Extraordinary October 2015 Firearms Auction
Generates Approximately $15 Million!

Auction: October 5th, 6th & 7th, 2015

Preview: October 2nd - 4th, 2015 and October 5th, 6th & 7th, 2015

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3000

EARLY PRODUCTION SMITH & WESSON #1 VOLCANIC LEVER ACTION PISTOL.

SN 69. Cal. 31 Blue finish with 4” oct to rnd bbl that has integral magazine tube, German silver pin front sight, fixed rear sight in top flat of frame. Bbl has usual markings on top 3 flats. Early style “spur” lever. Frame and side plates have standard, early Volcanic engraving patterns consisting of foliate arabesque scrolls without background. Top side flats and top 3 flats of receiver ring are engraved in feather patterns with foliate patterns on rear edge of hammer and backstrap. Mounted with smooth, 2-pc, bag-shaped rosewood grips. Early pre-letter suffix SN. SN was observed on left side of buttstrap under the grip, inside each grip and exposed end of the carrier. No additional disassembly was effected to check for other matching numbers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 1,200 of these rare pistols produced in the period 1854-1855, this being the 69th. This design was the successor to the Hunt & Jennings rifles and the forerunner of the Winchester dynasty. Very few of these pistols survive today in any condition let alone an orig configuration with orig finish. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain 60-70% strong orig brown finish with some scattered spots of surface rust. Frame and side plates retain traces of orig blue being mostly a brown patina. Grips are sound showing very light wear and retain most of their orig finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore. Muzzle of bbl has been cleaned bright. 49220-1 JR C&R (12,500-17,500) – Lot 3000

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3001

SCARCE VOLCANIC ARMS #2 NAVY SIZE LEVER ACTION PISTOL.

SN 1611. 41 Cal. Usual configurations with 8” oct bbl that has integral magazine tube & full ribs on the sides. Front sight is a large rnd bead, probably a replacement and fixed rear sight in top flat of frame. Top flat of bbl has a crisp 3-line address. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. SN was observed on right side of buttstrap, under the grip, right side of lever & inside each grip. Lever has assembly # “1” on the left side with corresponding assembly # on left side of buttstrap. No additional disassembly was affected to check for other matching numbers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 1,500 of these pistols produced in the period 1855-1857. At that time Volcanic Arms was purchased by Oliver Winchester and became New Haven Arms which evolved into the Henry rifle and then Winchester Arms and, as the saying goes “the rest is history”. Left rear side of frame has a couple of small dents. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Condition: Very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 75-80% strong orig blue with a couple of small nicks on right side of loading sleeve. Frame and side plates have crisp sharp edges with a few minor nicks and the aforementioned dents, & overall retain a beautiful dark mustard patina. Grips are sound showing light to moderate edge wear with minor battering on bottom right edge. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore, may be unfired. 49059-4 JR (12,500-17,500) – Lot 3001

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3002

VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED PAIR OF NEW HAVEN ARMS VOLCANIC NUMBER 1 LEVER ACTION PISTOLS.

SN 1796/608. Cal. .31. Blue and silver finish with 3-3/4″ oct bbls that have integral magazines and fixed sights. No. 608 has an orig pinched post front sight and No. 1796 has a nickel silver cone front sight. Both pistols are mounted with smooth 2-pc rosewood grips, matching numbered to their individual pistols. Pistols are period engraved, No. 608 with non-traditional patterns including flower blossoms and geometric patterns. No. 1796 is engraved in traditional foliate arabesque patterns. Accompanied by a brass bound, rosewood handgun casing with empty plaque in the lid and purple velvet lining. Case is compartmented with space for both pistols including bbl rests, missing frame rests. There are 3 other empty compartments. CONDITION: Pistols are very good with the bbls smooth gray/brown aged patina, with a replaced follower on No. 1796. Frames and sideplates retain most of their restored silver finish. Grips on No. 608 are sound and retain a restored finish. Grips on No. 1796 show moderate edge wear with nicks and scratches and retain about 85% orig varnish. Mechanics on both pistols are a little loose but function and both have strong bright bores. Case is sound having been lightly cleaned and oiled. Interior has strong bright color inside of the lid with heavy glue showing through the fabric in the bottom. 49254-17 JR (30,000-50,000) – Lot 3002

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3003

VERY RARE NEW HAVEN ARMS VOLCANIC LEVER ACTION CARBINE.

SN 108. Cal. .41. Rare special order carbine with 16-5/8″ oct bbl that has integral magazine with half ribs. It has rnd top, nickel silver front sight & no provision for a rear bbl sight and orig wheel adjustable sight in top flat of receiver. Mounted with uncheckered American walnut straight stock & crescent buttplate. Receiver & buttplate are rare nickel finished. SN is found on left side of lower tang, under the wood with matching number under the buttplate tang on the stock and inside buttplate tang. Top flat of bbl has the 1-line address “NEW HAVEN CON. PATENT FEB. 14. 1854”. Volcanic arms were patented by Horace Smith & Daniel Wesson in 1854, based on earlier patents of the Hunt & Jennings rifles which also utilized a self-contained cartridge which consisted of a hollow base conical bullet with the primer and propellant in the hollow base. They only produced about 1700 pistols, in two sizes 1854 to 1855. In July 1855, the name was changed to the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company with Oliver Winchester investing heavily in the company. In April 1857, the company name was changed to The New Haven Arms Company and continued in operation until about 1860. The cartridges for these pistols, and later carbines were severely underpowered and once chambered were very difficult to unload. All that combined to dampen sales, and so after only a few thousand were produced, the company went out of business. However, the design of the Volcanic evolved into the Henry rifle which began production in 1860 and ran through 1866 with about 14000 Henry rifles produced during that time. The Henry was then succeeded by the venerable Winchester Model 1866 and, as the saying goes the rest is history. With the Volcanic design figuring so heavily in the Winchester dynasty, these diminutive pistols and carbines occupy a revered niche in American firearm history, and as such are highly collectible today. Carbines are very scarce with only about 3000 produced 1857-1860 in 3-bbl lengths. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including stock & buttplate (no additional disassembly was affected to check for other matching numbers). Bbl & magazine tube retain about 80-85% strong orig blue turning a little plummy. Bbl has a couple of small nicks in the sharp edges on the left side. Receiver retains about 70% strong orig nickel showing wear on the right side with a small area of flaking on the left side. Buttplate retains virtually all of its orig nickel. Lever & hammer are a dark patina. Buttstock has a repaired crack in the wrist and has a few scattered small nicks & scratches and overall retains about all of a restored finish, probably a result of the wrist repair. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 49059-5 JR (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3003

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3004

SCARCE ENGRAVED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 4522. Cal. 44 RF Fine, high condition Hoggson engraved Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube, late style square back nickel 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 for 4-pc cleaning rod(not present). 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, under loading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “630″, which number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. This rifle was 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. 49570-1 JR (55,000-85,000) – Lot 3004

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3005

CIVIL WAR ERA HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE INSCRIBED TO CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE COL DUDLEY W JONES 9TH TEXAS CAVALRY.

SN 1763. Cal. .44 RF Henry. Standard Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, nickel silver front sight, an iron filler in rear dovetail & with a fixed rear sight in top flat of receiver dovetail. Left sideplate is engraved in period script “D.W. JONES” with small engraved flourishes above & below. Mounted with an uncheckered, straight grain American walnut buttstock with straight grip and crescent buttplate that has round heel & large trap with corresponding large hole in the stock to accommodate a 4-pc hickory wiping rod that would have been included with rifle from the factory (cleaning rod not present). SN is found on top flat of bbl at the receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, in top tang of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. All of the tang & buttplate screws are matching numbered to this rifle. Right side of buttstock has a filled sling swivel base recess and right side of bbl & magazine tube is mounted with a sling loop & ring. Rnd portion of bbl, under loading sleeve, is marked with the assembly number “565”, which number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. Bbl has the 2-line Henry address in small font. Rifle has several early features including sharp radius on top rear of receiver, small loop lever, slight perch belly stock & rnd heel on the buttplate. Follower tab is of the larger, later size, however the receiver does not have the relief cut usually found with the larger size tab. Magazine spring is a little rusty and short, but appears to be orig style. Accompanied by a large packet of information detailing the very brief life and Civil War service of Col. Dudley William Jones. Col. Jones was born in 1840 in Lamar County, TX, the grandson of one of the first settlers of Lamar County who arrived there in 1836. Shortly after his birth, Col. Jones’ family moved to Mt. Pleasant, TX where he received his education from his mother and common schools of the area then attended Maury Institute at Coffeeville. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he returned to Mt. Pleasant and enlisted as a private in the Titus Grays, Company I of Col. William Simm’s 9th Texas Cavalry. The regimental adjutant, named Bell was accused of abolitionism & bigamy and was subsequently hanged by the men of the regiment who then elected Jones First Lieutenant and Adjutant, effective Oct 14, 1861. During the first year of the war, the 9th Texas Cavalry served with Gen. Ben McCulloch’s army of the West Arkansas, Missouri and Indian Territory where they participated in several small fights. After the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge) in March 1862, the regiment was transferred to Mississippi. During the reorganization, Jones was elected Colonel and the regiment became part of Lawrence Sullivan Ross’ famed brigade. For the remainder of the war, Jones remained in command of the 9th Texas Cavalry, participating in innumerable major and minor battles & skirmishes with records showing that the regiment participated in over 30 fights. In the final weeks of the war, Jones commanded Ross’ brigade under the famous and daring Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Cavalry Corps. After the war, Col. Jones traveled for about a year before returning to his father’s farm in 1866. That same year, he was elected to the Constitutional Convention of 1866 and was President of the Texas Club. In 1867, he moved to Houston and began the practice of law and was also the editor of the city’s first daily newspaper, The Ku Klux Vidette. Also included in this packet of information are numerous correspondences about the 9th Texas Cavalry, copies of Col. Jones’ muster rolls, reimbursement slips & other records pertaining to his Confederate service. Col. Jones died of yellow fever in Houston in 1868 and was reportedly buried in an unmarked grave. There are numerous Henry rifles inscribed and/or presented to Union soldiers of the Civil War, but very few are known with history documented to Civil War Confederate soldier. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching, as noted above. Bbl & magazine tube are a smooth blue/grey patina with scattered light surface spotting. Receiver and sideplates show moderate sharp edge wear with light nicks & scratches and retains a medium mustard patina. Buttplate has matching patina. Lever & hammer are a dark patina. Stock is sound with the aforementioned filled recess on the right side, with nicks & dings and shows heavy wear with a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are a little balky but are functional. Strong dark bore showing heavy wear with fine pitting. 49151-2 JR (70,000-100,000) – Lot 3005

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3006

RARE HENRY MODEL 1860 ENGRAVED LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH HISTORY TO AMERICAN CIVIL WAR GENERAL EDWARD MCCOOK AND THE KING KALAKAUA OF HAWAII AND LATER TO PRINCESS KAWANANAKOA.

SN 8850. Cal. 44 RF Henry. The rifle is usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral mag, nickel silver front sight and fixed rear sight with no second dovetail in receiver. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut buttstock with straight grip and late style silver plated brass buttplate with pointed heel and small trap. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding sling loop on left side of bbl. Receiver is engraved by Samuel Hoggson in his typical patterns with the vignette of a deer jumping a rail fence on the left sideplate, surrounded by foliate arabesque pattern that have fine pearled background are surrounded by double border patterns. Right side is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns which extend over all three flats on the top of receiver, around the rear edges, and top tang. Buttplate tang is engraved to match. Front side flats are engraved with Mr. Hoggson’s typical large flower blossoms. Top flat of receiver is engraved “Genl. McCook” in a ribbon. Right side of buttstock has an attached 3″ x 1-3/4″ silver plated brass plaque which in engraved “KING KALAKAUA’S / FAVORITE RIFLE / TO / PRINCESS KAWANANAKOA / FROM COL. JERRY BRANT”. No disassembly was effected to check for matching numbers. This rifle was produced in 1865, late in the Civil War, possibly one of the type II martial Henrys purchased in 1865 by the Union Army. It is recorded that the Henry Rifle Company was scrambling to fill government contracts along with numerous other orders and on more than one occasion, in order to quickly complete the contract, they simply took rifles from civilian production, some of which were engraved & plated, and shipped them to the military. It is also recorded that on more than one occasion when an engraved rifle showed up in a military shipment it was seized by senior officers for themselves. This may or may not be the case with this rifle. Regardless of how it became the property of General McCook, whether through the military, gift or private purchase, it will never be known. What is known is that after the war was over General McCook was appointed to be the U.S. Minister to the Kingdom of Hawaii by President Andrew Johnson and served from March 1866 to April 1869. One of his primary duties was to negotiate a reciprocity treaty between the U.S. and Hawaii, which was then known as the Kingdom of Hawaii. He apparently worked closely with King Kamehameha V and successfully negotiated a treaty, but for political reasons it was not ratified by the U.S. Senate until some 8 years later. King Kamehameha named General McCook a Knight’s Commander of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. Apparently while in Hawaii General McCook worked and socialized with many of the Royal Family and the King’s staff, one being David Kalakaua (1836-1891). Mr. Kalakaua was elected King of Hawaii in 1874 and was the last King of Hawaii. It was under his reign that the U.S./Hawaii reciprocity treaty was negotiated which eliminated tariffs on Hawaiian products. It is unclear how the McCook Henry came into the possession of King Kalakaua but there is no doubt that he did own it as it is recorded as having been in the possession of the Royal Family in 1932. Towards the end of King Kalakaua’s reign his cabinet was overthrown and a new constitution was adopted which stripped him of much of his power. With his health failing the King traveled to the U.S. and died suddenly in San Francisco in 1891. The McCook rifle than passed to Queen Kapi’olani and on her death in 1899 was passed to her son Prince Kuhio Kalaniana’ole and was in his gun cabinet when he died in 1922. Prince Kuhio was born in 1871 and in 1895, after the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, he participated in an unsuccessful rebellion against the Republic of Hawaii for which he spent a year in jail. After his release from prison he traveled throughout Europe and South Africa and fought in the second Boer War. He returned to Hawaii and was elected to the U.S. Congress for 10 successive terms. He died in 1922. After his death his widow Elizabeth K. Woods donated the contents of his rifle cabinet to the Bishop Museum. The museum is believed to have put this rifle up for auction in 1932 and is listed in the probate inventory in the First Circuit Court, Territory of Hawaii which was filed August 13, 1932 and appears on a list entitled “Property of Elizabeth K. Woods to go to Bishop Museum”. A letter addressed to the late John A. Bell dated May 17, 1993 on The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace letterhead, over the signature of H.J. Bartells, Curator, details the information about the Woods Estate. Mr. Bartells provided an inventory of the gun cabinet which lists item #A-83T as “Gen’l. McCook” #8850. He also states that the auction of the Woods Estate required many separate auctions in August, September and December 1932 and again in 1935. He further states that the August 16, 1932 issue of the Honolulu Advertiser notes that “rifles, shotguns, revolvers will be sold, along with other things, on the next day’s sale”. Mr. Bartells further states that Princess Abigail Kawananakoa was an active bidder at many of these sales and that her friends were known to have purchased objects for her. Mr. Bartells speculates that “it is highly likely that Col. Jerry Brant purchased the McCook rifle at the August 16 auction and sometime later presented it to the Princess”. The Princess passed away in April 1945 and her will left “—also the King’s pipes, guns and swords belonging to the King and Prince Kawananakoa —” to her son David Kalakaua Kawananakoa. Gerald Clark Brant, a graduate of West Point in 1904, retired as Major General in 1944. He was the Commander of the 18th Bombardment Wing in Hawaii in 1931 until August 1934 at Hickham Field, Territory of Hawaii. Apparently Col. Brant had long standing connections in Hawaii to a family named Robinson, a member of which stated that Col. Brant had visited the Robinson family in the 1920s and again in 1933 and had predicted that the Japanese might be planning an attack on Hawaii. The McCook rifle was eventually purchased by noted firearms collector and Hawaii firearms historian the late John A. Bell (1931-2008). And so is the provenance of this wonderful rifle from a famous and courageous Civil War General to Hawaiian Royalty to a well-known collector whose estate has consigned it to this auction. PROVENANCE: General Edward McCook; King David Kalakaua, Hawaii; Queen Kapi’Olani, Hawaii; Prince Kuhio Kalaniana’ole, Hawaii; Elizabeth Woods, Hawaii; Col. Gerald C. Brant; Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, Hawaii; David Kalakaua Kawananakoa, Hawaii; Bishop Museum, Hawaii; John A. Bell. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 15% restored blue with the balance a mottled silver brown patina with fine surface etching. Receiver retains traces of orig silver, shows light sharp edge wear and a dark mustard patina. Buttplate retains about 60% orig silver. Buttstock has a repaired chip left side of wrist with a few gouges with nicks and scratches and retains 80-85% of a very old refinish. It appears that at one time the bbl, lever, hammer and screws were refinished with the hammer, trigger and screws retaining bright high polished blue, with moderate to heavy rust on rear edge of hammer. Plaque on the buttstock is a silver patina. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. Shows very little use. 49501-1 JRL (150,000-250,000) – Lot 3006

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3007

LATE ENGRAVED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE PURPORTEDLY BELONGING TO GENERAL ANDRES AVELINO CACERES, PRESIDENT OF PERU.

SN 11516. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Very late Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, nickel silver front sight & a modified 1866 carbine sight in the rear seat. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with small trap. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with a corresponding sling loop on left side of bbl. SN is found on top flat of bbl just forward of receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, partially visible inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Rnd section of bbl under the loading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “4141”. Rear face of loading sleeve is eroded with light pitting & heavy wear which has mostly obliterated the matching assembly number. Receiver is elaborately engraved by Master Engraver L. D. Nimschke with about full coverage, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background. Matching engraving patterns extend over all 3 top flats of the receiver with a ribbon pattern on each side of ejection port. Top tang & rear edge of receiver are engraved to match with double chip patterns on each side of hammer slot. Buttplate tang is also elaborately engraved to match, with small flourishes on the heel and around the bottom screw hole. Butttrap contains an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Accompanied by a 4-pg letter from renowned author, researcher & historian, R. L. Wilson wherein he states that this rifle has been “documented as belonging to the distinguished military and political hero, General Andres Avelino Caceres, Head of the Pacific War and later President of Peru”. Mr. Wilson also states that General Caceres was known to have been a close friend of Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. No further information is available regarding the provenance of this rifle. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching. Bbl retains a dark black patina with scattered areas of heavy pitting, showing heavy wear on the sharp edges which has also obliterated the bbl address. Receiver retains 15-20% orig silver, being mostly a medium mustard patina with a few light scratches and a couple of small dings on top edges of side plates. Lever & hammer are a mottled dark brown patina with some rust pitting on the lever. Buttplate is matching color to the receiver. Stock has a crack down both side of the comb with numerous small nicks & scratches and a couple of bruises with a repaired chip in the toe and retains most of a very old refinish. Mechanics are fine. Worn, dark bore with heavy pitting. 48944-1 JR (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3007

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3008

ENGRAVED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 8703. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Late Civil War era Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube and slightly altered nickel silver front sight with fixed rear sight in top flat. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain buttstock that has straight grip and crescent buttplate with trap and pointed heel . Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding sling loop on left side of bbl. The area below the buttstock swivel has a reasonably prominent “Henry Bump”. SN is found on top flat of bbl in front of the receiver, left side of the lower tang under the wood and top tang channel and inside toe of buttplate. Round section of the bbl, under the loading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “1919” which number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. Receiver is very nicely engraved by Samuel Hoggson with his trademark bird dog on point on the left side plate and fine foliate arabesque patterns surrounding, with matching patterns on the right side, around the rear edge, top tang and top three flats of the receiver. Both front side flats are engraved with Mr. Hoggson’s trademark flower blossom. All engraved patterns have fine pearled background and are surrounded by chip & line border patterns. Top tang and buttplate tang are engraved to match. This rifle was produced in 1865, late in the Civil War and is possibly one of the Type II Martial Henry’s purchased by the government for issue to the 3rd Veteran Volunteer Regiment. Those late Martial Henrys were marked only on the left wrist with tiny initials which were easily obliterated with normal wear. This rifle is in exactly the correct serial range for those Type II Martial Henry’s. Regardless of its Martial association, Henry rifles were in great demand not only during the Civil War, but probably even greater demand after the war on the American frontier. They became a daily tool by those frontiersman and are rarely found today in orig configuration with any orig finish. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine retain a dark plummy brown patina with a few nicks and dings and a spot of pitting on the right side near the loading sleeve. Loading sleeve is matching patina with what appears to be fingerprints of blood pitting. Receiver and side plates show very light sharp edge wear without the usual nicks and dings on top edge of side plates and overall retain a medium to dark mustard patina. Buttplate is matching patina. Hammer retains traces of silver cased colors with the lever a dark brown patina. Stock is sound with myriad nicks and scratches and retains about 50-60% orig finish under an old applied finish. Mechanics are fine. Dark pitted bore with good rifling. 49592-1 JR (27,500-47,500) – Lot 3008

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3009

ENGRAVED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 8243. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Late Civil War era Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, rnd top nickel silver front sight & 900-yd Henry ladder rear sight that has replaced slide & stop screw. Mounted with very nicely figured, replacement, uncheckered American walnut straight stock & crescent brass buttplate with small trap. SN was observed in the usual place on the bbl, left side of lower tang under the wood, in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Rnd portion of bbl under the loading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “731”, which number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. Left side of buttstock & bbl have sling swivel and loop. Receiver is very nicely engraved, probably from the L. D. Nimschke shop in beautiful flowing foliate arabesque patterns that has pearled background. Matching engraving is on the top tang and buttplate tang. Front receiver ring is engraved in a very finely detailed hunter’s star. Top flat of receiver is engraved in geometric patterns and small hunter’s stars. Bottom of carrier is engraved in diamond & dot patterns. Accompanied by an orig Henry black leather sling with brass hook and buckle. Also accompanied by a Kittridge brass hinged lid cartridge box. This rifle was produced in about early 1865, toward the end of the Civil War. There is a strong probability that it would have been used in that conflict. However, like most of its predecessors, this rifle would have seen hard service on the American frontier and at that time was the most popular repeating rifle in the world and remained so until the advent of the Winchester 1866 with improved loading system and lighter weight. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain minute traces of orig blue at the receiver, otherwise is a smooth blue/brown patina with some very fine scattered spots of rust near the nuzzle end. Receiver has a few minor nicks on top edges of side plates, otherwise shows light to moderate sharp edge wear and retains a medium to dark mustard patina. The stock is sound with nicks & scratches and retains a cleaned, old finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong dark bore. Sling is sound with crackled finish. Cartridge box has a couple minor nicks on the lid and is sound showing a dark mustard patina. 49059-3 JR (20,000-35,000) – Lot 3009

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3010

EARLY HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 915. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Very early Henry with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, rnd top nickel silver front sight, empty seat in top flat of bbl with 1000-yd Henry ladder rear sight in the dovetail in top flat of receiver. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut buttstock with straight grip and early, rnd heel brass buttplate with large trap and corresponding large hole in the wood to accommodate a 4-pc hickory wiping rod (not present). SN was observed on top flat of bbl just forward of the receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, top tang channel of buttstock & inside buttplate tang. Rnd portion of the bbl, under the loading sleeve, is marked with the assembly number “388”, which number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. Rifle has virtually all of the early features including small bbl address, 1000-yd ladder rear sight, very sharp radius on top rear of receiver, small loop lever, small lever lock tab, perch belly stock, rnd heel buttplate and small follower tab without recess in the frame. All of the tang & buttplate screws are matching numbered to this rifle. These early rifles (this one produced in about 1862) almost universally saw service during the Civil War, mostly as private purchase buy individual soldiers or private donors to equip an entire regiment. After the war, Henry rifles mostly went West in the great migration of Manifest Destiny where they were an everyday working tool by citizens of all walks of life. They usually saw very hard service and are rarely found today in any condition. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain strong blue in the gullets with the balance as smooth, dark, plummy/brown patina. Receiver & sideplates show sharp edges with very minor, tiny nicks and shows a lightly cleaned, medium mustard patina. Hammer shows dark case colors on rear edge and the lever is a dark brown patina. Buttstock is sound with a bruise near the left heel and a few light nicks & dings and retains most of an old restored finish. Buttplate is matching patina to the receiver. Follower spring is a replacement. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered, shallow pitting. 49059-2 JR (22,500-32,500) – Lot 3010

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3011

REPRODUCTION HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 6369. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fine reproduction Henry, probably by the late Ron Kudrik-style ladder rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut, with straight stock & crescent buttplate that has small trap. Top flat of bbl has the Henry’s patent and New Haven Arms address. SN was observed in usual place on top flat of bbl between receiver and rear sight, left side of lower tang under the wood, top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Round portion of bbl is marked with assembly number “1625” which number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. Bottom tang is stamped with a small “W” inspector initial. Accompanied by a 4-pc brass & iron reproduction cleaning rod. Mr. Kudrik sold the world’s finest reproduction Henry & Winchester Model 1866 rifles. Early on in his career, Mr. Kudrik’s rifles were frequently sold as authentic and some remain today in premier collections around the world as authentic. They are nearly undetectable to the untrained eye. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain a smooth, blue/grey artificially aged patina. Receiver shows crisp edges and a medium to dark mustard patina. Stock is sound with only 1 or 2 very minor nicks and retains a fine oil finish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore appears to be unfired. Cleaning rod is fine. 49059-1 JR (7,500-15,000) – Lot 3011

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3012

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE ONE OF A KIND ENGRAVED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 CARBINE MADE FOR KING ALPHONSO XII OF SPAIN.

SN 118292. Cal. 44RF Henry. Extremely rare deluxe carbine, gold & nickel finish with 20″ bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight & 2 position carbine rear sight graduated 100,300 & 500 yards. Top of bbl is roll marked with the Winchester & King’s Patents. Receiver never had the carbine staple & ring installed, being a rifle receiver with carbine parts. Mounted with exceptional, about 3X, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and rifle crescent buttplate with trap which contains 1-pc of a brass & steel wiping rod. Bottom of buttstock & bbl band have factory swing swivels. Receiver has full coverage, foliate arabesque pattern engraving from the hand of renowned Master Engraver L. D. Nimschke. Engraving consists of multiple intertwined, extremely well executed foliate arabesque patterns with incredible shading and pearled background. Left side plate is engraved with an oval vignette with the head of an English Pointer bird dog, reportedly the favorite hunting dog breed of King Alfonso XII. Right side plate is engraved with a major fan pattern and foliate arabesque scroll that terminates in a flower blossom. Front side panels are virtually identically engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns. The transition flats from the side plates to the front side panels are engraved in diamond patterns with very fine stippled background. Top of the receiver & around the hammer slot are engraved in matching patterns with kidney shaped patterns incorporated into the engraving on the top side flats. Edges of the ejection port are engraved in feather patterns and top of the receiver ring is engraved with a very detailed half flower blossom. Bottom of the carrier is engraved with light arabesque patterns. The top tang of the buttplate is engraved to match with Mr. Nimschke trademark flower blossom rosette around the screw hole. Additional deluxe features are the engraved on sides of the hammer & lever and bbl bands, a feature rarely found on engraved Winchesters. The receiver, bbl bands & buttplate are gold-washed, probably over silver, while the lever, hammer, trigger, bbl & magazine tube are nickel finished. The sling swivel, base & loop in the buttstock are also gold-washed. Left side of lower tang is marked “VXX”. It is unknown the meaning of the “V”, however the “XX” signifies higher quality of wood. Top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate are marked with matching SNs to this carbine. The wrist of the buttstock has had a minor crack repaired which necessitated restoration of finish. The repaired crack is undetectable. Accompanied by 2 small inventory tags that were formerly attached to the buttstock and were removed prior to refinishing the stock (see image). One tag is dated 1943 and the other 1961. The 1961 tag is apparently dealing with royalty having a crown at top center over “PATRIMONIO NACIONAL” (the public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency who administers the palace). The bottom line states “Palacio de (hand written) Oriente” (the Oriental Palace and the official residence of the Spanish royal family in Madrid). The last monarch who had full time residence in the palace was King Alfonso XIII. Also accompanied by a 28 page letter from renowned historian, researcher & author, R.L. Wilson wherein he waxes eloquently about the features of this carbine and its history. He states that this carbine was made for King Alphonso XII of Spain (1857-1885) who passed it to his son, the famed sportsman & marksman King Alphonso XIII (1886-1941) where it descended down the royal line until it was sold in 2014. Mr. Wilson unequivocally identifies the work as that of Mr. Nimschke himself. He lists numerous illustrations of identical features of Mr. Nimschke’s work as found on this carbine as illustrated in Mr. Wilson’s book L.D. Nimschke Firearms Engraver along with numerous other engraving features identified to Mr. Nimschke in many other publications. Mr. Wilson relates that King Alphonso XII was an avid & accomplished hunter and outdoorsman who was an regular participant in the Calpe Hunt, an historic outing held on Gibraltar, dating back to 1812. His son, King Alphonso XIII, along with King Edward VII of England in 1906 became the joint patrons of this famed hunt which continued until 1939, the beginning of WWII. In 1906 under the patronage of these 2 kings, the hunt became known as the “Royal Calpe Hunt”. There is another Winchester rifle, a Model 1873 1 of 1000 documented to King Alphonso XII which has nickel finish and there are numerous other recorded documentation of firearms owned by both King Alphonso XII & King Alphonso XIII, most of which are elaborately engraved and of royal presentation quality. PROVENANCE: King Alfonso XII; King Alfonso XIII; Spanish Royal Family. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 97-98% strong orig nickel with a few small freckles & a couple of small scratches. Bbl bands retain traces of gold-wash being mostly grey metal patina. Receiver & sideplates retain virtually all of their orig gold-wash. Lever, hammer, trigger & loading gate retain virtually all of their orig nickel finish with a few scattered freckles. Buttplate retains virtually all of its orig gold-wash, moderately thin, with a series of small nicks on the face at the heel. The buttstock, with the aforementioned repair has a few minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its fine custom restored finish. Forearm has a series of small scratches around the center, probably from an old gun rack and retains about all of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. Bolt face retains virtually all of it orig factory blue. Wiping rod section also appears to be new. 49154-1 JR (200,000-300,000) – Lot 3012

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3013

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE AND IMPORTANT WINCHESTER MODEL 1865 “WINCHESTER PATENT CARBINE” SERIAL NUMBER 3 MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER ARMS CO., BRIDGEPORT, CT., IN LATE 1865 OR EARLY 1866. “THE FIRST TRUE PRODUCTION WINCHESTER FIRE ARM”, TOTAL PRODUCTION OF ABOUT 700. N.R.A. SILVER MEDAL NUMBER 473.

SN 3. Cal. .44 Henry RF. 19″ bbl. Finished in the white without a bbl address. Late Henry style gunmetal receiver and gunmetal forend. Magazine plunger retainer clip is damaged. Bbl band front sight with a dovetail cut underneath on the bbl. Front bbl band is a professional restoration. Experimental rear sight. Varnished burl grain walnut stock with rifle buttplate. SN 3 is stamped on the receiver tang, bbl, forend slide, buttplate and in the tang mortise of the stock. No assembly numbers are present on the side plates or lower tang. One toggle is missing from the action. Late Henry type lever with locking stud. Winchester patent carbines and rifles were an enigma for collectors until 1994 when Herbert G. Houze, former Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum, published his landmark book Winchester Repeating Arms Company Its History And Development from 1865 – 1981. In chapter 1 of his book Mr. Houze clearly defines this extremely rare Winchester fire arm (ref: plate 36, pg 38, plate 37, pg 39). According to Mr. Houze, in December of 1865, Oliver Winchester filed a patent in England for this design, through his agent William Clark. (English patent number 3284 issued December 19th, 1865). Winchester intended to sell most of the production overseas so he only sought European patent protection. In November of 1865, Winchester went to Paris where he met with M. de Suzanne. de Suzanne authorized the purchase of 1000 carbines having Winchesters improvement to the magazine and a fixed price of $34.00 per arm with 50% of the price to be paid immediately and the balance to be paid upon their shipment from New York to Havana, Cuba. The “Improved Henry Carbines” were intended for Maximilian I of Mexico. The carbines were unmarked and shipped by way of Cuba so that Winchester would not be directly associated with their intended use. Paid for in gold, 700 of these Winchester patent carbines were delivered to Cuba beginning with 150 that were shipped by Winchester from New York to Cuba on January 12th, 1866. An export receipt from J.P. Moore & Son, confirms this shipment. Some were also sold commercially despite the lack of patent protection. On March 5th, 1865, an “Improved carbine” and an “Improved rifle” were both sold to Philip Wilson & Co., and William Golcher, for a total of $72.00 ($40.00 for the carbine, $50.00 for the rifle, less a 20% discount). (Ref: Houze pg 41). To this date, only a total of 7 of these rare Winchesters are known to collectors, #3 being the lowest number. Others are SN 5, formerly in the Flayderman collection, SN 8, in the Beneke collection, SN 18, in a private Swiss collection, SN 46, in the Bender collection, and SN 279, which a relic in the possession of the Mexican Federal Army Museum at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City. In addition the receiver for another example bearing the SN 691 is in the Winchester Arms Collection of the Cody Firearms Museum. Inventory number 242 of the Winchester Firearms Reference Collection describes one of these arms that has no SN. Of the preceding arms, with the exception of #8, all have 19″ carbine bbls, and none have exterior markings. Survival rate was very low as most of the production was sent to Mexico. SN 3 Winchester Patent Carbine surfaced in Michigan in the late 1980’s. It is possible that it was brought there by Lafayette Baker who was a sales representative for Winchester after the Civil War and moved to Lansing, Michigan in 1865. The carbine was at first mis-identified as a Briggs Patent Model. Briggs Patent Arms were not regular production firearms only prototypes. Subsequent research with the help of Mr. Herb Houze has now properly identified this extremely rare first production Winchester firearm. In 2009 Winchester Patent Carbine #3 was displayed, along with the evidence herein presented, and was awarded N.R.A. Silver Medal #473 along with the “Most Educational Award” at the N.R.A. Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The N.R.A. Silver medal and certificate are included with this sale. PROVENANCE: Accompanying this carbine is a comprehensive article featuring this carbine in the Spring 2009 edition of The Texas Gun Collector, pgs 28-32. Also included is correspondence between Mr. Houze and the first owner and also correspondence between Mr. Houze and the present consignor. Also included is a loan contract with the National Firearms Museum, dated March 17th, 2003, between the consignor and the N.F.M., involving the loan of the carbine for display, and a 3 page handwritten letter from George Madis, noted Winchester authority discussing the authenticity and originality of this carbine is included. CONDITION: Very fine, bbl and magazine tube were finished in the white and show a blending of that finish with an even aged patina with some slight stains at the left breech end of the bbl. Bore is uncleaned but with very sharp rifling. Gunmetal sliding forend/magazine cover shows an even mustard patina. Gunmetal receiver also shows an even mustard patina with some rubbing on the high points and a few scratch marks overall. A few small casting flaws. Elevator has a slight dent. Side plates fit very well. Lever, hammer and trigger show an even gray/brown patina. Figured stock retains nearly all of the varnish finish with numerous scratches, dents and handling marks on the high point of each side. Gunmetal buttplate also shows an even mustard patina with high point wear on the heel and toe. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to obtain the earliest “true production Winchester arm” presently known to collectors. 49546-1 TEP C&R (125,000-175,000) – Lot 3013

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3014

RARE AND UNUSUAL CASED CUSTOM ENGRAVED CONVERSION HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 8068. Cal. .44 American. Wonderful engraved conversion Henry rifle from Peruvian gunsmith Adolfo Birnn of Lima. The conversion consists of shortening the bbl to 19-1/4″ which eliminated the loading sleeve & rnd section of the bbl exactly at the junction of the bbl and loading sleeve. The follower slot in the bottom of the integral magazine was cleverly closed with the addition of a 1-pc metal cover and the installation of a magazine plug at the magazine end which is secured with a screw. The muzzle was machined similar to the orig shape of the Henry muzzle and has had the addition of a custom dovetailed, thin blade, blued steel front sight. The carbine ladder rear sight in the orig dovetail appears have originated with an American Civil War era carbine with alterations. Mounted with very nicely figured custom English walnut straight stock that has a deep cheekpiece and an orig brass crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig 3-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. And additional alteration to the Henry receiver is the addition of a Winchester Model 1866-style loading gate in the right sideplate. Receiver is nicely engraved with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns that has pearled background. Left sideplate is engraved with the large oval vignette of two stags in a forest scene, one running and the other apparently wounded. Left front side flat has a large shield engraved with the initials that appear to be “PJR” or a combination thereof, apparently the person for whom this rifle was customized. Top flat of receiver is engraved “ADOLFO BIRNN en LIMA”. Matching engraving patterns extend over the top and bottom with diamond & dot borders. Engraving further extends over the top & bottom tangs, on the lever & hammer. Buttplate tang is also engraved to match with a well executed flower blossom on the trap door. Magazine cap is also engraved with a matching flower blossom. Tang & buttplate screw heads are nicely engraved. Receiver & buttplate are very nicely gold-washed. SN is only found on left side of bottom tang, under the wood. Lever latch is a custom replacement with larger head, checkered on both sides. Accompanied by an incredible custom, form-fitting, angled, blue velvet lined mahogany casing with the same combination of initials “PJR” inlaid in multi-colored wood on the lid with the prefix “de” and suffix “M”. Exterior of the case is beautifully finished with multi-colored lamination, a diamond shaped, bone lock escutcheon & swinging latches. Interior is form-fitted for the rifle and has three lidded compartments in the front, one of which contains three loose rnds of 44 Webley and the other two are cartridge blocks with holes for 72 cartridges containing 68 rnds of 44 American cartridges. Lids of all three compartments each have two turned wooden pulls. Inside the lid has an attached black leather label embossed in gold “AMERIA / de la M aestranza Geral. / en LIMA 1886 / Adolfo Birnn”. In discussions with other knowledgeable dealers and collectors, this cataloger learned that Mr. Birnn apparently converted only a few of these rifles, possibly only 2 or 3. Once the rim fire cartridge of the orig Henry was supplanted by the advent of the more efficient and re-loadable center fire cartridges there were a few gunsmiths around the world who performed these conversions, although few are known today. It was reported that Mr. Birnn hired European engravers to do the engraving on his conversions. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain virtually all of their strong, custom brown finish. Receiver & buttplate retain virtually all of their bright, gold finish. Lever & hammer are dark patina. Stock is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its fine custom finish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. Case is also fine with numerous, small handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded on the upper surfaces and inside the lid. Bottom is moderately soiled with some light damage from the sights and hammer. Altogether, a beautiful custom package. 49132-1 JR (40,000-70,000) – Lot 3014

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3015
Revised: 9/23/2015

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RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 FLAT SIDE SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 14848. Cal. 44 RF HENRY Standard carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight with forearm band & two position flip rear sight, graduated 100, 300 & 500. Bbl has the 2-line Henry’s & King’s patent bbl address marking. Receiver is first type with flat front sides & flat loading gate and has a staple end ring in left side. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent brass buttplate with trap that contains an orig 3-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Left side of buttstock shows a distinctive “Henry bump”. This feature is seen only on a very few of the earliest Model 1866 arms. The 1866 is the successor to the venerable Model 1860 Henry, and for a short period of time, beginning at about Henry SN 12000 and the beginning of the Model 1866 at about SN 12000, both models were produced simultaneously. These early 1866 arms had many features of the Henry rifle including a sharp radius on the top rear edge of the receiver and the “bump” on an 1866 buttstock, which obviously was a Henry buttstock fitted to an 1866. The flat side receivers were also a carry over from the Henry rifle which resulted in a very thin forearm to accommodate this thin receiver. After numerous complaints of broken forearms Winchester redesigned the front of the receiver with a raised edge which allowed for a thicker forearm. This solved the problem. Likewise, the flat loading gate was only on the first model 1866 arms. Continuous use fatigued the spring steel, resulting in numerous breakages resulting in Winchester redesigning the loading gate to a much more sturdy product. These early 1866 arms usually saw extensive, hard service on the American frontier and literally around the world. They are rarely found with any orig finish and frequently have an altered configuration. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of their thinning orig brown finish with traces of blue on the front band and the forearm band having turned brown. Receiver and sideplates show light wear on the sharp edges with some light chips around the front and rear edges of the sideplates and overall retains a medium to dark mustard patina. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, moderately to heavily faded. Lever is a brown patina. Wood is sound with light nicks & dings and retains most of its fine orig finish with distinctive Henry bump and some minor bruising from the saddle ring. Buttplate is matching patina to the receiver. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. 49059-10 JR (15,000-35,000) – Lot 3015

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3016
Revised: 9/29/2015

Please Note: The description of this lot is correct but one of the photos is incorrect. The close up of the barrels is for Lot 3015 not Lot 3016.

LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 165915. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard grade carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square based front sight, 1873 marked carbine ladder rear sight. Top of bbl between receiver and rear sight is marked “44 R.F.”. Receiver has staple & saddle ring in left side. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut with straight stock & steel carbine buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with assembly number “8”, which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. The Cody Firearms Museum records will identify this firearm as a carbine, received in warehouse Aug 26, 1887 and shipped Nov 10, 1887 on Order No. 834. This carbine was produced well after the introduction and acceptance by the public of the Model 1873 “the gun that won the West” which was in the more desirable center fire cartridge and the rim fire cartridge was of waning popularity. Most of these late production 1866 rifles and carbines were sold into Mexico and South America where the rim fire cartridge was still popular. Most of them saw very hard service under adverse conditions and are almost never found today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 80-85% orig blue with some thinning and blending with brown patina and usual minor nicks & scrapes. Receiver has nice sharp edges, with the usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains a fine medium mustard patina. Hammer shows traces of orig case colors but is mostly a gray patina. Lever shows traces of orig color in protected areas but is mostly a gray patina mixed with some brown patina spotting. Wood is sound with typical nicks & dings, a minor gouge on lower right side, but retains a nice restored open grain oil finish. Buttplate shows orig case colors on tang and traces across the remainder mixing with silver and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, bore has strong rifling with some shallow scattered pitting. 49059-11 JR (12,500-17,500) – Lot 3016

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3017

WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 126711. Cal. 44 RF HENRY Fine ’66 carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight and two position flip rear sight graduated 100, 300 and 500 yards. Left side of receiver has a staple and ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut which includes carbine forearm with band and straight stock with brass carbine buttplate with trap. Top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate are marked with last 4 digits of matching SN. This rifle was manufactured in 1876 at a time when the West was still very wild and them Model 1866 was the most popular repeating firearm on the American frontier. These carbines are rarely found with high orig finish and orig configuration. They usually saw extensive hard service under extremes of weather and harsh environment often with little or no maintenance. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle end wear and a small spot of wear over the forearm area. Receiver and side plates have crisp sharp edges and show a wonderful, smooth, medium to dark mustard patina with only a couple small scratches on right front flat. Buttplate is matching patina. Hammer retains bright case colors and the lever bright case colors on the sides moderately to heavily faded on outer faces. Wood has numerous small nicks and scratches and overall retains strong, orig oil finish turning dark. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 49059-8 JR (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3017

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3018

WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 152502. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, altered half nickel front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. This is a late model ’66 with steel forend cap & buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with assembly number “117” & another number “1605”. Assembly number “117” is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Wood screw in buttplate toe is a replacement. This rifle was produced in about 1880 by which time center fire cartridges for Winchester Models 1873 & 1876 had captured most of the market and the popularity of rimfire cartridge was seriously waning. A large proportion of these late ’66s were sold into Mexico, Central & South America where the rimfire cartridge was still popular. Those rifles that have been repatriated back to the U.S. usually show very hard service with little orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Smith Collection. Cody Firearms Museum letter. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a plummy-brown patina with fine pitting. Magazine tube is a cleaned silver-gray patina with fine pitting & damage around plug retainer screw. Receiver shows moderate to heavy wear with a few light scratches & nicks. Lever & hammer are a dark brown patina. Buttplate and forend cap are cleaned metal patina with pitting on buttplate heel. Wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches and retains a hand-worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with sharp rifling, dark & frosty in grooves. 49312-68 JR (8,000-10,000) – Lot 3018

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3019

FINE REPRODUCTION WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 19331. Cal. 44 RF HENRY Outstanding reproduction, probably by the late Ron Kudrik that would deceive the uninitiated or unwary. Rifle has 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half knuckle front sight & 1000-yd Henry ladder rear sight without stop screw. Top flat of bbl is marked with Henry’s & King’s Patents” in 2-lines. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered reproduction American walnut with straight stock & crescent brass buttplate with trap. Bottom of buttstock and forend cap have factory style sling wires. SN is on the bottom tang of receiver with matching number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. The bbl address is of the wrong font and is wrong location and the Henry-style ladder rear sight, while correct in appearance has a 2nd hole on the left side which is incorrect for the 1000-yd sight. The machine work on this rifle is better than what Winchester made. Another Winchester 1866, a carbine, is known with this exact SN. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains most of its fine custom finish to both metal & wood. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 49059-7 JR (5,000-10,000) – Lot 3019

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3020

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 129638. Cal. 44 RFHenry. Special order ’66 with rare 28″ heavier than standard oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, 99 yard Henry ladder rear sight & Vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. Receiver, side plates, forend cap & buttplate are silver finished. Mounted with uncheckered, slab sawed replacement American walnut with straight stock and crescent brass buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with an “S” & “1965”. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with last 3 digits of matching SN “638” which number is also found inside toe of buttplate. Buttplate appears to be orig equipment. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with 28″ bbl received in warehouse Jan 27, 1876 and shipped next day to order #2690 with 51 other arms. Firearms of that era usually saw very hard service on the American frontier and are rarely found today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine tube and wood are modern replacements, probably by Ron Kudrik. Bbl & magazine tube retain about all of their fine, custom brown finish. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate retain about all of their strong, custom silver finish that is oxidized to black. Wood is sound with one or two very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its fine, custom oil finish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 49059-9 JR (5,000-10,000) – Lot 3020

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3021

WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 164809. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain, replacement American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number 26. Top tang channel of replacement buttstock has 3 numbers X’d out and also has the matching assembly number. Inside toe of buttplate is marked with number 429. Buttplate is color case hardened with trap which contains what appears to be an orig 4-pc brass and steel wiping rod. Receiver and side plates have been smoothed flat and now with sharp edges. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of an old style restored finish, as does the forend cap & loading gate. Hammer & lever retain bright, restored case colors. Buttplate retains restored case colors. The replacement wood is sound with a gouge on the buttstock and a few small scratches and retains most of its fine custom finish. Crisp mechanics, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. An outstanding restoration. 49059-6 JR (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3021

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3022

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 101100. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare special order semi-deluxe 2nd Model ’73 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, nickel silver Rocky Mountain front sight, orig, short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges, with thick base sporting tang sight that has 4″ staff. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with exceptional 3 to 4-X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with matching figured, uncheckered forearm and straight stock that has smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Buttstock and forend cap have factory sling swivels. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked “XXX” and an “S” along with the assembly no. “882”. Matching assembly no. is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Although the buttplate is unnumbered, it is, unquestionably orig to this rifle. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl (length not mentioned), plain trigger, fancy stock, peep and knife-blade sights, shotgun butt, case hardened and sling & swivel, received in warehouse Dec 14, 1882 and shipped the next day order number not indicated. This rifle was manufactured in about 1882 in a time when the Indian Wars were still in full swing and hunting and defense arms were the norm for the time. Arms of that era were a daily use tool and were regularly exposed to the harsh elements, dust & dirt for extensive periods, often with little or no maintenance and are seldom found today with much orig finish. Given that this rifle was a “special order” which would have cost somewhat more then a standard, off the shelf rifle, which would have probably priced it out of the range of the ordinary working man or cowboy, it stands to reason that this rifle was the property of a more wealthy individual who obviously used it very little, if at all. PROVENANCE: Cody Firearms Museum Factory Letter. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except buttplate as noted. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig blue with only faint muzzle end wear and a couple of small dings. Receiver, sideplates, lever, hammer & forend cap retain virtually all of their brilliant, orig case colors with some very minor flaking on bottom front left side and very minor sharp edge wear. Buttplate retains about 92-93% glossy fire blue. Wood is sound with a couple of bruises in the buttstock and a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore appears to have had very little use with little exposure to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight which rapidly fades case colors. 49184-1 JR (35,000-50,000) – Lot 3022

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3023

1ST MODEL WINCHESTER DELUXE MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 25779. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare special order rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight and early, short, semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Mounted with about 2 X, center crotch, feather grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm & straight stock that has crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Receiver is 1st Type with mortised, impressed thumbprint dust cover & single set trigger. Left side of bottom tang, under the wood is marked “XX” and with the assembly no. “203”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, case hardened receiver, checkered stock, short magazine & set trigger, received in warehouse Mar 10 1877 and shipped Oct 18 1877 to order no. 10370. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains about 95% original blue, slightly thin & dull over the forearm area. Receiver & sideplates retain most of their original case colors, moderately faded with some brilliant colors in the very sheltered areas. Dust cover & top of the receiver also retain most of their faded case colors. Lever retains 60-70% faded case colors and the hammer about 95% bright colors. Forend cap also retains fading case colors. Buttstock has repaired grain check in the heel with a hairline in the toe, otherwise wood is sound showing light wear and retains most of a very old light touch up finish and has a couple of small bruises on the wrist. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a spot or two of very light pitting. 49059-20 JR (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3023

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3024

*EXTREMELY RARE POSSIBLY ONE OF A KIND WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SEMI-DELUXE SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 555264. Cal. .22 Short. Extremely rare small bore ’73 with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman “certifiable antique ivory” bead hunting front sight and flat top rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut which includes standard forearm and the very rare “Plain” capped pistol gripped stock that has Winchester Repeating Arms Co. trademark embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. 11372 & “CF R”, matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Inside magazine tube is original. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office search form which identifies this rifle in cal 22 short with oct bbl, plain trigger, plain pistol grip, rubber shotgun buttplate, Lyman hunting front and flat top rear sights. Received in warehouse Dec 14, 1900 and shipped the next day to order no. 83714. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 19,552 of these small bore rifles were produced in the period 1884-1904, in two calibers and two bbl lengths. This was the first repeating rifle chambered for the .22 manufactured in America. It was not considered to be a serious hunting rifle and was therefor relegated to being a garden pest gun and small game rifle for boys and ladies. These rifles usually saw very hard service with little or no maintenance and are usually found today with little or no orig finish. Of the total produced extremely few were special ordered such as found here and few of those survive today. This is one of the most rare 1873 rifles. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with a few scattered spots of rust on top right flat and one area on magazine tube. Receiver retains about 85-88% strong orig blue with candy striping on both sides & flaking on left side plate. Top and bottom edges are somewhat dulled as are the top and bottom tangs. Hammer retains very bright orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded on left side. Lever retains traces of case colors on the sides having mostly faded to silver. Wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches and a couple small gouges on the forearm and overall retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 49491-1 JR C&R; IVORY (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3024

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3025

FINE SPECIAL ORDER INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 67517. Cal., 44 WCF (44-40). Fine, 2nd Model 1873 with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, Beach’s combination front sight, broken sight base in rear seat & early thick base combination tang sight with spiral knurled barrel. Receiver has single set trigger. Receiver & side plates are color cased hardened and left side plate is factory engraved with the intertwined initials “RS”. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail & 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with about 3X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm & straight stock that has crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked “XXX” and assembly number “1074”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle as case hardened with half oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Beach & peep sights, & engraved “R.S.”, received in warehouse March 30, 1881 and shipped same day to order number 24873. Undoubtedly, this was a presentation to someone of importance or as a reward for an act of valor. This rifle has seen moderate use but no abuse. CONDITION: Fine plus, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain strong, bright blue in most sheltered areas, and overall shows a plummy-blue patina. Front sight retains about 50% gold wash. Receiver & side plates retain about 75% orig case colors, brighter in sheltered areas, moderately to heavily faded elsewhere. Lever & hammer retain strong case colors, faded on outer faces of lever. Forend cap retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded; and buttplate is mottled case colors turned silver. Wood is sound with handling & use nicks & scratches & retains about 85-90% orig oil finish. Set trigger needs adjusting or possibly just cleaning as there is lots of old dried oil over the receiver. Otherwise, mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore with faint roughness in some of the grooves. 49608-8 JR (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3025

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3026

EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER FIRST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 627. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40) Standard grade, 2nd year of production rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and reverse mounted, early, V-notch rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is first type with first type mortised dust cover that has raised checkered thumb print. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. 18 and an “R”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Receiver, sideplates and dust cover are nickel finished. Forend cap appears to have been originally blued and buttplate is color case hardened. This rifle will letter with 24″ rnd bbl, received in warehouse Mar 21, 1874 and shipped Apr 1, 1874 to order no. 1203, no mention is made of the nickel finished receiver, however, there is no doubt that the finish on this rifle is absolutely authentic and real. Undoubtedly this rifle was the property of someone of importance or of a wealthier class than the common working man. These early ’73 rifles were in great demand with their introduction. They were the first successful, center fire repeating rifles available in quantity and were used by citizens from every walk of life from law enforcement to outlaws, the common working man/cowboy, ranchers and hunters. These early rifles are almost never found with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain strong blue in sheltered areas with the balance fading and turning plummy. Receiver, side plates, dust cover & carrier retain about 96-97% strong orig nickel, turning a little milky. Loading gate retains about 90% orig fire blue. Hammer retains about all of its orig case colors, slightly darkened. Lever retains strong case colors on the sides and trigger bow with outer faces of finger loop fading to silver. Buttplate retains 85-90% bright case colors, mostly on the face with the tang fading and with light rust on the heel and toe. Wood is sound with light nicks and scratches and retains strong orig oil finish, showing wear on the carry point of the forearm. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of roughness. 49059-19 JR (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3026

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3027

COMPOSITE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 ONE OF ONE THOUSAND DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 27200. Cal. 44 WCF 44-40. Fine early rifle with 24-1/2″ oct bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, early v-notch rear sight with checkered edges & thick base sporting tang sight with 4″ staff. Mounted with very highly figured, about 3 X American walnut that has early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate and trap. Bbl & magazine tube are probably from an orig 1 of 1000 rifle. Bbl has silver bands at the chamber & muzzle ends with well executed foliate arabesque patterns and engraved on top flat “One of One Thousand”. Receiver is 1st Type with mortised 2nd Type impressed thumbprint dust cover. Receiver has single set trigger. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked “XXX” and with the assembly no. “808”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. SN appears to have been altered. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock, case hardened and 1 of 1000, received to warehouse Nov 6 1877 and shipped Feb 20 1878 to order no. 11229. Undoubtedly, this rifle was created to deceive the unknowing or naive customer by an unscrupulous person. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Good, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube show a light brown finish over orig patina with light sharp edge wear. Receiver and side plates retain faded case colors with right side plate heavily cleaned. Lever & hammer retain dark case colors and the buttplate traces of smokey case colors. Wood is sound having been lightly cleaned and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered shallow pitting. 49059-21 JR (10,000-20,000) – Lot 3027

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3028

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 474451. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickle front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. This rifle was produced in about 1894 when hunting and self defense were the order of the day and daily use of a firearm was commonplace. Firearms of that era were regularly exposed to harsh elements, often on horseback or in a wagon. Those firearms are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains 99% plus crisp, orig, factory finish with bright blues and brilliant case colors, except on outer faces of lever which are lightly faded. Case colors on buttplate have darkened. Buttstock has a light bruise on left side with a couple other small creases in the finish and overall retains virtually all of its crisp, orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, unfired with factory grease still on bolt face and in the chamber. A truly exceptional ’73 that is now over 110 years old. 49059-14 JR (8,500-12,500) – Lot 3028

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3029

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 541889. Cal. 44 WCF. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut, including straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap that contains an orig 4-pc all steel cleaning rod. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum record office information request which identifies this rifle in cal 44 with rnd bbl and plain trigger, received in the warehouse January 27, 1900 and shipped same day to order #51399. This rifle was produced at a time when most business was still being conducted from the back of a horse, buggy, or wagon and the daily use of a firearm was a way of life. Firearms of that era are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with one light handprint on right side just above forearm and some light freckles around the muzzle end. Receiver and sideplates retain 93-94% strong orig blue, thinning on right sideplate with sharp edge wear and some freckling on right rear. Lever and hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, dark on the hammer and sides of the lever with outer faces of lever turning silver. Buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors, moderately faded. Wood is sound with a couple of small scratches and a tiny ding in the forearm and overall retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. Cleaning rod is fine. 49622-2 JRL C&R (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3029

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3030

EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 OPEN TOP LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH ATTACHED DUST COVER RAIL AND DUST COVER.

SN 27491. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, thinned nickel silver Rocky Mountain front sight & short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut which includes standard forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate & trap. Receiver has single set trigger. Receiver was originally an open top that has factory attached dust cover rail with 2nd Type impressed thumbprint dust cover. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “326” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Left side of upper & lower tangs have the additional assembly numbers “179”. These numbers are generally associated with open top and the earliest rifles of this model. Buttstock has a filled hole just below the bottom tang, probably from an old sling stud. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum record office research request which identifies this rifle with oct bbl and set trigger, received in warehouse Dec 31, 1877 and shipped May 8, 1878 to order no. 11778. Page 539 of Winchester’s New Model of 1873, Gordon, states that most of the known open top 1873 arms fall in the serial range 27443-27580 which includes this rifle. Mr. Gordon states that “Research indicates that almost all of the Open Tops were sold in the U.S. Western market, perhaps by John Skinker, the Winchester agent in San Francisco”. The same page also, under the title “Rarity of Open Tops” states that “despite the substantial effort of several conscientious collectors & students, only 55 Open Tops have come to light at this point”. He further states that of the 55 known Open Tops “there are eleven with special long barrels, six factory conversions (dust covers added), three with silver plating, one musket, one round barrel rifle, and one number 1 of 1000”. On the presumption that Mr. Gordon’s research is reasonably accurate it can then be stated that this is one of Winchester’s more rare rifles, being one of only about six known. Based on Mr. Gordon’s speculation that most of these Open Top arms were sold on the Western market and, given the year this rifle was shipped, there can be little doubt that this rifle would have been used on the American frontier during the Indian Wars. CONDITION: About good, all matching. No orig finish remains being an overall smooth, even dark brown patina on all of the metal surfaces except forend cap which is cleaned to bright metal. Chamber area of bbl has light wrench marks. There is a repair by the toe and the filled hole in bottom of buttstock with a couple of small hairlines, otherwise wood is sound and overall retains a fine, old restored finish. Forearm has a splice on right side of bbl channel. Mechanics are fine. Strong dark bore. 49123-2 JR (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3030

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3031

VERY RARE RELIC WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 70831. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with rare 32″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine with two magazine bands, Rocky Mountain front sight with semi-buckhorn rear sight & a brass slot blank in an additional seat near the front end of top flat. Receiver is 2nd Type with attached dust cover rail and 3rd Type dust cover. Dust cover stop button and screw are missing. Receiver has single set trigger. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Buttstock has applied brass and steel tacks on the left side with evidence of 6 others having been removed. Right side of buttstock has had 16 tacks removed. The tacks were probably applied to make it appear to have been an Indian used gun. This rifle needed no additional enhancement to further its historic appeal. According to a signed letter dated 16 April 1974 over the signature of Captain (O6) John H. Brandt of Albuquerque, NM. Wherein Capt. Brandt states “The rifle was found protruding from the ground in the Dry Lakes Area SW of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Alamosa County, Colorado in 1952 by some arrow head collectors. The barrel jutted from the ground and at first appearance was thought to be a section marker. Pulling on the “pipe” bent the magazine tube into a 90 degree angle which was later repaired by a local gunsmith in Monte Vista, Colorado. The rifle was badly rusted and pitted. A human skull was found in the sand with the rifle. The cranium had part of the occiput damaged but the mandibular area was intact. Other bones and items of clothing were not evident or specially looked for. The skull was traded to the Fur Trade Museum in the late 1950ss. The rifle was in my possession, given to me by the late Will Wallrich, and original settler of Alamosa, Colorado, who was among the group which found the rifle. I passed the rifle on to the BUFFALO HUNTER in Santa Fe in November 1973″. Also accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum which identifies this rifle in 38 Cal. with 32″ half oct bbl, set trigger, rifle butt and graduated peep & Winchester combination sights, received in the warehouse June 8, 1881 and shipped June 14, 1881, order number not indicated. Returned and repaired June 29 1881. The peep sight is no longer with this rifle. This rifle is pictured in the book Winchester’s New Model of 1873, Gordon and is mentioned by SN on pgs. 173, 236-37, 240, 245, 265, 284 and 586. The fact of the relic condition of this rifle and its documented discovery along with a human skull leads to flights of imagination with about any scenario one can dream up as being plausible. CONDITION: Fair to good. No orig finish remains being an overall very dark brown patina on all the metal surfaces except magazine tube. The receiver is moderately pitted on the left side with fine frosty pitting over most of the other metal surfaces. Magazine tube shows the aforementioned repair with an artificially aged patina. Stock has a short crack in the wrist with some gouges in the forearm, some splintering along left bbl channel and missing some slivers and overall retains a dark weathered patina. Mechanics are functional with the dust cover requiring hand operation to open the lever. Dark worn bore. 49123-1 JR (5,000-10,000) – Lot 3031

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3032

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 205621. Cal. .44 WCF (44-40). Standard grad rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, standard front sight & semi-buckorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut and straight stock with crescent buttplate and trap. This rifle was produced about 1886 when the West was still very wild with Indian fighting & plenty of outlaws, cattle drives & everyday hard service. Firearms of that era were a daily used tool and are rarely found today with high orig finish. The 1873 “The Gun That Won The West” (along with the Colt revolver) was in great demand at that time in American and literally around the world. It was the most reliable, accurate & reasonably powerful repeating firearm of its era. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 95-97% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and a scrape on the top flat, magazine tube is turning a little plum. Forend cap has some light candy stripping and shows 92-93% orig blue. Receiver and side plates retain 93-94% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some light thinning on bottom front and left side plate. Hammer retains most of it orig case colors, moderately faded & the lever strong case colors in sheltered areas turned silver, on outer faces. Buttplate has turned silver. Wood is sound with light nicks and scratches and a couple bruises on the buttstock, with the buttstock retaining 95-97% strong orig varnish. Forearm retains about 70% orig varnish showing wear on the carry point. Mechanics are fine. Very bright shiny bore. 49059-13 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3032

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3033

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 325756. Cal 22 Short. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight, missing its elevator. Inside magazine tube is orig equipment. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate without trap. Right sideplate is without loading gate. Receiver is third type with integral dust cover rail and third type dust cover. There are about 19,500 of these scarce rifles produced in the period 1884 – 1904 in two bbl lengths and two calibers. This was the first repeating rifle manufactured in the U.S. for cal. 22 rimfire ammunition. This rifle was produced in about 1890 when hunting was a necessity and a way of life. These small bore rifles were not considered to be serious firearms and were usually relegated to boys or ladies for small game hunting or eliminating garden pests. The small bore did not easily lend itself to cleaning and very few of these rifles are found today with good, shootable bore. They usually saw pretty hard service with little or no maintenance and are almost never found with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 85% plummy blue/brown patina showing sharp edge wear and a lightly cleaned area over the bbl address. Receiver and side plates retain about 80% thinning orig blue, dull and turning plummy over the top and bottom edges. Lever and hammer retain dark case colors with the lever being mostly brown patina. Forend cap and buttplate are also mostly brown patina. Forearm has a crack on top, front, left side, otherwise wood is sound with a dark oil stained finish with wood grain showing through. Mechanics are fine. Bore has strong rifling with moderate pitting. 49432-28 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3033

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3034

FINE TURNBULL RESTORED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 423068. Cal. .32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with extra finish, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate without trap. Buttstock & forend cap have factory sling eyes. Receiver is small frame third type with stepped receiver ring. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum research request (yellow sheet) which identifies this rifle in cal 32 with oct bbl, plain trigger & case hardened, received in warehouse Apr 22, 1892 and shipped May 5, 1892 to order no. 22831. This rifle was completely and expertly restored by Doug Turnbull several years ago. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 98% fine Turnbull restored finish with Winchester blue & Winchester style case colors that have lightly faded since restoration. Lever, hammer & buttplate are matching condition. Wood is sound and shows most of its fine restored finish with only a couple small mars. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore, dark in the grooves. 49059-15 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3034

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3035

SCARCE WINCHESTER FIRST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 21769. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, thinned half nickel orig front sight & early V-notch rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is first type with mortised second type dust cover with impressed thumb print. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate that has trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number 909 which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. These early 1873 arms were instantly successful and in great demand on the American frontier during the great Westward Migration of Manifest Destiny. The Model 1873 was the successor to the venerable Model 1866 and being chambered for the “New” center fire cartridges that were more powerful, reliable and re-loadable, made them an instant success. These rifles most often saw extreme hard service under adverse and harsh circumstances and those few remaining are seldom found with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching. Bbl retains most of its orig finish turned to chocolate brown on the upper surfaces with strong blue in sheltered areas. Magazine tube retains about 75-80% strong orig blue with the balance also a chocolate brown. Receiver and side plates retain 60-70% thinning orig blue with the loss areas mostly a light patina. Top and bottom edges are a blue/brown patina. Hammer retains faded case colors with traces of case colors on the lever which is mostly turned silver. Forend cap and buttplate have also turned silver. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 49059-18 JR (4,500-7,500) – Lot 3035

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3036

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 109977. Cal. .32 WCF. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and early semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is small frame style with stepped top front edge. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate without trap. This is an early ’73 rifle in caliber 32 produced not too long after this caliber was introduced in this model. This rifle was manufactured in about 1883 at a time when the daily use of a firearm was a way of life for both hunting and protection. The cal. 32 rifles were not considered “Serious” hunting or defense weapons but were mostly regulated to small game and garden pest shooting. The were considered to be boys or ladies rifles and usually saw very hard service often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high original finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, bbl and magazine tube retain about 98% crip, original, factory finish. Receiver and side plates retain about 95% strong original finish with sharp edge wear and some light scratches. Hammer retains strong case colors and the lever bright case colors on the sides, fading on outer faces. Buttplate retains strong original case colors, lightly to moderately faded. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks and retains most of an old added finish that has been exposed to heat and humidity while in a cloth case leaving the cloth pattern in the finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 49059-17 JR (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3036

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3037

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 225384. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with scarce special order 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is small bore type with stepped receiver ring on top which is found only on those ’73 rifles in cal. 38, 32 and 22. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and third type dust cover. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut which includes straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc all steel cleaning rod. This rifle was produced in about 1887, a time of the great westward expansion of Manifest Destiny when repeating arms were in great demand, especially the Model 1873 (the gun that won the west). Firearms of that era were a daily use tool on the American frontier and usually saw hard service in a saddle scabbard or wagon box, often without regular maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue with a couple of small clean spots on the bbl and the bottom radius of the magazine tube turning a little plummy. Receiver and side plates retain 80-85% orig blue, strong and bright on left side, top and bottom with the right side plate and right front flat fading to a blue/brown patina. Otherwise receiver shows only sharp edge wear. Lever retains very bright case colors on left side and rear edge with right side moderately faded. Hammer retains strong case colors on the sides, faded to silver on outer faces. Buttplate retains about 50% faded case colors turned brown on the tang. Wood is sound with some light nicks & scratches, a few small chemical spots on the left side of buttstock and overall retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. Cleaning rod is fine. 49432-15 JR (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3037

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3038

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 255901. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Carrier is engraved with the initials “J.S.”. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate that has a trap. Receiver is third type with integral dust cover rail and third type dust cover. Receiver is also small bore type with stepped receiver ring as found only on those ’73 rifles in calibers 38, 32 and 22. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 38 with half oct bbl, half magazine and plain trigger, received in warehouse January 23, 1888 and shipped April 11, 1888 to order number 6715. This rifle was produced at a time when the west was still wild and the daily use of a firearm was commonplace. Firearms of that era usually saw very hard service, often with little maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with a small area of flaking just in front of the forearm and scattered spots of surface discoloration, otherwise shows only very fine sharp edge wear. Receiver and side plates retain about 90-92% orig blue with sharp edge wear and some light cleaning on the sides, turning plum over the top and bottom. Hammer retains bright case colors on the sides, moderately faded on the edges. Lever retains faded case colors on sides, turned silver and dark on outer faces. Buttplate is a purpley/brown patina. Wood is sound with a couple of gouges on the buttstock and light nicks & scratches elsewhere, and overall retains about 93-95% orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp. Very bright shiny bore. Shows very little use, just poor storage. 49432-6 JR (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3038

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3039

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 OCTAGON BARREL HALF MAGAZINE RIFLE WITH GLOBE FRONT SIGHT AND MARBLE TANG SIGHT.

SN 190787. Cal. 38 WCF. 24″ octagon bbl, blue finish. Straight grained walnut stocks. CONDITION: Good, bbl retains 10% blue in protected areas blending into a brown patina overall with muzzle and high point wear. Bore is frosty with strong rifling. Front sight is unique and unmarked, made of brass. Receiver retains 20% blue in protected areas with balance drifting into a pleasing brown patina, 50% fire blue on loading gate. Hammer is silver/gray lever is brown patina. Tang sight is very good. Brass elevator marked 38 Cal. with mustard patina. Stocks are good with numerous handling marks and a large dent forward of the comb on the right side, stocks have been re-varnished with some varnish spilling over onto metal parts. Buttplate shows an even brown patina with slight wear on the heel and toe. Forend cap shows 10% blue with some scratching, magazine tip shows 10% blue. A good example of a half magazine octagon bbl ’73 Winchester. 49435-1 TEP C&R (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3039

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3040

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 OCTAGON BARREL HALF MAGAZINE RIFLE.

SN 101785. Cal. 32 WCF. 24″ bbl, blue finish. Plain straight grip walnut stocks. CONDITION: Very good, bbl retains 20% blue in protected areas with muzzle and high point wear and slight cleaning, scratches on bottom bbl flat. Bore is frosty with strong rifling. Receiver retains 40% blue in protected area with the balance drifting into a pleasing plum/brown patina. Hammer shows 20% case color with slight scratching. Lever shows 20% case color with balance a pleasing brown patina. Elevator is marked 32 cal. and shows a pleasing mustard patina. Dust cover shows 20% blue. Stocks are good, with handling marks and dents, re-varnished. Buttplate is silver/gray patina. Forend cap shows 60% blue, magazine cap has brown patina. A very good example of a Winchester ’73 in a rare configuration. 49435-2 TEP C&R (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3040

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3041

RARE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH SILVER PLATING.

SN 62000. Cal. 44 WCF. Rare nickel finished 2nd model carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base barleycorn front sight and two position flip rear sight graduated 100-300-500 yds. Receiver has a staple and ring on left side. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered flame grain American walnut which includes carbine forearm and straight stock with carbine buttplate. Forearm band is 1866-style. Left side of bottom tang, under the wood is marked “XX” & assembly number 1129. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver and sideplates are engraved by L. D. Nimschke with the vignette of a running Whitetail buck on left side surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with one scroll terminating in a flower blossom. Right side is engraved with matching patterns, all of which have fine pearled background. Light matching patterns extend over top of receiver, top tang, dust cover, and bottom of receiver. Buttplate tang is engraved to match. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine with “Fancy Stock”, full-nickel with $2.50 engraving, received in warehouse November 29, 1880 and shipped the same day to order number 22977 with 19 other model 1873 arms. This carbine was shipped at a time when the west west was still wild and skirmishes with Indians & outlaws were still commonplace. Firearms of that era usually saw very hard service under adverse conditions & are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fair to good, all matching. Overall retains about 60-70% restored nickel with loss areas dark patina. Buttplate shows moderate to heavy pitting. Stock has a couple of fine grain checks & a chip out of forearm at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound & retains an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Shootable, worn dark bore. 49450-1 JR (7,000-10,000) – Lot 3041

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3041A

RARE FULL NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 13301. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40), standard grade carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine and integral front band/front sight. Magazine is 1st type with screwed in plug. Bbl address is in 2 lines with Winchester and King’s Patent information. Rear sight is 1866 style, 2-position graduated 100-300-500 yds. Receiver is 1st type with mortised top containing a 2nd type dust cover with impressed thumb print. Left side of receiver has a staple and ring. Top tang is stamped “34” which was probably a rack number. Bottom of carrier has been filed, exposing the brass. Consignor states that he is the 3rd owner of this rifle having purchased it from the gentleman who bought it from the original owner’s family. Apparently the original owner’s name was engraved or marked on the carrier and the 2nd owner did not wish to have the carbine with someone else’s name on it so he removed the name. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate that has trap containing an orig 3-piece brass & iron cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number “1176”, which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Being a standard grade carbine with assembly numbers, as found here signifies that this was a special order carbine. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office information request which identifies this carbine as having been received in warehouse Dec 13, 1876 and shipped Mar 5, 1877 to order number 8489. Ordinarily one would suspect that a full nickel rifle or carbine would have been used by a trick shot artist or showman, which was usually the case. However, the nickel finish being more durable than a blue finish was occasionally ordered by individuals who anticipated subjecting their firearms to hard service. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 95% orig nickel with slight losses around the muzzle and some minor pimpling over the chamber area above the forearm. Magazine tube retains about 95% orig nickel with fine pimpling and light losses on left side about mid-point. Bbl bands retain most of their orig nickel. Receiver and sideplates retain about 80-90% orig nickel with fine pimpling on sides of receiver and sideplates with most of the loss areas on the rear flats of the receiver. Hammer retains about 60% faded case colors and the lever traces of case colors in the most sheltered areas, having mostly turned to silver. Buttplate retains about 90% orig nickel with areas of pimpling and slight losses at the heel. Wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches, a couple of dings on the forearm and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant, shiny bore, shows very little use. Cleaning rod is fine. 49660-1 JR (12,500-17,000) – Lot 3041A

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3042

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 332422. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40) Standard grade carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, barley-corn front sight & 1873 marked 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. There is a staple and ring in left side of receiver. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut which includes carbine forearm and single band with straight stock and carbine buttplate with trap containing an orig brass and iron three piece cleaning rod. This carbine was produced in about 1890, a time when a firearm was a daily used tool & these carbines were extremely popular as saddle guns, seeing daily use in inclement weather & harsh conditions. They frequently had little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with a few very minor nicks & faint muzzle end wear. Receiver & side plates also retain about 96-98% orig blue with a few light scratches and faint sharp edge wear. Hammer retains brilliant case colors with strong case colors on the lever, faded on outer faces. Buttplate retains about 50% orig case colors, strong on the tang. Wood is sound with a couple bruises on the buttstock & series of bruises on the forearm with other light nicks & scratches & retains most of orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, shows very little use. Cleaning rod is fine. 48944-2 JR (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3042

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3043

*LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 626547. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40) Standard grade Carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, barley-corn front sight and 2000-yd carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple and ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut which includes a Carbine forearm and single band with straight stock and Carbine buttplate with trap containing a reproduction all steel cleaning rod. This Carbine was produced about 1909 when much of the business of that era was still conducted from the back of a horse or wagon and carbines such as this were still extremely popular as saddle guns. They usually saw hard and continuous service under adverse conditions and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, bbl and magazine tube retain about 98% crisp original blue with both bbl bands also showing about 98% orig finish. Receiver retains about 94-96% glossy orig finish with some light flaking on the right side and very light sharp edge wear with a light halo from the saddle ring. Lever and hammer retain most of their bright, orig case colors. Buttplate retains bright case colors on the tang, turned dark on the face. Wood is sound with usual light nicks and scratches and a series of small pinprick marks on right side of buttstock and overall retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use, retaining most of its orig finish on the bolt face and loading gate. 49059-16 JR C&R (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3043

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3044

*LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 702810. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40) Standard grade Carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, barley-corn front sight and 2000 yard Carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has staple and ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with Carbine forearm, 1866 style band and straight stock with Carbine buttplate & trap containing an orig three piece all steel cleaning rod. This Carbine was manufactured in about 1923 as a parts cleanup operation. In the preceding three years Winchester had only manufactured a little over 300 Model 1873 arms and in 1923 records show they manufactured in excess of 18,000 arms. By that time the Model 1873 sales had drastically dwindled due to the advent of much more powerful & accurate bolt action rifles. A large proportion of the lever action arms of that era were sold into Mexico, Central & South America where they usually saw extreme harsh service under tropical conditions, generally with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl, magazine tube and bbl bands retain 98% orig blue with only slight muzzle end wear and some light thinning of sides of bands. Receiver & side plates retain about 95% bright orig blue with some minor, light flaking, more pronounced on left side plate. Hammer retains brilliant case colors and lever brilliant colors on sides, lightly to moderately faded on outer faces. Buttplate retains about 98% orig blue. Wood is sound with a few, very small nicks on the buttstock and retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. Cleaning rod is fine. 49059-107 JR C&R (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3044

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3045

*WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION MUSKET.

SN 571448. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Third Model Musket with 30″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight/bayonet lug and 900 yard musket ladder rear sight. Receiver is third type with integral dust cover rail and third type dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured, straight grain American walnut with full length forearm, three bands and straight stock that has carbine/musket buttplate with trap. Accompanied by an orig triangular socket bayonet without scabbard. The third model was the highest production of the Model 1873. Total production for the 1873 was about 720,610 rifles, carbines and muskets in 4 different calibers. According to The Winchester Book, Madis, only about 5% of that total (about 36,000) were muskets. Winchester was unable to generate any U.S. Military contracts for the ’73 musket so most of the production was sold to fill foreign military orders. Sometime in the second half of the 20th century a large cache of these muskets was discovered in Nicaragua and returned to the U.S. still in their original crates. Given the limited production, muskets should be considered quite rare as most of the foreign orders have never returned to the U.S. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains about 98% crisp, orig factory blue with a small scrape on the right sideplate and 3 or 4 fine scratches on left sideplate. Lever and hammer retain brilliant case colors, lightly faded on lever finger loop. Buttplate also retains brilliant case colors, a little thin on the heel. Wood has 3 or 4 bruises on the buttstock, otherwise is completely sound and retains about all of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be new and unfired. Bayonet is fine with some light surface discoloration. 49432-20 JR C&R (5,500-7,500) – Lot 3045

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3046

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 MUSKET.

SN 571169. Cal. 44 WCF 30″ bbl, blue finish. Straight grain walnut stocks. CONDITION: Fine, bbl retains 90% blue with slight muzzle wear and some staining, bbl bands retain 95% blue with some slight scratches. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 90% blue with high point wear and some spotting, slight stain on right side plate, dust cover retains 95% blue, good screws. Hammer shows 90% vivid case color, lever shows 90% case coloring. Stocks are very good, full sized with scratches and some dents commensurate with the age of the rifle. Buttplate retains 20% case color with erosion at the heel, some staining. Sling swivels show 95% blue. A very nice example of a Winchester ’73 Musket. 49533-3 TEP C&R (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3046

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3047

SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 32916. Cal. 45-60. Beautiful Deluxe ’76 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight and 1000-Yd 1876 marked ladder rear sight. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail & 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with about 2x, center crotch American walnut with H-style checkered forearm & black fleur-de-lis insert and serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver has single set trigger. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked “XX” and assembly number “1660”, along with an “R”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 45-60 with 28″ oct bbl, set trigger, case hardened, and checkered pistol grip stock, shipped March 28, 1883. At the time this rifle was manufactured there were very few repeating big bore rifles available on the market. The Model 1876 was extremely popular for its larger cal & hard-hitting cartridge. At that time, their only serious competition was M1881 which, although a fine rifle, did not have the distribution system available to Winchester. The Model 1876 was one of Winchester’s lowest production rifles with only about 64,000 produced 1876-1897 in both rifles & carbines and four different calibers. This model remained popular well into the late 1880’s even after the advent of the model 1886 with its more powerful, higher velocity cartridges. CONDITION: Very fine, all-matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 93-95% strong orig blue showing light sharp edge wear on bbl, turning a little plummy over chamber area. Magazine tube is strong & bright. Receiver & side plates retain bright case colors in sheltered areas being mostly moderately faded & turning silver on bottom and front edges. Top tang shows faded case colors & bottom tang brilliant case colors. Buttplate shows about 30% faded colors with balance turned silver. Wood is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches & retains most of its orig factory varnish. Forearm shows wear at carry point & checkering shows light diamond point wear. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with just a hint of roughness. 49608-4 JR (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3047

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3048

WINCHESTER MODEL 1876, SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 8019. Cal. .45-60. Second model rifle with special order 26″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, half nickle front sight, 1876 marked ladder rear sight & thick base sporting tang sight for Model 1873 with 4″ staff. Receiver is second type with attached dust cover rail and third type dust cover. Receiver has single set trigger. Mounted with about 3X, flame grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of tang under the wood is marked with the assembly number “287” and XXX. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, dated Mar & May 2004 which identify this rifle as case hardened with 26″ half oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock & half magazine, received in warehouse Sept 27 1881 and shipped the same day to order number 28275. This rifle was produced at a time when the West was still wild and owning a firearm for hunting & self defense were a way of life. Arms of that era usually saw very hard service with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. The fact that this rifle is a deluxe special order item, which would have cost substantially more than a standard grade rifle, attests to the speculation that it probably belonged to someone of a reasonably high social status, such as a wealthy rancher, military officer or an individual with more income than the average working guy of that era. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 92-94% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear, some light dulling and a couple of small scattered spots of light surface rust. There are some small scratches by the rear sight. Receiver retains 60-70%+ faded case colors, turning silver. Lever & hammer also retain faded case colors. Buttplate is a mottled grey patina. Wood is sound with a few nicks & scratches, a couple of tiny bruises & retains about 95% orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 49059-25 JR (17,500-27,500) – Lot 3048

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3049

SCARCE DELUXE MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

SN 33765. Cal. 45-75. Fine deluxe rifle with 22″ round bbl, full magazine, English ramp front sight and 3-leaf platinum-line express sight, marked 100, 200 & 300. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover which is engraved “SIGHTED SHOT AND REGULATED / BY HOLLAND & HOLLAND” with the address below and “WINNERS OF ALL THE FIELD TRIALS / 1883”. Left side of bbl and receiver ring have British proofs. Outer face of lever is covered with fine leather. Mounted with about 2X burl & flame grain American walnut with H-style checked forearm and black fleur-de-lis inlay, serpentine grip buttstock that has smooth steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked “XX”, the assembly number “493” and an “S”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Bottom of forend cap has a plug screw in what was probably a sling swivel hole. This rifle was produced in 1883 when the British Colonial Empire stretched through Asia and Africa. Undoubtedly this was an Englishman’s hunting rifle probably for Cecil the Lion of that era. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 80% original blue with small freckles of light surface rust and a brown patina around the front sight which was attached with silver solder, possibly re-attached. Magazine tube retains about 85-90% thin blue turning brown with a couple of small dents about mid-point. Receiver & side plates retain 60-70% faded case colors, stronger in the more sheltered areas with the balance turned silver. Lever & hammer also retain faded case colors, turned silver on outer face. Buttplate is a silver brown patina. Stock has a hairline crack at top tang, otherwise wood is sound with normal nicks & dings showing moderate wear and retains about 50% original varnish. Mechanics are fine. Very bright shiny bore. 49650-1 JR (15,000-20,000) – Lot 3049

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3050

WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 47371. Cal. .45-60. Deluxe third model rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight, 1876 marked ladder rear sight & thick base sporting tang sight with 4″ staff. Receiver is third type with integral milled dustcover rail and third type dustcover. Receiver has single set trigger. Mounted with about 2X tiger striped, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black, fleur-de-lis, insert serpentine grip buttstock with crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang under the wood is marked with the assembly number “2341” and “X”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1884 when carrying a firearm was an every day way of life. Arms of that era usually saw very hard service under adverse conditions often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Being a deluxe rifle it would have cost substantially more than a comparable standard grade rifle, probably out of the reach of the ordinary working citizen. It likely would have been the property of someone of reasonable importance, a wealthy rancher or possibly a law enforcement officer. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 95% strong bright restored blue with sharp edge wear and some thinning on the magazine tube. Receiver, lever, hammer & buttplate retain about full coverage lightly to moderately faded restored case colors. Wood is sound with nicks & scratches and retains most of a very old restored finish showing hand wear on the forearm at the carry point. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with fine pitting in the grooves. 49059-26 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3050

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3051

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE “OPEN TOP” RIFLE.

SN 4854. Cal. 45-75 28″ bbl, blue finish. Plain straight grain walnut stocks. CONDITION: Very good, bbl and magazine retain 20% blue in protected areas drifting to a plum patina, muzzle and high point wear, some staining and erosion. Bore is dark with visible rifling. Receiver retains 30% blue in protected areas, left side of receiver and side plate shows some erosion and light pitting, right side of receiver shows good blue with visible striation marks. Hammer retains traces of case color. Lever shows a silver/gray patina, with some staining on the bottom. Brass elevator shows a mustard patina. Stocks are very good and full sized with numerous dents and handling marks commensurate with the age of the rifle. Label stain on right side of buttstock, buttplate shows gray/brown patina. Forend cap shows traces of blue with erosion over all. A very rare and hard to fine Winchester model 1876 “Open Top” rifle. 49533-2 TEP C&R (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3051

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3052

WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 47655. Cal. .40-60. Standard grade rifle with scarce special order 30″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, and “1876” marked ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. The Model 1876 is one of, if not, the lowest production of Winchester lever action rifles with only about 64,000 produced in the period 1876-1897. This model was the first big bore repeating rifle and as such was in great demand on the American frontier for its tremendous stopping power and rapid fire capability. It remained as a premiere long range big bore hunting & defense rifle until the advent of the Marlin Model 1881 & Winchester 1886, both of which were chambered for the more powerful, higher velocity cartridges, including the venerable 45-70. Those rifles were immediately successful, causing a drastic drop in demand for the heavier, more delicate Model 1876. This rifle was produced in about 1884 when the West was still wild and carrying & using a firearm was a daily way of life. Few of the firearms of that era are found today with high orig finish and special order pieces are especially rare. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain 96-98% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and a couple of tiny nicks in the sharp edges. Receiver retains about 95-97% orig blue showing slight dulling with sharp edge wear and some light candy-striping, mostly on right side. Hammer retains brilliant case colors and the lever strong, dark case colors on the sides, lightly to moderately faded on outer faces. Buttplate retains about 70-75% orig blue. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore shows very little use. 49059-23 JR (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3052

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3053

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 30844. Cal. .45-60. Standard grade rifle with special order 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight & 1876 marked ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1882 when using a firearm on a daily basis was a way of life, for both hunting & protection. Arms of that era usually saw very hard service, most often with little or no maintenance and seldom are found today with any orig finish. A special order rifle such as this is a rare find. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 90-92% strong orig blue with fine surface etching on the bbl and light sharp edge wear. Receiver retains about 95% orig blue with fine surface etching and light sharp edge wear, all mixed with some light flaking. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Buttplate is a dark patina. Wood is sound with a few light scrapes on each side of buttstock and overall retains a hand worn orig oil finish. Mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bore shows very little use, just poor storage on the outside. 49059-22 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3053

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3054

VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION MUSKET FROM CITIZENS’ GUARD OF HAWAII WITH BAYONET.

SN 28745. Cal. 45-75. Standard grade musket with 32″ rnd bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight/bayonet lug and a standing fixed rear sight in place of the more delicate Baker leaf sight, which was probably broken during the period of use and replaced with the current sight. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail that has a 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with full length forearm and straight stock with musket buttplate without trap. Left forward side of forestock is grooved and contains a slotted head steel ramrod which passes through the forend cap which also has a saber bayonet lug on the right side. Buttstock & middle band have sling wires. Accompanied by an orig saber bayonet that has 20-1/4″ Yaghtahan blade and cast brass handle with eagle head & feather pattern handle. Bayonet has its orig black leather & brass scabbard. This musket was issued to Private C. G. Mahyre who was 42 years old at the time of commission on Feb 18, 1897. He was of Scandinavian descent, a resident of Honolulu and the Assistant Engineer for the HAWA Agricultural Company at that time. The 1910 census shows him still in Hawaii. Copies of Mr. Bell’s research pages accompany this lot. Also accompanying are copies of two articles about the Hawaiian Winchesters and the Citizens’ Guard, Republic of Hawaii which gives the history of these rare muskets. One of the articles states that only 617 muskets were produced. Also accompanying is a hand written copy of a page of research regarding the Hawaiian Model 1876, which states that there were 72 carbines and 300 muskets on order number “35449″, Nov. 22, 1882. One line of this research lists SN 28701 through 28800 as muskets, which includes this musket. Another listing of Hawaiian muskets lists this musket by SN. It is believed that this research is that which was compiled by the late John A. Bell from whose estate this musket is consigned. One of the articles by Philip A. Reis mentioned above appeared in the June 1977 edition of Guns magazine, beginning on pg 27, states that under the reign of King Kalakaua in 1889 about 150 members of The Honolulu Rifles, a loosely organized home guard, attempted a coup of the King, which was unsuccessful. The King was quick to dissolve the Honolulu Rifles. Between 1889 and 1893 the struggle for power continued. The King died while on a trip to San Francisco and was replaced by his sister, Queen Liliuokalani. She was dethroned in 1893 by a group known as the Republic of Hawaii. At that time the old Honolulu Rifles was reformed into a group known as the Citizens’ Guard of Hawaii. From 1893 through 1898 the islands were controlled by the Republic of Hawaii, at which time it became a Territory of the United States. The late John A. Bell was employed in Hawaii for many years, where he developed an interest in Hawaiian firearms history and began collecting those arms and amassing information regarding them. Most of what is known today about Hawaiian firearms is a result of Mr. Bell’s research. This musket and three other arms being sold in this auction are from Mr. Bell’s collection, all of which are documented to Hawaii by various means. PROVENANCE: Citizens’ Guard of Hawaii; John A. Bell Collection. CONDITION: Very good. The metal, overall, is a smooth, even brown patina with some light freckling on the receiver, sideplates and dust cover. Wood is sound with nicks, dings and scratches and overall retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. Bayonet is also fine with lightly cleaned blade. Handle has a couple of small dings and shows a medium mustard patina. Scabbard is very fine with a few small nicks in the finish and retains about 80% orig black finish on the leather with dark patina on the throat and tip. 49501-2 JRL (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3054

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3055

SCARCE WINCHESTER 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 2035. Cal. .45-75. Standard grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, barleycorn front sight & 100 meter, reverse mounted carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver is second type with attached dust cover rail and second type dust cover with impressed thumbprint. Left side of receiver has a stud and ring. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with full length forearm that has blued steel tip to the 2-line Winchester & King’s patent address is also stamped “TRULOCK & HARRISS 9 DAWSON ST DUBLIN”. Left side of receiver is stamped “8284” and bbl & receiver have British proofs. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum factory letter which identifies this arm as a rifle with oct bbl, set trigger & “changed to carbine”, received in warehouse Mar 7 1880 and shipped June 2 1880 with 9 other arms to order number 20192. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue, turning plum & thin over the area between rear sight and bbl band. Receiver retains about 85-90% strong orig blue mixing with brown. Lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong on the hammer; brilliant on sides of lever. Buttplate retains about 70% lightly faded case colors. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 49059-24 JR (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3055

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3056

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER DELUXE MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 114616. Cal. 45-90. Fine Special Order ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, button mag, Lyman hunting front sight utilizes “certifiable antique ivory” bead and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with about 3X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut that includes H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip buttstock with smooth steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum records office research request which identifies this rifle in cal 45-90, with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, shotgun butt, oil finish and half mag, received in warehouse December 10,1898 and shipped same day to order #18311. This rifle was produced at a time when using a firearm for hunting and personal protection was commonplace. This rifle was probably someone’s hunting rifle that saw very little use in the outdoors. Extended exposure to the ultraviolet rays of sunshine rapidly fades case colors. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with a couple of small nicks and slight muzzle end wear, beginning to turn a little plum. Receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant on the sides & upper and lower tangs, lightly faded on top and bottom edges. Hammer retains about all of its orig case colors turned dark on top edge. Lever retains bright case colors on sides, moderately faded on outer faces. Forend cap shows dark case colors turning a little brown. Buttplate is mostly a smooth light brown patina with rust on the heel. Stock is missing slivers around both upper and lower tangs on both sides, lower left is fairly large, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches and retain virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore shows very little use if any, receiver is still full of old grease. 49622-1 JR IVORY (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3056

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3057

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 8509. Cal. .38-56. Early ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman “certifiable antique ivory” bead hunting front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with about 3x, center crotch, feather and flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under wood is marked with the assembly number “721” & “XXX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1887 at a time when the west was still wild and long-range, big caliber rifles were in great demand for both hunting and protection. Generally, those arms of that era saw continuous hard service under harsh conditions, often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Simple exposure to ultra-violet rays of sunlight will fade case colors. That this rifle survived until today with high orig finish attests to the probability that it belonged to someone of higher standing or a wealthy rancher who used it very little. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue, turning a little plum showing light muzzle and sharp edge wear with a couple of tiny nicks. Magazine tube retains about 98% orig blue turning a little plumming. Receiver retains about 80-85% orig case colors, brilliant on left side with partial, orig lacquer coating. Right side and top edge are heavily faded and bottom edge has turned silver from carrying. Hammer retains bright case colors on sides and rear edge, turned silver on top. Lever retains strong case color on left side somewhat more faded on right side and outer faces. Forend cap retains about 50% faded case colors. Buttplate retains smoky case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks and scratches, a small bruise on forearm with buttstock retaining about 95% strong piano varnish finish, possibly an old restoration. Forearm shows dark staining on bottom rear and retains about 70% matching finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore shows very little use. 49533-1 JR IVORY (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3057

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3058

SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 48222. Cal. 45-70. Fine deluxe ’86 with special order 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman “certifiable antique ivory” bead hunting front sight & 3-leaf express rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, about 2X American walnut with H-style checkered forearm & black insert, serpentine grip buttstock with silver plated crescent buttplate. Bolt & lever are also silver plated. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “109” & “XX”. Matching assembly # is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle appears to have been produced in about 1890 at a time when business was still conducted from the back of a horse or wagon and firearms were a way of life. Firearms of that era usually saw continuous daily use, usually under harsh circumstances with very little maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Deluxe rifles such as this were mostly out of reach for the average working man so it stands to reason that this rifle belonged to someone of a higher social status. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Rifle overall retains a Turnbull quality restoration with strong, bright, Winchester-style blue on the bbl & magazine tube, orig appearing case colors on the receiver and hammer and a lightly restored finish on the wood. Forearm has a repaired sliver on the right side at the forend cap, otherwise wood is sound with nicks & dings and light oil staining around the metal. Checkering has been freshened. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bright bore, dark in the grooves. 49059-31 JR IVORY (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3058

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3059

*SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER DELUXE MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 142633. Cal. 45-70. Fine deluxe ’86 with special order 24″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, Lyman “certifiable antique ivory” bead front sight, rifle ladder rear sight & Lyman combination rear tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, about 2X American walnut that has H-style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly # 534 and XX. Matching assembly # is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in Cal. 45-70 with 24″ half oct bbl, plain trigger, fancy, checkered stock & half magazine, received in warehouse Dec 6, 1907 and shipped Dec 9, 1907 to order #130865. This rifle likely would have been someones prized hunting rifle and shows use but no abuse. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain about 95% strong orig blue with a few minor, very light nicks & scratches. Receiver retains about 70% orig blue, thinning over the top, worn to grey on bottom. Hammer retains dark case colors and lever case colors in sheltered areas, mostly having turned silver. Buttplate is a grey patina. Wood is sound with normal handling & use, nicks & scratches and retains about 95% orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 49059-29 JR C&R; IVORY (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3059

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3060

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 BIG 50 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 89289. Cal. 50 EX (50-110). Standard grade rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, button mag, Jack (Winchester Express) front sight and 3-leaf platinum line carbine/Express rear sight. Left side of bbl and receiver have small British proofs. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut that includes straight stock and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Receiver is color case hardened, which is somewhat more scarce on the 50 cal rifles than blued receivers. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum records office information request sheet which identifies this rifle in cal 50-110 with rnd bbl, plain trigger, half magazine, and shotgun butt, received in warehouse June 29, 1894 and shipped the next day to order #14061. By the time Winchester began chambering their 1886 rifles for this caliber color case hardening on receivers was a special order feature and not often seen on the 50 caliber rifles. The configuration found here was very popular with the British but usually with a 22″ bbl. They favored it for tiger and lion hunting and other major African game. They usually saw very hard service on these safaris and are rarely found today with orig high finish, most often having altered sights and English style finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 90-92% strong orig blue with a thin spot just above the forend cap. Receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, strong and bright to brilliant on the sides, moderately faded over the top and fading to silver on the bottom. Hammer retains bright case colors, turned a little dark on the top edge. Lever retains bright case colors on side, fading on outer faces. Buttplate is a gray metal patina. Stock has a series of small gouges on left side, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Very bright shiny bore, shows very little use. 49622-3 JRL (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3060

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3061

SCARCE DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 38778. Cal. 38-56. Fine deluxe ’86 in scarce configuration with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw, semi-buckhorn rear sight & Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with 2-3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm & black insert, serpentine grip buttstock with crescent buttplate. Left side of bottom tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly # “295” & “XX”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is unmarked. Rear face of buttstock is stamped “NOV. 13-6 / N.C.R”. Buttstock has an old repair in the wrist that is barely noticeable on the outside. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum which identifies this rifle in Cal. 38-56 in half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, received in warehouse May 2, 1890 and shipped same day to Order # 11740. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 95% of a very old restored blue. Receiver retains 70-80% orig case colors under a coating of old dried oil. Colors are stronger in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere and turned grey over top & bottom edges. Hammer retains dark orig case colors and lever faded case colors on sides. Forend cap is a grey patina and buttplate shows about 90% restored case colors Stock has the aforementioned repaired crack, otherwise wood is sound with the wood overall retaining an old restored finish probably from the time of wrist repair. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 49059-30 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3061

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3062

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 129542. Cal. 45-70. Fine lightweight rifle with 22″ lightweight, tapered rnd bbl, half magazine, take down, pedestal mounted Lyman “certifiable antique ivory” bead front sight, altered semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with about 2-X shell and flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester trademark embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “264”, “XX” and an “R”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 45-70 with 22″ extra light rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock with oil finish and rubber buttplate with half magazine and take down, received in warehouse February 19, 1904 and shipped February 22, 1904 to order # T111999, return to repaired August 16, 1904, order # 242118. This rifle was produced at a time when business was still conducted from the back of a horse, buggy or wagon and the daily use of firearms was commonplace for hunting and self defense. This model rifle was extremely popular in the great North Woods, Canada and Alaska for big game hunting and self defense. Most often these rifles saw hard service under adverse conditions and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain 96-97% strong, orig blue with light muzzle end wear and light wear on the magazine tube cap. Bbl extension retains 75-80% orig blue with a wear spot on the bottom and side, at the carry point. Receiver retains 96-97% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear and a couple of small scratches. Hammer retains brilliant case colors, faded on top edge. Lever retains brilliant case colors on the sides, moderately faded on outer faces. Wood is sound with some light mildew spots on the buttstock, a few nicks & scratches and retains most of is orig oil finish, showing wear on the forearm at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. Shows little use. 49432-17 JR C&R; IVORY (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3062

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3063

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 129398. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade rifle with 24″ tapered extra light rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with pedestal mounted “certifiable antique ivory” bead Lyman hunting front sight, Lyman 6-A two leaf folding rear sight & Lyman combination tang sight. Bbl is marked “NICKEL STEEL” on bbl over chamber area. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut, straight stock with Winchester trademark embossed hard rubber buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1903 when the daily use of firearms was commonplace both for hunting & self-protection. Firearms of that era usually saw hard service & are rarely found today with high orig finish. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 99% crisp orig factory finish with only a couple of tiny little nicks on receiver. Blue is crisp and bright and case colors on lever & hammer are brilliant. Wood is sound with a very few, very small handling & storage nicks & scratches & retains virtually all of its bright orig finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. May be unfired. 49608-7 JR C&R; IVORY (7,000-10,000) – Lot 3063

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3064

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 12163. Cal. 38-56. Early Standard Grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, altered half-nickel front sight and semi buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 38-56 with oct bbl and plain trigger, received in warehouse January 10, 1888 and shipped the next day. Standard grade rifles, such as found here, were the every-day working tool of the ordinary man on the American frontier and generally saw very hard service under harsh circumstances on horse, wagon, or buggy, often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl and magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue. Receiver retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant on sides and top, moderately thinning toward bottom front, brilliant toward lever. Hammer retains all of its brilliant case colors as does top & bottom tangs. Lever retains virtually all of its orig case colors, bright on sides slightly faded on outer faces and turning dark on loop. Buttplate retains most of its orig case colors, strong on tang and faded on face. Forend cap retains virtually all of its bright orig case colors. Wood is sound with a few very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches & retains virtually all of its orig bright factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be new and unfired. 49608-1 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3064

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3065

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 HEAVY OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE RIFLE WITH SET TRIGGER.

SN 8791. Cal. 45-70 26″ heavy oct bbl, blue finish. Plain straight grain walnut stocks. Special heavy barrel type blade front and buckhorn rear sight. Set trigger. Accompanied by a 1979 dated Cody Firearms Museum letter stating extra heavy barrel and set trigger as special order features and shipped October 26,1887. CONDITION: Good, bbl shows a brown patina finish overall with muzzle and high point wear, very little bad erosion. Magazine shows 20% blue in protected areas blending into brown patina, slight muzzle wear. Bore is dark with visible rifling. Receiver shows a gray/brown patina overall with some high point wear and some light cleaning marks. Bolt shows 20% blue at the rear end. Hammer shows silvered out case coloring. Lever shows silver/gray patina. Set trigger functions well. Stocks are good, have been cleaned and show a coat of new varnish. Small sliver of wood missing at wrist of stock next to hammer. Buttplate shows silver/gray patina with some erosion at the heel and toe. Forend cap shows silver/gray patina with slight erosion. A very rare heavy bbl early model ’86 rifle. Very hard to find. Colorful old gun. 49023-1 TEP C&R (6,500-9,500) – Lot 3065

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3066

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE RIFLE WITH CASE COLORED RECEIVER.

SN 11745. Cal. 38-56 26″ bbl, blue and case colored finish. Plain straight grain walnut stocks. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, bbl and magazine tube retain 90% blue finish with only slight wear at the muzzle some high point wear and a few miniscule scratches. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 80% case coloring with vivid color in protected areas. Bolt shows 60% blue with slight staining. Hammer shows 80% case color with most of wear on top. Lever shows 50% case color, vivid on left side, most wear on the outside of the loop. Stocks are very good and full sized, numerous handling marks and dents, especially on left side of buttstock and forend. Buttplate is a pleasing gray/brown patina. Bore end cap retains 30% case color finish. A very fine example of an early standard grade model ’86 rifle. 49059-27 TEP C&R (5,500-8,500) – Lot 3066

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3067

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 41527. Cal. 40-82. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. This rifle was produced about 1890 when the west was still pretty wild with outlaws & indians requiring self defense arms as well as for hunting. These rifles were a daily used tool, usually seeing hard service, frequently with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 95-96% strong orig blue with muzzle end and sharp edge wear. Receiver retains about 70% orig case colors, moderately faded, stronger on the sides, showing wear on the bottom at the carry point. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors turned dark and the lever, strong case colors on the sides and sheltered areas, faded to silver on trigger bow and loop. Forend cap retains about 60% faded case colors and the buttplate shows silvered case colors mixed with brown patina. Stock has a long narrow gouge on left side with normal nicks & dings, otherwise wood is sound with the buttstock retaining about 90% orig finish and the forearm about 60%, showing wear on the rear 1/3. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore shows very little use, only poor storage, should show much better with careful cleaning. 49432-14 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3067

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3068

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 106714. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base front sight and 900 yd carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud and ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut which includes a carbine forearm with bbl band and straight stock with carbine buttplate. Bottom of buttstock is inlaid with a small silver shield which is engraved with a crest consisting of a shield surrounded by laurel leaves with a crown above and four sections engraved with a rearing lion in the top left and bottom right and a castle in the top right and bottom left. This crest resembles the Spanish crest with reversed sections. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum records office information request which identifies this carbine in cal 45-70, received in warehouse May 25, 1896 and shipped November 2, 1896 to order #22871. This carbine was produced when virtually every cowboy on the Western frontier carried a saddle gun and the 1886 carbine was extremely popular for its heavy, high velocity, hard hitting cartridge. These carbines were usually exposed to the harsh elements on a daily basis, often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with orig high finish. Color case hardened arms of that era were very susceptible to fading from their exposure to ultraviolet rays of sunshine. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain about 95-96% strong orig factory blue,turning slightly plum on the bbl. Receiver retains about 75-80% orig case colors, bright to brilliant on the sides, moderately faded over the top and top tang, turning silver on the bottom. Hammer retains dark case colors turned silver on top edge. Lever retains bright case colors on the sides, turned silver on outer faces. Buttplate retains about 60% strong case colors turned silver on heel and toe, faded on the tang. Wood is sound with light nicks, dings and scratches, primarily on right side of buttstock, probably from being carried upside down in a saddle scabbard which would have exposed the right side to brush and other contacts. Forearm shows only a few minor, small nicks and wood overall retains as much as 80-85% orig oil finish with the balance a light hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. Shows very little use with the wear more from carrying. 49622-4 JRL (17,500-27,500) – Lot 3068

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3069

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH CASE COLORED RECEIVER.

SN 95113. Cal. 40-65 WCF 22″ bbl, blue and case colored finish. Plain straight grained American walnut stocks. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, bbl retains 80% blue drifting to a brown finish with muzzle wear and some light scratches and a few small dents. Magazine retains 90% blue with muzzle wear and a few small scratches. Front bbl band retains 50% blue with wear on both sides, rear band retains 80% blue with high point wear. Bore is dark but shows good rifling. Receiver retains 80% case color with vivid color in protected areas, a few slight scratches, carry wear on bottom of receiver. Bolt shows 90% blue. Loading gate shows 50% bright blue. Hammer shows 50% case color mostly on right side and rear, left side is scratched. Lever retains 50% case coloring with some vivid color is protected places especially on the left side. Stocks are very good and full sized with handling marks and a few bruises especially on the left side of the grip. Forearm is very good with a few minor handling marks. This is a very nice and rare Winchester model 1886 Saddle Ring Carbine, very difficult to duplicate. 49059-32 TEP C&R (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3069

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3070

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 136437. Cal. 45-90. Standard grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight, express rear sight with broken middle blade & a spring-loaded Marbles tang sight. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Mounted with uncheckered, slab sawed American walnut which includes a carbine forearm with band and straight stock with carbine buttplate. Front end of comb has a small notch cut during period of use to accommodate the tang sight. Accompanied by a Winchester Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine in cal. 45-90 received in warehouse Jan 22, 1907, and shipped Sept 19, 1907, to order number 121234. This carbine was produced at a time when business and other activities were still conducted from the back of a horse, wagon, or buggy and firearms such as this were a daily use tool. They frequently saw extensive use under harsh circumstances often with little maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 95-96% orig blue turning a little plum over top half and over chamber area. Magazine tube blue is strong & bright. Receiver retains about 60% fading orig blue with bottom worn to silver and top edge turning plum. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors, as does buttplate. Buttstock has a repaired chip in wrist at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound with aforementioned notch in stock & scattered nicks & scratches. Buttstock retains most of its orig oil finish & forearm shows a hand-worn patina with saddle bow wear. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bright bore. Would make an outstanding Cowboy Action shooter. 49450-2 JR C&R (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3070

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3071

*SCARCE WINCESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 129123. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight & 1,000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly # 684 which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is unmarked. This rifle was produced in about 1903 when most business was still conducted from the back of a horse or wagon. Firearms of that era were continuously exposed to harsh weather and hard use and are rarely found today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except buttplat, as noted. Overall retains about all of a fine, professionally restored finish with strong blue & scattered, fine pitting. Wood is sound with some spots of dark stain on the stock and also retains a lightly restored finish. Lever & hammer were blued in the restoration process. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. Would make an outstanding cowboy action shooter. 49059-28 JR (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3071

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3072

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LIGHT WEIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 133760. Cal. 33 WCF. Late deluxe rifle with 24″ lightweight tapered rnd bbl, half magazine, pedestal mounted “certifiable antique ivory” bead hunting front sight and flat top sporting rear sight. Receiver is takedown style. Mounted with about 2X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with matching grain, “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester trademark embossed hard rubber buttplate. Receiver has blued lever and hammer which is correct for this rifle. It was produced in 1904 right about the time that Winchester was transitioning from color case hardened to blued attachments. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “857” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is also found, quite unusually on the front face of the buttstock. Lower tang also has a over-struck assembly number. Rifles in this cal. were quiet popular with Northwoods hunters for big game such as elk, moose & bear and were especially popular in Alaska. PROVENANCE: Ex-Thomas W. Connally Estate Collection. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% crisp orig blue with a couple of small scratches on the bbl; receiver retains 97-98% bright orig blue with faint sharp edge wear, a small spot of flaking on the top right side and a few scattered pin pricks of surface rust; loading gate base is moderately flaked; bbl extension shows light flaking with a few small spots of rust. Wood is sound with a very few, very light nicks & scratches and retains most of its lightly cleaned oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 49269-1 JR13 C&R; IVORY (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3072

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3073

*EXTREMELY RARE HALF NICKEL SEMI-DELUXE SMOOTHBORE WINCHESTER MODEL 92 LEVER ACTION CARBINE.

SN 1002309. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Extraordinarily rare Winchester with 20” rnd bbl, full magazine, ramp front sight with hood and semi-buckhorn rear sight, without stud & ring in left side of receiver. Left side of bbl has standard late markings with the addition of “SMOOTH BORE” forward of regular marking. It has nickeled receiver & buttplate with blued screws. Left side of top tang, under the wood is stamped with assembly number “100” which number is also found on buttstock, under the buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Mounted with nicely figured, straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with long forearm & capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Extremely few Model 92 firearms with smoothbore bbls are known today. This carbine was produced in about 1934 and given the fancy nature of its configuration, the most likely scenario is that it was made for a trick-shot artist or showman of some sort. There is also the possibility that it may have been ordered by an ornithologist, taxidermist or someone collecting specimens. It was not unusual for an individual going on a major hunting safari to have a standard rifle and a smoothbore rifle for small game for the camp pot. Regardless of its intended purpose, this is an extraordinarily rare Model 92, unlikely to ever been encountered again. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue. Receiver & buttplate retain most of their orig factory nickel, turned a little milky. Lever & hammer retain most of their orig blue. Stock has a tiny chip at receiver, otherwise wood is sound and retains virtually all of a bright, orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 49450-20 JR C&R (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3073

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3074

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE TAKE DOWN RIFLE.

SN 306558. Cal. 25/20 24″ bbl, blue finish, nicely figured checkered walnut pistol grip stocks, with Lyman tang sight. Lyman front sight with “certifiable antique ivory” bead. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 90% blue with high point wear at muzzle and on sharp edges of the bbl flat. Rear sight mortise is filled and marks from the old rear sight are present on top bbl flat. Takedown ring shows 90% blue. Bore is frosty with sharp rifling. Receiver shows 90% blue with high point wear and some erosion of finish on either side near bolt head. Good screws. Fire blue on loading gate, some dry oil stain. Hammer retains 50% case color with scratching on side. Lever retains 50% case color with wear and stain on bottom and in loop. Lyman tang sight is very good. Stocks are full sized with nicely figured walnut. Checkered pistol grip with Winchester cap. Checkered forend. Forend cap retains 90% blue with minor flaking. Buttplate shows silvered-out case hardening with high point wear on the heel and toe. Accompanied by a Cody Museum letter confirming all features. Very nice Deluxe M 92 rifle. 49059-37 TEP C&R; IVORY (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3074

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3075

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH NICELY FIGURED STOCK.

SN 885385. Cal. 44 WCF 20″ bbl, blue finish, nicely figured checkered walnut pistol grip stocks. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 80% blue with slight muzzle wear and some staining on top. Magazine tube retains 50% blue turning plum. Bore is bright with sharp rifling. Bbl bands retain 60% blue. Receiver retains 20% bright blue in protected areas with the balance blending into a pleasing blue-brown patina. Some handling scratches in high point wear. Good screws. Saddle ring wear on left side. Hammer shows 60% blue. Lever shows 30% blue with most wear on loop. Stocks are full-sized and fine with some minor dents and bruises on butt. Some lifting of finish behind pistol grip. Checkered pistol grip with Winchester cap. Forend shows carry wear in front of receiver. A very nice and rare Deluxe Winchester M 92 Carbine in a great caliber. 49490-2 TEP C&R (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3075

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3076

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TRAPPER CARBINE.

SN 945056. Cal. 44-40. 16″ bbl, blue finish, straight grain walnut stocks. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and magazine tube retain 80% blue with some thinning toward muzzle and a few handling scratches. Front bbl band retains 90% blue, rear bbl band retain 40% blue. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 60% blue with carry wear on the bottom and left side. Saddle ring wear on left side. Slight handling marks overall. Lever retains 80% blue. Most of wear is on ring. Hammer retains 80% blue with some scratches on side. Stocks are full sized and very good with only slight handling marks overall. Buttplate shows 20% blue with wear on heel and toe. A fine example of a Winchester Trapper Carbine in way above average condition for one of these guns. Also, a very desirable bbl length. 49059-38 TEP C&R (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3076

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3077

WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE BUTTON MAGAZINE ROUND BARREL RIFLE WITH LYMAN TANG SIGHT AND BEACH FRONT SIGHT AND DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS.

SN 50353. Cal. 25-20 24″ round bbl, half magazine, blue and case colored finish. Beautiful highly figured crotch grain checkered walnut stocks with pistol grip. Crescent buttplate. Winchester pistol grip cap. Double set triggers. Lyman tang sight and Beach combination front sight. “WP” proof marks at breech end of bbl and on top of receiver. Blank in rear sight mortise. PROVENANCE: Accompanying this rifle is a Cody Museum Letter verifying caliber, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, half magazine, and Lyman sights. Letter shows return to Winchester in 1895, 1896, 1914, and 1919. On one of these returns, the bbl was changed from octagon to round. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine to excellent as professionally restored. Bbl retains 90% blue finish with slight wear at the muzzle and a few minuscule scratches on the top of the bbl. Front sight is very good. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 95% bright case coloring with good screws, slight high point wear and a few scratches. Blue bolt shows 90% finish. Hammer shows 90% case colors. Lever shows 90% case colors with most wear on bottom of loop. Tang sight is very good. Set trigger not engaging and may only need adjustment. Stocks are very good as refinished, are replacements, and show minor handling marks and some fading of finish. Buttplate shows 80% case color with wear at the heal and toe. Forend cap shows 80% case color with slight scratching. Magazine end cap smooth gray patina. “Certifiable antique ivory” bead front combination sight. 49184-3 TEP C&R; IVORY (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3077

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3078

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE DELUXE TAKEDOWN RIFLE WITH LYMAN REAR TANG SIGHT.

SN 671922. Cal. 25/20 24″ bbl, blue finish, nicely figured checkered walnut pistol grip stocks. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% blue with some muzzle wear, some high point wear, and a few miniscule scratches. Magazine tube retains 60% blue. Takedown ring retains 60% blue. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 60% blue showing carry wear on bottom and sides of receiver, some high point wear, and light scratches overall. Hammer retains 80% blue with scratching on side. Lever retains 60% blue. Most wear is on loop. Lyman tang sight is very good. Stocks are very good and full-sized. Stocks retain 90% varnish finish with minor mars and scratches overall commensurate with the age of the rifle. Some dents on bottom of buttstock. Checkered pistol grip with Winchester cap. Buttplate retains 80% blue with high point wear on heel and toe. Forend cap retains 50% blue. Very good Deluxe M 92 in a good caliber. 49059-39 TEP C&R (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3078

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3079

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH 2/3-LENGTH MAGAZINE.

SN 923487. Cal. 25-20 20″ bbl, 2/3-length magazine, blue finish, checkered pistol grip stocks. Lyman front sight and Three Leaf rear express sight. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 85% blue turning plum toward muzzle with slight muzzle wear. Magazine retains 90% blue with slight wear to cap. Lyman front sight has a brass bead. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 60% blue fading into a blue-brown patina. High point wear and carry wear, saddle ring wear on left side. Hammer retains 50% blue. Lever retains 50% blue. Stocks are very good and full-sized with mars and scratches commensurate with age of rifle. Some varnish lifting behind pistol grip and in front of bbl band. Checkered pistol grip has Winchester cap. Buttplate retains 60% blue with a few scratches and dents and wear on heel and toe. Forend shows slight handling marks. Bbl band retains 90% blue. Very nice Deluxe 1892 carbine in a rare configuration. 49490-1 TEP C&R (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3079

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3080

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 829638. Cal. 44 20″ bbl, blue finish, straight grain walnut stocks. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 95% blue with slight thinning toward the muzzle and a few minor scratches. Bbl bands retain 95% blue with a few scratches. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 95% blue finish with some high point wear and a few handling marks. Saddle ring wear on left side. Hammer retains 60% blue with scratching on side. Lever retains 90% blue with slight handling wear. Oil finished stocks are fine and full-sized with only minor scratches and a few small bruises at wrist. Buttplate retains 80% blue finish with some oil stain and wear at heel and toe. A very nice 1892 SRC in way above average condition in a most desirable caliber. 49059-34 TEP C&R (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3080

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3081

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 92 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

SN 931493. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with scarce, special order 20″ rnd bbl, 2/3rds magazine, Sheared gold bead front sight and late style semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with 8-3/8″ short-rifle forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. This rifle is pictured on page 369 of The Winchester Book, Madis. Although the Model 92 was produced in fairly large numbers, special order features such as found on this rifle are quite rare, especially shorter than standard or longer than standard bbls. Special order short rifles with carbine length bbls had very little advantage, if any over a carbine and the extra cost would have been difficult to justify for the average working man. Small bore rifles such as this were usually not considered big game rifles and would generally relegated to small game or garden pests for use by boys and ladies. As such they usually saw hard service, often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with much orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 99% crisp, orig blue with a few small spots of old dried oil. Receiver retains about 70% glossy, orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn to a medium patina. Lever and hammer retain most of their strong orig blue. Top tang is a flaked medium patina. Buttplate and forend cap are also flaked to patina. Wood is sound with a few scattered, very light handling and storage marks with one small chemical spot on the forearm and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. 49432-8 JR C&R (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3081

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3082

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 ROUND BARREL SHORT RIFLE.

SN 959636. Cal. 44 W.C.F 20″ rnd bbl, blue finish, walnut stocks. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% blue finish with some thinning on forward end, slight muzzle wear. Some scratches and a few tiny dents. Magazine tube retains 90% blue with some staining and slight handling marks. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 95% blue with high point wear and only a few miniscule scratch marks. Very little carry wear. Hammer retains 80% blue. Lever retains 80% blue with some slight staining. Straight grained stocks are fine and full-sized. Buttplate retains 95% blue with only slight wear at heel of toe. Forend has a few mars and dents on either side and slight flaking of varnish. Forend cap retains 95% blue with only minor handling marks. This is a very nice and rare Winchester 1892 short rifle in a great caliber. 49059-35 TEP C&R (5,500-8,500) – Lot 3082

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3083

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SEMI DELUXE BUTTON MAGAZINE RIFLE.

SN 542931. Cal. 38 W.C.F. 24″ bbl, blue finish, straight grain checkered pistol grip walnut stocks. Lyman “certifiable antique ivory” bead front sight. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 80% blue with staining and slight scratches overall. Wear at the muzzle. Lyman ivory bead front sight. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 80% blue with high point wear and carry wear at bottom of receiver. Hammer retains 10% case color. Lever retains 20% bright case color in protected area, some staining on bottom and on loop. Straight grain stocks are very good and full-sized. Stock shows some handling marks and bruises commensurate with the age of rifle. Checkered pistol grip with Winchester cap. Checkered forend with steel cap. Forend cap retains 50% blue with some staining. Stocks have Winchester sling eyes. Buttplate has a silvered-out case color finish with some staining at the toe. Very nice semi-deluxe button magazine Winchester rifle. 49059-40 TEP C&R; IVORY (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3083

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3084

WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE RIFLE.

SN 30962. Cal. 44 WCF 24″ bbl, blue finish. Plain straight grain walnut stocks. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine, bbl retains 90% blue with slight muzzle and high point wear, some pluming and stains on the magazine. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 80% blue drifting into a pleasing brown patina. Striation marks visible on both sides of receiver. Slight carry wear. Slight stain on upper right side of receiver. Bolt retains 90% blue. Hammer retains 90% case colors with most wear on top. Lever retains 20% case color, with vivid color on left side, some staining on bottom of loop. Stocks are very good and full sized with a varnish finish, showing scratches and dents that are commensurate with the age of the rifle. Buttplate is a smooth gray/brown patina. Forend cap shows 60% blue with some staining. Very nice model ’92 rifle in a great caliber. 49059-36 TEP C&R (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3084

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3085

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE RIFLE.

SN 274049. Cal. 44 24″ bbl, blue finish, straight grain walnut stock. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 95% blue finish with some high point wear at the muzzle and sharp edges of the bbl flats. Some slight staining and a few minor handling scratches. Bore is bright with sharp rifling. Receiver shows 90% blue with some high point wear, some fading on rear corners, and some handling scratches. Nice screws. Hammer shows 80% case colors with some scratching on the side. Lever shows 75% case colors with most wear on loop. Stocks are very fine and full sized with only minor handling marks commensurate with the age of the rifle. Buttplate shows 60% case colors with fiery color on the tang. Forend cap shows 95% blue with only slight scratching. A very fine Model 92 OBFM rifle in the most desirable caliber. 49059-33 TEP C&R (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3085

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3086

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 DELUXE TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 65831. Cal. 25-35. Beautiful antique rifle with special order 24″ rapid taper rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with pedestal mounted front sight and platinum line, 3-leaf express rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured 2 to 3-X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock that has Winchester trademark embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of the lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “8353”, “XX” and “RB”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in Cal. 25-35 with 24″ extra light rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, rubber shotgun buttplate and takedown. Received in the warehouse September 1, 1899 and shipped same day. The 25-35 cartridge was one of the first cartridges made for smokeless powder and was introduced by Winchester in 1895 for the Model 1894 rifle. Although this rifle is shown to have been shipped 1899, various publications indicate from the SN that it was produced in about 1896. It was not uncommon for Winchester to remove a block of receivers from the production line and assign them to the special order shop where they were held until an order came in. The 25-35 cartridge is a fine deer and antelope cartridge but probably insufficient for major big game such as moose, elk or bear and as such, this would likely have been someone’s favorite hunting rifle. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine tube and forend cap retain about 98% strong orig blue, showing a little thinning on sides of the forend cap and faint muzzle edge wear. Receiver retains about 95-96% bright, orig blue with sharp edge wear and some slight thinning with candy striping on the sides, possibly lightly cleaned with steel wool. Bbl extension is somewhat thinned, primarily on left side from carrying. Hammer retains virtually all of its orig case colors, a little dark on top edge. Lever retains brilliant case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, fading on outer faces. Wood is sound with a few light handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains about 98% bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 49608-3 JR (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3086

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3087

BEAUTIFUL WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 DELUXE ENGRAVED EXTRA LIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 91561. Cal. 38-55. Fine deluxe ’94 with 26″ rapid taper oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, pedestal mounted “certifiable antique ivory” bead front sight and flat top rear sight. Mounted with about 2-X, flame and burl grain American walnut with “F” style carved & checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester trademark embossed hard rubber shotgun buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved by Conrad Ulrich in # 9 pattern which consists of the rnd vignette of a running Whitetail buck on the left side and a standing Whitetail buck on the right side. Both vignettes are surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background and snake & dot border patterns with identical border patterns on top and bottom edges of receiver. Foliate arabesque patterns are also on the top tang and receiver ring with light arabesque patterns on all 5 flats over the chamber area. Left side of receiver is aftermarket mounted with a Lyman Model 21 “Climin’ Lyman” receiver sight. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly # “10578”, “XX” and an “R”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock along with “94”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 38-55 with half oct. extra light bbl, plain trigger, flat top sporting rear sight and half magazine engraved $4 Style 9 and carved style F. Received in warehouse September 14, 1900 and shipped the next day to order # 68033. Although this rifle was shipped in the modern era, the SN indicates that it was manufactured in 1897. It was common practice for the special order shop to prepare a number of receivers in advance and leave them unused until an order came in. Given the special order features of this rifle, it can be easily assumed that this was the special hunting rifle of someone of higher status or was a gift or presentation. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 98-99% crisp orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear. Forend cap retains about 97% bright, orig blue. Receiver retains about 85% thinning orig blue, worn from carrying, thin on the bottom side. Top tang is also a blue/gray patina. Lever and hammer retain brilliant case colors on the sides, somewhat faded on top and back edges of hammer, strong on the lever, turned dark on outer face. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its fine piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 49432-5 JR IVORY (20,000-35,000) – Lot 3087

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3088

*ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 891884. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Unusual ’94 rifle in that it is factory engraved but with standard grade uncheckered wood. It has 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, blued front sight with screw & flat top rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Engraved by Angelo J. Stokes with #1 pattern vignette of a standing bull elk on left side & #12 pattern vignette of a standing ram on right side. Both panels have Stokes’ trademark “strap work” borders around vignettes which are both surrounded by fine, well-executed foliate arabesque patterns. Engraving patterns extend up over receiver ring & onto top three flats of bbl at receiver. It has a dbl wavy line border pattern around both sides with light arabesque patterns on top tang & bottom of receiver. Floorplate opening has a scallop & dot border pattern. Accompanied by a letter from renowned dealer Mike Clark of Collectors Firearms, Houston, TX, to Mr. Bleakney wherein Mr. Clark guarantees this rifle to be factory engraved. He states that it was produced in 1921. PROVENANCE: Goforth Collection; Mike Clark, Collectors Firearms; The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong bright orig blue with light edge wear & a few minor scratches. Forend cap is flaked to about 70% blue. Receiver retains about 95% strong bright orig blue, thin on raised edges at front & rear of receiver. Top tang & lever retain generous amounts of orig blue mixed with light patina as does buttplate. Wood is sound with light handling & use marks and a bruise on forearm and overall retains most of its orig factory wood finish, slightly dulled on forearm. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 49059-44 JR102 C&R (12,500-17,500) – Lot 3088

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3089

*LATE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 857875. Cal. 38-55. Fine late deluxe rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, standard front sight with screw, flat top rear sight & locking Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with 2-3X American walnut, H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with assembly number “7321”, which number is also found on rear face of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1919, just post-WWI. Rifles of that era were generally used for sustenance hunting, however on the American frontier they were used not only for hunting but self protection. The frontier was still fairly wild with raids across the border from Mexico and general rustling & outlawry. By the time this rifle was produced, there were very few being ordered with deluxe features such as found here and of those few survive today. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine and forend cap retain virtually all of their strong orig factory blue. Receiver retains about 93-95% crisp orig blue with losses from faint sharp edge wear and a few scattered spots of light flaking. Hammer, lever & loading gate retain most of their orig blue. Buttplate retains about 92-93% strong orig blue. There is a small crack in the wrist at the receiver on the left side, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and the buttstock retains most of a thin, added finish over orig finish. Forearm retains most of its orig finish with a series of small gouges showing hand wear over the carry point. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. 49059-45 JR (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3089

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3090

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SHORT RIFLE.

SN 91811. Cal. 30/30 20″ Oct bbl, blue finish, straight grain walnut stocks. Lyman “certifiable pre-ban ivory” bead front sight. Buckhorn rear sight. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and magazine retain 90% blue with slight muzzle and high point wear and a few scratches. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Ivory bead Lyman front sight and special order Buckhorn rear sight. Receiver retains 90% blue with high point wear, miniscule scratches, and slight carry wear. Hammer retains 90% blue with scratches on left side. Lever retains 90% blue with some staining on bottom of loop. Stocks are very good full-sized straight grain walnut with handling marks and bruises commensurate with age of rifle. Buttplate retains 20% blue with wear on heel and toe. Forend cap retains 10% blue in protected areas balance is blue-gray patina. This is a very fine example of an 1894 short rifle that was very popular in the border area of Texas and Mexico. A short rifle would fit in the same size saddle scabbard as a carbine. 49059-113 TEP C&R; IVORY (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3090

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3091

*DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

SN 122220. Cal. 32 WS. Deluxe ’94 with 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, take down, half nickel front sight with screw and full buck horn rear sight. Mounted with about 3-X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm that is 9-3/8″ long and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “1208”, “XX” and 2 or 3 other small symbols. Matching assembly number is found on rear face of buttstock under the buttplate along with “94”. Buttstock has a repaired chunk out of the toe that emanates through the lower buttplate screw. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in Cal. 30, oct bbl, plain trigger, oil finished, checkered, pistol grip stock and take down, received in warehouse February 21,1902 and shipped July 17,1902 to order # 147720. It is readily apparent that this rifle was returned to Winchester and re-barreled to its current length and caliber. Receiver ring and bbl have the “WP” proof mark which did not come into general use until late 1905. Unfortunately the records do not show a returned and repaired entry, but there is no doubt that this is factory work. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Buttplate is un-numbered. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with very light sharp edge wear. Magazine tube retains about 85% orig blue with wear around the magazine band from take down. Forend cap retains about 95% orig blue and the bbl extension is a silver brown patina, possibly with touch-up. Receiver retains about 75% thinning orig blue, showing sharp edge wear and worn to gray on the bottom. Hammer retains strong case colors, moderately faded and lever faded case colors on sides turned silver on outer faces. Buttstock has a repaired toe, otherwise wood is sound and retains most of an old, very light restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 49432-12 JR C&R (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3091

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3092

*RARE, SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 150728. Cal. 25-35 Rare deluxe carbine with 20″ round bbl, button magazine, square base front sight and three-leaf express rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud and ring. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and straight grip with carbine buttplate. “No.1 finish”, and half magazine, received in warehouse July 24, 1902, and shipped the next day. This carbine, produced in 1902, was during a time when the West was still a little wild and business was conducted from the back of a horse or wagon, and carrying a firearm was a way of life. Carbines of that era usually saw very hard service under harsh conditions most often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish. A special order carbine such as found here was probably owned by someone of some importance as it was somewhat more expensive than a standard carbine that the ordinary cowboy or farmer could afford. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by Winchester Factory Letter. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 60-70% thinning orig blue, worn to bright metal over the forearm area. Receiver retains traces of blue being mostly a cleaned gray metal patina with vise marks on each side and a series of dings around the floorplate pin on each side from someone who didn’t know to remove the floorplate screw. Lever and hammer retain traces of faded case colors. Wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches with the buttstock retaining most of a lightly added finish. Forearm retains about 60% finish showing wear on the carry points. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore, dark in the grooves. 49521-1 JR C&R (3,500-5,500) – Lot 3092

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3093

*RARE VERY LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 94 SPECIAL ORDER EASTERN CARBINE.

SN 1052301. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, half mag, square base front sight and 2,000 yd carbine ladder rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut which includes a carbine forearm with bbl band and straight stock with carbine buttplate. This carbine was produced in about 1928 and likely would have been intended as a law enforcement arm or hunting rifle. Fortunately for the collector today, it saw very little use. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be new and unfired, retaining virtually all of its crisp, orig factory finish with bright blues and crisp oil finished wood. Receiver has a couple of tiny nicks, as does the buttplate, with only one small crease in the buttstock finish, otherwise there are no discernible flaws. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new and unfired. 49608-13 JR C&R (2,000-4,000) – Lot 3093

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3094

*RARE HILO HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 833274. Cal. 30 WCF. Standard grade carbine with 20″ bbl, full mag, square base front sight and 2,000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud and ring. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate. This carbine was produced in 1918 and apparently sold to the Hilo, Hawaii Police Department. Accompanied by two pages of inventory entitled “INVENTORY OF WEAPONS FOR REPLACEMENT”. Inventory No. 21-0618 is identified as “RIFLE CARBINE WINCHESTER 833273, DATE ACQUIRED 1924 AND COST 10.00”. There is a handwritten notation at the top “1986 sale at Security Equip.” Apparently at that time the police department traded in obsolete and surplus arms listed on these two pages to the Security Equipment Company for more modern replacement arms. A friend of the consignor, the late John A. Bell family, stated that he had contacted a representative of the Security Equipment Company in Hawaii and the fellow stated that he remembers the acquisition and sale of these arms in 1986 but had no additional information. Mr. Bell resided in Hawaii for many years before retiring and returning to the mainland. He was an astute firearms collector and Hawaii firearms historian who collected many Hawaii connected firearms and amassed a substantial file of information regarding Hawaii firearms. A consecutive numbered, identical carbine, SN 833273, is being sold elsewhere in this auction. PROVENANCE: Hilo, Hawaii Police Department; John A. Bell Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains 50-60% thin orig blue with light surface freckles. Mag tube retains about 90% orig blue. Receiver shows traces of orig blue with scattered light surface rust. Lever, hammer and buttplate are dark patina. Forearm has some rust erosion losses at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound with a couple of small gouges, nicks, dings and bruises and shows a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore. 49501-4 JRL C&R (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3094

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3095

*RARE HILO HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 833273. Cal. 30 WCF. Standard grade carbine with 20″ bbl, full mag, square base front sight and 2,000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud and ring. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate. This carbine was produced in 1918 and apparently sold to the Hilo, Hawaii Police Department. Accompanied by two pages of inventory entitled “INVENTORY OF WEAPONS FOR REPLACEMENT”. Inventory No. 21-0617 is identified as “RIFLE CARBINE WINCHESTER 833273, DATE ACQUIRED 1924 AND COST 10.00”. There is a handwritten notation at the top “1986 sale at Security Equip.” Apparently at that time the police department traded in obsolete and surplus arms listed on these two pages to the Security Equipment Company for more modern replacement arms. A friend of the consignor, the late John A. Bell family stated that he had contacted a representative of the Security Equipment Company in Hawaii and the fellow stated that he remembers the acquisition and sale of these arms in 1986 but had no additional information. Mr. Bell resided in Hawaii for many years before retiring and returning to the mainland. He was an astute firearms collector and Hawaii firearms historian who collected many Hawaii connected firearms and amassed a substantial file of information regarding Hawaii firearms. A consecutive numbered, identical carbine, SN 833274, is being sold elsewhere in this auction. PROVENANCE: Hilo, Hawaii Police Department; John A. Bell. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains 50-60% thin orig blue with light surface freckles. Mag tube retains about 90% orig blue. Receiver shows traces of orig blue with scattered light surface rust. Lever, hammer and buttplate are dark patina. Forearm has some rust erosion losses at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound with a couple of small gouges, nicks, dings and bruises and shows a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore. 49501-3 JRL C&R (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3095

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3096

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SPECIAL ORDER EXTRA LIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 267152. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade rifle with 26″ extra light, tapered rnd bbl, half mag, takedown, pedestal mounted, slightly altered half nickel front and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and Winchester trademark embossed hard rubber buttplate. The configuration found here was an extremely popular big game rifle in America around the turn of the 20th Century for its ease of handling in the field, light weight and compact feature for transportation when traveling. Most often these rifles saw hard service in the great woodlands of the Northern tier of the United States and most often show heavy wear, frequently with added sights or other alterations. They seldom are found in completely orig configuration. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain about 95-96% orig blue, showing some light dulling on the forward half of the bbl, probably from storage in a leather case. Receiver retains about 90% strong orig blue, thin on the bottom and top edges and raised areas around the front edge. Top and bottom tangs have strong blue. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, turned silver on top edge. Lever retains bright case colors on sides and sheltered areas, turning silver on outer faces of trigger bow and finger loop. Buttplate has a tiny chip in the toe. Wood is sound with a gouge on right side of buttstock and light nicks and scratches and retains about 90% orig oil finish on buttstock and about 75% on the forearm, showing wear at the carry point. Mechanics are fine. Very bright shiny bore. 49608-9 JR C&R (1,500-2,500) – Lot 3096

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3097

*◊ RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 CENTENNIAL CUSTOM LIMITED EDITION RIFLE.

SN CNTL24. One of only 94 Custom Limited models produced. 26″ half oct half rnd bbl with blade front sight and elevator rear Lyman peep sight. Beautiful flame grain American walnut buttstock with capped full pistol grip over blued full steel buttplate. Receiver finely engraved with 2 caribour on left, 2 pronghorn on right, surrounded by punch dot shaded background leaf pattern and gold inlaid border. Signed “K HORVATH” on left side. Stocks are finely checkered with spade pattern near receiver and spade pattern continues onto near fully checkered forearm. In front of half-mag tube, in tiny letters, bbl is import marked “BDL LTD. EDGEFIELD, SC”. Weight: 7 lb 11 oz. Factory Centennial box. CONDITION: Extremely fine, near new. Both metal and wood retain nearly all their factory orig finishes with only minute handling marks. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. 49033-15 JSL177 (4,500-7,000) – Lot 3097

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3098

*FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 64 “DEER RIFLE” DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 1709636. Cal. 32 WS. Fine Deluxe 64 with 24-1/4″ tapered rnd bbl, 2/3 magazine, hooded ramp front sight and late style, orig, semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is factory drilled and tapped for receiver sight with plug screws in the holes. Mounted with straight grain American walnut including diamond checkered, semi-beavertail forearm and capped pistol grip stock that has checkered steel buttplate. Buttstock and forend cap have factory sling swivel bases. This model was introduced in 1933 and was produced in 4 different calibers, in both rifles and carbines and by 1956, when the model was discontinued there had been about 67,000 produced, the majority of which were in Cal. 30-30. A few rifles remained on hand until about 1957. These rifles were especially popular in the Northeast and Northwest and usually saw regular use throughout hunting seasons and most generally show moderate to heavy use. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains 99% plus crisp, orig finish to both metal and wood, with only a couple of small mars on the buttstock at the toe and a small nick in the finish on the forearm. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new and unfired. 49608-6 JR C&R (2,500-4,000) – Lot 3098

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3099

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 FLAT SIDE RIFLE WITH OCTAGON BARREL.

SN 64. Cal. 38-72 WCF 25-1/2″ oct bbl, blue finish. Plain straight grain walnut stocks. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine, bbl retains 90% blue with slight muzzle and high point wear, a couple of small dents and scratches, white paint stain near muzzle. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver retains 80% blue finish blending with some brown patina, high point wear and a few minor handling scratches. Hammer shows traces of browned out case color. Lever retains 50% blue mixed with brown patina. Magazine has an even brown patina finish with traces of blue mixed in. Stocks are very good and full sized with handling marks and dents commensurate with the age of the rifle, some dark staining at the butt end. Buttplate shows gray/brown patina finish with some erosion at the heel and toe. Forend is very good with an ebony insert in Schnabel tip. This is a very rare Winchester ’95 Flat Side rifle that would be very difficult to duplicate. 49059-49 TEP C&R (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3099

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3100

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 400830. Cal. 30 Army (30-40 Krag). Standard grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, Partridge style pedestal mounted front sight and 1800 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud and ring. Mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered American walnut with grasping groove forearm & a single bbl band with handguard. Stock has a straight grip and carbine buttplate with trap. Very likely, this carbine was a part of one of several cases of Winchester carbines discovered in a building in New York in the late 1940’s early 1950’s which were purchased by renown dealer/collector Herb Glass. Mr. Glass sold most of those Winchesters individually, but retained and sold at least two cases intact which are still known today. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be new and unfired. Overall retains 99% + crisp orig factory finish with only one little spot of wear on left side of magazine box. Wood is equally crisp and clean with only one tiny crease on forearm and no other visible flaws. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be unfired. 49608-5 JR C&R (6,000-9,000) – Lot 3100

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3101

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH SHOTGUN BUTT.

SN 67890. Cal. 30 ARMY 28″ bbl, blue finish. Highly figured checkered stocks with shotgun buttplate. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, bbl retains 95% blue with only minor muzzle wear and a few light scratches. Receiver retains 95% blue with miniscule scratches overall and high point wear. Bore is frosty with strong rifling. Bolt is blue with slight staining. Magazine retains 50% blue drifting to gray. Lever retains 90% blue with light scratching overall. Hammer shows 80% case color with some scratching on left side. Stocks are very good with highly figured crotch grained walnut, checkering is sharp, small repair at left wrist of stock, a few minor dents and bruises commensurate with the age of the rifle. Forend has an ebony insert at the Schnabel tip. Buttplate shows a sliver/gray patinated finish. This is a very nice deluxe ’95 rifle in a great caliber. 49059-48 TEP C&R (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3101

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3102

EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1885 SINGLE SHOT RIFLE IN A RARE CALIBER.

SN 16474. Cal. 38 EXPRESS Incredibly rare rifle with 20-3/4″ no. 4 weight oct bbl, globe front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top flat of bbl has standard 2-line roll marking about mid point and cal. marking over the chamber area. Bottom flat of bbl, under the forearm is marked “11” which apparently indicates the weight of the bbl. It is also marked “38EX” under the spring. Receiver is thick wall, flat side & color case hardened. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with black insert, schnable tip forearm & straight stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of upper & lower tangs, under the wood are marked “139” in tiny numbers. None of the other parts are assembly number marked. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in Cal. 38 Express with 22″ no. 4, oct bbl, plain trigger & globe sight received in the warehouse Feb 24, 1888 and shipped same day, order number not indicated. The letter also notes the date Jan 6, 1890 is also written above the date to the warehouse with no explanation. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains about 98% crisp, orig blue with bright muzzle that has an unusual crown indicating that this bbl has been reduced in length. Receiver retains virtually all of its brilliant, orig case colors slightly faded over the top & top tangs. Breechblock and hammer also retain bright case colors. Lever retains faded case colors in sheltered areas, with scattered surface rust. Buttplate retains about 90% strong orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded. Wood is sound with numerous nicks & dings, a couple of long scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brillant shiny bore. 49184-2 JR (8,000-15,000) – Lot 3102

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3103

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1885 HEAVY TARGET RIFLE.

SN 72392. Cal. 32-40. Usual configuration with 32″ #4 weight oct bbl, Windgage globe front sight, no provision for a rear seat and Vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut which includes H-syle checkered, black insert, schnable tip forearm, and black insert, Serpentine grip buttstock with deep cheek piece and nickled brass Swiss buttplate. Receiver has close-coupled double set triggers. Top flat of bbl is engraved in script “WILLIAM T. GILBERT”. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter which identifies this rifle in Cal. 32-40 with 32″ #4 oct bbl, set trigger, and checkered pistol grip stock with cheekpiece. The sights are listed on the letter as mid-range Vernier, Wind Gage sight, no level and no rear seat, shipped June 18, 1895. Bottom tang, under wood is unmarked. Top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate are marked with assembly numbers “129”. Forearm is inlaid with a bow tie-shaped metal bracket for palm rest, which is missing and also has two additional screw holes with accompanying impression in wood from another old palm rest. Left rear top edge of the forearm, by the bbl channel has a repaired sliver. This was a very popular rifle in a popular target cal in its day. Shooters of that era are known to have altered their rifles to suit their personal needs. CONDITION: Very fine. Matching numbers as noted. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear. Receiver retains about 80% strong case colors, bright in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere. Lever retains about 50% strong case colors. Forearm has the aforementioned repair, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks and scratches and retains about 95-96% strong, orig piano varnish finish on buttstock and about 60% on forearm which shows moderate diamond point wear on checkering. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 49608-2 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3103

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3104

RARE WINCHESTER FIRST MODEL 1890 PUMP ACTION RIFLE.

SN 3333. Cal. 22 SHORT Very rare ’90 with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, 2/3 magazine and orig fixed sights. Has standard 2-line bbl address with Cal. marking over chamber area. Receiver is first type without takedown screw and internal mortised bolt locking lugs. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with tiny rnd, ribbed forearm & straight stock with crescent buttplate. Rifle is an outstanding, masterful restoration with a new bbl and factory style color case hardening on the receiver & buttplate. Stock is also a replacement of absolutely correct dimensions and proportions. Forearm was not removed but it also appears to be a replacement. Magazine tube has loading slot for long rifle cartridge, and its probably also a replacement. Regardless of the restoration, this is a rare rifle that would deceive the uninitiated or unwary. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl, &magazine tube & bolt retain 99% plus, crisp factory style blue. Receiver, bottom tang, trigger guard, hammer & buttplate retain virtually all of their lightly faded, factory style case colors showing wear on the top and bottom tangs. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore appears to be unfired since restoration. 49435-3 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3104

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3105

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1879 MATCH GRADE DAMASCUS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN.

SN 1185. Cal. 12 ga. Beautiful Winchester Match Gun with 31″ fine Damascus bbls with dolls head rib extension and single silver bead. Rib is marked with the Winchester Company name & address and “(Match Gun)”. Receiver, lockplates & hammers are beautifully engraved with the oval vignettes of a running Spaniel on the left lockplate and a Pointer on the right. Lockplates are also engraved “WINCHESTER REPEATING / ARMS CO. / Match Gun”. Engraving consists of fine English scrolls with about 65-70% coverage and extends onto the rib and opening lever with light patterns at the breech end of the bbls. Trigger guard is engraved with intertwined initials that are difficult to decipher. Receiver has raised filed, shielded fences. Mounted with very nicely figured European walnut including full checkered splinter forearm and rnd knob stock with checkered horn buttplate. It is generally reported that there may have been as many as 10000 of these shotguns sold by Winchester 1879-1884. They were produced in 5 grades, 10 & 12 ga and 30 & 32″ bbls. Winchester apparently contracted for these shotguns with a variety of English gunmakers. The Match Grade guns, represented here are the highest grade offered by Winchester. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus (no disassembly was effected to check for matching numbers). Bbls retain about 98-99% crisp, orig brown Damascus pattern with some faint thinning over the forearm area. Receiver, lockplates & hammers retain virtually all of their bright, orig case colors. Trigger guard retains about 60% fire blue and the opening lever about 90% fire blue. Top tang has faded to silver. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig, crisp oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bores. 48568-6 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3105

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3106

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1879 CLASS A DAMASCUS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN.

SN 1034. Cal. 10 ga. Beautiful and rare Winchester shotgun with 30″ brown Damascus bbls that have concave rib & single silver bead. Rib is engraved with the Winchester name & address and “(Class A)”. Bottom of bbls are marked “NOT FOR BALL”. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, flame grain walnut with checkered splinter forearm and rnd knob buttstock with smooth steel buttplate. Receiver & lockplates are beautifully engraved with small oval vignettes on the tail of the lockplates consisting of partridges on the left side and pheasants on the right side all surrounded by tight English scrolls. Receiver, hammers, opening lever, trigger plate and trigger guard are engraved to match. Lockplates are engraved “WINCHESTER REPEATING / ARMS Co / Class A”. Matching engraving patterns extend about 3/4″ up the rib with border patterns around the breech ends of bbls. Buttplate is engraved with matching patterns and rosettes around the screw holes. It is generally reported that there may have been as many as 10000 of these shotguns sold by Winchester 1879-1884. They were produced in 5 grades, 10 & 12 ga and 30 & 32″ bbls. Winchester apparently contracted for these shotguns with a variety of English gunmakers. The Class A guns, represented here are the 2nd highest grade. CONDITION: Extremely fine (no disassembly was effected to check for matching numbers). Bbls retain 95-98% strong, orig brown Damascus pattern, a little thin over the forearm area. Receiver, lockplates & hammers retain virtually all of their strong, orig, English style case colors. Trigger guard is a brown patina. Buttplate retains about 95-96% bright fire blue with a casting flaw and forged repair by the top screw hole. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bores. 48568-7 JR (4,500-7,500) – Lot 3106

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3107

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1879 CLASS C DAMASCUS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN.

SN 1300. Cal. 10 ga. Rare Winchester shotgun with 32″ Damascus bbls that have concave rib and single silver bead. Rib is marked with the Winchester Company name & address and “(Class C)”. Receiver, lockplates & hammers are very nicely engraved with medium coverage fine English scrolls. Lockplates are also engraved “WINCHESTER / Class C”. Fences are squared with scalloped recesses and a single raised rib. Trigger guard, top tang & buttplate tang are engraved to match with a small engraving pattern on breech end of rib. Mounted with nicely figured, straight grain European walnut with checkered splinter forearm and Prince of Wales rnd knob stock that has smooth steel buttplate. It is generally reported that there may have been as many as 10000 of these shotguns sold by Winchester 1879-1884. They were produced in 5 grades, 10 & 12 ga and 30 & 32″ bbls. Winchester apparently contracted for these shotguns with a variety of English gunmakers. The Class C guns, represented here are the middle grade. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus (no disassembly was effected to check for matching numbers). Bbls retain 98-99% strong, orig brown Damascus pattern. Receiver, lockplates & hammers retain 96-98% bright, orig case colors, turned a little dark on hammers. Trigger guard & bottom tang retain traces of orig blue, being mostly a mottled brown patina. Wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its fine orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bores, appears to be unfired. 48568-9 JR (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3107

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3108

RARE WINCHESTER CLASS B DAMASCUS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN.

SN 1380. Cal. 12ga. Very rare shotgun with 30″ Damascus bbls that have rib that has single silver bead and dolls head rib extension. The rib is marked with the Winchester name & address and ”(CLASS B)”. Receiver, lockplates & hammers are nicely engraved with about 50-60% coverage foliate arabesque patterns. Trigger-bow & opening lever are engraved to match. Mounted with straight grain walnut which includes checkered splintered forearm & Prince of Wales rnd knob stock and smooth steel buttplate. It is generally reported that there may have been as many as 10000 of these shotguns sold by Winchester 1879-1884. They were produced in 5 grades, 10 & 12 ga and 30 & 32″ bbls. Winchester apparently contracted for these shotguns with a variety of English gunmakers. The Class B guns, represented here are middle grade. CONDITION: Good to very good (no disassembly was effected to check for matching numbers). Bbls retain most of a re-browning. Receiver & lock plates retain traced of case colors in the sheltered areas with the balance turned silver. Wood has a repair through the wrist and retains about all of a restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Bores are bright with moderate pitting. 48568-8 JR (2,000-4,000) – Lot 3108

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3109

EXTREMELY RARE EARLY DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1887 LEVER ACTION SHOT GUN.

SN 414. Cal. 12 GA Fantastic Winchester shotgun with 30″ very fine pattern Damascus bbl and full choke with single brass bead. Receiver, lever & hammer are color case hardened with the intertwined “WRACo” trademark on left side of receiver. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain, burl & shell grain American walnut with checkered forestock side panels and rnd knob pistol grip buttstock that has Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Winchester produced nearly 65,000 of these shotguns in the period 1887-1901 in both 10 & 12 gauge and 2-bbl lengths. The vast majority were standard grade with extremely few produced as deluxe examples such as found here. Public acceptance of this rather large lever action arm was limited and competition from the various slide action shotguns that came on the market in the 1890’s further reduced the customer base which limited production. These shotguns, however, were favored by coach guards and other security personnel as well as law enforcement with the majority of those found today having reduced bbl lengths. These shotguns almost universally were hard used and are rarely found today with much orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine+ (no disassembly effected to check for matching numbers). Bbl retains about 99% crisp orig blue/brown Damascus pattern and the magazine tube about 99% orig blue. Receiver retains brilliant case colors on the sides, lightly faded on top & bottom edges with 2 small areas of fine surface rust over the receiver ring and some minor flaking on the left side. Lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, moderately to heavily faded on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with a few very light nicks & scratches and retains most of its crisp, orig piano varnish finish, faded around the toe. Toe of buttplate has a small chip. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 48568-3 JR (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3109

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3110

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1887 LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN.

SN 378. Cal. 12 GA Very early standard grade shotgun with 30″ steel bbl, half magazine & single brass bead. Receiver, lever & hammer are color case hardened with the intertwined “WRACo” trademark on left side of receiver. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with plain forestock side panels and rnd knob stock with smooth steel buttplate that has been professionally stippled, ostensibly to reduce slippage during firing. Winchester produced nearly 65,000 of these shotguns in the period 1887-1901 in both 10 & 12 gauge and 2-bbl lengths. Public acceptance of this rather large lever action arm was limited and competition from the various slide action shotguns that came onto the market in the 1890’s further reduced the customer base which limited production. These shotguns, however, were favored by coach guards and other security personnel as well as law enforcement with the majority of those found today having reduced bbl lengths. These shotguns almost universally were hard used and are rarely found today with much orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine+ (no disassembly was effected to check for matching numbers). Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98-99% crisp orig blue with a few minor nicks on the magazine tube. Receiver, breechblock & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant, orig case colors. Top tang is lightly faded. Lever retains about all of its orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded on outer faces. Buttplate retains about 80-85% orig blue with the aforementioned stippling. Wood is sound with a very few, very light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its crisp, orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore, may be unfired. 48568-2 JR (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3110

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3111

*EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1901 DELUXE LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN.

SN 66364. Cal. 10 GA Spectacular deluxe shotgun with 32″ steel bbl, half magazine & single brass bead. Top of bbl has standard 2-line markings and “MODEL 1901 10 GA.”. Receiver and lever are blued with the intertwined “WRACo” company trademark on left side. Hammer is color case hardened. Mounted with about 3X, center crotch, flame & shell grain American walnut with diamond checkered forestock side panels & rnd knob stock with checkered steel buttplate. Winchester produced about 13,500 of these modern shotguns in the period 1901-1920. They are substantially the same as the Model 1887 with improved steel capable of firing smokeless powder loads. As such they were rather popular and occasionally can still be encountered in the field. The Model 1901 was not produced in riot configuration, however, being very popular with law enforcement & security personnel a great number of them had their bbls reduced for that purpose. The Model 1901 has also been used in the movie industry, most notably by Arnold Schwarzenegger in some of his productions. Having been somewhat popular with limited production extremely few are found today with any orig finish. Deluxe examples are exceedingly rare. CONDITION: Extremely fine+ (no disassembly was effected to check for matching numbers). Overall retains about 99% strong, orig, factory finish with bright blue on the metal, bright case colors on the hammer & crisp piano varnish on the wood with a few light nicks & scratches. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore, may be unfired. 48568-4 JR (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3111

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3112

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1901 LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN.

SN 78141. Cal. 10 GA. Scarce Winchester shotgun with 30″ steel bbl, half magazine & brass bead front sight. Receiver is marked with the intertwined “WRACo” trademark. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with flat side forearm panels & rnd knob buttstock with checkered steel buttplate. The Model 1901 is the successor to the Winchester Model 1887 lever action shotgun produced from about 1901 to about 1920 with a total production of about 13,500. They were made only in 10 ga. This was an improvement on the Model 1887 with more modern steel capable of firing smokeless powder loads. These shotguns were strong & reliable and popular as security arms with coach and mine guards. As such, they frequently had their bbls cut to a more manageable length. Although they are strong & reliable, competition from a variety of slide action repeating shotguns prevented extensive sales. They remained in service well into the late 20th Century with one occasionally encountered in the field today. This model was also used in a number of movies, most notably by Arnold Schwarznegger in the 1980s & 1990s. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus (no disassembly was effected to check for matching numbers). Overall retains 99% plus crisp orig finish with strong, bright factory blue and crisp oil finish to the wood. Wood has a few nicks & dings with some bruises and a gouge on the right forend panel. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 48568-5 JR C&R (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3112

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3113
Revised: 9/26/2015

Please Note: Title Should Read: RARE WHITNEY-MORSE LEVER ACTION RIFLE and there is a serial number “283”.

RARE POSSIBLY ONE OF A KIND G.W. MORSE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN NSN. Cal. 45-70. Serial number not visible, if there is one. Extremely rare, important development in the progression of lever action rifles. This rifle has a 28″ oct bbl, nickel silver Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight and it has the caliber marking between rear sight and receiver. The bbl address, forward of rear sight, reads left-handed, “G.W. MORSE / PATENTED OCT 28TH 1856″. It has a full magazine with a magazine band dovetailed into the bottom flat near the muzzle. It has highly figured uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with Winchester style sliding brass trap. The forearm is secured with a wedge & also has a small screw through steel escutcheons. The receiver, although very similar to the early Whitney with flat side and raised front and rear edges with an S-shaped lever. It differs in that it has a right hand loading gate and the carrier stays in the up position until forced by forward pressure on the lever into the lower position to receive a fresh cartridge from the magazine. The top tang is marked “A. BURGESS” with patent dates of January 7 & October 19. The year is not complete having only the first two numbers “18″. The bolt is very unusual in that it has a locking block attached to the solid lever and employs a carrier similar to Winchesters. PROVENANCE: From the collection of the late Bruce McDowell. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 96-98% strong bright orig blue with minor handling & storage marks and a few light scratches on the receiver. Wood is sound with a series of small gouges on the bottom along with other light handling & use marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 49450-5 JR (6,500-8,500) – Lot 3113

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3114

SCARCE WHITNEY-KENNEDY SMALL FRAME SPORTING RIFLE.

SN A884. Cal. 44 WCF Standard grade rifle with 24″ rnd bbl, full magazine, nickel silver Rocky Mountain front sight & orig Whitney flat top, V-notch rear sight. Top of bbl has the marking “WHITNEYVILLE ARMORY CT. U.S.A. KENNEDY” forward of the rear sight with Cal. marking over chamber area. Lever is serpentine shaped. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. SN was observed on bottom of lower tang, left side of upper tang under the wood, rear face of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 15,000 Whitney-Kennedy Arms produced during the period 1879-1886 in both large and small frame rifles, muskets & carbines in a large variety of calibers. The small frame arms were produced in 44-40, 38-40 & 32-20. Apparently Whitney serialized their arms from 1 to about 5000 and then began a re-numbering process adding the alpha prefix such as found here. They changed the prefix at number 1000 and resumed with SN 1 under the new prefix. While these rifles were very well made and reliable, they were heavier than the competing Winchester rifles and simply never gained popularity with the buying public. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% crisp orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and a couple of small nicks. Receiver retains about 93-95% orig blue, lightly flaked on both sides and thin on the bottom with a couple of small nicks & scratches on the sides. Lever, hammer & buttplate retain dark case colors. Stock has a couple of small chips by the top tang with some minor oil staining around top tang, otherwise wood is sound and overall retains virtually all of its beautiful factory piano varnish finish with light nicks & scratches and a series of small nicks on the forearm. Mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bore shows very little use with virtually all of its orig finish on bolt face & carrier. 49059-112 JR (7,000-10,000) – Lot 3114

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3115

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1897 DOUBLE-W CARTRIDGE BOARD.

SN 1704. This most famous of all Winchester Cartridge Boards, and the last one produced in the 19th Century shows 182 metallic cartridges plus 15 bullets, 20 shot shells and 9 primer and cap tins. The board is dark green color of dense cardboard with the center vignette the famous A. B. Frost scene showing two hunters and a bear they have apparently just dispatched. Their Winchester rifles are leaning on a log upon which one of the hunters is sitting. The left vignette is of a flying mallard drake and the right side is a bull moose head. Top center has the bright red Winchester Repeating Arms Co logo with various other advertisements and the address across the bottom. The exposed image is about 48-3/4″ x 31-1/4″ and mounted in a replacement walnut stained frame with gold gesso inner frame that measures 56″ w x 38-3/4 h. Back of the board has its orig heavy paper covering that is completely intact showing only one reattached cartridge which is the 4 ga brass shotshell. Center of the backing has the overlabel marked “PRESENTED WITH COMPLIMENTS / OF THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / PLEASE HANG IN A PROMINENT PLACE” and has the SN stenciled below. While this model of cartridge board is a little more common than some of the early ones, it is still considered to be the most beautiful and most sought after of all the Winchester cartridge boards. Few survive today with bright orig artwork and orig color. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine, complete and orig except for the frame, as noted. The green board remains strong and bright with only a few very light nicks & scratches and two holes, one on each end where it was previously attached to a wall. Most unusually, the red lettering is still crisp and bright showing very little fading. The gold outline of the lettering is lightly faded. The board behind some of the cartridges shows slight rubs. Cartridges have bright, clean cases with lead bullets that are not oxidized. Paper shot shell cases are lightly faded. Taken as a whole, this is one of the finest Model 1897 Winchester cartridge boards to come to market in recent years. 49059-203 JR (10,000-20,000) – Lot 3115

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3116

RARE NEW HAVEN ARMS FULL BOX OF 44 FLAT HENRY CARTRIDGES.

SN -. Rare 1860s full box of New Haven Arms 44 Henry flat nose cartridges in a kraft colored cardboard box with green and black label. It is filled with all 50 rds of copper cased, flat nosed cartridges with raised “H” in a well-defined circle. The label has decorative scroll borders and is referred to in the book One Hundred Years of Winchester Cartridges Boxes 1856-1956, Giles & Shuey, as the wide “4s” variant. The book gives it a rarity of 3 on a scale of 1 to 5. These boxes are also referred to as “military boxes” due to the similarity of artwork to that of the later Frankford Arsenal cartridges boxes. While these boxes are occasionally encountered they are rarely found with all 50 rds of orig ammunition with bright clean label such as we have here. CONDITION: Very fine. Label is completely intact, showing some rubs, with all artwork and printing completely legible. Lid has two broken corners and the bottom has one broken end on bottom edge with some old water damage. Ammunition shows dark copper cases with lightly oxidized lead bullets. A fine, complete and orig box. 49608-16 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3116

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3117

LOT OF THREE BOXES WINCHESTER 44 FLAT HENRY AMMUNITION.

SN -. 1) Standard compact label with Stetson’s patent information, in a square corner 2-pc box that has green and black top label with line drawing of a cartridge. Box has a full green band around the sides and ends. Marked “44 FLAT R.F.” Box is sealed in plastic and was not removed for examination. CONDITION: Fine. Box may have one repaired seam on each end of the bottom and another on the lid, otherwise appears to be sound. Label is completely legible with a couple of small chips in the edges and with light rubs not overly effecting the image. Band is about 80% intact with majority of the loss areas on one end. Overall shows light soil, appears to be full. 2) 1920s full box with olive green label and black printing with line drawing of cartridge and orange wrap-around end labels that have a large red W. Box sealed in plastic and was not removed for examination. CONDITION: About good. Lid shows three open seams which are repairable. Label has a small chip in the top edge, otherwise is intact, showing light wear. End labels are open but intact. 3) 1920s full box with olive green label and black printing with line drawing of cartridge and orange wrap-around end labels that have a large red W. Label also is marked “FOR THE WINCHESTER RIFLE MODEL 1866” and the cartridge is over-printed “.44 FLAT”. Otherwise label is identical to #2. Box sealed in plastic and was not removed for examination. CONDITION: Fine plus. Box appears to be intact with only one small break in a top edge. Label is intact, showing spots of wear, not effecting the overall image. Orange end labels are open but otherwise intact and overall shows light soil. CONDITION: See above. 49608-15 JR (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3117

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3118

LOT OF THREE BOXES OF .44 CALIBER CARTRIDGES.

SN NA. 1) Winchester Repeating Arms Co. green label box. Cal. .44 flat rimfire. 2) U.S. Cartridge Co. .44 Henry flat rimfire. 3) U.S. Cartridge Co. Cal. 44 Colt Central fire. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: 1) Fine. Box is full and appears unopened. Green label is clear with some scuffing. Orange end labels with red Winchester “W”. Very good. Sealed in plastic. 2) Very good. Box is missing a couple of cartridges. Blue label is clear with some scuffing and water stains. Box has been opened. Sealed in plastic. 3) Good. Box is full and has been opened. Box has been resealed with scotch tape. Label is clear with some scuffs and stains. Box is unsealed. A nice lot of some rare .44 Cal. ammo. 49059-194 TEP (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3118

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3119

THE ORIGINAL WATER COLOR ARTWORK FOR IVER JOHNSON’S 1906 CALENDAR.

This wonderful watercolor depicting a beautiful young female equestrian leaping a fence with her horse is the actual watercolor created by well-known artist, Alex Rummler. Accompanying this original watercolor is also a dated letter from Bruce Rayeske, company historian for Iver Johnson from 1964-1973. In this letter, Mr. Rayeske affirms that this is the very watercolor created by Alex Rummler for Iver Johnson. Mr. Rayeske states that he acquired the watercolor from Paul Jacobson of Fitchburg, Massachusetts in 1966 and that Mr. Jacobson had acquire the painting from his good friend, Luther Otto, who was at the time of the acquisition President of the Iver Johnson company. Mr. Otto had shared with Jacobsen that the painting had hung in one of the Iver Johnson offices for many years. It is rare to find original artwork for advertisements pertaining to firearms and ammunition and this is a great rarity. A combination of the beautiful lady, the excitement and action of the leaping horse, the extremely well executed imagery, all subtly incorporating the advertisement for Iver Johnson revolvers. In combination with the history and provenance this makes for a very rare opportunity. SIZE: 30 ¼” wide x 36 ¼” high (including frame). 16 ¾” wide x 22 ½” high (image only). CONDITION: Excellent condition. Appears to be untouched. Watercolor is bright and strong. 49567-1 JDJ (15,000-20,000) – Lot 3119

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3120

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE 1904 HARRINGTON AND RICHARDSON CALENDAR. ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN TO CURRENTLY EXIST.

This is truly special. Normally most calendars found were well used and sometimes abused. To find one of this quality with this rarity, great condition, and with such wonderful imagery is truly special. Whereas attractive women are used today to advertise almost anything, it was only on occasion, a female was used to promote guns or ammunition; this was one of those occasions. This charming redhead posing with burgundy velvet drapes in the background is most striking. As indicated, this is one of only two examples of this rare calendar known to exist. It is exactly as it should be. It retains the original band at the top, of course, there is no band at the bottom (as there should not be). It also retains an almost complete calendar pad beginning with February 1904. SIZE: Approx. 15” w x 25-1/2″ h. CONDITION: Near excellent. 49567-2 JDJ (15,000-20,000) – Lot 3120

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3121

RARE AND DESIRABLE TIN LITHO WINCHESTER ADVERTISING SIGN.

One of the most appealing of all Winchester tin ads is this classical image orig painted by the famous sporting and trompe-l’oeil artist of the 19th century, Alexander Pope. This advertising sign illustrates a collage including hanging dead mallards from moose antlers with Winchester carbine and pump shotgun together with other hunting accessories. “We recommend and sell Winchester cartridges and guns” blazed across the bottom. SIZE: 30″x36″ CONDITION: Minor scratches and some small surface rust spots scattered on the surface of the sign. The sign may have a protective coating of shellac or varnish? Colors are vibrant. A fabulous addition to a game room or the Winchester display room. 49103-39 JJ30 (3,000-4,500) – Lot 3121

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3123

1000 TROY OUNCES PURE SILVER.

Ten machined exact weight 100oz bars of pure silver, nine of which are Engelhard. Each marked “999+ FINE SILVER 100 TR. OZ / ENGELHARD”. One bar similarly marked from the Royal Canadian Mint. Each individually SNd and in their orig plastic shipping holders also with Engelhard markings. No reserve. CONDITION: Excellent with some toning seen through hard plastic wrappers. Few cracks at edges of plastic holders. 49352-1 JS (15,000-17,000) – Lot 3123

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3124

1000 TROY OUNCES PURE SILVER.

Ten machined exact weight 100oz bars of pure silver, seven of which are Engelhard with a couple different die markings, though each marked “999+ FINE SILVER 100 TR. OZ / ENGELHARD”. Three bars similarly marked from the Royal Canadian Mint. Each individually SNd and most in their orig plastic shipping holders. No reserve. CONDITION: Excellent overall, eight bars still retain their orig plastic shipping wrappers. 49352-2 JS (15,000-17,000) – Lot 3124

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3125

VERY UNUSUAL GOLD AND STERLING SILVER BELT BUCKLE.

High art belt buckle that measures about 6″ x 2-1/2″ with sterling silver body overlaid with beautifully engraved, gold-washed, foliate arabesque patterns. Face of the buckle is mounted with 3 American gold coins in bezels; 1) 1903 double eagle ($20)Liberty head, 2) 1904-S $10 and 3) 1908 Indian ($10). Back of the buckle is open over the coins to show the reverse sides. Top rear of the buckle is stamped “73-23” and bottom center of the buckle is marked “BOYD-RENO.NEV/ME/STERLING and another indecipherable number”. Buckle is of very high quality and very flashy. Accompanied by an auction flyer from Oct 2005 announcing the disposition of the estate of eccentric millionaire Earl Morris of The Hidden Valley Ranch, Central Point, OR. The flyer pictures a large variety of merchandise including this buckle. Also accompanied by 2 newspaper articles regarding the same auction. PROVENANCE: The William Smith Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Buckle body is extremely fine showing no wear. Coins are fine with a few nicks & scratches. 49312-118 JR (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3125

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3126

RARE RELICS RECOVERED FROM THE SITE OF THE HINDENBURG DISASTER MAY 6, 1937.

5 tablespoons, 1 table fork and 1 demitasse spoon all maker marked “BRUCKMANN 100” with the Hindenburg logo of dirigible over a globe with the initials “DZR” (Deutsche Zeppelin Reedere). Consignor purchased these from a gentleman who as a child picked these up at the site of the Hindenburg disaster on May 8, 1937 in Lakehurst, NJ two days after the event. CONDITION: Very good to fine with staining and mottling typical of other examples known picked up as souvenirs. These are uncleaned still showing the affects of the fire. 49198-4 JS (2,000-4,000) – Lot 3126

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3127

EXTREMELY RARE CASED COLT EHLERS BABY PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 24. Cal. 31. All blue finish with 3″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line script letter address which reads left hand “Patent Arms Patterson, N.J.-Colt’s Pt.” with dashes at each end. Bbl has the attached Ehlers rammer. Cyl has five chambers with rnd shoulder and ratchet rather than a slot for a rotating ring and measures 1-1/16″. Cyl has the centaur scene roll marking with the four-headed Paterson Colt logo. The tiny frame has folding trigger and is mounted with 1-pc varnished rosewood grip. Grip is made of two pieces of rosewood attached to two spacer blocks. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined, mahogany casing with flat top & bottom. Front of case has a rectangular escutcheon for the mortised brass lock. Bottom inside is recessed for the revolver, a rare all brass plunger type powder measure and a tiny single ball mold with sprue cutter and three turned walnut handles with brass ferrules. The slot in the front, which ordinarily contains a turnscrew is filled with a pocket corkscrew. This cased set is listed as item number 5 and pictured on the back cover of Jackson Arms, Dallas, TX, Catalog #16. Bottom of the front cover states “The Ben Ames Williams Collection”. The corkscrew was present in the case at that time and is discussed as a loading tool “never previously seen” in a Paterson casing. Also accompanied by a signed letter from renowned collector & dealer, the late Bobby Smith of Tennessee. The letter identifies this pistol by SN and Mr. Smith states, “An extremely fine and rare specimen of a cased Colt Baby Paterson Revolver with the Ehlers attached loading lever”. Mr. Smith also mentions the strange “loading tool combination a rammer worm”, and further says that he had never seen a tool like this in a Paterson casing. He also mentions the Jackson Arms catalog and identifies it as July 1960. He states that the collection of Ben Ames Williams was sold at that time and that this cased set was part of his collection. He further states that, ” Ben Ames Willimas was an artist, editor & writer. Two of his best selling books were House Divided and The Unconquered. According to The Book of Colt Firearms , Wilson, there were only about 500 of these little revolvers produced in 1837-1838, which also included the Paterson No.2 Belt Revolver. These revolvers with attached rammers were late production made from parts that were semi-finished when Colt went bankrupt. John Ehlers was a major stock holder in the Patent Arms Manufacturing Co. and assumed ownership in the bankruptcy. He finished and assembled the parts and added the loading levers. He also deleted the “M’g Co.” from the bbl address roll die. In addition the capping cutout was added to the right recoil shield during this process. Few of these little revolvers survive today, especially those that are all matching and with high orig finish. Cased examples are extremely rare, especially those with the rare corkscrew loading tool. PROVENANCE: Ben Ames Willaims Collection; Jackson Arms; The Late Bobby Smith Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including bbl, wedge, cyl, frame, hammer, backstrap and grip. No further disassembly was effected to check for other matching parts. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with light sharp edge wear; wedge retains about 80% fire blue, mostly on the body; frame & front strap retain about 70% glossy orig blue with light candy striping on both sides, flaking on the recoil shields and light sharp edge wear; hammer retains dark case colors with light pitting on the sides; cyl retains most of its orig blue, thin on the rear half, turning plum and shows about 95% centaur scene roll marking; backstrap & buttstrap retain 92-93% glossy orig blue with some light sharp edge wear and minor pinpoint flaking. Grip is sound and retains about 88-90% orig varnish with the loss areas flaked from the ears and light edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. Case has a grain check in the lid, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded with light soil in the lid lining and heavily faded in the bottom, darker in the recesses with light soil. Flask retains about 70% bright gold wash with the exposed areas a dark patina, mechanics are fine. Mold is extremely fine showing about 95% bright blue on the body and about 60% on the sprue cutter with losses from flaking. Mold handles are solid and the rare corkscrew loading tool is very fine, certainly capable of opening the finest bottle of wine. 49402-6 JR (150,000-250,000) – Lot 3127

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3128

FINE CASED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH VERY RARE 8″ BARREL.

SN 18513. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with rare 8″ oct to rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame is marked with small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl has the Ormsby dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking with the rare & desirable “U.S. DRAGOONS” & “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. It is unusual to find the “U.S. Dragoons” marking on such a late production revolver. Five of the six safety pins are serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with partially visible “851-” SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an extremely rare, original, burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing for the 8″ dragoon. Interior is compartmented for the revolver, a rare double sided dragoon flask with trophy of flags & arms and “COLTS PATENT” marking in a ribbon. Flask has high mounted triangular rings & angle spout. Also accompanied by a blued steel bullet & ball “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “44H” & “D”. Additionally accompanied by a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps with repoussed brass label on the lid and an L-shaped nipple wrench. There were only about 10,500 3rd Model Dragoons produce in the period 1851-1861, of which extremely few were equipped with 8″ bbls, possibly as few as fifty. Of that small number an equally small percentage was cased, with only one or two known today. PROVENANCE: Robert Howard Collection; Dr. John & Margaret Pickup Collection. CONDITION: About fine, all matching including rammer, cyl & grip. Bbl retains strong orig blue showing thinning on rnd section with loss areas on the bbl lug flaked to a dark patina. Left side of rammer pivot retains strong case colors with the balance turned silver. Frame retains 60-70% of its moderately faded case colors on the right side and about 30% on the left side. Hammer retains dark case colors. Cyl retains traces of orig blue with the balance flaked to a dark patina and shows about 90% dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking. The “U.S.” in the “U.S. DRAGOONS” cartouche is only faintly visible. The “DRAGOONS” & “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches are completely legible & prominent. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 60-65% orig silver with the balance a lemony patina. Grip is sound with minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains 80-90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with two or three spots of pitting. Case is very fine with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded in the lid with very light soil. Bottom is soiled from contact with the bbl, cyl and edge of grip under the revolver and from the flask & mold in the other compartments. Two smaller compartments are stained from lead balls. Flask is very fine showing one small dent on the neck and overall retains about 80% strong, orig finish. Mold is equally fine with some minor spotting on the handles and retains about 90% orig blue. Nipple wrench & cap tin are fine. 49154-2 JR (60,000-90,000) – Lot 3128

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3129

COLT FIRST MODEL OF 1848 SECOND CONTRACT DRAGOON REVOLVER.

SN 2150. Cal. 44 7-1/2″ bbl, blue and case color finish, walnut grips. In November 1847 Samuel Colt received a second contract from the U.S. government for 1000 revolvers with improvements to the Walker model. Bbls were shortened to 7-1/2″ and cyls were shortened by 1/2″. Backstraps were made of brass instead of iron. Deliveries of these revolvers to the military were 260 pistols in June 1848, 320 pistols in August 1848, 300 pistols in September 1848, and 120 pistols November 1848. Of the 1000 Dragoons ordered under the 2nd contract 998 were shipped from New York Ordnance depot to St. Louis Arsenal. These revolvers were issued to the 1st and 2nd regiment of the U.S. Mounted Rifles whose duty it was to protect 49ers on their way to California gold fields in the Rush of 1849. These revolvers saw very hard service and many were taken by soldiers who, upon reaching Oregon, deserted and headed south to the California gold fields. The survival rate of these pistols is very low. To date only 145 of these pistols have been located, which is a survival rate of about 15%. Most of these revolvers are in very poor condition. PROVENANCE: Derek Provah Collection; Robert Howard Collection; Tom Power Collection. Accompanying this gun is: 1) a copy of the “Texas Gun Collector” Fall 2007 issue containing a comprehensive article on Second Contract Dragoons featuring pistol number 2150; 2) a copy of the “American Society of Arms Collectors” bulletin #95 containing a comprehensive article on the subject by well known authority Dick Salzer; 3) a copy of “Historical Arms Series No. 37” from the Museum Restoration Service by Longfield & Basnett describing the details of these very rare revolvers, 4) also included is a copy of the auction listing from the Greg Martin Auction of April 2006 describing this gun, formally in the Derek Povah and Robert Howard collection. CONDITION: Very good. Revolver shows an overall medium gray uncleaned patinated finish. Some slight roughness on bbl and bbl lug. Bore is dark with strong rifling. Cyl shows 20% cyl scene with a clear SN and “Colt’s Patent” mark. Ormsby signature partially visible. Compressing ridge on cyl is visible. Single safety pin hole without pin at rear of cyl. Frame is smooth, silver gray finish with striations present on right side of frame and recoil shield. Brass trigger guard and backstrap show a mustard patina. Both are of the Walker Pattern. Bbl address is legible and complete. “Colt’s Patent” over “U.S.” in middle of frame on the left side. Grips are very good with visible cartouches on both sides and small chips at the toe missing on each grip. All SNs, including frame, backstrap, trigger guard, arbor, cyl, wedge, grips and bbl, are matching. Bbl and loading lever have assembly number “40”. A “P” proof for Nahum Patch is present on the bbl, rammer, cyl, frame, hammer, trigger guard and backstrap. Grips show a “WAT” proof on right side and an “NWP” proof on the left side. Number 2150 is in very good orig condition with all orig parts present. This revolver has a lower production number than the Walker revolver, and the only Colt percussion Dragoon that has less production is the Whitneyville-Hartford Dragoon. This is an opportunity to purchase a very rare Colt Dragoon revolver. 49514-1 TEP C&R (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3129

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3130

SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED 3RD MODEL HARTFORD ENGLISH DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 57. Cal. 44 Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, that has nickel silver front sight and 1-line New-York City address with dashes. Left side of frame is engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a small ribbon. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a deluxe, burl walnut 1-pc grip. Frame, bbl lug, backstrap & buttstrap are beautifully engraved with light foliate & floral English style engraving. Rammer pivot and sides of the hammer are engraved to match. Accompanied by an orig mahogany, blue velvet lined English casing with empty rnd medallion in the lid and swinging latches on the front. Front of the case is installed with a dummy brass lock. Interior is compartmented for the revolver, a Sykes patent bag-shaped flask with adjustable spout, a blued two cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, marked on the right side “44H” and a small “T” inspector mark. Also accompanied by a small tin of Joyce caps and a pewter & crystal oiler. Also included is an L-shaped nipple wrench. Two compartments have lids with “certifiable antique ivory” turn finials. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there are a total of only about 700 of these revolvers manufactured in the period 1853-1857, with only a few engraved. In 1860 Colt returned 200 Hardford-English dragoon revolvers to the U.S. to supply the demand of the looming U.S. Civil War and by 1861 were all sold. While a higher percentage of English dragoons than those made for the American market were cased & engraved, they are still a very rare commodity and seldom encountered today. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 25-30% glossy English blue with the balance a mottled silver/brown patina; rammer, rammer pivot & handle retain smoky case colors, stronger and brighter on the left side; frame retains 30-35% faded case colors, mostly turned silver; cyl retains 30-40% thin orig blue and shows 60-70% Dragoon-Indian fight scene roll marking; hammer retains strong case colors turned silver on top edge; trigger guard retains about 80-85% strong orig silver and the backstrap about 50%. Grip is sound with a few light nicks and retains traces of orig finish, being mostly a hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong sharp bore with fine pitting. Case is sound with handling & use nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded in the top lining and moderately faded in the bottom with moderate to heavy soiling; flask has a couple small dents on one side otherwise is sound and retain about 65% orig finish; mold is extremely fine and retains most of its orig blue; other accessories are fine. 49254-4 JR IVORY (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3130

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3131

COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER IDENTIFIED TO CIVL WAR SARGENT.

SN 8151. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and New York City address. Left side of frame is marked with “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. Frame, cylinder, hammer, frontstrap, backstrap & bottom edge of grip have small inspector initials. Cylinder is usual 6 chambers with “U.S. DRAGOONS / COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. The unplated brass square-back trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with clear cartouche visible on each side and matching SN in backstrap channel. Family history states that this revolver was descended through the Higby family from Charles Davis Higby. Accompanied by a handwritten letter from Anne Menard address to consignor’s wife who also appears to be a Higby relative. Ms. Menard states that Mr. Higby was her grandmother’s father and is so listed in their family bible. He was born Oct 1843 and enlisted in the 53rd Ohio Infantry Nov 1861 at age 18 as a Sargent and was mustered out Aug 1865 at Little Rock, AR. He was wounded at Kennesaw Mtn.,GA June 1864 and survived the war. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered 9533. Bbl retains 30-40% orig blue with the balance a thin blue patina with several small nicks on right side. Rammer pivot retains about 60% faded case colors with the handle cleaned to bright. Frame retains about 40% smoky case colors, being mostly a silver/grey patina. Hammer is matching patina with fine pitting on both sides at the nose. Cylinder retains about 50% thin blue with the balance thin blue/grey patina and shows 85-90% dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. The Ormsby address is completely legible. The “US DRAGOON” is a little thin on the left end, but mostly legible. The “COLT’S PATENT” cartouche is completely legible. All 6 safety pins are crisp and serviceable as are the 6 nipples. Trigger guard and backstrap are a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing light to moderate wear with a hand worn patina and both cartouches are legible. Mechanics are fine, strong blue bore with a few small spots of pinprick pitting. 1096-1 JR (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3131

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3132

RARE COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON CARRIED BY HUGH ODOM 18TH REGIMENT TEXAS CAVALRY.

SN 7463/7715. Cal. 44. Colt First Model Dragoon has direct family descent in the Hugh Odom family. Hugh S. Odom was a member of a Texas cavalry unit and files of his military history are included in this report. It is most interesting that Hugh S. Odom went into the war with this gun and was actually paid by the state compensating him $75 for bringing in his own revolver. Identified Confederate Colts are quite rare, especially ones used by specific members of a Texas cavalry regiment. This gun was once part of the museum at Texas Tech University as noted by accompanying documentation, which identifies the gun a as Colt First Model Dragoon Cavalry Handgun SN 7463-Cylinder Number 7716 which has been changed in pencil to 7715 which is correct. This particular arm appears orig with some restoration such as grips and trigger being replaced as the original Texas Tech document states “handles and trigger are missing.” The restoration done at an unknown date is quite excellent and presents the gun quite nicely. The family retained a photograph of Hugh S. Odom pictured as a veteran wearing a Masonic pin on his overcoat dated January 4, 1905. Mr. Odom was the original owner of this firearm and he carried it while a member of the 18th regiment Texas cavalry. The 18th Texas had a most interesting history being part of Granberry’s Texas Brigade fighting in many of the battles in the west, finally being paroled at Greensboro, NC about May 1, 1865. In the national archives, a Texas roster roll index card state that Private H.S. Odom is found enlisting July 17, 1861 at Cannonville, Hayes County, Texas. This card notes that “while on scout July 17 to the San Saba River, Concho Springs,‘head of Llano and head waters of Devils River’, no fresh Indian signs were found”…second card in this file states “Enlistment March 4, 1862 12 months”. Mr. Odom’s age is listed as 27 living in Hayes City. The enrolling officer, R.N. Calhoun, noted to his account certain monetary amounts credited him for his horse, equipment, gun and pistol. This is unusual record showing that he was compensated $75 most likely for this Colt Dragoon revolver. In a State of Texas pension document (see addendum) signed in 1898 by Mr. Odom stating his military service, he states that he served in Company F, 18th Texas Cavalry, under Colonel N.H. Darnell. He also states “I never received a dollar from the government in my life and received no pay for my service.” Odom further states that he served in Company F 18th Texas Cavalry under Colonel N.H. Darnell, enlisting January 8, 1862 and served until the surrender of General Lee in 1865.” This is a most historic first model Dragoon with written provenance from recent family descent stating past owners in family. Albert G. Odom was Hugh S. Odom’s grandfather. Albert Odom was a county judge in Stanton, TX in the early 20th century and family legend states he used his gun as protection in the court. A bound report & appraisal on this gun accompanies which include family letter of provenance and war records. PROVENANCE: Hugh S. Odom, 1834-1918; Robert Odom Gray (great-grandson). CONDITION: Good to very good. Sound and complete with restored grips & trigger as stated above. SNs matching with exception of cylinder which is noted above appears orig to its time of use. Metal overall is brown/grey with areas of staining and pitting. Markings crisp & discernible as can be seen in photos. 49300-1 JS (12,000-15,000) – Lot 3132

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3133

SCARCE COLT DRAGOON 1ST MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 3160. Cal 44. Blue, color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl with nickel silver front sight & left hand address on top flat. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The square back brass trigger guard & backstrap contain an orig varnished, Slim-Jim style 1-pc walnut grip with last 3 digits of matching SN in buttstrap channel. Cylinder has the Dragoon-Indian fight scene roll marking. SN on the cylinder has a partially visible “U.S. DRAGOONS” and fully visible “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches above & below with the Ormsby signature completely visible. Cylinder also has its single safety pin crisp & serviceable. There were about 7000 of these revolvers produced, 1840-1850 with a large number purchased by the government. When the government did not purchase the entire production, many were sold on the open market that had the “US” stamped on left side of frame in anticipation that the Government contract would be greater. When the contract didn’t materialize Colt, being the frugal businessman he was, used those parts to assemble revolvers and sold them on the open market with many being sold to foreign buyers. By the advent of the 2nd model, the entire 1st model production was sold. They were mostly used on the American frontier and are rarely found today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Norm Truesdell Collection;The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “640”. Bbl retains strong blue in sheltered areas being mostly a blue/brown patina. Rammer and rammer handle are bright metal with dark case colors on the pivot. Frame retains traces of case colors being mostly a cleaned metal patina. Hammer retains dark case colors. Cylinder is bright metal and appears to never have been blued which is normal for the early 1st Model Dragoon. Cylinder shows 50-60% Dragoon-Indian fight scene roll marking. Grip frame shows moderate wear and is a medium mustard patina. Grip has sharp edge wear with light handling & use nicks & scratches with about 50-60% thin orig varnish being mostly hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore, shows very little use. 49059-53 JR (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3133

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3134

RARE NEW HAMPSHIRE MARKED COLT DRAGOON 2ND MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 10180. Cal. 44. Rare New Hampshire Dragoon, blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and right hand address. Left side of bbl lug is marked “NEW HAMPSHIRE”. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The square back brass trigger guard & backstrap contain an oil finished 1-pc walnut grip with clear, legible “JH” inspector cartouche on left side and “WAT” (William A. Thornton) sub-inspector cartouche on the right side. Almost every part on the revolver has tiny inspector initials. Cylinder has the Ormsby Dragoon-Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. Rear face of cylinder has all 6 safety pins serviceable. Buttstrap has 2 small filled squares with another centered on the backstrap and a 4th one at top of backstrap, apparently where this backstrap had been used to test an attachable shoulder stock and was recycled onto this revolver. There were only about 2700 of this Model Dragoon produced 1850-1851 with about 1000 of them on government contract. This was the lowest production of all the Dragoon models and of that limited production, only a few hundred were issued to the NH & MA militias. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge, cylinder & grip. Only the first 4 digits of the SN are visible in backstrap channel of grip. Bbl retains traces of orig blue, stronger & brighter under the loading lever, being mostly a grey patina with a few scattered spots of surface rust. Rammer & pivot are grey patina. Frame is also a grey patina with some light pitting on recoil shields. Cylinder is matching grey patina with 3 or 4 areas of light surface pitting and shows about 75-80% Dragoon-Indian fight scene roll marking and clear, legible cartouches surrounding the serial number. Trigger guard & backstrap are cleaned brass patina. Grip is sound, showing light edge wear with a couple of nicks on the right side and shows a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with scattered pitting. 49059-226 JR (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3134

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3135

RARE MARTIAL COLT THIRD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH SHOULDER STOCK.

SN 17173. Cal. .44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, slightly altered nickel silver front sight and 1-line New York City address. Top flat has a 1-standing, 2-folding leaf sight. Frame has small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny U.S. Frame is 4 screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and extended stock screws. Cyl has the Ormsby Dragoon/Indian Fight Scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches around the SN. The brass trigger guard and iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Right side of grip has a thin but legible “WAT” (William A. Thornton) sub-inspector cartouche. Left side has the outline of a cartouche and there are small inspector initials on the various parts. Accompanied by an orig 3rd type Dragoon stock with iron mounts and walnut buttstock that has a crisp “MM” cartouche on the left side and “WAT” on the right side. Bottom tang of the iron yoke has the SNs 17433 & 17434 with identical SNs on buttplate tang. Bottom tang also has a stud and ring. There was a total production of about 10,500 of this model revolver produced 1851 – 1861 of which only 946 were ordered as “Pistol Carbines”. As the SNs on the buttstock indicate they were intended to be issued in pairs to mounted Dragoons. They are rarely found today with their numbered pair and matching stocks are very rare. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except buttstock, as noted. Frame retains traces of dark case colors in the most sheltered areas otherwise the metal is a smooth, even gray/brown patina. Cyl is matching patina and shows 50-60% Dragoon/Indian Fight Scene roll marking. Cartouches surrounding SN on the cyl are completely legible. Trigger guard has a series of dents on the frontstrap and shows a medium to dark mustard patina. Top of backstrap also has some small dents and the buttstrap & bottom edges of grip are somewhat battered. Grip has a chipped right toe & shows a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Stock yoke & buttplate are matching patina to the revolver. Buttstock is sound with a hand worn patina. 49059-56 JR (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3135

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3136

CASED COLT HARTFORD LONDON DRAGOON 3RD MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 228. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line right hand New York City address. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT”. Frame is 3-screw type not cut for shoulder stock. Cyl has the Ormsby Dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN all six safety pins prominent and serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a very nicely figured 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Rammer handle has vertical latch. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined English oak casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a bag shaped Dixon flask, a scarce brass bullet & ball ‘COLTS PATENT’ mold with bright steel sprue cutter, a dragoon sized L-shaped nipple wrench, a large tin of Eley’s caps and a Dixon pewter oil bottle along with a functioning key. There were only about 700 of these scarce revolver produced in the period 1853-1857. Apparently they were not well received on the English market and in 1861 Colt brought about 200 of them back to the U.S. for use in the Civil War. Although it appears that a large number of these Hartford London dragoons were cased, very few appear on the U.S. market today. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 30-40% orig blue mixed with flaked areas that are now a dark patina, rammer pivot retains dark case colors with the handle a mottled silver; frame shows traces of case colors being mostly a silver/grey patina; cyl is a silver/brown patina with one spot of pitting and shows 60-70% dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking; trigger guard retains about 50% orig silver with the front strap a medium mustard patina; backstrap & buttstrap retain traces of silver being mostly a mustard patina. Grip is sound showing light edge wear with minor handling & use nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Case has a small gouge in the lid and is sound showing an old refinish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with light soil in the lid, heavier in the bottom; flask has some minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig finish; mold is nicked & dinged and retains about 1/2 of its orig bright finish on the sprue cutter; nipple wrench and other accessories are fine. 49059-54 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3136

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3137

SCARCE COLT HARTFORD LONDON 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 264. Cal. 44. Scarce Colt, one of only about 700 made prior to the Civil War. It has 7-1/2” oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight with one line New York City address with dashes at each end. It has British proofs on left side of bbl lug and on cyl between the nipples. The brass grip frame contains nicely figured, varnished, smooth, burl walnut 1-pc grip with matching number in backstrap channel. Left side of frame is marked “Colt’s Patent.” Cyl has the Ormsby Dragoon fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. Rear face of cyl has all six safety pins serviceable. These large revolvers apparently were not overly popular in England and at the onset of the Civil War about 200 of the Hartford English Dragoons were returned to the United States and sold to support the war effort, this probably being one of them. These revolvers are rarely found with high orig finish. CONDITION: About fine, all matching including rammer, wedge and cyl. Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas, being a cleaned silver metal color with some very fine pitting around muzzle and a few spots on bbl. Cyl retains 60-70% Ormsby Dragoon & Indian fight scene. All six of the safety pins are present. Grip frame is a light mustard patina. Grip is sound with a few dings on bottom & light handling & use marks and retains most of its strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with some light frosty pitting. 49183-10 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3137

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3138
Revised: 9/23/2015

Please Note: In further researching this gun we sold this gun in 2004 and 2005. At that time there was no cylinder seam and markings were weak all of which have been re-rolled or enhanced since.

SCARCE COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH 8″ BARREL.

SN 19217. Cal. 44. Usual configurations with 8″ oct to rnd bbl, slightly altered silver nickel front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has a small COLTS PATENT. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl has the Dragoon-Indian fight scene roll marking with the “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches faintly above & below the SN. There were about 10500 3rd Model Dragoon revolvers produced in the period 1851-1861, very few of which had the 8″ bbl. Having been produced just at the onset of the Civil War, it is almost with certainty that one could state that this revolver saw service during the Civil War and later on the American frontier. These revolvers, although large and heavy were still popular for their stopping power and longer range shooting. This revolver has 3-screw frame not cut for shoulder stock. Few of these revolvers survive, especially those with 8″ bbls. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. No orig finish remains, being an overall smooth grey/brown patina with scattered nicks & scratches and light surface etching. Cylinder is matching patina and shows 75-80% Dragoon-Indian fight scene roll marking with faint cartouches. Trigger guard & backstrap show an old cleaning with medium mustard patina. Grip has a chipped left toe, otherwise is sound with light edge wear and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with fine pitting. 49059-57 JR (7,000-10,000) – Lot 3138

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3139

RARE COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH 8″ BARREL.

SN 19471. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with rare 8″ oct to rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has a small COLTS PATENT. The silver plated, brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a replacement 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder has 4 of the 6 safety pins a little mashed but serviceable. Although the 3rd Model is the highest production of the dragoon series, those with 8″ bbls are some of the most rare. There were about 10500 of this model produced in the period 1851-1861, very few of which had the 8″ bbl. Having been produced just prior to the onset of the Civil War it can be stated almost with certainty that this revolver would have served throughout the war and probably later on the American frontier until replaced by the cartridge revolver. This revolver saw extensive service is without doubt. The cylinder spindle slot has been repaired at the front end with a forged spacer and the rear face of the bbl lug relieved to decrease the spacing between face of the cylinder and forcing cone. This repair also necessitated a replacement, gunsmith made wedge. CONDITION: Good to very good. No orig finish remains being an overall dark grey patina with fine frosty surface etching and some fine pitting on sides of frame. Trigger guard & backstrap retains traces of orig finish being a lemony brass patina. Cylinder is matching patina to the frame with fine surface pitting. Grip is fine showing light edge wear. Mechanics are fine. Strong dark bore. 49432-116 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3139

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3140

FINE RARE AND EARLY CASED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2657. Cal. 31. This is a very nice example of an all orig and matching Baby Dragoon made in 1848 with a desirable 5″ oct bbl with 2-line New York address with brackets. These earliest production revolvers are rarely found with any finish and generally saw very hard use. This is a beautiful example that displays well in an orig mahogany Colt casing with tools including a rare, rarely seen “mushroom” shaped combination tool for Baby Dragoons with screwdriver, rammer and nipple wrench all in combination. This early tool is accompanied by a standard Colt “L” shaped tool, a silver plated 2-cavity brass mold and a nice “COLTS PATENT” 2-sided eagle flask. CONDITION: Fine overall. Gun is all matching orig and complete including wedge and grips. Gun is crisp with sharp edges. Well discerned markings, including Indian fight rolled cylinder scene. This gun retains strong traces of thinning blue finish on bbl & cylinder, probably more on cylinder than on bbl. The balance is mostly silver/plum on bbl and blue/plum on cylinder. Frame and hammer have traces of muted light case colors with a balance dark grey. Backstrap & trigger guard retain most of their silver plate with numerous small scratches and blemishes, especially on buttstrap where gun was used as tack hammer and there are numerous small indentations in both wood and metal. Gun functions well and retains its crisp single safety pin. Stocks are sound, solid and well fit with strong areas of orig varnish under a more recently applied varnish layer. Bore is crisp with areas of pitting. Accompanying case is sound and solid with light fading, wear and soiling. The accompanying double-sided eagle “COLTS PATENT” flask retains about 30% orig lacquer with balance a brass patina. Scarce, brass-tipped mushroom shaped gun tool is stained and pitted and missing retaining screw. The L-shaped Colt gun tool retains about 80% orig dull finish. The silver plated 2-cavity brass bullet mold is smooth, retaining about 60% of an applied silver plating. “COLTS PATENT” markings are only partially discernible. 49564-7 JS (17,500-27,500) – Lot 3140

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3141
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Please Note: This is not a Baby Dragoon, it is a model 1849 which was re-worked to look like a Baby Dragoon.

RARE CASED COLT TRANSITIONAL BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 12326. Cal. 31. This rare 1850 manufactured Baby Dragoon has desirable 6″ bbl, 2-line New York address and brackets with rolled stagecoach holdup scene. Displayed in fine and rare Baby Dragoon Colt casing with formed upper partition with curves to fit loading arm pivot and the trigger guard. Gun appears orig and matching with crisp markings and fully discernible cylinder scene. CONDITION: Gun is very good overall with matching SNs. Metal is grey/brown overall with scattered staining & pitting with traces of orig finish in protected areas. Backstrap and trigger guard retain about 30% orig silver plate. Stocks are well fit retaining about 80% of their thin orig varnish with edge wear. Stocks retain matching last digits of SN inked in backstrap channel. The bottom ear holding loading assembly latch has been repaired, otherwise gun appears “as found”. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp well defined bore with pitting especially at muzzle. Mahogany casing is in matching, very good condition with double-sided eagle flask with Colt’s Patent retaining some orig varnish, but overall mustard colored patina. Orig pack of cartridges with good label though cracked at hinges with broken cartridges and loose powder. Colt L-shaped gun tool is also very good retaining much of its orig finish though dulled. 2-cavity iron Colts Patent bullet mold with sprue cutter is for a later model and in average condition. Japanned Eley Brothers cap tin is also very good retaining some most orig finish though darkened. 49254-16 JS (7,500-10,500) – Lot 3141

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3142

RARE AND FINE CASED COLT TRANSITIONAL BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 12607. Cal. 31. This cased Colt Baby Dragoon was made in 1850 during last year of production in transition to the standard pocket models which these guns are sometimes referred as with squareback trigger guards. This gun conforms to other transitional Baby Dragoons with 4″ oct bbl and 2-line New York address. Gun has a typical 5-shot smooth cylinder with rolled stagecoach holdup scene, small “COLTS PATENT” stamped on left side of frame, several small cryptic or assembly numbers and letter found on left side of bbl lug, front web of trigger-bow and in rear of trigger guard. This is a well presented, fine Baby Dragoon with loading assembly in nice Colt casing with eagle flask, brass Colt mold, gun tool and caps. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phillip Bleakney. CONDITION: Gun is very good to fine overall retaining about 80% bright blue finish on bbl and traces of blue on cylinder with balance a silver/blue color which appears touched up with 80% plus cylinder scene with pitting. SNs are all matching other than there is no number on grips and wedge number is obscured and numbers visible do not match. Hammer screw is replaced. Frame, hammer and loading assembly have traces of muted case colors with balance silver/grey with light staining and pitting. Patent marking on left side of frame is light and several letters are not visible as can be seen in photos. Backstrap & trigger guard retain about 80% of their thinning orig silver plating. Grips are well fit with traces of orig varnish. Mechanically gun functions well with a crisp bright bore with very light pitting. Accompanying Colt casing is very good overall with about a 6″ crack in top lid of mahogany case. Brown velvet lining is soiled, stained & light faded. The 2-cavity brass bullet mold shows old cleaning and only partial “COLTS PATENT” markings. Double-sided eagle flask has traces of orig varnish, several small dents with mustard colored patina overall. Cap tin complete with green paper label. 49059-68 JS (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3142

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3143

HISTORIC AND ICONIC AND EXTREMELY FINE CASED PAIR OF COLONEL COLT PRESENTATION MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS TO COLONEL JAMES CAMERON WHO DIED HEROICALLY AT THE BATTLE OF FIRST BULL RUN AND ALSO INCLUDES A LARGE FAMILY ARCHIVE.

SN 1856 & 4257. Cal. 44. Fine pair of ’60 Army revolvers with 8″ rnd bbls that have nickel silver front sights and Hartford addresses. Frames are 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screws and stock screws and have small “COLTS PATENT” on left front side. The silver plated brass trigger guards and iron backstraps each contain a 1-pc walnut grip, matching numbered to their respective revolver. Cylinders are rebated with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Accompanied by their orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for both revolvers, a single sided “COLTS PATENT” trophy of flags and arms flask with angled spout, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet and ball mold with sprue cutter, a tin of paper wrapped Ely’s caps, a full sealed packet of 6 combustible .44 cartridges, an open front half of a packet of 6 combustible cartridges by Colt’s Cartridge Works, an L-shaped nipple wrench and, as with most known Col. Colt presentation sets such as offered here there are spare parts in the left front compartment which consists of 2 hammer springs, a trigger return/lock bolt spring, a hand with spring and one nipple. Right rear compartment has 8 lead bullets. This pair of pistols are among the most historic Civil War revolvers ever presented by Samuel Colt. Col. James Cameron and his 79th New York Highlanders were at the center of fighting at the first major battle of the War – “Bull Run”. Attempting to overrun heavy Confederate batteries against a murderous fire, but to no purpose, Cameron fell at the forefront of his men, mortally wounded, shot through both lungs. The Union lost its position on the field and Cameron’s body was not recovered by his family for over a year. There is a massive archive accompanying this grouping telling the remarkable story of how these pistols were separated after their return from the battlefield; the casing and one pistol had gone to his brother William, and the second to his sister who kept the pistol along with other mementos, including his uniform buttons and family photographs plus a tintype of Cameron. This archive numbers over 50 orig wartime photographs, documents and letters plus a fabulous large hand-tinted framed oval albumin photograph with an image that measures 15″ x 12″, his signed commission as Colonel of the 79th New York, ironically signed just 19 days before his death and a fabulous 18″ x 13″ color lithograph announcing the 2nd Annual Ball of the 79th Regiment Highland Guards. The story of these fabulous pistols being reunited is explained in an article by renowned collector Hank Truslow, that appeared in the American Society of Arms Collectors Magazine (2008), Vol. 97, pps 20-22, transcribed here…The inscription on the backstraps of these two civilian model 1860 Colt Army revolvers tells just a part of their story. The recipient, Col. James Cameron, was a brother of Simon Cameron, the first Secretary of War under President Lincoln. The Cameron family was politically influential in Pennsylvania politics and Simon Cameron used this influence to assure Lincoln he had the delegate support needed for the Republican nomination in the election of 1860. In return, Lincoln gave Cameron his choice of Cabinet position, either as Secretary of State or Secretary of War. Cameron chose the War Department post. Simon’s brother William resided in Lewisburg, PA and had vast real estate holdings in Philadelphia as well as in the Lewisburg area. He also owned a bank and, most importantly, the railroad system between Sunbury and Philadelphia known today as the Main Line. Prior to the war, his brother James Cameron had apprenticed as an attorney and worked at the newspaper while managing the railroad station, all in Sunbury. James and his wife Rebecca also operated two farms, one in Milton, PA where they resided and the other in West Chillisquaque township, PA. These properties will reappear later in the presentation. Rebecca was the daughter of Henry Leman, the famed gun maker from Lancaster, PA. The Cameron family had migrated to the Sunbury area from Lancaster in the 1840s. When the war broke out, Simon would do two things that would influence the family for generations. The first was his accomplishment of getting Congress to reimburse the railroads twenty-five cents a head for each soldier it transported. With his brother William controlling the railroads, it is easy to see how William amassed a fortune during the war. The other action taken by Simon would cost the life of his brother James. Simon pressured Governor Morgan of New York to appoint James to a position in the New York militia. Included in my display is a letter from the New York Adjutant General pointing out that it was not legal for a non-resident to serve in a state militia unit. In spite of this, James Cameron’s appointment went through. This commission is also included in the display. I have not yet been able to determine exactly what influence Simon Cameron used on Governor Morgan but the transaction has his fingerprints all over it. Because of these and other hints of corruption, Lincoln was forced by Congress to replace Cameron with Stanton less than a year into his term. Cameron landed on his feet, however, as he became the United States first Minister (now called Ambassador) to Russia. On June 20, 1861 the 79th New York Highlanders held a gala party in Washington, DC to celebrate the election of James Cameron as their Colonel. Simon gave an eloquent speech at this event, not knowing that in a month and a day James would be killed at the Battle of Bull Run. I suspect that it was at this gathering in Washington that Col. Colt presented James Cameron with this pair of pistols and Simon Cameron with the pair of pistols on display at the Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. These are two of the earliest known wartime presentations made by Colt. On July 21, 1861 James Cameron fell mortally wounded while rallying his men at Bull Run. His horse, sword and pistols were recovered on the battlefield and sent to Simon Cameron via James Cameron’s orderly. They were then sent on to William in Lewisburg. For many years, one of the revolvers and the double casing were on display at the Sunbury GAR post. The second revolver was assumed to have been lost and all hope of finding it was lost as well. Remarkably, after the separation of an unknown length of time, the guns were reunited on November 17, 1988. The odds that the pair would be restored have to be astronomical. By chance, Virgil Mylin stopped in at the Pennsylvania Antique Gun Collectors Association fall show. He was on his way to Long Island to deliver some guns that he had sold and decided at the last minute to stop and check out the show. I happened to be at Ted Dolan’s table when Virgil came up and announced that he had a gun presented to James Cameron by Col. Colt. I had never met Virgil and thought right away that he had been put up to play a joke on me by all those in the room who knew I was looking for just such a gun. Only after Virgil showed me the pistol and I showed him the picture of its mate did we realize what had happened. Virgil’s gun had been in the famed Johnnie Basset collection and was found in Indiana. James Cameron had a sister who married a doctor in Indiana, thus leaving Lewisburg. We can only guess that she took one of Jame’s revolvers with her, leaving the other with William. Along with the gun came family images and other artifacts that lead me to believe that this is how and why the guns were separated. As an epilogue, the Cameron family remained powerful in Pennsylvania politics into the 1920s, with Simon’s son J. Donald Cameron influencing much of what went on in Harrisburg. After James’ death at Bull run, his farms were put up for sheriff’s sale by the very bank owned by William. Simon and William purchased both properties for dimes on the dollar and sent widow Rebecca packing to Lancaster with her $300 widow’s dower, thus making them two of the pioneer robber barons of the 19th Century! James Cameron’s body was buried near the Henry house on the battlefield. The Confederates knew where it was but General Beauregard did not allow the body to be returned to the family for over a year. Many negotiators traveled under flags of truce to try to arrange for its return and most of them ended up held as prisoners of war. A newspaper account gave credit to Confederate General Wade Hampton for shooting Col. Cameron, a charge that General Hampton fiercely denied”… Mr. Truslow in this wonderful article cites apparently universal sentiments concerning Simon Cameron, brother of the slain martyr. Two short notes to Simon Cameron which are included as facsimile in this archive have to be transcribed here: 1) “March 29 / Dear General / I understand that you forgive me for all past offenses, yet I am not Christian enough to feel the same towards you as you passed me so “lightly by” when you visit the White House. / Very truly yours / Mary Lincoln”. 2) July 26, 1861 / To General Cameron / Dear Sir / Your cursed ambition has been the cause of the death of your amiable brother. You have pushed yourself into position for which God and nature never intended and you will meet your reward by the midnight howls of your conscious. Your case is “that of the frog” trying to blow himself up to be as big as the ox and the result a “bust up”. / Yours respectfully / T. Doughtery. This is one of the most interesting archives one can ever read; just the drama involved in recovering his effects and his body would make an interesting book or movie. This pair of orig Col. Colt presentation revolvers are one of the most historic and iconic pair ever offered by James D. Julia Auctions and also is extremely fine condition. CONDITION: Both revolvers are identical configuration and all matching except wedges, which are unnumbered. 1) Revolver #1856 is very fine with the bbl retaining about 70% glossy orig blue, mixed with light patina and a couple small spots of rust. Rammer handle and pivot retain bright case colors. Frame retains virtually all of its orig bright case colors, slightly faded. Hammer retains bright case colors on the right side, more faded on the left and rear edges. Cylinder retains about 35-40% orig blue in the rebated area with the larger diameter mostly blue brown patina and shows about 80% Naval battle scene roll marking. All 6 safety pins are servicable. Trigger guard & front strap retain 92-93% orig silver. Backstrap & buttstrap are cleaned bright metal. Grip is sound with sharp edges and a couple of small nicks and overall retains about all of its bright orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. 2) Revolver #4257 is also very fine. Bbl retains 15-20% orig blue with the balance having flaked to a light patina. Rammer pivot retains bright case colors, turning silver on the handle. Frame retains very bright case colors on right side and in sheltered areas on left side, a little faded elsewhere. Recoil shields are moderately faded. Hammer retains dark case colors, brilliant on back edge. Cylinder retains about 50% thin orig blue and shows about 80% Naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard retains about 65% orig silver, thin with brass showing through on front strap. Backstrap & buttstrap retain traces of silver being mostly cleaned metal patina. Grip has 3 or 4 small gouges with flaking around the bottom edges and sides and overall retains about 65-70% orig varnish. Hammer will not catch in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. Wedge is a replacement. Case has a crack across the lid with a short grain check, 3 or 4 small grain checks in the bottom and overall retains most of an old refinish. Interior is heavily faded, being mostly a gold color inside the lid with a rectangular patch of burgundy color where something had been placed there for many years. Bottom is also heavily faded with light soil and damage from front sights. Flask has 3 or 4 small dents on backside and shows about 70% orig finish. Mold is crisp with about 90% orig blue with the loss areas flaked. Other accessories and parts are fine. Documents and photographs accompanying are very good overall. Hard images, buttons and other artifacts contained in a “Remembrance Box” are also very good. The framed New York State Commission appears dry mounted with cracks and a tear on right side with foxing and acid burn, but ink inscriptions are dark and completely legible. The large watercolor albumin photo is in very good to fine condition in contemporary gold leaf gesso frame with small spots of foxing and acid burn, unaffecting aesthetics. Framed color lithograph of Annual Ball of the 79th appears fine overall though not removed to check for mounting. 49633-1 JS (100,000-150,000) – Lot 3143

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3144

EXTREMELY RARE CASED DOUBLE SET OF ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS.

SN 159780/159793. Cal. 44 Revolvers are virtually identical with 8″ rnd bbls, nickel silver front sights and 1-line New-York U.S. America addresses. Left side of frames, about center are engraved with “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow shape. Left front web of trigger guards have the caliber marking. Frames are 3-screw type with usual rebated cylinders that have Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guards and iron backstraps contain old replacement, varnished burl walnut 1-pc grips. Revolvers are identically engraved by Gustave Young in late vine pattern with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns without background shading on the frames. Matching engraving extends up both sides of bbl lugs and terminates just forward of the addresses. Trigger guards & backstraps are matching engraved with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern on the top flats. SNs on the bottom of both revolvers are all accompanied by the small letters “I.P.” which signifies that they were to have ivory grips and receive special polishing for engraving. Trigger guard on No.159780 has been thinned & beveled. Accompanied by what is probably their orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany double casing with brass reinforced corners and a brass plaque in the lid that is engraved “JJS”. Interior is compartmented for the two revolvers, a presentation style silver plated trophy of arms & flags “COLTS PATENT” flask with long straight spout, a bow-legged brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter that has had the cavities polished which heavily beveled edges of cavities, a soft packet of waterproof cartridges dated “March 18, 1862”, an L-shaped nipple wrench and two lacquered tins of Eley’s caps. Engraved Model 1860 revolvers, while not uncommon, are still scarce and are seldom encountered. Double cased sets are extremely rare. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Revolvers are both all matching except grips, as noted. They are virtually identical in condition, being mostly grey metal patina with fine pitting around the muzzle of 159780. Cylinders are matching patina and show about 50% Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. No. 159793 has a replaced hammer screw and backstrap screws are battered. The replacement grips are extremely fine with sharp edges and retain about all of their fine custom hand rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are fine; bore on 159793 is bright & shiny; bore on 159780 has strong rifling with some shine and moderate pitting. Case has a couple of cracks in the top with some lifted veneer and some grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound and retains most of a very old restored finish; lining in the lid is lightly faded with light soil; bottom is heavily faded with cleaned heavy soil; partitions are solid; flask has some small dents in the back and overall retains 65-70% thin orig silver finish; mold has pitted sprue cutter and has been heavily polished including the cavities in the left arm which have dished the edges effectively ruining the mold; cartridge packet is still sealed with one small tear on the top and missing parts of the label, but still a very rare packet; nipple wrench is fine; cap tins are flaked with soiled labels. The two compartment lids utilize 10.5mm turned “certifiable antique ivory” finials. 49254-1 JR160 IVORY (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3144

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3145

CASED ENGRAVED & GOLD-PLATED COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 5252. Cal. 44. Gold finish with 8″ rnd bbl, altered front sight with most of bbl address worn away. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and it has brass trigger guard with iron backstrap that contains a 1-pc “certifiable antique ivory” grip with deep relief Mexican eagle on left side. Buttstrap has a lanyard stud & ring. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with stock screws replaced. Cylinder is of the early full fluted type. Revolver is engraved by Nimschke with full coverage intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background on the frame. Sides of hammer nose are engraved with a wolf’s head with fish scales on the spur and foliate arabesque patterns down the sides. Engraving extends over sides of bbl terminating well in front of the bbl address with patterns around muzzle. Rammer pivot is engraved to match with a rope pattern around rammer handle. Top of backstrap is engraved with a fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns near top at the heel, on buttstrap & trigger guard. Cylinder is beautifully engraved with diamond & dot patterns in front of flutes and foliate arabesque patterns in rear of flutes. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter that identifies this revolver in 44 caliber with an 8″ bbl, “blue/brass” finish with wood stocks and shipped to the U.S. Navy Yard New York on May 9, 1861 in a shipment of 250 guns. Accompanied by a fine English style green velvet lined mahogany casing with concealed handle in the lid with center medallion engraved “LB”. Interior is compartmented, English style for the revolver, a blued bullet and ball “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, marked on right side “44 H”, a replacement brass eagle and stars flask, a tin of W. & C. Eley caps, a soft packet of six waterproof cartridges by Hazard Powder, a pewter oil bottle, an all steel cleaning rod and inside the covered compartment additional Eley combustible cartridges. Also accompanied by a letter signed Max H. Preusler dated June 29, 2009 wherein he states that this revolver has belonged to his family since Mr. Thord Hallstrom-Gray (Ivor Thord-Gray) received it during the Mexican Civil War 1913-14, when he fought under Pancho Villa’s command. My maternal grandfather, Brig. Arne Hallstrom, received it as a gift from Thord (his father’s brother), and Mr. Preusler inherited it from his grandfather. Additionally included is a letter dated Aug. 2009 from Claes Andersson, Arms & Armour Department, Stockholm Auction house, wherein he states that he could confirm that he first saw the revolver in 2001 and that the Stockholm Auction house had sold at least seven items from the Ivor Thord-Gray Collection which came from other parts of the Hallstrom Family. He states that he confirms Mr. Preusler’s statement in the above letter. Additionally accompanied by Mr. Thord-Gray’s book Gringo Rebel published 1960, a first edition with original dust cover. Also accompanied by 2 books in Swedish Ivor Thord Gray, Soldat Under 13 Fanor (English translation: Soldier under 13 Banners) and Mannen Som Hittade Tarzan (English translation: The Man Who Found Tarzan). Consignor states that he obtained this revolver from the family of Ivor Thord-Gray who was a Swedish-born U.S. citizen and soldier of fortune who fought in thirteen wars on four continents from 1897 thru WWI and the Russian Revolution. He was a linguist and scholar and an author. He also authored an 1,100 page dictionary of English to the native tongue of the Tarahumara Indians. Mr. Thord-Gray, spent his military service in various countries, but the one we are most concerned with here is his time spent fighting in the Mexican Revolution, 1913-1914 which he memorialized in his book Gringo Rebel: Mexico 1913-1914, a copy of which accompanies this lot. Mr. Thord-Gray earned many honors during his military career along with honors for scholarship including membership in the Royal Academy of Sciences of Uppsala and a degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the same university for his work in linguistics. He became a trustee of the American Classical League, 1930; a member of the Royal Geographic Society; The Geological Society of London and the Archeological Institute of America. Mr. Thord-Gray inadvertently was the impetus for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ fictional character, Tarzan of the Apes. Apparently in the early 1930’s Mr. Thord-Gray wrote a letter from Stockholm to the President of the Adventurer’s Club of New York relating an incident that occurred while he was on patrol with a mounted police unit in South Africa. He heard the story of a child who had been kidnapped by a band of baboons who frightened the servant/babysitter into running back to the parents who came immediately but could find no trace of the young boy. Although the parents searched diligently they were never able to locate the child. About ten years later Mr. Thord-Gray was in the area of the Drakensberg Mountains when his group of surveyors inadvertently trapped a band of baboons in a box canyon. One of the baboons was blond and very agile and took off up the mountainside with the others. About half way up the cliff he lost his footing and fell to his death. This was apparently the child that had been stolen by the baboons. Eventually Mr. Burroughs somehow heard the story and created his fictional character on that basis. Mr. Thord-Gray states in his book and apparently in notes left with the above mentioned Brig. Arne Hallstrom that he obtained this beautiful revolver when he was fighting in the Mexican Revolution, probably in 1914 under Gen. Blanco and Carranza. When the situation among the Revolutionaries, for whom Thord-Gray was fighting, came to a standstill with in-fighting among the various groups, Mr. Thord-Gray suggested that Carranza & Blanco send an emissary to Emiliano Zapata to try to patch things up. At first they said it would be impossible but when Mr. Thord-Gray volunteered to lead with a squadron of 100 mounted Yaqui Indian warriors as an escort, they agreed to the plan. He states as he was preparing to leave Gen. Blanco “handed me a very handsome 44 Colt revolver, exquisitely chased with gold inlay” and asked him to give it to Zapata with 200-rds of ammunition as a token of friendship. After a perilous journey over 13,000 foot mountains and skirmishes with various other revolutionaries he reached what he thought was Zapata’s camp. When he became nearly trapped he sent a scout ahead to contact Zapata who was able to meet a Col. Morales who Mr. Thord-Gray had met previously in Mexico City. Initially he and his men were disarmed and taken into custody but when he was informed of the purpose of the “mission” he left right away to try to find Zapata. Before Col. Morales left Mr. Thord-Gray gave him the gun & ammunition that he had brought as a gift to Zapata. Late the next day Col. Morales returned with the news that he had been unable to contact Zapata and returned the revolver to Mr. Thord-Gray. And, as the saying goes, the rest is history. Apparently Mr. Thord-Gray kept the revolver for himself as is evidenced by the letters from his descendants, although there is some conflicting information in Mr. Thord-Gray’s book. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Fair to good, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Bbl lug SN has been re-stamped. Overall shows heavy wear with most of the engraving still visible, sharp in some places. One of the frame stock screws is a replacement and wedge screw is missing. Cyl spindle is a little loose in frame. Grip is sound with age lines, showing heavy wear and retains a cleaned ivory patina. Mechanics are a little stiff, the hand having been replaced (the orig accompanies), otherwise mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. Book is very fine with slightly worn dust cover. Case has a crack in the lid, otherwise it is extremely fine with light handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains 96-98% orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with light soil. Mold retains about 75% orig blue. Flask, a replacement, has a couple of small dents with replaced spring and slightly damaged spout. Flask slot in the case is for a Dixon style bag-shaped flask. Other accessories are fine. 49254-15 JR378 IVORY (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3145

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3146

EXTREMELY FINE CIVIL WAR MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 129,032. Cal. 44. This is an extremely fine example of a martial 1863 US cavalry purchased Colt Army revolver. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line U.S. America address. Frame has “COLTS PATENT” stamped on left side and is 3-screw style. Cyl is usual rebated style with 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. All of the safety pins are crisp and serviceable. The brass trigger guard & iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN found in grip channel. Both sides of grip have crisp cartouches “JT” (John Taylor) and “JSD” (LT. John S. Dudley) several of the metal parts have inspector initials. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms about 127,000 Model 1860 revolvers were purchased by the Federal Government for use in the Civil War. The vast majority of these revolvers were issued to front line troops and was the most extensively used handgun throughout the Civil War. This particular example is totally original and matching in every regard and has identical condition from muzzle to butt, you can not find a more honest Civil War example in such extremely fine condition. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall, all matching and original. Bbl retains about 90% orig blue with a few dings and dents around wedge slot and small areas of pin prick pitting near muzzle. “Feathering” in finish is easily discerned around sight and loading arm catch. Frame, hammer, and loading arm retain much of their bright case colors with balance muted and silver/gray. Cyl retains about 60 – 70% of its original blue finish and shows virtually all of its crisp and well discerned Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard exhibits a smooth yellow brass patina. Backstrap & buttstrap retain about 60 – 70% of their thinning original blue finish with the balance gray/plum. Grip is sound, solid, well fit with very good discernible inspector cartouches with edge wear as can be seen in photos. Mechanics are excellent and bore is crisp, shiny and well discerned. 49382-3 JS (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3146

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3147

EXCEPTIONAL CIVIL WAR COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 5198. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York address with dashes. Frame is 4-screw style cut for shoulder stock. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cylinder is 6-shots, and full fluted. The silver plated brass trigger guard & steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Given that this model of Colt made its debut shortly before the onset of the Civil War and there are records of many deliveries to Southern distributors, some just days before the shelling of Fort Sumter. Many of these early fluted Army’s made in 1861 are considered to be possibly Confederate arms. This gun possibly could be researched from Colt and other sources that have listed many fluted SNs over the years. Regardless, of who carried this gun during the Civil War, either a Northern or possibly Southern soldier, it has survived in beautiful “as found” condition, retaining much of its orig finish and very superior to most encountered fluted Colt Army revolvers. Accompanied by a four page R. L. Wilson letter which describes the gun’s configuration and condition. He also confirms that the gun appears in the Colt Civil War Shipping Ledgers as follows: .44 caliber, 8-inch barrel, blued and plated finish. Shipped to Wm Read & Son, Boston, Mass, July 16th 1861, in a five gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Greg Martin Auctions, Lot 1225, December 8, 2003; The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including bbl, frame, trigger guard, backstrap, cylinder, wedge and arbor. Grips are unnumbered but fit gun very well and match overall condition and no doubt appear orig to this gun. Bbl and cylinder retain about 60% orig blue turning to grey/plum with streaking. Cylinder has patent information into flute and SN stamped on back of cylinder which still retains 3 complete safety pins and 3 that are smashed or partially smashed. SNs and other markings on gun are well struck and easily discerned as can be seen in photographs. The frame, hammer and trigger guard retain some muted case colors with balance a silver/grey with scattered staining and pinprick pitting. Brass trigger guard retains about 40% orig silver plating. Iron backstrap retains about 10% bright blue finish with balance matching rest of gun. Grips are sound and well fit showing light to moderate edge wear retaining over 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with crisp rifling. 49059-59 JS (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3147

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3148

RARE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY 3-SCREW VARIATION PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 1444. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-15/16″ rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line New York U.S. America address. Frame has “COLTS PATENT” over a small “U.S.” and the cal is marked on left shoulder of trigger guard. Frame is the rare 3-screw version cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. There are only about 4,000 fluted Army revolvers produced and of that number consignor states that there were only about 400 of the 3-screw variation. Cyl is full fluted with patent date in one flute and SN in another. The brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a replacement 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a “JT” (John Taylor) inspector cartouche and right side has a “WHR” (William H. Roberts) sub-inspector cartouche. Trigger guard, backstrap, cyl & bbl all have small “D” inspector initials. Bbl has a slightly trimmed muzzle. Frame, hammer, rammer, cyl & backstrap are Tommy Haas quality restorations, as is the grip. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl, as noted has a slightly angled, flat crown and retains about 60-70% glossy orig factory blue with the loss area flaked to a medium patina; rammer & handle retain bright Colt-style case colors; frame & hammer also retain bright Colt-style restored case colors; cyl retains bright blue in the flutes, thin on the outer diameter and show all 6 safety pins crisp and serviceable; trigger guard is a medium mustard patina. Backstrap retains about 60% glossy Colt-style blue with center of backstrap bare metal. The replacement grip shows edge wear with a few nicks and retains about 75% varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, frosty & pitted in the grooves. 49151-1 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3148

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3149

VERY FINE CIVIL WAR MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 67875. Cal. 44. This is a fine example of a martial 1862 US government purchased Colt Army revolver. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line Colt U.S. America address. Frame has “COLTS PATENT” stamped on left side and is 3-screw style. Cylinder is usual rebated style with 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. All of the safety pins are crisp and serviceable. The brass trigger guard & iron backstrap contain an oiled 1-pc walnut grip. Both sides of grip have discernible cartouches and several of the metal parts have inspector initials. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms about 127,000 Model 1860 revolvers were purchased by the Federal Government for use in the Civil War. The vast majority of these revolvers were issued to front line troops and was the most extensively used handgun throughout the Civil War. They mostly saw continuous service throughout the war and later on the American frontier, usually under harsh conditions with limited or no maintenance and are rarely found today in such extremely fine condition seeing honest use with good care. Note: the extensive muzzle wear from being taken in and out of holster but gun still retains excellent finish, mechanics and aesthetics. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine overall. All matching including bbl, frame, trigger guard, backstrap, cylinder, stocks and grips. Wedge was not numbered. Bbl retains over 80% orig blue with much of balance plum with scattered small dings and dents around wedge slot. Finish at muzzle around front side is dull though feathering is still visible and discernible muzzle wear on right side. Frame, hammer, and loading arm retain muted case colors with balance silver/grey. Cylinder retains traces of orig blue in safety slots and shows virtually all of its crisp and well discerned Ormsby Naval battle scene with some wear at high spots and light pitting around front edge. Trigger guard has yellow patina with initials “JFK” stamped on left side. Backstrap retains strong traces of bright blue in protected areas with balance matching patina to rest of gun. Grip is sound, solid and well fit with good discernible inspector cartouches though worn around edges. Grip has moderate edge wear with several dings, dents and scratches. Mechanics are fine. Bore is crisp and well defined with areas of staining and light pitting. 49059-55 JS (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3149

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3150

SCARCE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 142783. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is rebated with usual six chambers and Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. All six safety pins are somewhat serviceable. The brass trigger guard and iron backstrap contain a 1-pc checkered “certifiable antique elephant” ivory grip with deep relief, raised carved Mexican eagle on the left side. Grip is of early construction which consists of two slabs of ivory attached to a center ivory spacer. Grip does not fit well and is not orig to this revolver. Revolver is spectacularly engraved in L.D. Nimschke style with the most elaborate and fabulously detailed foliate arabesque patterns with full coverage on the frame. Engraving patterns extend over the bbl lug and onto the bbl and rammer pivot. Backstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Buttstrap is unusually engraved in diamond & dot patterns. Rebated area of the cyl is engraved in diamond patterns. The number “3” in the serial numbers on the bbl lug, frame & trigger guard appear to have been stamped over a “2”, possibly at the factory. Trigger guard is engraved by another hand. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined Colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided trophy of arms & flags “COLTS PATENT”, angle spout flask, a steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter and a most elaborate Gutta Percha cap box with the deep relief medallion of “ARTHUR DUKE OF WELLINGTON” with image of Wellington in uniform on top. The bottom has a similar medallion of Wellington’s tomb depicting a trophy of arms with a warrior, an angel and a subservient male lion. Caption of this medallion is “BRITANNIA MOURNS HER HERO NOW AT REST” and the bottom of this medallion is marked “WATERLOO / JUNE 18, 1815”. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except grip. No orig finish remains, being a cleaned dark grey metal patina with pitting on each side of the muzzle. The “U.S.” in the bbl address apparently was defaced and now re-stamped; the brass trigger guard was never silver plated and now retains a light mustard patina; backstrap is grey metal patina matching the frame; cyl is also a matching patina and shows 20-30% Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. Grip has numerous age lines with chipped toes and a small crack on the left side and shows moderate wear, retaining a wonderful ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Case has a grain check in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains an old restored finish; flask has several nicks, dings & dents with an open seam and missing spring; mold has fine pitting and an artificially aged patina; cap box is extremely fine. 49254-6 JR158 IVORY (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3150

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3151

RARE NICKEL PLATED COLT M1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 192759. Cal. 44. Nickel finish with 8” rnd bbl with German silver front sight and “NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. It has usual 6-shot rebated cylinder and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame with the caliber on the left shoulder of trigger guard. It has brass trigger guard & iron back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Few of these orig nickeled Armys were made and even fewer survive today. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl & rammer retain about 95% strong orig nickel with muzzle edge wear & some very fine pitting with some staining around forcing cone area. Cyl has been fired, but very little and retains 92-95% strong orig nickel with losses on front & rear edges and retains about 97-98% Ormsby naval battle scene. All six of safety pins are present with one slightly mashed. Frame, hammer & grip frame retain about 90-95% orig nickel with some minor flaking & bubbling. Grip has only very light wear on edges with some minor chipping in varnish & overall retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few spots of light pitting. 49642-3 JAL2 (8,000-10,000) – Lot 3151

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3152

CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 174796. Cal. .44. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl. Slightly altered nickel silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “.44 cal”. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blue steel backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with the last 3 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is rebated with 6 chambers and Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll mark. 4 of the 6 safety pins are serviceable. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver and a bullet and ball “COLTS PATENT” mold with spure cutter. Front center compartment has a quantity of bullets and balls. Other 3 compartments are empty except for a functioning key. Inside the lid has an attached copy of “DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING COLT’S PISTOLS” label. There were about 200,500 of these pistols produced in the period 1860 – 1873. By the SN it is apparent that this pistol was produced well after the Civil War, however it almost certainly would have been used on the American Frontier, probably well into the late 1870s, early 1880s. Few of these fine revolvers survive today with orig finish and still fewer are cased. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Overall retains most of a blued finish, thinning on left side of bbl. Rammer and handle show restored blue finish. Frame shows strong restored blue over its color case hardened finish. Cyl is a smooth, light brown patina with traces of blue and shows 60-70% Naval Battle Scene roll marking. Trigger guard is a medium mustard patina and the backstrap shows about 95% restored blue. Grip is sound with usual nicks and scratches and retains about 95-97% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. Case is sound, with the exterior showing a cleaned dull finish on the lid and strong varnish on the sides and edges, interior is moderately faded and soiled with solid partitions. Label is yellowed with scattered staining. This is a fine 1860 Army case that could be carefully restored. 49432-58 JR (5,000-7,000) – Lot 3152

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3153

CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 90961. Cal. .44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, slightly reduced nickel silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. The brass trigger guard and steel backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Although the cartouches are worn away this is undoubtedly a martial revolver with small inspector initial over all of the visible parts, including cyl, backstrap, trigger guard and bbl. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined mahogany casing that is compartmented in bottom for the revolver with empty compartments that would contain a flask, mold and other implements. Front center compartment contains lead bullets and balls. About 200,500 of these fine revolvers were produced in the period 1860 – 1873. They were one of, if not the most favorite sidearm during the Civil War. Large numbers were purchased by the U.S. Government with many more private purchased by individual soldiers. These Civil War era revolvers generally saw very hard service under adverse conditions which continued on the American Frontier with units fighting Indians well into the late 1870s/1880s. This appears to be one of those hard used revolvers to which has been added this fine case. CONDITION: Revolver is very good, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Overall retains a smooth, cleaned gray metal patina. Trigger guard retains a mustard patina. Grip has a repaired left toe and shows heavy wear with a hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with fine pitting. Case has a crack in the lid, otherwise is fine with numerous small nicks and scratches with moderate soil and shows about 75% orig finish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with moderate to heavy soil in the bottom and a re-glued center partition. 49432-55 JR (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3153

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3154

VERY EARLY AND SPECIAL CASED SAMUEL COLT PRESENTATION MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER PRESENTED TO THE ORGANIZER OF THE WORLD FAMOUS CRYSTAL PALACE EXHIBITION IN LONDON.

SN 36651. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and two line “New York City” address with brackets. Left side the frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the small guard silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a one piece walnut grip with last four digits of matching serial number in the back strap channel. Back strap is engraved in old English and period script “Presented To Mr. G. Whiting / by Col. Saml Colt 1851”. Mr. Whiting was the organizer of the world renowned Crystal Palace Exhibition. Accompanied by a rare, special made brown velvet lined English oak casing with brass medallion in lid and swinging English latches on the front, with a mortised brass lock and round escutcheon in the front. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver with a recess for the cylinder, a single sided revolver flask, a two cavity brass Colt’s Patent mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and an early lacquered tin of Ely’s caps. Covered right rear compartment contains cast lead bullets and balls. This exact cased set is pictured in color as Fig. 3 on pg. 252 of COLT’S POCKET ’49, Jordan & Watt. Back strap of this revolver is pictured as Fig. 2 on pg. 231 of the referenced publication. This casing is a special made for presentation at the London Exhibit at the Crystal Palace and is one of the first known uses of the “Col. Saml Colt” wording on a firearm presentation, possibly even before he used the title in the US. CONDITION: Revolver is very good, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains 60-70% thin, orig blue turning plum over the top. Rammer retains smoky case colors, stronger on the left side of the pivot. Frame retains smoky, thin, faded case colors with unusual polishing marks. Trigger guard and back strap retain strong orig silver plating with the exposed areas a medium mustard patina. Cylinder is a gray-brown patina and retains about 75-80% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear with light nicks and scratches and retains about 85% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case is sound with usual handling and storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with moderate to heavy soil in the bottom, partitions are sound. Flask is fine and retains about 50-60% orig finish. Mold is crisp and appears unused with a few minor nicks and scratches. Cap tin is good. 49564-6 JR (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3154

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3155

RARE CASED SILVER-FINISHED AND ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER W/POSSIBLE GARABALDI GUARD CONNECTION.

SN 187177. Cal. 31. Nickel finish with 6″ oct bbl, scarce dovetailed front sight with 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” engraved in a pillow shape. Cyl has stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking and six chambers. The brass, large guard trigger guard and backstrap contain a spectacular 1-pc “certifiable antique elephant ivory” grip that has the raised, carved head on the left side of a man who appears to be that of Guiseppe Garabaldi for whom a unit called the Garabaldi Guard was named. It was raised in May of 1861 and mustered into service Jun. of 1861 and fought completely through the war and was mustered out July 1865. They had a very distinguished career and fought in a number of significant battles including Gettysburg and several other hotly contested battles. They had eight officers and 107 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded during their service along with one officer and 158 enlisted men died from disease. Revolver is engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which has several scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Engraving extends over the bbl lug and rammer pivot with Mr. Young’s trademark dogs head on the left side and flower blossoms on the right side. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern at the top. Hammer is also deluxe engraved with wolfs heads on each side of the hammer nose. Accompanied by a rare burgundy velvet lined Colt maple or applewood casing that has the colorful figure of a man in very early style clothing applied to the lid. Interior is compartmented, probably for a 6-1/2″ Colt Model 1862 Police percussion revolver, a silver plated double-sided eagle & stars flask, a silver plated “Colts Patent” mold without sprue cutter, a silver plated L-shaped nipple wrench, a partial packet of combustible cartridges, a “certifiable antique elephant ivory” screw-top bits box with Eley cap tin label on top, a pair of dice and an ivory pendant. All of the serial numbers on the bottom of the revolver are accompanied by a small “I” which indicates it was to receive ivory grips. Several of the screw heads are engraved, as are ends of wedge. There is a drawing in the accompanying pages which shows the Garibaldi Guard marching past Pres. Lincoln in 1861. Their uniforms resemble the colorful figure on top of the case. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except grip. Overall retains most of an old silver finish with some scattered fine pitting; cyl retains most of its plated finish and shows about 30% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking; hammer screw, wedge screw, trigger guard and top of the backstrap screws are replacements. Grip has a couple of age lines but is completely sound with a wonderful, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid and a few more in the bottom, otherwise is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of what appears to be it’s orig finish; interior is lightly faded & soiled with solid partitions; flask retains about all of its orig silver finish; mold retains most of its silver finish; cartridge packet has been opened and repaired; other accessories are fine. 49254-2 JR145 IVORY (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3155

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3156

VERY FINE FACTORY ENGRAVED CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER.

SN 59664. Cal. 31. Blue & color cased hardened with 6″ oct bbl, pin front sight & engraved “Saml Colt” address. Left side of the frame is engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a double arc shape. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a nicely figured varnished burl walnut 1-pc grip with last four digits of matching SN in the backstrap channel. Cylinder is 5 shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Revolver is beautifully engraved in 1853 when famous engraver Gustave Young was first working with Colt. Gun exhibits full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend over the bbl lug & top side flats with matching patterns on the rammer pivot. One scroll on the left side of frame terminates in stylized eagle head, other on recoil shield terminates in eagle and a snake or serpentine head,and others terminate in flower blossoms. Matching pattern engraving is also on the backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard. Hammer is deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank, an eagle’s head on each side of the hammer nose, fish scale patterns on the sides of the spur & top edge with a hand checkered spur. SN’s on the bottom of the revolver and buttstrap are accompanied by a small punch mark which is thought to signify extra polishing for engraving. Accompanied by an orig blue velvet lined mahogany casing compartmentalized in the bottom for a “COLTS PATENT” eagle and stars pocket sized flask, a brass 2 cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, wood handled cleaning tool, L-shaped gun tool, paper wrapped wood block pack of cartridges and a small cap tin. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “0472” but has matching patina and engraving. Bbl retains over 80% strong blue with some flaking & thinning. Rammer & handle retain dark case colors. Frame & hammer are finished bright with matching color to silver plated backstrap & trigger guard which is 98% intact. Cylinder retains 90% of its cylinder scene with traces of thin blue in protected areas. Cylinder has been polished bright overall with areas of flash pitting especially on one side. Grip has good edges with light wear and a few nicks & scratches and retains most of its varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. English style mahogany case is sound & solid with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and overall retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is very good overall with areas of soiling & wear. Paper label glued inside case has several small reductions, tears & cuts but text for loading is all discernible. Partitions are solid. Flask is average condition retaining traces of varnish and yellow brass patina. Mold is average condition with good patent markings and traces of thin finish. Cartridge pack is sound. Cap tin has reproduction label. About a dozen orig balls, and bullets are retained under partition. There is a non-functional key included for display. 49059-84 JS (10,000-20,000) – Lot 3156

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3157

CASED AND ENGRAVED SILVER PLATED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET MODEL WITH 6″ BARREL AND IVORY GRIPS.

SN 75258. Cal. 31. This beautiful silver plated engraved Colt Pocket conforms to other examples with 6″ bbl, 5 shot, smooth cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene & typical engraved scrolls seen on other contemporary engraved guns made in 1853. Gun has 2-line New York address and plating appears contemporary to time of use. 2-pc smooth ivory grips are “certifiable antique elephant ivory” that are well fit to this gun. The accompanying blue velvet lined case is compartmentalized and holds a 2 cavity brass bullet mold, a “Colts Patent” powder flask with eagle, a pair of composition dice are found in compartment along with paper cap container with New York label. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Gun is very good to fine overall. Appears all matching with a re-numbered wedge. Stocks are not SNd but are well fit, matching gun well, have the typical Colt beveling & appear orig to time of plating and engraving which was done after orig manufacture. Safety pins are all intact. Stagecoach hold up scene is about 80% visible where polished & plated over as is typically seen. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp bright bore. Mahogany casing is sound & solid. Velvet cushion on top is replaced & re-glued. Rest of lining is worn with soiling, staining & light fading. Flask has traces of orig lacquer, is dented on reverse. Brass bullet mold has no patent marks, with scattered small blemishes and mustard colored patina. Cap container very good with bright labels. 49254-34 JS IVORY (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3157

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3158

SCARCE COLT LONDON MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH RARE CASE.

SN 2224. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Colt/London address with brackets that have long finials. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT”. The Blued steel trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip, matching numbered to this revolver in the backstrap channel. Cyl is five chambers with stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Accompanied by a rare burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing that has the rare interior configuration recess for the revolver, a Dixon bag shaped flask, a blued steel bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter marked “COLT’S PATENT” & a small “p” on right side, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a small tin for percussion caps, a brass bits box and a wood handled metal cleaning rod. Right front compartment contain an open packet containing five partial combustible 36 cal cartridges with one missing. There were only about 11,000 of these rare pistols produced 1853-1857. Of that number, only a few were cased, with the case found here the most rare of all. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including rammer, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 75% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn to a medium/dark patina. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors. Frame retains about 70% bright case colors on the sides, faded on the recoil shields with fine pitting on top, left, rear side of recoil shield. Cyl retains traces of orig blue, mostly cleaned to bright metal and shows about 90% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking. Trigger guard & backstrap are a grey patina. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains about 90% orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. Case is sound with possibly restored external finish. Interior is heavily faded inside the lid and lining is now a golden/tan color. Bottom retains burgundy color under the implements, faded to tan on the upper surfaces. Flask has broken spring, otherwise is very fine with about 75% orig gold wash on collar & spout. Mold retains traces of orig blue, being mostly a blue/brown patina with sharp cavities. Cap tin, bits box & cleaning rod are fine. Cartridge packet is open and missing one cartridge with the others broken. 49538-5 JR (6,000-8,000) – Lot 3158

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3159

RARE CASED AND ENGRAVED LONDON COLT POCKET MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2850. Cal. 31. This is a very scarce and beautifully engraved Colt Model 1849 London Colt in fine matching condition with a scarce English bird’s eye maple Colt casing. This revolver conforms to other Pocket Models made in 1854 with 2-line London address with 5″ bbl with small English proofs on bbl lug and each chamber. The gun is profusely engraved with fine English style scrolls for almost full coverage on this gun. The silver plated trigger guard and backstrap hold a beautiful burled walnut grip that retains most of its orig varnish. The casing holds a near new Dixon bag flask with virtually all of its orig varnish,a 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold, L-shaped gun tool, wood tipped cleaning rod, orig pack of caps with Eley Brothers paper label and numerous loose shot in the covered compartment. CONDITION: This gun is fine overall, all matching with strong traces of finish in protected areas, especially on bottom of bbl. Case colors are also found in protected areas facing bbl on loading arm. Cylinder retains 5 safety pins with discernible finish and grey/white overall but markings are crisp and well discerned though “C” in “COLTS PATENT” was only partially stamped and worn. Cylinder scene of stagecoach holdup is mostly discernible with good highlights, with some staining and light pinprick pitting. Backstrap & trigger guard retain about 60% of their orig silver plate and engraving is crisp with some pitting on rear of backstrap. Stocks are well fit retaining most of their orig varnish with edge wear and were not removed as they appear orig to this revolver. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp well defined bore. Maple casing is sound with good orig varnish with a blank brass plaque on top and ebony keyhole escutcheon. Red velvet lining shows light fading, light soiling and wear. L-shaped tool and bullet mold are average good condition with smooth surfaces with traces of thin finish being overall dark grey. Flask is extremely fine retaining about 98% of its bright red lacquer and fairly bright brass top with some streaking and fire blued spring. Cap tin is missing portion of its paper label with 2 or 3 letters missing in text. Paper label for loading is in good condition with some soiling and inked addition of London gun maker and address. 49183-9 JS (5,000-12,500) – Lot 3159

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3160

EXCEPTIONAL CASED COLT MODEL 1849 PERCUSSION POCKET REVOLVER.

SN 262357. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl and scarce 6 shot cylinder, brass pin front sight and scarce 1-line New York address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT” and it has 6-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The large guard silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an red lined mahogany casing partitioned in the bottom for the revolver, a brass 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, & a dbl sided brass eagle flask. An ELEY cap tin marked “COLT PATENT BELT AND POCKET PISTOLS” on its original label is found in a compartment. This revolver was produced in 1864 during the height of the Civil War and almost certainly would have seen service during the Civil War and later, probably on the American Frontier. These small revolvers were extremely popular from their first production until well into the 1870s when they were supplanted by the advent of the self-contained cartridge revolver. They saw extensive use by frontier people of all walks of life and are rarely found today with such near new condition and almost never with an orig case. This is an exemplary 5″ pocket with a scarce 6-shot cylinder. According to Jordan & Watt in their text on Colt pockets, only 5,700 6-shot variants were made in the Hartford range of over 20,000 pistols. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Excellent overall. All matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue. Rammer pivot & handle retain thin dark case colors; frame & hammer retain brilliant dark case colors over 90% of their surfaces. Cylinder retains about 95% orig bright blue with the balance plum retaining almost 100% crisp rolled stagecoach holdup scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain traces of orig silver plate. Grips are sound and solid, well-fit retaining almost all their original bright varnish with only the slightest edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. Case is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches. Interior has some light fading, soiling & wear inside. Iron 2-cavity mold is average condition with traces of finish. Flask retains most of its orig varnish retaining a nice dark patina. Cap tin excellent overall retaining most of its orig japanning and fine green paper label. Cartridge pack is sound and solid with discernible label as can be seen. 49059-74 JS (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3160

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3161

EXCEPTIONAL CASED COLT MODEL 1849 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 289771. Cal. 31. This is an extremely fine Colt Pocket Model with 4″ bbl and 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach hold up scene. Gun has standard 1-line New York address and other Colt Patent markings. This gun, based on SN, was made 1866. Colt casing which accompanies includes a 2-cavity bullet mold, powder flask with eagle, cap tin, some loose bullets & a non functional key. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall. Bbl retains 97-98% orig bright blue finish. Cylinder retains about 50% bright blue finish with balance a blue/plum. Loading arm, frame & hammer retain muted case colors overall with scattered staining and pinprick pitting. Backstrap & trigger guard retain strong traces of orig silver plating which has patinaed black with balance a mustard color. Stocks are sound, solid, well fit, retaining virtually all of their orig varnish with edge wear. Mechanically gun is sound and functional with crisp well discerned rifling in bore with areas of rust and pitting. Casing is sound with faded, soiled & stained lining. “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter retains about 50% thin blue finish. Eagle flask has several small dents, traces of varnish & mustard colored patina. Latch is heavily oxidized. 49059-85 JS (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3161

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3162

VERY FINE CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 327660. Cal. 31. This very nice Colt Pocket Model Percussion Revolver was made after the end of Colt percussion production in about 1871 and retains most of its orig finish. This gun is made with 4″ oct bbl with 1-line New York address. There is a patent stamping on left side of frame and trigger guard is marked at the rear with “31 CAL”. Many percussion Colts of this era were converted to cartridge but this example which escaped conversion, is a beautiful example. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine overall with bbl retaining about 90% bright blue finish. Cylinder retains thinning blue finish that is probably touched up with about 80-90% discernible stagecoach holdup scene. SN on cylinder appears to be orig Colt but overstamped over another number. Frame, loading arm & hammer retain about half of their orig muted case colors with balance grey/silver. Backstrap and trigger guard retain 10-20% silver plating. Well fit grips retain about 95% orig varnish with typical storage dings, dents & edge wear. Safety pins are all smashed. Gun mechanically functions well with crisp well defined rifling in pitted bore. Wedge screw is replaced. Accompanying casing is not of Colt manufacture but displays gun adequately with tools which include pewter pistol flask in average condition. Brass 2-cavity bullet mold of Colt style with iron sprue cutter with no discernible markings. Numerous small dings and dents in brass and iron is well patinaed. A later tin of caps has a partial red paper UMC label. There is also a brass spring loaded capper with broken spring. 49432-51 JS (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3162

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3163

CASED COLT MODEL 1849 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 96117. Cal. 31. Standard Model 1849 Colt Pocket Revolver is in standard configuration of other noted models with 4″ oct bbl with 2-line New York address with brackets. Smooth, 5-shot cylinder with well defined stagecoach holdup scene and small “COLTS PATENT” stamped on left side of frame. The accompanying casing displays gun nicely with an eagle and stars pistol flask and “COLT PATENT” bullet mold. CONDITION: Gun is very good overall. All matching and all orig. Gun is grey overall with scattered staining and pitting, fairly sharp edges and good discernible markings. Cylinder retains discernible rolled stagecoach cylinder scene which is about 90% present with scattered light pitting, but matching color to remainder of gun. Brass trigger guard and backstrap retain 10-20% orig silver plating. Stocks are sound, well fit, retaining about 30% orig varnish with scuffs and heavy edge wear. Gun functions well with good discernible rifling in bore. Eagle flask retains about 30-40%, varnish on obverse around eagle and stars with the remainder dark, dirty with mustard colored patina. “COLT PATENT” bullet mold is mostly brown/grey overall with no finish, properly marked “31PTK”. Accompanying caps and loose balls are very good. Casing is sound with faded, soiled and stained blue velvet lining and partitions. 49432-53 JS (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3163

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3164

EXTREMELY FINE CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1849 PERCUSSION POCKET MODEL REVOLVER.

SN 296916L. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 1-line New York address with English proofs on bbl housing and each cylinder. This variety of “London” Colts is of all American-made parts only proofed and finished in England. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT” and it has 6-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The large guard blued iron trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by a typical English walnut green velvet lined casing partitioned in the bottom for the revolver and 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter, wood handled cleaning rod, L-shaped gun tool, japanned tin of Eley caps, pewter oiler & Dixon bag flask. This revolver was produced in 1867, retaining most all of its orig finish. These small revolvers were extremely popular from their first production until well into the 1870s when they were supplanted by the advent of the self-contained cartridge revolver. They saw extensive use by frontier people of all walks of life and are rarely found today with high orig finish and almost never with an orig case and accessories. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching including wedge. Bbl & cylinder retain about 80% orig dark inky blue with a few small scratches & dings, especially around wedge slot; frame, hammer & loading assembly retain dark case colors over most of their surfaces with balance turning silver/grey; cylinder shows almost all of its well-rolled stagecoach holdup scene with cosmetic scratches; trigger guard & backstrap retain over 90% of their strong orig blue finish. Grips are sound, solid and well-fit retaining most of their varnish finish with light edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. English oak case is sound though well used with numerous dings, dents, & scratches externally; lining in case is soiled with average wear. Paper label for “directions for loading” inside top lid is very good overall with staining, a few small holes and reductions though text is all discernible with desirable red over print and illustrations of Colt arms. 49059-76 JS (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3164

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3165

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 102682. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and the silver plated large guard brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Accompanied an orig Colt green velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a 2-sided, angle spout, eagle & stars Navy size flask, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a packet of combustible cartridges, a sealed tin of paper wrapped, blue label Eley’s caps and a functioning key. While Colt Navy revolvers were produced in fairly large quantities from 1851 into 1873, they usually saw hard service on the American frontier then throughout the Civil War and again on the American frontier after the war, usually under harsh circumstances with limited maintenance and therefore are rarely found today with high orig finish. Cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Dr. John M. Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip, may have been fired but if so, very little. Bbl retains 97-98% glossy orig blue with some light muzzle edge wear, faint sharp edge wear and a small spot of flaking along with some very fine scratches around wedge slot; rammer & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors with bright orig blue on the screws; cyl retains about 95% strong orig blue with some minor flaking, a small drag line and one small spot of damage on rear shoulder; all six safety pins are crisp & serviceable; trigger guard & backstrap retain nearly all of their strong orig silver with small wear spots on heel & toe of buttstrap. Grip is sound with lightly worn edges, a small bruise and a couple of light scratches and overall retains about all of its strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some fine scattered pitting. Case has two grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and overall retains virtually all of its strong orig varnish; interior is lightly faded in the lid, moderately faded & soiled in bottom with solid partitions; flask appears to be new & unused retaining 96-98% crisp orig finish with bright gold on collar & spout and bright blue on the spring; mold is equally new with only some minor scratches on right side and a couple of minor dings on left side; cartridge packet & cap tin are fine. 49450-11 JR (45,000-75,000) – Lot 3165

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3166

FABULOUS CASED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 51942. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line block letter New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cylinder has Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated, small guard brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip. This particular gun, casing and accessories was made in 1856 and is in outstanding condition. The ’51 Navy was one of, if not the most popular side arm on the frontier and later throughout the entire Civil War. You can’t find a much better cased Colt Navy Percussion revolver better than this one. This gun retains virtually all of its orig bright blue on bbl and cyl, beautiful muted case colors, complete silver plate and varnish on grips. The accompanying powder flask with panoply of arms with stars and crossed pistols is also in near new condition retaining virtually of its orig bright finish with scarce “crooked neck” charger. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine and all matching though not disassembled to check for internal numbers. Bbl retains 97-98% orig bright blue finish with small scratches and nicks around wedge slot. Cyl retains 97-98% bright blue finish with a crisp complete well discerned rolled naval battle scene. Only one orig safety pin remains as others are smashed flat. Frame, loading arm, and hammer retain virtually all of their muted case colors with a silver-gray background with minor scuffs and scratches. Trigger guard and backstrap retain virtually all their orig silver plate with brass exposed slightly at rear toe with edge wear. Stocks retain virtually all their orig bright varnish with a couple small nicks in edges. Mechanically revolver functions properly. With a bright brilliant shiny bore. Mahogany casing is sound, solid, and well fit. Lining is light stained, soiled, and worn where revolver and accessories make contact. Powder flask retains 97-98% of its orig varnish and spring retains 90% of its fire blue. L-shaped gun tool retains 90% of a thin blue. Bullet mold retains about 50% flaking blue finish with numerous small dings and dents on two sides. Cap tin is also fine with good green label with minor reductions. Accompanying key is functional. 49642-2 JS (55,000-75,000) – Lot 3166

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3167

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT M-1851 PERCUSSION NAVY REVOLVER INSCRIBED TO CAPTAIN JULIUS HAYDEN, LATER BRIGADIER GENERAL.

SN 63812. This is a fine “as found” Colt Navy orig manufactured in 1856. This gun was originally manufactured under the U.S. Military contract and was rejected for unknown reasons. Sam Colt, being the frugal businessman that he was, put burl grips on the gun, had it engraved, and likely sold it to the public. Most parts have inspector’s initials and a small “U.S.” is found on left side of frame beneath “COLT’S PATENT”. This exact gun is written about on page 85 of Nathan L. Swayze’s book “’51 Colt Navies”. Regardless, this is a engraved and inscribed Colt Navy carried by Julius Hayden who saw continuous service in the U.S. Army as an officer from 1850 to 1870. The backstrap is inscribed “Captn. J. Hayden. U.S.A.”- with the U.S.A standing for United States Army. Captain Hayden was orig commissioned in the 2nd U.S. Infantry seeing service in the west until the Civil War when he was commissioned into the Field and Staff of the 10th U.S. Infantry in the Army of the Potomac. Captain Hayden advanced through the ranks and by the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, he was Inspector General of the 3rd Corp. He is cited in several references as personally leading the 3rd AC to the Gettysburg battlefield as he was acquainted with the terrain. Lt. Col. Hayden was cited by Major General French of the 3rd Army Corps for distinguished and conspicuous ability. Hayden was indeed brevetted Brigadier General for gallant and meritorious service during the Civil War. There are over 100 pgs of copied records of Bvt. Brig-General Julius Hayden outlining his war service beginning in the Mexican War, wounded during this war, with his first promotion in 1850 to Captain until his retirement in 1870. This is a rarely offered inscribed and engraved Colt to a regular U.S. Army officer in fine unaltered matching condition. CONDITION: Gun appears all-orig with matching SNs. Full-coverage engraving of bbl, frame, backstrap, and trigger guard even include screws with exception of hammer screw and wedge screw which appear to be contemporary replacements with matching patina. Metal overall is gray/plum with fairly sharp edges with edge wear. Cyl shows traces of naval battle scene with an old repaired chamber which is barely detectable without close scrutiny. Backstrap and trigger guard retain about 50% of their orig silver plating and hold a fine varnished 1-pc burl grips. Mechanically, revolver functions well with well discerned rifling in bore. This gun no doubt was carried by Hayden throughout the Civil War. 49622-6 JS (16,000-25,000) – Lot 3167

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3168

VERY RARE CASED PAIR COLT ENGRAVED LONDON MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS.

SN 28318/28324. Cal. 36. This pair of guns were made in 1855 in the standard configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbls marked “ADDRESS.COL.COLT, LONDON” with long dashes. Typical English powder proofs are found on bbl housing and each cylinder chamber. Guns are profusely engraved in full coverage with typical English scrolls and floral design including rarely seen coverage on first 2″ of muzzles and full length of loading arm and pivot. The fine silver plated trigger guard and backstrap contain a beautiful pair of varnished burl grips. This is a beautiful pair of guns in an orig English oak Colt case fitted for two revolvers, rare “COLTS NAVY FLASK” marked Dixon bag flask. Two L-shaped gun tools and an iron “COLTS PATENT”, 2-cavity bullet mold with sprue cutter and a paper wrapped orig tin of Eley percussion caps. One fitted compartment contains a couple internal gun parts and a frame screw. A functional case key and several loose bullets are also contained in case. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Guns appear all matching including wedges which contain only last 2 numbers of SN. Stocks were not removed but they are so well fit, retaining most of their orig varnish with only edge wear, they appear orig to these guns. Guns are crisp and grey/white overall with old cleaning to metal and small areas of pinprick pitting especially seen on muzzles and cylinders. Markings are all well discerned and crisp though engraving thin on extremities of bbl. Cylinders retain 60-70% of their naval fight cylinder scenes. Guns have clean, smooth bright bores. Neither gun will index and the two hands found in compartment apparently removed from these guns a long time ago and not replaced, one hand is missing its spring found in compartment. Backstraps and trigger guards retain about 90% orig silver plating with well discerned crisp engraving with slightly less finish on 28324 on inside of grip showing this gun used slightly more than the other. Accompanying Colt English oak casing is brass bound with a folding handle in top of case and a typical round presentation plaque that is blank. Green baise lining is replaced in lid (or at least trimmed as color seems to match the wear and color to lining in bottom of case). Compartmentalized lining has light fading, soiling and wear and reductions where hammers and front sights have cut through. Accompanying flask is very fine retaining over 90% bright lacquer. Flask top has adjustable measurements from 4/8s to 6/8s dram. Mold and L-shaped tools retain much of their orig finish though dull. Cap tin is very fine and still retained in its blue sealed paper wrap with good labels. 49614-1 JS (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3168

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3169
Revised: 10/7/2015

Please Note: Paper label in the case is a facsimile, not an original Colt product.

EXCEPTIONAL MILITARY INSCRIBED CASED 2ND MODEL COLT 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER, LOWER CANADA MILITIA.

SN 31122. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7 1/2″ bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line London address with dashes. Frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” on the left side and the blued steel, large trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking.Left side of bbl lug & cylinder have small British proofs. Accompanied by its Colt orig burgundy velvet lined English mahogany case with brass plaque in the lid inscribed “CAPTN LAFITE 1ST M.L.C.”. Gun is inscribed on backstrap identically. Paper directions for loading & cleaning are found on label inside the lid. Case is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a rare Dixon bag flask marked “COLTS NAVY FLASK”, a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, steel cleaning rod, pewter oiler, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Covered compartment in the right rear hold lead balls. This is an exceptional inscribed revolver made in London in 1855 and utilized by British officer in the militia-Lower Canada (Quebec) we believe. A little research should reveal the officer’s history and unit. Other “Lower Canada” standard issue enlisted arms fall in the same serial range as subject gun this is the first inscribed officers gun we are aware of and nothing is mentioned in Nathan L. Swayze’s text “’51 Colt Navies”. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall. All matching including wedge, though stocks not numbered. Bbl and cylinder retain about 95%+ glossy orig blue with scattered stains with light pinprick pitting. Frame, loading assembly and hammer retain muted case colors with balance silver/grey. Backstrap and trigger guard retain traces of blue finish with balance grey and smooth. Stocks retain most of their varnished surface with edge wear and one bruise at edge on right grip. Mechanically gun functions well with bright crisp bore with pitting near muzzle. 4 complete safety pins are intact, the other 2 are partially smashed. Case is sound and solid, paper label intact with some foxing and edge damage. Burgundy lining has some light fading, wear and soiling. Iron mold retains about 80% of its finish though thin and fading. Dixon flask retains about 90% orig varnish with numerous small nicks, dings and scratches, one large 3/4″ dent on side near base. Cap tin very good with label. Steel cleaning tool very good. L-shaped gun tool is fine retaining 90%+ bright finish. 49059-78 JS (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3169

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3170

EXCEPTIONAL CASED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 202972. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York address with dashes. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking and all 6 safety pins are crisp. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a nicely figured, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by a mahogany, dark green cloth lined casing which is compartmented for the revolver, a fine eagle flask, an iron 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold marked “36 B” (belt model), fine pack of wrapped paper cartridges, an orig paper wrapped tin of Eley’s caps and a functioning key. This is a beautiful cased gun retaining most of its orig bright blue finish and case colors. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching though not disassembled to check for internal SNs. Bbl and cylinder retain about 95%+ bright blue with only edge wear. Loading arm, frame and hammer retain 90%+ case colors. Finish appears touched up in areas as many small nicks appeared recolored. Trigger guard & backstrap retain strong traces of silver plate with balance a mustard yellow patina. Grip is crisp with a couple small bruises & retains about 95% of its orig varnish with edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of staining and light pitting. Case is sound and solid retaining most of a varnished finish. Green cloth lining has areas of fading, wear and soiling. Flask is fine overall retaining 90% its orig varnish. Cap tin is sound with paper wrap worn and oil stained, still sealed with good discernible paper label. Cartridge pack is fine and solid. Mold retains about half of its blue finish with numerous small dents and dings with clear markings. 49059-77 JS (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3170

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3171

CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 40351. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 1-line London address. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” and left side of bbl and cylinder have British proofs. The large guard iron trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by mahogany casing with red velvet lining. Case is compartmentalized in bottom for revolver, a powder flask, bullet mold & cap tin. CONDITION: Very fine overall, all external numbers are matching. Gun was not disassembled to look for any internal or stock markings but gun appears all orig and authentic. Bbl retains about 40% bright blue finish with balance flaked to a plum/grey. Frame, loading assembly & hammer retain much of their orig muted case colors. Backstrap & trigger guard retain about 40% of their blue finish. Well fit stocks are sound retaining most of their varnished finish. Several small chips & scuffs on left grip. Cylinder retains small traces of blue finish and is overall grey retaining most of its rolled cylinder scene. Mechanically gun is sound & functioning with bright crisp bore. Accompanying case is sound & solid with typical storage blemishes. Velvet lining is soiled with some light fading. Case contains about 20 orig balls and pack of caps accompanying flask is a reproduction & key is non-functioning. 49432-60 JS (4,500-6,500) – Lot 3171

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3172

FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER MANUFACTURED AT BEGINNING OF CIVIL WAR.

SN 106032. Cal. 36. Based on SN this particular gun was made in the early months of the Civil War with the early New York address with long dashes. Gun exhibits classic Gustav Young attributed style factory engraving with signature “dog head” on left bbl housing along with floral designs with punch-dot backgrounds. Left side of frame is engraved “COLTS PATENT” in an arc. This is a nice honest example of a presentation grade gun that was among the most popular sidearms among Union and Confederate officers during the Civil War. This gun shows honest use and was well cared for. CONDITION: Very good overall. All matching SNs noted on metal parts, though stocks were not removed as they are so well fit with hand worn patina. Engraving is all sharp & crisp and gun has crisp edges. No orig finish is retained and metal overall is grey. Cylinder scene is mostly discernible and other markings are crisp and well defined. There are scattered areas of light pitting especially at muzzle & face of hammer. Pistol functions mechanically well with crisp, well discerned rifling in bore. 49613-3 JS (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3172

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3173

CASED PROTOTYPE OR POSSIBLY A BELGIAN COPY OF A COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH CASE.

SN 29. Cal. 36 Blue & color case hardened with 6-7/8″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. The New York part of the address appears to be in a different font and has been double rolled. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is usual six chambers with full wrap-around, European style foliate & floral engraving. Left side of barrel lug & cyl have British proofs. Trigger guard & backstrap are iron and contain a 1-pc walnut grip with an indecipherable number in backstrap channel. Almost every part is numbered “29” including rear face of barrel lug, side of the rammer pivot, bottom of frame under trigger guard, cyl spindle, hammer, trigger guard and backstrap. Cyl is unnumbered and has a faint oval “ELG” Belgian proof on the front face. Wedge is a replacement bearing number “327”. Bottom right edge of grip has the faint number “24139” and may be from a “Kriegsmarine” 1851 Navy revolver. This revolver has all the appearances of having been assembled a long time ago from misc. parts, some of which may have been Colt. Accompanied by a blue velvet lined orig English Oak casing with empty plaque in the lid and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a pocket sized Dixon style bag flask with adjustable spout, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “36H”, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Charles Nephew & Co. caps. Inside the lid has the Colts “DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING COLT’S PISTOLS” label. Right rear corner of the bottom has a covered compartment with space in the back for a cleaning rod, which is missing. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except wedge, grip & cyl as noted. Bbl retains about 60% thin orig blue and the rammer pivot smoky case colors; frame retains 50-60% faded case colors on the sides, turned silver on recoil shields; cyl retains about 70% restored blue with fine pitting; trigger guard and backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas being mostly a grey metal patina. Grip has several large chips in the edges and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; worn dark bore. Case is sound with nicks & scratches and retains about 80-85% orig varnish; interior is lightly faded & soiled with sound partitions; flask has a couple small dents and shows a dark copper & brass patina; mold retains about 75% of a restored finish with pitting; nipple wrench, possibly a reproduction is fine; cap tin is fine. 49254-3 JR151 (6,000-9,000) – Lot 3173

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3174

FACTORY ENGRAVED AND INSCRIBED COLT NEW MODEL 1861 NAVY REVOLVER COL. COLT PRESENTATION TO CAPT. J.C. COMSTOCK OF THE HARTFORD LIGHT GUARD.

SN 18670 IE. Cal. 36. 7-1/2″ bbl, full silver finish, “certifiable antique ivory” grips, engraved by C.F. Ulrich, iron backstrap inscribed “Col. Colt to Capt. J.C. Comstock / Hartford Light Guard”. Capt. John C. Comstock of Company A 1st Regiment Connecticut Volunteers was a personal friend of Sam Colt and was a member of the Hartford Militia. He led his men at the First Battle of Bull Run in June 1861 and was at the point of the spear in the first Union advance of the war, which turned into a rout of Union forces known as the “Great Skedaddle”. Comstock became consumptive and died in early 1862, about one month after his friend Col. Colt died. PROVENANCE: Accompanying this gun is a 12 pg letter from noted Colt authority and author R.L. Wilson touting the importance of this significant revolver. Also included are service records and muster roll records for Captain Comstock. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Fine. Pistol retains 60% silver finish overall with some loss of finish on the bbl lug, frame and cyl. Cyl retains 60% of a clear cyl scene with visible engaged date. Six safety pins are intact on cyl. “M 53” stamped on the webs at the rear of the cyl. Ivory grips are orig and numbered to gun. SNs are matching on frame, bbl, trigger guard, backstrap, cyl, wedge and arbor. Engraving is of the late vine style with fine scroll work lacking any punch dot background. “Colt’s Patent” engraved left side frame. Bbl shows fine scroll with a beaded pattern, common to other Ulrich engraved revolvers. Inscription on the very rare iron backstrap is perfectly accomplished. “No more exotic and appealing Colt firearms were made than those used as presentations by the Colonel himself”. (R. L. Wilson) 49514-2 TEP C&R; IVORY (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3174

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3175

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2461. Cal. .36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is usual 6 chambers with Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Trigger guard is un-numbered and appears to have never had a number, however it does have a small “G” inspector initial on the left shoulder. Accompanied by an orig green baize lined Colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided, Navy sized foliate pattern flask with angled spout, and a bullet and ball “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter. Open right rear corner has a small tin of caps and covered left front corner contains cast lead bullets and balls. There were approximately 39,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1861 – 1873. This is considered to be Colt’s most beautiful percussion revolver for its trim, smooth lines. They were very popular throughout the Civil War and later on the American Frontier for their ease of handling and substantial cartridge size. They remained in service well into the late 1870’s before being supplanted by the more efficient self-contained cartridge revolvers. Many of this model revolver were converted to cartridges. Very few are found today in orig configuration with high orig finish and extremely few are cased. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grip and trigger guard which are un-numbered. Bbl retains 80-85% strong orig blue showing light muzzle edge wear and some rust freckling over the bbl lug. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors with the handle turned dark. Frame retains about 75-80% orig case colors, strong and bright on right side, more faded on the left and turned silvery/brown on top of recoil shield. Hammer retains strong case colors, turned silver on top edge. Cyl is a smooth blue/brown patina and shows 60-70% Naval Battle Scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain most of their orig silver finish with a few pimples on backstrap. Grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear, a few nicks and scratches and retains about 90% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of fine pitting. Case is sound with a cleaned area and some crackling of the finish on the lid and overall retains about 80% orig varnish, interior is lightly to moderately faded with light to moderate soil and sound partitions. Flask is fine showing about 90% orig finish. Mold is equally fine with some light freckles of rust and shows about 90% orig blue. 49432-54 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3175

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3176

FINE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 13674. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked with the caliber. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were 38,843 of these revolvers produced in the period 1861 through 1873. Given that this revolver was produced during the Civil War and in all probability carried and used during the Civil War, it is very unusual to find it in such fine high orig finish. These revolvers were carried in wartime under harsh conditions usually with little or no maintenance. After the Civil War they were carried and used on the great American frontier again with hard use and little maintenance. PROVENANCE: Herb Glass (2002); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 75-80% dark, glossy, orig factory blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn to a medium patina. Rammer handle retains faded orig case colors, strong on the pivot. Frame & hammer retain most of their brilliant orig factory case colors, lightly faded on the left recoil shield. Cyl retains 15-20% orig blue with the balance flaked to a light patina and overall retains 92-93% Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. It appears that the roll marking was lightly struck. Four of the six safety pins are crisp and serviceable. Chambers & face of the cyl retain strong orig blue. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of silver plating with the exposed areas a light mustard patina. Grip is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and light edge wear, overall retaining most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 49450-16 JR (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3176

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3177

VERY FINE CIVIL WAR COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY REVOLVER.

SN 13255. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York address with dashes. It has 1860 Army-style rack & pinion rammer with “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame. The brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. This gun is in very fine condition, retaining much of its orig finish and varnished stocks. This particular arm was made in 1863 at the height of the Civil War. Surviving Colts of this era are rarely found in high condition and fine aesthetics as this example. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine overall, all matching. Bbl retains about 30% bright orig finish especially in protected areas with good feathering marks around front sight. Cylinder retains about 10-20% of its orig blue with balance plum with some staining and light pitting on one side. Rolled Ormsby naval battle cylinder scene is almost all discernible. Safety pins all smashed flat. Colt’s Patent marking on frame is double struck and 2nd line is weakly struck as can be seen in photos. Frame, loading arm and cylinder retain about 50% fading and muted case colors. Trigger guard & backstrap retain 20-30% orig silver plate (turned black) balance of brass surface has a light mustard/yellow patina. Grip is sound and sharp showing only minor edge wear and small chips inside each toe. Varnish is 95%+ intact with edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 49059-62 JS (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3177

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3178

FINE CIVIL WAR COLT MODEL 1861 PERCUSSION NAVY REVOLVER WITH CARVED PATRIOTIC IVORY GRIPS.

SN 13476. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl marked “ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S.AMERICA” with dashes. Left side of frame marked with small “COLTS PATENT” and a small “36 CAL” on left rear of trigger guard. German silver front sight, smooth unfluted cylinder with Ormsby naval battle scene; brass grip frame and carved “certifiable antique ivory” grips with most unusual carving of Lady Liberty slaying a sea serpent on left grip. This gun was made in 1863 at the height of the Civil War and this most unusual depiction of Lady Liberty slaying a serpent where the serpent no doubt represents the Confederacy. This gun has survived quite nicely retaining much orig finish and fine aesthetics. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Fine overall. All matching, partial SNs found on bbl, frame, trigger guard, backstrap, cylinder, arbor and wedge. There are no SNs internally on ivory stocks or ivory grips, but grips are made in correct Colt style with beveled edges and are made with 2 slabs adjoined by screwed wood blocks which is most typical of Colt factory guns of the Civil War era. Stocks fit into frame well, but appear slightly smaller than the overall grip frame. Bbl retains about 30% bright blue finish especially in protected areas with balance plum/brown patina with a few scattered nicks, dents and scratches especially around wedge slot. Frame, hammer and loading arm retain about 30% case color with balance being silver/grey with staining and rust on loading arm. Cylinder is an even medium grey/plum patina with traces of blue in safety slots and retains rolled 90% naval battle scene. Grip frame and trigger guard retain about 20% of their orig silver plating with balance a yellow mustard patina. Gun is mechanically sound, crisp fine rifling in bright bore. 49059-61 JS IVORY (7,000-10,000) – Lot 3178

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3179

EXTRAORDINARY CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 35232L. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and the blued steel trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Cyl is full fluted with five chambers and left side of bbl & flutes of cyl are stamped with British proofs. The SN on bottom of bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a small “L” which indicates that this revolver, although made in Hartford, was destined for the English market. Given the pristine new unfired condition of this revolver, no disassembly was effected to check for other matching numbers. Accompanied by its orig English oak casing with an empty brass medallion in the lid. Case is green baize lined with a “Directions for Loading Colt’s Pistols” label inside the lid. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a small Dixon’s bag flask, a blued steel 2-cavity bullet & ball “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked “36P” on right side, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a Dixon-style pewter oil bottle, an empty lacquered tin for Eley’s caps and a blued steel, formed wire cleaning rod in its slot in bottom rear. Right rear covered corner compartment has a “certified antique ivory” pull. Colt ’62 Police revolvers are not uncommon with approx. 28,000 of them produced in period 1861-1873 and cased versions are occasionally encountered but pristine new unfired examples such as this one are almost unknown. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching, although not disassembled to check for matching parts. Overall retains about 99%+ crisp orig factory finish with only a faint cyl line, a few small nicks by the wedge slot and slight thinning on the left end of the wedge, otherwise all finishes are brilliant, complete and original. Grip is sound with one small scratch and a tiny bruise on left side, otherwise there are no discernible flaws. Case is completely sound with light storage & handling marks and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Interior is crisp & clean with very slight fading to the baize and yellowing of the label. Flask is equally pristine & new, with some light flaking on the mold handles. Wrench, oil bottle & cleaning rod are equally new. Cap tin is undoubtedly a replacement, probably having been removed for return transportation to the U.S. A truly exceptional and never to be encountered again ’62 Police revolver. 49642-1 JR217 IVORY (60,000-80,000) – Lot 3179

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3180

RARE CASED EARLY COL. COLT PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 13. Cal. 36. This is one of the very first Model 1862s made in 1861 being SN 13. This gun has Colt factory inscription on backstrap “WM. W. MACFARLAND ESQ WITH COL. COLT’S COMPLIMENTS”. Samuel Colt was known to give many guns to constituents and friends or anyone who could help him sell his guns. This is a very rare variant of the 1862 Police revolver as features noted below and this could quite possibly be the last or among the last “Col. Colt” presentations as Samuel Colt died January 1862! Wm. W. McFarland was a trusted Colt family and business Attorney working in Hartford at the time of the presentation. McFarland was witness to two Colt contracts between Elija Root and General James Ripley in June and August of 1862 for a total of 18,000 Army revolvers within months of presentation of this earliest of Model 1862 Police Revolver. This very early pocket police conforms closely to standard production guns with the addition of a SN on the loading arm on left side and lack of caliber markings on trigger guard and lack of Colts patent marking on fame and unusual Hartford address as these guns should have New York addresses. Otherwise this gun conforms to other model 1862 revolvers being blue & color case hardened with 4-5/8″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is typical half flutes rebated and has a patent date in one flute. Mr. Flayderman’s tag on this gun, which he must have owned since the 1950s, simply states “V. Rare early 62 Colt”. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined Colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for a single sided Eagle and Start “COLTS PATENT” flask, a blued steel bullet and ball mold with “COLT’S PATENT” marked sprue cutter and “36 P” on the side. Also accompanied by an “L” shaped nickel wrench. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching including wedge. Gun was not disassembled but is no doubt all original and authentic in every regard. Bbl retains about 40-50% orig blue with minor scratches and stains; frame, loading assembly and hammer contain traces of original case colors, with balance silver/grey with staining; cylinder retains about 60% strong blue overall with light drag line. Trigger guard & backstrap retain 60-70% of their original silver plating. Grip is sound and solid and well-fit retaining about 95% of its orig bright varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with crisp rifling. Inscription is easily read with some bubbling of silver as can be seen in photos. Case is completely sound with light handling and storage, nicks and scratches and retains most of a lightly added finish. Interior is moderately faded with light soil and solid partitions. Flask is fine with a couple tiny dents and shows an even dark mustard patina. Mold is extremely fine, probably unused with some dings on the sides. Nipple wrench is fine. 49564-8 JS85 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3180

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3181

SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 23868. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame is marked “Colt’s Patent” and left shoulder of trigger guard has the cal marking. Cyl is half fluted with five chambers and it is mounted with 2-pc pearl grips that are hand scratched on the inside “BFY”. Revolver is beautifully engraved, probably by L.D. Nimschke in beautiful New York style with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend onto the bbl lug, around the address and around the muzzle. Rammer pivot is engraved to match with spiral & foliate patterns on the handle. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are also engraved to match with a deep relief foliate panel at top of backstrap. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose. Cyl is engraved to match on the lands between the flutes. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an early double-sided eagle flask, a steel Colts Patent mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a packet of six combustible cartridges and an empty Eley’s cap tin. Few of this model Colt were ever cased and engraved. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching except wedge & grips which are unnumbered. Cyl has only one number visible. No orig finish remains on the revolver being an overall dark blue/brown patina. Trigger guard retains about 70% orig silver and the backstrap/buttstrap about 40%. Grips have a hairline above the left escutcheon and a small repair on the right side at the frame, otherwise are sound with good fire. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. Case has two or three grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded with moderate soil and a couple of slightly loose partitions; flask is extremely fine; mold is battered and worn; other accessories are fine. 49254-7 JR134 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 3181

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3182

COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 25819. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 6-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York U.S. America address. Left side of frame shows a lightly struck “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 Cal”. Cyl is half fluted & rebated with 5 chambers and has all five safety pins prominent & serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in backstrap channel. Only about 28,000 of these revolvers were produced during the period 1861-1873. They were made in three bbl lengths with about 6,500 of that number converted to cartridge configuration. This was a very popular revolver during the Civil War and later on the frontier for its attractive dimensions and sleek look but still with a reasonably powerful cartridge. They remained in service well into the late 1870s/ early 1880s, until completely supplanted by cartridge arms. Few are found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Hamilton Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 65% glossy orig blue with a few scattered spots of surface discoloration with pinprick pitting; frame retains virtually all of its bright, orig case colors; cyl retains 60-65% orig blue, strong in the flutes & rebated area; hammer retains bright case colors, faded to silver on top edge; trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their orig silver slightly thinned on front strap. Grip is sound with very light wear on sharp edges and retains about 98% bright orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few minor spots of pitting. 49450-3 JR (7,000-10,000) – Lot 3182

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3183

EXCELLENT CIVIL WAR 6-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 28220. Cal. 36. This gun conforms to other model 1862 revolvers being blue & color case hardened with 6-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Left side of trigger guard is stamped “36CAL”. Brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Cylinder is typical of this model with rebated half flutes. This gun was made during the Civil War in 1864. This popular Civil War sidearm generally saw very hard service during the war. This is a wonderful example in high condition that survived in near-new condition. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Excellent overall. All matching including wedge. Gun was not disassembled to check for SN on grips but they appear orig to this gun. Bbl retains about 95% orig bright blue with minor scratches and stains. Frame, loading assembly and hammer retain most of their orig case colors though muted on loading arm, with balance turning silver/blue. Cylinder retains about 90% strong blue overall especially bright in flutes and protected areas with light drag line and small scratches consistent with bbl. Trigger guard & backstrap retain traces of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound and solid and well-fit retaining about 99% of its orig bright varnish with light edge wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with crisp rifling. 49059-65 JS (6,000-9,000) – Lot 3183

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3184

EXCEPTIONAL 5-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 33942. Cal. 36. This gun conforms to other model 1862 revolvers being blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Left side of trigger guard is stamped “36CAL”. Brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Cylinder is typical to this model with rebated half flutes. This gun, based on SN, was made just after the Civil War in 1866. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Excellent overall. All matching including wedge. Bbl and cylinder retain about 90% orig bright blue with small loss near muzzle and loss at left side lug, small nicks and scratches. Frame, loading assembly and hammer retain most of their bright orig case colors, with balance turning silver/blue. Trigger guard & backstrap retain traces of their orig silver plating with balance of yellow patina. Grip is sound and solid and well-fit retaining about 98% of its orig bright varnish with light edge wear. Mechanics are sound, bright shiny bore with crisp rifling. 49059-67 JS (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3184

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3185

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH ROYALTY-STYLE CREST.

SN 20353. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 6-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked 36 cal. Cyl is half fluted & rebated with five chambers. The silver plated trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. All the SNs on the bottom of revolver are accompanied by a small “E” which usually indicated to the polishing room that this item was to receive extra polish for engraving. The only engraving is at top of backstrap which is a family crest consisting of a rearing lion with a five pointed star inside a belt with buckle which is engraved “FAIRE MON DEVOIR” which loosely translates to “do my duty”. Left side of bbl and cyl in flutes are marked with British proofs. Accompanied by a mahogany English casing that may be from another revolver. Case has a brass plaque in the lid which appears to be a replacement. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented for a slightly larger revolver, a bag shaped Hawksley flask, a bullet & ball “COLTS PATENT” steel mold, a double end L-shaped screwdriver in the nipple wrench hole, a small metal oil bottle, a tin of Eley’s caps and six 36 cal Eley’s combustible cartridges, along with a supply of bullets & balls. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Numbers on cyl are illegible from battering on rear face. Overall the metal retains a smooth even dark brown patina with traces of orig finish showing through; trigger guard & backstrap are a dark mustard patina. Grip has a tiny chipped right toe with usual light nicks & scratches and retains about 85% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case is sound with a couple grain checks in the bottom and usual handling & storage nicks & scratches with moderate soil and retains a cleaned finish on top with bright varnish on the edges; lock escutcheon is missing; interior is lightly to moderately faded with solid partitions. Flask has a couple small dents and retains about 50% dull finish; mold is moderately pitted and has an overall dark brown patina; cartridges and other accessories are fine. 49432-50 JR (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3185

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3186

EXCELLENT 5-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 13051. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is stamped “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a fine varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Smooth cylinder is usual 5-shots with rebated diameter and has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking with only 1 safety pin retained, others are smashed flat. There were approximately 19,000 of these fine revolvers produced 1861 to 1873. This particular gun was made at the height of the Civil War in 1862 and it is amazing but this specimen escaped hard war service and survived in such fine condition, retaining much of its orig finish and aesthetics. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Extremely fine. All matching, though not disassembled to check for SN on grips as they appear orig and fit perfectly. Bbl address has several letters weakly stamped in “AMERICA” as can be seen in photos and retains about 90% glossy bright factory blue with reductions mostly near muzzle and couple areas on left side; small dents and nicks around wedge slot. Frame, hammer, and loading assembly retain much of their bright case color. Cylinder retains about 20% glossy orig blue, especially in protected areas. There is a light cylinder drag line present. Virtually all of its stagecoach holdup scene roll marking is visible. Trigger guard retains about 40% of its original silver plating with remainder yellow patina. Trigger guard retains traces of silver with remainder matching yellow patina. Grip is sound, well-fit, crisp with only a couple of minor light scratches in finish and retains virtually all of its bright orig factory varnish, light edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, well defined rifling in shiny bore. 49059-70 JS (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3186

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3187

CASED COLT MODEL 1862 POCKET POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH 6-1/2″ BARREL.

SN 31867. Cal. 36. This honest “as found” 6-1/2″ rnd bbl Colt Pocket Police with 5-shot fluted cylinder was made just after the Civil War in 1865. This gun has seen honest use, still retaining some orig finish with an overall excellent patina and all matching. Its accompanying Colt casing presents gun beautifully with an eagle and star flask, “COLTS PATENT” mold and cartridge pack. CONDITION: Gun is very good to fine overall. All matching with strong traces of finish in protected areas of bbl, cylinder and loading assembly. Muted case colors are also present in traces on frame & hammer. Gun overall is grey/plum with areas of staining and pitting. Brass trigger guard and backstrap have mustard colored patina with crisp markings. Stocks are sound and well fit, retaining over 80% of their orig varnish with scattered blemishes, scuffs & wear especially to edges. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp, shiny well discerned bore with pitting. Accompanying casing is sound and solid. Red lining in top has light fading and soiling. Bottom compartmented burgundy colored lining is worn with repositioning of a couple of partitions with fading, staining and wear. Accompanying 2-cavity mold is properly marked “36P”. Eagle flask has traces of varnish being overall mustard patina. Cartridge pack is wood block with discernible label with 1862 patent date. Package is torn and bullets are exposed. Cap tin has torn label on sides retaining most of its japanned finish. Several loose balls are in one compartment along with non-functional key. 49432-57 JS (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3187

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3188

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1855 MODEL SIX ROOT PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 9870. Cal. 31. All blue finish with 3-1/2″ stepped rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and “COL. COLT NEW YORK” address. Cyl is unfluted with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Mounted with uncheckered, varnished 1-pc walnut grip matching numbered to this revolver. It appears that there was about 3,075 of these revolvers produced in two bbl lengths. This revolver was produced in about 1865 probably after the cessation of hostilities of the Civil War. These little revolvers were quite popular with ladies as muff & purse pistols and gentlemen as pocket pistols. They usually saw hard service with very little maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Overall retains 95-96% glossy orig blue with the only losses on right side of the muzzle which is flaked to a dark patina, elsewhere shows only faint sharp edge wear; cyl retains 97-98% glossy orig blue with front edge wear and two or three small freckles by one nipple and shows about 99% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Rammer handle & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors. Grip is sound with no visible flaws and retains virtually all of its brilliant orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with one small spot of pitting. 49402-4 JR (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3188

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3189

DELUXE COLT MODEL 1855 3RD TYPE SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 1423. Cal. 36. Deluxe half stock sporting rifle with 27″ oct to rnd bbl, iron rib on the bottom with two iron guides containing what appears to be the orig brass tipped hickory wiping rod. Front sight is a dovetailed small nickel silver Rocky Mountain shape with Colts adjustable rear sight. It has full-fluted 6-shot cylinder, tiny walnut forearm with German silver tip and German silver escutcheons for the wedge. It is fitted with a highly figured, center crotch American walnut buttstock with checkered wrist and crescent buttplate. It has usual markings on top of the receiver. Trigger guard is scroll type with large guard and finger rest. SN was observed on the frame, rear face of cylinder. Cylinder spindle and toe of buttplate. No further disassembly was effected to check for other matching numbers. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching, as noted above. Bbl retains 93-95% strong orig blue with small spate of light surface rust and a coating of old dried oil. Ramrod retains about 70% black paint. Receiver retains 15-20% bright orig blue in sheltered areas with the balance a silver-brown patina with chemical streaking. Cylinder retains traces of orig blue in the flutes with the balance a silver to brown patina. Buttplate is mostly a smooth brown patina. Stock has a hairline by the top tang, otherwise the wood is sound with light to moderate handling & use marks and a ding & gouge on the forearm. Buttstock retains most of an old refinish but does not appear to have been sanded and could be carefully restored. Cylinder pin screw is battered, otherwise the screws are all fine. Crisp mechanics, bright shiny bore. 49450-4 JR (12,500-17,500) – Lot 3189

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3190

VERY RARE COLT MODEL 1855 REVOLVING SHOTGUN.

SN 459. Cal. 20 GA Standard Grade shotgun with 26-3/4″ oct to rnd bbl, front bead missing and top flat with two line address. Bottom of bbl has an attached iron rib with two guides containing an orig Gutta Percha cleaning rod. Receiver has usual markings on left side. Frame is small size with small iron trigger guard. It is mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut which includes small pewter tip forearm secured with a single key through German silver escutcheons and straight stock with smooth steel buttplate numbered “457”. Cylinder is fluted, 5 chambers, matching numbered and has patent information in one flute. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there are only about 1,100 of these rare shotguns produced in the period 1860-1863 in four variations. These shotguns were produced just prior to the onset of and during the Civil War, and it can be estimated that they would have seen service during the Civil War. Very few survive today, and of those, extremely few known with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except buttplate as noted above. Bbl retains about 93-94% strong orig blue with some scattered light surface rust. Frame retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with some light flaking and a few spots of light surface rust. Top and bottom tangs are a blue gray patina as is the buttplate. Cylinder is a mottled silver gray patina. There is a hairline crack near the toe adjacent to the bottom buttplate screw, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish with a few minor nicks and scratches. Mechanics are fine. Dark bore that may clean better. Gutta Percha cleaning rod is wrapped with tape at the top, otherwise appears to be completely intact having faded to a chocolate patina with black orig color under the guides and on the tip. 49141-1 JR (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3190

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3191

GROUP OF THREE COLT REVOLVER CASES.

SN NSN. 1) English oak casing for 6″ Model 1849 Pocket Model Revolver containing pair of Colt varnished grips and eagle flask. 2) Mahogany casing for 4″ Model 1849 Pocket Model Revolver with 2-sided eagle with stars pistol flask, L-shaped gun tool and some loose balls. 3) Brass trimmed wood casing for pair of 7-1/2″ Single Action Army Revolvers. CONDITION: 1) Casing measures 12″ x 5-1/2″ x 2″ and appears to be a typical English walnut case. Green velvet lining has wear and soiling. Two sided eagle flask retains about half its orig varnish. Orig Colt grips for Pocket Model retain about 95% of their orig varnish with edge wear. SN penciled in channel appears to read “291916”. There is a 2-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ area sanded and repaired on top of box in lower right quadrant of lid which has been re-varnished in that section. 2) Refinished casing has shield shaped brass plaque on top of lid of unknown vintage. Velvet lining is heavily soiled and stained. Accompanying eagle flask is average with no finish and worn but functional. L-shaped Colt gun tool is pitted and refinished. 3) 12-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ x 2-1/2 case sound and solid. Purple velvet lining very good with wear in areas where guns rubbed. Casing is fitted for 14 45 Cal. rnds. One lidded compartment retains a functional key. Casing does not appear to be of Colt manufacture, but would display a pair of guns quite nicely. 49059-247 JS (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3191

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3193

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 144. Cal. 38 RF. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Rammer slot in the bbl lug is filled and right side of the lug is mounted with an ejector housing that has bullseye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has a small Colt’s patent and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 Cal”. Conversion is Richards-Mason style with the firing pin attached to left side of hammer nose with 2 rivets. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. There were about 3800 of these revolvers produced in the mid-1870s, mostly out of previously unused parts in their own serial range which encompasses this revolver. These revolvers were very popular for their handy size with reasonable stopping power. They remained in service well into the 1880s until finally supplanted by the more modern revolvers chambered for centerfire cartridges. They are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 50% strong, orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn to a dark patina. Ejector housing also retains about 50% orig blue. Frame retains virtually all of its orig case colors, bright in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere. Conversion ring retains very bright case colors and the hammer bright colors on the sides and rear edge turned dark on top edge. Cylinder retains 60-70% thinning blue and shows about 95% Ormsby navy battle scene roll marking. Grip frame retains traces of silver plating being an overall medium mustard patina. Grip is sound with a few nicks & scratches, shows light to moderate wear and retains about 95% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 49059-64 JR (6,000-9,000) – Lot 3193

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3194

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 20019. Cal. 38 CF. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, full front sight & l-line New-York U.S. America address. Bbl lug has the rammer slot filled and an ejector housing with bullseye ejector rod head attached to the right side. Frame is marked with patent dates 1871 & 1872 in 2-lines on left side and also has caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is the orig, converted from percussion and has the Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Conversion is Richards-Mason style with the firing pin center mounted in the hammer nose and secured with 2 rivets. There were about 2200 of these revolvers produced in the mid-1870s mostly from previously unused orig parts with a number of others converted for the US Navy and a few converted for civilians who sent their revolvers in to Colt, this being one of them. These revolvers were very popular for their graceful lines and ease of handling with mild recoil but still a reasonably powerful cartridge. They are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Overall retains about 95% strong orig nickel with a few nicks on right side of frame. Cylinder retains 95-97% strong orig nickel and shows about 90% roll marking. Hammer retains brilliant case colors, turned a little dark on top edge. Grip frame retains about 30% orig silver with the balance a lemony patina. Grip has chipped toes otherwise is sound a with a few light nicks & edge wear. And retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong, moderately pitted bore. 49059-69 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3194

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3195

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY RICHARDS MASON CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 31314. Cal. 38 CF. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel silver front sight & 1-line address. Right side of bbl lug has an attached ejector housing with bulls eye ejector rod head. Rammer slot is filled. Left side of frame is marked with “1871” and “1872” patent dates in 2-lines. Left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 Cal”. Cylinder has the Ormbsy Naval battle scene roll marking and last 3 digits “818” of its orig revolver’s SN with last 3 digits “314” of matching SN to this revolver. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder has British proofs, alternating between chambers. However, bbl is not British proofed, indicating that this revolver was not shipped to England but that the cyl was simply recycled from another revolver. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms and The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson there were about 2200 Model 1861 Navy revolvers converted at the factory, of which this is one. They were converted in 3 groups which includes about 1200 returned to the factory for alteration, about 1000 returned by the US Navy for alteration and the balance of about 1000 manufactured from previously unused parts. All of the alteration was performed in the mid-1870s. These slim, functional revolvers were very popular and saw hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. They remain in service well into the late-1870s or later until fully supplanted by more modern revolvers. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 65% glossy orig blue with an area turned brown toward the breech end. Ejector housing retains about 50% blue with the outer radius a brown patina. Frame & hammer retain strong, bright case colors, faded on the recoil shield & loading gate. Cylinder retains 60-65% strong blue and shows about 75-80% roll marking. Chambers retain most of their orig blue. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 75-80% strong, orig silver with some minor flaking on the trigger-bow and front strap just behind the trigger bow. Buttstrap shows moderate wear with some light battering. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 49059-100 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3195

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3196

SCARCE COLT RICHARDS CONVERSATION OF MODEL 1860 ARMY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 4595. Cal. 44 Colt. Nickel finish with 8″ rnd bbl, orig front sight & 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Lug has rammer slot filled and right side has the attached ejector housing with checkered, half-moon ejector head. Left side of frame is marked with the 1871 & 1872 patent dates in 2-lines with Cal. marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. The silver plated brass trigger guard and iron backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has matching SN in backstrap channel. This is Colt’s first successful conversion to a centerfire big bore revolver which was an instant success, much more practical than its predecessor the Thuer conversions. There were about 9000 of these revolvers converted in the period 1873-1878 in two different groupings. One group was numbered within the Model 1860 Army serial sequence and the other made up of previously unused parts. These revolvers were produced during the height of America’s great Westward expansion when any cartridge firearm was in great demand, especially the larger calibers. These revolvers usually saw very hard service and of the few surviving examples today very few retain orig finish. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig nickel and the ejector housing about 90%. Frame retains 90-92% strong orig nickel with some bubbling on left side of frame and conversion ring. Trigger guard & backstrap show light flaking. Cylinder retains about 92-93% orig nickel and shows about 80% Ormsby navy battle scene roll marking. Grip has chipped toes and shows light edge wear and retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 49059-58 JR (6,000-9,000) – Lot 3196

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3197

RARE COLT MODEL 1871/72 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 3051. Cal. 44 RF. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, full front sight with Richards – Mason style fixed rear sight at the breech end and 1-line “New York U.S. America” address. The iron grip frame contains a 1-pc Army sized “certifiable antique ivory” grip that is made in the orig style consisting of 2-pcs of ivory attached to a wooded spacer block. Left side of frame is marked with the 1871 & 1872 patent dates in 2-lines. Firing pin is affixed to left side of hammer nose with 2 rivets. There were about 7000 of these very important revolvers produced in their own serial range in the period 1872-1873. They were the bridge between earlier conversions and the venerable Model 1873 Single Action Army revolver. This model was manufactured with orig parts, not converted from previously used or leftover parts. Right side of bbl lug has an attached ejector housing with bullseye ejector rod head like the Richards – Mason conversions. These revolvers were readily accepted by the buying public and usually saw very hard service on the American frontier. After the advent of the Model 1873 Single Action Army revolver, many of the production later wound up in Mexico, South & Central America where the rimfire cartridge was still prevalent, Few of those revolvers repatriated to the US arrive with any orig finish with most having had their bbls cut. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is an old replacement. Overall retains about 98% strong, orig nickel with some battering on the backstrap and light nicks on the buttstrap. Cylinder has a couple of small scattered spots of flaking and shows about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue, a little thin. Hammer retains strong case colors and firing pin most of its orig fire blue. Mechanics are fine. Grip, probably an old replacement shows heavy wear with some damage by the buttstrap and several areas of fill, and overall retains a very dark, yellow ivory patina. Strong bright bore with a couple patches of rust. 49059-95 JR IVORY (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3197

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3198

FINE CUSTER RANGE COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 4746. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly thinned with full height front sight, 1-line script letter address and matching SN on the bottom under the ejector housing. Ejector housing is 1st type with replacement, donut-shaped ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that shows faint matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has the outline of its cartouche, which would have been “OWA” (Orvil W. Ainsworth), who was the government inspector at the Colt factory at the time this revolver was produced. Mr. Ainsworth’s tiny “A” inspector initials are found on bottom of bbl, trigger guard, backstrap, cyl and bottom left edge of grip. This revolver falls directly in the center of the serial range issued to the 7th Cavalry Regiment under Custer in 1874. On June 25, 1876, Custer and five companies of the 7th Cavalry and three white scouts were annihilated at The Battle of the Little Big Horn by the combined forces of several tribes of Indians. There were at least 632 Single Action Revolvers carried into that battle, of which about 252 to 280 were lost on the battlefield that day. There were 212 Cavalrymen and three civilians killed with Custer, all of whom were carrying Colt revolvers. Of the 632 Colt revolvers carried into the battle that day, a total of 302 were reported lost during the battle. The fact that this revolver has remained in near orig configuration attests to the almost certainty that it was captured by the Indians at the Custer fight. Had it remained with the 7th Cavalry, or any active Cavalry unit it would have been recalled in 1895 or the early 20th century and would have been converted too artillery configuration with its bbl cut to 5-1/2″. Since that did not happen there are really only two possible explanations: 1). It was captured at the Little Big Horn by the victorious Indians or , 2). It was stolen by an active duty trooper. The vast majority, about 600, of 7th Cavalry Colts were issued from lot 5 which includes this revolver. Accompanied by a large packet of research material regarding this and other Custer era revolvers, including a number of magazine article by well-known writers. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 25% orig blue in sheltered areas, mostly around the ejector housing with light pitting on both sides of the muzzle. Frame retains faint case colors in sheltered areas with the balance a silver grey patina and fine pitting on left recoil shield. Ejector housing retains about 60-70% strong orig blue in the gullets, silver grey on outer radius. Hammer retains 60-70% faded case colors. Trigger guard and backstrap are a mottled silver brown patina. Cyl is matching patina. Grip has chipped left toe with a few nicks & scratches, moderate to heavy edge wear and shows most of an old refinish with the faint outline of a cartouche on the left side. Hammer is not solid in safety notch otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 49432-86 JR (25,000-50,000) – Lot 3198

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3199

EARLY SCARCE 7TH CAVALRY & NEW YORK MILITIA SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 17022. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and small “U.S.”. It has tiny “J” (W.W. Johnson) sub-inspector initials on the backstrap, cylinder & trigger guard and has a tiny “C” (A.P. Casey) sub-inspector initial on the bbl. It has an orig 1st type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grips with a deep carved “55″ on the right side and the initials “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials on bottom of right side. Serial numbers on the bbl, cylinder & backstrap have had a “1″ stamped in front of what originally would have been only the last four digits of the serial number. This revolver falls exactly in the range of known Colts which were issued to the 7th Cavalry immediately after Custer’s fiasco. In 1893 this revolver was recalled and remained in storage until 1895 when it was refurbished & reissued to the State of New York Militia. At that time the blue was restored, the frame was re-case colored, the grip replaced, the bbl address re-rolled and the butt strap was resurfaced & renumbered using the 2-line method instead of the orig 1-line. At that time the hammer was refinished with bright fire blue. The orig bbl address on this revolver would have been the script lettering with serifs or daggers at each end. Close examination reveals the remains of one of these marks in front of the new address. Close examination of the grip reveals that the serial number is overwritten in pencil in the backstrap channel. The hammer spring is a replacement. This revolver was manufactured between Dec. 1874 and Mar. 1875 and most assuredly would have been issued to a front line Cavalry unit engaged in the Indian Wars. As noted above, this revolver falls exactly in the range of revolvers issued to the 7th Cavalry to replace losses at The Little Big Horn. The grip however, is from a much later revolver manufactured between 1889 and 1890 which coincides with the recall of 1893 and refurbishing in 1895. Accompanied by a 2-pg letter from renowned Colt author, Historian and collector John Kopec wherein he concurs with the above description, citing several examples of revolvers in the same serial range identified to the 7th Cavalry post Little Big Horn. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Bbl retains 88-90% Colt blue, thin around the muzzle and light on the left side, bright & glossy elsewhere. Ejector rod housing retains about 75% Colt blue, bright & glossy in the gullets, thin and turning silver on the outer radius. Frame retains most of its Colt case colors, generally faded but bright & vivid in the very sheltered areas. Hammer retains about 90% of its bright niter blue, thin & dull on the top. Backstrap retains 93-95% orig blue, bright & glossy in the sheltered areas, thinning elsewhere. Trigger guard retains about 95% orig blue, thin on the front strap and bottom of the trigger bow. Cylinder retains about 80% orig blue, strong in the flutes, flaking & slightly thin on the outer diameter. Grip is sound with several nicks, dings & scratches and has a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 49450-6 JR (15,000-20,000) – Lot 3199

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3200

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 137571. Cal. 45 Colt Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight & 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3 patent dates & a small “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc oil-finish walnut grip with clear, legible “SEB” (Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt) inspector cartouche under the date 1891 on left side. Right side has a legible “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector cartouche. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half-moon ejector head. Bottom of bbl, under ejector housing has last 4 digits of matching SN which are also found on cylinder and in backstrap channel of grip. Bottom left edge of grip, bottom of bbl, frame & cylinder also have Mr. Carr’s initials. Trigger guard, buttstrap show the “K” inspector initial. This revolver was from the 13th contract signed on Sept 19 1890 for 2000 revolvers. Although these revolvers were late on the scene for the Indian Wars, they were still issued to various Cavalry units and militias. The fact that this revolver escaped the recalls of 1895 and the early 20th Century attests to the fact that it either remained in an arsenal or was possibly issued to a militia unit. Those revolvers recalled were converted to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ bbls. There is also the possibility that it may have been issued to a high-ranking officer or stolen. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which lists this revolver in cal.45, bbl length & type of stocks not listed, blue finish, and delivered to U. S. Inspector at Colt Plant January 20, 1891 in a 200-gun shipment. Also accompanied by a letter from renowned Colt author and historian, John Kopec, wherein he authenticates this revolver and states that three other revolvers in the same series were listed as having been stolen from Troop K, 8th Cavalry on October 26, 1892. He speculates that there is “A good possibility that the subject revolver had also been an 8th Cavalry issued example”. He further speculates, as did this cataloger, that it had never been issued, and remained in an arsenal until sold privately. Regardless, this is still a fine example of a cavalry revolver. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all-matching including bbl, cylinder, and grip. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with light surface freckling that has been cleaned. Frame retains bright case colors in sheltered areas, and overall retains about 50% faded case colors. Cylinder shows strong blue in flutes with a plummy patina on outer diameter. Trigger guard and frontstrap show blue on trigger plate with frontstrap, backstrap & buttstrap mostly a plummy brown patina. Ejector housing retains about 80% orig blue. Grip is sound with a couple of small dings, showing moderate edge wear with traces orig finish being mostly a dark hand-worn patina. Hammer will not catch in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 49549-2 JR (12,500-17,500) – Lot 3200

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3201

COLT U.S. CAVALRY MODEL SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED, CIRCA 1879.

SN 50033. Cal. 45. 7-1/2″ bbl, blue and case hardened finish, 1-pc walnut grip. “H.N.” inspector initials on bbl, frame, trigger guard, backstrap, cyl, and hammer. Walnut grips have clear cartouches on both sides with “1879” date. Sn on bbl, frame, trigger guard, backstrap, and cyl all match. Accompanied by a certificate of restoration over the signature of Dave Lanara, dated October 3, 2010. Mr. Lanara certainly qualifies as one of the premier restoration artists known today. CONDITION: Very fine to excellent as professionally restored. Bbl retains 98% blue finish with a strong shadow around front sight and a sharp bbl address. Inspector marks are clear. Bore is frosty with strong rifling. Cyl retains 98% bright blue with minimal high point wear, no drag mark and sharp inspector marks. Frame retains 98% case hardened finish that is vivid in protected areas. Screws retain almost all of fire blue finish. Trigger guard and backstrap show 90% blue with some thinning on forestrap and backstrap. Trigger retains 90% fire blue. Hammer retains 98% case color. Grips are newly made replacements from 140 year old walnut as noted in restorer’s letter and show very few mars and scratches and sharp cartouches. An opportunity to obtain a finely refinished Henry Nettleton inspected Colt cavalry revolver. 49622-10 TEP (5,000-10,000) – Lot 3201

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3202

COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH CUSTER ERA BACKSTRAP.

SN 18512. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl and 1-line address with last four digits of SN “8075” on bottom under ejector housing. Bbl also has “HN” (Henry Nettleton) sub-inspector initials. Ejector housing is 2nd type with bulls-eye ejector rod head. Frame is numbered as above, trigger guard is numbered “33443”, cyl is numbered “8271” with “A” (Orvil W. Ainsworth) inspector initials. Backstrap bears the number “4818” and the small “A” inspector initial at the top. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the oval cartouche “FH” (Capt. Frank Heath) under the date that appears to be “1884”. Right side sub-inspector cartouche is only an outline partially visible and the backstrap channel has four digits of a SN that appears to be “2384”. The backstrap is from lot 5 of 1874 which included 1,000 revolvers from which the 7th Cavalry was issued 600 revolvers, the majority of the 7th Cavalry issue which was present at the Custer fight at The Little Big Horn. Most of the remainder of lot 5 were issued to the 1st Cavalry Regiment in California who were themselves fighting Indians in California, Nevada, Idaho & Utah. Regardless of the Regiment to which revolver #4818 was assigned, it would have been engaged fighting Indians. This is one of the Cavalry revolvers recalled and returned for alteration to artillery configuration. As is found here, they usually have mixed parts with bbl shortened to 5-1/2″. CONDITION: About fine, numbered as noted above. Bbl retains about 50% blue with the balance a mixed patina and shows strong feathers on each side of front sight and ejector stud. Ejector stud is cracked. Frame retains about 50% faded case colors with the balance a grey patina. Hammer retains strong case colors turned silver on top edge. Trigger guard & backstrap are mostly a blue/grey patina. Cyl is a smooth blue/grey patina. Grip is sound showing light edge wear with a few light nicks and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 49432-91 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3202

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3203

COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 138414. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has the “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials and last four digits “1608” of a serial number under the ejector housing. Frame, trigger guard & backstrap are matching numbered “138414”. Cyl has last four digits of a serial number “3995” and the sub-inspector instals “DFC” (David F. Clark) from an earlier revolver. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half moon ejector rod head. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the rack number “46” on left side and matching SN in backstrap channel. The frame is also marked with the “RAC” initials with 2-line, 3-patent dates and U.S. on left side. Trigger guard, buttstrap & front end of ejector housing are all stamped with the “K” factory inspector initial. This revolver is one of the group altered at Springfield, but somehow managed to maintain most of its orig parts, having only its bbl & cyl changed. This revolver was from the 13th contract of Sep. 1890 which was completed in mid-1891. Many of the revolvers from this contract were issued as replacement arms to front line Cavalry units with others going to militia units. Those revolvers issued to Cavalry units were universally recalled in about 1895, and again during 1900-1903, and were altered to artillery configuration by having their bbls cut to 5-1/2″ from the orig 7-1/2″. Afterward, they continued in service with various army units, especially in the war in the Philippines. They remained in service well into the 20th century before being retired in favor of its venerable successor, the Model 1911 Semi-Auto pistol. CONDITION: Very good. Frame retains traces of case colors in the most sheltered areas with frame & bbl mostly a smooth grey metal patina. Trigger guard and backstrap retain traces of orig blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a grey metal patina. Cyl is matching patina. Grip has chipped toes and shows a dark hand worn patina. Hammer will not catch in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 49432-84 JR (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3203

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3204

FINE COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 139849. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector cartouche under the date 1903. Frame is numbered “139849”. Trigger guard is numbered “114557” and buttstrap “113115”. Cyl & bbl are not numbered. Trigger guard has a “G” inspector initial with “RAC” initials on bottom of frame, bottom edges of grip, bottom of bbl and rear face of cyl. Buttstrap screw is frozen, therefore the grip was not removed to check for matching numbers. Ejector housing is 3rd type with bulls-eye ejector rod head. These artillery revolvers remained in service well into the 20th century until replaced by the Model 1911 Semi-auto pistol. They rarely are found today with high orig finish. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 45 with blue finish, bbl length and type of stock not listed, delivered to the U.S. inspector at the Colt plant Apr. 14, 1891 in a 150 gun shipment. The letter also states that this revolver was returned “for cleaning and repairing as part of a group of 300 pistols on August 31, 1903. It was then reshipped to U.S. Government commanding officer, Springfield, Mass.”. CONDITION: About fine, numbers as noted above. Bbl retains about 70-75% glossy orig blue with most of the losses on each side of the muzzle, thinning on the left side. Ejector housing retains bright blue in the gullets, worn to bare metal on the outer radius. Frame & hammer retain traces of faded case colors in the most sheltered areas, being an overall grey patina. Trigger guard & backstrap retain traces of blue with the balance a grey brown patina. Cyl retains faded blue in the flutes with the outer diameter a thin blue/grey patina. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear with a few small nicks & dings and shows a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 49432-82 JR (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3204

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3205

VERY RARE CIVILIAN/MILITARY CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 41706. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and backwards or left hand 1-line block letter address. Ejector rod housing is 2nd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has three patent dates and a small “U.S.” that was apparently applied after the frame was hardened as there is raised metal around the stamping. Left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel that are nearly obliterated by dark stains. Left side of grip has an oval “DAL” (Capt. David A. Lyle) inspector cartouche under the date “1880”. Right side of grip has a “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche. Bottom of bbl, cyl & bottom edge of grip also have the “DFC” inspector initials. The “DFC” initials on bottom of bbl, cyl & grip are upside down to their usual orientation. Accompanied by a 3-page letter from renowned Colt author & historian John Kopec who authenticates this revolver as being completely orig and one of very few known civilian/military revolvers. He states that this revolver, along with a few others, was removed from the civilian production and inspected by the military inspectors & sub-inspectors at the plant at the last minute to complete a contract and were then shipped for military service. Very few are known today and Mr. Kopec states that this is the finest example known. Interestingly the frame does not bear the “DFC” initials, apparently it having been already color case hardened would have damaged the die if it had been stamped. Mr. Kopec states that this revolver may have been one of those issued to the 6th U.S. Cavalry, or possibly to a state militia unit. Regardless, it escaped the recall of the 1890s and early 20th century wherein most of the existing Cavalry single actions were altered to artillery configuration.It remains in completely orig, as issued, configuration. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 90% blue/brown patina with dark blue in sheltered areas; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant factory case colors, faded on recoil shields, loading gate & top edge of hammer; trigger guard & backstrap retain strong orig blue with “candy striping” on front & backstraps and buttstrap; cyl is a thin blue/brown patina on outer diameter with stronger blue in the flutes; cyl retains strong blue in chambers with scattered blue in the bore; grip is sound showing light wear and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 49450-14 JR (17,500-25,000) – Lot 3205

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3206

VERY FINE AND EARLY PRODUCTION COLT SINGLE ACTION CIVILIAN ARMY.

SN 14641. This is a very nice example of second year production (1874) of a civilian Single Action Army Revolver. These early guns are quite rare in such high condition, complete with matching SNd bbl, cylinder and grips. CONDITION: Gun appears matching throughout and appears quite sharp with crisp, well discerned bore showing light wear though gun appears refinished, especially on frame as top line of patent date appears partially polished out with light pitting; however, a frame gauge fits perfectly showing that no metal has been removed from frame. The color on frame does not appear to be your natural case colors associated, but more of a blue/silver with hints of muted case color with small areas of light pitting. Trigger guard also shows light pitting in the blue around SNs with no caliber markings. Bbl also shows old refinish, though bbl address is still quite sharp with scattered background of pitting in the blue. SN and assembly letter on bbl are discernible under ejector housing, though assembly letter is weak, SN appears partially polished out at top edge. The bbl finish, however, does look contemporary to the period with some feathering and blue visible on either side of front sight. There are discernible tool marks on bottom of bbl in area where caliber stamp would have been. Ejector housing exhibits correct bulls-eye type ejector latch retaining about 80% apparent blue finish with light pitting. Cylinder is smooth overall grey light pinprick pitting showing little wear internally with well struck assembly letters and SN. Backstrap retains about 30% bright blue with a well polished SN which is only partially discerned as can be seen in photos. The grips retain about 90% of their orig bright finish with one large scuff on left side with edge wear, last four digits of SN are inked inside grip channel. Mechanically, gun functions well with crisp bright bore. 49254-47 JS (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3206

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3207
Revised: 10/7/2015

Please Note: As cataloged this beautiful Colt is factory engraved and is certainly Nimschke shop engraving. Please note, L.D. Nimschke was an extraordinary, gifted engraver but Colts that were engraved in his shop were not all personally engraved by him. The gifted engravers that worked for him executed a large quantity of engraved Colts that came out of his shop. Some Colt collectors have stated that they felt this Nimschke Colt was not engraved by Nimschke personally and we do not disagree. None the less it was produced in his shop.

EXCEPTIONAL EARLY NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 103901. Cal. 45. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight & 2-line address. Frame has 3-line patent dates & left front web of trigger guard is marked with Cal. Mounted with distributor supplied 1-pc “certifiable antique ivory” grip that has an extraordinary, very deep, raised carved ox head on right side. Grip is constructed in early style consisting of 2 slabs of ivory attached to 2 wooden spacer blocks and has the matching SN in the backstrap channel. Ejector housing is third type with half-moon ejector head & bottom of bbl has last 4 digits of matching SN under ejector housing. Revolver is beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke with nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. Left recoil shield and loading gate have Mr. Nimschke’s distinctive sunburst patterns. Topstrap is engraved in his snake & dot patterns with fine snake & dot patterns in the bottom front gullets. Base pin boss & ejector boss are engraved with hunter’s stars. Matching engraving extends about 3/4s up the sides of the bbl with snake & dot patterns continuing to the muzzle. The address has fine snake & dot & geometric patterns around the address, extending nearly to the front sight. Cylinder is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns on lands between flutes with sunburst patterns back of the flutes. Rear face of cylinder is marked with last 4 digits of of matching SN. Top gullet of ejector housing is engraved with very fine zig-zag & dot patterns. Outer radius of ejector housing is engraved in geometric patterns. top of backstrap & backstrap ears are engraved in distinctive Nimschke patterns with foliate arabesque & geometric patterns down the backstrap, on the buttstrap & trigger bow. Screw heads are all fire blued and all engraving patterns have pearled background. Cylinder pin is a later replacement. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, type stocks not listed, factory engraved & shipped to Schoverling, Daly & Gales, NY, NY on Oct 1, 1884 in a 3-gun shipment. Additionally accompanied by a modern custom made, red velvet lined oak casing that is compartmented for the revolver with a covered compartment containing a functioning key with a cartridge block containing 18 rounds of modern ammunition. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including bbl, cylinder and grip. Overall retains 98-99% crisp orig nickel showing only minor dulling near the muzzle. Screws retain about all of their orig fire blue. Grip is sound & has minor age lines on the bottom edges & overall shows a wonderful, mellow ivory patina. Hammer is not solid & safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a couple scattered spots of pitting. Box is extremely fine. 49059-86 JR IVORY (40,000-60,000) – Lot 3207

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3208

SCARCE ETCHED PANEL COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 105128. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Scarce blue and color case hardened revolver with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address and a crisp etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” and last four digits of matching serial number are found under ejector housing. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 C.F.”. Mounted with a varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in the back strap channel. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 44-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, Mo. Sept 26, 1885, in a 10-gun shipment. Under remarks the letter states “It is of further interest to note that a considerable number of revolvers shipped in this time frame are noted as supplied with rubber stocks. This notation is not included for subject revolver which would indicate that it was equipped with stocks of another configuration.” Etched panel Single Actions are in and of themselves somewhat scarce, having been produced for only a short period of time. Surviving examples encountered today are mostly nickel finish with blued examples retaining any orig finish, especially a complete etched panel are extremely rare. Given that this revolver was produced during the great Westward expansion of Manifest Destiny and that it was shipped to one of the major suppliers on the westward route. It is almost certain that this revolver would have been used by one of the American pioneers. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 75% flaked, glossy orig blue with a streak of holster wear on the left side and a crisp etched panel; frame retains bright case colors in the front gullets, moderately faded elsewhere; hammer retains bright case colors, turned dark on top edge; trigger guard and backstrap retain strong, bright blue with the front & back straps a blue/grey patina; cyl retains about 75% orig blue, strong in the flutes, flaked on the outer diameter; ejector housing retains glossy bright blue in the gullets and flaked to a blue/grey patina on the outer radius; base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Grip is sound showing light edge wear, a few nicks & dings and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered very fine pitting. A fine rare Colt. 49450-13 JR (35,000-50,000) – Lot 3208

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3209

VERY RARE COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 41754. Cal. .44 WCF (44-40). High polish blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight & 1-line block letter address. Left side of bbl has a crisp, clear “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” etched panel on the left side with a tiny “44” on the bottom. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 C.F.” Bottom front of frame is marked with a small “C” which signifies that this was a condemned military frame removed from the manufacturing process of a military contract for some minor imperfection that is not readily discernible, but possibly a small forging flaw on right side of bbl boss and some light scrapes on sides of frame. Left shoulder of trigger guard is stamped “45 CAL”. Bottom of bbl, under ejector housing is marked with last 4 digits of matching SN which are also found on the cyl. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Backstrap channel of the varnished 1-piece walnut grip has an obscured, indecipherable number. Ejector housing is 3rd type with bullseye ejector rod head. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 44-40 with blue finish, bbl & type of stocks not listed and shipped to Hartley & Graham NY, NY, on March 1, 1880 in 50 gun shipment. The SN of this revolver would indicate production in 1878, the first year of the etched panel, which by the early 1880’s had been changed to a roll marking and the etched panel eliminated. Given that this is a condemned military frame we know from various publications that this SN would have been assigned in 1878 under the inspection of LT. David E. Lyle and the renowned sub-inspector Henry Nettleton. Studying Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers—A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn discloses that SN 41751 (only 3 numbers from this revolver) was a Cavalry revolver assigned to Troop F 6th Cavalry and 41757 was assigned to the New York Militia. The discrepancy between the time when the SN was assigned and when it was likely assembled into a civilian revolver is explained by the fact that these condemned parts were not reused until the entire Government contract was fulfilled. The majority of etched panel single actions known today have nickel finish. The high polished blue as found here was easily worn and soon disappeared when subjected to extended use and holster wear. Finding one today with such high orig finish is a very great rarity. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching, grip as noted. Bbl retains about 70% glossy, high polish orig blue with loss areas from holster wear which is now a medium brown patina with some very fine pitting on right side of muzzle. Etched panel is crisp and clean showing strong blue on the lettering. Ejector housing retains 75-80% glossy, orig blue with loss areas also from holster wear. Frame retains most of its brilliant, orig case colors, lightly faded on left recoil shield. Loading gate retains about 50% faded colors. Hammer retains about 75% brilliant case colors showing wear on right side, turned dark on top edge. Cyl retains strong blue in the flutes with thin blue on the outer diameter. Chambers retain most of their orig blue. Trigger guard & backstrap retain bright, high polish blue in the more sheltered areas, moderately thinned on front & backstraps. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear and retains most of a very old varnish finish, possibly from the factory. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. A truly rare Colt. 49152-1 JR (27,500-42,500) – Lot 3209

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3210

FAMOUS RANGER FRANK HAMER OWNED FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 258183. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & case colored with 5-1/2” bbl, 1-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates & Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with unnumbered Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a notarized statement/bill of sale dated Dec. 9, 1981 from Frank A. Hamer, Jr. to Raymond Brown, wherein he states that “This gun was in possession of Ed Putnam alias Ed Sibley in Del Rio, Texas on December 1, 1906, when he engaged in a gunfight with four Texas Rangers, Captain John H. Rodgers, Ranger Marvin Bailey, Ranger Duke Hudson and my father, Frank Hamer who had joined the Ranger service on April of the same year. He was 21 years of age. This was the first gunfight that my father participated in after he joined the Ranger service.” In Nov of 1906 Putnam had murdered a sheep rancher named J.W. Rolston and stolen his large flock of sheep, herding them to near Del Rio. Shortly thereafter, Putnam approached sheep rancher B.M. Cauthorn with a proposition to go partners in a large flock of sheep that he knew of to be for sale cheap. Cauthorn agreed to put up half the money and on the morning of Dec 1, 1906, met Putnam with his half of the money. On the way to inspect the sheep Putnam shot Cauthorn in the back, killing him and stealing the money. There was a witness to the killing who reported it to the Rangers. They trailed Putnam to where he had holed up in the house of Glass Sharp, just north of the Del Rio railroad tracks. Putnam fired and the Rangers responded. In the ensuing gun fight Frank Hamer killed Putnam with his Carbine, shooting him through the head. This incident is documented in the book I’m Frank Hamer, Jenkins & Frost. Before his career had ended Capt. Hamer had participated in over 100 gun fights. Capt. Hamer had enlisted in the Rangers as a Private and finished his career as a Senior Captain. Some time after the shooting, Ranger Hamer’s Captain Rogers gave this revolver to him saying something to the effect that since this was his first gunfight as a Ranger he thought he should have a memento of the occasion. This revolver along with the Luger pistol and Winchester rifle, that was also a 32WCF caliber, were the guns Ed Putnam was using in the gunfight with the Rangers. Captain Frank Hamer was one of the most famous of all Texas Rangers and perhaps received his greatest notoriety for successfully tracking down and shooting the notorious outlaw killers Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver as having been shipped Aug. 25, 1904 to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO in a shipment of twenty same type guns. Additionally accompanied by copies of several photos of Captain Hamer, Captain Rogers and Frank Hamer’s oath of enlistment. Additionally accompanied by a certified autographed photo of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in characters of Bonnie & Clyde in their movie. PROVENANCE: Outlaw Ed Putnam; Texas Ranger Capt. Frank Hamer; Frank Hamer Jr.; Raymond Brown Collection; The William Smith Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 85-90% orig blue with muzzle edge wear, mostly on left side and thinning on left side of bbl with some pitting near muzzle. Ejector rod housing is mostly a plum patina on outer radius with bright blue in the gullets. Frame retains strong case colors in sheltered areas, thinned & turning silver elsewhere with light patina on sides of frame. Grip frame is mostly a plum/blue patina with strong blue around trigger guard & top of back strap. Cyl retains about 80% orig blue, strong in flutes. Grips show light to moderate wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 49312-12 JR (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3210

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3211
Revised: 10/7/2015

Please Note: As catalog indicates this Colt was factory engraved. Some collectors feel that the engraving is likely Helfrecht engraving rather than Wilber Glahn and we do not disagree.

*FINE ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 261251. Cal. 44WCF. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl. Full front sight & 2-line address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” roll marking on left side. Bottom of bbl at the frame is marked with a tiny “44”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3 patent dates and “Rampant Colt” in a circle. Mounted with 2-pc distributor supplied pearl grips that has a raised carved ox head on right side. Revolver is engraved by Wilbur Glahn with about full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. Left recoil shield and front frame are engraved with hunter stars. Topstrap is stamped with small dots. Engraving patterns extend nearly full length both sides of the bbl and top gullet of ejector housing is engraved in a snake pattern. Cylinder has matching engraving patterns on lands between flutes and it has a dash & dot border around rear edge. top of backstrap is engraved in Mr. Glahn’s distinctive fan pattern with central “V”. Backstrap & trigger bow are engraved in geometric patterns. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies the revolver in Cal. 44-40 with 3-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stocks not listed, factory engraved & shipped to H&D Folsom Arms Co., NY, NY on Dec 17, 1904 in a 2 gun shipment. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 95% orig nickel showing holster wear around the muzzle and tip of ejector housing. Nickel overall is slightly dulled, brighter on the backstrap & buttstrap. Frontstrap & trigger bow show wear. Grips are sound with an old age line at the top left & show great fire with good color on right side. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 49059-89 JR C&R (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3211

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3212

*FINE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 251744. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address and cal marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 2-pc pearl grips with raised carved stooping eagle on right side. Revolver is very nicely engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about 75% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame that have fine pearled background. Topstrap is lightly engraved with border patterns and foliate arabesque patterns. Bbl boss has matching patterns with geometric pattern on ejector boss. Bottom front gullets are each engraved with a small flower blossom with a rosette around the cross bolt. Matching engraving patterns extend nearly full length on each side of the bbl with geometric and foliate patterns around the address which extend to the front sight. Top gullet of ejector housing is engraved in snake & dot pattern with fine zig zag borders and outer radius with leaf & vine patterns. Top of backstrap is engraved in a fan pattern with geometric patterns on the backstrap, buttstrap and trigger bow. Cyl is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on lands between flutes with snake & dot and line border patterns around rear edge. This revolver was produced in about 1904 when carrying a side arm was a daily way of life. Very likely this revolver belonged to a wealthy cattleman or law enforcement officer. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 30% blue in sheltered areas and the frame case colors in sheltered areas with the balance a light grey patina. Hammer & top strap retain faded case colors turned silver. Cyl show faded blue in the flutes being a grey patina on the outer diameter. Grips are sound with some old fault lines and show great fire. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 49611-3 JR (10,000-20,000) – Lot 3212

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3213

FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 146146. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl. 1-line block letter address roll marked on left side “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with uncarved two piece mother-of-pearl grips. Revolver is deluxe engraved by Cuno Helfricht with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. This is one of the most elaborately Helfricht engraved Colts ever examined by this cataloger. Left recoil shield & loading gate are engraved in sunburst patterns with snake & dot patterns each side of hammer slot. Top strap is also engraved with snake & dot patterns with the addition of fine border patterns. Ejector boss is engraved with a sunburst pattern on each side and has matching foliate arabesque patterns on each side of bbl boss. Most unusually, the bottom front gullets are engraved in partial flower blossoms. Bbl is engraved nearly full length with matching foliate arabesque patterns and has fine geometric patterns around the address which extend almost to the slightly trimmed front sight. Ejector housing is engraved with snake & dot and geometric patterns in the top gullet and outer radius. Ejector rod head is a replacement as is the base pin. Cyl is engraved in typical alternating Helfricht patterns on lands between flutes with wide borders around rear edge. Shoulders of trigger guard & backstrap are engraved with partial flower blossoms with a very detailed fan pattern at top of backstrap that also has two border patterns, most unusual for Mr. Helfricht. Backstrap, buttstrap, frontstrap, trigger bow & trigger plate are engraved in geometric patterns. This revolver was produced in about 1892 when the west was still pretty wild with lots of outlaws and other nefarious characters which necessitated the daily carrying of a firearm. These arms usually saw very hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Most likely, given the elaborate extra engraving, this revolver was for someone of rather high status or importance, probably in the American Southwest or Mexico. PROVENANCE: Colt factory letter confirms all features. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 75-80% strong orig nickel showing heavy holster wear around the muzzle with finish losses in that area. The forcing cone area also shows finish losses as well as about the front 1/3 of the cyl. Loss areas are a dark grey brown patina. Mechanics are fine. Mother of pearl grips fit well, probable period and have nice iridescence. Left grip has very small chip out of heel. Strong bore with good shine and scattered, moderate pitting. 49611-1 TEP (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3213

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3214

FINE COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 94421. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, thinned front sight with 1-line block letter address and “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44-40″ roll-marked on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with wonderful, old, 1-pc “certifiable antique ivory” grip, undoubtedly a distributor supplied grip from the 1880′s, made in the old style with two slabs of ivory attached to a split wooden block. Serial number was observed in the usual three places, on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap. The assembly number “886N” was observed on left side of front and back straps under grip, around cyl bushing hole on front face of cyl and on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing. Bbl and hammer were replaced during the restoration. Right rear web of trigger guard has a 6-pointed star indicating factory restored finish. This revolver will letter in 44-40 caliber, bbl length & type of stocks not listed, nickel finish, shipped to J.P. Moores Sons, New York, NY on Aug. 28, 1883 in a shipment of 25 same type guns. Colt probably shipped it with hard rubber grips which were exchanged for the 1-pc ivory grip by the distributor. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains virtually all of its fine factory finish with only some slight dulling of the cyl & backstrap. Has been fired since rebuild, but very little. Grip is sound with numerous age lines and a minor nick or two and retains a wonderful aged ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with fine pitting. 49450-8 JR IVORY (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3214

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3215

*SCARCE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 357079. Cal. 38 Spcl. Scarce late pre-war Single Action, blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, orig thick front sight with block letter 1-line address and model & cal. marking on left side. Frame has 2-line three patent dates and Rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips matching numbered to this revolver. This is an early 1940 revolver and one of the last ones made before suspension of production at the start of WW II. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only 25 of these rare revolvers in this caliber produced out of the approximately 350,000 Single Actions made prior to WW II. That figure is probably erroneous but just how many were produced is unknown. What is known is that Single Action revolvers in Cal. 38 Spcl are quite rare. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Has been fired but very, very little. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy dark orig blue with light muzzle edge wear & a couple of small wear spots on bottom with three small nicks. Ejector rod housing retains 95-96% glossy bright orig blue. Frame retains virtually all of its orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, strong on sides, faded & thin on top strap and front of frame. Hammer retains most of its fire blue on the edges. Grip frame retains 50-60% orig blue, mostly around trigger guard with front & back straps a blue/gray patina. Grips show very little wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 49659-3 JR2 C&R (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3215

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3216

EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 47115. Cal. .45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates & left shoulder of trigger guard has the cal marking. Bottom of bbl has last 4 digits of matching SN under the ejector housing & also on the cyl. Ejector housing is 2nd type with bullseye ejector rod head. Ejector rod screw is battered. Base pin is a modern reproduction with dimpled ends like the orig. Mounted with varnished 1-piece walnut grip that has matching SN in backstrap channel. Bottom right edge of grip is crudely carved with the initials “HEB”. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal .45 in nickel finish, bbl length & type of stocks not indicated and shipped to B. Kitteridge & Co. Cincinnati, OH, on June 13, 1878, in a 23 gun shipment. This revolver was manufactured at a time when the West was still very wild and the Indian Wars were in full swing. Colt revolvers such as this were in great demand and were a daily use tool. Surviving examples are rare and of those few retain any orig finish. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Overall retains about 75% strong orig nickel turning milky on bbl & ejector housing. Loss areas are a dark patina. Grip shows heavy edge wear with what appears to be a dressed large chip in the left edge & overall retains about 80-85% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 49104-5 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3216

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3217

*ENGRAVED AND GOLD INLAID COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER BY MASTER ENGRAVERS FRANCOLINI AND THIRION.

SN S18980A. Cal .45 Colt. All blue finish with 4-3/4″ bbl & full front sight with 1-line address and model & cal marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and it is mounted with beautiful 1-pc ivory grip. Grip is constructed in the orig manner of two slabs of ivory attached to two wood spacer blocks. Left side of front & back straps, under the grip has the matching SN. Revolver is spectacularly engraved and gold inlaid by master engravers Leonard Francolini & Denise Thirion. Engraving consists of full coverage, exquisite, intertwined, foliate arabesque patterns that have very fine pearled background. The entire frame, top strap, back strap, buttstrap and trigger guard have extremely fine gold wire inlaid borders. Hammer is matching engraved with a dolphin or dragons head on each side of the hammer nose and is also outlined in gold wire. Left side of frame has the patent dates inlaid in gold with a tiny, very highly detailed raised gold Rampant Colt. Cyl is inlaid with one wide and one narrow gold band around the rear edge with very fine gold wire outline around the flutes and front edge. Bbl has left side markings inlaid in gold with one wide and one narrow gold band around the muzzle and breech ends. Engraving patterns extend nearly full length of the bbl, with matching patterns in ejector housing gullet and outer radius. Both sides of front sight are engraved to match. Screws, trigger, base pin and cross bolts are fire blued. Engravers’ signatures are on bottom front of frame. The three frame screws have engraved ends. A truly incredible representation of the engravers’ art. Accompanied by a signed letter from James V. Alaimo, former superintendent of the Colt Customs Shop wherein he states that he owned this revolver and another also being sold in this auction, while employed at Colt. He states that the ivory on each of these revolvers was legally imported African elephant ivory and grips are “certifiable pre-ban African ivory”. PROVENANCE: James D. Aliamo, Superintendent Colt Custom Shop Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Overall retains 99.9% bright, Colt custom shop blue with only the hint of a drag line. Grip is crisp showing a light ivory patina. 49409-1 JR IVORY (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3217

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3218

*ENGRAVED AND GOLD INLAID COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER BY MASTER ENGRAVERS FRANCOLINI AND THIRION.

SN SA99998. Cal .45 Colt. All blue finish with 4-3/4″ bbl & full front sight with 1-line address and model & cal on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and is mounted with beautiful 1-pc ivory grip. Grip is constructed in the orig manner of two slabs of ivory attached to two wood spacer blocks. Left side of front & back straps, under the grip has the matching SN. Revolver is spectacularly engraved and gold inlaid by master engravers Leonard Francolini & Denise Thirion. Engraving consists of full coverage, exquisite, foliate arabesque patterns that have very fine pearled background. The entire frame, top strap, back strap, buttstrap & trigger guard have extremely fine gold wire inlaid borders. Hammer is matching engraved and the spur is also outlined in gold wire. Left side of frame has the patent dates inlaid in gold with a tiny, very highly detailed, raised gold Rampant Colt. Cyl is inlaid with one wide and one narrow gold band around the rear edge with very fine gold wire outline around the flutes & front edge. Bbl has left side markings inlaid in gold with one wide and one narrow gold wire band around the muzzle & breech ends. Engraving patterns extend nearly full length of the bbl, with matching patterns in ejector housing gullet & outer radius. Both sides of front sight are engraved to match. Screws, trigger, base pin & cross bolt are fire blued. Engravers’ signatures are on bottom front of frame. A truly incredible representation of the engravers’ art. Accompanied by a signed letter from James V. Alaimo, former superintendent of the Colt Customs Shop wherein he states that he owned this revolver and another also being sold in this auction, while employed at Colt. He states that the ivory on each of these revolvers was legally imported African elephant ivory and is “certifiable pre-ban ivory”. PROVENANCE: James V. Alaimo, Colt Custom Shop supervisor. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains 99.9% bright, Colt custom shop blue with no hint of a drag line. Grips are crisp showing a light ivory patina. 49409-2 JR IVORY (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3218

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3219

ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 57160. Cal. .44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and one line block letter address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” etched panel on left side. Bottom of bbl under ejector housing has last 4 digits of matching SN and a tiny “44” just forward of the frame. Ejector housing is 2nd type with bullseye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has three line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 C.F.”. Mounted with one piece “certifiable antique ivory” grip that has raised, carved ox head on right side. Revolver is custom, after market engraved. With about 90% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with a small sunburst on recoil shield and loading gate. Each side of bbl boss is engraved in diamond patterns. Left side of frame has the unusual feature of a dog’s head incorporated within the pattern. Engraving extends nearly full length of each side of the bbl with geometric patterns around the address. Outer radius of ejector housing is engraved to match with a long arrow pattern. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger bow are also engraved to match. Cyl is engraved with matching patterns on lands between flutes with a border pattern around rear edge. Base pin is a modern replacement. A beautiful representative piece with nice engraving. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Very fine, to extremely fine, all matching (grip not checked). Overall retains 99% plus crisp custom nickel finish. Grip is sound with a few age lines in bottom edges and shows a fine Ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 49254-18 JR IVORY (7,500-10,500) – Lot 3219

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3220

ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 127186. Cal. .44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, altered front sight, two line address with the outline of the etched panel on left side. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half-moon ejector rod head. Mounted with smooth, 2-pc pearl grips. Revolver is engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about 60% coverage on the frame consisting of foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled background. Left recoil lug is engraved with a wonderful American Shield surmounted by a flying American eagle clutching a spear in his talons. Loading gate is engraved in a sun-burst pattern, with hunters stars on each side of front frame. Top strap is engraved in leaf and vine patterns. Matching engraving patterns extend up both sides of the bbl with leaf and vine pattern in top gullet and a hunter’s star on outer radius. Backstrap is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s typical fan pattern with foliate, arabesque and geometric patters down the backstrap and on the buttstrap. Cyl is engraved in alternating patterns on lands between flutes with a leaf and vine pattern around rear edge. Base pin and cyl bushing are replacements. This revolver was produced about 1888 while the West was still wild and daily carrying a gun was a way of life. Very likely this revolver had been a gift to or at least the possession of someone of reasonable importance. It is unlikely that this common working man or cowboy could have afforded such a fine revolver. CONDITION: Good, overall retains 10-15% orig nickel with the balance a dark gray metal patina showing heavy muzzle edge wear on the left side and on the cyl. Only the outline of the etched panel remains. Hammer screw is a replacement. Left grip has a fine crack by the escutcheon, otherwise grips are fine showing light wear and probably are old replacements. Hammer will not catch in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong frosty bore. 49254-20 JR (7,500-10,500) – Lot 3220

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3221

ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 63271. Cal. .45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, replaced front sight, bbl address obscured by engraving. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard has cal. marking. Mounted with two piece, smooth burl grips. Revolver is after market engraved by an unknown engraver with about 60% coverage foliate arabesque pattern on the frame, recoil shield & loading gate. Bbl, ejector housing, backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Cyl is also engraved to match on lands between flutes. Frame screws, loading gate & hammer are gold washed. CONDITION: Fair to good, overall retains about all of its custom nickel and gold finish showing light muzzle edge wear with plating over the pitting on the hammer & front part of the frame. Trigger & base pin are replacements. Hammer will not catch in safety notch & is not solid in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. 49254-19 JR (7,500-10,500) – Lot 3221

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3222

*COLT ENGRAVING SAMPLER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN SA65240. Cal. 44-40. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line early style script letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates. Left side of front and back straps, under the grip are marked with matching SNs. Mounted with smooth 2-pc “certifiable pre-ban ivory” grips with Colt custom shop 150th Anniversary silver medallions, matching numbered to this revolver. Left grip is inscribed in 4 lines with the 4 different styles of engraving and the dates they were employed at Colt. Revolver is engraved in 4 different styles in “B” coverage. Backstrap is engraved “Colt Engraving Sampler”. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 44-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, smooth Ivory stocks and shipped to Service Armament Co., Ridgefield, NJ, on Aug 22, 1988. Remarks section details the 4 different styles of engraving and states that the records show the engraving was done by John Adams. Mr. Adams was a master engraver at Colt for many years. Letter further states “In addition, it is interesting to note that subject revolver is one of 8 single action army revolvers produced in the Sampler Edition in the above noted configuration”. Accompanied by its orig gray velvet lined custom shop walnut casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a pearl bits box with the “Colt” logo on the lid, a pearl oil bottle with the same logo on top of the dipper knob, a gold washed turn screw with pearl handle, a brush with pearl handle and gold ferrule and a gold washed, pearl handled cleaning rod. Additionally accompanied by its orig wood grain, Styrofoam lined, 1-pc cardboard box containing; instruction manual, a couple of other small booklets and hang tag. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, new and unfired. Walnut case is equally fine and new. Cardboard box is missing the custom shop end flap and shows considerable edge wear with some tears. 49432-111 JR C&R; IVORY (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3222

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3223

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 299795. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, 1-line block letter address with cal marking on left side. Frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates with Rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips with last four digits of matching SN inside each grip. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 32-20 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Sears, Roebuck & Co. Chicago, IL, on Oct 1, 1907, in a 5 gun shipment. This revolver was probably purchased by someone to match the cal of their Winchester model 1892 or 1873 rifle. At that time America was still an outdoors nation where carrying a gun on a daily basis was commonplace. Firearms of that era are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Smith Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grips. Bbl retains 93-95% glossy bright orig blue with loss areas flaked to a medium patina and with light muzzle end wear. Ejector rod housing retains about 80% strong orig blue with flaking. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their bright orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, slightly faded elsewhere. Front & back straps are flaked to about 40% blue with balance medium patina. Trigger guard retains most of its orig blue. Grips are fine showing very slight diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 49312-44 FTL C&R (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3223

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3224

*1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH BOX.

SN 357185. Cal. 357 Magnum. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with model & Cal. marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates & Rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Right side of front & backstraps are marked with matching SN to the revolver. Rear face of cylinder is marked with last 2 digits of matching SN. Accompanied by an orig, unnumbered, burgundy, hinged lid cardboard box with black & white end label. Interior has standard late markings and contains a wire handled bristle brush and shooting suggestions pamphlet. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, production quantities of Colt Single Action Armys extrapolated from research conducted by famous author John E. Parsons as listed in his book The Peacemaker and It’s Rivals an Account of the Single Action Colt, published in 1950, there were only 525 Single Action Army revolvers produced in this cal prior to WWII. Very few of those survive today in as new condition like found here. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter stating this gun was shipped April 27, 1948 to Graham H. Anthony, President of Colt’s at that time. It was subsequently presented to William Purtell, a U.S. Senator and personal friend of Mr. Anthony. The Collection of Marion E. Williams. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Overall retains 99% plus crisp orig, factory finish with bright strong blue and brilliant case color,s showing only a halo of wear on left edge of muzzle and slight fading on recoil shield &loading gate. Cylinder shows faint sharp edge wear with a faint cylinder line. Grips are crisp showing no diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore, may have been fired but if so, very little. Box has 4 broken corners on the lid with a break in the right end at the bottom showing edge wear and light soil. Label is basically intact with a few chips in the edges 49287-4 JR C&R (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3224

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3225

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 107382. Cal. .44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address & “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” etched panel on left side. Bottom of bbl is marked with a tiny “44”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates & left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 C.F.” Mounted with very early 1-piece “certifiable antique ivory” grip that is made in orig style consisting of 2 slabs of Ivory attached to 2 wooden spacer blocks, it appears that this grip is probably a replacement as the frontstrap has a hole for 2-piece grip locator pin. Regardless this grip is very old and fits reasonably well & is at least contemporary to the revolver. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half-moon ejector head. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 44-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish & type of stocks not listed, shipped to Lee Fried & Co., Omaha, NE, on Feb 18,1885, in a 5 gun shipment. The Lee, Fried & Co. of Omaha, NE, was owned by the partnership of H.J. Lee & Carl A. Fried. Mr. Fried immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden in 1869 and after a short stay in IL, settled in Omaha where he opened a hardware store in Fremont, NE, in 1873. In 1875 he entered into partnership with Mr. Lee under the name H.J. Lee Co. The firm was so successful that in 1880 the name was changed to Lee, Fried & Co. They were very successful, supplying hardware and associated products to ranchers in the region. Mr. Fried died in 1887. Given the date of delivery of this revolver and the area to where it was delivered, it can be easily understood that this was a rancher’s or cowboy’s sidearm. Firearms of that era rarely survive today in any condition especially with orig finish. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Fine, bbl and ejector housing retain about 60-70% strong orig nickel turning a little milky with the loss areas a gray metal patina. Frame retains 30-40% orig nickel with the grip frame mostly cleaned bright metal. Cyl retains about 60% orig nickel with losses mostly on one side. Grip has numerous age lines but is sound with a mellow Ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with only a couple small spots of pitting. This is a fine Western Six Shooter documented to the frontier when the West was still wild. 49104-7 JR IVORY (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3225

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3226

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 244853. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ replacement bbl that has thinned front sight and 2-line address, marked on the left side “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have last 3 digits of matching SN inside each grip. Left side of frontstrap & buttstrap, front face of cylinder & inside ejector housing are marked with the assembly no. “758” and right rear web of trigger guard is marked with a small “&”, all of which signifies factory refinish, at which time the bbl was probably replaced. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 45 with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed & shipped to H & D Folsom Arms Co., NY, NY on Nov 2 1903 in a 7 gun shipment. PROVENANCE: The William Smith Collection CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching as noted. Bbl retains 97-98% strong factory blue. Frame, probably not refinished retains 50-60% orig case colors, bright in the front gullets and sheltered areas, faded elsewhere. Hammer retains dark, faded case colors. Cylinder retains 80-85% orig blue, bright in the flutes; thinning on the outer diameter. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 60-70% faded Colt blue, dull and thin on front & backstraps. Ejector housing retains bright blue in the gullets, turning a little plum on the outer radius. Grips are sound, showing light to moderate diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp. Very bright, shiny bore. 49312-13 JR C&R (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3226

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3227

EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 71557. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight & l-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CF”. Mounted with replacement varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has last 4 digits of SN “6574” in backstrap channel. Backstrap SN is “71433”. Ejector housing is 3rd Type with half-moon ejector rod head. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 44-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stock not listed & shipped to Schoverling, Daly & Gales, NY, NY on Sept 3 1881 in a 25 gun shipment. Schoverling, Daly & Gales was one of Colt’s major distributors to Western sporting goods dealers and given the date of production of this revolver the likelihood is that it was shipped to one of their Western dealers where it most probably saw a lot of service on the frontier, which ultimately necessitated the restoration. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains about 75% restored nickel finish with loss areas flaked to a dark patina. Cylinder retains about 25% restored nickel. Grip has a chipped right toe & shows moderate edge wear with nicks & scratches and retains about 85% old varnish. Hammer will not catch in the safety notch and is not solid at half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong frosty bore. 49432-87 JR (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3227

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3228

*COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH DUKE FAMILY HISTORY.

SN 221642. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight, possibly replaced, with 1-line block letter address and left side roll marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with outstanding 2-pc pearl grips which have a deep relief carved ox head on right side. Carving has gold horns with a gold nose-ring and faceted red jeweled eyes. Top of the grip, at the frame is inlaid with a rectangular gold filigree plaque with the initials “CED”. Consignor states that the person from whom he bought this revolver had purchased it at an auction of Duke Family Estate property down in Florida in the 1960s. The Duke family of North Carolina is very famous & philanthropic. Over the years they have lavishly endowed Duke University and many other worthwhile endeavors. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains about 95% strong restored nickel showing wear on the front strap and on the trigger plate. Grips are sound and show great fire & color. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with fine pitting. Shows moderate use since being restored. 49432-101 JR C&R (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3228

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3229

INTERESTING PERIOD INSCRIBED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH HOLSTER AND CASE.

SN 163823. Cal. 45. COLT Blue and color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, very slightly altered front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in circle. Mounted with fine 2-pc pearl grips with raised carved ox head with red eyes on right side, missing its right eye stone. Buttstrap is engraved in period block letters “J B FOX”. Right side of front and back straps, under the grip, are stamped with a small 6-point star. Rear face of cyl, bottom of bbl and inside ejector housing are also marked with the same star and assembly number “823”. All this indicates that this revolver was refinished at the factory. Accompanied by a late 19th/early 20th Century mail order holster with sewn toe and impressed decorations. Holster has a belt loop on back attached with harness rivets. Accompanied by a reworked walnut silverware box with empty plaque on lid. It has green velvet lining and is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver and three other compartments, one of which contains a full, sealed packet of 12 Frankford Arsenal Cartridges bearing the date 1878. The front of the case has a cartridge block containing two 44 cal Henry Rimfire cartridges & six 44 short rimfire cartridges with seven additional empty holes. Inside the lid has a copied Colt advertisement. Accompanied by a packet of information entitled “Jubilee B. Fox /Confederate Soldier and Texan”. Fox was enlisted in the 28th Tenn Infantry and fought for the Confederacy. After the war he migrated to Texas where he died in 1924. The owner of this revolver was very likely a law enforcement officer or cattleman who later in life had it restored, probably during the period of use. A Colt Factory letter may provide additional information on who J.B. Fox was. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains traces of factory blue and ejector housing about 50% blue in the gullets. Frame retains faded case colors in the front gullets with smoky colors on the hammer and frame, being mostly a gray metal patina. Grip frame is a gray metal patina, as is the cyl. Grips have small chips near the frame, otherwise are sound, showing great fire. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine and fine pitting. Holster shows moderate to heavy wear and is sound, retaining strong orig brown finish. Box has a crack in lid, otherwise is fine. Cartridges are fine. 49254-8 JR198 (7,500-10,500) – Lot 3229

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3230

EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FROM EXPRESS AGENCY.

SN 86361. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard has the cal marking. Mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left forward side of the bbl is stamped with the number “2094”, probably an express agency property number. Ejector rod housing is 3rd type with half moon ejector rod head. Hammer is a modern replacement. Accompanied by a homemade case which contains the revolver, an 1879 dated full sealed packet of twelve Frankford Arsenal cal 45 cartridges, a hickory cleaning rod, a wooden screw-top bits box and five lose rounds of cal 41 RF cartridges. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 45, with blue finish, bbl length and type of stocks not listed, shipped to Hartley & Graham, NY, NY on Feb. 8, 1883, in a fifty gun shipment. Hartley & Graham were major suppliers to dealers & agencies throughout the U.S. and were one of Colt’s largest distributors. Additionally accompanied by a large packet of information regarding express agencies, plus a small handwritten note which states “Inventory #2094 / (Joe Asherton) / Personal letters / of / Walter C. Morgan / Owner of Colt / 45 Caliber Revolver / Belonging to the “Great / Northern Express Co. & The / American Express Railway Co.”. Also included in this package are several handwritten & typewritten personal letters, from and to, Mr. Morgan. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Overall retains a smooth, even brown patina with traces of blue in sheltered areas. Grip shows heavy edge wear with battering on bottom edges and retains about 30% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. Case is fine. Box of cartridges show resealing on one end, but appear to not have been completely opened. Other Accessories are fine. 49254-33 JR (6,000-9,000) – Lot 3230

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3231

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER TOMMY HAAS REWORK.

SN 55323. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color cased hardened with 7-1/2” bbl full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has last 4 digits of matching SN under ejector housing and sub-inspector initials “D.F.C.” (David F. Clark) and a small “p” proof. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc oil finished walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a crisp “DAL” (Lt. David A. Lyle) inspector cartouche under the date 1880. Right side of grip has a crisp “DFC” sub-inspector cartouche. Bottom right edge of grip, bottom front of frame and cylinder also have the “DFC” sub-inspector initials. Additionally, cylinder has last 4 digits of matching SN and a small “p” proof. Ejector housing is 3rd type with bullseye ejector rod head and base pin is an orig type with dimpled ends. This revolver was part of the 4th contract 1880 from which a variety of front line cavalry units received issue, including the 6th and 7th Cavalry regiments, Cebu Police and the New York Militia. Given that this revolver is one of Tommy Haas’ outstanding restorations it is near impossible to determine if this revolver was reconfigured during the recalls of 1895 and the early 20th Century when most Cavalry revolvers were converted to Artillery configuration by having their bbls reduced to 5-1/2″. If it were not for a reliable frame gauge, this revolver could easily pass as authentic. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including bbl, cylinder and grip. Bbl retains 95-97% glossy Colt-style blue with strong feathers on each side of front sight and ejector housing stud. Bbl has several small scratches and shows only slight muzzle end wear. Frame and hammer retain virtually all of their strong, restored case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about 98% bright Colt-style blue with some light scratches on the trigger plate and candy striping on trigger bow. Backstrap also has some light scratches. Ejector housing and screws retain virtually all of their Colt-style blue. Cylinder retains 96-97% strong Colt-style blue with light, fine nicks & scratches. Grip is sound and retains virtually all of its fine oil finish, with crisp sharp edges. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore appears to be new and unfired. Hammer spring is a modern replacement. 49059-79 JR (8,000-15,000) – Lot 3231

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3232

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER RESTORED BY TOMMY HAAS.

SN 19702. Cal. .45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, thinned front sight with 1-line script letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and is mounted with oil finished 1-piece walnut grip. Revolver has complete, very high quality Tommy Haas restoration with bright Colt-Style blue and case colors. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in .45 Colt with blue finish, bbl length and type of stocks not listed and shipped to Spies, Kissam & Co., NY, NY, on July 23, 1875, in a shipment of 45 same type arms. Spies, Kissam was one of Colts major distributor that supplied arms to dealers on the American Frontier giving rise to the probability that this revolver saw hard service over the years which necessitated the restoration. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, overall retains about all of its fine Haas restoration, showing about 95-96% strong blue and about all of its case colors, moderately to heavily faded. Grip frame and grip are sharp and clean. Mechanics are crisp, bore is bright and shiny. 49059-80 JR (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3232

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3233

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 324047. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight & 1-line block letter address with Cal. marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with distributor supplied or replacement 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 38-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, sold to G. A. Newberry, address unavailable, shipped to W. F. Sheard, Tacoma, WA on July 22 1912 in a 1 gun shipment. William F. Sheard was an orphan who traveled to Livingston, MT as a young man and there married the Indian Agent’s daughter, opening an outfitting store for trappers & hunters. He was also a fur dealer. With advanced notice, supplied by his father-in-law, Mr. Sheard beat the railroad to Tacoma and set up a second store there as an outfitter & fur dealer. It was there that he invented the “Sheard” front sight which he later sold to the Marble Arms Co. Given the time frame and region, it is likely that Mr. Newberry was an outdoorsman of some sort, possibly someone in law enforcement. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 60-70% orig blue with holster wear on the left side and around the muzzle. Ejector housing retains strong blue in the gullets, grey patina on the outer radius. Frame retains about 20-25% faded case colors in the front gullets with a grey patina elsewhere. Hammer retains faded case colors. Cylinder retains strong blue in the flutes, being mostly a grey patina on the outer diameter with numerous small scrape marks as frequently occurs when used in a dirty environment or with poor maintenance. Screws retain most of their bright, orig blue. Trigger guard & backstrap are mostly a silver/brown patina with dull blue on the trigger plate. The replacement grips are sound and fit reasonably well with great fire & strong color, especially on the right side. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Very bright shiny bore. 49104-6 JR C&R (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3233

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3234

*SCARCE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 328545. Cal. 38 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, replaced front sight with 1-line block letter address and Cal. marking on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips with last 4 digits of matching SN inside each grip. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran there were only 1011 Single Action Army revolvers chambered in this Cal., with this bbl marking up to 1914, which was the manufacture date of this revolver. In 1914, law enforcement officers and cowboys were still carrying Single Action Army revolvers and given the Cal. found here it seems likely that it would have belonged to a law enforcement officer. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with scratches around the front sight and holster wear on the left side of muzzle. Ejector housing retains about 90% orig blue, strong % bright in the gullets; slightly thinned on the outer radius. Frame & hammer retain about all their orig factory case colors, strong & bright in the front gullets and sheltered areas, fading elsewhere. Cylinder retains about 75% orig blue, bright in the flutes, thinning on outer diameter. Trigger guard retains about 80% orig blue, strong & bright on the trigger plate, thinning on the front strap. Backstrap & buttstrap retain 75-80% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas, thin on the backstrap & buttstrap, bare metal on the heel. Grips are sound showing moderate diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp. Very bright, shiny bore. 49059-92 JR C&R (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3234

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3235

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY WITH SCARCE CALIBER MARKING.

SN 333230. Cal. 44 Russian & Spcl. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight & 1-line block letter address with Cal. marking on the left side in 2-lines “RUSSIAN AND / S & W SPECIAL” and “44”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt. Mounted with scarce 2-pc Colt medallion “certifiable pre-ban ivory” grips with large relief carved ox head on right side. Medallions are early style facing left & right. This revolver was produced in about 1916 and likely would have belonged to someone in law enforcement or a working cowboy. This appears to be an outstanding restored revolver of Tommy Haas quality, with re-rolled patent markings and Rampant Colt on the frame. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Overall retains about all of its fine top quality restored finish with a few minor scuffs on the frame. Cylinder is lightly flaked but appears to be unfired since restoration. Grips are sound with a few age lines in the bottom ages, possibly artificially aged with a fine ivory patina. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 49059-90 JR C&R; IVORY (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3235

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3236

*1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 345330. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, reattached or replaced front sight & 1-line block letter address with Cal. marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt. Mounted with aftermarket, 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Right side of front & backstraps, under the grip is market with matching SNs to the revolver. Rear face of cylinder is marked with last 2 digits of matching SN. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 32-20 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, sold to Spiro Co., address not available and shipped to Baker, Hamilton & Pacific Co., San Francisco, CA on May 27 1924 in a 1 gun shipment. Also accompanied by a printout entitled San Francisco Genealogy and reprints the listing as found in the 1st San Francisco phone directory of 1878, on which list are 2 entries for Baker & Hamilton Hardware. One listing is for 2nd & Townsend and the other 7-19 Front. Apparently, as of 1932, 12 of the orig 27 subscribers, including Baker & Hamilton who were still listed under the same names. Another printout lists Baker & Hamilton as being a founding member of the Merchants’ Shipping Association which was formed in May 1892. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except grips. Bbl retains about 70% strong orig blue with holster wear on the left side and a heat halo around the front sight. Frame retains about 50% orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere with fine pitting on left recoil shield. Hammer appears to be a modern replacement. Trigger guard & backstrap retain strong blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a blue/grey patina. Cylinder retains strong blue in the flutes with a blue/grey patina on outer diameter. Grips are slightly over-sized with a chip in the top right side at the frame, otherwise are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 49104-8 JR C&R (3,500-5,000) – Lot 3236

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3237

*FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT BISLEY MODEL SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH TWO-PIECE MOTHER-OF-PEARL GRIPS.

SN 238201. Cal. 44 RUSSIAN & S&W spcl. 7-1/2″ bbl, blue and case hardened finish, two-pc mother-of-pearl grips. This revolver was orig manufactured in 1902 as a 4-3/4″ 32-20 plain blue revolver shipped to Kansas City, MO on December 29, 1902. At later date during engraving career of Wilbur A. Glahn (Circa 1919-1950)this revolver was returned to Colt factory to be re-barreled and re-chambered for 44 cal Russian/Special. The bbl was changed to a 7-1/2″ version and the cyl was replaced. Backstrap and trigger were finely checkered. At the same time, this revolver was masterfully engraved by Colt factory engraver Wilbur Glahn creating one of the most rare of all Bisley single action Colt revolvers with only 90 Bisley models manufactured in this cal. The engraving is “B Coverage” and exhibits all of the characteristics of Glahn’s engraving including flowers in scroll work and a Chevron on recoil shield and loading gate. Revolver also shows factory re-work marks “1220” on frame, grip straps, and cyl. PROVENANCE: Accompanying this revolver is a letter from Colt historian Beverly Jean Haynes showing the orig shipment to J. F. Schmelzer and Sons Arms Co., Kansas City, MO December 29, 1902 in a four-gun shipment. There is no record of the return and re-work. Also included is a 15-page letter from noted Colt authority R. L. Wilson touting the importance of this significant revolver and attributing the engraving to Wilbur A. Glahn. CONDITION: Very fine to excellent. Bbl retains 95% bright mirror blue finish with slight muzzle wear on left side and front sight. Cal mark and bbl address is sharp. Engraving is sharp. Bore is bright with sharp rifling. Cyl retains 95% bright blue finish with only minimal high point wear and slightest of drag marks. Frame retains 90% case color that is vivid in protected areas. Patent mark and Rampant Colt are clear. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 95% bright blue. Right rear bow of trigger guard shows remnants of factory re-work stamp. Hammer retains 90% bright case colors with some scratching on either side. Pearl grips are very good with only a few miniscule chips off bottom with a small repair to left bottom grip. Left grip needs to be re-fit. An opportunity to purchase a rare and unique Bisley remodeled revolver. 49506-1 TEP C&R (9,000-14,000) – Lot 3237

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3238

*COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 310020. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight & 1-line block letter address, left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 45 COLT”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates with Rampant Colt in circle. Mounted with 2-pc, Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Right grip has the last 4 digits of this revolver’s SN scratched inside. Left grip has the last 4 digits of another SN scratched inside along with an indecipherable name. Accompanied by a copy of a Colt Factory Letter identifying this revolver in cal 45 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stock not listed, shipped to Frank P. Hall Co, Columbus, Oh, September 27, 1909 in a 1-gun shipment. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 8000 Bisley Revolvers produced in Cal. 45 out of the approximate 44,350 Bisley’s manufactured 1894-1915. This low number, when compared to the 350,000 Single Action Army revolvers produced makes this a rather scarce item. PROVENANCE: Bill Spicer (2000); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, bbl and ejector housing retain about 93% glossy orig blue with light muzzle wear and thinning on the outer radius of the ejector housing. Frame retains most of its orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas, generally fading elsewhere. Hammer is mostly faded. Trigger guard & backstrap retain dark blue in sheltered areas with the front and backstrap a blue gray patina. Cyl retains about 90% orig blue, strong in the flutes, thinning on outer diameter. Grips are sound, showing moderate wear, turning slightly chocolate. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 49409-3 JR C&R (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3238

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3239

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY BISLEY MODEL FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER WITH SPECIAL ORDER LYMAN TARGET SIGHTS.

SN 183833. Cal. 41 Colt. 7-1/2″ bbl. Blue finish. Checkered hard rubber grips. Special order Lyman target sights. Front sight has a white bead, rear sight has white line inserts. Flat top frame. PROVENANCE: Accompanying this revolver is a letter from Colt historian Beverly Jean Haynes confirming the features on this revolver including the special order Lyman sights and showing shipment to Montgomery Ward & Co. Chicago, IL on March 18, 1899 in a 2 gun shipment. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 80% bright blue finish drifting into a pleasing brown patina on the ejector rod and left side of the bbl. Bbl address and cal. markings are clear. Bore is dirty with very strong rifling. Sights are in very good condition showing considerable blue. Cylinder is very good, retaining 50% blue with dark blue in the flutes, some high point wear at the front and a slight drag mark at the rear. Cylinder is numbered to the gun. Frame retains 50% blue, with dark blue in protected areas and an even blue/brown patina with high point wear overall. Backstrap and forestrap show an even brown patina with slight staining. Trigger retains 40% bright blue. Hammer retains 80% case color that is vivid in protected areas. Grips are very good with no cracks and no missing pieces and sharp checkering. Action needs some adjustment, does not stay on full cock. A very rare Colt Bisley flat top target revolver in a rare caliber with extremely rare Lyman target sights. 49560-1 TEP C&R (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3239

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3240

EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1877 THUNDERER DA REVOLVER.

SN 6751. Cal. 41 Colt. Nickel finish with 6″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line Hartford address and crisp “COLT D.A. 41″ etched panel on left side. All the screws, base pin, trigger & edges of hammer are bright fire blued. Mounted with orig, factory, smooth pearl grips that are matching numbered on the inside. Frame is beautifully engraved in flowing foliate arabesque patterns with about 80% coverage. Top strap is engraved with leaf & vine patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up both sides of bbl with a geometric pattern forward of the address on top. Top gullet of the ejector housing is engraved in a snake & dot pattern. Back of the hammer slot on the backstrap and down the backstrap are engraved in geometric patterns. Cyl is engraved on lands between the flutes with foliate arabesque patterns and a snake pattern in the flutes with a chip & dot pattern border around rear edge. Left rear web of trigger guard is stamped with the caliber marking. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 41 with 6” bbl, nickel finish, pearl stocks and factory engraved, shipped to B. Kittredge Arms Co., Cincinnati, OH on June 10, 1878 in a 2-gun shipment. Model 1877 revolvers are rarely found with high orig finish as they were very popular in their day and usually saw very hard service on the American frontier with infrequent or no maintenance. History records numerous individuals on both sides of the law carrying this model of revolver including Billy the Kid and others. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp, orig nickel finish with no evidence of ever having been fired; all the screws, base pin, trigger & hammer retain most of their orig bright fire blue, somewhat thinned on the trigger. Grips have one tiny chip in left rear edge, otherwise are completely sound with a yellowed stain near the top edges and otherwise retain great fire & iridescent colors. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 49450-15 JR (37,500-57,500) – Lot 3240

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3241

FINE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT HARTFORD LONDON MODEL 1877 DA LIGHTNING REVOLVER.

SN 18662. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 3-line Hartford – Pall Mall London address. Left side of bbl has the cal engraved in a ribbon. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left rear web of trigger guard has cal marking. Mounted with wonderful, 2-pc, smooth pearl grips. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Herman Ulrich with about 65% coverage, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns that have fine pearled background. Left recoil shield, both sides of bbl boss and top of backstrap are engraved in very fine shell patterns. Loading gate is also engraved in a shell pattern. Front edge of recoil shield and loading gate are marked with circle & dot borders. Matching engraving extends about half way up the bbl, on the ejector housing , backstrap & trigger bow. Cyl also has matching engraving on lands between flutes with a fine circle & dot border around rear edge. Back edge of hammer and top edge of hammer nose are also engraved. There is also a fine wavy border around the muzzle with an elliptical pattern of fine pearling around the front sight. This rare revolver is one of only about 1,500 ever made with this bbl address. Being a reasonably rare revolver with limited production, it can be speculated that this is one of the very few of this model engraved by Herman Ulrich, or for that matter factory engraved at all. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal. .38 with 4-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl grips, factory engraved with the special features “Furnished with an ejector”, shipped to W.H. Wentworth address unavailable Oct 3, 1881 in a 1 gun shipment. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 80-85% strong orig nickel with light losses around the muzzle, tip of ejector housing and bottom gullet of ejector housing. Front edge of cyl and corresponding area of the frame also have light losses with some minor flaking on trigger bow. Trigger retains about 50% fire blue and the hammer traces of fire blue, being mostly a silver grey patina. Left grip has an age line, otherwise grips are sound and show great fire. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with one spot of pitting. 49611-2 JR (7,000-10,000) – Lot 3241

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3242

RARE COLT MODEL 1878 DA FRONTIER ASSIGNED TO THE CANADIAN MINISTRY OF MILITIA AND DEFENSE.

SN 14725. Cal. .45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips and has a lanyard swivel in the butt. Left front side of frame is stamped, through the nickel “223.MD”. According to an article by John Fera which appeared in the June 1997 issue of The Gun Report, John Fera, in 1885 Canada was in turmoil with a full scale rebellion in Northwest Territories led by Louis Riel. Just prior to the beginning of the rebellion, the Canadian Government realizing that the rebellion was imminent began looking to the Militia to augment the Royal Canadian Northwest Mounted Police (RCMP) to suppress this rebellion. They realized that the Militia was poorly armed with Civil War surplus Spencer rifles and obsolete Colt 1851 Navy revolvers. They ordered that the Militia arms be immediately updated before the rebellion became a reality. This was the responsibility of the Department Of Militia & Defense. That department contacted the New York firm of Hartley & Graham to furnish 1001 Colt Model 1878 DA revolvers in cal .45 Colt with nickel finish. The first part of the order was immediately filled from stock with a rush order shipped from Colt in several increments. According to the article, these 1001 revolvers all fall within the serial range 8731 to 14996 with the majority in the 14,000 serial range. The rebellion was quickly suppressed with Louis Riel captured and hanged. Eventually all of these revolvers were returned to militia armories where they remained until about 1899 when they were re-issued to the militia for the Boerer War in South Africa. Apparently many of these revolvers returned from South Africa and were sold surplus. Also several publications show that they were issued with a flap holster as found here. Accompanied by a brown leather flap holster with narrow security strap which attaches to a brass stud on the backside just above the belt loop. Inside the flap of this holster is marked in pen “A.A.G.” and “VIII C.M.R.” which stands for Canadian Mounted Rifles who was the first unit assigned to South Africa. Holster has a sewn in plug and marked as noted above. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Phil A. Bleakney, Jr. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are un-numbered. Overall retains most of its orig nickel with some very minor pitting on the bottom right front of the frame. Trigger & hammer retain strong fire blue on their edges. Grips are sound showing light diamond point wear. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. Holster is also fine. 49059-94 JR (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3242

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3243

LOT OF THREE ANTIQUE REVOLVERS, BELTS, HOLSTERS AND A BOWIE KNIFE WITH SHEATH USED BY ANJELICA HUSTON IN THE MOVIE BUFFALO GIRLS.

SN 174426/23688/597. 1) SMITH & WESSON NEW MODEL NUMBER 3 SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. Cal. .44 Russian. SN 597. Nickel finish with 6-1/2″ ribbed bbl, pinned half-moon front sight and fixed rear sight in the bbl latch. Top rib has 2 lines of Smith & Wesson address and patent numbers. Buttstrap has a factory sling swivel and is without SN. SN is found on rear face of cyl, bbl & bbl latch. Mounted with 2-piece smooth walnut grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Bottom of frame is marked in 2-lines “Ejercito Argentino”. This revolver was 1 of 2,000 purchased by Argentina through Hartley & Graham January 1881 and were stamped by the factory as noted above. Accompanied by a brown single loop holster that has the cartouche of “Garret W. Roberts, Camp Verde Arizona, US”, holster is on a 3-1/2″ x 38″ single fold money/cartridge belt that has the Roberts cartouche on the buckle billet. Both billets are sewn and riveted. Belt has 18 sewn and riveted handgun cartridge loops with dummy .44 cartridges and 6 empty rifle cartridge loops. CONDITION: Fine, overall retains about 60-70% orig nickel with the loss areas mostly from flaking. Grips are sound showing moderate wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp. Bright, shiny bore. Holster rig is fine with some crackling to the belt surface and light to moderate soil. Belt and holster show light soil and are fine. 2) ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal. .45 Colt. SN 174426. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, altered front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 1-piece Ivory grip. Revolver has about full coverage, modern engraving, in a variety of styles consisting of foliate arabesque pattern with pearled backgrounds, diamond and dot patterns and shell patterns. Backstrap is engraved with a small heart on a pair of cupid wings engraved “LOVE A H”. Trigger bow is engraved “RPG”. Accompanied by a tooled black leather single loop Buscadero holster with 7 silver conchos and the makers cartouche on the loop “C. Martens / Tucson, AZ”. Holster is accompanied by a matching single fold money/cartridge belt that is 3″ wide x about 40″ long with the same makers cartouche. It has 2 large silver conchos and 28 small tooled conchos. Center portion of the belt has 25 tooled, sewn cartridge loops containing 24 dummy .45 Colt cartridges. CONDITION: Revolver retains virtually all of its custom nickel finish. Grip has a number of fine age lines and is sound. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. Base pin is a replacement. Belt and holster are fine, showing light to moderate wear. 3) ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1878 DA FRONTIER REVOLVER. Cal. .44 WCF (44-40). SN 23688. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, altered front sight and 2-line address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” roll marking on left side. Left front web of trigger guard is marked 44 CAL. Mounted with 2-piece smooth pearl grips and it has a lanyard loop in the butt. Revolver is very nicely engraved by an unknown artist with about full coverage on the frame of fine, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled background. Sides of the bbl, top strap, trigger bow and cyl are engraved to match. Accompanied by a black double loop Buscadero holster that has 5 small conchos on the loops. Holster is on a black leather belt that is 2-1/2″ x about 38″ with a very fancy bow-tie shaped nickel silver buckle with 2 raised gold colored 5 point stars. The tongue billet is a replacement and has been relocated to shorten the belt. Both billets have a large tooled concho with gold colored centers and there are 17 small conchos with gold colored centers, 1 has lost its center piece. CONDITION: Overall retains most of its custom nickel finish. Grips are fine. Mechanics are a little loose. Strong frosty bore. Belt and holster are solid showing light wear. 4) REPRODUCTION WOSTENHOLM STAG HANDLED BOWIE KNIFE WITH INDIAN-STYLE FRINGED BUCKSKIN SHEATH. Knife has 7-13/16″ slight drop point flat ground blade, marked on left ricasso “IXL”. It has a 1/8″ thick elliptical brass hand guard and 2-piece stag grips. Accompanied by a custom made hard leather backed and buckskin sinew sewn sheath with red trade cloth spacer and brass tack outline on the front. The entire edge has buckskin fringe. Belt loop on the back has the Roberts cartouche like one of the holsters above. CONDITION: Knife is very fine, retaining 30-40% orig polish, never having been sharpened. Sheath is extremely fine. Lot is accompanied by video cassette of the movie. Also accompanied by a letter on Anjelica Huston letterhead over her signature wherein she states that she used these 3 guns in the role of Calamity Jane in the CBS Entertainment Productions award nominated television movie Buffalo Girls which premiered April 30, 1995. All 3 revolvers are fully identified including serial numbers. Additionally accompanied by a signed photograph of Ms. Huston dressed in buckskins sitting in a chair holding the Smith & Wesson number 3. Also accompanied by a poster of the movie picturing 6 of the stars. Special Note: This item contains or is made of ivory. Do not bid on this lot unless you have read and agreed to our "Ivory Position Statement" and the "Waiver of Legal and Financial Risk to James D. Julia in regards to your Purchase of an Ivory Object." This information is located in the front section of our catalog. CONDITION: As noted above. 49617-3 JR IVORY (5,000-9,000) – Lot 3243

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3244

*TWO COLT 2ND GEN. SINGLE ACTION ARMY CONDEMNED PROOF DEMONSTRATION REVOLVERS.

SN 61135SA/51203SA. Gun #1 .45 Colt.(ca 1971)7.5″ bbl with period one line address blue and case colored frame. Grips are missing. A cartridge detonation has completely blown out three chambers of the cylinder and the top strap has bowed up and separated from the recoil shield. Gun #2 .357 Mag.(ca 1969) 5.5″ bbl with period one line address blue and case colored frame. Grips are missing. A cartridge detonation has caused a separation failure in one chamber of the cylinder and destruction of the top strap which has been completely obliterated and is missing. Consignor states he received these as gifts from his neighbor and former maestro of the Colt Custom Shop, Al DeJohn, many years ago. When Al DeJohn joined Colt’s in 1946, just after his World War II service, little did he know that he was destined to become the most dedicated advocate of the art of gun engraving that the company had seen since the days of Colonel Colt himself. A talented technician, gunsmith, and designer, Al would find his true calling in the mid-1960s, when his supervisor, Joe Gannon, was transferred to another position, and Al DeJohn became Manager of Colt’s Custom Gun Shop and served until his retirement in 1989. PROVENANCE: Ex Al DeJohn Collection. CONDITION: Sold without warranty as non-functioning, condemned, demonstrator revolvers. Condition noted above. 49432-102 WD C&R (500-2,500) – Lot 3244

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3245

RARE COLT MODEL 1883 DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN TWO BARREL SET THAT BELONGED TO FAMOUS ARIZONA SHERIFF JOHN H. SLAUGHTER.

SN 1249. Cal. 10 ga. Fine grade 3 hammerless Colt shotgun with 2 sets of fine Damascus bbls, one of which is 18-1/8″ and the other 32-1/8″. Mounted with highly figured European walnut with 2 checkered, semi-schnable, black insert splinter forearms and Prince of Wales stock with round knob and solid red pad of recent vintage. Bottom of the stock has a small nickel silver oval engraved “J.M. Thurston”. Receiver is engraved with light border patterns and rosettes around the hinge pin, screws and receiver pins. Accompanied by 2 Colt Factory letters, one dated March 5, 1977, and the other April 8, 1987. Both letters agree that this shotgun was a 10 ga with 32″ bbls and blue finish, shipped to Collins & Gordon, Omaha, NE, February 22, 1887. The 1977 letter additionally lists the weight as 10 lbs. with “walnut” stocks and a note at the bottom “Records also indicate extra barrel was supplied for this shotgun on May 24th, 1889”. The 1987 letter simply lists the type of stocks as “wood” but has the additional information of being factory engraved, grade 3. In this latter letter there is no mention of the extra bbl. Additionally accompanied by a sworn, notarized affidavit dated September 8, 1973, over the signature of Richard R. Riss, II. Mr. Riss states that he is the owner of “How The West Was Won Memorial Museum”, located in Custer, SD, which houses the Riss collection, “Which is considered to be the rarest and largest collection of authenticated Outlaw and Frontier guns, photographs, mementos and material that made Western Expansion possible”. He further states that in 1961 he received the “American Archives Award for Sincere Dedication to Research, Authenticity and the Preservation of American History”. He further states that his collection has been written up in more than 80 publications and has been exhibited —– since it was started in 1936. Mr. Riss certifies that he “Did purchase in 1947 (through Lynn Reeder, gun dealer, of Kansas City, MO.) a 10 ga doubled barreled Colt Shotgun cased with two sets of barrels bearing serial #1249, that belonged first to J.M. Thurston (magician) and so inscribed on a silver medallion in the stock. This gun was later given to John Slaughter and I purchased it from family heirs in Florida.” Additionally accompanied by a large volume of research material on John Horton Slaughter, compiled by consignor. Included are several copies of photographs from the Arizona Historical Society which cannot be reproduced without authorization. This shotgun has been the subject of several articles including one by Robert Doyle which appeared in the April 1980, Arms Gazette. It has also been exhibited by consignor and his 3-piece, folding, tabletop display accompanies this lot. The display board includes 7 framed photographs and the framed title board. In addition there is a plastic wrapped 100-rd box of UMC Majestic 10 Gauge Paper Shot Shells, probably new primed empties. Plastic was not opened to check contents. Also accompanying are 4 books which are The Southwest of John Horton Slaughter Cattleman Sheriff, Erwin. The other 3 only have a mention or a chapter about Slaughter: The Last Chance Tombstone’s Early Years, Myers; Tombstone’s Immortals, Traywick; Billy King’s Tombstone, Sonnichsen. John Horton Slaughter was born October 1841, in Louisiana and when he was only a few months old his family moved to a homestead in west Texas. He grew up ranching and fighting Indians & Renegades and when the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the Texas Cavalry but was soon mustered out for illness. He returned to his home and enlisted in the Texas Rangers, quickly rising to the rank of Lieutenant. With the boom in cattle prices Mr. Slaughter went into the cattle business with his wife. He stayed in Texas for a period of time and then in the 1870’s moved to Arizona, purchasing the San Bernardino ranch of about 70,000 acres east of Douglas, in Cochise County, which sprawled below the Mexican border. Later he added an additional 30,000 acres where it became one of the largest ranches in the U.S. Although Mr. Slaughter was a small man, less than 5′ 6″, he was no one to argue with and is credited with having killed at least 20 men. He was so feared that outlaws and even the fearsome Apache avoided his ranch. His ranch was in the area of Tombstone, which had become a tough, wild town. He served as Sheriff of Cochise County from 1888 – 1892 and was known throughout the area to have carried a double barrel shotgun which he applied liberally, usually without the benefit of trial. He was known to have frequently confronted local “Bad Men” and with a simple “Get Of Cochise County or I’ll kill you” which usually sent the miscreant packing, never to been seen again. Mr. Slaughter’s wife, Adeline died in 1878 and he then married Viola Howell a woman 21 years younger than him. Together they built the San Bernardino ranch into an amazing entity unto itself, completely self sustaining, even with its own Post Office, School, store, farm and orchards and over 30,000 cattle. Mr. Slaughter had a fierce reputation as a man hunter and tracker and along with the infamous Tom Horn was enlisted by the Army to track down the famous Apache Chief Geronimo, which he did, leading to the Apache’s surrender. John Slaughter died in bed February 2, 1922 at age 80 with his boots off, leaving that area of Arizona a better and safer place. His great ranch was gradually sold off with the last parcel of 4,000 acres sold in 1965. Today the ranch headquarters is a museum. PROVENANCE: John H. Slaughter descendants; Richard R. Riss, II Collection; John R. Butcher Collection; to present Consignor. CONDITION: Very fine. The 32″ bbls are extremely fine showing virtually all of their strong brown Damascus pattern and bright shiny bores with a few small spots of light pitting. The 18″ bbls show most of an old blued finish with wear over the forearm area and have bright shiny bores. Receiver retains 40-50% faded case colors with the balance turned silver. Wood is sound with a gouge in the buttstock, light nicks and scratches, showing light to moderate diamond point wear. The buttstock is 13-5/8″ without the pad, which would comport with a man of short stature. Obviously the pad was added later. Shot shell box has a couple of broken corners and a tear with tape on one side, otherwise is sound with light soil and a dark yellow/brown patina. Books are fine as is the display. 49537-1 JR (15,000-30,000) – Lot 3245

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3246
Revised: 9/18/2015

Please Note: Typographical Error. Description should read 12 ga not 16 ga as stated in the catalog.

EXTREMELY RARE COLT MODEL 1878 DAMASCUS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN.

SN 20801. Cal. 16GA. Very rare Colt shotgun with 30″ twist bbls that have tapered concave rib & single brass bead with doll’s head rib extension. Lockplates are marked with the COLT name. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain American walnut with checkered, black insert, Schnable tip, splinte forearm & rnd knob stock that has color case hardened smooth steel buttplate. Colt produced about 23,000 shotguns of this model before competition from cheap European imports forced them to cease production. Very few were produced in 16 ga. This shotgun, being the lowest grade had very little ornamentation beyond the checkered forearm & wrist. These were “working man’s” tools and usually saw continuous hard service and are almost never found with any orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine+, all matching (stock was not checked for matching numbers). Bbls retain 99% crisp orig brown twist pattern. Receiver, lockplates & hammers retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors, slightly faded on the bottom. Trigger guard retains about all of its bright fire blue & the buttplate about 90% brilliant case colors, showing wear only on the heel. Wood is sound with only a very few tiny handling & storage nicks and retains virtually all of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, shiny bores. Appears to be new and unfired. 48568-10 JR (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3246

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3247

RARE COLT SPECIAL ORDER FIELD GRADE DAMASCUS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN.

SN 7418. Cal. 10 GA Field grade shotgun with special order 31″ Damascus bbls that have tapered concave rib, single brass bead, marked with makers name & address. Mounted with very nicely figured European walnut with checkered, black insert, Schnable tip, splinter forearm and straight stock with Rampant Colt hard rubber buttplate. Lockplates, hammers & receiver have simple line borders, this being almost the plainest grade. These plain grade shotguns are almost never found with orig finish having been the “working man’s” tool, they usually saw very hard service. Colt produced about 23,000 of these high quality shotguns in three gauges during the period 1878-1889 until competition from cheap European imports forced them to stop production. Very few survived today and of those, incredibly few retain any orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching (buttstock was not checked for matching number). Bbls retain about 98% strong brown Damascus pattern with only slight muzzle edge wear and a couple small spots of surface rust. Receiver, lockplates & hammer retain most of their brilliant, orig case colors, slightly faded on front tip of right lockplate & bottom of receiver. Trigger guard retains about 98% brilliant fire blue as does the opening lever. Wood is sound with a few very light handling & storage nicks and retains about all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bores, appears to be new and unfired. 48568-11 JR (8,500-12,500) – Lot 3247

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3248

RARE COLT MODEL 1878 DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN.

SN 10476. Cal. 10 GA. Beautiful medium grade Colt shotgun with 30″ Damascus bbls, tapered concave rib with single brass bead marked with the makers name & address. Mounted with very nicely figured European walnut with checkered, black insert, Schnable tip, splinter forearm & round knob pistol grip stock that has Rampant Colt hard rubber buttplate. Receiver, lockplates, hammer & forend iron are nicely engraved in light foliate arabesque patterns with simple line borders. Colt introduced this model in 1878 and continued in production until about 1889 with about 23,000 having been produced in three gauges before cheap European competition forced them to stop production. These shotguns were of very high quality and usually saw hard service both with hunters and law enforcement. They are frequently found with cut bbls from having served as coach guns or guard weapons. CONDITION: Extremely fine+, all matching (stock not removed to check for matching numbers). Bbls retain most of their orig brown pattern, lightly faded. Lockplates, hammers & receiver retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors. Trigger guard retains about 90% fire blue. Stock has a tiny chip back of left lockplate, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics crisp. Bright shiny bores. 48568-13 JR (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3248

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3249

COLT MODEL 1878 DOUBLE BARREL DAMASCUS HAMMER SHOTGUN.

SN 7416. Cal: 10 GA Field grade shotgun with special order 31″ Damascus bbls that have tapered concave rib, single brass bead marked with makers name & address. Mounted with very nicely figured, straight grain American walnut with checkered, black insert, Schnable tip, splinter forearm and rnd knob buttstock with smooth steel buttplate. Lockplates, hammers & receiver have simple line borders, this being almost the plainest grade. These plain grade shotguns are almost never found with orig finish having been the “working man’s” tool, they usually saw very hard service. Colt produced about 23,000 of these high quality shotguns in three gauges during the period 1878-1889 until competition from cheap European imports forced them to stop production. Very few survived today and of those, incredibly few retain any orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine+, all matching (buttstock not checked for matching number). Overall retains about 99% orig finish with strong brown Damascus pattern, brilliant case colors & bright orig wood finish with only a couple of very minor handling & storage nicks. Trigger guard & buttplate also retain 98-99% bright fire blue. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bores, appears to be new & unfired. 48568-12 JR (6,500-9,500) – Lot 3249

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3250
Revised: 10/2/2015

Please Note: The Autry Center for the West have kindly provided information from the original Gatling Gun Co. ledgers indicating that SN 145 was given as First Prize at the NY State National Guard Matches at Creedmoor Long Island on 4/16/1874. It was won by the 79th Regiment’s 12 man team with a score of 199. The value of the Gatling Gun prize was $2,000 in 1874.

Important Additional Information: This rare Gatling Gun was previously in the collection of renowned collector/dealer Al Kelley of Middlebury, CT for many years. Prior to that it had been deaccessioned from a New York State Museum. The museum had obtained it from the New York National Guard. Mr. Kelley reported all this information in his sale advertisement which appeared in the March/April 1984 issue of Man at Arms magazine. At that time it was complete with carriage, Limber and 16 magazines.

RARE COLT MODEL 1875 GATLING GUN ON CARRIAGE WITH LIMBER.

SN 145. Cal. 50 CF. Fine orig Gatling gun with 32″ ten bbl cluster mounted in a brass housing with steel frame. Gun is in an orig cast iron yoke on an orig field carriage with olive drab painted iron bound wood frame and orig style concave wheels with 1/2″ thick steel rims. Carriage is complete with seat, safety chains and tiller. Top of the gun housing is mounted with a 3-3/4″ diameter cast brass plate marked “GATLING’S BATTERY GUN / MADE BY COLT’S / PT. FIRE ARMS / MFG CO / HARTFORD, CONN. / U.S.A.” which is surrounding 4 patent dates. Gun is equiped with orig traversing unit and elevation screw with brass wheel. Gun has 1-1/4″ trunions and 2″ cascable. It appears that all the bolts are matching and numbered to their respective bbls. Accompanied by an orig Gatling gun limber with an orig iron bound box mounted to the axle that is 35″ long X 24-3/4″ wide and 19″ deep that has metal covered lid and a heavy iron hasp on the front. Interior is compartmented with large compartment on each end that will hold 7 orig 4-magazine trays for a total of 64 loaded magazines. The center has a 5-1/2″ wide compartment, for spare ammunition. The limber is complete with all fittings including the doubletree and articulated stand. The tiller wood handle is not present in the socket. The Model 1875 Gatling gun had improvements over the Model 1874 with fixed front sight, a deeper magazine well, beveled bolt face edges and other small items. The US Army bought 44 long Model 1875 Gatling guns, of which this is one, in the serial range 107-146 and also in a later range. Also accompanied by 16 orig tinned steel and brass stick magazines in orig trays holding 4 magazines each. Some are missing their followers. Additionally accompanied by 8 empty orig wood magazine trays. Also accompanied by six 20-rd boxes of Old Reliable brand new, unprimed caliber 50-70 brass cases. Gatling guns, wherever they were employed often turned the tide of battle, especially with the British in Africa. Who knows, had Custer not left his Gatling guns behind the results may have been different. CONDITION: Fine, appears to be all matching. Bbls are a cleaned gray metal patina with remarkably bright shiny bores. Brass housing is very fine and shows a medium mustard patina, as does all of the other brass. Carriage and limber have been completely restored with all of the wood painted olive drab and the metal parts black. Mechanics are fine. 49541-1 JR (200,000-300,000) – Lot 3250

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3251

*VALLEY ENGRAVING REPRODUCTION GATLING’S BATTERY GUN MODEL 1878.

SN 011-005F. Cal. 45-70. Wonderful reproduction 10-barrel Gatling with 32″ bbl cluster mounted in orig type brass housing with steel frame. Trunnions are 1-1/4″ and the cascable is 2″. The articulated magazine base is for a Broadwell drum. Mounted in an iron yoke on iron furniture, all of which is mounted on an extraordinary reproduction oak carriage with correct concave, iron bound wheels that have ash spokes and an oak rim with 1/2″ thick steel outer rim. Accompanying, in brackets under the trail, is the iron tipped oak tiller. Top of the rear housing is fitted with a 3-1/2″ rnd plate bearing the manufacturers name & address, the date 3 June 2009, Model 1878, Caliber 45-70 Gov., made by Valley Engraving LLC and Neal E Smith Jr. Accompanied by 2 reproduction Broadwell drums, engraved on the top plate, “BROADWELL DRUM / CAPACITY 216 ROUNDS / CALIBER 45-70 GOV DATE OF MANUFACTURE 29 DEC. 2008” along with a line of Cyrillic writing. Both drums have brass and iron carrying handle on top. Few reproduction Gatling guns reach this level of sophistication or attention to detail. CONDITION: Appears to be new and unfired, retaining virtually all of its fine orig finish to both gun and carriage. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bores. 49318-10 JR (55,000-75,000) – Lot 3251

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3252

*THUNDER VALLEY MACHINE COMPANY REPRODUCTION MODEL 1875 GATLING GUN ON CARRIAGE.

SN 012379. Cal 45-70. Fine reproduction Gatling gun with 29-1/2″ ten-bbl cluster, mounted in a brass housing with a steel frame. The articulated cover is for gravity feed stick magazines. Gun is mounted in a cast brass yoke on a brass base which is attached to a brass bound wood carriage. The trail and most fittings are all brass. Gun has traversing mechanism with elevation screw with brass wheel. Carriage has a magazine box mounted to the axle on each side of the gun which have slots for 18 stick magazines in each box. Accompanied by 21 reproduction tinned steel and brass magazines. Carriage is on orig type concave wheels with 1/2″ thick steel rims. All the wood on the carriage is painted apple green. Magazine boxes are brass bound and are also painted the same green. Also accompanied by a 27″ long x 14″ wide x 11-1/2″ deep iron bound, hinged lid wood box that is painted olive drab. Top rear of the gun’s brass housing has a reproduction 3-3/4″ rnd brass plaque with the same markings as an orig Colt gun. Lower left side of the brass housing is cast with the lettering “Thunder Valley Mach / Clinton Ohio”. The feed cover latch is of more simple design than an orig with a simple button head spring loaded latch instead of a hook latch like the orig. This is a fine reproduction and a good representative piece for re-enactments or simply for shooting. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Mechanics are fine and everything seems to function well. Carriage and wheels are all tight and servicable. Bright shiny bores. 49479-6 JR (45,000-75,000) – Lot 3252

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3253

*FINE VALLEY ENGRAVING REPRODUCTION CAMEL GATLING GUN ON TRIPOD.

SN 014-014. Cal. 45-70. Wonderful reproduction 10-barrel Gatling with 18″ bbl cluster mounted in orig type brass housing with steel frame. Trunnions are 1-1/4″ and the cascable is 2″. The articulated magazine base is for a Broadwell drum. Mounted in an iron yoke on iron furniture, all of which is mounted on an extraordinary reproduction oak and steel tripod. Top of the rear housing is fitted with a 3-1/2″ rnd plate bearing the manufacturers name & address, the date 3 June 2009, Model 1878, Caliber 45-70 Gov., made by Valley Engraving LLC and Neal E Smith Jr. Accompanied by 2 reproduction Broadwell drums, engraved on the top plate, “BROADWELL DRUM – CAPACITY 216 ROUNDS – CALIBER 45-70 GOV DATE OF MANUFACTURE 29 DEC. 2008” along with a line of Cyrillic writing. Both drums have brass and iron carrying handle on top. Few reproduction Gatling guns reach this level of sophistication or attention to detail. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be new and unfired. Tripod also appears to be new. 49318-11 JR (40,000-60,000) – Lot 3253

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3254

*RARE FURR 1/3 SCALE MODEL 1874 GATLING GUN ON FIELD CARRIAGE.

SN 14. Gun is brass and steel construction in precise scale with ten 12-1/2″ bbls with brass housing, rails and trunnions. It is set up for the Broadwell drum & is accompanied by one 220 rnd complete drum. Mounted on a miniature scale walnut field carriage with square axle and tapered trail with correct elevation and traversing screws & all brass furniture. Wheels are 18″ in diameter with outward concave construction as in the originals. Top of the housing has a replica miniature Colt plaque. Features are complete to include the scale model folding seat on the top of the trail. Furr Arms Gatling Gun Co. brochure included. SIZE: Height-21″. Length-36″. Weight-45lbs. PROVENANCE: Rod Fuller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching, including drum and frame, along with the two drum keepers. No additional disassembly was effected to check for other matching numbers. Overall retains virtually all of its orig polish on brass with bright blue on bbls and strong varnish on the wood. Bright bores. A wonderful functioning fun gun to shoot. 49114-77 WD C&R (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3254

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3255

VERY EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 OPEN TOP LEVER ACTION RIFLE THAT BELONGED TO FAMOUS SIOUX INDIAN CHIEF SITTING BULL.

SN 3536. Cal. 45-75. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, altered front sight with a piece of antler or bone replacing the nickel silver blade and an 1876-marked rifle ladder rear sight, missing its slide and base screw. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut which includes straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Buttstock has 7 square-shank tack holes in the comb, 14 other square-shank tack holes in 2 parallel lines forward of the buttplate and 12 more on right side of forearm with 3 others on left side of forearm, which may be a period of use replacement. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl and plain trigger, shipped May 1, 1878, and one period .45-75 cartridge. Also accompanied by a very large volume of correspondence, documentation, and images regarding the authenticity of this rifle as having belonged to famous Hunkpapa Sioux Indian Chief, Sitting Bull. This rifle is first documented as having been purchased in 1932 from the liquidation of the Bank of West Hollywood by Walter H. Robinson, an attorney employed by the State of California to liquidate the holdings of several defunct banks. In a sworn affidavit, dated 20 November 1965 over the signature of Edith Jones Roush, who had been the wife of Mr. Robinson in 1932. She states that when her husband purchased this rifle from the assets of the bank, it was being held as security for $1,500.00 personal note. When the bank was unable to locate the owner the rifle remained in the bank assets until purchased by Mr. Robinson. Mrs. Roush states that when Mr. Robinson brought the rifle home it “was packed in a wooden box bearing the express marks and labels showing that it had been expressed from Dakota”. In addition to the rifle there was “certain documentation identifying the rifle as having belonged to the Indian Chief, Sitting Bull, including a small yellow piece of paper bearing the typewritten statement, “This gun was taken from Sitting Bull’s house, upon the occasion of his arrest on Dec. 15’91. Jas. Mc Laughlin” Mrs. Roush further states that the rifle remained in the box until Mr. Robinson’s death in 1955, after which she remarried and moved and at some point the box was “broken up for kindling wood and all identification lost except the yellow card above referred to, which I have delivered to Mr. Whedon along with the rifle”. Apparently, prior to the date of this document, Mrs. Roush had sold this rifle, identified by SN in the affidavit, to a Mr. Parker Whedon of Charlotte, North Carolina. Also accompanied by the original 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of yellowed paper which has the typewritten notation “This gun was taken from Sitting Bull’s house upon the occasion of his arrest on Dec. 15/91.” over the typewritten signature “Jas. Mc Laughlin”. In addition there is a report of fiber analysis conducted by OIPS Testing Experts of Appleton, Wisconsin, dated December 18, 2012. This test states “No UV florescence” and “Mix of soft wood, unbleached sulfite – (Spruce and/or Hemlock) and Softwood Groundwood – Fir and (Spruce and/or Hemlock) / “It is possible for the paper to be from 1890. The fiber types were available by 1890 but the type of mix was not typical.” Also in this volume of provenance are several letters of correspondence to Mr. Parker Whedon, apparently an attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina from the Smithsonian Office of Anthropology and the Museum of the American Indian, NY, NY. In a June 24, 1968 letter from the Smithsonian, over the signature of John C. Ewers, Senior Ethnologist, he states that “While reading My Visit Among the Hostile Indians and How They Became My Friends”, Rudolph Crownau on pages 410-425, I noted a printing of a letter to Crownau from Mr. W.D. Campbell, proprietor of Campbell’s Curio Store, 325 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, California, dated June 14, 1897, stating that he had obtained a number of articles “from the Indian agent at Standing Rock and he got them when Bull was killed.” The agent would have been James Mc Laughlin.” On page 423 the letter mentions several items that are still known today. On page 425 Mr. Crownau states that all of those items became the property of Mr. T.S. Lowe of Los Angeles in 1898. When Mr. Lowe died, they apparently then went to a Mr. William Fitzhugh of San Francisco, where they were exhibited for many years. When Mr. Fitzhugh died, the collection was acquired by the Museum of the American Indian, HEYE Foundation NY,NY. He continues that the article does not mention Sitting Bull’s guns but speculates that they were sold before the Crownau letter. In a July 20, 1968 letter to attorney Whedon from the Museum of the American Indian over the signature of Fredrick J. Dockstader, director, he states that his museum still has the Fitzhugh collection, intact, but there is no indication that they ever received any firearms and he speculates that the evidence “Seems to agree strongly with the documentation which supports your belief that the rifle #3536 in your possession is indeed the one formerly owned by Sitting Bull”. Another letter from Mr. Dockstader dated August 2, 1968, states he could “Further help you only in the fact that some of the typewritten statements in your possession match those which were with specimens which we received on our own collection”. Another letter to attorney Whedon from Assumption Abbey of Richaroton, North Dakota dated December 13, 1969 over the signature of Father Louis Pfaller, wherein he advises that he is enclosing a copy of a letter written by Mc Laughlin to D. F. Barry in which he presents Barry with “one of the 5 guns taken from Sitting Bull’s cabin”. He further states that “In checking some typewritten material from 1895, I find that it is very likely the same typewriter. My reason is that the number 9 is exactly alike. The lower part of the number is short and almost forms a period.” Also accompanying is a copy of the Barry letter dated “Standing Rock April 30th 1891” over the signature of James Mc Laughlin. Mr. Mc Laughlin states “I present you herewith for your collection of “Curios” a Sharp’s carbine, patent of 1848 numbered 39120 which was found in Sitting Bull’s house by the Indian police—–on the morning of December 15th 1890—–“. And later “This was one of five (5) rifles found in Sitting Bulls house by the police—–.” An additional letter from Father Pfaller dated January 3, 1970 states that he is enclosing the page in notebook 12 “which shows that three of Sitting Bull’s guns were loaned to the Indian Policemen, after Dec. 15, 1890. There is no record of what eventually happened to them.” A copy of that page, which is apparently found in a small notebook with a typewritten label, “McLAUGHLIN COLLECTION / Notebook 12, Dec. 1890 / RCM”, above that label is handwritten “Guns turned in and captured by Indian Police subsequent to Dec. 15th 1890”. A copy of page 12 lists the names of 24 Indians whose guns were “loaned to Indian Police”, line 15 lists Sitting Bull. Excerpts from the book The Arrest and Killing of Sitting Bull(author unknown), on pages 86-87, 108-109 describe the arrest of Sitting Bull on December 15, 1890. Pages 86-87 are by Sioux policemen Shoots Walking. He states that the night before a large number of Indian Police had gone to the home of Chief of Police Bullhead about 3 or 4 miles from Sitting Bull’s place. The morning of the 15th they rode directly to Sitting Bull’s house and surrounded it with Cpt. Bullhead, Sgt. Shavehead and 3 other policemen entered the house with the others standing outside. He states that Sitting Bull was in bed and 2 of the policemen pulled him out of bed. Cpt. Bullhead took a rifle which was under Sitting Bull’s bed and another hanging on the wall. They allowed Sitting Bull to get dressed and led him outside where they were confronted by Sitting Bull’s supporters who attacked the police with one of them shooting Cpt.Bullhead through his body which prompted another policemen, Strikes the Kettle to shoot Sitting Bull, killing him instantly. In an unsigned and undated old letter on the letterhead of Walter H. Robinson, Attorney at Law, addressed to renowned old time dealer/collector, Robert Ables, Mr. Robinson details much of the same information as found in the sworn affidavit of Mrs. Roush. Accompanying this lot is an orig cabinet card from Copelin Studios, Chicago which is a studio photograph of Sitting Bull in buckskins with his pipe and bearing what is probably an authentic signature of Sitting Bull. Also accompanying is a first day issue of the Sitting Bull 28 cent U.S. postage stamp postmarked Rapid City, SD September 14, 1989. Additionally accompanying are several copies of photographs of Sitting Bull’s cabin. Also accompanying is a copy of several handwritten letters, presumably from Maj. Mc Laughlin, all dated December 14, 1890, regarding the order to arrest Sitting Bull. The evidence that this rifle was taken from the cabin of Sitting Bull on the day he was arrested and killed is very compelling. Rarely does such an item come to market with documentation beyond “family lore” or simply word of mouth. So much so that in a December 23,1969 letter from John Ewers, the Smithsonian inquired with interest in obtaining the rifle to accompany the now famous 1866 SRC on display there. CONDITION: Fair. No orig finish remains with the metal being an overall mottled dark brown patina. Forearm is missing a sliver on the left side and has a crack on the right side, otherwise wood is sound showing a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics need attention. Worn dark bore. Cabinet card photo of Sitting Bull is fine. 49593-1 JR (35,000-55,000) – Lot 3255

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3256

RARE AND HISTORIC BOW OF FAMOUS LAKOTA SIOUX CHIEF GALL.

This wonderful decorated Sioux Bow, 41″ tip to tip and may be the bow that Chief Gall is seen holding including a famous photograph made of him by David F. Barry about 1881. An old worn typed label reads “Sioux Buffalo Bow / Gift from Chief Pezi” (Gall) / Standing Rock Res / Donated by J McLaughlin”. James McLaughlin author of My Friend The Indian, was long time Indian agent, present at Standing Rock Reservation from 1881 – 1890. McLaughlin knew Gall very well and writes prominently about his close personal friend, though not specifically stating this gift, but we are told other McLaughlin Indian objects are noted with similar typed tags. Though Gall is not as well known in the Custer massacre as Sitting Bull or Crazy Horse, Gall was indeed among the fiercest warriors. In the first volley, Gall’s two wives and three daughters were killed. An excellent biography on Gall by Robert Larson, Gall, Lakota War Chief, “A particularly bitter factor in the deaths of most of Gall’s family in 1876 was the involvement of Gall’s old nemesis Bloody Knife. Little Sioux, one of the Arikara warrior scouts who preceded Reno’s crossing of the Greasy Grass, claimed in a later interview that he and three other Arikara scouts saw three women and two children running as fast as they could toward the river. He fired twice at them, and then he and his comrades rode through the timber toward the river, where they killed all of them. Whether or not any of these victims were members of the Gall family cannot be proven with certainty, but Bloody Knife’s involvement in this phase of the battle seems unquestionable. As Custer’s chief Indian scout, he was probably at the head of this scouting party, searching for ponies and not being averse to killing Lakota families in the process. Obviously Gall was grief stricken when he saw the dead bodies of these family members. the Little Bighorn would mean glory for many of his comrades, but it would be an almost unbearable personal tragedy for him. He no doubt pondered the irony of this tragic development. He was one of the fiercest of the Lakota warriors, and yet he could not protect his own family. Of particular surprise to him was the fact that Reno’s troopers, as well as those hated Arikara scouts, got close enough to kill the most defenseless members of the Hunkpapa camp. Had the distraught war leader made this discovery upon his first return to camp, he would have vigorously pursued Reno’s troopers to their final defensive position on the hilltop east of the Little Bighorn. Revenge would have been his overwhelming emotion. When he finally did recover from his crippling anguish, startled by the sound of increasing gunfire to the north, his mood was dominated by a thirst for vengeance. “It made my heart bad,” he later remarked. “After that I killed all my enemies with the hatchet.”” This particular title also shows good 1881 D.F. Barry facsimile photograph on p. 139, owned by Historical Society of North Dakota, showing Gall with quite possibly this bow. Rarely do historical bow’s or other objects directly relating to prominent Indians from the Battle of The Little Big Horn ever come to market. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Bow retains good red, black and yellow decoration with wear where held sinew wrapped decoration is intact and bow string is present though knot loose on one end. Accompanying pasted tag is soiled but still discernible. It is interesting to note that the decorations there are 9 light stripes on one internal edge near center and 7 light stripes on other side of middle and that Gall wore 9 white stripes on his right forearm which I have not noted on other American Indians as decorations. Accompanying custom stand is very good as is. Accompanying copy of Larson’s biography. 49129-1 JS (20,000-40,000) – Lot 3256

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3257

FABULOUS “AS FOUND” AMERICAN INDIAN USED PLAINS RIFLE WITH RAWHIDE AND TACK REPAIRS.

SN NSN. This large bore 50 Cal. percussion “HENRY FOLSOM, ST LOUIS” marked Plains rifle was just recently found in a Maine estate. Gun exhibits an impeccable “as found” surface. True orig American Indian rawhide repaired guns have always been heavily faked and spurious examples abound. This gun appears to have sat undisturbed in an attic for well over a hundred years. Gun exhibits a 7″ sinew sewn rawhide wrap retaining bbl to stock forward of lock. Wrist is repaired with wrapped trade cord; several iron nails with trade tack decoration at rear of repair. There is a nearly identical Henry Folsom Plains Rifle which was owned and used by famous Indian scout “Little Bat” Garnier at Ft. Robinson, Nebraska. Little Bat’s gun is owned by the Nebraska State Historical Society. It is noted that 50 Cal. balls were excavated from the Battle of Little Bighorn that were used by the victorious Sioux. There are at least a few St. Louis Plains Rifles of known use from that battle. You will not find a finer, classic American Plains Indian rawhide and tack percussion rifle. CONDITION: Iron surfaces are overall smooth with areas of rust and pitting. Medium weight 52 Cal. oct bbl measures 34″ with orig sights. Gun weighs 9.4 lbs overall. Gun is functional with well discerned rifling in bore, though pitted. Brass trigger guard, buttplate and tacks exhibit chocolate colored patina. Stock retains hand worn patina with 30-40% orig varnish still exhibiting orig striped design. The repairs are as noted. Rawhide is tight with good patina; some scuffs and about a 3″ hairline crack on reverse side of wrist. There is about a 1″ piece of wood broken at toe with toeplate bent and rescrewed. Gun retains orig wooden ramrod with comparable patina to rest of gun. Gun is accompanied by an stylized American Indian wooden saddle used as display stand along with 19th century buffalo horn powderhorn with similar tacks, nails and trade cord much like that used in the Indian rawhide repair. Horn and saddle are overall very good 49153-1 JS (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3257

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3258

LARGE ARCHIVE FROM BATTLE OF LITTLE BIGHORN SURVIVOR WINFIELD SCOTT EDGERLY.

Winfield Scott Edgerly was a survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn serving as Lt. with Troop D under Reno’s command. He would later see action with the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of Wounded Knee. He rose to the rank of Brigider General and retired just prior to WWI. This archive includes fine framed vellum commission signed by Pres. Chester Arthur in 1883 when Edgerly became Capt. in the 7th US Cavalry, fine framed 9″ x 11″ photograph, about 30 orig documents and letters including a fine 2-pg autographed letter written Jul. 1883, just prior to promotion to Captain, and a rare letter from Libby Custer to Edgerly’s wife written in Mar. 1877 which is quite sentimental concerning the memories of General Custer and his officers killed less than a year earlier at the Little Bighorn. Edgerly graduated from West Point in 1870 and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th US Calvary and stayed with that unit for most of his career. Among the albums of Edgerly family memorabilia include articles and newspaper clippings concerning Edgerly & Custer along with several photographs and letters from Edgerly, obituary, various special orders and receipts. Also included is a copy of Scalp Dance, The Edgerly Papers on the Battle of the Little Big Horn. by George Clark, 1985. The commission in this archive is pictured on rear end paper of this scarce book. This is a very interesting archive with much ephemera from one of the most important surviving officers in Reno’s Fight. CONDITION: Commission is very fine as framed with discernible signatures & text. Framed photograph is also very good as framed. Letters are overall very good. The Libby Custer letter is trimmed at top written on thin glassine paper with dark blue ink which is easily discerned. (It is interesting to note that Libby wrote her name as “Mrs. G.A. Custer” at top.) Interested parties should view this archive as the majority of pieces are very good to fine, however there are scattered areas of soiling, foxing & acid burn associated with such a large grouping of paper & ephemera. 49679-1 JS (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3258

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3259

WAR AXE SHOWN IN PHOTOGRAPH OF “YOUNG EAGLE” TAKEN BY FAMOUS WISCONSIN PHOTOGRAPHER H. H. BENNETT CIRCA 1900.

This exact beaded axe is shown as plate #2074 “Chach-scheb-nee-neck-ah” or Young Eagle a Ho Chunk Indian near Green Bay, Wisconsin. There is an affidavit stating that the spiked tomahawk was bought from an Indian family in the 1970’s and it had belonged to Chief “Yellow Thunder”. Included with this spiked tomahawk are two facsimile photographs showing “Young Eagle” posing with this exact spiked tomahawk as the bead work patterns appear identical. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Beads are complete as is rawhide. A silver chain attached with 1853 half-dime is a more recent addition. Iron head shows similar staining patterns as in photograph and possibly additional wear and sharpening to cutting edge since time of photographs. Rawhide is quite supple and some is newer replacements. Large tack holding rawhide at top is loose. 49573-1 JS (7,000-9,000) – Lot 3259

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3260

EXTRAORDINARY SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1875 TYPE III OFFICER’S SPORTING RIFLE.

SN NSN. Cal. 45-70 Outstanding Type III rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, gold-washed Beach’s configuration front sight, 1200-yd, ski-jump rifle rear right and tang sight with 3-1/2″ staff inletted into the top of the wrist. Bottom of bbl has a single iron guide containing an orig brass-tipped hickory ramrod. Mounted in a nicely figured, straight grain American walnut half stock with checkered forestock & wrist with an orig Model 1873 buttplate without trap. Left side of wrist is marked with the rectangular “SWP / 1885” cartouche. It has 2-pc trigger guard with serrated single set trigger. Bottom of wrist has an attached checkered rnd knob grip adapter/finger rest. Tip of the forestock is inletted with an engraved foliate shaped pewter nosecap. Breechblock has 1873 markings and bbl standard Springfield inspector markings. Lockplate is marked “U S / SPRINGFIELD” and a small eagle. Interior parts are unmarked except for one small “H” on the gun hammer tumbler and a small “8” on the sear. Bottom of bbl is stamped “25” with a small serpentine mark and a tiny hammer-shaped mark. Bottom of receiver is marked with a small “B”. Inside trigger bow is stamped with a “1” and another indecipherable mark. Lockplate, hammer shank, breechblock, top front of receiver, top tang, trigger bow & buttplate tang are all very nicely engraved in foliate arabesque patterns without background shading. According to various publications there were about 477 of these scarce rifles produced 1875 to 1885 at the Springfield Arsenal in 3 variations. There were about 100 Type III rifles produced in 1885. These rifles were intended for purchase by military officers but were not overly enthusiastically received and by 1885 sales were lagging with many going unsold. In the late 1880’s the remaining stocks were used as prizes for shooting contests or gifts to high ranking officials. Regardless of their popularity, they remain a rare item to be found today with the majority showing heavy wear and little orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine+. Overall retains 98-99% crisp orig finish with strong bright blue on bbl, brilliant case colors on lockplate, hammer, breechblock, top tang & trigger guard. Trigger bow is moderately faded. Buttplate retains about 80% orig blue and the forend cap about all of its bright orig polish. Tang sight retains most of its orig fire blue. Wiping rod is crisp and near new. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore appears to be new and unfired. Museum quality specimen! 49403-7 JR (27,500-37,500) – Lot 3260

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3261

RARE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1875 TYPE III OFFICER’S MODEL TRAPDOOR RIFLE.

SN NSN. Cal. 45-70 Rare rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, gold washed combination front sight 1200 yard ski jump rifle rear sight and type III tang sight inlet into top of wrist. Bore has Metford-style rifling. Bottom of bbl has a single guide containing an orig brass-tipped, hickory cleaning rod. Mounted in a one-piece half stock of nicely figured straight grain American walnut with checkered forearm and wrist. Bottom tang is mounted with an attachable, checkered grip adapter finger rest. Left side of stock has an “SWP / 1885” cartouche and forend cap is engraved pewter Christmas tree-style. Buttplate is 1873 style without trap. Lockplate, hammer, breechblock, top of receiver ring, breechblock latch, trigger bow, bbl band, and buttplate tang are very nicely engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with light shading and no background. Breechblock has standard markings with the date “1873” and lockplate is simply marked “U.S. Springfield” with a small eagle. There was a total of 477 of these rifles produced about 1875 to 1885 in three variations, this being the third type. Of the total, only about 100 type III rifles were produced. These rifles were intended to be sold to Army officers for personal sporting use, primarily in the American West. Apparently, they were not strong sellers, and the last batch was used as prizes for shooting contests and presentation to high government officials. Given their extreme rarity, having been produced over 130 years ago, they are seldom encountered on the open market. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig blue with a few scattered spots of surface rust and slight muzzle edge wear. Breechblock retains most of its orig case colors, bright in sheltered areas, fading elsewhere. Lockplate and ham