, II Estate Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 93-95% strong bright orig factory blue with light muzzle & sharp edge wear on octagonal section; There is an area of chemical spotting near muzzle with some very fine pitting & some lighter patterns of faint chemical spotting down left side of bbl; Receiver retains about all of its orig case hardening with faded colors on sides turning to silver with strong colors in sheltered areas; Lower tang is brilliant; Forend cap retains traces of case colors being mostly turned to silver; Buttplate retains faded case colors on tang with balance turned silver mixed with patina; Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and light to moderate wear on checkering with forearm retaining about 95% orig piano finish varnish; Buttstock has a couple of dings on left side of wrist & minor handling & storage marks elsewhere with a spot of heat crazing on left side of comb & retains what appears to be a light surface refinish over the back half, not easily detectable; Lever is mostly faded case colors with some pitting on sides & outer edges; Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some light orange peel effect. 4-44441 JR437 (25,000-40,000)

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2068
Revised: 3/13/2012

Additional Information: Tang does not fit properly.

FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 89431. Cal. 40-65. Beautiful deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very beautiful, highly figured, center crotch American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & serpentine grip buttstock with black triangle inlay and crescent steel buttplate. Receiver has sgl set trigger. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “407” and “XXX”. Top tang channel of buttstock has the assembly number “472” with matching number “472” inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 40-65 with oct bbl, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock & Lyman rear & combination front sights. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory blue with only a few scattered spots of light surface discoloration; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, strong & bright on sides, receiver ring & top tang; belly of receiver is moderately faded; hammer retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant on rear edge, lightly faded on sides & top edge; sides of lever retain strong case colors, lightly to moderately faded on the outer faces; forend cap retains strong bright case colors and buttplate bright case colors on tang, lightly to moderately faded on outer face; wood is sound with a few scattered, light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44473 JR412 (20,000-30,000)

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2071
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: This firearm is antique.

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 “BIG 50” SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 118494. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Rare ’86 carbine with 22″ bbl, full magazine, two bands with square base front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel carbine buttplate. Bottom of stock has a factory musket style sling loop with matching sling loop integral with forend cap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which describes this firearm as a carbine in 50 Express caliber with Winchester Express rear sight and old style sling & swivel, received in warehouse Feb. 22, 1899 and shipped same day to Order #1228. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of an outstanding Turnbull quality restoration; bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong blue with a small nick on top of bbl and faint muzzle edge wear; receiver, lever, hammer & buttplate retain about all of their beautiful bone meal color case hardening with light sharp edge wear and some fading on outer faces of lever; wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of a fine restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with one spot & a few freckles about mid-point, appears to have been polished. 4-44521 JR436 (20,000-35,000)

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2082
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: As stated the wood and metal has been refinished, but not at factory.

*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 308993. Cal. 32 WS. Very rare special order ’94 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman locking combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut, probably about 3X, with style “A” carved forearm & capped pistol grip stock with smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with the assembly number “1178”, “X” and “SC”. There is also a tiny “61”. The matching assembly number is on the rear face of buttstock, under the buttplate, along with “94” and an obliterated assembly number. Matching assembly number is also found inside toe of buttplate. A reasonable assumption would be that the rifle was initially designated with a pistol grip stock and lightly figured wood, however when the order was placed for the highly decorated & plated rifle we see today, the wood would have been exchanged for much fancier type for the much higher decoration. Receiver is beautifully engraved in style “4” by John Ulrich and is signed on the lower tang behind the trigger. Lower tang is also engraved in period script “Millard P. Duell”. Engraving consists of a very large panel of a hunter shooting from behind a tree with two wounded bull elk in the foreground, all in a forest scene on the left side and a grizzly bear in a mountain scene on a promontory on the right side surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and wavelet borders. Top & bottom of receiver, top & bottom tangs, hammer, lever, takedown ring, forend cap, buttplate tang and exposed flats of bbl over chamber area are engraved to match. Base of bbl, at the receiver and around the muzzle are inlaid with a gold band. Receiver, takedown ring, forend cap & buttplate are all gold plated. Accompanied by several Winchester Museum, Buffalo Bill Historical Center & Cody Firearms Museum letters dating 1971, 1982 & 2008 which all provide the identical information which identifies this rifle in 32 WS caliber with half oct bbl, half magazine, plain trigger, “clover leaf rear, Lyman front, Lyman rear” sights, takedown, engraved $24.00, #4 and gold trim, received in warehouse March 27, 1907 and shipped same day to Order #93543, repair & return on June 29, 1917. This is likely when the complete restoration was accomplished. Note: A cloverleaf sight is described in The Winchester Book, Madis, as a style “28” which is a semi-buckhorn style as found on this rifle. This sight is of a later vintage with smooth edges rather than the serrated edges of the 1917 era when the rifle was probably restored. This rifle is pictured with three photographs on p. 172 of the book Winchester Engraving, Wilson. The caption details mostly only the information found in the letter and states that when the rifle was returned & repaired in 1917 “at which time the inscription on lower tang was engraved”. PROVENANCE: Glenn Hockett Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of a factory style restored finish to both metal & wood; bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong, factory-style blue with only light muzzle & sharp edge wear; receiver, takedown ring, forend cap & buttplate retain most of their strong gold plating with some light flaking on top right edge of the receiver; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its fine restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44372 JR447 (45,000-75,000)

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2100
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: This firearm is antique.

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 144908. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Usual configuration with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, two bands with German silver square base front sight and 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Bbl has usual markings with caliber over chamber area. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & steel carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this firearm as a carbine, caliber 44, received in warehouse Aug. 17, 1900 and shipped Aug. 22, 1900 to Order #68479. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain virtually all of their crisp orig factory finish as do both bbl bands; receiver has a couple of small scratches on left side and a small spot of flaking on bottom, otherwise retains virtually all of its crisp, bright, orig factory blue; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors; wood is sound with a few small bruises on the toe and a few small scratches on the comb and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face retains about all of its orig factory finish. 4-44666 JR337 (12,500-17,500)

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2119A
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: One of the latches on the box is broken.

WINCHESTER WOODEN CASE FOR MODEL 63. SN NSN. Dovetailed quartered oak trunk case with brass spring latches and nickel-plated brass corners with leather carrying handle, has oval brass plaque on front of lid, stamped “WINCHESTER” “TRADEMARK”. Interior is lined in green felted cloth with partitions. Case contains Winchester instruction booklet for Model 63, and pamphlet of “Ten Commandments of Safety.” PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Wood retains nearly all of what appears to be its orig finish. Brass is toned and freckled. Interior cloth is very fine, as are paper goods. 4-44860 MGM335 (300-500)

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2143
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A noted Marlin scholar recently stated he felt this as made around 1922.

*HIGH CONDITION MARLIN MODEL 93 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 2268. (ca 1907) Cal. 30-30. Exceptionally clean standard carbine retains all orig factory features, the only exception being that it bears London proofs on bbl and left side of action; stock has “bull’s eye” on toe line. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, with only a very few minor marks on bbl and magazine tube. Bbl bands are slightly silvered. Action retains 90% + orig case hardening color, and considerable amount of orig varnish. There are some marks on blue of loading gate, and wipe marks in blue on right side of hammer. Buttplate retains perhaps 90% of its blue, with some silvering and freckling on heel. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig varnish, slightly alligatored and with a few minor marks. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. 4-44661 MGM354 (3,000-5,000)

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2144
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A noted Marlin scholar recently stated that he felt this was made around 1922.

*MARLIN MODEL 93 TRAPPERS CARBINE. SN 570. (ca 1906) Cal. 30-30. 16″ Rnd bbl with carbine sights. Case hardened action. SN on bottom tang. Top tang fitted with Marbles sight with large aperture. American walnut buttstock with S-shaped steel plate has “bull’s eye” in stock. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains over 90% blue, thinning in front of rear sight from hand wear. Action retains most of its case hardening color, with considerable freckling and silvering. Stocks retain most of what appear to be their orig finish, grain raised, with a number of minor marks. Excellent, bright bore. 4-44659 MGM357 (2,000-3,000)

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2145
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: One Marlin scholar contacted us and advised us that this gun was made around 1916 not 1940.

*MARLIN MODEL 93 SHORT RIFLE. SN A2440. (ca 1940 ?) Cal. 30-30. 20″ Tapered oct bbl with standard rear side with wide V-notch, and long German silver blade front. Case hardened action. Curved steel buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains 90% + orig blue, silvered on high edges. Action retains nearly all of its dark case color, with considerable amount of orig varnish. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish. Bore is excellent. 4-44662 MGM355 (1,000-1,500)

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2146
Revised: 3/1/2012

Additional Information: Serial # is 4622 marked inside tang with matching numbered stock and buttplate.

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER FACTORY ENGRAVED DELUXE MARLIN MODEL 20A PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN NONE. Cal. 22. Fine little rifle with special order 24″ oct bbl (standard was 22-1/2″), full magazine, ivory bead front sight and small, screw-adjustable open rear sight. Right top flat of bbl and the receiver are marked with British proofs. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with rnd checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Receiver is engraved in No. 1 pattern with the vignette of a standing bull elk on left side and foliate arabesque patterns on right side. The Model 20 Marlin was introduced in 1906 and apparently produced into 1922. Few were made as deluxe rifles and very few of those were factory engraved. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with light muzzle & sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains about 98% orig blue; receiver has sharp edge wear and some light thinning on bolt & bottom of receiver with dull tangs and overall retains most of its bright factory blue; wood is sound with nicks, dings & scratches in the finish showing moderate to heavy wear on the checkering with stock retaining about 90% orig varnish and forearm about 30%. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44527 JR427 (2,500-4,000)

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2147
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: According to Scott Jamieson, noted Bullard scholar, the correct product number of these rare large frames was only 1700, not 12,000 as stated in the catalogue.

VERY RARE BULLARD MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 2681. Cal. 45-85. Large frame deluxe Bullard with 30″ tapered oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead front sight, slot blank in rear seat & Lyman No. 15 windgage tang sight. It is mounted with nicely figured, straight grain, checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock and crescent steel buttplate. Top left side of receiver is marked with the company name, address & patent number. Receiver ring is marked with caliber number and the SN is on the top tang, back of hammer slot. Bullard rifles are considered today as the smoothest operating and finest lever action rifles ever produced. They utilized a rack & pinion system to operate the bolt which was extremely smooth and strong. A patent was granted to James Bullard in 1881 with production not beginning until about 1883. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 10,000-12,000 of these fine rifles produced by the time they ceased production in 1890. Mr. Bullard, a consummate inventor, was known to have a short attention to business attitude once a product was perfected, then on to something more interesting. He had numerous patents in all sorts of machinery, steam production, steam engines, oil burners and firearms. The Bullard rifle was produced in both large frame & small frame versions along with a musket model and a carbine. Although the design of these rifles was far superior to either the Winchester or Marlin or any other lever action available at that time or since, the stiff competition from Winchester & Marlin, with their advanced manufacturing & distribution systems, ultimately forced the demise of the Bullard rifle with only these few, noted above, ever having been manufactured. Few are found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong, orig factory blue with only light muzzle end & sharp edge wear; receiver, lever, hammer, breech block & buttplate retain virtually all of their brilliant factory case colors with evidence of orig shellac still on the receiver; right side of receiver is lightly faded and bottom edge of receiver is moderately faded; forend cap retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; stock has a gouge on the comb with a few light nicks & scratches and retains nearly all of its orig bright factory varnish showing moderate wear on the very bottom of the forearm which is the carry point. Mechanics are crisp & smooth, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44537 JR464 (4,000-7,000)

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2148
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: According to Scott Jamieson, noted Bullard scholar, the correct product number of these rare large frames was only 1700, not 12,000 as stated in the catalogue.

RARE DELUXE BULLARD MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 977. Cal. 45 (will accept 45-70). Beautiful deluxe Bullard with 28″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, Sheard-style, heavy, ivory bead front sight, missing the bead, no provision for a rear seat and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured European walnut with 3-panel checkered forearm and hard rubber capped pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece and an unusual, European-style smooth steel shotgun buttplate with widow-peak tang and a large oval trap. Buttstock, under the trap, is not relieved with a recess. Top left side of receiver has the company name, address & patent number with the caliber marking over the receiver ring and the SN on the top tang back of hammer slot. Top right side of receiver is marked “MODEL 1886”. Although the confirmation of the buttstock is not standard for a Bullard, comparison of the checkering patterns is consistent with that found on other deluxe Bullards. Bullard rifles are considered today as the smoothest operating and finest lever action rifles ever produced. They utilized a rack & pinion system to operate the bolt which was extremely smooth and strong. A patent was granted to James Bullard in 1881 with production not beginning until about 1883. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 10,000-12,000 of these fine rifles produced by the time they ceased production in 1890. Mr. Bullard, a consummate inventor, was known to have a short attention to business attitude once a product was perfected, then on to something more interesting. He had numerous patents in all sorts of machinery, steam production, steam engines, oil burners and firearms. The Bullard rifle was produced in both large frame & small frame versions along with a musket model and a carbine. Although the design of these rifles was far superior to either the Winchester or Marlin or any other lever action available at that time or since, the stiff competition from Winchester & Marlin with their advanced manufacturing & distribution systems ultimately forced the demise of the Bullard rifle with only these few, noted above, ever having been manufactured. Few are found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig finish with a dressed ding on the muzzle, fine sharp edge wear and a few small nicks on the bbl; magazine tube has some light, fine pinprick rust; receiver retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with a few spots of pitting on the top left side and some fine flaking on both sides; lever, hammer & breech block retain bright case colors on sides, turned dark on the outer edges; top tang is also moderately flaked; wood is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches showing light diamond point wear and retains most of its fine orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-44536 JR465 (4,000-7,000)

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2149
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: According to Scott Jamieson, noted Bullard scholar, the correct product number of these rare small frames was only 500, not 12,000 as stated in the catalogue.

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE BULLARD MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1823. Cal. 38-45 Bullard. Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, with standard dovetail front sight and a Bullard flat top rear sight with Lyman combination tang sight. Top left side of receiver is marked with the company name, address & patent number with “MODEL 1886” on top right side. Receiver, lever, hammer & forend cap are color case hardened. Mounted with very highly figured, shell grain American walnut with 3-panel checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with hard rubber buttplate that is embossed “BULLARD / REPT’G. ARMS CO” and has a raised embossed turkey gobbler inside a frame of branches. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with matching SN. The 38-45 Bullard cartridge was proprietary and also invented by the inventor of the rifle. It was very similar to the 38-55 Winchester cartridge and offered little advantage over its contemporaries. According to the book Bullard Arms, Jamieson, few rifles were chambered in this caliber. Bullard rifles are considered today as the smoothest operating and finest lever action rifles ever produced. They utilized a rack & pinion system to operate the bolt which was extremely smooth and strong. A patent was granted to James Bullard in 1881 with production not beginning until about 1883. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 10,000-12,000 of these fine rifles produced by the time they ceased production in 1890. Mr. Bullard, a consummate inventor, was known to have a short attention to business attitude once a product was perfected, then on to something more interesting. He had numerous patents in all sorts of machinery, steam production, steam engines, oil burners and firearms. The Bullard rifle was produced in both large frame & small frame versions along with a musket model and a carbine. Although the design of these rifles was far superior to either the Winchester or Marlin or any other lever action available at that time or since, the stiff competition from Winchester & Marlin with their advanced manufacturing & distribution systems ultimately forced the demise of the Bullard rifle with only these few, noted above, ever having been manufactured. Few are found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear, a couple of small nicks & a couple of small chemical spots on the bbl; receiver, breech block & forend cap retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors, lightly faded on the belly at the carry point; hammer retains lightly faded case colors; lever retains bright case colors on sides and sheltered areas with outer faces fading to silver; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches, some minor crazing and very light diamond point wear on checkering and overall retains about all of its fine orig varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44533 JR466 (4,000-7,000)

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2150
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: According to Scott Jamieson, noted Bullard scholar, the correct product number of these rare large frames was only 1700, not 12,000 as stated in the catalogue.

FINE EARLY MODEL 1881 LARGE FRAME BULLARD LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 563. Cal. 45 (will accept a 45-70). Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine with half nickel front sight and Winchester Model 1886, 1,200 yard ladder rear sight. Receiver ring is marked “CAL 45” and the SN is stamped behind the hammer slot on the top tang. Left side of rcvr is marked “BULLARD REPEATING ARMS COMPANY / SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A.” and patent date. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight grip & crescent steel buttplate. Bullard rifles are considered to be the smoothest operating and finest lever action rifles ever produced. They utilized a rack & pinion system to operate the bolt which was extremely smooth and strong. A patent was granted to James Bullard in 1881 with production not beginning until about 1883. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 10,000-12,000 of these fine rifles produced by the time they ceased production in 1890. Mr. Bullard, a consummate inventor, was known to have a short attention to business attitude once a product was perfected, then on to something more interesting. He had numerous patents in all sorts of machinery, steam production, steam engines, oil burners and firearms. The Bullard rifle was produced in both large frame & small frame versions along with a musket model and a carbine. Although the design of these rifles was far superior to either the Winchester or Marlin or any other lever action available at that time or since, the stiff competition from Winchester & Marlin with their advanced manufacturing & distribution systems ultimately forced the demise of the Bullard rifle with only these few, noted above, ever having been manufactured. Few are found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain virtually all of their strong orig factory finish with only the hint of sharp edge wear; forend cap retains about 99% glossy orig blue; receiver & dust cover retain about 98% glossy orig blue with a few tiny nicks and a scratch on the right side; hammer retains strong case colors with the lever showing bright case colors on the sides, moderately faded on outer faces; buttplate shows wear only on heel & toe, retaining about 95% glossy orig blue; wood is sound with a series of small scratches on left side of buttstock and light nicks & scratches elsewhere with some slight dulling on the forearm and overall retains most of its strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44534 JR455 (3,000-5,000)

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2151
Revised: 3/9/2012

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BULLARD LEVER ACTION LARGE FRAME REPEATER. SN 153. Cal. 40 Bullard (Probably 40-90). 26″ One third oct bbl with two-leaf express rear sight, and German silver blade Rock Mountain sight, has full length magazine. Rifle features blued action, case hardened lever and hammer, and crescent butt. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain most of their orig blue, turning brown, with some light flecking. Action retains approx 80% of its orig blue, most loss due to flaking on left side. Magazine lifter is considerably browned from carrying. Lever and hammer retain most of their orig case hardening color. Buttplate retains most of its orig blue, silvered and browned at toe and heel. Stocks retain most of their orig varnish finish, worn through at grip and forend, and darkening, with a considerable number of minor marks and scratches. Left side of action shows some minor dents and some large scratches. Screws show considerable use. Bore is excellent, bright, sharp, and shiny throughout. 4-44535 MGM359 (1,800-3,500)

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2172
Revised: 2/28/2012

Additional Information: This beautiful Colt Single Action Revolver is accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identified this revolver in caliber 45 with 4-3/4″ barrel, nickel finish, wood grips, factory engraved, shipped to Hartley and Graham, New York, NY, on 21 August 1886 in a shipment of 12 same type arms.

FINE CUNO HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 117617. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent date and cal marking on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips that are probably factory. Revolver is engraved by master engraver Cuno Helfricht and is about B coverage foliate arabesque patterns on side of frame and sides of bbl with his typical sunburst patterns on the recoil shield and loading gate. Top strap is engraved in snake and dot patterns with starburst on each side of the bbl boss. Ejector boss and base pin boss are engraved in snake and dot patterns. Top of backstrap has a sparse starburst pattern with geometric patterns on the back strap, butt strap and trigger guard. Cyl is engraved with sunburst patterns on lands between flutes and a snake and dot pattern around rear edge. Ejector housing is engraved with snake and dot patterns in the top gullet and outer radius. Base pin and screws are fire blued. Engraved early black powder frame single actions are quite scarce, especially in high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 96-98% strong orig factory nickel with some minor losses around the muzzle and face of cyl and some fine pimpling on the front sides of the frame, otherwise nickel is strong and bright; grips are sound with great fire and color; mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. 4-44696 JR265 (20,000-45,000)

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2175
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: The cylinder may be an old factory refinish.

VERY RARE “CONDEMNED” COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 113835. 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 left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. This revolver was produced under the 7th or 8th contracts in the early 1880s and fell within the series inspected by Capt. John E. Greer and sub-inspected by David F. Clark. This revolver has Mr. Clark’s “DFC” initials on bottom of bbl, bottom front of frame & cyl. It also has Capt. Greer’s “G” initial on the trigger guard & buttstrap. In addition there is a “C” stamped just above the “DFC” initials on bottom front of frame. This mark is commensurate with known condemned single actions. Given that this revolver was manufactured in the early 1880s and not shipped until late 1888 indicates that the condemned parts were stored until the completion of the contract when they were removed and assembled into revolvers and sold on the civilian market. This revolver is mounted with a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel and is without inspector cartouches or initials. SN was observed in usual places on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap with last four digits of SN on bottom of bbl under ejector housing and on cylinder. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish and type of stocks not listed, shipped to Kennedy & Curtis, Philadelphia, PA on Oct. 6, 1888 in a 10-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig factory blue with light muzzle edge wear and a few light nicks & scratches with some very minor flaking; ejector housing retains about 90% glossy orig blue with light front end wear and some light flaking; frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; trigger guard retains strong blue in sheltered areas with a blue/gray frontstrap; backstrap is mostly a blue/gray patina with blue near the top; cyl retains about 95% military blue with some flaking in the flutes; chambers of cyl & bore retain some orig blue; grip is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches, showing moderate edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44682 JR199 (20,000-35,000)

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2176
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: The last sentence in the description, just before Provenance, states “This revolver is consecutively numbered to another Buntline special being sold in this auction.” This is not true. The consecutively numbered Buntline special is being sold in our next auction.

RARE COLT BUNTLINE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH SHOULDER STOCK. SN 28807. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 16″ bbl, dovetailed German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and 1-line block letter address. Top strap has a milled recess which contains a Buntline leaf-style sight with sliding aperture. Front of top strap also has a gas relief hole. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Mounted with a nicely figured, varnished, 1-pc, replacement walnut grip. Frame is 3-screw type with extended hammer screw for the shoulder stock. Accompanied by an orig nickel finish brass skeleton shoulder stock of the correct style for this revolver. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 caliber with 16″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to B. Kittredge Co., Cincinnati, OH on Dec. 1, 1877 in a shipment of four same type guns. According to A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, this revolver was in one of the two largest shipments of Buntlines with the other shipment of five in March 1880. There are eighteen Buntlines recorded in Colt’s shipping ledgers, ten of which had 16″ bbls and four others whose bbl lengths are not listed. This revolver is identified by SN in the referenced publication as well as in the Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia Volume 2, Cochran, as being orig Buntline revolvers. This revolver was sold through another auction house several years ago and is listed as having come from the Hunter Von Leer Collection. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 99%+ strong custom restored finish, probably by Tom Haas, Sr. with glossy bright blue & brilliant case colors; grip is sound with sharp edges and retains about all of its fine varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Stock is equally fine. 4-44691 JR200 (20,000-35,000)

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2180
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: Our catalogue states 1150 were produced in caliber 455 Eley. That is incorrect – only 729 were produced.

RARE EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 9256. Cal. 450 Boxer. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full orig front sight and 1-line script Hartford address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Caliber marking would indicate that it is chambered for 45 Colt, however examination of the chambers discloses that it is in fact a short chamber, probably for the 450 Boxer. Mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of bbl and rear edge of cylinder have tiny British proofs. Serial number was observed in the usual three places, on the frame, trigger guard & butt strap and was additionally observed on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing, on cylinder and in back strap channel of grip. Ejector rod housing is orig first type with a bull’s eye ejector rod head. Hammer spring is the orig item without roller groove. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only a very few of these revolvers were produced in the short chambered calibers. There were 1,150 produced in caliber 455 Eley. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Overall retains virtually all of its factory orig glossy blue and brilliant case colors with only faint muzzle edge wear and slight thinning of the blue on end of ejector rod housing. There is a small nick on front strap and evidence that the trigger and lock bolt screws have been removed; cylinder has two small flaked spots and a small scrape with a light cylinder line and shows light sharp edge wear, but appears to be unfired, retaining virtually of orig factory blue on cyl face & in chambers; grip has a tiny chip in right lower edge and a couple of small creases in varnish and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Bore retains about all of its orig blue. Revolvers in this condition are very rare and seldom encountered for sale. 4-44695 JR194 (15,000-25,000)

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2197
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: We do not guarantee the age of this item.

CAST SILVER OVAL INDIAN PEACE MEDAL. SN NSN. 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ cast silver medal has scene depicting transfer of wampum peace belt between American native and colonial gentleman, marked “W. H. Harrison” “Eel Rivey Nation” “Aug 8, 1803” “Vincennes”. Reverse: depicts heraldic American eagle with initials “WK” stamped at top. Medal is suspended by plated steel link chain sewn to old red velvet collar, with gilt tracings on edges. Typewritten old notation at top of collar displayed in oak hinged case with glass front on green felt backing. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Medal has slight tarnish. Old collar with cloth rubbed through. Gilt tracings are parting, with bits missing. Case is fine. 4-44888 MGM361 (250-450)

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2253
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cylinder numbers may be restruck.

RARE CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION COLT 1860 ARMY REVOLVER, STATE OF VA. SN 224. Cal. 44. This is a very early Colt Model 1860 Army revolver with 7-1/2″ bbl and non-fluted cylinder. According to Colt historian and author R.L. Wilson on this revolver which was included in The Book of Colt Engraving, this is THE ONLY KNOWN STATE OF VA.PRESENTATION DURING THE CIVIL WAR. Backstrap carries an inscription that reads “Presented to D.T. Williams by the State of Virginia, April 22, 1861”. Mr. Wilson, in his original notes, believed D.T. Williams to have been an employee of Peter Williams & Co. of Richmond, Va. In actuality, he was a partner in firm of Williams, Peters & Co. who most likely was an agent contracted to procure a number of Colt revolvers for the “new” Confederacy. This was verified by research in Man at Arms 12/08 article entitled “Traitor or Capitalist?”, which pointed out error in Colt factory records as to company name). The date of presentation of this gun is the day after the confiscation of a shipment of 500 Colt revolvers at the Adam’s Express office in Richmond on April 21st “by the State authorities” (as documented in the Richmond Examiner newspaper). Included with this gun is the same Man at Arms article,which illuminates this particular specimen “ as representing an important group of early 1860 armies shipped to Colt’s southern dealers, many which burst their cylinders and (as Sam Colt documents) “we will repair or replace”… and were replaced at the factory with new, unfluted cylinders with correct serial numbers stamped on replacements.by Colt factory. A large amount of research material including with this lot highlighted by a RARE ORIGINAL letter from General J.R.Anderson, owner of the famed Tredegar Ironworks in Richmond (cannon foundry to the Confederacy) to Samuel Colt requesting confirmation of prices for “500 New Model Army pistols”. This specimen was one of the 500 pistols confiscated by the Confederate authorities then returned to General Anderson by the State of Virginia. Letters from Mr. Wilson, noted historians including John Parsons and several prominent dealers and collectors including Herb Glass, Sr. concerning this gun are included as well as correspondence from family descendent of the recipient of this revolver. Early Colts that saw confederate service generally are well used and very worn. This gun has seen use but was well cared for and is in excellent condition considering its history. The last guns shipped by Colt to the South according to Colt records were 500 guns shipped to Peter Williams & Co., Richmond, VA, April 15, 1861. Due to the firing that day on Fort Sumter all shipments stopped after this date. According to Colt historian and author R.L. Wilson, this is the only known State of Virginia Colt presentation during the Civil War. Mr.Wilson, in his notes, believes D.T. Williams to have been an employee of Peter Williams & Co. David Terry (D.T.) Williams was a prominent commission merchant in the City of Richmond during the Civil War period with offices located at 5 Shockoe Slip. Mr. Williams lived on South Third Street, in an area known as Gamble’s Hill, and his widow continued living there until the turn of the century. The date of presentation of this gun is of interest since April 22nd was the day on which the Legislature of Virginia was considering the appointment of Robert E. Lee as commanding general of military forces in the State of Virginia. A number of matters were recorded on April 23rd including in regard to the confiscation of the 500 Colt revolvers. Mr. Williams was born February 18, 1828, had two brothers, one who was Capt. Samuel Williams, killed in action November 27, 1863. Mr. William’s father, Thomas Terry Williams, was killed by one of his slaves when David was seven years old. David was a member of the banking firm Williams, Peters & Co., Richmond, VA from 1861 to 1863 when he became the sole proprietor and president. During this same period he enlisted July 1, 1863 as a member of the First Virginia State Reserves. He entered as a private and was promoted to Sergeant. This unit saw service guarding prisoners at Belle Isle. Williams and his unit saw action during the siege of Petersburg. He also commanded militia within the City of Richmond during the war. After the war, David had become a member of Williams, Johnson & Co. and established the Manufacturer’s Tobacco Exchange, at which time he was associated at the time of his death, May 21, 1873. David was buried in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery, which is the resting place of five American presidents, Jefferson Davis, and 10,000 Confederate soldiers. A most historically important and unique Civil War and Confederate presentation revolver with original Tredegar Ironworks letter tied together by research in Man at Arms article to an apparent Confederate agent illuminating a select group of early Colt revolvers shipped to Richmond three days after the war began. Copies of article available upon request. CONDITION: Very good overall. Metal is gray/brown with scattered dings, dents and pitting. There are traces of finish, especially in protected areas at bottom of bbl. Cyl scene is almost complete only being partially obscured by scattered pitting. Markings are fine and well defined though edges of bottom of address are only partially struck. All SN’s match though SN on cyl may be re-struck (in Colt factory as noted in article). Backstrap and trigger guard retain 50-60% of their original silver wash. Stocks retain 70-80% of their original varnish though scuffed and worn in high areas. There are numerous small dents in butt of right stock where gun was apparently used as tack hammer. 4-42400 (25,000-35,000)

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2274
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: SN 22249. Cal 45 Colt. This fine Colt is accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies it in caliber 45 with blue finish, barrel length and type of stocks not listed and shipped to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on 31 December 1875 in a shipment of 67 same type arms.

NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 22249. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-15/16″ bbl, 1-line script address with serifs. Bottom of bbl, under ejector housing, has the last four digits of matching SN which are also found on the cylinder. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and it is mounted with an original 1-pc ivory grip with very deep relief carved Mexican eagle on right side. Grip could be orig Colt product with two slabs of ivory affixed to a central wooden spacer block to create the 1-pc grip, or they may have been added by the the Nimschke shop. They are definitely period to the gun. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Front strap, under the grip, was drilled for a 2-pc grip locator pin and now has that hole plugged. This revolver was produced in 1876 and the 2-pc hard rubber eagle design grips were not introduced until 1882. Revolver is engraved by L.D. Nimschke with about 80-85% coverage on the frame of foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background. Top strap is engraved in feather patterns with a diamond & dot pattern on each side of bbl boss and a hunter’s star on the sides of the ejector housing boss & base pin boss. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend 4-1/2″ on each side of bbl and on each side of muzzle with a dash & dot border pattern around the address which terminates in a foliate arabesque pattern. Ejector housing is exceptionally engraved with a large diamond & dot panel on the outer radius with dash & dot borders and a sunburst at each end. Top gullet is engraved in a leaf & vine pattern. Backstrap is engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s distinctive sunburst pattern with diamond center and foliate arabesque patterns elsewhere. Trigger bow & cyl are engraved to match with feather patterns on back edge of cylinder and foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes. Engraved early single actions are quite rare and are seldom encountered especially in an unaltered state. Only a few deluxe engraved revolvers in the Nimschke style are known and all are in the 22,000 serial number range, except the few that are thought to have been on the centennial wheel. Multiple experts think because of the extra-deluxe engraving and the extra deluxe grips this gun may have been on the centennial wheel. A letter from noted Colt authority, Dick Burdick, accompanies the gun. In part it states “This fine revolver remains today very much in the state it was finished in circa 1876. It retains the majority of the original nickel finish, which was applied after the engraving in the L.D. Nimschke shop in New York. The Colt markings are sharp and distinct, and do not show evidence of later polishing or abrasion post finishing circa 1876. There is some finish loss and fine pitting in the engraving cuts which have the hammer and graver progression cuts that demonstrate age and method of engraving. The engraving is classic L D. Nimschke, quite profuse, and orig in all respects. It is noteworthy to observe the broken italic barrel address die. This example is very near the end of the use of this die. The block letter die marked barrel has been observed as early as the 19000 serial number range. Along with this style of die change, an improved method of attaching the ejector tube to barrel was adapted. Our example has the first style ejector tube and barrel address. The hammer is the proper early long knurling with case hardened finish and the trigger is blue, which is proper for the outside factory New York engraved revolvers. The last four digits of the matching serial number are on the barrel underneath the ejector tube and on the periphery of the cylinder. The three full serial numbers match, and are authentic stamping by Colt. The front sight is full and has its original configuration. The grips are of the same age as the revolver and could have been installed by the Nimschke shop at time of engraving. The carving is finely executed and the ivory is in excellent condition for its age, showing little use. At some point in time, a grip pin has been installed on the trigger guard to accommodate 2-piece grips. This hole for the pin is now plugged. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 80-90% strong bright original nickel with flaking on the cyl and wear & loss of nickel on the top strap, backstrap, right side of frame & loading gate and ejector housing; front strap is dulled and the cyl is moderately to heavily flaked and retains most of its nickel plating on front face; hammer retains faded case colors, mostly on left side and rear edge with balance turned silver; grip is sound with a couple of minor age lines and overall retains a wonderful mellow dark ivory patina; hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting; inside top strap & recoil shield are moderately pitted; firing pin hole in the bushing is enlarged and the firing pin retaining pin has been staked; firing pin appears to be of later vintage. 4-46058 (50,000-90,000)

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2328
Revised: 2/23/2012

Additional Information: Using a bore scope, it has been determined that approximately 14” of barrel has been added to this rifle. This work was possibly done at the time of reconversion. The work is very well done and from outward appearance of the gun , cannot be detected. As such, it is a great example of Schreyer’s early work and the estimate reflects the value of this fine KY rifle.

THE AWARD WINNING RELIEF CARVED GEORGE SCHREYER “RATTLESNAKE” GOLDEN AGE RIFLE. This spectacular rifle has a 47 ” full oct unsigned .49 cal smooth bore bbl. The rifle is 62-1/2″ overall and the butt of the rifle is a full 1-3/4″ thick at the butt plate. This grand Kentucky rifle was featured as rifle No. 8 in Dr. George Shumway’s book “George Schreyer Sr. & Jr. – Gunmakers of Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania”. In the book Shumway writes: “This piece is notable for the patch box finial engraved with a rattlesnake design, and although the bbl is unsigned, there can be no doubt that it was made by George Schreyer Sr. Most Schreyer guns are equipped with German locks, but this one has a lock of English style with rounded pan”. “The left side of the stock is nicely carved with relief designs and incised volutes. The top of the wrist does not have Schreyer’s usual fleur-de-lis design, but instead has a lobate design in relief”. As evident by its accompanying framed receipt, this rifle is from the famed Kindig collection. This orig document made out to Earl F. Lanning, Waynesville, N.C. and dated 1963 reads: “One fine early George Schroyer flint lock rifle with his fine typical relief carving and the earliest rattlesnake patch box that I have ever seen. I would have loved to have had this in the book but only bought it about 6 months ago from Wes White…Joe Kindig Jr”. As noted in the receipt, the Rattlesnake Schreyer was purchased from Kindig by noted Kentucky rifle authority and collector, Earl Lanning for the tidy sum of $1100. A recent letter reminiscing his long ago experience of purchasing and owning this Kentucky accompanies the rifle. In the early 1970’s Mr. Lanning sold the rifle and it became the prized possession of Mr. Everett “Bernie” Partridge who kept it until his death in 2008. A true work of art, in 1979 the rifle was recognized and awarded “Best Relief Carved Rifle” by the Kentucky Rifle Association. The silver award medal accompanies the rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes White; Joe Kindig, Jr.; Earl Lanning; Everett “Bernie” Partridge. CONDITION: Very fine. The last 12″ of the fore stock has been properly restored with the forward thimble and nosecap appearing to be original to the rifle. There is a 3-1/2″ wood repair above the front of the lock and it appears there has been a minor wood repair below the lock and a diagonal crack repair 3″ from front of side plate screw to bbl. All repairs are sound. The flintlock is a reconversion to flint. None of this detracts from the importance and beauty of this classic example. 4-45117 RGG7 (32,500-42,500)

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2339
Revised: 3/27/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: At least one scholar on Stapleton rifles has contacted us and has stated he does not feel this is a Stapleton. We were of course not certain of this and that is why we stated we only attributed it to Stapleton. Another scholar has indicated that it was possibly manufactured in Somerset County.

JAMES STAPLETON (ATTR.) PERCUSSION PENNSYLVANIA LONG RIFLE. SN NSN. Cal. .310. 39-3/4″ Oct bbl fitted with semi-buckhorn fine V-notch rear, and file decorated brass blade front, sights, dovetailed through top flat, which is stamped “JS” within rectangular cartouche. Upper left flat near breech is stamped “? OSTLEY NELSON & CO”. Bbl is fitted with drum and nipple percussion system with screw clean-out. Trade type lock with flat faced serpentine hammer, has stamped-in game scene behind hammer and is marked “P. S. J. & CO” and “WARRANTED” in oval cartouche in front. Trigger plate is mounted with double set triggers. Maple stock with vivid curly figure is shaped with lock surround, very similar in style to a James Stapleton (Todd Township Huntindon Co. PA) signed double rifle pictured on page 84 of THE KENTUCKY RIFLE; A TRUE AMERICAN HERITAGE by the Kentucky Rifle Assn, Wash, DC. Brass furniture consists of double spurred faceted trigger guard, border engraved sideplate with rectangular finials, and faceted crescent buttplate with rectangular return. Nicely shaped and floral scroll engraved patchbox with spring loaded cover, has rounded end rectangular piercings on flanking plates, and with scrolled pierced finial. Stock is also inlaid with 19 German silver inlays of various shapes ranging from simple teardrops to six pointed star piercing oval above molded cheekpiece. There are 6 scrolled and engraved inlays along full length brass capped forend. Thin hickory ramrod is held by brass faceted and beaded end pipes and thimble. PROVENANCE: Copy p. 84 of THE KENTUCKY RIFLE. Consignors description. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl and lock show some slight cleaning to overall smooth silver brown with considerable pitting at breech, hammer and lockplate. Brass furniture polished to gold and lacquered, engraving is still clear and sharp. Stock is excellent, with a small repair on right side of forepiece, 25″ back from muzzle, with small additions. 4-45148 MGM318 (5,000-8,000)

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2353
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: Note: Small typo error. We misspelled the maker’s name in the catalog. The frizzen of gun #2 is marked “J.W. White Barbadoes” not “Barbados” as spelled in catalog. There is nothing wrong with the pistols – just an insignificant spelling error.

VERY FINE PAIR OF WILLIAM SMITH FLINTLOCK DUELING PISTOLS. SN 1868. (ca. 1815) Cal..625 Bore diameter smooth. A fine pair of pistols by this highly regarded maker feature 8-1/2″ octagonal twist bbls with inset steel front sights. Twist under ribs have one tapered pipe with beaded ends. Ramrods are ebonized hickory with brass tulip shaped heads, and brass tails with steel worms. Doubly inset patent breeches have platinum lined touch holes, and four platinum inlaid bands, and are engraved “William Smith Lisle St. London” on tops. Bottoms of bbls and patent breech hooks are stamped with SNs and “1” and “2” respectively. Scroll engraved breech irons have integrally filed U-notch rear sights. Exceptionally well filed locks have unique sculpted waterproof pans. Bridled frizzens engage roller frizzen springs which have large bulbous finials with small tit. Locks are fitted with French cocks and back sliding safeties that engage at half cock. Lockplates and cocks are engraved with feather borders and some scroll. Areas behind pans are engraved “Patent 883” and “Patent 884”, for guns “1” and “2” respectively. “William Smith Lisle St. London” is on each lockplate under pans. Frizzen of gun no. 2 is marked “J W White Barbados” and is a later replacement, however Mr. White was a very skilled gunsmith, and this frizzen exhibits exceptional quality, and correctly matches the shaping and venting of the original frizzen on gun no. “1”. SNs and “1” and “2” are stamped on tops of lockplates behind fences. Steel trigger plates are mounted with set triggers and terminate in stylized pineapples with unusual swirled scroll engraving. Single spurred steel trigger guards are engraved with stand-of-arms with SNs in ovals at center. Curly maple stocks have unusual wood flared butts and wrap-around squared checkering at grip. Figured maple, with a dark “ebonized” finish, was quite popular with many London gunsmiths, including Purdeys, in the early 1810’s up to about 1825. Steel tailpipes are nicely filed, and pistols feature cast silver foretips. Stocks mount to bbls with single side nails through rectangular silver escutcheons with truncated corners. Vacant rectangular crest plates are at tops of grips. Nos. “1” and “2” are in India ink at rear of bbl channel of each gun, respectively. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain 80% of what appears to be orig brown, with good definition to pattern, but is possibly an old re-brown done during period of use. All other iron parts are mostly a smooth silver gray. Engraving is sharp and crisp. Stocks retain an old oil refinish, and are probably considerably lighter in color than when guns were originally made. Lockplates and breech iron tangs are slightly above wood. Checkering has been re-cut. Trigger guards and plates retain a considerable amount of a correct old charcoal blue. Bores are bright and shiny. Locks, frizzens, and set triggers are crisp. Safeties work. A best quality pair of large duelers with a Caribbean connection. 4-42667 MGM16 (7,500-12,500)

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2366
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: Scabbard is a total restoration.

CONFEDERATE B. DOUGLAS CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER. Made during the War Between the States in Columbia,South Carolina, this classic and rare example of a cavalry officer’s sword is on the design of an earlier French cavalry officer’s sword circa 1822. This model is distinguished from the more common Enlisted cavalry model 1840 type by several features including a clam shell decoration cast into the guard (also similar to the Model 1840 U.S. cavalry officer’s sword), A thin light blade, and a remarkably high quality scabbard, similar to the best Northern makers, but with the tell tale brass scabbard bands typical of the Confederacy. The brass drag is of the dramatic “Dragoon” style, common to several B.Douglas models. This sword exhibits 34″ unstocked fullered blade. One of the most striking features of this rare Confederate officer’s sword is the contrast between the high quality of the blade and Scabbard, and the crude casting evident in the manufacture of the guard; it is a mystery we may never understand, as B. Douglas Sword Factory demonstrated the ability to finish guards to a good level, yet the several examples of this sword observed over the years all have these same qualities. CONDITION: Good to very good. Blade retains an even patina throughout. Guard has crude casting marks. Wood handle shows some losses and age checks. Scabbard is sound and is properly aged copper. 4-45206 (6,000-10,000)

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2382
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Stock still retains inspector cartouche.

CONFEDERATE FAYETTEVILLE RIFLE. Cal .58, 33″ bbl. This is the standard production model Fayetteville Rifle which are found dated 1863 and 1864 with the standard-shaped lock and made to fit an angular bayonet with oval cartouches in stock containing initials of Philip Burkhart. This is a nice “as found” gun that appears orig & authentic. CONDITION: Bbl is overall brown with orig finish seen under bands and under the overall dark brown surface of this gun. Lock & bbl are both dated “1863” and other appropriate marks are present including inspector’s cartouche which is discernible. Remainder of stock is solid & sound with scattered dings, dents & scratches. There are several small splatters of red paint which are found on various parts of this gun. Front band appears orig including sling swivel, but there appears to be a braised repair to post. Orig brass nosecap is a bit loose. Blades to rear sight appear restored but sight base appears orig. Brass nosecap, bands, trigger guard & buttplate have pleasant yellow patina overall. 4-45748 JS47 (12,000-15,000)

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2396
Revised: 3/7/2012

CORRECTION: The SN is 3858, not 3853. The fourth digit was very lightly struck on the left side.

SHARPS MODEL 1852 SLANTING BREECH CARBINE. SN 3853. Cal .52, 21-1/2″ bbl, Serial number “3853”. This is a nice “as found” example of the popular pre-War slant breech Sharps that many saw service with State forces during Civil War. This gun conforms to other known specimens with Sharps patent pellet primer mounted in the lock plate, 21-1/2″ bbl and brass furniture. Gun was blued and tiny traces are still visible in protected areas. Bbl is marked “SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG. CO / HARTFORD, CONN”. Tang is marked “SHARPS PATENT 1852” with the serial number 3853. The lock is marked “C SHARPS / PATENT / 1852”. Opposite lock is a 9″ sling bar with attached carbine ring. CONDITION: Very good overall. Bbl is dark with tiny areas of blue under areas of rust & pitting. Bbl markings are discernible but light. Lock and markings on tang are mostly discernible though patent date on tang is only partially discernible. Rifling in bore is crisp & well-defined. Brass bbl band, buttplate & patchbox have dark mustard patina. Stocks are sound & solid with many dings, dents & scratches. 4-45742 JS61 (4,000-6,000)

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2404
Revised: 3/12/2012

Additional Information: The lever pin has a small piece missing from its locking flange. The gun works fine.

CIVIL WAR BURNSIDE CARBINE. SN 10072. Cal .52, 21″ bbl. This is a very fine example of the popular fifth Model of the Burnside Carbine. This gun exhibits bright blue finish, bright case colors and crisp cartouches on a raised-grain stock. This gun conforms to other carbines of this pattern with 21″ bbl and 39″ overall. The lock is marked “BURNSIDE RIFLE CO / PROVIDENCE RI” and the breech is marked “BURNSIDE PATENT MODEL OF 1864”. This gun was designed by the Civil War Gen. Ambrose Burnside and utilized one of the most unique Civil War cartridges being a brass “ice cream cone” shaped casing, though this was still a percussion arm. CONDITION: Very fine overall. Bbl retains 95% of its orig blue though thinning on bbl. Lock, hammer & frame retain 60 – 70% of their bright & muted case colors with balance a silver/gray color. Bore exhibits bright & shiny rifling. Stocks show several dings & gouges, especially in forestock. Cartouches are bright as can be seen in photos 4-45740 JS52 (3,000-4,000)

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2417
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: Author is Bill Gary – not Bill Guthman. In Provenance: The first proper name in this section should read E. Berkley Bowie, not “Berkley of Bowie”.

GRISWOLD CONFEDERATE REVOLVER, HIGHEST SERIAL NUMBER KNOWN. This is a very interesting gun that has been in some of the best & earliest collections including Henry Stewart and Ted Meredith. This gun is listed on page 20 of William Albaugh’s 1955 publication “The Confederate Brass-Framed Colt & Whitney” and is pictured on pg 7 of Bill Guthman’s Confederate Revolvers. This gun conforms to standard configuration of 2nd model Griswolds with part-oct bbl housing and 7-1/2″ rnd bbl. This gun appears orig and authentic in every regard though only having two externally numbered parts, that being cyl numbered “3606” and secondary number “45” on bottom of frame. The right side of trigger guard under grip, and left side of hammer also have secondary number “45” internally. Roman numeral “XIIII” is on bottom of frame under trigger guard. Cryptic “X” appears on back of frame. Cryptic “II” is found twice on back of cyl. There is a partial Cryptic, possibly a backwards “J”, found on bottom of bbl near latch. Inside of trigger guard & backstrap are areas of what appear to be silver-plating, which is occasionally seen on high serial numbered guns. PROVENANCE: E. Berkley of Bowie, Baltimore, MD Harold Croft, Henry M. Stewart, 1940, Robert Abels, 1958 William Gary, 1980s, Ben Michel, Jack Pierson, Ted Meredith. Listed in Albaugh’s “The Confederate Brass-Framed Colt & Whitney” pg. 20, 1955. Pictured on pg. 7 of Bill Gary’s 1987 “Confederate Revolvers”. CONDITION: This gun is very good overall and complete though missing one trigger guard screw. There is a welded repair to loading arm where it pivots on screw in bbl housing. The metal overall on this gun is gray with good edges showing distinctive twist in cyl. Brass shows good yellow patina. The right side stock has indentation cut to fit the misaligned frame & trigger guard as can be seen in pictures. Stocks have an old, worn varnished surface not normally typical of Griswold but these really late guns show interesting nuances such as silver plating. There are three initials stamped into butt which are not discernible. 4-45805 JS21 (15,000-20,000)

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2419
Revised: 3/11/2012

Please Note: In addition to being restored, the serial numbers were added.

CONFEDERATE SPILLER & BURR REVOLVER. SN 855. Cal 36. This good looking “CS” marked brass framed Confederate revolver made in Macon, Georgia is pictured on page 89 of Matt Norman’s book “Colonel Burton’s Spiller & Burr Revolver, An Untimely Venture in Confederate Small Arms Manufacturing”. This example conforms to other examples of this scarce Confederate arm with a large “CS” stamped on right side of frame. This “CS” mark is thought to represent Confederate Government acceptance. This gun was sold at Christies in November, 1983 from famous Henry Stewart collection. Several letters of provenance accompany this gun including Ted Meredith, Matt Norman and Jim Harris. PROVENANCE: Henry Stewart, Ted Meredith, Jim Harris, Burney Crooke CONDITION: Very good as restored. Bbl, frame and triggerguard all SN 855. Loading arm is not numbered, arbor appears to be from Whitney with SN 4087. Grip frame is restored with braised and pinned brass replacements, well executed with orig old grips(probably Whitney). No markings or #s on grip frame or grips. 4-45212 JS105 (10,000-15,000)

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2488
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: The catalog image is not correct. The written description is correct.

D. NIPPES 1840 FLINTLOCK MUSKET. SN NSN. Cal. 69. Standard configuration, one of 5100 in this contract, with 42″ rnd bbl with “US” “JH” and “P” marks at breech end, dated “1845” on tang. Lock with removable brass pan, is stamped with “D. Nippes” “U.S.” in front of rnd bodied reinforced cock, and “MILL” “CREEK” “Pa” “1843” behind. Interior of lock has “H” assembly mark on all parts. This stamp is also on bottom of frizzen, and finial of cock. Iron mounted American walnut stock has inspectors marks on left side behind sideplate. Orig tulip head ramrod is present. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl cleaned to light gray brown patina, over numerous marks and pinprick pitting. Lock and other furniture cleaned as well. Lock internals are excellent. Inspectors marks are clear. Marks on breech end of bbl and breech plug from removal. Stock is fine with most of its orig oil finish, grain raised, wood dry. 4-45759 MGM148 (3,000-4,000)

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2500
Revised: 3/12/2012

Correction: This is an 1858 Cadet Rifle w/ 38” bbl, not a 1855 Rifle Musket w/ 40” bbl.

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1855 RIFLE MUSKET WITH BAYONET. Cal. 58. 40″ bbl. This is a fine and complete 1859 dated gun with 1859 on both lock and bbl. Gun appears all original and complete including bayonet and original scabbard. Gun conforms to the all features of this configuration. CONDITION: Bbl overall is gray/white with sharp edges at breech with scattered staining and pitting. VP over eagle head proof is crisp and discernible, as is bbl date. There is a “21” stamped on bbl flat just behind correct 2-leaf rear sight. Rifling to bore is very good. Lock is complete and functional, including Maynard device. Markings on lock are crisp and sharp, including eagle proof on Maynard tape door. Balance of iron hardware is gray/white with scattered staining. Stock is sound and solid with an old varnish coat, now thinning overall. There are no discernible inspector cartouches, though stock has crisp shoulders. Buttplate is properly surcharged US. There is a 1″ hairline crack in front of and behind lockplate in stock. There is a Roman numeral XIII cut 3/4″ high letters on reverse of buttstock, as can be seen in photos. 45707 JS81 (3,000-4,000)

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