October 14th, 15th & 16th Firearms Auction
Generates Over $18 Million

Auction: October 14th - 16th, 2013

Preview: October 13th, 2013 and October 12th, 2013

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

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1026
Revised: 10/13/2013

Tiny grain check near tang (should not even be mentioned).

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 100209. Cal. 40-82. Standard grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight and 2000 yd carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of color case hardened receiver has a stud & ring. Ring is wrapped in cloth. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and carbine/musket, buttplate without trap. Model ’86 carbines were quite popular throughout the American west, not only for their handy size, but areas for their powerful cartridge. The vast majority of surviving ’86 carbines show extreme hard use and usually retain little or no orig finish. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue, slightly dulled over the forend area. Bbl bands retain most of their orig blue with only light high point wear. Receiver retains brilliant case colors on the sides, lightly to moderately faded on the belly and lightly faded over the top. Lever, hammer & buttplate retain most of their orig case colors, turned dark on outer faces of lever and lightly faded on buttplate. Wood is sound with light handling and use, nicks & scratches and overall retains about all of its orig oil finish, slightly dulled around the wrist & carry point of the forearm. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Shows little use with most of its orig blue remaining on the bolt face. 4-48432 JR180 (20,000-30,000)

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1050
Revised: 10/11/2013

Small ground flat triangular area on bottom of barrel at muzzle, approximately 1/4” x 5/8”.

*RARE WINCHESTER DELUXE TAKE DOWN MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 118209. Cal. 25-35. Fine and rare deluxe 94 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, take down with Sheard front sight, 3-leaf platinum line bbl sight and a locking Lyman tang sight. Mounted with highly figured, about 2X American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of receiver is drilled and tapped for a receiver sight. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum work sheet which identifies this rifle in cal. 25-35, half oct bbl, takedown, plain trigger, half magazine and fancy checkered wood, SN applied July 20, 1901, received in warehouse July 30, 1901 and shipped the same day to Order No. 102349 This is a scarce deluxe 94 in an equally scarce caliber. The 25-35 caliber was a fine hunting round for North American game up to deer size animals. They were usually used pretty hard and are rarely found with high orig finish with good bores. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl, magazine tube and forend cap retain virtually all of their crisp orig factory blue with faint sharp edge wear and a small cluster of light surface rust. Receiver retains 96-97% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and some thinning over the carry point. Hammer retains strong case colors, faded on top edge and left side. Lever retains brilliant case colors on the sides, lightly to moderately faded on the faces. Buttplate retains faded dark case colors. Wood is sound with a few very minor nicks & scratches in the finish and over retains about all of its brilliant piano varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, a little dark in the groove. Except for the receiver sight holes, this is one of the finest deluxe takedown 25-35 rifles know. 4-48441 JR189 (10,000-25,000)

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1062
Revised: 10/7/2013

Note: there is a small corner of the paper tag missing.

*WINCHESTER MODEL 94 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 931492. Cal 30 WCF (30-30). Standard grade carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight and 2000 yd. carbine ladder rear sight. Left side receiver has a stud & ring. Ring is covered in cloth. Accompanied by its orig 1923 grey, red and white card weight stock band and its orig manila hang tag. Hang tag is not identified by SN and is overstamped “CREDIT”. While model 94 carbines are reasonably common, they are very rare with high orig finish, hang tag and stock band. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Pristine, new & unfired. 4-48449 JR214 (3,000-5,000)

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1068
Revised: 10/11/2013

Receiver, lever, hammer and takedown ring refinished. Believed to have been done at factory. Unquestionably Winchester factory color.

*UNUSUAL WINCHESTER MODEL 53 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 989268. Cal. 25-20 WCF. Standard grade rifle with 22″ tapered rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with Lyman gold bead front sight, Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding bbl sight and a locking Lyman tang sight. Receiver has close-coupled double set triggers. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and serrated steel buttplate. The model 53 was numbered in both a unique serial number series with others numbered in the 92 series, such as this one. These little rifles are a take-off from the model 92 and were in production only from 1924 to 1932, having about 24,916 rifles produced in that time frame. In 1924, when the model 53 was introduced, Winchester sales had fallen substantially and Winchester brought out the model 53 in an effort to boost sales. Production was stopped in 1932 when the model 65 was introduced. This model was produced in 3 calibers in both solid frame and takedown with a very few special order, deluxe rifles produced. Accompanied by an orig 2-pc heavy cardboard box with red, white & blue large label on top and no end labels. One end is covered in cloth tape and the other is numbered “59897-2”, which is consecutive numbered to another nearly identical box which accompanies a deluxe model 92 also being sold in this auction. That box is numbered “59897-3”. Top of this box has the pencil notation “25-20” & “53” in a circle. It is also marked with matching serial number along with “set trig take down” and on the other end has the pencil date “8/25/69”. Inside the box contains all of the orig shipping cardboard sleeves, spacers & wood blocks. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all orig. Overall retains 99% plus crisp, orig factory finish with strong blue & bright wood finish with only a couple of tiny nicks on the buttstock. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new & unfired. Box top label is very fine. Two of the four top corners are broken, otherwise box is very fine. 4-48469 JR233 (5,000-8,000)

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1069
Revised: 10/11/2013

Receiver sight holes may not be factory.

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 10381. Cal. 32 W.S. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ tapered rnd lightweight bbl, half magazine, takedown with pedestal mounted gold bead Lyman front sight and flat top rear sight. Left side receiver is factory drilled and tapped for receiver sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and serrated steel buttplate. The model 55 went into production in 1926 and was originally available in only cal. 30-30. However, in 1927 cal. 25-35 & 32 special were offered. Initially the model 55 was serial numbered in its own special range, but later was numbered concurrently in the 1894 serial range. In 1935 the model 55 was discontinued after only about 20,500 had been produced. These rifles were sold predominantly to hunters in the American north woods where their lightweight and quick pointing were an asset. They usually saw years of hard service and although they are occasionally found with strong orig finish, they are extremely rare with extreme high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all orig. Overall the metal retains virtually all of its crisp, orig blue with a couple of flake spots on the forearm cap and a faint sharp edge line on the bottom of the receiver. Lever, hammer and buttplate retain about all of their orig blue. Wood is sound with a couple of very minor nicks in the finish and overall retains virtually all of its crisp, orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, may have been fired, but if so very little. A scarce rifle in extreme high condition. 4-48437 JR212 (3,000-5,000)

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1091
Revised: 9/13/2013

Correction: Estimate should read: 15,000-25,000

RARE JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 38035. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Rare Ulrich engraved ’66 with 24-1/4′ oct bbl, full magazine, unusual Rocky Mountain style front sight with brass base in the dovetail, and a reproduction Henry ladder rear sight missing its slide. It has 2-line Winchester & King’s Patent address. Mounted with uncheckered American walnut with about 2 to 3X figured forearm and straight grain uncheckered buttstock with straight grip and crescent brass buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked “XXX” and “GO” Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is engraved “J.U.” the signature of Winchester chief master engraver John Ulrich. Bottom of the stock and forend cap have factory sling swivels. Receiver, forend cap and buttplate tang are beautifully engraved in Mr. Ulrich’s very distinctive patterns which consist of deep intertwined foliate arabesque patterns that has very fine pearled background. Left side plate is engraved with a mythical wolf’s head and the right side incorporates an eagles head and a flower blossom. Left side plate has an open scalloped-edge panel and the right side, an open rnd panel. Both front side flats are beautifully engraved in matching geometric patterns and all engraving has dbl borders. Various engraving patterns extend over the top & bottom of the receiver & top tang with matching patterns on the forend cap and buttplate tang. Very few John Ulrich engraved firearms were signed in this manner, most known examples were signed, either on the bottom tang in tiny stamped letters. The engraving patterns on this rifle are very similar to another 1866 rifle being sold elsewhere in this auction. That rifle also has the unusual signature on the top tang. Accompanied by a letter from Winchester Custom shop engraver, Pauline Muerrle, where-in she authenticates the engraving as being by John Ulrich, and states that it is unusual to have a signed piece of his work and that it is also an excellent example. CONDITION: Poor to fair. Buttplate could not be removed to check for matching numbers. Any number that may have been in the top tang channel of the buttstock has been obliterated. Bbl and magazine tube retain traces of orig blue, being mostly a worn, mottled, plummy-brown patina with scattered fine pitting. Receiver shows heavy edge wear with a few light nicks & scratches, has tight side plates and overall retains a dark mustard patina. Buttplate and forend cap have matching patina. Lever and hammer are a dark brown patina. Buttstock has a crack behind the top tang, another small crack in left side of wrist, a couple long scratches on the left side and shows heavy wear and battering, a dark hand worn patina and heavily rusted sling swivel. Forend cap sling swivel is also rusted. Forearm has a crack on the left side and is missing sections on each side of the bbl channel and shows very heavy wear with hand worn patina. Old replacement rear sight is loose in the base and shows heavy rust. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore with good rifling. 4-49364 JR287 (7,500-12,500)

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1102
Revised: 10/2/2013

Stock and buttplate are old replacements. Stock is not numbered and buttplate has mismatched number.

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION MUSKET. SN 41505. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard musket with 27″ rd bbl, full magazine & square base front sight with 900 yd Henry style ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with 3/4″ length forearm and straight stock with brass carbine/musket buttplate with trap. Rifle has 3 bands and has a saber bayonet lug on the upper band & sling wire on the middle band. Bottom of the stock has a corresponding factory sling swivel. Saber bayonet lugs on Model 1866 Muskets are somewhat rare with the bayonets for them even more rare. Winchester had hoped to get large military contracts for this musket & although the government did buy a few the large contracts never materialized. Muskets remained in production right through the end of this model with most being sold for Guard & Security forces. Turkey did buy a few of them to arm their military but never followed through with a large contract. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl, magazine tube & appended steel fittings retain a smooth, even brown patina. Middle and lower bbl bands have had their screws replaced with pins. Receiver & buttplate show moderate wear with light nicks & scratches and retain a wonderful dark mustard patina. Top of the receiver ring has a small casting flaw. Wood is sound showing heavy use with nicks, scratches & bruises. Buttstock retains most of an old restored finish. Forearm has a long scratch down the right side & retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine and light pitting. 4-47638 JR146 (3,500-5,500)

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1118
Revised: 10/11/2013

Both rifles have Cody Firearms Museum worksheets and letter in current configuration.

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED PAIR OF ENGLISH MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION DELUXE EXPRESS SHORT RIFLES. SN 9979 & 19511. Cal. 50 Express (50-95). Rifles are nearly identical with 22″ rnd bbls, Holland & Holland ramp front sights with 3-leaf, 2-folding, 1-standing Holland & Holland platinum line express rear sights and each has a thick base adjustable tang sight with 4″ staff. Rifles are 2nd Model with screwed-on dust cover rails and dust covers marked “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / .50 CAL. 95 GRS.” Levers are professionally leather covered in English style. They are both mounted with very highly figured 2-3X American walnut with checkered forearms, pistol grip stocks and smooth steel buttplates. Both forearms are in short rifle style of 8-3/8″ in length vs. the standard 9-3/8″. Both have black fleur-de-lis inlays in their gripcaps. Both have half magazines that appear to have been reduced from full length with flat magazine caps as would be found on a full length magazine, probably from the factory as rounded half magazine caps were probably not available at the time of manufacture. Both bbls have standard Winchester markings and both are engraved adjacent to the standard bbl marking “SIGHTED & REGULATED / BY HOLLAND & HOLLAND / 98 NEW BOND ST. / LONDON.W.”. Bbls & receivers are English proofed and carriers are marked “50-95”. 1) SN 9979: Has early style checkered forearm and a convex grip cap with the number “11” at the front right side of the wrist and “AFC” branded in right side of buttstock. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked “XX” and has assembly number “827” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is unmarked but there is no doubt it is orig to this rifle, the fit is perfect. Dust cover is 2nd type with impressed thumb print. 2) SN 19511: Has H-style checkered forearm & serpentine grip cap and has “PHC” branded in right side of buttstock. Left side of lower tang is marked “XX” and has assembly number “211” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is unmarked but is also absolutely orig to this rifle. Dust cover is 3rd type without thumbprint. Accompanied by an orig Holland & Holland blue felt lined dbl rifle leather trunk case compartmented in the bottom for the two rifles and a cartridge block in the left rear that contains 30 orig, non-hand stamped, copper tube cartridges. Front compartment contains a 2-pc brass & wood cleaning rod, a small wood-handled turn-screw and a cotton mop. Also included in the case is a large Holland & Holland pewter oil bottle and in another compartment is a small tin container with nickeled top containing four tang sight screws. Inside the lid has an orig Holland & Holland paper label. Top of case has a large empty brass medallion in the center and is branded toward the back edge “PERCY H. COOPER”. Top also has two very old partial labels, one of which is from a cutlery maker and addressed to “P. Cooper / Luna(?) House / Trafalgar Square / London”. The other label is from the “GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY / TORRE / TO / PADDINGTON”. Additionally accompanied by a set of early Winchester loading tools marked “EXPRESS”. Bullet mold is hollow point style that has had the hollow point groove permanently plugged with a pin. Also accompanied by a quantity of ammunition including one orig box of very rare 50-95 shot cartridges in 2-pc box that has red & white over-label “FOR SINGLE SHOT RIFLES ONLY” and “SHOT CARTRIDGES”. Additionally accompanied by five full boxes of orig Winchester ammunition in 20-rd boxes, one full box of Eley Bros. 50-95 cartridges and 27 loose rds of orig ammunition, a total of about 152 rds, most of which have copper tube lead bullets. Additionally accompanied by a letter from the secretary of Lord Lyon, Edinburgh, Scotland, dated 1973, which shows that Percy Hartshorne Copper lived at Bullwell Hall, Nottinghamshire, England and Carr House Doncaster. He was born in 1855 and died 1893. Also accompanied by Buffalo Bill Historical Center letters for both rifles which identify them in their current configuration and showing #9979 as having “short butt”(fitting only in one unique case compartment), received in warehouse April 21, 1880 and shipped next day with 10 other rifles with same specifications. #19511 received “inside finish”, proper for English orders, was received Dec. 14, 1881 and shipped next day. A letter from Holland & Holland states that they were unable to locate any record of any Winchester rifles that they had shot and regulated as they were not serialized by them. PROVENANCE: Rifles featured in Winchester Collector Magazine V.23 Issue 4 (Fall 2000.) CONDITION: 1) #9979 Fine. Bbl retains about 95% orig blue turning to patina; receiver & sideplates retain strong case colors in sheltered areas, moderately to heavily faded on sideplates, turned silver elsewhere; hammer retains strong case colors and the lever case colors in sheltered areas; leather covering on lever shows moderate to heavy wear. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches, shows heavy wear on checkering and overall retains a dark handworn oil finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with fine pitting in the grooves. 2) #19511 Fine to very fine. Bbl retains mostly a plummy/blue patina with a thin spot around the rear sight; receiver & sideplates retain orig case colors in sheltered areas, mostly fading to silver; left sideplate appears to have at one time been polished and then torch-colored; hammer retains strong case colors and the lever faded case colors on the exposed areas. Wood is sound with normal handling & use nicks & scratches with the buttstock retaining generous amounts of its orig oil finish and the forearm a handworn oil finish with both stock & forearm showing moderate to heavy wear on checkering. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting and a partial ring about 2″ from muzzle. Tang sights are both marked “76” with one retaining about 95% orig blue and the other about 75%. Ammunition is generally all good with some showing light oxidation; boxes all show wear & damage with three of the boxes missing part or all of their lids; mold is fine; loading tool is dark & has light rust. Case is solid with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains a dark orig finish; interior is lightly faded & soiled. Altogether an unusual & extraordinarily rare set not likely to be encountered again. 4-48700 JR406 (45,000-75,000)

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1176
Revised: 10/2/2013

The buttstock was originally 13 1/2″. This gun has been shortened to 12 1/2″. The old buttplate may not be original. The title should have read #2 SHORT RANGE.

SCARCE SHARPS BORCHARDT NO. 2 MID-RANGE SINGLE SHOT TARGET RIFLE. SN 18333. Cal. 40-50 Sharps straight. Fine mid-range target rifle with 30″ tapered rnd bbl, windgage spirit level front sight, Lawrence patent 800 yd ladder rear sight & Sharps patented mid-range adjustable tang sight with 3″ staff. Bbl is marked “Old Reliable” and has the Bridgeport address. Also has caliber and case length marking on the left side over the chamber. It has single trigger. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with schnable tip checkered forearm, serpentine grip buttstock with replacement smooth hard rubber buttplate. According to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, there were only 31 No. 2 mid-range Borchardt rifles produced in the period Oct 1877 to Oct 1880 in a large variety of calibers and various bbl lengths making this a very rare Sharps rifle. PROVENANCE: Henry S. Morgan Jr. Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with a few scattered tiny spots of surface discoloration. Receiver retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded on the sides, more faded on the top and turned silver on the bottom. Stock has a small repair in the comb from tang sight damage, otherwise wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage tiny nicks. Buttstock retains most of its strong orig finish & the forearm about 40% orig finish, with the balance hand-worn. Checkering on the buttstock shows light to moderate wear and on the forearm moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are fine. Very bright, shiny bore. 4-49131 JR271 (5,000-8,000)

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1184
Revised: 9/13/2013

Please note – Important Correction: Description states “Rifle fires when in safe position.” This is absolutely not so. The safety works perfectly fine. The unique safety device in Gibbs’ Farquharson is a bar which protects the primer from the falling hammer. Thus when the gun is on safety, if the hammer is cocked and the trigger pulled, the hammer will fall but the safety bar prevents the hammer from striking the primer. Therefore there is nothing wrong with the safety on this gun.

BEST QUALITY GEORGE GIBBS FARQUHARSON DROPPING BLOCK SINGLE SHOT SPORTING RIFLE WITH DIES AND COMPONENTS. SN 14906. (ca 1880) Cal. .461 no. 2 Gibbs. 28″ Slightly tapered round bbl, mounted with island bases for one standing, one folding leaf express rear sight, marked for 100 and 200 yards, and longitudinally dovetailed silver bead front, is engraved “METFORD’S PATENT 1637. GEORGE GIBBS, CORN STREET, BRISTOL.” (Patent use no. 1637) on top rear. Left rear is stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs. A sling eye is soldered to bottom of bbl. Best quality, sporting type, thin walled, sporting action is fitted with short safety lever and sliding bolt on right side, with “FREE” and “BOLTED” gold inlaid. Right side is also marked “FARQUHARSON’S PATENT 647” (patent use number). Left side is engraved “George Gibbs Bristol” in lozenge surrounded by 80% coverage well cut small scroll, as is typical for best quality Gibbs rifles. Nicely shaped operating lever has detent latch. Best quality SN is engraved on bottom tang. Nicely figured European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over ribbed hard rubber buttplate. Grip cap is of horn. Typical point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip. There is a sling eye, along with gold oval engraved with the initials “ECE” within a belt marked “SPERNO” surmounted by raised mailed fist grasping a snake, on toe line. (A quick Google search reveals this snake device is possibly of the Ellice family. (Burkes Peerage.)) Matching forend with horn tip attaches with screw to bbl. Factory frame no. “128” is stamped on face of action and on bbl under forend. Drop at heel: approx 3″, drop at comb: approx 2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Also included are a set of C & H dies and approx 50 fired Bertrum cases, and maybe 30 primed and unprimed cases, along with 50 558 grain bullets, and 50 556 grain bullets cast in provided .453 diameter Lyman mold. There is also a sample cartridge and a small lot of pre-cut paper patches. CONDITION: Very good, as found. Bbl retains a considerable amount of its orig blue, considerably browned and worn. Action retains traces of its orig case hardening color, mostly mottled silver brown. Trigger housing retains most of its case hardening color. Operating lever retains traces of color. Stocks retain a considerable amount of orig finish with considerable wear and numerous minor marks, checkering worn and dirty. Metford bore shows considerable wear at throat, and is lightly pitted throughout, with a spot of deeper pitting approx 9″ back from muzzle. Action is tight and crisp. Rifle fires when in safe position, needs attention. Dies and components are excellent. George Gibbs produced a total of 974 of these iconic actions in all types. Few survive in their orig configuration. 4-47818 MGM71 (12,000-16,000)

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1185
Revised: 10/2/2013

Additional information: This rifle is the desirable Take-Down model with detachable barrel patent.

*WESTLEY RICHARDS MODEL 1897 DROPPING BLOCK SINGLE SHOT EXPRESS RIFLE. SN 34605. Cal. .450-400 3-1/4 Nitro Exp. 28″ Tapered ovate detachable bbl has matted top flat and island bases for one standing, two folding leaf express rear sight, and silver bead longitudinally dovetailed front. Left side of bbl is stamped “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO LONDON” and “W. R. HIGH VELOCITY NITRO EXPRESS RIFLE .400 BORE”. Right side is stamped “PATENT No 9711. DETACHABLE BARREL 714”. Blued Model 97 single shot action is marked “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO LONDON” and with SN on left side. Right side is marked “PATENT DETACHABLE BARREL No. 9711”. Top tang is fitted with automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), surmounted by the number “360” which is the patent use number of the tang safety. Opening lever is cranked to the right with detent latch in thumbpiece, and is color case hardened, as is breechblock. Nicely streaked European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 15-1/4″ over Silver type pad, and features small shadow line beaded right hand cheekpiece, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, steel grip cap, and a vacant silver oval as well as sling eye, on toe line. Detachable forend has Deeley latch, heavy iron shoe, and horn tip. Drop at heel: approx. 2-1/4″. Drop at comb: approx. 1-3/4″. Weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz. LOP. 15-1/4″. Also included are the original steel trap buttplate, a black Decelerator pad, and spare front sight. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains 70 – 80% orig plum blue, silvering on thin edges, and thinning overall. Action retains 85 – 90% of its orig bright blue with numerous scratches and marks. Under lever and breechblock retain most of their orig case hardening color. Stocks retain most of their orig rubbed oil finish, grain slightly raised, checkering re-cut, new pad. Bore is very fine, shiny with strong rifling throughout, slightly frosted at breech end. A very fine big game rifle. 4-48307 MGM18 (7,500-11,500)

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1209
Revised: 10/2/2013

This gun has all the high quality and unique attributes of the work on William Smith of London, and is undoubtedly mostly by him. It has had Smith’s name removed wherever present, and has been re-engraved with the name and information for Joseph Manton, done in an atypical block letter font. This work appears to have been done a very long time ago.

The barrel (SN) however does not match any known Smith numbers, but does coincide with numbers for Joseph Manton in 1816.

Still a very interesting, high quality, shootable, “best period” double flint.

JOSEPH MANTON 18 BORE DOUBLE FLINTLOCK GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 6832. (Ca. 1815) Cal. 18 ga. 28-1/2″ Twist barrels are engraved “JOSEPH MANTONS NEW IMPROVEMENTS BY HIS MAJESTYS PATENTS” on low, concave top rib. Bottoms of bbls have three ramrod pipes; front two are nicely shaped with beaded ends. Bottoms of bbls are marked with London proofs and SN. Inset patent breeches have platinum touch holes with inlaid gold bands at front and rear, with inset gold poincon marked “Joseph Manton Patent”. Breech iron has scroll engraving. Lockplates, with unusually shaped, scrolled, forward tipped waterproof pans, are engraved “Patent 1230” and “Patent 1231”. “Joseph Manton London” is under pans. Lockplates have rebated tails with feather border engraving along with floral motifs. Well filed, high breasted cocks have engraving matching plates. Frizzens are engraved “Manton 1230 Patent” and “Manton 1231 Patent” (matching lockplates). Rollers are on frizzen springs. Trigger plate ends in scroll engraved “pineapple”. Thimble has a more traditional pineapple finial. Trigger guard has some scroll engraving on bow. Streaked European walnut stock measures 14-1/2″ over steel long tang buttplate, with scroll engraving on tang. Checkering is at approx 20 LPI with mullered borders. There is a vacant rectangular silver crest plate at top grip. Bbls attach to stock with side nail through rectangular silver escutcheons. Bore diameter: left -.625, right -.629. Wall thickness: left -.045, right -.050. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 2 oz, LOP 14-1/2″. Mahogany case with brass corners and inlaid shaped rectangular central medallion with D shaped folding carrying handle, has hook closure, and inlet brass key escutcheon. Interior is lined with burgundy velvet, with Joseph Manton’s Davies Street label. Accessories include ebony handled turn screw, 16 bore wad cutter, a leather shot pouch, along with a horn Vaseline jar, and a small glass oil bottle. There is a mahogany lift-out lock tray with ivory knob, with an old elephant hair bracelet in compartment. CONDITION: Good. Bbls retain most of an old re-brown with good definition to pattern. Locks and all furniture are cleaned to silver gray. Engraving remains sharp. Stock has an old oil finish with numerous light marks and great patina. Wood is very slightly below metal. Checkering is worn smooth, but pattern discernible. Locks and frizzens are crisp. Bores are fine, shiny, with some light frosting, and one or two minor pits in right bbl. Case is good, with many marks. Interior cloth is fine with some light stains, and discoloration. Partitions are good. Older label is good. Accessories are good. Wad cutter is somewhat pitted. Bracelet has one broken hair. A light and lively double flint. Consignor states that he has hunted with it on a number of occasions, with some success. 4-48670 MGM135 (10,000-15,000)

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1232
Revised: 10/13/2013

The original factory casing for this gun is included with this lot.

*VERY FINE HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL DELUXE 20 GAUGE GAME GUN. SN 41314. (1997) Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Beautifully struck chopper lump bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland” and “Bruton Street. London.” on tops. Rear portion of concave game rib is engraved “Model Deluxe”. Gun is no. “1” of a pair (number “2” is also in this auction) with “1” gold inlaid on rear of rib, top lever, and forend tip. Bbl flats are stamped with 1997 London nitro proofs. Bottom of rear lump is stamped “H & H NY. NY.” Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN, and fitted with self-opening assist spring. Small coin finished action is nicely filed and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), single non-selective trigger, gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and hand detachable sidelocks. Action and lockplates are engraved with exceptionally well cut, large, shaded, open, scrolled acanthus with strapwork highlights within foliate borders. “Holland & Holland” is in large, scrolled riband on each lockplate. Bottom of action is engraved “Model Deluxe”. Small bow. single beaded trigger guard is also scroll engraved, and has SN gold inlaid at grip. Well marbled, and nicely figured, flesh-toned European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over traditional checkered wood butt, and features diamond grip with point pattern checkering and mullered borders, drop points, and a gold oval on toe line engraved “J. W. H”. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.610, right -.610. Bore restrictions: left -.006 (IC), right -.005 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.036, right -.032. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 5 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, with evidence of much field use. Bbls retain 85 – 90% orig blue, considerably silvered at muzzles, thinning at breech ends, which are also slightly scuffed. Action retains essentially all of its coin finish. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig rubbed oil finish, worn through on sharp edges, and considerably marked and lightly scratched. Bores are excellent. Mechanically crisp. 4-49113 MGM308 (37,500-57,500)

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1241
Revised: 10/21/2013

Additional Information: The 20 ga. gun has an invisible repair at the wrist. The only reason we are aware is the former owner called and informed us of said repair.

*CASED SET OF WESLEY RICHARDS 12 GA. AND 20 GA. SIDELOCK EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUNS WITH EXTRA BARRELS. SN 19176/ 19178. (1963) Cal. 12 ga./ 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 12 ga. bbls are 26″ and 30″, 20 ga. bbls are 26″ and 28″. All bbl sets have matted Churchill game ribs, and are engraved “Westley Richards & Co” and “Birmingham, England” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with 1963 Birmingham nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Case hardened Holland & Holland style full sidelock actions by Brown Brothers (logos on interior of sidelocks) feature H & H style lock detaching pins, non-automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), side clips, hidden third fasteners, gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and gold-plated Miller single selective triggers. (Original double trigger parts and interceptors are in case.) Actions are engraved with cleanly cut, large, open, shaded scroll. “Westley Richards” is on the front of each lockplate. Blued top levers and trigger guards are also scroll engraved. SNs are on trigger guard tangs. Well figured and nicely marbled European walnut straight grip buttstocks measure 15″ over brown leather covered pads, and feature drop points, diamond hands, classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and incised rectangular crest plates on toe lines engraved “W H W”. Matching splinter ejector forends have Anson releases. 12 ga. 26″ bbls: Bore diameter: left-.729, right -.729. Bore restrictions: left -.007 (IC), right -.004 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.023, right -.023. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 15″. 12 ga. 30″ bbls: Bore diameter: left-.729, right -.728. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: left -.027, right -.027. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 15″. 20 ga. 26″ Bbls: Bore diameter: left-.613, right -.613. Bore restrictions: left -.004 (IC), right -.002 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.027, right -.031. Drop at heel: 2-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 15″. 20 ga. 28″ Bbls: Bore diameter: left-.613, right -.613. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.031. Drop at heel: 2-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 6 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 15″. Large, deep, leather motor case with stitched leather corners and two latch closure, is lined in green baize, and has gold embossed, black leather, makers label on lid, has room for both guns with extra bbls, in removable top tray. Case contains three 12 ga, and two 20 ga. Briley choke tubes in plastic holders (two tubes of each gauge are installed in bbls), 2 choke tube wrenches (for 12 ga and 20 ga), two walnut and brass 2-pc cleaning rods with mops, jags, and brushes, envelopes containing removed trigger and interceptor parts, and a pair of Westley Richards marked snap caps for each gun. PROVENANCE: Factory facts with details of these guns. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 95% orig blue (30″ 12 ga bbls re-blued, and retain nearly all of that blue). Actions retain 85 – 90% orig case hardening color, silvering on bottoms, beads, and fences. Lockplates retain nearly all of their orig case hardening color. What appears to be orig blue of trigger guards, is only slightly silvered, as are top lever thumbpieces. Stocks have only a small number of handling marks and rubs in their orig finish, checkering slightly worn. Bores are smooth, bright and shiny. Actions are tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Single triggers work. Along with installation of Miller single triggers, long bbls have been fitted with Briley thin wall chokes, and have had forcing cones lengthened. Leather of case is excellent with only a few minor bumps and rubs. Handle is strong, straps replaced. Interior cloth is excellent, with some compressions from contact with guns and bbls. Accessories are very fine to excellent, showing some rubs. A finely finished, unusual set. Factory records indicate that only six shotguns were produced by Westley Richards in 1963, two pairs and two singles. During this time most of the guns built were sidelocks. 4-47793 MGM29 (40,000-50,000)

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1253
Revised: 9/13/2013

Additional Information: W.C. Scott information letter states total production of 10 ga. Monte Carlo B guns is estimated at less than 100.

*W & C SCOTT MONTE CARLO – B HEAVY GAME OR WATERFOWL GUN. SN 70528. Cal. 10 ga. 2-7/8″ Chambers. 30″ Dovetailed steel bbls with broad, flat, matted rib, engraved “Scott’s Improved Bolt” at breech end, are engraved “W. & C. Scott & Son” “MONTE CARLO B” and “78 Shaftesbury Avenue. London. England” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham nitro proofs for 1-1/2 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN and bottom of right bbl engraved “Special Steel B”. Case hardened sidelock action with rounded bar features automatic safety (SAFE relief engraved), square crossbolt third fastener, Scott patent gas checks, and double triggers. Action is engraved with about 80% coverage cleanly cut medium scroll with near full coverage on fences. Lockplates are engraved with matching scroll and oval vignettes of pigeons in flight, as well as “W & C Scott & Son” at the bottom of each plate. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN at grip. Dense, closely streaked European walnut semi pistol grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over brown “Old English” pad, and features drop points, flat top point pattern checkering, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching short, splinter forend has Scott’s patented pull down lever release. Bore diameter: left-.775, right -.775. Bore restrictions: left -.040 (Full), right -.032 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.044, right -.041. Drop at heel: 2-13/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 10 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbls retain 90 – 95% orig blue, silvered on sharp edges, and thinning at normal carry point. Action and lockplates retain most of their orig case hardening color, quite vivid where protected. Top lever retains most of its blue, silvered on thumbpiece. Trigger guard retains traces of its orig blue. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with numerous light marks and minor dents, checkering slightly worn. Replacement pad needs some cleaning up. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. A well balanced, solid, working ten bore. 4-48693 MGM59 (4,500-6,500)

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1256
Revised: 9/13/2013

Additional Information: W.C. Scott information letter states gun is “Model 146 B Quality”, chambered as a “76 bore” designed for 44 caliber shotshells, and is the first example the firm has encountered.

*SCARCE W. AND C. SCOTT .410 BOXLOCK EJECTOR TARGET GUN. SN 60708. (1898) Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. This very unusual little gun, configured like a pigeon gun, has 28″ dovetailed steel bbls with raised, flat, matted rib, giving single sighting plqne. Tops of bbls are engraved “W & C. Scott & Son 78 Shaftesbury Avenue” and “London England”. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs, and with “76”. Bottom of right bbl is engraved “Special Steel B”. Small boxlock action features automatic safety (SAFE relief engraved), crossbolt third fastener, and double triggers. Action is engraved with well cut medium scroll at about 60% coverage. “W & C. Scott & Son” is in scroll terminated ribands on each side. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN and Scott castle logo at grip. Well fiddle figured and lightly streaked European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/16″ over ribbed hard rubber buttplate, and features unusual Monte Carlo comb, as well as, side panels with drop points, flat top point pattern checkering, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has engraved steel tip, and Deeley release. Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.394 (Mod?), right -.400 (IC?). Wall thickness: left -.038, right -.040. Drop at heel: 2-15/16″, drop at rear of Monte Carlo: 2-1/8″, Drop at comb: 1-1/4″. Weight: 4 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain most of an old re-black, engraving somewhat softened. Action retains traces of orig case hardening color, but is mostly pewter gray. Floorplate and trigger guard retain a considerable amount of their orig blue. Top lever retains most of its blue, silvered at thumbpiece. Stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig finish with numerous marks and scratches commensurate with condition of the rest of gun. Checkering is somewhat worn. Areas on both sides of forend on top near iron, show cracks that have been repaired. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Right ejector does not fire. 4-48692 MGM62 (4,500-6,500)

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1305
Revised: 9/19/2013

Correction: Gun is a 203E, not a 303E. It has a double underlug, not a double underbite as a 303E has. The engraving quality is, however , the type you might find on a 303.

*MERKEL 303E SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER-UNDER GAME GUN. SN 47189. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This fine, top of the line, Suhl made gun has 28″ demi-bloc bbls mounted with nicely matted ventilated rib, marked “Gebruder Merkel” and “Suhl” on left ejector boss. Bottom bbl is stamped with East German nitro proofs, with a proof date of February 1958, along with steel information and SN. Coin finished OU action features automatic safety, double Kersten locking bolt, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, reinforcing bolsters, H & H style lock detaching pin, and double triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved with well cut, attenuated, large, shaded scroll with some floral highlights. Bottom is marked “Gebruder Merkel Suhl”. Sidelocks are decorated with nicely detailed scenes of birds and dog; a trio of ducks erupt from woodland marsh (one hapless member being stooped upon by large hawk or eagle) on right lockplate; with trio of flushing woodcock being pointed by setter in open scrub land on left. Steel trigger guard is scroll engraved to match action. Well figured, and lightly streaked, dense European walnut long capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over checkered wood butt, and features dainty shadow line right hand cheekpiece, sunburst horn grip cap, and point pattern checkering at grip with broad flat mullered borders. Matching three piece ejector forend has Deeley type release. Bore diameter: top -.729, bottom -.727. Bore restrictions: top -.028 (Imod), bottom -.010 (IC). Wall thickness: top-.033, bottom -.030. Drop at heel: 2-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining nearly all its orig finish on wood and metal, with only one or two faint marks in bbl blue. Coin finish slightly toned pleasingly, giving dramatic accent to engraving. Stock has a number of minor marks, one fairly heavy on left side near toe. Checkering darkened, but with little wear. A very fine and unusual Merkel. 4-48315 MGM24 (6,000-8,000)

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1321
Revised: 10/11/2013

Additional Information: Consignor has informed us that the gold inlays on this rifle were executed by noted engraver Alvin White, who did most of the work on Owen’s later guns.

*ENGRAVED AND GOLD INLAID CUSTOM ’03 SPRINGFIELD MARKED R. G. OWEN WITH SCOPE. SN NSN. Cal. 30-06. 21″ Medium weight sporter bbl is engraved “No. 140 R. G. Owen Cal 30-06″ on top, and has 4-1/2″ triangle of well cut, large, open, shaded scroll at breech end, and matching scroll at muzzle, with tendrils surrounding checkered ramp base, fitted with bronze sourdough front sight. Typical ’03 action has had tang re-contoured to a more pleasing shape, and a Redfield one piece scope base has been fitted. Bolt body has been engine turned. A checkered Model 70 style knob has been added. Action has been fitted with Buehler safety. Standard bottom metal has had trigger guard bow thinned to a more pleasing contour. Action, bolt handle, and bottom metal are engraved with scroll which matches the bbl. Scroll on bottom metal surrounds relief gold inlaid game animals suitable to the caliber; with bison head at front, standing grizzly bear in oval vignette on floorplate, and portrait of large pronghorn on trigger guard bow. Very finely marbled European walnut pistol grip stock measures 13-1/2” over Neidner steel buttplate, and features large, shadow line, right hand cheekpiece, engraved grip cap, horn forend tip, sling eyes, classic borderless point pattern checkering which wraps around forestock, and a gold oval on toe line engraved “J. H. N.” Stith Bear Cub 4 X scope with post and crosshair reticle is in Redfield rings. Base and rings are engraved to match rifle. Weight with scope: 8 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 13-1/2″. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining nearly all of its orig custom finishes on both wood and metal, with a number of light handling marks in wood, checkering still light in color. Bore is fine, shiny, lightly frosted in grooves. Action is smooth. Scope optics are clear. 4-49239 MGM289 (6,000-9,000)

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1322
Revised: 10/18/2013

Additional Information: Consignor has informed us that the gold inlays on this rifle were executed by noted engraver Alvin White, who did most of the work on Owen’s later guns.

*ENGRAVED AND GOLD INLAID 1903 SPRINGFIELD, MARKED R. G. OWEN, WITH SCOPE. SN NSN. Cal. 256 Newton. 22″ Medium weight sporter bbl is engraved “R. G. Owen – Newton 256, # 1″ on top, which is engraved with large, open, shaded scroll for 6″ down the bbl at rear, and with matching scroll around ramp front sight base holding gold bead sight. 1903 Springfield action is fitted with Jaeger side mount, and has had tang altered to give more pleasing line. Bolt body has been engine turned and a Model 70 style checkered bolt knob installed, and has been fitted with Buehler safety. Bottom metal has had trigger guard bow nicely re-shaped to a slim line. Action, rear portions of bolt, and bottom metal are engraved with large, open, shaded scroll matching bbl. This scroll on bottom metal surrounds well detailed relief gold inlaid game animals with a moose head on front portion, a pronghorn antelope in oval vignette on floorplate, and a face-on coyote on trigger guard bow. Lightly marbled and figured European walnut stock measures 13-3/8” over Neidner steel buttplate, and features right hand shadow line cheekpiece, engraved steel grip cap, horn forend tip, sling swivel eyes, curved pattern borderless wraparound checkering, and a silver oval on toe line engraved “J. H. N.” Rifle is fitted with an early Leupold 2-1/4 X scope with 8 X extension and aluminum Jaeger single lever side mount engraved to match rifle. Weight with scope: 8 lbs.4 oz. LOP: 13-3/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining nearly all of its custom finishes on wood and metal, with a few light handling marks. Bore is excellent. Action is smooth. Scope optics are clear. 4-49240 MGM288 (6,000-9,000)

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1323
Revised: 10/7/2013

Our description states Ron D’holder was the knife maker and that the knife is signed “D’holder Phoenix, AZ”. The maker is D’Alton Holder not Ron D’holder.

*JOHN BOLLIGER 2001 SCI STATE OF MAINE CUSTOM MODEL 70 WITH SCOPE, KNIFE, AND CASE. SN 6305497. Cal. .300 Win mag. 24″ Light sporter round bbl is engraved “Maine Chapter Safari Club International 2001” on top. Rear boss has rectangular bright areas with gold borders; silver field on right side engraved with John Bolliger’s signature and “Riflemaker”, left field engraved with caliber. Model 70 action, with controlled feed, has been fitted with custom scope bases forming raised square bridge and receiver ring cut to accept Talley type rings. Bolt body has been engine turned and handle straightened, with pear shaped knob added, which is checkered with four teardrop panels and square base panel. Bottom metal is Blackburn type, with hinged floorplate, secured by button release in trigger guard bow. Action, floorplate, trigger guard bow, and sides of scope rings are semi-relief engraved with open flowing acanthus scroll, highlights of which have been polished. Gold wire borders are on floorplate, trigger guard, action tang, and scope rings. A moose head with large rack is relief gold inlaid on center of floorplate. Engravers initials “JD” are at rear of floorplate. Intricately streaked European walnut Signature Series” style stock features swept shadow line right hand cheekpiece, ebony forend tip, black “Old English” rifle pad, and raised oval islands mounting sling eyes. Steel grip cap is engraved to match action. Well cut fleur-di-lis checkering has ribbons through pattern. Swarovski 2.5 – 10 X 42 Habicht scope with duplex reticle is in Talley rings. This fine rifle is accompanied by its custom made fancy walnut presentation case having molded top and tall pedestal feet. Heavy lid is secured by brass piano hinge and retainers at each side. Case is lined in fawn cloth with black laminate label on lid with gold engraving “MAINE CHAPTER” “SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL” “COMMEMORATIVE RIFLE” “2001”. John Bollinger is listed as rifle maker and Ron D’holder as knife maker. A custom knife by him is included in the case. Knife has 4-1/2″ slightly dropped point skinning blade marked “D’holder Phoenix, AZ”. Bolster is of German silver with band of engraving to match rifle. Handle is of birds-eye maple with agate, brass, and antler bands. Case is French fitted for knife, rifle, bolt, square oil bottle, and brass cleaning rod with ebony handle. Weight with scope: 8 lbs 13 oz. CONDITION: Excellent, possibly unfired since making, retaining essentially all of its metal finish, polished areas toning, with some areas of darkening. Wood is excellent with only one or two almost unnoticeable marks. Checkering is clean and bright. Scope is excellent with bright, clear optics. Exterior finish of case has lightened, and slightly lifted. Mitered corners of top are coming apart. Interior cloth is excellent, as are oil bottle and cleaning rod. Knife blade has some areas of light pitting and discoloration (should clean). 4-48689 MGM7 (10,000-15,000)

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1335
Revised: 10/11/2013

Additional Information: Gun is accompanied by a Weatherby Certificate of Authenticity listing the gun’s many custom features as ordered June 11, 1968.

*CLASSIC GERMAN WEATHERBY MARK V “CROWN CUSTOM” RIFLE WITH SCOPE. SN P26943. Cal. .300 Weatherby mag. Standard configuration with 24″ round, light weight bbl is marked with caliber and “Made in W. Germany” at rear. Blued action and bbl are engraved with large attenuated scroll having stippled background. Left side of action is marked with “MARK V” and with patent information, along with “Weatherby”. Bottom metal is gold-plated, engraved to match action and bbl, and has a full relief grizzly bear on center of floorplate. Typical Weatherby style birds-eye maple stock features ebony framed rosewood inlay on right side, white line rosewood grip cap and forend tip, white line open sided brown Weatherby pad, and right hand swept cheekpiece. In place of checkering, grip and forend are relief carved in well done acanthus scroll with stippled background. A gold lozenge engraved with initials “JRE” is surrounded by ebony inlay on bottom of forend. A Weatherby 2-3/4 – 10 X scope with fine crosshair reticle is in engraved QD rings. Weight with scope: 9 lbs. 7 oz. CONDITION: Excellent, possibly unfired, retaining nearly all its orig finish on wood and metal, with one or two small marks, most notably a spot on right side of bbl near muzzle, and a few barely mentionable marks on stock. There is some loss to gold-plating on swivel studs. Gold on bottom metal is excellent. Scope is excellent with clear optics. 4-47792 MGM8 (7,500-12,000)

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1337
Revised: 10/11/2013

Wood has been tested for salt with silver nitrate. Result is negative.

*BELGIAN BROWNING OLYMPIAN GRADE BOLT ACTION .375 H & H MAG RIFLE. SN 55647L69. Cal. .375 H & H. 24″ Bbl. No sights. Standard magnum configuration. Coin finished Model 98 FN action with push feed (short extractor) is engraved with shaded, open, scrolled acanthus. A bull moose is on left side of receiver ring, and bugling elk on right. No engravers signatures are visible. Bottom metal is engraved with matching scroll; a standing grizzly bear is on floorplate, and a puma is on trigger guard bow. Bear is signed by “Cortis” and puma with initials “JB”. Striking full fiddle figured claro walnut stock is fitted with two reinforcing pins, and features large swept Monte Carlo right hand cheekpiece, rosewood grip cap and forend tip with white line spacers, sling eyes, brown open-sided Browning pad. Grip and forend are checkered and carved in fancy pattern. Carving is of acanthus leaves with stippled background. Weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz. LOP: 13-1/2″. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining essentially all of orig finishes on wood and metal, with a few slight handling marks in wood. Checkering and carving is slightly darkened. Mechanically crisp. 4-49042 MGM198 (10,500-12,500)

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1338
Revised: 10/11/2013

Wood has been tested for salt with silver nitrate. Result is negative.

*BROWNING OLYMPIAN GRADE MAUSER RIFLE WITH BOX. SN 7P40067. Cal. .270 Winchester. 22″ Bbl without sights. Standard configuration and markings. Coin finished action has side wall and bridge engraved with semi-relief open shaded scrolled acanthus. Receiver ring is engraved with bull moose on left side and bellowing elk on right. Bottom metal has matching scroll with grizzly bear on trigger guard bow. Floorplate is engraved with portrait of buck mule deer peering out of bracken with birch tree in background. Floorplate and moose on receiver ring is signed by “R. Risack”. Very fine feather crotch figured and dark marbled claro walnut stock with swept right hand Monte Carlo cheekpiece, is fitted with composition Browning buttplate, single reinforcing bolt, sling eyes, and rosewood grip cap and forend tip with white line spacers (grip cap has inset gold diamond). Checkering at grip and forend is framed by well carved relief scrolled acanthus with stippled background. Weight: 7 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. Rifle is accompanied by its orig black and gold box with end label marked for this rifle, which contains instruction booklet. CONDITION: Excellent. Metal parts retain essentially all of their fine finishes. Stock retains essentially all of a high gloss finish with some slight crazing and lifting of finish on left side near grip cap. Checkering is slightly worn and dark. Bore is excellent. Bolt runway shows some slight marks. Box is very fine, with some new tape reinforcements at corners. Label is light brown and covered with tape. Interior foam has some small breaks and light soiling. Instruction booklet envelope is somewhat tattered. 4-49165 MGM249 (8,000-12,000)

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1339
Revised: 10/11/2013

Wood has been tested for salt with silver nitrate. Result is negative.

*BELGIAN BROWNING OLYMPIAN GRADE BOLT ACTION RIFLE. SN 8P48392. Cal. 30-06. 22″ Bbl, no sights. Standard configuration. Coin finished large ring FN Mauser action is semi-relief engraved with large, flowing scroll and acanthus. Receiver ring is engraved with bellowing elk on left, and prancing pronghorn on right, both are both signed “F Marechal” at bottom. Scroll extends 2″ down side of bbl. Bottom metal is more finely engraved with matching scroll, with portrait of mule deer on floorplate, and large bear on trigger guard bow. Engravers initials “LA” are at bottom of deer scene. Flame figured American walnut stock features large Monte Carlo right hand cheekpiece, rosewood grip cap and forend tip with white line spacers, as well as fancy border checkering with acanthus carving. Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining nearly all orig factory finishes with some light handling marks. Checkering and carving are beginning to darken. Mechanically crisp. 4-49043 MGM197 (8,500-12,500)

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1340
Revised: 10/11/2013

Wood has been tested for salt with silver nitrate. Result is negative.

*BROWNING OLYMPIAN BOLT ACTION RIFLE. SN 5P32390. Cal. .308 Win. 22″ Lightweight bbl, small ring mauser action, no sights, is marked with “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY” on left rear, and with caliber, SN, and “MADE IN BELGIUM” on right. Coin finished action is engraved on left side and bridge with deep, open, scrolled acanthus with stippled background. Left side of receiver ring portrays running pronghorn with cacti in foreground, and open prairie behind. Right side depicts grazing mule deer buck in hilly landscape. Both scenes are signed “A Marechal” at bottoms. Bottom metal with matching scroll, depicts puma climbing out of bare tree on floorplate, and with billy mountain goat on trigger guard bow. Puma scene is signed “R. Risack” at bottom. Flame figured American walnut stock features Monte Carlo swept right hand cheekpiece, rosewood grip cap and forend tip with white lines, and a Browning composition buttplate. Fancy checkering is surrounded by relief carved scrolled acanthus on grip and forend. Weight: 7 lbs. 3 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, with only one or two faint scuffs and light marks in wood finish. Checkering is slightly darkened. 4-49122 MGM208 (7,000-10,000)

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1402
Revised: 9/19/2013

Additional Information: Forearm is a later Hunter Arms forearm, probably a factory replacement.

FINE AND RARE L. C. SMITH SYRACUSE QUALITY FOUR HAMMERLESS. SN 18415. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Bbls with broad, concave, matted rib are engraved “L. C. SMITH MAKER SYRACUSE N.Y.” and “STEEL DAMASCUS” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with SN and grade; bottoms of bbls with “XX”. Case hardened action with L. C. Smith rotary bolt, has deeply scallop-carved fences, and is engraved with flourishes of well cut scroll, with geometric embellishment on well filed beads. Lockplates have scroll at front, top, and rear, with very fine detailed vignettes of game birds at center of each plate; a woodcock with woodland background and another woodcock falling from sky surrounded by a few floating feathers is on left. Right side depicts what appears to be a grouse perched on high bank, with another grouse flying in background. “L. C. Smith” is on front of each lockplate. Trigger guard has semi-relief oval vignette of setter on bow, and SN on tang. Classically marbled and lightly stump figured European walnut capped “Prince of Wales” grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over old leather faced open sided pad. A vacant gold shield is on toe line. Drop points are behind side panels. A checkered hard rubber cap is on grip, and checkering is of multi-point pattern with line border. Matching splinter forend has dogs head central medallion and inlet triangular ebony tip. Bore diameter: left-.748, right -.740. Bore restrictions: left -.021 (Mod), right -.020 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.039, right -.043. Drop at heel: 2-3/4″, drop at comb: 1-3/4″. Weight: 8 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain 75 – 80% orig Damascus finish, most loss due to cleaning on sides of right bbl, and normal carry wear. Action retains 50 – 60% muted orig case hardening color. Lockplates retain 90 – 95% stronger colors. Blue is quite strong on forend iron, and only traces of orig blue are on trigger guard. Stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig finish, grain slightly raised, and with a number of light marks and scratches, as would be expected from condition of remainder of gun. Bores are very fine, lightly frosted. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. 4-49298 MGM226 (6,000-8,000)

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1426
Revised: 10/2/2013

There is a hairline crack in wood on grip.

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*NFA EXEMPT EXCEPTIONALLY FINE CONDITION MODEL B ITHACA AUTO & BURGLAR GUN WITH HOLSTER. SN 436667. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 10-1/4″ Bbls are built on NID action with pin type cocking indicators and automatic safety. This high original condition gun is marked “SMOKELESS POWDER STEEL” and “MADE IN THE USA” on tops of bbls. Correct markings and SN are on bbl flats and water table. Sides of action with typical rolled-on dog and Ithaca Gun Co address, are also marked “Auto & Burglar Gun”. Type B stock with square profile has checkered grip, laminated and pinned for extra strength. Short forend has typical Deeley type release. Gun is accompanied by its orig flap holster embossed “Auto & Burglar Gun” “MADE BY ITHACA GUN CO. ITHACA N.Y.” Holster has belt loop and two riveted-on heavy leather loops holding 1-1/2″ diameter japanned rings. PROVENANCE: Letter from U S Dept of Justice, BATF, removing this particular Ithaca Auto & Burglar Model B from the provisions of the NFA, and further, designating it a “Curio or Relic”. It still remains a “firearm.” CONDITION: Excellent, near new, possibly unfired, retaining essentially all its orig factory finish, except for slight silvering of right fences and rear of bbls, as well as some silvering at muzzles from holster wear. Mechanically crisp. Leather of holster is beginning to darken, with some top grain lifting at hinge of flap, and toward muzzle end. Muzzle plug is detached and leather deteriorated around stitching. Front of holster is plugged with an old sock. 4-48301 MGM312 (3,000-5,000)

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1435
Revised: 10/2/2013

Additional information: Since initial preparation of the catalog description, we have learned that this fine GHE .410 had been shipped to Turnbull Mfg sometime in the mid-1990’s. However their records do not indicate what service was performed.

Additional Information: Fabulous news on this lot! It was discovered that the frame size is a rare and farmore desirable 00 frame size, not the 000 as noted in the catalog.

*EXCEPTIONAL PARKER GHE .410 WITH SHIPPING BOX AND HANG TAGS. SN 231691. Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. 000 Frame. 28″ Bbls are marked on top rib “Parker Bros. Makers. Meriden. CT. U.S.A. Parker Spec. Steel”. Rib is fitted with two ivory beads. Bbl flats are stamped with Parker Overload proofs, “PS” in a circle, and with unfinished weight. SN is on left side of lump. “.410” and frame size are on bottom of rear lump. Case hardened action has typical “G” engraving of pairs of birds inside ovals on sides and circle, trigger plate, and features automatic safety and double triggers. Stump figured American walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over Parker dogs head buttplate without spur. Typical “GH” checkering is at grip with inlet German silver shield on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has typical steel tip, and release. Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.396, right -.395. Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.030. Drop at heel: 2-3/4″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. What appears to be orig cardboard shipping box has Parker gun Meriden CT label on one end, with all the particulars of this gun, including bbl length, drop, LOP, and pellet count, which matches that on hang tags. Box contains old brown waxed paper, some corrugated cardboard, and bottom is lined with Jan. 25, 1931 pages of Sunday News with advertisements for Macy’s midwinter sale and headline indicating Tom Mix loses $90,000.00 damage suit. Box was originally sealed with two bands of paper tape, which are still in place. PROVENANCE: Letter from Parker, saying no records exist. Hang tags. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig blue. Action retains nearly all of its case hardening color, with silvering on sharp edges, and evidence of light cleaning on left front. Forend latch is mostly silver. Stocks retain essentially all of a rubbed varnish finish, grain slightly open. Buttplate is slightly proud of wood. Finish has a few minor marks. Bores are excellent. Mechanically crisp. Hang tags are creased. Green tag is slightly tattered. Box is excellent, slightly rubbed. Label is excellent with some slight foxing and edges picked up. An exceptionally rare small bore Parker. THE PARKER STORY lists only one GH .410 with 28″ bbls . This gun is from a block of approx 2000 guns missing from ledger pages, so would not be included in THE PARKER STORY tabulation. 4-48297 MGM116 (45,000-65,000)

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1445
Revised: 10/2/2013

We have just received a Parker gun Collector’s Association letter and discovered some extremely interesting and potentially valuable information relating to this specific gun. In some ways this gun is connected to Lot #1439. Lot #1439 was the Parker 20 ga. DHE 32 inch barrel gun made for R.F. Cross who owned Cross Hardware Store and was President of the Widgeon Duck Club. Not only did Mr. Cross order his gun in this very special and rare configuration but in a letter dated 1954, Mr. Warren Page relates that he could remember of only 8 guns in this configuration made for this special duck club that were ordered through Cross Hardware and it has long been thought that this was the total number of guns ordered for this duck club. The fact that this gun per the Parker letter was ordered through Cross Hardware and ordered with the exact configuration and just a short while after Mr. Cross ordered his, indicates that this was another example made for another member of the Widgeon duck hunting club. And is yet one more example of these very rare and unique guns ordered specifically for the Widgeon Duck Club.

*UNUSUAL 20 GAUGE PARKER DHE WITH 32″ BARRELS. SN 160273. Cal. 20 ga. 3″ Chambers. No. 1 frame. Conforming to all specifications in PARKER IDENTIFICATION & SERIALIZATION ledger, this gun has 32″ bbls marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN, CONN. TITANIC STEEL” on concave, matted rib. Bbl flats and water table have all correct markings. Typical action is engraved with large scroll framing pointer on left and setter on right. “PARKER BROS” is in ribands on both sides. Trigger plate portrays four ducks flushing from marsh. Action features automatic safety and double triggers. SN is at grip of engraved steel trigger guard. Lightly figured and marbled European walnut Parker capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14″ over old Silver pad. A large vacant silver oval is on toe line, with standard point pattern checkering at grip, and typical “D” grade lozenge shaped drop points behind side panels. Matching splinter ejector forend has typical Parker release. Bore diameter: left-.620, right -.618. Bore restrictions: left -.023 (I Mod), right -.013 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.027, right -.029. Drop at heel: 3″, drop at comb: 1-3/4″. Weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 14″. PROVENANCE: Hang tag and old “directions” tag. CONDITION: Fine, as partially refinished. Bbls retain a good quality satin re-blue, with a couple of spots. Action is mostly gray brown with traces of color in protected areas. Stocks retain nearly all of an older oil finish over numerous light marks. Pad appears to be orig, petrified and re-shaped. Checkering re-cut. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny, with a couple of light pits in right bbl. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. 4-49370 MGM283 (10,000-15,000)

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1446
Revised: 10/2/2013

Please note as can be seen in the illustration this is a double trigger gun.

*AS FOUND, LATE PARKER DHE. SN 241050. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″Chambers. 1-1/2 Frame. 26″ Bbls, unmarked on rib, have correct markings and proofs on bbl flats. Case hardened action has correct marks on water table. It is fitted with automatic safety, nickel-plated single trigger, and has standard late engraving with well cut scroll framing dogs on each side and a “bouquet” of pheasants on trigger plate. “Parker” is on bottom of action. Nicely flame figured American walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over skeleton butt with standard “D” drop points, checkering, and silver oval on toe line. Gun is fitted with standard splinter ejector forend. Bore diameter: left-.729, right -.729. Bore restrictions: left -.021 (Mod), right -.012 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.024, right -.028. Drop at heel: 3-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain approx 80% orig blue, with a number of minor marks, somewhat browned. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, strong where protected, silvered to gray brown on bottom, silvered on fences. Trigger guard is almost entirely brown. Stocks retain most of their orig varnish finish, dark where worn through at grip, on side panels, comb, and forend. Checkering is slightly worn, and has not been re-cut. Bores are excellent. Action has a hint of looseness, and is slightly off face. Ejectors are in time. 4-48970 MGM126 (4,000-6,000)

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1452
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: The estimate is a typographical error. The estimate is 20,000-30,000.

*PARKER .410 A 1 SPECIAL UPGRADE. SN 239248. Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. 000 Frame. 26″ Bbls are marked with Parker name and address, as well as “Whitworth Steel” on raised, concave, matted rib. There are 3″ triangles of large scroll engraving at breech ends of bbls. Bbl flats and water table retain orig DHE markings. Action upgraded with addition of SAFE inlaid in gold, 3 beads filed into fences, gold-plating of Parker single selective trigger, and “Parker Bros” gold inlaid on bottom of action, which has also been engraved with near full coverage large, shaded, open scroll having floral highlights within geometric borders. New straight grip stock of beautifully figured and marbled European walnut measures 14-1/4″ over skeleton butt. Side panels are embellished with fleur-di-lis in stippled background, and have fleur-di-lis drop points. Borderless checkering at grip is of fancy pattern. Matching splinter ejector forend has fleur-di-lis in checkering pattern. Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.399, right -.396. Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.026. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. CONDITION: Excellent, as completely refurbished. Metal parts retain essentially all of their custom finishes. Stocks have a few minor marks in their gloss finish, mostly at left nose of comb on buttstock. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. A fine handling little gun. 4-48972 MGM110 (20,000-30,000)

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1461
Revised: 10/11/2013

There is a small chip in the semi-pistol grip.

*PARKER .410 VH BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED BY DOUG TURNBULL. SN 226161. Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. 000 Frame. 26″ Bbls. This lovely little gun with all correct markings and specifications as outlined in PARKER GUN IDENTIFICATION & SERIALIZATION ledger, including ball grip, and Parkers dogs head buttplate, has had all of its orig finishes and engraving completely and competently restored. Gun features automatic safety and double triggers, along with splinter forend. Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.396, right -.396. Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.038. Drop at heel: 2-3/4″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, as restored, with only a few subsequent light handling marks. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. 4-49101 MGM292 (10,000-15,000)

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2010
Revised: 10/2/2013

Caliber is 44 RF Henry not 41 RF Henry.

RARE COLT OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 3215. Cal 41 RF Henry. Blue finish with 7 1/2″ rd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Rear sight is integral with top rear of bbl. Right side of the bbl lug has an attached ejector with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Cylinder is unfluted and straight sighted with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and rectangular stop notches without approaches. Left side of the frame has the 2-line 1871 and 1872 patent dates. The blued steel trigger guard and backstrap contain a smooth 1-pc walnut grip. Firing pin is attached to the hammer nose on the left side and secured with 2 rivets. Loading gate is in the right recoil shield with exposed spring. These revolvers were Colt’s first truly successful attempt at a large bore cartridge revolver which were readily accepted by the American buying public and were immediately placed into service on the American Frontier. There were only about 7,000 of them produced in the 1871-1872 period and were supplanted by Colt’s Single Action Army revolver. A very large number of these revolvers found their way to Mexico and other South and Central American countries where they remained in service many years along side the Henry and Winchester Model 1866 rifles and carbines. Large numbers of these revolvers had their bbls reduced during their period of service outside of the US and nearly always are found in a poor state of repair. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge and grip which are properly unnumbered. Traces of orig finish remain on the bbl lug and frame with stronger amounts of blue on the trigger guard and backstrap. The cylinder and balance of the metal is a smooth, even plum brown patina. Grip has slightly chipped toes and shows heavy wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with heavy pitting. 4-48910 JR45 (7,000-12,000)

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2037
Revised: 10/7/2013

The serial number was omitted from the catalog description. The SN is 122385.

VERY RARE AUTHENTICATED COLT SHERIFFS MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal .44 WCF (44-40). Blue color case hardened with 4″ bbl made without ejector housing. Front sight is altered slightly, having been thinned. Small 2-line address and left side has the full, legible etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Bottom of bbl is marked with a tiny “44” under the base pin. Frame is considered a “made as” frame, not converted from a frame with ejector housing. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip that has last four digits of matching serial number in the backstrap channel. Hammer is correct style with long, coarse checkered panel and all visible numbers are matching. Rear face of cylinder is marked with an “I” inspector mark and hammer slot of the frame is marked with a “p”. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal 44-40 with 4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stock not listed and shipped to “A. G. Spearth”, Astoria, OR on October 20, 1887 in a two gun shipment. Also accompanied by a 4-page letter from renowned Colt historian, author, Ron Graham, and someone who is considered to be one of the most knowledgeable experts regarding the Colt Single Action Army Sheriffs Model revolvers. Mr. Graham gives a brief history of the Sheriffs Model revolvers and states that the person named in the records, to whom the revolver was shipped “A.G. Spearth” has another spelling in the records as “Spexart”. Mr. Graham also states that there are only 5 surviving examples of Sheriffs Model Single Actions with etched panel bbls that were discovered during his 35 years of extensive research for his books. He states that the total production will never be known because so many of those revolvers were subjected to such hard service, under extreme conditions which erased the shallow etched panels. His research confirmed the production of at least 426 ejectorless Single Action revolvers but is definitely not a total production number. He states that his research has concluded that about 23% of Sheriffs Model revolvers were chambered for the 44-40 cartridge and that extrapolation of the figures show that there were probably only about 75 which had etched panels. He also states that this revolver is factory orig and that all characteristics found on this revolver are correct for its 1887 production period. He recants that conversation between Mr. Graham and well known Sheriffs Model collector and authority, John Irwin, disclosed that Mr. Graham had never previously seen a complete etched panel on a Sheriffs Model revolver until this one and that Mr. Irwin had never seen or heard of a complete panel on a Sheriffs Model revolver. Also, Mr. Irwin believes that the person or company to whom this revolver was shipped was probably “A. G. Spalding & Bros”. Also accompanying is a sheet of combined research from Mr. Graham and Mr. Irwin as of Dec 1986, which shows that as of that date there were 428 authenticated Sheriffs Model serial numbers that had been documented and that there were 124 Sheriffs Model revolvers still in existence. The list also shows that the lowest know “made as” frame is this revolver. All of this information combines to make this one of the most rare Single Actions and also one of the most rare of Sheriffs Model revolvers. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 50% orig blue with the balance mostly turned to a plummy patina with holster wear on left side at the muzzle. Frame and hammer retain traces of faded case color in the most sheltered areas being mostly a silver gray patina. Cylinder retains about 50% thin orig blue on the outer diameter, strong in the flutes. Rear face in the cylinder retains strong orig blue. Backstrap and trigger guard retain traces of orig blue and plummy patina with front and backstraps grey patina. Buttstrap has some scratched initial that may be “MV”. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear, a few nicks and scratches and retains 75-80% orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with good shine and a few scatters spots of light pitting. Has been fired but not a lot, mostly just handled and carried. This is a true exceptional Single Action in great orig condition. 4-49415 JR309 (37,500-57,500)

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2040
Revised: 10/12/2013

Please Note: This spectacular and rare Colt revolver is illustrated in the book “Colt Engravings” by R.L. Wilson on page 396. It is also illustrated in “A Study of the Colt SA Revolver” by Graham Kopec Moore and can be found on page 105.

It was previously in the esteemed Robert Peterson Collection of magnificent firearms and before that in the renowned Collection of iconic collector, John Peck.*ULTRA RARE & SPECTACULAR PRESENTATION GLAHN ENGRAVED GOLD PLATED SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 354396. Cal. 38-40. Extraordinarily rare single action with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 2-line address on top which is slightly off-center and the usual bbl marking & caliber on left side. Frame has 2-line 3-patent dates with rampant Colt in a partial circle. Fitted with rampant Colt medallion pearl grips which have a carved ox head on right side and the inscribed initials “ALS” on left side. The bbl has an engraved presentation which accounts for the offset address, which reads “To Arthur / from a Grateful County”. The balance of the revolver, sides of bbl, ejector rod housing, cylinder, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are typically Glahn engraved with some of his very finest work consisting of foliate & floral patterns with an extremely fine punch dot background. Top strap has intertwined leaves & vines and back strap has acanthus leaves. Cylinder is, unusually, fully engraved except for the flutes. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver as found and showing that it was sold to Kleins Hardware, address unavailable and shipped to the George Worthington Co., Cleveland, Ohio, May 2, 1931 to order #19866/1 in a shipment of one revolver. Also accompanied by a fine tooled Heiser belt & holster rig; tooled in Heiser’s trademark style of leaves & blossoms, buckstitch lacing on the holster which has a sewn-in plug and has Deputy Stuckert’s initials near the right end of the decorations. His initials are also on front of the holster near the top. This revolver, lest we lose sight of an important aspect of its existence, was presented to a 33-year old deputy sheriff, Arthur L. Stuckert, by the citizens of Bucyrus Township, Crawford County, Ohio, for his heroic service in the line of duty. Accompanied by copies of several newspaper articles primarily from the Bucyrus, Ohio, Telegraph-Forum regarding the presentation of this revolver to Deputy Sheriff Arthur Stuckert for his bravery and services on January 23, 1931 when his sheriff was killed in an attempted arrest of a chicken thief. Apparently Deputy Stuckert, upon hearing the shot that killed the sheriff, rushed into the house and kept assailants at bay until the sheriff could be removed. He died shortly thereafter. One of the articles dated May 22, 1931 details the presentation along with the photograph of the revolver itself. Another copy of a page of a newspaper is a thank you letter from Deputy Stuckert for the “beautiful gun, and holster”. This note also has a picture of the gun. Additionally accompanied by copies of pp. 45-48 of the Winter 2007 The Rampant Colt magazine which is an article by Corky Ullom, dealing with gold plated engraved & gold inlaid Colts. He states that there are only a total of twelve gold engraved Colt single actions of the total 357,859 single actions manufactured in the first generation and only one of them was in 38-40 caliber, making this one of the most extraordinarily rare Colt single action revolvers extant. Additionally accompanied by a 3-1/2 page hand written letter from noted Colt authority, Ron Graham, authenticating the originality of this fabulous revolver. Mr. Graham states that it is one of only three and possibly a fourth known in nearly 50 years of research. Additionally accompanied by a fine Arno Werner blue leather covered case embossed in gold on the lid and lined on the inside with gold embossed satin inside the lid and blue velvet in the bottom, French fitted for the revolver. It also has another gold embossed blue leather patch inside the front cover. Deputy Stuckert served in WWI with honor and died Jan. 21, 1971 at age 71. Certainly additional research should be able to provide additional history regarding Deputy Stuckert. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains 92-94% strong orig gold plating with some thinning to the silver underplating in the area of the bbl address & presentation, over the top strap, back strap & butt strap with some additional thinning in trigger guard. Front strap retains about 20% silver with balance gray metal. It has been fired and shows slight burn on cylinder face but only a little and there is still gold plating in the bore. Is not solid at half cock, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Belt & holster rig are slightly dry with the holster lining worn & torn but completely solid & usable. Box is as new. 4-48712 JR68 (100,000-150,000)

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2100
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: Catalog estimate should read 6,000-7,000.

SCARCE COLT MOD. EL 1877 LIGHTNING SHERIFF’S MODEL DA REVOLVER. SN 23536. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 2-1/2″ bbl. Half moon on front sight and 2-line address with etched panel “COLT D.A. 38″ on the left side. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and it is mounted with 2-piece Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Left rear web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Cylinder is usual 6 shots with long flutes. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter that identifies this revolver in 38 cal. with 2-1/2” bbl, nickel finish and rubber grips, shipped to Hartley & Graham, NY, NY on March 1, 1880 in a 75-gun shipment. Lightning revolvers are not terribly uncommon but Sheriff model configuration is quite scarce and those with etched panels are rare. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its strong orig nickel finish and most of the blue on the screws. Grips are sound and show light diamond point wear. Mechanics are fine. Bright, shiny bore. 4-49411 JR303 (6,000-7,000)

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2114
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: The photo in the catalog contains the wrong tin. The correct and original tin to this set is photographed online and will be sold with the gun.

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE EARLY CASED COLT HARTFORD-LONDON 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 3. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and ultra rare hand engraved left hand address “SAML COLT, LONDON.” Left side of frame is hand engraved “COLT’S PATENT”. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels surrounding the SN. Left side of frame & cyl have English proofs. The hammer is, most unusually, matching numbered on the right side. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain an extremely rare, varnished deluxe burl walnut 2-pc grip with blued steel escutcheons and a steel transverse screw. Accompanied by an orig, rare, burgundy velvet lined English oak casing with empty medallion in the lid, a rnd lock escutcheon on the front with swinging latches. Interior is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a fine Barlow bag flask with adjustable spout graduated 3/4, 7/8 and 1 dram, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked with an “H” on right side, a lacquered tin of Eleys caps with repoussed brass medallion on top and marked on right side “NO.26”, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a pewter oil bottle and a full sealed tin of orange label Eley Bros. caps. Covered right rear compartment contains bullets & balls. Also accompanied by two letters dated July & August 2002 from renowned Colt historian & author, Joseph G. Rosa, wherein he discusses this revolver and its extreme rarity and that only a very few are known with the engraved bbl address and frame marking as well as the extremely rare 2-pc grip. Additionally accompanied by a 3-page letter from renowned Colt researcher, historian & author, R.L. Wilson, wherein he states that this revolver is “one of the rarest of percussion Colt revolvers”. He also comments that only a handful of 3rd Model Hartford English Dragoon revolvers used the grip escutcheons with transverse grip screw that “This likely reflects a concern that the one-piece grips might not hold up under the stress of a four pound two ounce revolver, particularly with recoil of firing.” He also states that this is the second lowest numbered Hartford English Dragoon known. According to the records of Pete Holder, firearms dealer/collector, who has surveyed 235 of the 700 (more than 33%) Colt Hartford-London Dragoons production, only three revolvers (#2, #3 and #125) have the hand engraved “SAML COLT, LONDON” address and also that only three revolvers (#2, #3 and #125) are known with the grip escutcheon. Also Pete Holder states that serial number 3 is the second lowest number known because he found serial number 2 in England more than twenty years ago. PROVENANCE: Dr. John M. Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue mixed with flaked areas that are a medium patina; rammer & handle retain dark case colors; frame retains faded case colors, turning silver, stronger on the right side; hammer also retains faded case colors with pitting around the nose; cyl is a medium to dark patina with a ding near the front edge and scattered pin prick pitting and shows 60-70% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with both panels completely legible; trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their strong orig silver finish with only slight wear at the heel. Grip has a series of bruises on left side at the frame with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its deluxe varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case lid is slightly shrunken and overall has light handling & storage nicks & scratches with some staining on the lid and retains about 80% orig varnish; inside the lid is heavily faded with light soil; bottom is moderately to heavily faded with moderate soil; flask is extremely fine with bright brass & bright blue spring; mold is lightly nicked & dinged with bright blue remaining on the sprue cutter; other accessories are very fine. 4-46455 (40,000-70,000)

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2118
Revised: 10/7/2013

Tiny piece of wood missing at tip of left toe of the butt.

COMMERCIAL COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 8851. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The squareback brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a very nicely figured 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels on each side of the SN. Cylinder has three partially serviceable safety pins. Although the frame is “U.S.” marked and various parts have small inspector initials, the grip is without cartouches and it appears that this was a commercial Dragoon assembled from contract overrun parts. The 2nd Model Dragoon was produced only during 1850-1851 with only about 2,700 manufactured in that period. Of that small number 1,000 were on contract to the government. Colt, anticipating larger orders, produced parts to make the additional 1,700 revolvers, most of which were inspected at the plant but when the contracts from the government did not materialize he simply had them assembled into revolvers and sold them on the commercial market. Regardless of where they were sold these revolvers saw hard frontier service which continued through the Civil War and remained in service well into the 1870s. This most rare of Dragoons is rarely found today with any orig finish with most having seen very hard use. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except wedge which is numbered “9216”. All the steel parts retain a cleaned gray metal patina with scattered discoloration and some very fine pitting on right side of bbl; cyl is matching patina with scattered spots of fine pitting and shows 75-80% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with crisp clear panels; grip frame is a cleaned medium mustard patina. Grip shows moderate wear with a handworn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few small spots of pitting. 4-48805 JR376 (10,000-15,000)

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2155
Revised: 10/4/2013

Gun has an additional R.L. Wilson letter that is not listed in the provenance.

US HISTORICAL SOCIETY SECOND MODEL FACTORY ENGRAVED DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 4234. This is a beautiful and pristine Commemorative of a Second Model Colt Dragoon that was put on display at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. The Second Model Dragoon is of greater rarity than either the First or Third Models. And to find an engraved one is almost an impossibility. This gun exhibits panel scene of “double eagles” (US Historical Society official logo) on left side of frame and the wonderful scroll engraving typical of early Colt revolvers. This gun is marked on the top bbl flat “US HISTORICAL SOCIETY RICHMOND VA” and on left side of bbl “THE ROYAL ARMORIES-H.M. TOWER OF LONDON”. These guns were orig sold by subscription for $2250 in 1989. In a unique historical joint project, The Royal Armouries H.M. Tower of London authorized United States Historical Society in 1989 to produce and issue “The Royal Armouries Colonel Samuel Colt Dragoon” as a limited edition commemorative. Because of the scarce vine style engraving, the U.S. Historical Society requested the use of Michael’s revolver. In another letter from Mr. R.L. Wilson, Chairman at that time of the Antique Arms Committee, he states, “This is to express the thanks of the U.S. Historical Society, and myself, for the loan of your Second Model Dragoon, with its fine early vine style factory engraving, NO. 9646. The engraving of the Society prototype revolver has been completed by Alvin White- the results were superb!” No one can dispute that this is truly a remarkable revolver with an undeniable history, comparable in stature to only two other Engraved Second Model Dragoons that were owned by English Royalty. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection CONDITION: Gun is like new retaining virtually all of its orig finish with bright case colors, silver plating, and brilliant bright blue. Gun is mechanically perfect with shiny crisp bore. 4-49712 (1,000-2,000)

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2169
Revised: 9/25/2013

Provenance should state: Michael Leff Estate Collection. (correct in online description)

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 6410. Cal .38RF. Blue and color case hardened with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of frame has tiny engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow shape. Mounted with orig Colt 1-pc ivory grip in its silver-plated brass grip frame. Cylinder is rebated and usual 5 shots with factory conversion, without loading gate in the recoil shield. Hammer nose has factory rimfire conversion secured with 2 rivets. Revolver is very nicely engraved in late vine style with about full coverage on frame which extends over bbl lug and top flats. Backstrap is engraved to match with fine fan pattern at top and sunbursts on each ear. Accompanied by an orig mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a 2-pc box of Winchester Stetson’s patent .38 short rimfire cartridges and a lacquered cap tin. Orig engraved examples of this model are very rare. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. All matching except grip which is not numbered and wedge which is numbered “2591”. Bbl retains about 60% thinning orig blue with scattered light surface rust and a few small nicks. Frame retains 60-70% orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about 60-70% thinning silver-plate. Cylinder retains strong blue in the rebated area and shows about 80% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Grip is sound showing light wear and retains fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. Case is sound showing light handling and storage marks. Interior is re-lined and lightly faded with light soil. Cartridge box is good and cartridges are heavily oxidized. 4-49639 JR4 (4,000-7,000)

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2170
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: The full serial number is 41384, not 4134 as listed in the catalog.

EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 4134. Cal. 38CF. Blue and color case hardened with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl. Brass pin front sight and one line New-York U.S. America address. Cylinder is usual 5 shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Frame has a loading gate with external spring in the right recoil shield and the firing pin is secured in the hammer nose with two rivets. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a deluxe burl walnut 1-pc grip with #3375 in the back strap channel which corresponds to the SN 43375 on the buttstrap. Revolver is engraved in late vine style probably by Gustave Young with engraved “COLTS PATENT” on the left side of the frame. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf head on each side of the nose and fish scale patterns on the spur and top edge. Matching engraving patterns extend up both sides of the bbl with different style patterns on the backstrap and buttstrap. SN on all of the other major parts of the revolver is 41384, while the backstrap/buttstrap is numbered as noted above and the wedge is numbered 38888. Small letters I.E. are adjacent to the SN’s on the bbl lug, frame and trigger guard indicating ivory grip and engraved which was so marked to indicate to the factory workers that this revolver’s parts were to receive extra polish. The buttstrap SN has an adjacent “E”. Accompanied by a beautiful, orig, purple velvet lined rosewood casing with empty plaque in the lid. Interior is French fitted in the bottom for the revolver and an empty space for a box of cartridges. Also accompanied by a 1 page letter from renowned Colt historian and author R.L. Wilson, wherein he states that this revolver was apparently sold by famous dealer Arnold M. Chernoff to famous collector John B. Solley III in June 1975. He quotes Mr. Chernoff’s letter “As you know, very few of these conversions were engraved and the ones that were, were mostly nickel plated. I only know of three or four guns of this model that were engraved and blued and case hardened”. Mr. Wilson explains that the mismatched numbers are simply end of production clean up of parts. Although there are mismatched parts it is this catalogers opinion that Mr. Wilson is correct with his statement regarding the numbers and that no special significance should be attached to this fact. Mr. Wilson additionally addresses the disparity in the engraving patterns stating that the mix of engraving patterns is from the factory and again relates to the clean up of left over parts. Regardless this is a truly rare Colt in superb condition. PROVENANCE: Arnold M. Chernoff Collection; John B. Solley III Collection; Jack Malloy Collection. Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. The frame and hammer retain virtually all of their bright, orig case colors. Cylinder retains thin blue in the rebated area with the major diameter a blue grey patina which shows about 75% stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap contain virtually all of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound with a few minor nicks and scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Strong sharp bore with scattered pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid otherwise is sound and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded and soiled inside the lid with severe fading and light damage in the revolver recess, moderately faded and soiled elsewhere. 4-49650 JR17 (15,000-25,000)

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2171
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: This IS a modern gun!

*RARE ENGRAVED COLT POLICE POSITIVE D.A. REVOLVER. SN 66531. Cal. 38 Spcl. Gold finish with 4″ bbl, half moon front sight and grooved top strap rear sight. Mounted with 2-pc deep left & right hand rampant Colt gold medallions. Revolver is beautifully engraved from the Cuno Helfrecht shop, probably by the master himself, in foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background. Matching patterns extend over both sides of the bbl and it has leaf & vine patterns on the top strap with snake & dot patterns and a sunburst around the hammer slot. Sides of the frame are engraved in diamond & dot patterns with geometric patterns down the backstrap on the buttstrap, trigger guard and front of the frame. Side plate is engraved with the rampant Colt and stylized “C” along with a small oval engraved with the initials “JRW”. Cylinder is engraved in Mr. Helfrecht’s distinguished style of alternating foliate arabesque and geometric patterns on the lands between the flutes and a snake pattern around the rear edge. Screws are all gold plated. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 38 Special with 4″ bbl, gold finish, pearl stocks, factory engraved with “J.R.W.” on side plate. Shipped to Shelton-Payne Arms Co, El Paso, TX on Oct 21, 1912 in a 2 gun shipment. Police Positive revolvers were produced in fairly large numbers however very few are known engraved and of those this may be the only one with gold plating. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: New and unfired, retaining 99% plus strong orig gold plating with only the hint of a drag line on the cylinder. Grips are crisp with great fire and color. 4-49705 (10,000-15,000)

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2180
Revised: 10/2/2013

Correction: This gun is a .36 cal. not a .46 cal as stated in the catalog.

This gun is a “Remington New Model NAVY” not an “Army” and is of course .36 cal.

REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 42843. Cal. 36 RF. Blue finish with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pinched post front sight and usual 3-line address. Right side of the frame has an attached ejector rod housing and the cylinder pin is single wing. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Frame has light flourishes of foliate engraving with snake & dot patterns below the cylinder opening. Right side of the conversion ring has a loading gate. Although this model revolver was produced in fairly large quantities, they were extremely popular throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier, usually serving under severe conditions with limited or no maintenance and are rarely ever found with high orig finish and almost never encountered with engraving, especially blue finish conversion revolvers. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Probably unfired. Overall retains about 50% thinning orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn to a medium dark patina mixed with fine, light surface rust. Cylinder retains 60-70% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium dark patina. Trigger guard is a dark mustard patina. Hammer retains about all of its strong case colors. Grips are sound, showing heavy edge wear, a few nicks and scratches and retain about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore appears to be unfired. 4-49703 (6,500-10,000)

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2185
Revised: 9/25/2013

Provenance should state: Michael Leff Estate Collection. (correct in online description)

REMINGTON TYPE II, MODEL 3 O/U DERRINGER. SN 600. Cal. 41RF. Rare high polished blue & etched gold finish with 3″ superposed bbls & smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Top of bbl rib is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILLION, N.Y”. Bbls are high polished royal blue & frame is full gold finish with etched patterns of leaves & vines. A truly rare combination. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain 88-90% bright blue with muzzle edge wear & thinning on sides. Frame retains most of its orig gold finish dulling over top front of frame & frontstrap. Trigger & hammer retain most of their bright blue. Grips are sound showing great fire & some color. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bores with scattered light pitting. Left hinge is cracked. 4-49706 JR15 (3,500-6,000)

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2233
Revised: 10/13/2013

Note description state “original brown finish on bottom of barrel” but there is no brown finish on the barrel.

CONFEDERATE PALMETTO ARMORY PISTOL. This is a nice orig Palmetto Armory Model 1842 single shot pistol of which only 1000 were made. Markings are crisp and sharp. Gun is 100% orig and authentic and still retains orig brown finish on bottom of bbl. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: Bbl, lock and iron are gray/white and cleaned with scattered pitting. Lock markings of “Palm Tree” surrounded by “Palmetto Armory, S.C.” are mostly discernible and “Columbia, S.C. 1852” are crisp and well struck, as are “V/Palm Tree” and “Wm. Glaze”. “1853” on bbl tang and “P” bbl proof are only partially discernible but present. Brass bbl band has brazed repair where it meets escutcheon extension. Brass overall has numerous small dings, dents and scratches and has been cleaned like iron. Stock is broken through under lock and near butt and also has a small inset wood repair between trigger guard and rear of lock about 1″ to 1/2″; otherwise stock has good rich red color and is sound. 4-48890 JS19 (3,000-4,000)

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2242A
Revised: 9/25/2013

Note second tag (which is most rare) is for a “servant”. Photo image in catalog depicts only the reverse of this rare tag. See online description which also depicts the front of the tag. also.

TWO GREAT CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA SLAVE TAGS. Charleston, South Carolina, was the only city in the antebellum South to issue these tags or badges which had to be worn by any slave that was “hired out”. Each year a slave owner who hired out a slave had to pay a tax and the slave had to wear a tag proving the tax had been paid. The greater the skill and training required, the greater the tax. We have offered several great groupings of slave tags in past auctions and now we offer a very rare 1848 “Charleston Neck” servant’s tag. “Charleston Neck” was an outer portion of the city of Charleston which issued their own tags only from 1848 to 1850. Tags from this first year are the rarest and only a handful of tags from “Charleston Neck” are known during their entire production. Second tag offered is an 1833 dated “PORTER” in remarkable condition. The occupation of porter was designated as slaves that would serve as drivers, carry cargo and maintain carriages. Both of these tags were excavated near Charleston, South Carolina, by metal detectorists and are among the best examples of either known. CONDITION: “PORTER” tag is very good with chocolate brown patina, as excavated. “Charleston Neck” tag has green patina with background of light colored soil. There are two bend lines seen above and below the word “SERVANT” on this tag that have been flattened and conserved. 4-49312 JS36 (8,000-12,000)

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2247
Revised: 9/23/2013

Please note: James Henley Smith was a lieutenant in Mosby’s 43rd Virginia Battalion.

FOUR CONFEDERATE CDVS AND THREE SCARCE 1st EDITION CLASSIC “CONFEDERATE FACES” REFERENCE BOOKS. This group consists of four CDV images from life of General James Henley Smith, Colonel John Mosby, Major Harry Gilmore, and Elijah Bishop. Bishop and Smith both have Baltimore back marks. Elijah Bishop which has written inscription “Elijah Bishop, our Messenger” is pictured as Fig. 329, p. 85 of Confederate Faces by William Albaugh which is included along with More Confederate Faces by William Albaugh and Even More Confederate Faces by Bill Turner. CONDITION: CDVs of Mosby and Gilmore are very good overall. CDV of Smith is on salted paper applied to “Israel & Co.” Baltimore back marked card. There is a tear in top of salt paper and pin holes where mounted. The Bishop CDV is soiled, scratched, and stained with corners missing and has a taped 3″ cracked repair where card is broken in two pieces. The accompanying three books are sound and solid though soiled and dents to boards. “More Confederate Faces” retains scarce dust jacket though soiled and chipped. “Confederate Faces” and “Even More Confederate Faces” both have presentations from late authors William Albaugh and William Turner. 4-49694 JS218 (2,000-3,000)

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2282
Revised: 10/12/2013

Flag is actually 13 stars not 15 stars as described.

13 STAR – 9 STRIPE AMERICAN FLAG. This most unusual, Civil War era, flag made with canton resting on red “war stripe” appears to have been made by several different people (maybe students) as there are several different hand stitches and two different machine stitches and different threads and fabrics used on flag. All materials appear consistent with materials available during the Civil War. Canton and top 8 stripes are all single ply bunting. Bottom stripe is cotton, as are the stars which are sewn only on one side of flag. Hoist is light weight linen. Canton appears to have been made separately and applied. Flag does not appear to have been finished, but displays well from finished side and that could have been the way it was made to display as a banner. Regardless, this is a beautiful small, 36″ x 58″, American flag in an unusual configuration and we have never seen another. CONDITION: Flag is very good overall with scattered areas of mothing over much of its surface. Colors are excellent, as can be seen in photos. 4-48829 JS51 (6,000-8,000)

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2302
Revised: 9/20/2013

Please note: this fabulously rare gun has been correctly described as having been restored. While the cataloger was familiar with the gun and knew it had been restored, it was not known what was done to the gun and when the gun is examined in its complete state, it is impossible to see. However, when the gun was disassembled and photographed and put online so all could see both the exterior and the interior; one of the photographic images was taken with appropriate lighting and when the photograph was blown up, one of our viewers actually found the restoration or at least part of the restoration which shows that the wood forward of the frizzen pan having been replaced. There is a seam detectable in one of these photographs. Even when the gun is re-assembled and you know exactly where the seam is on the exterior, you cannot find it or at least we could not find it. The purpose of this note is not to announce the gun is restored as we already announced that in the description. The purpose is to give you a definition of what the restoration is or at least part of the restoration that we have been able to determine since the description.

OUTSTANDING AND RARE JOHN ARMSTRONG KENTUCKY PISTOL BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY SIGNED ARMSTRONG PISTOL IN EXISTENCE. SN NSN. Armstrong rifles have commanded the highest price of the “golden age” Kentucky’s and this pistol, the only one currently known by this fine maker, is outstanding. This pistol is an example of Armstrong at his best. Pierced brass sideplate and large engraved silver buttplate greatly enhance the design and beauty of this piece. Curly maple stock is very handsome with relief border carving on both sides. All the mountings are engraved by Armstrong in the finest manner. Large scroll engraved inlay of silver extends down the stock from both sides of the bbl tang. “This trademark” of Armstrong is also found on most of his rifles. Overall length is 13-1/8″ and bbl is 7-7/8″ oct to rnd .50 Cal smooth and is signed in script “John Armstrong”. Bedford Style orig flintlock is also signed in script “John Armstrong”. Stock is of the finest curly maple with relief carved tear drops to the rear of the lock and sideplate panels. Silver inlay running rearward from the bbl tang is masterfully engraved. As Joe Kindig states in his book, Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in it’s Golden Age “John Armstrong’s workmanship is magnificent, and his designs are just about perfection. I cannot overemphasize the beauty of his rifles.” This very pistol is pictured on pgs. 22-23 in The Samuel E. Dyke Collection of Kentucky Pistols printed in 1964. It is interesting to note Sam Dyke has stated he purchased this pistol in 1957 from Joe Kindig Jr. in York, PA for $400. In a letter to Tom Seymour dated July of 1977 Sam Dyke states the $400 he paid Joe Kindig was a top price at that time and that “this pistol has been talked more about and photoed more than any pistol I ever owned”. This very pistol is pictured on p. 96 plate number 90 of The Pennsylvania Kentucky Rifle by Henry Kauffman. PROVENANCE: Ex Joe Kindig Jr., Samuel E. Dyke and Tom Seymour Collections. Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: This pistol appears to be in outstanding condition throughout however in Sam Dyke’s letter dated July 28, 1977 he indicates prior to his purchase of the pistol from Mr. Kindig there had been some expert restoration and that the restoration had been done by a top flight restorer. Whatever that restoration may have been is unknown at this time and cannot be seen upon visual inspection- it was absolutely expertly done. Upon disassembly there appears to have been some welding on the bottom of bbl between the two bbl wedges.? 4-49460 RG28 (100,000-175,000)

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2315
Revised: 10/2/2013

We received a call from a well known Kentucky collector who was familiar with these pistols. His feeling is the “moll” signature is original and genuine.

MATCHED PAIR FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY PISTOLS OF POSSIBLE HISTORICAL VALUE BELIEVED TO BE BY J.J. HENRY OF NAZARETH, PA. SN NSN. 8-3/8″ full oct .36 Cal rifled bbls stamped “I MOLL”. Unmarked flintlocks and curly maple stocks. Silver sideplates are in Berks County style and all furniture including buttcaps, ramrod ferrules, trigger guards and nosecaps are silver. Trigger guards are stamped “I.M.”. Upon disassembly it has been noted there is an “IH” on breech plug and it has suggested these initials may be for the Nazareth, PA gunsmith J.J. Henry. There is an attractive silver shield inlay to rear of bbl tangs on each pistol engraved with “D”. Extensive research by previous owner indicates this pair of pistols was purchased from the orig family who understood the pistols had belonged to a man named Dickerson. Further researched suggested Dickerson may have been Mahlon Dickerson who was Secretary Of The Navy and an industrial pioneer and patriot. Copies of Mahlon Dickerson’s estate inventory do show he had two pistols when he died. PROVENANCE: Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: Both pistols are in sound condition throughout with no evidence of any wood repairs or restoration. Incised carved decorative lines running along forend on each side to rear ramrod pipe have been added on a later date to both pistols. Regarding the “I MOLL” stamping on the bbls; we have never seen this work previously and do not guarantee it. Further research may prove the validity of the Mahlon Dickerson connection. 4-49451 RG49 (4,000-6,000)

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2325
Revised: 10/11/2013

This gun is attributed to John Hill of Vermont.

AMERICAN FLINT LOCK REV WAR PISTOL. SN NSN. .54 Cal x 8-/16″ long rnd bbl front sight set back 3″ from muzzle having 3 ornamental rings at breech. 5″ long handmade lock is bridled on the outside, unbridled on the inside. Unmarked except for 2 ornamental grooves running vertically behind cock. Brass furniture consists of nose band, 4″ long rammer pipe, 6″ long trigger guard with bird head finial and a sunburst engraved on the bow. Buttcap also engraved around the screw and the outside double line border engraving matching the trigger guard bow and ramrod. Sideplate is triangular and 5″ long and also having the double line border engraving. Wooden ramrod is 4-5/8″ long and not orig. Walnut stock is 18-1/2″ long and has a large 3-1/8″ apron carved around the bbl tang. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Bbl and lock show minor pitting and staining but overall very good condition, not showing hard use, could use a good cleaning. Brass furniture is in very good condition, has a rich patina and is attractively proportioned to this pistol. Stock is also in very good condition with one small replaced 1/4″ x 1/4″ piece of wood around front bbl pin. No other wood losses of note. Very attractive piece made during the formative years of the United States and in very nice condition. 4-49746 PAS71 (5,000-8,000)

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2334
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: Estimate should read 15,000-20,000.

RARE CASED PAIR OF DERINGER PERCUSSION PISTOLS. Cal. 45. Mid-size pocket pistols with 2-7/8″ ovoid shaped bbls, dovetailed German silver front sights with “DERINGER / PHILADELA” markings on top of breech plugs and lockplates. Breech plugs also have the “P” proof on left top flats and have silver bands around the breech plugs. Mounted in checkered 1-pc walnut stocks with German silver furniture that is typically engraved. Top of the wrists have a small empty inlaid silver shield thumb plates. Trigger guard finials are elongated pineapple shaped and key escutcheons are bowtie shaped. They each have an orig brass tipped wood ramrod in bottom front of the stocks. Accompanied by an orig black leather-covered, purple velvet lined casing, recessed in the bottom for the two pistols, a single cavity nutcracker ball bullet mold with sprue cutter, a double sided zinc powder flask with foliate decorations, a wood handled turnscrew, a wood handled nipple wrench, a tiny tin powder measure and a brass 2-pc cleaning rod with jag on one end with a concealed worm. Covered corner compartments are empty. Deringer pistols were the concealment arms of their day and were very popular throughout all walks of life well into the 1870’s until the advent of self-contained cartridge handguns. Single pistols are scarce, pairs are rare and cased pairs are exceedingly rare. CONDITION: Pistols are fine retaining about all of a fine browned restored finish to the bbls and lightly restored wood finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bores with light rust. Mold is fine. Flask retains about 60% orig brown lacquer finish with the balance exposed zinc. Case is missing one small spot of leather on the lid with several light cracks in the leather covering but overall is sound. Interior is lightly to moderately faded, altogether a fine and complete set. 4-49388 (7,000-10,000)

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2347
Revised: 10/4/2013

The lock in this gun is a replacement lock.

ONE OF THE FINEST LEHIGH COUNTY RELIEF CARVED RIFLES MADE BY JACOB KUNZ. SN NSN. 42-3/4″ full oct 60 Cal. rifled unsigned bbl. Rifle is relief and incised carved forward of and behind the cheekpiece and the sideplates on the two piece patchbox are incised carved. Relief carving is present forward of the patchbox. Relief carving is profuse around the rear ramrod entrance pipe and is also nicely done around the bbl tang. Carving on this gun is the finest this cataloger has ever seen on a gun from the Lehigh Valley area. Two piece patchbox is heavy cast brass and the finial is engraved. Trigger guard is also cast brass and both the guard and the patchbox show original casting flaws. Heavy brass beveled arrow back sideplate is typical of the area and is not engraved. There is an engraved silver eight-pointed star on the cheek and the top point rolls over the comb. Stock is beautiful curly maple and the wrist is egg shaped, wider than high. Profile is classic Lehigh County. This cataloger is very familiar with this rifle. This rifle turned up at a barn sale in Snyder County in the 1960’s and was purchased by Dallas Ewing, a very close friend of this consignor. At the time it was located the forend wood, from the rear entrance pipe to the nosecap, was missing. The forend was painstakingly and professionally restored so perfectly that the officers of the Kentucky Rifle Association were unaware that it had been repaired when they inspected the rifle. Since that time another gun, not in nearly as good condition, with the same exact carving surfaced. The second gun was important, however, because it was signed “Jacob Kuntz” identifying the maker of both guns. This gun was selected to be used extensively in the advertising for the Kentucky Rifle Association’s 50th anniversary and was featured on their 50th anniversary banners. This cataloger remains of the opinion this rifle ranks among the best of the existing Lehigh County guns. Jacob Kuntz “Kunz” is a very important maker who was trained in Allentown, PA. Jacob moved to Philadelphia in 1810, and in 1812 married Barbara Newhard niece of the famous Allentown gunsmith Peter Newhard. in 1833 the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia awarded Jacon Kuntz a silver metal for his skill and ingenuity. Jacob died at the age of 95 years after becoming Philadelphia’s most sought after gunsmith by wealthy customers in England, Scotland, and America. Jacob was an excellent engraver and several examples of his work are on display in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This gun being offered in this auction originated from the same collection as one of the Kuntz rifles currently on display in the Metropolitan Museum’s collection. Item appeared in the President’s display, Kentucky Rifle Association. PROVENANCE: See President’s Display of Kentucky Rifle Association; see Brochure of Kentucky Rifle Association, 2011. Dallas Ewing, Dr. James Dorsey, Henry Bishop. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Rifle is in wonderful condition throughout. Carving is crisp and beautifully done. . Casting flaws seen on the cast brass patchbox finial and cast brass trigger guard are original and correct. 4-50130 RG41 (50,000-70,000)

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2352
Revised: 10/2/2013

Last 8 1/2″ of barrel is stretched.

EXCEPTIONAL RELIEF CARVED GOLDEN AGE ADAM ERNST YORK COUNTY KENTUCKY RIFLE. SN NSN. Rifle has a 43″ full oct-swamped 45 Cal. rifled bbl signed “A. Ernst” in script. Bbl is fastened to the stock with four bbl wedges. Rifle has a four piece engraved brass patchbox with six piercings. Rifle is profusely carved on the cheek, the side of the butt, from the C scrolls at the rear, forward under the cheekpiece, to the attractive wrist carving. Rifle is nicely relief carved behind the bbl tang and forward of the lock and sideplate. Buttplate is 2″ wide. This gun is one of only a very few early Golden Age rifles that feature a brass lock plate, the only other we are aware of is gun number 64 in the Kindig book that he attributed to being an early Moll. Stock is finished dark but there is evidence of nice curl throughout. Rifle features a very fine fore-stock molding on each side from the rear ramrod ferrule to the nose cap. The brass sideplate is engraved and features Eister’s characteristic horns around the rear screw. Front finial on the trigger guard exhibits the characteristic Ernst molded detail indicating A. Ernst’s hand and his association with George Eister. Another detail very similar to George Eister’s work is the elongated release for the patchbox lid in the toe plate. Rifle has an oval silver cheekpiece inlay engraved with the American eagle which is not characteristic of Ernst’s work. This very rifle is pictured in The Kentucky Rifle by Merrill Lindsay, 1972 and in Accoutrements III by James R. Johnston on pp. 11-13. Adam Ernst worked in Adams County and York County between 1805 and the time he died in 1857. It is believed he learned the gunsmithing trade from George Eister of York. His use of brass for the lockplate is unusual and the plate may have been made in York by Ernst or one of his apprentices. The rifle with its set trigger mechanism would suggest manufacture circa 1810 or later. This rifle is a masterpiece example of Ernst’s work. Exhibition: 1972 The Museum of the Historical Society of York County. PROVENANCE: See Accouterments III, by Johnston, pp. 11-13; see The Kentucky Rifle, 1972, by Lindsay. Collection of Dr. Douglas M. Sirkin. CONDITION: Rifle in exceptionally fine condition throughout. Minor 2″ crack near trigger. 11″ of wood has been professionally replaced from the muzzle end. This is a very fine example of Ernst’s work. 4-49950 RG40 (30,000-40,000)

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2353
Revised: 10/11/2013

Trigger guard appears to be replaced or repaired.

RELIEF CARVED DAUPHIN COUNTY RIFLE SIGNED BY “Pe. BERRY”. SN NSN. 48-1/2″ oct to round 54 Cal. smooth bbl signed “Pe. Berry”. Four piece brass patchbox is engraved with three piercings and is nearly identical to rifle number 112 in Kindig’s book Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age. Lid of the patchbox is not engraved. Patchbox head is fastened to the stock by three screws that have Berry’s characteristic high rounded surface instead of flat. Gun is relief carved to the rear of the cheekpiece with C scrolls and a flower design. Peter Berry is known to have carved beautiful designs of C scrolls and flowers on many of his guns, but no two are carved alike. The gun is relief carved to the rear of the bbl tang and to the rear of the ramrod pipe. Berry’s characteristic molded lines run from the lock and sideplate to the rear ramrod pipe. Trigger guard, sideplate, and cheekpiece pick holder are also similar to Kindig’s rifle number 112. Brass toe plate is 5-5/8″ long and is engraved, the stock is curly maple. Peter Berry is listed in the tax lists for Heidelberg Township, Dauphin County, in the years 1786-1789. Peter Berry was a fine maker of long, slender guns with beautiful patchboxes and is considered to be a grand gunsmith. This very gun is pictured on p. 46 of the KRA book “Kentucky Rifles and Pistols 1750-1850”. Exhibition: 1971 York County, Pennsylvania Historical Society Exhibition. PROVENANCE: See Kentucky Rifles and Pistols 1750-1850, 1976, by KRA, p. 46. Charles F. Beck and Samuel Dyke Collections. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Bbl appears to have been shortened at the breech end. Patchbox release needs adjustment. Relief carving behind the cheek appears to have been refreshed. Its appearance is not unlike gun number 112 pictured in Kindig. Lock has been reconverted. Repaired old wrist. 4-49814 RG37 (18,000-35,000)

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2358
Revised: 10/11/2013

Last 18” of forend wood is a replacement and barrel has been stretched. Last 15” of barrel.

RELIEF CARVED CURLY MAPLE KENTUCKY RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO WOLFGANG HAGA. SN NSN. This is a very interesting early rifle with a 44″ full oct unsigned 58 Cal. Smooth bbl held to the stock with four bbl wedges. Rifle has a very nice curly maple stock striped throughout with a four piece unengraved reading area patchbox. Heavy relief carving forward and rear of the cheekpiece is very similar to the flower style carving on rifle number 75 attributed to Haga in Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age and is very deep and original. Sideplate on this rifle is heavy beveled brass suggesting it is earlier than Kindig’s rifle number 75. Panels around the sideplate and lock are nicely relief carved. Rifle has no carving on the wrist forward of the patchbox. The rifle is relief carved around the bbl tang and around the rear ramrod entrance pipe. 4″ toe plate has an attractive finial and the unmarked flint lock appears to be original. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Rifle is in very nice orig condition throughout with no evidence of repairs or restoration. Finish all appears to be original. Ramrod is old, but may not be original to the gun. 4-50067 RG33 (20,000-35,000)

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2366
Revised: 10/2/2013

Last 9 1/4″ of the forward end of the barrel has been stretched.

RELIEF CARVED FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE. SN NSN. Cal. 65. 45″ oct to rnd smooth unmarked bbl. Gun has a 4-pc engraved patchbox with a fleur-de-lis finial and a brass engraved sideplate. Gun is relief carved to the rear of the cheekpiece with C scrolls and is incised carved forward of the cheekpiece and on both side of the rear ramrod entrance ferrule. Gun has attractive relief carving to the rear of the bbl tang. Stock is curly maple. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: 27″ of the forend wood has been replaced. There is a 1-1/4″ wood replacement between the bbl tang and the lock and a 3/4″ rectangular piece of wood inlet into the top of the wrist where at one time there was probably a peep sight. Wrist had been broken at one time and re-glued. Lock has been reconverted and may be a replacement. 4-49959 RG53 (4,000-6,000)

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2380
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: Estimate should read 15,000-25,000.

RELIEF CARVED CURLY MAPLE RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO LANCASTER GUNSMITH JOHN HAGA. SN NSN. 44″ full oct .52 Cal rifled unsigned bbl. 4-pc brass engraved patchbox is nearly identical to the rifle number 47 in Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in it’s Golden Age that Kindig has attributed to John Haga. Curly maple stock is deeply relief carved to the rear of the cheekpiece and behind the bbl tang. Stock is incised carved on both sides of the rear ramrod entrance ferrule that extends as a panel up to nosecap. Heavy brass sideplate is not engraved. Rifle has a flint lock stamped “John Walker”. John Haga is found in the tax records of Cocalico Township, Lancaster County. Earliest records of J. Haga as a gunsmith are in 1800 and he continues to be listed as a gunsmith through 1809. Carving on this gun is very similar in design to the two signed John Haga guns pictured in Kindig’s book, Kindig considers this to be J. Haga’s signature carving. CONDITION: Some slight splintering on the left hand side of the forend behind the nosecap and evidence of a minor wood replacement between the hammer and bbl tang. Otherwise this rifle appears to be in fine orig condition throughout. 4-49395 (15,000-25,000)

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2391
Revised: 10/18/2013

There is a large piece of restored wood from the lock forward. The buttend is original.

INCISED CARVED AND SIGNED UPPER SUSQUEHANNA RIFLE. SN NSN. Cal. .48 smoothbore. Rifle has a 42-1/4 full oct bbl which appears to be signed “G.K” and might be attributed to the Upper Susquehanna gunsmith George Kolpitzer from New Berlin, Union County, PA. Circa 1817 – 1850. Rifle is nicely incised carved on the cheek side of the butt with relief moldings forward of the underside of the lock and side plate mortise. 4-piece brass engraved patchbox is unique but characteristic to the area. Rifle has a curly maple stock, a brass saddle plate and a heavy beveled brass side plate. PROVENANCE: Collection of Woody Frey. CONDITION: Rifle appears to be in very good condition throughout showing normal signs of wear. 4-48500 RG17 (6,000-9,000)

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2419
Revised: 10/7/2013

This gun is attributed to Peter Dormeyer. The last name is sometimes spelled “Dunmayer” as well. This gun is likely made by Peter Dormeyer in Bedford County.

FABULOUS PROFUSELY INLAID UNMARKED RIFLE FROM THE HUNTINGDON/SOMERSET COUNTY AREA. SN NSN. 41″ full oct unmarked 36 Cal. rifled bbl. This rifle has an outstanding four piece engraved patchbox with 14 piercings. Rifle is handsomely decorated with thirty-two silver inlays and an intricate silver inlay around the bbl tang as well as a large oval silver inlay on the cheek engraved with the American eagle. There is a finely made 5-1/2″ silver American eagle as a saddleplate which encompasses three of the silver inlays. Stock on this gun is curly maple and appears to have all of the original finish with some incise carving on each side of the rear ramrod entrance ferrule and with paneling running the full length of the forestock and breaking for each silver inlay. Brass sideplate has two piercings each of which encompasses a silver inlay. Percussion lock is signed “Henry Parker Warranted” for its Trenton, NJ maker. The brass ramrod pipes are 2-1/2″ in length with a entrance pipe running 4-1/4″. An outstandingly beautiful gun. CONDITION: Fabulous original condition. Small amount of the original stock varnish has been burned away along the bbl at the breech from ignition. Elaborate silver inlay on the butt behind the cheekpiece has two silver wire nails missing that should be replaced. Otherwise this gun is excellent. 4-49150 RG79 (3,500-6,500)

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2428
Revised: 10/4/2013

A collector of J. Stapleton Kentuckys called and said he did not feel this was a Stapleton.

LOVELY CURLY MAPLE HIGHLY INLAID RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO JAMES STAPLETON, ORBISONIA, HUNTINGDON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. SN NSN. 44-1/2″ full oct rifled 45 Cal. signed “J. S.”. Four piece brass engraved patchbox with three piercings has a Q shaped finial. Eighteen silver inlays and and a silver cheek inlay engraved with the American eagle. Engraved sideplate design is typical of Huntingdon/Bedford County rifles. Rifle has a 9-1/4″ long attractive engraved saddleplate with three piercings. Rifle has double set triggers. Flint lock appears to be original. Stock is finely figured curly maple. Inlay on the buttend of the rifle has a large silver X. CONDITION: Generally Very Good. A few of the silver inlays need replacement or resetting. Lock needs adjustment. Bbl tang has two drilled holes which probably at one time supported a rear peep sight. 4-49152 RG76 (5,000-7,000)

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2463
Revised: 10/13/2013

Please Note: We were recently contacted by Ray Petry who at one time also owned this gun. Mr. Petry pointed out that the rear sight is missing on the gun. He is absolutely correct and that is visible in the catalog illustrations but we want to point it out here as well to be certain there is no misunderstanding.

EXTRAORDINARY SAXON WHEEL LOCK MUSKET CIRCA 1570 DECORATED IN THE STYLE OF THE MASTER, KLAUS HIRT. SN NSN. Gun is unique insofar as it is made without a patch box, but instead has a facsimile patch box inlaid into the stock itself. The quality of the inlay is extremely fine and incredibly profuse consisting of mythological faces, engraved stag horn pellets, and horn tendrils. Cheek piece features finely inlaid anatomically correct nude woman holding a basket. Underside features an anatomically nude woman holding an early 16th century style falchion. The simulated ramrod pipes are scrimshawed with a sphinx, a satyr and a lion face, respectively. Forend has three winged angel heads on either side. Lock features a domed wheel cover, characteristic of Saxon arms and a push-on safety as well as beautifully filed and articulated springs. Dog is finely formed with all original small parts and rudimentary decoration. Oct bbl is of so-called “Spanish” form, octagonal to round with finely filed nearly orthoptic rear sight and blade front sight. Muzzle is swamped, as are most wheel lock guns and pistols of this period. The degree of sophistication evidenced in the inlay of this particular wheel lock places it in the forefront of examples from the Sirkin collection. This is likely one of the series of such arms made for very high-ranking officers in the Saxon electoral guard. Whereas the inlay on this gun cannot be specifically attributed to Klaus Hirt, it certainly displays the same high quality of both design and execution as existing examples of Hirt’s wheel lock pistols. NOTE: This superb gun represents an opportunity to acquire one of the best wheel locks to be offered in recent years. A similar example without the unique faux patchbox and having a replaced bbl was sold in London at the sale of Hever Castle in 1983 as lot 73. PROVENANCE: See Hans Leiden Collection Sale Catalog, 1934, Plate #35, p. 57. Collection of Graf Bochholtz #724. Collection Hanz C. Liden for Koln 1934, sale catalog #730, illustrated on plate 35. Dr. Hanz Schedlemann. Joseph Kindig, Jr. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Stock is excellent overall with very few period replacements to the inlay and no discernible damage to wood. Scrimshaw remains in excellent condition showing little or no wear. Lock is crisp and actually retains some traces of its original bluing. Bbl is clean and bright, edges are sharp and crisp throughout. Trigger guard original. 4-50040 MZ7 (25,000-50,000)

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2465
Revised: 10/13/2013

Please Note: At one time this gun was owned by Mr. Ray Petry who was kind enough to call us and share some information to be added to the descriptions.

a) Mr. Petry stated that a piece of the engraved stag horn band by the butt plate had been replaced at one time and we reviewed a 1917 photograph in the files for this gun and we see a piece above the stag horn plate has been replaced since sometime in 1917.

b) Mr. Petry also pointed out that there was a small stag horn plaque on one side of the barrel tang that had been masterfully recreated by Dan Cullity. In viewing this same 1917 photographed referred above, the plaque on the right side of the top is apparent and there so this had to be the plaque on the left side.

c) Mr. Petry also mentioned a small inlay at the base of the tang was replaced and after carefully examining the gun we cannot discern where that is. From examining the 1917 period photograph (which illustrates only one side of the gun) there is no small place that needs to be replaced so we unfortunately cannot tell you where that small piece specifically was.

The gun is an extraordinary arm and an outstanding piece.

RARE AND SUPERB GERMAN WHEEL LOCK RIFLE BY THE MASTER, PETER OPEL, CIRCA 1597. SN NSN. This wonderful gun carries with it some of the most extensive provenance we have ever seen. It first appears in the catalog of Armor and Arms of Richard Zschille, which was sold by Christie, Manson & Woods in 1897. Acquired by William Randolph Hearst from the Sam Austen sale by the American Art Association in 1917. Later acquired by Joseph Kindig, Jr. at the sale of the William Randolph Hearst collection by Gimbel Brothers and the Hammer Galleries in 1941. Gun comes with complete history, copies of sale catalogs and original documents from Kindig and Hammer Galleries. File is extensive. Stock on rifle is deep relief carved throughout with leafy meander, scales, and hunting dogs chasing a rabbit. Underside carved with a 16th century figure in armor and hunting garb. Cheek piece and side panel superbly carved with hunter on horseback holding drawn sword and stag being pulled down by dogs, as well as hunting party on horseback. Style and execution of all carving is in the best possible 16th century German tradition. White stag horn inlays are beautifully scrimshawed and inlay by rear ramrod is scrimshawed identifiable coat of arms, “1597” and the letters “SWVP”. Lock features deeply sunken maker’s mark of Peter Opel. Etched borders and etched domed wheel cover. Hammer is plain but original and very well formed. Dog spring is cut with scrolls. Heavily rifled oct bbl of 50 cal decorated at breech with chiseled beadwork. Trigger guard is plain as is usually the case with these elaborately carved rifles. Set trigger intact. NOTE: Given the number of wheel lock arms created and altered during the 18th and 19th century, the opportunity to purchase a wheel lock with such superb provenance rarely presents itself. This piece by Peter Opel is suitable for the most advanced collection as well as for inclusion in any museum in America or Europe. PROVENANCE: World’s Colombian Exposition 1893, Chicago. Collection of Richard Zschille 1897. Sam Austen, 1917. William Randolph Hearst 1941. Joseph Kindig, Jr. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: All inlays appear to be entirely original. Scrimshaw is slightly worn but all details still visible. Carving exhibits a beautiful mellow patina from more than 400 years of careful handling. No chips, only very minor honest wear throughout. 4-50091 MZ5 (25,000-50,000)

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2497
Revised: 10/15/2013

Please Note: Ray Petry who at one time owned this shield contacted us and he had written a letter for Dr. Sirkin indicating that the shield was 16th century based on a description as represented in “Armour and Arms” City Art Museum of St. Louis 1954, page 14, Figure 15.

16th CENTURY ITALIAN ETCHED AND FIRE GILT PARADE SHIELD, CIRCA 1580. This extraordinary shield is etched and fire gilt. Fire gilding is a process in which an amalgam of mercury and gold is painted onto steel and then heated, driving off the base metal and leaving the gold. This shield has six panels featuring riders on horseback, naked women, monsters, satyrs and characteristic 16th century mannerist ornaments. Rivets, many of which appear original, are bronze covered iron. Rim is folded in as is found on period pieces. Spike is properly forged and appears original to piece. By the end of the 16th century powerful firearms had made shields obsolete on the battlefield, but beautiful specimens such as this were proudly carried in martial parades in cities throughout Italy. NOTE: Raymond Petry is one of America’s foremost authorities on European arms and armor and is respected as such by museums throughout America and Europe. His imprimatur on the authenticity of this shield should put to rest any questions about it being of the period 1580. PROVENANCE: Raymond Petry, PA, 2007. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Shield decoration retains much original bright fire gilding. Inside of shield is deeply patinated and show marks of the smith’s hammer. A museum number in red lacquer “47:27” appears as well. 4-50059 MZ23 (5,000-10,000)

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2509
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: Measurements should be stated in centimeters not millimeters.

HISTORIC AND RARE 88LB. SOLID SILVER INGOT FROM THE SPANISH TREASURE SHIP “ATOCHA”, CA 1622. On July 20th, 1985, Mel Fisher discovered what is considered to be the most exciting and most significant trove of sunken treasure ever retrieved. The bullion and coins were that of the treasure galleon “Atocha” from King Philip IV tierra firme fleet. The ship in question sunk in a terrible hurricane near the Florida keys on September 6th, 1622. Much of the silver had originally been mined and processed in upper Peru which is today’s modern Bolivia. The ingots were poured into a mold and then struck with a serial number which would: a) include the list on the ship’s manifest. b) The assayor would then remove his “bite” (as can be seen on the top of the silver bar), to attest to the purity of the silver. c) Once purity was established, the ingot was struck with “ley” or a fineness number; 2400 being the purest. This bar is noted on the certificate as having a carat purity of 2380 (and as 2400 being the purest, this bar assayed out as being nearly pure silver). d) Each bar, other than the royal quinto, was subject to a 20% tax and was struck with a tax seal often on several locations on the bar indicating that the tax had been paid. e) Monograms and designs indicating the owner or shipper and various other marks are not original but made by various handlers or shippers recording their transactions on the bars. f) Some of the bars are dated with the year. The bar is approximately 35.2 millimeters by 13.2 millimeters. Precious metal continues to be one of the most popular means of preserving part of one’s investment but what better form of investment could one consider to have than the value of the precious silver but also to have it in a form of extraordinary antiquity that dates back approximately 400 years. This bar will be sold with its signed original certificate. SIZE: The weight is approximately 88 troy lbs and 8.32 troy ounces. PROVENANCE: Treasure Salvors, Inc. Certificate of Authenticity. CONDITION: As found and generally excellent condition. 4-49228 JDJ1 (35,000-45,000)

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2595
Revised: 10/11/2013

This gun is an excellent reconversion to flint. Around 1970 it was sold by Jack Malloy who acquire it from John Williams, who originally acquired it from Jackson Arms in 1963. This exact gun is illustrated on page 45 on “Maine Made Guns & Their Makers” by Dwight DeMerritt, Jr. The illustrations show the gun as percussion and also as flint.

RARE EARLY HALL BREECHLOADING FLINTLOCK PISTOL. SN 36. Cal .49 at muzzle -.50 at breech. 5 ½ “ oct bronze bbl is smoothbore and has iron front sight set back 9/16” from muzzle. Bbl is mounted to a pair of 9” long iron supporters and aligned to receiver with a 1- 1/2 “ long bronze tang piece held by a horizontal screw and a vertical screw. 6-1/2” long receiver marked only “36” on right side of receiver pivots on a single screw 1-1/2” in front of back supporter screw and aligned by a pair of iron chocks and held down with an iron spur latch. Bore of receiver is .52 Cal and measures 2-1/2” deep to an iron plug inserted during manufacture. Cock and frizzen are iron and made in the style of Hall’s Patent Drawing (1811) indicating earliest of manufacture. Receiver is elevated by moving the iron spur latch which has pressure from an internal leaf spring allowing the breech to automatically elevate for loading (a feature eliminated on later mass production guns). Catch plate is iron with an integral shoe that engages spur latch in ready to fire position. Furniture consist of 7/8” German silver nose band and trigger guard having a worn engraved finial and floral motif on bow. Maple stock measures 14” long with 2-1/2” area of pistol drip that is nicely checkered with a double border incised carving bordering top and bottom ends of checkered area. Note: Hall pistol with number 35 stamped on the right side of the receiver in the Smithsonian collection possibly making these either a pair or consecutively made pistols. PROVENANCE: Frank Sujansky Collection CONDITION: Generally very good. The iron supporters are dark patina,lightly pitted overall with medium pitting at breech joint indicating it has been fired. Likewise the Bronze receiver and Bbl indicate it’s been fired with numerous light dents on top from tapping to loosen up a stuck breech, quite common with Hall’s. The bore is very dirty indicating no one has cleaned this piece. All springs and screws appear to be original with light to medium pitting and only the top jaw is a replacement. The German silver furniture shows wear and use but all intact with 75% of the engraving visible on the trigger guard. The Maple stock is in overall very good condition having the normal age related nicks and scratches. There is an old repaired crack extending from the nose band through to the finial of the trigger guard that is sound. 4-49492 PAS99 (15,000-20,000)

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2611
Revised: 10/12/2013

Additional Information: Musket has an old replacement frizzen.

J.MILLS CONTRACT MUSKET 1806 W/BAYONET. SN NSN. .71 Cal. x 41-3/4″ long unmarked bbl. 6-1/4″ long lock marked “J. MILLS” / “PITTSFIELD”. Barrel bands, trigger guard, buttplate and sideplate are all US 1808 period furniture. Bayonet lug set back 1-1/4″ from muzzle. Accompanying gun is an orig US bayonet of the correct type having a 14-1/4″ long blade marked “CC” at back of blade. Black walnut stock is 53″ long unmarked and also shaped in the same 1808 period of US military musket, ramrod and sling swivels appear to be orig making this gun 100% complete and orig. Jason Mills of Pittsfield. Massachusetts was a private maker of muskets and his armory was sold to Lemuel Pomeroy, whose muskets continued to be made under U.S. Government Contract until the mid-1840’s when the Pomeroy’s decided making musket was no longer profitable. CONDITION: Bbl and lock are in fine condition and show no evidence of usage, only hardened grease which also matches color of furniture. Walnut stock is excellent condition with no cracks, splits, or losses, only a few minor handling dents. Overall this musket is in very fine condition. 4-49308 (4,000-6,000)

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3024
Revised: 10/2/2013

Additional information: This gun is accompanied by a proper “Fusee cover” and “spring assembly” which is not included in the catalog description.

**GERMAN MAXIM 08/15 MANUFACTURED IN SPANDAU 1918. (C&R). SN 4969. Cal. 8 mm. 32.75″ bbl. This is a straight forward 08/15. Missing the fusee cover and fusee spring assembly. However the feedblock appears to be complete and matching and the drum hanger is present and matching in SN. Muzzle booster is also present, as is the water drain plug assembly and water filler cap. Both are readily removable. Top covers raises and lowers freely. Charging handle moves. Bbl and rails move freely inside receiver. It appears that feed shuttle functions. Trigger and trigger bar moves freely. It appears that if the missing parts were installed this weapon could be made to function. The 08/15 Maxim was a “lightened” model of the German MG08 Maxim. The 08/15 was used as a “portable” machine gun by the Germans in WWI in large numbers. Utilizing a standard cloth belt, in a drum, on a hanger mounted to the right of the receiver, it was carried into combat utilizing an over-the-shoulder “dragging” strap. As such it could provide “walking fire” to the assault troops. America’s answer to this was the Browning Automatic Rifle, which came too late to Europe to be put into much, if any, combat use. PROVENANCE: Collection of Carl “Bill” Morrison. CONDITION: Overall condition and appearance is fair. About 60% of the orig gray primer remains on bbl shroud, the rest has flaked off, with a deep brown patina. Side plates and receiver exterior, as well as hanger and feed shuttle, with exception of where the fusee cover was, show evidence of deep pitting and corrosion, now browned and arrested. About 20% of inside of feed cover has similar deep pitting as does all of the exterior of top cover. Wooden buttstock shows numerous handling marks, some bruises and gouges, but is complete and sound with the exception of 1″ chip at the toe on the left side. Hand grip is sound and complete, has 3 gouges on left side and has handling marks. The drain plug fitting has had one of the “ears” bent inwards but with careful heating it should be possible to restore it. The wooden thumbpiece on water filler cap is not present, as is common. It is difficult to read the markings on top cover due to the corrosion, however it is discernible. Bore, although dirty and needs a cleaning, has sharp rifling. Booster appears complete, although also has heavy scale consistent with rest of gun. Despite the heavy scale and missing parts, the addition of the missing parts and some TLC could restore this to a functional example of this classic WWI machine gun. 4-48647 JWK4 (4,000-6,000)

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3028
Revised: 10/11/2013

Receiver is a high quality re-weld which is virtually undetectable.

**RARE ORIGINAL WINCHESTER MILITARY M-14 WITH AN ACCOMPANYING SCOPE AND SCOPE CASE (C & R). SN 1076545. Cal. 7.62mm, 22″ bbl length. This fine M-14 includes the orig as issued scope & mount in its carrying case and one magazine. Also included is an orig web sling. This example has an American eagle under three stars proof & Circle P on the buttstock. The hand guard is brown composite. The flash suppressor is vintage orig. All of this gun appears to be as issued. Bolt is numbered “7790186 66118-EE”. Scope is “3 x 9 ART II”, and SN on scope appears to be “4640”, but the SN tab is broken off and missing the end. Firing mechanism functions smoothly when operated by hand. This weapon appears fully functional in both semi and full auto. PROVENANCE: The estate of a Private Collector. CONDITION: Overall finish & appearance is extremely fine to excellent with over 95% finish on the blued parts with the wear being where the charging handle rides the receiver and some thinning of the finish on the selector. There is also some brassing to the gas cylinder tube. The wood has some bruises and handling marks, but overall is extremely attractive and in very fine to excellent shape. The magazine is very good with about 85% finish. The scope is in excellent condition, optics are clear. There are some scratches and loss of finish to the scope mount and one significant ding to the lower front. This is a very attractive and difficult to find example and would make an outstanding addition for the U.S. Military collector. No U.S. military rifle collection is complete without one of these. 4-49201 JWK38 (15,000-25,000)

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3043
Revised: 10/11/2013

Correction: This lot required FIVE NFA transfers not FOUR NFA transfers as stated in the catalog.

**LOT OF 5 SUPPRESSORS FOUR AWC ONE R&R ENTP AND THREE PISTOL BARRELS(FULLY TRANSFERABLE). SN 010517, 61015, 030702, 930, JTOA2002. Included in this lot are 1) AWC Systems Thundertrap .30 suppressor in box with instruction manual. 2) AWC Systems Oddysey .22 stainless steel suppressor. 3) AWC Nexus II .45 suppressor. 4) AWC HRT 5.56mm suppressor with instruction manual. 5) R&R ENTP. Viper 9mm suppressor. 6) Three BAR-STO threaded pistol bbls two are 9mm, one is 40 S&W, along with one AWC 9mm extension/adapter. Lot requires four NFA transfers. PROVENANCE: The estate of a Private Collector. CONDITION: All of these parts and bbls are in excellent condition appearing new or as new with exception of the R&R ENTP Viper which has some brassing near thread attachment where it has been screwed on to adapter. This should be an attractive lot for an enthusiast of silencers. 4-49212 JWK47 (1,000-2,000)

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3061
Revised: 10/13/2013

Estimate should read 5,000-30,000.

LOT OF THREE SHOOTING MEDALS OF MAJOR JOHN W. HESSION. Maj. John W. (Jack) Hession (1877-1961) was an international shooter of great repute, early in his career earning a position on the US shooting team and the 1908 US Olympic team. He continued shooting competitively pretty much throughout his entire life, setting many world records, four in one day, in small bore competition. He shot in over 500 major competitions throughout his career both nationally and internationally and once held every record from 200 to 1200 yds and was a member of twelve teams that represented the United States in international competition. Later in his life he worked as a ballistic engineer for both Remington & Winchester. During his career at Winchester he designed a new forearm for the Model 21 double bbl shotgun which is both shorter and lighter and allegedly improved shooters scores. This forearm today is referred to as the Hession forearm. As follows are three of Maj. Hession’s prized medals. 1). Extraordinarily rare National Rifle Association solid gold medal for a World Record score of 1720, dated 1912. Medal has the NRA emblem in the top center on a ribbon inscribed “WORLDS RECORD” and surmounted by the date “1912” with “1720 / SCORE” on a ribbon on the bottom. Suspended from each end of the top ribbon on chains are two cartridges that appear to be modeled after the 30-40 Krag. Suspended from the bullets of those tiny cartridges is the award itself which measures 1-1/2″ by 1-1/4″ surmounted by an extremely detailed spread-winged American Eagle clutching a laurel wreath in its talons over a bar inscribed “PALMA”. The face of the medal is inscribed in raised letters “IN THE NAME OF / THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / TO THE RIFLEMAN OF THE WORLD” and has six small wreaths attached, three to each side, dated 1876 through 1912 and a seventh, undated, suspended from a small chain. Back of the medal is marked “BIGES & LUST / 20 JOHN ST / NY” on one side and opposite it is marked “SOLID GOLD”. This is an extraordinary medal the likes of which will probably never be encountered again. 2). 1908 Olympic gold medal for shooting team. Rim of the medal is engraved “J.W.HESIAN (sic), RIFLE TEAM BISLEY ENG.”. Medal is 2″ in diameter and 1/8″ thick with rings from the top and is gold plated. 3). Bronze medal 2-1/2″ diameter by 1/8″ thick with the raised image of a bearded elderly man on the front inscribed near the rim “Dan Beard”. The artist signature is “J. Juszko”. The reverse is inscribed around the top “COURAGE LOYALTY HONOR” and in an arc in two lines “TO MAJOR JOHN W HESSION / BUCKSKIN MAN-RIFLEMAN” and below in two lines in smaller letters “IN MEMORY OF / HIS FRIEND”. Incsribed on a ribbon near the bottom “DAN BEARD”. The ribbon is overlaid with a Kentucky rifle in relief, floral leaves, a powder horn and possibles bag. The Beard medal commemorates Daniel Carter Beard (1850-1941) who was the American founder of the Boys Scouts of America. He was a painter & illustrator and also the author of 21 books on outdoor living & survival skills. Mt. Beard which adjoins Mt. McKinley is named for him. PROVENANCE: Maj. John W. Hession CONDITION: 1). The NRA shooting medal is extremely fine retaining virtually all of its great detail. 2). Olympic medal is very good with couple of tiny losses of gold plating and has numerous light nicks & scratches. 3) The Dan Beard medal has one small ding in the rim otherwise is fine with a wonderful bronze patina. 4-48379 JR422 (30,000-50,000)

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3070
Revised: 10/15/2013

Slide stop and thumb safety have been refinished.

*SPECTACULAR WWI COLT MODEL 1911 SEMI-AUTO MILITARY PISTOL. SN 166480. Cal 45 ACP. 1917 Mfg. Brushed blue military finish and is one of the finest to come to market in many years. It has standard 5″ all blued bbl with tiny “P” & “H” proof marks on top parallel with the bore and a tiny “5” on the left side of the lug. Slide has standard patent and manufacturers markings along with the Rampant Colt on the left side and “MODEL OF 1911 U.S. ARMY” on right side. The left forward side of the frame has the “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” marking and the GHS (Gilbert H. Stewart) inspector initials just above the magazine release button. Right side has the SN and it is mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips. Accompanied by an original two-toned military magazine. This pistol was the property of Captain A. Lawrence Brown who served during WWI in the US Army and later was a founding member of the U.S. Ordnance Association. It was gifted to consignor by Capt. Brown’s widow in July 1987. While WWI 1911 pistols are frequently encountered they are rarely found with such high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Capt. A. Lawrence Brown CONDITION: Extremely fine plus appears to have been fired but very little. Overall retains about 99% crisp, orig brushed blue military finish with only faint sharp muzzle edge wear and some very minor drag marks on the bbl. Frame and grips are equally crisp and new. Magazine is lightly discolored on the white part with some minor scrapes on the body. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some scuffing on the grooves. 4-48902 JR46 (2,500-3,500)

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3075
Revised: 10/7/2013

Correction to previous addendum: s/b “Colonel” Frank K. Allen, not “Captian”

This gun letters as a Cobra. It was shipped as a “special presentation” to Captain Frank K. Allen, 22 July 1954.

*RARE COLT AIRCREWMAN DA REVOLVER. SN 3254-LW. Cal. 38 Spcl. Very rare revolver with 2″ steel bbl and fixed sights with rampant Colt on sideplate. Left side of bbl is marked “AIRCREWMAN / 38 SPECIAL CTG.” and the right side has the Colt name & address. Frame & cylinder are all anodized alloy with black finish. Mounted with 2-pc checkered walnut grips that have the U.S. Air Force medallion at the top on each side. Backstrap is marked “PROPERTY OF U.S. AIR FORCE” and the buttstrap is marked “A.F. NO. 1/2”. This unusual marking may mean 1 of 2(?). According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were 1,189 of these rare revolvers produced in 1951 with a few others made as late as 1959 and possibly others produced in addition to the government contract. These revolvers were numbered in the Colt Cobra & Courier range of 1902LW to 90470LW. Air Force buttstrap numbers were from 1 to 1189. The unusual Air Force S/N on the buttstrap “1 / 2” may mean 1 of 2 and may mean that they were presentation pieces. The alloy cylinders were insufficient for military ammunition and tended to rupture during use. The Air Force returned the entire shipment of all 1,189 to Colt where they were supposed to have been destroyed, most were. Only a very few survive today in orig configuration. This cataloger has seen very few of these revolvers with replacement steel cylinders. CONDITION: Pristine new, unfired. Grips are equally new. 4-49107 JR380 (3,000-5,000)

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3082
Revised: 10/15/2013

The correct vehicle chassis number (Fahrgestell Nr.) is 001590 not 0011590 as stated in the catalog.

ORIGINAL, 1941 TYPE 82 VOLKSWAGEN “KUBELWAGEN”. If you have ever wanted to own a piece of WWII history, here is your chance. The space allotted here will not provide us an ample opportunity to properly describe this relic from Rommel’s Afrikakorps so please study the images. First the details, then the condition, the wartime use and last but by no means least, the fully documented and illustrious story behind this historic vehicle. This vehicle was assembled, according to the data plates, on February 21st, 1941 as the 1590th of the approximately 50,000 that were eventually built for the German armed forces. It was originally painted “panzer gray: but was overpainted by hand when shipped to North Africa. It has an air-cooled, four cylinder (1.0 liter) engine pulling out approximately 23.5 horsepower. This size motor was only produced for a six month period. It has a four speed transmission. Some of this information was provided during extensive research and contact with VW in Germany. The interior shows hard use and long storage effects. The seat frames are present but the canvas is mostly deteriorated. The dash area is intact with instrument cluster including speedometer and odometer. Fuse boxes and light switches are missing. The steering wheel is intact but there is no horn cover. Amazingly, the wooden duck board floor grates are intact. The engine compartment upper rear deck area is dished in two places to correspond to imprints where personnel would have ridden. The windshield and frame are intact. There is one bullet entrance which extends from the driver’s left side through the back seat then to the forward engine bulkhead and exits out the rear engine compartment lid. The hand painted black letters on the left front cowling are still quite visible after all these years. It says “see 30 cal. bullet hole in windshield”. There is no top or bows for a top. The drive train is present. Vendor states the engine was totally disassembled and gone through. Number 3 cylinder was stuck. New gaskets were manufactured and the engine was reassembled. It does turn over and fire up but has not been run. A CD showing each of the disassembled engine parts will be given to the buyer. The transmission is untouched and in its orig untouched condition. Exterior components: The headlight appear to be the Allied type stolen by the Germans to replace the inferior originals. Research indicated this was a common practice and documents discussing this practice are included in the provenance with this lot. The mirrors are missing and the right rear taillights are not present. The paint, as described earlier, was orig the field or panzer gray that was later brush stroke painted ordnance tan for desert use. Overall approximately 60% of this paint is intact. The Germans also carefully hand painted the very iconic DAK (German Afrikakorps) palm tree insignia on both doors and the rear lid. The vendor states these are orig to the vehicle. In addition, the tactical symbol on the rear deck identified the unit it was attached to as the 33rd Artillery Regiment of the 15th Panzer Division. It doesn’t get much better than that. The tires are the orig set of mismatched tires that were on the vehicle when it was captured and studied as we shall point out shortly. Wartime use on both sides of the Atlantic: According to the VW factory, Kubelwagen chassis #0011590 was delivered to the German army on March 1st, 1941. In 1943, the DAK was defeated and this vehicle was one that was captured. The Allies were very interested in this curious equivalent to our jeep. This exact vehicle was shipped to a university in the U. S. disassembled and dissected. The end result was the production of technical manual TM E9-803 dated, interesting enough, June 6, 1944. Yes, this exact vehicle with license plate number WH 249624 neatly hand painted in the recessed area of the front and rear bumper, palm tree logo, allied headlights, mismatched tires etc…was the example for this entire 130 page manual. A reprint copy of the manual is included in this lot. New Life: Once the government was finished with this kubelwagen, they sold it for surplus. Mickey Finn’s was a huge Boston area army surplus store at the time. They adorned the vehicle with numerous hand lettered notes. You can still make many of these out clearly see in the photos. They drove the vehicle around Boston for a war-bond drive. Older residents remember seeing the crazy car that said, BATTLE SCARRED GERMAN VOLKSWAGEN USED BY ROMMEL’S AFRIKA COPRS ON DESERT OF AFRICA IN WORLD WAR II” and many other neat terms. The vehicle was stored for many years but has been left essentially untouched and is remarkably complete considering its long history. In addition to the vehicle, this lot will include a copy made from an original War Department TM E9-803 manual, a book entitled VOLKSWAGEN MILITARY VEHICLES OF THE THIRD REICH by Blaine Taylor and numerous photocopies (hard to read) of research gathered from the National Archives in College Park, MD pertaining to this type of vehicle. CONDITION: The condition of this vehicle is best described as “as is, where is” as the vendor is making no claims whatsoever about the drivability of this vehicle. The chassis and framework are intact. There is a considerable amount of rust in the area of the front deck under the spare tire (flag covers this area). One gusset is totally rusted. Another area of rust is under the back seat floor between the engine compartment and the back seat. There are dents in the fenders and in numerous places on the exterior. Most of these appear to be wartime “battle scars”. In order to keep the engine cooled, additional vents were cut into the area above the rear deck lid. It was hoped this “field modification” would be helpful in tropical areas. 4-47693 BS2 (50,000-100,000)

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3083
Revised: 10/15/2013

Important positive info: We made a mistake in the description of these rare hats. We stated visors were patent leather which is not correct. They are Vulcan Fiber painted black which is exactly the way the hats were originally made. They are 100% correct.

RARE AND SPECTACULAR SET OF NAMED AND RESEARCHED ALLGEMEINE SS OFFICER’S VISOR CAPS. Unique offering acquired from the estate of a WWII Veteran some years ago. The first is a textbook example of the Allgemeine SS officer’s standard issue black wool visor cap. It has a very nice saddle shape and the body of the cap is in very sound condition with no visible issues. The centerband is made of a black velvet material which, combined with the silver bullion chincords and silver pebbled buttons, identifies this as an officer’s model. The SS eagle and skull are original to the piece and made of tombac with a silver plating. These show some typical lifting of the plating. The black patent leather visor is in place and shows only light wear. The underside of the visor has the cross-hatching and faint but still readable proper RZM/SS ink markings. The size 56 marked interior is a crème colored rayon material. The complete celluloid moisture shield is intact with the large SS runic symbols. This also has the desirable rayon RZM(quality control) tag as issued by the office of the Reichsführer Himmler. The cap is clearly named on a paper tag to SS Captain (Hauptsturmführer) Emil Bihler (researched with details later in description). He was attached to SS Subdistrict XXVIII. The interior has quite a bit of staining but is still intact. The brown leather sweatband is intact and still supple. There is a large oilcloth maker’s tag indicating an early production example. This has the RZM maker’s information on one side and the owner’s name is written on the other side (Emil Bihler). This has become detached but will be included. Overall this pieces shows light use and grades near excellent. The second part of this lot that came together with the black cap is the incredibly rare summer version of the Allgemeine SS officer’s hat. This white topped visor is a museum quality example with the top made of a fine quality white tricot material. It has a wide ribbed white piping along the top rim. The black velvet centerband is piped in white on the top and bottom. The silver bullion chincords are secured to the cap by two silver pebbled buttons. The matched silver plated tombac eagle and skull are original to the cap, show good detail and have a nice aged patina. The black patent leather visor with brown underside has clear RZM/SS markings. The size 56 marked white interior is very clean and retains a complete celluloid diamond. The light brown leather sweatband is supple and complete. Based on the observed construction characteristics, we believe this cap was produced by the firm of Clemens Wagner of Braunschweig This cap is not named but there is little doubt that it also belonged to SS Captain Bihler as it is the identical size and was found together at the same estate sale. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a very important set of rare and genuine German SS visor caps. PROVENANCE: This offering will also include over 120 pages of research done on the owner of these caps. This information, gleaned from the National Archives, provide us with considerable insight. It also presents the buyer with the opportunity to do further research. Emil Bihher was born on the 13th of October 1901. He joined the NSDAP on the 1st of May 1933 and was party member 3,968,302. He then joined the SS on the 1st of August 1934 and was given SS# 253,754. He eventually attained the rank of Obersturmbannfüher (Major) on the 30th of January 1944. He was married and his wife was a member of the woman’s league (Frauenschaft). Up through 1942 he remained as Staff leader of the Allgemeine Sub-district XXVIII, then he was transferred to the Waffen-SS. He was awarded the Russian Front and wound badge (didn’t stipulate which one) and ended up attached to the Croatian Mountain Unit Handschar (not a fun assignment). More research might reveal additional details. CONDITION: This very desirable cap, which is missing from all but a very few German WWII headgear collections. When it was originally purchased out of the estate(and when it was consigned to us) the visor and sweatband were separated. We made arrangements to have Mr. Ben van Koningsveld of London, England, who is one of the world’s leading restorers, restitch the visor. He did a superlative job using original vintage cotton thread and using the exact same holes whenever possible. The result is that this restoration is virtually undetectable (as is much of Mr. Koningsveld’s extraordinary work). We have included clear images of the before and after so there is no question regarding our description. The overall condition is restored to full excellent. Considerable thought was given to whether these should be sold separately or together. Given the fact that these came from the same estate (found together in a single plastic bag in the back of an old closet of the previously mentioned estate) and that they obviously belonged to the same person and because one has the original owners name attached, it was felt they both should be kept together. 4-48283 BS1 (50,000-70,000)

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3087
Revised: 10/2/2013

Estimate should read 3500-5000.

*MAUSER G98/40 RIFLE. SN 1672. Cal. 8mm. Near unissued late WWII G98/40 manufactured in Hungary under German contract, in overall 99% condition. All matching SN’s to include bolt group and excellent laminated beech stock. Top receiver is marked “jhv 44” and WaA 173. Left receiver and bbl marked with Nazi era firing proofs and SN 1672m. Comes with correct 98/40 sight hood, cleaning rod and excellent wartime leather sling. Stock is correctly WaA 173 marked on bottom front, and wrist as well as SN 1672 and “jhv”. CONDITION: Near unissued. Bore is excellent. Stock has just a few minor scuffs and handling marks. 4-48348 DW19 (3,500-5,000)

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3099
Revised: 10/11/2013

1. One pistol is in cal.22 “long range”, the other is .22 cal short. 2. Conversion unit is cal. 32 Smith & Wesson Wadcutter, caliber not .32 ACP.

*PAIR OF WALTHER GSP SEMI-AUTO TARGET PISTOLS WITH ONE CONVERSION KIT. SN 98596, 22400 & 117996. Cal. 22LR & 32 ACP. Nearly identical pistols that have satin hard chrome finish and contoured, stippled right hand adjustable target grips. Both have micrometer adjustable rear sights. Pistol SN 98596 has a 4-1/2″ bbl in a flat side frame. Pistol SN 22400 is nearly identical with 3-1/4″ bbl and a heavy flat side target frame with front bbl weight. Accompanied by an orig Walther conversion unit, SN 117996 that has 4″ bbl in a flat side light weight frame with micrometer adjustable rear sight. Each pistol is accompanied by its orig black hard plastic case, orig paperwork and target, including target for conversion unit, owners manuals and tools. Conversion unit also has 2 orig Walther magazines, each pistol has an orig caliber 22 magazine and there are 2 spare 22 cal magazines. Pistols also come with orig correspondence from German dealer, Carl Bock of Frankfurt Germany to Mr. Ronald J. Holmes of Chappaqua, NY, along with invoices for both pistols and the conversion unit. CONDITION: Both pistols and conversion unit are in exceptionally fine, as new condition, retaining virtually all of their crisp, orig finish. Spare magazines and cases are equally new. 4-49184 JR250 (3,000-5,000)

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3232
Revised: 10/13/2013

PLEASE NOTE: The catalog correctly states that there is no manufacturer’s serial number, manufacturer’s marks, etc. on this item. That is exactly how it is and written exactly as it should be. But also please be aware, per the diamond symbol next to the number, it clearly indicates that this item was imported as part of the Sturgess Collection and as such, by Federal Law is required to have an import mark. Import markings require all the pertinent information including a SN so the gun is import marked in the recess area near the clip insert. The catalog description is correct and the representation is correct. The catalog description states there are no manufacturer’s marks, which there are not and the diamond symbol indicates that it has the appropriate import marks which include the SN, etc. If there are any questions do not hesitate to contact us on this very rare gun.

*◊ RARE UNNUMBERED DWM GL PROTOTYPE OR PRESENTATION 1900 LUGER. SN NSN. 4-3/4″ 30 Cal. bbl. “DWM” scroll on center toggle link. Dished toggles. “GL” on rear toggle link. No other external markings or proof marks and no internal parts numbering. Grip safety. Plain wood bottom magazine. This gun is the same configuration as the 1900 US test guns, and this may have been a prototype for that series. This gun is featured on p. 283 of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess’ The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Retains 80% orig blue and 40% orig straw. Bore is bright and sharp. Grips are lightly worn with some large indents on the right side. Magazine is very good with a dent in the body. Mechanics are very good, missing the original takedown lever spring. 4-52747 BWS85 (20,000-30,000)

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3254
Revised: 10/11/2013

Magazine is mismatched, not original. Pistol SN is 5749w, magazine SN 7529 shows in photo.

*◊ NEAR MINT SWEDISH MAUSER BANNER LUGER WITH MATCHING MAGAZINE. SN 5749w. 4″ 30 Cal. bbl. “1939” marked above chamber. Mauser banner on center toggle link. Crown/U proofs on left receiver, breech block, and front sight block. Original matching numbered aluminum bottom magazine. All numbered parts are matching except for the checkered walnut grips. This gun is one of 34 guns obtained by the Swedish Military for test purposes in 1939. This gun is featured on p. 540 of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess’ The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Near mint retaining 99% original blue and 97% original straw. Grips are near mint and sharp with beautiful wood grain. Bore is bright and sharp. Magazine and mechanics are excellent. 4-52811 BWS37 (7,000-10,000)

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3283
Revised: 10/13/2013

This lot has been withdrawn from this auction for the following reason:

There is currently a question as to whether the “Super Rare Gomann-Grunow Telescoping Stock” is legal or not. It currently is not on the list of exemptions but in fact the likely reason it is not on the list of exemptions is because of its extraordinary rarity. There are only a couple now known to exist today. This example was purchased from an American auction a few years back by Dr. Sturgess. Another example was sold by that same auction house a couple of years ago and a third example is in a notable foreign collection. In fairness and in consideration of both buyer and seller, we are withdrawing this lot from the auction and we have filed an exemption from ATF because of the previous two sales in this country, we anticipate that we will receive an exemption. Once we receive that exemption, then we will reoffer the same pistol in a future session of the Sturgess Collection either in March 2014 or October 2014. Sorry for the inconvenience however we want to be certain everything is done on the up and up.

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3314
Revised: 10/13/2013

PLEASE NOTE: The catalog correctly states that there is no serial number on the frame. That is exactly how it is and written exactly as it should be. But also please be aware, per the diamond symbol next to the number, it clearly indicates that this item was imported as part of the Sturgess Collection and as such, by Federal Law is required to have an import mark. Import markings require all the pertinent information including the SN. (The import serial number is added to the frame “5A”) The catalog description is correct and the representation is correct. If there are any questions do not hesitate to contact us on this gun.

*◊ DWM 1920 COMMERCIAL ARTILLERY LUGER. SN NSN. 8″ 9mm bbl with multi-position adjustable rear artillery sight with small parts numbered 36. “DWM” on center toggle link. Checkered walnut grips. Proper “GERMANY” marked wood bottom magazine. Crown/N proofed. Frame is unnumbered. Rear toggle link is #36, sideplate is #97, trigger is #28, and takedown lever is #03. These guns were assembled from leftover parts and are proper without matching numbers. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent retaining 96% original blue and 90% original straw. Bore is bright and sharp. Grips are lightly worn with minor dings and indentations to checkering. Magazine is excellent with a wood bottom that is near perfect. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52797 BWS77 (2,500-4,000)

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3326
Revised: 10/2/2013

Catalog should state magazine is matched to the gun and it should be noted there is a distinctive font of the “i” suffix is identical on both gun and magazine.

*◊ BEAUTIFUL CASED STOEGER AMERICAN EAGLE NAVY LUGER WITH STOCK AND ACCESSORIES. SN 74i. 6″ .30 Cal bbl with SN and suffix letter and Crown/N proof. American eagle on chamber “DWM” scroll on center toggle link. 100meter-200meter adjustable Navy rear sight. Left side of receiver is Crown/N proofed. Right side of receiver is “GERMANY” stamped, and has the two line address “A.F. STOEGER INC/NEW YORK.” Proper “i” range two digit SN. Grip safety. Checkered walnut grips. 3 Navy style concentric ring wood bottom magazines numbered to match the during manufacture as distinctive font of the “i” suffix is identical on both gun and magazine. Orig Navy commercial wood stock with a Crown/M on disk and “GERMANY” stamped into the wood (made for military contract but never issued and sold commercially after the war). In a leather bound fitted Stoeger case with a brass Swiss screwdriver/cleaning rod kit, pin punch and oiler. Case is stamped on top “A.F. STOEGER INC/NEW YORK.” in an oval and has brass fittings and leather handle. Orig key is included inside. Unused targets are stored in lid and a sample test target is glued inside the lid (appears contemporary). This gun/cased set is pictured or mentioned on pgs. 525, 535, 609, 703, 759, 896 and 1443 of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess’ The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent. Retains 98% orig blue. 98% orig straw. Bore is bright with light wear. Mechanics are excellent. Grips are lightly worn with beautiful color and wood grain. Magazines are excellent. Stock is near new. Accessories are excellent and case is very good with typical wear and scuffs for its age and what appears to be a burn mark about 2″ long on top near the logo. Brass fittings have some scratches and patina typical of their age. 4-52175 BWS97 (20,000-35,000)

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3371
Revised: 10/4/2013

Exciting News! The stock on this gun is the 1st type – it is extremely rare with very few made!

Caliber is not the common 9mm stated in the catalog. It is the much rarer 7.63mm.

*RARE BERGMANN MARS M1903 WITH CLOSELY NUMBERED ORIGINAL SHOULDER STOCK. SN 108. Caliber 9mm Bergmann Bayard. Bergmann made approximately 1000 M1903 pistols that are equally referenced as the Bergmann Mars. The initial 100 guns were in 7.63mm. This gun is one of the first to have been made in 9mm Bergmann Bayard. It has a 4″ bbl with a fixed front sight and a fixed rear sight. Crown U proofing is marked over the bbl rib and repeated on the chamber and on the frame on the left of the trigger guard cut out. The top of the fire blued locking block, just in front of the rear sight, is marked “MARS PAT. BREV. S.G.B.G.”. There are no markings on either side of the frame. The serial number 108 appears under the bbl and under the frame extension in front of the magazine well. Semiautomatic function operates in the usual manner with the bolt held open by the magazine follower. Depressing the button on the left side of the frame pushes off the sideplate from the right side of the frame to access the mechanism. This particular gun has a long magazine that extends beyond the base of the frame and has six indicator holes. The bottom of the floorplate is over stamped with a 74. Walnut grips are nicely checkered and bordered. Accompanying the gun is an all original shoulder stock whose lug is closely numbered 109. The flap of the magazine pouch has torn free of its original stitching and is now sewn to the large strap that retains the main flap of the body. The strip of leather along the spine used to secure the cleaning rod is missing. Other losses on the obverse side are reflected by two small quadrants of stitch holes. PROVENANCE: Joseph J. Schroeder, Jr. Collection. CONDITION: This is a generally gray-brown pistol with only remnants of original blue in the most protected recesses. There is no longer any heat temper color to the extractor, hammer, or trigger. Minimal fire blue remains near the pivot of the safety lever. Similar condition considerations apply to the magazine. Grips are original, matching (each marked 08), nicely checkered, and still retain a fair amount of original finish. Bright bore with sharp rifling and moderate corrosion. The leather of the stock body is all original and toned a rich brown. The lower corner of the mainflap, in the front, has separated. The body of the magazine pouch is heavily crazed and the flap presents as a soft suede. There has been no touch up to the stock lug, whose color case hardening now shows oxidative toning. When the pistol is inserted into the lug, it is nicely secured, with only a small amount of play. Though the pistol and stock have shown significant use, this is one of the few Bergmann Mars pistols to have been recently offered with a “real” stock that has not been re-covered with fresh leather or significantly altered. An unusual rig that should appeal to every collector of stocked pistols. 4-48511 LMA48 (6,000-8,500)

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