March 11th & 12th Auction
An Extraordinary Success at $13.5 Million

Auction: March 11th & 12th, 2013

Preview: March 10th, 2013

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1012
Revised: 3/1/2013

Correction: This firearm is Antique not Modern.

EXTREMELY RARE SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 “BIG 50” LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 109491. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Rare ’86 with 26″ rnd bbl, silver bead front sight, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver has close coupled dbl set triggers. Mounted with highly figured, slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with capped pistol grip stock & smooth steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “982” and “CFS”. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with matching assembly number over another number. Inside buttplate has assembly number “6502”. While it appears that this stock may not be orig to this rifle, the stock & buttplate are orig Winchester equipment, fit like original and likely were factory changes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in “50 Express caliber”, with rnd bbl, set trigger, plain wood stock with pistol grip, Lyman rear sight, half magazine, four cartridges & shotgun butt, received in warehouse July 24, 1902 and shipped July 26, 1902 to Order #146757. 50 caliber ’86s are quite rare in their own right, but those with configuration as found here are extremely rare. They usually saw hard service out west but especially hard service in the Northwest Territories, Alaska & the woods of the Northeast for moose & bear hunting. They rarely are found with high orig finish and in orig configuration. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain virtually all of their strong, orig factory finish with one small scratch on bbl & magazine tube where some careless individual removed the forend cap; receiver retains about 95% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina; lever & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig factory case colors, lightly to moderately faded on the outer faces of lever; set triggers need adjusting; wood is sound, missing a small sliver on top left side by the receiver and a small chip at buttplate teat; buttplate retains 97-98% brilliant orig blue. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-44493 (25,000-40,000)

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1016
Revised: 3/1/2013

Correction: This firearm is Antique not Modern.

EXCEEDINGLY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE 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 oct to rnd 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, probably by John Ulrich. 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. This fabulous little rifle was formerly in the collection of renowned old time collector, Eldon Owens. PROVENANCE: Eldon Owens Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except buttplate as noted. 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. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44376 JR (90,000-125,000)

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1102
Revised: 3/10/2013

Buttstock has been shortened and measures 12-3/4″ over a replacement steel buttplate.

*FACTORY ENGRAVED MODEL 1899 FEATHERWEIGHT RIFLE. SN 93853. Cal. 22 High Power. This gun features Leader pattern engraving with motif of deer on one side and stag on the other. Receiver has full matted excelsior treatment and B grade checkering. Shotgun style butt with Savage logo. Buttplate doesn’t fit very well, may have come off another Savage. Correct Savage front sight and folding Lyman tang sight. Complete with factory letter of authenticity. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good condition.Bbl retains 90% blue, receiver retains about 75% orig blue. Wood is very good with possibly a light coat of linseed oil added to it and a repaired crack running back of the tang but is solid and sound and quite serviceable. Bore very good. 4-44826 LM64 (5,500-6,500)

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1106
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Buttplate is a replacement from a 1895 / .303 cal.

*FACTORY ENGRAVED M1899 SAVAGE RIFLE. SN 41830. Cal. 25-35. 26″ full oct bbl. A-grade engraving on receiver. Correct Beaches folding combination front sight, of the period flip-up rear sight and Lyman tang sight. Original wood is of Circassian style walnut featuring the elaborate C-grade checkered style of checkering. Complete with composition hard rubber buttplate. Correct rear swing swivel missing part of the front swivel. Complete with Letter of Authenticity from Mr. Callahan, the Savage Historian. PROVENANCE: LeRoy Merz; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, 98% vivid bbl blue remains and 95% lightly thinning receiver blue. Lever remaining 95% plus vivid case colors. Forearm has a 3″ long crack running from the swing swivel to the nose of the forearm. Very good bore. 4-44797 LM75 (4,500-5,500)

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1107
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Receiver has been drilled and tapped for scope mounts.

*VERY UNIQUE SAVAGE MODEL 1899 EXHIBITION RIFLE. SN 38556. CAL. 303. Original 26″ half-oct bbl original Lyman front sight, savage buck horn rear sight, and folding tang sight. Factory records indicate that this gun was prepared for the St. Louis Exhibition. The gun features Rival E-grade engraving. The Savage pattern engraving features on one side three deer in a mountain scene. The opposite side features a grizzly bear and a hunter in a mountain scene. Original B-grade checkered Circassian walnut stock with steel style shotgun buttplate. In the catalogeur’s opinion the E-grade is the rarest of all the different Savage patterns. PROVENANCE: LeRoy Merz; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains 80% original thinning blue, receiver retains 65-70% blue turning a silvery combination on the bottom. Fancy deluxe Circassian style wood is in very good condition with the exception of a crack going down from the upper tang approximately 1″ long. Overall gun is 100% guaranteed original complete with a factory letter of authenticity. Very fine little gun. Very good bore. 4-44780 LM77 (4,500-6,500)

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1109
Revised: 3/8/2013

The close up imae in the catalog of the left receiver is not for this gun. The close up image is of Lot 1103

*CASED FACTORY ENGRAVED SAVAGE 1899 DELUXE TWO BARREL SET. SN 278561. CAL. 300 and 410 shotgun. This gun features the full matted Excelsior deluxe style treatment to the receiver with A-grade style engraving, B-grade style deluxe checkered wood and correct shotgun style buttplate. Original sights. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall gun is in excellent condition with 96% rifle bbl finish, receiver retains 95% plus bright blue with excellent traces of case colors on the lever. The original 410 gauge shotgun bbl is in nearly excellent condition with nearly all original finish remaining. The correct Savage made box is nice with a few marks and scars but is nicely done, and has the correct Savage label. Original deluxe burl wood is in excellent condition with just a few very minor hunting dings or scratches. Very good bore. Excellent and all original throughout complete with factory letter of authenticity. 4-44858 LM94 (7,000-9,500)

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1110
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: This is an 1899-G Model.

*CASED SAVAGE MODEL 99 LIGHTWEIGHT TWO BARREL SET. SN 336084. Cal. 30-30 and 410. Receiver is very nicely engraved in the period of use, not believed to be factory work, with wolf on one side and hunter shooting stag on other encased in foliate scrollwork and punch dot matrix. Orig wood is checkered A grade with shotgun style buttplate. Orig sights including folding tang sight. Case appears to have been relined and looks very good with correct Savage label on the inside with orig box of Savage cartridges. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good condition. Rifle bbl retains 75% thinning blue, receiver probably 40% thinning blue. Shotgun bbl retains 95% orig blue. Orig wood shows some minor wear but generally sound and serviceable with light mars and dings.Very good bore. 4-44861 LM65 (2,500-3,500)

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1111
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: The receiver has been drilled and tapped for a scope which has been professionally restored.

*FACTORY ENGRAVED SAVAGE MODEL 1899 TAKE DOWN FEATHERWEIGHT TWO BARREL SET. SN 109458. Cal. 303 Savage and 410 shotgun. This gun is engraved on bottom of receiver “W.F. Sheard”. Sheard was a frontier gunsmith that patented and manufactured Sheard sights. This gun has correct front sight with one of his 3-leaf folding express sights. Fitted as 2 bbl set and includes a shotgun bbl. Receiver features full matted Excelsior treatment with A grade checkering. Stock has been replaced and very beautifully done with heavy contrasting Circassian style walnut stock. checkering is very well done and fit is far better than orig. factory fit would have been. Complete with hard rubber shock absorbing pad. Very interesting gun. Factory records indicates this gun was shipped to W.H. Sheard,Tacoma, WA. Sheard sights are very desirable and found on early Western American made guns of the period. PROVENANCE: LeRoy Merz Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good condition. Bbl retains 50% thinning blue, receiver just has traces of blue in protected areas. Lever has been re-case colored and retains all those colors. Savage made box in generally good condition with Savage label on inside. Very good bore. 4-44862 LM62 (1,500-2,500)

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1112
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: This is an 1899-G Model.

*SAVAGE 1899 SEMI-DELUXE TAKE DOWN LIGHTWEIGHT RIFLE W/CASE. SN 234976. CAL. 250/3000. 22″ lightweight brown bbl with correct sights, pistol grip A-grade checkered semi-deluxe stocks with shotgun style buttplate. Housed in a custom constructed brass bound leather trunk case with the monogram “RRR” tooled into the lid with staghorn handles. Very fine little gun in a pleasing case. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall gun is excellent with 98 plus % bright shiny original blue as well as vivid case colors on the lever, original stock is excellent as well sharp checkering and most of the original varnish. Very good bore. Case is sound with pleasing brass patina and aged leather. 4-44863 LM93 (1,500-2,000)

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1116
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Rear receiver tang has an old restored dovetail cut.

FACTORY ENGRAVED SAVAGE MODEL 1895. SN 6300. CAL. 303 Savage. 22-1/2″ oct bbl, appears to have been professionally shortened to a more serviceable length. Beaches combination front sight, Savage buck horn rear sight, and folding tang sight. Original early B-grade styled checkering with rifle style buttplate. Receiver in very nicely engraved featuring a buck and a dog in a chase scene on the left-hand side, typical scroll engraving on the opposite side. This is the work of Conrad F. Ulrich, factory engraver for Marlin, the manufacturer of all 1895 rifles. PROVENANCE: George Adams Collection; LeRoy Merz Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall gun is in very nice condition retaining 75% original factory blue. The receiver is crisp and sharp with excellent trace of case color. Original walnut stocks are in very good plus condition with sharp checkering and a considerable amount of original varnish remaining. Bright shiny bore. Very attractive early Savage rifle. One of the better of the ’95 engraved that have surfaced. 4-44765 LM80 (4,000-5,500)

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1117
Revised: 3/5/2013

Please Note: This lot shall include lot 1137 also. You will buy both guns for the price of one. We have made this decision based on information just discovered. The actual original wood for Lot #1117 was switched with the original wood on Lot #1137. This was done by a previous collector. In addition to the information we received we confirmed this fact by checking the SN on the stocks. The winning bidder can then leave the guns with the switched wood or exchange stocks to correspond with the SN. So remember when bidding on Lot #1117 you will also be bidding on Lot #1137.

FACTORY ENGRAVED SAVAGE DELUXE M1895 RIFLE. SN 4424. CAL. 303. This is one of about five or six factory engraved M1895’s that were ordered by W. S. Stratton, owner of the Cripple Creek Mine in Colorado, for himself and his friends. A very wealthy individual, in 1900 he sold part of his mining interest for $100,000,000. Original full 26″ full oct bbl, correct front sight, folding tang sight, this gun features the early style of Ulrich’s engraving featuring a buck and a dog in a chase scene in the woods, and the typical scroll engraving on the opposite side. The initials “F.C.T.” are engraved on the inside of the action rail. Correct B-grade style checkering on the stock plus rifle-style buttplate. Very unique and interesting having been purchased by one of the mining barons, one of American’s most prominent and influential individual at the time. Guaranteed all-original with factory letter of authenticity. PROVENANCE: LeRoy Merz Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains just traces of blue, the balance somewhat of a blotchy appearance, but still retaining sharp corners and excellent markings. Original B-grade checkered stocks are in very good plus condition with a considerable amount of varnish remaining. Factory engraved receiver has traces of case color, the balance a silvery coloration. Very good bore. 4-44764 LM79 (6,500-7,500)

LOT 1137 DESCRIPTION: FACTORY ENGRAVED MODEL 1895 RIFLE. SN 4309. CAL. 303. The factory records on this gun indicate that it was originally manufactured as a musket. The order was likely changed in the factory to a deluxe sporting rifle. Original 22″ full oct bbl, correct Lyman front sight, original Savage Buck horn sight, folding tang rear sight. The gun features deluxe A-grade style of engraving and checkering with a rifle-style buttplate. The engraving was done by Enoch Tue which would have been available after SN 1000 as gun has the correct M1895 breech bolt with round hole cocking indicting view hole and all other early features. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Gun is in good condition with 50% overall blue, deluxe stock looks great on the right-hand side with sharp checkering and a considerable amount of original varnish remaining. The left hand side of the stock has a replaced section at the wrist area measuring 4″ L and 2″ W. Bore about good. This gun has a few minor flaws, but still interesting rifle. 4-44769 LM81 (1,000-1,500)

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1121
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: This is an 1899-G Deluxe Model.

*FACTORY ENGRAVED PISTOL GRIP LIGHTWEIGHT TAKE DOWN RIFLE. SN 188325. CAL. 250/3000. 20″ round bbl. This gun features a very rare style of engraving which is referred to as Bargain grade, a very fine grape vine scroll located in the center of the receiver. Pistol checkered A-style wood with a shotgun grade buttplate. Original front sight, correct Savage rear sight, and folding Lyman tang sight. All original little gun complete with a very interesting unique pattern of engraving. There are only a few done with this pattern engraving. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall gun is in excellent condition with 98% original bright blue, original semi-deluxe wood is excellent with crisp sharp checkering. Bright shiny bore. 4-44798 LM95 (4,000-6,000)

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1128
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: This is a Rare 1899 – E G Model featuring “Spiegel” roll engraving, not an 1899-K Model.

*SAVAGE MODEL 1899 K-GRADE RIFLE. SN 392479. CAL. 303. With correct 20″ round bbl. Original sights including Lyman tang sight, original checkered pistol grip, plain walnut stock with a shotgun style buttplate. All original complete with K-grade engraving. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent condition . 95% original bbl blue, 85-90% original receiver blue. Bright shiny bore. 4-44789 LM88 (1,500-2,500)

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1133
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Stock has a repaired break at the wrist.

*FACTORY ENGRAVED SAVAGE MODEL 1899 RIFLE. SN 110030. CAL. 303 SAVAGE. 26″ full oct bbl. This gun features A-2 Special-style checkering as well as the A-2 engraving. Checkered straight stock semi-deluxe wood with rifle style buttplate. Complete with factory letter. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall gun in very good condition with what appears to be 75% remaining of a professionally restored finish on the metal parts as well as stock and forearm refinished quite some time ago. Very good bore. 4-44803 LM83 (1,000-1,500)

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1142
Revised: 3/5/2013

Please Note: There is a typographical error in the title. This is not a Model 14, it is a Model 1903.

*SAVAGE MODEL 1903 PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 136213. Cal. 22. 24″ full oct bbl with orig sights, rounded pistol grip wood with rifle style buttplate, Gun manufactured for about 10 yrs and only about 3,000 units, making it a very rare gun. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent plus, featuring nearly all orig varnish as well as 98% plus bright shiny orig blue. Seldom found in any condition and this one is extremely sharp. Bright shiny bore.Excellent inside and out and all orig. 4-44850 LM69 (1,000-1,500)

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1143
Revised: 3/5/2013

Please Note: There is a typographical error in the title. This is not a Model 14, it is a Model 1903.

*SAVAGE MODEL 1903 22 CALIBER PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 140414. Cal. 22. 24″ full oct bbl, orig sights, orig pistol grip stock with rifle style buttplate. All orig, complete with orig clip. Very rare gun, also. There were only about 3,000 ever manufactured. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall gun in very fine condition with 98% bright orig bbl blue, 95% orig receiver blue. Orig wood retains most orig varnish with a few mars and dings. Very good bore. 4-44855 LM70 (700-1,000)

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1172
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Close-up photos in the catalog are not of this gun.

FINE MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 8232. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has scarce factory dbl set triggers. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent buttplate. Left side of upper & lower tangs, under the wood, are marked with matching SNs which number is also found on front face of the buttstock, under the wood, and inside the buttplate. Top flat of bbl has third type marking and late receiver without rebate at the bottom front. The Model 1881 Marlin was the first of the large frame Marlins and also the first to chamber the more powerful cartridges. They were immediately accepted by the buying public of the era and usually saw hard service on the American frontier under continuous adverse conditions, usually with little maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 88-90% orig blue turning a little plum, more so on the magazine tube, showing muzzle end & sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 80% thinning orig blue with a few scratches & nicks and some candy striping; lever & hammer retain case colors, turned dark. Wood is sound with usual handling & use nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish showing wear on the carry point of the forearm. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-47753 JR339 (4,000-6,000)

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1175G
Revised: 2/18/2013

Correction: There are 188 cartridges

NEARLY NEW RARE CASED VOLCANIC NO. 1 LEVER ACTION PISTOL WITH AMMUNITION. SN 1943. Cal. 31. Wonderful cased Volcanic with 3 1/2″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube and pinched post front sight with fixed rear sight in top flat of receiver.Bbl marking is in 2-lines “NEW HAVEN CONN./PATENT FEB 14, 1854”. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. SN is found on the left side of the butt strap under the wood. Accompanied by an orig red felt lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the pistol and an orig lacquered tin of 200 No. 1 Volcanic cartridges, missing only five; also a rare wooden cleaning rod. There are two other smaller empty compartments in the case. Exterior of the cartridge box is covered in a dark lacquer without external label. Label is, correctly, inside the lid and is original. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 850 units made by New Haven Arms with 3-1/2″ bbl in the period 1857-1860). CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain approx 70% bright blue with some light flaking to blue/brown patina; bbl, frame & side plates retain very crisp, sharp edges with the frame and side plates retaining a sooth mellow patina with two small oxidation spots; hammer retains most of its vibrant case colors and the lever likewise retains most of its original bright blue finish with some light flaking. Grips are sound with only the slightest handling marks and retain all of their strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Magazine follower spring is broken, with a portion missing, which in no way detracts from the appearance of this remarkable pistol. Case has a few grain checks in the lid and in the bottom, otherwise is sound with usual light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong orig varnish; interior is moderately to heavily faded with light soiling and rubs at contact points. Cartridge box is excellent inside and out, label crisp and legible. A worthy addition to the most advanced collection. 4-48278 JR (30,000-50,000)

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1175H
Revised: 3/5/2013

Please Note: This is from the Collection of Ray Giles.

RARE FULL BOX OF NEW HAVEN ARMS 44-FLAT HENRY CARTRIDGES. Fine orig box with green and black label referred to as “bold 4s”, see p. 31, One Hundred Years Of WINCHESTER CARTRIDGE BOXES 1856-1956, Giles & Shuey. Box has typical military style scrolled borders, so named for its resemblance to Frankford Arsenal labels of the period. These boxes, produced by the New Haven Arms Co. in the 1863-1865 period, contained the original 44 RF Henry Cartridges manufactured before the company was renamed by and for Oliver Winchester and are rarely found today in any condition, especially full of original ammunition. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Box and label are completely intact with no broken corners or damaged label. Label shows several wear spots and light soil but remains whole and complete. Box body is yellowed and lightly soiled with some minor foxing on the bottom. Box is sealed in plastic and cartridges were not examined but are guaranteed full and original. 4-47762 JR288 (8,000-12,000)

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1198
Revised: 3/10/2013

Rifle has an 1873 buttstock.

BEAUTIFUL ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 156251. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Beautiful 4th Model ’66 with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, Marbles #2 ivory bead front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate with trap. Forend cap is also of steel. Receiver is spectacularly engraved in the style of the Ulrichs with full coverage on sides, consisting of incredible intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with very fine stippled background and fine chip & zig zag borders. Left sideplate is engraved with the large rnd vignette of a Mexican eagle with a fine crosshatch pattern at the front edge of the raised area. Right sideplate is engraved with an empty rnd counterpoint panel with matching intertwined foliate arabesque patterns. Both front side flats have small empty counterpoint panels. Engraving extends over top & bottom of receiver, top tang, forend cap & buttplate tang. Top rear edge of receiver on each side of hammer slot is engraved with a shell pattern and the bottom with a sunburst pattern. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with the assembly number “2297”. Top tang channel of buttstock is without an assembly number and the buttplate has the assembly number “58” inside the toe. This exact engraving pattern is pictured on a carbine on p. 87 in Chapter III “Model 1866 and the Ulrichs” of Winchester Engraving, Wilson. We do not guarantee this was engraved by the Ulrich. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 50% orig blue with the balance a plum patina; magazine tube retains about 95% strong orig blue; receiver shows light to moderate edge wear with crisp clear engraving; lever & hammer retain faint case colors turned silver-brown on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and light to moderate pitting. 4-41518 JR288 (25,000-30,000)

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1210
Revised: 3/1/2013

Correction: Condition should read: Very Fine Conditin. The last two digits of the SN (14) appear inside each sideplate. Additionally, the assembly #948 appears on the right side of the lever inside the action.

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 1 OF 1000 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 10014. Cal 45-60. Wonderful early rifle with 24-3/8″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, 3 leaf platinum line express rear sight and very early Lyman combination tang sight with spiral knurled barrel. Receiver is second type with screw-attached dust cover rail and impressed thumb print dust cover. It is mounted with very highly figured, 2-3X, flame, and shell grain American walnut that has early style checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with convex, fleur-de-lis insert grip cap and crescent butt plate with trap and has single set trigger. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “948” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of butt stock and inside toe of butt plate. Bbl is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns over the chamber area and the engraved panel in period script “One of One Thousand”. Matching engraving is also on 7 of the 8 flats around the muzzle with a silver inlaid band over the chamber area and at the muzzle. Accompanied by an extremely rare, orig, Winchester leather carrying case made of heavy saddle leather, about 45-1/2″ long and form fitted to this rifle, with carrying handle and double end flaps with a black enameled buckle on its billet that also has a staple for locking the billet. Bottom of the case is mounted with brass D-rings for a shoulder strap. Bottom of a sliding part of the handle is marked “WINCHESTER / REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW-YORK”. According to consignor this case was with the rifle when it was originally found. Inside the end flap is marked with the rifle’s matching SN. According to the book The Story of the WINCHESTER 1 of 1000 and 1 of 100 rifles, Lewis, there were only 55 models 1876 produced as 1 of 1000 rifles during the period 1876-1880, of which only 22 were in cal 45-60. By way of comparing the relative rarity of the model 1876 1 of 1000 rifles there were 132 model 1873 1 of 1000 rifles produced during 1875-1893. According to a chart on page 89 of the referenced publication, this rifle was received in the warehouse June 7, 1880 and shipped the next day to order number 20253, which included 12 other model 1876 1 of 1000 rifles. This rifle is listed as having a 24″ bbl with case hardened finish, checkered pistol grip stock, set trigger and cal 45-60. According to the referenced publication order number 20253 for these 13 rifles was shipped to Winchesters representative John Skinker of San Francisco. It is apparent that sales of these rather expensive rifles were not going well and Winchester was cleaning out the warehouse, probably at a deeply discounted price. Two rifles of that shipment were returned, one for a bbl change and the other for a cal change. This rifle and its leather case are pictured in full color on pages 106 and 107 of the reference publication. The leather carrying case is also pictured on page 157 of the referenced publication and the rifle is again pictured in full color on pages 168-169. The chart on page 89 lists 51 of the 55 models 1 to 1000, only 2 of which are listed with 24″ bbls, with the other being #10031. A copy of the deluxe slip cover edition of the referenced publication accompanies this rifle. It is also accompanied by NRA silver medal and certificate #458, dated April 13, 2007, awarded to this rifle as one of the ten best rifles displayed that year at the NRA meeting in St. Louis. PROVENANCE: Henry F. Wynne & Antecedents; Kenneth Johnson; Kan Chew Collection; Vincent McMahon Collection; Dr. Edmund Lewis Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains 88-90% strong orig blue with a few light nicks and sharp edge wear. Magazine tube has a couple of small dings around the band near the muzzle and retains about 80-85% orig blue, turning a little plum on the outer radius. Forend cap retains traces of case colors, being mostly turned to silver. Receiver retains silvered case colors turning to gray with smoky case colors in the most sheltered areas. Lever and hammer retain faded case covers on the sides, turned silver on the outer faces of the lever. Butt plate is a gray patina. Stock has a hairline by the top tang and another in the front bottom of the forearm, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches, showing moderate wear on the checkering and retains about 90% orig varnish on the butt stock and about 50% varnish on the forearm with the balance a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore, frosty in the grooves. Leather case is lightly flexed with some surface crackling over the butt stock area with light loss of finish on the handle and overall retains about 75% orig brown finish and has a partially open seam in the butt stock area. 4-48260 JR379 (250,000-300,000)

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1217
Revised: 2/18/2013

Please Note: As noted the bbl is the rares 28″ version not the standard 26″.

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 BIG 50 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 13363. Cal. 50-95 Express. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and mid-range tang sight with 4″ staff. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap containing a 4-pc orig brass & steel cleaning rod. Receiver is 2nd Model with screwed-on dust cover rail and dust cover that is marked “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / .50 CAL. 95 GRS.” Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 50 Express with 28″ oct bbl and plain trigger shipped July 31, 1881. Model 1876 rifles were the lowest production of Winchester’s lever actions seeing only 63,871 produced in the period 1876-1897. Of that limited production the Big 50 caliber is the most rare with not many produced in comparison to the smaller calibers. 50-95 rifles are very seldom encountered today. The cartridge was designed as an improvement over the venerable 50-70 Military cartridge but given its brutal recoil it did not prove terribly popular and was used primarily as a big game cartridge for animals such as bear, moose & elk. It is well recorded that Theodore Roosevelt owned & used a deluxe 1876 rifle chambered for the 50 caliber express. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 70-75% blue turning a little plummy with some chemical streaking on the upper 1/3 and over the chamber area; magazine tube retains a thin plummy blue patina with some minor chemical streaking and some light discoloration; receiver has been lightly cleaned, probably with steel wool but retains a smooth thin blue turning a little plum with strong blue in sheltered areas; hammer retains bright case colors and the lever bright case colors on the sides and in sheltered areas. Wood is sound and has been lightly refinished. Mechanics are fine, strong, sharp bore with light pitting. Consignor states this was an outstanding shooter. Cleaning rod is fine. 4-47710 JR259 (5,000-7,000)

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1219
Revised: 2/18/2013

Additional Information: Genealogical research reveals Macomb is a direct descendent of Philip Livingston; a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

RARE DELUXE EARLY ENGRAVED PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE PRIZE GUN. SN 5096. Cal 45-70. Fine deluxe rifle with 28″ special order oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and “1886” marked ladder rear sight. Receiver is engraved, probably by John Ulrich, in Style #10 which includes the rnd vignette of a running whitetail buck on the left side and foliate arabesque patterns on the right side with an unusual serpentine shaped panel of scalloped patterns. Matching patterns of engraving are also found on the top of the receiver ring, bottom of the receiver, top tang and each side of the forend cap. Receiver has a sgl set trigger. Left side of the tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number “378”, “XXX” and “RB”. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black insert serpentine grip buttstock with full checkered hard rubber buttplate. Left side of buttstock is inlaid with a 1-9/16″ oval silver plaque inscribed “Awarded By / J.F. Schmelzer & Son, / At 7th Annual Meeting / Rifle Marksmen, / Department of the Missouri / Leavenworth, Kansas”. This rifle was won by 1st Lt. Augustus Canfield Macomb of the 5th Cavalry in August of 1887 as a shooting prize in competition with the Dept. of the Missouri military officers & enlisted men. Macomb was born Oct. 1854 in Detroit and died 1932, having retired from the Army as a full Colonel. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1876, became a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army in 1876 and became a full Colonel in 1914. He served with the 4th, 5th, 9th & 14th Cavalry Regiments during his career and participated in the Crow Indian Campaign 1878, the Northern Cheyenne Indian Campaign in 1879, the Ute Indian Campaign 1879, Puerto Rico & the Philippines and in Mexico in 1916. For a period he was assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona and was Commander of the Dept. of Arizona and played a key role in subduing the Apache Indians in Arizona. Accompanied by copies of several period newspaper pages, including one from the Leavenworth Times of Aug. 19, 1887, which lists the shooting team for the 7th Annual Rifle Competition wherein 1st Lt. Macomb of the 5th Cavalry finished second with a score of 465. Lt. Macomb was at one point assigned to Fort Niobara, Valentine, NE, and his son was born there as reported in the Valentine Reporter of Nov. 20, 1883. He is also mentioned in other newspaper articles from around that time. Col. Macomb died Jan. 2, 1932 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The Leavenworth Times of Aug. 20, 1887 reported that Lt. Macomb of the 5th Cavalry “won the Budlong Gold Medal and the Winchester Sporting Rifle given by Messrs. J.F. Schmelzer & Son, of this City”. It goes on to describe the Budlong Medal. Also accompanied by a printout regarding the Schmelzer Company. Also accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 28″ oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, $2.00 engraved, “plate in stock” and rubber buttplate received in warehouse June 2, 1887 and shipped two days later to Order #18595. Deluxe & engraved ’86s are occasionally encountered with presentation examples quite rare, but a well-documented presentation ’86 is extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Barnes Family Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain faded blue in sheltered areas being mostly a light blue/brown patina with scattered spots of discoloration, a few nicks & dings and a repaired dent in the magazine tube; receiver, lever & hammer retain silvered case colors with some smoky colors in the most sheltered areas on the receiver. Wood is sound showing moderate to heavy wear and retains strong orig varnish with light nicks & dings. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good shine & scattered pitting. 4-47651 JR210 (25,000-40,000)

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1245
Revised: 3/25/2013

Please Note: A) Cataloger states buttplate is not numbered, this is only a fact, most were not numbered. B) Cataloger states oil finish and later he states varnished. Catalog should read oil finish and has over the years been re-oiled.

*RARE DELUXE EXTRA-LIGHT TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE. SN 261634. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful deluxe ’94 with rare 22″ extra-light rnd bbl, full magazine, extra-tall Lyman ivory bead, pedestal mounted front sight, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with about 2X American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “21222” and “XO”. Matching assembly number is also found on rear face of buttstock, under the buttplate. Buttplate is not numbered, however given the near perfect fit and matching finish, there is little doubt that this is the orig buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter that identifies this rifle in caliber 30, takedown, 22″ extra-light rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered oil finish pistol grip stock with Lyman semi-Jack sight, received in warehouse Aug. 4, 1906 and shipped two days later to Order #62548. Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping record for this rifle. Short rifles are very rare to begin with, deluxe versions are even more rare and the extra-light edition such as this is extremely rare. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% crisp orig blue with a couple of minor, tiny nicks; takedown ring retains about all of its strong orig blue, slightly thinned on the bottom; receiver retains 96-97% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear, some minor candy striping and a couple of spots of flaking on right side; floor plate retains about 70% orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina; lever & hammer retain moderately faded case colors, turned silver on top edge of hammer & outer faces of lever; buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors, moderately faded. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches showing moderate wear on the forearm which has also been lightly restored. Buttstock retains about all of its fine orig varnish that has been lightly cleaned. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; shows very little, if any use. 4-47769 JR327 (17,500-27,500)

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1258
Revised: 3/8/2013

Gun has an old factory refinish. Winchester records show it was returned in 1907 – thus we speculate it was refinished then.

VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 FLATSIDE LEVER ACTION MUSKET. SN 1481. Cal. 30 US (30-40 Krag). Standard grade musket with 28″ tapered rnd bbl, pedestal mounted German silver front sight and ski jump musket rear sight that is completely unmarked. Bbl has standard markings including “NICKEL STEEL BARREL / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER” and has caliber marking over the chamber. Lever is solid first type. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut, nicely figured with full length forearm that has grasping grooves and two bbl bands with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap containing a cord & brass pull-through cleaning jag & brush. Upper band & buttstock have musket swivels. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this musket in caliber 30, received in warehouse Oct. 22, 1896 and shipped four days later. Returned & repaired Jan. 30, 1907. Flatside muskets are the most rare and almost never encountered with orig finish. PROVENANCE: Eldon Owens Collection, Barnes Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl, bbl bands & forend cap retain virtually all of their crisp, bright orig blue showing little or no wear; receiver, magazine box, lever & buttplate also retain virtually all of their orig factory blue with some light candy striping and a few scratches on the receiver with faint sharp edge wear; hammer & trigger link retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors. Wood is sound with no visible flaws and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new & unfired. 4-47626 JR207 (15,000-20,000)

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1269
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Firearm is Antique not Modern.

*SAVAGE 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE W/ UPGRADES. SN 5608. Cal 303 Savage. Gun has been fitted with M1899 26″ oct bbl fitted with Rocky Mountain rear sight with Rocky Mountain knife edge front sight. Tang has Marbles flexible combination sight. Blued finish with case colored lever. This rifle is furnished with M1899 stocks of fancy American black walnut which are not correctly numbered to the gun. Schnabel forearm and pistol grip stock have grade B checking as typically supplied on Leader and Victor grade rifles. Stock has S-shaped uncapped pistol grip with perch belly and is fitted with crescent steel buttplate. A fine example of a M1895 platform with updates recommended by Savage. CONDITION: Bbl has 90-95% orig blue. Receiver has 40-50% flaking blue. Lever and buttplate have traces of case colors in protected areas blending with patina. Stock and forearm have areas of blistering and lifting orig finish with light checkering wear and scattered handling marks. Forearm has 2 cracks on right side near tip. Action is sound and smooth. Bore has slightly darkened appearance in grooves. Wood is not matching numbered to the rifle. Rifle is #5608. Stock & buttplate is #33568 and the forearm is not numbered. 4-46166 DS24 (2,000-3,000)

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1283
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Lot does not include the Mold or Flask. The Mold & Flask are sold individually in lots 1283A & 1283B.

SCARCE HIGH CONDITIONED MARTIALLY MARKED COLT THIRD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11012. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” The unplated brass rnd guard trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Grip is marked with the crisp “JCB” (Joseph C. Bragg) cartouche on left side and “WAT” (William A. Thornton) cartouche on right side. Bottom left edge and top left corner of grip are stamped with inspector initials, which are also found on various metal parts over the revolver, including hammer, frame, cyl, backstrap, bbl and rammer. Cyl is usual 6 shots with Dragoon Indian Fight Scene roll marking and 5 of the 6 safety pins crisp and serviceable. Accompanied by an early, scarce, brass 2-cavity bullet and ball mold with “COLT’S PATENT” sprue cutter that has the “WAT” inspector initials on left side along with a small “G” and large “M” on right side. Also accompanied by an orig “COLTS PATENT” double sided trophy of arms & flags flask with angle spout and high mounted rnd rings. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were approx 10,500 3rd Model Dragoons produced in the period 1851-1861 of which about 4,330 were procured by the federal government. These martial dragoons were initially issued to frontier battalions primarily in Texas and the Southwest and later were used throughout the Civil War and again, afterward, on the American Frontier, usually under continuous hard service and harsh conditions with limited or no maintenance. They are rarely found today with high orig finish. This is certainly one of the finest martial 3rd Model Dragoon extant. PROVENANCE: Dr. John M. Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, all matching except rammer handle which is numbered 1205. Bbl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina with very fine pinprick pitting. Rammer retains strong case colors on the pivot, faded on the handle. Frame and hammer retain strong, moderately faded case colors. Cyl retains about 80% strong orig blue with crisp, sharp panels and shows 96-98% strong Dragoon Indian Fight Scene roll marking. Grip frame is a medium mustard patina. Screws retain most of their bright, orig fire blue. Grip is sound with 3 or 4 small bruises on left side and a few minor nicks and scratches and retains virtually all of its org oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Mold has a few light nicks and scratches on each side but appears to be new and unused. Flask has tiny dents on each side of neck, otherwise is sound and retains finish in the most sheltered areas, being mostly a dark mustard patina. 4-46446 JR115 (35,000-50,000)

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1283a
Revised: 3/1/2013

Lot Added.

SCARCE COLT DRAGOON FLASK. Flask is standard configuration, about 9″ overall, including angled spout with high rnd rings. See The Powder Flask Book, Riling, #829. Body of the flask is copper with brass collar & spout, dbl sided with usual stand of flags and arms over a pair of crossed Paterson rifles and Paterson pistols which surmount a ribbon marked “COLTS PATENT”. PROVENANCE: Dr. John Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Flask retains traces of finish in the repoussed areas being mostly an overall dark mustard patina; collar has a small dent with a couple of small nicks on the body of the flask with sound seams. 4-46446-1 (800-1,200)

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1283b
Revised: 3/1/2013

Lot Added.

RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL MARTIALLY MARKED COLT BULLET MOLD. Rare brass martially marked 2-cavity bullet & ball “COLT’S PATENT” mold with steel sprue cutter. Left side of mold is marked with the “WAT” (William A. Thornton) inspector cartouche and the right side with a small “G” and “M” inspector initials. Mold is for the 3rd Model Dragoon with heel & grease grooves and bow legs. See M#14 Colt Accoutrements 1834-1911, Rapley. PROVENANCE: Ex John Woodward Collection, Dr. John Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Mold is very fine to extremely fine with a few light nicks on the sides and retains a medium to dark mustard patina; cavities are crisp & bright; sprue cutter retains about 50% orig bright metal finish with some light staining. 4-46446-2 (2,000-3,500)

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1293
Revised: 3/1/2013

Additional Information Catalog image is missing Sage combustible cartridge pack and green label tin of Eley percussion caps which are included with the lot and described herein.

RARE SPECIAL PRESENTATION QUALITY CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11701. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the left shoulder of the trigger guard has the caliber marking. Frame is 4-screw type with flat head hammer screw and slightly extended stock screws. The silver plated brass trigger guard & blued iron backstrap contain a very nicely figured, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. All the SNs on the bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & buttstrap are accompanied by a small punch dot which indicates extra polish for finishing. The bbl & cyl have this extra high finish with glossy bright blue and the frame very bright, high polish color case hardening. The remnants of finish on backstrap & buttstrap are also of very high polish. Accompanied by an orig Colt mahogany casing that is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a sgl-sided “COLTS PATENT” trophy of flags & arms flask with angle spout, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet & ball 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “44H”, a full but opened packet of Sage Combustible Cartridges, a paper wrapped sealed tin of green label Eley’s Caps and an L-shaped nipple wrench. Also accompanied by two pages of historical information titled “Special Finish Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver Serial Number 11701”. It states that in Nov. 1861 Samuel Colt began a vigorous campaign to sell his revolvers to the Union Army for the looming Civil War and presented sixty Colt revolvers of various types to high ranking Army personnel and members of the President’s Cabinet. Many, but not all, were inscribed and fall within the serial range 11672 thru 11719 for the Model 1860 Army. These revolvers all have 4-screw frames cut for shoulder stock and have a punch dot below the SNs. This document lists 21 of these Model 1860 revolvers including SN 11701. The recipient of this revolver is unknown as of this writing. PROVENANCE: Dr. John M. Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 80-85% extra finish glossy bright blue with wear on each side of muzzle and slight thinning over the top by the bbl address; rammer handle retains most of its orig case colors, bright on pivot, faded on handle; frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors, faded on left recoil shield and lightly faded with a small chemical spot on left side of frame; cyl retains 55-60% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a gray patina with fine pinprick pitting with heavier pitting around the “COLTS PATENT” panel and shows about 40% Ormsby Naval battle scene; trigger guard & front strap retain about 85% strong orig silver and the backstrap/buttstrap about 30% glossy blue with the backstrap mostly a gray patina with fine pinprick pitting. Grip has a couple of small chips on the edges and a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its glossy extra finish varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a grain check in the bottom, otherwise is completely sound with usual handling & storage light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its special varnish finish; inside the lid is lightly faded with a couple of small chemical spots; bottom is moderately faded with soil from contact with the cyl & muzzle; one partition is slightly loose; flask retains about 95% orig finish with a couple of tiny dings; mold is very fine with crisp cavities & some light dings on right side of body; cartridge box is broken open with part of the top edge paper missing with darkly yellowed wrapping; cap tin wrapping is mostly intact with lightly faded top label; nipple wrench is fine. 4-46427 JR109 (35,000-50,000)

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1294
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Lot does not include the mold. Mold to be sold in lot 1294A.

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 64927. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line U.S. America address. Frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” on left side and is 3-screw style, cut for shoulder stock, with flathead hammer screw. Cyl is usual rebated style with 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Five of the six safety pins are crisp & serviceable. The brass trigger guard & iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Both sides of grip have legible cartouches and several of the metal parts have tiny inspector initials. Accompanied by a “COLT’S PATENT” blued steel bullet & ball 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “44H” with a “C” inspector initial. Left side of the mold body is marked with inspector initials “WAT” (William A. Thornton). Also accompanied by a rare packet of Johnston & Dow combustible cartridges. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms about 127,000 Model 1860 revolvers were purchased by the Federal Government for use in the Civil War. The majority of these revolvers were issued to front line troops and was the most extensively used handgun throughout the Civil War. They mostly saw continuous service throughout the war and later on the American frontier, usually under harsh conditions with limited or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish or with visible cartouches. PROVENANCE: Dr. John M. Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including cyl & grip, wedge is an unnumbered replacement. Bbl retains 88-90% orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, and shows strong feathers on each side of the front sight and in the bbl lug flutes; rammer & handle retain bright case colors; frame retains very bright orig case colors with some fading on recoil shields; hammer retains strong case colors, very bright on right side & rear edge; cyl retains 60-70% dull orig blue and shows about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene; trigger guard is a medium mustard patina, never having been silver plated; backstrap & buttstrap retain about 50% orig blue with the balance flaked to a light patina. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear, a few nicks & scratches and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore; chambers of cyl retain strong orig blue. Mold is crisp & new, appears to have never been used, retaining about 99% strong orig blue; cartridge packet is still sealed with yellowed paper wrap. 4-46426 JR108 (25,000-40,000)

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1294a
Revised: 3/1/2013

Lot Added.

RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL COLT 1860 ARMY MARTIALLY MARKED BULLET MOLD TOGETHER WITH A PACKET OF CARTRIDGES. Bullet mold is 2-cavity bullet & ball, military satin-blued finish with “COLT’S PATENT” marked sprue cutter. Left side of body is marked with the inspector initials “WAT” (William A. Thornton) and the right side “44H” with a “C” inspector initial. Sprue cutter has the rnd end and the cavities include the ball nearest the hinge. See M#28 Colt Accoutrements 1834-1911, Rapley. Lot also includes a rare soft packet of six Johnston & Dow’s waterproof & combustible cartridges. Packet is sealed in brown paper with black markings. See Fig. 85 Percussion Ammunition Packets, Malloy, Thomas & White. Johnston & Dow were in business only in the period 1861-1865. PROVENANCE: Dr. John Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Mold appears to be new & unused with a few small nicks on the bottom and overall retains about 99%+ strong orig blue; cavities are crisp; cartridge packet is sealed in plastic but appears to be completely intact with all legends visible. 4-46426-1 JR (2,500-4,000)

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1312
Revised: 2/18/2013

Additional Information: Also numbered are rachet and retaining ring, bottom of breech plate, rear inside of back strap, externally on the lower edge of the walnut grips, wedge, on the pawl inside face and the trigger sear arm. Many more internal parts are also numbered “35” including the trigger sear, the ratchet retaining collar and frame-plate. The frame is unmarked. The two-piece walnut grips are dowelled construction as seen on all Texas Patersons.

RARE EARLY COLT NO. 5 TEXAS PATERSON HOLSTER MODEL REVOLVER. SN 35. Cal. 36. Rare early Paterson with 7-1/2″ bbl, tiny German silver front sight and 1-line large script address “Patent Arms M’g. Co. Paterson, NJ-Colt’s Pt” with a star & snake finial at each end. It has the usual 5-shot cyl with squared shoulders as found on early Patersons. SN was observed on the rear face of the bbl lug, rear face of cyl, trigger, recoil shield, cyl rotating ring, bottom of breech block assembly, hammer, right side of front & back straps, wedge & bottom right edge of the grip. Mainspring is marked in Roman numerals “XXXV” (35). A number of other internal parts are also numbered “35” including the sear, ratchet retaining collar & frame plate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms and The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only 1,000 of these rare revolvers were produced in the period 1838-1840 and are closely associated with Texas Ranger Capt. Jack Hayes in his various fights with the Comanches in Texas in the early 1840s and therefore the sobriquet “Texas Paterson”. This revolver was likely produced within the first week or two of production and only nine other Texas Patersons with lower SNs are known, they being numbers 1, 3, 12, 14, 16, 17, 23, 31 and 33. According to Mr. Wilson, it is recorded that 150 Texas Patersons were sold to the government for the U.S. Navy of which 100 were shipped to the “Pacific Squadron under Commodore Jones” in Dec. 1841. He further states that it is likely this order of Patersons was not inspected. Is it possible that Texas Paterson #35 is one of the 100 shipped to Commodore Jones in 1841? This revolver was recently discovered in pieces in a junk store in Lucknow, India, which is the capitol of the State of Uttar Pradesh. It was owned by Mr. Syed Irfan Perji whose great-grandfather, Mr. Hamid Husain, worked for Kapurthala State. He visited jails in Northern India to assist the Administration of Social Upliftment of the prisoners. This occurred during the “British Raj”. He retired in the 1930s and died in 1945. According to family history this Paterson was gifted to him by an English jail officer in the 1880s and it remained in his family until it was discovered in the junk store. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching. No orig finish remains, being an overall smooth rust brown finish with light pitting, lightly cleaned with a thin bbl address; cyl is matching condition with no visible centaur scene roll marking; seven of the orig screws have been replaced and are correct in diameter & threads. Grips are sound with a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine with strong bore, lightly to moderately pitted. An excellent opportunity to obtain an authentic Texas Paterson at an entry level price. 4-48276 JR360 (45,000-75,000)

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1313
Revised: 3/4/2013

Please Note: Gun as described is nicely restored also barrel is refinished and markings are re-cut. Also the cylinder is a replacement, marks on left side of frame are re-engraved.

Please Note: Estimate should be $110,000-175,000

RARE COLT WALKER PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN B COMPANY 163. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 9″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line left hand New York City address. Left side of bbl lug is marked with SN and the right side “US / 1847”. Left side of frame & buttstrap are also marked with the full SN. Trigger guard & cyl are marked “B COMY NO 163”. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with oval stop notches and the Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. Cyl also has the legible “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” panels surrounding the SN. Rear face of cyl retains its one orig serviceable safety pin. Left side of front strap, under the grip, is marked “163”, which number is also found on bottom of cyl arbor and inside the toe of the grip. Wedge is a period of use replacement bearing the number “29”. It appears that the rammer handle & latch spring are replacements, along with a couple of miscellaneous screws, however most screws are original. This revolver was part of the famous William M. Locke Collection and is pictured as the bottom revolver on p. 43 of the book, The William M. Locke Collection, Sellers. It was also offered for sale by Great Guns Inc. of Durham, NC in an ad in the July 1980 edition of The Gun Report, a copy of which page accompanies this revolver. As is well known, only 1,000 martially marked Colt Walker revolvers were produced in 1847 to arm American troops fighting in Mexico. These revolvers were designed by Samuel Colt at the persistent instigation of Texas Ranger, Capt. Samuel H. Walker, for whom the model was named. For his help Colt presented Capt. Walker with a pair of civilian Walkers which were with Capt. Walker when he was killed at Humantla, Mexico on Oct. 9, 1847. It is well recorded that only 500 of the orig 1,000 Walkers were ever issued to troops in Mexico. Apparently the other 500 arrived after the cessation of hostilities and were never issued in Mexico. All of the issued Walkers were to have been returned by the troops upon embarkation from Mexico, although it is speculated that a few were retained by some of the troops and others lost in battle. So it is unclear just exactly how many did return to the U.S. where they were stored at San Antonio Arsenal, Texas. Some of those revolvers in Texas were issued to Texas Rangers and frontier troops where they saw extensive and hard service. Most of these Walkers remained at San Antonio until the outset of the Civil War when they were confiscated by the Confederacy and it is believed they were issued to Texas Cavalry troops, again seeing hard service under adverse conditions with very little maintenance. It is extremely rare to find a completely orig Walker with any orig finish or cyl scene roll marking. PROVENANCE: William M. Locke Collection CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge as noted. No orig finish remains, being an overall smooth gray brown patina with very fine pinprick pitting; rammer handle & latch spring, replaced as noted; cyl is a matching patina with a few scattered spots of pitting and shows 50-60% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with the Ormsby signature still visible and the two panels surrounding the SN completely legible; the finish on the cyl may be slightly enhanced; trigger guard is a medium mustard patina and the backstrap an artificially aged blue/brown patina; frame is a matching patina with fine pitting and lightly enhanced finish. Grip is sound showing heavy wear with a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with light frosting. 4-47559 JR180 (110,000-175,000)

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1341
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $25,000-32,500.

SCARCE CASEY INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 16623. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of the frame has 2-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip which has last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of the grip has partially legible “APC” (A.P. Casey) inspector cartouche. Right side is correctly without cartouche. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Bottom right edge of the grip, bottom of the bbl, trigger guard, back strap & cyl are marked with a small “C” (also for A.P. Casey). The “C”s on bottom of bbl & cyl are of a different size font which, according to A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, this disparity in letter size is correct in that it is believed Mr. Casey simply used two different sized stamps. Butt strap is hand-scratched with the initials “JHN”. This revolver was produced in 1875 at the height of the Indian Wars and almost certainly would have been issued to a front line cavalry unit and would have seen service on the American frontier. That it escaped the recalls of the 1890s and early 1900s attests to the theory that it was either lost in battle, stolen or assigned to a militia unit. It is known that there are several revolvers in this series which were assigned to the 7th Cavalry as replacement revolvers after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 75% strong orig blue with holster wear on the left side and thinning over the top; frame retains bright case colors in the front gullets and left side, more faded on the right side and top strap; recoil shields also retain bright case colors, turned silver on the loading gate; hammer retains strong, bright case colors, turned silver on top edge; trigger guard & back strap retain blue in sheltered areas, strong on the trigger plate, faded to a blue/gray patina on the front & back straps and butt strap; cyl retains strong blue in the flutes, flaked to a medium patina on the outer diameter; chambers of the cyl and bore retain strong orig blue. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore, shows very little use. 4-48241 JR367 (25,000-32,500)

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1343
Revised: 3/21/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $10,000-12,000

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 114002. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with an orig 1-pc walnut grip that has the 4 numbers of a SN which appear to be “6441” in the backstrap channel. Left side of grip has the “FH” (Capt. Frank Heath) inspector cartouche under the date 1884 and the right side has the outline of the “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche. Left bottom edge of grip, bottom of frame, bbl and cyl also have the “DFC” inspector initials. Trigger guard and buttstrap are stamped with the mystery “G” inspector initial, believed to be a Colt inspector. Ejector housing is 2nd type with bullseye ejector rod head and the buttstrap has a Lanyard swivel. This revolver was from the 9th contract signed August 11, 1884 and was completed on Jan 31, 1885. This revolver was produced in 1884 at the height of the Indian Wars in the American West. It is unusual to find such a revolver with strong orig finish and in orig configuration. It is also noteworthy that it does remain in its orig configuration, escaping the recalls and conversions of the 1890’s and early 1900’s were hundreds of cavalry revolvers had their bbls reduced to 5-1/2″, artillery configuration. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 45, bbl length & type of stocks not listed, blue finish and delivered to the U.S. Government inspector at the Colt plant Jan. 7, 1885 in a 200-gun shipment. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except grip, as noted. Bbl retains about 80% strong orig blue, showing wear on left side and right side of muzzle; front sight has been slightly filed; both sides of front sight and both sides of the ejector housing stud show strong feathers; frame retains bright case colors on the sides, fading towards the front, with bright colors in the front gullets fading towards the top; left recoil shield and loading gate are mostly faded to silver, as is the top strap; hammer retains bright case colors, showing wear on the left side, faded to silver on top edge; trigger guard retains traces of orig blue having flaked, not worn, to a blue gray patina; backstrap retains strong case colors on the top with center and backstrap a blue gray patina; cyl retains 75-80% orig blue, lightly flaked and thinning on outer diameter with strong blue in flutes; base pin is a replacement without dimpled ends; ejector housing retains strong blue in gullets with the outer radius a blue gray patina; grip is sound, showing moderate wear and a hand worn patina; hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with scattered very light pitting; screws are fine and retain strong orig fire blue. 4-47541 JR167 (10,000-12,000)

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1344
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $23,000-27,000

NETTLETON INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 48198. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/” bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and large “US”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of grip has the “JEG” (Capt. John E. Greer) inspector cartouche under the date “1878” and right side of grip has the “HN” (Henry Nettleton) sub-inspector cartouche. “HN” initials are also found on various parts including bottom right edge of the grip, bottom of bbl, frame, trigger guard, back strap & hammer. Cyl has the last four digits of the SN “1432” and sub-inspector initials “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr). Ejector housing is second type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and base pin is a later replacement without dimpled ends. The book Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, lists another Cavalry revolver, SN 48200, only two numbers from this one, as being unique with an “X” instead of the “HN” initials on the frame. It also has a mismatched cylinder. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with some flaking on the right side of the muzzle and light thinning on the left side; both sides of the front sight and ejector housing stud retain orig feathers; frame retains brilliant case colors in the front gullets and front sides with strong, bright case colors on the top strap and recoil shields with loading gate a silver patina; sides of the frame are lightly cleaned; cyl retains strong blue in the flutes, flaked & worn to a blue/brown patina on the outer diameter; trigger guard & back strap retain strong orig blue. Grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear, with a few nicks & dings and retains most of its orig oil finish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-48242 JR365 (23,500-27,000)

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1345
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $25,000-32,500.

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 119034. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, reattached full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and large “U.S”. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of the grip is marked with the “JGB” (Capt. John G. Butler) cartouche under the date “1887”. Right side of the grip bears the “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche. Bottom left edge of grip, bottom of bbl, bottom of the frame & cyl also have the “DFC” sub-inspector initials. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. In addition to the reattached front sight, both sides of the bbl have peened & dressed tool marks which areas have been artificially aged. This revolver was part of the 11th Contract which was signed Nov. 4, 1886 and completed in Feb. & March 1887. This revolver falls just before the listed serial range for the John G. Butler series as listed in Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, which lists the contract as being in the #119047 through #121238 range. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 75-80% glossy orig blue with the restoration as noted above; frame retains about 65-70% orig case colors, brilliant in the front gullets, moderately faded elsewhere and turning silver; hammer retains about 80% orig case colors; cyl retains most of an old restored finish with strong dark blue in the flutes, faded on the outer diameter to a blue/brown patina; trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue in sheltered areas, turning a little plummy on the front & back straps. Grip has a couple of chips in the edges showing moderate edge wear with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong orig finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-48239 JR364 (25,000-32,500)

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1348
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $8,000-12,000

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 113853. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has the “FH” (Capt. Frank Heath) inspector cartouche under the date 1884. Right side of grip has the “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche. Bottom right edge of grip, bottom of frame, bbl and cyl also have the “DFC” inspector initials. Right side of grip, over the cartouche, is stamped “70” and the bottom edges are stamped “21” on the left and “23” on the right. No indication what these markings are for but undoubtedly they are unit rack numbers. Base pin appears to be orig type with dimpled ends. This revolver is from the 9th contract which was signed August 11, 1884 and completed Jan 31, 1885. This period was at the height of the Indian Wars in the Western United States and while many of these Colt Cavalry Revolvers were issued to various militias they were also issued to various fighting units. Given the overall condition of this revolver it seems likely that it may have been one of the militia issues and thereby escaped alteration to artillery configuration in the 1890’s and early 1900’s. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 90% thinning orig blue with moderate feathers on each side of front sight and ejector housing stud; there is a 1/4″ x 1/4″ chemical spot near the front sight; frame retains about all of its orig case colors, strong and bright on the sides and front gullets, moderately faded on the recoil shield, loading gate and top strap; hammer retains bright case colors on 3 sides, faded on top edge; cyl retains about 90% dull blue, slightly stronger in flutes; trigger guard retains blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a blue brown patina; backstrap retains thin blue at the top with the balance a blue brown patina; grip has a chipped right toe and a couple of gouges in the edges, showing moderate to heavy wear and retains a dark hand worn patina; mechanics are fine; very bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of very light pitting. 4-47548 JR170 (8,000-12,000)

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1349
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $7,000-11,000

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 139149. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1 line block letter address. Left side of frame is marked with 2-line 3-patent dates and “U.S”. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has the inspector cartouche “SEB” (Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt) under the date “1891”. Right side of grip is without sub-inspector cartouche and never had one. The bottom of frame, bbl and cyl have the “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials. The trigger guard, buttstrap and end of the ejector rod housing are all stamped with a “K” inspector initial, which is a Colt inspector. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half-moon ejector rod head and it has what is probably the orig base pin with dimpled ends, the rare end is damaged. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver, as found, sold to the U.S. Government and delivered to the U.S. Government inspector at the Colt plant on April 14, 1891 in a shipment of 150 same type revolvers. This revolver was from the 12th or 13th and last contracts for single action revolvers purchased by the U.S. Government. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl and grip. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with muzzle end wear and light thinning on left side; bbl has feathers on both sides of front sight and by the ejector housing stud; frame retains faded case colors in front gullets and in other sheltered areas, being mostly a silvery patina; hammer retains faded case colors; cyl retains about 60% flaked and worn blue on the outer diameter, stronger in the flutes; trigger guard and backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a silver gray patina; grip has a repaired chip by left toe, otherwise it is sound with a thin but legible cartouche and date and retains a hand worn patina; mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with a couple of small spots of pitting. 4-47556 JR163 (7,000-11,000)

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1352
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $12,000-16,000

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 17579. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with bbl slightly reduced to 7-3/8″, full front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S”. Mounted with a 1-pc, period of use replacement walnut grip. Bottom of the bbl, trigger guard, back strap & cyl are all marked with a tiny “J” (believed to be W.W. Johnson) sub-inspector initials. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Grip is without inspector cartouches or initials and if there was a SN in the back strap channel it is obscured by oil staining. Regardless, grip appears to be a period of use replacement that fits nearly perfectly. This revolver was produced in 1875, at the height of the Indian Wars and almost certainly would have seen service with a front line cavalry unit on the American frontier. The fact that it escaped the recalls of the 1890s and early 1900s attests to the theory that it may have been lost in battle, stolen or possibly assigned to a militia unit. During those recalls hundreds of cavalry revolvers were reworked to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ bbls. This revolver is listed, by SN, on p. 43 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, in a group of known revolvers with “J” sub-inspector initials. Several other revolvers from this series are known to have been 7th Cavalry replacement revolvers after the Battle at Little Big Horn. CONDITION: Very good, all matching, except grip as noted. Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas being mostly a clean gray metal patina with some fine pitting near the muzzle on the right side; hammer retains strong case colors. Grip is sound showing heavy wear and a hand worn patina. Mechanics are solid, strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-48238 JR366 (12,000-16,000)

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1353
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $16,500-20,000

SCARCE 1875 ISSUE CASEY-INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 18819. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address. Left side of the frame has 2-line patent dates and a tiny “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of a SN in the back strap channel which appears to be “8819”. Right side of the grip is hand-stamped “1ST B / 19 NY”. This indicates that this was probably the 19th revolver of the 1st Battery New York Militia. Page 43 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, lists known revolvers from this series issued to the New York Militia, which lists this revolver by SN. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and the base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Bottom of the bbl, under the ejector housing, is marked with the complete SN. Cyl is without a SN which is common to find on New York Militia revolvers which occurred when they were refinished. Hammer spring is later type with roller groove. Tiny “C” (A.P. Casey) sub-inspector initials are found on the trigger guard, top of the back strap and bottom of the bbl. Bbl mark is nearly obliterated. Bottom right edge of the grip is marked “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 65-70% strong orig blue with chemical spotting on the left side and shows orig feathers on each side of the front sight; bbl address was thinned during the refinish process; frame retains bright case colors in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere, turning silver on the high points of the recoil shield & loading gate; trigger guard retains strong blue with the front strap & trigger bow thinning to a blue/gray patina; back strap is mostly a blue/gray patina; cyl retains about 80% bright restored blue. Grip has a couple of large dings and overall retains about 60-70% refinished varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-48240 JR362 (6,000-10,000)

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1357
Revised: 3/1/2013

Correction: Condition should read 98% overall nickel.

RARE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 136939. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on the left side. Frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and bottom of the bbl has a tiny “45” under the base pin. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Revolver is engraved from the shop of Cuno Helfricht in about C-coverage well-executed foliate arabesque patterns with pearled or punch dot background. Top strap is engraved in snake & dot patterns with a hunter’s star on the ejector housing boss and a foliate pattern on the base pin boss on the left side. Engraving extends nearly full length both sides of the bbl and the top gullet of the ejector housing is engraved in a zig zag snake pattern. Top of back strap is engraved with a fine fan pattern and the back strap & trigger are engraved in geometric patterns. Cyl is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes and has a snake & dot pattern around the rear edge. Screws are fire-blued with a color case hardened hammer. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 45 wiwth 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish and type of stocks not listed, shipped to Hartley & Graham NY, NY on Dec 12 1890 in a 2 gun shipment. Also accompanied by a letter from renowned restoration artist, engraving authority and former Colt master engraver, Daniel Cullity, wherein he states that this revolver is engraved in the “New York School” during the period of manufacture of this revolver. He cites several distinctive features which support his thoughts that it was engraved outside the factory. This revolver was produced in 1890 at a time when the west was still wild and it is likely that it was ordered for or by a person in law enforcement or a rancher of some means. It appears to have had a little use and some carrying but no extensive use or abuse. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 96-98% strong orig nickel with light holster wear on left edge of the muzzle, ejector rod tip, left recoil shield and loading gate; cyl also shows light front edge wear; hammer retains faded case colors. Grips are sound showing little or no wear and retain wonderful fire & iridescent colors. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few tiny scattered spots of pitting. 4-48201 JR319 (60,000-80,000)

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1359
Revised: 3/29/2013

Correction: Condition should read bbl 80% cyl 80%.

RARE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 92503. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and one line block letter address. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. It is mounted with extraordinary 2-pc ivory grips that have a relief carved ox head that have ruby eyes & nostrils on the right side. SN was observed in the usual places, on frame, trigger guard and buttstrap. Bottom of bbl, under the ejector housing and rear face of cylinder are marked with last two digits of matching SN. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Revolver is engraved in about “D” coverage by master engraver L. D. Nimschke with nearly full coverage of fine foliate arabesque patterns on the frame and left recoil shield with a sunburst pattern on the loading gate. Bottom front gullets are engraved in geometric patterns with hunters stars on each side. Top strap is also elaborately engraved and matching engraving extends up both sides of the bbl with chip and dot borders around the address, terminating in geometric patterns. Top of the backstrap has an elaborate sunburst pattern with geometric patterns down the backstrap, on the buttstrap and trigger bow. Ejector housing has elaborate geometric & dot patterns in the top gullet with leaf & vine patterns on the outer radius. Cylinder is elaborately engraved with alternating patterns on the lands between the flutes with double border patterns around the rear edge, accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 45 with 5-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, ivory stocks, factory engraved and shipped to E.C. Meacham Arms Co. St. Louis, MO. Nov 30, 1887 in a 6 gun shipment. The Meacham company was a known supplier to westward bound travelers as well as small shops through out the west. It is very likely that this revolver was purchased by or for a wealthy rancher or someone in law enforcement. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 75-80% strong orig nickel with wear around the muzzle and left side. Ejector housing retains about 60% orig nickel. Frame retains about 75% strong, bright nickel and the grip frame about all of its strong orig nickel. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue showing some slight thinning. Cylinder retains 85-90% strong orig nickel with some minor flaking in the flutes. Grips have a few light age lines and a small chip, otherwise are sound, showing light to moderate wear and retain a wonderful, mellow golden ivory patina. Hammer will not catch in the safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-48202 JR369 (55,000-75,000)

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1361
Revised: 3/1/2013

Correction: Condition should read bbl 70% cyl 50%

SCARCE ETCHED PANEL COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 115797. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly thinned front sight, 1-line block letter address and a faint but legible etched panel on the left side. Bottom of the bbl has a tiny “44” just forward of the base pin. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and is marked “44 CAL” on left front web of the trigger guard. Mounted with an old, orig style Colt 1-pc ivory grip constructed of two slabs of ivory attached to wooden spacers. Revolver is engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about 70% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on sides of the frame, a flower blossom on left recoil shield with a smaller version on the loading gate. Top strap is engraved in snake & dot patterns with sunbursts on each side of the bbl boss and geometric patterns in the gullets. Engraving extends up each side of the bbl with geometric patterns around the address. Ejector housing is engraved with snake & dot pattern in the top gullet with sunbursts at each end of the outer radius. Cyl is engraved with sunbursts on the lands between the flutes and a snake & star pattern around the rear edge. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved in zig zag geometric patterns. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 44-40, with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish type of stock ot listed, factory engraved and shipped to E.C. Meacham Arms Co. St. Louis, MO on Nov 12, 1885 in a 5 gun shipment. It is well established that the Meacham company was a distributor for all types of firearms to smaller operations throughout the west from Texas to Montana.Etched panel single actions are in and of themselves somewhat rare, engraved examples very rare. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 60-65% orig nickel with the loss areas gray metal patina, with fine pinprick pitting around the muzzle area; ejector housing retains traces of orig nickel, being mostly a gray metal patina; frame retains traces of nickel in sheltered areas being mostly a cleaned gray metal patina; screws are all fine; trigger guard & back strap also retain traces of orig nickel with moderate pitting on back strap; cyl retains about 40% orig nickel with a couple of areas of light to moderate pitting. Grip has several age lines at the bottom edges, otherwise is completely sound and retains a beautiful golden ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-48203 JR318 (25,000-40,000)

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1367
Revised: 3/1/2013

Correction: Condition should read 97% overall. Accompanied by Colt letter which indentifies this revolver in .45 cal with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stocks not listed, factory engraved and shipped to H & D Folsom Arms Co, New York, NY on June 18, 1906 in a shipment of 1.

*SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 278777. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address and cal marking on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. It is mounted with 2-piece pearl grips that has a spectacular and very deep relief carved eagle head with gold and diamond eye. Revolver is engraved in about C coverage by Cuno Helfricht. Engraving consists of full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on sides of the frame, a large flower blossom on the left recoil shield and a sunburst on the loading gate. Top strap is engraved in snake & dot patterns and in top gullet of ejector housing. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up both sides of the bbl and it has a large hunter star back of front sight. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard are engraved in geometric patterns with a sunburst at the top of the backstrap. Cyl is engraved in alternating foliate arabesque and geometric patterns on the lands between the flutes and has a snake and dot pattern around the rear edge. SN was observed in the usual places, bottom of frame, trigger guard and buttstrap, with last 4-digits of matching SN on rear face of cyl. Screws are all fire blued and the hammer is nickel finished. Unusually, the grip locator pin is missing and the grips have been super-glued to the frame. This revolver was produced about 1906, during a time when the west was still wild and law enforcement officers were still carrying the Single Action Colt. It seems likely this revolver would have been ordered by or for a law enforcement officer or someone of reasonable wealth and position. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about 95-96% strong, bright, orig nickel with some minor muzzle edge wear and light flaking,especially on the backstrap. Cyl shows light bubbling in the flutes and a small area on the outer diameter. Right grip has a repaired chip in the heel with another tiny chip in the right side, otherwise grips are sound showing light wear and retain great fire and color. Mechanics are crisp. Bright, shiny bore. 4-48204 JR371 (40,000-70,000)

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1370
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $10,000-12,500

FINE COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 92096. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with clear, fully legible etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Bottom of bbl is marked with a tiny “44” just forward of base pin. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web is marked “44 CF”. It is mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip that has 2 matching numbers “96” legible in the backstrap channel. Revolver has 3rd type ejector housing with half-moon ejector rod head. Backstrap is engraved in block letters “J. FITCH.”. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 44-40 with bbl length and type of stocks not listed, nickel finish and shipped to Hartley & Graham, NY, NY, on June 14,1883 in a shipment of 200 same type firearms. Given that this revolver was shipped in 1883, which was the height of a great Manifest Destiny westward expansion in America, it is very likely that this revolver would have been used probably by a lawman or an outlaw as it is unlikely that an ordinary cowboy would have gone to the extra expense of the nickel finish. Regardless, it is rare to find a single action Colt from this era with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 75-80% strong orig nickel with a clear, legible etched panel; ejector housing retains about 60% orig nickel; frame retains about 60% orig nickel, lightly cleaned on top strap and right front side; trigger guard and backstrap retain most of their orig nickel with nicks and dings on buttstrap and corresponding spots on the bottom edges of grip; cyl retains about 40% orig nickel with the balance flaked to metal patina; trigger guard retains about all of its strong orig nickel and backstrap/buttstrap about 80% orig nickel; grip is sound with the aforementioned nicks and dings on bottom edges and overall retains a hand worn patina; mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with scattered light pitting; hammer spring is a replacement. 4-47550 JR160 (10,000-12,500)

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1371
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $8,500-12,500

RARE COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 171720. Cal. 455 Eley. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with “(BISLEY MODEL) 455 ELEY” roll marking on left side. Bottom of bbl is marked with a tiny “45” just in front of the frame. Bottom of bbl & cyl in the flutes are marked with tiny British proofs. Frame is flat top target style with fixed target rear sight. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with smooth walnut grips that have last three digits of matching SN inside each grip. SN was observed in the usual places, on the frame, trigger guard & buttstrap with the last three digits of the matching SN on rear face of cylinder. Front sight was originally a fixed blade, integral with the bbl but has been altered by adding a pinned-on sight with partridge blade and the orig sight filed flat on top and in the front. Front strap, just behind the trigger guard, has a plugged hole, probably for attaching a grip adapter. Accompanied by an orig blue felt lined English oak casing with replacement brass medallion in the lid, compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a brass cleaning rod and a crystal oil bottle. Left front corner of the case has an oak cartridge block containing 20 orig UMC loaded cartridges. Right rear corner has a covered triangular compartment containing a Churchill advertisement for shot shells. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, of the 976 target model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1912 only 196 were in caliber 455 Eley. These revolvers were popular in England and the majority of that production was sold over there. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 455 Eley with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, wood stocks and shipped to Colt Patent Firearms Mfg. Co., London Agency on June 21, 1897 in a 10-gun shipment. Under remarks: “Records also indicate special sights on this revolver.” CONDITION: Fine, all matching including cyl & grips. Bbl retains about 90% orig blue with a few light wear spots and some thinning on left side; ejector housing retains strong blue in the gullets, being mostly a blue/gray patina on the outer radius; frame retains about 85% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas, flaked & thinning on right side and top strap with some light freckles of pinprick pitting; trigger guard retains about 75% orig blue being a blue/gray patina on front strap & back strap; cyl retains about 80% thinning orig blue on outer diameter with strong blue in the flutes and a heavy drag line around the circumference. Grips are sound retaining most of an old refinish. Base pin is probably an old replacement. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with a couple of screw holes in the bottom and the usual storage & handling nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is moderately to heavily faded with light soil; partitions are solid, accessories are fine. 4-47542 JR181 (8,500-12,500)

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1378
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $6,500-9,500

SCARCE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 38324. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line script letter address. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked with the caliber. Mounted with orig Colt 1-pc ivory grip constructed of two slabs of ivory attached to two wood spacer blocks. Ejector housing is second type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Bbl is first style and was recycled from a military contract with a large “C” on the bottom just forward of the base pin. Under the ejector housing it has last four digits of matching SN along with last four digits “6638” of what is probably a Cavalry revolver SN. Cyl has the last four digits “6191” of another SN, along with a “P” and “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector initials. The fact that these parts are installed on a civilian gun lends credence to the oft cited claim that Colt was extremely frugal and scrapped nothing that could be recycled. It is well known that revolvers and parts condemned by military inspectors were recycled, usually nickel finished and sold on the civilian market. CONDITION: Fine. Mismatched as noted. Bbl retains about 80% orig nickel turned a little milky with several small scratches on the bottom; frame retains about 85% milky orig nickel with wear on the recoil shield, loading gate & top strap; hammer retains about 75% dark orig case colors; trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig nickel with wear on the trigger bow; cyl retains about 80% orig nickel. Grip is sound with numerous age lines in the bottom edges and overall retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Hammer will not catch in the safety or half cock notches and is very light at full cock, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-48243 JR363 (6,500-9,500)

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1381
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $7,000-10,000

ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 33217. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 6″ bbl, relocated German silver front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard has caliber marking. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Receiver is engraved, probably from the Nimschke shop with about 80% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with leaf & vine patterns on the top strap and hunter stars on each side of the front frame. Engraving extends up both sides of the bbl with stylized hunter stars on each side near the muzzle. Ejector housing is engraved with a snake & dot pattern in the top gullet with foliate arabesque & geometric patterns on the outer radius. Top of the back strap is engraved in a beautiful spade shaped fan pattern with geometric patterns down the back strap and on the trigger guard. Cyl is lightly engraved by another hand in foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes. Cyl & hammer are modern replacements. Cyl is lightly gold washed CONDITION: Good. Bbl, frame, trigger guard & back strap are matching numbered, cyl is unnumbered; bbl is cut as noted above; overall retains about 70-75% orig nickel on the frame, bbl & grip frame; cyl retains about 90% nickel with gold wash in the flutes and rear face. Grips have several chips but are basically sound showing heavy wear and good fire. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with frosty pitting. 4-48244 JR361 (7,000-10,000)

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1384
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $7,500-11,000

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 162011. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” roll marked on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” just in front of frame. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have last 4 digits of matching SN scratched inside each grip. It is a little unusual that this revolver, produced in 1895 with the black powder frame, when the smokeless powder frame with transverse cyl pin release had been introduced in 1892 and became standard in 1896. Regardless, this is a somewhat unusual late black powder Single Action. Accompanied by a period brown leather, mail order flap holster with brass closure stud and a Cheyenne plug. Belt loop is missing from the back. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with light surface rust on left side and very light muzzle edge wear; frame retains traces of orig finish in the most sheltered areas, being mostly a silver brown patina with light surface rust; screws are fine and retain most of their orig blue; hammer retains bright case colors on the left side and rear edge, moderately faded on right side and top edge; cyl retains mostly a blue brown patina with stronger blue in flutes; trigger guard retains about 30-40% orig blue, showing wear around the trigger and front strap; backstrap and buttstrap retain strong blue in sheltered areas, flaked to a blue brown patina on the buttstrap and center of backstrap; grips are sound, showing light diamond point wear, turned slightly chocolate on bottom edges; mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting; ejector housing screw is battered; holster is crackled and flexed, missing the belt loop with a tear in top edge of the flap and another around the stud hole, otherwise is sound and retains substantial orig brown finish. 4-47546 JR168 (7,500-11,000)

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1391
Revised: 2/26/2013

Please Note: This is an early first year production.

*RARE CASED CONSECUTIVE NUMBERED PAIR OF 2ND GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS. SN 5150SA & 5151SA. Cal. 45 Colt. Revolvers are identical with 7-1/2″ bbls, full thick front sights, 1-line block letter addresses with model and cal markings on left sides. Left sides of frames have 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. They are mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are matching numbered to their respective revolvers. Accompanied by a beautiful, custom, purple velvet lined walnut casing that is French fitted for the 2 revolvers and has two 6-rd cartridge blocks in opposite corners. It has a mortised brass lock in the front and is accompanied by a functioning key. While 2nd generation Single Actions are not uncommon, they are rare as consecutive numbered pairs. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, new unfired and unturned. Blue and case colors are crisp and brilliant with only light fading on the recoil shield of numbered 5150. 4-47711 JR372 (5,500-8,500)

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1407
Revised: 3/8/2013

Gun is accompanied by a Winchester Factory Letter which confirms the gun’s configuration as described.

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1885 DELUXE HI WALL HEAVY TARGET RIFLE. SN 96727. Cal. 32-40. Beautiful deluxe target rifle with 30″ #4 weight oct bbl, windgage globe front sight, slot blank in rear seat and a Lyman tang sight. Lower tang is fitted with Schuetzen dbl set triggers and it has a Schuetzen-sized spur finger lever. Mounted with spectacular 3-4X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered, black insert, schnabel tip forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Swiss cheekpiece and nickel plated brass Swiss buttplate. Forearm is factory mounted with a mushroom palm rest. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “18419”, “XXX” and “SBCOH”. Rear face of buttstock, under the buttplate, has the matching assembly number which is also found inside the toe of the buttplate. These fine target rifles are rarely found today in orig configuration as the early target shooters were prone to making alterations to suit their individual styles & tastes. This rifle appears to retain, entirely, its orig configuration. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains about 98% crisp orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear and a couple of small spots on top flat by the rear sight seat and a small scratch over the chamber area which extends over the receiver ring; receiver retains 95-97% strong orig blue with some minor flaking, a couple of small scratches on right side and a small dent on right side; lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, moderately faded on outer face of the lever; buttplate retains 95-96% strong orig nickel. Stock has a hairline on left side of wrist at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound with only a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong orig varnish finish; palm rest is equally fine. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-47095 JR153 (5,500-8,500)

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1420
Revised: 3/1/2013

Correction: Cal is actually 40-63 not 40-65

SCARCE MARLIN BALLARD NO. 6 1/2 RIGBY OFF-HAND SINGLE SHOT TARGET RIFLE. SN 28495. Cal appears to be 40-65 Ballard. Fine target rifle with 30″ medium weight rnd bbl that has Rigby style ribs over the chamber area. It is fitted with wingauge globe front sight, no rear seat and a mid-range vernier tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, streaky, marblecake French walnut with horn schnable tip checkered forearm and checkered pistol grip stock with serpentine grip cap and cheek piece with nickel plated steel Swiss buttplate. SN is found on the bottom front edge of receiver, front face of buttstock, under the wood, rear face of forearm under wood and inside buttplate. Receiver has a full finger loop lever and is engraved, probably by Conrad Ulrich with the vignette of a bull and a cow elk on left side and a running bull elk on right side, all surrounded by wonderful foliate arabesque patterns that have fine shaded background. Engraving extends over the top three flats of receiver and around rear sight. Rigby flats are also engraved with top flat having a folded ribbon engraved “BALLARD” and a double ended arrow. These rare rifles were in production only from 1880 to 1882 with very few having been produced in that short period of time. Inside channel of the forearm is marked in pencil “W.H. MINCK / 1887” and “FROM HENRY J. LANING / TO: IRMA LANING 1935”. According to consignor this rifle was passed down through the Laning family to the current family member, although there is no indication of who Mr. Minck was in relation to the Laning family. Although this rifle has had poor storage, it appears to be completely original in configuration which is somewhat unusual to find as the old time target shooters frequently altered their rifles to suit their individual tastes. PROVENANCE: W.H. Minck; Laning Family. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching. Bbl retains a thin blue patina mixed with light surface rust; receiver retains faded case colors. Wood is sound without the usual cracks in wrist with light handling and use nicks and scratches and overall retains most of its fine, original varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-47687 JR253 (5,000-8,000)

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1457
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Cataloger stated “SN 56”. This is actually the foundry number.

BRONZE 6 POUNDER MODEL 1841 CANNON DESCENDED IN THE AMES FAMILY. SN 56. Cal. 3.67″ SN 56. This six pounder bronze cannon which weighs 888 Lbs. was made in 1851 by the Ames Foundry in Chicopee, Mass. and so marked on right trunion. This cannon saw service in the Civil War and later was on display in the Ames’ family lawn at Chicopee Falls, Mass. This rarely offered Civil War used bronze cannon (the last bronze 6 pound M-1841 cannon sold in public auction we can find was sold almost 20 years ago). Is accompanied by several letters of provenance dating it back to display on the Ames’ family lawn and later to Bannerman’s who sold the cannon in 1959. The cannon is still mounted on a carriage made then from original ordnance prints utilizing original Civil War wheels. This gun was used in several Civil War centennial events and finally ended up in Oregon “to star in close-up shots in Jimmy Stewart’s movie Shenandoah”. This cannon has been used repeatedly in movies and stills and was the prime piece of U.S. training films in 1959 and 1960. General Mark Clark, of the Citadel in Charleston requested the use of this cannon during the centennial reenactment of the “Star Of The West” incident. This cannon is also listed by registry number the “The Big Guns” by Olmsted and Stark on page 294. This cannon and carriage are accompanied by a provenance file which copies are available for perspective buyers. PROVENANCE: Ames family, Bannerman’s, Ruben Darby II, Living History Inc., Joseph U. Kauffman Jr., CONDITION: Bronze cannon tube is overall in very good condition. Manufacturing markings on right trunion showing maerks mark are very good with dings and dents as can be seen in photos. The left trunion is very worn and dented and only faintly can be seen the date 1851. Weight and inspection marks on muzzle face are also not visible except in ghosts. Registry number 56 is struck on tube just above right trunion as can be seen in photos. Carriage which was made in 1959 is in very poor condition as are the original Civil War wheels missing half of their spokes as can be seen in the pictures. Iron carriage mountings are all sound and could be used in remanufacture of carriage if needed. 76366 JS71 (45,000-65,000)

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1460
Revised: 3/11/2013

Please Note: The information within the paranthesis should be deleted (it is interesting to note that another 15 star battle flag was captured at Fort Donelson, that of the Floyd Guards of Georgia).

CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL LLOYD TILGHMAN. This wonderful, 37-1/2″ X 39-1/2″ (including silk fringe) 15 star silk St. Andrews Cross battle flag is in very fine condition with bright colors, with direct descent from the Tilghman family is being offered here and his sword and belt and other effects are being sold in the following lot. This is one of few documented personal battle flags of Confederate generals. This flag is accompanied by affidavit of a descendant stating provenance. There is also a textile analysis report by Fonda Thomsen stating authenticity of this flag. 15 star Confederate battle flags or National flags are quite rare and few are known; they typically date from early 1861 and this is most likely the only 15 star battle flag to ever be offered in auction. Lloyd Tilghman was a lifetime Army officer, graduating from West Point in 1836, he saw action in the Mexican war and commanded the Kentucky State Guard at the beginning of the Civil War, when he entered service as Col. of the 3rd Kentucky Infantry in July of 1861. He was promoted Brigadier Gen. on Oct. 18, 1861 where he oversaw the construction of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson. Tilghman defended Fort Henry until forced to surrender, where he was sent to prison at Fort Warren and later exchanged on Aug. 15th for Union Gen. John Reynolds. Tilghman returned to service commanding a brigade and was killed gallantly on May 16, 1863 at the battle of Champions Hill, being hit in the chest by a cannon ball fragment. This flag as can be seen in photographs is in very fine condition with bright colors and an intricate silk 4″ fringe around 3 sides. The flag was created by a very experienced seamstress utilizing embroidery style stitching and other noted flags made in this style also have provenance to early war manufacture. Three pairs of silk ribbon are attached to the hoist for attachment. A detailed textile analysis is available upon request. This is a wonderful small battle flag that would grace the finest institutional or private collection. CONDITION: Flag is very good to fine overall and fully intact with exception of top and bottom ties where only fragments remain. The fly of the flag has minor splitting and some areas of loss especially at fly edge and bottom quadrant. There are some minor small round brown spots. The wool tape hoist has minor insect damage as there are small insect holes on the silk adjoining the wool hoist. This flag could be easily conserved and archivally framed 4-47519 JS21 (60,000-90,000)

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1467
Revised: 3/18/2013

Please Note: We have received information that the sword was a war trophy brought home by a Capt. William H. Mickle of the 134th NY Volunteer Infantry, probably captured after the fall of Atlanta.

VERY RARE LEECH & RIGDON CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER. This is among the rarest and most desirable patterns of Confederate Cavalry Officers sabers known. This example is the best that has ever come to market and probably the finest example known. There are less then 10 examples known, most in museum collections and only 3 or 4 in private hands. This sword orig sold at Cowan Auctions for over 80,000 (May 4, 2002) and is later found in the Gary Hendershot Catalog priced at 95,000. This example is in beautiful condition, retaining one of the finest etched blades found on any Confederate Officer’s sword. This sword also shows an unusual feature of having the blade tang where it is peened over on top of pommel cap, engraved and chased, which is a very rare feature; possibly associated with Jacob Faser, who decorated swords for Leech & Rigdon and earlier for James Conning in Mobile ALA. This feature is seen on very few swords one famous example being the Conning Staff sword carried by Confederate General Leonidis Polk. This pattern really has the look and flair to be carried by the most important officers. The decorated hilt terminates at the quillion with a 1″ inch oval with a large “CS”. PROVENANCE: Steven Hess Collection. CONDITION: 32 1/2″ slightly curved blade is more reminiscent of a Staff Officers blade. However, it’s quite massive measuring 3/8″ thick at ricasso and almost 1 1/4″ wide. 18″ etched panels are crisp and distinct with scattered areas of staining, pitting and rust. Etched panels include a large 2″ Old English “CS”, floral motifs and panoplies of arms. The hilt retains traces of gold in protected areas. The leather grip is intact with most of its orig black polish with areas of scuffing and wear at high areas. The twisted brass wire wrap is complete and intact. Protective washer is missing causing hilt to be slightly loose. Scabbard is sound and solid and cleaned overall. Screw is missing from drag. Top saber ring is bent and worn and bottom saber ring is of a smaller diameter, unsoldered and probably replaced. 8-76364 JS4 (45,000-65,000)

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1480
Revised: 3/1/2013

New Provenance including: Cemetary photos (note: cemetary photo depicts Briggs grave monument next to Custer grave monument), Colonel Briggs gallery article, obituaries for Col. Briggs, Col. Briggs account in detail of the surrender at Appomattox by Joe Williams.

FABULOUS 7TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY GROUPING OF THE LAST COMMANDER OF GEORGE CUSTER’S ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR REGIMENT INCLUDING A GOLD CUSTER VALOR MEDAL AUTHORIZED ONLY BY CUSTER FOR RECIPIENTS IN HIS MICHIGAN BRIGADE AND A PIECE OF THE APPOMATTOX SURRENDER FLAG. This extraordinary grouping descended in the family of Col. George G. Briggs the last commander of the 7th Michigan Cavalry. It was Briggs who first saw the flag of truce being offered by Maj. R.M. Simms of General Longstreet’s staff at Appomattox. It was Briggs who conducted him to General Custer. For this reason Libby Custer sent Col. Briggs a piece of this Confederate “flag of truce” that was given to Custer after Appomattox. This grouping also contains several pieces of reunion memorabilia, several photographs of Briggs and some war time documents concerning Briggs. All these items are photographed in detail on our website. The more significant items that are part of this group include 1)a framed letter from Libby Custer written to Col Briggs in 1908 that features a 2″ X 1″ souvenired sample of the Confederate “flag of truce” from Appomattox Courthouse, a 2″ X 1″ souvenired piece of the desk that Gen. Lee and Gen. Grant signed the surrender document that ended the war. Also there is a 2″ X 1″ piece of one of the red Bandana Custer famously wore during the war. Libby’s handwritten letter that is framed with these souvenir pieces reads as follows; “New York, March 1908- My Dear Col. Briggs, It is a pleasure to present to you these souvenirs of the Civil War. Gen. Sheridan gave me the table on which the terms of the surrender of Gen. Lee to Gen. Grant were written. I replaced the lower panel of the drawer and had cut the original into mementos of the day at Appomattox. The scrap of linen is from the towel which Maj. Simms of the Confederate Army used as the first flag of truce where he entered our lines, the day of the surrender. The fragment of red is from one of the Generals neckties. Sincerely yours, Elizabeth B. Custer”. 2)Two cabinet photographs of Briggs, both being a copies of 1st Lt. Briggs in uniform 1861-1862 in the 7th Michigan Cavalry. 3)Cabinet photograph, circa 1880, of Briggs wearing his gold Custer Valor Medal, Sheridan Corp. Badge and his numbered MOLLUS Medal. 4)Gold Tiffany made Custer Valor Medal,inscribed “Geo. G. Briggs 7th Regt. Michigan Cavalry” consisting of a pair of 1-5/16″ gold crossed sabers on gold/orange ribbon supporting a 1″ wide by 1-9/16″ high Maltese Cross utilizing top quadrant as a 5 pointed star. Badge is decorated with engraved floral designs and blue enamel inlay with the words “CUSTER” in the middle and “TUEBOR” on the bottom cross which is part of the Michigan State Seal, meaning “I will defend”. According to several wonderful articles written by John P. Beckendorf there are very few of these badges known. There are probably no more than 4 or 5 gold medals known, though there are at least this same number shown in war time photographs of soldiers wearing these, but their whereabouts are unknown. Mr. Beckendorf shows a nearly identical medal though with a longer ribbon that was given to Maj. Robert Wallace of the 5th Michigan Cavalry. In Mr. Beckendorf’s article, published in 2005 North-South Traders Civil War magazine, he shows the original George Custer signed letter to Tiffany dated October 15, 1864. It is interesting that Tiffany lost the order and did not find it again until 1884 and filled the order January 31st of that year and delivered the medal to Maj. Wallace. The whereabouts of the medal that Gen. Custer himself wore is unknown, though it is seen in photographs. A smaller medal with pearls was made for Libby Custer that just recently sold at Spinx in New York in 2012 for $46,000. This is the first gold medal presented to an officer of this type to ever come to auction. The few officers who were recipients of Gen. Custers favor and had the honor to wear this medal, thought quite highly of it, as can be seen in a letter written to the Detroit Advertiser and Tribune June 17, 1865 by Col. James H. Kidd of the 6th Michigan Cavalry “the gold in this badge is not more precious, it is not rarer, than the frankness, the generosity, the want this trust which has always characterized your intercourse with me…the associations-Michigan Brigade Cavalry, its leader, Custer, his deeds and theirs are enough to make your gift one of inestimable value always”. The original sketches of this medal, designed by Custer, can be found on a loose sheet, inserted in Custer’s journal, which is presently at the Little Big Horn Battlefield Museum. 5)Sheridan Cavalry Corp badge made of gold and silver with red enameled background and T-bar pin much like the Custer Valor Medal described above; this badge too has the quality and workmanship that could also be Tiffany. 6)Col. Briggs MOLLUS (Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States)Membership Badge SN 4004. 7)Fabulous reunion era souvenir presentation polychrome cane to Col. Briggs by a master carver of great skill showing many interesting figures as can be seen in photographs on our website. Other items included in this group include a souvenir gavel made from a piece of wood with an embedded minie ball inscribed “Culp’s Hill Gettysburg”. About a 6 foot section of Col. Briggs silk sash is also part of this group, along with a photograph of a fabulous oil on canvas escutcheon showing Col. Briggs military service during the Civil War and showing images of the badges offered in this grouping. The family is retaining the original escutcheon along with many of his war time letters. PROVENANCE: George G. Briggs direct descent. CONDITION: Medals and photographs described are all in very good to very fine condition. The medals have excellent enamel and good patinas as can be seen in photographs. The framed Libby Custer letter along with framed souvenirs are very good overall, however each souvenir and the letter are dry mounted to cardboard that has caused considerable acid burn to paper Libby wrote her letter on. There is no real discernible damage noted to textile or wood souvenirs. A conservator stated Libby’s letter should be easily conserved and removed from cardboard mount and greatly improved as the brown ink is quite dark and very discernible. The cane is very good overall, retaining good colors as can be seen in photo. The fragment of silk sash is heavily damaged missing ends with shredding with numerous small holes. Reunion memorabilia is very good overall as can be seen in photographs on website. 4-47744 JS19 (45,000-65,000)

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1482
Revised: 3/8/2013

We have received inquiries questioning whether the Seventh Cavalry Indian Scout, Private Curley, referred to in the Springfield Research Service letter was indeed the same Curley who was Custer’s scout and survived the Little Big Horn massacre. It is the firm conviction of editor and chief researcher of the Springfield Research Service, Mr. Wayne P. Gagner, that the gun was issued to Scout Private Curley of the US Seventh Cavalry and that the gun had previously been issued to Scout Lance “Sgt. Fat”. It is also his belief (referenced by his letter) that this Curley is the same Indian that survived the conflict. There is no way that we can prove this unequivocally. It is certainly possible that there was more than one Indian scout for the Seventh Cavalry by the name of Curley and so we have no way to absolutely prove or disprove that this Curley is one and the same.”

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1879 TRAPDOOR CARBINE THAT BELONGED TO CUSTER’S 7TH CAVALRY SCOUT “CURLEY”. SN 126142. Cal. 45-70. Standard 1879 carbine with 22″ bbl, square base front sight and 1,500 yard ski jump rear sight marked with a “C” on left side of the base and left leg of the ladder. The low arch breech block has “1873” markings and the lockplate standard markings with eagle & “U.S. SPRINGFIELD”. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut stock with sgl bbl band and sling bar, missing its ring, on the left side. The trigger guard is standard 2-pc and it has the 1877-style buttplate with trap door. Left side of stock is hand decorated with the number “25” in large dots that appear to have old paint in some of the dots. Heel of the stock has large amount of fill and the area of the butt around the buttplate shows that it was used many years without a buttplate as was common practice among the Indians who used the buttplates as hide scrapers. Accompanied by a letter from the Springfield Research Service which identifies this carbine as a Model 1877. T he Model 1877 serial range ran from about #75,000 to #115,000 whereas the serial range for the Model 1879 ran from about #100,000 to #280,000. The letter states that it was issued to “U.S. 7nd (sic) Cavalry, US Army. Scout Pvt Curley”. It also states “This weapon has a previous history as being issued to Scout Lance Sgt Fat”. Also accompanying are several photographs of Curley and three other scouts who were with the 7th at the Little Big Horn. Accompanied by a 4-page article by Silas Messer which appeared in the Dec. 2008 issue of U.S. Martial Arms Collector magazine which contains information from an interview of Curley (also spelled Curly), a Native American of the Crow Tribe. Curley was born in about 1856 in Montana Territory and lived on the Crow Reservation near Prior Creek. He enlisted as an Indian Scout with the Army on April 10, 1876 and was chosen to scout for the 7th Cavalry during the Little Big Horn expedition, along with fellow Crow warriors. He escaped from the massacre and witnessed parts of the Custer fight from a ravine and later from a somewhat distant ridge. His earliest account was reported in the Helena Herald of July 15, 1876. He apparently effected his escape by pulling his blanket over himself in the manner of a Sioux and walked through the lines. After escaping the battlefield Curley became a celebrated person although he apparently never sought the limelight. After his service with the Army, Curley served in the Crow Reservation Police and lived on the Crow Reservation on the bank of the Little Big Horn River, close to the battlefield. He died May 22, 1923 of pneumonia and is buried in the National Cemetery at the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, only a mile from his home. Curley’s cabin that he occupied on the Crow Reservation is currently part of Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming. CONDITION: Poor to fair. No orig finish remains; the metal is overall a cleaned, mottled silver/gray patina with scattered moderate pitting. Stock has a repair on left side of receiver with a few grain checks and some minor chips with the aforementioned “fill” around the buttplate and another spot on the tip of the forestock and overall retains a sanded & oiled finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore. 4-48174 (15,000-30,000)

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1496
Revised: 2/26/2013

Additional Information: Regarding these fine pistols; 1) They are 45 caliber. 2) Each are original text. 3) The bbls are additionally marked with one having a single dot and the other with two dots (implying the guns are numbered 1 & 2) indicating sale or production as a pair. 4) The dark curly maple stocks are decorated with silver thumb piece inlays and engraved brass side-plates, trigger-guards and tangs, rear ramrod pipes and eight poinstes stars on their butts. 5) The two pistols are not identical but nearly so in terms of architecture and form. The only difference is the subtle differences in the engravings on the furniture. Under CONDITION: Extremely fine and fine, with one gun extremely crisp and retaining almost all of its original piano varnish finish, the other showing more use. Markings, edges and actions are crisp. One bore shows rifling, the other shows rifling worn out from use or was originally a smooth bore. The single dot and double dot may indicate a special order of the latter features.

PAIR OF PHILADELPHIA JACOB KUNZ(1780-1876) SIGNED FLINTLOCK PISTOLS. These pistols have 9 1/8 inch full octagon barrels, one marked “J. KUNZ” and the other marked “PHILADa”. Each of the flint locks are marked “WARRANTED by KONIGMACHER & CO.” The dark curly maple stocks are decorated with silver thumb piece inlays and engraved silver eight pointed stars on their butts. The two pistols seem to be a matched pair with the exception of their trigger guards, each of which is individually engraved. Jacob Kuntz (Kunz) is a very important maker who was trained in Allentown, PA. Jacob Kunz, gunsmith of Philadelphia, and Peter Kuntz, gunsmith of North Whitehall Township Northampton County, were brothers and sons of the gunsmith Peter Kuns of North Whitehall Township Northampton County. (Lehigh County was part of Northampton County until 1815). Jacob moved to Philadelphia in 1810 and in 1812 married Barbara Newhard, niece of the famous Allentown gunsmith Peter Newhard. In 1833 the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia awarded Jacob Kuntz a silver medal for his skill and ingenuity. Jacob died at the age of 95 years after becoming Philadelphia’s most sought after gunsmith by wealthy customers in England, Scotland and America. Jacob was an excellent engraver and several examples of his work are on display in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. CONDITION: These are not a “Matched” pair of pistols, but they do seem to have been made to be sold as a pair. The trigger guards were each made from the same casting, but were filed differently either by two different persons in the shop or to avoid a flaw in the casting. One trigger guard rear tang is held in place by a screw, the other by a pin. The flint locks appear to be original flint. 4-48258 RGG13 (35,000-45,000)

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1501
Revised: 3/10/2013

Stock has been re-extended about 12-1/4″. Bbl has been stretched about 24″.

FINE SEMI RAISE-CARVED SAMUEL GALBREATH FULL STOCK PENNSYLVANIA LONG RIFLE. SN NSN. Cal. .450 Bore diameter. 48″ 1/3 Octagon transitioning to round bbl engraved “S Galbrath” (sic) (Strasburg PA 1804 – 1809, Pittsburgh PA, 1810 – 1813) surrounded by punch and engraved decoration on top flat, behind file decorated V-notch rear sight. Brass front sight is dovetailed through. Flintlock with integral pan, bridled roller frizzen, and high breasted serpentine cock, is engraved “London Warranted” under pan. Tail has some feather and line engraving. Very fine tiger stripe maple full length stock fastens to bbl with four brass side nails, and is brass and German silver mounted. Patchbox with spring cover has release button on long buttplate return, is flanked by pierced, scrolled side plates, and large pierced finial. Engraving is a mixture of cross-hatching and outlining of scroll, with script initials on cover “JS”. Fancy outlined heavy brass side plate also has some border engraving. Trigger guard with one spur at back of grip has some light scroll matching devices on buttplate return. German silver inlays consist of eight pointed star on cheek rest and pierced oval at top of grip. Hickory ramrod is held by three octagonal pipes and tail pipe with beaded ends. Stock exhibits some fine, flowing, slightly raised carved scroll with cross-hatched shading around bbl tang, under and behind molded cheek rest, and on left side of stock above patchbox finial. There is incised scroll either side of thimble. CONDITION: Very good. Iron parts exhibit polished overall brown to dark gray patina. Brass with some old repairs in trigger guard, is a mellow golden brown, dark where protected. Stock retains most of an old oil finish, edges somewhat rounded. There are a few repaired cracks along bbl channel, mostly toward breech end. Ramrod is an old replacement. Bbl and lock are a very old, well done, reconversion with excellent aging and coloring. 4-47059 MGM195 (15,000-20,000)

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1530
Revised: 3/14/2013

Correction: Writing is not Cyrillic writing (AONTON) on the barrels and mechanisms is Greek writing (LONTON) for word LONDON. In Greek they use NT instead of ND. The first letter is an L not an A. Greek L is like a vice versa V.

PAIR OF INTRICATELY DECORATED SILVER MOUNTED AND GOLD INLAID EASTERN EUROPEAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS. SN NSN. Cal. 54. This spectacular pair of pistols with 11-1/4″ oct to rnd tapered bbls with wedding band transitions, have a considerable amount of inlaid gold decoration, mostly around breech areas, and wedding band transitions, consisting of acanthus devices with scroll finials, with wide bands fore and aft, and “AONTON” (cyrillic) inlaid in gold Cyrillic letters between other floral inlays. On top flat there are gold sunbursts around front sights and gold bands at muzzles. Upper left facets of bbls are stamped with crossed swords, crown and a star, that have been gold washed. Left sides are stamped with gold washed Arabic inscribed makers cartouche, which also appears on insides of lockplates. Beautifully filed flint locks with waterproof pans, and bridled roller frizzens, mount round bodied serpentine cocks with thin scrolled reinforce from breast to nose. Frizzen springs with roller have file decorations with scrolled extensions. Rounded lockplates with long rear finials, are nicely engraved with acanthus motifs. AONTON” (cyrillic) is engraved in front of cocks. Furniture including bulbous grip caps, pierced side plates, trigger guards with shell finials, and escutcheon plates at tops of grips, are of wrought silver, and have considerable punched-in and incised decoration. Dense fruitwood stocks extend to muzzles with engraved silver caps with non-removable ramrods, and are very intricately inlaid with scrolled silver wire and tack decoration. Wire scrolls terminate in a variety of floral, leaf, and clover highlights, with larger line engraved pierced silver decorations in front of trigger guard finials and behind bbl tangs. CONDITION: Excellent, with no repairs evident. Bbls and locks show light cleaning to bright polish, and traces of what appears to be orig brown on bbls. Stocks sound, except for small area on one pistol lifting along bbl channel. There are some minor losses of wire inlay but for the most part inlay is in extremely fine condition. 8-45217 MGM317 (10,000-15,000)

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2176
Revised: 3/8/2013

This is not a modern gun.

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST ANSON DEELEY BOXLOCK GAME GUN WITH TWO SETS OF BARRELS AND ORIGINAL CASE. SN 13578. (ca 1882) Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 30″ Damascus bbls have one set choked modified and IC, the other full and full. Both sets of bbls are engraved “Westley Richards. 170. New Bond St. London.” on concave game ribs. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs. Each bbl is stamped “Not for Ball” except cylinder bbl. Open choke bbls are numbered to gun, full choke bbls are numbered “13867”. It was Westley Richards policy to assign a new SN for each set of bbls. Undoubtedly these two sets, although not consecutive, were made at the same time. Case hardened boxlock action is stamped “Anson & Deeley’s Patent” and with use number “4149” on water table. Action features automatic safety and double triggers. Locking is accomplished with only Westley Richards patent top bolt, and dolls head extension, as found only on early Anson Deeley actions. It was later combined with Purdey’s double under-bolt. Action is engraved with nearly full coverage tight small scroll. “Westley Richards” is in scroll terminated ribands on each side. Trigger guard is engraved with pointer and birds on bow, and with scroll and SN on tang. Well streaked and lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over checkered wood butt with steel heel and toe plates. Side panels are checkered and have tear-shaped drop points. Flat top grip checkering is of point pattern with mullered borders. A silver circle on toe line is engraved with sovereigns crown held aloft in a fist over initials “W. St. L. R”. (Top of case is embossed “W. St. L. Robertson”). Matching splinter forend has horn tip and Deeley release. Open choke bbls: Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.731. Bore restrictions: left -.025 (Mod), right -.000 (Cyl). Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.031. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Full choke bbls: Bore diameter: left-.734, right -.734. Bore restrictions: left -.037, right -.035. Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.029. Drop at heel: 1-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Makers original oak and leather case with brass corners and sliding brass secondary locks, is lined in green baize with three labels on lid. One has instructions for cleaning, another instructions for using, and the third central label is normal Westley Richards trade label with Prince of Wales plume. Case is partitioned for both bbl sets and contains 3-pc brass and ebony cleaning rod, brass and ebony James Dixon 12 bore chamber brush, and a 12 ga Tomlinson bore cleaner in orig box. CONDITION: Fine, original as found. Bbls retain 60 – 90% orig brown. Open choke bbls show the most wear and use. Action retains a considerable amount of orig case hardening color, mostly in protected areas, and is mostly a gray to brown. Stocks retain most of their orig oil finish with numerous handling marks and light scratches. Checkering is slightly worn. Bores are fine. Open choke bbls have considerable scattered pitting. Full choke bbls have a few pits in right bbl toward breech. Action is tight. Open choke bbls have a hint of looseness. Full choke bbls are on face, Open choke bbls are slightly off face. Case leather is dark, stained, and rubbed. Handle is missing. Replaced straps are good. Interior cloth is considerably soiled and marked from contact with bbls and gun, and has a bit of dust and mold. Labels are oil soaked, and dark brown, with some rubs. Accessories are very fine. A nice handling old gun. A brief Google search shows most probable original owner was a member of the Oxford rowing team, who most likely emigrated to Australia in the 1880’s. 4-48144 MGM158 (4,000-6,000)

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2181
Revised: 3/9/2013

There is a small stress crack on either side of the trigger plate. The stock does not flex.

W. & C. SCOTT “THE ZEPHYR” HAMMER GUN. SN 46949. (ca 1893) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This unusual lightweight gun has 28-3/16″ two stripe Damascus bbls with concave, matted game rib engraved “W & C Scott & Son Makers & Patentees London.” on unmatted portion. Top of left bbl is engraved “The Zephyr”. Bbl flats are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs, “Choke”, and “England”. Special lightweight action with tiny bar mounting rebounding hammer back action sidelocks derives extra strength from dolls head extension. Action is engraved with about 50% coverage medium scroll. Sidelocks are engraved with semi-relief shaded oak leaves. Locks are engraved “W & C Scott & Son”. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN at grip. Broadly striped and nicely figured European walnut Prince of Wales grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over Silver pad, and features flat top point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Fully checkered splinter forend has engraved metal tip and pluck-off tension spring release. Bore diameter: left-.734, right -.734. Bore restrictions: left -.030 (full), right -.010 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.032. Drop at heel: 3-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain nearly all of a very fine re-brown with good definition to pattern, over some scattered pitting. Action retains approx 30% orig case hardening color where protected, but is mostly pewter gray. Stocks retain most of an old rubbed oil finish with a few subsequent minor marks, checkering competently re-cut. All restoration work appears to have been done quite a long while ago. Action is tight. Bbls are somewhat off face. Dolls head shows some peaning. Locks are crisp. Left hammer is an unengraved replacement, but is of the correct style. Bores are very fine, shiny throughout, with some light frosting. Overall, a very unique and classic shotgun. 4-47124 MGM27 (1,000-1,500)

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2203
Revised: 3/19/2013

Although this fine quality gun is marked August Francotte on the barrels, we cannot guarantee this gun was made by Francotte.

*FINE AND ULTRA RARE FRANCOTTE ROUNDED BODY OVER-UNDER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 25710. Cal. 16 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 29-3/4″ Demi block bbls with narrow, file-cut, solid game rib, are engraved “Auguste Francotte” and “Brevete a Liege” on either side of top bbl. Bottom bbl is stamped with Belgian nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Unusual low profile action (under lug of bbl engages cutaway rotating hinge pin) has double locking bites at top of breech and features rounded action bar, automatic ejectors, non-automatic safety (S inlaid in gold), and Francotte’s single selective trigger, with sliding selector switch in place of left trigger. Action and lockplates are engraved with nearly full coverage lightly, but cleanly cut, large, shaded scroll. Pivot of blued top lever is relief engraved “Rasetti Buenos Aires” (The firm of Carlos Rasetti, importers of fine firearms, was established in 1857 and continued in business until the early 1960’s). Beautifully marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over serrated wood butt, and features diamond hand, point pattern checkering with double line borders, and a gold oval on toe line engraved with monogram “KR” over crossed hatchets. Matching 3-piece ejector forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: top -.671, bottom -.671. Bore restrictions: top -.024 (strong modified), bottom -.019 (modified). Wall thickness: top-.022, bottom -.023. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. Modern high quality leather toe under case with stitched leather corners and snap canvas outer cover, which is also leather trimmed, is lined in scarlet cloth with gold embossed leather Francotte label, and contains a key. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 95% orig blue, with some minor marks and silvering on edges of rib, and at muzzles. Action retains 80% orig case hardening color, silvered on bottom from normal handling and use. Lockplates retain nearly all of their orig case hardening color. Top lever and trigger guard retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig blue. Stocks show some wear to their orig oil finish at grip and forend, from normal handling and use. Checkering is slightly worn, and a bit dirty. There are a number of minor marks on both buttstock and forend. Bores are excellent, shiny, with a hint of frosting and some minor marks at breech ends. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case is excellent. Outer cover has some slight discoloration and scuffs. Some minor marks in outer leather. Interior cloth is very fine with some minor tears and rubs, mostly from contact with bbls. An unusual small bore. 4-47091 MGM5 (12,500-17,500)

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2213
Revised: 3/5/2013

Please Note: This is not a Crown Grade as listed in the title. It is a very special upgraded gun of extraordinary quality.

*GOLD INLAID CROWN GRADE KRIEGHOFF K-80 COMBO TRAP GUN WITH CASE. SN 13685. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 34″ Uni-single ported bbl with high ventilated rib, adjustable for point of impact, and fitted with choke tubes, has standard proofs and marks on bottom bbl. 30″ Over under bbls are marked with warning on left side of top bbl, are also ported, and fitted with screw chokes. Front band is engraved and gold inlaid. Blued receiver is fitted with non-automatic safety and single selective trigger. Receiver is engraved with exceptionally well executed open, shaded, semi-relief scroll with gold inlaid wire borders framing relief gold inlays of dogs and various feathered and fur bearing game; A setter pointing a pair of flushing ducks in marsh is on left side of action; a fox worrying pair of pheasants with mountainous background is on right; white gold inlaid raccoon in pine tree with rings of tail and mask inlaid in yellow gold, on bottom. Gold pheasant is on trigger guard bow. Top rear of locking slide has gold inlaid clay target. Striking, flame figured, and well marbled European walnut full flared pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over black Pachmayr pad installed on anti-recoil spring loaded device with adjustable comb attached so comb does not move during recoil. Checkering at side panels and grip has ribbons through pattern. Grip has right hand palm swell, checkered with fleur-di-lis. Matching full forend has gold inlaid pigeon on bottom of iron, and Deeley type release. Uni-single bbl: Bore diameter: .735. Restriction: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: .042. Drop at heel: 1-7/8″. Drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 9 lbs 15 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. 30″ Bbls: Bore diameter: top -.735, bottom -.736. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top-.040, bottom -.040. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 9 lbs. 13 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. NASCO aluminum All American case with combination lock, is lined in creased green velvet with space for receiver and both sets of bbls, and contains stock removal tool and 4 choke tubes with wrench (3 others are in bbls), and instruction book. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain nearly all of their blue, with some minor marks. Action retains most of its blue, silvering on bottom, trigger guard, and top lever. Gold plating on trigger is mostly silver. Stocks are excellent, with a few minor marks, one fairly deep on left side of butt. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Case is good with some marks, dings and scrapes. Interior is fine, a bit dusty. 4-46817 MGM33 (8,000-12,000)

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2214
Revised: 3/12/2013

Additional Information An additional document accompanies this lot affirming Paul Tibbets ownership of this gun. Document is signed by Theodore Jerome Van Kerk also known as “Dutch”. (Dutch was the navigator on Enola Gay).

*KRIEGHOFF TYPE EUROPA MODEL 62 BY VIKTOR BRANDL WITH CASE. SN 62070. Cal. 12 ga. 28″ Ported mono-bloc bbls with raised, matted, ventilated rib, are stamped with 1967 German proofs (from the Munich proof house). Krieghoff type O/U action features non-automatic safety and selective single trigger with selector in front of trigger. Coin finished action is engraved with large, open, shaded, scrolled acanthus outlining vignettes of birds and canines; fox and partridges on left, setter and another partridge (?) on right. Bottom of action is marked “Europa Model 62” on broad, scroll flanked riband, and “MADE BY VIKTOR BRANDL” “Munich, Germany” in front of trigger guard bow. Lightly figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over thin basket-weave Pachmayr White Line pad. There is borderless point pattern checkering at grip, side panels also checkered. One piece beavertail type matching forend has Deeley type release. Bore diameter: top -.735, bottom -.734. Bore restrictions: top -.006 (Skeet), bottom -.005 (Skeet). Wall thickness: top-.042, bottom -.039. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. NASCO aluminum All American case is marked “Paul W. Tibbets” on rectangular plaque, is lined in green faux fur, and contains titanium small gauge tube set with tubes for 20, 28, and 410 in top compartment. Case also contains tube installation tools, some vaseline, and bbl weight, which is in Speer bullet case. Paul W. Tibbets was one of the more famous flyers to emerge from WW II. He was the command pilot of the B-29 Enola Gay named after his mother. He was the first airman and the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb, Little Boy, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. He was born in Feb. 1915 and died Nov. 2007 having retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Corp as a flying cadet in 1937 and was commissioned and received his wings in 1938. During WWII he rose in rank to become the commander of the 509th Composite Group flying B-17’s over Europe. Col. Tibbets had the reputation as “the best flyer in the Army Air Force” which was confirmed by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for whom he served as personal pilot at various times during the war. In 1943 he returned to the U.S. and was test pilot for the new B-29 and in April 1944 was again assigned to the 509 Composite Group. In Sept. 1944 he was assigned to command the project at Wendover Army Airfield, Utah in connection with the Manhattan Project developing atomic weapons. On August 9, 1945, Col. Tibbets officially named his B-29 the Enola Gay and on Aug. 6 departed Tinian Island (in the Marianas Islands) at the controls of his B-29 at 0245 hours bound for Hiroshima, Japan with the atomic bomb, code named Little Boy. The bomb was dropped at 0815 local time. During numerous interviews in a variety of venues, Gen. Tibbets always stated that he had no regrets and slept well. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% of what appears to be orig blue with silvering at muzzles, and along sides of rib. Action retains most of its coin finish. Matte blued parts show considerable silvering from normal handling and use. Stocks retain most of an oil finish. Pad is not original. Checkering is slightly worn on buttstock, possibly re-cut, considerably worn on forend. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Stock is slightly loose on action. Case is fine. Interior is fine. Tube set is excellent. 4-47691 MGM152 (5,000-10,000)

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2223
Revised: 3/1/2013

Additional Information Rifle bears the cover of Kaiser Wilhelm II on the front receiver ring. It is unquestionably one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal rifles. See illustration in the catalog.

EXCEPTIONAL JOHANN SPRINGER SHORT BOLT ACTION FULL STOCK RIFLE PROBABLY MADE FOR KAISER WILHELM I. SN 6453. Cal. 10.5mm. .430 Groove diameter. 24″ Swamped octagonal bbl has file cut top flat with one standing, one folding leaf V-notch rear sight, and silver bead front, dovetailed through. Top right and top left flats are engraved “Joh Springer” and “Erben in Wien”. Unusual early case hardened short bolt action (chamber is for 2″ straight cartridge) is similar to that used in the French Chassepot, but differs in that there is no separate bolt head. This action has floating extractor actuated when bolt is pulled to rear, which performs only primary extraction, case must be removed digitally. Action is also fitted with a tubular magazine with cartridge lifter actuated by rearward movement of bolt, tripping spring loaded follower, so new cartridge can feed. Bolt has sharply down-turned handle with round checkered knob. A sliding magazine cutoff is in locking lug of bolt, being pushed forward it allows action to operate as single shot. Action is engraved with exceptionally well cut medium open flowing scroll with foliate borders. A large “W” surmounted by sovereigns crown is relief engraved on receiver ring. (Wilhelm I ?) Case hardened trigger plate is mounted with double set triggers. Trigger guard bow is of engraved steel and has carved horn grip with scroll at rear. Exceptional, beautifully streaked, and nicely fiddle figured European walnut straight grip full length stock measures 14″ over steel buttplate with floral engraving around screws and with Springer’s “NO 6453” at center, and rack no. “24” at heel. Stock features swept shadow line right hand cheekpiece, raised side panels on each side of action, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, schnabeled horn tip, and large bail type sling loop at rear with standard loop on toe line. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining nearly all of its fine finishes, with only a hint of silvering on sharp edges of bbl. There is some slight silvering on edges of action, trigger guard bow from wear, and on top of bolt locking boss, from cleaning. Buttplate retains most of its orig blue with considerable browning and light pitting at heel. Stock retains nearly all of its orig rubbed oil finish, with a number of minor nicks, scratches, and small dents, and is a bit dry. Checkering is slightly worn. Horn grip and forend tip retain their high polish. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny. Action is crisp. A very fine rifle of royal quality, as are most firearms from this revered Viennese firm. 4-48171 MGM198 (20,000-30,000)

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2227
Revised: 3/1/2013

Please Note: Estimate should be $15,000-25,000

*EARLY HARTMANN & WEISS HAGN FALLING BLOCK SINGLE SHOT RIFLE WITH SCOPE. SN 4140. Cal. .270 Winchester. This fine rifle, by two of the acknowledged finest gunsmiths in the world, has 28″ tapered octagon bbl with integral rib and front sight base, gold inlaid “Hartmann & Weiss. Hamburg – London” on rib. Two folding leaf U-notch rear sight and claw bases have been fitted. There is geometric border engraving on rib, and breech end of bbl, which also has inlaid gold band. Hartmann & Weiss made case hardened Hagn single shot dropping block action features unique rolling thumb safety and spurred opening lever/ trigger guard. Action is engraved “System Hagn” on top of receiver ring with “Hartmann & Weiss” in scrolled ribands on each side. Balance of engraving is exceptionally well cut fine scroll. Owners name, “P. C. Cuevas”, is engraved around lever pivot on bottom of action. Finely marbled, and lightly figured Circassian walnut, steel capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over black Decelerator pad and features classically styled point pattern checkering at grip and H & H inspired left hand shadow line cheekpiece. Matching forend has ebony tip. Drop at heel: approx 2-1/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-5/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Zeiss Diavari – Z 2.5 – 10 X rail scope with standard crosshair reticle is in Recknagle claw mounts, and comes with original lens cover. Consignor states exceptional accuracy with 150gr BTSP PROVENANCE: Letter from original owner with specifications. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbl retains 90 – 95% orig blue with some silvering of high edges, and some minor marks. Action retains nearly all of its orig case hardening color, with some light flecking from cleaning. Stock retains nearly all of an oil finish, with some minor usage marks, which appears to have been done subsequent to the making of this rifle, as sharp edges are rounded, and stock details softened. Checkering is sharp. Bore is excellent, shiny, with sharp rifling throughout. Action is crisp. Scope has a number of light marks and some scrapes in its lacquer finish, some light flecking on scope mount, optics clear. 4-47745 MGM177 (15,000-25,000)

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2255
Revised: 3/12/2013

Typographical error: Bore restriction should read .014 on bottom barrel, not .004.

*MARVELOUS BROWNING SUPERPOSED E-1 SIDEPLATED EXHIBITION GRADE SHOTGUN. SN 325mz03672. Cal. 12 gauge. 30″ ventilated bbls with tapered and hand filed game rib and single brass bead. Engraved above the chamber area “Browning S.A.- Made in Belgium” / Mod B25-12GA-2 3/4″. The french gray sideplated action has ejectors and a checkered selective trigger is tastefully engraved in E-1 (similar to P-4 engr.) pattern full coverage acanthus scrollwork with a pheasant game scene on the left side, flying mallards on the right, a flying bobwhite on the floorplate and signed F.Krill. The trigger bow has a portrait of a pointer’s head with acanthus scrolls surrounding and is fitted with locking screws. Mounted in highly figured rich chocolate streaked European walnut, the round knob long tang stock is finely checkered and has carved drop points and three piece schnabel forend with appended metal engraved to match. Accompanied by a Browning full leather compartmentalized trunk case with Browning Custom Shop leather trade label inside lid. Bore diameter: top -.728, bottom -.724. Bore restrictions: top -.022, bottom -.004. Wall thickness: top-.036, bottom -.039. Drop at heel:1 7/8″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14 3/4″ to checkered butt. Mfg 2001. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Gun retains virtually all of its factory rust blue and rubbed oil finish. Only the slightest handling and takedown marks are apparent. Crisp mechanics, bright shiny bores, ejectors in time. Case is as new inside and out. 48264 JWD100 (12,500-17,500)

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2269
Revised: 3/5/2013

As is stated, this gun was made at the end of production and is unmarked as to Grade. It was produced by Remington and includes attributes of EE Grade plus attributes of other Remington Grades.

*LATE REMINGTON “EE” GRADE SHOTGUN. SN P140676. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Bbls with broad, concave, matted rib, are engraved “Remington Arms Co. Ilion. N.Y. U.S.A.” and “Whitworth Fluid Steel.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with SN, front portion of lump with “P” and “D”. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “L” and “Whitworth”. Narrow frame Model 1894 action has SN and patent dates on water table, but no grade marking. Action features automatic safety and double triggers. It is engraved with small flourishes of scroll and geometric borders, with vignettes of dogs; setters on left; pointers on right; and birds, a pair of mallards, on trigger plate. A setter retrieving quail is on trigger guard bow, with SN at grip. Beautifully marbled and figured Circassian walnut horn capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over ribbed horn buttplate. Stock features checkered side panels, arrowhead drop points, and point pattern checkering with line border at grip. A vacant gold oval and sling loop matching one installed on bbl, are on toe line. There is no grade stamp in inletting for trigger guard, which is stamped with correct SN. Noted Remington historian Charles Semmer indicated in conversation with consignor that this gun is the highest known SN for the Model 1894. Matching splinter ejector forend has Remington’s version of Anson release. Bore diameter: left-.722, right -.723. Bore restrictions: left -.031 (Mod), right -.030 (Mod). Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.022. Drop at heel: 2-7/8″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 90% orig blue, thinning at normal carry point, around forend, with numerous pings and scratches, mostly on side of left bbl. Action retains 80 – 90% orig case hardening color, silvered on sharp edges, sides of fences, and thinning on bottom from normal handling wear. Trigger guard blue is flaked to about 10%. Top lever retains most of its blue, silvered on thumbpiece. Stocks retain most of their orig varnish finish with numerous marks, and is minutely crazed all over butt portion giving a frosted effect. Toe area of buttplate is chipped, wood with minor damage. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors won’t trip (probably need cleaning). A high condition, high grade Remington, one of the very last Model 1894’s made, which may explain its unusual high grade features. 4-47569 MGM65 (7,500-12,500)

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2343
Revised: 3/5/2013

This has the 90 degree safey and thus a very early production.

*EXCEPTIONAL ENGRAVED AND GOLD INLAID PRE WAR WALTHER MODEL PP WITH WOODEN CASE. SN 755507. Cal. 7.65. Standard configuration. Pre war with crown over “N” proofs. Nearly full coverage of very fine oak leaf and acorn pattern engraving with gold inlaid oak leaves and acorns at muzzle, mid point, and top rear of slide; also on left side of frame under magazine release, and on front and rear grip straps. SN is gold inlaid on right. Pistol is fitted with ivory grips, nicely engraved and scrimmed in oak leaves and acorns. Supplied are two magazines, one with extended ivory base plug matching grips; the other with large steel base engraved to match remainder of pistol. Pistol is housed in burl walnut veneered box with German silver corners, reinforcing straps, and central plate. Interior is lined in green cloth. Case contains blued cleaning rod. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining essentially all of its blued finish. Grips are excellent except for some slight checks at top of left grip below safety. Base plug of extended magazine shows some repairs. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Box shows some scuffs and mars to its orig lacquer finish. Newer interior cloth is excellent. 4-48137 MGM192 (3,000-6,000)

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2350
Revised: 2/18/2013

Please Note: A more detailed and lengthy description of this extremely rare book was not available to us until after the catalog had been printed. Following is that more comprehensive description.

EXTREMELY RARE WWII GERMAN NAVAL AIRFORCE SECRET ENIGMA CIPHER MACHINE CODE BOOK COVER. SN 796. This is certainly the most unique and important Enigma-related artifact to have survived WW-II. It is the complex and well-used cover of a Naval Airforce Enigma codebook that contained all of the secret settings of the Enigma for each day of the month. These settings were used by every naval vessel, submarine, aircraft and shore station. Each month a new codebook with the Enigma key settings for that month was placed inside this cover. The cover was carried in a German Naval Aircraft where it served the dual purpose of protecting the codebook from damage and providing specific helpful information for the aircraft radio operators who used and programmed the Enigma cipher machine.

This exceptional code book cover was designed specifically to be used on naval aircraft. It is enclosed in an aluminum outer frame and the inside of each part of the cover contains specific information as well as places to store additional special coding sheets. No other code book cover like this is thought to have survived the war.

The secret code book cover being offered here is a bi-fold container with three sections, each 8-11/16″ high x 6″ wide, made of dark red canvas and leather, bordered in aluminum with original printing on the cover along with the issue number “796”. The outside of the front cover displays a yellow cross that is believed to have been applied to deceive non-German speaking individuals into believing it had something to do with first-aid if the code book was captured. The cover is also marked “Geheim” (Secret) and it is thought that it was to be carried only on designated naval aircraft. The bottom center of the cover is marked with a large spread winged eagle and swastika inside a wreath over “Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine” which indicates that the cover was printed by the naval high command in Berlin in 1939.

The interior pages show black and white printing along with various red ink stamps and red ink writing some of which are updates. Instructions say that it must only be used onboard aircraft of the German Navy. (Like our own navy, the German navy had had its own Aircraft that were separate from the German Air Force “Luftwaffe”.)

Some of the information on the inside of the three parts of the cover is described below:

Left side: (Dates and basic information). The code book cover was originally released in Kiel on June 22, 1939. This code book cover was released by the “Seefliegerhorstcommandantur” in Schleswig on the 4th of July 1940. That means that the command center for aircraft of the German navy in Schleswig, a town in Schleswig Holstein, the northernmost part of Germany released this for use on July 4, 1940. Middle section: (A place to display the Enigma key table) The actual Enigma key table or “Schusseltafel” was to be pushed in under the plastic. Right side: (Specific procedures and codes) This side shows the “F. Au. T.” (The “Funk Aufklärungs Tafel” or Reconnaissance aircraft code table).

The content is broken into sets. In set 1 are: a) Morse code procedures, flag signals and flag tables. b) Aircraft star signal tables. (Star signal probably means broadcast messages to all.) c) Names of the Navy aircraft for radio communication. d) A plastic pocket or bag for storing part B of the key group tables. In set 2 are: a) The actual F. Au. T., Reconnaissance aircraft code table. b) A plastic pocket for storing part of the key group tables.

In the left part of the page is a plastic enclosure for storing the used pages of the memo pad and storing the actual aircraft signal table. In the middle part of the page is the actual daily number table matched to the F. Au. T.- signal tables. In the right part of the page is the removable memo pad. The word Geheim or Secret ! is imprinted to remind the user of the importance of secrecy. There is a correction order dated December. 1941. The last date that can be found in the cover is 2. Feb. 1942.

In addition to the three interior pages, there are four accordion-like ribs with eyelets in the first fold which is reportedly where the pink sheets of code book pages were attached. Much of this information appears to have been used for editing messages before they were enciphered with the Enigma. Flag signals were used ship to ship and aircraft to ship, when they were in visual contact. Careful and detailed translation of all of the pages will certainly reveal new information about how the Enigma was used and adjusted during the war.

CONDITION: This code book cover was almost certainly used onboard aircraft during the war and it shows the scars of heavy use as is appropriate for a well-used military artifact. The 3 parts are sound and intact showing light edge wear and moderate soil. The interior pages are yellowed and slightly brittle but appear to be completely intact. The aluminum binding shows wear and a few small nicks and dings.

Enigma machines themselves are exceptionally rare collector’s items as indicated by the recent sale of a German Army Enigma in incomplete condition for $250,000 (with the buyer’s premium factored in). This code book cover is much rarer than an Enigma. The history of the Enigma is complex. A German engineer developed the first Enigma machines around the end of WW-I, with early use primarily by commercial enterprises. The German Nazi government took over all production and use of the Enigma well before the beginning of WW-II and used it throughout the war. The early Enigma machines used a three rotor system for enciphering messages, then in about 1938 the German Navy improved the security of the Enigma by adding a 4th. rotor.

In about 1932 brilliant Polish mathematicians figured out a way to break into Germany’s military enigma codes and about five weeks before the outbreak of WWII, in 1939, anticipating Germany’s invasion, they presented their enigma decryption techniques and equipment to French and British military intelligence. During WW-II and thanks to the information and machines provided by the Poles, the British were able to keep up with advancements made by the Germans in their encrypting equipment and generally were able to decipher most of the German military messages that they intercepted. The British code breakers at Bletchley Park were the prime movers in this effort, assisted by the capture of German equipment and code books.

This is an extremely rare item that would add great impact to any museum or military collection especially one containing an Enigma and other Enigma-related artifacts.c

**NOTE: Julia’s auctions sometimes encounters original German WW-II Enigma cipher machines that are for sale and anyone who may be interested in acquiring one should register your interest with us so that we may inform you if one should become available.

EXTREMELY RARE WWII GERMAN NAVAL AIRFORCE SECRET ENIGMA CIPHER MACHINE CODE BOOK COVER. SN 796. This is certainly the most unique and important Enigma-related artifact to have survived WWII. It is the complex and well-used cover of a Naval Airforce Enigma codebook that contained all of the secret settings of the Enigma for each day of the month. These settings were used by every naval vessel, submarine, aircraft and shore station. Each month a new codebook with the Enigma key settings for that month was placed inside this cover. The cover was carried in a German Naval Aircraft where it served the dual purpose of protecting the codebook from damage and providing specific helpful information for the aircraft radio operators who used and programmed the Enigma cipher machine. This exceptional code book cover was designed specifically to be used on naval aircraft. It is enclosed in an aluminum outer frame and the inside of each part of the cover contains specific information as well as places to store additional special coding sheets. No other code book cover like this is thought to have survived the war. The secret code book cover being offered here is a bi-fold container with three sections, each 8-11/16” high x 6” wide, made of dark red canvas and leather, bordered in aluminum with original printing on the cover along with the issue number “796”. The outside of the front cover displays a yellow cross that is believed to have been applied to deceive non-German speaking individuals into believing it had something to do with first-aid if the code book was captured. The cover is also marked “Geheim” (Secret) and it is clearly stated that this cover was to be carried only on designated naval aircraft. The bottom center of the cover is marked with a large spread winged eagle and swastika inside a wreath over “Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine” which indicates that the cover was printed by the naval high command in Berlin in 1939. It was released in Kiel in 1939 and released into service by the aircraft “Seefliegerhorstcommandantur” (the command center for aircraft) in schleswig in July of 1940. There is a correction order dated December. 1941 and the last date is 2. Feb. 1942. Interior pages show black and white printing along with various red ink stamps and red ink writing that describe various dates of service, instructions, codes and procedures. There are also places to store code book pages and logs. Much of this information appears to have been used for editing messages before they were enciphered with the Enigma and for describing flag signals for ship to ship and aircraft to ship visual communications. In addition to the three interior pages, there are four accordion-like ribs with eyelets in the first fold which is reportedly where the pink sheets of code book pages were attached. CONDITION: This code book cover was almost certainly used onboard aircraft during the war and it shows the scars of heavy use as is appropriate for a well-used military artifact. The 3 parts are sound and intact showing light edge wear and moderate soil. The interior pages are yellowed and slightly brittle but appear to be completely intact. The aluminum binding shows wear and a few small nicks and dings. Careful and detailed translation of all of the pages will certainly reveal new information about how the Enigma was used and adjusted during the war. This is an extremely rare item that contains information of great historical importance. It would be an extraordinary addition to any museum or military collection especially one containing or pertaining to Enigmas and other Enigma-related artifacts. 4-47692 JR249 (10,000-50,000)

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2434A
Revised: 2/20/2013

Please Note: This is Modern post-1898 Firearm.

*MAUSER C96 EARLY M1930 COMMERCIAL, NORWEGIAN MARKING W/ STOCK. SN 856487. Cal. 7.63mm. Early M1930 Commercial with 5.2″ bbl and 50-1000 rear sight. Norwegian marking on left chamber flat just ahead of the Crown “U” proof. Full SN on left side of bbl extension that has grooved rails. Disassembly shows all internal components correctly matched including frame, subframe and floorplate. Orig grips unnumbered as is correct for this variation. Complete with very good, all orig Mauser banner shoulder stock w/ leather. PROVENANCE: Ralph Merrill Collection CONDITION: Pistol has 98% orig finish with wear largely limited to the high edges of the rails and minor freckling and handling nicks around mag housing. Minimal freckling on front of broad front and backstrap. Bright bore with strong rifling and minimal corrosion.(C&R) 4-47271 LMA43 (2,000-3,000)

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