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1007
Revised: 3/24/2017

Please Note: There is a typographical error. The Serial Number is 135, NOT 135S.

SCARCE NEW HAVEN ARMS VOLCANIC CARBINE WITH 16″ BARREL.

SN 135S. Cal. 41. Standard carbine with 16-5/8″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, nickel silver front sight and a replacement fixed rear sight in the top flat dovetail. Top flat of the bbl has faint standard New Haven markings and 1854 patent date. Rnd part of the bbl, under the loading sleeve is marked with the assembly #21 with matching assembly number on rear face of loading sleeve. Loading sleeve screw is a replacement. Lever is also a replacement. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip and crescent brass buttplate. Left side lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly # 135 which number is also found inside top tang of buttplate and top tang area of buttstock, under the buttplate. Buttstock has a cleaned burn mark on the left side. The New Haven Arms Co. evolved from Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. which had been acquired by Oliver Winchester from Smith & Wesson in 1855. The New Haven Arms Co., in the period 1857-1860 produced about 1,000 Volcanic carbines in 3 bbl lengths. The Volcanic cartridge was not well received with the buying public due to its lack of stopping power and other problems. Fortunately the design of the Volcanic pistols & carbines evolved into the more famous Model 1860 Henry rifle, made famous during the Civil War. The Volcanic line of arms was the basis for the subsequent line of Winchester Repeating Firearms still being produced today. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains being an overall smooth, dark gray/brown patina with scattered light pitting on bbl & magazine tube along with small nicks & dings. Receiver and side plates show light edge wear with nicks & dings in top edges of side plates and overall shows a dark mustard patina. The replacement lever is a gray metal patina. Lever screw is replaced with a pin. Stock is sound with the aforementioned burn spot and light nicks & scratches in the varnish and overall retains about 95% orig finish. Carrier will not fully retract when lever is closed, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright, shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 51137-6 JRL (4,000-8,000) – Lot 1007

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1077
Revised: 4/6/2017

Ivory Note due to ivory beads. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meet the standard for sale under ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase.

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 103290. Cal 45-90. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, bead sporting front sight and a replacement semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1895 when hunting was a way of life across America. This cartridge was capable of taking the largest and most dangerous North American big game up to and including the largest Bears. Arms of that era with color case hardened receivers are rarely found with high orig finish. Exposure to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight rapidly fades those colors leaving a silver patina. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only sharp muzzle end edge wear. Receiver retains 70-75% orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas on the sides, faded over the top & bottom. Top & bottom tangs show very bright case colors. Hammer retains dark case colors, as does the lever on the sides. Forend cap retains 60-70% faded case colors and the buttplate is a silver patina. Wood is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright, shiny bore. Would make an outstanding shooter. 51460-5 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 1077

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1082
Revised: 4/6/2017

Ivory Note due to ivory beads. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meet the standard for sale under ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase.

*SCARCE EXTRA LIGHT WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 133572. Cal 33 WCF. Standard grade rifle with 24″ tapered, rnd extra light bbl with a scarce feature of a full magazine. It has pedestal mounted Lyman front sight & altered semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle is additionally unusual with the crescent buttplate. The 33 WCF cartridge utilized the large 50-110 case neck down to cal 33 which resulted in a formidable high velocity cartridge suitable for any North American big game including Moose, Elk & even the largest Bears. The resulting recoil of this large cartridge was equally formidable and shooting one with a crescent buttplate was tantamount to inviting a severely bruised shoulder and a bloody nose. Most of these rifles were sold with shotgun buttplates.Accompanied by a factory letter indicating that was shipped as Rifle 33 Cal, round barrel, plain trigger, full magazine, rifle butt and received in warehouse March 25, 1905 and shipped May 25 1905 to order number 11812. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 97-98% strong orig blue with a few small nicks on the left side and some slight discoloration on right side near the muzzle. Magazine tube retains about 98% orig blue with a few small nicks and some muzzle end wear. Receiver retains 93-95% orig blue, strong on the sides and over the top showing edge wear with a few small scratches and light thinning on the bottom front edge at the carry point. Hammer retains virtually all its orig case colors, turned a little dark. Lever retains strong case colors on the sides and in sheltered areas. Buttplate is a silver patina. Wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches with the buttstock retaining 95-96% orig finish. Forearm retains about 90% orig finish showing wear on the bottom rear at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 51565-4 JRL (3,500-4,500) C&R – Lot 1082

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1125
Revised: 3/22/2017

Please Note: Good News! This unique cased rifle was formerly in the world renowned collection of Ambassador Miguel Mujica Galle, founder of the Gold Museum of Peru and Arms of the World Museum in Lima, Peru. The cased Whitney Kennedy is illustrated in early editions of the museum catalog.

EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED CASED EXHIBITION QUALITY WHITNEY KENNEDY DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH LOADING TOOL, BOWIE KNIFE AND AMMO IN CASE.

SN O564. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Beautiful deluxe rifle with nickel trim. It has 28″ extra length rnd bbl, full magazine, gold washed Beaches combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and a Winchester Model 1873 sporting tang sight with 4″ staff. Lever, forend cap, magazine band and buttplate are nickel finished. Mounted with very highly figured American walnut with checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate that has a trap. Bottom of the stock has a factory nickel finish sling swivel marked with patent date. Serial number was observed on the bottom tang, left side of top tang, under the wood, left side of lever shank and inside toe of buttplate. Wood is un-numbered and is possibly an old replacement. Top tang is marked with standard patent dates including the August 12, 1879 Kennedy-Tiesing patent. Receiver is exhibition quality engraved, probably by Master Engraver L.D. Nimschke with the large oval vignette of 3 dogs attacking a bear in the foreground, another dog attacking a bear cub climbing a tree in the background, and a hunter with a rifle rushing toward the bear further in the background all set in a very detailed forest scene. This vignette is surrounded by wonderful foliate arabesque scrolls with light pearled background. The bolt dust cover is engraved with a small vignette of a running buck deer and right side of receiver is engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns with an empty inscription scroll in the center. Bottom of the receiver and over the chamber area of the bbl, along with the top tang, lever forend cap and buttplate tang are engraved to match. Bbl is marked with the “WHITNEYVILLE ARMORY, CT U.S.A. KENNEDY” address with the caliber marking over the chamber area. Accompanied by an extremely rare, possibly the only one of its type in existence, rosewood blue velvet lined casing. Case measures 49″ long X 10-3/4″ wide and 3-1/2″ deep. The lid is inlaid with a 3-1/4″ X 1-3/4″ silver shield engraved “M.D. / 1885”. Interior is French fitted in the bottom for the rifle, knife, loading tool and cartridge block with 6 small & large empty compartments. Also accompanied by a fine Marlin model 1881 loading tool bearing SN “358” which is complete except for the expander plug. Left arm of the tool is marked “44 W”. Additionally accompanied by a London, Victorian style Bowie knife with 9-1/4″ clip point blade that has 4″ back grind and is marked with an oval cartouche on the left side “J. CURLEY & BROTHERS”. Knife has an integral fluted 3/16″ thick hand-guard as part of an unusual solid German silver handle. Accompanied by its original black leather sheath with decorative German silver throat & tip. Reverse side of the sheath has an attached matching black leather belt loop. Additionally accompanied by a cartridge block containing 50 rounds of mixed head stamp 44-40 ammo. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there was a total of about 15,000 of these firearms produced in 2 distinct styles in rifles, both large & small frame, muskets & carbines. Extremely few were special ordered with extra length bbls over the standard 24″ in deluxe configuration and of those extraordinarily few were exhibition engraved. It is very likely that this rifle was part of a World Expo exhibition. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching except stock as noted. Bbl retains about 95-96% strong orig blue and the magazine tube about 95% blue turning plum. Receiver retains about 90% glossy orig blue with the losses from flaking, not from wear. Hammer retains bright case colors on the sides turned dark on the edges. Lever retains about 60-65% orig nickel and the forend cap about 30% with the balance cleaned metal patina. Loading gate retains about 25-30% orig nickel. Buttplate is cleaned metal patina. Wood is sound with a few very light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of an extremely fine restored finish on the buttstock with the forearm retaining most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some minor roughness about mid-way. Loading tool is extremely fine retaining 88-90% glossy orig blue with loss areas from flaking. Knife has been sharpened and shows a slight concave belly on the cutting edge. Handle is fine. Sheath has a crackled surface and retains about 85% orig black finish. Throat & tip each have a couple of small dents. Ammo is dark & oxidized with 1 misfired primer. Case has a grain check in the lid otherwise is completely sound with handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig finish. Interior is heavily faded with moderate soil in the bottom and some minor damage in the area of the sights. An incredibly rare set. 51687-2 JRL (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1125

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1126
Revised: 4/10/2017

Please Note: The bullets in the box are 45 x 85 x 300 as cataloged, however the gun requires 45 x 85 x 285.

SCARCE LARGE FRAME COLT LIGHTENING PUMP ACTION RIFLE.

SN 6282. Cal 45-85-285. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight with nickel silver front blade and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of receiver has the Rampant Colt logo marking. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip & crescent buttplate. Forearm is standard style made of 2 piece of walnut, checkered with fluted ends. Left side upper tang is marked with matching SN which is also found on front face of buttstock. Inside the buttplate is marked with the SN “6222”, obviously an assemblers mistake. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this rifle in the caliber as found with 28″ oct bbl, blue finish and sold to E.K. Tryon Jr. & Co., Philadelphia PA, shipped to Charles D. Gibbons, address unavailable on September 18, 1893 in a one gun shipment. Also accompanied by a full box of UMC 45-85-300 ammunition. Box has rnd corners with green & black top & side label and orange & black end labels on the bottom. Reverse side of the box has a large green & white seal that has been opened. Box contains 16 rnds of orig copper tube expanding lead bullet cartridges and 4 UMC solid lead bullet cartridges. According to the Blue Book of Antique American Firearms & Values, Fjestad & Allen there were 4,496 large frame Lightening rifles produced in the period 1887-1894, of which only 1,079 were in 45-85 cal. These rifles were produced as competition for the big bore Marlin’s and Winchester’s but never received the popularity from the buying public necessary for continued production. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching, buttplate as noted. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-97% crisp orig blue with light sharp edge wear and slight muzzle end wear. Receiver retains 88-90% orig blue, strong and bright on the left side and over the top, thinning on the right side & bottom. Trigger guard is also thinning blue with most of the bottom tang in gray metal patina. Top tang is thin blue. Buttplate is faded to silver. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Ammunition box is very fine showing only light edge wear & soil with darkened ends. Ammunition is crisp & clean. 51570-8 JRL (8,000-12,000) – Lot 1126

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1129
Revised: 4/6/2017

Please Note: We misspelled John Kopec’s name in the description. It is spelled Kopec NOT Kopek.

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY SN 5773 POSITIVELY PROVEN TO HAVE BEEN USED BY ONE OF CUSTER’S MEN DURING THE INFAMOUS BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIGHORN.

SN 5773. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line September 19, 1871 and July 2, 1872 patent dates along with a small “U.S.” Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in the backstrap channel. Ejector housing is orig first type with bullseye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Bottom of the bbl under the ejector housing is marked with matching SN which is also found on the cylinder. Bottom of the bbl also has a tiny “A” (Orville W Ainsworth) sub-inspector initial along with a small “P”. Mr. Ainsworth’s “A” inspector initial is also found on the trigger guard below the SN and on the cylinder which also has a tiny “P” inspector initial. Top of the backstrap also has a small “A” sub-inspector initial. The grip shows heavy wear which has obliterated the Ainsworth cartouche and bottom edge of grip is somewhat battered which also obliterated his inspector initial. Front bottom edge of the ejector housing is beveled rather than having a sharp edge as it originally left the factory. Bottom front edge of the buttstrap is also lightly beveled instead of being a sharp edge as was original on these early revolvers. This was often done at the arsenal level and in the field. The reason being that sharp edges on the ejector housing quickly wore the holsters and the sharp edge of the buttstrap was uncomfortable for the shooter. Cylinder has large, wide stop notches without approaches but shows slight battering from the lock bolt in those areas. Loading gate has the assembly number “710” which is also found on bottom of frame, under the trigger guard. A large portion of the revolver has moderate to heavy blood pitting, especially on the cylinder, recoil shield and frame. This Colt SA Army is a true historic American treasure. It is the only documented, complete and original Colt SA Army that can be proven to have been part of one of the greatest military cavalry disasters of all time. In the summer of 1876, General George Armstrong Custer together with 12 companies of approximately 800 men were on the trail of Sitting Bull and his band of Sioux followers. Custer’s command was part of a 3 prong effort to source, capture and bring back this large group that had left the reservation. Custer and his men discovered Sitting Bull’s camp on the banks of the Little Big Horn River on the 25th of June and for various reasons decided to immediately attack. Custer divided his command into 4 units; 3 of which would participate in the battle. His intention was to descend upon the Indian village with the 3 different units all attacking in pincer type movement. Custer, with 200+ men, intending to go to the far end of the village while Reno and Benteen coordinated and attacked on the other end of the village. When Custer initially planned the attack, he assumed it was a typical Indian village. What he did not know was that it was a massive gathering of Lakota, Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians consisting of literally thousands. Reno was the first to attack and was quickly repulsed and retreated to a hilltop defense position which he and his men desperately held. Eventually Benteen returned coming to their rescue and together they were able to repulse the attacks. Custer and his 5 companies, however, were not so fortunate. Upon attacking the far end of the village, he was immediately repulsed and his command, shortly thereafter, disintegrated. Eventually, the Indians overwhelmed Custer’s command. Custer, his two brothers, a nephew, his brother-in-law, together with his entire command were annihilated; not a single soul survived. A couple of days later, Benteen together with a command of troopers, visited the battle site and collected and buried all of their massacred brothers. What they observed was a grisly battlefield of naked, mutilated bodies and virtually nothing of value left. The Indians had removed the troopers’ uniforms, boots, holsters and of course their guns. With a few exceptions, the battlefield had been swept clean by the Indians. Few items that the Indians missed were either gathered or buried with the troopers. Documents found in the National Archives relate to a board of survey convened at Fort Rice, Dakota Territory on December 5th, 1876. That survey related to a group of 12 Springfield Carbines and 3 Colt SA Revolvers including SN 5743, 6559 and this gun, SN 5773. This group, as presented by Captain Benteen, in his words, were all rendered unserviceable in action against hostile Indians at the Battle of Little Bighorn, M.T. on the 25th and 26th of June, 1876. As such, these guns are the only that can be positively identified to have been utilized in the infamous battle. The documentation was made by one of Custer’s commanding officers who was present at the battle and the guns are identified by serial number, thus conclusively proving their existence at the battle. It must be remembered that after the battle, nearly all guns were swept clean of the battlefield by the Indians. Shortly after that, these Indians either disbanded and returned to the reservation or escaped to Canada. Initially, any Indian possessing one of these firearms kept its existence confidential. After all, at this crucial time in history, possession of evidence such as that would have likely rendered an immediate death sentence for any Indian possessing a U.S. Cavalry gun. So the guns identified by serial number and turned over by Benteen are not only conclusive battlefield participants but also exceedingly rare. Over the years, many guns have been identified as purportedly having been used at the battle and indeed, any gun that could be associated with the battle carries a significant premium. These guns that have been purported to have been involved in the battle are identified as such, based on one of four different rationales or proof. 1. Known general serial number range of Colt SAs distributed to Custer’s troopers. There are no known exact firearm serial number records of guns issued to Custer’s troopers, however it is known by the Springfield Archive records that approximately 700 Colt SA Armies were issued to Custer troopers and it is know that those 700 basically came from a serial number range running from #4500-7527. Because of this, if one had a Colt SA Army that fell somewhere in that range, there was a possibility that this gun had been used by the cavalry and as such, commanded a premium. Obviously, that is a big if. 2. Family history or provenance linking a gun to the battle. Over the years, guns have surfaced with interesting and in some cases, very believable pedigree and/or history having been acquired by an Indian family purported to have participated in the massacre. However other than the story and details, in such cases, none of these guns could be positively proven as being used at the battle. 3. Forensic proof. In the mid-1980s, an archaeological dig was conducted at the battle site. At that time, an army of metal detector handlers scanned the battlefield and marked any findings. Later, the objects were excavated, mapped and documented. All cartridge casings discovered were documented and retrieved. At some point during the archaeological dig, it was suggested that these cartridge casings might be used to prove the actual usage of some suspected guns during the battle. For years, criminologists had used spent cartridge casings to match and identify crime firearms. Essentially, when a cartridge is fired in a gun, the resulting recoil leaves microscopic impressions or marks on the head of the spent cartridge casing. These are much like a fingerprint and tend to be somewhat unique, thus if you have a spent cartridge casing and a suspected gun, if you fire another cartridge in the questioned gun and match the heads of the casings, if these microscopic imperfections match up identically then much like a fingerprint, it proves the use and match of the suspected gun. There were literally hundreds if not thousands of people who owned firearms which they believed had been used at the battle and a special invitation was extended to any and all people or institutions with such guns. Originally, fifteen long arms were matched up to spent cartridge cases found on the battlefield. Ten of these long arms were in institutions and five in private hands (four of these forensically proven long arms have been successfully sold by Julia’s over the years for clients). The resulting matchup is not absolute proof positive but is reasonably accurate, unlike options 1 and 2 above. 4. Documented serial numbers of guns turned in by Captain Benteen. As previously mentioned these guns are the only guns in existence which are unquestionably, positively proven to have been used at this infamous battle. Captain Benteen’s records and the documenting of the serial numbers conclusively prove this exact gun SN 5773 was at the battle. This very rare Colt SA, SN 5773, is one of the 3 guns that Captain Benteen documented in his reports. This exact gun has been subject of numerous articles and was extensively discussed and described and covered in great detail with several photographs on page 266, 267 & 268 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A continuing study by John Kopek and Sterling Fenn. This exact pistol, SN 5773 together with 5743 and 6559 were turned over to the Ordinance Department. It is known that 5743 and 6559 were later, during the Spanish-American War, rebuilt and converted to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ barrels. However, 5773 was not documented as having been reissued during the war and today is still in its original configuration and condition. It is strongly believed that gun was possibly sold out of the armory at some point in time. It is not known how or when it left the armory but what is known is that in 1979, it was discovered in Switzerland. It was accompanied by another Colt SA, SN 68360; both of which were complete with holster and belt. The guns were sold on a couple of occasions and were finally acquired by our consignor in the early 1990s. At the time, the extraordinary history was not known. It was not until our consignor sent a letter with photographs to Sterling Fenn and John Kopek. It was then that John Kopek identified SN 5773 as one of the very guns that Captain Benteen had turned in. Since that time, this historic gun has remained in our consignor’s collection. Today, the gun is essentially completely original and as it was in 1876 when Benteen turned it in. This gun, unlike the other two, has not been altered and although it is not known for certain why the gun was considered unserviceable, there are two likely possibilities. Mr. Kopek, at the time speculated that since the gun retains a fair amount of “blood” pitting, this might have been the reason, but more likely was the fact that on careful examination, it can be determined that the lock bolt trigger return spring is a replacement. Subsequently, it is very likely that the only thing wrong with the gun in terms of function was that the cylinder would not lock into position. The unique and important aspect of this Colt is that it is the only complete and original Colt SA extant that can be positively documented to this most historic and infamous battle. As previously mentioned, SN 5743 and 6559 are known to be converted, altered, restored and refinished and put back into service during the Spanish-American War. We do not know the whereabouts or current condition of SN 5743 but 6559 was offered and sold by our auction company in the late 1990s. At the time, it had been discovered in relic condition. The cylinder was blown out, all parts of the gun had much pitting, there was no original finish and it had many alterations; in fact, the only component of the Colt pistol bearing the special SN 6559 was the barrel. We believe this Colt SA, SN 5773, to be the single most significant and authentic and completely documented firearm from that famous battle. It is not based on speculation but is absolutely indisputable that this revolver participated in the famous Battle of Little Bighorn. As such, this is a truly historic treasure worthy of the finest of most advanced collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including bbl, cylinder & grip. No orig finish remains being an overall gray metal patina with dark patina in the most sheltered areas on the frame. The frame & cylinder have numerous areas of moderate to heavy blood pitting, heavier on the cylinder. Bbl has light, fine pitting toward the muzzle end with scattered spots of light pitting elsewhere. Trigger guard & ejector housing also show very fine pitting. Grip is sound with a few nicks, dings & scratches and shows heavy edge wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling & fine pitting. 51218-1 JDJ (175,000-275,000) – Lot 1129

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1135
Revised: 3/24/2017

Please Note: Upon closer examination, the barrel address and patent date appears to be chased. Patent dates were thinned during the final polish. We guarantee this gun to be a genuine New York engraved single action.

WONDERFUL ANTIQUE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 92065. Cal 45 COLT. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, thinned front sight but still full height and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Mounted with beautiful 2-pc pearl grips, probably supplied by the distributor, with relief carved flying American eagle on left side. Engraving by Mr. Nimschke is about D-coverage consisting of extremely well executed foliate arabesque patterns on the frame, bbl, cylinder, backstrap, buttstrap, trigger guard and ejector housing. Top strap is engraved with very fine diamond & dot patterns along with foliate patterns, most unusual for a single action but frequently seen on Mr. Nimschke’s engraved Winchesters. Top of the backstrap is engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s fan pattern with a triangle at the center and flower blossoms covering the junction of the backstrap shoulders to the frame. Sides of the shoulders are engraved in fan patterns. Trigger bow & ejector housing both have very detailed engraved Hunter’s Stars. Accompanied by a 4-page letter from renowned Colt historian and author, the late R.L. Wilson wherein he authenticates the engraving as having been accomplished by master engraver L.D. Nimschke. Additionally accompanied by a 3 page article about this revolver which appeared in the March 1997 issue of the German arms magazine, Deutsches Waffen-Journal which featured this revolver on the cover. An illustration in the article includes a Colt factory letter which identified this revolver in caliber 45 with 7-1/2″ bbl, “soft” finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Hartley & Graham, NY, NY on May 9, 1883 in a 25 gun shipment. Under remarks section the letter states that “soft” indicates that the revolver was shipped without final finishing for engraving outside the factory. Additionally accompanied by a fine R.T. Frazier double-loop buck stitched holster. Body of the holster has very fine border carving and the “R.T. Frazier / Pueblo-COLO.” cartouche on the top loop. Given the quality and extent of the engraving along with the fine holster it seems likely that this revolver belonged to someone in the west. Although the holster shows moderate to heavy wear, the revolver does not, indicating that it saw very little use, just some light handling. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine retaining virtually all of its fine nickel finish that appears to be completely original. Screws retain most of their bright fire blue. Cylinder has been fired but very little, showing “burn” around all 6 chambers, otherwise cylinder retains virtually all of its orig nickel. Grip is missing a large chunk and a small chip at the right heel and another small chip from the right toe otherwise grips are sound showing extremely light wear with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Holster shows moderate to heavy wear with some finish loss near the top and on the loops otherwise is sound and retains 80% fine orig brown finish. 51732-7 JRL (25,000-45,000) – Lot 1135

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1186
Revised: 4/10/2017

Please Note: Upon closer examination, we noted a small crack at the screw hole on the left hand side cover plate.

EXTREMELY RARE ENGRAVED WHITNEY-LAIDLEY STYLE 1 DELUXE SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 9611. Cal appears to be 45-70. Spectacular Whitney Sporting rifle with 34″ tapered rnd bbl, Spirit level windgage front sight, no provision for a rear sight & vernier tang sight with 4-3/4″ staff graduated to 800 yards. Mounted with spectacular shell grain European walnut with long, tapered, checkered forearm that has horn tip and raised side panels at the receiver and Sharps style checkered pistol grip buttstock that has smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Receiver & trigger guard are beautifully engraved by master engraver L.D. Nimschke. Engraving consists of full coverage on the receiver with the small round vignette of 2 quail on the left side and a bird dog on point on the top flat. The remainder of the receiver is engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s typical, intertwined flowing foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background. The engraving is surrounded by very fine borders with feather patterns on top edges of the receiver by the breech block slot. Hammer, breech block & breech block safety are engraved to match with a variety of patterns including Mr. Nimschke’s trademark diamond & dot patterns. Screw heads are all engraved and the breech block & hammer pins have an engraved rosette around each tip. Trigger guard is engraved to match. This beautiful rifle was originally gold washed and was evidently an exhibition piece for a World Expo, probably the 1876 Colombian Exposition. Serial number was observed on the bottom tang, bottom of the bbl, inside the forend barrel channel, inside top tang and inside toe of buttplate. The tang screws are gold washed also and it appears that the buttplate was nickel plated with nickel plated screws. Rear face of buttstock also has the hand written name “J. Deeks”. Accompanied by 2 small museum acquisition tags from the Cody Firearms Museum. John Deeks was the consignor’s brother and lived in Globe, AZ until the time of his death in 2007. The consignor purchased the rifle from his brother before his death. Previously, the rifle was loaned in 1996 to the Buffalo Bill Historic Center where it remained until transferred for auction in December, 2016. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 5,000 sporting and target rifles were produced by Whitney 1871-1881. Obviously very few of that number were Deluxe and incredibly few were engraved, making this one of the most rare of all single shot rifles. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, appears to be new & unfired. Bbl retains about 99% crisp orig blue. Receiver & attached small parts retain traces of gold wash being mostly bright nickel. Inside the receiver, under the wood retains strong gold wash. Buttplate retains about 50% orig nickel. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 51703-1 JRL (15,000-20,000) – Lot 1186

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1231
Revised: 3/30/2017

Please Note: The painting of Captain Rutherford is not offered with this lot. The painting is on display at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich London, Greenwich Hospital Collection.

RARE AND EXTRAORDINARY CASED 100 GUINEA LLOYD’S PATRIOTIC FUND PRESENTATION SWORD FOR HERO OF BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR.

Captain William George Rutherford (1764-1818), Commander of HMS Swiftsure, at the Battle of Trafalgar was given this magnificent sword with presentation on blade, “FROM THE PATRIOTIC FUND AT LLOYDS TO W.G. RUTHERFORD ESQr CAPtn OF H.M.S. SWIFTSURE / FOR HIS MERITORIOUS SERVICES IN CONTRIBUTING TO THE SIGNAL VICTORY OBTAINED OVER THE COMBINED / FLEETS OF FRANCE AND SPAIN OFF CAPE TRAFALGAR, ON THE 21ST OF OCTOBER 1805”. Secondary inscription on brass plaque mounted on casing “FROM THE PATRIOTIC FUND / LLOYD’S LONDON / to CAPTAIN WILLIAM GORDON RUTHERFORD / OF H.M.S. SWIFTSURE / 1805”. Rutherford is shown wearing this sword and belt in painting from the National Maritime Museum, in London. “Swiftsure” was sixteenth in Nelson’s line between “Revenge ” and “Defiance”, Oct. 21, 1805 the battle which ensued became the most decisive naval victory in world history to that date. Lord Nelson’s 27 ships of the line defeated 33 French & Spanish ships. The Franco-Spanish fleet lost 22 ships, without a single British vessel being lost. Admiral Nelson was mortally wounded in this great fight and “Swiftsure” was damaged losing 17 men. “Swiftsure” proved decisive in several of the Trafalgar engagements, engaging several times with the 80-gun Spanish ship “Argonauta” and the 74 French ship “Achille”. From T.A. Heathcote’s Nelson’s Trafalgar Captains & Their Battles, 2005, pgs 149-150. “H.M.S. Belleisle had been dismasted and was being pounded by three enemy ships when from the gun smoke emerged the “Swiftsure”, her crew cheering and her guns firing double-shotted rounds into the enemy, principally the “Achille” which was dismasted and caught fire, flames racing through the wooden ship. As thousands of panicking French sailors jumped into the sea, Rutherford ordered his ship’s boats to rescue as many survivors as could be found, pulling hundreds aboard his ship but losing several men when the “Achille’s” magazines suddenly detonated, swamping one of his boats. “Swiftsure then tried to engage the 74-gun “Aigle” and the 80-gun “Neptune”. “Aigle” moved away, however, when her captain spotted the arrival of the H.M.S. Polyphemus. Following the battle, the barely damaged “Swiftsure” took the sinking “Redoutable” in tow but was forced to cut the line when the French ship suddenly sank. Amongst the hundreds who drowned were five “Swiftsure” men. Rutherford returned to Gibraltar and from there traveled to Britain, where he was rewarded for his part in the action.” William Gordon Rutherford no doubt was the only Trafalgar Captain to have been born in the United States; Wilmington, NC. During the Revolution, his Loyalist family moved to the Caribbean and at only 14 years of age, Rutherford was put to sea on the H.M.S. Suffolk and proved to be a very capable sailor. He advanced through the ranks serving with distinction in the West Indies Campaigns at Martinique, St. Lucia and Guadalupe. In 1794, he was promoted to Commander of the 16-gun sloop “Nautilus”, then H.M.S. Dictator, H.M.S. Brunswick, H.M.S. Decade. In May 1805, “He became acting Captain of the “Swiftsure”, a new 3rd rate seventy-four [74 guns], and at Nelson’s express wish, was given permanent command in July. In this vessel, he took part in Nelson’s famous pursuit of Villeneuve’s Fleet – the Toulon Fleet – which had sailed for the West Indies in the summer of 1804, in order to draw the British Admiral from the neighborhood of the channel to cross which for the invasion of England, Napoleon was waiting at Boulogne”. While on his return from the West Indies, Captain Rutherford wrote his brother August 4, 1805 describing his transition as Captain and the pursuit of the French fleet which would result in the great British victory at Trafalgar. This information taken from Janet Schaw’s Journal of a Lady of Quality; Being the Narrative from the Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, Yale University Press, 1921, this text has good biographies of Rutherford family along with details of the descendency of this sword. “Thus, “little Billy”, born in North Carolina, stands in history as one of the “Heroes of Trafalgar”. In his will, he leaves his Trafalgar sword and medal to his nephew, his sister’s son, and these interesting relics, the outward marks of a notable career… That Captain Rutherford would have been promoted by Nelson himself to be a Captain of a ship of the line was a rare distinction…North Carolina should take pride in being the birthplace of so noteworthy a man.” PROVENANCE: William Gordon Rutherford, 1805; left in his will to nephew, 1818; Royal United Services Museum; de-assessed in 1962 and purchased by Val Forgett (1930-2002); pictured in Leslie Southwick’s 1982 article. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Very fine-extremely fine overall. 32″ x 1-1/2″ wide blade, gold & blue decoration are vivid and 98% bright, intact and discernible. 3-line presentation is excellent and among the finest you will see. Brass hilt, scabbard & decoration retain over 95% of their orig gold plating. Velvet backgrounds to scabbard panels have lost some of their velvet nap. Scabbard is excellent, complete and mounts retain 95%+ orig gilting with fine detailed chased engraving and relief casting. The certifiable antique elephant ivory grip has a fine mellow patina with light hairline crack unaffecting aesthetics. The accompanying sword belt is in equally fine condition showing light wear, but bullion stitching is virtually all intact with wear to nap, gilting of buckle is virtually all intact. The orig mahogany veneered case is very good to fine overall, with normal nicks, scratches and other minor blemishes to surface associated with 200 years. Interior of box is very good retaining good nap & color to the green felt lining. Richard Teed’s vellum label in case is very good and complete. No doubt, this is the finest Trafalgar sword to ever be sold in American auction. 51687-9 JS (150,000-250,000) ESA – Lot 1231

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1267
Revised: 4/9/2017

Please Note: These fine and rare hand mortars are illustrated on plate 10 as Lot 410 and described on page 30 in F. Theodore Dexter’s Half Century Scrapbook of Vari-Type Firearms published 1960. This book is of the Frank E. Bivens Jr. Collection.

FINE, MASSIVE AND VERY RARE PAIR OF DUTCH-STYLE WHEEL LOCK HAND MORTARS, PROBABLY AUSTRIAN USAGE, CIRCA 1625.

NSN. Cal. 5.2cm. 13-1/2″ overall, 6-1/4″ (16cm) bbls. The heavy brass hand mortars weigh over 6lbs each with characteristic reinforced breeches and extremely large bores mounted on European walnut full stocks with molding under bbls. Locks are convex and typical of Dutch-style Wheel Lock military pistols of the period. Steel trigger guards with steel forend reinforcing bands, and steel lozenge-shaped buttcaps. This is an extremely impressive pair of Wheel Lock mortars doubtless carried on a naval vessel to signal and throw bombs. Single mortars of this type are rare and pairs are virtually unknown outside major European museums. PROVENANCE: Private Lifetime Collection Of A Noted Scholar And Authority. CONDITION: Very good overall. Steel trigger guards cleaned in the European manner with some staining and light pitting. Locks are clean gray metal in working order. The molded walnut stocks are freshly varnished and show some old worm holes now filled but generally good. The huge brass bbls exhibit some wear and the usual dents, scratches and minor cosmetic defects expected after almost 400 years.. 51625-8 (35,000-55,000) – Lot 1267

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1284
Revised: 3/22/2017

Please Note: The restoration noted in the description is cosmetic only.

SUPERBLY RELIEF CARVED GOLDEN AGE FLINT LOCK RIFLE BY ADAMS COUNTY, PA GUNSMITH, ADAM ERNST.

NSN. Cal. 52. 41″ full octagon barrel signed at top flat in “A Ernst”. Overall length 57″. Barrel is fastened to curly maple stock with 4 barrel wedges, 4-piece engraved brass patchbox, which has 3 piercings. Head is shaped somewhat like an arrow. Double-set triggers and brass-mounted. Engraving is somewhat sparse, but quite good. Beveled-brass sideplate is nicely engraved en suite with patchbox. Hand-forged flintlock is unmarked. Left side of stock is relief carved to rear, under and forward of cheekpiece. Carving is composed of C-scrolls and is the work of an artist superb in rococo design. It would be difficult to find better carving exemplified in the work of any other gunsmith. Half-moon, silver-engraved inlay with face on cheekpiece and oval silver inlay on top of wrist. Nicely relief carved around barrel tang with incised carving behind rear ramrod pipe. Adam Ernst is listed as a gunsmith in Berwick Township, Adams County, PA in the years 1805-1811. CONDITION: Fine overall with minor restoration including reconversion to flint from percussion. 51828-1 JS (20,000-25,000) – Lot 1284

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1285
Revised: 4/6/2017

Please Note: The restoration mentioned is cosmetic only.

JOHN NOLL, CHAMBERSBURG SCHOOL RELIEF CARVED KENTUCKY RIFLE.

NSN. Cal. 54. 42-1/2″ full octagon barrel signed at breech in raised cartouche “IN” with dagger for John Noll. Overall length 58″. The low relief and incised carving on this rifle is very similar to other rifles found in the literature. The low relief carving forward of the patch box and on the cheek piece side of the butt showed beautifully executed C-Scroll designs with incised cross-hatching used by both John and Henry Noll. The rifle has a 4-piece engraved patchbox with 3 piercings. It is interesting to note rifles pictured by Noll’s exhibit the use of 7 various finial styles. The engraved flintlock is unmarked and is a well-executed reconversion. The 5-1/2″ long brass toeplate has simple engraving en suite as does the lock escutcheon and the rifle has single set trigger. All the carvings and inlays are consistent with Noll’s work in the Chambersburg school. John Noll was a master gunsmith, carver and engraver who had the ability to interpret the academic rococo design and the ability to successfully compose his designs. John Noll is listed as a gunsmith in Washington Township, Franklin County, PA from 1800-1820. He was one of the great master gunsmiths of the golden age of Kentucky rifles. He was also one of the best designers and engravers of patchboxes and other metal parts, and one of the top-quality carvers. CONDITION: This rifle shows signs of great use but is in the condition you like to find them – with only minor restoration including well-executed percussion flint reconversion. The patina on the brass and wood throughout are consistent. 51828-2 JS (15,000-20,000) – Lot 1285

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1330
Revised: 3/24/2017

Please Note: There was a cataloging error. The bead is actually a white metal bead. Please disregard all references to the ESA Act on ivory.

*MERKEL MODEL 303E WITH THREE BARREL SETS, DOUBLE RIFLE, RIFLE/ SHOTGUN, AND DOUBLE SHOTGUN, SCHMIDT AND BENDER SCOPE, AND CASE.

SN 68349. Cal. 9.3x74R x 9.3x74R, 12 x 12, 12 x 30-06. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Three sets of demi-block OU bbls, 25-3/4″ double rifle, 25-5/8″ rifle/ shotgun, and 28″ double shotgun. Double rifle set is fitted with quarter rib, holding one standing rear sight and claw scope bases for Schmidt and Bender 1.1 – 4 X 24 Zenith 30mm scope with 3 post and crosshair reticle. This bbl set has a proof date of 12/68. Rifle/ shotgun bbl set has full length solid rib with flip-over rifle/ shotgun rear sight, with bbl proof date of 1/68. Double shotgun set with matted ventilated rib has a proof date of 1/68. All bbl sets are of Bohler steel and have DDR proofs. Rear portions are engraved with well cut large open scroll with “GEBRUDER MERKEL, SUHL” on left sides. Coin finished OU double Kersten sidelock action features non-automatic safety, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and dbl triggers (front set). Locks are hand detachable with takedown screw flap in right lockplate. Lock internals are engine turned. Action is engraved with full coverage well cut semi-relief large open shaded scroll with floral highlights. Lockplates are engraved with dramatic scenes also in semi-relief of hawk stooping upon game birds, with left side depicting a covey of quail (?) scattering amongst under growth, and with four pheasant in various poses either running or flying on right. Bottom of action is engraved with makers name, and steel trigger guard is engraved with matching scroll. Finely marbled and lightly figured European walnut black capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over orig beaded horn buttplate with embossed Merkel logo. Stock features right hand shadow line cheekpiece, multi-point pattern checkering at grip, with a chinstrap transition to butt, which has a sling loop as well as a gold oval engraved with monogram “JPB” (?) on toe line. Bbls are fitted with 3-pc ejector forend with Deeley release, bottom section of which serves all three bbl sets. DOUBLE RIFLE: Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Neutral cast. Weight: 8 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. RIFLE/ SHOTGUN: Bore diameter: top -.726. Bore restrictions: top – .042 (extra full). Wall thickness: top – .033. Drop at heel: approx 2-3/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Neutral cast. Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. DOUBLE SHOTGUN: Bore diameter: top -.726, bottom – .726. Bore restrictions: top – .013 (mod), bottom – .015 (mod). Wall thickness: top – .029, bottom – .031. Drop at heel: 2-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Tan leather case with riveted-on brass corners is lined in burgundy velvet. It has space for action and all three sets of bbls. Case contains a pair of 12 gauge snap caps. A covered compartment contains a scope cover and two keys, as well as an initial plate for top of case with same initials as on gold oval. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Excellent. All bbl sets retain over 95% of what appears to be orig blue, silvered on sharp edges. Action retains nearly all of its coin finish, some areas darkening. Stocks retain 85 – 90% orig hand rubbed oil finish, thinned around grip and on forend, with numerous light marks and bumps. All bores are very fine to excellent. Shotgun and rifle/ shotgun bbls are tight. 12ga shotgun bbl has well patinaed ivory bead sight. Double rifle bbls are a bit loose with forend removed. Ejectors are strong and in time. Scope is excellent, near new. Optically clear. Case leather is darkening and has many marks and rubs. Interior cloth is very good with a number of areas rubbed through. Straps and handle are good. A fine combination for the worldwide one gun hunter. 51602-1 MGM95 (12,500-17,500) ESA – Lot 1330

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1340
Revised: 4/6/2017

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*VERY FINE JAMES PURDEY ROUND BODIED OVER-UNDER SIDELOCK EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER GAME SHOTGUN WITH EXTRA BARRELS, STOCK, AND CASE.

SN 27717. (ca 1970) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Two sets of 30″ demi-block bbls are fitted with matted ventilated ribs. Bbls are differentiated by pattern percentages engraved on bbl flats. Both bbl sets have Purdey name and Audley House address on left sides of top bbls. London nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ and 3-1/4 tons are on bottom flats. One bbl is marked for chokes of “BOTTOM 75% TOP 80%”. The other is engraved BOTTOM 65% TOP 75%”. Both bbl sets are stamped with bbl makers initials “E.C” (Ted Comben). Round bodied, case hardened, OU sidelock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and non-selective single trigger. Action and locks are engraved with well cut Purdey House style rose and scroll with “James Purdey & Sons” on each lockplate, as well as on bottom of action at the top of forend iron mortise with “London” below. Scroll engraved small bow trigger guard has SN on tang which extends to horn grip cap. Very fine flame figured and well marbled English walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over checkered wood butt, and features drop points and grip checkering. This fine replacement stock was masterfully executed by Greg Wolfe with “the finest English walnut blank he has ever used”. A silver oval on toe line is engraved with script initials “H L M”. Matching forend with Anson release is stamped with actioner’s initials, “P. N” (Peter Nelson). Open choked bbls: Bore diameter: top -.735, bottom – .738. Bore restrictions: top – .013 (mod), bottom – .006 (IC). Wall thickness: top – .030, bottom – .029. Drop at heel: 1-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Heavy choked bbls: Bore diameter: top -.734, bottom – .734. Bore restrictions: top – .017 (mod), bottom – .013 (Lt mod). Wall thickness: top – .030, bottom – .030. Drop at heel: 1-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Orig makers leather VC case with stitched leather corners and central brass oval engraved “H L M” has canvas outer cover. Interior has space for extra bbls and is lined in burgundy cloth with gold embossed black leather Purdey label in lid, along with charge card for this particular gun with information for both sets of bbls. Accessories include pair of snap caps, pull through cleaning kit, ebony striker block, and spare screws for locks. Also included is what appears to be orig buttstock with LOP of approx 14″ over leather covered pad. CONDITION: Excellent. Both bbl sets retain approx 90% of their orig blue. Action retains about 50% orig case hardening color, considerably silvered from hand wear on bottom. Lockplates retain 90% of their color. Buttstock retains nearly all of what appears to be its orig finish, with some very light marks, with a fairly deep scratch along toe line. Checkering is lightly worn. What is most likely orig forend retains nearly all of a refinish matching butt. 65/ 75 % bbl set is very slightly loose and a tad off face. 75/80 % set is tight, but also slightly off face with light visible at top bbl. Bores are excellent. Ejectors are strong and in time. Trigger works. Case leather is excellent, but with a few marks and scuffs, especially on corners. Outer cover is excellent, rubbed. Interior cloth has some compressions, rubs, and soiling, with one area rubbed through from contact with action. Labels are fine. Charge card is somewhat soiled. Extra buttstock retains most of an old refinish. 51204-1 MGM82 (35,000-55,000) – Lot 1340

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1350
Revised: 4/6/2017

Please Note: According to Purdey factory records, this gun did not have ejectors when manufactured.

*FINELY REFURBISHED AND VERY RARE, 20 GAUGE, PURDEY TOP LEVER, ISLAND LOCK, STEEL BARRELED, HAMMER EJECTOR GAME SHOTGUN.

SN 20291. (1911) Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Chopper lump bbls are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons, Audley House. South Audley Street. London” on narrow, swamped game rib. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 7/8 oz shot, and with ’91 London proof mark, and no re-proof mark. Bottoms of bbls are engraved with SNs. Case hardened round bodied top lever action is engraved with unusual very attractive large open foliate scroll. Island back action locks fitted with round bodied serpentine rebounding hammers, are engraved to match action, and with “J. Purdey & Sons” at tops. Blued trigger guard is also engraved to match, and has SN on tang. Best quality newly made buttstock is of very fine figured and marbled European walnut and features classic point pattern checkering at grip, and closely spaced checkered wood butt. Semi-beavertail forend is fitted with Wem ejector, and has Anson release. Bore diameter: left -.618, right – .618. Bore restrictions: left – .011 (mod), right – .008 (IC). Wall thickness: left – .030, right – .032. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Cast is Neutral. Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Excellent, as completely refurbished, retaining nearly all fine finishes on wood and metal, with some light handling marks, and a hint of silvering on sharp edges. Engraving of action and locks slightly softened. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. Ejectors are in time. The ultimate hunting hammer gun. 51505-4 (25,000-35,000) C&R – Lot 1350

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1363
Revised: 4/10/2017

Please Note: Upon closer examination, the hammers are both very slightly out of time, and stalking safety will not engage.

MASSIVE FOUR BORE E. M. REILLY HAMMER WATERFOWLING SHOTGUN IN HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION.

SN 18860. Cal. 4 bore. 4″ Chambers. 42″ Dovetailed stub Damascus bbls are engraved “E. M. Reilly & Co Oxford Street London & Rue Scribe. Paris.” on relatively narrow concave top rib. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with London black powder proofs for 6 bore and with SNs. Large nickel-plated Jones underlever action with non-rebounding peninsula back locks have round bodied serpentine hammers and back sliding safeties. Locks have four positions; fired, 8th cock, half cock, and full cock. Safeties engage at 8th cock. Action and locks are completely unadorned except for makers name on the tail of each lock. SN is on trigger guard tang. Lightly streaked and figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over nickel-plated buttplate, and has classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter forend has shaped steel tip, and attaches to bbls with sliding side bolt through oval escutcheons. It appears this gun was made before chokes were invented. Diameter at muzzles is .952. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-13/16″. Weight: 18 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, very close to new. Bbls retain nearly all of their Damascus brown with only slight silvering at muzzles, and some overall flecking. All other major metal parts retain nearly all of their orig heavy nickel plating, with only a few scattered knocks and a small bit of peeling at toe of buttplate. Action and trigger guard screws retain most of their orig case hardening color. Minor pins and safeties retain most of their orig fire blue. Stocks have nearly all of their orig hand rubbed oil finish with scattered marks and scratches, checkering very lightly worn and dark. Mechanically excellent, but triggers and locks are somewhat sluggish due to congealed oil. Bores are excellent, with some light scratches. Action is tight. Waterfowlers such as this are seldom found in this condition, because they are usually heavily used in salty environments. A superb condition example like this is a great rarity. 51401-5 MGM170 (20,000-40,000) – Lot 1363

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1366
Revised: 4/6/2017

Ivory Note due to ivory beads. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meet the standard for sale under ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase.

*WW GREENER FHS 20 GRADE SINGLE BARREL TRAP SHOTGUN.

SN 61830. Cal. 12 ga. 34-1/4″ bbls. 2-3/4″ chambers. Full length matted ventilated top rib with twin beads. Sgl trigger, ejector, no safety. Greener crossbolt locking mechanism. Buttstock checkered in two-point pattern with round knob grip and vacant oval near toe. LOP 14-1/2″ over red leather covered pad and 1″ wood extension. Large trap forearm with Deely release checkered in three-point pattern with large ebony tip. Muzzle end of forearm with approximately 1″ shield with large quail in hills scene embossed inlaid into wood. Receiver is nicely scroll engraved with Pointer flushing quail on left, and Cocker Spaniel chasing duck on right. Bottom of frame is lightly scroll engraved. Trigger guard with goose in marsh scene on bow, SN and grade designation noted at tang. Bore diameter: .730. Bore restriction: .035 (Full). Drop at comb: 1-3/8. Drop at heel: 1-15/16. Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retain approximately 80% toned orig blued finish. Receiver retains approximately 25-30% orig case color. Screws with some marring. Buttstock with extension as noted above has been refurbished and retains most of that custom finish. Checkering filled. Stocks with repairs through the wrist. Forearm with filler and heavy varnish at knuckle. Checkering somewhat thinned. Bore is very good with only minor orange peel. Mechanics are good. 51494-4 JSL (2,000-3,000) C&R – Lot 1366

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1367
Revised: 4/6/2017

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*WILLIAM CASHMORE SINGLE BARREL TRAP 12 GA. SHOTGUN.

SN 17519. Cal. 12 ga. 32″ Steel bbl with full length ventilated matted top rib with twin beads. 3″ chambers. Checkered trigger, extractor, non-auto safety. Round knob pistol grip buttstock checkered in two point pattern with silver shield at heel, cheekpiece on left side, and 14-1/4″ LOP over older Hawkins pad. Large forearm checkered in six-point pattern with Curtis push button release. Receiver is nicely engraved with about 60% scroll engraving coverage and marked on sides “W.M. Cashmore”. Gold “S” in front of safety. High polished blued top lever. Weight: 7 lbs. 9 oz. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains approximately 90% orig blued finish. Buttstock and forearm are excellent having been restored years ago and now retain approximately 80% restored finish. Receiver has toned mostly grey with a flash or two of case color in protected areas and approximately 20% orig high polish blue on floorplate. Top lever retains about 60% orig blue, 20% orig blue on trigger guard. Bore is bright and shiny with beginning roughness. Mechanics are excellent. 51494-3 JSL (1,500-3,000) C&R – Lot 1367

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1373
Revised: 4/9/2017

Please Note: There is a typographical error in the description. The gun was produced in 1895 NOT 1885 as stated in the description.

FINE HOLLAND & HOLLAND “BEST” HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE IN .577 EXPRESS, ONCE BELONGING TO JACK LOTT, AND HIS PRIDE AND JOY, WITH DIES, BRASS AND BULLETS, AS WELL AS TWO CASES.

SN 19208. Cal. .577 Express. 3″ Chambers. This rifle was once the property of early double rifle guru Jack Lott and according to Craig Boddington was his “pride and joy, definitely his most prized possession”. It has 26″ Dovetailed steel bbls with full length rib (with dolls head extension), file cut behind one standing, two folding leaf rear sight, and again for 6″ behind large faux ivory bead front. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland 98 New Bond Street, London.” and “Winners of all the “Field” Rifle Trials, London.” Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs. Bottoms of bbls stamped with SNs. A wide sling loop is soldered to bottom rib. Round bodied Jones underlever action has very well filed fences, and with top strap which extends over comb. It is fitted with peninsula rebounding back locks with flat faced serpentine hammers with stylized dolphin heads. Action and locks are engraved with 80% coverage exceptionally well cut varying sized shaded scroll. “Holland & Holland” is in scroll and geometric device on each lockplate. Left side of action is engraved “Charge 6 Drams Case 3 Inches”. Steel trigger guard has SN on tang which extends to engraved steel grip cap. Lightly figured and nicely streaked European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over Silver pad (orig ?), and features classic right hand shadow line cheekpiece, flat top point pattern checkering at grip, and a vacant gold oval and a sling eye, on toe line. Matching splinter forend has forward pivoting lever release. Drop at heel: approx 3″, drop at comb: approx 2″. Neutral cast. Weight: 12 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Rifle is housed in a new oak and leather case with brass corners and canvas outer cover. Case is lined in burgundy cloth and has large reproduction H & H paper label in lid. Case contains an older brass and ebony cleaning rod, with mop, jag, and brush in leather container, rosewood handled dusting brush, 20 ga broken case extractor, gold plated square oil bottle, and a pair of gold plated snap caps. Also included is an old oak and canvas case with leather trim and brass corners with central leather rectangle on top embossed “J. P. L.” Interior is lined in burgundy cloth and has an older H&H charge card SNed to this gun, and a reproduction H&H label in lid. Also included are a set of RCBS dies, a Lee factory crimp die, case trim die, shell holder, 3 boxes of GS Custom 640 grain solid copper bullets made specifically for this rifle, 2 boxes of Woodleigh 750 grain bullets, 6 boxes of Woodleigh 650 grain bullets, 6 bags of Kynoch wads, 4 boxes of Kynoch brass, two leather cartridge carriers (belt mount – one 10 rd, one 5 round) and a leather covered Pachmayr Decelerator pad. PROVENANCE: Letter from Craig Boddington to a previous owner relating his knowledge and interplay with Jack Lott discussing this rifle, and some shooting of it in the early days where Jack after shooting this rifle with a full house .577 “turned around to me, glasses cocked and beret askew, and with a beatific smile on his face he said “that’s wonderful!”” Holland & Holland history indicating that this rifle was made in 1885 (antique). Copy of ledger page for this rifle. CONDITION: Good. Bbls retain most of an old re-black over numerous light marks and dents, with a considerable amount of subsequent wear. Action and locks are cleaned to a pleasing pewter gray, with traces of color present, mostly on trigger guard. Stocks retain most of an older oil finish, pad relatively new, checkering good, somewhat worn and dirty. Bores are very fine with strong rifling, frosted in grooves toward breech ends. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are excellent. New case is excellent inside and out. Old case is good, but lid about to detach, handle partially detached. Interior cloth is good, some partitions have been moved. Charge card foxed and soiled. This is an attractive, great handling hammer rifle and would be suitable for any big game with nitro for black loads and modern mono-metal bullets. 51769-1 MGM100 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1373

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1389
Revised: 4/6/2017

Ivory Note due to ivory beads. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meet the standard for sale under ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase.

E. M. REILLY 12 BORE HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASE AND ACCESSORIES.

SN 15272. Cal. 12 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 25-7/8″ Damascus bbls are engraved “E. M. Reilly & Co Oxford Street London” on rear portion of broad flat rib, which is fitted with one standing, four folding engraved leaf rear sight, and steel bead front. Bbl flats are stamped with London black powder proofs for 13 bore. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs. A sling eye is soldered to bottom rib. Jones patent underlever action is fitted with bar locks having flat faced swept hammers with short noses. Action is line border engraved and has the portrait of a lion on top. Lockplates have some sprays of scroll and fine renditions of stags, one recumbent on left side, and one standing on right. “E. M. Reilly & Co London” is at the front portion of each lockplate. Steel trigger guard has SN at tang which is scrolled forming pistol grip. Dense stump figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over checkered wood butt with steel heel and toe plates. Stock features classic drop points, point pattern checkering, as well as a sling eye and a vacant silver oval, on toe line. Matching splinter forend fastens to bbl with captive sliding side bolt through shaped and engraved steel escutcheons. Drop at heel: approx 2-3/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Cast is about 1/4″ off. Weight: 11 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 14″. Nicely figured mahogany case with inlet cupids bow brass corners and central D-ring handle has pivoting brass hook closure. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth, and has reproduction Reilly label in lid. Case contains 2-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod with mop, brush, and jag, Davis ball mold marked “E M Reilly no 12”, large round pewter oil bottle, pair of snap caps, two horn handled turnscrews, fine quality mainspring vice, some reloading tools, bone striker bottle, and a nice old carrying sling with hook swivels. CONDITION: Good. Bbls retain traces of an old brown with good definition to pattern. Action and locks have traces of orig case hardening colors, but are mostly gray. Trigger guard re-blued, engraving softened. Stocks retain most of an old oil finish over orig finish, does not appear to have been sanded, with numerous marks and light scratches, checkering lightly worn and dirty. Bores are fine with strong sharp rifling throughout, with some light pitting. Action is tight. Locks are excellent. Forend bolt is loose. Case retains nearly all of a varnish refinish with some light subsequent marks. Renewed interior cloth is excellent. Accessories are generally good. A nice old bore rifle. 51760-5 MGM122 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 1389

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1397
Revised: 4/6/2017

Ivory Note due to ivory beads. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meet the standard for sale under ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase.

SINGLE SHOT DROPPING BLOCK RIFLE BY DANIEL FRASER WITH SHOTGUN BARREL.

SN 1601. Cal. 7 x 57R. Both 26″ bbls have flat matted ribs, 20 ga shotgun bbl (choked modified), with single bead, and with correct SN stamped on bottom. Rifle bbl with Fraser Leith Street Edinburgh address is fitted with one standing, two folding nested leaf express rear sight and gold bead front. Bbl has no proofs or other factory markings. Side lever operating Fraser action is marked with patent use number “204” on receiver ring, and features knurled takedown pin with coin slot on left side, instead of normal long lever. Action utilizes sliding safety in front of trigger. Action and side lever are engraved with 80% coverage attractive open scroll inside knot work borders. A raised shield on trigger plate has gold band engraved “FRASER”. Relatively plain European walnut buttstock measures 14″ over black Decelerator rifle pad. Stock features scroll engraved grip cap and point pattern checkering with broad mullered borders at grip. Matching forend with nicely shaped transition from action to grip, has Alexander Henry type groove at tip, and Deeley type release for takedown. Rifle BBL: Drop at heel: approx 2-1/2″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Weight: 7 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Fine, as refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of a smooth rust blue. Action re-engraved and re-colored, retain nearly all of that color. Stocks with oil refinish are rather blond, checkering re-cut. Forend wood away from metal at bottom. New rifle bbl is good, with some light pitting, but just may be dirty. Shotgun bore is fine with some light pits. Action smooth. This rifle is pictured and described on p. 90-93 of DANIEL FRASER GUN AND RIFLE MAKER OF EDINBURGH SCOTLAND by Kirton. 51693-5 MGM181 (3,500-5,500) – Lot 1397

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1400
Revised: 4/6/2017

Please Note: The gun has two plugged scope mount holes.

*EXTREMELY RARE W. J. JEFFREY GRADE 3 MINIATURE FARQUHARSON RIFLE.

SN 16501. (ca 1910) Cal. 22 Long Rifle. (Lined from 380 Rook ?) 25-1/2″ Ovate to round bbl has had front portion of top turned away forming a matted quarter rib holding a folding military type ladder sight. Rear portion of rib has been milled for dovetail. Small steel bead is in matching front ramp. Case hardened miniature Farquharson action has pivoting safety lever on right side and sides are near fully engraved with large shaded open scroll. Left side has Jeffrey name and address in circular belt around “London” and SN. Plain and lightly figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over partially checkered wood butt. Flat top point pattern checkering is at grip. Matching slim forend has horn tip and is screwed to bbl. Drop at heel: approx 2-3/8″, drop at comb: approx 2-1/16″. Weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. CONDITION: Excellent, as refurbished, retaining nearly all very fine restored metal finishes, engraving very slightly softened. Wood retains nearly all of a hand rubbed oil finish with a few subsequent marks. Wood is somewhat below metal at grip. Bore is excellent. Action is smooth. Wal Winfer in BRITISH SINGLE SHOT RIFLES volume 3 estimates that as few as ten of these rifles were produced by Jeffrey. 51693-10 MGM97 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 1400

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1419
Revised: 3/22/2017

Please Note: Bores show light to moderate pitting throughout.

*FINE LITTLE 28 GAUGE PARKER “DH”.

SN 108675. Cal. 28 ga. 0 Frame. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 28″ Bbls are marked with Parker’s famous Meriden address and “TITANIC STEEL” on rib. Bbl flats and lump are stamped with all correct markings. Action with correct markings on water table features automatic safety and nickel-plated dbl triggers. Action is engraved in typical “D” style with 60% scroll. Single dogs, pointer and setter, are on each side and “PARKER BROS” is in riband behind dog scenes. Four pheasant are on trigger plate. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN on tang. Nicely figured European walnut Parker capped pistol grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over skeleton steel buttplate. Stock features lozenge shaped drop points, point pattern checkering at grip, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter forend has patent date on typical release. Bore diameter: left -.553, right – .553. Bore restrictions: left – .030 (full), right – .030 (full). Wall thickness: left – .022, right – .022. Drop at heel: 2-13/16″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Neutral cast. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. Not listed in the PARKER IDENTIFICATION & SERIALIZATION ledger. PROVENANCE: Parker Gun Collectors letter confirming specifications and stating it was shipped Oct 17 1910 to A. E. Lawrence in Bar Harbor, Maine. THE PARKER STORY indicates fewer than 200 DH Parkers were made in 28 ga., 60 with 28″ bbls. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain approx 80% orig blue with considerable cleaned rust spots on bottoms. Action retains 40% muted case color, which does not appear to have ever been strong. Stocks retain most of their orig varnish finish, perhaps with some oil rubbed in, numerous light marks and dings. Checkering lightly worn and dirty. A nice little, as found, small bore Parker. The ideal quail or woodcock gun. 51774-1 MGM144 (12,500-17,500) C&R – Lot 1419

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1420
Revised: 4/10/2017

Please Note: Upon closer examination, there is a small ding in the right barrel approximately 7″ from the muzzle.

*RARE PARKER VHE 28 GA SKEET GUN.

SN 237885. Cal. 28 ga. 25-7/8″ bbls with 2-3/4″ chambers, chokes marked “SKEET IN / SKEET OUT”. Full length matted top rib with twin ivory beads. 00 frame. Parker SST, auto ejectors, non-auto safety. Well executed replacement buttstock is of flame grained American walnut, checkered in proper 2-pt pattern with brass shield near toe and 14-1/4″ LOP over Parker DHBP. Beaver tail forearm checkered in 3-pt pattern with Deeley release. Receiver is zigzag border engraved and marked “PARKER” on bottom of frame. Weight: 6lb. 4oz. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine, as restored, retaining nearly all of its restored finish to bbls and receiver. Replaced buttstock and forearm are excellent with only minor handling marks. Trigger guard retains nearly all of its restored blue finish. Area of unevenness at top of floorplate though it is barely detectable. Mechanics are crisp. Excellent bores. Rare small bore Parker skeet gun. 51401-2 JSL142 (9,000-14,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1420

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1424
Revised: 3/29/2017

Please Note: Consignor states this fine upgraded Parker shotgun is the result of a collaboration between noted Remington-Parker gunsmith Larry DelGrego and master engraver Thierry Duguet. It was purchased directly from Larry DelGrego and represents his last work before his death, not that of Bob Runge as stated in the catalog.

*PARKER 20 GAUGE “A1 SPECIAL” UPGRADE WITH SUPERB GOLD INLAY AND SCROLL.

SN 200330. Cal. 20 ga. 0 Frame. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls have Parker Brothers Meriden address rolled on rib, with “PEERLESS STEEL” engraved. There are 2-1/2″ triangles of scroll at breech ends and 1″ triangles at muzzles. Bbl flats are stamped with correct markings for a “VH” gun. (PARKER ledger lists this as an orig a VH 20 bore with 26″ bbls.) Case hardened action featuring automatic safety and gold plated single selective trigger, has been filed with two beads around fences, chevron on top lever, and scrolled transition from sides to bottom cut in. Action is engraved with full coverage very well cut shaded scroll with floral and acanthus highlights. This truly fine scroll is background to flush gold inlays with shaded Bulino details, including flying pheasant on left, pair of quail on bottom, and a fine portrait of a Labrador retrieving a pheasant on trigger plate. “Parker Bros” is in gold on bottom of action. Consignor states that this is the last gun engraved by Bob Runge before he died. No signature found. Dog scene is signed “TD”. Nicely flame figured American walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over skeleton steel buttplate, and is embellished in traditional “A1 Special” style with checkered side panels, fleur-di-lis drop points, and fancy checkering pattern with foliate flourishes at grip and on butt. A gold oval on toe line is engraved “M”. Matching splinter ejector forend has typical release with patent date, and iron is stamped with ejector patent. Bore diameter: left -.621, right – .631. Bore restrictions: left – .015 (mod), right – .008 (IC). Wall thickness: left – .032, right – .026. Drop at heel: 2-9/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Neutral cast. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. PROVENANCE: The Forest R. Marshall Collection. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Excellent, as completely refurbished, retaining essentially all of its fine custom finishes on wood and metal. Bores are very fine. Mechanically fine. 51142-2 MGM143 (15,000-25,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1424

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