Firearms Auctions in Fairfield, Maine
Gross Over $18 Million!

Auction: October 4-7, 2016: 10:00 am

Preview: October 1-3, 2016: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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3037

*SPANISH ASTRA M5004-E CONSTABLE, GOLD DAMASCENED, PRESENTATION.

SN 1050081. Cal. 32. Although Astra made thousands of M5004 Constable very few were gold Damascened and even fewer were completed with gold Damascened grips. This mid-sized single/double action pocket pistol, made to compete against the Walther PPK, has a 3-1/2″ bbl and measures 6.25″ in length and 4.5″ in height. Fixed front sight and drift adjustable rear. The left side of the slide is fitted with a decocking safety that shrouds the firing pin. Takedown is in the usual manner with the release lever mounted on the frame just forward of the trigger. The SN is on the right side of the side and repeated on the right side of the frame. Though the Astra legend would normally be marked on the left side of the slide, most extensively engraved and Damascened guns have the legend relocated to the lower surface of the trigger guard, as found on this pistol. This gun was completed with a vegetal and animal motif whereby the decorated slide included two different dogs on the left side and a third dog on the right side. The left side of the grip has a cougar climbing a tree while the right side has two geese. The Astra logo appears on the frontstrap. Small parts, including the safety, hammer, slide release, takedown lever, trigger, mag release, and magazine, are chromed. Astra Firearms and Selected Competitors by Antaris, pg 480, shows this gun was completed in 1970. Accompanying documents support its later presentation to the President of Nicaragua, General Anatasio Samoza in 1977. Per a notarized statement by his Minister of Finance, the gun was carried on many occasions as General Somoza’s personal weapon, explaining the dulling and minor finish losses. CONDITION: Approximately 99% gold Damascene coverage with slight surface dulling and minor oxidative losses. Negligible wear of the chromed parts and magazine. Excellent bore. Perfect manual mechanics. 50646-1 LMA (6,000-8,000) – Lot 3037

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3177

EXCEPTIONALLY RARE CHARLES LANCASTER FOUR BARREL “HAMMERLESS” OVAL BORE EXPRESS RIFLE WITH CASE AND ACCESSORIES.

SN 5174. Cal. 500 BPE 3″. Charles Lancaster and his sons have long had a reputation for thinking outside of the box. From his start as a noted bbl forger, making the finest bbls for the finest guns in London in the 1820’s and ’30’s, Lancaster came up with many innovations including his oval bore “non-fouling” rifling used in many percussion rifles continuing up through the breechloading era until WWI. As gunmakers he and his son, C. W. Lancaster, made a number of multi-bbl percussion rifles. With the beginning of the breechloading era, this multi-bbl concept continued with the making of hundreds of 4-barreled pistols and at least a handful of 4-barreled shotguns, as well as a few rifles, using the rotating firing pin principle. This surprisingly well balanced 4 barrel rifle has 28″ bbl group, top two bbls fitted with dolls head extension, one standing leaf express rear sight dovetailed through small island base, and a silver bead front sight in another small base. Tops of these are engraved “Charles Lancaster 151 New Bond Street, London.” and “Patent Four Barrel Breech Loading Hammerless Smooth Bore Rifle”. Bottoms of bottom bbls are stamped with SNs and “CL”. All bbls are stamped with London black powder proofs and “38”. Regulating all four bbls must have been a bit of a chore. Muzzles show four regulating wedges and large central steel block. Case hardened, round bodied action with Jones underlever screw grip bolt and top tang pivoting safety bolt has one large trigger to cock and rotate firing mechanism with smaller checkered blade trigger for firing. Action is engraved with line and geometric borders, and with “Charles Lancaster’s Patent London” on each side. SN is on large trigger guard bow. Broadly streaked European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/4″ over checkered steel buttplate, and features right hand cheekpiece and broadly spaced flat top checkering with line borders at grip. Matching splinter forend with fancy steel tip has roller spring snap release. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-5/8″. Cast: approx 1/8″ off. Weight: 10 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14-3/4″. Old oak and leather case with brass corners and central medallion, is embossed “M. L. S. NORTHWOOD,” “OYSTER BAY” “L.I.” Interior is lined in dark green cloth, and has old Charles Lancaster paper label in lid. Case contains 2-pc brass cleaning rod with short handle marked “Greenfield”, steel bullet crimper and sizer marked “No. 1” and “500”, case neck reamer with ebony handle, old nipple wrench with ebony handle, two ebony handled powder measures, one for black and the other for Schultz powder, ebony handled bullet mold by Greenfield marked “500”, large round tin Rangoon oil bottle, small round pewter oil bottle by Dixon, walnut handled bullet fixer marked “500”, case expander with ebony handle, brass screw type capper/ decapper marked “500”, hollow pointing pin for mold, and a brass Hawksley capper, in covered compartment. CONDITION: Excellent, as refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of a fine quality re-blue over numerous marks and some pitting, engraving somewhat softened. Action retains nearly all of a color re-hardening, engraving a bit soft. Stocks refinished with glossy oil over some marks with some light subsequent marks. Checkering re-cut. Bores are fine, lightly frosted. Action is tight. (Not sure if mechanism is working). Case leather is dark with numerous scrapes and rubs. Newly made straps and handle are fine. Renewed interior cloth is excellent, with some rubs. Label is somewhat foxed with some tears repaired. Accessories are generally good to fine. A really neat old rifle, you’d be the only kid on the block to have one of these. 50496-8 (35,000-55,000) – Lot 3177

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3220

*HUGE HOFFMAN ARMS MAGNUM SQUARE BRIDGE MAUSER DANGEROUS GAME RIFLE IN .505 GIBBS, ENGRAVED BY RUDOLF KORNBRATH.

SN 129. Cal. 505 Gibbs. 26-1/2″ Heavy round bbl has integral stippled quarter rib, holding four folding leaf U-notch rear sight marked for 50, 150, 200, and 300 yards. Matching sleeved-on front ramp holds ivory bead, and has sight protector with knurled end. A wide sling eye is partially sleeved-on. Top of bbl is engraved “Hoffman Arms Co. Cleveland Ohio 129”. Left rear is engraved “505 Hoffman” “For 505 Gibbs Cart’g”. Magnum length square bridge Mauser action, with sidewall unmarked, has receiver ring and top of bridge stippled within beaded borders matching quarter rib. Damascened bolt with long cocking piece and standard flag safety retains orig pear shaped bolt handle which has two checkered panels. Trigger is of double pull type. Extreme drop box bottom metal with largest hinged floorplate for .416 and larger cartridges, has release in trigger guard bow. Front of bottom metal and trigger guard bow are engraved with feather borders and sprays of scroll surrounding stippled oval on bow, gold inlaid “CL”. Floorplate has scroll matching that on trigger guard bow, surrounding large vignette of gold inlaid trumpeting elephant and well detailed background of trees and mountains. This well cut and executed embellishment is most likely by the famed Rudolf Kornbrath who did the bulk of Hoffman’s engraving. Somewhat figured red-toned European walnut stock measures 13-1/2″ over 1-1/2″ dark brown leather covered pad, and features right hand shadow line cheekpiece, engraved steel grip cap (engraving at center is classic Kornbrath feather burst), and horn forend tip. There is a vacant silver oval and sling eye on toe line. Checkering at grip and forend is nicely cut and has acanthus carving at sides and ends which have stippled background. Drop at heel: approx 2-11/16″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Cast: Neutral. Weight: 10 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 13-1/2″. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Metal parts retain most of a very light refinish with correct rust blue, which is over a few scattered light pits, engraving remains sharp and clear. Bolt damascening remains strong, with portions of bolt shroud and safety, as well as bolt handle somewhat browned. Wood retains nearly all of an old oil refinish over a few minor marks. Carving is very slightly softened. Checkering lightly worn, and has not been re-cut. Pad is a relatively new replacement. A receiver sight has been removed from right side of bridge, mounting holes are welded and small piece of wood installed. Restoration is difficult to see. Bore is excellent, bright, sharp and shiny throughout. Action is smooth. An ultimate classic Hoffman rifle; this rifle is pictured in ORIGINAL OBERNDORF SPORTING RIFLES by John Speed et al, as figure 963 on p. 425, and described and pictured again as figure 566, 567, and 569 on p. 253. 50655-2 MGM151 (20,000-25,000) C&R; IVORY – Lot 3220

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3262

*SUPERB 20 BORE PURDEY OVER-UNDER GAME GUN WITH MANY SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDING ROUNDED ACTION, DETACHABLE LOCKS, ARTICULATED FRONT TRIGGER, AND WONDERFUL WOOD, WITH CASE.

SN 30341. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Specially ordered in 2006, this exquisite small bore Purdey OU is unique incorporating some unusual features. The 28″ demi-bloc bbls are fitted with narrow, matted, solid rib. Left side of top bbl is engraved “J. Purdey & Sons, London, England”. Bottom bbl flat is stamped with 2006 London nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers, and with importers name and address (Griffin & Howe). Beautifully case hardened, round bodied, small sized, OU action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), with large safety button. Rounded lockplates are fitted with H&H type detaching pin, and blued tumbler ends have gold line cocking indicators. Dbl triggers are an unusual feature in this day and age, and they are fitted to this gun with front trigger articulated. Action and lockplates are engraved in typical Purdey house style rose and scroll, which is very nicely cut. “J. Purdey & Sons” is tastefully inlaid in gold at the front part of each lockplate. The case hardened beaded trigger guard has SN gold inlaid on tang, which extends to engraved steel grip cap through Prince of Wales grip. Strikingly marbled, and lightly figured flesh-toned fine European walnut buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over checkered wood butt, and features usual drop points, point pattern checkering, and a gold oval which is engraved with simple scroll and the initials “RBA”. Matching full splinter ejector forend has Anson release. “Purdey” is inlaid in gold on exterior of iron, and SN is in gold on interior. Bore diameter: top -.611, bottom – .611. Bore restrictions: top – .015 (mod), bottom – .007 (IC). Wall thickness: top – .032, bottom – .032. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Cast approx 1/2″ off. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Makers leather motor case with stitched leather corners is embossed “R. B. A.” on front. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth, and has gold embossed black leather Purdey label in lid. Case contains a high quality composition and brass cleaning rod marked “J Purdey & Sons”, as well as mop, brush, and jag, along with a pair of scarce strikers in leather wallet. PROVENANCE: Copy of orig cost specification for this gun. CONDITION: Excellent, very near new, with evidence of very light field use, mostly confined to a few light rubs and marks on buttstock, and a hint of silvering on thumb lever and safety. Mechanically crisp. Case has a few scuffs on exterior. Interior is excellent. A very nicely appointed small bore Purdey. 50623-1 MGM13 (60,000-90,000) C&R – Lot 3262

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3325

*SUBLIME .410 ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI JOREMA SIDELOCK EJECTOR OVER-UNDER GAME GUN WITH FINE SMALL SCROLL BY RIZZINI AND SUPERB BULINO GAME SCENES BY PEDERSOLI WITH CASE.

SN 532. (1982) Cal. 410. 3″ Chambers. This svelte little gun was made in 1982 shortly after Mario Abbiatico and Remo Salvinelli set out to build the world’s finest guns. This wonderful gun represents a combination of top notch gunmaking coupled with exceptionally fine embellishment. Finely struck 26″ demi-bloc bbls are fitted with narrow, matted, ventilated rib, engraved “Abbiatico & Salvinelli” on left side of top bbl. Bottom flat is stamped with 1982 Italian nitro proofs, SN and “A&S”. Diminutive, coin finished, low profile, OU sidelock action is nicely filed and features non-automatic safety (SICURA engraved) and single non-selective trigger. “6” is gold inlaid on top strap under top lever. (This number possibly represents “the sixth .410 made”) Action is engraved with near full coverage very well cut minuscule scroll surrounding finely detailed vignette on bottom of action of a pair of pointers, one pointing, the other, obviously an older dog, in background watching while a quail flushes toward viewer and flairs away. Bottom of forend iron is engraved “ABBIATICO” “SALVINELLI”. Left lockplate is of a finely detailed, background of old gnarled trees, with three woodcock, two flushing at center, the other still nestled on ground toward front. Right plate depicts thicket of alders with trio of ruffed grouse flushing into opening. The quality of this work is exceptionally fine and dramatically expressed. Engravers signature, Pedersoli (Gianfranco Pedersoli, noted master of the Bulino technique) is at bottom right of dog and bird scene. Sideplates are unsigned. Trigger plate is engraved “inc Inglesina Rizzini A” (engraving, English scroll, Rizzini A (Aldo)) whose fine scroll continues onto small bow single beaded trigger guard, which has SN on tang. Striking, brightly semi burl figured and well streaked red-toned European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over checkered wood butt with engraved steel heel and toe plates. Stock features drop points and well cut, closely spaced, point pattern checkering with line borders on diamond grip. Matching slim one piece ejector forend has unusual Deeley type release with bolt actuated by sliding button fully relief cast and engraved with “A & S” crest at central diamond. Diameters at muzzles: top -.385 (full?), bottom – .396 (Mod?). Drop at heel: 1-3/4+”, drop at comb: 1-1/4+”. Cast: Neutral. Weight: 5 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. Tan leather case with stitched leather corners is lined in scarlet velvet, and has tan leather A&S label stitched into lid. Case is semi-french fitted for gun and bbls, and contains a pair of replacement mainsprings, snap caps, round A&S marked oil bottle, and a striker bottle containing spare strikers. CONDITION: Excellent, very close to new, with only a few very faint light scratches on metal surfaces, with handling and assembly marks, and with a few very light scratches and marks in wood. Coin finish of action has some darkening due to congealed oil. Mechanically excellent, appears essentially unfired since proof. Case leather is excellent with a few compressions and rubs. Interior cloth shows some compressions. Accessories are excellent. 50861-4 MGM173 (50,000-80,000) – Lot 3325

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3343

*EXTRAORDINARY AND DAINTY FRATELLI PIOTTI “MONACO EXTRA” 410 SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH EXQUISITE ENGRAVING INCORPORATING NEARLY EVERY TYPE; COMMEMORATING THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, DONE BY SOME OF THE WORLD’S FINEST ENGRAVERS, WITH CASE.

SN 7627. Cal. 410 ga. 26″ Chopper lump bbls with slightly raised flat matted rib, are engraved “Flli PIOTTI ITALY” on left side of left bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with 1980 Italian nitro proofs and early Piotti logo. Bottoms of bbls are engraved with importer (W L Moore Westlake CA) and grade. Scaled down special 410 sidelock action features non-automatic safety (S inlaid in gold) and single non-selective trigger with checkered finger blade. Engraving on this fine little gun almost defies description, but consists of a background of exceptionally well cut minuscule scroll within shaded scrolling floral borders, all surrounding exceptionally well done Bulino vignettes commemorating the City of New Orleans. The bottom of action portrays the city shield consisting of a conquistador sitting beside the river with mountains in background on central shield. This shield surmounts an alligator, and is flanked by a Native American and a southern belle, all under a group of stars in a burst. Left lockplate has wonderful portrayal of a group of jazz musicians in alleyway under sign for “shirts $5.00”. Detail is so fine that one can even make out the brand name of the bass drum (Premier). This scene is individually signed “Balneari”. Right lock portrays the riverboat “Natchez” under banner “New Orleans 1981”. Fences feature deep relief carved carnival masks, that are especially well detailed. Makers name is inlaid in gold on right lockplate and with address “Gardone VT” on left. Trigger guard which continues the theme of small scroll with larger borders, has central flush gold inlay of the “King of Carnival”. SN is in gold on tang. Trigger plate is signed “Inc e’quipe Bottega Dell’Artigiano”. Superlative wonderfully marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over checkered wood butt, and features diamond hand with exceptionally well cut closely spaced borderless point pattern checkering. Matching small beavertail ejector forend with Anson release has inlet gold Piotti crest on central uncheckered diamond. Bore diameter (at muzzles): left -.405, right – .411. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Cast: approx 3/16″ on. Weight: 4 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Tan canvas case with stitched leather corners is lined in olive green watermarked velvet with brown Piotti label stitched into lid. Case contains case straps and key. PROVENANCE: Remarkable William Larkin Moore Private Estate Collection of Fine Sporting Arms. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, appears unfired since proof, with a few extremely light handling and assembly marks on wood and metal, most notably some light scratches on left bbl at left side of forend, mostly covered with forend installed. Mechanically crisp. Case is excellent. Just a wonderful little gun. 50594-102 MGM51 (32,500-50,000) – Lot 3343

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3434

FANTASTIC, INCREDIBLY RARE 8 BORE PARKER “B” GRADE TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN IN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE.

SN 77111. Cal. 8 ga. 3-1/4″ Chambers. This extremely rare (2 estimated) high grade big bore Parker has 34″ fine Damascus bbls with concave game rib marked with standard Parker name and address, along with “DAMASCUS STEEL”. Bbl flats are stamped with all correct markings, including patent dates, grade number, weight (8 lbs 14 oz), and bbl material (D). Bottom of rear lump is stamped with frame size (7). SN is on left side of lightly damascened lump. Robust action with fishtail top lever has deeply sculpted fences, reinforcing beads, and check hook. Action is fitted with standard type bar locks with flat faced hammers with tall spurs. Action is further filed with elongated teats on fences, and secondary bead at bottoms of fences. Action and lockplates are engraved with near full coverage small scroll within geometric and scroll borders surrounding small vignettes of dogs and game birds; finely detailed pair of setters on left lockplates pointing a pair of rising snipe at rear of plate. Right plate depicts a pair of pointing pointers with pair of quail (?) flushing at rear of plate. Bottom of action depicts a bounding stag with boulders in background in circular vignette. A dogs head is on trigger plate which is also engraved with 1875 patent date. Another running stag is on trigger guard bow. Bodies of hammers and top lever are engraved with tapering scroll. Finely marbled, and wonderfully figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over engraved skeleton buttplate, with central checkering within wide border. Grip checkering is of fancy outline, and has nicely mullered borders. There are nicely shaped lozenge drop points behind lockplates, and a vacant gold shield is at top of grip. Hard rubber grip cap has large gold central oval. Matching splinter forend has nicely filed steel tip, and typical release engraved with patent dates. This fine gun matches all specifications as listed in PARKER IDENTIFICATION & SERIALIZATION ledger. Bore diameter: left -.860, right – .860. Bore restrictions: left – .090 (full), right – .108 (full). Wall thickness: left – .060, right – .070. Drop at heel: 3-3/8″, drop at comb: 2-1/8″. Weight: 12 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Undoubtedly orig, most likely American made case with riveted-on brass corners, has central brass rectangle engraved “P. Roberts Jr. Philadelphia” (a quick google search indicates Mr. Roberts was an engineer, of some sort). Interior is lined in light green baize, and contains a very large BGI beech and brass cleaning rod, with associated large mops, turks heads, lead removers, and wad devil, in plastic box. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, original, as found. Bbls retain well over 90% orig brown, with excellent definition to pattern, with some areas of splotchy oxidation, and some light scratches, and some darkening, mostly at normal carry point. Action and lockplates retain approx 90% of their orig case hardening color, the majority, especially in protected areas, is vibrant. This fine color thins to silver and gray at bottom of action with considerable silvering on bottom beads, which also have some light oxidation. Hinge pin and check hook pins retain nearly all of their brilliant, almost opalescent, fire blue. Trigger guard retains most of its orig bright blue. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig rubbed oil finish, grain slightly raised, with a number of light marks, nicks, and some white paint. Checkering is lightly worn and dark. Skeleton steel buttplate is exceptional and retains most of its bright original blue with some spotting. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny, but with some very light longitudinal scratches, and a hint of frosting at breech end of right bbl. Action is very tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. Case leather is still relatively light in color, but shows some moisture damage. Renewed strap and handle anchors are excellent. Orig interior felt is fine, with some light soiling and rubs. Accessories are fine. It is hard to imagine the existence of a finer big bore American shotgun; All are scarce, high grade examples exceedingly rare. THE PARKER STORY lists two 8 bore top lever hammer guns, along with 2 hammerless 8 bores, in grade 5, and no 8 bores in grades 6 or 7, yielding a rarity factor for this wonderful gun akin to the “Invincible” grade. Factory records indicate this gun was made for the Columbian Exposition. After being exhibited it was shipped to Tryon & Co in Philadelphia. 50616-1 (80,000-140,000) – Lot 3434

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4002
Revised: 9/14/2016

Please Note: This is a pistol, not a revolver.

SUPERB UNTOUCHED VOLCANIC REPEATING ARMS COMPANY NAVY SIZE REVOLVER WITH 8″ BARREL NEAR NEW.

SN 324. Cal. 41. 8″ bbl. Blue finish with gun metal receiver. Case colored hammer. Blue lever. 2-pc varnished walnut grips. Bbl has 3-line address reading “The Volcanic Arms Co. Patent New Haven Conn. Feb. 14. 1854”. Rear face of loading collar shows assembly no. “95”. Assembly no. “95” is also stamped on front face of bbl under collar. “598” is stamped on front face of magazine follower. SN appears on left side of grip strap at bottom under grip, on right side of lever by hinge, inside of each sideplate, on side of each toggle, on left side of elevator, right side of firing pin, and at top of each grip on inside. CONDITION: A wonderfully preserved, unfired example of a Volcanic Arms Company Navy Revolver with an 8″ bbl, seldom if ever seen in this condition. Bbl has fabulous blue finish. Bbl address is sharp. Assembly nos. are sharp. Bore appears unfired. Magazine follower retains nearly all of blue finish. Gun metal receiver is a much desired deep rich mustard-brown patina. Rear-sight retains nearly all of the fire-blue finish. Rear of firing pin shows nearly all of fire-blue finish. Elevator shows nearly all of fire-blue finish, with some staining, on both sides of firing pin and at bottom of surface. Hammer shows nearly all of muted case coloring with a few slight scratches on left side. Trigger retains most all of its case color finish. Lever retains nearly all of its dark-blue finish with slight flaking. Hammer screw shows a considerable amount of blue on head. Lever screw is very slightly marred. Elevator and lever spring screws show traces of blue. Trigger spring shows all of its fire-blue. Grips retain nearly all of piano varnish finish with some light handling marks and slight high point wear at bottom of each grip. A Volcanic Arms Company Navy Pistol in a remarkable state of preservation with an estimated production of only 1,500 made. This gives the advanced collector a once in a life time opportunity to add possibly the best specimen extant to his collection. Almost impossible to improve upon. 51096-1 (50,000-75,000) – Lot 4002

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4009

TRULY OUTSTANDING AND DESIRABLE NEW HAVEN ARMS COMPANY FIRST MODEL 1860 HENRY RIFLE WITH SLING.

SN 1297. Cal. 44RF. 24-1/2″ bbl. Blue finish with brass receiver. Straight grain American walnut stock with sling swivel attached. Original Henry style sling with hooks. Bbl shows early 2-line address with SN 1297 stamped at breech end. First Model rear sight graduated to 900 yards with slide with no stop. Loading collar has assembly no. “457” stamped on rear face and bbl assembly “457” stamped on top under collar. German silver forward angled front sight as used on all rifles after SN 1200. Bbl has sling swivel attached in left gullet. Brass receiver is dovetailed for rear sight with no sight present. Magazine has small follower with corresponding slot on forward part of frame. 1297 is stamped on lower left tang under the stock. Receiver is otherwise unmarked. Receiver screws are numbered on the collar to match the rifle. Stock has sling swivel mounted on left side and has distinct early perch belly stock profile. 1297 is tamped in upper tang mortise. Three of the four hickory cleaning rod sections are present in the compartment in rear of stock. Buttplate has SN stamped on inside of upper tang. Buttplate screws are numbered to rifle on collars. Hook pattern authentic Henry sling has a partially legible maker’s mark at one end near hook. When the consignor purchased this gun, he was told that originally it had been in the renowned collection of Eldon Owens of New Hampshire. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine with most all blue finish remaining and balance thinning to plum. A small amount of scratches exist on loading collar. All markings are sharp and distinct. Bore is slightly frosted with strong rifling. Receiver is superb and has a wonderful mustard-yellow patina overall. Hammer is superb as well with vivid case colors. Hammer and lever screws are excellent and retain much finish. Lever strong finish in protected areas with balance having turned mottled plum. Trigger spring shows most fire blue finish. Stock is in prime state of preservation and retains most all varnish with typical small period bruises and minor scratches. There is an extremely small sliver of stock material missing at confluence of wrist and receiver. Buttplate has a mottled mustard patina. Screws retain much blue finish and are very fine. Hook pattern Henry sling has a crazed finish with a minor amount of material loss at mid point. A truly superb Henry rifle and is certainly one of the top of all high condition Henry Rifles today. 50695-1 (70,000-110,000) – Lot 4009

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4022

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 with rnd forend. Bbl band front sight with a dovetail cut underneath on the bbl. Experimental rear sight. Varnished burl grain walnut stock with rifle buttplate. SN 3 is stamped on inside of left receiver tang, bbl, rear of forend slide, buttplate, and in the upper tang mortise of stock. No assembly numbers are present on the side plates or lower tang. Late Henry type lever with locking stud. Winchester Patent Carbines and rifles were an enigma for collectors until the early 90’s 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 firearm (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 was issued on December 19th, 1865. Winchester intended to sell most of the production overseas so he only sought European patent protection. In November of 1865 Oliver Winchester went to Paris where he met with M. de Suzanne with the marques. de Suzanne authorized the purchase of 1000 carbines having Winchester’s improvement to the magazine at 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 Oliver Winchester would not be directly associated with their intended use of overthrowing the Mexican Government. 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 is 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 is 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 at the N.R.A. Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, along with the evidence herein presented. This carbine was awarded N.R.A. Silver Medal #473 along with the “Most Educational Award”. The N.R.A. Silver medal and certificate are included with this carbine. 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 evenly aged silver-gray patina with some slight stains at the left breech end of the bbl. Bore is frosty with very sharp rifling. Front bbl band is a professional restoration. Gunmetal sliding forend/magazine cover shows an even mustard/brown patina. Magazine plunger retainer clip is damaged. Gunmetal receiver shows an even mustard/brown patina with some rubbing on the high points and a few scratch marks overall. Receiver has a few small casting flaws. Elevator has a slight dent. Side plates fit very well. 1 toggle is missing from the action. Lever, hammer and trigger show an even gray/brown patina. Crotch grain American walnut stock retains nearly all of the dark brown oil finish with numerous small scratches, dents, and handling marks on the high point of each side. Gunmetal buttplate also shows an even mustard/brown patina with high point wear on the heel and toe. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the collector of rare Winchesters to obtain an example of the earliest “True Production Winchester Arm” presently known to the collecting fraternity. 49546-1 (75,000-100,000) – Lot 4022

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4023

RARE AND ICONIC NIMSCHKE “BANK NOTE” ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 RIFLE WITH IMAGE OF “COLUMBIA – THE PERSONIFICATION OF AMERICA”.

SN 28737. Cal. 44. Maybe the most recognized engraved Winchester is this fabulous gun with the image of “Columbia” taken from Civil War 15 cent “bank note”, finely engraved L. D. Nimschke in 1869. Extremely rare rifle with 21-1/4″ oct bbl, standard fixed sights, mounted with highly polished, straight grain wood stock with matching SN found in lower buttstock channel, assembly letter “V” found on lower tang of frame, crescent shaped buttplate with trap contains orig 3-pc cleaning rod. Engraved designs in brass are among the most elaborate and beautiful with spectacular fine scrolls with large central panel on left side of “Columbia”, who is the personification of America with her eagle headed Liberty cap, starred tiara above a bundled fasces (representing the power or authority of the state). This exact engraved panel is shown in Nimschke’s pattern book, dated in his hand December 1869. This superb Winchester has fantastic collection history and is truly a piece of American patriotic art. PROVENANCE: Ex-Solis Goodman,1950; Engraving pictured on pg 58 of L. D. Nimschke Firearms Engraver, 1965; Ex-Elmer Taylor Collection; Pictured on pg 56, Antique Arms Annual, 1971; Ex-Doug Beneck Collection; Ex-Leroy Merz Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine overall all matching and orig. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 90% thinning blue with staining and overall blue/plum. Loading arm retains strong traces of bright case colors with balance muted to a dark blue/brown. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, thought partially muted and dark. Brass frame, nosecap and buttplate have a beautiful deep mustard colored patina with gold highlights in protected areas bringing the engraving to life. Stocks retain virtually all of their orig bright, highly polished varnish with small cosmetic dents and scratches. Mechanically the gun is fine with crisp shiny bore. 50412-15 JS (200,000-300,000) – Lot 4023

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4024
Revised: 9/29/2016

Please Note: In regards to this signed Conrad Ulrich masterpiece. We have just learned that the stock is not the original stock. The original stock was refinished and had average wood. In the last couple of years, it was upgraded with another antique Model 66 rifle stock having great wood and wonderful finish. We understand a number of these truly special engraved Model 66’s have had similar changes. The current stock is outstanding, appropriate and had we not been told and verified this, we would never have been able to determine it.

SPECTACULAR HIGH RELIEF ENGRAVED GOLD WINCHESTER MODEL 1866, CONRAD ULRICH SIGNED MASTERPIECE.

SN 84015. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Considered to be one of Conrad Ulrich’s masterpieces, this spectacular rifle has a 24-1/4″ oct bbl with Winchester and King’s improvement markings in 2-lines, half-nickel front sight and scarce 900-yard Henry-style ladder rear sight with tension spring mortise in top flat. Gold-plated receiver, buttplate and forend cap. It has highly figured, deluxe burl and flame grain uncheckered straight stock and forearm with crescent buttplate with trap. It has factory sling loops in the forend cap and stock. The receiver, forend cap and buttplate are masterfully engraved in Mr. Ulrich’s now-famous and well-known patterns. The receiver has deep relief vignettes of blind justice holding the sword and scales of justice in between 2 buildings. The front flat on the left side, also in deep relief, depicts a very detailed hunter holding a gun with his dog in the background in a Greek-style arch with a tiled roof building in the background. The right side, also in deep relief, has a vignette of a hunter with his dog holding a gun and directing the dog. The front flat on the right, also in deep relief, pictures a standing stag in foliate and floral setting. The left side vignettes are surrounded with beautifully executed foliate arabesque patterns and a Greek key motif, which divides the 2 panels. The front and rear edges of the receiver have Ulrich’s beautiful four-petal flowers in a chain completely around the circumference. The rear edge of the left flat has 2 small pinwheels. The right side vignettes are also surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with a fox, a duck and a squirrel concealed within the engraving. The hunter and dog have foliate and floral foreground and the 2 pinwheels appear opposite the left side. The top of the receiver in back of the ejection port, is executed in three panels of fine foliate arabesque engraving with the center blank for effect or for an inscription. The bottom of the receiver is lightly engraved with a split foliate spray divided between the carrier and floorplate. A fine line is engraved around the lever and trigger openings with a spray of foliate engraving back of the trigger. The top tang has simple borders with a space in the middle. The bottom tang has a simple line border with foliate arabesque engraving around the rear screw hole. The buttplate tang is engraved with an outline of foliate arabesque patterns and a plain center. The forend cap has a circle of four-petal flowers that matches those on the receiver. All of the work has Mr. Ulrich’s fine, detailed wavy borders and extremely fine punch-dot background. The vignettes have a plain background which wonderfully offsets the relief decorative work on the figures. The lower tang has Ulrich’s stamped signature in 2 rectangular cartouches rear of SN. This rifle is pictured in full color, both sides, on page 113 of “Winchester Engraving”, 1975, by R. L. Wilson. This is among the handful of truly spectacular relief carved Winchesters known. PROVENANCE: William Sisney Collection; Norm Vegely Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. All matching and orig. Matching SN found in upper channel of buttstock and a script “6” on upper left tang. Bbl retains about 95% finish, turning plum on the top half with the sheltered areas having bright original blue. There are 2 or 3 small spots of moderate pinprick pitting with some scattered staining and light pitting on the right flat. The magazine tube is mostly a plum/blue with 3 spots of pitting. The receiver and forend cap retain about 96-97% of their beautiful bright gold plating with the exposed areas a dark mustard brass patina that blends very well. The buttplate retains about 75-80% original gold plating with the balance a dark mustard patina. The wood is sound and retains most of it’s high polish varnish. Mechanically excellent with crisp bright bore. 50412-12 (250,000-500,000) – Lot 4024

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4025

SPECTACULAR CASED ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 38056. Cal. 44 RF. Fabulous “66” rifle with 24″ oct bbl and full magazine. German Silver Rocky Mountain front sight with 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight and an early style tang sight with 3-1/2″ staff. Rifle is mounted in highly figured 3X center crotch cut flame grain walnut, uncheckered with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap for containing four piece iron and brass wiping rod. Receiver, forend, cap and buttplate tang are spectacularly engraved by John Ulrich with left side of receiver having a large oval vignette of a dog chasing a leaping stag in a field scene with hills and trees in the background. Surrounded by full coverage of spectacular intertwined foliate and floral arabesque patterns with a very fine punch dot background. Front flats have similar but somewhat different Moorish engraved patterns with lots of open space and fine punched dot background. Right side of receiver has a large unusual Moorish style presentation panel surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns. Top of receiver has foliate spray just forward of ejection port and a Moorish pattern with dot punch backgrounds behind. Borders around the two sides is typical Ulrich. Forend cap has trademark medallions and flower blossoms on each side. Buttplate tang has a deep incise foliate and geometric pattern. This rifle originally had gold wash over silver plate with most of the gold wash now missing. Large vignette and portions of the left side have strong gold remaining with strong gold on the front sling swivel and traces of gold on lever pivot. Left side of tang is engraved “J. U.” and has 3 “X” and a small “S” on side of bottom tang last four digits of serial number are stamped in top tang channel of buttstock and appear again at toe under buttplate. Rifle is housed in a period case that is of a veneered English walnut type with bound corners, sliding latches, triangular key escutcheon and German silver shield shaped presentation plaque on lid. Case contains 3 boxes of Stetson’s Patent 44-100 rim-fire cartridges. Boxes are sealed. 2 boxes feel full, one is empty. All boxes have green Winchester Repeating Rifle labels. Empty box has been opened, 1 other box has also been open and has a good label, 3rd box appears unopened and has some damage to label. Box also contains a wooden handle screwdriver, a small cleaning brush, a 4-pc steel cleaning rod, 8 loose cartridges in a cellophane bag, interior of case is felt-lined with partitions. This rifle and case were found by a famous Winchester Collector who split up the set. Our consignor purchased the rifle and went back to the collector that owned the case and purchased that directly from him reuniting the set. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains about 93-95% strong bright blue with fine edge wear and some light nicks and scratches with one small chemical spot on the right flat. Magazine tube retains about 85% orig blue turning slightly plum with with a chemical spot on the left side. Forend cap, receiver and buttplate retain about all of their wonderful silver plating with the aforementioned strong gold wash on the left sideplate. Trigger and hammer retain about 90% strong case colors. Wood is sound with usual handling and use marks, a long scratch on the right side of the buttstock and a couple of lighter scratches on the forearm and overall retains most of the orig oil finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered spots of light pitting. 50695-3 (80,000-120,000) – Lot 4025

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4046

RARE JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION “LIKE 1 OF 1000” RIFLE.

SN 335484B. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). SN 335484. Beautiful special order rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, gold washed Beech’s front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight & Lyman tang sight with loop. Mounted with extremely beautiful 3-4X American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & straight stock with checkered steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang under the wood is marked with assembly number “25”, which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Forend cap & buttstock have factory sling swivels. Receiver is spectacularly engraved by John Ulrich & signed on bottom tang. Left sideplate has a large vignette of a whitetail buck & doe in a very detailed woodland scene surrounded by extremely well executed foliate arabesque patterns and wavelet border patterns. Balance of receiver has light arabesque patterns with matching border patterns and a section of heavy border pattern at top left. Right sideplate has rare vignette of a cougar in a woodland scene, surrounded by matching borders with balance of right side is a mirror image of left. There are light arabesque patterns on both sides of lever & hammer with matching patterns on dust cover & top three flats of bbl at receiver. Muzzle also has a ring of engraving & buttplate tang is engraved to match. Carrier & forend cap & bottom of lever have matching engraving & serial number is encased in a ribbon. This exact rifle has two large photographs with description on p. 158 of Winchester Engraving, Wilson. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter fully identifying this rifle with $15.00 engraving and originally shipped with a blank in rear seat but accompanied by a buckhorn sight. SIZE: Ex-Dr. James M. Goforth Collection; Floyd Everhart. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Bbl retains 85-90% thin orig blue with wear at muzzle and over chamber areas. Receiver retains traces of case colors in very sheltered areas, having turned silver over most areas. Hammer retains 75-80% bright case colors & lever is a silver patina. Wood is sound showing moderate to heavy wear with light handling & use marks with forearm retaining about 50% orig varnish & buttstock about all of a fine restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered spots of light pitting. 50832-1 (70,000-90,000) IVORY – Lot 4046

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4098
Revised: 10/6/2016

Very Important News!! This gun is NOT refinished. The finish on this rare and outstanding treasure is original and genuine. This was originally sold in the Wes Adams Collection. The cataloger at the time of cataloging questioned the finish and indicated in the description it was refinished. It is NOT! Numerous Winchester aficionados have confirmed that this gun is original and genuine. The forestock does have a hairline crack and a very tiny old repaired chip to the wood.

EXTREMELY RARE AND OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 “BIG 50” SADDLE RING CARBINE CALIBER 50 EX. (50-110).

SN 118494. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Rare ’86 carbine with 22″ bbl, full magazine, two bands with square base front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel carbine buttplate. Bottom of stock has a factory musket style sling loop with matching sling loop integral with forend cap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which describes this firearm as a carbine in 50 Express caliber with Winchester Express rear sight and old style sling & swivel, received in warehouse Feb. 22, 1899 and shipped same day to Order #1228. PROVENANCE: Ex-Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of an outstanding Turnbull quality restoration; bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong blue with a small nick on top of bbl and faint muzzle edge wear; receiver, lever, hammer & buttplate retain about all of their beautiful bone meal color case hardening with light sharp edge wear and some fading on outer faces of lever; wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of a fine restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with one spot & a few freckles about mid-point, appears to have been polished. 50412-79 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 4098

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4101

RARE AND BEAUTIFUL SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE CASE COLOR RIFLE.

SN 28803. Cal. 40-65 WCF. Beautiful antique rifle with special order 26″ half oct bbl with button magazine. Mounted with 2 to 3 X crotch flame grain American walnut with H style checkered forend and ebony inlaid pistol grip stock that has special order steel shotgun buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 40-65 WCF with 26″ half oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stocks and shotgun butt. Received in warehouse August 31, 1889 and shipped same day. Equipped with factory sling studs and swivels and is accompanied by a period rifle sling. Mounted with sporting rear bbl mounted sight and early folding Beech ivory bead front sight. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine bbl, magazine button and forend cap retain virtually all of their original factory finish. Receiver, hammer and finger lever are in an unbelievable state of preservation and retain virtually all of their wonderfully vivid lacquered case colors with an extremely small area of lacquer loss over the case colors at the bottom of receiver towards forearm. Wood is exceptionally fine with a few light handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains virtually all of its bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 50506-49 TDW (50,000-80,000) IVORY – Lot 4101

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4147

EXCEEDINGLY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ULRICH ENGRAVED WITH GOLD TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 94 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

SN 139319. Cal. 25-35. Outstanding & rare deluxe Model 1894 short rifle with 18″ full matted 1/2 oct bbl, half magazine with Lyman ivory bead front sight, Lyman 6A folding rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with extremely beautiful center crotch flame grain American walnut with Style D carved forearm & capped pistol grip stock with smooth steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “16027”, “XXXX” and “R”. Matching assembly number is stamped in top tang channel of buttstock along with “94”. Buttplate is not numbered although there appears to be some pencil writing that is indecipherable, however there is no doubt whatsoever that this buttplate is orig to this rifle. Receiver is engraved in style 4, most likely by John Ulrich, though unsigned. Engraving consists of the very large vignette of a hunter standing behind a tree having shot two bull elk, all in an extremely detailed forest scene. Each end of vignette is engraved with flowing foliate arabesque patterns with shaded background. Right side of receiver has the engraved vignette of a grizzly bear on a mountain precipice with matching foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft. Both sides have wavelet borders. Screw heads are also engraved. Top & bottom edges of receiver are engraved with snake & dot patterns with light foliate arabesque patterns over receiver ring, floorplate, forend cap, buttplate tang and over chamber area of bbl. Sides & edges of lever & hammer are engraved to match. Rear edge of receiver, front edge of takedown ring, end of bbl at the receiver and forend cap are inlaid with flush gold wire. Heel of buttplate is also inlaid with gold wire. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 25-35 with 18″ 1/2-oct matted bbl, plain trigger, fancy pistol grip stock with carved style D pattern, half magazine, engraved $24.00, takedown and shotgun butt, received in the warehouse Dec. 13, 1902 and shipped the same day to Order #166248. Though shipped in 1902, gun was manufactured in 1897. This fabulous little rifle has renowned collection history. PROVENANCE: Ex-Eldon Owens Collection; Ex-Wes Adams Estate Collection. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and a couple of minor thinned areas; magazine tube retains virtually all of its orig blue; forend cap retains about 98% glossy orig blue as does the takedown ring; receiver retains 95-97% glossy orig blue with only high point and fine sharp edge wear; loading gate retains about 98% orig fire blue; lever & hammer retain most of their brilliant orig case colors, lightly faded on outer face of lever; buttplate retains about 80% strong blue showing wear at heel & toe and around edges; wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig piano varnish finish. Sights are equally fine, retaining most of their orig finish, including Lyman “certifiable antique ivory” front bead. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 50412-2 (75,000-150,000) IVORY – Lot 4147

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4163

EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1887 LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN, ONE OF ONLY FIVE MANUFACTURED.

SN 36873. Cal. 12ga. Extremely rare being one of only five deluxe factory engraved Model 1887’s made according to Winchester factory records. 30″ Damascus bbl with sgl brass sighting bead. The unique lever action rolling block receiver is beautifully factory engraved with tight foliate arabesque scroll and circle with chip and dot border around “WRACO” monogram on left side, circle with two pointers on point on right side, identical to signed guns by John Ulrich. Mounted with highly figured XX-XXX fiddleback walnut, rnd knob pistol grip, checkered steel shotgun buttplate, 1-pc checkered forend. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 12ga shotgun, 30″ bbl, checkered stock, takedown, engraved $5, received in warehouse November 10, 1891, shipped from warehouse November 10, 1891 on order no. 13495. Inspection of inside tang reveals assembly no. “379 XXX” with “110” found in upper tang channel of stock. Ronald W. Stadt, in his 1984 book Winchester Shotguns and Shot Shells on pgs 14-15 shows and describes an identical 87 made in 1888, but returned to factory in 1901 to be engraved. This example also has a unique dbl diamond carved forend and nearly identical butt PROVENANCE: Ex-Herbert G. Wellington Jr. Estate. CONDITION: Fine. Damascus bbl has areas or orig thinning brown finish, especially in protected areas with scattered staining and other cosmetic blemishes. Magazine tube retains about 90% thinning blue finish. Frame and lever are overall smooth with silver/grey patina with traces of case color external and bright case colors internal, frame screws have some rust and pitting. The beautiful orig Winchester replacement stock is well fit, slightly overlapping frame on either side, has normal nicks and small dings and retains most of its re-varnished finish (changed and upgraded since last auctioned, 2009). Forestock has a wider diamond pattern, straight grain retaining about 60% orig varnish. Mechanics are good. Broken spring in mag tube and shallow to moderate pitting in bbl. 50832-2 JS (40,000-80,000) – Lot 4163

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4167

*RARE DELUXE JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED MODEL 1895 WINCHESTER RIFLE PRESENTED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

SN 88418. Cal 35. Factory engraved, carved and gold inlaid Model 1895s are very rare. This particular gun is pictured on pg 142 of the 1971 Antique Arms Annual “Ulrich-engraved Model 1895 Winchester rifle, presented by Theodore Roosevelt to a friend. Relief carved stock and gold inlaid game, scroll, and border motifs.” This gun was made in 1915, just 4 years before Roosevelt’s death. Roosevelt, a gun aficionado, was known to have given at a least a dozen firearms as gifts including one to his valet and one to his pastor. The purported history on this gun as published when in the massive Winchester collection of Jim Fowler is anecdotal from Fowler, that Roosevelt gifted this gun to a “rancher – to whom Roosevelt had made the presentation”. It is well known that Teddy Roosevelt was very keen on the Model 1895 as proven by the records of his safari to Africa 1909-1910; both Roosevelt and his son are pictured with Model 95s in Africa. There is a detailed letter of provenance and history written by R. L. Wilson which accompanies this lot. PROVENANCE: Ex-James S. Fowler Collection; Ex-Greg Martin. CONDITION: Very fine as refinished, retaining most of its blue overall with losses around bbl extension ring and high areas of frame adjacent. Gold inlays are crisp, light pinprick pitting. Stocks retain virtually all of their refinished varnish with light cosmetic nicks and scuffs. There is a thin sliver glue repair front right side at receiver. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp rifling in bore. 50832-4 JS (75,000-125,000) – Lot 4167

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4177

EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE CONRAD ULRICH ENGRAVED EXHIBITION QUALITY MARLIN MODEL 1893 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE IN EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION WITH GOLD AND PLATINUM INLAY.

SN 155286. Cal. 30-30. Spectacular Marlin with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, takedown with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and sporting rear sight. Mounted with highly figured, shell grain European walnut with #10 checkered & carved forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with Marlin hard rubber buttplate. Carving consists of a maple leaf and special borders on each side of both stock & forearm. SN is on bottom of receiver, left side of top tang, under the wood and inside top tang channel of buttstock. Receiver is engraved in spectacular #10 style, by Conrad Ulrich. Engraving consists of the large oval vignette of a semi-relief bull moose in a very detailed forest scene with very fine stippled background. Right side is engraved in a slightly smaller vignette of an extreme highly detailed grizzly bear in a mountain scene. Both sides of receiver have nearly full coverage, semi-relief grape leaves with fine punch dot background. Both vignettes are outlined in inlaid gold wire. Bolt is engraved to match with a flower blossom in the center surrounded by gold wire inlay. Bottom & top of receiver are engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with grape leaves in the center on top side flats. Lever boss, top tang, takedown ring and forend cap are engraved to match. Sides of lever & the exposed flats of the bbl, over chamber area are engraved in light arabesque patterns. Chamber area of the bbl and around the caliber marking is inlaid with two platinum wire inlays and a gold wire inlay with three gold dots on each side. Forend cap has platinum wire inlay. This 1893 Marlin rifle with such extensive engraved coverage, special carved wood, gold and platinum inlay, and such high orig finish is exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Ex-Clarence Parks Collection; Ex-Wes Adams Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Overall rifle retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory finish with bright orig blue and brilliant case colors, only slightly faded on takedown ring and outer faces of finger loop. Wood is sound with a few, very light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its brilliant factory piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. 50412-17 (50,000-100,000) – Lot 4177

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4224

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: Ex-Ben Ames Williams Collection; Ex-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. 50531-3 (110,000-160,000) – Lot 4224

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4226

“EDWARD PRUDHOMME” ENGRAVED AND GOLD INLAID 1ST GENERATION 2ND MODEL DRAGOON REVOLVER.

SN 8929. Cal. 44. Well known firearms engraver Edward C. Prudhomme (1911-1990) engraved this 1850 vintage 2nd Model Dragoon for famous Colt collector Robert Q. Sutherland (1918-1992). Bbl has extensive leaf and vine and gold wire inlays, in addition to a standing doe deer and Indian brave on each side of the bbl lug. The loading lever is also engraved with gold wire border and crosshatching at the end. Frame and recoil shields are deep engraved with a walking gold horse on the left side and a horse and rider on the right side all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with fine stippled background. Right side of the frame also has the gold initials logo “R.Q.S.”. The recoil shields are deep relief engraved with foliate and vine patterns and have gold wire borders. Cylinder scene and all its markings have been re-engraved with silver Fleur-de-Lis between the cylinder stop notches and extensive gold wire borders. Hammer is completely stippled on both sides and engraved on the top with gold wire borders. The brass trigger guard and backstrap are deep relief engraved with arabesque patterns. Bbl is engraved in tiny letters “ENGRAVING BY E.C. PRUDHOMME”. PROVENANCE: Pictured in Prudhomme’s book on his engraving (with the orig wood grips). CONDITION: Very fine as restored, retaining most of Mr. Prudhomme’s blue finish. When this gun was originally engraved it was quite worn as noted by muzzle wear on its now 7-7/16″ bbl. Gun otherwise conforms to other standard 2nd Model Dragoons. SN on bbl housing is re-engraved and only one number can be found on loading arm. Original wood grips with matching SN inked in the backstrap channel are well worn and orig from 1850, hand worn patina and rounded edges at inner toes. Mechanically gun is fine, with crisp rifling in bore. 50324-1 JS (10,000-20,000) – Lot 4226

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4240

EXTRAORDINARY CASED ENGRAVED SPECIAL COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER, SWORD, SASH OF 2nd LT. HUNTINGTON FROTHINGHAM WOLCOTT.

SN 151385. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York US America address. Left side of frame is engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a pillow shape and it has the caliber marking on left rear web of trigger guard. The silver-plated brass trigger guard and iron back strap contain a 1-pc ebony grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Revolver is engraved by Gustave Young in late vine style with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with several patterns terminating in flower blossoms. Hammer also received Mr. Young’s deluxe treatment with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and wolf’s heads on each side of hammer nose. Top edge of hammer is engraved in fish scale patterns and the spur is hand checkered. Mr. Young’s deluxe patterns extend about 4″ up each side of bbl, terminating forward of the bbl address. Left side of bbl lug has one scroll that terminates in Mr. Young’s distinctive dog’s head pattern and another in a flower blossom. Right side of lug has a scroll terminating in his distinctive bird head pattern and a scroll terminating in a flower blossom. There is also a dash & line pattern border around muzzle. Rammer pivot is lightly engraved to match. Cyl is rebated and has the Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking on the major diameter. Top of back strap is engraved with Mr. Young’s deluxe fan pattern with flower blossoms on sides of back strap shoulders. Top of back strap, heel, butt strap & trigger guard are also engraved in foliate arabesque patterns. None of the screws are engraved although the frame screw holes are outlined with a narrow borders on both sides. The SN on bottom of bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are all accompanied by a small “I” and “E” indicating that the revolver received special polishing for engraving and the “I” usually indicating ivory grips. However, in this case, it simply means special grips. Accompanied by a fine, orig, burl mahogany, Colt casing with green velvet lining, compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a fantastic Navy size “COLTS PATENT” angle spout flask, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, marked on right side “44H” and a small “D” inspector mark. Also included is an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and a sealed tin of Eley’s caps with marbled brown & Buff colored paper wrapping. Right front compartment contains cast lead bullets & balls. This revolver is engraved very similarly to a series of Model 1860 Army percussion revolvers that are extremely famous & well known, all with ebony grips, including the cased pair for Gen. Joseph R. Hawley and the one made for Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. All appear to be in the 151,000 serial range. The Hawley Armys are serial numbered “151388” and “151389” and are not quite so elaborately engraved as this one being sold here. The Grant Army is numbered “151718” and is substantially more elaborate than this revolver. Of note, the arms display by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham at a NYC Benefit Fair during the Civil War, contains a pinwheel of ebony gripped and engraved Colt Army revolvers (see p.314 “The Book of Colt Firearms”, Sutherland and Wilson). As Wolcott’s father was known to be a principal organizer of the display, it is very likely that this 1860 Army is one those on the display which was subsequently given to Wolcott’s son. It is also likely that the Army revolvers presented to Grant and Hawley were also part of this Accompanied by a Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham with bright steel scabbard. Sword has a 32″ slightly curved blade with wide & narrow fullers, lightly etched about the center with “U.S.” on left side and a spread-winged American eagle on right side with a ribbon in its beak inscribed “E PLURIBUS UNUM”. The Schuyler, Harley & Graham marking is etched on right ricasso and the Clauberg marking on the left with “IRON PROOF” on the spine. It has a small, single-branch hand guard with filigree flowers & vines with fish skin & braided wire wrapped handle. Right side of scabbard is engraved “Lieut. H.F. Wolcott / FROM / His Schoolmates”. Also accompanying is a burgundy silk sash with long braided knots & tassles at each end. Also accompanying is a spiral bound, self-published 119 page booklet titled “Family Jottings / Roger Wolcott”. It was apparently privately printed in 1939 and this is a reproduced copy. Also accompanying is a 3-ring binder of information including military records of Lt. Wolcott. This revolver was the property of 2nd Lieutenant Huntington Frothingham Wolcott, Company I, 2nd Mass. Cavalry. Lt. Wolcott enlisted as 2nd Lieutenant in March 1865 at age 19. Apparently he had attempted to enlist earlier but was rejected for being too young. He did volunteer as a surgeon’s assistant for two summers prior to enlisting. Upon his enlistment he was assigned as Aide de Camp to Brig. Gen. Gibbs (a relative) just in time to participate in Gen. Sheridan’s raids into Virginia. Lt. Wolcott was, by all accounts, a dashing & brave young officer who regularly participated in the thickest of the fighting and was part of the unit that captured 7,000 prisoners, 9 pieces of artillery and 10 battle flags as reported by Gen. Gibbs on May 9, 1865. Apparently young Wolcott had to be restrained by orders from superior officers from even more active & vigorous participation. The war ended in early June 1865 and Lt. Wolcott survived. He marched with his regiment in the grand review in Washington, seemingly in glowing good health, however the very next day he was stricken with camp fever and died on June 9, 1865. Among the information accompanying this lot is a signed Bill of Sale from Susan Dexter (nee Wolcott) of Ladue, MO, dated Jan. 20, 2000. The Bill of Sale is for this sword with belt & officer’s belt plate, a leather flap holster, sash & sword along with a revolver. Attached to the sword belt is a very old, very dark brittle tag, which accompanies, that reads “Belt and holster carried by Lt. H.F. Wolcott in the Civil War. The revolver was also his but not carried in the Civil War.” The Bill of Sale states that the leather rig & holster are in poor shape. Apparently they have disintegrated and no longer accompany this grouping. The Bill of Sale further states “Lt. Huntington Frothingham Wolcott was my great uncle. My father, Roger Wolcott, Jr., mentions ownership of this item plus the Colt revolver, sword and sword belt sash in his book, Family Jottings, privately printed in 1939″, signed “Susan Dexter”. Mrs. Dexter explains in another letter dated Jan. 6, 2000 that the reason Lt. Wolcott was using this sword was that it is a replacement for the orig that was lost when Lt. Wolcott was fording a stream. Additionally accompanying are two black faced brass plaques for both the revolver and sword from an unknown display. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 85-88% glossy orig Colt blue with the losses flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Top right side of bbl has a line of fine surface rust. Rammer & handle retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors. Frame retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant on right side, moderately faded on left side. Hammer is about identical with strong bright colors on right side, brilliant on rear edge and lightly faded on left side. Cyl retains about 90% orig blue thinning & turning plum in the rolled areas, strong & bright with fine surface rust on rebated area and with five crisp safety pins. Trigger guard retains about 60% thinning orig silver with the exposed areas a light mustard patina. Back strap & butt strap are flaked to a medium steel patina with light rust on the heel & butt strap. Grip has a large chip on left heel with a couple of small dings in the left edge and a chipped right toe with light nicks & scratches and overall retains about 90-92% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Case has two grain checks in bottom, otherwise is completely sound with only light handling & storage surface mars and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Flask is equally crisp & new, retaining 96-97% crisp orig finish. Mold appears to be unused retaining all of its orig blue with a few scattered spots of light surface rust. Nipple wrench is fine. Cap tin is faded with light water damage to the label and missing one edge of the label. Interior of case is dark & clean inside the lid with bottom lightly faded and soiled with minor damage from front sight. Sword is fine, showing a cleaned metal finish on scabbard. Blade is bright & clean showing only faint scratches. Hand guard & pommel retain most of their orig gold wash. Fish skin wrap shows light wear. Sword knot is worn & soiled but intact. Sash has a few frayed spots on edges with a few minor holes & losses but basically intact. 50223-1 JR231 (135,000-165,000) – Lot 4240

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4253

*MINTY WILBUR GLAHN FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH TEXAS HISTORY SHIPPED TO WOLF & KLAR, FORT WORTH, TEXAS WITH GOLD MOUNTED CARVED IVORY GRIPS.

SN 353118. Cal. 45. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full thick front sight, 2-line address and “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 45” on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with spectacular 2-pc ivory grips with a raised carved ox head on right side. Revolver is engraved by master engraver Wilbur Glahn in his deluxe full coverage flowing foliate arabesque patterns with extremely fine punch dot background. Top of back strap, top of back strap ears & corresponding area of frame are engraved in Mr. Glahn’s trademark “V” patterns. Back strap is full coverage engraved in tulip patterns with acanthus leaf patterns on butt strap & foliate arabesque patterns on trigger guard. Foliate arabesque patterns extend 3/4 of the way up each side of bbl with a snake & dash pattern in ejector rod housing gullet and foliate arabesque patterns on outer radius. Ejector rod housing boss on frame is engraved with a large flower blossom. Cyl has full coverage foliate arabesque pattern engraving around the outer diameter, strikingly offset by the bright nickel flutes. SN was observed in the usual place on bottom of frame and on right sides of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of SN are found on rear face of cylinder. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 45 Colt, 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, rubber stocks, factory engraved in Class “C” coverage, shipped to “Loan Account” Wolf & Klar, Fort Worth, TX on July 15, 1929 to Account #16671/1 in a 1-gun shipment. Under remarks section it states that “This revolver was purchased by Wolf & Klar on Jan. 16, 1931.” The first time this gun came to auction and sold at a California auction house in 2006, revolver was described as showing “beautiful raised relief carved medallion ivory grips with Wolf & Klar accents to the carving consisting of gold steerhorns, nose ring and ruby eyes inset in the right grip; large gold medallions which appear to be “TD” on the left grip. Wolf & Klar were one of the bigger dealers in Colt firearms at this period of time, and this pistol was loaned as a display piece by Colt. The quality of the engraving is excellent and is one of the finest examples of Wilbur Glahn’s work. The initials on the left grip purportedly belong to a Texas oilman who was a regular customer of Wolf & Klar and purchased very ornate Colts and S&Ws of which several are known to old-time collectors. This pistol recently surfaced in Arizona in the hands of an elderly gentleman whose father obtained it in a trade for a horse, along with its fancy tooled S.D. Myers, El Paso marked holster in the 1930’s. One of the best unknown Single Actions to surface in a decade”. Since this gun was sent to Wolf & Klar’s on account in 1929, gold mounted carved grips appear orig from this date and similar are seen on several other special guns in the Wilbur Glahn era. See SN 341995, pgs 564-565 of The Colt Engraving Book – Volume One, R. L. Wilson. Also, of note, is SN 353113, only five SNs different from this gun is also a grade “C” Wilbur Glahn revolver shipped in 1930 with carved ivory steer head grips. This is indeed a stunning Single Action. PROVENANCE: Ex-David Crocker Estate Collection. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cylinder, grips are unnumbered. Has been fired, but very little and retains virtually all of its fine orig factory nickel with possible re-polishing and touch-up on front & back straps which is not detectable. “Elephant ivory” grips are also extremely fine, fit well with good patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 50412-32 (40,000-80,000) IVORY – Lot 4253

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4254

*EXCEPTIONAL GLAHN FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SAA REVOLVER WITH DEEPLY CHECKERED CARVED STEER-HEAD IVORY GRIPS SHIPPED TO PORTLAND, OREGON.

SN 348846. Cal. 38-40. 5-1/2″ bbl. Blue finish. 2-pc ivory grips with carved steer-head motif on left side and Colt medallions in upper corner. This revolver was manufactured in 1926 and was engraved by Wilbur Glahn in a scroll and floral motif. Bbl engraving borders the address on both sides. Ejector rod housing has scroll work on the outer edge with a walking line in the gullet. Ejector rod head is engraved with a star motif. Engraving shows a fine line background. Frame engraving is nearly full coverage with chevrons on the recoil shield and the loading gate. Frame engraving extends down from the frame into the rear portion of both trigger guard flats, which is indicative of Glahn’s work. Top strap has a leafy scroll accent at front and rear. Frame in front of cyl also is engraved. Gullets in front of cyl remain un-engraved. Front face of frame shows a cactus motif. Frame engraving shows a fine punch dot background. Backstrap apron also shows a chevron motif bordered on either side by scroll engraving. Bottom of backstrap shows a scroll and floral motif. Butt shows a rather unique chevron motif. Bottom of trigger guard is scrolled engraved, as is the front of the trigger guard behind SN. Cyl is scroll engraved between the flutes with a walking line around the rear periphery. Cyl engraving also has a fine line background. Bbl shows proper 1-line address on top with cal mark on left side. Proper fat front-sight. Frame shows proper 2-line patent mark on forward left side. Rampant Colt logo without a circle to the rear. SN matches on frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Rear face of cyl has the last 2 digits of the SN stamped on the web between 2 chambers. Assembly no. “563” is stamped on right rear of frame under grip and on rear face of loading gate. Hammer has correct coarse knurling with a border. Grips are carved in the factory style with 3 relief holes drilled in rear behind each medallion. Checkering appears to have been done at a later date. Factory letter states above described: Shipped May 27, 1926 to Honeyman Hardware Co, Portland, OR. Single gun in shipment, 38/40, 5-1/2″, blue, ivory, factory engraved, Colt factory order 10983/1. Checkering on stocks appears of subsequent time after factory. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 98% blue finish, with only slight muzzle wear. Ejector rod housing also retains 98% blue finish, again with only slight holster wear at the front end. Engraving and markings are sharp and clear. Frame retains 80-90% of orig case color finish, which is vivid in the protected areas of the top-strap, gullets in front of cyl and under the loading gate. Engraving and all markings are sharp and clear. Backstrap retains about 80% bright-blue finish, that has drifted somewhat to a plumb patina, with a few very light scratches that were made when the grips were checkered. Trigger guard retains 80% bright-blue finish with most of the wear on the fore-strap, which is turning somewhat plumb color. There are also some small scratches on the fore-strap that were made when the grips were checkered. Engraving on backstrap and trigger guard is sharp and crisp. Cyl shows 90% blue finish with blueberry color in the flutes. There is a slight drag-mark and a few light scratches overall. Bore is frosty with sharp rifling. Cyl chambers are dark. Hammer shows generous traces of case color, with some scratching on left side. Trigger shows generous traces of fire-blue. Frame screws retain nearly all of blue finish. Hammer screw is slightly marred. Grips straps screws also contain nearly all of blue finish. Rear trigger guard screws and butt screw are slightly marred. Grips are fine and appear to be a Colt product, but are definitely not orig to this gun. A very fine example of a Colt factory engraved Single action army revolver, mastered engraved by Wilbur Glahn in 1926, that would be a welcome addition to any collection of factory engraved Colts. 50999-1 (35,000-45,000) C&R; IVORY – Lot 4254

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4271

RARE AND EXTREMELY FINE SPRINGFIELD ARMORY MODIFIED 5-1/2″ SINGLE ACTION ARMY ARTILLERY REVOLVER CIRCA 1885, NORTH CAROLINA MILITIA.

SN 116650. Cal. 45. An all Matching Serial Number gun, rack marked “46” on top of back strap of pistol. This exact revolver is pictured on the book “Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers” by Kopec and Fenn page 147 where it is illustrated and discussed as being one of the 400 revolvers requested by Alfred M. Scales, governor of North Carolina on November 24, 1886, a copy of his original request letter is illustrated on page146 of said book. Mr. Kopec lists 3 revolvers with 2-digit rack numbers engraved on top of the back straps from the contract as requested by North Carolina’s Governor in 1884 and 1886. This gun SN 116650 made in 1881 shows the 5 digit serial number stamped on the bottom of the back strap, trigger guard and frame; with the last 4 digits of the Serial Number stamped on the cylinder and barrel of the gun indicating that it was configured into an artillery model at the Springfield Armory. Additionally, the last 4 of the Serial Number are also inked inside the back strap channel of the grips. The inspection stamp “DFC” (David F. Clark) appears on barrel, cylinder and frame on the gun and a “RAC” (Reginald A. Carr) appear on the left grip panel butt. 5-1/2″ blue barrel and case color frame, single line address, full front sight is the correct sight showing the correct feathering around sight, left side of frame has a 3-line patent dates with large “US” stamped on it. Stocks have no discernible inspector’s cartouche, but crisp sub-inspector “RAC” initials on butt. A large “46” rack number is engraved on top of the back strap. This is a rare Springfield Armory variation of the artillery series of Single Action Army’s. PROVENANCE: Ex. Robert Hoelscher Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extra fine as arsenal refinished. “P” inspection marks are all crisp. The cylinder shows 95% bright arsenal blue with slight index line between cylinder stops; barrel and ejector housing also retain 95% bright arsenal blue, back strap and trigger guard retain over 90%, hammer retains strong traces of case colors and the frame shows 30% case hardening drifting to silver grey patina with some good colorful rainbow hues where protected. Stocks are sound and solid with nominal wear, especially on edges with several shallow dents near frame, hand worn patina. Mechanically crisp with bright shiny bore. 50672-3 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 4271

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4289

*FABULOUS, EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, TEXAS SHIPPED, FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT NEW FRONTIER BY MASTER ENGRAVER LEONARD FRANCOLINI WITH EXTENSIVE GOLD INLAYS AND NUMEROUS GOLD WILDLIFE SCENES WITH FACTORY IVORY GRIPS WITH INLAID GOLD MEDALLIONS, IN COLT FACTORY PRESENTATION CASE.

SN 04136NF. Cal. 45LC. 7-1/2″ barrel. Very early 3rd Generation. Full blue finish with Factory Ivory Grips with gold inlaid medallions and multiple Factory Gold Inlays. Revolver was so extensively engraved at the Colt Factory by Master Engraver Leonard Francolini that this revolver comes with an extremely rare 2-Page Colt Factory Archive Letter in order to fit all of the engraving and gun specification details of this spectacular Colt into one letter. Top of bbl is scroll engraved on both sides of address, both sides of front-sight, and muzzle. Gold line accents are present throughout engraving. Top of bbl is inlaid in gold with a golden coiled rattlesnake. Bbl markings are inlaid in gold. The bbl is further embellished with dbl inlaid gold bands at muzzle and breech of bbl, extending down to ejector tube. Frame is flawlessly engraved on re-coil shield and forward portion in a beautiful scroll style. Frame is inlaid in gold on left side with a golden black bear, and on the right side with a pair of Tule elk. Backstrap and trigger guard are scroll engraved. A gold inlaid border impressively highlights the frame, trigger guard, and backstrap. Top strap is scrolled engraved with leaf accents on both sides of rear-sight. Cyl is scroll engraved with gold accents and borders, and dbl gold bands on rear periphery of cyl. Bbl shows standard 1-line Colt address on top, with model and cal mark on left side. SN is stamped on forward bottom of frame. 2-line patent address along left side of frame. Revolver is fit with beautiful factory ivory grips with gold Colt medallions Revolver was shipped to Houston Texas in a factory presentation case on June 29, 1979. This Spectacular Colt was Factory Engraved near the very end of Master Engraver Leonard Francolini’s time at the Colt Factory and is one of Francolini’s last works as a “Colt Factory Engraver”. On page 217 of Don Wilkerson’s famed book on Post-War SAA’s he states that only 16 Colt New Frontier Models were “Master Engraved”, while the 16 revolvers are not broken out by the specific engraver’s name, this masterpiece by Leonard Francolini is certainly among the finest made by Colt and possibly the only example in this fabulous configuration with profuse gold inlays and factory ivory grips. PROVENANCE: The Vince Sepulveda Collection, Colt Factory Archive Letter. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: As New. This is a beautiful and unbelievably rare gold and game scene Colt Factory Master Engraved revolver by Leonard Francolini during his time as a Colt Factory Engraver. Un-fired in a wonderful Colt Factory presentation case. 50872-10 (14,500-22,500) C&R; IVORY – Lot 4289

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*SPECTACULAR, AND UNBELIEVABLY RARE EARLY THIRD GENERATION COLT “FULL GOLD PLATED” FACTORY ENGRAVED SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER IN CALIBER 44 SPECIAL WITH FACTORY EAGLE GRIPS.

SN SA25889. Cal. 44 SPECIAL. 4-3/4″ bbl. Revolver is beautifully factory engraved overall in a scroll style with the coverage level “C” documented in the Colt Factory Archive Letter. The barrel shows scroll engraving on both sides of bbl address, which also borders model and cal mark on left side. Frame is flawlessly engraved in the scroll style. Engraving extends onto rear flat of trigger guard. Backstrap is nicely scroll engraved on apron and butt. Trigger guard is engraved on bow and forward end. Top strap is wonderfully engraved on rear portion. Cyl is scroll engraved between flutes. Bbl shows a 1-line address on top with model and cal mark on left side. Frame shows a 2-line patent mark with a rampant Colt at rear. SN is stamped on forward flat on frame. Colt factory letter confirms all features, including grips, and showing shipment on October 1, 1982. Also included is the Colt custom shop box, whose end label confirms all features. In Don Wilkerson’s famed book on Page 215 “The Post-War Colt Single Action Revolver 1976 – 1986” Wilkerson states that the Colt Records show that only 1% of Colt Factory Engraved Revolvers were in “exotic finishes, gold, silver, dual etc.” In addition on the same Page 215 Wilkerson states the Colt Records show only 7% of Factory Engraved Single Action Army revolvers were in the caliber 44 Special. Combined, the Colt records referenced in Don Wilkerson’s book makes this “Full Gold Plated” revolver one of the rarest of all factory engraved 3rd generation single actions. In addition, the Colt Factory pricing-guide of “Full Gold Plating” is so expensive that The Colt Custom Shop does not even list the pricing of “Full Gold Plating” but rather states “Price on Request”. The gold plating completely encompasses the revolver including inside the cylinder chambers, inside the barrel, the grip straps under both grips, etc. The revolver was truly “fully gold plated” by the Colt Factory. PROVENANCE: The Vince Sepulveda Collection, Colt Factory Archive Letter. CONDITION: New. Un-fired. Gold Plating is immaculately intact. A simply wonderful and exceedingly rare “Full Gold Plated” Factory Engraved Single Action Army. 50872-3 (6,000-12,000) C&R – Lot 4296

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4378

KRIDER LEMAT PATENT REVOLVER SERIAL NUMBER 2, THE PERSONAL REVOLVER OF COL. ALEXANDER LEMAT HIMSELF.

SN 2. Cal 40/16. Among the greatest rarities in LeMat revolvers are the two patent models made for Dr. Alexander LeMat. These first two revolvers made by John Krider, SN 1 and SN 2 were most likely used at the US military trials in New Orleans in March 1859 and later at the Washington Arsenal in May of 1859. Doug Adams in his excellent text The Confederate LeMat Revolver, 2005, conveys the success of the Grapeshot Revolver: The trials brought great success and reviews of the weapon were enthusiastically positive. Published comments include “….after a close examination of said arm, we consider it a great and important improvement on Colt’s revolver…we consider this arm far superior to any we have seen for the use of cavalry…it is also indispensable for artillerists in defending their pieces…its advantages in the naval service in boarding or repelling boarders is too obvious. This group recommended immediate introduction of the arm into our military and naval services.” Krider is also known to have made a cased engraved “patent pistol” October 24, 1859 for Charles Girard. Charles Girard was orig involved and witnessed the patent documents 3 years earlier of Col. LeMat and became his and P.G.T. Beauregard’s business partner. LeMat and his new partner’s, P.G.T. Beauregard and Charles Girard, early in 1859 must have contracted with Auguste Francotte to manufacture a small quantity of revolvers based on the Krider prototypes. There are six known Francotte made pistols closely emulating the Krider pistols, with highest SN known 20. The finest known Francotte, SN 16, was sold on these floors as Lot #2218, March 2016. These must be the guns that Beauregard was advertising in the New Orleans newspapers as early as May 21, 1859 just two weeks after testing at the Washington Arsenal where “This board was also impressed, suggested some minor adjustments and recommended that “this arm be subjected to trial by hands of troops that are in actually service in the field”. One such Francotte made gun was actually inscribed as a Christmas gift in 1863 to an officer in the 16th Maine. This unit was heavily engaged all through Virginia and most likely this weapon was captured and given as a gift. In the texts by Alain Serpette and later by Val Forgett and prior to the discovery of this revolver, these authors believed the Francotte made guns were actually products of Krider. Adams in his most recent text, points this incorrect correlation out, noting that indeed there are only 2 Krider made LeMat’s known. This cataloger feels quite strongly that this is the most important gun relating to the development of the iconic LeMat grapeshot revolver. Again, quoting from Doug Adams’ great text as to the likely theory that this indeed was Col. LeMat’s personal revolver. “The “COL.” marking, which appears to have been added to the barrel {which does not appear on SN 1}. This could indicate ownership of the pistol by LeMat, himself, or an attempt to use his new rank to gain acceptance with military inspectors. Further, one must question who, other than LeMat himself, would bother to add this title to the address, given that the name “A. LeMat” was already present. The fact that this piece came out of Northern France in the mid-1900’s and that LeMat retired in that same region in the late 1800’s lends support to the “educated deduction” that this may have been his personal gun”. This is a remarkable rarity in American arms collecting being the only known American made LeMat in private hands. The only other American made prototype SN 1 is in the Liege Arms Museum. It was obtained by the Liege Arms Museum directly from Francotte in 1891. This represents an extraordinary opportunity to personally own what is perhaps the most significant LeMat in existence. PROVENANCE: Dr. Alexander LeMat, 1859; Ex-Doug Adams & Clifford Young, 2003; Ex-Clifford & Lynne Young Collection; Photographed and described on pg 20-31 of The Confederate LeMat Revolver, Doug Adams. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Gun is complete and authentic in every regard. Metal is overall grey with staining. Markings are crisp and well discerned. There are traces of blue finish in protected areas. Brass trigger guard and backstrap retain about 20% of their silver plating. Checkered stocks are well fit with hand worn patina and a few minor dents and bruises. Brass and steel also have scattered areas of cosmetic dents and bruising. Mechanically, gun functions well with crisp, well defined rifling. 44797-27 JS (60,000-80,000) – Lot 4378

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