Spectacular Firearms Auction

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1000

RARE JENNINGS BREECHLOADING SINGLE SHOT RIFLE.

SN 102. Cal 54. Standard rifle with 26″ rnd smooth bore bbl, ramrod tube under the bbl containing a brass & hickory cleaning rod that is probably a replacement. It has pin front sight on a dovetail and fixed rear sight on the frame over the chamber area. Left side of frame has the Robbins & Lawrence markings along with “C.P. DICKSON AGENT / NEW YORK / PATENTED 1849”. Receiver & rear end of the bbl are nicely engraved in foliate arabesque patterns. Hammer shank & buttplate tang are engraved to match. Breech cover & pellet priming receptacle are present. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip & crescent buttplate with an engraved 2-1/4″ by 3/4″ nickel silver oval inlaid in the left side. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were probably less than 1,000 of these rare rifles produced in 2 varieties 1848-1851. The first model was a repeater and the model described here was a factory conversion or one built at the factory from Jennings Repeater parts. This rifle used the “Rocket Ball” cartridge which was grossly underpowered and unsuitable for either military or sporting use which led to the demise of this design, but propelled the Chief Engineer, B. Tyler Henry into prominence. He later invented the Volcanic line of arms which evolved into the Model 1860 Henry Rifle, which then became the Winchester dynasty. Many of the existing Jennings rifles were converted to muzzle loader. Very few are found today in orig configuration. CONDITION: Fair to good. No orig finish remains with the metal an overall cleaned gray patina with areas of pitting over the bbl. Receiver is lightly pitted around the breech opening and nipple areas with the remainder a gray/brown patina. Buttplate & trigger guard are matching patina. Trigger guard has welded repairs. Stock has a repaired chip at the toe and another in right side of top tang with a gouge in the left wrist and shows a hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid at full cock, otherwise mechanics are a little loose but functional. Bore is moderately pitted. 51460-2 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1000

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1001

NEW HAVEN ARMS VOLCANIC NUMBER ONE LEVER ACTION PISTOL.

SN 684. Cal 31. Standard number 1 pistol with 3-3/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube. Front sight is a pinched post and fixed rear sight is in a dove-tail in top flat of frame. Top flat of bbl is marked with standard New Haven roll marking and 1854 patent date. Mounted with matching numbered, smooth 2-pc walnut grips. SN was observed on left side of buttstrap, under the grip and inside each grip. No further disassembly was affected to check for matching numbers. CONDITION: Very good, all matching as noted above. Bbl & magazine retain a mottled blue gray patina with strong blue in the gullets. There are a few scattered spots of light pitting on both bbl & magazine. Frame & side plates are mostly a beautiful medium mustard patina with sharp edges and show about 10% orig silver finish. Grips show an old refinish with light nicks & dings. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore. 51494-1 (7,500-9,500) – Lot 1001

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1002

SCARCE NEW HAVEN ARMS NO. 1 VOLCANIC LEVER ACTION PISTOL.

SN 917. Cal. 31. Standard Volcanic pistol with 3-1/2″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, pinched post front sight and fixed rear sight in the top flat of receiver. Top flat of bbl has the 1-line New Haven address and 1854 Patent date. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. The SN was observed on left side of buttstrap under the grip and inside both grips. No further disassembly was effected to check for other matching SNs. There were about 1,075 New Haven No. 1 Volcanic pistols produced 1857-1860 with only 850 having 3-1/2″ bbls. The Volcanic cartridge was problematic, being severely under powered and virtually impossible to extract a cartridge from the chamber without a cleaning rod. Consequently they were not popular and sales lagged. Few survive today with high orig finish in orig configuration. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain about 60% glossy orig blue with the losses flaked, not worn to a medium patina. Frame & side plates retain sharp, crisp edges and a wonderful medium mustard patina. Hammer retains faded case colors and the lever about 60-70% flaking glossy blue. Grips show high point sharp edge wear and retain about 90% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a couple small spots of pitting. 51605-1 JRL (6,000-10,000) – Lot 1002

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1003

RARE SMITH & WESSON NUMBER 1 VOLCANIC LEVER ACTION PISTOL.

SN 252H. Cal. 31. All steel construction with 4-1/8″ oct bbl, pinched pin front sight and fixed rear sight in top flat of frame. Top flat of bbl is marked “SMITH & WESSON / NORWICH, CT.” and left flat is marked with the patent date. Mounted with 2-pc bag-shaped smooth rosewood grips matching numbered to this pistol. Receiver and sideplates are nicely engraved in standard Volcanic foliate arabesque patterns. SN was observed on left side of frontstrap, under the grip, right side of lever and inside each grip. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 1,200 of these rare pistols were produced 1854-1855. In 1855, the Smith & Wesson Manufacturing Company was reorganized as The Volcanic Repeating Arms Company and operated as such in 1857, at which time it was reorganized by Oliver F. Winchester in what was to become the New Haven Arms Company. About 1855 or 1856, Smith & Wesson left the company and Oliver Winchester assumed control. The New Haven Arms Company remained in business until about 1860 when B. Tyler Henry capitalized on the design of the Volcanic pistol and produced the very successful Model 1860 Henry rifle, which was succeeded by the Model 1866 Winchester, still using the same design which began the Winchester Dynasty as we know it today. The Volcanic cartridge was simply a hollow base lead bullet that contained the propellant and priming mixture. They were severely under-powered and nearly impossible to extract in the event of a mis-fire or or desire to unload a chambered rnd, without the use of a ramrod type tool. As such, they never gained strong popularity with the buying public resulting in the limited production and low survival rate. CONDITION: Very fine. No orig finish remains being an overall blue-grey patina with a few small dings on the left side of the rotating loading sleeve. Receiver and sideplates show lightly rounded edges with strong, clear engraving. Grips are sound showing high point wear with a few light nicks and scratches and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with very fine scattered spots of pitting. 51820-1 JRL (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1003

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1004

RARE NEW HAVEN ARMS NO. 1 VOLCANIC LEVER ACTION PISTOL WITH SPECIAL FACTORY ENGRAVING.

SN 1568. Cal. 31. Very rare pistol with 3-1/2″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, pinched post front sight and fixed rear sight in a dovetail in top flat of frame. Mounted with smooth, 2-pc, square butt walnut grips with last 3 digits of matching SN inside each grip. SN was also observed on left side of buttstrap under the grip. Receiver and sideplates are silver plated and very nicely factory engraved with a patriotic American shield on each sideplate surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and a sunburst over the top. Matching patterns are lightly engraved on the front and rear sides of the frame, over the top and on the backstrap with feather patterns surrounding the hammer slot. The transition flats from the sideplates to the front flat panels are engraved in a wide border pattern, with fine border patterns completely around the sideplates. The New Haven Arms Company was the successor to the Volcanic Arms Company which had succeeded Smith & Wesson, the inventors of this design of action. Oliver Winchester, a shirt maker by trade, invested in the Volcanic Arms Company about 1855 and when Smith & Wesson dropped out in about 1856, he apparently assumed control and reorganized the company into the New Haven Arms Company in 1857. The company remained in production under that name until about 1860. The design of this pistol was incorporated into the very successful Henry Model 1860 lever action rifle of Civil War fame and later became the basis for the Winchester Model 1866, 1873 & 1876 series of firearms which established the Winchester Dynasty. The Volcanic cartridges were simply a hollow base lead bullet filled with propellant and priming mixture and were severely under powered. A misfired round or the desire to unload a chambered round was virtually impossible to remove from the chamber without aid of a ramrod type tool and as such the buying public did not readily accept this design which resulted in the very limited production. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique Firearms only about 850 of these rare pistols were produced 1857-1860. Those examples that were engraved from the factory generally followed a very standard pattern. Finding one of these pistols with patterns that deviate from the standard is extremely rare, especially a patriotic theme such as found here. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine retain about 15% bright blue in the most sheltered areas with the balance a blue/brown patina. Frame and sideplates retain about 85% orig silver showing edge wear and most of the losses to the right side. Hammer retains faint case colors and the lever a brown patina. Grips are sound showing sharp edge wear with a few nicks and scratches and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. A very rare Volcanic pistol. 51820-2 (17,500-22,500) – Lot 1004

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1005

EXTRAORDINARY NEARLY NEW CASED NEW HAVEN ARMS COMPANY NUMBER 1 LEVER ACTION PISTOL.

SN 38. Cal. 31. 3-1/2″ bbl. Blue finish. Gun metal receiver. Case colored hammer. Blue lever. 2-pc varnished walnut grips. Bbl shows 2-line address that reads “New Haven Conn. over Patent Feb. 14. 1854”. Because of the pristine condition and tightness of front-sight, which holds the collar in place, the collar was not removed to check for an assembly no. but it is absolutely certain that both parts are totally matching. Flats line up perfectly. SN is stamped on lower left side of grip frame and on upper inside of each grip. No other nos. were observed. Case is mahogany with a purple felt lining and is made for this model of pistol. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains nearly all of orig deep-blue finish, with only very slight high point wear and muzzle wear. There is a hair line scratch across right side of bbl. Bbl mark is sharp. Bore appears unfired. Face of firing pin shows no evidence of firing. Receiver has a deep rich mottled mustard-brown patina with only the slightest handling marks overall. Sideplates fit perfectly. Rear-sight retains nearly all of fire-blue finish. Rear of firing pin retains nearly all of fire-blue finish. Elevator retains nearly all of fire-blue finish on sides of firing pin. Bottom of elevator also retains considerable fire-blue that has flaked slightly with 1 tiny scratch. Hammer shows most of its vivid trace color on either side, with a few small scratches on right side. Rear of hammer also shows vivid case color, as does the front face of hammer. Hammer face shows some use. Trigger has generous traces of case color and toned. Trigger spring shows nearly all of fire-blue finish. Lever retains most of its bright blue finish. Grips are fine with only a couple of small scratches and very slight high point wear. Case is exceptional. A truly excellent near mint condition example of New Haven Arms No. 1 Volcanic Lever Action pistol, 1 of only approximately 850 made. This is an opportunity for an advanced collector to add a specimen to his collection, that would be almost impossible to improve upon. 51096-3 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1005

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1006

EXTRAORDINARY CASED NEW HAVEN ARMS COMPANY VOLCANIC NO. 1 LEVER ACTION PISTOL WITH EXTREMELY RARE 6″ BARREL.

SN 1053. Cal. 31. 6″ bbl. Blue finish. Gun metal receiver. Case colored hammer. Blue lever. 2-pc varnished walnut grips. Bbl shows 1-line address that reads “New Haven Conn. Patent Feb. 14. 1854”. Assembly no. “151” is stamped on rnd portion of bbl, and on rear face of loading collar. SN is stamped on bottom left side of grip frame and on top inside of each grip. No other SN marks were observed. Case is mahogany with red felt lining and partitions. Case is very good. Top is slightly warped with an age crack. Felt lining is somewhat faded. Partitions are intact. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains 95% of the nitre blue finish, with some flaking on left side, and bottom of collar. Right side of collar has a slight stain with a few scratch marks. Bbl address is sharp. Bore is bright and appears unfired. Receiver is a deep mottled mustard-brown patina with a few light scratches around lever screw. There are a few minuscule tap marks above the right sideplate. Rear sight retains nearly all the fire-blue Fire pin also retains most of the fire-blue finish. Bolt face shows no sign of being fired. Hammer shows nearly all of case color finish with some scratches on either side. Checkering is sharp. Receiver screws are not molested. Trigger is a silver-gray patina with traces of case color. Trigger spring retains nearly all the fire-blue finish. Elevator shows nearly all of fire-blue finish on either side of firing pin and on bottom surface. Lever shows generous traces of nitre blue in protected areas on inside of bow and at hinge. Grips retains most all of varnished finish with some light handling marks and high point wear, especially on right side. An opportunity for an advanced collector to purchase an extremely rare New Haven Arms Company No. 1 lever action pistol with a scarce 6″ bbl in a period case, one of only approx 225 made. 51096-2 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1006

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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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1008

VERY RARE HENRY MODEL 1860 IRON FRAME LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 101. Cal 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, early style round nickel silver front sight, plugged rear sight dovetail in top flat of bbl with a replacement rear sight in a dovetail at the rear edge of top flat of receiver. There is a 2nd dovetail in top flat of receiver with a sight base installed. Frame, sideplates & buttplate are all made of steel. Magazine follower is a replacement later large type with a added cut-out in bottom front of the frame to accommodate the follower. Serial number was observed in the usual place on top flat of bbl at the receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate tang. All 5 of the stock & buttplate screws are also matching numbered. Buttplate is early type with rounded heel and large opening to accommodate a 4-pc hickory & iron cleaning rod (rod not present). The cleaning rod opening in the wood has a bevel cut-out at the bottom. This bevel is only found on iron frame Henry’s with no known reason for it to be there. Round section of the bbl is marked with the assembly number “86” with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. The 2-line Henry address utilizes the early small font style as do the serial numbers. There is considerable controversy regarding the production of iron frame Henry rifles as to whether they were produced at the Henry factory simultaneously with the brass frame guns or manufactured under separate contract. According to THE HENRY RIFLE, Quick, there were fewer than 400 iron frame Henry’s manufactured with the highest known SN being “355” at the time of printing. The serial listing of the first 400 guns on pages 54-55 of reference publication lists SN 101 as an iron frame and was known at the time of publication in 2008. This same serial listing shows only 90 iron frame Henry rifles known at the time of printing. Regardless iron frame Henry rifles are exceedingly rare and very desirable collector’s items. CONDITION: Very good, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain an artificially aged dark brown patina with several areas of what appears to be blood pitting and a series of small dings at the breech end of the bbl & magazine. Receiver & sideplates are a cleaned gray metal patina with scattered fine pitting. Hammer is matching patina with a few spots of pitting and the lever is a matching patina as is the buttplate. There is a repaired chip in the top right of the wrist otherwise stock is sound with light nicks & scratches showing a hand worn patina with about 25-30% orig finish showing. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore with moderate pitting. 51682-1 JRL (85,000-125,000) – Lot 1008

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1009

FINE HOGGSON ENGRAVED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 12181. Cal. 44RF Henry. Beautiful late Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube, late style, square back nickel silver front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight with slide stop screw. Top flat of the bbl has the later large font 2-line Henry’s Patent date and the New Haven Arms Co address. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut that has the finish of presentation quality Henry’s and the later Winchester Model 1866 rifles (most unusual on a Henry rifle). Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding sling loop in the left gullet of the bbl. Receiver is silver plated and engraved by Samuel Hoggson with his trademark deer leaping a rail fence on the left sideplate surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled background. Right side of the receiver and sideplate, both front side panels, rear edges of the receiver, top 3 flats of the receiver and buttplate tang are engraved to match. SN on the bbl was partially obliterated when the bbl was refinished, with only the last 4 digits visible. Full SN was observed on the left side of lower tang, under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Bottom tang also has the assembly number “68” which is also found on the side of the magazine follower. Left side of top tang is marked with the letter “F”. Rnd section of the bbl, under the rotating sleeve is marked with the assembly number “125” with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. Rifle has late features including a sloping radius on top rear of receiver, large magazine follower tab with milled rebated area for the tab in bottom front of frame, the late style front sight and pointed heel on the buttplate. Almost certainly this rifle belonged to someone who held it in great regard and cared for it to the best of their ability. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine retain 50-60% thinning, very old style restored blue with a wear spot from a sling near the front sling loop. Chamber area of the side flats have small wrench mark on each side. Receiver retains 88-90% strong orig silver, lightly oxidized showing very light edge wear, exposing the brass. Buttplate retains about 75% strong orig silver showing wear on the heel and toe. Hammer retains strong case colors and the lever is a light silver/brown patina. Stock is sound with a few light scratches and retains most of its fine varnish finish that resembles the later presentation Winchester Model 1866 rifles. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bore with sharp rifling and moderate pitting. 51772-2 JRL (35,000-45,000) – Lot 1009

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1010

RARE INSCRIBED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 6699. Cal 44 RF Henry. Standard Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral magazine, square back German silver front sight and 900 yd Henry ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has crisp 2-line Henry patent date and company address. SN was observed on top flat of bbl between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang, under the wood, in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut buttstock with pointed heel brass buttplate that has a trap. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with pronounced “Henry Bump” below. There is a corresponding sling loop in the left gullet of the bbl. Rnd section of bbl, under the loading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “65” with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. Right side plate is engraved in period script “Walter Passavant / Pittsburgh, Penna.”. Walter Passavant appears to have been born 1852 in Pittsburgh,PA and died and is buried in Helena, MT. He was the son of William A. Passavant, a Lutheran minister who was a great philanthropist who founded numerous benevolent institutions, hospitals and orphanages throughout the late 19th century. He also founded an academy at Zelienople, PA which later became Thiel College, along with a seminary in Chicago. Rev. Passavant’s influence on American Lutheranism was so profound that this period was referred to as “The Passavant Era”. Walter was the direct descendant of Baron Detmarr Basse (1762-1836) who, in 1802 purchased 10,000 acres in the area now known as Zelienople-Harmony, PA. He planned the town and named it after his eldest daughter “Zelie”. She married Phillippe Louis Passavant in 1807 and immigrated to America that same year. They were the parents of Rev. Dr. William Alfred Passavant, Walter’s father. Very little more could be learned regarding Walter Passavant other than that he married Mary Passavant who died in 1906 in Helena, MT. This rifle is listed by SN on page 82 of The Historic Henry Rifle, Wiley Sword. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by a full genealogical history of the Passavant Family along with assorted supporting documents about the rifle and its provenance.. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain 25-30% thinning orig blue, stronger in the gullets and protected areas with the balance a pleasing blue/brown patina showing very light sharp edge wear. Receiver & side plates retain sharp edges showing only light wear with a few, scattered nicks & scratches and overall retain a smooth, even, medium mustard patina. Buttplate is matching patina. Hammer retains about 60% mottled, thin case colors. Lever is a medium brown patina. Buttstock is sound with a very few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. The stock swivel base retains bright case colors. Mechanics are crisp. Strong, sharp bore with fine pitting. 51262-1 (35,000-60,000) – Lot 1010

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1011

FINE ENGRAVED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 1293. Cal 44 RF Henry. Standard Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, early square back German silver front sight blade and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight with slide retaining screw. Top flat of bbl has the early small font 2-line address forward of the rear sight and the SN between rear sight & frame. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip and early style brass buttplate with rnd heel & large trap to accommodate a 4-pc iron & hickory cleaning rod (rod not present). Receiver & buttplate are gun metal brass and are engraved, probably by Hoggson with bold foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled background and a plain line border with a chip border around the outer perimeter. Engraving extends over top 3 flats of receiver and around rear edge at the buttstock. Top tang & buttplate tang are engraved to match. Bottom tang has a small flourish of matching engraving by the tip. This rifle originally had a silver-plated receiver & buttplate. Buttstock has the initials “TL” carved below the lower tang. Matching serial numbers were observed on the bbl, left side of lower tang under the wood, in top tang channel of buttstock, inside top buttplate tang on all 3 receiver stock screws and on one of the buttplate screws. The other buttplate screw has the number “3763”. Accompanied by a letter from recognized Winchester authority David P. Bichrest who authenticates and describes this rifle. Also accompanied by a letter on Jackson Arms letterhead over the signature of Elsie W. Jackson who also authenticates and describes this rifle. Additionally accompanying is a letter from James M. Higbee who states that he purchased this rifle from Jackson Arms in August 1989. It goes on that it had been a consignment from Mr. Jackson’s attorney and had originally been in Red Jackson’s private collection. This rifle was produced in about 1862 at the height of the Civil War and undoubtedly would have seen service during that conflict and later on the American frontier. Firearms of that era are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Red Jackson Collection; Mr. Jackson’s attorney Collection; James M. Higbee Collection; David P. Bichrest; Consignor. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except 1 buttplate screw as noted above. Bbl & magazine retain traces of orig blue, being mostly a pleasing, fine, smooth blue/brown patina. Receiver shows minute traces of silver-plating on the outside with the tangs under the wood showing strong plating. Buttplate retains about 60% orig silver. Lever & hammer are dark patina. Buttstock is missing a sliver by the left lower tang at the receiver otherwise the stock is sound with nicks, dings & scratches and shows what is possibly a very old restored finish. 51079-13 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1011

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1012

SCARCE TYPE I MARTIAL HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE IDENTIFIED TO PRIVATE JAMES CURRAN, CO K THIRD U.S. VETERAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.

SN 3423. Cal 44 RF Henry. Standard Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, a replacement copper front sight blade & fixed rear sight in the bbl dovetail. Top flat of bbl has the early Henry Patent date & address in small lettering. Frame is 2nd type with milled recess for the magazine follower on the bottom front. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and first type brass buttplate with rounded heel & large trap which contains an orig 4-pc hickory & iron wiping rod. SN was observed on top flat of bbl between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Buttplate screws are matching numbered to the rifle while the 3 tang screws are properly un-numbered but are undoubtedly orig to this rifle. Rnd portion of the bbl under the loading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “868” with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. Right forward side of the frame is marked with the inspector initials “HC” with a corresponding “C” on the bbl at the frame along with the inspector initials “C.G.C” (Charles G. Chapman). Adjacent to the initials on the frame are 3 partial stamped initials that appear to be “H-R-“. Right side of the wrist has a faint, partially legible “CGC” cartouche. Right heel of the buttplate has a small “C” inspector initial with a corresponding “C” adjacent on the wood. Left side of the buttstock, near the buttplate has 4 stamped initials that are partially legible that are possibly “V–W”. Accompanied by a Springfield Research Service letter which identifies this rifle as having been issued to private James Curran of Company K, 3rd U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry which occurred in May 1865. This unit was organized in February and March of 1865 to be an elite corp of shock troops. They were recruited from seasoned veterans units and issued repeating rifles. As part of their enlistment, with honorable service at the time of discharge they were allowed to keep their issued arms & accoutrements. Apparently most of them availed themselves of this opportunity. General Lee’s surrender in April 1865 left the unit with little to do but garrison duty around Washington D.C. They were eventually transferred to Camp Butler, Illinois and mustered out of service July 20 1866. Also accompanying is Private Curran’s enlistment paper dated 1 March 1865, for a period of 1 year. Additionally accompanied by copies of 4 of Private Curran’s muster roll papers which shows that he was mustered out March 2, 1866 at Fort Snelling, MN. Also accompanying is a copy of a general order dated September 21,1865 entitled “The following method of loading the Henry Rifle is hereby published for the instruction and guidance for the officers of the 3rd REGT. U.S. Vet. Vol” which lists 8 steps in the process. According to The Henry Rifle, Quick there were a total of 1,731 Henry rifles purchased by the Union government between April 1863 and May 1865. There were approximately 800 Type Irifles delivered in that time frame. The remaining 900 or so rifles are divided between early deliveries which were not inspector marked and the approximately 600 Type II rifles delivered between 1864-1865 that are found in the 7000-9000 serial range. The majority of those 3rd Veteran Volunteer Infantry Henry rifles examined by this cataloger have generally been in rather poor condition having seen hard service after the war on the American frontier. Rarely are they found with visible cartouche or any orig finish. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain a fine smooth plummy brown patina over all the surfaces, stronger in the gullets and in protected areas. Receiver shows light to moderate sharp edge wear with a wonderful, even, medium mustard patina having only a few minor nicks & scratches. Stock has a hairline back of top tang with a small gouge on left side of wrist and another on right side of buttstock with small slivers missing from the toe, otherwise wood is sound showing a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 51633-1 JRL (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1012

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1013

RARE HENRY 1860 2ND MODEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 428. Cal 44 RF HENRY. Standard Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, early style rounded German silver front sight, no provision for a rear sight on the bbl with a dovetail in top flat of receiver containing a 1st type 1,000 yard Henry ladder rear sight without slide retaining screw. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and 1st type buttplate with round heel and large trap to accommodate the accompanying 4-pc hickory & steel wiping rod. The 2 buttplate screws and 3 tang screws are all matching numbered to this rifle. Serial number was observed on top bbl flat at the receiver, left side of the lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate tang. Round portion of the bbl, under the loading sleeve is marked with the assembly # 20 with matching assembly number on rear face of loading sleeve. It should be noted that although the sideplate coloration is different from the receiver & buttplate this is not an unusual occurrence with Henry rifles. This cataloger has noted several such occurrence and one is even pictured with non-matching colors on page 50 of The Henry Rifle, Quick. In actuality the coloration of the receiver & sideplates on that rifle, SN 346 very closely matches the coloration on this rifle. Accompanied by a 3-page and another 2-page letter from Kurt Saxon authenticating this rifle and its original hickory cleaning rod, and stating most of the above information. Kurt is listed in the acknowledgements section as a contributing resource on page 14 of Les Quick’s Henry book. This rifle exhibits all the early features of a Henry rifle including the rounded front sight, small font address, 1,000 yard ladder rear sight, sharp radius at rear of receiver, small magazine follower tab with no rebate for the tab, slight perchbelly stock and buttplate with round heel & large trap with corresponding large hole in the wood. These early rifles produced at the very start of the Civil War almost undoubtedly saw hard service throughout the war and later on the American frontier. Rarely are they found today in orig configuration with any orig finish. This Henry is the gun that inspired the cover theme magazine article for the Fall 2012 The Winchester Collector, “What’s in a Number” and the article titled, “The Cube Root of ‘8’ Equals ‘2’, Why Numbers are Important to Gun Nuts,” which dealt with the Firearms fraternity’s fascination with firearms SN’s. On page 16 is the associated cover article discussing this serial number 428 and also showing a picture of the serial number and top of the barrel and receiver of this Henry on page 17. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain a dark brown patina with some thinning on the magazine tube about mid-point with possibly some old touch-up. Receiver & sideplates show light to moderate wear with receiver retaining a mottled dark mustard patina and the sideplates a smooth dark bronze patina. Buttplate is a matching mottled patina. Stock is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches and retains most finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with good shine and scattered light pitting. 51742-1 (27,500-35,000) – Lot 1013

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1014

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 3462. Cal 44 RF Henry. Beautiful Martial Henry with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral magazine, square back German silver front sight and 3rd type 900 yd Henry ladder rear sight without slide stop screw. Top flat of bbl has the small Henry’s Patent and Company address 2-line marking. Mounted with uncheckered dark walnut buttstock with straight grip and brass buttplate that has rounded heel and large trap to accommodate the accompanying 4-pc hickory and steel cleaning rod. SN was observed on top flat of bbl, at the receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Buttplate screws are matching numbered to rifle. The 3 tang screws are correct for this serial range and are un-numbered. Right front side of frame is marked with 2 small “H” inspector initials with corresponding “H” on the right bbl flat below the inspector initials “C.G.C”. Right wrist of buttstock has a clear “CGC” inspectors cartouche and right heel of buttstock has a small “H” inspector initial with corresponding “H” on the right heel of buttplate. This rifle is listed by SN in the inventory of the Third Regiment U.S. Veteran Volunteers of 1865 in the booklet The Historic Henry Rifle, Sword. This rifle was one of 60 rifles ordered by the government and filled on Oct 31, 1863. The referenced publication also reveals that there were 783 rifles issued to the 1st D.C. Cavalry which would have included this rifle. The 1st D.C. Cavalry was initially organized for provost duty around Washington D.C., but in the spring of 1864 they were transferred to the Virginia peninsula and rushed into active service in May. In August of that year about 250 of those Henry rifles had been lost in battle. They lost still more rifles at Stoney Creek and Sycamore Church VA in June & September of 1864. In August 1864 7 companies of 1st D.C. Cavalry were transferred to the 1st Maine Cavalry, taking their Henry rifles with them. In total there were 1100 Henry rifles procured specifically for the 1st D.C. Cavalry. At the end of the war 62 of these rifles were sold to discharged soldiers of the 1st Maine Cavalry and 65 rifles remained with the 1st D.C. Cavalry. Many of the remaining Henry rifles were then issued to Company F of the 97th Indiana Infantry Volunteers. In addition some of the turned-in or arsenal inventory rifles were used to help arm a regiment of veteran volunteers that had been organized in Feb and March of 1865. When the 3rd Veteran Volunteer Regiment was recruited part of their incentive was that upon completion of honorable service they would be allowed to retain their arms and accoutrements. Apparently most of those veterans availed themselves of the opportunity to obtain a Henry rifle. Undoubtedly those rifles lost in battle and those rifles purchased or retained by discharged Union veterans would have ordinarily seen very hard service on the American Frontier. Examples of these rifles are seldom encountered and almost never found with a visible cartouche on the stock. They usually show their extreme hard service. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain a dark brown patina with fine surface pitting. Receiver & side plates show crisp sharp edges and a dark carmel colored patina. Buttplate is a matching patina. Hammer retains mottled case colors on the sides, being dark patina on the edges. Lever is a dark brown patina with fine surface pitting. Trigger retains most of its orig blue finish with a few spots of rust. Buttstock has a nearly invisible hairline back of the top tang, otherwise is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains a dark finish. Screw heads retain generous amounts of orig blue. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 51137-1 JRL (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1014

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1015

RARE EARLY HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH 3-DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER.

SN 617. Cal 44 RF Henry. Standard early Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral magazine, rounded German silver sight blade and early 1000 yd. Henry ladder rear sight in a dovetail in top flat of frame. Bbl has no provision for a rear sight. Top flat of bbl has the early style, small font, 2-line Henry’s patent & company address. The magazine follower is early style with small tab and no milled flat for the tab in the frame. Round portion of the bbl, under the loading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “110” with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. SN was observed on top flat of bbl, at the frame, left side of lower tang under the wood, in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate tang. Buttplate is early style with rounded heel and large trap to accommodate a 4-pc hickory cleaning rod. Frame is early style with sharp radius at the top rear. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut buttstock. All 3 tang screws are matching numbered to this rifle. The buttplate tang screw is a replacement from rifle number “1633” and the toe screw is un-numbered. This rifle was produced in 1862 at the height of the fighting in the Civil War. Is almost certainly would have seen service during the war and later on the American frontier. These early Henry rifles were extremely popular with both the military & civilians alike. They usually were hard used with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain a medium to dark brown patina showing light sharp edge wear. Receiver & side plates show light edge wear and a light mustard patina having been cleaned and polished a long time ago. Buttstock is sound with a few nicks & scratches and a couple of gouges and retains most of a restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong sharp bore with moderate pitting. 51460-1 (17,500-27,500) – Lot 1015

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1016

HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 8611. Cal 44 RF Henry. Standard Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl. Integral magazine with German silver front sight blade and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has standard 2-line Henry patent date and company address. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip and crescent brass buttplate with trap. Left side of buttstock has factory sling swivel with discernible “Henry Bump” below. Left side of bbl has a corresponding sling loop. This rifle was produced in 1865, probably about the culmination of hostilities of the Civil War. It may or may not have seen service during the war, but most certainly would have been used on the American frontier during the great westward expansion of Manifest Destiny. Arms of that era generally saw extensive hard service under extreme conditions, usually with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: About good, all matching. No orig finish remains with the bbl & magazine being a mottled gray/brown patina with scattered nicks & dings from hard service. Receiver & side plates show rounded edges with nicks, dings & scratches. Hammer is a mottled gray/brown patina and the lever is heavily pitted. Buttstock has a couple of hairlines in the right wrist, otherwise is sound with a couple of gouges and shows an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong sharp bore with moderate pitting. 51378-3 (9,000-12,000) – Lot 1016

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1017

MASTERFULLY ENGRAVED HIGH RELIEF SCENES WITH GOLD WINCHESTER MODEL 1866, SIGNED BY CONRAD ULRICH.

SN 84015. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Considered to be one of Conrad Ulrich’s masterpieces, this spectacular rifle has a 24-1/4″ oct bbl with Winchester and King’s improvement markings in 2-lines, half-nickel front sight and scarce 900-yard Henry-style ladder rear sight with tension spring mortise in top flat. Gold-plated receiver, buttplate and forend cap. Mounted with highly figured, deluxe burl and flame grain uncheckered straight stock and forearm with crescent buttplate with trap. It has been determined that this stock is indeed a superb a replacement from another high grade 1866. Has factory sling loops in the forend cap and stock. The receiver, forend cap and buttplate are masterfully engraved in Mr. Ulrich’s now-famous and well-known patterns. The receiver has deep relief vignettes of blind justice holding the sword and scales of justice in between 2 buildings. The front flat on the left side, also in deep relief, depicts a very detailed hunter holding a gun with his dog in the background in a Greek-style arch with a tiled roof building in the background. The right side, also in deep relief, has a vignette of a hunter with his dog holding a gun and directing the dog. The front flat on the right, also in deep relief, pictures a standing stag in foliate and floral setting. The left side vignettes are surrounded with beautifully executed foliate arabesque patterns and a Greek key motif, which divides the 2 panels. The front and rear edges of the receiver have Ulrich’s beautiful four-petal flowers in a chain completely around the circumference. The rear edge of the left flat has 2 small pinwheels. The right side vignettes are also surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with a fox, a duck and a squirrel concealed within the engraving. The hunter and dog have foliate and floral foreground and the 2 pinwheels appear opposite the left side. The top of the receiver in back of the ejection port, is executed in three panels of fine foliate arabesque engraving with the center blank for effect or for an inscription. The bottom of the receiver is lightly engraved with a split foliate spray divided between the carrier and floorplate. A fine line is engraved around the lever and trigger openings with a spray of foliate engraving back of the trigger. The top tang has simple borders with a space in the middle. The bottom tang has a simple line border with foliate arabesque engraving around the rear screw hole. The buttplate tang is engraved with an outline of foliate arabesque patterns and a plain center. The forend cap has a circle of four-petal flowers that matches those on the receiver. All of the work has Mr. Ulrich’s fine, detailed wavy borders and extremely fine punch-dot background. The vignettes have a plain background which wonderfully offsets the relief decorative work on the figures. The lower tang has Ulrich’s stamped signature in 2 rectangular cartouches rear of SN. This rifle is pictured in full color, both sides, on page 113 of “Winchester Engraving”, 1975, by R. L. Wilson. This is among the handful of truly spectacular relief carved Winchesters known. PROVENANCE: William Sisney Collection; Norm Vegely Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. All matching. SN found in upper channel of buttstock and a script “6” on upper left tang. Bbl retains about 95% finish, turning plum on the top half with the sheltered areas having bright original blue. There are 2 or 3 small spots of moderate pinprick pitting with some scattered staining and light pitting on the right flat. The magazine tube is mostly a plum/blue with 3 spots of pitting. The receiver and forend cap retain about 96-97% of their beautiful bright gold plating with the exposed areas a dark mustard brass patina that blends very well. The buttplate retains about 75-80% original gold plating with the balance a dark mustard patina. The wood is sound and retains most of it’s high polish varnish. Mechanically excellent with crisp bright bore. 50412-12 (150,000-250,000) – Lot 1017

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1018

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

SN 28737. Cal. 44. Maybe the most recognized engraved Winchester is this fabulous gun with the image of “Columbia” taken from Civil War 15 cent “bank note”, finely engraved L. D. Nimschke in 1869. Extremely rare rifle with 21-1/4″ oct bbl, standard fixed sights, mounted with highly polished, straight grain wood stock with matching SN found in lower buttstock channel, assembly letter “V” found on lower tang of frame, crescent shaped buttplate with trap contains orig 3-pc cleaning rod. Engraved designs in brass are among the most elaborate and beautiful with spectacular fine scrolls with large central panel on left side of “Columbia”, who is the personification of America with her eagle headed Liberty cap, starred tiara above a bundled fasces (representing the power or authority of the state). This exact engraved panel is shown in Nimschke’s pattern book, dated in his hand December 1869. This superb Winchester has fantastic collection history and is truly a piece of American patriotic art. PROVENANCE: Ex-Solis Goodman,1950; Engraving pictured on pg 58 of L. D. Nimschke Firearms Engraver, 1965; Ex-Elmer Taylor Collection; Pictured on pg 56, Antique Arms Annual, 1971; Ex-Doug Beneck Collection; Ex-Leroy Merz Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine overall all matching and orig. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 90% thinning blue with staining and overall blue/plum. Loading arm retains strong traces of bright case colors with balance muted to a dark blue/brown. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, thought partially muted and dark. Brass frame, nosecap and buttplate have a beautiful deep mustard colored patina with gold highlights in protected areas bringing the engraving to life. Stocks retain virtually all of their orig bright, highly polished varnish with small cosmetic dents and scratches. Mechanically the gun is fine with crisp shiny bore. 50412-15 (150,000-250,000) – Lot 1018

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1019

INCREDIBLE C.F. ULRICH ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH RARE AND HUMOROUS ENGRAVED PROMOTIONAL SCENE FOR WINCHESTER REPEATING RIFLE.

SN 80492. Cal. .44 CF. Marvelously engraved ’66 with 24-3/8″ octagon bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight, and Henry style 900 yard ladder rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured “XXX” fiddleback walnut with straight stock, and crescent brass butt-plate with trap door. It has factory mounted sling swivels. Assembly number “VXXX” is found on left side of lower tang and in top tang channel of buttstock. Butt-plate carries the SN on the inside toe. Receiver is spectacularly engraved, probably as a factory promotional item for the India Trade, with very unusual patterns consisting of a full side of very busy vignettes consisting of a tiger hunting scene on the left depicting a hunter kneeling and shooting a charging tiger with another tiger crouching over a supine human figure, a running hunter with a very distressed look on his face with another human figure running in the background, probably the gun bearer. There is a horse tied to a tree in foreground that is trying to escape, with another horse running away in the background, all of this is in great detail with flowers and trees. Top of vignette has a long arrow with a ribbon wound around it which bears the inscription, “HUNTING THE TIGER WITH A SINGLE SHOOTER.” Right side vignette has a similar ribbon draped arrow, which inscription reads, “WINCHESTER REPEATING RIFLES.” Vignette depicts a colonial style hunter in a frock coat looking through field glasses with his Indian gun bearer holding his lever action Winchester, with his faithful hunting dog in the foreground and a dead tiger with a wounded tiger in the left foreground. This vignette is also executed in superb detail with foliage and trees. The tree in the right foreground has a monkey hanging by his tail. Left front flat has a two standing stags, and a reclining hind in a mountain scene. Right side front flat is a stag and a hind watering in a mountain scene. The top edge of the receiver, top tang, and each side of the trigger have matching deep relief foliate arabesque patterns, with a very fine stippled background. Front flat vignettes have a similar border with front and rear edges of receiver having large scallops with Fleur De Lis border. Bottom of receiver and carrier have a split circle and mirror image filled with foliate arabesque patterns. Butt-plate tang and forend cap are engraved to match. This fabulous work has Mr. Ulrich’s tiny stamped signature in four places. Once behind the trigger, again behind the SN, and twice below the loading gate. It’s very rare to find even one signature, two is almost unheard of, and four signatures can only manifest to Mr. Ulrich’s pride and quality of this piece of work. This exact rifle has a full page devoted to it pg. 115 in Winchester Engraving by R.L. Wilson, and being from the Norm Flayderman Collection, also featured in Fladerman’s 8th Guide on pg 42. It was also featured and for sale in Flayderman’s cat #100, October 1976. This is without a doubt a one of a kind rifle without peer. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 80-85% orig blue, strong and bright in sheltered areas, thinning and mixing to patina elsewhere. Edges are very sharp. Magazine tube has blue in sheltered areas with the balance a medium, smooth, blue/brown patina. Receiver retains traces of gold wash, being an overall medium mustard patina with sharp edges. Wood is sound with a few minor handling nicks & scratches and retains nearly all of a professional restored finish. Screw for toe of butt-plate is a proper replacement. Mechanics are crisp and bore is strong & bright with moderate pitting and a few spots of deep pitting. 16399-212 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 1019

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1020

RARE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 36078. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fine ’66 with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, thinned half-nickel front sight and Henry-style 900 yard ladder rear sight. Receiver is beautifully engraved, probably by one of the Ulrichs with full coverage on sides of beautiful foliate arabesque patterns with very fine pearled background. Both sides have large blank panels with wonderful edges & shading and Ulrich’s alternating triangle borders. Top of receiver, top tang, bottom tang, forend cap & buttplate tang are engraved to match and have matching borders around most areas. Mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered, shell grain Claro walnut with straight stock and crescent brass buttplate. Forend cap has an orig sling loop and buttstock has a corresponding orig loop that is centered 5-1/4″ from toe. While no exact matches could be found for these patterns, serial numbers 36068 & 35969, pictured on p. 71 of Winchester Engraving, Wilson, are very similar, especially 35969, which has a similar flower around hammer screw. Left side of lower tang is stamped “S” and “XX”. Examination of top tang channel in buttstock disclosed no serial number markings and the number inside toe of buttplate is “6189”, indicating the buttstock is probably a period of use replacement. Inside the buttplate and upper & lower tangs, under the wood show silver-plating. Buttplate has a trap containing a 4-pc iron & brass wiping rod. It appears that this rifle was silver plated originally as there are traces of silver on tangs & inside of receiver. Carrier retains strong silver on inside. According to Mr. Wilson, these simple patterns and large open panels suggests that the company may have been considering having engraved rifles in stock for custom inscriptions. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 85% thin orig blue, stronger around front sight with a few scattered spots of fine pitting. Magazine tube retains about 90% stronger orig blue with some fine surface rust. Receiver with very lightly rounded edges and is a medium mustard patina with silver only as noted above. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and forearm retaining about 60% orig piano varnish with balance a dark, hand-worn patina. Buttstock retains about 80% brilliant restored piano varnish finish with light nicks & scratches and some flaking on right side of wrist with oil stain around wrist and a couple of small chips around tangs. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a very few scattered spots of light surface erosion. Cleaning rod is fine. 51772-4 JRL (35,000-45,000) – Lot 1020

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1021

WINCHESTER FOURTH MODEL 1866 OCTAGON BARREL FULL MAGAZINE RIFLE.

SN 156257. Cal. 44RF. 24″ oct bbl. Full magazine. Straight grain American walnut stocks with steel crescent buttplate. Bbl shows 2-line Winchester address in front of rear-sight, silver blade front-sight and semi-buckhorn rear-sight. Bbl has no cal mark. Gun metal receiver has SN engraved on lower tang behind lever, with “O” inspector mark under lever. Assembly no. “2293” is stamped on lower tang left side under stock. Assembly no. “2293” is also stamped in upper tang mortise of buttstock and on inside toe of steel buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 50% blue that is drifting to a plumb-brown patina, with some staining toward the muzzle. Magazine tube is a plumb-brown patina overall. Bbl address is sharp. Bore is dark with visible rifling. Receiver has an even mottled mustard-brown patina overall with sharp edges and only small scratches on sides. Loading gate shows traces of fire-blue. Elevator has no dents. Tang marking is sharp. Hammer shows slight traces of case color. Lever also shows light traces of case color. SN is clear and sharp. Stocks are very good and full-sized and retain much of orig varnish finish. Stocks have handling marks and bruises overall. Forestock shows scratches on both sides. Buttplate is a gray-brown patina overall with very slight traces of case color on tang. Heel and toe show some erosion. Forend cap is a smooth gray-brown patina. 51610-2 TEP (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1021

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1022

LATE FOURTH MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 164860. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, slightly altered 1/2 nickel front sight and replacement semi-buckhorn rear sight with the ears filed flat and a replacement elevator. Mounted with uncheckered, very nicely figured American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “76” which also appears in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Top flat of the bbl has standard 2-line Winchester & Kings patent markings forward of the rear sight and “44 CAL.” over the chamber area. Bottom of the elevator is also caliber marked. Trigger return spring & screw are replacements. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, shipped Nov 14, 1884. No other information available. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain a smooth, even brown patina possibly an old restoration. Receiver & side plates show evidence of cleaning & polishing with worn edges and a few light nicks & scratches. Left front flat of the receiver is scratched with a “W”. Lever, hammer, buttplate and forend cap are dark gray metal patina. Buttstock has a gouge by the lower tang, otherwise wood is sound showing an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 51079-1 (7,000-10,000) – Lot 1022

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1023

LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 141875. Cal 44 RF Henry. Standard rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Mounted with replacement, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent brass buttplate with a trap. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number “67”. Buttstock is unnumbered and buttplate has the assembly number SN “870” inside the toe. Buttstock & steel forend cap have factory sling swivels. This rifle was produced after 1877 and was standard with steel forend cap & buttplate. Current brass buttplate is obviously a replacement. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 60% artificially aged restored finish. Receiver and side plates have been draw filed and polished and now show a light mustard patina. Lever & hammer are a artificially aged, mottled silver/brown patina. The replacement buttstock & forearm show light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retain virtually all of their custom oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 51460-3 (3,500-5,500) – Lot 1023

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1024

VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 THIRD MODEL LEVER ACTION MUSKET FROM THE BATTLE OF CANAL STREET NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA IN 1874.

SN 33351. Cal 44 RF Henry. Standard ’66 musket with 27″ rnd bbl, 7/8 magazine, long forearm, 3 bands, square base front sight/bayonet lug and 900 yard Henry style ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut including straight stock with brass carbine/musket buttplate that has sliding trap. Top tang channel of buttstock has last 3 digits of matching SN and inside toe of buttplate has the last 4 digits of matching SN. Right side of buttstock has handcarved initials “BA”. Bottom tang of the receiver is marked “LSM” which stands for Louisiana State Militia, between the lever latch and hammer spring tension screw. Also between the lever latch and bottom tang wood screw is marked “9C3”,the Militia unit information. Buttstock & middle band have sling swivels. This rare musket was 1 of a shipment sold to the state of Louisiana to arm a regiment of local militia in New Orleans, mostly “colored” troops, known as the Metropolitans. The incidents that precipitated the Battle of Canal Street (Battle of Liberty Place) began with the elections of Nov 4, 1872 when Democrat John McEnery, Governor, and D.B. Penn, Lt Governor, had apparently received the majority of votes, but their Republican opponents William Pitt Kellogg, Governor, and C.C. Antoine, Lt. Governor, illegally had the votes “thrown out” and Kellogg’s ticket was declared elected. The McEnery ticket declared themselves as having been elected and set up a shadow government nearby and both McEnery and Kellogg tickets were inaugurated Jan 14, 1873. The two governments continued operating, constantly waging publicity & newspaper battles which ultimately reached a climax on Sept 14, 1874 with the Battle of Canal Street. The Kellogg faction was supported by the Louisiana State Militia, armed with Winchester muskets and the New Orleans police. The McEnery faction was supported by an organization known as the White League composed of former Civil War soldiers and local citizens. The White League attacked the State House and other buildings occupied by the Militia and police. Over the course of the day the “Leagers” were victorious and occupied the State House. During the Battle of Canal Street approximately 300 of the Winchester muskets were captured by the attacking Leagers when they defending Militia dropped their arms and fled. The McEnery faction occupied the state house for 3 days until President Grant threatened to send in the Army to restore order. Gov. Kellogg resumed his position as Gov. and served out his term. An advertisement that appeared in the newspaper, Picayune on Oct 31, 1874, over the signature of Gov. Kellogg advertised a reward for the return of a large number and variety of “Stolen State arms” ranging from Mountain Howitzers and including 301 Winchester rifles, SN’s ranging between 31,120 and 34,163 marked “LSM on butt-plates”. Very few of these rare muskets have ever surfaced making them a very scarce Winchester collectible. The book “THE BATTLE OF LIBERTY PLACE”, Landry reports on page 99 that 75 to 100 Winchester rifles were captured by insurgents. A copy of this publication is included with this rare and historical rifle. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including buttstock & buttplate. Bbl retains traces of blue in the most sheltered areas, being an overall blue/gray patina. Magazine tube retains about 75% orig blue with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Receiver & side plates show moderate edge wear with a few light nicks & scratches and overall retains a beautiful medium mustard patina. Buttplate is matching patina. Wood is sound and shows most of a very old restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with fine pitting in the grooves. 51129-1 JRL (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1024

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1025

HISTORIC 1866 WINCHESTER CARBINE, CAPTURED AT THE WOUNDED KNEE MASSACRE AND POSSIBLY USED BY SGT. WILLIAM JAMES WHO WAS KILLED AT THE BATTLE OF LITTLE BIGHORN.

SN 120168. Cal. 44. This Winchester was the subject of a video called the Curator’s Corner at the Whittington Museum. Wayne Armacost, the Curator, described the gun as follows “It is very, very probable and likely that this gun is just an incredible part of American history that was lost at the Little Big Horn and recovered at Wounded Knee.” This carbine has a very interesting history and the possibility exists that it did belong to a Sergeant William B. James who was attached to Company E, 7th Cavalry and was killed at The Little Big Horn. 7th Cavalry troopers were issued Springfield Trapdoors; however, it is believed that Sergeant James was carrying his own personal Winchester 1866 on that fateful day in June 1876. It is further believed that this carbine was picked up by a Sioux Warrior and later recovered at Wounded Knee in 1890. What made the owner of this carbine, Mr. Larry Nirenberg, commit to 14 years of research, in trying to tie this carbine to two historical events? Under the upper tang is scratched “Cpl. James”, and stamped on the lower tang is the inscription “WOUNDED KNEE 12 29 1890”. His research shows that eight Wounded Knee captured weapons included four Winchesters. According to accompanying letter from The Department of the Army, Rock Island Arsenal Museum: These weapons were given to J.W. Ellis in 1897 who had a museum in Maquoketa, Iowa which was disbursed in the 1960’s by auction in Delaware, Ohio (Garth’s?). Six of the eight captured guns, in 1897, had tags from the Rock Island Arsenal showing ownership by Chief Red Cloud, Crow Necklace, Poorbear, Sitting Eagle No. 2, White Tail and Broken-In. Various scholars mentioned in The Winchester Collector article believe the inscriptions shown and the overall aesthetics of this weapon are similar to other known captured Indian arms. There are no known Winchesters used by Troopers at Little Big Horn. However, there are privately owned weapons used by several of the Troopers known. In the archeological study of the Little Big Horn battle site, The US Department of Interior, National Park Service issued a report that has verified 47 different types of guns used on the battle field, including 44 Cal. Model 1866 Winchesters, though these were all thought to have been used by the Indians. No weapons were left on the battlefield as the Indians took them all. Interested parties should read the extensive and most interesting 9-pg research article published in The Winchester Collector, Summer 2006 and the additional documents provided by consignor in Provenance link found on our website. CONDITION: Good to very good overall. Markings, including inscriptions, SN, are all crisp and discernible. Bbl address is mostly discernible, but pitting obscures a portion as can be seen in photos. Stocks are sound and solid showing saddle wear, some wear and erosion, hand worn patina. Metal surfaces overall show old cleaning, brass has numerous small scratches, dings and dents with worn punch dot decorated design most prevalent as framed around SN. Mechanically gun is sound with clean rifling in bore. 51369-1 JS (125,000-250,000) – Lot 1025

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1026

VERY RARE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 FLAT SIDE SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 13182. Cal 44. Rare early carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight, thick forearm band and 2-position flip rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent brass buttplate with trap. Left side of buttstock has the remnants of a “Henry Bump”. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the SN and the tiny assembly number “192”. The full SN is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and appears to be stamped over another number which has been almost completely removed which indicates that the stock is a replacement and given the matching woodgrain and finish of the forearm it also is probably a replacement. Inside toe of buttplate has matching SN. Receiver has the very earliest style Henry features including sharp radius at the top rear, small loop lever and Henry style screws in the tangs & buttplate. The flat loading gate also appears to be a replacement. Receiver & buttplate tang are beautifully engraved by master engraver L.D. Nimschke with the Mexican eagle on the left sideplate and the balance of the receiver covered in Mr. Nimschke’s typical intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with a large flower blossom on the right side. The transition from sideplates to front side panels are engraved on both sides with a rope twist pattern. Carrier bottom is engraved in diamond & dot patterns. Bottom of the receiver, just below the carrier opening is stamped with the number that appears to be “020 8234”. Receiver was originally gold washed. Bottom tang, just below the lever lock has a filed cut. The entire bbl address is no longer visible and the face of the bolt is missing with the rimfire firing pins having been removed. CONDITION: Good. Bbl & magazine tube retain an artificially aged brown patina over fine pitting. Forearm band screw is stripped as is the lever screw. Receiver shows heavy edge wear with heavy wear on the engraving, but still shows traces of original gold wash around the saddle ring staple and inside the receiver under the wood. Receiver & buttplate show a dark mustard patina. Stock has an area of fill under the buttplate tang, otherwise wood is sound with an old refinish. Loading gate is jammed in the closed position, otherwise mechanics are fine. Dark bore with visible rifling and a partial ring about mid-point. 51772-1 JRL (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1026

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1027

FINE EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 23170. 44 RF Henry. Outstanding ’66 carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight and early style 2 position flip rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple and ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut, including straight stock and brass crescent buttplate with trap. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with last 4 digits of matching SN which is also found inside toe of buttplate. These early ’66 carbines are seldom encountered today and rarely in orig configuration with orig finish. The 1866 rifles & carbines have been touted as the “gun that won the west”. No doubt this model had a very large effect on the settlement of the west. It was the successor to the venerable Model 1860 Henry rifle and saw widespread distribution throughout the United States and literally around the world. They remained popular in the U.S. well into the 1870’s and 1880’s until fully supplanted by center fire arms. After that they still remained popular in South and Central America and lesser developed countries around the world where they rarely received maintenance of any kind and are rarely found today with orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching as noted. Bbl & magazine tube retain strong blue in sheltered areas being mostly a plummy blue/brown patina showing very little wear. Magazine & forearm bands are matching patina. Receiver, side plates and buttplate retain sharp edges and show a wonderful dark carmel patina. Hammer shows faint mottled case colors on the sides and the lever a dark brown patina. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bore with good shine and light to moderate pitting. 51173-5 JRL (7,000-12,000) – Lot 1027

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1028

WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 167568. Cal 44 RF Henry. Standard carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and 1873 marked carbine ladder rear sight. Top of bbl over the chamber area has the caliber marking “44 R.F.” and bottom of carrier is marked “44 CAL”. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with very nicely figured shell grain, slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and steel carbine buttplate with trap which contains a single fired cartridge case. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “99” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is un-numbered. This carbine was produced about 1890 which was very near the end of production of the model 1866. Only about 1,500 more arms of this model were produced after this one. The majority of these late production ’66s were sold into South & Central America where the rimfire cartridge was still in use. By that time, with the advent of center fire cartridges, the rimfire cartridge in the U.S. had fallen out of favor and many of this late production was sold into South & Central America. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube show a mottled silver/brown patina with some surface discoloration. Receiver has light peen marks over the front bridge probably to tighten a loose bbl. Receiver shows slightly worn edges but far better than average and has a couple of small dents in the right front flat. Lever & hammer retain dark case colors. Buttplate is a dark patina with some fine scattered pin-pricks of rust. Wood is sound and shows an old refinish with saddle-ring wear at the receiver. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting and a ring near the muzzle. 51688-1 JRL (5,000-8,000) – Lot 1028

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1029

WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 752428. Cal 44 CF. Standard carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight and 2 position flip rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple and ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and steel carbine buttplate with trap. Top tang channel of buttstock has the last 4 digits of a SN “1112”. Left side of buttstock has hand carved initials “VL” and right side “V”. SN on the bottom tang is fictitious as there were only about 170,000 Model 1866 rifles & carbines produced during the period 1866 through the end of production. The Model 1866 is frequently referred to as “the gun that won the west” and although this carbine was apparently produced well after the advent of center fire cartridges it undoubtedly saw hard frontier service in the American west and probably later on in Mexico or South America. It shows this hard service. CONDITION: Fair to good. No orig finish remains being an overall dark blue/brown patina with light pitting on the bbl & magazine tube toward the muzzle end. Receiver shows heavy wear with rounded edges and numerous light nicks, dings & scratches. Forearm is missing a chip at the front tip and has a crack by the left bbl channel and stock has a short crack back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound, showing moderate to heavy wear and overall retains a dark hand worn patina. Bottom tang is missing the lever latch and the loading gate screw is replaced by a pin. Mechanics are fine. Strong dark bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 51165-1 JRL (2,500-3,500) – Lot 1029

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1030

EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR “BLACK LABEL” HENRY RIFLE CARTRIDGE BOX COMPLETE WITH 50 ORIGINAL CARTRIDGES.

NSN. According to Giles & Shuey in their 2006 scholarly text One Hundred Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes 1856 – 1956, they picture on page 38 and describe this rare box that only 3 were known at time of printing. “Sometime in the early/mid-1860s, probably 1863-65, this gold-on-black box appeared. As there is no callout of the manufacturer, it is often referred to as the “Generic Black Box”. Of the three that the authors have examined, one was empty and two were found with New Haven Arms 44 Pointed cartridges with raised “H” headstamps…The fact that “H” headstamps were found in two of these boxes is irrelevant. There is no way of knowing whether they were original to the box or just replacements by later owners who assumed (or wished) them to be of New Haven or Winchester production. Complicating the picture is the fact that it is known that New Haven contracted for outside production of 44 Henry cartridges. So it’s possible that the rounds that have been found in those boxes known to us were, indeed, native to the box; but, it is just as possible that they came from an outside contractor. Crittenden & Tibbals, interestingly, had the manufacturing wherewithal to produce the larger Rimfire calibers during the 1863-65 period. They are also known to have advertised (and presumably sold) the 44 Henry cartridge during the same period. And yet not a single 44 Henry box or label by C&T has ever been found with their name on it. Hmmm…” Authors obviously believe that Crittenden & Tibbals made these cartridges and boxes so the cartridges contained without headstamps are correct. These identical cartridges are commonly found in Civil War sites of 1864 campaigns, both in Virginia and Georgia and rarely with headstamps. This is a very rare box with discernible label that is complete and orig. CONDITION: Box is sound and solid. Cracked at edges, with a couple of old Scotch tape repairs on two corners of lid. Label is 98% complete with discernible text as can be seen in photographs, though light in areas. 51636-1 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 1030

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1031

SCARCE FULL BOX OF WINCHESTER 44 WCF AMMUNITION.

Full original box containing 50 rounds of “W.R.A. Co.” 44-40 cartridges with small copper primers and flat nose lead bullets. Label is green & black with a line drawing of the cartridge on the lid. Line drawing exhibits the cartridge with head stamp. Box has a Kraft paper wrap label with the line drawing of a Winchester model 1873 saddle ring carbine on one side and the cartridge on one end. The opposite end is marked “WINCHESTER / .44 CALIBER. C.F. / MODEL 1873.” The other side of the box states that “These Cartridges are made especially for our MODEL 1873 RIFLE, and guaranteed to be superior to all others for use in that gun.—” Inside the lid has a pink reloading label. CONDITION: Fair to good. Top label is completely intact with a couple of small rub spots with vivid green and black. The wrap band has been opened with the cartridge drawing end still intact. The opposite end has broken corners and a broken edge with detached flap, but label is completely present. The band, on the side with the carbine is missing a few chips. Reloading label shows light soil but is completely intact and legible. Cartridges are bright & clean. 50661-1 (1,000-1,500) – Lot 1031

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1032

EXTREMELY RARE 4-PAGE WINCHESTER BROADSIDE REGARDING THE MODEL 1873 RIFLES AND CARBINES.

Known as the Variety of Arms.Purportedly one of only 2 known. This is the first Printed Printed catalog and was the formal printed announcement of the Winchester model 1873.Printed on both sides on white paper, single fold with black lettering titled “WINCHESTER REPEATING FIRE ARMS.” / “MODEL OF 1873”. Pages 1-2 and 3 extol the virtues of the new Model 1873 over the old Model 1866 and lists a long series of improvements which includes the center-fire cartridge, set or hair trigger, the sliding lid (dust cover) and iron frame in place of brass which “increases strength and reduces weight”. Page 2 lists 2 other improvements “especially adapted to military arms, to secure safety from accident or premature explosion.” One is a retracting firing pin and two is the security of the hammer at full cock to prevent accidental discharge before the cartridge is seated in the chamber. It also lists a “VARIETY OF ARMS” which discusses manufacturing and accuracy. This page also discusses the process of selecting the rifles to be marked “One of One Thousand” and “One of One Hundred”. This sheet lists the prices of the One of One Thousand at $80.00 to $100.00, an enormous sum for a rifle of that era. The One of One Hundred rifles were to be priced at $60.00 to $75.00 each. Page 3 has a price list ranging from $40.00 for a carbine and round bbl rifle to $50.00 for an oct rifle with set trigger. Cartridges were $20.00 per 1000. Page 3 also discusses the quality of their cartridges and also has a price list for various sights. Page 4 is a reprint of 2 testimonial letters, one dated Dec 9,1873 and the other dated Dec 20,1873 with both letter writers extolling the virtues of their new 1873 rifles and their great satisfaction with them. One was for SN 24 and the other for SN 6. Undoubtedly this is one of the more rare pieces of Winchester ephemera ever to come to market. This document is nicely framed in double sided glass with tan matting that probably should be re framed to archival, acid free mat paper. CONDITION: Document has separated into 4 pieces along crease lines and has been professionally conserved with paper tape. Bottom edges have 3-4 small tears and some slight wrinkling. Top of Page 4 has what appears to be a water stain. Frame is slightly loose in the corners and shows light edge wear and minor nicks & dings. 51434-1 (5,000-10,000) – Lot 1032

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1033

EXTREMELY RARE ONE OF ONLY SIX PRINTED HANNAGAN REPORT ON THE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 ONE OF ONE THOUSAND RIFLES.

Hard back book apparently produced by renowned old time collector John R. Woods, this book is inscribed inside the front cover “Number / 6 of 6 / John R. Woods”. The book consists of several hundred pages of reports, photographs, copies of notorized statements from more than 20 owners of One of One Thousand rifles. The first page in the book is a copy of a letter from Steve Hannagan dated 1950 and titled “ONE OF ONE THOUSAND” / MODEL 1873 / Winchester’s / First / High-Accuracy / RIFLE”. The body of this letter states “An account of how this great, and all but forgotten variety of the Model 1873 Winchester has now sky-rocketed to a fame far greater than it ever enjoyed at its prime, became the most famous rifle of 1950 and the most prized and valuable item among the nation’s gun collectors”. This book is the compilation of the Universal Pictures Company search for authentic One of One Thousand rifles to promote their movie “Winchester 73” starring Jimmy Stewart which came out in 1950. The book reports that the background story for the movie originated in 1945 when a Mr. Stuart N. Lake wrote a letter to Winchester’s Edwin Pugsley proposing a motion story that he planned to write around a Winchester rifle One of One Thousand. In the letter he gave the background of the rifle in the story as having originated in 1876 in Dodge City, KS where it was the first prize in a shooting contest on the 4th of July. The rifle was subsequently stolen and passed through a number of hands until 1884 when it was recovered by the original winner of the rifle. The movie followed Mr. Lake’s story very closely down to where the hero owner of the rifle thwarting a bank robbery by a gang in Dodge City. The gang allegedly included the outlaw who had stolen the rifle originally. The book also contains the advertising and efforts of Universal Studios to identify and authenticate these rare rifles, to the point of offering a new Winchester Model 94 to the first 20 owners of authentic, documented One of One Thousand rifles. In total the studio was able to document 23 authentic Model 1873 One of One Thousand rifles and 6 Model 1876 One of One Thousand rifles. Almost certainly this publication had a basis in the research for the writing of the books Winchester 1 of 1000, Wilson and the story of the Winchester 1 of 1000 and 1 and 100 rifles, Lewis. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Cover is bright and clean and completely intact with only slight, minuscule wear on the spine corners. Pages have slightly yellowed but are completely intact with no damage. A rare opportunity to own an extraordinarily rare book. 51079-12 JRL (3,000-5,000) – Lot 1033

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1034

EXCEEDINGLY RARE, JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED ONE OF ONLY TWO EVER MADE WITH GOLD AND NICKEL FINISH WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 ONE OF ONE THOUSAND LEVER ACTION RIFLE OF ARGENTINE BUSINESSMAN DON EDUARDO CASEY.

SN 37911. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Second model 1873 rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover without thumbprint. Receiver has set trigger. Mounted with about 2X American walnut with early style matching checkered forearm and straight stock that has crescent buttplate with trap. Buttstock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. Receiver, side plates, dust cover, lever, hammer, bbl, forend cap, magazine band and buttplate tang are beautifully engraved in scarce patterns by John Ulrich. Engraving consists of a running bull elk on the left side plate and a grizzly bear in the left front side panel. Right side plate is engraved with a running bull buffalo and the right front side panel is engraved with a vignette of a mountain lion. All the panels are surrounded by fine intertwined foliate arabesque patterns that have fine pearled background and light shading. Top of the receiver, dust cover and bottom of the receiver are engraved to match with matching engraving on the lever, hammer, forend cap, magazine band and buttplate tang. Bbl is engraved with matching patterns on the 5 exposed flats over the chamber area which surround the panel engraved “One of One Thousand”. Muzzle end of the bbl is also engraved to match and there is a silver inlaid band at the muzzle and chamber ends of the bbl. Receiver, side plates, dust cover, forend cap and buttplate are gold plated. Lever, hammer, trigger, loading gate, magazine tube, magazine band and sights are nickel finish. Left side of the lower tang, under the wood is marked “XX” and the assembly number “193”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock, inside toe of buttplate and right bottom flat of bbl under the forearm. Bottom tang is signed “J.Ulrich”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, “XXX” checkered stock, sling swivel, engraved 1 of 1000, engraved “$20.00”, gold & nickel, received in warehouse Nov. 8 1879 and shipped Nov 26, 1879 to order #17571. This rifle is listed by SN on page 26 of The Story of the Winchester 1 of 1000 and 1 of 100 rifles, Lewis. According to consignor, this rifle was owned by his direct descendant, Eduardo Casey (1847-1906,). It has been handed down directly through 4 generations in Argentina until its offering by James D. Julia in this auction. Casey was the son of Irish immigrants who came to Argentina circa 1830. By age 30, Eduardo was an established rancher and was the first to export cattle on the hoof to England. He was also a member of the board of The Western Railway Company and The Buenos Aires Provincial Bank. One of his first business ventures was the purchase of 130,000 hectares (321,100 acres) of land in southern Santa Fe provance. In 1881 he acquired an additional 180,555 hectares (445,972 acres) of land which by 2 years later was fenced and on which he was running 40,000 head of cattle, 50,000 sheep and 10,000 horses. In the economic crash of the 1890’s Mr. Casey lost everything, primarily from bad investments in Uruguay. He lost all of his assets and even his personal property was auctioned to repay investors. His brother purchased most of his personal property at the auction and subsequently gave it back to him. Mr. Casey then went to England where he was able to borrow 100,000 English Pounds (about 1 million dollars) with which he repaid all of the small investors who had suffered financial losses when his investments collapsed. Mr. Casey died in 1906 at age 58, impoverished and ignored by the society to which he had devoted most of his adult life. CONDITION: Fine, all matching as noted above. Overall retains a very old restored finish with strong blue on the bbl with only a few scattered spots of light surface rust. Magazine tube retains 85-88% strong orig nickel. Receiver, side plates, dust cover, forend cap and buttplate retain most of their restored gold finish showing dark areas on the sharp edges and high points. The engraving is all crisp & clear. Lever retains about 50% orig nickel and the hammer about 65-70%. There is about a 1″ crack in the forearm at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and shows most of its fine restored finish with freshened checkering. Set trigger is not functioning otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong sharp bore with scattered light pitting. 51332-1 JRL (75,000-125,000) – Lot 1034

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1035

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

SN 335484B. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). SN 335484. Beautiful special order rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, gold washed Beech’s front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight & Lyman tang sight with loop. Mounted with extremely beautiful 3-4X American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & straight stock with checkered steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang under the wood is marked with assembly number “25”, which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Forend cap & buttstock have factory sling swivels. Receiver is spectacularly engraved by John Ulrich & signed on bottom tang. Left sideplate has a large vignette of a whitetail buck & doe in a very detailed woodland scene surrounded by extremely well executed foliate arabesque patterns and wavelet border patterns. Balance of receiver has light arabesque patterns with matching border patterns and a section of heavy border pattern at top left. Right sideplate has rare vignette of a cougar in a woodland scene, surrounded by matching borders with balance of right side is a mirror image of left. There are light arabesque patterns on both sides of lever & hammer with matching patterns on dust cover & top three flats of bbl at receiver. Muzzle also has a ring of engraving & buttplate tang is engraved to match. Carrier & forend cap & bottom of lever have matching engraving & serial number is encased in a ribbon. This exact rifle has two large photographs with description on p. 158 of Winchester Engraving, Wilson. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter fully identifying this rifle with $15.00 engraving and originally shipped with a blank in rear seat but accompanied by a buckhorn sight. SIZE: Ex-Dr. James M. Goforth Collection; Floyd Everhart. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Bbl retains 85-90% thin orig blue with wear at muzzle and over chamber areas. Receiver retains traces of case colors in very sheltered areas, having turned silver over most areas. Hammer retains 75-80% bright case colors & lever is a silver patina. Wood is sound showing moderate to heavy wear with light handling & use marks with forearm retaining about 50% orig varnish & buttstock about all of a fine restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered spots of light pitting. 50832-1 (60,000-80,000) ESA – Lot 1035

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1036

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 3RD MODEL RIFLE WITH COLOR CASE HARDENED FRAME.

SN 274439. Cal 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight and sporting rear sight with extra fine notch. Receiver, lever, hammer, forend cap & buttplate are color case hardened. Mounted with extra finish, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. It is unusual to find a 3rd Model ’73 rifle that is color case hardened with much remaining orig finish. Firearms from that era, 1886, usually saw continuous hard service on the American frontier under extreme, adverse conditions, usually with little or no maintenance. Such exposure to sunlight and poor care faded the case colors very quickly, therefore finding one today with high orig finish with bright colors is a great rarity, especially standard grade rifles which were the working man’s tool. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig finish with only very light muzzle edge wear; receiver & side plates retain brilliant case colors on the sides with some fine surface etching on both sides and side plates, lightly to moderately faded over top & bottom; hammer retains bright case colors as does the lever on the sides, fading to silver on outer faces; forend cap retains brilliant case colors; buttplate retains smoky case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and appears to have been waxed at some time in the past, otherwise retains about all of its bright orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 51079-15 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1036

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1037

EXTREMELY RARE SMALL BORE FULL NICKEL PLATED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 331022. Cal 22 Short. Full nickel finish with 24-3/8″ oct bbl, full magazine, globe front sight, flat top rear sight and sporting tang sight with 4″ staff. Receiver has single set trigger. Mounted with beautiful, center crotch, flame grain American walnut that has “H” style checkered forearm and black insert serpentine grip buttstock with nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Screws are all nickel finish. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “2871”, “XX” and “22”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is unnumbered but there is little doubt it is orig to this rifle. Receiver is small bore 3rd type with stepped front receiver ring and integral dust cover rail containing a 3rd type dust cover. The brass carrier is also nickel finish and has the caliber marking which is also found over the chamber area of the bbl. Inside magazine is also nickel finished and may be a period of use replacement. Given the configuration and finish of this rifle it very likely belonged to a wild west show performer and trick shot artist. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office worksheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 22 with oct bbl, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock with Swiss buttplate, graduated peep & nickel finish, received in warehouse Feb 8, 1890 and shipped same day to order # 8923 CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 98-99% strong orig nickel with a few minor, very light nicks & scratches. Buttplate retains about 85% orig nickel showing wear on the ears. Wood is sound with a few light handling and use nicks & scratches in the finish with the buttstock retaining most of its orig factory varnish. Showing moderate wear on the checkering. Forearm retains about 65-70% orig varnish showing moderate wear on the checkering with a dark hand stained patina on the bottom 1/3. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore, shows very little use. 51687-7 JRL (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1037

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1038

*RARE SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 555264. Rare semi-deluxe 22 with 24-3/8″ oct bbl, full magazine, orig 2nd type inside tube, ivory bead Lyman hunting front sight and flat top semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top flat of bbl has standard Winchester & King address and patent date. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with capped pistol grip buttstock and Winchester embossed hard rubber shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number “11372” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. There was a total 720,610 Model 1873 rifles and carbines in 5 different calibers which includes 19,552 rifles produced in 22 rimfire, both 22 short and long, with short being the predominant quantity. These rifles were only produced during the period 1884 to 1904 and were the first repeating 22 rifle made in the United States. They were offered in both 24″ and 26″ bbls with very few of the 26″ models produced. This rifle was manufactured in 1900 near the end of production. Extremely few were produced as “special order” such as found here. These small bore rifles were generally considered to have been garden guns or for use by ladies and young boys. They usually saw extreme hard service with little maintenance and are rarely found today with high original finish or bright bores. The corrosive ammo of those days and lack of small bore cleaning equipment generally resulted in badly eroded bores. This scarce and desirable rifle is accompanied by a Winchester Factory letter from the Buffalo Bill Historical center. The letter further documents the configuration as follows: Rifle Cal. .22 Short, Octagon Barrel, plain trigger with plain pistol gripped stock, lyman hunter front and flat-top rear, shotgun butt with rubber butt plate. Shipped December 15 1900. The reverse side of the factory letter has a copy of the original ledger sheet. A very fine example of a very rare variation of the 1973 Winchester. PROVENANCE: Vince Sepulveda Collection. With Buffalo Bill Historical Center Factory letter and copy of Ledger sheet. 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 matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with scattered rust pitting on the top right flat in the area between the sights. Magazine tube has scattered areas of pin-prick pitting on the right side. Receiver retains about 90% strong orig blue with candy striping and fine sharp edge wear. Right side plate retains over 90% orig blue and the left side plate retain over 50% orig blue. Dust cover retains 15-20% original blue. Hammer retains strong, bright case colors and the lever faded case colors on the sides turned silver on outer faces. Top tang roll marking is a thin strike but mostly legible. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and a couple of small gouges and retains 95-97% strong orig factory finish with some light oil staining at the receiver and around the top tang. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Inside magazine tube retains traces of orig blue with bright blue on the spring clip on the bottom. 51546-3 (17,500-25,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1038

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1039

*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 563494. Cal 22 long. Standard grade rifle with 24-3/8″ oct bbl, full magazine with orig 2nd type inside magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail & 3rd type dust cover. Receiver is small bore type with stepped top front receiver ring. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate without trap. Top flat of bbl has standard Winchester & King address & patent dates with caliber marking over the chamber area. Bottom of carrier has the caliber marking. There was a total 720,610 Model 1873 rifles and carbines in 5 different calibers which includes 19,552 rifles (.027%) produced in 22 rimfire, both 22 short and long, with short being the predominant quantity. These rifles were only produced during the period 1884 to 1904 and were the first repeating 22 rifle made in the United States. They were offered in both 24″ and 26″ bbls with very few of the 26″ models produced. This rifle was manufactured in 1902 near the end of production. These small bore rifles were generally considered to have been garden guns or for use by ladies and young boys. They usually saw extreme hard service with little maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish or bright bores. The corrosive ammo of those days and lack of small bore cleaning equipment generally resulted in badly eroded bores. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue with fine sharp edge wear and a small cleaned area on top flat below the bbl address. Receiver retains about 88-90% strong orig blue with candy striping and some light cleaning scratches, primarily on the right side. Left side plate retains about 85% orig blue and the right plate side about 60% thin orig blue. Buttplate is mostly a mottled silver brown patina. Hammer retains about 80% bright case colors and the lever strong case colors on the right side with faded case colors on left side, turned silver on outer faces. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Inside magazine is extremely fine. 51378-5 JRL (10,000-15,000) C&R – Lot 1039

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1040

VERY RARE WINCHESTER FIRST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 1617. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine with 1866 style nose-plug threaded into the magazine, combination front sight having its pin mostly missing, altered orig bbl sight that has been filed flat on top and narrowed on the sides with beveled edges over the dovetail and with incised lines. Tang is mounted with a series 62B “lollypop” sight which was added at a later date, post 1881. Receiver is 1st type with mortised dust cover rails and a first type dust cover with raised checkered thumb-print. Receiver has single set trigger. Top tang has the “MODEL 1873″ marking and the bottom tang has the SN engraved. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate that has a trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly # 102 with matching number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter which identifies this rifle with 24” oct bbl and set trigger shipped August 3, 1874. Letter is a rarely encountered original 1968 Winchester Gun Museum letter on Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation stationary and was addressed to Mr. Jack W. Dexter, Sr. of Colgate, WI. These old gun letters make for a nostalgic touch on a nice gun, as collectors did not get letters that often back in those days. Also accompanied by a 4-page letter from renowned Winchester historian and author George Madis wherein he relates most of the above information. This Model 1873 is certainly one of the last, and may be the very last verifiable gun with a George Madis letter, as supported by the accompanying original retained shipping box with a FedEx label used when George Madis shipped this gun to Scott Soles in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as a separate envelope postmarked December 10, 2003 for the Dexter letter and second Madis note. George died on December 22, 2003. He was known to be very methodical (slow) to write his wonderful handwritten letters, so it is unlikely he wrote many letters, if any, after this gun was lettered, and likely that would not be evidenced in the manner presented by this gun package. This history of George Madis is written about in a Summer 2015 The Winchester Collector in an article titled, “By George, We’ve Got It.” In addition to the above, the lower tang and serial number of this gun are pictured in the Fall 2012 The Winchester Collector and this article also has a story about serial number 1617. Few of these very early ’73s survive today. This being the first of Winchester’s center fire repeating rifles, they were immediately purchased by the public for use on the American frontier to replace the less powerful and difficult to reload rimfire cartridges. As such they usually saw continuous hard service under extreme conditions most often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish and in orig configuration. CONDITION: Very fine especially for such an early ’73. Bbl retains 60-65% thin blue/brown patina with sharp edge wear. Magazine tube retains about 95% strong orig blue. Receiver & sideplates retain about 70-75% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, thinning & turning a little patina on the front side flats and sideplates. Top of the receiver & dust cover show strong orig blue. Bottom of the receiver shows strong blue behind the carrier opening with the bottom edges and front recess in gray patina. Buttplate & forend cap show case colors turned silver. Hammer retains faded case colors, strong on left side. Lever retains faded case colors on the sides, turned silver on outer faces. Wood is sound with a few nicks, dings & scratches and shows a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. Cleaning rod is fine. 51742-4 (20,000-25,000) – Lot 1040

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1041

RARE SPECIAL ORDER PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 41559. Cal. .44WCF (44-40). Fine special order rifle with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd bbl, butt on mag, half nickel front sight and early style semi-buck horn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with a higher end grade of 1X uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly # “543” and “XX”. Buttstock has the assembly # “1554” in top tang channel and inside toe of buttplate, which makes sense given the rifle letters with 1X wood, not “XX.” “1-X” guns that letter that way are extremely rare. Receiver and sideplates are color case hardened with the left side plate inscribed “Presented to / Dr. E. C. Richardson / by / Wm. W. Converse / Jan. 19th 1880”. This inscription has all the characteristics of other inscriptions engraved by renowned Winchester engraver John Ulrich. This gun is the subject of two separate Winchester articles. Accompanied by a four page article by G. Scott Soles, which appeared in the Summer Edition 2008 of The Winchester Collector magazine, which details information about this rifle with several photographs and in particular reports information about Mr. Converse. He was born in Ware, Mass. in 1834 and in 1878 was working at Winchester with a very high salary and position, being paid more than Oliver Winchester’s son, W. W. Winchester. After the deaths of Oliver and W. W. Winchester in 1880 records disclose that Mr. Converse sat on the Winchester Board of Directors, later became Treasurer, then Secretary, and finally President of the company, which appointment took place in March 1881. Additional information is about the possible relationship with Dr. Richardson is theorized, in that he was a physician and may have been the doctor treating the two Winchester men who were both deathly ill and soon both passed away, at which time Converse became President of WRACo. This article also shows the listing for this rifle in the orig Winchester ledger and identifies it in cal. 44 with half oct bbl, plain trigger, “X stock”, casehardened, received in the warehouse Jan. 17 1880 and shipped the same day to order # 18827. This rifle is pictured and described on pg. 190 of The Winchester Book , Madis, 1985 edition. It is also listed on pg. 460 of Winchester’s New Model of 1873, Gordon, wherein Mr. Gordon states there were only 59 inscribed models 1873 known at the time of publication. A second 5-page article by Mr. Soles was published in the Summer Edition 2015 of The Winchester Collector, This article updates significant details Converse not previously reported in any of the popular Winchester publications, but more importantly on Dr. Richardson. It was learned that he was a graduate of Harvard Medical School, and had, upon graduation moved to Ware, Mass. to practice medicine. Dr. Richardson served throughout the Civil War as a surgeon and presumably resumed practice at war’s end. Little else was reported regarding Dr. Richardson but it seems likely that such an elaborate gift would have stemmed from a close relationship, probably relating to the illness of both Winchester men. PROVENANCE: Paul Sorrell; Scott Soles Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and thinning around the muzzle with a few spots on the top and bottom of the round section. Receiver and side plate retains most of their orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, moderately faded and turning silver elsewhere. Hammer retains lightly to moderately faded case colors and the lever stronger case colors in sheltered areas, turning silver on outer faces. Upper and lower tang are mostly grey patina. Forend cap retains most of its orig, moderately faded case colors. Wood is sound with the buttstock having a few light nicks and scratches. Forearm is sound and retains about 50% orig oil finish with the rear 1/2 showing a hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 51742-3 (17,500-25,000) – Lot 1041

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1042

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 202427A. Cal 44WCF (44-40). Fine deluxe third Model 1873 with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is third type with integral dust cover rail and third type dust cover. Mounted with very nicely figured, “XX” American walnut that “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with black fleur-de-lis inlay in the grip cap and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “803”, “XX” and an “S”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. There was approximately 720,610 Model 1873 rifles, carbines and muskets produced between 1873 and 1919, of that large number only a few were special ordered with deluxe features. Special orders & deluxe wood were extra cost which the average working man & cowboy could not afford. This rifle was produced in about 1886 at a time when the west was still wild and carrying a firearm was an everyday way of life. Firearms of that era usually saw extreme hard service under very adverse conditions and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl has a series of dings on the bottom towards the muzzle, a small ding on the edge of the muzzle and retains 80-85% strong orig blue, thinning on the rnd section, strong and bright on the oct section. Receiver & side plates retain about 50% smokey case colors with brighter colors in the most sheltered areas, strong & bright on the bottom tang. The balance has turned silver. Hammer retains about 80% fading case colors and the lever traces of case colors in sheltered areas. There is a small ding in the toe of the buttplate and adjacent wood otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches, dark staining around the wrist & carry point of the forearm and retains about 60% factory finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with light pitting and a light ring about an inch from the muzzle that doesn’t show externally. 51378-2 JRL (15,000-20,000) – Lot 1042

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1043

RARE WINCHESTER 1873 FIRST MODEL SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 2378. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight and 2-position leaf rear sight graduated to 500 yards. Standard bbl address is lightly struck but completely legible. Receiver is 1st type with mortised dust cover rails containing an orig 1st model dust cover with raised checkered thumbprint. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Magazine & bbl band are of the type from the Model 1866 Winchester with threaded magazine plug and thick forearm band. Lever latch is also 1866 type that is threaded into the lower tang. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate that has a trap. Left side of lower tang under the wood is marked with the assembly # 201 with matching assembly number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Top tang is marked “MODEL 1873″ and bottom tang has the engraved serial number. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine with 20” bbl received in the warehouse Sept 30, 1874 and shipped the same day to order # 2105. Also accompanied by a 3-page letter from renowned Winchester authority & author George Madis wherein he details most of the above information. Extremely few of these early first model ’73 carbines survive today. They were in great demand on the American frontier and generally saw very hard service in saddle scabbards and wagon boxes under adverse conditions usually with limited or no maintenance. Finding one today in completely orig configuration is a great rarity. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain a lightly cleaned, mottled gray/brown patina with fine surface etching overall. Receiver & sideplates show moderate to heavy wear with a lightly cleaned gray metal patina and fine pin-prick pitting. Stock is missing a sliver by the top tang and a chip by the bottom tang with nicks, dings & scratches and shows a mostly hand worn patina with about 10% orig finish showing through. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore with good shine and scattered pitting. A rare opportunity to own an orig first model ’73 carbine. 51742-5 JRL (13,000-18,000) – Lot 1043

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1044

SCARCE EARLY 2ND MODEL DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 31314. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Fine deluxe ’73 with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and early style, short, heart-shaped rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is second type with attached dust cover rail and impressed thumb print dust cover. Receiver also has single set trigger. Mounted with about 2X, early style checkered American walnut with straight grip and crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver is color case hardened. Top left flat of the bbl, over the chamber area and correspondingly on the receiver are marked with small British proofs. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “894” and “X”. The last two numbers of the assembly number appear to be stamped over “63” or “93”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Bottom portion of toe of buttplate appears to have had an assembly number obliterated and the matching number stamped higher up. In the bottom tang channel of the buttstock is a vertically applied reinforcing screw to support the repaired crack in the wrist. Accompanied by copies of a 5-page letter of authentication from renowned researcher & author George Madis wherein he substantiates most of the above information. Also accompanied by a copy of a Cody Firearms Museum serial number research request sheet which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock and case hardened; received in warehouse March 10, 1879 and shipped same day to Order #14808. Given the extra cost features found on this rifle and the time period of its production, it seems very likely that it would have been ordered by a wealthy individual or was intended for a special presentation. CONDITION: Fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 80-85% thinning orig blue turning plum on the magazine tube; receiver & sideplates retain about 85% thinning orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas; hammer retains about 80% strong orig case colors and the lever traces of colors in sheltered areas; forend cap & buttplate are dark patina. Stock has the aforementioned repaired crack in the wrist with some small chips missing around the tip of the crack in the checkering on the bottom, otherwise wood is sound with numerous nicks & scratches with a few light bruises and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 51772-5 JRL (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1044

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1045

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 202924. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade 3rd model rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. This rifle was produced about 1886 at a time when the west was still wild and carrying a gun was a daily way of life. These standard grade rifles were the working man’s tool and generally saw very hard service in saddle scabbards or wagon boxes and usually with limited or no maintenance. Finding one today with high orig finish is a great rarity. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl retains 96-97% crisp orig blue with some slight thinning toward the muzzle and a couple small spots of surface etching. Magazine tube retains about 98% crisp orig blue. Receiver, side plates & dust cover retain about 98% glossy orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and some minor candy stripping with a couple of small scattered spots on each side. Left sideplate has a series of extremely fine scratches. Lever, hammer & buttplate retain virtually all of their orig case colors, strong & bright on the hammer and sides of lever, moderately faded on outer faces of lever. Buttplate case colors are strong on the tang, faded on the face. Wood is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired but if so very little. 51687-5 JRL (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1045

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1046

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 277383. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade 3rd Model ’73 with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and thick base sporting tang sight with 4″ staff. Mounted with highly figured, uncheckered, streaky European walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc all steel cleaning rod. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 44 caliber with rnd bbl and plain trigger, received in warehouse Aug. 20, 1888 and shipped the next day to Order #11288. This rifle almost certainly was special ordered with the European walnut although the bottom tang and buttstock are not marked with an assembly number. Wood appears orig to this rifle as the wood to metal fit is as near perfect as one could ask and almost certainly is from the factory. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98-99% strong orig factory blue with faint sharp edge wear and a very few scattered spots of light rust; receiver retains about all of its strong orig blue with faint sharp edge wear, some candy striping on both sides with light rust over top of receiver ring and dust cover along with some very fine flaking on left sideplate; hammer retains brilliant case colors; lever retains strong bright case colors, lightly to moderately faded on outer faces; buttplate retains about all of its case colors, moderately faded with some freckling on the tang. Stock has a small splinter by the right side of lower tang, otherwise wood is sound and retains most of a bright orig varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few small scattered spots of rust. Cleaning rod is fine. 51688-3 JRL (10,000-12,500) – Lot 1046

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1047

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 252302. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight, fine V-notch rear sight and Lyman tang sight with Duplex aperture. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate without trap. Receiver is small bore, 3rd type with stepped receiver ring, integral dust cover rail with 3rd type dust cover. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in Cal. 32 with 1/2 oct bbl and plain trigger, received in warehouse Nov 1, 1887 and shipped Nov 3, 1887 with two other arms to order # 742. These small bore rifles of that era were usually considered to be boy’s or ladies’ small game rifles and are most often found with little or no orig finish. Seldom do we see one in this condition with the added attraction of a half octagon barrel and a full magazine combination. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 92-93% orig blue showing sharp edge and muzzle end wear with thinning and turning brown over the chamber area and portions of the round area. Mag tube retains about 90% orig blue, thin on the bottom. Receiver and sideplates retain about 90% thinning orig blue. Dust cover is a blue-brown patina. Lever and hammer retain strong case colors, turning silver on outer faces of lever. Buttplate is a brown patina. Forearm has a small crack by the left bbl channel, otherwise wood is sound with a chemical streak down the comb of stock and down the bottom from lower tang with light nicks and scratches. Buttstock and forearm retain most finish. Dust cover, probably an old replacement does not catch the bolt on opening, otherwise mechanics are crisp. Strong bright bore with light pitting. 51742-2 (4,500-6,500) – Lot 1047

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1048

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 146168A. Cal 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with special order 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is small bore type with stepped top front. Carrier appears to be gold washed. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate that has a trap. Accompanied by a box of U.S. Cartridge Co. caliber 38-40 ammunition. Box has square corners with a blue & black label marked “For Winchester Rifle Model 1873”. Box contains 48 orig rounds of ammunition and 2 new un-primed empty cases. This rifle was produced in about 1884 when the west was still wild and carrying a firearm was a daily way of life. Firearms of that era usually saw continuous hard service usually under very adverse conditions often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 85-88% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas thinning elsewhere. Magazine tube retains 75-80% orig finish turning brown. Receiver & side plates retain about 85-88% strong orig blue with some candy striping on the side plates and showing wear with thin blue over the top & bottom at the carry point. Carrier retains most of its orig gold wash. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Buttstock has a couple of gouges on the left side with light nicks & scratches, otherwise wood is sound and overall retains traces of orig finish being mostly a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Box has had the label cut open on 3 sides with the rear side label intact. Box shows light soil with a full & complete top label. Cartridges are crisp & clean. 51570-5 (4,000-5,000) – Lot 1048

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1049

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 30527. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Special order standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, globe front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is second type with attached dust cover rail and second type dust cover with impressed thumbprint. Receiver has single set trigger. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut that has a straight stock & crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “153” with matching assembly number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle was produced about 1879 and was likely someone’s prized hunting rifle and home defense firearm. Most firearms of that era saw continuous hard service under very adverse conditions, usually with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Good, all matching. Bbl retains blue in sheltered areas being mostly a thin blue brown patina with the rnd section having been cleaned showing surface discoloration and scattered rust. Receiver and side plates retain 50-60% thin orig blue, having been cleaned with a coarse material leaving scratch marks in the finish. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors with the lever having light surface rust on the outer faces. Wood is sound with a gouge in the comb and a few scattered light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Set trigger needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Tang sight plug screws are missing. 51165-2 JRL (3,500-5,500) – Lot 1049

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1050

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 401599. Cal 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, 1/2 nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. It is small bore type with stepped top front edge. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight grip & crescent buttplate without trap. This rifle was produced about 1891 when the west was still wild and carrying a gun was a daily way of life. The 32-20 caliber firearms were reasonably popular with law enforcement officers & persons of small stature who wished to have a reasonably effective cartridge with mild recoil. Many of the individuals on the American Frontier at that time, on both sides of the law carried a Colt Single Action Army Revolver and a Winchester rifle in this caliber. These rifles generally saw very hard service under adverse conditions and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 95% dulling orig blue with a few minor nicks & dings. Magazine tube retains about 70% strong orig blue with the balance a plummy patina. Receiver & side plates retain about 85% orig blue turned silver on the bottom front edges and thin over the top front edge at the carry point. Hammer retains very strong case colors and the lever traces of dark case colors showing silver on the outer faces. Buttplate is a silver gray patina. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks & dings in the forearm and overall retains about 80-85% orig finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 51460-4 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 1050

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1051

*VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SHORT RIFLE.

SN 640408. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, 1/2 nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail & 3rd type dust cover. Receiver is small bore type with stepped top front edge which is rare in this caliber. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “484”. Buttstock & buttplate are unmarked. Very few Winchester rifles were special ordered with shorter than standard bbls. According to The Winchester Book, Madis only 1 of every 450 rifles had special shorter bbls. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain 85-88% strong orig finish with the wear spot near the front sight. Receiver & side plates retain 30-40% dull blue, having been cleaned a long time ago with the possibility of some added finish. Lever & hammer are mostly a dark patina. Buttplate shows faded case colors. Wood is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 51137-7 JRL (3,000-5,000) C&R – Lot 1051

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1052

EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 ONE OF ONE THOUSAND LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 3551. Cal 45-75. Most rare of the 76’s this fabulous one of one thousand has 30″ oct bbl, full magazine, gold washed Beach’s combination front sight with an “1876” dated rifle ladder rear sight. Mounted with extremely, beautiful, XXX checkered American walnut with early style pattern on forearm and serpentine grip cap on buttstock with fleur-de-lis ebony inlay and a replacement hard rubber buttplate embossed in intertwined letters “SRCo.” (Sharps Rifle Co.). Top tang is mounted with a Sharps style sporting tang sight with 3-1/2″ staff. Bbl is engraved in typical one of 1,000 style with foliate arabesque patterns on top & side flats over chamber area and inscribed in script on top flat “One of One Thousand”. There is also a narrow silver band at the receiver. Muzzle is engraved to match on top three flats and side flats, also with an inlaid silver band. Left side of lower tang under the wood is stamped “XXX” with the assembly number “160” which has been X’d out with the additional assembly number “89” further to the right. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with an “S” and the assembly number “160”. Top flat of bbl, forward of the engraving and top of receiver ring, are stamped with the Winchester “WP” proof in a circle signifying that this rifle was returned to Winchester and proof tested after about 1904. Top of receiver has a 2nd model attached dust cover rail with impressed thumb print dust cover. Fitted with a single set trigger. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office work sheet which identifies this rifle with 30″ oct bbl, set trigger, pistol grip stock, case hardened receiver and “one of one thousand”. It was received in the warehouse May 20, 1878 and shipped June 19, 1878 to Order #11781. There is an additional notation “CH 6/14/78”. There is no indication as to what the “CH” stands for. Previous informaiton disclosed that this rifle was, at one time accompanied by a 10-page letter from noted researcher, historian & author, R.L. Wilson detailing much of the above information. He additionally states that during his research for his book “Winchester The Golden Age of American Gunmaking 1 of 1000”, he discovered that of the 63,871 Models 1876 produced there were only 51 made as a one of 1,000. This rifle was discovered by Universal Studios as part of their promotion for the Jimmy Stewart movie, “Winchester 73”, when they offered a new Winchester Model 94 rifle to the first twenty owners of authentic One of 1,000 rifles who contacted them with proof of ownership. During this promotion the movie studio located twenty three Models 1873 and six Models 1876 One of 1,000 rifles. The owner of this rifle, Mr. Robert Steele Withers of Liberty, Missouri, in a letter to Mr. Bill Depperman, Washington, D.C., dated May 23, 1950, described his Winchester One of 1,000, which turned out to be an authentic specimen which earned him a free Winchester Model ’94. In his letter Mr. Withers states that he inherited this rifle from a deceased neighbor. He also states that he had sent it to “the Winchester Company with instructions to put it in perfect condition”. He further states that the gentleman who bequeathed it to him had traded for this rifle while he was recuperating from tuberculosis in Tombstone, AZ. In a second letter dated June 10, 1950 Mr. Withers identifies the neighbor as Claude Hardwick of Liberty, MO and reiterates his sending it to Winchester for restoration and what he was told the Winchester records contained. Mr. Wilson states that this rifle, being an early 2nd Model with 4-digit serial number, is of substantial importance as very few are known in this range. Mr. Wilson also states that the bottom of the bbl is marked with the serial number as is the breech end of the magazine tube. The last two digits of the serial number are on the carrier, carrier arm & lever while the hammer & dust cover are marked “89”, which is the assembly number found on lower tang. The sideplates are marked “57” which was X’d out and the number “89” stamped adjacent. No attempt was made at disassembly to verify these statements. Also accompanying this rifle are copies of Mr. Withers’ letters mentioned above along with a copy of a notarized statement dated 1952 wherein he is certifying that he is the owner of this rifle and reiterates its history. There are several other copies of letters between Mr. Depperman & Mr. Withers, a Mr. Andre from Winchester to Mr. Withers and several other pieces of correspondence. It is believed that in the early 1950’s when Mr. Withers returned his rifle to Winchester for refurbishing that they were no longer doing color case hardening so it was given a full blue treatment, including receiver, lever & hammer. It was very likely at this time that the proof marks were stamped on the bbl & receiver. This rifle is pictured and described on pages 100-101 of The Story of The Winchester 1 of 1000 and 1 of 100 Rifles, Lewis. The text surrounding this rifle in the book reiterates some of the above information. This rifle is listed by SN in the chart on page 89 of referenced publication. This listing also shows that order number “11781” had 4 other Models 1876 1 of 1000 rifles with the other 3 serial number’s being 750, 4771, 4772. The listing on page 26 of the referenced publication also shows that order “11781” additionally had 4 Models 1873 1 of 1000 rifles whose serial numbers were 30160, 30161, 30162 & 30180. PROVENANCE: Robert Steele Withers Collection; Claude Hardwick; John Fox Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Overall retains about 99% strong factory blue with only the most faint sharp edge wear. Wood is sound with forearm retaining about 20% orig varnish and the checkering showing moderate wear. Buttstock has a couple of gouges on left side with other light nicks & scratches and retains about 90% strong orig piano finish varnish. It is readily apparent that the wood was not refinished during the 1950’s restoration process. The buffing & bluing did however greatly thin out the top tang markings as well as the serial number on the bottom tang although both markings are still visible. Bbl address is still sharp & clear. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and some orange peel effect in the grooves. This is a rare rifle with a well documented history. 50832-5 JRL (75,000-125,000) – Lot 1052

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1053

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 BIG BORE SHORT RIFLE.

SN 10923. Cal 50-95 EXP. Spectacular John Ulrich engraved short rifle with 22″ rnd bbl, button magazine, fine matted top, half nickel front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. The sight elevator is marked on the left side “1-1/2, 2, 2-1/2 and 3” “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS, NEW HAVEN, CT.” is hand engraved on the top right side of the bbl, foreward of the rear sight. Top left side is engraved with “KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866, OCTOBER 16, 1860.”. Top right side over the chamber area is hand-engraved “.50 Cal.” and top left side is engraved “95 GRS.” Top left side of bbl also has British proofs with another small British proof adjacent on the receiver. Receiver is second type with attached dust cover rail and third type dust cover that is hand-engraved “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / .50 CAL. 95 GRS.”. Receiver and side plates are engraved with about 25-30% coverage beautiful foliate arabesque patterns that have fine pearled background and chip/dot borders. Corners of the engraving patterns have small shell patterns. Top tang, forend cap and buttplate tang are engraved to match. The brass carrier is hand engraved “50-95”. Bottom tang, behind the trigger is marked with the engraver’s name “J. Ulrich”. Mounted with very beautiful flame & shell grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock that has a horn fleur-de-lis inlaid in the grip cap and a smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked “XXX” and the assembly number “1001”. It is also marked with an “L” and an “S”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Rear face of the buttstock, under the wood has 3 small assembler’s marks which are also found inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 50 Express with 22″ matted rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered shotgun butt, case hardened and $5.00 engraving received in the warehouse Oct 11, 1880 and shipped Oct 14, 1880 to order # 21233. This rifle has a single full page illustration on page 237 of The Winchester Book, Madis, 1985 edition. According to the caption under the photographs this rifle was shipped with loading tools & a leather trunk type case. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching. Bbl retains 95-97% strong orig blue with a few small scattered spots of rust and a chemical stain on the bottom at the muzzle. Receiver and side plates retain 65-75% orig case colors, brilliant on the left side, faded on left side plate. Right side shows bright case colors in sheltered areas with the balance fading. Top & bottom of the receiver retain bright case colors in sheltered areas with the balance fading and turned silver on the bottom front at the carry point. Lever retains brilliant case colors on the sides and in sheltered areas with chemical staining on the outer faces. Hammer retains dark case colors. Forend cap retains most of its orig case colors, fading to silver. Buttplate retains 50-60% bright orig blue with chemical losses at the heel. There is a small chip in the wrist at the top right front, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its fine piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 51552-1 JRL (90,000-150,000) – Lot 1053

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1054

EXTRAORDINARY WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE EXPRESS RIFLE WITH 22″ BARREL AND SHOTGUN BUTT.

SN 24236. Cal. 50-95. 22″ rnd bbl. Button magazine. Blue and case color finish. Highly figured American walnut stocks with checkered pistol grip and forearm. Bbl shows correct 2-line Winchester address rolled in front of rear-sight with “50-CAL” at breech-end. There are 4 British proofs on left side of bbl at breech. Front sight has a German silver blade, sporting rear-sight. Receiver has Model 1876 stamped on upper tang without finials and is of the second model type with guide rail attached by a screw. SN is stamped on lower tang behind lever latch. There is a small British proof on forward left top of receiver. Dust cover is roll marked “Winchester Express over 50-CAL. 95 GRS”. Elevator is marked “50-95”. Lower tang has assembly no. “332” stamped with “XXX” stamped in front and “S” to rear. Upper tang mortise of buttstock shows assembly no. “332”. Inside toe of buttplate has assembly no. “65” that is double struck. Toe of buttstock under plate, also shows assembly no. “65”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Letter dated June 28, 2007, showing rifle, 50-95, 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered stocks, half magazine, shotgun butt, case colored finish and “inside finish”, which indicates that the receiver was polished on the inside for smoothness of operation. Grade of stocks is not listed, but is confirmed as being “XXX” by orig tang markings. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 60% blue finish that has drifted to a smooth plumb-brown patina overall, with a few minuscule scratches. Bbl markings are sharp and clear. Bore is bright with sharp rifling. Receiver retains 70% of the vivid case color with generous traces of lacquer traces remaining. Receiver has a few scratch marks overall, and some high point wear. No roughness. Dust cover retains 90% blue with a sharp mark and some slight scratches. Guide-rail also contains a considerable amount of blue finish. Hammer retains a generous amount of case color with some oil staining on sides and vivid color on front face. Firing pin also retains a generous amount of blue finish. Inside of elevator mortise shows polished finish with traces of case color. Lever shows 50-60% vivid case color finish with a generous amount of lacquer. All markings are sharp. Stocks are fine, full-sized, and retain nearly all of the varnish finish, with sharp checkering and only light handling marks overall. Buttplate is a smooth gray-brown patina with a few rough spots. Forend cap shows vivid case color on both sides with considerable lacquer remaining. A wonderfully preserved Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Express rifle with special order bbl, destined for the English market. Hard to improve upon. 50668-1 (37,500-50,000) – Lot 1054

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1055

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 54730. Cal 45-75. Rare half nickel ’76 carbine with 23-1/2″ rnd bbl, barleycorn front sight bayonet lug with saber bayonet lug on right side of front band and 1876 marked carbine ladder rear sight. Bbl has standard address with caliber marking over the chamber area. Carbine is half nickel finish, 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Receiver has a stud & ring in the left side. Mounted with 2 – 3 X uncheckered American walnut with full length forearm that has 2 bands and straight stock with carbine buttplate without trap. Lower tang, under the wood and buttplate are unmarked. Almost certainly this special order carbine was ordered by one of the Central or South American countries or by a U.S. company as a guard weapon. Another possibility is that it was used as an exhibition item. Given that most firearms of the 1885 era, when this carbine was produced, saw hard service on the American frontier it seems likely that this carbine never was carried in a saddle scabbard or wagon box. Regardless of its early ownership it saw very little use, just handling & poor storage. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office worksheet which identifies this carbine with half nickel & saber bayonet studs, received in warehouse October 30, 1886 and shipped November 8 1886 to order # 11452. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 93-95% strong orig blue with muzzle end wear from bayonet installation. Front band shows wear on the left side otherwise retains most of its orig glossy blue. Middle band retains about 90% bright blue with the losses from flaking, not wear. Receiver & sideplates retain about 80-85% orig nickel with the loss areas from flaking, not wear. Edges of receiver and sideplates remain crisp & sharp. Hammer retains brilliant case colors and the lever bright colors on the sides, faded on outer faces. Buttplate retains about 80% orig nickel. Both sides of the forward end of the forearm has a series of small dings otherwise wood is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 51687-8 JRL (25,000-40,000) – Lot 1055

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1056

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1876 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 7480. Cal 45-60. Beautiful Deluxe ’76 with 28″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, Beaches combination front sight, missing its horizontal bead and 1876 marked rifle ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has standard 2-line address with caliber marking over the chamber. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail & impressed thumbprint dust cover. Mounted with 3X – 4X flame grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm that has matching figure and straight stock with smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “3078”. Matching assembly no. is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which initially identifies this rifle with rnd bbl, plain trigger, “LID”, received in warehouse January 28, 1880, “Changed to 45-60 Caliber, 1/2 Oct, Plain Trigger, 1/2 Magazine, Casehardened, Checkered Stock, Globe & Beach sights”, shipped June 7, 1880 to order no. 20301. The word “LID” refers to the dust cover. Apparently this rifle had been a first model with open top receiver and the rail & dust cover were added at the customer’s request. Obviously, from the letter, this rifle was converted to its current configuration before it ever left the factory and therefore can be considered factory original. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching, buttplate is unnumbered but absolutely original to this rifle. Bbl retains 92-93% orig blue with some fine surface freckling, muzzle end and sharp edge wear. There is a series of small dings on the right side of chamber area. Receiver & side plates retain about 60% orig case colors mostly turned silver on the right side, stronger on the left side and brilliant around the trigger and on bottom tang. Hammer retains about 80% fading case colors and the lever about 30% with the balance turned silver. Forend cap retains virtually all of its orig bright case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches, a series of small bruises in the forearm checkering and overall retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 51691-1 JRL (16,000-25,000) – Lot 1056

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1058

OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 31678. Cal 45-60. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and 1876 marked rifle ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has standard 2-line address with caliber marking over the chamber area. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Top tang is marked “MODEL 1876” and carrier is marked with the caliber. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate that has a trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum serial number research request sheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-60 with oct bbl, plain trigger, received in warehouse January 30, 1883 and shipped Oct 8, 1883. The Model 1876 was Winchesters first effort for a large bore repeating firearm and as such preceded the Marlin Model 1881. It was very popular on the American frontier for both hunting & self protection. The large calibers were capable of taking virtually any North American big game including Elk, Moose and Bears. Rifles of that era usually saw very hard service often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. The 45-60 caliber was very popular in its day and is still a popular cartridge for cowboy action shooters. PROVENANCE: The F.P.L. Mills Collection #73 on his estate inventory; The renowned Eldon Owens Collection, James D. Julia Auctions October 2014 Lot 468. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and some minor surface etching just forward of the forearm. Magazine tube retains about 97-98% strong orig blue and the forend cap 88-90% orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a light patina. Receiver retains about 95% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and some light flaking with a series of small scratches on the right sideplate. Hammer retains strong, bright case colors and the lever dark case colors. Buttplate retains about 75-80% thinning orig blue. Stock has a small gouge in the left side with a few other light nicks & scratches. Forearm has a series of small bruises & scratches. Buttstock retains about all of its orig oil finish and the forearm about 50% orig finish showing wear over the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 51772-3 JRL (12,500-22,500) – Lot 1058

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1059

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 61024. Cal 40-60. Standard grade 3rd model rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, slightly altered half nickel front sight and 1886 marked rifle ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has standard 2-line address with caliber marking over the chamber area. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. While the Model 1876, the “Centennial” rifle was produced in smaller numbers then most other Winchester models, the 3rd model as found here had the highest production with about 30,000 manufactured including rifles, carbines & muskets. The model 1876 was Winchesters first foray into big bore repeating rifles. Until the introduction of the 1876 the model 1873 in caliber 44-40 was the most useful and sought after firearm of that era. The 1876 was produced in 4 calibers, all of which were capable of taking the largest of North America’s wild game. Standard grade rifles were the working mans’ tool and as such are rarely found today with high orig finish. They most often saw service under extreme harsh conditions usually with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% crisp orig blue with only light muzzle end and sharp edge wear. There are a couple of chemical spots on the right side flat at the muzzle. Forend cap retains 92-94% bright orig blue. Receiver & side plates retain 95-96% bright orig blue with scattered light surface etching on the left side & side plate with a few spots on the right side. Hammer retains bright case colors and the lever dark case colors on the sides and in sheltered areas, fading to silver elsewhere. Buttplate retains about 90% orig blue, showing wear on the heel & toe. Wood is sound with a very few light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 51687-4 JRL (12,000-16,000) – Lot 1059

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1060

RARE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 54949. Cal 40-60. Fine deluxe “Centennial” Winchester Model 1876 rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, combination front sight & 1876 marked ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has the Winchester & King address & patent dates and caliber marking over the chamber area. Mounted with 2-3X deluxe shell & flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock that has ebony inlay in grip cap & crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver has single set trigger. Left side of lower tang, under the wood has the assembly number “2694” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. According to Blue Book of Antique American Firearms & Values, Fjelstad & Allen there were 63,871 Model 1876 rifles & carbines produced in the period 1876-1897 in 4 different calibers and a variety of bbl lengths, both standard grade and deluxe plus muskets. Deluxe features on this model were special order only and are rarely encountered today. The Model 1876 was the first big bore repeating rifle offered on the American market. It was a favorite on the western frontier where the larger & heavier caliber bullets were capable of taking the very largest North American big game including Grizzly Bears, Moose, Elk & Buffalo. This model was a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt which he carried on many hunting expeditions around the world. Deluxe versions of this rifle are quite rare with few encountered today. The extra cost of ordering such a rifle was generally prohibitive to the working man of that era and so few were ordered. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Overall the rifle retains 98-99% strong, early Turnbull style restored finish with bright blue on the bbl & magazine tube and bright case colors on the receiver, side plates, lever, hammer & buttplate. Forend cap colors have faded. There is a hair-line back of the top tang, otherwise wood is sound and retains about all of a fine professionally restored Winchester style finish with freshened checkering. Set trigger needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are crisp. Bright bore with good shine and scattered fine pitting. 51378-1 JRL (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1060

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1061

EXTREMELY RARE SEMI-DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 BIG 50 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 76084. Cal 50 EX (50-110). Very rare semi-deluxe rifle with 26″ #1 weight heavy oct bbl, full magazine, sporting front sight, platinum line 3-leaf express rear sight and Lyman tang sight with duplex aperture. Receiver has single set trigger. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with black insert, serpentine grip buttstock that has smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Bottom of stock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “726” and “CFS”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Inside toe of buttplate has the assembly number “471”. Rear face of buttstock has 2 extra holes where it appears that there may have been a rubber buttplate at one time that was changed to its current configuration. The heel screw hole is stripped. This rifle was produced about 1893 undoubtedly purchased as a hunting rifle. This caliber was capable of taking any major game animal in the world, especially any North American big game such as Moose, Elk or Grizzly Bears. The caliber was also a favorite for the African dangerous game hunter. As such, these rifles usually saw hard service with exposure to the elements on a regular basis. Exposure to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight quickly fades case colors. The fact that this rifle remains in pristine condition attests to the premise that it saw very little outdoor use. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office worksheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 50-110 with oct bbl, extra heavy, set trigger, plain pistol grip stock with shotgun butt and Lyman rear sight, received in warehouse March 9 1893 and shipped the next day to order # 15305. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, matching as noted above. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig factory blue with one ding and a couple of small nicks about mid-point on right side of bbl. Receiver & forend cap retain virtually all of their orig case colors, brilliant on sides of receiver. Bottom edge of receiver has the second lacquer coat lines. Lever & hammer retain virtually all of their bright case colors, a little more faded on right side of lever. Forend cap retains virtually all of its bright orig case colors. Stock has a repaired small sliver by the left of the top tang otherwise wood is sound with 1 or 2 very minor handling & storage nicks in the finish and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. The area around the buttplate is a slightly lighter color and at one time may have had a slip on recoil pad. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be new & unfired with factory grease still in the receiver. 51687-3 JRL (40,000-65,000) – Lot 1061

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1062

RARE AND VERY FINE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH 30″ BARREL.

SN 19401. Cal. 45-70. Very fine deluxe ’86 with rare special order 30″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman “certifiable antique ivory” bead hunting front sight and tang sight, 1886 and 1000yd ladder sight is also added. Mounted with nicely figured XX American walnut with H-style checkered forearm, checkered pistol grip buttstock with black insert, crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “40” & “XX”. Matching assembly number “40” is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate was not removed but is no doubt orig. This rifle, based on factory letter, was received and shipped on June 22, 1888; repaired and returned December 28, 1895, matching configuration noted on factory letter 45-70 cal., 30″ oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip and Lyman front and rear sights. This rare special order 30″ oct bbl seems heavier than standard and this gun weighs in at 10lbs 10oz. PROVENANCE: Ex-Robert Nichols Collection, 1978; Ex-Jay Lyndes 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: Very fine overall, all matching. Rifle retains about 95% orig blue on bbl, magazine, frame retains about 80% case colors with remainder silver/grey, buttplate and lever retain about 30-50% muted case colors, overall silver/grey with staining on lever. Stocks are sound and well fit, retaining most of their orig varnish. There is a 1″ sliver missing from lower right side buttstock, just above trigger. There are several scuffs and scratches in wood, especially on right side near base of pistol grip as seen in photos. Mechanically fine with crisp fine bore. 50412-8 (30,000-50,000) ESA – Lot 1062

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1063

*RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT TAKE-DOWN, VERY FINE CONDITION INSCRIBED “J. H. POOLE, DETROIT”.

SN 147849. Cal. 33 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, pedestal mounted Marbles fine bead front sight, sporting rear sight. Factory engraved receiver with bold foliate scroll & punch-dot background, wavy border with alternating punch dots & circle vignette of a buck deer with forested background on left side; similar border & foliate scroll on right side with a running buck deer. Accenting scroll on top & bottom of receiver, double wavy-line border along bolt & wedge of scroll engraving over chamber of bbl. Mounted with “XX” walnut, H-style checkered forearm, H-style checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber shotgun butt & 1″ gold oval in comb engraved “J.H. Poole / Detroit”. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “886 XX”; same number can be found in top tang channel of stock. John H. Poole was Managing Director of the Union Trust Company of Detroit about the time of this gun’s manufacture in 1909. Accompanied by letter dated June 6, 1979, from John F. Miller, Far West Gallery of Palm Springs, California, stating factory configuration. Winchester records from SNs 146000-150799 are missing, but no doubt this gun is as fine as can be found. PROVENANCE: John F. Miller (Far West Gallery); Ex-Jay Lyndes Collection, 1979. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-98% orig blue with some minor spots of faint surface oxidation & faint mark from take-down lever. Receiver retains 94-95% orig blue, some minor flaking on take-down ring, some thinning across top & sharp edges. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors with a thin silver line on left side. Lever has dark case colors on side, thinning & silvering across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering, minor nicks, scrapes & a few scratches, retaining most of its fine piano varnish finish. Forend is sound with minor nicks & scratches & some flaking to its fine piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 50412-1 (30,000-50,000) C&R – Lot 1063

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1064

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 83471. Cal. 45-70. Fine deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and “1886” marked reproduction ladder rear sight. Receiver has single set trigger. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with assembly number “943” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-70 with oct bbl, set trigger and checkered pistol grip stock, received in warehouse August 22, 1893 and shipped the next day to order # 22577. This rifle was produced in 1893 and was undoubtedly someone’s prized hunting rifle. Given that exposure to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight causes case colors to rapidly fade, it seems very likely that this rifle saw very little outside activity. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue; forend cap retains smoky case colors; receiver retains 93-95% orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, moderately to heavily faded elsewhere, stronger on left side, turning silver on bottom; hammer retains bright to brilliant case colors turned silver on top edge; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides and trigger bow with outer face of finger loop turned silver; buttplate retains 80-85% original case colors, brilliant on tang, fading on the face. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 51688-4 JRL (20,000-35,000) – Lot 1064

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1065

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 66675. Cal 40-82. Beautiful Deluxe ’86 with special order 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, bead sporting front sight & platinum line 3-leaf express rear sight. Receiver, lever, hammer, forend cap & buttplate are color case hardened. Mounted with beautiful 3X to 4X flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and black insert, serpentine grip buttstock with crescent buttplate. Forearm is matching grain walnut. Left side of the lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “114” and “XXX”. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with matching assembly no. and the buttplate with assembly no. “66” inside the toe. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 40-82 with 28″ oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, shipped April 30, 1892. No other information available. This rifle was produced at a time when hunting was a way of life. It seems likely that this rifle would have been someones prized hunting rifle. It was apparently well cared for and actually saw little outside exposure. Case colors when exposed to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight quickly fades. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 75-80% thinning orig blue that has been lightly cleaned. Magazine tube retains matching finish. Receiver retains brilliant case colors on the sides with a few scattered spots of pin-prick surface etching. Top edges are lightly to moderately faded and the bottom lightly to moderately faded with the 2nd coat lacquer lines still strong and visible. Hammer retains strong case colors and the lever brilliant case colors in sheltered areas fading to silver on the outer faces. Top tang retains mostly smoky case colors, strong around the hammer slot. Bottom tang retains bright case colors. Forend cap retains bright case colors on right side, fading elsewhere with fine surface etching. Buttplate retains bright case colors around the tang screw hole with the balance a mottled silver/brown patina with fine pitting. Stock has a hairline on the right side of the toe and is missing a small chip by the left heel with some fine squiggly scratches on the left side, a couple of heavy scratches on the right side and a bruise in the checkering on the left wrist. Otherwise wood is sound and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 51079-14 JRL (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1065

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1066

*EXTREMELY RARE SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER BIG 50 TAKE-DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 145020. Cal. 50 Express (50-110). Blue finish with 26″ rnd bbl, half-magazine take-down with express front sight and platinum line 3-leaf express sight in the rear seat. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with standard forearm and uncheckered, capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Buttstock & forend cap have sling eyes. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number “653” and a “0” and an “F”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. The recess in the buttstock, under the buttplate, contains one orig “WRACO” 50-110 WHV cartridge wrapped in a strip of old muslin. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in Cal. 50 Express with rnd nickel steel bbl, 4-cartridge magazine, take-down, plain trigger, plain wood, pistol grip stock, sling eyes, “Winchester High Velocity”, received in warehouse March 25, 1909 and shipped the same day with one other Model 1886 to order number 197064. These big bore rifles were extremely popular in the Rocky Mountain region, Northwest Territories & Alaska as well India and in Africa for extremely large game. They usually are found with shotgun buttplate as it is fairly well known that the severe recoil of this Cal. was very punishing with a crescent buttplate. PROVENANCE: Ex-Mike Ginn Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-96% strong orig blue with slight muzzle end wear, some minor chemical spotting & a couple of small spots of rust. Receiver retains about 80% orig blue showing wear on the bottom, over the receiver ring & top rear edges, with some light flaking on the sides. Bbl extension retains strong traces orig blue with the balance a grey patina. Lever & hammer retain muted case colors, turned silver/gray on top edge of hammer and outer faces of the lever with small areas of staining & pinprick pitting. Buttplate is a grey patina. Buttstock has an longitudinal 3″ crack repaired by the top tang, otherwise wood is sound with a number of light nicks & dings and a series of scratches on the buttstock. Stocks retain most of an old restored varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Cartridge is fine. 50142-16 JS205 (15,000-20,000) C&R – Lot 1066

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1067

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 88345. Cal 45-90. Beautiful ’86 rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, tall sporting front sight with screw, Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding bbl sight and Lyman tang sight with folding aperture. Mounted with about 3X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut that has “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with black insert in the grip cap and crescent buttplate. Left side of the lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “351” & “XX”. Matching assembly number is also found inside top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1894 and undoubtedly was someone’s prized hunting rifle. This caliber was very accurate and capable of taking the largest North American game including Grizzly Bears, Moose and Elk and was an outstanding law enforcement or self-defense arm. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 95% orig blue turned somewhat dull with some extremely fine pinprick surface discoloration. Receiver retains traces of case colors being mostly a silver gray patina. Lever & hammer also retain light faded case colors. Wood is sound with handling & use nicks, scratches & dings, mostly on the surface only and overall retains about 95-96% orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. 51378-4 JRL (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1067

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1068

SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 60544. Cal 38-56. Fine deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Marbles Improved front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight that has been filed flat and a locking Lyman tang sight with dual aperture. Mounted with about 2X flame grained American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock that has black insert in the grip cap and crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “189” & “X”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Most likely this was someone’s prized hunting rifle or personal defense arm. CONDITION: About good, all matching. Bbl retains 60-70% thin orig blue, strong and bright in sheltered areas. Magazine tube retains about 70% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas turning to plummy patina on the outer radius. Receiver shows traces of faded case colors being mostly a faded silver patina with some light surface discoloration. Hammer retains thin, faded case colors and the lever, traces of case colors, being mostly a silver gray patina. Buttplate is a mottled gray patina. Buttstock has a repair at the left heel, otherwise wood is sound and shows most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp, frosty bore. 51137-5 JRL (8,000-12,000) – Lot 1068

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1069

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE SHORT RIFLE.

SN 70975. Cal 40-65. Fine rare rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, 1/2 nickel front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight & Lyman tang sight with combination aperture. Receiver is color case hardened with single set trigger. Mounted with about 3-X American walnut that has “H” style checkered forearm and black insert, serpentine grip buttstock with smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “529”, “XXX” & an “S”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with 24″ oct bbl, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock with shotgun butt. Received in warehouse January 27, 1893 and shipped the next day to order number 13731. Almost certainly this would have been someones prized hunting rifle from an era when hunting and carrying a gun on a daily basis was a way of life. Most arms of that era saw very hard service under adverse conditions and are rarely found today with any orig finish. Deluxe special order examples are extremely rare. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 95-96% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear and some thinning near the muzzle. Magazine tube retains about 95-97% orig blue, thin towards the muzzle end. Receiver retains 60-65% orig case colors, moderately faded and turned silver over the top & bottom. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors and the buttplate shows 60-70% thin orig blue turning brown. Buttstock has a hairline back of the top tang and is missing a couple small chips at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its bright orig piano varnish finish on the buttstock and about 80-85% orig finish on the forearm, showing wear on the bottom at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good shine & light to moderate pitting. 51621-1 JRL (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1069

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1070

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 67660. Cal. 40-82. Standard grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base front sight and 1886 marked carbine ladder rear sight. Bbl has standard Winchester markings with cal. marking over chamber area. Receiver is color case hardened with a stud and ring in the left side. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel carbine buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly # “47” and a “C”. Accompanied by a four page letter from the late renowned Winchester historian and author, George Madis, wherein he verifies the above information with numerous historical notes regarding this model of Winchester. Model 1886 carbines in and of themselves are scarce with, according to Mr. Madis, only one of every 200 Model 1886 firearms being a carbine. These carbines in cal. 40-82 are additionally scarce. This carbine was produced about 1892, and firearms of that era usually saw very hard service in saddle scabbards or wagon boxes and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Color case hardened examples with orig finish remaining are extremely rare. Exposure to the ultra-violet rays of sunlight quickly fades those colors. PROVENANCE: Dr. R. L. Moore Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl and mag tube retain about 95% strong orig blue and bbl bands about 50% orig blue. Receiver retains about 60% orig case colors with almost full coverage on the right side, which is moderately faded. Left side shows about 60-65% coverage, moderately faded but strong and bright around the rear 1/3. Hammer retains bright case colors and the lever faded case colors on sides, turned silver on the outer faces. Buttplate is a silver grey patina. Stock has several small chips and a couple slivers missing from the wrist area on each side of the top tang, otherwise wood is sound with light dings and scratches and retains a lightly cleaned hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. 51742-6 (15,000-17,000) – Lot 1070

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1071

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 121108. Cal 40-65. Standard carbine with 22″ bbl, full magazine, square base front sight with German silver blade and 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & checkered steel shotgun buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 85-87% orig blue with scattered light surface rust and the magazine tube turning a little plummy. Receiver retains 25-30% faded case colors in sheltered areas with the balance a silver/brown patina with light pin-prick pitting. Hammer retains strong case colors and the lever traces of case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches, a couple small gouges on the left wrist and a bruise on the right with the buttstock retaining about 60% orig finish and the forearm a handworn patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong sharp bore with moderate to heavy pitting. Would still be a good shooter. 51791-1 (7,500-8,500) – Lot 1071

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1072

OUTSTANDING ANTIQUE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 108470. Cal 45-90. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. This rifle was produced about 1896 when carrying and using a rifle was a standard daily practice throughout the American west. Those firearms were exposed to harsh elements continuously, often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today in high orig condition, especially standard grade arms which were usually simply working tools for the common man. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge & muzzle end wear and 3-4 small spots of surface rust. Receiver retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant on the sides, lightly faded over the top and thin on the bottom at the carry point. Second coat lacquer lines are still visible on the belly of receiver. Hammer retains virtually all of its brilliant case colors and the lever brilliant case colors on the sides, faded on the outer faces. Forend cap retains virtually all of its fading case colors and the buttplate silvered case colors. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & dings, a series of small scratches on the forearm and overall retains about 98% orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore shows little or no evidence of ever having been fired. 51173-4 (9,000-14,000) – Lot 1072

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1073

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 BIG 50 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 96227. Cal 50 EX (50-110). Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman hunting front sight and 3 leaf platinum line express rear sight. Receiver, forend cap and buttplate are color case hardened. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Buttstock & forend cap have sling eyes. Accompanied by a full box of Winchester 50-110 EX ammunition. Box has round corners with green & black label and is marked “To be used in Winchester Model 1886 rifles”. Ammunition has 300 grain soft point bullets and has the head stamp “50-110 EX.” Also accompanied by 4 rounds of reloaded 50-110 ammunition in “CCC” brass cases with cast lead bullets. This rifle was produced at about 1895 at a time when hunting for subsistence and market hunting was a way of life. The Big 50 was designed to be effective for all North American big game including the Grizzly Bear, Elk & Moose and anything else the shooter wished to shoot. Firearms of that era, especially hunting arms usually saw extensive hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Color case hardening when exposed to ultraviolet rays of sunlight fades rather rapidly. This rifle is somewhat unusual with crescent buttplate as most of the Big 50’s were sold with shotgun buttplates. Shooting one of these big bores with a crescent buttplate is a near religious experience. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear. Magazine tube retains about 95% orig blue with a few small scratches. Receiver retains virtually all of its orig case colors, strong & bright especially on the left side and over the top. Right side & belly of the receiver are moderately faded. The 2nd lacquer coat lines are still visible on belly of the receiver. Lever & hammer retain strong case colors, bright on right side of lever, moderately faded elsewhere. Forend cap retains strong bright case colors around the rear half with the balance fading to silver. Buttplate is a silver/brown patina. Top & bottom tangs are mostly a gray patina. Stock has a hair line in the left wrist with some light oil staining around receiver with light handling & use nicks & dings and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with some minor rust spots about 4″ from the muzzle. Box has small repaired seams at each end of the bottom, otherwise is completely sound. It shows heavy soil with edge wear & some light losses on top of the lid. Ammunition is lightly to moderately oxidized with a couple of minor handling dings. 51570-2 JRL (8,000-12,000) – Lot 1073

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1074

SUPERB CASE COLORED ANTIQUE WINCHESTER 1886 RIFLE.

SN 77663. Cal. 45-70. 26″ oct bbl with nickel silver bladed sporting front sight and “1886” dated sporting folding staff rear sight. Bbl has traditional 2-line Winchester address on top bbl flat. Marked “45-70″ on top flat over chamber. Case colored receiver, hammer, finger lever, buttplate and forend cap. 2-pc nicely figured walnut stocks with crescent butt. Manufactured 1893 and is accompanied with factory letter verifying this configuration. CONDITION: Fine overall condition, with much factory blue finish remaining with several areas of finish loss now turning plum on muzzle of bbl and 12″ from muzzle on right side bbl flats. All corners of oct flats are sharp and fine. Full length tube magazine has slight pitting encompassing the last 4”, but has aged very well and now is rather plum overall. Case colored solid receiver has strong vivid case colors with area of darkening and light pitting on right side of receiver above loading gate assembly. Left side of receiver and top of chamber are excellent with vivid case colors and much factory lacquer remaining with some very minor lacquer loss and several very small areas of slight pitting. Upper and lower tangs are exceptionally fine with most all slightly fading case colors remaining. Walnut forearm is very fine with several small bruises on right hand side that are now slightly oil darkened but most all factory varnish remains. Buttstock very fine with several small bruises at wrist and several compression scratches towards crescent butt. An area of oil staining is present surrounding upper tang and climbing onto comb. This is a very pleasant and fine overall antique 1886 rifle with excellent bore and mechanics. 51591-5 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 1074

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1075

*1886 WINCHESTER 45-70 OCTAGON RIFLE.

SN 130517. Cal. 45-70. Manufactured in 1903, octagon barrel caliber 45-70 with full magazine, blue receiver with case color hammer and lever, and 2-pc walnut stocks with crescent butt. 23″ oct bbl with Watson sporting front sight and D.W. King sporting rear sight. Traditional 2-line Winchester address on top bbl flat with “45-70” cal. marking at rear bbl on top flat. Blue receiver with tang marked “-Model 1886-“. 2-pc straight grain walnut stocks with standard forend cap and crescent butt. Factory letter included indicating rifle was returned to the factory in 1908. Consignor’s notes state that the gun was sent back to the factory for shortening of the barrel. CONDITION: Good as having been modified. Oct bbl and magazine tube have been shortened to a length of 23”. Minor finish loss on corners of bbl flats with thinning of finish towards muzzle with balance turning plum. Magazine tube with replacement magazine guide have been finished in a plum brown finish. Forend cap has had a 1/8″ sling swivel stud brazed into place. Receiver retains approximately one-third of its bright factory blue with thinning on bottom of receiver, as well as finish loss on high points of upper edges of receiver with upper tang having been worn silver. Balance of finish on receiver has turned somewhat plum with silvering at high points. Crescent butt is brown overall. Case colored hammer and lever have traces of case color in protected areas with balance having turned silver. Buttstock having been sanded and refinished at some previous point and having evidence of a fracture in the upper wrist area that has been repaired and is quite stable. Wood loss is evident along upper tang on left side and at confluence of stock with receiver on right. Bore has strong rifling with small areas of darkness in grooves. Mechanics are crisp and tight. 51591-6 (6,000-8,000) C&R – Lot 1075

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1076

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 91957. Cal 45-70. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, slightly altered half nickel front sight and 1000 yd rifle ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle was produced about 1894 when the west was still fairly wild and hunting was a way of life. The firearms of that era usually saw continuous hard service under adverse conditions, often with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 80% blue/brown patina with strong blue in sheltered areas. Magazine tube retains about 90% dulling orig blue. Receiver shows about 25-30% blue in sheltered areas having been cleaned a long time ago. Top & bottom tangs are a gray/brown patina. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors as does the buttplate. Stock has a bruise by the top tang otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and shows an old refinish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. Would make a fine cowboy action shooter. 51570-4 (4,500-5,500) – Lot 1076

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1077

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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1078

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 49202. Cal 45-90. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal 45-90 with oct bbl, plain trigger. Received in the warehouse November 18, 1890 and shipped April 18, 1891 with 7 other Models 1886 to order number 34141. Also accompanied by a full orig box of Winchester 45-90-300 ammunition. Box has a green & black label with square corners and has patent date of Dec 14 1886. Ammunition is original with soft point bullets. Given the large order it seems likely that these rifles were ordered for a ranch, mine, bank or rail security. In either case they would have seen hard service probably with limited maintenance. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with sharp edge & muzzle end wear. Magazine tube retains about 90% orig finish turning dull & plum colored. Receiver retains about 60-70% orig case colors, strong on the sides turned silver on the belly. Hammer retains bright case colors and the lever fading case colors on the sides turned silver elsewhere. Forend cap retains smoky case colors and the buttplate has turned silver. Wood is sound with numerous light nicks & scratches and shows a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. Box has 3 open edges and shows worn edges with moderate staining and some minor losses to the label. Ammunition is crisp & clean showing light oxidation. 51570-3 JRL (4,000-7,000) – Lot 1078

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1079

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 28903. Cal 40-65. Early deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, sporting front sight, missing its bead and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with about “XX” fancy grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with ebony inlay & smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang under the wood is marked with the assembly number “890”, “XX” & an “S”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and partially in the inside toe of buttplate along with an “S”. This rifle was produced in about 1889 when the west was still very wild with outlaws & Indians and carrying a firearm was expected. Rifles of that era usually saw very hard service on horseback or in a wagon box under very adverse conditions usually with limited or no maintenance. It is very likely that this rifle belonged to a westerner who used it on a regular basis. CONDITION: About good, all matching. Bbl retains about 70% of a plummy blue/brown patina with strong blue in sheltered areas. Magazine tube retains about 80% thinning orig blue turning a little plum. Receiver, lever & buttplate are a mottled silver/brown patina. Hammer retains traces of case colors. Top tang screw is missing as is the tang sight plug screw. Wood is sound with numerous light nicks & scratches. Buttstock retains about 70% orig varnish with the balance stained dark from handling. Forearm retains traces of orig finish being mostly dark stain. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with some light orange peel pitting. 51165-3 JRL (3,500-5,500) – Lot 1079

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1080

*WINCHESTER EXTRA LIGHT WEIGHT MODEL 1886 SEMI DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 136199A. Cal 45-90. Fine light weight ’86 with 24″ extra light tapered rnd bbl, 5-rd magazine, pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead front sight & flat top rear sight. Mounted with straight grain American walnut that has I-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of buttstock is inlaid with a small 1/2″ compass. This rifle was produced about 1905 and almost certainly was a north woods hunting rifle for Moose & Bear. This cartridge was certainly capable of taking any North American big game up to and including the largest Bears. Those rifles of that era usually saw very hard service.Accompanied with factory letter indicating the following. Rifle, 45/90 24 inch barrel plain trigger checkered pistol grip checkered stock Lyman semi Jack sight front and rear 1/2 magazine Extra light shotgun butt. Received in warehouse April 7 1906 and shipped April 17 1906 to order number 47546. 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 good to fine. Bbl retains 93-95% orig blue with a couple of thin spots showing wear over the chamber area carry point. Magazine tube retains about 98% orig blue. Receiver retains 88-90% orig blue, strong on the sides, thinning over the top and bottom. Hammer retains bright case colors and the lever bright case colors on the left side with the balance fading to silver. Buttstock has a few light nicks & scratches and a series of dings in left side of wrist otherwise wood is sound and retains most of its orig oil finish showing wear on the forearm at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 51565-2 JRL (4,000-7,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1080

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1081

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 53928. Cal 45-90. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight with nickel silver blade, slot blank in the rear seat and a Lyman number 45 receiver sight with windage adjustment and duplex aperature. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Top of the comb has 3 cut marks apparently for something taken with this rifle, whether it be Indians, outlaws or simply wild game is lost to history. Rifles such as this were a working mans tool and usually saw extreme hard service. This rifle was produced about 1891 and likely was someone’s prized hunting rifle and/or a home defense weapon. It also could have been a lawman’s or outlaw’s companion. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 90% strong orig blue showing light sharp edge wear and muzzle end wear with a couple of small chemical spots on the magazine tube. Receiver retains 65-70% orig case colors, bright on the left side fading on the right side, stronger in sheltered areas and turned silver on the belly. Hammer retains bright case colors on the sides & near edge. Lever retains traces of faded case colors. Buttplate & forend cap have turned silver. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches with the buttstock retaining about 50-60% orig finish and the forearm a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 51165-4 JRL (3,500-5,500) – Lot 1081

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1082

*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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1083

*RARE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 630133. Cal 32 WCF (32-20). Very rare engraved deluxe ’92 rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, take down with sporting front sight and semi-buck horn rear sight. Mounted with beautifully figured center crotch flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock that has Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “809” along with 2 other assembly numbers that have been defaced, signifying that this rifle had been returned to the factory for alterations, repairs or additions. It was during one of these returns that the wood was apparently refinished. In addition to the 3 assembly numbers the lower tang is also marked “RX”. Matching “809” assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Receiver is beautifully engraved in a modified number 9 pattern which consists of the round vignette of a standing Bighorn Ram on the left side and a running bull Elk on the right side, both with nicely detailed backgrounds. The remainder of the receiver is covered in Nimschke style heavy, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with fine stippled background. The receiver is outlined with a variety of border patterns. Matching pattern engraving extends over top of receiver, top tang, bottom of receiver, 5 flats of the bbl over the chamber area and forend cap. Take down bbl extension is engraved in a continuous snake & dot pattern. Very few Model 1892 rifles are found in deluxe configuration and of those extremely few are engraved. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear. Receiver retains 60-70% orig blue, strong & bright on left side and in sheltered areas on the bottom with the right side thinning orig blue. Hammer retains dark case colors and the lever about 50% orig blue. Take down bbl extension and forend cap are gray patina. Wood is sound with light nicks & dings and retains most of a factory restored piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 51552-2 JRL (25,000-35,000) C&R – Lot 1083

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1084

*WONDERFUL HISTORIC WINCHESTER 1892 SMOOTH BORE RIFLE FROM FAMED EXHIBITION SHOOTER T.H.FORD OF BUFFALO BILL WILD WEST SHOW FAME.

SN 262395. Cal 32Wcf Bbl smooth bore 24″ Oct Pistol grip deluxe XX checkered stocks with hard rubber shotgun butt and full silver plate finish.Barrel has 2 line address rolled in front of rear sight and cal marking at chamber.Front sight is the Sheard type by Marbles with sporting type slide adjustable rear.Receiver is marked Model 1892 over Winchester trademark on tang.Traditional Winchester proofs on receiver bridge and barrel chamber .Serial number on balance point of receiver bottom. Assembly number 20946 is stamped on lower tang followed by XX and R under wood line. Upper tang mortise of butt stock also shows no.2046 butt plate is not marked.This rifle is accompanied by a Cody Museum letter showing date of shipment as 04,29,1905.Letter verifies configuration as Full Silver finish Deluxe rifle 32 Smooth bore with hard rubber shotgun butt plate.This rifle is accompanied with an affidavit by Lydia Harris Granddaughter of Thomas M Pringle and that this rifle mentioned by serial number was his personal gun that he used in exhibition shooting.Also with this rifle is a large lot of pictures of the shooter as well as a Winchester Arms Collectors Assn award for best single weapon display of 2012.Winchester 1892 Deluxe rifles are very scarce and the ultra rarity of Smooth bore and factory Silver plate finish would make this rifle the centerpiece of any Winchester or Western Americana Collection, CONDITION: Very Fine.Bbl retains over 90% of original silver plate finish turning a pleasant black tarnished finish.Barrel marks are deep and distinguished.Bore is slightly frosted but clean.Magazine tube retains most tarnished silver plate with some finish loss at muzzle end and at band.Receiver retains over 80% silver finish that has turned black tarnish on left side and around trigger and bolt and around hammer. Right side of receiver has a speckled appearance.Silver finish on lever hammer and bolt have turned a pleasant black tarnish.Deluxe piano varnish stocks are very fine as having an additional coat of finish applied at some earlier time.A very minute sliver of wood is absent at confluence of receiver and top right corner of stock.Numerous very small period bruises and small scratches are evident but is very fine overall .Hard rubber shotgun butt plate is excellent.Truly an exceptional model 1892 Deluxe rifle with factory documentation. 51479-2 TDW (9,000-14,000) C&R – Lot 1084

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1085

*LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 854697. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman sporting front sight and flat top rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, very nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle was produced about 1918 when hunting was still a way of life. This rifle very likely would have been intended for someones hunting rifle or possibly owned by a law enforcement officer. Very few standard grade ’92 rifles are ever encountered with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig blue. Receiver retains about 98% crisp orig blue with some minor flaking and a scratch in the left side. Lever, hammer & buttplate also retain about 99% crisp orig blue with some minor spotting on the buttplate tang & heel. Forend cap retains about 93-95% crisp orig blue with the losses from flaking. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows no evidence of ever having been fired. 51460-6 JRL (5,000-7,000) C&R – Lot 1085

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1086

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SEMI-DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 637355. Cal. 25-20 WCF. Fine semi-deluxe rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884.”, with cal. marking “25-20 W.C.F.” near the receiver and Winchester proof mark on top flat & front ring of receiver. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with I-style checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock that has Winchester embossed hard rubber grip cap & buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “800” and “X”. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with assembly number “1979”, which indicates at some time in the past the wood has been changed. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 93-95% orig blue showing sharp edge wear and a couple of rub marks. Receiver retains 95% orig blue showing sharp edge wear, thinning on bottom and blending with brown patina, normal handling marks with some fine scratches and a couple of small dings over the top. Hammer retains dark orig case colors. Lever retains orig case colors blending with gray patina. Wood is sound with a gouge in the left wrist showing moderate wear to the checkering with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig finish with some minor touch up on left side of buttstock at the buttplate. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 51688-2 JRL (5,000-7,000) C&R – Lot 1086

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1087

*WINCHESTER MODEL 92 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 993307. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Standard carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, square base front sight with blued steel blade and standard 2000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate. This late carbine has the last style bbl marking and top tang marking with blued lever, hammer and buttplate. This carbine was produced in about 1928 in an era where real cowboys still rode the range with a carbine in the saddle scabbard and the Model 92 carbines were still very popular at that time. Those carbines are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% crisp orig factory blue. Receiver retains 88-90% bright orig blue with sharp edge & high point wear with some light scratches and a halo from the saddle ring. Lever & hammer retain most of their orig blue and the buttplate about 50% thinning blue. Forearm has a scratch on the left side at the barrel band which is commonly seen on these rifles, otherwise wood is sound and retains virtually all its original factory old finish. Forearm may have had a light coating of finish applied. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 51762-4 JRL (5,000-8,000) C&R – Lot 1087

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1088

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 999435. Cal. 25-20 WCF. Standard grade carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine with rifle style band, square base front sight and 2000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. This 1930 produced carbine very likely would have been used by a young man or woman as a small game hunting rifle. Those rifles usually saw hard service with very little maintenance. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall the metal retains about 99% of a factory style restored finish with bright Winchester style blue showing only faint muzzle end and sharp edge wear with a couple of small scratches on the receiver. The wood appears to be new factory replacements with factory style varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 51079-5 (4,000-6,000) C&R – Lot 1088

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1089

*FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 842522. Cal 25-20. Standard carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine with 1 band & forearm band, square base front sight with blued steel blade and 2000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Bbl has standard late markings. Receiver has a staple & ring in the left side. Mounted with nicely figured gumwood with straight stock and carbine buttplate. This 1927 carbine has blued lever, hammer & buttplate. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% crisp, original factory blue with about 99% blue on the magazine band. Forearm band retains about 80-85% blue, mostly from flaking. Receiver retains about 92-93% glossy orig blue with the losses from slight sharp edge wear and a couple small spots of flaking with a few light scratches on the right side and a saddle ring halo on the left side. Lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig blue. Buttplate retains 97-98% orig blue showing wear only on the heel. Stock has a couple small nicks & dings with a deep scratch on the right side of wrist and another on the forearm from someone removing the forearm band, otherwise wood is sound and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May not have ever been fired. 51762-3 JRL (3,000-5,000) C&R – Lot 1089

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1090

*WINCHESTER MODEL 53 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 3321. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 22″ extra light tapered rnd bbl, takedown, 6-shot magazine, pedestal mounted Lyman gold bead sporting front sight and flat top rear sight. Bbl markings are standard for the Model 53. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock & serrated shotgun buttplate. According to The Winchester Book, Madis there were 24,916 of these light weight, handy little rifles produced 1924-1932. The early production of this model was serialized in the 1892 series, however in short order the model had its own serial range. This rifle was produced in 3 calibers in both standard & takedown configuration with the takedown feature a special order. According to the reference publication the cal 25-20 was standard for this model and that cal along with the 32-20 outsold the 44-40. A few special order rifles were also produced in 218 Bee. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue and the forend cap 95-96% orig blue. Receiver retains 60-70% orig blue, strong on the sides and over the top with the bottom front sides & belly of the receiver flaked, not worn to a medium patina. The takedown bbl extension is flaked to a medium patina. Lever & hammer retain most of their orig factory blue showing only sharp edge wear. Both tangs retain most of their orig blue. Forearm has about 1/2″ crack at the left rear edge, otherwise wood is sound and retains virtually all of its orig finish, possibly with some lightly added finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore shows little evidence of use. 51565-3 JRL (2,500-4,000) C&R – Lot 1090

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1091

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 1020138. Cal 30 WCF (30-30). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ tapered light weight rnd bbl, 1/2 magazine, front sight with Lyman gold bead insert and flat top rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock that has fluted comb and serrated steel shotgun buttplate. The Model 55 was a continuation of the Model ’94 which was discontinued in 1924. There were approximately 20,500 Models 55 produced 1924-1935. The earliest rifles had their own serial range but after about 1926 or early 1927 serial numbers for the Model 55 was merged with the Model ’94. This rifle was produced in 1927 at a time when subsistence hunting was a way of life throughout the United States. The Model 55 was extremely popular in the north woods and northeast United States. They usually saw very hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 93-95% strong orig blue with some minor thin spots about mid-point. Receiver retains about 75% bright orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn to a medium patina. Takedown bbl extension is a blue/brown patina. Hammer retains most of its orig blue and the lever about 50% blue, mostly on the sides. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of a fine factory-style restored finish on the buttstock. Forearm has a few light nicks & scratches and retains about 98% orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very litte. 51565-5 JRL (3,000-4,000) C&R – Lot 1091

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1092

*EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED, JOHN ULRICH SIGNED SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 266180. Cal. 32WS. Very rare Winchester with tapered 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Beach patent gold plated combination folding front sight, Winchester graduated tangent rear sight & Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with 3-4X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “D” carved forearm & capped pistol grip stock with crescent shaped buttplate. Receiver is wonderfully engraved by John Ulrich and signed on the bottom tang. Engraving is nearly full coverage on the receiver in #4 pattern which consists of the very large vignette of a hunter shooting from behind a tree in the background and a dying bull elk and a wounded bull elk in the foreground. Right side has the smaller vignette of a grizzly bear on a rocky promontory. Both vignettes are surrounded by extremely well detailed foliate arabesque patterns with fine shaded background. Top of the left vignette has multiple borders and the right side is surrounded on 3 edges with latchhook borders. Engraving extends over the top of the receiver, onto the top tang, bottom edges of the receiver, floorplate, lever & hammer. Bbl extension and about 1″ of the bbl are engraved to match. Rear edges of the receiver, front edge of bbl extension, over chamber area of the bbl edges of floorplate and forend cap have fine gold wire inlay. Top of buttplate has matching engraving with gold wire inlay. Screw heads, most unusually, are all engraved, including those on tang sight. Accompanied by a Cody Firearm’s Museum records office work sheet which identifies this rifle in Cal. 32WS with oct bbl, plain trigger, fancy pistol grip stock, graduated peep and Beach sights, takedown, “D” carved and engraved $24.00. Received in warehouse December 23, 1905 and shipped same day to order number 37912. Pg 172 of Winchester Engraving, R. L. Wilson pictures two other Model ’94 rifles both of which are identically engraved, one of which has identical gold wire inlay. One is SN 222901 and the other is SN 308993. Engraved Winchesters in and of themselves are rare. Very highly engraved arms are even more rare. Add in the engraver’s signature & the very rare gold inlays, rare Cal. and rarely seen 1901 patented graduated sight which George Madis states on pg 432 of The Winchester Book “made specially for Model 94 rifles chambering the smokeless high velocity loads, this type of sight will be seen occasionally on the Model 94”, and it becomes incredibly rare. Couple that with exceptional high condition and this example is off the charts rare. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Overall, the metal retains about 97-98% crisp orig factory finish with only light sharp edge wear and on bottom of receiver and lower tang area thinning to plum. Lever and hammer retain bright case colors, some muted with light staining. Stocks are sound and crisp retaining sharp checkering and virtually all their orig piano varnish finish with minor cosmetic nicks and scratches. Buttplate retains muted case colors with moderate pitting at heel and toe, the only significant defect in condition noted. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore, may have been fired but if so very little. 50832-3 JS (80,000-120,000) C&R – Lot 1092

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1093

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER CONRAD ULRICH ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LIGHTWEIGHT EXTRA FINE CONDITION RIFLE.

SN 157393. Cal. 32-40. Beautiful engraved ’94 with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd extra-light bbl with pedestal mounted King, mirrored, red ivory bead front sight, flat top rear sight and a locking Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with the assembly number “15845”, “XX” and “OFR”. The matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock along with “94”. Receiver is beautifully engraved by Conrad Ulrich in style “9” with the rnd vignette of a running whitetail buck in a field scene on left side and the vignette of a standing whitetail buck in a field scene on the right side, all surrounded by light patterns of foliate arabesque engraving and snake & dot borders. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang & forend cap are engraved to match. Engraving patterns extend over all the exposed flats of bbl over chamber area. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter and a copy of the shipping record which identify this rifle in caliber 32-40 with 24″ nickel steel extra-light, half oct bbl, half magazine, checkered stock with pistol grip and shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, sporting rear, Lyman front & flattop sights, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate and oil finish, received in warehouse Nov. 25, 1903 and shipped Nov. 27, 1903 to Order #204134. Factory letter also states “Engraved $4.00, Style 9” confirming factory ordered engraving. PROVENANCE: Ex-Wes Adams Collection. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with a couple of small cleaned spots on upper rnd section which shows spots of pinprick pitting. Octagonal section has light sharp edge wear; receiver retains 95-97% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear, some minor pinpricks of pitting on left side and thinning to the top rear edges, turned a little plum; hammer retains bright case colors, moderately faded on top edge; sides of lever & sheltered areas retain bright case colors, faded on outer faces; wood is sound with a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its strong orig oil finish. Sights also matching, extremely fine condition with finish in front. King patented sight retains “certifiable antique ivory” red dyed bead. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 50412-4 (40,000-60,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1093

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1094

*SCARCE STOKES ENGRAVED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 566546. Cal 30 WCF (30-30). Fine deluxe rifle with 26″ tapered rnd bbl, full magazine, sporting front sight with screw and 3 leaf express rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, about 2-3X center crotch flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock that has Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number “360” and left side of upper tang is marked with the assembly number “181”. Top tang channel of the buttstock has the assembly “360” along with the assembly number “181” which has been defaced. There is another number that appears to be “5722” which has also been defaced. Receiver is engraved by Angelo Stokes in what appears to be a modified number 4 pattern which consists of the large vignette of a standing white tail buck and feeding doe in a forest scene on the left side and a standing mule deer buck on the right side. Both vignettes are surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with large engraved brackets at each end of the panels. Each end of the receiver on both sides is engraved with a coarse border and a fine chip border around the front & rear edges. Take down bbl extension, top tang and forend cap are engraved to match. Top & bottom of the receiver are also engraved to match with the unusual extra of a fully engraved trigger plate. Note that the Winchester proof mark on the bbl & cal marking are offset to the left side to accommodate the engraving. This rifle is pictured in black & white on page 327 of Winchester Engraving, Wilson. The photographs are 1/2 page and have the notation “Model 1894 .30 WCF RD. Take Down Fancy Checkered Stock Oil Finish S.B. RUB. BP. Engraved by Stokes $40.00 list” along with the matching SN. This rifle was produced about 1911, early in Mr. Stokes career engraving for Winchester. Almost certainly it was a special order for someone of high importance or intended as a hunting rifle for someone of considerable wealth. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 98-99% strong factory blue and the magazine tube about 95-97% factory blue turning a little plum color. Receiver and take down bbl extension retain about 98% strong restored factory blue. Lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, fading on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound and shows about all of its restored factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Undoubtedly this rifle was returned to the factory at least once and probably twice during which it had the finish restored and possibly the bbl replaced as the engraving on the bbl appears to be by a different hand. 51552-3 JRL (15,000-25,000) C&R – Lot 1094

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1095

*FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 214877. Cal 32 WS (32 SPCL). Beautiful deluxe ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead sporting front sight, Winchester special smokeless rear sight and Lyman tang sight with duplex aperture. Receiver has close-coupled double-set triggers. Mounted with about 2 X beautiful, center crotch flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. The lower tang, under the wood is unmarked and the rear face of the buttstock has the SN “18230” which indicates that this buttstock was changed from the orig during its working life. This rifle was produced about 1901 when hunting and use of a rifle was a daily way of life. Firearms of that era usually saw hard service under extreme circumstances, often with little to no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Given that the case colors on the lever, hammer & buttplate remain strong & bright it is apparent that this rifle saw very little outdoor activity. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office worksheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 32 WS with oct bbl, set trigger, fancy checkered stock and Lyman front & rear sights received in warehouse March 23, 1904 and shipped the next day to order #224987 Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl, magazine tube & receiver retain 99% plus crisp orig factory finish with bright fire blue on the loading gate. Lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, very slightly faded on outer face of lever finger loop. Buttplate retains virtually all of its orig, lightly faded case colors. Wood is sound with a very few, scattered very light handling & storage nicks & scratches and overall retains virtually all of its factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired but if so very little. 51687-6 (15,000-25,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1095

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1096

STUNNING WINCHESTER MODEL 94 DELUXE TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 19673. Cal. 30 WCF. 26″ rnd bbl, full mag take down, Lyman gold bead front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.”,adjacent take down ring “30W.C.F.” Standard receiver with close coupled dbl set triggers, tang mounted lockable peep sight. Mounted with “XXX” quality walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent steel buttplate, sling eye, 3″ from toe with hook swivel, “H” style checkered forend, nosecap with sling eye, hook swivel, and vintage adjustable strap. Inspection of lower tang reveals Assembly No. 3631XXX, this matching No. can be found in back of stock, and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Fact sheet, identifying as 30 cal. rifle, rnd bbl, set triggers, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman front and blank in rear seat, received in warehouse August 16, 1897, shipped from warehouse August 16, 1897 on Order No. 12545. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-97% orig blue, with minor muzzle wear, typical minor nicks & dings, faint rub mark on mag tube from take down. Receiver retains 90% orig blue, thinning across bottom and sharp edges, a few minor handling marks, and shows the orig filing marks. Stock is sound with minor nicks & dings, typical handling marks and retains most of its deluxe factory finish. Buttplate shows thinning orig case colors, blending with silver patina. Forend is sound, with good checkering, minor nicks & dings and light scratches, and retains most of it fine deluxe factory finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 51579-1 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1096

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1097

EXTREMELY RARE MODEL 1894 TRAPPER CARBINE WITH 18″ BARREL, BUTTON MAGAZINE AND NO SADDLE RING.

SN 119046. Cal. 30WCF. 18″ bbl. Half magazine. Blue finish. Lyman 3-leaf rear sight. Straight grain American walnut stocks with carbine butt. No saddle ring mounted on receiver. Accompanying this rifle is a copy of a magazine article written by the consignor, Mr. Rick Hill, describing his purchase of this rifle and his research, which confirmed that there are only twelve letterable 18″ Model 1894 Carbines. In the article, which pictures this exact carbine, there is also a copy of a Winchester Museum letter pictured in the article, written to Mr. Hill in 2010 confirming all the features of this extremely rare and desirable Model 1894 Winchester carbine. PROVENANCE: Rick Hill Collection. CONDITION: Fine for this model. Bbl retains 60-70% blue finish with sharp markings. Lyman sight is very good. Bore is bright with sharp rifling. Receiver retains 50-60% orig blue blending into a plumb-brown patina. Screws are unmolested. Tang and cal marks are sharp. Hammer and lever show traces of case color in protected areas. Stocks are about fine and full size, with only a few dents and scratches overall. Forend is the proper short length. “G. Mazepa” is lightly scratched into the stock at the right wrist, probably the name of a former owner. Buttplate and bbl band are a smooth gray-brown patina. This is possibly a once in a lifetime chance to purchase an extremely rare trapper model 94 carbine with an 18″ bbl, button magazine, and no saddle ring. 51391-1 (12,000-14,000) – Lot 1097

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1098

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

SN 239499. Cal 30 WCF (30-30). Rare deluxe ’94 with special order 22″ oct to rnd bbl, 5-rd magazine, takedown, pedestal mounted Lyman express gold bead front sight, 3 leaf platinum line express rear sight & Lyman tang sight with duplex aperture. Mounted with 2-3X American walnut with “H” style checkered 8-3/8″ forearm and capped pistol grip stock that has Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “20023”, “XX” and “OHR”. Lower tang also is marked on the left side with 3 hand scratched initials “KKK”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. This rifle was produced about 1902 and very likely was someone’s prized hunting rifle. Given its compact size it was easily transportable but yet still a formidable north woods hunting rifle. Accompanied by a factory letter verifying the following.Rifle 30 cal, 22 1/2 inch barrel Plain trigger, checkered stock,pistol grip,Lyman front and rear sights,1/2 magazine, shotgun butt, take down, extra light, oil finish and received in warehouse Dec 7 1904 and shipped Dec 8 1904 to order number T115639. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% orig blue showing faint sharp edge wear and some thinning over the chamber area at the carry point. Takedown bbl extension retains about 40% thin orig blue with the balance worn to silver. Receiver retains 60-65% orig blue strong on the sides, thin over the receiver ring and turned silver on the bottom. Top rear edges of the receiver are gray metal patina probably from chemical staining. Hammer retains strong case colors and the lever faded case colors on the sides turned silver on outer faces. Buttplate toe & adjacent toe of the stock are slightly chipped otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches with the buttstock showing most of an old restored finish. Forearm shows wear over the rear 1/2 and retains about 50% orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore slightly frosty in the grooves. 51565-7 JRL (6,000-10,000) C&R – Lot 1098

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1099

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 22999. Call 32-40. Antique standard grade ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine with combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman tang sight with large disc aperture. Receiver has close-coupled double-set triggers. Mounted with nicely figured, extra finish, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a full box of Winchester 32-40 ammunition. Box is 1-pc, red, blue & yellow with cartridges that have 165 grain soft point bullets. This rifle was produced in about 1895 when carrying and using a rifle was a daily way of life for most citizens. It is very likely that this rifle was someone’s prized hunting gun which saw limited service. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% crisp orig blue with a small ding and fine rub on the bbl. Receiver retains 96-97% crisp orig blue with slight sharp edge wear and a few small nicks & scratches. The take down bbl extension retains about 60% orig blue with the losses from flaking. Lever & hammer retain strong case colors, bright on sides of the lever and in sheltered areas. Buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors, moderately faded. Wood is sound and shows about all of an old restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. Box shows edge wear and reattached end flaps otherwise shows light soil. Ammunition is crisp & clean. 51570-7 JRL (4,000-7,000) – Lot 1099

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1100

*SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 211617. Cal 30 WCF (30-30). Special order takedown standard grade ’94 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, tall Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, 3 leaf platinum line express rear sight and locking Lyman tang sight with duplex aperture. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle was produced about 1901 when hunting was a way of life and this rifle, with its lighter weight bbl & takedown feature almost certainly was someone’s north woods hunting rifle. Many such rifles also were carried to the western frontier for hunting safari’s during that same time frame. Accompanied by Factory letter indicating the following. Rifle 30 Caliber half octagon plain trigger takedown. Received in warehouse April 30 1904 and shipped July 9 1904 with 6 other arms to order number 112997. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue with only sharp edge & muzzle end wear with a few small nicks on the bbl. Forend cap retains about 95% orig blue and the takedown bbl extension retains about 98% orig blue. Receiver retains 88-90% orig blue showing sharp edge wear with the balance of the losses to flaking not wear. Hammer retains strong, bright case colors and the lever bright case colors on the sides and in sheltered areas. Buttplate retains smokey case colors, mostly turned silver. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and shows most of a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore a little frosty in the grooves. 51565-1 JRL (3,500-5,500) C&R; ESA – Lot 1100

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1101

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 269182. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, 1/2 nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Accompanied by an empty box for Winchester 38-55 ammunition. Box has rnd corners with green & black top, front & end labels with smokeless yellow & black over label. This rifle was produced about 1901 and was undoubtedly someone’s prized hunting rifle and home defense weapon which saw very little use. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 95% crisp orig blue, stronger on the magazine tube. Receiver retains 92-94% orig blue, strong & bright on the sides thin over the top & bottom at the carry points. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors, turned silver on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and the buttstock retain about 95% strong orig finish. Forearm retains about 60% orig finish showing wear over the rear half. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some light orange peel pitting. Box shows light to moderate soil with some bug damage to the side and one end label, otherwise labels are intact. Box is sound. 51570-6 (3,500-4,000) C&R – Lot 1101

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1102

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKE-DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH HEISER CASE.

SN 90238. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight with screw & 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Mounted with extra finish, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle as a take-down in Cal. 30 with oct bbl & plain trigger, received in warehouse Sept 12, 1900 and shipped two days later to order number 70440. Additionally accompanied by an extremely well made, folding, soft-side take-down carrying case that has heavy leather handle and 3 straps with brass buckles. The back has a sewn on reinforcing strap that is marked with the Heiser cartouche on one end. The envelope style case folds open to expose a soft chocolate brown leather interior with 2 pockets for the bbl and buttstock receiver. The outer case is constructed of light brown, heavy belting leather. CONDITION: Rifle is very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% crisp orig blue with some minor spotting on the bbl. Forend cap retains about 97% strong orig blue and the bbl extension about 88-90% with the loss areas flaked to a medium patina. Receiver retains about 90% orig blue with a couple of areas of flaking around the top rear edges with some fine flaking on both sides. Bottom & top of the receiver retain crisp orig blue. Lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, moderately faded on outer faces of lever. Buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors that are moderately faded. Buttstock has a repaired crack in the toe, otherwise wood is sound with a few light scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore shows very little use. Case is also crisp & clean with some slight crackling on the straps which are a little dry and need treating. 51672-1 (3,500-5,500) – Lot 1102

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1103

*FINE SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 94 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 1005798. Cal 30 WCF (30-30). Fine semi deluxe rifle with 26″ tapered rnd bbl, full magazine, Lyman gold bead express front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Marbles self-elevating tang sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with I-style checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “183” with matching assembly number on front face of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle was produced in 1927 at a time when hunting was a way of life and arms of that era usually saw hard service and are rarely today in high orig finish. The Model 55 was very popular in the deep woods of the northeast. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue with a few scattered spots of light surface etching. Receiver retains about 85-87% orig blue, strong but thinning on the sides, turned plum over the top and fading on the bottom. Hammer retains most of its orig blue & the lever about 50% thin orig blue. Buttplate & forend cap are brown patina. Wood is sound with a few scattered light nicks & scratches with the buttstock retaining about 96-97% strong orig varnish and the forearm about 90%. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 51565-6 JRL (3,000-5,000) C&R – Lot 1103

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1104

*SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 233361. Cal 32 WS (32 Special). Fine deluxe rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, Marbles Sheard gold bead front sight, and a replacement sheet metal rear sight. Receiver has 2 extra plugged holes from where apparently was mounted a Lyman Model ’21 receiver sight. Mounted with about “XX”, center crotch flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock that has checkered steel buttplate. Left side of the lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “19980, XX” and “CH”. Matching assembly number is also found inside top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is not numbered but is a perfect fit. This rifle was produced in 1901 and very likely was someone’s prized hunting rifle. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except buttplate as noted. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with a few minor scattered spots of surface etching. Receiver retains about 80% thin orig blue turned silver over the top & bottom. Lever & hammer retain traces of orig case colors. Wood is sound and retains about all of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with sharp rifling. 51137-4 (3,000-5,000) C&R – Lot 1104

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1105

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 282446. Cal. 32 WS. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, takedown, half-nickel front sight with screw and Winchester special smokeless rear sight for 32 Special cartridges. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle was produced about 1903 and undoubtedly was someone’s prized hunting rifle. This style of ’94 and caliber were very popular in the north woods and northeast U.S. CONDITION: About fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear. Magazine tube retains 93-95% strong orig blue with wear at the front band from using the takedown feature. Forend cap retains about 50% thin orig blue and the takedown bbl extension about 70% thin blue. Receiver retains 75-80% orig blue, strong on the sides with light scratches, showing edge wear and thinning over the top & bottom. Top & bottom tangs are blue/gray patina. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors in sheltered areas. Buttplate is a mottled gray patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore frosty in the grooves. 51137-2 JRL (1,500-2,500) C&R – Lot 1105

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1106

VERY EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH 3-DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER.

SN 901. Cal 38-55. Standard grade second type rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, replacement gold bead sporting front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight that has been filed flat. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. The Model 1894 was Winchester’s first rifle designed for smokeless powder and the first production was only in 38-55 and 32-40 with various other calibers following in the ensuing years. These very early ’94s almost universally were sold onto the American frontier where they generally saw continuous hard service under extreme adverse conditions. CONDITION: Fair. Bbl & magazine tube retain traces of orig finish in the most sheltered areas being mostly a silver/gray patina with surface discoloration on the magazine tube. Receiver retains 50-60% thin orig blue on the sides and over the receiver ring with the bottom worn to silver. Lever, hammer, buttplate and forend cap are gray metal patina. Stock has a gouge in the left wrist and is missing a couple of slivers by the top tang otherwise it is sound with traces of orig finish, being mostly a dark oil stained patina. Forearm has a full length repaired crack with several deep gouges and shows extreme heavy wear with a dark oil stained patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with orange peel pitting. 51165-6 JRL (1,000-1,500) – Lot 1106

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1107

SCARCE FLAT SIDE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 3996. Cal 30 US (30-40 Krag). Beautiful early ’95 with 28″ tapered rnd bbl, pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead sporting front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight that has been filed flat. Left side of receiver is mounted with a Lyman Model 21 receiver sight that has duplex aperture. Mounted with about 3 X American walnut with “H” style checkered, black insert, Schnable tip forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “4043”, “XXX” and “OH”. Matching assembly number is also found on rear face of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Lever is early solid style with color case hardened trigger block. Flat side ’95s are scarce and those in deluxe configuration are very rare. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 98-99% strong orig blue and the receiver 95-96% glossy orig blue with only sharp edge wear and a few light scratches on the right side. Hammer retains most of its lightly to moderately faded orig case colors as does the trigger block. Lever retains about 90% orig blue and the cartridge box 88-90% strong orig blue. Top & bottom tangs retain most of their orig blue, a little dull near the tip of the top tang. Buttplate retains nearly all of its orig, moderately faded case colors. Wood is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches. Buttstock appears to have an old restored finish of factory quality. Forearm, slightly darker, retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 51606-4 (9,000-14,000) ESA – Lot 1107

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1108

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 DELUXE FLAT SIDE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 3841. Cal 30 US (30-40 Kreg). Beautiful Deluxe ’95 with 28″ tapered rnd bbl, pedestal mounted German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, about 3-X flame grain American walnut with matching figure, “H” style checkered, black insert, Schnable tip forarm and capped pistol grip buttstock with Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “3941” and “SOF”, “XXX” and “RB”. In addition there are the initials “J.P.P.”. Matching assembly no. is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Left side of receiver has an extra drilled & tapped hole apparently for a Winchester Model 21 receiver sight which may or may not have ever been installed. The “J.P.P.” initials are for James P. Parker a factory inspector or supervisor who reportedly was involved with refinished firearms. There is no evidence that this rifle was ever refinished. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 99% crisp, orig factory blue with a very few scattered freckles over the chamber area. Receiver retains 97-98% glossy orig blue with a few scattered freckles on both sides and faint sharp edge wear. One of the lower screws on the left side of receiver has a halo from too large a screwdriver. Lever retains about 50% orig blue with the losses from flaking, not wear. Trigger plate retains brilliant case colors. Magazine box shows about 85% strong orig blue. Hammer retains brilliant case colors. Wood is sound with some slight heat crazing on the buttstock and a few very light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish with some minor dulling around the wrist. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore shows very little use if any. 51079-16 (7,000-10,000) – Lot 1108

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1109

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 15365. Cal 30 US (30-40 Krag). Beautiful deluxe ’95 with 28″ tapered rnd bbl, pedestal mounted ivory bead front sight, Lyman 6-A 2-leaf folding rear sight and a Lyman 21 receiver sight with duplex aperture. Mounted with about 3-X center crotch flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered black insert Schnable tip forearm and straight stock with hard rubber Winchester embossed buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1898 and very likely would have been someones prized hunting rifle. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with one small ding on the edge of the muzzle. Receiver & receiver sight retain 96-97% glossy orig blue and the magazine box about 88-90% orig blue. Lever retains about 90% orig blue and the hammer most of its orig case colors, moderately faded. The trigger block retains brilliant case colors. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Shows very little evidence of ever having been fired. 51606-3 JRL (5,000-8,000) ESA – Lot 1109

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1110

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 TAKE-DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH HISTORY TO RENOWN ACTOR TOM SELLECK’S COLLECTION.

SN 418089. Cal. 30-06. Standard grade rifle with 24″ tapered rnd bbl, pedestal front sight with screw & flat top sporting rear sight. Rifle is take-down configuration and is mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with black insert, Schnable tip forearm & straight stock with crescent butt. This rifle was consigned by Mr. Selleck to the Julia Auction Company in 2005. Mr. Selleck was thinning down items surplus to his collection at that time. PROVENANCE: Tom Selleck Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, has been fired, but very little. Bbl retains 98-99% strong bright orig blue. Receiver retains 88-90% strong bright orig blue with a spot of flaking on the left side and fine flaking on the right side with a series of small chemical spots down the right side. Magazine box & lever retain about 95% strong, bright, orig blue while the buttplate is flaked to a light patina. Bbl extension retains traces of orig blue being mostly a medium brown patina. Lever & hammer retain strong bright blue. Wood is sound with usual light handling & storage marks with a small bruise on the forearm and retains most of its strong bright orig factory varnish showing some flaking on the forearm. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 51672-2 (3,500-5,500) C&R – Lot 1110

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1111

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 78704. Cal 35 WCF. Standard grade rifle with 24″ tapered rnd bbl pedestal, mounted Lyman Sheard gold bead front sight, slot blank in the rear seat and a Lyman number 45 receiver sight with windage & duplex aperture. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut which includes black insert, Schnable tip forearm and straight stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1915 and was undoubtedly someone’s prized hunting rifle. The 35 WCF cartridge was designed for hunting Moose and Elk and was capable of taking the largest North American big game such as Grizzly & Polar Bears. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 98% crisp orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear. Receiver retains about 88-90% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas with light surface rust on the right side, thinning over the top front edge. Magazine box & lever retain about 95% strong orig blue. Hammer retains strong case colors on the sides and rear edge. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 51165-5 JRL (2,500-3,500) C&R – Lot 1111

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1112

RARE DELUXE WINCHESTER HIGH WALL SINGLE SHOT TARGET RIFLE.

SN 46225. Cal. 32-40. Very rare high wall with 30″ #3 weight oct to rnd bbl with windage adjustable globe front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight & rare Soule windage adjustable mid-range Vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. Wood is very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain 3-4X American walnut with black insert, Schnable tip “H” style checkered forearm & black insert pistol grip stock with heavy cheek piece & brass Swiss buttplate that was originally nickel finish. Receiver has sgl-set trigger. Left side & lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly No. “8888”, “XXX” & “SBC”. Matching assembly No. is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. The entire rifle has a heavy coating of old dried oil or wax. This rifle was produced about 1890. PROVENANCE: Pierre Renaud Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong bright orig blue with a small scrape on the bottom just forward of the forearm. Receiver retains virtually all of its orig case colors, slightly faded , brilliant elsewhere. Wood is sound with a series of small dings on the buttstock, otherwise retains most of its orig varnish with some slight staining around the wrist. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. 51672-3 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 1112

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1113

VERY RARE AND EXTREMELY FINE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1889 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 114243. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Wonderful deluxe ’89 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and long semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top of receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. Left side of upper tang has matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate. Receiver is engraved in style-1 with the rnd vignette of a standing white tail buck in a forest scene on left side with light foliate arabesque patterns fore and aft with border of connected circles. Right side of frame is engraved in light foliate arabesque patterns with a shell pattern back of the loading gate opening. Side of bolt, top and bottom of frame and top tang are engraved to match with a rosette around the tang screw. Mounted with very nicely figured burl American walnut with Grade B checkering, a serpentine grip cap and crescent buttplate. Very few of this model had deluxe wood and extremely few were engraved, making this an extremely rare rifle. PROVENANCE: Ex-Wes Adams Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine tube and forend cap retain about 99% crisp, orig factory blue; receiver, lever and hammer retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant on sides and top of receiver, slightly faded on bottom at carry point and outer face of lever; buttplate retains most of its orig case colors turned silvery; wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches and retains most of its brilliant factory varnish finish; checkering shows very light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 50412-19 (20,000-40,000) – Lot 1113

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1114

EXTREMELY FINE RARE TAKEDOWN SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE “EXHIBITION GRADE” CONRAD ULRICH ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 131458. Cal. 32-20. Blue and color case hardened with 24″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine and Beech’s ivory bead combination front sight, a Lyman No. 6 2-leaf sight in rear seat and a large loop Lyman tang sight. Top of bbl is full length factory matted and has standard Marlin markings on top flat forward of rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured straight grain American walnut with “G” style checkering and pistol grip stock with serpentine grip and Marlin embossed hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is #3 engraved by Conrad Ulrich with the large oval vignette of a grazing bull elk in a forest scene on left side surrounded by wonderful foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Right side of receiver has nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and a foliate pattern back of the loading gate opening. Side of bolt, lever boss, bottom of receiver, takedown ring and forend cap are engraved to match. Top side flats and side flats of bbl are engraved in light arabesque patterns over chamber area as is the top tang which also has a flower blossom around tang screw. Top of receiver is engraved in various border patterns with light arabesque patterns and is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. Left side of upper tang, under the wood is marked with matching SN. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with the SN “131475”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle as a takedown model in 32-20 caliber with 24″ half oct bbl, pistol grip and half magazine shipped on March 21, 1896. It was returned May 18, 1896, Dec. 5, 1896, Dec. 23, 1896, Jan. 26, 1901, Feb. 13, 1901 and Feb. 22, 1901. There is no indication as to what may have been done to this rifle during these many returns for repair but it is apparent that the stock was changed early on given the SN in the stock top tang channel is so close to the SN of this rifle. There is little doubt that the wood is factory installed. It has been noted by Marlin Scholars that the numerous factory returns noted in the factory letter were not for repair, but rather is indicative of a Factory Exhibition rifle’s history of display and subsequent return from various promotional events. This gun features special order extremely fine checkering (32 lines/sq.inch) which is also indicative of an exhibition gun. The takedown locking cam is the rare short flush-type locking cam as pictured on p. 671 in the Marlin Firearms Book by Brophy. PROVENANCE: Ex-Randy Gott Collection; Ex-Frank Kelley Collection; Ex-Wes Adams Collection. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains 98-99% strong orig factory finish with bright strong blue on bbl and magazine tube with only light muzzle edge wear. Receiver, takedown ring, lever and hammer retain virtually all of their strong, bright factory case colors, slightly faded on takedown ring and top edge of hammer. Wood is sound with one or two very minor handling and storage nicks and scratches in the finish and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with some minor crazing on left side of buttstock. Checkering shows very minor diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. 50412-22 (30,000-50,000) ESA – Lot 1114

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1115

*EXTREMELY RARE CONRAD ULRICH FACTORY ENGRAVED DELUXE MODEL 1893 TAKEDOWN MARLIN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH EXTRAORDINARILY RARE BIRD’S EYE MAPLE STOCK INSCRIBED “D. M. HAZLETON” IN EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION.

SN 225353. Cal. 30-30. Spectacular Marlin rifle with 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight with large loop Lyman tang sight. Takedown locking cam has the medium length feature. Rifle is mounted with phenomenal rare beautifully grained bird’s eye maple with serpentine pistol grip buttstock and classic Marlin crescent steel buttplate. Buttstock is correctly numbered to gun. Receiver is engraved by Conrad Ulrich, though unsigned, which consists of the large oval vignette of a standing “Hartford” stag in a forest scene on left side and a grizzly bear over his kill in a forest scene on right side. These vignettes are surrounded by artistically empty decorative panels which are themselves surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background. Top left edge of receiver is factory inscribed in period script “D.M. Hazleton” and the top flat of receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. Engraving patterns extend over the top front of the receiver, back of hammer slot, bottom front of receiver, sides of lever and takedown ring with matching patterns on buttplate tang. Light engraved patterns also extend over the exposed flats of the bbl over chamber area. Side & rear end of bolt are engraved to match and there are various border patterns around the engraving. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle as a takedown in caliber 30-30 with 24″ oct bbl, shipped June 18, 1901. This is a typical Marlin letter which almost never mentions any extras. Dallas M. Hazleton (1878-1934) found spelled Hazelton or Hazleton passed the bar of New York in Gouverneur, NY in 1901, the year this gun was shipped. He went on to be an attorney and judge. Unfortunately neither work shop or order records for Marlins have never been found. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, bird’s eye maple stocks were special order but “The few examples of bird’s-eye maple observed indicate that this type of wood was not the choice of many sportsmen.” Birds eye maple may have not been popular among buyers or maybe it was just too expensive; regardless this is a stunning and rare maple stocked exquisitely engraved piece of art. PROVENANCE: Ex-Frank Kelley Collection; Ex-Wes Adams Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and a very minor tiny nick or two. Receiver retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded, stronger in sheltered areas especially on the left side. Lever retains strong case colors on sides and front recess with the balance fading to silver. Hammer retains strong bright case colors, faded to silver on top edge. Takedown ring & cam have silvered case colors as does the buttplate. Wood is sound with a few minor handling and use nicks and scratches and retains just about all of its orig factory varnish, slightly crazed on grip area and near the buttplate. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 50412-23 (30,000-60,000) C&R – Lot 1115

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1116

EXTREMELY RARE & IMPORTANT MARLIN MODEL 1893 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE RELIEF ENGRAVED WITH GOLD & PLATINUM INLAY.

SN 139494. Cal. 30-30. Fantastic, special order, takedown, deluxe engraved rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, half nickel front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight with Lyman loop tang sight with large disk. Manufactured February 18, 1897. Receiver is wonderfully semi-relief engraved in #10 patterns by Conrad Ulrich with large vignettes of a bull and cow elk in a very detailed woodland scene on left side and a very highly detailed bust of a grizzly bear on right side. Left side vignette has a fine gold rope border and right side vignette has a solid gold wire border. Both sides of receiver have large coverage grape leaf, berry & vine pattern engraving with an extremely fine shaded background. Both sides have Ulrich’s typical curlicue borders with larger feather style borders around top flats. Side of bolt is engraved with grape leaf and berries with a small rnd vignette that has a gold wire inlay. Sides of lever boss also have leaf & vine patterns. Front & rear edges of receiver have gold wire inlay with inlaid platinum wire on sides of hammer and with wire and curls in platinum over chamber area of bbl. Forend cap, sides of takedown ring and top front of receiver have fine arabesque pattern engraving & there is a platinum wire inlay around forend cap. Sides of lever and down top tang have light arabesque pattern engraving. Mounted with extremely beautiful burled walnut stock and pistol grip with serpentine grip cap, 12-3/4″ over the orig Marlin hard rubber buttplate. Stock and forend cap have sling eyes. This rifle is pictured on p. 347 of Steel Canvas, Wilson. Pattern #10 engravings with a combination of gold and platinum inlay are extremely rare and considered the highest form of decoration ever on an American manufactured firearm. PROVENANCE: Ex-Carl Press Collection; Ex-Clarence Parks Collection; Ex-Wes Adams Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains about 94-96% strong bright orig blue, slightly thinned & turning plum on rnd section & over chamber area. Magazine tube retains about all of its strong bright orig blue. Receiver retains about 80% orig case colors, mostly faded but strong & bright in sheltered areas. Lever retains about 50% orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere. Hammer retains 75-80% strong orig case colors, mostly on sides. Wood is sound & retains about all of an extremely fine piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright shiny bore. 50412-16 (20,000-40,000) – Lot 1116

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1117

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1893 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 198053. Cal. 38-55. Fine deluxe 1893 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, flame and shell grain American walnut with C-style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of upper tang is stamped with matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Rifle is engraved Grade 1 which consists of the large vignette of a standing whitetail buck in a forest scene on left side with light foliate arabesque patterns and multiple borders. Right side of receiver, top & bottom of receiver & lever boss are engraved in light foliate arabesque patterns. All screws are gold plated. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 38-55 with 26″ half oct bbl, half magazine, takedown, #1 engraved, “extra special”, “C” checkered stock & pistol grip, shipped Oct. 12, 1903. PROVENANCE: Ex-Tom Seymour Collection; Ex-Wes Adams Collection. CONDITION: Very fine overall. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with light thinning on each side of muzzle, light sharp edge wear on octagonal section with some scattered, very light surface discoloration; magazine tube retains dark blue in sheltered areas, turning plum on outer radius; receiver retains about 80% thinning orig blue, turned silver on bottom at carry point; hammer retains strong case colors and the lever strong case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, turned silver on outer faces; buttplate is a mottled silver/gray patina; hammer & tang screws retain strong gold wash on the heads, other screws retain traces of gold being mostly worn to nickel under-finish; wood is sound with normal nicks, dings and scratches with one deep scratch by the right toe and a small bruise on the forearm, otherwise is sound & retains most of its orig piano varnish finish; forearm retains about 80% strong orig piano varnish finish showing wear on bottom rear and moderate wear on checkering. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 50412-18 (10,000-12,000) C&R – Lot 1117

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1118

*EXCEPTIONALLY FINE MARLIN MODEL 1893 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 200137. Cal 30-30. Beautiful high original condition Marlin with 26″ tapered oct bbl, full magazine, silver bead sporting front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Bbl is marked “SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL” and top of receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. Top tang is marked “MODEL / 1893”. Receiver, lever, hammer, buttplate & takedown bbl extension are all color case hardened. Matching SN is found on left side of top tang under the wood, top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. While the Model 1893 was produced fairly prolifically, very few standard grade rifles survive today with high orig finish. These rifles were the “working man’s” tools and usually saw continuous hard service throughout most of their working life, most often under harsh conditions and with little maintenance. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% crisp orig blue with a small spot of pitting about mid-point on right side of bbl & magazine tube in the same area. Receiver and takedown extension retain virtually all of their orig case colors, brilliant on the receiver, slightly faded on the extension. Lever & hammer retain most of their case colors, bright on the hammer, a little dull on sides of lever and fading on outer faces. Buttplate retains smokey case colors. Top & bottom tangs also retain brilliant case colors. Stock has a scratch on the toe otherwise wood is sound with a few scattered nicks & scratches and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired but if so very little. 51668-2 JRL (5,000-8,000) C&R – Lot 1118

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1119

*FINE SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN MODEL 1893 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN D4122. Cal 30-30. Standard grade rifle with special order 26″ tapered oct bbl (standard was 24″), full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight with German silver blade and semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable insert. Mounted with uncheckered, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Left side of upper tang is marked with matching SN which is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Marlin rifles were very popular for hunting and home defense from 1881 right to the present day. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% crisp orig blue. Receiver & bolt retain virtually all of their orig case colors, strong & bright with only light fading. Hammer retains about 90% orig blue and the lever strong, dark case colors on the sides, more faded on outer faces. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows little evidence of ever having been used. 51762-7 JRL (3,500-5,000) C&R – Lot 1119

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1120

HISTORIC 1892 MARLIN RIFLE FROM THOMAS PRINGLE, SHARPSHOOTER WITH BUFFALO BILL WILD WEST SHOW.

SN 123275. Cal. 22. 24″ half Rnd half Oct bbl. Blue and case color finish. Deluxe highly figured piano varnish checkered pistol grip stocks. Number 3 pattern engraved receiver and chamber. Ulrich style border with vignette of squirrel on left side of receiver surrounded by fern like scrolls with a dot punch background. Although not listed in letter, engraving is most definitely factory work. Bolt is line engraved with left receiver panel engraved in same fern like tight scrolls with traditional Ulrich style border. Receiver tang,forend cap and receiver bridge all engraved with matching scrolls line border accents. Bbl has 2 line Marlin address rolled in front of rear sight. Front sight is a fine blade. Rear sight is a unique pattern rearward tilted fixed style with a fine notch. Barrel is script engraved forward of address “Compliments of”. No cal marking on Bbl. Receiver tang marked MODEL 1892 and serial number on bottom of receiver at balance point. Piano finished stocks with Marlin “B” pattern checkering,traditional “S” style pistol grip and 2nd pattern Marlin hard rubber buttplate. Accompanying this rifle is a Cody Firearms Museum confirming date of shipment Oct 15 1895 and configuration however no mention of engraving is stated. After detailed examination it is the opinion of this cataloger that the engraving is 100% correct and is factory work as is the “Compliments of” inscription on the Bbl. This rifle is accompanied with a notarized affidavit from Lydia Harris dated December 31 1987, in which she states “she is the granddaughter of Thomas M. Pringle and that this rifle mentioned by serial number was his personal gun that he used in exhibition shooting. Mr. Pringle stated name was T.H.Ford. Numerous pictures and period correspondence accompany this rifle. CONDITION: Very fine Bbl retaining over 90% dull blue finish with slight finish loss at muzzle and crowns of Oct flats.Receiver has turned mostly a mottled chocolate patina with trace amounts of case colors in protected areas.Hammer and lever are constant with trace elements of case colors and balance a pleasant patina. Stocks are very fine with most all varnish finish remaining. Numerous period handling marks and typical bruises. Checkering is very fine with slight wear and several small areas of scratching in forearms and pistol grip areas. This appears to be period and consistent with use. 51479-1 TDW (7,000-11,000) – Lot 1120

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1121

*FINE UPGRADED MARLIN MODEL ’97 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 284358. Cal 22. Standard rifle that has had deluxe wood added. Rifle has 24″ tapered oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight with German silver blade that has been re-staked into the slot and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable insert. Mounted with replacement tiger-striped American walnut with B-style checkered forearm and straight stock with “M.F.A. Co.” embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood is marked with last 3-digits of matching SN. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with the SN “276987”. These fine little rifles were produced in fairly large numbers (125,000) 1897-1917. This is a late production rifle with flat top receiver. Top tang is marked “MARLIN / MODEL ’97”. These little rifles were extremely popular for small game hunting & target shooting and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, numbered as noted. Bbl retains 95-97% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and a few scattered freckles of light surface rust. Magazine tube retains 98-99% strong orig blue with a few freckles of light surface rust. Receiver retains about 92-93% orig case colors, strong on the sides, fading on top & bottom edges. Hammer retains bright case colors and the lever strong case colors on the sides, fading on outer faces. Wood is sound with a series of creases on the right side of buttstock and a gouge in the comb with some small scrapes on the forearm and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some scattered light pitting. 51762-9 (3,000-4,000) C&R – Lot 1121

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1122

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE MARLIN MODEL 1889 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 66319. Cal 38 WCF (38-40). Beautiful deluxe Marlin 1889 with special order 28″ oct bbl, full magazine silver bead sporting front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with European walnut that has A-style checkered forearm & serpentine grip buttstock with crescent buttplate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood is marked with matching SN which is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 55,072 Model 1889s produced 1889-1899, of that total 18,635 were in caliber 38-40 and only 2,268 made with 28″ bbls. Extrapolating the numbers shows that only about 766 were in caliber 38-40 with 28″ bbls. The Model 1889 was Marlin’s first production of a side eject receiver which was a major deviation from all of the previous lever action repeaters, both Marlin & Winchester, which had top eject design. The side eject design made for a stronger receiver which also kept out dirt & debris making it less likely to have a jammed rifle. The Model 1888 and 1889 Marlin’s were direct competition for the venerable Winchester Model 1873 and were very popular both on the western frontier and the great forests of the north and northeast areas of the U.S. as well as into Canada. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine tube and forend cap retain about 98-99% crisp orig blue. Receiver retains about 93-95% strong orig blue with most of the losses on the left side from light cleaning and candy striping. Top of the receiver has a few light freckles of surface rust. Hammer retains dark case colors. Lever retains bright case colors on the sides, fading to gray on outer faces. Buttplate retains faded case colors with heavy pitting on the heel & toe. Wood is sound with a couple of minor dings and overall retains most of its bright orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 51762-6 JRL (5,000-8,000) – Lot 1122

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1123

*RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN MODEL 1894 TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 347340. Cal 25-20. Beautiful deluxe Marlin with 24″ tapered oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman front sight, missing its bead, semi buckhorn rear sight and a locking Lyman tang sight with duplex aperture. Top flat of bbl is full length matted. The matting on the top flat of bbl has completely covered the address. Cal marking is on the top right flat by the rear sight. Receiver & lever are color case hardened. Receiver is beautifully engraved by Conrad Ulrich in number 5 style which consists of the large oval vignette of a standing Bull Elk & cow in a very detailed forest scene all surrounded by wonderful executed foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled background. Border patterns are arrow heads and wavelets. Right side is engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns and borders. Light engraving extends over the top side flats of the bbl chamber area. Matching foliate arabesque patterns are also found on the take down bbl extension, forend cap, top & bottom of the receiver and top tang. Mounted with very highly figured American walnut that is checkered in “C” style on the forearm and pistol grip. Buttplate is Marlin embossed hard rubber. Left side of upper tang & top tang channel of the buttstock are marked with matching SN to the rifle. Buttstock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. This rifle appears to have been produced in about 1905 and likely was purchased for a lady or young man. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% crisp orig blue and the forend cap about 95%. Receiver retains 60-70% orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas fading elsewhere. Take down bbl extension retains about 60% fading case colors and the lever about 40% case colors, strong on the left side. Hammer retains most of its orig blue. Wood is sound with a few light nicks and shows an old added finish on the buttstock with the forearm retaining most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 51457-1 JRL (10,000-15,000) C&R – Lot 1123

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1124

*EXTREMELY RARE, ONE OF A KIND CASED MARLIN MODEL 1895 CENTENNIAL EDITION LEVER ACTION RIFLE MADE FOR THE 1995 SHOT SHOW AUCTION.

SN 1895. Cal 45-70. Exceptional modern Model 1895 Marlin with 24″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight with German silver blade, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman tang sight. Mounted with extraordinary, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with fleur-de-lis carved and checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate. Receiver, lever, hammer & fore end cap are fantastically engraved by the renowned Italian engraving company “Bottega C. Giovanelli” with the work apparently done by “E. Fatti”. The engraved items are all French grey finished with left side of receiver having the large vignette of a mountain meadow scene with raised gold bull Elk and 2 cows all executed in extraordinary detail. To the rear is a smaller vignette of a raised gold bull Moose in a very detailed forest scene also executed in extraordinary detail. Both vignettes are surrounded by fine inlaid gold wire. Bottom center of the left side has the small gold panel engraved with the Giovanelli information, to the right of which is the engravers signature. Bottom center of the left side has an engraved ribbon inlaid in gold “MARLIN FIREARMS CO 125th ANNIVERSARY”. Right side of the receiver has the small vignette of a raised gold depiction of the Marlin rider on a horse in a detailed prairie scene. Bottom of the right side is engraved with a ribbon inlaid in gold “MODEL 1895 100th ANNIVERSARY”. Right front side of the receiver is engraved with a small scroll inlaid in gold “Ser. / No. / 1895”. Top of the receiver is engraved with a small ribbon inlaid in gold “MARLIN SAFETY”. The entire remaining surface of the receiver, lever, hammer and fore end cap are relief engraved in extraordinary, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with very fine shaded background. The bbl, magazine tube and buttplate are finished in royal blue. Bbl has inlaid gold bands at each end. Screw heads are all engraved except the 2 receiver sight filler screws. Accompanied by its orig burgundy velvet lined walnut casing with brass latches and French fitted in the bottom for the rifle. Inside the lid is inlaid with a brass plaque which is inscribed “1995 SHOT SHOW / AUCTION GUN / JAN. 19-22. 1995 / MARLIN MODEL 1895 SS / CAL. 45/70 GOV’T. / SER. NO. 1895”. CONDITION: New & unfired retaining all of its orig factory finish to both metal & wood. Case is equally new. 51505-2 JRL (10,000-20,000) – Lot 1124

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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

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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1127

VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER COLT MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTNING SLIDE ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 72775. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade carbine with special order 16″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight & reverse mounted carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver has a staple & ring on the left side. Bbl & receiver have British proofs. Mounted with old replacement uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has carbine buttplate and original 2-pc, double Schnable checkered walnut forearm. Receiver & buttplate are nickel finish. Colt produced the medium frame carbine in 2 styles, both with 20″ bbls as standard. The standard carbine weighed approximately 6 lbs 4 oz. and the baby carbine 5 lbs 4 oz. This carbine weighs 5 lbs 11.2 oz. indicating that it probably was produced from standard parts. This configuration was previously unknown to this cataloger. Colt produced the slide action Lightning line as a companion arm for their single action Army revolvers, however the buying public did not readily accept this type of action over the well established lever action. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching except buttstock which is a replacement. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of a fine restored brown finish. Receiver, trigger guard & buttplate retain most of their restored nickel finish. The replacement buttstock retains most of its custom oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 51720-2 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 1127

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1128

FINE COLT LIGHTNING MEDIUM FRAME SLIDE ACTION RIFLE.

SN 89510. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight with German silver blade and Colt semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top flat of bbl has standard markings forward of the rear sight and the caliber marking over the chamber area. Left side of frame has the Rampant Colt trademark. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with single fluted forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. Forearm has carved line borders. The medium frame lightning rifle was Colt’s first production of a slide action firearm and was very high production from 1884-1902. Colt introduced the slide action rifle as a companion to their Single Action Army revolver. The slide action rifles, while reasonably popular simply could not compete with the already well established lever action rifles of that era. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% crisp orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear. Receiver retains 95-96% glossy orig blue showing light sharp edge wear, a few very light scratches and some minor freckling on both sides along with some candy striping. Trigger guard & extension show slight thinning. Top & bottom tangs retain most of their orig blue with some minor thinning. Hammer retains most of its orig, strong case colors. Buttplate retains faded case colors. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Shows little evidence of ever having been fired. 51652-1 JRL (4,000-6,000) – Lot 1128

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1129

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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EXTREMELY RARE ROOSEVELT’S ROUGH RIDER ISSUED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 7464. Cal 45 Colt. Blue finish with 5-1/2″ bbl thinned front sight & 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Ejector housing is 3rd type with bullseye ejector rod head and has the electric pencil 2-digit (64) matching SN on the inside radius. Mounted with a replacement 1-pc walnut grip with spurious number in backstrap channel. Bottom of bbl, under ejector housing has the SN “5758” and the cylinder is numbered “7545”. Trigger guard & backstrap SN’s have been restamped. The front strap, under the grip has a grip locator pin hole and sides of the hammer have been polished bright. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which shows that this revolver was in caliber 45 Colt, bbl length and type of stocks, not listed, blue finish and shipped to the U.S. Government on April 17, 1903 in a 200 gun shipment. The shipping date is consistent with those Cavalry revolvers returned to Colt for refurbishing and alteration into artillery models with 5-1/2″ bbl. Also accompanied by a 2-page letter from renowned Colt historian & author, John Kopec wherein he reports much of the above information. He additionally states that this revolver had initially been issued to Troop “C” of the 5th Cavalry. He further reports that in 1893 many of the original Cavalry revolvers were recalled and subsequently refurbished into artillery configuration and then placed into service during 1898. He continues that this revolver, identified by SN in the U.S. Archives, shows that it was issued on June 20, 1898 to the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry (Rough Riders) and that it was issued to Trooper Charles M. Armstrong of Troop “I”. The chart on page 111 of Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers, A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn discloses the same information about this revolver having been issued to Trooper Armstrong. Very few of identified arms used by the Rough Riders have ever surfaced. This is a rare opportunity to obtain a piece of American history. CONDITION: Good. Bbl & ejector housing retain 93-95% strong restored blue. Frame retains about 90% thin restored blue and the cylinder 88-90% restored blue. Grip frame shows sharp edge wear and retains most of its restored finish. Grip shows moderate to heavy wear and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 51588-1 JRL (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1130

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SCARCE COLT ARTILLERY MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 120478. Cal 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with one-line block letter address. Bottom of the bbl has a double “P” proof and the SN 116523. Frame number is 120478, trigger guard is 136293 and the backstrap is numbered 96060. Cylinder has a partially visible number that appears to be 3–4. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted 1-pc walnut grip with the 4-digits of the SN 3503 in the backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a crisp “CCM” (Lt. Charles C. Morrrison) inspector cartouche under the date “1881” and the early small “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche on the right side. Bottom right edge of grip also has a small “DFC” inspector initials. Bottom of frame is also “DFC” inspected and the trigger guard has the inspector initial “K” with the mystery “G” on the buttstrap. No inspector initials were visible on the cylinder or bbl. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half moon ejector rod head and the base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver, as found, delivered to the U.S. Government at the Colt plant March 8,1887 in a 450 gun shipment. Under remarks, state records also indicate that it was returned to the factory for “cleaning, repairing & remodeling, bbl cut to 5-1/2″ and subsequently reshipped to Commanding Officer Springfield Armory on May 18, 1903”. This revolver was altered too late to have seen service in Cuba, but possibly served in the Philippines or later in an American frontier unit. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & ejector housing retain about 90% factory blue with muzzle end wear and wear on the outer radius of ejector housing. Frame retains about 60% faded case colors and the hammer faded case colors, stronger on rear edge. Cylinder retains about 60-65% factory blue with a heavy cylinder line and various light scratches. Trigger guard & backstrap retain strong factory blue. Grip is sound with a couple of small scratches and retains most of its original oil finish. Screws are crisp and retain most of their orig fire blue. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 51805-2 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1131

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COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 55595. Cal 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, thinned front sight and 1-line script letter address. Bottom of the bbl, under the ejector housing is marked with the SN “8307”. Frame SN is “55595” with “DFC” (David F. Clark) inspector initials. The trigger guard is numbered “4210” with a small “A” (Orville W. Ainsworth) inspector initial and the buttstrap has SN “115329” with the mystery “G” inspector initial. Cylinder has only a small “P” inspector initial otherwise it is completely unmarked, with no SN or inspector initials. Ejector housing is first type with bullseye ejector rod head. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has a faint “OCH” (Lt. Odus C. Horney) cartouche with a faint “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) cartouche on the right side with his initials also on bottom right edge of grip. Right edge of grip also has 3 deep carved notches. This revolver is one of the mixed number revolvers reworked during the 1900-1902 alteration period. Accompanied by a fine tooled belt & right hand holster rig. Belt is 2-1/2″ wide by about 35″ long with sewn-on billets and 34 cartridge loops. The tongue billet has the oval cartouche marked “R.T. FRAZIER / PUEBLO. COLO.” The double loop holster is buck-stitched around the rear edge & toe and has the identical Frazier cartouche on the top loop. Body of the holster & loops are very nicely tooled in foliate patterns. Cartridge loops contain 7 dummy wooden cartridges. Buckle is a cut-corner square nickel plated steel buckle. CONDITION: Fine. Numbers as noted above. Bbl & cylinder retain 88-90% blue turning plummy brown. Frame retains traces of silvered case colors being mostly a dark patina. Trigger guard & backstrap show a dark blue finish. Grip has a sliver missing from the left rear edge otherwise is sound showing moderate to heavy wear and a hand worn patina. Hammer will not hold in safety notch otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. Belt & holster rig retain strong orig finish showing light to moderate wear and most of its orig russet brown finish. 51619-4 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 1132

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COLT CUSTER RANGE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 6442. Cal 45 COLT. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ “stretched” bbl, full front sight & 1-line script letter address with seraphs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Bottom of bbl, under ejector housing is marked with the matching SN and there is a small “A” (Orville W. Ainsworth) inspector initial on the bottom by the base pin. There is also a small “P”. Cylinder, trigger guard & backstrap are all matching numbered to the frame. Loading gate is without assembly number but has matching patina and wear to the frame indicating a period of use replacement. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has a partially legible “OWA” (Ainsworth) cartouche on the left side. Cylinder, trigger guard & backstrap are also marked with small “A” inspector initials. Base pin is original type with dimpled ends. Ejector housing is 1st type with bulls-eye ejector rod head. This revolver is from the first contract with Colt for 8,000 revolvers and is from Lot 6. Revolvers of that lot are known to have been issued to members of Custer’s staff, scouts and Indian scouts along with troopers of Company D under Capt. Benteen and Company I with the Pack Train detail. While it is known that Colt’s of Lot 6 were issued to Custer’s cavalry, revolvers of the same lot were also issued to the 2nd & 3rd cavalry regiments. Given that this revolver had its barrel stretched (extended) from about the 5-1/2″ mark, indicates that it very likely had been returned to the Colt plant for alteration to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ bbl. The table of serial numbers on page 280 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…..a Continuing Study lists SN 6450, only 8 numbers from this revolver as being a cylinder recovered near the Custer battlefield lending credence to the premise that this revolver was also at The Little Big Horn, probably with Capt. Benteen’s troop. Accompanied by a 1998 dated letter on John A. Kopec letterhead over Mr. Kopec’s signature and addressed to David Pierce of British Columbia, Canada wherein Mr. Kopec states that he had originally purchased this revolver in about 1968 from a Mexican fellow for $350.00. At that time the revolver had a cut barrel which Mr. Kopec had extended by a Mr. McMurray of Pittsburgh, Kansas. This revolver is pictured and described on pages 198, 203, 204 & 268 of A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, a copy of which accompanies this revolver. Inside the fly leaf of this book is an inscription to Mr. Pierce dated July 14, 1993 over the signature of Mr. Kopec wherein he states that he purchased it about 1968 and it remained in his personal collection for several years. This revolver was also photographed & referenced on page 10 of the May 1971 magazine The Gun Report in an article by Mr. Kopec. Very few documented cavalry Colt’s associated with Custer and The Battle of the Little Big Horn are known today. CONDITION: Fair to good. No orig finish remains being an overall mottled gray/brown patina with scattered fine pitting around the muzzle, on the frame and grip frame. Cylinder & ejector housing are matching patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 51735-1 JRL (6,000-8,000) – Lot 1133

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EXTREMELY RARE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER IN 44 RIMFIRE.

SN 235. Cal 44RF. Blue and color case hardened 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, 2 patents dates of Sept 19,1871 and July 2, 1872. Left shoulder trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Ejector housing is first type with bullseye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Hammer is color case hardened with riveted rimfire firing pin. Firing pin slot in the frame is rectangular style with a small “C” below the slot. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip that has a small “M” hand carved in the left side. Bottom of the bbl, near the frame is marked with a tiny “44”. Rifling of the bbl is the earlier style with 6 wide lands & grooves. Bottom of the bbl also is marked with a small “C”, another of which is on the rear face of the cyl. The bbl & firing pin slot of the frame of this revolver are pictured on pages 33-34 of the book A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, a copy of which accompanies this revolver. Mr. Kopec’s autograph appears inside the fly leaf. Mr. Kopec used this exact revolver as an all correct rimfire revolver. Accompanied by two Colt Factory letters, The first addressed too Mr Richard Atkinson and dated Sept 8 1971 indicates Cal.44 Rim Fire, Barrel Length, not listed Finish, Blue. Types of stocks, Not Listed. Sold and shipped to, Spies, Kissam & Co, New York N.Y. Date of shipment Feb.8 1876. Guns in shipment 12 and is signed by R.H Wagner. The second letter is dated March 31 2014 indicates Cal. .44 Rimfire, Barrel 7 1/2, Finish, Blue. Type of stocks, Wood. Shipped to Spies Kissam and Company New York N.Y. Shipped February 8 1876. Guns in shipment 12 and was signed by Beverly Hayes. Colt single action Army revolvers in rimfire caliber are some of the most rare of all single actions. The book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia Cochran, reports that there was a total of 1,863 such revolvers manufactured in caliber 44 rimfire in the period 1875-1880. By the time these revolvers reached the market they had already been made obsolete by the center fire cartridge and therefore saw very little acceptance from the buying U.S. public. The vast majority of this production was sold primarily into Mexico and South America where the Henry & Winchester model 1866 arms chambered in 44 rimfire were still popular. Apparently the 7-1/2″ bbl was not well regarded in those area of the world and the majority of those revolvers repatriated to the U.S. have had their bbls shortened and are generally in pitiful condition showing heavy use and little or no maintenance. In the period 1888-1890 Colt converted 107 of the 44 rimfire revolvers and frames to caliber 22 rimfire which was also not a popular product. Extremely few of these big bore rimfire revolvers are encountered today in any condition and one in completely orig configuration with any orig finish is a great rarity. PROVENANCE: Richard Atkinson, Tommy Rholes, Vince Sepulveda Collections. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including bbl and cyl, as noted. Overall the revolver is mostly a light gray metal patina. Bbl retains 15-20% bright orig blue mostly under the ejector housing with scattered spots of fine pitting on the right side toward the muzzle. Frame retains traces of smokey case colors in sheltered areas, stronger on the rear edges of recoil shields with scattered fine flash pitting in the forcing cone area of the frame and on left recoil shield. Cyl retains plummy blue in the flutes with the balance matching condition of the frame & bbl. Ejector housing retains about 30-40% strong orig blue in the top and bottom gullets, strong & bright in the bottom. Trigger guard retains about 20% strong orig blue and the backstrap traces orig blue in sheltered areas. Hammer retains about 75% strong case colors, faded on the top edge. Screws show light use. Grip is sound showing edge wear and light nicks & scratches, retaining 90% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bore with moderate pitting. The accompanying book is crisp & clean. 51546-2 JRL (17,500-25,000) – Lot 1134

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

SN 353118. Cal. 45. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full thick front sight, 2-line address and “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 45” on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with spectacular 2-pc ivory grips with a raised carved ox head on right side. Revolver is engraved by master engraver Wilbur Glahn in his deluxe full coverage flowing foliate arabesque patterns with extremely fine punch dot background. Top of back strap, top of back strap ears & corresponding area of frame are engraved in Mr. Glahn’s trademark “V” patterns. Back strap is full coverage engraved in tulip patterns with acanthus leaf patterns on butt strap & foliate arabesque patterns on trigger guard. Foliate arabesque patterns extend 3/4 of the way up each side of bbl with a snake & dash pattern in ejector rod housing gullet and foliate arabesque patterns on outer radius. Ejector rod housing boss on frame is engraved with a large flower blossom. Cyl has full coverage foliate arabesque pattern engraving around the outer diameter, strikingly offset by the bright nickel flutes. SN was observed in the usual place on bottom of frame and on right sides of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of SN are found on rear face of cylinder. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 45 Colt, 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, rubber stocks, factory engraved in Class “C” coverage, shipped to “Loan Account” Wolf & Klar, Fort Worth, TX on July 15, 1929 to Account #16671/1 in a 1-gun shipment. Under remarks section it states that “This revolver was purchased by Wolf & Klar on Jan. 16, 1931.” The first time this gun came to auction and sold at a California auction house in 2006, revolver was described as showing “beautiful raised relief carved medallion ivory grips with Wolf & Klar accents to the carving consisting of gold steerhorns, nose ring and ruby eyes inset in the right grip; large gold medallions which appear to be “TD” on the left grip. Wolf & Klar were one of the bigger dealers in Colt firearms at this period of time, and this pistol was loaned as a display piece by Colt. The quality of the engraving is excellent and is one of the finest examples of Wilbur Glahn’s work. The initials on the left grip purportedly belong to a Texas oilman who was a regular customer of Wolf & Klar and purchased very ornate Colts and S&Ws of which several are known to old-time collectors. This pistol recently surfaced in Arizona in the hands of an elderly gentleman whose father obtained it in a trade for a horse, along with its fancy tooled S.D. Myers, El Paso marked holster in the 1930’s. One of the best unknown Single Actions to surface in a decade”. Since this gun was sent to Wolf & Klar’s on account in 1929, gold mounted carved grips appear orig from this date and similar are seen on several other special guns in the Wilbur Glahn era. See SN 341995, pgs 564-565 of The Colt Engraving Book – Volume One, R. L. Wilson. Also, of note, is SN 353113, only five SNs different from this gun is also a grade “C” Wilbur Glahn revolver shipped in 1930 with carved ivory steer head grips. This is indeed a stunning Single Action. PROVENANCE: Ex-David Crocker Estate Collection. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cylinder, grips are unnumbered. Has been fired, but very little and retains virtually all of its fine orig factory nickel with possible re-polishing and touch-up on front & back straps which is not detectable. “Elephant ivory” grips are also extremely fine, fit well with good patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 50412-32 (30,000-50,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1136

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1137

*EXTREMELY FINE CUNO HELFRICHT FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH CARVED MEXICAN EAGLE PEARL GRIPS OF PIONEER TEXAS FAMILY.

SN 333587. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with fine 2-pc pearl grips with a large relief carved Mexican eagle on left side. The heel of left grip is chipped with a solid gold well fit apparently contemporary restoration. SN was observed in three places on bottom of revolver with last four digits on rear face of cylinder. Revolver is classically engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about 40% coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. A nearly identically engraved single action is pictured on p. 300 of Colt Engraving, Wilson. Top of back strap, left recoil shield & loading gate are engraved with light sunbursts. Left side of bbl boss on frame & ejector rod housing boss are engraved with hunter stars. Top strap is engraved with snake & dot patterns and the top gullet of ejector rod housing is engraved in a snake pattern. Cyl is engraved with light arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes and has a light snake pattern around rear edge. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found in 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl stocks and factory engraved, shipped to Stauffer, Eshleman & Co., New Orleans, LA, c/o: A.J. Anderson Co., Fort Worth, TX on Aug. 17, 1916 in a 2-gun shipment. Of note, the second gun in this shipment, SN 333530, was sold on these floors as Lot 1289, October 29, 1996 and equally in extremely fine condition. Also accompanied by a copy of a hand written note from previous owner stating that this revolver has never been offered for sale publicly or privately until the previous owner purchased it from the family of the person who had purchased it new. He states that the revolver was initially purchased by a Mr. Atkinson who worked for the railroad in Waco, TX and bequeathed it to his daughter of Gatesville, TX. Her husband’s name was Thomas R. McClellan who was a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral with a long Texas history dating back to Coryell County, TX to at least 1864. A bit of genealogy from this family shows that John Bingham Atkinston obtained his law degree from the University of Texas in 1911. He was later Attorney for McLellan County from 1912 to at least 1916 when this gun was made. Is it possible that this was a wedding gift to County Attorney who would no doubt be prosecuting some dangerous types? A few years later,he became an inspector for the IGNR Railroad in Waco, TX. Atkinson, who was outlived by his father-in-law John Scott Paul, also worked for the Texas & Pacific Railroad at the time this gun was made. The McClellan family were well known in the era of this pistol. James Rufus McClellan, known as “Rufe” was District Attorney and Judge responsible for prosecutions including one of the 1914 murder trial of Texas hit man and psychopath Felix Jones. The jury was initially deadlocked and he was released and on the street in 1916 when this gun was purchased. Jones was not nailed on another murder case until 1918. Once newspaper account concerning Felix Jones states “would have killed his mother for a dime”. In 1920, McClellan became a District Judge with a tough reputation of upholding the law. At one point he ordered the destruction of $200 worth of booze during Prohibition that would hardly endear him to the local populace. As a judge, he presided over murder trials including the 1922 trial of a drill master at a local reform school with essentially running a kid to death. This District Attorney and Judge needed protection. PROVENANCE: Atkinson/McClellan Family of Waco and Gatesville, Texas. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except 2-pc grips which are numbered internally (#354) and appear to be Colt, though probably were added by the owner in Texas as grips lack the medallion seen on factory guns of this date. Grips do fit quite well and the gold restoration to one toe is extremely well executed and unique. Overall retains about 95-96% strong orig nickel finish with light holster wear on left side of bbl and left edge of muzzle with some light wear on front sight, otherwise shows little evidence of having been fired. It will not hold at half-cock and safety notch missing. Bright shiny well defined bore. 50412-39 (25,000-35,000) C&R – Lot 1137

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1138

*BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY FINE WILBUR GLAHN FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH CARVED “STEER HEAD” MOTHER-OF-PEARL GRIPS SHIPPED TO FORT WORTH, TEXAS.

SN 349801. Cal. 45. Colt Single Action Army with 5-1/2″ bbl, orig thick front sight and 1-line block letter address. Frame has rampant Colt without circle & 2-line patent dates. SN is marked properly on right side of front & back straps under grip. Fitted with beautiful pearl grips with relief carved steer head with ruby eyes on right side. Frame, cyl, bbl and backstrap have factory engraving by Colt master Wilbur A. Glahn, consisting of about 50% coverage of foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Cyl has patterns between flutes and a wavy border near back edge. Top of backstrap has Glahn’s characteristic ‘V’ shaped design with an arabesque pattern in center of backstrap. It has arabesque design on bottom of heel with light patterns around trigger guard and front trigger guard screw. According to accompanying Colt factory letter, gun shipped January 12, 1927, Order No. 12291/1, sgl gun shipment to Wolf & Klar, Ft. Worth, TX, factory engraved, nickel, 5-1/2″ in 45 Cal. Letter also states shipped with rubber grips, no doubt the deluxe mother-of-pearls are Wolf & Klar products as seen on other Single Actions they sold. Nearly identical examples of Glahns level “B” engraving such as this can be seen on pgs 571-574 of The Colt Engraving Book – Volume Two, R. L. Wilson. This is a magnificent gun with a stunning pair of carved mother-of-pearl grips. CONDITION: Extremely fine to extremely fine, retaining virtually all of its orig nickel, with reductions around edges of backstrap with pitting on those edges. Light holster wear on left side of muzzle. Grips fit well, however there is a 8″ sliver at right inside toe that is missing and has been polished smooth. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp, clean bore. 50412-33 (25,000-40,000) C&R – Lot 1138

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1139

FINE BLACK POWDER ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER INSCRIBED TO MEXICAN PRESIDENT PORFIRIO DIAZ.

SN 23524. Cal 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 4-3/4″ bbl that appears to have been shortened, with relocated full front sight. Top of the bbl has 1-line block letter address and left side of frame has 2-line 2-Patent dates. Ejector housing is second type with bullseye ejector rod head. Mounted with 2-pc pearl grips that have raised carved Mexican eagle on the left side with major repairs & reinforcements on the insides. Revolver is very nicely engraved by L.D.Nimschke with about “C” coverage consisting of foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background. Sides of the bbl boss have crosshatch engraving and top of backstrap has Mr. Nimschke’s typical flower blossom. Backstrap is engraved with a double border leaving a large panel poorly engraved by another hand “PORFIRIO DIAZ”. Buttstrap is engraved in geometric patterns & the trigger bow with a hunters star. Top of the bbl is engraved with chip & dot borders surrounding the bbl address. The relocated front sight was installed through the front end of the engraving. Ejector housing is engraved in geometric and foliate patterns and the cylinder with foliate arabesque patterns on lands between flutes with a narrow border at the rear edge. Bbl has last 4 digits of matching SN under the ejector housing and also on the cylinder. SN’s on the frame & trigger guard appear to have been restamped. Grips are old replacements as they have locator pin holes whereas the trigger guard does not have a locator pin or hole for one. Complete with Colt Factory Letter with the following details.Serial number 23524, Cal. 45/c ,Barrel length not listed , Finish blue , Types of stocks not listed. Shipped to Spies, Kissam and Company New York New York . Date March 31 1876. CONDITION: Fair, all matching as noted above. Traces of orig nickel remain in the most sheltered areas primarily around and under the ejector housing with the balance of the metal a cleaned gray patina. Left side of bbl & recoil shield have moderate pitting. One land on the cylinder is correspondingly pitted. Grips have large chips at the frame & heels with a repaired break in the right side also with a missing chip. Hammer will not hold in the safety notch otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. 51605-2 JRL (5,000-8,000) – Lot 1139

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1140

*RARE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY SHERIFF’S MODEL WITH TEXAS HISTORY.

SN 305412. Cal 45. This fine Colt Single Action Army has factory letter stating its rare configuration as Sheriff’s Model. Shipped September 28, 1910 to H. L. Dyer (address not listed), though sold to Hibbard, Spencer Bartlett Co, Chicago. Cal is listed as 45 with 4″ bbl, blue finish. H. L. Dyer was a hardware dealer in Richmond, Ft. Bend County, TX. Gun appears fine and “as found”. All orig with matching SNs found on frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Last 4 digits of SN are also found inside each of the orig hard rubber Colt medallion grips. This is a rare found fine example of a Colt Single Action Sheriff’s Model with factory letter. PROVENANCE: Ex-Bruce Bartlett. CONDITION: Fine overall. Bbl and cyl retain 40-50% thinning bright blue finish. Backstrap and trigger guard retain about 20% thinning blue finish. Traces of case color are found on frame and hammer, thought mostly grey with pinprick pitting on right side. Grips are in fine matching condition, well fit with left side losing some of its color to a dark olive/brown. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp bright bore and cyl chambers which still retain blue finish. 50412-31 (20,000-40,000) C&R – Lot 1140

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1141

RARE CASED COLT BISLEY FLATTOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 160865. Cal 455 ELEY. Rare Bisley with 7-1/2″ bbl, square base target front sight and V-notch rear sight in a dovetail in the top strap. Bbl has 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in the circle. Bottom of bbl and in the cyl flutes have tiny British proofs. Mounted with extremely rare smooth 2-pc walnut grips with last 4-digits of matching SN inside each grip. Accompanied by a rare English oak, red felt lined casing with brass medallion in the lid and Colt’s Pall Mall label inside the lid. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a cartridge block an ebony handled turnscrew and an ebony & brass cleaning rod. Right rear compartment contains a Dixon pewter oil bottle with 2 cleaning jags. There were only about 44,350 of the Bisley revolvers produced 1894-1915 of which only 976 were target models and of those only 180 were in caliber 455 Eley. The bbl on this revolver is without the marking “(BISLEY MODEL)”. From A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham Kopec & Moore: “The new Target Model’s outstanding performance at England’s famous target shooing matches held at Bisley Common, prompted Colt’s management to redesignate their ‘Special Target’ revolvers as the ‘Bisley Model Target’.” After serial range 161,000 most target models are encountered with bbl markings “(BISLEY MODEL)”. Again according to referenced publication they cite the lack of the Bisley marking between SNs 156,300-160,900 which encompasses our revolver. Another virtually identical Bisley flat top target SN 161396 with identical smooth walnut grips was sold by Julia’s in October 2014. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cylinder & grips. Overall retains about 97-98% glossy orig factory blue with some very minor scattered spots of surface discoloration on the frame & cylinder. Cylinder has a faint line but shows no evidence of ever having been fired. Hammer retains most of its bright fire blue on the edges with bright polish on the sides. The checkered trigger retains about 75% crisp fire blue showing wear on the left top side. Grips are sound with a couple of very minor nicks in the finish and retain virtually all of their factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is equally new. 51687-1 JRL (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1141

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1142

*VERY RARE COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER IN .32 COLT.

SN 185427. Cal. 32 Colt. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl. Target front sight with German silver blade and U-notch rear sight in top strap. Bbl has one line block letter address with the left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 32 COLT.” Left side of frame has the 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with checkered Rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have last four digits of matching SN inside each grip. Accompanied by Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 32 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, and shipped to D. W. Stoddard, address unavailable on June 7, 1899 in a 1-gun shipment. According to the Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only 24 of these rare revolvers made in this caliber out of the 976 Bisley Target Revolvers produced 1894-1912. This revolver is additionally rare in not having English proofs. The vast majority of all Bisley Flat Top Target Revolvers were sold on the English market. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except cylinder which is currently un-numbered. Bbl retains 87-90% glossy orig blue with scattered spots of rust and a couple of small cleaned areas. Ejector housing retains about 60-65% orig blue, mostly in the gullets, showing moderate pitting on the outer radius. Frame retains about 90% orig blue showing sharp edge wear and wear to the recoil shield & loading gate. Front & backstraps and trigger bow are a grey patina. Cylinder retains thin blue on the outer diameter with strong blue in the flutes. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides and rear edge. Screws retain most of orig fire blue. Left grip has a chip by toe, otherwise grips are sound showing light diamond point wear and turning slightly chocolate. Hammer is not solid in safety or half-cock notches. Otherwise, mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 51765-1 (10,000-15,000) C&R – Lot 1142

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1143

*ENGRAVED COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH BELT AND HOLSTER.

SN 193124. Cal 38 WCF (38-40). Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2 line address, marked on left side “(BISLEY MODEL) 38 W.C.F.”. Left side of frame has 2 line 3 Patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 2-pc pearl grips with raised carved spread-winged eagle on left side. Engraving appears to be factory from the Cuno Helfricht shop. Engraving consists of about C coverage foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background and Mr. Helfricht’s trademark sunbursts on the recoil shield & loading gate. Top of the backstrap, around the hammer slot is engraved in his trademark fan pattern with geometric patterns down the backstrap, on the buttstrap & trigger bow. Matching patterns to the frame extend up both sides of the bbl and around the address. Top strap has leaf & vine patterns with a snake pattern in top gullet of ejector housing. Cylinder is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s trademark alternating patterns on the lands between the flutes. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 44 with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stocks not listed, factory engraved and shipped to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. Chicago, IL February 22, 1900 in a one gun shipment. Also accompanied by an unmarked money/cartridge belt that is 34″ with a replaced tongue billet which has extended the length by about 3″. Belt is made of 2 pieces of fine russet brown leather, 2-5/8″ wide with tooled patterns and 41 sewn-on cartridge loops, Buckle billet is originally sewn on with a single rivet with a brass D-ring buckle. The belt is mounted with a fine, fully tooled double loop, left hand holster marked on the inside of the skirt “T.W. MCDONALD / LEAD, SO. DAK.”. This rare rig being left-handed with a left hand pearl grip leads one to believe that it is an orig set. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran there were fewer than 60 Bisley revolvers factory engraved of which, at the time of the printing only 54 were known. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains about 98-99% restored nickel finish with only slight muzzle edge wear on the left side and tip of the ejector housing. There is a small area of pitting under the finish on the cylinder. Grip has a small chip at the frame on the left side and a couple other tiny chips, otherwise is sound showing great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, strong, sharp bore with fine pitting. Belt has a somewhat crackled surface with one broken cartridge loop. Holster shows moderate to heavy wear on the loops & toe and shows a somewhat worn dark patina. Altogether a fine rig. 51619-2 JRL (15,000-25,000) C&R – Lot 1143

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1144

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER IN A RARE CALIBER.

SN 185460. Cal 38 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are un-numbered but fit well and may be original to this revolver. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran there were 2,376 single actions produced in this caliber out of the 357,859 revolvers built 1873-1940 which makes this a very rare caliber in this model. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 38 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to The Colt Agency in San Francisco, CA, May 3, 1899 in a 1 gun shipment. Given the rather puny caliber it is unusual to find a large revolver so chambered. It likely was intended as a target pistol or possibly for a lady or youngster. CONDITION: Very fine as probably restored by Tommy Haas, all matching except grips,as noted. Cylinder is also un-numbered. Bbl & ejector housing retain about 98% glossy factory style blue with some light scratches on outer radius of ejector housing. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their case colors, lightly faded. Cylinder retains 93-95% glossy factory style blue with a couple small areas of flaking and a very light cylinder line. Backstrap retains about 90-92% strong blue with a few light scratches and wear at the heel. Front strap & trigger guard retain about 95-96% strong blue. Grips show very light diamond point wear with the left side turning slightly chocolate. Hammer is not solid in the safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with light pitting. Screws are crisp and retain most of their fire blue. 51805-3 (6,000-9,000) C&R – Lot 1144

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1145

FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER THAT BELONGED TO THE LONE RANGER ACTOR JOHN HART.

SN 170683. Cal 45 COLT. Usual configuration with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with old replacement 2-pc bone grips. This revolver was the property of the prolific movie actor John Hart who portrayed the character of The Lone Ranger on television for 2 years, 1952-1953, starring in 52 episodes of that series replacing the original Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore. John Hart’s acting career began in 1938 with a role in the movie The Buccaneer and other “B” movies. World War II interrupted his career as an actor, after which, in 1947 he had the title role in the movie serial Jack Armstrong. He stayed with the movie industry until his 2 year stint as the Lone Ranger after which he costarred with Lon Chaney Jr. in the TV show Hawkeye and then The Last of the Mohicans. He also starred in other programs including Skyking, Rawhide, Sgt. Preston and even had a role in the very famous night time series Dallas. In 1981 he resumed his role as the Lone Ranger in the theatrical production Legend of The Lone Ranger. He also had supporting roles in The Ten Commandments and Viva Las Vegas. He also worked behind the scenes in numerous other productions for television. He is quoted as stating “I had big parts in lousy movies and lousy parts in big movies. I never made a lot of money, but it sure was fun”. He has a star on the Hollywood Sidewalk of Fame and in June 2001 the U.S. House of Representatives paid tribute to him with an entry into the Congressional record titled Who was that Masked Man? which included Mr. Hart’s biography, mentioning that he had appeared in over 300 TV shows and movies along with a lengthy resume of behind the camera work. Accompanied by an undated handwritten letter addressed to the late Ron Bullock over the signature of John Hart / The Lone Ranger, wherein he states that this revolver, identified by serial number was his personal gun for many years. There is another undated letter addressed to Bill Shugars over the signature of John Hart wherein he again identifies this revolver and gives a history of how he acquired it. He states that he bought it from one of the old cowboys but couldn’t remember from whom. He states that its likely this revolver appears in several westerns. Also accompanied by an autographed photo of John Hart as the Lone Ranger in costume with his horse Silver with the inscription “To Bill Shugars. / Colt. SAA #170683 / Is a great old gun. / Enjoy it as I have.” over the signature of Mr. Hart. All of the signatures are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity of Mr. Hart’s autograph by his agent Mick LaFever CONDITION: Very good. No orig finish remains being an overall cleaned gray metal patina with fine pitting around the muzzle, on the front sight & outer radius of ejector housing. Frame is matching patina with fine pin-pricks of pitting around the forcing cone area and on loading gate. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are matching patina as is the cylinder. Grips are sound showing heavy wear but no abuse. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Worn dark bore with moderate to heavy pitting as expected from movie blanks. 51697-1 JRL (8,500-12,500) – Lot 1145

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1146

*EXTREMELY FINE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 316046. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue and color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address with “38 W.C.F.” on left side. Left side frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in circle. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have last 4 digits of SN scratched inside each grip. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying revolver as: .38/40 cal, 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, shipped to Witte Hardware Company, St. Louis MO on January 10, 1911, with 2 guns in this shipment. PROVENANCE: Ex-Tony Smith; Ex-Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except cyl which is unnumbered but undoubtedly orig to revolver. Bbl and ejector rod housing retain about 96% glossy orig blue with only slight muzzle edge wear. Frame and hammer retain virtually all of their lightly faded orig case colors with staining on left side of frame, thin on top strap. Cylinder retains about 95% orig blue with light drag line. Grips are sound with light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 50412-27 (7,500-9,500) C&R – Lot 1146

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1147

*EXTREMELY FINE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH IVORY GRIPS.

SN 352218. Cal. 38. 5-1/2″ bbl with single line address “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .38 SPECIAL” on left side. Frame is marked on left side with 2-line patents with rampant Colt. Matching SNs found on frame, backstrap and trigger guard. 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: Gun shows little use with light muzzle wear on left side. Retains virtually all of its orig blue on bbl and ejector housing. Cyl retains 98% blue with drag line and edge wear. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 97% blue with wear on backstrap. Frame, hammer and trigger retain most of their case colors with recoil shields a silver/grey. 2-pc custom, smooth “elephant ivory” grips appear orig from time of use of gun, though not factory manufactured and a slimmer cut, ivory patina with craquelure on butt. Mechanically fine with crisp shiny bore. 50412-35 (7,500-9,500) C&R; ESA – Lot 1147

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1148

*RARE 357 MAGNUM PRE-WAR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 356955. Cal. 357 Magnum. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, very slightly trimmed orig front sight with 1-line block letter address & left side of bbl roll marked “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .357”. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with rampant Colt and mounted with Colt factory silver medallion, smooth ivory grips. Rear face of cylinder, between two chambers, has last two digits of serial number and front face of cylinder has a small star. Serial number was also observed on right side of front & back straps, under grip. Inside left grip is pencil number “46” & grease pencil name “LG BROWN”. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter with limited information which only states that this revolver was manufactured Aug. 28, 1939 and sent to shipping room Aug. 30, 1939 and that it was furnished in 357 Magnum caliber. There were no other details. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only 525 of these rare pre-WWII revolvers were ever made in this caliber. 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 plus, all matching. Overall retains 99%+ orig finish with glossy bright blue & vivid case colors with only very, very slight muzzle edge wear & some minor drag scratches on cylinder. Grips are also matching exceptionally fine condition with ivory patina. Two small cut notches are found on inner toes of each grip. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 51785-1 JS (6,000-8,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1148

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1149

*FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 346923. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight & 2-line address with Cal. marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt without circle. SN is found on the frame and right sides of the front and backstraps under the grip. Rear face of cyl is marked with last 2 digits of matching SN. Mounted with Colt Silver Medallion factory 2-pc, smooth ivory grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, ivory grips and sold to Costephens Hardware Co., shipped to Simmons Hardware Co, St. Louis, MO on Sept 24, 1925, factory order #10422/1 in a 1-gun shipment. Many of the sidearms of this era saw very hard use especially in the Western part of the United States and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Ex-Brad Shepard 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: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including cyl, grips are unnumbered. Overall retains 97-98% strong orig nickel with only very light holster wear on left side of muzzle and tip of ejector tube. Grips have a few age lines and a chip/piece missing from left grip bottom, otherwise are sound with a wonderful, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 50902-1 (5,000-8,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1149

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1150

*CUSTOM BUILT AND ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER IN AN UNUSUAL CALIBER.

SN SA61860. Cal 9 MM. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight, 1-line block letter address with model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and the Rampant Colt trademark. Serial number was observed on bottom of frame and right side of front & backstraps under the grip. Mounted with factory orig silver medallion smooth ivory grips. Revolver is lightly engraved on the cylinder & bbl in very detailed foliate arabesque patterns with very fine pearled background. Frame is not engraved. All of the screws, hammer, trigger, base pin & ejector rod head are brilliant fire blued. Accompanied by a handwritten letter on Colt stationery dated January 11, 2017 over the signature of “Don Cox” wherein he states that he built this gun from parts of a 44 caliber revolver and the bbl, cylinder, grips & ejector rod tube purchased at a gun show. He states that he had the late Howard Dove do the engraving and finishing as well as fitting the grips. He states that he did the assembly and “rework” on the bbl & cylinder. Don Cox was a Custom Gunsmith for Colt at the plant for many years. 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. Overall retains virtually 100% of its fine custom nickel & fire blue finish. Grips are equally fine with a mellow ivory patina. Revolver appears to be new & unfired. 51720-1 JRL (7,500-9,500) ESA – Lot 1150

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1151

RARE J S COLLINS, CHEYENNE, WYOMING SINGLE ACTION HOLSTER AND MONEY BELT.

This late 19th Century single loop money belt and double loop holster for 4-3/4″ Colt Single Action Army is a most desirable and scarce set of Western cowboy leather, especially in such fine condition. Belt tongue is marked in oval cartouche “J.S.COLLINS & CO / CHEYENNE, WYO. ” The holster is marked with the well known J.S. Collins logo in shield. Top loop of holster marked “45 C” of course for 45 Cal. PROVENANCE: Ex-Jay Lyndes Collection; Ex-Bruce Bartlett. CONDITION: Very good overall. Belt has some new stitched reinforcement unaffecting esthetics. Honest wear and staining where cartridges were stored and pistol rested in holster. Some cracking and crazing to holster body as can be seen in photos. 50412-86 (2,500-4,000) – Lot 1151

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1152

FINE R T FRAZIER, PUEBLO, COLORADO MONEY BELT AND TOOLED HOLSTER FOR 7-1/2″ COLT SAA.

This is a very fine tooled Frazier holster made for 7-1/2″ 44-45 Cal. Single Action Army with matching single loop money belt. Both holster and belt are marked with identical cartouches “R. T. FRAZIER / PUEBLO – COLO.” Body of belt is light dyed leather, holster, billet and tongue are matching brown polished leather. This is a fine well marked and unusual contrasting cowboy era belt and holster. CONDITION: Very good and sound overall. Some staining and scuffing to bullet loops. Light fold below second loop. Two strands of stitching on holster are broken. 50412-88 (2,500-4,000) – Lot 1152

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1153

J A JANKOVSKY, CHEYENNE, WY TOOLED MONEY BELT AND HOLSTER.

Jankovsky was an early to mid-20th Century saddler in Cheyenne, WY. Single loop holster is marked twice “J A JANKOVSKY” in long oval cartouche. Money belt is single loop (44-45 Cal.) and marked likewise, once on tongue and once on bolster. Holster and belt have matching pressed designs and both dyed black. CONDITION: Very good overall. Crazing and cracking to tongue of belt at edges of loop on holster and edges 50412-92 (1,000-1,500) – Lot 1153

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1154

FINE TOOLED HOLSTER WITH ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI MARKED MONEY BELT.

Fine, chamois lined, florally tooled holster for 4-3/4″ Single Action Army revolver is fitted on single loop 38 Cal. “WYETH / HDW & MFG CO / ST JOSEPH MO”. manufacturer marked money belt. Wyeth was in business from the 1840’s, this mark appears to be Circa 1920. CONDITION: Very good overall. Sound and solid, some scuffing to high areas of decoration on holster, additional cut made for slot on money belt just forward of billet. 50412-93 (1,000-1,500) – Lot 1154

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1155

LATE 19TH CENTURY S C GALLUP, PUEBLO, COLORADO MADE SAA COLT HOLSTER AND MONEY BELT.

S. C. Gallup moved to Pueblo in 1880 and was in business for about 20 years. This double loop holster and single loop money belt are both marked with oval cartouche “S.C. GALLUP SADL CO / PUEBLO”. Belt and holster show honest wear, but are both quite sound and attractive. Belt and holster are fitted for a 38 Cal. 4-3/4″ Single Action Army revolver. CONDITION: Holster very good overall, with light wrinkling and crazing at top. Soiling from where pistol sat. Tongue has cracking, there are weak areas with added sewing at belt where tongue is inserted, though overall still sturdy. 50412-85 (800-1,500) – Lot 1155

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1156

SCARCE HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1877 THUNDERER DA REVOLVER.

SN 73723. Cal 41 COLT. Nickel finish with 5″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has the 3-line patent dates. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips with last 3-digits of matching serial number to this revolver on the inside. Rear face of cylinder also has last 3-digits of matching SN. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Cuno Helfricht in his typical patterns of flowing foliate arabesque scrolls that have fine pearled background. Left recoil shield & loading gate are engraved with this traditional sunburst or flower blossom patterns. Top strap is engraved in snake & dot patterns. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend 3/4 up each side of the bbl with geometric patterns around the address. Top gullet of the ejector housing is engraved in snake & dot patterns with a simple vine pattern on the outer radius. Sides of the trigger guard are engraved with snake & dot patterns. Cylinder is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s trademark alternating patterns on lands between flutes with a snake & dot pattern around the rear edge. Top of the backstrap is engraved in a simple X-pattern with geometric patterns on the backstrap & trigger guard. Altogether a fine factory engraved Colt Thunderer. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 41 Colt with 5″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl stocks & factory engraved. Shipped to Ketlesen & Degatau, El Paso, TX on December 30, 1889 in a 15 gun shipment. Also accompanied by a tan leather single loop mail-order holster with pressed decorations and a Cheyenne plug. Very few of these revolvers survive today and of those extremely few are engraved. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including cylinder & grips. Bbl retains 88-90% strong orig nickel with losses around the muzzle and some fine pitting on left side of muzzle. Frame retains about 98% crisp orig nickel and the cylinder about 90%. Backstrap has some loose nickel & corrosion at the top and on the backstrap with a few small flakes on the trigger bow. Hammer is bright polished on the sides and retains most of its fire blue on the edges. Trigger retains most of its orig fire blue, thin on the front face. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue. Grips are crisp showing great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pin-prick pitting. Holster shows moderate wear and retains about 75% orig finish. 51732-6 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1156

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1157

RARE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1877 THUNDERER DA REVOLVER THAT BELONGED TO NEW MEXICO AND EL PASO TEXAS BUSINESSMAN AND POLITICIAN FELIX MARTINEZ.

SN 99319. Cal 41 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address and marked on left side “COLT. D.A. 41”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates & the Rampant Colt logo in a circle. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Cuno Helfricht with deluxe coverage of about 75-80% of the surface. Engraving consists of flowing foliate arabesque patterns that have fine pearled background. Recoil shield & loading gate have Mr. Helfricht’s trademark sunburst patterns. Top of the backstrap is engraved in an elaborate fan pattern with geometric patterns down the backstrap, on the trigger bow & trigger guard. Top strap is engraved in feather patterns with snake & dot edges. Top of the bbl is engraved, full length with geometric & snake & dot patterns. Ejector housing is engraved full length on the outer radius with snake & dot patterns and a flower blossom in the center with additional snake & dot pattern in the top gullet. Cylinder is engraved in Mr. Helfricht’s traditional alternating patterns on the lands between the flutes with geometric patterns toward the rear and snake & dot patterns around the rear edge. There are corresponding snake & dot patterns on the front edges of the recoil shield & loading gate. This is one of the most elaborately engraved Model 1877 revolvers ever examined by this cataloger. According to consignor’s family legend this revolver was the property of his great grandfather, Felix Martinez (March 1857-March 1916).El Palacio, the history magazineof New Mexico, in a feature article described him as “the most prominent Hispanic of his time”. Mr. Martinez was born in Taos County New Mexico and received his education in New Mexico. In 1876 Mr. Martinez was employed in a store in Colorado, later becoming part owner of a mercantile business there. In 1879 he moved to Las Vegas New Mexico where he opened his own mercantile business and bought & sold cattle, all at about the same time that the Santa Fe Railway reached that point. He sold out in 1886 and was elected Territorial Representative in 1888. In 1890 he purchased a Santa Fe newspaper and moved it to Las Vegas. Mr. Martinez became more involved in politics and in 1893 was appointed clerk of the U.S. Territorial Court for the fourth district of New Mexico. In 1897 he moved with his family to El Paso, TX where he owned and published a newspaper from 1899-1909, founded a Realty company, organized the Portland Cement Co. there and a small railroad that serviced the El Paso area. He continued involvement in politics serving on the Board of Directors for several banks and was instrumental in the construction of the Elephant Butte Dam in New Mexico, at that time the world’s largest irrigation project. Mr. Martinez served as liaison & advisor for the 1909 meeting between Presidents Porfirio Diaz & William Howard Taft. In April 1911 Mr. Martinez acted as an intermediary to prevent Francisco Madero’s revolutionary forces from sacking Cuidad Juarez. He was successful but only temporarily as a month later General Pancho Villa attacked Juarez and executed those he considered to be enemies. In 1912 when New Mexico was to become a state Mr. Martinez ran as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, but was finally defeated on the 8th ballot. In 1913 Mr. Martinez was appointed President of the Panama-Pacific Commission and along with other dignitaries toured much of South America and in 1915 participated in the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Mr. Martinez died on March 22, 1916 after a bout of pneumonia. He is buried on his ranch in New Mexico near the Colorado line.He has been the subject of feature articles in The Password, the publication of the El Paso Historical Society; and is the subject of an exhibit in the El Paso History Museum.With Colt Factory letter documenting serial number 99319 Cal, 41/c Barrel length illegible finish nickel stocks Pearl Factory engraved Yes , Sold to Ketelson & Degeau El Paso Texas Shipped to E.Alvarez Mexico City Mexico Jan 18 1895 in a 2 gun shppment. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Overall retains about 99& crisp orig nickel finish. Screw heads retain most of their orig bright fire blue. Hammer has polished sides with bright fire blue rear edge. Trigger retains about 60% bright fire blue. Left grip has a small chip at the frame and a couple of age lines in the right grip, otherwise the grips are sound showing great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to have been fired, probably no more than one cylinder load. 51595-1 JRL (7,500-15,000) – Lot 1157

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1158

*UNUSUAL CUSTOM COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 298226. Cal 22. All blue finish with 3″ bbl, replaced front sight with hand engraved “COLT” on top. Grip frame has been altered to bird head shape and is mounted with 2-pc carved wood grips. Cylinder has been sleeved from what appears to be about 38 Special or possible 32-20 and the hammer nose has had a rnd firing pin installed with the frame altered to accommodate the rimfire firing pin. Revolver is amateurishly engraved in foliate patterns with cross-hatching on sides of the bbl and a fan pattern at top of backstrap. Backstrap is engraved in a series of connected circles. Front strap is stippled and trigger bow is engraved with sun pattern. Recoil shield & loading gate are engraved in fan patterns and front sides of the frame have deep punch marks. Cylinder is engraved to match with a snake & dot pattern around rear edge. Base pin is first type with dimpled ends and screw heads are engraved. All together a most unusual revolver. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains about 98% custom blue finish. Trigger is pitted. Grips are sound showing light to moderate wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 51505-6 JRL (1,500-2,500) C&R – Lot 1158

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1159

RARE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT #3 THUER SINGLE SHOT DERRINGER PISTOL.

SN 8577. Cal 41 RF. Standard model with nickel finish and 2-1/2″ rnd bbl that has half moon front sight and a large “COLT” engraved on top. Pistol is beautifully engraved by master engraver L.D. Nimschke with about 75-80% coverage exquisite foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled & shaded background. Left side of the bbl, over the chamber area is engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s mythical dogs head. Outside of the ejector tube is engraved in very fine detailed leaf patterns. Each side of the frame, by the hammer slot is engraved with a fan pattern which is also found at top of backstrap. Buttstrap & bottom of frame are engraved to match. Mounted with most unusual full checkered 2-pc ivory grips. This little pistol has a long history dating back to 1981 with a sale at Christie’s and later Butterfield’s in 1999. While the #3 Derringer is not uncommon such fine engraved specimens are extremely hard to find. These little pistols were produced in fairly large numbers 1870-1912 and were extremely popular with ladies as muff pistols and gentlemen and gamblers for vest pocket pistols. Few survive today with orig finish. 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 plus. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory nickel. Hammer & trigger retain strong case colors. Grips are sound with a golden ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 51732-5 (8,000-12,000) ESA – Lot 1159

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1160

SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT #3 THUER SINGLE SHOT DERRINGER.

SN 285. Cal 41 RF Short. Nickel finish with 2-1/2″ rnd bbl, half moon front sight and large “COLT” on top. Mounted with 2-pc birdhead walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. Pistol is engraved by L.D. Nimschke with about 70% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background. Front sides of the frame are engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s feather patterns and the backstrap & buttstrap in his typical geometric patterns. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Overall retains most of its orig nickel somewhat thin on rear sides of the frame. Grips show moderate/heavy high point wear and retain about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, dark bore with heavy pitting. 51785-2 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 1160

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1161

SCARCE CASED PAIR OF COLT NO. 2 DERRINGER PISTOLS.

SN 2551/4706. Cal 41 RF. Nickel finish with usual 2-1/2″ ovoid shaped bbls, half moon front sights with rear sight notches in the hammer spurs. Both are mounted with bird head checkered walnut grips matching numbered to their respective pistols. Both pistols have tiny British proofs on bottoms of bbls and have standard markings on top flats. Accompanied by a beautiful blue velvet lined, burl walnut casing, compartmented for the pistols with a covered compartment in left rear & right front corners. Cased pairs of these little derringers are very rare. CONDITION: Pistols are nearly identical, retaining most of their strong orig nickel with some losses around muzzle and bottom of bbl of #2551; #4706 has some light pimpling on the frame; screw heads retain most of their orig blue with dark case colors on hammers. Left grip on #4706 has a hairline crack by the escutcheon, otherwise grips are all sound showing sharp edge wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bores with moderate pitting. Case has a few minor nicks & scratches, otherwise is extremely fine retaining most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled. 51688-5 JRL (5,500-7,500) – Lot 1161

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1162

SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED COLT OPEN TOP SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

SN 71109. Cal. 22 Short. Silver & nickel finish with 2-3/8″ rnd bbl, half moon front sight with 2-line bbl address, silver plated brass frame with 7-shot cylinder and fitted with, what appear to be, smooth, factory, birds head ivory grips. Engraving is in New York style consisting of large flower blossoms & leaves on each side of frame with geometric designs at top of back strap & down each side of bbl. Accompanied by a fine red velvet lined walnut box that is possibly an orig Colt box that has been relined. Bottom is compartmentalized for revolver, a full orig box of Winchester smokeless cartridges, a small turn screw & orig functioning key. 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: Fine, all matching, bbl retains about 90% strong orig nickel with cylinder bright polished metal with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Frame retains traces of silver plating in engraving & under grips. Grips are well fit with ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few spots of light pitting. Box is fine with a few light nicks & stains. Interior is lightly soiled. Ammunition & accessories are fine. 51785-3 (3,000-5,000) ESA – Lot 1162

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1163

RARE AND FINE PAIR OF MASSACHUSETTS SURCHARGED MARTIAL COLT DRAGOON 2ND MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVERS.

SN 10482/10549. SN 10432/10549. Cal. 44. Rare pair of 2nd model Dragoons made in 1851, standard configuration blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, nickel silver front sights and one-line New York addresses. Trigger guard behind SN is stamped “MS” for Massachusetts. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” The square back brass trigger guard & backstrap contain an oil finished 1-pc walnut grip with clear, faint inspector cartouches and almost every part on the revolver has tiny inspector initials. Cylinder has the Ormsby Dragoon-Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. There were only about 1,000 of these guns produced under government contract, 1850-1851. The 2nd Model Dragoon was the lowest production of all the Dragoon models and of that limited production, only a few hundred were issued to the Massachusetts militia. There is currently in Smithsonian SN 10603 which was one of a pair carried by Ben Butler when he was in the Mass Militia, later Civil War general and governor of Massachusetts. These are a fine matching pair, tight, complete, well functioning examples with especially nice cylinder scenes and crisp markings. PROVENANCE: Ex-Robert Howard Collection, lot 2013, Butterfield and Butterfield, March 26, 1991. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all finish has been polished away as was done by early collectors in “European style”, all matching serial numbers including bbl, frame, trigger guard, buttstrap, loading arm, cylinder, wedge and grip. Iron is overall gray/bright, crisp markings, cylinder has matching patina with well discerned rolled scene. Cylinder scene is mostly discernible, 90%+ with areas of staining and pitting. Trigger guard & backstrap exhibit light brass patina with minor cosmetic blemishes and old polish. Grips are sound and well fit, showing edge wear, hand worn patina and scattered dings and dents, 10432 has large chips at toes as seen in photos. Mechanically gun functions well with well defined bright crisp rifling, Eacg left grip has “X” stamped just above vestige of cartouches and internally each grip is stamped with “AME” monogram of unknown origin. 51671-2 JS (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1163

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1164

FINE MARTIAL COLT THIRD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 13669. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York address. Front sight has been trimmed and 3-leaf rear sight has been dovetailed and fitted into back of bbl. Left side of the frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” over “US”. Trigger guard is fitted with sling swivel just in front of trigger guard and backstrap has rectangular cutout for detachable stock. Cylinder is usual 6 shots with excellent Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. The brass trigger guard and backstrap should contain a 1-pc walnut grip. These Dragoon revolvers were produced from about 1851 to 1861 with a total production of about 10,500 revolvers, of which about 4,330 were purchased on military contracts and this particular gun being made in 1854. This is a particularly nice crisp example. Unfortunately, gun has been cleaned in the European style removing all orig finish except for hidden case colors inside frame. CONDITION: Very fine overall as polished and SNs freshened or re-struck on frame and bbl housing, see photos. Gun appears orig and authentic otherwise with matching numbers though no number on wedge and wedge screw is restored. Small sub-inspector letters are found on most parts. Rolled cylinder scene is almost entirely discernible with scattered scratches and scuffs. Stocks are sound and well fit, though refinished and varnished partially obscuring inspector’s cartouches on either side. Mechanically gun has crisp action, retaining all safety pins and bright well defined bore. 51605-3 JS (5,000-7,000) – Lot 1164

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1165

EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE PAIR OF POMMEL HOLSTERS MADE FOR THE COLT WALKER REVOLVER BY J.C. SHACKLEFORD AND COMPANY CINCINNATI OHIO IN 1847.

These holsters are one of only 2-pair of this type holster known to collectors, the other pair being in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Holsters are made from heavy harness leather with brass toe caps. Holsters have patent leather hoods with brown leather lining and yellow piping, designating Cavalry use. Holsters have a makers mark stamped on the body of each holster under the hoods. This exact pair of holsters were displayed by Dr. Joseph Murphy, along with Samuel Walker’s personal Walker colts. CONDITION: Very good considering their use. A portion of 1 hanging strap was restored by Daniel Cullity of Sandwich, Mass. The hoods are very delicate and have become somewhat detached, right hood is detached. The leather finish is crazed on both hoods and holster body. Portions of some tie-down straps are missing. Makers marks are clear. The brass cap on the right holster has been shot through by a bullet, which must have been quite an experience for both horse and rider. A once in a lifetime opportunity for the collector of Walker Colts to add the only known example of these holsters in private hands to their collection. 51793-1 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 1165

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1166

EXQUISITE FACTORY ENGRAVED, CASED GOLD & SILVER TIFFANY GRIPPED COLT MODEL 1849 PERCUSSION REVOLVER, EX-ROBERT Q. SUTHERLAND COLLECTION.

SN 231610. Cal. 31. This is among the most aesthetically pleasing deluxe Colt revolvers you will find. This gun is pictured on pgs 114 & 578 (color plate) The Book of Colt Firearms, R. L. Wilson, 1971. This gun is also pictured and described in Jordan and Watt’s treatise Colt’s Pocket ’49, Its Evolution, 2000 on pgs 113 and 247. Four designs are known on these distinctive raised relief grips. This example exhibits a raised wing American eagle with floral and arabesque framing decoration. This gun was manufactured during the height of the Civil War, early in 1863. Jordan and Watts state in their text “So called “Tiffany” style grips are a rarity and are sometimes found on percussion Colts… These grips were cast in New York and were installed by special order… We only know of two Pocket ’49s that are outfitted with Tiffany-style grips, both are 1-line New Yorkers. One has an American eagle [subject gun], the other, the Mexican eagle design. This gun was originally offered in a April 1967 Gun Report (pg 2) ad by Al Kelley and Jack Malloy. The gun then was described six inch barrel with New York address was originally gold and silver plated, but only 10% of this finish now remains. The metal is very clean and crisp having no rust or pitting. The barrel, rammer, frame and hammer are beautifully engraved. Cylinder is fine with the usual stagecoach hold-up scene. Serial number “23160E” and all matching. The ornate cast metal grips are brass showing an American eagle with wings outspread. Surrounding the eagle is raised, floral and scroll work. The buttcap is missing and has been replaced by a piece of walnut. This is the rarest of all the Tiffany done arms and one of the most desirable of Colt items. Rarely seen or offered for sale.” Obviously, after Mr. Sutherland purchased this gun, he had it re-plated and had the buttcap beautifully restored. The added orig Colt casing has a very fine double eagle flask, 2-cavity mold, cartridge pack and cap tin. PROVENANCE: Al Kelley Collection, 1967; Ex-Robert Q. Sutherland Collection; Pictured and described on pgs 114, 577-578 “The Book of Colt Firearms”, 1971; Ex-William Meyers Collection CONDITION: Markings are all crisp and well defined. Surfaces are vibrant and 98% of gold and silver remain. Mechanically gun is crisp with well defined rifling in bore. Casing is sound and solid, retaining much of its orig varnish with empty brass plaque on lid. Flask retains 95% orig varnish and 2-cavity “Colt’s Patent” mold retains about half of its thinning blue and also properly stamped “31PKT”. Wood block Colt pistol pack is empty and missing about 20% of its label. Eley cap tin is very good-fine with good label marked “Made Expressly for Colts Pt Belt and Pocket Pistols”. The blue lining is better than average with light fading, soiling and wear spots. Compartment lid for loose bullets has a polished bone finial and red baize cover which contrasts nicely with the blue. 51346-1 JS (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1166

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1167

RARE AND HISTORIC CASED COLT ROOT REVOLVER PRESENTED TO LT. DANIEL L. BRAINE IN 1861, LIFELONG NAVAL OFFICER AND HERO WHO RETIRED A REAR ADMIRAL.

SN 12273. Cal. 28. This is a very fine Type 2, Model 1855 Colt Root in standard configuration with 3-1/2″ bbl. Gun is in proper Colt casing with correct mold and flask. Cyl is 5-shot with cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking. Gun retains much of its orig blue finish and has presentation on backstrap “LIEUT. E.W.HENRY TO / LIEUT. D.L. BRAINE 1861”. Daniel L. Braine (1829-1898) was a true Navy career officer having left his New York home at the age of 17 to become a Midshipman on the “Austin” out of Galveston, Texas. Braine served on both the “Mississippi” and “John Adams” during the Mexican War. During the Civil War, he had his first command aboard the “Monticello” with his first engagement with the rebel battery at Sewell’s Point at Hampton Roads, Virginia. Just prior to Braine’s assignment as Acting Commander of the Monticello, he was given this revolver by Lt. Edmund Wilkes Henry who was assigned with Braine in New York City just prior to each of their reassignments in January, 1861. Braine was promoted to Lt. Commander, July, 1862 and was later Captain of the “Mississippi”. Braine’s last Civil War command was on the “Pequot”. Braine would be involved in the capture of blockade runners, including the sinking of the well known blockade runner “Ella” while on this last Civil War command. Daniel Braine served on a total of 22 vessels during his naval tenure from 1846-1887, commanding the last eleven: Monticello, 1861; Vicksburg, 1863; Pequot, 1864; Shamokin, 1868; Juniata, 1873; Vermont, 1873; Colorado, 1875; Powhatan, 1879; Tristan Shandy, 188;, Lancaster, 1886; Talapossa, 1887. The USS Juniata which was under the command of Daniel Braine, made national headlines in 1873 when searching the Arctic for survivors of the ill-fated voyage of the USS Polaris. Braine was promoted from Commander to Captain in 1874, then Commodore in 1885, and finally Rear Admiral, September 4, 1887. Braine’s grandson, Clinton Elgin Braine (1894-1951), was also a livelong naval officer; a Captain and Chief of Staff for Admiral Ingraham during WWII. In Daniel Braine’s honor, the USS Braine, DD630 was commissioned March 7, 1943 and this destroyer was christened by the wife of his grandson who was currently on duty in the Pacific. This lot is accompanied by 3-first edition texts that Braine is mentioned in: The Navy in the Civil War – The Atlantic Coast, Daniel Ammen, 1883; The Rebel Shore – The Story of Union Sea Power in the Civil War, James Merrill, 1957; The Blockade-Runners – True Tales of Running the Yankee Blockade of the Confederate Coast, Dave Horner, 1968. Also accompanying, is a large binder of research and correspondence including early bills of sale, history, provenance and photographs and images of 18 vessels associated with Braine. PROVENANCE: Daniel Lawrence Braine, 1861-1898; Capt. Clinton E. Braine (grandson), USN; James S. Cox, about 1930; J. H. Goodyear, 1976. Published and pictured October, 1977 in The Monthly Bugle – The Pennsylvania Antique Gun Collections Association newsletter. CONDITION: Gun is overall very good to fine, retaining over half of it’s orig blue, with scattered areas of staining. Inscription is easily read with some dinging marks as noted in photographs at top of backstrap. Stock retains 90% of its orig bright factory varnish. Markings are all crisp and clear. Cyl scene is 90%+ discernible. Mechanically, gun functions well with crisp rifling and bore. Casing is sound and solid still retaining numerous lead projectiles, a small screwdriver, a “Colt’s Patent” marked, 2-cavity brass mold, correct with rounded handles for Root, double eagle with stars powder flask, orig cap tin with label and functional key. 51543-1 JS (8,000-12,000) – Lot 1167

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1168

FINE CIVIL WAR COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH BEAUTIFUL CHECKERED IVORY GRIPS.

SN 128320. Cal. 36. Standard configuration of a mid-war Colt Navy revolver popular among officers both North and South. 7-1-2″ oct bbl with 1-line NY address, 6-shot cylinder with rolled Ormsby Naval battle scene. This particular gun was made in 1862 and is in beautiful condition retaining much of its orig finish with a very unusual pair of full checkered ivory grips. Gun is all matching and has an “I” stamped adjacent to each SN which is thought to designate ivory. 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 overall. Bbl retains about 90% bright blue finish. Cylinder has strong traces of blue with about 80% discernible Naval battle scene. 5 of 6 safety pins are serviceable. Trigger guard retains strong traces of silver plate in protected areas. Backstrap has tiny traces of silver in protected areas and its SN has been re-engraved. “Certifiable antique elephant ivory” stocks fit well with hand worn patina. Mechanically gun is fine with crisp, shiny bore. 50412-40 (4,000-6,000) ESA – Lot 1168

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1169

RARE CIRCA 1855 CALIFORNIA “SLIM JIM” FLAP HOLSTER FOR COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER WITH EMBOSSED CALIFORNIA STATE SEAL.

These rare holsters were made during the California Gold Rush, with California State seal embossed in flap and Indian shooting a bow and arrow embossed in body. This holster fits a small guard Model 1851 Colt Navy 4th Models with large trigger guards are too wide. This example is in beautiful condition with well defined decoration and original German silver muzzle cap. PROVENANCE: Dow H. Heard, Houston, Texas. CONDITION: Very good overall. Body retains excellent patina, well defined figure of Indian shooting bow and arrow, though worn at high areas, light scuffing. Flap shows California State seal of seated Eureka with bear standing by her feet. Flap, is heavily crazed and folded but embossed design is discernible and “EUREKA” is discernible beneath the seal. Closure tab is torn and reinforced with old leather and cloth, restoration to back of tab. 50412-91 (1,500-2,000) – Lot 1169

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1170

LOT OF A CAST IRON TWO-PIECE SIGN FROM THE COLT PLANT AND A BRASS BOILER PLATE ALSO FROM THE COLT PLANT.

Painted blue with white highlights, the cast iron sign is manufactured in two pieces. Each section has a squared end which abuts the other with the opposing ends having scalloped corners. The long section is 48″ and the short section 37-1/2″ and both are 5-1/2″ wide, 3/8″ thick. The borders and lettering are raised above the background and read “COLT’S PATENT FIRE ARMS MFG., CO.”. The bottom right end of the short section is marked “B. 26612” and the long section “B. 26613″. Each section has four mounting holes. The brass boiler plate measures 6-3/4″ x 2-7/8″ x 1/8”. The brass plate has raised lettering with hand-stamped panels which reads “120 4″ TUBES 13 FT. LONG / 12 WIDE 10 HIGH / 2-36 DRUMS 1/2 THICK 20′-7 LONG / OPEN HEARTH STEEL 55000LBS. / BUILT TO CARRY 200LBS. PRESSURE. / JOB NO. 10226 1923”. Accompanied by a letter on official Colt letterhead stationery but not an official letter, over the signature of Don Cox, Colt Custom Gunsmith. The body of the letter states that Mr. Cox acquired these items from Mark Schwinger and sold them to John Godroe. He states that before he obtained them the late Martin Huber, Colt Historian Emeritus told him that during his walks around the plant on his lunch hour, he recalled seeing this sign on the Boiler Room wall. Mr. Cox states that this sign had originally been painted maroon with white lettering, but had been painted over many times. He had it sandblasted and painted its current colors. Mr. Cox doesn’t clearly state how he obtained the brass boiler plate sign. Mr. Cox was for many years a Custom Gunsmith at the Colt plant. CONDITION: The cast iron sign is sound and retains most of its blue and white paint. The brass boiler plate sign shows wear and cleaning with a few nicks and dings and a screwdriver scrape around the right mounting hole escutcheon. 51720-4 JRL (2,000-4,000) – Lot 1170

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1171

EXTREMELY RARE LIMITED EDITION RAMPANT COLT BRONZE STATUE.

SN 36 of 100. Statue is cast bronze of the very famous Colt trademark of a rearing stallion produced by the late Tommy Haas in 1968. Mr. Haas, the ultimate craftsman and reproduction artist faithfully copied the orig lead casting formally in the Colt archives and, at that time owned by famous Colt researcher, author & publisher R.L. Wilson. These new castings faithfully followed the orig and exactly 100 castings were made from the orig mold under the supervision of Mr. Haas. Statue measures 21″ high including a 1-1/2″ thick base by about 21″ long. Mounted on a cast bronze oval base that is also 21″ long by about 11″ wide. The base is somewhat domed with cast foliate and rock patterns with a pair of crossed Paterson revolvers towards the front center above the attached 3-5/8″ by 1-1/2″ brass plaque which is engraved “The / Rampant Colt / 36 of one hundred”. The horse as noted, is rearing in the posture representing a war horse holding a spear in it’s mouth and another between it’s front legs as though breaking it. There were only of 100 these bronzes cast in 1968 from the original Cold lead mold pattern of the Rampant Colt that was in the colt factory originally in 1855. The bronze is cast with an embellished base that exhibits two crossed Colt Texas Paterson revolvers. It has a brass escutcheon: The Rampant Colt/ #36 of One Hundred. This bronze is in excellent condition and is complete with two arrows as originally produced. The size is 21 inches high and 10 inches deep and 21 inches wide. Weight about 35 lbs. A wonderful highlight to any colt collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. 51638-1 (6,000-9,000) – Lot 1171

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1172

SCARCE WERNER WAGON WORKS REPLICA 1846 CONCORD NINE PASSENGER STAGECOACH.

Incredible reproduction stagecoach built by the Werner Wagon Works of Horton, Kansas using patterns from the orig Concord designs of 1846. This coach is in Wells Fargo style completely handcrafted using white oak, ash and yellow poplar. The body and door panels are all oak framed with panel inserts made with mortise & tenon joints (not plywood skinned). All the hardware is hand-forged in orig patterns, including door handles, steps, luggage rack on top and other metal fittings. Interior is configured for 9-passengers with a 3-person seat at the rear facing forward, another 3-person seat at the front facing to the rear and a fold-up 3-person middle seat. All the seats are covered in button & tufted black leather. The wheels are handmade with new wagon-style hubs with roller bearing inserts. The two front wheels are 46″ in diameter and the two rear wheels 60″ in diameter, all with 2″ wide steel rims. The running gear is constructed of white oak with all hand-forged irons. The throughbraces are leather, 3″ wide and 80′ long on each side. These throughbraces are the wrapped leather on which the coach body rides to give it a comfortable motion. The luggage rack on top is hand-forged and of orig design. The front and rear boots are hand sewn leather and the brakes are mechanical rub blocks. The coach windows have adjustable black leather curtains and the fold-down passenger steps are hand-forged. The coach is painted in bright red with black pinstriping on the body and the wheels & running gear are bright yellow with pinstriping. The entire paint job has the base coat with a clear coat protective finish. The large panels in the door are painted with the image of a large western mansion as seen through a stone and log ranch gate with the inscription “THE MOTHERWELL”. Above the doors on a black panel is inscribed “WESTERN STATES RANCHES”. On each side of the drivers box, just above the front boot is painted a brand that appears to be “lazy W and running A”. Dimensions of the coach as supplied by consignor are 14′ long x 6’4″ wide and about 9′ high. Dimensions do not include the length of the tongue. This is a stagecoach that is a faithful reproduction and can be used without fear of showing wear or damage to an original classic coach. Note: This coach is located in Logandale, Nevada, which is about 45 miles north of Las Vegas. It will be the buyers responsibility to arrange transportation to its new location. PROVENANCE: The Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Appears to be pristine and in excellent condition. Interior and leather boots are equally new. 51694-1 (30,000-40,000) – Lot 1172

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1173

EXTRAORDINARY AND RARE HIGHLY EMBELLISHED EDWARD BOHLIN “SPECIAL MODEL SADDLE WITH DIAMOND AND GOLD OVERLAY BRIDLE AND HALTER”.

Beautiful brown leather saddle with embossed floral decoration throughout is silver mounted with well over 100 silver conchos and intricate silver spots. A silver shield shaped plaque “EDWARD H BOHLIN / SADDLE MAKERS & SILVERSMITH / HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA / MADE FOR / FRED W. BERGMAN, JR” found on front of seat. The entire front, as well as cantle edge, are adorned with finely engraved chased heavy sterling silver. The back of the cantle board is fully silver mounted and also finely engraved and chased with repousse flowers engraved in central panel “FRED W BERMAN, JR / ELKINS PARK PA”. Fred William Bergman, Jr. (1916-1978) was a world renown nurseryman best known for his specimen garden “Raraflora” near Philadelphia, his biography states he was quirky recluse. Martingale is adorned with large 3-1/2″ silver floral concho. Bridle, reins and headstall have leather markings of “Visalia Stock / Saddler / San Fran”. Silver buckles also marked “Visalia”, but the three conchos decorating headstall have gold inlay and diamonds and are “Bohlin”. These three conchos have steer heads on two and cowboy on bucking bronco on other; lower steer head concho has single mine cut diamond and the larger steer head is adorned with four mine cut diamonds (about 15-20 points each) as seen in photos. Bit is silver trimmed with matching engraving and floral conchos. Russet round reins are mounted with series of sterling collars over their first 16″ before flattening the rest of their length. The orig Bohlin saddle pad with alternating black and white wool trim is present along with saddle stand. Accompanying this lot are 10 orig photographs of this saddle taken circa 1940 with Mr. Bergman on horseback with saddle along with orig 336 pg Bohlin Catalog with Bergman’s name and address and notes as to extras he wished along with notes on Martingale & Headstall from Visalia (9/18/42). Also accompanying is cowboy hat made by Leyburn, which has inscription on sweatband “Fred W Bergman, Jr. Cuba 1934” along with address in Philadelphia. PROVENANCE: Fred W. Bergman, Jr., about 1942; Christies, Lot 423, November 30, 1999. CONDITION: Saddle overall is sound and solid. Leather has areas of crazing and dryness to some straps, but overall above average and well preserved. Reins show much crazing but are sound and complete as is leather on headstall and bridle. Silver appears complete, including all spots and tips. There are scattered small dings and dents in candle edging and stirrup cover facings. Chain holding three conchos on headstall is broken on left side. Accompanying hat has some stitching and cord loose in sweatband, with scattered moth tracking. Catalog is complete with soiling and cracking at hinges. Photographs are all very good. 51493-1 JS (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1173

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1174

VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED SMITH & WESSON NO. 1-1/2 OLD MODEL SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

SN 6366. Cal. 32RF. Rare revolver with 3-1/2″ ribbed oct bbl, half-moon front sight and 2-line address with patent dates. Cylinder is unfluted with 5 chambers and revolver is mounted with smooth 2-pc ivory grips. Left side of buttstrap, under the grip is marked with the assembly number “E4″ with matching assembly number on rear face of bbl lug and front face of cylinder. Revolver is engraved in L. D. Nimschke-style, probably by the master himself with about 65-70% coverage beautiful intertwined foliate arabesque patterns that has very fine pearled background. Front flat of the top strap and correspondingly rear edge of bbl flat are engraved in mirror image half flower blossoms. Top of the backstrap and around the muzzle are engraved to match with geometric patterns down the backstrap and on the buttstrap. Cylinder has a full band of matching foliate arabesque patterns. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a cartridge block in the left front with recesses for 40 cartridges containing 36 rds of 32RF short cartridges with mixed head stamps and a recess in the front edge of the cartridge block contains an orig Smith & Wesson steel cleaning rod. Also accompanied by a Smith & Wesson factory letter which identifies this revolver as being shipped Oct 25 1865 to James D. Brewer Hardware, Corner of Main & State Street, Springfield, Mass, as having a 3-1/2” bbl, engraved and ivory grips in a 2-gun shipment. James D. Brewer was born in 1819 and after finishing high school and working in Massachusetts, Ohio and New York City in various clerking positions as a 20 year old returned to Springfield and established the James D. Brewer Hardware Company. In 1836, Mr. Brewer along with various other Springfield luminaries, including Horace Smith founded the Chicopee Bank. Under the National Bank Act of 1865, with a capital infusion of $400,000 they incorporated the Chicopee National Bank. Mr. Brewer would serve as its first President 1865-1866 and Horace Smith would later become its President, 1887-1893. In 1846, Mr. Brewer incorporated the Springfield Water Power Company and in 1847 he incorporated the Springfield Gas & Light Company. In 1857, Mr. Brewer along with Homer Foote and Daniel B. Wesson incorporated the Springfield Safe & Trust Company. In addition to all of his other business interests, Mr. Brewer was the Chief Engineer of the Fire Department and Director of the Agawam Canal Company. He died in February 1886. 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 plus, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about 80% strong orig silver with losses from flaking, not wear. Engraving remains sharp and clean with only a few small scattered spots of rust. Grips are sound with a few minor age lines and show a golden ivory patina. Strong bright bore with a few spots of pitting. Case is sound with normal handling and storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is heavily faded with light soil and damage from the hammer spur. Ammunition is oxidized with tarnish on the copper cases. Altogether, a fine scarce revolver. 51820-3 (6,500-8,500) ESA – Lot 1174

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1176

EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED WITH GOLD FINISH SMITH & WESSON NEW MODEL NO. 3 SINGLE ACTION TARGET REVOLVER.

SN 28020. Cal 44 Russian. Gold finish with 6-1/2″ key hole shaped bbl, target front sight & target rear sight as part of the bbl latch. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Revolver is factory engraved with about 50-60% coverage very fine, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled background. Matching engraving is found on the top strap, back strap & buttstrap with additional matching engraving on the cylinder lands between the flutes. Accompanied by a Smith & Wesson factory letter which identifies this revolver as a “Special Order Variation” in caliber 44 Russian which was shipped on Nov 5 1892 to James Conlin, no address listed. Records show that it was shipped with a 6-1/2″ bbl, gold plated finish, engraved & pearl grips. The letter further states that this revolver was completed with a group of other special revolvers but the invoices are no longer available to provide details. Mr. James S. Conlin was a world famous target shooter who owned a shooting gallery in New York in the 1890s. He was very well known in target shooting circles and competed with some of the top name shooters of that day. This is revolver serial number 28020 is nearly identical to the Annie Oakley presentation gun currently housed at the Autry Museum in CA. A number of Model 3 revolvers in the upper 27000 and lower 28000 serial range where presented to notable shooters and Friends of the Wesson family. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching numbers. Overall retains 60-70% orig gold finish with the balance having flaked to dark metal patina. Trigger guard retains case colors on the sides with the balance turned silver. Hammer retains strong case colors especially on the right side and rear edge. Right grip has a chip at the frame otherwise grips are sound with good fire and color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be unfired. Loss of finish appears to be simply from poor storage. 51600-1 (25,000-40,000) – Lot 1176

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1177

RARE SMITH & WESSON COMMERCIAL FIRST MODEL SCHOFIELD SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER THAT BELONGED TO THE FAMOUS OUTLAW COLE YOUNGER.

SN 13. Cal 45 S&W. Blue finish with 7″ keyhole shaped bbl, pinned half-moon front sight & V-notch rear sight in the bbl latch. Both sides of the ejector housing have Smith & Wesson address & patent dates. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips matching numbered to this revolver. Accompanied by a period, orig slim-jim russet brown leather holster with belt loop on the back attached with 4 copper harness rivets. Also accompanied by an undated, handwritten 2 page note over the signature of Mrs. George Willson which states that this revolver was given to her husbands grandfather who had been the defense counsel for Cole Younger in Northfield, MN after he was captured subsequent to the attempted holdup of a bank. She states that he (Cole Younger) “was touring the country giving talks to young men at churches and clubs and while he was in Rome, NY. My father-in-law went to the hotel to meet him”. He (Cole Younger)”went and called on mother and father Willson and presented them with the gun. In later years the gun was given to my husband George F. Willson and my husband gave it to my brother Mr. Winton Wilkes”. Additional information regarding this revolver is provided in a letter on Wm Dykes Antiques of Wiscasset, ME letterhead which briefly describes this revolver and provides the additional information regarding George Potter Wilson (sic) who states that Mr. Willson was the Minnesota Attorney General at the time of the Northfield, MN attempted bank holdup which resulted in the capture of Cole Younger. He states that Mr. Willson was a state Senator in 1898 and in 1899 introduced a bill known as the “Younger Bill” for the parole of life sentence prisoners. The bill was initially defeated but was reintroduced and passed. Cole Younger was paroled through the effort of George P. Willson who was also apparently responsible for Cole Younger finding employment and setting up speaking arrangements at churches and civic groups with the subject of “crime doesn’t pay”. It was apparently for Mr. Willson’s efforts in getting Cole Younger pardoned and assisting him with employment that Mr. Younger gave this revolver to Mr. Willson. The revolver has passed down through the Willson descendants until obtained by the consignor. The information regarding the “Younger Bill” was apparently extracted from the book Biography of Minnesota and is found on page 283 of that publication under the heading of “George P. Wilson” (sic). There have been many firearms with very sketchy provenance to members of the James-Younger Gang attempted bank robbery in Northfield, MN that have come to light in past years. Only one other had any decent provenance comparable to this revolver and that was a Smith & Wesson First Model American revolver documented to another gang member, Clell Miller who was killed during the attempted robbery. According to The Blue Book of Antique American Firemans & Values, Fjestad & Allen there were 3,035 First Model Schofield revolvers produced in 1875. Three thousand of that number were sold to the U.S. Military with only 35 being civilian models, of which this revolver is one, making it one of the most rare Smith & Wesson revolvers. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including cylinder & grips. Overall retains about 40% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, thin and turning silver elsewhere. Backstrap is a gray/brown patina. Trigger guard & hammer retain traces of faded case colors. Trigger retains about 75% orig fire blue. Cylinder is a gray/brown patina. Bottom edges of grips has a series of light marks otherwise grips are sound with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Holster shows heavy wear with restitching. 51438-1 JRL (50,000-70,000) – Lot 1177

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1178

WONDERFUL MARTIALLY MARKED SMITH & WESSON FIRST MODEL SCHOFIELD U. S. CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 267. Cal. 45 Schofield. Blue finish with 7″ keyhole bbl, half moon front sight with 2-pc walnut grips, numbered to this revolver, that have a partially legible cartouche on left side. The Springfield Armory “US” marking is stamped on the toe of the butt. Ejector housing has usual markings on both sides and there are small inspector initials on various parts. This revolver will letter as having been shipped to the Springfield Armory on July 12, 1875. Only about 3,000 of these fine revolvers were ordered by the Government in 1875. Virtually the entire shipment was issued to front line Cavalry units where they saw action in the Indian Wars. The majority of these revolvers were sold in 1881 as government surplus to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham of New York City, with the majority of them having their bbls shortened to 5″ and resold to Wells Fargo. Others were also sold by Hartley & Graham on the commercial market. Few survive completely orig today with any orig finish and configuration. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including grips, cylinder, bbl & latch. Bbl retains 30-40% orig blue, mostly in sheltered areas with balance a blue/gray patina. Cylinder has strong blue in flutes with outer diameter a blue/gray patina. Frame & sideplate retain 60-70% orig blue with “candy striping” on sideplate and right side of frame. Grip frame also has candy striping, being mostly a blue/gray patina. Grips are sound showing moderate wear with visible cartouche on left side and traces of orig finish in top flutes. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 51670-3 JRL (9,000-12,000) – Lot 1178

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1179

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED SMITH & WESSON SCHOFIELD 1ST MODEL SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 1580. Cal 45 S&W (Schofield). Blue finish with 7″ keyhole shape bbl, half moon front sight with fixed rear sight in the bbl latch. Sides of the ejector housing have standard markings. Mounted with matching numbered, smooth, 2-pc walnut grips with a clear, legible cartouche on the left side. Toe of the buttstrap is marked with a small “US”. The U.S. Government ordered and had delivered 3,000 of these revolvers in 1875 which were issued to various Cavalry units. Many of this production were issued to the 4th Cavalry Regiment, “Buffalo Soldiers”, a regiment of black Cavalry who fought courageously during the Indian Wars and saw service in the Geronimo campaign. Various outlaws & lawmen are recorded as having carried Schofield revolvers including brothers Frank & Jesse James and Cole Younger of the James Gang. U.S. Marshall Bill Tilghman & Custer Chief Scout, “Lonesome Charlie” Reynolds also were known to carry Schofield revolvers. These revolvers remained in service only a short period of time before being sold as surplus to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, New York distributors who shortened the barrels to 5″ and sold them to Wells Fargo. Very few orig specimens remain today, especially with orig finish. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching. Bbl retains traces of orig blue in sheltered areas being mostly a blue/brown patina with moderate pitting around the muzzle & right side of the bbl. Frame retains about 60% thinning orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Frontstrap, backstrap & buttstrap along with the trigger guard are a gray metal patina. Hammer retains about 40-50% strong case colors. Cylinder shows thin blue in the flutes being a blue/brown patina on the outer diameter. Grips show heavy wear and a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. 51735-2 (7,000-10,000) – Lot 1179

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1180

RARE SMITH & WESSON FAVORITE 44 DA REVOLVER.

SN 9717. Cal 44 Russian. Nickel finish with 5″ keyhole shaped bbl, target front sight & fixed U-notch rear sight as part of the bbl latch. Mounted with smooth 2-pc ivory grips. Frame has lightening cuts on the bottom forward sides below the cylinder. Cylinder also has lightening cuts around the circumference and the front portion is a smaller diameter. Lands between the flutes on the cyl are marked with the Smith & Wesson name and address along with various patent dates. Accompanied by a Smith & Wesson factory letter which identifies this revolver as having been shipped Dec 10,1887 to the M.W. Robinson Co. who was Smith & Wesson’s major distributor of that era. There were about 1,000 of these revolvers produced 1882-1883 in 5 different bbl lengths, both nickel & blue with nickel predominating. 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 good. Overall retains 15-20% nickel in sheltered areas with the balance having been cleaned to light metal patina. Cylinder is matching patina. Hammer, trigger & trigger guard are also matching patina with traces of case colors on sides of the trigger. Certifiable antique ivory grips, which are probably old replacements, have lanyard cutouts in the bottom edges. Grips have fine hairlines in the bottom edges and show moderate to heavy wear with a fine ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong frosty bore. 51505-7 JRL (2,500-3,500) ESA – Lot 1180

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1180A

VERY RARE TOOLED F A HAKE, DALLES, OREGON HOLSTER WITH IVORY GRIPPED SMITH & WESSON OLD MODEL ARMY.

SN 11908. Beautiful F.A. Hake, The Dalles, Oregon made California-style tooled “Slim Jim” holster with 6″ Smith & Wesson old Model Army revolver. The Dalles at the end of the Oregon Trail was an important Northwest city for pioneers, soldiers, gold miners, gunslingers, floozies and scallywags according to it’s destination website. It is also the 4th oldest city in the State of Oregon. This is one of the few early Oregon holsters known and F.A. Hake, an apparent itinerant saddler, is not even listed in Oregon, though known to have worked in Idaho City, Idaho in 1865. 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: Gun is very good overall, retaining 80% plus orig silver. Gun appears all matching and orig with restored hinge screw. Elephant ivory stocks appear orig to gun, though not SNd. Gun is functional with discernible rifling in a pitted bore. Holster is sound and solid overall with crazing and scuffing at high areas; still tightly sewn on edge. Orig belt loop is missing and a new addition has been added for display. Tooling and makers mark are discernible as seen in photographs. 50412-42 (5,000-7,000) ESA – Lot 1180A

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1181

EXTRAORDINARY SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1875 TYPE III OFFICER’S RIFLE.

NSN. Cal. 45-70 Absolutely outstanding and possibly the finest Springfield Officers Model known. This is a standard type III sporting rifle made in 1885 with 26″ rnd bbl, gold-washed Beach’s patent front sight, 1200-yd, “ski-jump” rifle rear sight and tang sight with 3-1/2″ staff inletted into the top of the wrist. Bottom of bbl has a single iron guide containing an orig silver plated brass-tipped hickory ramrod. Mounted in straight grain American walnut, half stock with checkered forestock & wrist with an orig M1873 buttplate without trap. Left side of wrist is marked with the rectangular “SWP / 1885” cartouche (Inspector Samuel W. Porter). It has 2-pc case colored trigger guard with serrated single set trigger. Bottom of wrist has an attached Frank Freund, Denver patented checkered pistol grip attachment. Tip of the forestock is inletted with an engraved foliate shaped silver plated pewter nosecap. Breechblock has 1873 markings and bbl standard Springfield “VP/eagle” proofs. Engraved lockplate is marked “U S / SPRINGFIELD” and eagle. Inside trigger bow is stamped with a “K” and “L”. Lockplate, hammer shank, breechblock, top front of receiver, top tang, trigger bow & buttplate tang are all very nicely engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns. There were about 100 type III rifles produced in 1885. These rifles were intended for purchase by military officers, with several high condition surplus guns known. This example, however, is so extremely fine retaining virtually all of its orig finish and plating it is doubtful it could ever be upgraded. PROVENANCE: Eric Vaule, 1993. CONDITION: Extremely fine+. Overall retains 99+% crisp orig finish with strong bright blue on bbl, brilliant case colors on lockplate, hammer, breechblock, top tang & trigger guard. Trigger bow is muted. Buttplate retains about 95% bright orig blue with only loss at rounded edge. Nosecap and ramrod tip retain virtually all of their orig bright plating with some thinness and wear on ramrod trip. Tang sight retains most of its orig fire blue. Wiping rod is crisp and near new. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore appears to be new and unfired. 51685-4 (40,000-50,000) – Lot 1181

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1182

RARE AND FINE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 CARBINE, CUSTER SERIAL RANGE WITH “INDIAN STAR” SYMBOL.

SN 34136. Cal. 45-70. There have been several articles published about Springfield carbines shipped to the 7th US Cavalry at Ft. Abraham Lincoln in April and May of 1876 in the serial range 33,000-43,000. Several guns in this serial range have been noted with a carved or stamped star on the right buttstock. Several are published in an article by Robert Smith, Weapons with Spiritual Power, Man at Arms, August 1995 and SN 36509 is shown in Man at Arms – Roll of Honor, November 6, 2002, which has an identical star. The author “believes that the star is a Sioux symbol, perhaps indicating that the gun was captured by Indians at the Battle of the Little Bighorn”. This appears to be a very honest orig gun in the correct configuration with no alterations, still retaining some orig finish, good inspectors marks and set of initials crudely cut in left stock. This is probably the nicest of this Custer era carbines with Indian star symbol. PROVENANCE: Purchased as a shooter from a store in Dundee, Michigan just 20 miles from Custer’s home in Monroe. CONDITION: Very good overall. Bbl and lock retain strong traces of orig finish with scattered pitting. Stock is sound with hand worn patina, numerous small dings and scuffs. Points of star emblem appear stamped with the initials opposite carved. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp bright bore. 51346-3 JS (5,000-10,000) – Lot 1182

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1183

VERY FINE CUSTER RANGE MODEL 1873 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR CARBINE.

SN 33777. Cal. 45-70. This is a very fine example with good collection history that is in the serial range of some Custer used carbines. Two carbines in the 37000 range (37178 & 37225) were returned after the Little Bighorn Battle June 25, 1876. Other 33000 serial range guns are found in records of the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 9th, & 10th U.S. Cavalry also in the Indian War era. This gun was originally in the collection of Howard Cole, the well known author of numerous books on American fighting knives and later in the collection of author Stephen Dorsey. Mr Dorsey described this carbine “Simply this is the finest U.S. Springfield carbine I have ever seen for sale, it has been in my collection for 25 years…”. This is a standard trapdoor carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, square base front sight and 1200 yard ladder rear sight. Breechblock and lockplate both have standard 1873 markings. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut half stock with single band that has stacking swivel and sling bar and ring in left side with 2-pc trigger guard. Left side of wrist has a strong “ESA” cartouche, and circle “P” proof on bottom rear of trigger guard. PROVENANCE: Ex-Collection of M. Howard Cole, Birmingham, Alabama; Ex-Collection of Stephen Dorsey 1982; David Pierce Collection in 2007. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall, appears all matching and orig. Markings are crisp and discernible. Metal is overall plum/blue retaining about half of its orig finish with scattered cosmetic defects, light pitting. This gun did see use as noted by solid well fit stock with hand-worn patina with light saddle wear. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp rifling in bore. 51735-3 JS (6,000-8,000) – Lot 1183

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1184

FINE SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN C18027. Cal. 50-70. Standard carbine with 22″ rnd bbl that has 3-groove rifling, square base front sight with nickel silver blade and 800 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Chamber area of bbl is marked “NEW MODEL 1863”. Receiver and lockplate have standard markings. Left side of receiver and wrist have a sling bar and ring. Mounted with replacement, uncheckered straight grain American walnut that has a small cartouche under the sling bar and a “DFC” (David F. Clark) replacement wood cartouche on the left side. Stock is without patchbox. Approximately 27,000 of these carbines were converted from percussion to center fire cartridge. These carbines usually saw hard service on the American frontier after the war and are rarely found today with any orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 99% crisp blue and case colors with only slight sharp edge wear. Stock and forearm have a few very small bumps and bruises, otherwise wood is sound and retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore seems to be unfired since conversion. 51774-2 JRL (4,000-6,000) – Lot 1184

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1185

SPECTACULAR AND EXTREMELY RARE ENGRAVED DELUXE SPENCER SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 21165. Cal. 56-50. This unique freshly discovered rifle was made most likely for exhibition with 30″ half oct to rnd bbl, mounted with deluxe flame grained American walnut engraved and white metal/silver plated action with engraved “SPENCER / REPEATING RIFLE CO” in ribbon on top of receiver. Left side of frame is engraved with a flying American eagle surrounded by scrolls and punch-dot background as is remainder of frame, buttplate, lock and lever. The hammer is similarly engraved along with a dog/serpent head in style noted of Nimschke shop. SN 21165 is found on back of frame showing that this gun was made from a surplus Civil War military frame as other early Spencer Sporters were. There is a presentation Spencer engraved by Nimschke to Spencer company President Frank Cheney in 1868, which this gun was emulated. This is a most unusual and deluxe Spencer sporting rifle which no other example has not been offered previously. CONDITION: Very fine overall. Bbl retains virtually all of its orig thinning blue finish. Plated components retain about 97% orig plate with worn areas at high spots with pitting and brown patina. There are several scratched areas to plating where rust was attempted to be removed, which does not affect the overall aesthetics. There are numerous dents and dings on top edge of receiver, along breech which can be seen in photos but which again do not affect aesthetics. Forestock is larger than frame but is beveled to match with matching assembly “10” found inside and on bbl. Bbl shows no other marking other than assembly numbers and engraving at breech. Bbl exhibits a long German silver blade mounted on dove-tailed post not noted on other Spencer’s previously. Screws are all blued and engraved. Mag tube is not engraved or plated. Buttstock was not removed, but matching assembly number “10” is found internally on two parts of case colored breech and on lever. Stocks are well fit with several scuffs and small dents, retaining a newer applied varnish. Mechanically crisp with bright, shiny bore with 6 lands and grooves. 51063-1 JS (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1185

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1186

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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1187

SCARCE REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK NO. 1 SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 8021. Cal. 40-70 Sharps Bottleneck. Usual configuration with 30″ oct-rnd bbl, dovetailed front sight with thinned nickel silver blade and Remington sporting leaf rear sight. Made without provision for a tang sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “E.REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y.”. Left side of receiver has patent date markings and bottom of bbl has the Cal. marking. Mounted with very nicely figured, tiger striped, uncheckered American walnut with color case hardened steel schnable tipped forearm and straight stock with Remington’s semi-crescent buttplate. There were as many as 12,000 of these rifles produced, 1867-1888. They were very popular with the buying public and usually saw hard service as hunting rifles and defense weapons. Most often, they saw service from the back of a horse or wagon box often with limited maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Exposure to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight rapidly fades case colors. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl retains 96-98% crisp orig blue with sharp markings. Receiver, trigger guard, forend cap and buttplate retain most of their orig case colors. Hammer, breechblock pins & keeper show moderate wear of their fire blue. Wood is sound with a few light, minor nicks and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. 51670-2 (5,500-7,000) – Lot 1187

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1188

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE REMINGTON BEALS NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ORIGINAL BLACK LEATHERETTE BOX AND ACCESSORIES.

SN 2491. Cal 36. Very rare Beals Navy percussion revolver, blue finish with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, dovetailed German silver cone front sight & fixed groove rear sight in the top strap. Bbl has 2-line Beals address with the SN on the bottom flat. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Serial number was observed on bottom flat of bbl, left side of buttstrap under the grip and in pencil inside each grip. Accompanied by an incredibly rare, original Remington 2-pc black leatherette box that is partitioned in the bottom for the revolver, an eagle & stars flask, a Remington brass bullet & ball mold with blue steel sprue cutter, a hickory & steel worm/cleaning rod and a rare cardboard box of Scheidt Brothers percussion caps. This revolver, box & accessories is pictured on page 33 of The Guns of Remington, Madus & Remington Society. This book was a compilation of Remington Arms loaned to the Cody Firearms Museum for a stand-alone exhibit in 1997 titled It Never Failed Me: The Arms & Art of the Remington Arms Company. Page 33 of referenced publication also pictures an identical set, SN 460 with the notation “Only two cardboard boxed sets of Remington-Beals belt revolvers are known to survive.” According to consignor there are actually four known surviving sets. Regardless, this is an extremely rare offering. Our revolver SN 2491 is misidentified in the book as SN 2941 but there is no doubt whatsoever that this is the revolver, box & accessories in the photograph. The lender of this revolver at that time was F. “Slim” Kohler. PROVENANCE: F. “Slim” Kohler Collection. Gary Phillips Collection. CONDITION: Revolver, for a Beals Navy is extremely fine. Few of them survive today and of those extremely few have any orig finish remaining. This revolver shows about 80-85% glossy orig blue on the bbl & loading lever with the loss areas flaked to a light patina. Frame retains traces of finish in the most sheltered areas being mostly a blue/gray patina with a few scattered pin-pricks of pitting just above the left grip. Cylinder retains 85-90% orig blue with some flaking losses and a cylinder line with fine pitting on the cylinder face. Hammer retains about 70% glossy fire blue. Grip frame is a gray metal patina. Trigger guard retains about 80% orig silver. Grips are sound showing light wear with a few nicks and retain most of their orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Box is sound with some extremely professional repairs to one end of the lid and a slightly open seam on one end of the bottom. Interior is moderately soiled with some light foxing. Exterior shows very little soil with some light rubs on the lid and moderate wear on the edges and overall retains about 85% orig black finish. Flask is extremely fine and retains about 90% orig finish with bright gold wash on the collar. Mold shows light battering with sharp bright cavities and about 75-80% blue on the sprue cutter. Cleaning rod is fine with the metal tip having been cleaned. Cap box is intact and lightly soiled. All together an extraordinarily rare set the likes of which are unlikely to be encountered for sale anytime in the near future. 51683-2 JRL (20,000-35,000) – Lot 1188

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1189

SCARCE REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY FACTORY CONVERSION REVOLVER WITHOUT EJECTOR.

SN 142259. Cal. 46 RF. Blue finish with 8″ oct bbl, standard dovetail front sight with fixed groove rear sight in the top strap. Top flat of bbl has the 3-line address including “NEW-MODEL”. Bottom flat of bbl is marked with the SN along with the factory conversion number “4516”. Matching conversion number is found on left side of front strap under the grip and the number “101” is on left side of backstrap under the grip. Right side of the backstrap under the grip is marked “4416”, obviously an assemblers mistake. The 5-shot cylinder has the Rollin white patent date horizontally on the outer circumference. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips pencil numbered to this revolver inside right grip. Left grip has a crisp cartouche and there are various small inspector initials on the revolver. The 1858 New Model Army was an extremely popular revolver during the Civil War and few survive today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: George McAllister Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, appears to be unfired. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with muzzle end and sharp edge wear. Rammer handle retains about 60% orig blue with the loss areas from flaking, not wear. Frame & grip frame retain about 96-97% glossy orig blue with only very faint sharp edge wear. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, slightly muted. Cylinder retains about 90-92% glossy orig blue with some edge wear and minor spots of flaking. Trigger guard is a dark mustard patina. Grips show edge wear and retain most of their orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 51669-1 JRL (6,000-10,000) – Lot 1189

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1190

EXTREMELY RARE REMINGTON MODEL 1875 SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH EXPERIMENTAL OR PROTOTYPE GRIP FRAME AND GRIPS.

SN 24. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, full front sight with 1-line “E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y. U.S.A.” address. Revolver has the 1875 web on the ejector housing with standard 6-shot fluted cylinder and steel trigger guard, marked on the left rear web “44”. The grip frame is most unusual with a rounded backstrap and corresponding contoured front strap that is only 3-1/8″ long with square butt versus the usual flared butt of the standard model 1875. Close examination of the grip frame under the grips disclosed that the front strap, backstrap & buttstrap are integral, never having been altered or welded in any respect. They are completely original from the factory. Mounted with 2-pc highly figured smooth walnut grips matching numbered to this revolver. Serial number was observed on left side of buttstrap under the grip inside each grip and on the trigger guard tenon. This revolver is pictured on page 204 of The Guns of Remington, Madus & Remington Society. It is fully identified as a “Third Type” with date of 1881-1885. It was on loan from the F. “Slim” Kohler Collection. This book was a compilation of Remington Arms loaned to the Cody Firearms Museum for a stand-alone exhibit in 1997 titled It Never Failed Me: The Arms & Art of the Remington Arms Company. This revolver is also pictured, both sides, as photos 6A and 6B on page 16 of the January 1978 issue of The Gun Report in a 5-page article by the late renowned dealer/collector Ron Ogan. The article relates that this revolver was purchased by Charles Lee Karr Jr. from the Remington family when he was writing his book on Remington handguns. The article continues that Mr. Karr later sold this revolver after which it passed through a number of well known and renowned collectors, listed under provenance in this description. PROVENANCE: Charles Lee Karr Jr; Roger C. Peterson; Leon (Red) Jackson; Champ Wilson; Stanley Shapiro, Gary Green who was the owner at the time of this article and F. “Slim” Kohler Collection. Gary Phillips Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains 95-96% strong orig nickel finish with a couple of small scattered spots on the bbl. Frame has scattered pin-prick surface spotting. Cylinder shows what is probably holster wear around the front edge. Grip frame & trigger guard are strong & clean. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear on the right side. Left side retains about 75% orig oil finish and the right side about 25%. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a couple small scattered spots of pitting. 51683-1 JRL (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1190

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1191

RARE ENGRAVED REMINGTON MODEL 1888 SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 485. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Usual configuration with 5-3/4″ bbl, altered nickel silver front sight with 1 line “E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION. N.Y. U.S.A.” that reads from muzzle to frame. Mounted with 2-pc replacement Remington logo embossed hard rubber grips. Front of the frame and bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and inside ejector rod housing are stamped with the assembly number “115”. Revolver has nearly full coverage Nimschke-style engraving which consists of flowing foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background. Recoil shield & loading gate are engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s trademark sunburst patterns. Cylinder has matching foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with a fine zig-zag pattern around the rear edge. Matching engraving extends over the top strap & both sides of the bbl with geometric patterns around the address. Buttstrap has a plugged lanyard hole. Revolver has the overall appearance of having been close to a fire with fine pitting over most surfaces from smoke damage. There were less than 1,000 of these revolvers produced 1888-1889. They were the improvement on the Model 1875 with the reduced ejector housing web and shorter bbls. This model was unknown until an Hartley & Graham catalog of about 1888 was recently discovered which pictured the Model 1888 alongside the Model 1875. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except grips which are replacements. Metal retains a cleaned gray metal patina with the aforementioned fine pitting. Replacement grips are fine with a purple tone. Timing needs adjusting otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with scattered pitting. 51619-3 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 1191

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1192

SCARCE REMINGTON MODEL 1890 SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER DOCUMENTED TO BUFFALO WYOMING RANCHER AND UNDERTAKER.

SN 177. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl. Full nickel silver front sight and 1-line address “REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION, N.Y.” Left side of frame is marked “44 C.F.W.” Mounted with 2-pc checkered hard rubber grips with the Remington Arms monogram at the top. Inside of the left grip has the hand scratched brand “JAT” connected. Inside right grip has a “T”. Buttstrap is fitted with a factory lanyard swivel. Accompanied by a packet of information regarding ownership of this revolver, including a notarized statement from the consignor who states that he had inherited this revolver down through his family from the original owner, John Albert Jones (1849-1919) who was consignors maternal grandfather. He states that Mr. Jones, according to family legend acquired this revolver in the early to mid 1890s. He had arrived in Wyoming territory in the early 1870s as an employee of the Union Pacific Railroad Co. working out of Rawlins & Rock Springs Wyoming where he rose to the position of Freight Conductor which position he held 1874-1883. In about 1886 Mr. Jones, with his new wife moved to Buffalo Wyoming territory where he opened a saloon and became the regional undertaker for Johnson County, a career he maintained through the Johnson County wars, burying some of the more famous names from that conflict. He is mentioned by name in the book The Johnson County War, O’Neil. Upon his wifes urging Mr. Jones sold the saloon but maintained the undertaking business and opened a furniture store. An original hang-tag from the furniture business, imprinted “J.A. JONES, / House Furnishings & Undertaking, / BUFFALO, WYO.” Somewhat later Mr. Jones established a cattle ranch southeast of Buffalo and sold the undertaking business which he operated until his death in 1919. Upon Mr. Jones death ownership of this revolver passed to his 2 sons John Paul Jones (1891-1927) and Otto Neben Jones (1890-1934). Paul reportedly carried this revolver as an employee in the several banks where he worked in Buffalo, Sheridan and Casper Wyoming. Paul gave this revolver to Otto in the 1920s where Otto, a well known cowboy, horse wrangler and cattle rancher in the area, carried it on his ranch just outside of Buffalo. Consignors father, Charles Oliver Buxton (1879-1964) married one of J.A. Jones’ daughters and when Otto died the revolver was passed to Mr. Buxton. Mr. Buxton operated the JAJ Ranch until 1944 when he retired and moved into Buffalo and passed away in 1964. Mr. Buxton gave this revolver to consignor in 1962. Accompanied by 3 original photographs of J.A. Jones, all in formal wear, one of which is an official Union Pacific Railroad photograph. Also accompanied by copies of photographs of Paul & Otto Jones. Also accompanied by the March 1928 issue of The Union Pacific Magazine wherein on page 47 there are pictures of 16 “Older Old Timers”, one of which is captioned “J.A. Jones, / Freight Conductor / 1874”. There is a pencil notation in the margin “Father”. According to the Blue Book of Antique Firearms & Values, Fjestad & Allen there were about 2,000 of these scarce revolvers produced 1891-1894. There may have been one additional revolver produced in 1896. The Model 1890 was the successor to the Remington Model 1875 but met with very little acceptance from the buying public. By the time this model came on the market the sales of big bore revolvers was waning. In addition to which Remington’s competition, the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army revolver was very well established with both the buying public and with government contracts. Remington’s advertising campaign could simply not compete with Colt. PROVENANCE: The Esteemed Collection Of Noted Expert And Author Warren Buxton. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains about 40-50% thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas on the bbl & frame. Grip frame & trigger guard are a gray metal patina. Cylinder retains strong blue in the flutes with the outer diameter a blue/gray patina. Right grip has a chip below the locator pin hole otherwise grips are sound showing moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with fine pitting. Photographs are all fine with good images and slight yellowing and soil. Magazine covers are detached. 51568-45 JRL (5,000-8,000) – Lot 1192

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1193

RARE REMINGTON LARGE DOG’S HEAD PERCUSSION CANE GUN.

NSN. Cal. 31. All dark brown gutta percha (hard rubber) construction over a steel liner, 32″ overall with on the handle and the large molded dog’s head motif on the handle. The transition from handle to shaft has a 1/4″ silver band and the trigger button is cone shaped with concentric rings. Tip of the shaft has a brass sight pin with an iron tip that has an added silver plated band at the top. Only about 500 percussion Rifle Canes were produced 1858-1866 with an additional 1,800 cartridge versions produced 1866-1888. The handle unscrews from the main shaft to expose the chamber in the handle for loading which, when returned to the shaft lines up with the rifled bore in the shaft. The firing mechanism is actuated by withdrawing the handle to the rear cocking the striker which is released by means of the small trigger button. This cane is the shortest length produced by Remington. Very few survive today completely intact. The gutta percha is rather fragile and easily chipped and broken. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Shows moderate wear with a few small nicks and a long scratch in the main shaft at the juncture of the handle and the shaft. There is a small chip in the same area. The iron tip is heavily pitted. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 51676-1 JRL (5,000-8,000) – Lot 1193

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1194

RARE BOXED FACTORY ENGRAVED REMINGTON MODEL 1 FIRST VARIANT DOUBLE DERRINGER.

SN 2067. Cal. 41 RF. Nickel finish with 3″ superposed bbls, fixed sights with early style markings on side ribs “ELLIOT’S PATENT DEC. 12th” and “E.REMINGTON & SONS, ILION N.Y.”. Extractor is in left side rib. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips that are numbered “F 5779” inside each grip. Pistol is engraved with nearly full coverage foliate arabesque scrolls with foliate & floral engraving on frame. Backstrap is engraved with snake & dot patterns around hammer slot. A large flower blossom behind hammer slot with snake & dot borders down the backstrap and geometric patterns on the butt. Accompanied by an orig 2-pc Double Derringer box with dark green lid that has an end label marked “DOUBLE BARREL REPEATER / FULL PLATE”. Inside the lid has a “DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING” label. Bottom of box is a blue/green color with a couple of minor repairs. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 100 of these derringers were produced in the period 1867-1868. Few of these derringers were ever engraved and even fewer boxes survive today. PROVENANCE: Ex-Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except grips as noted above. Overall retains 85-90% dull nickel finish with some bare metal on front strap; grips have lightly chipped edges, otherwise are sound with good fire & color. There are 2 hairline cracks in hinge. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bores with moderate pitting. Box has one broken corner and one repaired corner in the top and a couple of repaired seams in bottom. 50412-48 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 1194

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1195

RARE AND HISTORICAL SHARPS MODEL 4 DERINGER PISTOL PURPORTED TO BE THE PROPERTY OF THE INVENTOR, CHRISTIAN SHARPS.

NSN. Cal. 32RF. Blue&cased colored with 3-1/2″ bbl cluster, German silver front sight. Groove in the top of the frame as a rear sight. It has flat side frame with flattened recoiled shields and the knurled release button on the left side of the frame. It has spur trigger and with the Sharps patent marking on the right side of the frame and is mounted with spectacular deep relief carved eagles heads on the grips. The carving is extremely clever using the grip screw escutcheons for eyes in the eagles. This pistol is pictured on page 156 of the book Sharps Firearms, Sellers. Mr. Sellers states in his book that “this pistol was supposedly the personal property of Christian Sharps but the documentation is a little sketchy”. No indication of what the documentation was but, having known Frank Sellers for many years, there must have been something available to him for him to have even considered putting such a statement in print. Given that this pistol is not serialized lends strong credence to the probability that it, in fact, did belong to Christian Sharps. PROVENANCE: Ex-Robert Seiforth Collection; Ex-Frank Sellers 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: Fine. Bbl cluster retains 60-70% glossy orig blue with the sides of the two right bbls moderately heavily pitted. Frame retains traces of smoky cased colors having turned silver to gray with pitting on the right side. Grips are certifiable antique ivory, extremely fine showing light to moderate wear and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bores with scattered pitting. 51649-1 JR252 (12,500-17,500) ESA – Lot 1195

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1195A

SPECIAL DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE LOT.

This lot consists of twelve past Julia auction catalogs, together with their prices realized list. These catalogs serve as a valuable reference source. We regularly sell our past auction catalogs to collectors and dealers alike for that purpose. Please note, the hammer price of the lot will be matched dollar for dollar up to a $1,000 match and donated to the Dana-Farber Institute, commonly known as the “Jimmy Fund” locally. Founded in Boston in 1947, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is world-renowned for its leadership in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research. Your gift provides Dana-Farber with crucial dollars that can be directed where and when they are needed the most. Thank you for your participation. CONDITION: Very good. 51808-3 MPN (300-400) – Lot 1195A

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1196

RARE CASED ENGRAVED TIPPING & LAWDEN MODEL T2 4-BARREL DERRINGER PISTOL.

SN 5572. Cal. 30 RF. Beautiful Sharps type derringer appears to be a direct copy of the Sharps Model 1A Derringer and, according to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, may have been made from parts shipped to England by Sharps. 2-7/8″ bbl cluster with brass pin front sight. Frame is brass with 2-pc smooth ivory grips. Assembly number “10” was observed in front of the frame in the bbl dovetail slot which number is also found on bottom of bbls. Pistol is beautifully deluxe engraved with bbl cluster having wonderful flowing foliate & floral patterns with fantasy animal heads and a very fine stippled background. Frame has full coverage, extremely well-executed, flowing foliate arabesque patterns with clusters of flower blossoms on sides of standing breech and wolf’s heads on top of standing breech. Left rear edge of frame is engraved with a man’s head that has the foliate arabesque patterns emanating from his mouth. Right rear side of frame is engraved with a large wolf’s head. Top of backstrap is engraved with an additional bouquet of flower blossoms and backstrap in feather patterns. Buttstrap and grip keeper are engraved in foliate arabesque patterns. Engraving on sides & bottom of frame has a wonderful detailed punch dot background. This is one of the most elaborately engraved Tipping & Lawden pistols. Accompanied by its orig burl walnut veneer, blue felt lined casing with empty brass shield & ribbon in lid. Interior is compartmented for pistol, a small turn-screw, an ebony handled blued steel cleaning rod, a Hawksley pewter oil bottle and in front left corner a rectangular compartment with sliding lid that contains four 30 caliber rimfire cartridges. PROVENANCE: Jackson Arms (1977); Ex-Robert Howard Estate Collection. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl cluster retains virtually all of its strong orig factory blue showing little or no wear; frame is a dark mustard patina; trigger retains dark case colors and hammer is a plummy blue finish; ivory grips are sound with a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, pitted dark bores. Pistol has been fired very little but apparently was not cleaned after firing corrosive ammo. Case has grain checks in the lid with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish; interior is lightly faded and moderately soiled; accessories are fine. 51649-2 JR87 (7,500-12,500) ESA – Lot 1196

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1197

SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED TIPPING & LAWDEN MODEL T1 4-BARREL SHARPS DERRINGER PISTOL.

SN 496. Cal. 22 Short. Almost a direct copy of the Sharps Model 1A Derringer and, according to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, may have been made from parts shipped to England by Sharps. Pistol has 2-5/8″ 4-bbl cluster with pin front sight and silver plated brass frame with standard markings around the hammer screw hole. Mounted with 2-pc, deep relief, cast Gutta Percha grips. Pistol is engraved with full coverage, very well-executed, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on frame with rosettes around hammer screw. Bbl cluster is also engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with fine stippled ovals on each side for grasping spots. Accompanied by an orig English style burl walnut casing with empty brass shield in lid. Interior is green felt lined and compartmented for pistol with two empty covered compartments and one open compartment. According to the referenced publication only about 2,000 of these scarce revolvers were produced. PROVENANCE: Ex-Robert Howard Estate Collection, acquired 1980 at Ft. Worth show. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain 65-75% glossy orig blue with balance a light patina; frame retains traces of orig silver finish with exposed brass a dark mustard patina; grips are sound showing light to moderate wear. Mechanics are fine, lightly pitted bores. Case has light separation around lid, otherwise is sound and retains most of a restored finish on lid; interior, possibly relined, shows light soil. 51649-3 JR80 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 1197

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1198

SCARCE COOPER NAVY PERCUSSION DA REVOLVER.

SN 7003. Cal 36. Second Model Navy revolver, usual configuration with 5″ oct bbl, brass cone front sight and 3-line address on the top flat. Cylinder is rebated with 5 chambers and has matching SN. Frame & hammer are unmarked. The brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. There are only about 15,000 of these well made revolvers produced 1864-1869. There are no known military contacts but they are considered to be secondary martial. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching, every part visible is numbered. Bbl retains about 60% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked to a dark patina. There is a spot of pitting on the left side flat. Rammer & handle retain dark case colors. Frame retains dark case colors with a forging flaw hole in the left recoil shield and another on left side of frame. Cylinder retains about 75% glossy orig blue with the losses from flaking, not wear. Grip frame is a medium mustard patina. Bottom edges of grip are somewhat battered otherwise grip is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and a couple of chips in the bottom edges and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. 51746-1 JRL (1,250-2,000) – Lot 1198

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1199

VERY RARE CONFEDERATE OCTAGON BARREL DANCE DRAGOON REVOLVER CARRIED BY CORP. JOHN HARGRAVE, WHITFIELD’S TEXAS LEGION, FROM DIRECT FAMILY DESCENT.

NSN. Cal. 44. The six-shot percussion revolver produced by Dance is readily recognizable by its flat frame, rather than the Colt’s rounded recoil shield. Dance revolvers are extremely well made, comparing very favorably with Colt products, and generally exhibiting higher quality workmanship than their both CS and Colt counterparts. James Henry Dance and his three brothers, Perry, David and Isaac, settled in a small town directly south of Houston, Texas, called Columbia, which was located on the banks of the Brazos River. It was the year 1853. The original Dance family, having migrated from Virginia to North Carolina, then Alabama, finally chose Texas as the home for their manufacturing talents. The Dance Brothers machine shop was converted to a revolver manufactory at the outset of the Civil War, and while all four brothers enlisted in the 35th Texas Cavalry, only 1st Lieutenant James Henry Dance remained on active duty, the other brothers being detailed back to the Dance pistol factory for the duration of the war, where they made pistols for the Confederacy. Of the known authentic 104 Dance pistols that survived, 90 are 44 caliber Dragoons; only five of these have full octagonal barrels, the four other substantiated guns with full oct bbls are SN’s 121, 164, 172 and 247 and all had higher grade finish and this example has better grade grips retaining traces of original varnish. This is the only octagonal barrel Dance cryptically marked. Gun is orig and complete, all matching with the cryptic serial <><><><> found on bbl, loading arm, frame, hammer, trigger-guard, and backstrap. Overall edges are sharp. Action is tight and crisp. Five other known cryptically numbered examples are <>, <><>, <><><>, OO, and O<>O, This gun by NRA standards grades good to very good. By Confederate standards this gun is quite fine. Dance revolvers saw hard Confederate use, and Texans who carried these knew where they were made and were proud to carry them. This gun has been in the Hargrave/Hamby family ever since. There is an accompanying copy of a 1964 published family history showing history of the first Hargrave’s dating back to American Revolution including Ezekiel Hargrave who served with the 4th Carolina regiment under George Washington at the Battle of Trenton, NJ. John Howard Hargrave was grandson of Ezekiel, born in 1840 in Indiana moving to Hancock County Texas with his family in 1843. John Hargrave enlisted February 1, 1862 in Whitfield’s Texas cavalry, a hard fighting unit that saw service first with Sterling Price in the Army of the West, later with Van Dorn in Mississippi and Tennessee, then Sol Ross in Atlanta campaigns and finally with N. B. Forrest’s cavalry near war’s end. Whitfield’s Texas Legion is known to have been in over 80 actions, skirmishes and battles as found on “Handbook of Texas Online” compiled by Ron Brothers. This is a rare and exemplary example of Dance revolver carried by Texas cavalryman who served in one of the hardest fighting Texas units in the Confederacy. Of the known authentic 104 Dance pistols that survived, 90 are 44 caliber Dragoons; only five of these have full octagonal barrels, the four other substantiated guns with full oct bbls are SN’s 121, 164, 172 and 247 and all had higher grade finish and this example has better grade grips retaining traces of original varnish. This is the only octagonal barrel Dance cryptically marked. Gun is orig and complete, all matching with the cryptic serial <><><><> found on bbl, loading arm, frame, hammer, trigger-guard, and backstrap. Overall edges are sharp. Action is tight and crisp. Other known cryptically numbered examples are <>, XXXXXXXXXXXXX This gun by NRA standards grades good to very good. By Confederate standards this gun is quite fine. Dance revolvers saw hard Confederate use, and Texans who carried these knew where they were made and were proud to carry them. This gun has been in the Hargrave/Hamby family ever since. There is an accompanying copy of a 1964 published family history showing history of the first Hargrave’s dating back to American Revolution including Ezekiel Hargrave who served with the 4th Carolina regiment under George Washington at the Battle of Trenton, NJ. John Howard Hargrave was grandson of Ezekiel, born in 1840 in Indiana moving to Hancock County Texas with his family in 1843. John Hargrave enlisted February 1, 1862 in Whitfield’s Texas cavalry, a hard fighting unit that saw service first with Sterling Price in the Army of the West, later with Van Dorn in Mississippi and Tennessee, then Sol Ross in Atlanta campaigns and finally with N. B. Forrest’s cavalry near war’s end. Whitfield’s Texas Legion is known to have been in over 80 actions, skirmishes and battles as found on “Handbook of Texas Online” compiled by Ron Brothers. This is a rare and exemplary example of Dance revolver carried by Texas cavalryman who served in one of the hardest fighting Texas units in the Confederacy. PROVENANCE: John Howard Hargrave, 1863-1920; ………… Curtis Hamby (1893-1951); Curtis Edwin Hamby (1930-2006); Katheryn Hamby. CONDITION: Gun appears to be orig and authentic in every regard and is much above average of most encountered specimens. With the exception of two screws replaced, gun appears as manufactured. Several other screws are buggered but all function. Cryptics are all well struck and fully discernible. Cryptic assembly markings appear internally also on left side trigger guard under grips. Brass backstrap & trigger guard have mustard colored patina. Original one-piece walnut grips are well fit with edge wear retaining traces of original varnish. Iron surfaces of gun are dark grey/brown with patina and scattered pitting overall. There is a chip on bottom left barrel housing over corresponding frame been. There is hairline crack on left side of frame which is seen on a few other Dances and small casting flaws noted on trigger guard also occasionally seen on other Dance Revolvers Mechanically functional with crisp well-defined rifling in bore. All-in-all this is among the best identified Dance Dragoons extant. 51728-1 JGS (50,000-70,000) – Lot 1199

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1200

VERY FINE & RARE CONFEDERATE DANCE REVOLVER.

SN 243. Cal. 44. James Henry Dance and his brothers, originally members of the 35th Texas Cavalry, somehow were allowed to have detached service making revolvers in Columbia, TX, later moving in December of 1863 to Anderson, TX when the operation was sold to the Confederate government. These Dance dragoons are copies of Colt Model 1848 dragoon pistols popular in Texas frontier prior to war. Of the approximate 100 Dance pistols that survive, about 85 are 44 Cal. SN 243 is found on all major parts including bbl, left side of loading arm, cylinder, frame, hammer, wedge, trigger guard and backstrap. Overall edges are sharp. Action is tight and functional. This gun by NRA standards grades good-very good. By Confederate standards this gun is quite fine with crisp edges, traces of finish and well defined bore. Dance revolvers saw hard Confederate use, mostly in the Western and Trans-Mississippi theaters of the war. Any Texas Confederate soldier would be proud to carry a Texas made revolver of the highest quality. Gun appears to be orig and authentic as used and is above average of most encountered specimens. All screws, cones, sights and internal parts appear orig, even though the wedge screw and latch appear as war time modifications. This is a beautiful gun that surfaced in an estate sale in Houston, TX in 2003, and at that time became the 82nd known Dance dragoon. Texan collectors have kept lists of Dance revolvers since the 1940’s and the survival and history of this manufacturer is better known than any other Confederate arms maker. PROVENANCE: Houston Texas Estate, 2003; Mike Clark, Houston, TX, 2003; Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton, 2003. CONDITION: Gun is overall very good, complete and orig with only repair noted of the bbl latch which appears orig to revolver’s time of use along with contemporary wedge screw, both have matching patina and surface to rest of gun. Iron surfaces are overall mottled brown/grey with tiny traces of finish in protected areas with scattered staining and pitting. SNs are all crisp & well-defined. Cylinder retains 5 partial safety pins with crisp, well-defined perimeter line at front edge. Gun does appear “as found” with no restoration since the Civil War. There is a break in the trigger bow and there is a cracked break right ear of backstrap that do not affect aesthetics. Mechanically gun has good action and crisp rifling in bore. Grips are very good, well fit with considerable edge wear and some erosion on left side exhibiting good hand worn patina. Letters of authenticity accompany, one from noted Confederate revolver expert, Fred Edmunds. 51566-4 JS (40,000-60,000) – Lot 1200

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1201

RARE CONFEDERATE DANCE DRAGOON REVOLVER HIGHEST SERIAL NUMBER KNOWN OF COMPLETE AND FUNCTIONAL REVOLVER FOUND IN COLUMBIA, TEXAS AT THE DANCE FACTORY LOCATION.

SN 332. Cal. 44. This gun has an intriguing history descending in the family of a WWII ace who told his son stories of this gun being found at the factory site. SN “332” is found on bbl, loading assembly, frame, cylinder and hammer. The gun was obviously in a fire and has been restored prior to 1950 to fire-able condition with addition of trigger guard, new cones and safety pins added to cylinder and refitted with an old pair of wood grips which have correct profile to Dance. Ironically, the trigger guard is virtually identical to an unfinished excavated example pictured on pg 135 of Gary Wiggins text Dance & Brothers Texas Gun Makers to the Confederacy. The iron backstrap, which has no SN, also has same burned appearance of other orig iron parts is indeed orig and only a few Dances are know with this feature (SNs 247, 317 & 333). SN “333” (consecutive SN) which was excavated near East Columbia, Texas with portions of its orig iron backstrap is pictured on pg 125 of Wiggins text. This gun has been retained in the Forster family and was remembered by the son in the 1950’s along with the accompanying side knife which is well made, utilizing an eagle head sword hilt, transformed into a great Bowie knife with 9-3/4″ blade, 2-1/2″ clip point, about-1-1/2″ wide. The scabbard is made from reused leather and appears mounted in WWI or WWII. As you will see in accompanying affidavit from Mr. Forster, his father told him this knife had “killed Yankees”, regardless, it is a well made side knife and there are other Civil War era side knives known that were reused by GI’s in the 20th Century. Accompanied by affidavit from owner. CONDITION: As noted, gun is functional with iron showing old fire scale and areas where melted brass trigger guard discolored areas, especially on backstrap and left side of frame. Most screws appear orig and metal surfaces have been cleaned and filed during restoration. Cones and safety pins as noted are replaced. Mechanically gun functions with well discerned rifling in bore. Accompanying side knife is very good as found, pommel is slightly loose. Top of bone grip is chipped. Remnants of gilt found on brass mounts. Blade is grey overall with old sharpening, staining and light pitting. The scabbard is sound, solid, fits knife well with crack in leather near tip of sewn piece. All in all, this is a very intriguing grouping with a wonderful side knife along with the highest SN is complete functioning conditions Dance revolver known. If this gun could only talk! 51692-1 JS (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1201

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1202

VERY RARE CONFEDERATE C.H. RIGDON AUGUSTA GEORGIA REVOLVER.

SN 2154. Cal. 36. This is a very rare marking combination gun with only 3 specimens noted (SN 2180 and 2182 are the other examples). SN 2182 was sold as Lot #3364 on these floors in October, 2015. These Confederate contract revolvers instead of having just the normal “CSA” surcharge on one bbl flat, are marked on the three top flats of the part oct bbl housing “CH RIGDON”, “CSA” and “AUGUSTA GA” and as noted only 2 other examples are known. All major components of this gun appear original and matching SN “2154” appears on the loading arm, latch, bbl housing, frame, trigger guard, backstrap, cyl and penciled in backstrap channel of grips. PROVENANCE: Ex-Norm Flayderman Collection, 1988; Ex-Burney Crooke Collection; Ex-Gene Mathis Collection, 2006. CONDITION: Overall good to very good, with old cleaning by noted antique firearms restorer Jay Huber. Jay cleaned this gun for Norm Flayderman when in his collection. Metal surfaces are gray and smooth. SNs are still strong and easy to read however, bbl markings are weak, but mostly discernible however, as can be seen in photos. The wedge and arbor without grease grooves are not serialized and are replaced possibly at time of use as surfaces match gun. Grips are well fit with hand worn patina. Mechanically pistol functions well with crisp discernible rifling in bore. 50155-1 JS42 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1202

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1203

FINE ORIGINAL RECENT DISCOVERY CONFEDERATE LEECH & RIGDON REVOLVER, SERIAL NUMBER 820 WITH ORIGINAL HOLSTER.

SN 820. Cal. 36. This is newly discovered revolver from a Western estate that has not been seen in collectors market before. Family knows gun has always been in family and dates back to a great-great-uncle on mother’s side who came from battlefield to Nevada during the Gold Rush and it has been retained in the family ever since. There are 2 sets of initials on this gun which probably would identify the man who carried it ‘JSE” on butt and “HWE” inside grip strap. This revolver was made under contract from the Confederate States government in Greensboro, GA. in 1863. By NRA standards this revolver would grade good+ but is quite fine for a Confederate revolver. This example shows honest use, as does its fine orig holster. CONDITION: Very good overall, all matching. Everything normally SNd is numbered and numbers all discernible. Numbers are found on bbl, arbor, frame, trigger guard, backstrap, loading arm, latch, wedge, cylinder and penciled inside grips. Makers mark is especially crisp and discernible with a light rebound in “Rigdon” which is not uncommon. Metal is grey and smooth overall with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Stocks are sound and well fit with moderate edge wear, hand worn patina, ½” chip on left side. Good mechanics, clean, crisp bore with light pitting. 100% orig with exception of 4 properly conserved screws. Accompanying holster is a rare find and is in relatively fine condition overall, though missing closure tab and belt loop is resewn with rawhide as is top 2″ of closure, which truly appears to be alternations made when this gun was brought out west after the Civil War. 51029-1 JS (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1203

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1204

RARE CONFEDERATE RIGDON & ANSLEY REVOLVER, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA.

SN 1786. Cal. 36. All SNs on this revolver are stamped with the correct small number dies. It is also to be noted that the number “1” is a broken die which became broken at pistol #1237, continuing to be used through the small-die run to R&A pistol #1900, or thereabouts. This gun has cryptic “W” stamped on left front web of trigger bow. Gun appears all orig with matching SNs “1786” that are found on bbl housing, latch, loading arm, frame, arbor, cylinder, backstrap, trigger guard and wedge. The grips are also SNd internally in the channel and have a “WH” (Wescom Hudgins) inspector’s cartouche. Top bbl flat is properly stamped “CSA”. Sometime in late November or early December of 1862, the firm of Leech & Rigdon, then located in Columbus, Mississippi, contracted with the Confederate Government to manufacture percussion revolvers of the Colt patent design, though contract was not signed for 1500 guns until firm settled in Greensboro, GA. With Union troops threatening the Columbus area, Leech & Rigdon moved its operation (its third move) to Greensboro, Georgia, where they began turning out revolvers in March of 1863. Approximately 1000 revolvers were produced at Greensboro, before it was again necessary to move because of Yankee pressure in the area. The Leech & Rigdon partnership split up in January of 1864, and Rigdon took all the gun-making machinery with him, moved to Augusta, Georgia (the fourth and last move) forming a new partnership with Jesse Ansley. Rigdon & Ansley assumed the responsibility of completing the orig Leech & Rigdon contract, by manufacturing the remaining 500 revolvers of that model, then going on with a new contract to furnish 1500 Rigdon & Ansley revolvers. While the Rigdon & Ansley revolvers were practically identical in design to the Leech & Rigdons, there were some changes made which were considered improvements at the time. The most obvious change was the addition of six (6) more cylinder stops on the Rigdon & Ansley, and the omission of the locking pins on the rear shoulders of the cylinder. This was thought to be a safety improvement in that it allowed the cylinder to be locked in place with the hammer resting between the percussion nipples. An additional change was the milling-out of a groove in the recoil shield, which now came to be called a “cap release groove”, which allowed spent percussion caps an easier exit from the frame, so that they were expelled via the groove at the right top side of the recoil shields as the cylinder rotated to the right in the firing and re-cocking procedure, after each round was fired. This “cap release groove” is found on this revolver along with the employment of a “Colt-type” loading lever latching assembly, rather than Leech & Rigdon ball and pin type catches. This is a pleasing example of Georgia made Rigdon & Ansley revolver with fine aesthetics, complete and orig. PROVENANCE: Ex-Clifford Young Collection, 1954; Ex-Fred Slaton Collection, 1960; Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton. CONDITION: Very good overall, matching throughout, all major parts orig, the only discernible replacement is the wedge screw. Bbl retains tiny traces of orig blue finish with balance plum/brown with scattered nicks, dings, scratches and pinprick pitting. Frame and loading assembly have matching plum/brown color with pitting. Cylinder has rougher surface than rest of gun, grey/brown color with pitting, old cleaning and file marks, worn ratcheting and stops; SN is only partially discernible and may not actually match gun, though it does appear to be an orig Rigdon cylinder with correct partial SN dies. Front brass post sight is orig. Brass trigger guard and backstrap have yellow to dark mustard patina. Grips are sound and well fit with thin traces of orig varnish. Mechanically gun functions with well discerned rifling in bore. 51566-8 JS (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1204

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1205

EXTREMELY FINE CONFEDERATE 1ST MODEL GRISWOLD REVOLVER.

SN 1218. Cal. 36. This most popular brass framed revolver was made by Samuel Griswold from converted cotton gin factory near Macon, Georgia. Confederate soldiers lucky enough to be issued a Confederate made “Colt” often wrote of their pride in ownership of such high Southern quality. Rare are these revolvers in high condition. This is a 1st Model Griswold revolver having rnd bbl housing being among the finest “as found” 100% orig, matching and authentic examples. This gun overall is in very good condition by NRA standards but extremely fine and among the best for Confederate revolvers. Brass has rich, beautiful mustard and copper-colored patinas with dark matching colors on iron with traces of bright orig blue. This gun is SN’d 1218 on right side of bbl housing, frame, and cylinder. Secondary number “18” found stamped on wedge, hammer, loading arm, plunger, left side of trigger guard, right side of backstrap and penciled in grip frame channel. A cryptic “T” is found on bottom of bbl, back of frame, right side of trigger guard, right side of backstrap, and back of cylinder. A Roman numeral “III” is found on left side of backstrap and trigger guard. This extremely fine 1st Model Griswold revolver ranks in the top 10% of all surviving Confederate brass framed revolvers as to quality and aesthetics. PROVENANCE: Fred Slaton Collection, Nebo, KY; Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton. CONDITION: Overall very good-fine, well fit and matching. Complete and orig, missing only wedge screw. Of the numerous Griswold revolvers that I have examined over many years, I have not seen a more pleasing, honest, unadulterated example. Metal is sharp overall and has dark contrasting patinas exhibiting smooth surfaces with some light pitting and nicks and dings on bbl housing. Cylinder retains all 6 safety pins; ratcheting is still crisp and cryptic sharp. Grips are very well fit with hand worn patina with light, minor dings and dents, edge wear and chip to left inside toe. All markings are crisp and clearly struck including the cryptic marks which are especially vivid on this example. Mechanically, revolver is sound. Crisp, strong rifling with light areas of pitting in the bore. Loading arm, cylinder and hammer have a blue/black color, seen occasionally on high condition Georgia made revolvers that contrast well with the distinct patinas of frame and trigger guard. 51566-5 JS (25,000-30,000) – Lot 1205

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1206

VERY RARE EARLY GRISWOLD REVOLVER.

SN 133. This is a most unusual gun and one of very few noted being transitional between 1st model 1st types and standard 1st models. SN 90 is the highest known on 1st model 1st type, SN 114 is an excavated frame only and is made of iron. This example is the earliest standard 1st model with large trigger bow that I can document. SN’s 105 and 117 are listed by William Albaugh in Confederate Handguns, but we can not substantiate these numbers and we know 3 other early SN’s are noted to be not original. SN 135 is also known and of a very similar configuration to subject here as is the next substantiated SN known 174 which is at “Battle Abbey” in Richmond, Virginia. Other SN’s known under SN 200 are SN’s 179, 186, 194 and 198. This particular gun appears 100% original and authentic and full SN’s are found on right side of bbl housing, frame and cyl. Full SN 133 is also found on loading arm, wedge, hammer, trigger guard and backstrap where as guns as early as serial 186 secondary numbers were being utilized. Cryptic “V” is found on wedge (which is only seen on earliest guns), left side of loading arm pivot (which I don’t remember seeing before, but maybe seen in other early guns), back of cyl (inside diameter, which also is only seen on earliest guns), left side of backstrap and trigger guard. The grips internally in channel are also stamped with “V”. As with other early 1st models there are no Roman numerals. The frame pins are steel which I do not recall on any other standard 1st models but is present on all 1st model 1st types. This is an outstanding rare early Griswold that would fit into any advanced Confederate revolver collection. PROVENANCE: Ex-Dick Kennedy, Atlanta Georgia; Ex-Jim Williams Collection, Atlanta. CONDITION: Good to very good overall, metal shows old cleaning with staining and pitting. SN’s and cryptics are all crisp and easily discerned. Gun appears totally original and complete externally with exception of loading lever screw. Grips are sound and solid with some sanding on bottoms with small putty repairs to inside toes. Front sight is an improvised blade which utilized the orig pin base which appears contemporary to use. Mechanically gun indexes sporadically and only holds half cock. Discernible rifling is found in pitted bore. 50560-1 JS (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1206

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1207

RARE SPILLER & BURR, ATLANTA, GEORGIA CONFEDERATE REVOLVER WITH FULL FIRM MARKING, “CS” AND SERIAL NUMBERED CYLINDER.

SN 104. Cal. 36. Spiller & Burrs were made in Atlanta and then Macon, Georgia with a total production of less than 1,500 guns. This particular brass framed copy of a Whitney revolver is the most difficult of the major Confederate manufacturers to find complete and orig. It is also difficult to find these guns with the firm marking on bbl and cylinders which are SNd. This gun exhibits both these features and also has “CS” stamped on right side of frame. This was the first gun discovered to be marked on the bbl and the frame as documented in William Albaugh’s first texts. There are various thoughts as to why so few Spillers have SNd cylinders and why only about half have “CS” stamped on frames. It’s possible, according to some students and scholars, that these pistols were actually accepted and inspected for a Confederate Ordinance Dept. in Macon, Georgia. Gun is SNd on bbl, frame, trigger guard, cylinder, loading lever and arbor. PROVENANCE: William Albaugh Collection, 1950’s; Listed by SN in “Confederate Brass Framed Colt & Whitney”, 1955 by William Albaugh and “Confederate Handguns”, 1963 by Albaugh, Benet & Simmons; Red Jackson, Dallas, Texas; William Bond Collection, Vernon, Texas, 1962; Jerry Fertitta, Richmond, Virginia; pictured on cover of “North-South Traders Civil War Collectors Price Guide- 9th Edition”; Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton. CONDITION: Very good-fine overall. Smooth surfaces with light pitting, scattered dents, dings and scratches, especially around frame markings as can be seen in photos. Brass frame shows old cleaning with a light mustard patina. Gun is all matching and orig. “SPILLER & BURR” markings on bbl flat are well discerned. Stocks are sound, solid and well fit with hand worn patina. This gun conforms to other standard model Spillers, functioning well with well-defined rifling in bore. 51566-9 JS (25,000-30,000) – Lot 1207

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1208

BRASS FRAMED CONFEDERATE SPILLER & BURR REVOLVER.

SN 393. Cal. 36. This is a nice example of a scarce brass-framed Confederate revolver made in Georgia during the Civil War. This exact gun is pictured on pg 32 of Bill Gary’s definitive text Confederate Revolvers, 1987. This gun conforms to the standard configuration of other Spiller revolvers and has a 6-7/8″ oct bbl with unique crowning. Spiller & Burr revolvers were a Confederate brass-framed copy of Whitney’s Navy Revolver. This gun shows probable Confederate Government acceptance with a large “CS” stamped on right side of frame. SN “393” appears twice on frame and on trigger guard. Bbl is SNd “398” which was probably just a factory error. There is a cryptic “J” stamped on right side of grip frame and a “O” on top of latch securing cylinder base pin. Cylinder and loading arm are not serial numbered, but appear orig. This is a pleasing example of popular brass framed Confederate revolver with smooth surfaces and a crisp “CS” with well fitting military flap holster that would make a great addition to any Confederate collection. PROVENANCE: Ex-Bill Gary Collection; Pictured on pg 32 of “Confederate Revolvers’, Gary, 1987; Ex-Kent Wall Collection, Nashville, TN; Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton. CONDITION: Overall very good. Gun appears orig throughout with apparent addition of latch screw and one nipple. Metal shows old cleaning overall, brass now has a light mustard patina and iron is overall mottled grey/brown with staining and pitting. Full orig brass post front sight. Grips are sound and solid with old refinish, well fit with hand worn patina. Mechanically gun functions with crisp well defined bore. Accompanying holster fits gun well, appears to have been made from reclaimed leather so common among Confederate accoutrements. Leather is fairly supple. Still retains small portions of orig polish, but mostly worn away. 51566-10 JS (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1208

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1209

CONFEDERATE COL. JOHN S. MOSBY PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 142683. Cal. 36. This gun originally was in the extensive John S. Mosby Collection of the late Bob Daly of Middleburg, Virginia who had large collection of personal Mosby objects, including many orig letters and documents direct from the Mosby descendants.. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass cone front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address, “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame and Cal. marking on left shoulder of trigger guard, brass trigger guard and back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Backstrap is engraved in period script “To J.S. Mosby from R.H.D.” and buttstrap is inscribed in matching script “Welbourne”. John Singleton Mosby was born in Virginia in 1833, educated locally and in 1849 entered the Univ. of Virginia. In 1852 he was expelled for shooting another student, a bully, who had insulted him. He was convicted of the crime and was sentenced to one year in jail and a $500 fine. He was pardoned by the Governor and the fine rescinded. At the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Confederate Army as a private even though he was opposed to secession. He later stated that he fought for Virginia, not for slavery. In his early career he rode with the Washington Mounted Rifles but was recognized for his intelligence gathering abilities and in early 1862 was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and was authorized to form & command the 43rd Battallion, 1st Virginia Cavalry, Partisan Rangers. He was promoted to Captain and then Major in March 1863, to Lt. Col. in January 1864 and Colonel in December 1864. His command was notorious for their lightning-like and stealthy raids on Union supply trains and encampments. He was known by one & all as the “Grey Ghost”. At the end of the war he did not surrender his command but simply disbanded them. After the war he became a staunch Republican and worked on Gen. Grant’s campaign for president and subsequently was appointed Consul to Hong Kong 1878-1885. He served in numerous other government & state positions throughout the remainder of his career and died in 1916. The initials in the presentation on back strap of this revolver, “RHD”, are thought to be for Richard Henry Dulany (1820-1906), also a Virginian and cavalryman for the Confederacy. The Dulanys are a very old and venerated Virginia family and members of the wealthy Virginia aristocracy having arrived from Ireland in 1703. The Dulany ancestral home is called “Welbourne” and remains in the Dulany Family today as a public Bed & Breakfast Inn. In July 1861, Richard H. Dulany personally equipped a company of mounted riflemen, the Dulany Troop. Col. Mosby and Dulany were apparently friends during the war with recorded instances of Mosby and his troops resting and recuperating at Welbourne. Richard Dulany was originally a Captain in the 7th Virginia Cavalry in command of the Dulany Troop then was appointed Lt. Col. in October 1862 and Colonel in October 1864. He was wounded on three separate occasions and survived numerous campaigns and battles including Jackson’s Valley Campaign, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Antietam, Wilderness Campaign, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor & several others. Accompanied by a packet of information regarding Col. Dulany including copies of his military record and copies of several photographs of Col. Mosby both in and out of uniform and with his family. Also included is the book The Dulanys of Welbourne, A Family in Mosby’s Confederacy, Vogtsberger, which consists primarily of letters between Col. Dulany and his family. Col. John Mosby was one of the most famous and enigmatic characters of the Civil War. Due to his unpredictability and daring & dashing raids against the Union troops his capture and/or death was greatly pursued by the Union. This cataloguer recalls reading somewhere that there was, unusually for a military person, a substantial reward offered for his capture or proof of his death. Apparently his continuing raids and the inability of the Union to capture him was greatly demoralizing to the Union Army in that area. Mosby supposedly preferred the 1851 Navy to all other hand guns as did so many other Confederate officers. If this gun could only speak and tell us how Dulany obtained this pistol made at the height of the Civil War in early 1863 and gave it to his comrade. Dunlay’s wartime letters should be read. PROVENANCE: Ex-Collection Bob Daly, Middleburg, VA. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except wedge which is numbered “20364” and the rammer handle which is numbered “2688”. (Grip was not checked.) Bbl & frame retain a gray/brown patina with traces of blue in most sheltered areas of bbl. Rammer handle is also a gray patina with traces of case colors in sheltered areas. Grip frame is an even light mustard patina, having been cleaned and polished in the past, now beginning to regain a patina. Grip is sound showing heavy edge wear with nicks, dings and scratches and retains about 50-60% orig varnish. Cylinder is a matching patina to the frame and retains about 60% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore 51619-1 JS (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1209

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1210

RARE AND VERY EARLY 1ST MODEL LEMAT CONFEDERATE GRAPESHOT REVOLVER.

SN 22. Cal. 42/18ga. This is a fine and complete orig example of a rarely offered 1st Model LeMat. This gun is same SN range of two identified South Carolina 1st Model LeMat’s. SN “21” was carried by a Private in the Eutaw Regiment and SN “25” was carried by T.B. Memminger, a Confederate surgeon and son of the Confederate Secretary of the Treasury. SN “22” has all the rare 1st Model features, including earliest bbl markings of “COL. LeMAT’S PATENT”, loading assembly attached to bbl on right side of gun, spur trigger guard and pinned lanyard ring stud, reciprocating pin cylinder rotation system. This gun is all orig, complete and functional. Fred Edmunds, well known Confederate revolver expert and late collector, wrote his observations which describe this gun well: “On December 7, 2002, I had the occasion of partially disassembling and examining your LeMat pistol, serial number 22, with a view toward verifying its authenticity. This statement is a result of my findings and conclusions. Barrel is correct and original, being half round and half octagonal, with the script-type engraving on the top flat breech-end reading, “Col. LeMat’s Patent”. Serial Number “22” is stamped on the right side barrel flat near the breech end. Front sight is original. No other barrel marks are observed. The loading lever assembly is located on the right side, as is correct for the First Model. It was not disassembled, but appears to be original. The loading lever catch could be a replacement, but if that is so, it is an excellent replacement. The frame is original and has the serial number “22”, stamped on the lower right side with an “M” in a circle. Spur trigger guard and backstrap are original with “22 stamped on inside surfaces. Mainspring and tension screw are original. Swiveling lanyard ring is original. Hammer is original and has the early “ears” on the top striking surface allowing it to be lowered on a pivot to discharge the grapeshot barrel; hammer is also numbered “22”. The 2-pc walnut grips with escutcheons are in excellent condition and are stamped “Baquet”, inside as, are many early LeMats. Another early feature in LeMat #22 is the rabbetted slip-fit joint between the grapeshot barrel and the regular barrel; later models were held together by a series of threads and were screwed off in disassembly. The cylinder is original and shows the same deep patina as the remainder of the piece. It is in excellent untouched condition. LeMat #22 has a very pleasing deep patina on all parts and is in excellent condition: it has a finer finish than most models, which were not highly polished before blueing was applied. Most LeMats have minor surface roughness when examined closely. They were not highly polished like the Colt products. The piece at hand is an excellent example of perhaps the most intriguing firearm used in the War Between the States.” PROVENANCE: Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton. CONDITION: Very good-fine overall as described in Fred Edmund’s Letter of Authenticity. Gun does appear, however to have been re-colored to a pleasing overall dark, smooth plum color and bbl address has possibly been freshened in this cataloger’s opinion. Mechanically gun is sound and functional. 51566-2 JS (25,000-30,000) – Lot 1210

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1211

EXTREMELY RARE AND SPECTACULAR CONDITION, FINEST OF ONLY TWO ROBERT JONES LIVERPOOL MARKED ENGLISH CONFEDERATE LEMAT GRAPESHOT REVOLVERS MADE 1862-1863.

SN 16. Cal. 42/18. This is no doubt the finest example of two extant specimens. The only other example is SN 6, which was offered by James D. Julia and sold in 2002 was well used. This gun, like its mate, shares the early LeMat characteristics of reciprocating pin mechanism to turn and lock cylinder. This mechanism proved defective in the field, and in 1863 the ratchet system like Colt was utilized. The Tipping & Lawden Confederate navy contract of 1864 produced 1,000 London LeMats which are quite different then these varieties and are all SNd 8000-9000. Even this group of London LeMats, though a 1,000 were produced, survival is quite low as the census is quite small; many must have been lost on a blockade runner, though that history is not documented as of yet. Like the other rare London LeMat & Girard patent offered in this sale, this was also a prize of the Clifford Young Collection. SN 16 is noted on most major parts and Roman Numeral II on others. Bbl markings “ROBERT JONES, NO 6 CHAPEL ST. LIVERPOOL” is engraved on top bbl flat. Ed Simmons in his Lemat research published in Confederate Handguns, 1963, Albaugh, Benet & Simmons; pg 99 in correspondence between the Confederate Navy Agent Bullock and Caleb Huse Confederate Agent “we have been very disappointed. The proposal we made to these gentlemen of Liverpool was not at all disastrous for them, we only asked them to give us the necessary money for the manufacture of their arms; these arms would have been delivered to them for further dispatching to American and the payment would have been made to them…. we asked them to indicate us another firm in Liverpool which we could make an arrangement…there is evidently an agreement between them and Major Hues, in order to keep the monopoly of the commerce between the Confederate States”. With all of the problems Girard was having with the English production of his guns, could this Robert Jones, Livrpool made gun be part of this September 1862 correspondence? We do know the English agent Perreaux & Company of London did receive November 8, 1862 500 LeMat revolvers destined for the Confederate States War Department that were sent abroad on the ship Lustika, November 8, 1862. It was always believed that this initial shipment was strictly Paris addressed guns, but based on this correspondence, English made varieties could have easily been included and it is to note that all of these early Paris guns are quite rare also. This is a unique opportunity to obtain an extremely fine and rare Confederate LeMat with these unique markings. PROVENANCE: Clifford Young Collection; pictured on pg 78 and described on pg 82 of “The Confederate LeMat Revolver”, Doug Adams, 2005. CONDITION: Fine overall. Strong traces of bright blue are found on frame, bbl, shotgun bbl, cylinder and loading assembly. There is a number “3827” stamped on left stock which we believe may be a number from the US Cartridge Collection (more research required and this inventory # is possible key). Gun is functional with crisp, shiny rifled bore and smooth shotgun cylinder. There are areas of scattered denting and pitting which do not affect the overall aesthetics of this arm. 51410-2 JS (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1211

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1212

EXTREMELY RARE AND FINEST EXAMPLE OF EARLY LONDON MADE CONFEDERATE LEMAT GRAPESHOT REVOLVER, ONLY 4 EXAMPLES KNOWN.

SN 128. Cal. 42/18 ga. In the archives of the Confederate Memorial Hall, New Orleans, is a letter dated August 28, 1862 to General P.G.T. Beauregard from LeMat concerning the completion of revolvers in England by Girard. The date of this letter, no doubt, relates to the English patent filed April 15, 1862 which mirrors the Paris made revolvers still utilizing the reciprocating pin cylinder rotating and locking mechanism. There are so few London LeMats known with these early features, Alain Serpette, among the early LeMat researchers, notes only 4 guns of this genre: SNs 3, 9, 55 and 128. Doug Adams in his text The Confederate LeMat Revolver, 2005, also hypothesizes why these early guns exist. This correspondence cited moves it. The reciprocating pin mechanism was modified to a ratchet system like Colt in 1864 and Confederate Naval contract guns are all of this type with more modifications and should not be confused with these extremely rare 1862-1863 revolvers. Of the few examples known, all saw relatively hard use just like the Paris produced guns of these same years. This example no doubt, is the finest known example of this early London LeMat. These early guns are engraved not stamped “LEMAT & GIRARD’S PATENT LONDON” on top barrel flat. Ed Simmons wrote the chapter on LeMat revolvers in Confederate Handguns by Albaugh, Benet & Simmons, 1963 and is the only author other than Adams to state definitively that a handful of LeMat Revolvers were being made in England at the same time as in Paris during the earliest production. Cliff Young prized this rarity when it was part of his monumental LeMat collection. PROVENANCE: Clifford Young Collection, listed by SN and model described on pgs 119-121 “Confederate Handguns” by Albaugh, Benet & Simmons, 1963; listed by SN “Colonel Fracois A. Le Mat”, Alain F. Serpette, pg 53, 1995; listed by SN “LeMat The Man, The Gun”, Forgett & Serpette, pg 77, 1996; listed by SN and model described in “The Confederate LeMat Revolver”, Doug Adams, pg 79, 2005. CONDITION: Fine overall. Metal retains strong traces of thin blue. Matching SNs are found throughout. Fully functional with good bores and crisp markings. 51410-1 JS (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1212

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1213

FINE AND RARE CONFEDERATE 2ND MODEL LEMAT REVOLVER WITH COG MECHANISM TURNING CYLINDER, NOT NOTED IN SUCH AN EARLY GUN PREVIOUSLY.

SN 1320. Cal. 42/18ga. This is a fine, complete and matching orig example of the standard production Confederate contracted LeMat grapeshot revolver retaining traces of orig finish. Standard production Paris guns, often called 2nd Models at about SN 1800 were changed from reciprocating pin to “Colt-style” ratcheting cog mechanism to turn cylinder. This feature we have not noted on such an early gun previously. Doug Adams, in his text The Confederate LeMat Revolver, 2005, “Note: Although there were some overlap, the change in Paris series barrel address “Systme LeMat” (SN 1825) occurs at roughly the same point as the switch to the cog mechanism”. What makes this gun so unusual as it indeed has cog mechanism was never made for reciprocating pin and gun appears all orig, correct and matching and “as found”. This gun exhibits all improvements that were known to work the best after lots of service in the field by Confederates reporting problems in the early Civil War years. I cannot explain why a gun theoretically made fully 500 SNs previous to the later Paris guns has these features, but this is indeed a pure and unmolested and possibly earliest known SN with cog mechanism. Otherwise, this revolver conforms to standard models with distinctive LeMat 9-shot cylinder. 42 caliber rifled bbl with smooth bore ‘grape-shot’ 18ga bbl for firing buckshot. The top bbl flat is marked “Col. LeMat Bte s.g.d.g. Paris” which is the typical address on LeMat standard production guns prior to SN 1825. In Wiley Sword’s text Firepower From Abroad , 1986, he notes that probably only the first 1450 LeMats made it to the Confederacy in time for the Gettysburg Campaign. If that is the case this would have been one of the last shipments to make it through blockade for the major 1863 and 1864 Campaigns of the Civil War. LeMat revolvers were prized by their Confederate owners (and Yankee capturers too). Many notable Confederate Generals and Officers were known to have carried these unique weapons as noted by General Beauregard’s and General Lewis’s sold in a previous Julia’s sale. In Charles Frazier’s 1997 National Book Awards winning Cold Mountain the book’s hero Inman proudly owned a pair of LeMat revolvers showing how well known this particular revolver is among modern culture. This is a pleasing example, all matching with fine aesthetics. PROVENANCE: Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall, orig bright blue finish is found in traces in protected areas, balance of surface is mottled gray with some staining, light pitting and other minor cosmetic blemishes. Gun appears 100% orig and complete with exception of right ear of hammer face which is broken and missing. All screws appear orig. Matching SN 1320 was found on bbl, shotgun bbl, loading arm, loading assembly screw, plunger, cleaning rod, cylinder, frame, trigger, each grip and grip screw. Mechanically revolver functions well, crisp action, bright well discerned shotgun and rifled bores. 51566-3 JS (20,000-25,000) – Lot 1213

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1214

EXTREMELY FINE CONFEDERATE KERR REVOLVER.

SN 9032. Cal. 44. The London Armory Co. produced about 11,000 large 54 bore revolvers from 1859-1866. The largest part of that production were purchased by the Confederacy. The majority of guns with credible Confederate association have the stamp “JS/anchor” on grips just behind trigger guard. Serial numbers range from 1019-9975 with this marking. Excellent new information can be found on English Confederate imports in the monumental text just published in 2014 by Russ Pritchard, Tim Prince and C.A. Huey, The English Connection. Seven Kerr revolvers are known to have been used by Company H of the 18th Virginia Cavalry and are listed on the squad roll of Lt. Julian Pratt, July 1864. The 7 guns on Pratt’s list are all in the SN range 9240-9974. This is a beautiful and high condition example of a normally well worn Confederate revolver. PROVENANCE: Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton. CONDITION: Fine overall, all matching, crisp markings. Lock and hammer retain much of their orig muted color with balance grey/silver with light pitting. Cylinder retains over 20% orig bright blue with balance grey. Bbl and housing retain about 75% orig bright blue. Frame and trigger guard retain strong traces of bright blue orig finish. Gun is mechanically sound with crisp, well defined bore. Grips sound; crisp checkering with some wear and light chipping to diamond pattern. “JS/anchor” is especially crisp. 51566-6 JS (6,000-8,000) – Lot 1214

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1215

VERY FINE CONFEDERATE PALMETTO ARMORY PISTOL.

NSN. Cal. 54. This is among the finest examples of an orig Palmetto Armory secondary Confederate Single Shot pistol you will find. Only 1000 of this contract were purported to have been made and survival in fine condition is extremely rare. Markings are crisp and sharp. Gun is 100% orig and authentic and still retains raised grain to its stock which we have not encountered before on this model. The lock and hammer have very crisp and fine markings and muted case color in protected area under hammer. This would be a difficult example to upgrade especially for crisp markings and exceptional wood. PROVENANCE: Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton. CONDITION: For a Confederate arm, this gun is in fine-excellent condition, but by NRA standards it grades very good. Bbl is overall mottled grey with areas of staining and pitting. Lock has similar color to bbl, but smoother, “Palmetto Tree” surrounded by “Palmetto Armory, S.C.” are well struck and easily read as are “Columbia, S.C. 1852″. Bbl markings of “VIP”, “palm tree”, “WM. GLAZE & CO” and “1853″ on bbl tang are crisp and easily discerned. Brass has a light mustard patina with scattered small scratches, dents and dings. The stock is sound and solid with good sharp edges and areas of raised grain, several storage dings and dents. Mechanically gun is sound with a smooth bore with pitting. 51566-1 JS (6,000-8,000) – Lot 1215

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1216

EXTREMELY RARE CONFEDERATE SCOPED 2ND QUALITY WHITWORTH RIFLE.

SN C529. Cal. 52. There are 19 SNs known on scoped 2nd Quality Whitworth rifles. This example falls within this range that saw Confederate service, B509 and the highest C619. This gun conforms to the other examples known with “WHITWORTH RIFLE CO MANCHESTER” forward of hammer on lock and Crown over “W” rear of hammer and engraved on trigger guard plate “2ND QUALITY”. Bbl marked on left of breech with Birmingham proofs, “52” gauge markings and SN “C529”. Matching SNs are also found on lock, trigger guard, breech and bbl band. The brass tube Davidson scope was adjusted for elevation by turning the knurled knob on the right side of the forearm. This loosened the clamp on the left side so the 1-1/2″ bar graduated in 1/16″ increments could be raised and lowered, pivoting on the rear mount secured by the rear lock plate screw. The normal long range ladder sight could be used for normal short range shooting. There is extensive documentation on the acquisition of this rifle, along with correspondence regarding the use of these guns during the Civil War. This gun was originally found with the telescopic sight missing which was later purchased from Confederate authority Steve Mullinax and put back on the rifle according to documentation. In a 1992 letter from noted Whitworth authority John Morrow The Confederate Whitworth Sharpshooters, 1989. “The telescope mounted Whitworth ‘2nd Quality’ No. C529 Rifle” described here conforms to the specification of all the other known surviving examples of the Confederate Purchase Special Arms. Specifically, it is in the correct SN range, the simple form of the iron sights, two bbl bands, lack of a safety bolt, common breech rather than patent breech, very short muzzle projection beyond the forend cap (note that the bbl appears to have lost 3/16″ at the muzzle, it should be 33″ exactly), the method of mounting the telescope the form of the checkering and everything else about it confirm this. The total number shipped in this telescopic configuration is not known but only 8 have been traced up to this moment.” One identical to this gun, is pictured in Firearms of the Confederacy, plate XXIII and discussed on pages 27 and 28. An extremely rare and authentic Confederate snipers rifle in “out-of-the-attic” condition. This rifle is pictured partially and mentioned in The English Connection by Russ Pritchard and C. A. Huey. This text is the most definitive and recent book on Confederate imports from Britain. PROVENANCE: David Taylor; Ex-Collection Thomas K. Hutchinson (1924-2007), 1991. CONDITION: Iron is brown overall with staining and pitting. Gun appears orig and matching with addition of restored scope and mounts. The bbl is missing 3/16″ and bore has been reamed to about 48 Cal. smooth bore. Stock is sound and solid with hand worn patina with beautiful set of initials of solider who carried this gun, carved on bottom of stock “JSW”, long hairline crack about 10″ on right side of stock and several other hairlines and cosmetic defects in wood as seen in photos. Gun was not disassembled, but this gun is well known with old collection history. Mechanically sound with pitted, smooth bore as noted. Scope has good optics with chip to one lens which does not affect sighting. 51671-1 JS (50,000-70,000) – Lot 1216

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1217

EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND DESIRABLE CONFEDERATE RISING BREECH CARBINE (BILHARZ, HALL & COMPANY).

SN 85. Cal. 54. One of the great rarities in Confederate arms collecting and one of the most sought after long arms in the arms collecting field is this “Rising Breech Carbine” made in Pittsylvania Courthouse, VA by Bilharz, Hall & Company. There are only 16 of these guns known and this is among the very best of them. There are also two variant styles. Murphy and Madaus in their text Confederate Carbines & Musketoons differentiates this as a Type I where “the extreme rear end of the lever has an open loop comprising about 3/4″ of a circle. The upper part of the loop has a small horizontal flange which locks into a groove on the upper part of the curved iron extension that completes the circle. This extension maintains latching pressure by means of an interior flat spring attached to the trigger plate”. Type II carbines have latching mechanism consisting of a sliding loop attached to an iron block in a slot on the inner aspect of the lever. A plunger rod passes through the block and two integral brackets; a coil spring encircles the plunger rod and maintains pressure. In their text, Madaus & Murphy lists this gun as being the highest SN known. Bilharz also produced a muzzle loading percussion carbine. Subject carbine is in .54 caliber SN 85, and fired a paper cartridge. The breechblock rises vertically when the trigger guard/lever is lowered. Iron mounted on a two-pc walnut stock, the round barrel measures 21″ long and is secured by a single flat barrel band. There is a sling ring mounted on the left side of the stock. The SN appears on the frame, breechblock, inside the lever and on the underside of the buttplate and on stock behind baseplate. “CS” is stamped on the breech of the bbl and on the breechblock. Proof mark “P” is found above the “CS” on left bbl breech. The front sight is a pinched blade style with a three leaf graduated rear sight. The Bilharz, Hall & Company gun factory was built in what was a tin shop/foundry on Main Street in Chatham, Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Candidus Bilharz was the principal in the firm. Bilharz was an immigrant from Baden, Germany who was naturalized in Pittsylvania County in 1859. He was a harness maker, vintner/distiller, miller and mechanic who lived near Tanyard Branch in Chatham. It is amazing when you think about all of the German connected Confederate arms manufacturers. Bilharz’s partner George Hall was a prominent businessman who owned a small tin shop along with extensive land holdings in the county. Col. Coleman D. Bennet was a silent partner in the firm and was presumably its chief benefactor. Bennett was a man of enormous wealth who owned vast tracts of county land plus a whole block of buildings on Main Street in downtown Chatham. Records show that thirty-eight people were employed by the gun works, and those fit for military service were given Confederate draft deferments due to their profession. Some of the names of the employees were as follows: G.C. Haden, A.C. Haden, R.L. Haden, John H. Shelton, Nathaniel Shelton, C.L. Mott, James Motley, B. Riddle, J.D. Reynolds, B. Reynolds, J.T. Abbott, C.P. Oakes, John H. Brown, M.B. Dickson, William Brown, Frank Compton, R.W. Hall, J. Beaver, J.H.C. Hutcherson, and Benjamin Dyer. Ages of the workers ranged from 18 to 40. Job titles included the following: Stocker, Rifling Hand, Polisher, Vice Hand, Band Holder, Helper and Mechanic. The 400 or so firearms of all types (mostly muzzle loaders) produced from August of 1862 through March of 1864 (when operations ceased) were manufactured under contract with the Confederate Ordnance Department. Records also show that the firm purchased thousands of pounds of “skelp iron” from the Confederate government for use in rifle bbls. Interestingly, the company also manufactured 1745 wooden stocks at a dollar each for other rifle factories. These carbines did not receive favorable reports from Confederate ordnance inspectors; nonetheless, they most certainly saw service in the arms strapped South. ONLY 100 of these Rising Breech Carbines are thought to have been produced with only a handful known examples in the collecting world and museums. Here we have a superb opportunity to obtain one of the rarest of Confederate long arms in excellent condition. PROVENANCE: Ex-Collection Col. Arthur Crego, 1960. CONDITION: Very good-fine overall. All metal surfaces are gray/bright with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Bore exhibits good discernible rifling. Markings including proofs “CS/P” and serial numbers are all crisp and easily discerned. Stocks are sound and solid with scattered small dings and nicks. Mechanically sound and functional. 51612-1 JS (40,000-60,000) – Lot 1217

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1218

EXTREMELY RARE DAVIS & BOZEMAN, STATE OF ALABAMA CONFEDERATE CONTRACT CARBINE.

SN 15. Cal. 58. This extremely rare Confederate carbine is one of no more than 3 or 4 specimens known. This exact gun is shown and described on pgs 172-174 of Confederate Rifles & Muskets, Dr. John M. Murphy & Howard Michael Madaus, 1996. Murphy & Madaus’ text is the definitive treatise on Confederate long arms.Davis & Bozeman, based in Equality, Alabama is a rarely encountered Confederate contractor. This is a very early production carbine with matching SN 15 found on hammer and lock has a very thick and heavy bbl, showing early production guns where utilizing surplus rifle bbls. Front sights are dovetailed and fitted. Brass blades identical on the other few carbines known. The bbl measures 24″ and gun is 39-1/2″ overall. Assembly number “VI” is found on breech, bbl and stock under tang. The bbl is marked “ALA. 1864” and the lock is marked forward of hammer in a light stamp “D & B”. Gun is totally brass mounted and appears “as found” with beautiful patina, excellent mechanics and well defined rifled bore. PROVENANCE: Tommy Ritter, Jr. Collection, 2000; Don Bryan Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall, truly excellent for a Confederate long arm. Gun appears orig, authentic and matching, though sling swivels appear to be excellent restorations. Iron is plum/grey overall with pitting. Brass has old cleaning with white mustard colored patina. Stock is sound and solid, old refinish with good color and aesthetics; scattered small storage dings and dents. Mechanics are crisp and bore has well defined rifling. 51571-1 JS (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1218

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EXTREMELY RARE EARLY COOK & BROTHERS NEW ORLEANS CONFEDERATE RIFLE WITH PATCHBOX AND BAYONET.

SN 141. Cal. .577. This is an extremely early and extraordinarily rare product of Cook & Brother Manufacturing of New Orleans. There are no more than 4 or 5 examples known of these classic 33″ Damascus barreled rifles with factory oval patchboxes. These early Cooks made in 1861 and so dated have interesting early features such as the distinct Cook hammer, saber bayonet lug with rail SNd to match gun and large fixed iron block front sight with inset dovetailed brass blade. Rear of hammer the lock is marked with the earliest version of Confederate First National flag and “COOK & BROTHER N.O. 1861” is found forward of hammer. The bbl is also marked “COOK & BROTHER N.O. 1861” rear of adjustable long-range rear sight. John Murphy and Howard Madaus in their monumental text Confederate Rifles & Muskets, 1996 discuss these rare New Orleans rifles at length. Accompanying this gun is orig Cook saber bayonet (SN 11). We are only aware of possibly only one other example of this extremely rare New Orleans rifle with patchbox which was sold in the Jim Maconkey Collection on these floors several years ago. PROVENANCE: Ex-Don Bryan Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Metal overall brown/plum with pitting at breech. Twist in Damascus bbl is easily discerned. Markings are very good and well struck on lock and bbl markings are mostly discerned as can be seen in photographs. SNs found externally on bayonet lug, rear band, lock screws and tang screw. Bbl SN is partially discernible but obscured by pitting at the breech, as is “PROVED” on left bbl breech. Front band is SNd “202”, but is no doubt an orig Cook band. Stock is sound and solid with good color, hand worn patina and no apparent restoration. Front brass sling swivel appears restored. Mechanically gun is functional with discernible rifling in bore. Accompanying bayonet with 22-1/2″ Yataghan blade fits gun well and has been shimmed to fit muzzle perfectly. 51571-4 JS (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1219

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EXTREMELY RARE AND FINE CONFEDERATE MAKER MARKED MORSE CARBINE, GREENVILLE, SC.

SN 1033/955. Cal. 54. There are no more than 3 or 4 “MORSE” maker marked Confederate brass framed carbines and this is no doubt among the best examples. This gun was once part of the exemplary Confederate carbine collection of Don Bryan and is pictured on pg 60 of Arming The Glorious Cause, James Whisker & Dan Hartzler, 1998. This gun has mixed SNs with breech number “1033” which we believe is the highest SN known on a Morse. Matching assembly number “VI” is found on breech and frame. Gun was not disassembled as it appears “as found” and orig including ramrod and cleaning jag. Other known examples of maker marked guns are also SNd above 1000. These guns were issued to South Carolina Cavalry and most are in well used condition. This example shows honest use and saddle wear, but retains beautiful, smooth well patinaed surfaces in relatively excellent condition for a Confederate long arm. This example conforms to other examples known with 20″ rnd bbl and about 40″ overall. You’ll not find a finer example of this popular brass framed Confederate carbine. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Metal surfaces are overall smooth with light staining. Frame has smooth mustard colored patina with crisp makers marking. Stocks show old refinishing with excellent grain and color, well fit, scattered small dings, dents and cosmetic blemishes, small chip on right side of forestock at breech. Action is crisp with fine bright bore with well defined rifling. 51571-3 JS (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1220

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