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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1002

SCARCE ENGRAVED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4522. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fine, high condition Hoggson engraved Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube, late style square back German silver front sight and 900 yd. Henry ladder rear sight. It is mounted with exceptional, highly figured, uncheckered, American walnut with straight stock and 1st type brass buttplate with rnd heel & trap with small hole containing an orig all iron 4-pc cleaning rod. Left side of buttstock & left side of bbl have factory sling loops. Buttplate screws are matching numbered while 2 of the tang screws are properly unnumbered. The bottom tang wood screw is a replacement numbered “1947”. Receiver & buttplate tang are engraved by Samuel J. Hoggson in his typical style consisting of a running buck deer surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns on the left side with line & chip pattern borders. Right side of the receiver is engraved in his beautiful matching foliate arabesque patterns with both front side flats engraved in his very identifiable large flower blossoms. Matching foliate arabesque patterns are engraved on top 3 flats of receiver, around rear edges of receiver, on the top tang and buttplate tang. All matching serial numbers are found on the top bbl flat between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Round part of bbl underloading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “630”, which number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. This rifle was probably produced in 1864 during the height of the Civil War when virtually all Henry rifles were purchased for use in the war. It is very likely that this rifle would have served during the war and almost certainly on the American frontier after the war. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all orig and all matching, except 1 tang screw as noted. Bbl & magazine tube retain a silver brown patina with a couple of minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 70-75% strong orig silver-plating that has turned black with oxidation. Buttplate retains about 20% silver-plating with all the exposed gun metal a dark brass patina. Stock has a hairline back of the top tang, otherwise is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches and retains about all of a fine overcoating of light varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. Cleaning rod is very fine. 4-48400 JR204 (70,000-100,000)

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1080

RARE VOLCANIC ARMS NAVY SIZE LEVER ACTION PISTOL. SN 728. Cal. 41. Very rare volcanic pistol with 8″ oct bbl that has integral magazine with full ribs, pinched post front sight and fixed rear sight dovetailed in the top flat of the frame. Top flat of the barrel has the 3-line “The Volcanic Repeating Arms Co.” address. Mounted with varnished, very nicely figured, smooth walnut grips that are matching numbered to the pistol. SN is found on the left side of buttstrap, under the wood, right side of lever and inside each grip. No further dis-assembly was under taken to check for additional matching numbers. While volcanic arms navy sized pistols are occasionally encountered, they are quite rare with only about 1500 produced with 8″ bbls in the period 1855-1857 and those that are found usually show hard use and worn finish. To find one in near new condition is a great rarity. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl, magazine tube, and loading sleeve all retain about 99% crisp orig brown with only faint sharp edge wear. Loading sleeve retaining ring front sight base is blue. Frame and sideplates retain sharp and crisp edges with only a couple of very fine scratches and shows a crisp, even dark mustard patina. Hammer retains strong case colors and the lever silver case colors turning brown. Right grip has a chipped heel with a bruise on the left grip and both show light wear with a few small nicks in the finish and overall retain about all of their crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore, frosty in the grooves. 4-49410 JR300 (37,500-50,000)

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1088

EXTREMELY RARE JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 36481. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Spectacular engraved ’66 rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mtn. front sight and 900 yard Henry-style ladder rear sight and a thin base adjustable early tang sight that has 3-3/4″ staff. Trigger is the thin pointed style usually found on engraved & deluxe rifles. Mounted with extraordinary, 3X, tiger-striped, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. Bottom of stock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. SN is found on lower tang with matching number in top tang channel of buttstock and last three digits of matching number inside toe of buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked “XXX” with an “S” and an “O”. Left side of upper tang is engraved in large letters “JU”. Receiver is beautifully engraved in some of John Ulrich’s finest work with full coverage on sides consisting of very highly detailed & shaded foliate & floral arabesque patterns and has an open panel on each side with a dog’s head incorporated at left rear side and an eagle’s head at right rear side. Front side panels have full coverage engraving by the same hand in unusual patterns. Top of receiver, top & bottom tangs, bottom of receiver, forend cap and buttplate tang are also engraved and all of the engraving has an extremely fine pearled background. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate were originally silver-plated. Accompanied by what is probably its orig factory sling with brass buckle. The engraving by John Ulrich is very distinctive with fine, tight scrolls and great shading with very fine background and unusual, highly detailed panels. This represents one of John Ulrich’s finest pieces of work outside of those with deep relief engraving. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains a smooth even plum patina with traces of dark blue in the most sheltered areas and one spot of pitting on left side flat toward the muzzle; magazine tube retains about 98% dark plummy/blue; receiver retains about 20-30% orig silver, mostly oxidized to dark finish; exposed brass is a medium mustard patina. Wood is sound with the forearm having a small gouge and retains a dark hand worn patina; buttstock is fine and retains most of its orig, bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling and fine pitting with a ring about mid-point which has caused a very fine bulge, faintly visible on the outside. Altogether an extremely beautiful & rare ’66. Sling shows heavy wear but is still soft & supple and retains a black hand worn patina. Buckle billet has been re-stitched. 4-49008 JR139 (70,000-100,000)

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1220

*EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBITION QUALITY JAMES PURDEY OVER-UNDER GAME GUN WITH SUBLIME RELIEF ENGRAVING AND GOLD INLAY BY KEN HUNT WITH BEST QUALITY CASE. SN 28865. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Demi-bloc bbls fitted with low, narrow, file cut, ventilated rib, are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons. Audley House. South Audley Street. London. England.” on right side of top bbl above proofs. Breech area of bottom bbl is stamped with 1986 London proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers, bottom of bottom bbl with “WB” (barrel makers initials), SN, and tube no. “71593”. Coin finished Woodward style low profile OU action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and Purdey non-selective single trigger. Action is engraved with truly exceptional scrolled acanthus with floral highlights in full relief, with fine shaded background. The quality of this work is beyond compare with every nuance of leaf and vine painstakingly cut and Bulino shaded. This wonderful scroll work frames portrait of trio of high relief gold inlaid woodcock flitting through trees on bottom of action. Scroll extends onto lockplates, leading into vignettes of gold relief game birds in exquisitely detailed engraved settings. A quattro of pintails are settling into cattail marsh with woodlands in background on left lockplate; and a quattro of ruffed grouse explode out of alder cover into opening with cabin in distance behind fence post and rail, on right lockplate. Each vignette has bulino shading of sky, giving dramatic effect. Additionally, two hidden woodland creatures await your discovery. Fences, top lever, top tang, and single beaded trigger guard continue with the exceptional relief scroll. SN is in gold at grip. A pair of pigeons, one flying, the other perched on a tendril of scroll, are on trigger guard bow. “J. Purdey & Sons” is gold inlaid on a scroll on each side of action. This incredible work is by noted master engraver, Ken Hunt, at his finest. His signature appears on lockplates at bottom of each scene. Wonderfully marbled, stump figured European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over checkered wood butt, with typical Purdey drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, ebony grip cap, and vacant gold oval on toe line. Matching one piece full forend has Anson release. Actioners initials “PD” (Peter Delay) are on inside on iron. Bore diameter: top -.729, bottom -.730. Bore restrictions: top -.040 (Extra Full), bottom -.028 (Full). Wall thickness: top-.031, bottom -.031. Drop at heel: 1-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Superlative oak and black ostrich leather case is lined in olive green velvet, with James Purdey gold embossed black leather label on lid. Case is fitted for gun and French fitted for a wonderful array of spectacular ivory handled and accented fittings and accessories. These include 3-pc ebony and German silver cleaning rod by Marsh (mop, jag, and brush are in black morocco wallet in covered compartment with lid with ivory knob). Cleaning brush, pair of turnscrews, chamber brush, and handle of cleaning rod are of solid ivory. Snap caps have ivory bodies. Striker bottle with spare strikers, oil bottle, vaseline jar, and another bottle have inset round ivory tops. Most accessories are by Casecraft, and the entire garniture exudes elegance. PROVENANCE: Factory letter giving specifications. CONDITION: Excellent, appears unfired. Bbls retain nearly all of their orig blue with slight thinning and silvering on high points, and a few minor marks. Action retains nearly all of its coin finish with any silvering only heightening depth of engraving. Stocks have only a few marks in their orig finish, most notably a small nick on center left side of buttstock. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Mechanically crisp. Case leather is excellent, with one or two barely noticeable marks. Handle and straps are very fine. Locking loops of latch are detached from top portion. Interior velvet shows only a few compressions from contact with gun and accessories. Accessories are excellent. Large turnscrew has a small crack in ivory running from ferrule into hand piece. There is a slight check in the ivory body of one snap cap. All other ivory is excellent. An immortal creation. 4-47797 MGM42 (80,000-120,000)

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1231

*VERY FINE 28 GA. HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 33677. (ca 1947) Cal. 28 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26-1/2″ Chopper lump bbls with narrow swamped game rib are engraved “Royal” and “Holland & Holland” “”98 New Bond Street, London.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers and reproofs for 2-3/4″ at .556 and 3-1/4 tons. Bbls are fitted with H & H patent self-opening assist spring. Bottoms are stamped with SNs and bottom rib is engraved “Made in England”. Classic, small sized, Royal sidelock action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), double triggers, gold-plated internals, gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and H & H patent hand detachable sidelocks. Action and lockplates are engraved with classic H & H house style large open shaded scroll with acanthus highlights. “Holland & Holland” is in plain field on central scroll flanked device on each lockplate. Left hinge pin cover is engraved “MADE IN ENGLAND”. Bottom of action is engraved “Royal Model”. Single beaded trigger guard is engraved with open scroll and SN at grip. Beautifully figured and marbled, red-toned European walnut buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over checkered wood butt, and features diamond hand, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, drop points, and a gold oval on toe line engraved “B. D.” Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.557, right -.559. Bore restrictions: left -.008 (Mod), right -.000 (Cyl). Wall thickness: left -.026, right -.028. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Maker’s leather VC case with stitched leather corners is embossed “R. D.” on top. Interior is lined with green cloth, has gold embossed H & H Bruton Street label on lid, and contains a walnut and brass 2-pc cleaning rod with brush, mop, and jag, H & H box of cleaning patches, can of H & H “Nevarust”, H & H round oil bottle, and pull through field bore brush in leatherite case. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 90% of what appears to be orig blue, thinned at normal carry point above forend. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig muted case hardening color, considerably silvered on bottom, beads, and fences from normal hand wear. Lockplates retain most of their color. Top lever is silvered at thumbpiece, trigger guard on bead and considerably at grip. Stock retains what appears to be its orig finish, slightly worn through at high points and with a number of normal handling marks. Checkering is slightly worn and dark. Bores are excellent, smooth, bright, and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Case leather is excellent, with a few minor scratches and scuffs. Straps and handle are very good. Interior cloth is excellent, with a few minor rubs. Label and accessories are excellent. An exceptionally rare small bore British best. 4-48317 MGM35 (40,000-60,000)

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1236

*VERY FINE HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROYAL DELUXE OVER-UNDER HEAVY GAME OR SPORTING GUN WITH CASE. SN 51160. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Finely struck 32″ demi-bloc bbls with matted, ventilated rib are engraved “Holland & Holland London” on rear portion of rib. Flat of bottom bbl is stamped with London 2005 nitro proofs for each bbl. SN is stamped on bottom of bottom bbl. Beautifully sculpted, coin finished, low profile, O/U sidelock action is fitted with automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), and single non-selective trigger. Action also features side bolsters, gold line tumbler end cocking indicators, and H & H detachable locks. Action and lockplates are engraved with extremely well cut, large, flowing, open, scrolled acanthus, with nicely shaded backgrounds. “Holland & Holland” is gold inlaid on each lockplate. Bottom of action has Bulino portrait of a spaniel. Engravers initials “A G” are on trigger plate. Small bow, single beaded trigger guard is also scroll engraved, with SN gold inlaid on tang. Superb burl grained, well marbled European walnut full flared pistol grip buttstock is set up for a left hand shooter, with slight palm swell at right grip, slightly cast-on, and with trigger guard bead on left side. Stock also features thin, dark brown leather covered pad, drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders and gold oval on toe line engraved “R M”. Matching, small, one piece, slightly beavertailed forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: top -.734, bottom -.735. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Bbls are fitted with Briley thin wall chokes, 7 tubes are included. Wall thickness: top-.030, bottom -.030. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 14-7/8″. Gun comes in its orig Holland & Holland embossed black ABS case with three combination locks, lined in green felt, and containing bags for action and bbls. PROVENANCE: Hang tag and choke tubes. CONDITION: Excellent, showing evidence of limited use. Bbls retain nearly all of their orig factory blue, with a hint of silvering on sharp edges of rib. Coin finish of action remains bright. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish, with a few light handling marks, mostly on forend. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case is very fine, with a few scuffs on exterior. Interior cloth is fine. Bbl partition is broken away at one end. Bags are fine, lightly soiled. This would make a great sporting clays gun. 4-49362 MGM261 (65,000-100,000)

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1263

*MARVELOUS TOMASONI ENGRAVED IVO FABBRI SMALL GAUGE THREE BARREL SET WITH EXTRA STOCK AND CASE. SN E678. Cal. 20 ga 2-3/4″ Chambers, 28 ga 2-3/4″ Chambers, and .410 3″ Chambers. All demi-bloc bbl sets have their own forends, and are 28-3/8″ long, with flat, matted, solid ribs, engraved “IVO FABBRI – BRESCIA – ” on left sides, and “VACUUM ARC REMELTING STEEL” on right. Rear portions of ribs are gold inlaid with the numerals “1”, “2”, and “3” denoting gauge, “1” being 20 ga. “2” being 28 ga, and “3” are .410. Bottoms of bottom bbls are stamped with 1989 Italian nitro proofs, and “I Fabbri”. Finely sculpted, low profile, O/U, sidelock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE engraved) and single non-selective trigger. Action is engraved with exceptionally fine, artistically laid out, beautifully detailed and shaded, large, open, flowing, acanthus scroll with realistic floral highlights. “IVO FABBRI” and “BRESCIA” are in broad, scrolled riband on bottom of action. Engravers signature “INC. C. TOMASONI” is on trigger plate. Beautifully marbled and lightly stump figured European walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over thin, black Decelerator pad. Classic point pattern checkering with line border is at grip. (Included is an extra, pistol grip buttstock, numbered “678” on the head, of exceptionally well marbled, very dense European walnut measuring approx 14″ over checkered wood butt with the gold initials “M.” “D.” “H” individually inlet on toe line.) Forends of well matching walnut have slight diamond section, numbers gold inlaid on forend tips, and house Anson type release buttons. 20 Ga. Bbls “1”: Bore diameter: top -.625, bottom -.624. Bore restrictions: top -.019 (Mod), bottom -.008 (IC). Wall thickness: top-.032, bottom -.031. Drop at heel: 1-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. 28 Ga. Bbls “2”:Bore diameter: top -.558, bottom -.559. Bore restrictions: top -.021 (Full), bottom -.013 (Mod). Wall thickness: top-.042, bottom -.040. Drop at heel: 1-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. .410 Bbls “3”: Bore diameter at muzzles: top -.405, bottom -.412. Wall thickness: top-.040, bottom -.036. Drop at heel: 1-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 15.5 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Light tan leather Nizzoli case with stitched leather corners is lined in burgundy cloth which has Nizzoli metal tag in lid. Case is semi french fitted for action and all three sets of bbls. PROVENANCE: Factory build sheet and import papers for this gun by SN. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with scant evidence of firing, with just the slightest cartridge head halos on breechface, and only a few, nearly insignificant, marks in metal finish of bbls and action, and three or four very light scratches on wood finish, mostly on left side of butt. Extra stock is excellent with a few light marks. Bores are excellent. Action is crisp. Case leather has a number of scuffs and light discoloration. Straps and handle are very fine. Interior cloth is excellent, with only a few light compressions. A very unusual offering from this world renown maker of only the finest guns. 4-49115 MGM311 (100,000-200,000)

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1357

*VERY FINE VRANKEN AND WATRIN ENGRAVED .410 BROWNING SPECIAL EXHIBITION GRADE SUPERPOSED. SN 3044. Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. This unique creation by the Browning custom shop with 26-3/8″ ventilated rib bbls choked modified and full, is gold inlaid “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY” and “.410 – GAUGE SHELLS 3″ – MADE IN BELGIUM” on either side of rib. Blued superposed action features single selective trigger. Trigger blade has been nicely filed, checkered, and gold-plated. Action is engraved with exceptionally well done, flush, two-colored gold inlaid open, flowing scroll, which surrounds relief gold inlaid game birds in two-toned flush gold inlaid backgrounds; subject is appropriate for gauge of gun. A pair of Gambel’s quail flush from bracken on left side of action, and a pair of snipe from reeds on right. A bobwhite is on bottom of action. This exceptional work is signed by two of Browning’s top engravers, “A. Watrin” is on rear of left side; rear of right is signed by “Vranken”. Beautifully flame figured American walnut short tang, square knob buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over brown open-sided Browning pad. A vacant gold oval is on toe line. Checkering at grip has carved bead border, and relief carved scrolled flourishes at rear and surrounding side panels. This exceptional carved treatment extends to matching rounded forend. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Also included is what appears to be its orig black and gold box, containing instruction book and wrapping tissue. PROVENANCE: Copy of original order for this gun outlining customers desires including “Customer is partial to the number 4, please use as many 4’s in the serial number as possible”. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, showing very limited use, with a few light marks in wood, most noticeably on right side of buttstock. Mechanically crisp. Box is fine with considerable chipping and scratches, and some tape marks. A corresponding 12 ga. gun is also in this auction. 4-48911 MGM206 (25,000-35,000)

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1417

*RARE LEFEVER THOUSAND DOLLAR GRADE (STYLE) SHOTGUN. SN 34497. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. The “Thousand Dollar” grade is described in the 1910 Lefever catalog as follows: “This grade is built to suit any special requirement of the shooter, and is the finest gun that can be made at any price. We show no cut of the “Thousand Dollar” grade as sportsmen’s requirements vary to such an extent in a gun of this grade, that we prefer to build the gun exactly to their specifications.” This gun, with a list price of $1000.00 is $600.00 higher than the Optimus grade, priced at $400.00. At this time the Parker A1 Special and the L C Smith A3 were priced at $750.00. Few “Thousand Dollar” grades are known to exist. This example has 30″ bbls with flat, matted rib, mounted with two ivory beads, and are engraved “Lefever Arms Co.” and “Whitworth Fluid Steel” on tops. Breech ends have raised cyma curved bolsters, and 1-1/4″ triangles of engraved acanthus and scroll set off by scrolled gold wire inlay. There are geometric bands of engraving around muzzles with an acanthus flourish on bottom rib. Bbl flats are brightly polished but unmarked. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Whitworth sheaf of wheat trademarks, left bbl with SN. Late style ejector action with one piece cocking hook/ extractor cam, is gold inlaid on water table “1000” on left side, and stamped with SN on right. Action features standard cocking indicators and checkered gold-plated triggers. Action is engraved with full coverage exceptionally well cut and shaded medium scroll interspersed with larger scroll, within geometric and knot-work borders. Beads are beautifully filed with cove moldings, which are geometrically engraved and gold washed. Outer beads are exquisitely engraved with fern leaves. Gold inlay on the action is extensive with wire highlights on large tendrils of scroll and around lump hole. Outer beads have beautifully detailed flowers and there is foliate counterpoint to areas of scroll on body of action. A gold inlaid, semi relief grouse perches on branch on bottom of action, and a quail is in oval on trigger plate. Fences are relief engraved with three classic stylized shamrocks with gold counterpoint at centers. Delicately stippled background is gold washed. Top lever has nicely filed gold washed moldings at bottom of thumbpiece. A flying gold pigeon surrounded by gold wire is on pivot. Top tang without safety has more gold inlaid foliage and fine engraving. The lockplates have very fine detailed vignettes of gun dogs in ovals, surrounded by two bands of gold wire and an intricate gold washed foliate band. Larger scrolls on plates have gold wire accents which continue on to rebated tails. “LEFEVER ARMS CO” is in gold wire outlined rectangular devices with gold inlaid and engraved foliate ends. Beaded borders of lockplate have each bead individually gold inlaid. Matching trigger guard has relief gold inlaid setter on bow with gold wire surround. SN is beautifully gold inlaid on trigger guard tang, which extends to dimpled horn grip cap with inlet crenelated gold plate engraved “1000”. The quality of all this work is beyond compare, eclipsing all competitors. Beautifully marbled European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over old Silver pad. Stock features classic ivory dot accented horn “clock hand” drop points and beautifully executed borderless checkering in fancy pattern of two different spacings separated by scrolled ribbon, as well as large flourish of checkering extending toward comb of stock. A relief engraved gold shield with monogram “TS” is on toe line. Splinter forend has fleur-di-lis checkering with multiple ribbons, fancy hard rubber tip. Release cover is engraved to match action, with gold inlaid portrait of spaniel on central circle. Release is of friction type. IMPORTANT NOTE: There has been much debate about whether this is a genuine $1000 Grade. As a result of much examination and careful consideration we warrant that this is a genuine high grade Lefever shotgun with exquisite original Lefever engraving. What we cannot and will not guarantee is the gold “1000” inlay on the watertable and we cannot and will not guarantee all of the gold inlays throughout the gun. Bore diameter: left-.730, right -.731. Bore restrictions: left -.031 (Full), right -.032 (Full). Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.033. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain 80% of what appears to be their orig blue, with a number of light marks, thinning considerably above forend, at natural hold point with some rubs. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, exact percentage difficult to assess because of extent of engraving and gold wash. Case hardening on water table is over 90%. Breech faces show traces of color, and considerable erosion around firing pin holes. Cocking hook and ejectors retain all their mirror polish. Gold wash on fences and beads is beginning to thin. Gold inlay shows a number of light marks and scratches. Buttstock retains most of what appears to be its orig high gloss finish. Checkering has considerable wear, and has not been re-cut. Orig pad has been “cleaned up”. Forend wood has been replaced and retains most of its orig finish, checkering excellent, but dark. (It appears from wear pattern on bbls that gun was fitted with a beavertail forend for a while.) Metal parts of forend are original. Bores are excellent, bright with some minor light striations. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. An incredibly rare “over the top” American classic. The “Holy Grail” of Lefevers, akin to the “Invincible” to the Parker fraternity. 4-48886 MGM164 (40,000-60,000)

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*TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND, ITHACA NID SOUSA/ $1000 GRADE 12 GAUGE MAGNUM. SN 500536. Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers. Of 87 12-ga magnum guns produced, this is the only one listed by Walter Snyder as a $1000 grade, and referred to by SN on p. 71 of his THE ITHACA GUN COMPANY FROM THE BEGINNING. It has 30″ bbls with matted game rib fitted with two ivory beads, engraved “Ithaca Gun Co.” and “Ithaca, N. Y U.S.A.” on tops. Breech ends are engraved with 1-7/8″ triangles of well cut, deep relief, medium scroll. Engine turned bbl flats are stamped with SN, “S” (Sousa), “3” CHAMBER”, with a cross on each bbl, along with a “4”. Bottom of lump is stamped “Nitro Powder”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with a crowned “D”, and “BEST FLUID STEEL”. There are also 1″ triangles of engravings at sides of muzzles. Case hardened, special magnum, NID action does not have pin cocking indicators, but is fitted with gold-plated single selective trigger with “R”, “S”, and “L” gold inlaid on top tang in front of specially shaped safety button. Water table is stamped with SN, “S” and gauge. Action is crisply filed and engraved with exceptional, relief, medium scroll with ribbons running through pattern framing full relief gold inlaid dogs and game in extensively shaded vignettes, giving dramatic depth to subjects; a pointer is on left side, a setter on right, and a duck flies over marsh with gold inlaid reeds below, on bottom of action. Scroll engraved trigger guard bow is gold inlaid with classic Sousa grade jubilantly proud bare chested mermaid. SN is at grip. The scroll engraving on this gun, is a cut above that on the Sousa grade pictured in THE ITHACA GUN, both in complexity and execution. Very dense, flame figured American walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over Hawkins red open-sided pad. Checkered side panels and 32LPI checkering at grip have arcaded borders. Matching beavertail ejector forend has inset fancy rosewood tip, and J-spring, as well as Deeley type secondary release. Interior of forend iron is line border engraved with some scroll on latch parts, and is stamped with SN, and “S”. Bore diameter: left-.734, right -.734. Bore restrictions: left -.042 (Extra full), right -.026 (IM). Wall thickness: left -.031, right -.036. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 9 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. PROVENANCE: Ithaca Gun Co invoice for this gun listed as $1000 grade, dated Nov 15, 1938, and sold for $1000.00 plus extras, including beavertail forend at $21.65, recoil pad at $2.25, and ivory sights at $1.10, for a total of $1025.00 to E. J. Britt of Lumberton, NC. Extras are then scratched out and have a penciled in notation stating: “Sent corrected Inv. 11/17” for a total of $1000.00. CONDITION: Excellent. as found. Bbls retain approx 95% orig blue, thinning around breech, with some light and scattered freckling, has not been cleaned. Action retains most of its dark case hardening colors, percentage difficult to ascertain, because of depth of engraving. High points of engraving are pleasingly silvered. Rear of top tang, thumbpiece of top lever, left part of bottom of action, and rear of trigger guard bow are brown patina. Trigger retains a considerable amount of its gold-plating. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish, which is slightly crazed and frosted, with a number of light marks and scratches. Checkering is slightly worn and dark. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight, with top lever right of center. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Trigger works. An incredibly rare investment quality Ithaca. 4-49726 MGM307 (65,000-95,000)

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*20 GAUGE PARKER A 1 SPECIAL WITH CASE. SN 230824. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 0 Frame. 26″ Bbls are engraved “Parker Bros. Makers. Meriden. CT. U.S.A. Peerless Steel” on top rib mounted with single ivory bead. Bbl flats are stamped with correct markings including Peerless Steel crossed “P” logo, Parker proofs, and “8”. There are 2″ triangles of fine scroll at breech ends of bbls and a geometric band at muzzles. Along with patent information, water table is stamped “A1S”, with SN, and “8”. Case hardened action features automatic safety (S gold inlaid) and checkered gold-plated double triggers (front articulated, an unusual feature on Parkers). Action is nicely filed with three beads behind fences, chevron in top lever, and with scrolled transition from flat sides to rounded portion of action. Engraving is of near full coverage fine scroll. “Parker Bros” is on each side of action. Top lever thumbpiece is nicely engraved in semi-relief scrolled acanthus shaded with checkering. Matching trigger guard has SN in raised gold at grip. Beautifully marbled, stump figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over leather-faced Silver pad. Side panels are checkered with ribbons through pattern and foliate carving at rear. Drop points are fleur-di-lis. Checkering pattern with mullered borders is very fancy with fleur-di-lis into pattern and sprays extending into butt in A1 Special fashion, very similar to the A1 Special pictured in THE PARKER STORY on p. 368. A fancy rectangular gold crest plate which has an engraved border, is on toe line. Splinter ejector forend has flat tip and very fancy checkering matching buttstock. Bore diameter: left-.615, right -.615. Bore restrictions: left -.013 (Mod), right -.008 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.024, right -.029. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Abercrombie & Fitch leather VC case with leather corners, is lined in burgundy cloth, and contains 2-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod with jag and Turk’s head, A & F marked square oil bottle and snap caps. Three detached outer leather corners are also in case. PROVENANCE: Letter from G & H outlining records of this gun dating back to 1958 when it was listed as “bought for stock”. It last appears in 1963 when sold to John Minges. (Gun has remained in the Minges family until now.) Also included are census records of the Minges family, (majority stockholders of the TIP Co. that reformulated Mountain Dew soda & eventually sold the formula to Pepsi Co.) and biographical information on other previous owners, as known by G & H. CONDITION: Excellent, as restored, most likely by Larry DelGrego in the 1960’s (consignor states: “My father knew Larry DelGrego, from some work he had performed on some of my Dad’s Parker collection”), and retaining nearly all of that restored finish, with only one or two subsequent marks in wood finish. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Case leather is considerably scuffed and marked, two corners are missing, (three detached and in case). One strap is missing. Other strap and handle are good. Interior cloth is fine with some rubs and light soiling. Accessories are fine. 20 Ga. A 1 Specials are very rare with only 11 being noted in THE PARKER STORY, 3 with 26″ bbls. 4-49007 MGM124 (75,000-125,000)

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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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*VERY RARE ENGRAVED LONG FLUTE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 331111. Cal .45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates mounted with exceptional 2-pc pearl grips that have deep left and right rampant Colt medallions. Left grip is carved with a very deep relief ox head. Revolver has about 75-80% coverage wonderful, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with exceptionally fine, even pearled background by master engraver Cuno Helfricht. Engraving also consists of extraordinary patterns on the left recoil shield and loading gate with feather patterns down the top strap and diamond patterns on each side of the bbl boss. Bottom front gullets are engraved in Mr. Helfricht’s distinctive flower blossoms. Foliate arabesque patterns extend completely up the sides of the bbl with geometric patterns over the top of bbl. Top gullet of the ejector housing is engraved in a very fine snake and dot pattern with unusual zig-zag edge patterns. Outer radius of the ejector housing is engraved in leaf and vine patterns. Backstrap is engraved in Mr. Helfricht’s distinctive fan pattern with geometric patterns down the backstrap, on the buttstrap and on the trigger guard. Cylinder is extensively engraved with unusual patterns on the lands between the flutes, a line border around the flutes with scalloped border around the rear edge. Rear face of the cylinder is marked with last four digits of matching serial number. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only two long flute revolvers that were engraved. One was silver plated, the other nickel plated. He identifies the silver plated one but does not identify the nickel plated one. The long flute Single Action revolver was produced beginning in 1913 with about 1,379 manufactured between serial numbers 328915 & 329925, in six Calibers in all three bbl lengths plus two ejector-less models. The long flute cylinders are left-over model 1878 DA Frontier revolver cylinders. Colt, being the ultra-frugal company that it was, never disposing of anything that might be useful, recycled these cylinders by having stop notches cut on the outer diameter and installing them in these Single Action revolvers. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 45 with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl grips with carved steer head motif, factory engraved and under special features, “furnished with a double action cylinder of long flute configuration” and shipped to Praeger Hardware Company, San Antonio, TX on Sept. 23, 1914 in a one gun shipment. This is one of the most elaborately Helfricht engraved Colt’s ever examined by this cataloger, undoubtedly from the hand of the master himself. CONDITION: Very fine, overall retains about 95% strong, orig nickel finish with the majority of the losses on the left side of the bbl and top strap with slight loss just behind the trigger guard. Cylinder retains most of its strong orig nickel with front face mostly dark patina and some very fine, minor flaking in the flutes. Outer diameter shows thinning and wear on the lands between the flutes. Grips have chipped toes otherwise are sound showing great fire and strong color. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bright bore with scattered and very fine pitting. This is one of the finer, more exciting 4-3/4″ Single Actions to come to market in some time. 4-49413 JR310 (70,000-90,000)

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*SUPERB HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH WONDERFUL AZ HISTORY. SN 335045. Cal .38 WCF (38-40. Spectacular silver finished Single Action with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates and is mounted with spectacular 2-pc, Rampant Colt deep silver medallion pearl grips. Right side has a deep relief carved stooping eagle. Rear face of cylinder has last 4 digits of matching serial number. Revolver is engraved probably from the hand of the master himself, Cuno Helfricht, with about 80% coverage, very fine, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with extremely fine pearled background. Left recoil shield is engraved in Mr. Helfrichts typical fan pattern with feather patterns on the top strap, diamond patterns on each side of bbl boss and his distinctive flower blossoms in the bottom front gullets. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend the entire length of both sides of bbl with fine snake & dot patterns in the top gullet of the ejector housing along with fine zig-zag borders and leaf and vine pattern on the outer radius. Backstrap is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s distinctive fan pattern at the top with geometric patterns downs the back and buttstraps with another of his distinctive patterns on the trigger bow. Cylinder is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes, a line border around the flutes with a small sunburst at the rear end of the flutes. Rear edge of the cylinder is beautifully engraved in scallop and snake & dot patterns. This is one of Mr. Helfricht’s more elaborately engraved Single Actions. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal 38-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, silver finish, pearl grips with carved eagle motif, factory engraved and sold to Globe Hardware Co., address unavailable, shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on January 24, 1917 in a one gun shipment. The Globe Hardware Co. in the letter, is located in Globe, AZ, and has been in business from 1898 to the present. Contact with a granddaughter of the orig owner of the company disclosed that some of the old records are still available. A search of those records disclosed that this revolver was received January 30, 1917 from Simmons Hardware Co. and was sold the same day to Alvin Booth. Contact with the Gila County, AZ Historical Museum revealed that Alvin Booth, a “colored” man, was born April 1, 1868 in Hillsboro, TX, settling in Globe to do handyman and janitorial services around town. Booth was a well known and respected figure in Globe, being employed by several prominent bankers and businessmen in town. Booth was very frugal, saved his money and purchased several investment properties in the area, becoming somewhat well-to-do. In 1913 he was chosen to attend the Emancipation Convention in Philadelphia to represent the Arizona colored population at the convention. His appointment was made by Governor George W. P. Hunt, who Booth had worked for when the governor was a businessman in Globe. He was also a delegate in 1920 to the convention of the Industrial and Commercial Council of People of African Descent. He was mentioned in “Arizona’s Black Pioneers” and several other publications noting prominent people of early Arizona. Booth died March 16, 1937 in Globe, AZ, and was laid to rest in the “white man’s cemetery” next to his father who had joined him in Globe in his later years. PROVENANCE: Fax correspondence from Gila County, AZ Historical Museum. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus and all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp, orig silver finish which is lightly oxidized, showing no wear. Revolver appears to be new and unfired. Grips are crisp with no visible flaws. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore shows no evidence of having ever been fired. An absolutely spectacular example of the engravers art and finisher’s polishing skills. This revolver is nearly identical to another Single Action from the same time frame, being sold elsewhere in this auction. 4-49405 JR311 (65,000-85,000)

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SCARCE MAHOGANY CASED & DELUXE ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL HARTFORD-LONDON DRAGOON, SN 18. SN 18. Cal. 44. Cased & profusely engraved (one of only six known to be deluxe engraved) Hartford-London Dragoon SN 18 mfg ca. 1853. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight. Hand-engraved barrel address “COLN COLT. LONDON” reading from breech to muzzle (one of five known) and also hand-engraved “COLTS. PATENT.” within an unfurled banner on left side of the profusely engraved frame. It has usual 6-shot cyl with the Dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking and five of its six safety pins mostly serviceable. It has a silver-plated brass back-strap, small rounded silver-plated brass trigger-guard and select burl walnut one-piece grips. Loading lever entering from the right side of the loading lever assembly, no bevel on the cut-out, short trigger (one of nine recorded), vertical loading lever catch and stacked British proof-marks on the barrel. Frame has full coverage, wonderfully executed foliate arabesque patterns on sides with fine shaded background and foliate & floral engraving on recoil shields. Hammer is lightly engraved on sides of spur with dolphin motif on top edge. Bbl lug has full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with British proofs on sides and a nice border around the address on the top flat. There is a scalloped border on the bbl at the transition and around the muzzle. Top of backstrap has a wonderfully executed fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns, a fine border pattern down the backstrap with engraving patterns at top & heel, also on buttstrap & trigger bow. Wedge & rammer are engraved to match. Wedge is unnumbered and rammer handle has the number “37”. Accompanied by a rare orig mahogany English casing with empty brass panel in the lid. It is blue velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a silver plated Sykes Patent bag flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with steel sprue cutter, a Hawksley pewter oil bottle, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, an all metal English cleaning rod and a rosewood screw-lid bits box containing one spare nipple. This exact revolver is pictured on p 148 of “Colt Engraving” by R.L. Wilson, and on p 234 of “The Colt Engraving Book” Vol.1 by R.L. Wilson and p 137 of “Colonel Colt London” by Joseph G. Rosa. Engraved dragoon revolvers are quite rare and cased examples are extremely rare. It has been estimated from collated research, that fewer than 10% of Hartford-London Dragoons were factory engraved and this one, with deluxe engraving, perhaps only 1% of the 700 produced. PROVENANCE: Arnold M. Chernoff Collection. Chester Bonoff Collection. Pete Holder Collection. Damien Scattizi Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 60% orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a medium patina; rammer handle is a gray/brown patina; frame retains dark case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a silver/brown patina; cyl is mostly a silver/brown patina with a large area of light pitting, some dents & dings around the front edge that were dressed out; two of the British proof marks on the cyl appear to have been double struck and overall retains about 25-30% Dragoon/Indian fight scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain 30-40% thin silver plating. Grip is sound, a little undersized for the frame and overall retains a smooth oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case is sound with numerous handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains 80-85% orig varnish; interior is lightly to moderately faded with moderate soil in the bottom; flask retains most of its fine silver plating with bright blue spring; mold has a few light nicks & dings with fine cavities and a crisp light mustard patina; other accessories are fine. 4-48352 (37,500-47,500)

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RARE COL. COLT PRESENTATION ENGLISH ENGRAVED CASED COLT 2ND MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 207. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and New-York City address. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” engraved in an ellipse. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking and has all six safety pins serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a beautiful burl, deluxe, 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Trigger guard is very small and square back and is a 2nd type revolver with screw over the wedge and a slotted cyl spindle with a thin lug. This beautiful revolver is wonderfully English engraved with very fine foliate arabesque patterns in full coverage on both sides of frame with foliate & floral patterns on recoil shields. Engraving extends over bbl lug and top side flats with matching patterns on rammer pivot and around muzzle. Bottom of rammer handle is engraved in leaf & vine patterns. Top of backstrap, backstrap ears and heel of backstrap, along with buttstrap & trigger bow are engraved to match the frame. The trigger guard is stamped with a small “2” below the SN. Accompanied by its orig English oak casing with brass medallion inlay engraved in period script “Presented / to / Park Pittar Esqr. / by / Col. Colt”. Inside is lined in burgundy velvet and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a Barlow bag shaped flask, a brass 2-cavity bullet & ball “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a pewter oil bottle, two combustible cartridges, a spare hammer spring and cast lead bullets & balls. It also has an orig functioning key. Items presented from “Col. Colt” are the most rare of the presentation Colts and are extremely rare on English items. Park or Parke Pittar was born in Dec. 1814 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and died in 1884 at age 69. He was a businessman, entrepreneur and investor in a variety of companies; one of which was the Charles, Nephew & Co. in Calcutta, India which he and his uncle Charles Pittar founded in 1848 assuming the business of an older uncle. They were jewelers, watch makers, gold and silversmiths and became extremely prominent for high quality goods. They opened an additional shop in Simla, India and were also agents for the famous London firm of Elkington & Co. According to research material provided by the consignor, it seems likely that Col. Colt probably became acquainted with Park Pittar during the 1851 Crystal Palace World Exhibit in London. It is known that Col. Colt either sold or provided Dragoon revolvers numbers 10222 and 10223 which were also in the exhibit, to Charles, Nephew & Co. which is inscribed on the rear of the trigger guard. It is speculated that Col. Colt, not wanting to have his approx. 500 firearms inspected and marked by the Tower of London, possibly defacing or damaging them, agreed not to sell any of his displayed firearms within England, but it is believed that he sold and presented a number of those arms to high ranking political persons, military officers and other important people who could aid in promoting his company outside of England. Charles, Nephew & Co. of Calcutta was just such an entity and it is known that they did distribute firearms. So, the logical conclusion is that once the exhibit was finished Col. Colt presented the 1851 Navy being sold here to Mr. Pittar, probably in about 1853. Included in the information provided is a list of seven 1851 London Navy revolvers that are engraved and/or presented, including this revolver with only two having the square-backed trigger guards and the other 5 having small rnd trigger guards. SN 209 is listed as being engraved and nearly identical to this revolver and it also has a small square-back trigger guard. This information is compiled by renowned English collector and dealer Pete Holder. There is also a 1993 dated letter from renowned collector/dealer Joseph G. Rosa wherein he discusses the nearly identical similarity between this revolver and SN 209. He states that the use of the square-back trigger guard intermittently in these early English Navys was simply cleaning up old parts. Additionally accompanied by a handwritten letter from renowned Colt researcher and author, R.L. Wilson, wherein he describes the gun and states that it was presented in 1853. There is a plethora of information regarding the family and history of Park Pittar and some of his business dealings. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 70-75% glossy orig blue with some light cleaning on both side flats; rammer & handle retain about all of their orig case colors, moderately faded; frame retains about 50-60% faded case colors and the hammer smoky case colors; cyl retains 60-70% strong English blue and about 95% Ormsby Naval Battle scene with one cleaned area and one thin spot; trigger guard & backstrap retain just about all of their orig silver plating, a little thin on the heel with brass showing through on trigger guard. Grip is sound with a few light nicks & dings, showing light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore with a few small scattered spots of pitting. Case is extremely fine with only a few minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; interior is heavily faded to a light rose color with moderate soil; flask retains most of its orig. finish on the body and about 60% gold wash on collar & spout; mold is crisp with balance of accessories fine. A truly exceptional & rare set. 4-48355 (70,000-90,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED AND ENGRAVED COLT FIRST MODEL SQUAREBACK MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 344. Cal. .36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight & 1-line New York City address. Frame has tiny “COLT’S PATENT” on left side. Silver-plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is usual 6 chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking & all 6 safety pins mostly serviceable. Revolver is engraved in earliest vine style pattern with wavy border around both sides of frame & recoil shield. Bbl, bbl lug & rammer pivot, along with backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Ends of wedge are also engraved & there is a border around the muzzle. Hammer is engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of nose, dbl line border & long ear-like projections. Top edge of hammer is engraved in fish scale patterns & has small hand-checkered oval on spur. Accompanied by orig blue velvet-lined mahogany casing, compartmented in bottom for the revolver, an angle spout trophy of flags & arms “COLTS PATENT” flask, brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, full tin of Ely Bros. caps with partial paper wrapping & a few lead bullets & balls. First model Navies are in and of themselves extremely rare, there having been only about 1,250 produced in 1851 with very few surviving today in any configuration or condition. Only a small handful of engraved examples are known & of those, a miniscule number are cased. This revolver, identified by SN appears on pg. 28 of Colt Engraving and again on pg. 20 of The Book of Colt Engraving, Wilson. This revolver has been in several of the finest Colt collections in the country. PROVENANCE: Dr. Robert J. Nelson Collection; Johnny Bassett Collection; George Allen Collection. Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is a proper bottom screw wedge but is not numbered and may be a replacement and retains appropriate orig finish commensurate to the rest of the gun. Bbl retains about 75% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and thinning on right side. Rammer pivot retains dark case colors. Frame & hammer are mottled gray patina mixed with silvered case colors. Cylinder is gray-brown patina & shows about 95% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver-plating. Grip shows light edge wear with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, sharp dark bore. Case has crack across lid & another on bottom, otherwise is sound with handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with solid partitions. Flask is very fine, retaining about 90% orig finish. Mold has been cleaned with restored finish on sprue cutter. Cap tin has rust on lid & is missing about 30% of paper wrapping. 4-49634 (80,000-100,000)

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MAGNIFICENT RENWICK-LOCKE AMERICAN GOLD INLAID FLINTLOCK DUELING PISTOLS BY JAMES HASLETT, BALTIMORE, CIRCA 1810. Certainly the most luxurious pair of American flintlock dueling pistols in private hands, these pistols first appeared and are illustrated in October, 1929 in the Antiquarium magazine. Described as a “Pair of very rare early American pistols made by James Haslett of Baltimore in 1800. They have superb gold inlay and are finely chased”. It is presumed that they were acquired by William Goodwin Renwick (1886-1971) at this time. Mr. Renwick was one of the few collectors whose collections were acquired prior to World War II. Renwick owned some of the finest guns in the world and the Hasletts together with a splendid over under flintlock pistol by Simeon North were sold at Sotheby Parke Burnett Los Angeles on October 1, 1972. They were purchased at the sale by the legendary William Locke for the then incredible price of $20,000. Mr. Locke had coveted these pistols since before the second World War and would have paid whatever it took to acquire them. It is interesting to note that lot 112 in the same sale, a Colt Paterson revolving carbine presented by the State of Rhode Island to Henry Clark, sold for $12,000 to Herb Glass. This Paterson Carbine was sold at Butterfield & Butterfield in 1993 for $165,000 plus 10%. James Haslett opened his gun shop in Baltimore at the “Sign of the Golden Gun in 1803”. Having trained under the Irish gunsmith Robert McCormick, Haslett brought many of the Irish refinements to America. It is highly unusual to find extensive use of gold inlay on English dueling pistols. The inlay on the Haslett duelers can only be described as exuberant for the period. The sunburst on the top jaws is gold inlaid. The front sight is of solid gold and bordered with two heavy gold inlaid feathers. The breeches are inlaid with a stand of arms and a riband engraved Haslett, Baltimore. Breech end of the bbls is inlaid with a lightning bolt or an arrow and a flaming bomb. Locks are inlaid with a golden spray over a deeply sunken gold filled makers mark Haslett. Trigger guard has an acorn finial inlaid with gold and a further stand of arms inlaid in gold on the trigger guard itself. Steel buttcaps are inlaid with a large silver urn and flowers in gold and silver. The touch holes are lined in gold as are the pan covers. Case hardened bolt and locks are superbly made in the finest English tradition with roller bearing frizzens, push-on safeties and tilt-down pans which are refinement found only on the finest Irish flintlock dueling pistols. The wedge escutcheons, forend cap and thumb piece are of silver. The half stocks are of the finest and most highly figured walnut of characteristic American form with finely checkered butts. Octagonal bbls are heavy and highly sophisticated with a full channel for sighting. These duelers have set triggers and are of the finest quality throughout. There are only two sets of American flintlock dueling pistols known that are finer than these. They were by Simeon North, commissioned by the State of Connecticut for presentation to Thomas McDonough and Isaac Hull which are solid gold mounted and are in the USS Constitution Museum and the Smithsonian Institution respectively. The Hasletts are cased in a very fine quality French fitted walnut case with full accessories. Case appears to be of a slightly later period but fits the pistols well and compliments them. NOTES: The Renwick-Locke Haslett dueling pistols are quite simply the finest American flintlock duelers James D. Julia has ever offered and represent a unique opportunity to acquire the very best American flintlock pistols in private hands today. PROVENANCE: Clapp & Graham Company, 1929; William Goodwin Renwick, 1929-1972; William Lock, 1972-1973; Tom Seymour, 1973-1987; Exhibited National Portrait Gallery, 1980-1981, cover illustration; William Locke collection, pg. 407, Connoisseur Magazine, March 1981; Steel Canvas, R.L. Wilson, pg. 78. Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: Locks retain all orig small parts including finely engraved hammer screws and retain virtually all orig bold and vivid color case hardening. Bbls retain nearly all their orig striped brown finish with much orig lacquer brown on top. Finely engraved breeches retain nearly all of their color hardening. Trigger guards retain much orig blue finish. Buttcaps have some extremely minor erosion around edges of one pistol; the other with very minor staining. Stocks are virtually pristine retaining nearly all their orig high polish varnish finish. One pistol with extremely minor age crack around locks screw escutcheon. Both ramrods are orig to the pistol; one plain, the other with worm. 4-49501 MRZ50 (75,000-125,000)

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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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OUTSTANDING & IMPORTANT RELIEF CARVED PERCUSSION RIFLE BY JOHN ARMSTRONG, ONE OF THE FINEST EXTANT. SN NSN. Rifle has a 41-3/4″ full oct 44 Cal. rifled bbl signed in script “John Armstrong”. Bbl is signed on a brass plate inlet into the top bbl flat. Four piece patchbox has three piercings and is finely and masterfully engraved throughout. Sideplate is also engraved and fastened by a small screw at its rear. Toe plate is nicely engraved with a small button release installed to open the patchbox. The stock, is decorated with twelve beautifully engraved silver inlays, eight of them forming the bbl key escutcheons. The two farthest rearward, are eight-pointed stars. Bbl keys are of brass. Oval silver inlay is set behind the bbl tang and two heart-shaped silver inlays are inlet in the teardrop carving behind the lock and sideplates. Relief carving on the cheekside of the butt is in Armstrong’s finest pattern and is beautifully executed with C scrolls and rococo carving present ahead of and behind the cheekpiece. There is a basket weave design in relief under the cheekpiece and a 1-3/4″ silver inlay engraved with an American eagle on the cheekpiece. Relief carving is high and distinct at the bbl tang and around the lock and sideplate mortises extending about 4-1/2″ forward on each side. Fleur-de-lis carving at the rear entrance pipe flows into the raised forend paneling that extends to the nosecap on both sides. Lock is nicely signed “J.A.” for John Armstrong. One of the finest example extant of the workmanship of this Golden Age, the rifle has survived in its original state and appears to have been little used. Of considerable interest is that this rifle is in percussion which is believed to be the original ignition system. This is quite possibly, the only known example of Armstrong’s work in this system, and probably the latest example of his workmanship. Rifle is not unlike rifle number 208 in Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age. John Armstrong was a gunsmith in Emmitsburg in 1808. Kindig states Armstrong was a fine gunsmith. He was a very good carver, and he made beautiful inlays and large patchboxes. His engraving was very good. He was one of the makers who developed a design and made many guns practically the same, he was a master engraver in both design and execution. John Armstrong’s workmanship is magnificent, and his designs are just about perfection. This remains one of the most collectible and desirable of the guns of this period. PROVENANCE: See Collection Catalog, 1973, by Locke, p. 484; see Man at Arms, Alan S. Kelley Advertisement. William M. Lock, Alan Kelley, Thomas Wibberly, Richard Zeschke and Ray Brown Collections. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: This rifle is in outstanding original condition throughout with no visible imperfections. 4-49826 RG42 (75,000-125,000)

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RELIEF CARVED YORK COUNTY RIFLE SIGNED GEORGE SHREYER. SN NSN. This rifle has a 43″ full oct 51 Cal. smooth bbl signed “G. Shreyer” in script. Not only did George Schroyer spell his name different ways on gun bbls (Scheyer, Schreyer, Schryer, Shroyer, Shyer, and Schroyer), but the script is often very illegible. Four piece brass patchbox is engraved with one piercing in the shape of a heart in the finial. The heart-shaped piercing was used on several of Schroyer’s rifles. Fleur-de-lis floral carving that Kindig considers almost a “signature” of G. Schroyer is normally found only behind the bbl tang or rear ramrod ferrule. This piece is distinguished by the use of this design relief carved on the cheekside of the buttstock instead of the usual volutes and scrolls, Schroyer has undertaken the difficult task of putting two of his characteristic fleur-de-lis on the stock. These bi-laterally symmetrical designs do not lend themselves easily to use in a space where asymmetrical designs are called for, but Schroyer has managed this problem reasonably well. This is the only Schroyer we have seen using the floral carving this extensively in the carving, a very nice feature. The floral carving behind the cheek is nicely surrounded by relief wave patterns. Fleur-de-lis carving behind the rear ramrod entrance ferrule, has almost worn smooth from hard use. There is an interesting relief carved sunburst design feature forward of the lock and sideplate mortise. As is characteristic of Schroyer guns, this piece has a very high, well defined comb with the wrist running down toward the butt, and there is a little carving on both sides of the stock accentuating the high comb. The stock is curly maple, but without the accentuated curl found in later guns. Cheekpiece inlay is a brass circle 1-1/2″ in diameter engraved with an eight-pointed brass star, the center of which appears to be a round, clear, glass button. Heavy beveled brass sideplate is of the characteristic Schroyer design. Rifle is unusual in that it has double set triggers. George Schroyer moved to Hanover about the beginning of the Revolutionary War. He is found in the 1783 Hanover tax records. Records dated 1793 identify Schroyer as a gunsmith and he is listed as a gunsmith in Hanover as late as 1813. George Schroyer made beautiful Kentucky rifles, before, during, and right after the Revolutionary War. Architecturally, his guns are quite superior. This very gun is illustrated in George Shumway’s George Schreyer, Sr. and Jr., Gunmakers of Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania on pp. 68-70. PROVENANCE: See George Schreyer, Sr. & Jr., Makers of Hanover, York County, Penn., by Shumway, pp. 68-70. Dr. Richard Gadler Collection. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Minor stress crack front of the lock. The lock has been reconverted. Patchbox release button, needs minor adjustment. 4-49766 RG39 (35,000-50,000)

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RELIEF CARVED CHAMBERSBURG SCHOOL RIFLE SIGNED BY JOHN NOLL. SN NSN. 42-3/4″ full oct 52 Cal. rifled bbl signed “John Noll”. Bbl has a small oval at the breech on a flat adjacent to the top flat, off to the left which is filled with silver and die stamped “IN”, forward of which is a stamped dagger design. Rifle has a four piece engraved brass patchbox with a daisy head finial. Relief carving on the cheekside of the butt consists of a large crosshatch filled C scroll along with three-pointed flowers. Incised carving stretches under the cheekpiece to the relief carving on the wrist ahead of the cheekpiece which extends over the wrist to the front of the patchbox. There is attractive relief carving to the rear of the ramrod entrance pipe and surrounding the bbl tang. Located on top of the wrist is an interesting brass inlay engraved like an owl. Rifle has a 4-3/4″ brass engraved toe plate. John Noll was a master gunsmith, carver and engraver, who had the ability to interpret the academic rococo and the ability to successfully compose his designs. John Noll is listed as a gunsmith in Washington Township, Franklin County, PA from 1800-1820. He was one of the great master gunsmiths of the Golden Age of Kentucky rifles. He was also one of the best designers and engravers of patchboxes and other metal mounts and one of the top quality carvers. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Cracks glued along the entire original forend. Wood replacement most in wrist and lock area. Lock is reconverted. All the butt carving is sharp and distinct. 4-50101 (20,000-40,000)

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EARLY RELIEF CARVED CHAMBERSBURG RIFLE SIGNED BY ABRAHAM SCHWEITZER. SN NSN. 42-3/8″ full oct 53 Cal. Smooth bbl signed in script by “A. Schweitzer”. Rifle features the classic four piece brass engraved horse head patchbox often used by Schweitzer. Patchbox door release is hidden in the butt end of the upper patchbox plate. Rifle is profusely relief and incised carved on the cheekpiece side to the rear, under, and in front of the cheekpiece and is very nicely relief carved behind the bbl tang. Incised carving around the rear ramrod entrance pipe is well worn. Reconverted flint lock appears to be marked “Ketland & Company”. Heavy beveled brass sideplate is not engraved. Abraham Schweitzer began his gunsmithing career in Lancaster, PA after which he relocated to Chambersburg, PA where he is sometimes referred to as the founder of the “Chambersburg School”. Schweitzer married Elizabeth, daughter of the gunsmith Jacob Fordney, prior to 1795. Rifle shows a great deal of Lancaster County influence and this cataloger would believe it to be one of his earlier Chambersburg rifles. PROVENANCE: See Gunsmiths of Adams, Franklin and Cumberland Counties, Pennsylvania, by Whisker, p. 92; see Gunsmiths of Pen-Mar-Va, 1790-1840, by Bowers, p. 3; see Pennsylvania Gunmakers (A Collection), by Chandler & Whisker, p. 125; see Kentucky Rifle Patchboxes and Barrel Marks, 1971, by Chandler, p. 334, #659; see Notes on Abraham Schweitzer, Man at Arms, Vol. 7, No. 5, 1985, by Whisker, pp. 14 & 18. William S. Bowers’ Collection. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: 20″ of forend wood has been replaced. Also a wood sliver replaced along the bbl on the left hand side. Other small wood repairs. Appears the bbl may have been shortened approximately 1-1/2″ from the back. 4-49889 RG34 (18,000-28,000)

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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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VERY FINE RELIEF CARVED LEBANON SCHOOL SIGNED “N. BEYER” RIFLE. SN NSN. 44-1/2″ oct to round 56 Cal. smooth bbl signed in script “N. Beyer”. Rifle displays N. Beyer’s most typical patchbox, a long necked bird, sometimes called a pelican, with its beak in its feathers. Four pieced brass patchbox is engraved with one piercing and the patchbox latch is riveted in the upper corner of the lid with the release in the buttplate. Relief carving on the cheekside of the butt features back to back C scrolls behind the cheek and the carving is very similar to gun number 97 in Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age, except this gun has no carving below the cheekpiece. Gun has nice featured curly maple throughout and a beautiful original honey colored stock finish. Gun is very nicely carved behind the bbl tang, around the rear ramrod entrance ferrule, and forward of the patchbox. Deep incised carving at the rear entrance ferrule extends into the forestock molding which runs the full length of the forestock on both sides. Each of the three ramrod pipes are rather short with heavy molded ends and the muzzle cap is fastened to the stock with three rivets. Front extension of the trigger guard terminates with two deeply filed lines forming a sort of molding. There is an oval silver inlay on top of the wrist and an eight-pointed silver star inlay lightly engraved on the cheekpiece. 4-1/2″ brass toe plate is nicely engraved and there is a heart-shaped brass inlay between the toe plate and the trigger guard. Nicholas Beyer was one of the most prolific of the better rifle makers. More Kentuckys have been found made by him then by any of the other quality makers. Beyer is listed as a gunsmith in Dauphin County in 1807 and 1810 and he generally signed his guns in script on the bbl while utilizing the details of the Lebanon School extensively. Beyer introduced unusual variety in his patchboxes but all display distinctive craftsmanship. This gun represents a fine example of Nicholas Beyer’s work. PROVENANCE: James Milton Collection. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Lock may have been reconverted to flint. Fine gun of outstanding quality. 4-49837 RG45 (30,000-50,000)

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FLINT LOCK RELIEF CARVED BEDFORD COUNTY KENTUCKY RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO PETER WHITE. SN NSN. 43-3/4″ full oct signed 45 Cal. rifle bbl. Bbl signature is in script but is too worn to read. Classic Bedford County lock plate is initialed “P.W.” for the Bedford County gunsmith Peter White. Rifle is pictured in plate number 128 of The Bedford County Rifle and Its Makers by Calvin Hetrick at which time it was percussion. Peter White is thought to have started his career in northern Maryland before moving to Bedford County where he is said to have been the founding father of the “Bedford County School”. Four piece brass patchbox is engraved with six piercings and a flower design on the finial which, while different, shows the trend toward the conventional Bedford County style. Rifle is very nicely relief carved forward and rear of the cheekpiece, with carving of better quality than his later rifles, around the bbl tang, and forward of the lock and side plate mortise. Stock is of very fine striped curly maple throughout. There are six engraved silver inlays and eight silver escutcheons for the wedges. PROVENANCE: See The Bedford County Rifle and Its Makers, 1973 & 1975, by Hetrick, pp. 3, 6, 11, 39. Collection of Albert Sullivan, Sr. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: 7-1/2″ of forend wood has been replaced at the muzzle and a small 1″ triangle of wood has been replaced at the toe. There is a crack under the lock. Relief carving shows signs of honest wear but remains high and deep to the rear of the cheekpiece. There is a 1-1/4″ piece of wood added between the bbl tang and the lock and a 1-1/8″ piece of wood replaced above the front of the lock. Lock has been reconverted to flint. 4-49877 RG35 (18,000-30,000)

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EMITTSBURG SCHOOL RELIEF CARVED RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO JACOB METZGER. SN NSN. 41-5/8″ full oct 50 Cal. smooth bbl. This bbl is unsigned but this cataloger believes the gun is the work of Jacob Metzger. Bbl is held to the stock by four bbl wedges and the stock is curly maple. Rifle has a four piece engraved brass patchbox. Butt side of the stock is deeply relief carved in C scrolls to the rear of the cheekpiece and incised carved forward of the cheekpiece and forward of the patchbox. There is an eight-pointed silver star inlay above the cheekpiece and an oval silver inlay to the rear of the bbl tang. Very nice relief carving around the bbl tang and incised carved on both sides of the rear ramrod entrance pipe. Flat brass sideplate is characteristic of Metzger’s work. Jacob Metzger is listed as a gunsmith in the borough of Lancaster in 1777. Sometime around 1788 he moved to Frederick, MD where he was associated with Jacob Groff. The way the carving extends out from the rear of the cheekpiece, and from the forward edge of the cheekpiece, appears to be characteristic of Metzger’s work. Metzger was a gunsmith who constantly changed his style from gun to gun. All of his patchboxes appear to be different in design. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Lock has been reconverted. Rear bbl wedge is missing. Two minor cracks on the forestock. 4-50121 RG46 (25,000-35,000)

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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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ATTRACTIVE JOHN LECKNER RELIEF CARVED YORK COUNTY FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE. SN NSN. 42″ full oct 50 Cal. smooth rifle with unmarked bbl. Four piece engraved patchbox the finial of which is a nicely engraved bird standing on the patchbox hinge. Rifle has nice relief C scroll and rococo carving behind the cheekpiece and running under the cheekpiece and around the comb to the wrist area. Rifle is relief carved behind the bbl tang and is incised carved on each side of the ramrod entrance ferrule. Lock is marked “R. Ashmore Warranted” and appears to be original flint. Brass toeplate has one piercing and is held in place by two screws. Beveled brass sideplate is not engraved and has a third screw securing the rear of the sideplate. Honey colored stock has only traces of curl in the butt and the ramrod is held in place by four ramrod pipes. Patchbox on this gun is very similar to the John Leckner gun Number 140 in Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age. This gun was probably manufactured in the early 19th century. PROVENANCE: See Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age, 1960, by Kindig, p. 333. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Minor slivers repaired on sides of forend (hard to see). Otherwise the rifle seems to be original throughout. 4-50132 RG54 (10,000-20,000)

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FINE RELIEF AND INCISED CARVED RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO THE EMMITSBURG GUNSMITH JACOB METZGER. SN NSN. 41-3/4″ full oct 45 Cal. smooth unmarked bbl. Rifle features a beautiful tightly figured curly maple stock throughout. Brass four piece patchbox is engraved with five piercings and the finial ends in the flower design often used by Metzger. Cheek features an oval silver inlay with a well done engraved American eagle and the gun is profusely incised carved to the rear and forward of the cheekpiece. Relief carving around the bbl tang is crisp and deep, as is the incise carving on each side of the rear ramrod entrance ferrule which tails off into a nice forestock molding running up to the nosecap on both sides. Flintlock is marked “Partridge Warranted”. 4-1/2″ brass toe plate has two piercings. Patchbox release button is on the buttplate tang. Brass sideplate is flat and not engraved. This gun has been attributed by the consignor to Jacob Metzger who is listed as a gunsmith in the borough of Lancaster in 1777. Sometime around 1788 Metzger moved to Frederick, MD where he was associated with Jacob Groff. Metzger was a gunsmith who constantly changed his style from gun to gun. All of his patchboxes appear to be different in design. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: 19″ of forestock has been professionally replaced. Triangular piece of wood at the toe separated due to stress (common on many of these rifles). Lock is orig flint but may be a replacement. 4-50008 RG49 (15,000-25,000)

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RELIEF CARVED FLINTLOCK RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND GUNSMITH CHRISTIAN HAWKEN. SN NSN. 42-1/2″ full oct 50 Cal. unsigned rifled bbl. Four piece engraved patchbox finial ending in a three-petaled flower and with a heart-shaped piercing. Cheekpiece side of the butt is relief carved with back to back C scrolls to the rear of the cheekpiece along with a small relief carved detail forward of the cheekpiece which extends up around the comb and is duplicated on the patchbox side. Rifle has nice relief carving around the bbl tang behind which is an oval brass inlay. There is a six-pointed star inlay on the cheekpiece that is held in place by a center wood screw. Heavy beveled brass sideplate is engraved in the same style as the patchbox. Gun has been attributed by the consigner to the gunsmith Christian Hawken of Hagerstown, MD. Christian Hawken worked his entire life as a gunsmith in Hagerstown and died May 10, 1821. Many of his surviving rifles are signed. Christian Hawken was patriarch of the famous Hawken family of gunsmiths who later relocated to St. Louis where they made the famous hawken plains rifles so highly prized by the mountain men of the Rockies. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Old wrist break. Wood replaced to the left side of the trigger guard and from the bbl tang through the left side of the relief carving and back to the sideplate. 2″ triangular wood replacement on the patchbox side of the trigger guard and some additional wood repair around the lock. 4-50032 RG48 (15,000-25,000)

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OUTSTANDING BEDFORD COUNTY PERCUSSION RELIEF CARVED JOHN AMOS RIFLE. SN NSN. 42-3/4″ full oct unsigned 44 Cal. rifled bbl. Characteristic Bedford County four piece engraved patchbox with its five piercings is characteristic of John Amos’ work. Rifle is deeply relief carved forward and rear of the cheekpiece in the traditional Bedford style. Silver football shaped inlay on the cheek is nicely engraved but not with the American eagle often used. Engraving on the brass sideplate is consistent with the engraving on the patchbox door and the sideplate is held to the stock by a wood screw at the front indicating this rifle was always percussion. Teardrop extensions in the carving to the rear of the sideplate and lock panels each are enhanced by silver oval inlays. A relief feather design extending 3″ forward of the lock and sideplate panels is attractively done. Stock is very attractive curly maple with bold striping throughout. Rifle has double set triggers. John Amos worked in Bedford from 1849 to 1867 and was the partner of Daniel Border. Lock is signed with two initials which are very difficult to make out but appear to be “J.A.”. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Wood sliver replaced on the left hand side near muzzle and another very small repaired sliver near nose cap. Both very professional. Rifle is in very nice condition. A very nice solid Bedford Rifle. 4-50098 RG56 (18,000-30,000)

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2363

BEDFORD COUNTY JACOB STOUDENOUR PERCUSSION RELIEF CARVED KENTUCKY RIFLE. SN NSN. 38″ full oct 52 Cal. unmarked smooth bbl. Typical Stoudenour characteristic four piece brass engraved patchbox with five piercings identical to the rifle pictured in Plate 131 of Calvin Hetrick’s The Bedford County Rifle and its Makers. Nicely relief carved to front and rear of the cheekpiece identical to the rifle pictured in Plate 131 in Hetrick’s book. Cheekpiece features a large 3″ oval silver inlay engraved with the American eagle. Long hand-forged characteristic Bedford County lock plate is signed “J.S.” and the brass elongated engraved sideplate is also typical of the Bedford School. Stock is beautiful curly maple throughout and the bbl is held to the stock by three bbl wedges. Engraved brass toeplate is 5-3/4″ long and held to the stock with four screws. This gun has three silver inlays along with one brass inlay on the comb forward of the buttplate. Jacob Stoudenour is listed from 1795-1863 and worked in Colerain Township, Bedford County in the flintlock and percussion period. His rifles were normally signed “J.S.”. Stoudenour was the most prolific maker of rifles in Bedford County and is generally considered one of the finer of the Bedford County makers. He excelled in the exquisite grace of his hammers and the slender lines of his stocks. This rifle was illustrated in Kentucky Rifles and Pistols 1750-1850 published by the Kentucky Rifle Association and was exhibited at the York County Pennsylvania Historical Society exhibit in 1971. PROVENANCE: See Kentucky Rifles and Pistols 1750-1850, 1976, by KRA, pp. 34-35. Al Sullivan Sr., William S. Bowers, and Ray McKnight Collections. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Rifle has been shortened 3-1/2 to 4″ from the rear as evidenced by the middle ramrod pipe having been moved back about that distance. Small piece of wood added forward of the lock. Otherwise this rifle appears to be in fine original condition. 4-49824 RG55 (15,000-25,000)

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2364

IMPORTANT EARLY RELIEF CARVED GUN ATTRIBUTED TO GEORGE FREDERICK FAINOT. SN NSN. 39″ oct to round unsigned 52 Cal. smooth bbl. Brass two piece engraved patchbox with its bottom opening door characteristic of Fainot’s rifles. Fainot’s large one piece patchbox of early design, with side opening lid, is distinctive and easily recognized. Though the finial is somewhat daisy like with its five-petaled floral motif, the patchbox design bears little resemblance to classic Lancaster rifles. Fainot’s trigger guards are of the fowler-musket type, and his sideplates show strong European influence. Simple relief carving on both sides of the cheekpiece is deep and artistically done as is the carving behind the bbl tang. There is simple incised carving surrounding the rear ramrod ferrule and the three ramrod pipes are short and round with heavy molded ends. Gun has a very nice early hand-forged German lock. Gun has been illustrated in Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle, A Lancaster Legend by J. Wayne Hackart and Donald Vaughn on p. 77 as well as being illustrated in Rifles of Colonial America Volume 1 p. 344 Number 82 by Schumway. Fainot worked as a gunsmith in the borough of Lancaster from 1770-1803. The majority of his surviving guns are not signed. Bbl on this gun is short but heavy attesting to the fact it was much longer at one time and may have been rifled. Although the design of the patchbox is suggestive of the 1770’s and 1780’s, the nature of the carvings suggest a somewhat later period, probably the 1790’s. George Fainot was born in 1728 in France and immigrated to Canada in 1752. After spending some time in New York, he relocated to Lancaster in 1770 where he ran his gun shop till approximately 1783. In 1779, Fainot was one of sixteen local gunsmiths paid by the Continental Congress for gunsmithing work. He was also a supplier of arms to the Continental Army after the Revolutionary War. The architecture of Fainot’s work is clearly in the Lancaster style, but he chose to retain the influence gained from past experiences so that his work does not “fit the mold” of the Lancaster school. Specimens of Fainot’s existing works are rarely encountered today. PROVENANCE: See The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle: A Lancaster Legend, 1992, by Vaughn & Heckert, p. 77; see George Schreyer, Sr. & Jr., Makers of Hanover, York County, Penn., by Shumway, pp. 344, #82. Donald Vaughn Collection. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Old wrist crack running near lock, also small crack to its rear. Both are minor and appear to be age related. Overall the gun is in very nice condition and seems to have all of its original finish. It is possible the lock may be a later replacement. This is an excellent example of a very hard to find early maker’s work. 4-49786 RG47 (15,000-25,000)

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2365

KUTZTOWN PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH AREA INCISED CARVED KENTUCKY RIFLE BY ANGSTADT OR STOFFEL LONG. SN NSN. 44-1/4″ full oct unsigned 45 Cal. rifled bbl. Rifle has a four piece brass engraved patchbox of unusual design which is held in place by eleven heavy brass nails. Engraving on the patchbox door is somewhat similar to the work of Stoffel Long, however the patchbox design does not follow his identified works. There is incised carving on the cheekside of the butt with back to back C scrolls and some light incised carving on both sides of the rear entrance ferrule. Large brass half-moon shaped inlay on the cheek is also held by three large brass nails. Engraving on the inlay includes four asterisk designs which are commonly used on rifles made in the Kutztown Pennsylvania area. Brass engraved toeplate is held with two large brass nails as is the football shaped inlay between the toeplate and the trigger guard. Toeplate is decorated with one asterisk and the football shaped inlay with three additional asterisks. Heavy brass sideplate ends in a point again similar to guns made in the Kutztown School and especially by the Angstadt family. This rifle features the Lehigh County Indian head inlay commonly found only on guns of the Lehigh County area. It is uncommon to find this particular inlay outside the confines of Lehigh County but this inlay appears to belong on this gun and is also fastened with five large brass nails. Flint lock is unmarked and the stock is of curly maple. This rifle is definitely from the Kutztown or Allemaengel School of gunsmithing and this cataloger would believe it was made by a member of the Angstadt family but the consignor is of the opinion it may have been made by Stoffel Long. Both of these gunmakers lived within a few miles of each other but the asterisk designs are normally only found on guns from the Kutztown area especially by members of the Angstadt family. In any case this is a very interesting gun from the Kutztown or Lehigh Valley area. PROVENANCE: See “The Kentucky Rifle Association”, Vol. 1, No. 2, Winter, 1975, p. 2. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: There has been a wood repair 13″ from the muzzle. Stock is finished dark and there are some barely noticeable cracks. 4-49878 RG52 (10,000-20,000)

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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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2367

RELIEF CARVED GUN ATTRIBUTED TO WOMELSDORF GUNSMITH LEONARD REEDY. SN NSN. 40-1/2″ full oct 54 Cal. smooth bbl stamped “I. Roop”. Flintlock is stamped “W. Ketland” and appears to be original flint. Relief carving to the rear and forward of the cheekpiece all are Leonard Reedy’s signature carving as is the carving around the bbl tang. Four piece brass patchbox, with its one piercing and four-petaled flower finial, is not engraved. Stock is honey colored and tiger-striped. Incised carving on each side at the rear ramrod entrance ferrule. PROVENANCE: See Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age, 1960, by Kindig Jr. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Rifle at one time was broken through the lock area and repaired. Wood repaired with some replacement in lock area. Cracks in lock area and the wood screw at the tail of the sideplate. Some wood added from muzzle back. 4-50069 RG51 (8,000-12,000)

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2370

OUTSTANDING RELIEF CARVED J.P. BECK RIFLE. This early rifle has a 43-1/2″ oct to rnd .58 cal straight rifled bbl signed in script J.P. Beck. The gun features a wood patch box and a curly maple stock. The trigger guard features Beck’s typical two deep lines forming a molding on the forward end of the guard. The short ramrod pipes have heavy molded ends and the nose cap has Beck’s characteristic three rivets placed at a triangle to fasten the muzzle cap to the stock. The gun is relief carved at the bbl tang and on the cheek side of the butt. The high relief carving is well designed, crisp, well defined and well executed. The side plate is thick beveled brass and is nicely engraved and the bbl is pin fastened to the stock. Some of the finest rifles of the early period were produced in the Lebanon school by J. P. Beck. John Philip Beck worked from the 1760’s until his death in 1811. He is recorded as a gunsmith in Lebanon Borough from 1781 to 1810. CONDITION: There is a 7-1/2″ by 1/2″ wood repair on the left side of the bbl above the middle ramrod ferrule. The lock has been reconverted to flint. Overall condition is very good with attractive high relief carving that is dry and untouched. The ramrod appears to be orig. The wood door is an old replacement. Side plate is a replacement. There is a small glued crack on the left side at the muzzle. 4-49723 (40,000-60,000)

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2372

RELIEF CARVED AND SIGNED WOLMESDORF JOHN BONEWITZ KENTUCKY RIFLE. SN NSN. 41-1/2″ full oct 60 caliber smooth bbl stamped “IB” at the breech for John Bonewitz. Rifle has a four piece engraved typical Bonewitz style patchbox. Patchbox lid catch is fastened by two rivets and the patchbox finial is identical to the one pictured in figure 6 of John Bonewitz’s Primer of Sophia by Lorentz Kafka published in the spring 1994 Kentucky Rifle Association bulletin as well as the patchbox on Kindig’s rifle number 80. This rifle has a wavy carved detail under the cheekpiece, indicative of Bonewitz. John Bonewitz is one of the most collectible of the early Heidelberg Township, Berks County gunsmiths. Bonewitz rarely signed his rifles but this rifle is stamped “I.B.” near the breech with a small die. Some of Bonewitz’s existing rifles are stamped with the “I.B.” and rampant lion while others have only the “I.B.” stamp. This “I.B.” stamping is unlike the one used with the lion as shown on the cover of the Kentucky Rifle Association Bulletin Vol. 29 No. 2. This cataloger is not familiar with this “I.B.” stamping. Brass furniture and heavy beveled brass sideplate are all typical of Bonewitz’s work and the trigger design is similar to Bonewitz’s rifle number 78 in Kindig. Relief carving is beautifully composed of C scrolls and is very similar to that found on the majority of Bonewitz’s guns. Bonewitz’s carving designs are similar to those attributed to J. Haga. Relief carving on cheek side of the butt forward and rear of the cheekpiece is very deep and attractively executed. There is heavy relief carving around the barrel tang and incised carving surrounding the rear ramrod pipe. Flint lock is not marked. Rifle is 57 5/8″ in overall length. PROVENANCE: The James Milton, California Collection. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Wood restoration on this rifle from the lock to the nosecap. Entire butt end of the stock and its very attractive and deep carving are exceptionally well done and original. Flint lock has been reconverted. 4-49834 RG32 (15,000-25,000)

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2373

RELIEF AND INCISED CARVED JOHN PANNEBECKER CURLY MAPLE KENTUCKY RIFLE. SN NSN. 44″ full oct .60 Cal smooth bbl signed “J. PANNEBECKER”. Bbl is signed “J. B.” on the side flat at breech, probably for the bbl maker. This rifle features a 4-pc brass patchbox with a Reading style finial. Rifle is relief carved forward and rear of cheekpiece, behind bbl tang and rear of rammer entrance pipe. Carving on cheekpiece side of butt is identical to carving on rifle pictured in the Kentucky Rifle Association’s Fall 1976 Bulletin. Rifle has a very nice heavy beveled brass side plate and 4-1/2″ brass toe plate and trigger guard are also identical to the rifle picture in the KRA article. Pannebecker worked in Berks County and Lancaster County in the early part of the 19th century. The Pannebecker Family were very famous gunsmiths from the middle of the 18th century. CONDITION: Stress and age cracks are visible on both sides of forend and evidence the forend was broken about 19″ back of muzzle, all wood seems to be orig. Also barely visible evidence of a break through the lock area of stock. Signature on bbl is present but badly worn. There is a very small triangular shrinkage crack on right side at toe and a triangular piece of wood inlet on left side. Overall rifle is clean and solid and a very good representative example of Pannebecker’s work. 4-49401 (16,000-22,000)

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2374

INCISED AND RELIEF CARVED RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO JACOB SELL THE YOUNGER. SN NSN. 43″ full oct .52 Cal smooth unsigned bbl. Rifle has a 4-pc engraved patchbox with raised lid and one piercing in the finial. Curly maple stock is incised carved forward and rear of cheekpiece and at rear ramrod ferrule. Paneling running along each side of forend tails off into incised carving extending to the rear ramrod pipe. Relief carving surrounds the bbl tang. Brass side plate is similar to Rifle number 179 in Kindig’s Thought on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age. 2-1/2″ brass toe plate is engraved with a flame finial. Jacob Sell was born about 1780 and died in 1855. Kindig considered him one of the greater gunsmiths for artistic carving. Jacob Sell worked in The Littlestown School of Gunsmithing. CONDITION: Rifle seems to be in fine orig condition throughout with only the expected age cracks and blemishes. A small piece of wood is broken loose forward of the frizzen and there is a small crack between the hammer and the tang. It would appear no wood has been replaced. 4-49396 (17,500-27,500)

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2375

YORK SCHOOL EARLY RELIEF CARVED RIFLE ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN LECKNER. SN NSN. 42″ full oct smooth 58 Cal. rifle. Bbl is stamped “Lowmaster” in small letters 2″ from the breech on the top flat. This is an early rifle with a 1-3/4″ wide butt that is nicely relief carved on the entire cheekside of the butt as is typical of Leckner guns. Brass sideplate is secured by a third brass screw at the rear of the sideplate. Beautifully engraved four piece patchbox has two piercings and features Leckner’s typical bird standing on the patchbox hinge for its finial. Stock has a honey blonde finish and is nicely relief carved around the bbl tang. Wrist area of this rifle is unusually chunky another sign that it may be quite early. Rifle has what appears to be an early hand-forged German flint lock. Brass engraved toeplate in 5″ long and is held to the stock with four pins. Ramrod is held in place by four ramrod pipes. There is incise carving surrounding the rear ramrod entrance pipe and the paneling runs forward to the nosecap. According to Kindig, Lowmaster was a gunsmith in York until around 1800 when he moved to Ohio. Records of John Leckner show up in York as early as 1778. It would be reasonable to assume that Leckner purchased this bbl from Lowmaster and the gun may have then been made in the 1780’s or 1790’s. This is an interesting gun by a maker we know very little about. CONDITION: This gun appears to be in original condition throughout with only the expected age related scratches and dings. A nice clean early gun. 4-48333 RG63 (14,000-18,000)

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2377

NICELY INCISED CARVED YORK COUNTY KENTUCKY RIFLE BY J. LOWMASTER. SN NSN. 42″ full oct .52 Cal smooth bbl signed “J Lowmaster” in script. 4-pc engraved brass patchbox has the characteristic York County finial and the flat brass side plate is similar in design to rifle number 143 in Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in it’s Golden Age. Curly maple stock is checkered at wrist and incised carving behind cheek is similar to Kindig’s number 143. There is an 8-pointed silver star inlay on cheek, and a large oval silver inlay on top of the wrist. Bbl is held to stock with 4 bbl wedges. Unmarked flintlock appears to be orig flint. It is said that J. Lowmaster was a gunsmith in York until 1800, after which he moved to Ohio. As Kindig notes in his book, Lowmaster’s incised carving is of very high quality. PROVENANCE: Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: Large, 2″ piece of new wood inlet between trigger and lock and some evidence there may have been a break in wrist, the repair of which is hidden in the wrist crosshatching. The flint lock may be a replacement. 4-49421 RG23 (18,000-30,000)

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2378

ATTIC CONDITION INCISE CARVED FLINTLOCK RIFLE BY SIMON MILLER, HAMBURG, PENNSYLVANIA. SN NSN. 42-1/4″ full oct 50 Cal. smooth bbl signed in script “S. Miller”. Rifle has Miller’s typical four piece patchbox with engraved lid and eleven piercings. Curly maple stock has all the original finish and is incise carved behind the cheek with Miller’s typical C scroll carving. Silver half-moon inlay on the cheek and a silver inlet strap across the face of the cheek. Two silver inlays to the rear of the bbl tang one being somewhat heart-shaped. The “I.P. Moore Warranted” lock appears to be original flint and the bbl is held to the stock by four bbl wedges. Brass sideplate is in Miller’s typical horned style and the gun has a 5″ brass saddleplate. Many of this guns features suggest manufacture in the Upper Susquehannah School and it is believed Miller relocated to that school at a later date. It would be very unlikely to locate a finer attic condition Miller rifle. CONDITION: Patchbox release needs adjustment. This rifle appears to be in perfect original condition with all its original finish with only the minor dings and scratches expected on an attic condition rifle. 4-49174 RG71 (12,000-18,000)

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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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RELIEF AND INCISED CARVED ADAM ANSTAT FLINTLOCK KENTUCKY RIFLE. SN NSN. This rifle has a 41 inch full octagon .56 caliber rifled barrel. The rifle has an Ashmore Warranted flint lock. The attractive four piece brass patch box has one piercing and is handsomely engraved with a variety of C-scrolls and ruffles. The low relief and incised carving throughout the fine curly maple stock shows the sophisticated quality of Adam Anstat’s work. Adam was the earliest gunsmith in the Anstat family of gunsmiths, being the father of Peter and Joseph who are both well-known Berks county gunsmiths. The rifle is carved behind and in front of the cheek-piece, around the barrel tang and comb with a simple fore-end line molding. The underside of the fore-end has a long brass saddle plate and there is a brass scalloped pick holder below the cheek piece. There are four inlays at the barrel key mortises, a thumb piece, a hunter’s star on the cheek piece and a diamond / star shaped comb inlay in front of the butt plate. CONDITION: The flint lock has been re-converted using some original parts. The relief and incised carving shows a great deal of wear attesting to the fact it had been carried and cared for perhaps two generations. The heavy beveled side plate appears to have been slightly filed at the forward screw to allow the threads more room to grip. 4-49679 RG12 (12,500-22,500)

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2386

INCISED CARVED AND ENGRAVED FRANKLIN COUNTY RIFLE BY GEORGE DUNKLE. SN NSN. This rifle has a 41 ½ “ full octagon .45 caliber smooth bore barrel signed G. Dunkle in script. The rifle has an original flint lock and its incised carved stock is attractive curly Maple. The four piece patch box is deeply and artfully engraved with a matching brass side plate on the left hand side opposite the lock. The simple but well done incised carving is present on both sides of the cheek piece and forward of the patch box. The fore stock features a molding line from the rear ramrod entrance ferrule to the nose cap. George Dunkle was born in 1805 and worked in Shippensburg, Cumberland County from 1825 to 1828 after which he relocated to Metal Township Franklin County where he worked from 1829 to 1853. CONDITION: This investment quality gun has great curl in the stock, has deep and attractive engraving, is carved and is in excellent condition. This rifle would be a nice addition to any long rifle collection. 4-49681 RG19 (11,500-14,500)

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2459

STAG HORN INLAID WHEEL LOCK TSCHINKE, 17th CENTURY AND LATER. SN NSN. Lock of characteristic form with external main spring, engraved. All small parts original. Engraved pan cover. Stock is profusely inlaid with white stag horn and mother of pearl in distinctive tschinke fashion with a fanciful tiger, eagles, dogs, monsters and a man astride a sea monster with horns across his shoulder. Gun is unusually short for a tschinke and bbl is Spanish form oct to round, also unusual. However, muzzle is swamped and stock cut out is for this bbl. PROVENANCE: Martin B. Retting, Los Angeles, CA. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Lock is polished bright, somewhat worn with pitting on dog. Trigger guard and bbl have later browning. Front and rear sights appear to be of more recent vintage. Inlay is crisp with few, if any, significant replacements. Wood would rate very good to excellent. Sliding patchbox is original. Stag horn buttplate is nicely scrimshawed. Trigger is replaced. All together a very attractive and unusually short tschinke. 4-49797 MZ19 (6,000-12,000)

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2460

FINE SILESIAN WHEEL LOCK TSCHINKE. SN NSN. Unusually good example of this type of wheel lock retaining nearly all of its original bright gilding on lock. The elaborately inlaid fruitwood stock depicts the usual stag, bird and rabbit motif common to Eastern Europe. Inlay is profuse and very attractive. Oct bbl retains some original engraving. Typical small bore. Original trigger guard. Original patchbox. Inlaid en suite. These 17th century Eastern European birding guns constitute a characteristic group and are eagerly collected by enthusiasts of 17th century Eastern European art. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. John Hill. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: As noted except for bbl being cleaned. Exceptionally good for type of gun. Few, if any, missing inlays. Much original gilding. Stock exceptionally fine. Hammer retains all small parts and engraving, much as it left the gunsmith’s shop in the 17th century. 4-49751 MZ2 (12,000-18,000)

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GOOD SILESIAN WHEEL LOCK TSCHINKE. SN NSN. Fruitwood stock elaborately inlaid with eagle, large stag, dogs, rabbits, expanded flowers, tendrils and white stag horn pellets. Engraved rondels of pearl separate white stag horn panels along forend and on butt. Scrimshaw of stag horn very well executed throughout and remains in crisp condition. Oct bbl of typical form. Small bore with elaborately pierced rear sight. Lock retains traces of original engraved decoration. All small parts original. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Gun remains in good original condition throughout with virtually no replaced inlay. Metal is cleaned, bright on lock bbl and trigger guard. Pan and pan cover remain in good original condition with crisp engraving. 4-49904 MZ3 (8,000-16,000)

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LIGHTWEIGHT WHEEL LOCK FOWLING PIECE CIRCA 1650. SN NSN. Diminutive lock, lightly engraved with dogs chasing a rabbit. Hammer engraved with florals. Dog spring well filed. Wheel plate with engraved flower. Pan cover release pierced with four holes. Oct to hexagonal to round bbl, with sighting rig engraved with the number “14” and the letter “F”. Dark walnut full stock carved at butt and inlaid with engraved stag horn. Standing deer on cheek piece. Elaborate carving of fox amidst scrolls of hatch box, and expanded flower on stag horn butt plate. NOTES: Very attractive, lightweight wheel lock fowling piece. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Metal largely untouched with deep brown patination and minor pitting. Extra screw through tail of lock plate. Small piece of stag horn missing from base of hatch box. Carving crisp. Brass bbl band added, likely during period of use. 4-49777 MZ37 (5,000-10,000)

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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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MAGNIFICENT AND UNIQUE PAIR OF WHEEL LOCK RIFLES BY THE MEISTER DER TIERKOPFRANKE SIGNED “MSH”, DATED 1631 EX COLLECTION OF HIS MAJESTY KING LEOPOLD OF BELGIUM. SN NSN. Listed in the article on the Master of the Animal Scrolls by Dr. Hans Schedlemann as being in the collection of his Majesty, King Leopold of Belgium. This pair of rifles represents an unparalleled offering to collectors of high art wheel lock rifles. Emanating directly from a royal collection, their pedigree and provenance is guaranteed. Locks are relatively plain and austere. Wheel covers pierced with two mythical figures and the dog spring finely filed. Dog itself is sculpted in plain steel. Oct bbls are rifled with two leaf rear sight and brass fore sight. Dated on the flats “1631”. “M” on right flat, “S” on left flat, “H” on tang. Stocks of these rifles are superbly carved with winged griffons, a crowned lion indicative of royal pedigree, serpents, stag, hounds, and florals in high relief. Quality of the carving and condition almost appears to be molded, the carving is that good. Heightening the artistic effect of these marvelous rifles is white stag horn beautifully scrimshawed and white stag horn curls. Cheekpiece features a mother of pearl rondel scrimshawed with a spear surrounded by white stag horn pearls and stars. Patchbox is carved with two heads spewing from florals. NOTES: Often weapons are referred to as fit for royalty. This extraordinary pair of wheel lock rifles actually belonged to the King of Belgium. PROVENANCE: Austrian private collection. Collection of His Majesty King Leopold of Belgium as of 1973. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. Publication: “Arms & Armor” by Robert Held pg 186, figs 8a & 8b. Text pg 189 #8. CONDITION: Overall condition is virtually identical and exactly what one would expect from weapons having been stored in a royal collection. Lock is bright polished with no discernible erosion or pitting. Bbls exhibit staining but no erosion or pitting. Condition of stock inlay and carving would be characterized as pristine, untouched with only a few minor storage dents that do not detract from the miraculous condition of these rifles. Any pair of decorated wheel lock pistols is rare, but pairs of decorated wheel lock rifles are almost non-existent. 4-50125 MZ22 (50,000-150,000)

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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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2466

SPLENDID WHEEL LOCK RIFLE WITH STOCK CARVING ATTRIBUTED TO THE MEISTER DER TIERKOPFRANKE (MASTER OF THE ANIMAL HEAD SCROLLS), CIRCA 1600. SN NSN. The quality of carving on this particular example makes it very likely that it is actually from the hand of the so-called “Meister der Tierkopfranke”. There is a very long and detailed article describing the work of this master gun and stock maker in the Arms & Armor Annual published by Robert Held. In this article the greatest of all German arms scholars, Dr. Hans Schedlemann, illustrates many of the finest examples and discusses the enigma of these weapons at length. Most appear to have been made for the royal court of the emperor Ferdinand III. Some have extensive raised silver work on the bbls and locks, while others like this example, have relatively plain metalwork. This stock has raised carved stag, dogs, monkeys, foxes and terms, as well as dragon-heads spouting foliage from their mouths in the classic Tierkopfranke style. The trigger guard area is carved with fish scales in the Saxon style. Known Tierkopfranke rifles exhibit both white stag horn inlay as well as the extensive carving of this example. The patchbox is decorated with elaborate hunting scene featuring a longhorn stag with two does, a castle in the distance. The lock has a finely pierced gilded wheel cover, gilt bronze face forms the pan release, and gilt bronze putti face surmounts the dog and dog spring. Dog itself is finely chiseled and has an acorn finial reminiscent of the city of Augsburg. Oct bbl has a two leaf rear sight and brass fore sight and is deeply struck with the maker’s mark “HIB” and inventory # “11” engraved on the breech. NOTE: All wheel locks by the Meister der Tierkopfranke are rare and desirable and the present example is particularly fine one, preserved in remarkable condition. PROVENANCE: Tom Lewis, Evergreen, CO. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Metalwork is polished bright throughout. No replacements. Double set trigger functions perfectly and rifle retains original sling swivels. Stock is excellent. Virtually all inlays are original and intact. Carving remains extremely crisp for a 400 year old rifle. 4-49968 MZ8 (25,000-50,000)

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VERY FINE AND RARE GERMAN WHEEL LOCK SPORTING RIFLE DATED 1654. SN NSN. This work of art wheel lock rifle has a fruitwood full stock inlaid with the rare combination of stag horn, mother of pearl and silver wire. Additionally the inlay is signed in a reserve and dated “1653” by the artist “HNM”. Inlay is extremely profuse and tight featuring animal heads, scrolls, human figures, winged angels with spears, snails, birds, flowers, dogs and mythical creatures as well as strap work. Silver wire is a refinement rarely found on elaborately inlaid guns indicative of not only great quality, but extreme rarity. Lock is beautifully engraved with mythological sphinx astride a fanciful monster. Lock has internal wheel and pierced dog with standing rabbit and eagle. All in crisp condition. Pan cover is even engraved with a crowned mermaid holding her bifurcated tail, one in each hand. Oct rifled bbl is extremely crisp with two leaf folding rear sight and brass foresight. Maker’s name stamped near breech. Inventory letter “D” engraved on tang. Bbl also stamped with owner’s name?, “Matheus Matl” dated “1654”. In addition to owning the greatest collection of KY rifles extant, Joseph Kindig, Jr. was also one of the greatest collectors of high art European firearms of the 16th and 17th centuries. Ownership of any wheel lock once belonging to the Kindig collection confers not only excellent provenance but great pride to the buyer. PROVENANCE: Private collection of Joseph Kindig, Jr., York, PA. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Fruitwood stock in generally fine condition. Trigger plate replaced with wood probably during working life. Patchbox inlaid en suite with rest of gun, possibly altered during working life. Butt inlaid with pearl and silver wire. Considering the extensive and profuse nature of the inlay it remains in remarkable condition. 4-49931 MZ6 (25,000-50,000)

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SUPERB WHEEL LOCK RIFLE BY JOHANN MENDEL, PRAGUE, CIRCA 1650. SN NSN. This extraordinary rifle has a lock deeply chiseled in relief with a king on horseback following a figure of Mercury holding a lion by his tail. The lion grasping his sword in his right paw, clawing a man holding a flag. The wheel cover finely pierced with a double headed eagle and crown. Lock with internal wheel. Lock retains all of its original blackened ground. The finely filed dog spring and dog held on by a pierced metal plate engraved with a mythical head. The dog itself is an incredible work of art. Chiseled in the round, the lower jaw issuing from a hand holding up a merman whose face and head are three dimensional. The top jaw is chiseled in the round as a sea monster with protuberant ears and brow. Comb of the dog is a man’s face chiseled in the round with realistic hair and finely formed features. Oct bbl is engraved at the breech with a female figure and flowers. Three leaf rear sight and brass fore sight. Maker’s mark deeply struck “IM” for Johann Mendel and signature by Mendel in full as well. Fruitwood full stock finely inlaid with white stag horn scrolls and panels. Patchbox inlaid en suite. Stock also stamped “HTC”. Cheekpiece is inlaid with large shaped wooden rondel, possibly replacing a silver or gilt bronze plaque which once bore a royal coat of arms during the gun’s working life. NOTE: This magnificent rifle is chiseled in the finest Prague tradition. Frank E. Bivens, Jr. was one of the greatest collectors of the 1950s and 1960s. His guns by Daniel Saddler are now in the collection of Ronald Lauder, and his other fine arms are in collections worldwide. Cataloger knew Mr. Bivens well and he valued the present piece almost as highly as he did his Saddler guns. PROVENANCE: F. Theodore Dexter. Frankie Bivens, Jr, Mango Way, Los Angeles, CA. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Metal is remarkable. Virtually pristine throughout. Rear sight still retains much original nitre blue as does tang screw and one side nail. Wood is extremely crisp displaying excellent original patination. Rear ramrod pipe replaced, possibly during period of use. Otherwise inlay appears intact. Double set trigger good. 4-49812 MZ12 (25,000-50,000)

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FINE AND RARE AUSTRIAN WHEEL LOCK RIFLE BY KILLIANN ZELLNER DATED 1682. SN NSN. Lock stamped “AW” in heart shaped reserves and further engraved “Christi(an) Linta/Scul in berchtes”. Very finely engraved horsemen chasing a stag carrying swords and footmen with a boar spear. Dog beautifully engraved with a dragon and fox, all on a blackened ground. Oct bbl is extremely heavy and massive with Zellner’s name signed in full with date. Fruitwood full stock beautifully inlaid with white stag horn featuring birds, dogs and dolphins. Beautifully executed long-beaked bird holding the tail of a serpent in its beak and body in its talons in mother of pearl. Rear ramrod pipe features a helmeted coat of arms surmounted by an eagle. Stock additionally inlaid with brass wire in floral pattern enhanced with dragons and eagles. With brass front sight, single rear sight, set trigger in working condition. Zellner family represents one of 16th and 17th centuries’ most distinguished Austrian gunsmiths and any example by one of these masters is worthy of an advanced collector. Killian Zellner worked from 1672 until his death in 1693. He was the son of the famous Gaylord Zellner and father of Hans Jacob and Franz Xavier. He began work in 1672 in Vienna and became a master in Salzburg in 1673. PROVENANCE: George Shumway. Dr. Carlisle Smith, University of Kansas, Museum of Natural History. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Lock is extremely crisp with all engraving and original blackening intact. Bbl retains no original finish but considering it was made in 1682, is also very crisp. Fruitwood full stock has a few inlays replaced during its working life, but in substantially good original condition. 4-49938 (20,000-40,000)

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ELABORATELY CARVED GERMAN WHEEL LOCK GUN IN THE MANNER OF JOHANN MICHAEL MAUCHER OF SCHWABISCH GMUND, CIRCA 1660. SN NSN. The type of carving as on this gun may be attributed to the Maucher school as it is far higher relief and more in the round than the Meister der Tierkopfranke. Articles on similar rifles abound, see cover of Gun Report, May 1996 for several other rifles carved in the round. Powder flasks and many other wheel locks are attributed to the hand of the Maucher family. This gun has an oct bbl of approx. 75 cal, which classifies it as a boar hunting gun. The lock is plain with finely pierced and engraved wheel cover, dog and spring cover. Wheel cover is engraved with a dancing man and woman and monster playing an instrument. Spring cover is engraved with a mermaid. Hammer features a knight on horseback subduing a dragon atop three lions. A beautifully patinated stock features hunting scenes carved almost in the round in very high relief with a long-haired man and hounds defending a man on horseback who appears to be attacked by an ox, a lion and a boar all at once. Forend is carved as well with hounds pursuing rabbits. White stag horn inlay adorns the cheekpiece. Patchbox carved en suite with lions pursuing dogs and boar. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Stock of this rifle exhibits an incredibly beautiful rich age patina achieved only by careful handling over centuries. Lock is gray with very light pitting, but crisp engraving. Bbl has deep even age patina throughout. Set trigger present and functions perfectly. Gun appears to have few, if any, replacements. Wood generally excellent overall. 4-49940 MZ20 (15,000-30,000)

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17th CENTURY STYLE NUREMBURG WHEEL LOCK MUSKET WITH LAVISH FIGURAL INLAY. SN NSN. Splendid work of art wheel lock musket mounted with 16th century Ottoman bbl. Bbl of large bore, elaborately inlaid with heavy silver in arabesques and exhibiting superb Damascus pattern. Silver maker’s stamp in recess towards breech. Many German guns were remounted with barrels from Ottoman guns captured at the siege of Vienna. The white stag horn inlay is unusually elaborate throughout butt stock and forend. Depicting fanciful animals, mythological dragons and winged angels blowing trumpets. Cheek piece inlay featuring a Roman hero surrounded by trumpet blowing putti and other figures. Patchbox decorated en suite and is original to gun, featuring angels, goats and satyrs. Lock is relief chiseled and engraved with recumbent figure resting after a hunt. Wheel lock is a piece of art. PROVENANCE: Collection of Clay P. Bedford. See related example James A. Rothschild collection at Waddesdon Manor. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Overall good with inlays substantially intact throughout. Scrimshaw on white stag horn inlays still very crisp. Lock slightly worn with replaced pan and pan cover. Double set trigger needs adjustment. Bbl very crisp under old patination. Tang replaced during working life. 4-49769 (15,000-25,000)

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FINE SILESIAN WHEEL LOCK RIFLE, CIRCA 1640. SN NSN. Silesian wheel lock rifles appear far less frequently than the Silesian Tschinke. This rifle has a particularly fine lock with pierced and engraved wheel cover, hammer beautifully engraved with a mermaid, sea monster and dragons. Lock itself finely engraved in characteristic Silesian motif with dog, stag and squirrel. Heavy octagonal bbl features punch dot engraving and still retains considerable original silver decoration, now black with varnish. Fruitwood full stock is finely inlaid with winged creatures, human figures, deer, Adam & Eve being driven out of the garden by God, the serpent tempting Adam & Eve, Adam & Eve blessed by God, and Jacob ascending a ladder into Heaven. These religious inlays are not typical of Silesian decoration and must have been special ordered, possibly by a Prelate. Inlay of white stag horn and pearl is exceptionally well conceived and far more sophisticated than most Silesian work. NOTES: A far better than average Silesian rifle with most interesting Biblican inlays. CONDITION: Lock is excellent with engraving sharp and crisp. Bbl is very good and will improve with professional conservation. Inlay on stock is crisp for the most part, however due to temperature changes there have been losses over the years which have been replaced with wood and the inlay of Adam and Eve driven from the garden needs minor attention as it is raised from the wood. However, losses are less than 10% and otherwise stock is crisp and retains original ramrod. One large inlay missing from underside of cheekpiece. 4-49147 MRZ68 (15,000-19,000)

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WHEEL LOCK FOKOS, CIRCA 1700. SN NSN. The fokos, a combination weapon comprising a flintlock or wheel lock pistol and an axe, was a type of weapon characteristically from Silesia, not meant to be used, but to be carried in parades as a badge of rank much like Saxon miner’s axes. Wheel lock fokos are much less frequently encountered than flintlock fokos. They often have the same sort of inlays as wheel lock tschinkes. This fokos has inlays of dogs, foxes enriched with stag horn pellets and flowers. Butt consists of a large piece of engraved stag horn with a lanyard loop. Lock has an internal wheel and remnants of engraving all over the plate, dog and wheel cover. Bbl is oct to round. Axe head is elaborately filed on both sides. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Stock inlay has been extensively restored but remains very attractive. Bbl has been draw-filed to bright and lock has medium pitting. Axe head is quite crisp. 4-49774 MZ28 (5,000-10,000)

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VERY RARE ITALIAN DUAL HAMMER WHEEL LOCK CARBINE CIRCA 1590-1600. SN NSN. Wheel locks of this type were in fashion in late 16th and early 17th century Italy. There are examples in museums throughout Europe of this rare ignition system, which guaranteed surety of fire. Large lock accommodates both dogs and both dog springs. Wheel is held in place by two screws holding a bracket. One hammer engraved, the other plain. Heavy oct bbl is deeply fluted with engraved rear sight and iron front sight. Stock is raised carved overall with acanthus leaves, dogs, goats, and birds. Steel ram rod pipes and steel straps hold ram rod in place. Side nails are pierced through dragons. Fishtail butt, iron bound. Elaborately shaped trigger guard of classic Italianate form. NOTES: Gun conforms to a number of known pieces of this dual hammer ignition system and form which may be found in museums throughout Italy. A particularly fine example with elaborate chiseled steel and pierced mounts may be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Lock in good polished condition. One dog replaced during gun’s working life. Bbls cleaned, bright. Wood with fine patination, minor repairs on forend. Slightly rubbed. 4-49913 MZ36 (8,000-16,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE ALSATIAN DOUBLE BARRELED OVER-AND-UNDER WHEEL LOCK PISTOL, SEDAN, CIRCA 1600. SN NSN. Converging bbls molded at the muzzles and breeches and chiseled with ribs are struck with the mark “PM” over a star within a shield. See Stockel page 856, 4318 were attributed to Sedan. The opposed locks are deeply struck with the mark “GL” over two stars. Exposed wheels are held in by winged monsters in brass. Brass pans and bridles. Pan cover release cast and chased as an acanthus leaf. Feather springs and safety catch brackets have chiseled finials. Unguarded triggers with baluster molding. Full stock and divided forend are inlaid with fish, grotesques and engraved horn featuring fine floral scrolls. Faceted ovoid pommel is inlaid and engraved with white stag horn picturing a feminine octet on Romanesque dress. NOTES: A pistol of this quality and rarity is rarely, if ever, offered for sale. This being the first time in 23 years that the collector has had the opportunity to purchase such a rare and desirable piece. PROVENANCE: Collection of William Goodwin Renwick, Part 6 lot 57. Sold Sotheby’s March 19, 1974. Frank E. Bivens, Jr. Collection, Mango Way, #1178. Clay P. Bedford Collection, #1625. Hank Visser Collection, sold Sotheby’s July 3, 1990, lot #181, illustrated in color, both sides. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Considering the profuse nature of the inlay and delicacy of this pistol’s construction, the overall condition of the stock inlay is remarkable with only a few minor replaced pieces of stag horn. Ramrod is of later manufacture. Beautifully fluted and ribbed bbls are extremely crisp with little or no pitting. Locks are polished bright as are the dogs. Overall pistol is in a remarkable state of preservation. 4-50042 MZ21 (50,000-75,000)

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VERY FINE MATCHED PAIR OF SAXON ELECTOR GUARD WHEEL LOCK PISTOLS, EACH DATED 1588. SN NSN. These pistols are in virtually as issued condition from 1588. The elector guard wheel lock pistols represent the glory and majesty of the Royal Saxon Court. These were carried by enlisted men and officers of the guard and stored in the Saxon armory. They came in several grades. The enlisted man’s grade featured stocks stamped in imitation of stag horn with a simple stag horn inlay on the butt with the crossed swords of the Saxon arms. The higher grade, as these are, has a silver rondel cast and chased with a figure of Mars, the God of War, in full armor. The highest grades for royal officers have silver rondels, but the wheel covers are gilded and the inlay just before the ball is a silver band rather than stag horn. Accompanied by an original 3-position spanner and screwdriver which is elaborately pierced with a wheel design. NOTES: These pistols are unusual because they are a true pair having the same date “1588” and the same maker’s name “IS” with a cross and heart. PROVENANCE: See Decorated Firearms 1540-1870 From the Collection of Clay P. Bedford, by Gusler & Lavin, pp. 124-125. Prince Ernst Heinrich of Saxony 1926. Bashford Dean. Stephen V. Grancsay, Brooklyn, NY. Frank E. Bivens, Jr., Mango Way, Los Angeles, CA. Clay P. Bedford. Peter Bedford. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. Publications: 42 Year Scrapbook of Varitype Firearms by Theodore Dexter featuring the Frank E. Bivens, Jr. collection. “Decorated Firearms” by Wallace B. Gusler and James D. Lavin, pgs. 123 & 124. CONDITION: These pistols are in pristine original condition retaining much of their original very light bluing on both lock and bbl. The pans are blued inside. Pistols are unfired and would be called “mint”. All inlays are original and intact. Hammers retain their original polish. All parts are original. Virtually impossible to improve upon the condition of these pistols. 4-49802 MZ17 (40,000-60,000)

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REMARKABLE PAIR OF WHEEL LOCK PISTOLS IN THE 16th CENTURY SAXON STYLE WITH GILT BRONZE LOCKS, MOUNTS AND BBLS. SN NSN. Pistols with waisted bbls, cast and chased overall with figures of Diana, a warrior and foliage inhabited by birds. Locks are overlaid with gilt bronze plates, cast and chased with foliage. Enclosed wheel cover is chased and cast with the double headed eagle of Austria. Dogs of brass and fruitwood full stocks inlaid with engraved stag horn plaques, foliate scrolls and a mounted warrior. Ball butts inlaid with gilt bronze strapwork cast and chased with masks and floral motifs. NOTES: These remarkably attractive wheel lock pistols incorporate elements from various periods, which precludes assigning a specific date to their manufacture. PROVENANCE: See Auction Catalog, Sotheby’s Monaco, 12/7/87, Lot 77, Plate 26. Collection of Charles Draeger, sold Sotheby’s Monaco, December 7, 1987. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Dogs, pans and trigger guards are of later date. One dog spring with old repair. 4-49842 (20,000-40,000)

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2491

VERY ATTRACTIVE DECORATIVE PAIR OF SCROLL BUTTED WHEEL LOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS, 17th CENTURY AND LATER. SN NSN. These extremely decorative and unique appearing wheel lock pistols are typical of those assembled using old parts in the 19th century to meet the demand of the newly rich who wished to furnish their Victorian castles with arms and armor from this 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. There were simply not sufficient original examples to meet the demand. These pistols are a classic example. Stocks are profusely inlaid with animals, pellets and flowers in the 17th century style. Lockplates appear original while the dog springs, dogs and internal parts and bbls are later. Exhibition: Undergraduate Library, University of Texas, Austin. PROVENANCE: See “About Those Wonderful Wheel Locks”, Gunsport Magazine, Oct. 1966, pp. 16-21. These very guns are pictured in a “Gunsport Magazine” from October of 1966 wherein they are said to have come from the Major Hugh Smiley collection, a famous early collector from NH. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Overall very good with most inlay intact and metal brown and clean. 4-49772 MZ29 (5,000-10,000)

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2492

EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE IVORY VENEERED WHEEL LOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS, 17th CENTURY AND LATER. SN NSN. These unique pistols comprise high quality Dutch locks and bbls of the 17th century. Lock with characteristic Dutch stud at bottom of wheel and three screws on the lock plate. Oct to round bbl is struck with maker’s mark in the form of a flower. Trigger guard of typical Dutch form. Stocks are completely veneered in Dieppe type ivory panels depicting scenes of the hunt, a gentleman spearing a fearsome boar while hounds chase stags all along the forends. A panel underneath lock is carved with a hunter and his hound. Flattened round butts are carved in the round in the Dieppe style with snarling dogs biting boar and other beasts such as stag. Butt style also resembles 17th century Schwabisch Gmund work but not of that quality. PROVENANCE: Robert Hawk. Martin B. Retting, Los Angeles. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Locks and bbls cleaned to bright metal with some staining remaining. Ivory has taken on a mellow patina from handling and is overall very fine. 4-49974 MZ30 (10,000-20,000)

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FINE AND RARE ALSATIAN WHEEL LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, STRASBOURG, CIRCA 1600. SN NSN. Two stage bbl with raised moldings at breech and muzzle. Breech deeply struck with maker’s mark “WI” in a shield and crossed hammer and pick. Strasbourg control mark Stockel page 1702, no 8799 and horseshoe mark similar to Stockel page 1458, no 5100. Flat lock also struck with a Strasbourg mark. Flat wheel cover pierced and engraved with marine monsters. Dog engraved with further monsters and a grotesque. Push on safety with filed spring. Ebonized fruitwood full stock inlaid with contrasting horn stringing enclosing engraved horn plaques including strapwork scrolls issuing from monsters, a demon mask pierced by a side nail and further masks flanking bbl tang. Boldly fluted pommel with iron acorn finial, iron trigger guard, engraved horn ramrod pipe and wooden ramrod with engraved horn tip. NOTE: Sotheby’s catalog mentions possibility that lock predates remainder, but it is entirely original to pistol. Genuine lemon butt pistols of this period are very rare. Most are Victorian creations. This pistol possesses an unusually distinguished provenance having been owned by four of the greatest and most knowledgeable collectors of the 20th century and represents an opportunity for today’s collector to own something guaranteed genuine. PROVENANCE: See Visser Collection Sale Catalog, Sotheby’s 6/3/91, #51. Samuel James Whawell Collection, sold Sotheby’s May 1927. Edward Hubbard Litchfield Collection, sold Park Bernet Galleries, NY December 1961, lot 261. Miguel Mujica Gallo, Museo del Oro, Lima, Peru. Hank Visser, sold Sotheby’s Visser part 2, June 3, 1991. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Metal is crisp with crisp engraving and virtually no pitting. Ebonized fruitwood full stock exhibits light wear, but inlays are crisp and scrimshaw still very strong. One very minor repair at rear side nail does not detract. Pistol appears homogeneous throughout. 4-50047 MZ24 (15,000-30,000)

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RARE LONG WHEEL LOCK PISTOL BY THE MEISTER DER TIERKOPFRANKE CIRCA 1655. SN NSN. This very pistol is listed as number 39 on page 194 of Dr. Hans Schedlemann’s article in the Arms & Armor Annual, the Master of the Animal Head Scroll. Lock of convex form is elaborately inlaid with silver leaves and scrolls on a blackened, once blued, ground. Dog spring is well filed and the dog is well formed. Oct bbl is decorated throughout its length with silver damascene foliage. Stock is beautifully carved by the master himself with a jester trumpeting out scrolls from his mouth. Butt is inlaid with scrolling brass wire on both sides and at base. Brass collar is fitted around the butt. Forend is well carved with volutes. NOTES: This very rare pistol has beautiful silver damascening that will clean up and be most attractive. All pistols by the Master der Tierkopfranke are extremely rare with one pair in the Joe Kindig, Jr. Collection, a pair in the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, a single at the Metropolitan and pair sold by Otto von Klingbiel in 2012. PROVENANCE: See Arms and Armor Annual, by Held, p. 194, #39. Prince Hans-Adam II, Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Lock is excellent with most silver damascening present, though dark with tarnish., Wheel cover and dog are brightly polished. Bbl retains most original silver damascening however, the right flat towards the touch hole has been defaced with large Roman numerals “3-1584X” of unknown origin. Stock carving is extremely crisp, virtually as the day it was made. Minor dents, but excellent overall. On right flat of bbl there is a significant casting flaw midway down. 4-49870 (20,000-40,000)

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PAIR OF LONG BRESCIAN WHEEL LOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS INLAID IN THE GERMAN MANNER COMPLETE WITH THEIR LEATHER HOLSTERS, CIRCA 1620. SN NSN. Long three stage bbls, flat rhomboid shaped locks, external wheels with small retaining bracket, sliding pan covers. Walnut full stocks inlaid over their entire length with white stag horn, scrolling tendrils enriched with engraved ball, flowers and conventional flower heads. Pommels bound with a fluted iron band, iron trigger guards. Forends fitted with pierced iron slotted band and cap. Wooden ramrods with turned white dome tips. Original holsters fitted with guard flaps and straps. Pistols from this period were often made with extremely long bbls to ensure proper burning of the coarse, and not necessarily pure, gunpowder used at the time. NOTES: Very rare to find a pair of long decorated wheel lock pistols as when powder improved in quality most were cut short. These pistols are also unusual in that they are classically Italian, but they are inlaid with white stag horn in the German fashion. Dr. Hendricks was a discerning collector and his collection was famous throughout the United States, primarily for a magnificent pair of Dutch ivory stock pistols, now in a museum in Holland, courtesy of the Visser Family Trust. PROVENANCE: See Sotheby Auction-England-Early 1980’s. Dr. Charles Hendricks, Altuna, PA. Hank Visser Collection, sold Sotheby’s June 3, 1990, lot 118. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. Publications: F. Theodore Dexter 35 year scrapbook of antique arms, 2 volumes, Topeka 1947. CONDITION: Stocks with repairs done during their working life. Minor replacement of inlay also done long ago. Holster wear commensurate with age and careful use. All metal has been polished bright as is common practice in most European collections. 4-49808 MZ32 (15,000-30,000)

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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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MODEL 1799 NORTH & CHENEY FIRST MODEL FLINTLOCK PISTOL. SN 354. SN 354. Cal. 73. x 8-1/16″ unmarked rnd bbl numbered on right side of tang “35” (4 not clearly visible) in back of tang marked “IV”. Underneath bbl is “354” and “..” which matches the same “..” on the left side of bbl tang. Brass frame is marked underneath “S. NORTH & E. CHENEY BERLIN”. Serial number “354” marked inside frame. Like the frame, the butt cap is made of brass. “IV” is present on the backstrap, bridle, tumbler, buttcap, trigger guard and main spring. Cherry stock is unmarked. Here is the opportunity to own the Rosetta Stone of United States martial pistols. Simeon North and Elisha Cheney signed a contract with the Government to manufacture 500 pistols on March 8, 1799 and were the first pistols manufactured entirely by a contractor, as all previous procurements were assembled from parts either in storage or made by various people. These new pistols were derived from the French Model 1777 Pistol with several improvements incorporated such as approximately 1/2″ longer bbl and an additional screw securing the frame to the bbl. These first 500 were marked “S.NORTH & E. CHENEY BERLIN” along the brass frame while the second contract were marked “NORTH & CHENEY BERLIN”. With these first 500 pistols delivered by early 1800, a second contract was forthcoming to Simeon North and Elisha Cheney for 1,500 pistols dated February 6, 1800. The final delivery of the 1,500 pistols were delivered by mid-year 1801 and effectively launched Simeon North into his pistol making venture that lasted another 25 years. PROVENANCE: See Auction Catalog of 1984. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Iron bbl and tang are in very good condition with only slight evidence of pitting as bbl appears to have been cleaned at one time with remnants of the “V” (view mark) partially visible and now shows a light color. Area around touch hole has an overall light brown patina. Frizzen fits loosely, may be replaced as it and the cock do not carry assembly numbers, but if replaced it was very well done and matches the correct pattern and color. Brass frame and butt cap are in very good condition with all markings sharp and clear. Has not been cleaned and shows numerous nicks, dings and scratches from normal handling. Cherry stock is correct having no cracks or wood losses. Pistol is original flint. Considering that less than two dozen of these rare and historic martial pistols are known to exist of the 2,000 orig delivered, this gun being a first model (about 6 are known) would make this an important addition to any advanced martial pistol collection. 4-49982 PAS59 (25,000-45,000)

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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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EXTREMELY RARE, CASED PRESENTATION LOEWE MODEL 1893 BORCHARDT TO DON PORFIRIO DIAZ, PRESIDENT OF MEXICO SEMI-AUTO PISTOL. SN 266. Cal. 7.63 MM Borchardt. Spectacular cased Borchardt pistol that was presented to General Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico. Pistol is a standard early Borchardt by Loewe with 7-1/2″ tapered rnd bbl, fixed sights with the Loewe marking over the chamber and patent markings on the toggle link. Bottom of the bbl has “BUG” Proofs with additional Proofs on the right side of the frame, which is also marked “SYSTEM BORCHARDT.PATENT.” Pistol has standard appointments with matching numbered, checkered walnut grips and has an orig magazine in the well numbered “447”. Accompanied by its orig diamond pattern red leatherette case that has brass corner reinforcements and a cut corner gilded plate in the lid, 4″ x 1-3/4″, engraved in period script “Exmo Senor / Don Porfirio Diaz / Presidente de la Republica Mexioana”. Front of the case has a latch at each end with a matching leather wrapped carrying handle whose brackets and all other exterior furniture are gilded. Interior is bright green velvet lined and French fitted in the bottom for the pistol, a matching numbered shoulder stock with attached black leather holster, a matching numbered attachable cheekpiece, three orig matching numbered magazines, a wooden dummy magazine/cleaning hold-open with concealed brass cleaning rod and oiler, the orig wooden handle for screw driver blades, two screw driver blades, two orig punches, and a nickeled 2-pc parts box that appears to have contained lubricant. Covered compartment in the right front contains the screwdriver blades and punches. All together a truly spectacular presentation set. Parts of this pistol are pictured on pp. 116 & 519 of Volume 1 of The Borchardt and Luger Automatic Pistols, Gortz & Sturgess. P. 116 illustrates the chamber markings of this pistol and also illustrates the Berlin Crown/BUG Proof mark locations. The caption states that this is one of a small group of Borchardt pistols with Proof marks on the underside of the bbl and right side. P. 1428 of Volume 3 of the referenced publication illustrates the entire case set, open to show contents, the top with presentation plaque and the front of the case. The authors indicate that the diamond grained red Moroccan leather covered case is an extremely rare factory deluxe presentation case and that the fittings are all regular 93 case items that have been gilded. The authors speculate that this set may have been a presentation by the manufacturer as an inducement for adoption of their products or that it may have been a presentation to President Diaz from Kaiser Wilhelm II or possibly by the German government. President Diaz was apparently very friendly with the Kaiser and initially sought asylum with the Kaiser’s family when he was deposed in 1911 following the 1910 Mexican Revolution. The authors state that there is one other example like this known that had associations with the Vickers Company of England. Jose de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz Mori was born Sept. 15, 1830 in Oaxaca, Mexico, trained for the priesthood at age 15, and in 1850 studied law. Prior to that, however, in 1846 Mr. Diaz participated in the Mexican-American War of 1846. In 1855 he joined a band of guerrillas fighting Santa Anna who was attempting a resurgence to power. His star began its medioric rise in 1862 when he became a Brigade General fighting the French. Between 1863-1867 he was offered various positions of power under Emperor Maximilian, which he refused. In 1868, when President Juarez came to power, he resigned his commission and returned home. But again in 1871 he led a revolt against Juarez, but was defeated and again returned home after accepting amnesty. In 1874 he was elected to Congress but again led a revolt in 1875, and in 1876 he led a failed attempt to unseat President Tejada, which failed. In November, 1876, he returned to Mexico from the U.S. and again faced the government forces whom he defeated, and in May, 1877 was elected President of Mexico, a title which he held off and on for over 30 more years. By 1908 Mexico’s government had become corrupt and oppressive and in 1910 Francisco Madero led a revolt which overthrew President Diaz causing him to flee to Spain in May, 1911. He died July 2, 1915, in exile in Paris and is buried there. In 1938 his 430-pc collection of arms was donated to the Military College of Canada, in Kingston, Ontario. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, pristine new and unfired. Overall retains about 99% crisp orig factory blue with bright fire blue on all the appropriate parts. Grips are crisp with a few crushed diamonds on the right side, otherwise shows no additional flaws and retains virtually all of its crisp orig varnish. Case has some slight losses of leather covering on the lid with a few light handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains virtually all of its remaining orig red finish. Mounts on the case retain most of their orig gilding. Interior is equally pristine as are the accessories. Holster is intact with crackled surface and some minor finish losses around the toe but interior is as new showing no sign the pistol has ever been inserted. 4-52097 JR408 (150,000-300,000)

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*◊ MAGNIFICENT AND HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT MAUSER C96 SIX SHOT, FULLY ENGRAVED, WITH CARVED BOLO STOCK. SN 43845. Cal. 9mm Export. Mauser made relatively few six shot pistols, especially in 9mm Export. Any presentation gun is a rare find and to encounter one in nearly new condition may be a once in a lifetime opportunity. The pistol has standard mechanical features for a six shot of this vintage in having a 4″ bbl with a fixed front sight and a grooved rear sight marked from 100-1000, with the groove continuing into the retaining lug. Usual chamber address with full serial number on the left chamber flat. Crown/Crown/U proof on the left side of the bbl extension and an antler proof on the right side. The two line Mauser address is in the usual location on the right side of the frame. The serial number dates the pistol to manufacture in 1903/4, but is very much lower than other 9 mm Export calibre C96 pistols, which commence in the 8x,xxx range (ca. 1907), indicating this to be probably a prototype of this calibre pistol. Bolt has a long extractor, the special 9 mm Export magazine follower with cutout scoop to aid feeding the last cartridge and a two lug firing pin. The pistol has been lavishly engraved with an unusual “ears-of-wheat” motif, including the hammer. Under the trigger guard is the crowned Gryphon with sword & Shield coat of arms of Frederick, when heir to the Dutchy of Baden-Wurttemburg. Tasteful gold inlay highlights the barrel, extension and frame. The serial number on the left chamber flat and back of the frame is gold inlaid as is the Mauser address on the right side of the frame. Elaborate and often multiline gold inlaid highlighting borders most of the panels with Greek Key patterning around the muzzle. The ivory grips are finely checkered in the same pattern used on special order pistols. Accompanied by a lavishly Mauser factory carved Bolo length stock whose hinge and lug have been engraved in a complementary pattern and bordered with the same kind of gold highlighting. According to the consignor, the gun was presented to Frederick as Heir to Dutchy of Baden-Wurttemburg ca. 1903/4 to influence the then ongoing GPK pistol trials in favor of Mauser. Illustrated in his book, The Borchardt and Luger Automatic Pistols figure 2-18. PROVENANCE: Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess Collection. CONDITION: 99% of bright blue with negligible sharp edge wear. Comparable condition fire blue of small parts. Ivory grips show age related cracks in each panel but no wear related chips or losses. Bright bore with sharp rifling and minimal erosion. Deeply carved Bolo stock in a pattern similar to the stocks pictured in the book System Mauser. Hinge and lug are in the same exemplary condition as the pistol. An extraordinary gun whose history and aesthetic appeal should transcend the realm of firearm collectors. 4-52083 LMA89 (35,000-70,000)

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*◊ EXTRAORDINARY #30 1899/00 SWISS/UK TRIALS PROTOTYPE LUGER RIG. SN 30. 4-3/4″ .30 Cal bbl with orig matching SN. Hand engraved Swiss Cross in sunburst on chamber with central engraving guide dot. Blank center toggle link. Toggle assembly is all matching with DWM factory converted round hinge and orig 51 mm long bolt with original double firing pin springs. Dished toggles with factory converted long toggle abutments to the receiver forks. Original long, thin, checkered safety lever. White polished and scribed border outline safety area. Matching prototype production pattern trigger. 1899 Prototype style and size serial numbers are all matching, which is extremely rare on these guns. Frame is matching numbered on back. Orig prototype plain border checkered walnut grips are also matching. Prototype magazine has a flat button for the unrelieved frame, a brass spring follower (not the production aluminium type) and a plain wood bottom with no metal disks internally numbered. Made and delivered for Swiss 1899 trials and subsequently converted for British 1900 trials. With orig Swiss trials pattern black leather holster (having no screwdriver pouch) and Borchardt brass cleaning rod/oiler, both as returned from the Swiss 1899 trials and supplied to the British Small Arms Committee for the British Army trials in October 1900. This is one of six UK trials guns that were upgraded from pistols returned to DWM by the Swiss in mid-1900 after their trials, and it is the only one known with the orig holster. This gun has a long UK provenance, being in the family of one of the founders of the British Aircraft Industry since before WWI until recent times. This gun is featured on pgs. 175, 181, 182, 190, 206, 224, 263, 565, 572 and 587 of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess’ The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Very fine. Retaining 90% orig blue with scattered light corrosion and scratches. 70% orig straw with some light corrosion. Bore is worn and pitted, from extensive firing during trials. Grips are excellent with moderate wear, beautiful color and wood grain. Magazine has light corrosion on body and wood bottom is excellent. Holster is very good with cracking and minor flaking on back and heavy flaking on flap. Cleaning rod flap has a tear in one of the stitching seams about 1/2″ long. Pullstrap is missing. Brass cleaning rod is excellent with very little wear. 4-52002 BWS99 (100,000-200,000)

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*◊ UNIQUE AND EXCEPTIONALLY IMPORTANT DWM 1900 MODEL 9MM U.S. TRIALS PROTOTYPE LUGER. SN 10030B. This is one of three prototype 9mm pistols that were personally delivered and demonstrated by George Luger to the U.S. Board of Ordnance in May of 1903. Includes orig bill of sale from Springfield Armory to a Dr. Fuller in 1913. Unique configuration heavy 4-3/4″ 9mm bbl. “DWM” scroll on center toggle link. Prototype SN 10030B on front of frame and under barrel. Ringed chamber. All parts are orig and matching or unnumbered. The rear toggle bears the serial number, 30, not a GL monogram since this was a trials pistol, not a presentation weapon which would have the GL monogram. Orig magazine is “Cal 9mm” marked on the wood bottom. Includes original receipt from Springfield Armory and related correspondence between Fuller and his Congressman etc. from when this gun was purchased from the Arsenal in November of 1913. Copies of documents from the original trials are also included. Pictured on p. 237 of the revised edition of The Luger Pistol by Fred Datig. This gun is featured in Lugers at Random by Charles Kenyon, Jr. on pp. 66 and 67. This gun is either pictured or described on pp. 221, 229, 259, 260, 282, 285, 286, 287, 288, 1484, and 1716 of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols. A spectacular example of one of the first 9mm pistols ever made and one of the first tree such calibre pistols ever supplied for military trial. The most lasting and influential memorial of Georg Luger’s design capabilities is the now universal 9 mm Parabellum cartridge, of which this pistol is a unique forebear. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Excellent retaining 98% orig blue, 98% orig straw. Some very light scratches on the front grip strap that appear to be caused by people shooting the gun while wearing rings. The bore is bright with light wear. Checkered walnut grips are sharp with beautiful color and few dings on checkering. Magazine is excellent with some very minor corrosion scattered on the body. Mechanics are excellent. 4-52739 BWS44 (60,000-100,000)

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