Spring Firearms Auctions Gross Almost $17 Million Combined!
Auction: April 11th, 12th & 13th, 2017: 10am
Preview: April 8th, 9th & 10th, 2017: 9am-5pm
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
*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
*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
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
*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
Please Note: We misspelled John Kopec’s name in the description. It is spelled Kopec NOT Kopek.
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY SN 5773 POSITIVELY PROVEN TO HAVE BEEN USED BY ONE OF CUSTER’S MEN DURING THE INFAMOUS BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIGHORN.
SN 5773. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line September 19, 1871 and July 2, 1872 patent dates along with a small “U.S.” Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in the backstrap channel. Ejector housing is orig first type with bullseye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Bottom of the bbl under the ejector housing is marked with matching SN which is also found on the cylinder. Bottom of the bbl also has a tiny “A” (Orville W Ainsworth) sub-inspector initial along with a small “P”. Mr. Ainsworth’s “A” inspector initial is also found on the trigger guard below the SN and on the cylinder which also has a tiny “P” inspector initial. Top of the backstrap also has a small “A” sub-inspector initial. The grip shows heavy wear which has obliterated the Ainsworth cartouche and bottom edge of grip is somewhat battered which also obliterated his inspector initial. Front bottom edge of the ejector housing is beveled rather than having a sharp edge as it originally left the factory. Bottom front edge of the buttstrap is also lightly beveled instead of being a sharp edge as was original on these early revolvers. This was often done at the arsenal level and in the field. The reason being that sharp edges on the ejector housing quickly wore the holsters and the sharp edge of the buttstrap was uncomfortable for the shooter. Cylinder has large, wide stop notches without approaches but shows slight battering from the lock bolt in those areas. Loading gate has the assembly number “710” which is also found on bottom of frame, under the trigger guard. A large portion of the revolver has moderate to heavy blood pitting, especially on the cylinder, recoil shield and frame. This Colt SA Army is a true historic American treasure. It is the only documented, complete and original Colt SA Army that can be proven to have been part of one of the greatest military cavalry disasters of all time. In the summer of 1876, General George Armstrong Custer together with 12 companies of approximately 800 men were on the trail of Sitting Bull and his band of Sioux followers. Custer’s command was part of a 3 prong effort to source, capture and bring back this large group that had left the reservation. Custer and his men discovered Sitting Bull’s camp on the banks of the Little Big Horn River on the 25th of June and for various reasons decided to immediately attack. Custer divided his command into 4 units; 3 of which would participate in the battle. His intention was to descend upon the Indian village with the 3 different units all attacking in pincer type movement. Custer, with 200+ men, intending to go to the far end of the village while Reno and Benteen coordinated and attacked on the other end of the village. When Custer initially planned the attack, he assumed it was a typical Indian village. What he did not know was that it was a massive gathering of Lakota, Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians consisting of literally thousands. Reno was the first to attack and was quickly repulsed and retreated to a hilltop defense position which he and his men desperately held. Eventually Benteen returned coming to their rescue and together they were able to repulse the attacks. Custer and his 5 companies, however, were not so fortunate. Upon attacking the far end of the village, he was immediately repulsed and his command, shortly thereafter, disintegrated. Eventually, the Indians overwhelmed Custer’s command. Custer, his two brothers, a nephew, his brother-in-law, together with his entire command were annihilated; not a single soul survived. A couple of days later, Benteen together with a command of troopers, visited the battle site and collected and buried all of their massacred brothers. What they observed was a grisly battlefield of naked, mutilated bodies and virtually nothing of value left. The Indians had removed the troopers’ uniforms, boots, holsters and of course their guns. With a few exceptions, the battlefield had been swept clean by the Indians. Few items that the Indians missed were either gathered or buried with the troopers. Documents found in the National Archives relate to a board of survey convened at Fort Rice, Dakota Territory on December 5th, 1876. That survey related to a group of 12 Springfield Carbines and 3 Colt SA Revolvers including SN 5743, 6559 and this gun, SN 5773. This group, as presented by Captain Benteen, in his words, were all rendered unserviceable in action against hostile Indians at the Battle of Little Bighorn, M.T. on the 25th and 26th of June, 1876. As such, these guns are the only that can be positively identified to have been utilized in the infamous battle. The documentation was made by one of Custer’s commanding officers who was present at the battle and the guns are identified by serial number, thus conclusively proving their existence at the battle. It must be remembered that after the battle, nearly all guns were swept clean of the battlefield by the Indians. Shortly after that, these Indians either disbanded and returned to the reservation or escaped to Canada. Initially, any Indian possessing one of these firearms kept its existence confidential. After all, at this crucial time in history, possession of evidence such as that would have likely rendered an immediate death sentence for any Indian possessing a U.S. Cavalry gun. So the guns identified by serial number and turned over by Benteen are not only conclusive battlefield participants but also exceedingly rare. Over the years, many guns have been identified as purportedly having been used at the battle and indeed, any gun that could be associated with the battle carries a significant premium. These guns that have been purported to have been involved in the battle are identified as such, based on one of four different rationales or proof. 1. Known general serial number range of Colt SAs distributed to Custer’s troopers. There are no known exact firearm serial number records of guns issued to Custer’s troopers, however it is known by the Springfield Archive records that approximately 700 Colt SA Armies were issued to Custer troopers and it is know that those 700 basically came from a serial number range running from #4500-7527. Because of this, if one had a Colt SA Army that fell somewhere in that range, there was a possibility that this gun had been used by the cavalry and as such, commanded a premium. Obviously, that is a big if. 2. Family history or provenance linking a gun to the battle. Over the years, guns have surfaced with interesting and in some cases, very believable pedigree and/or history having been acquired by an Indian family purported to have participated in the massacre. However other than the story and details, in such cases, none of these guns could be positively proven as being used at the battle. 3. Forensic proof. In the mid-1980s, an archaeological dig was conducted at the battle site. At that time, an army of metal detector handlers scanned the battlefield and marked any findings. Later, the objects were excavated, mapped and documented. All cartridge casings discovered were documented and retrieved. At some point during the archaeological dig, it was suggested that these cartridge casings might be used to prove the actual usage of some suspected guns during the battle. For years, criminologists had used spent cartridge casings to match and identify crime firearms. Essentially, when a cartridge is fired in a gun, the resulting recoil leaves microscopic impressions or marks on the head of the spent cartridge casing. These are much like a fingerprint and tend to be somewhat unique, thus if you have a spent cartridge casing and a suspected gun, if you fire another cartridge in the questioned gun and match the heads of the casings, if these microscopic imperfections match up identically then much like a fingerprint, it proves the use and match of the suspected gun. There were literally hundreds if not thousands of people who owned firearms which they believed had been used at the battle and a special invitation was extended to any and all people or institutions with such guns. Originally, fifteen long arms were matched up to spent cartridge cases found on the battlefield. Ten of these long arms were in institutions and five in private hands (four of these forensically proven long arms have been successfully sold by Julia’s over the years for clients). The resulting matchup is not absolute proof positive but is reasonably accurate, unlike options 1 and 2 above. 4. Documented serial numbers of guns turned in by Captain Benteen. As previously mentioned these guns are the only guns in existence which are unquestionably, positively proven to have been used at this infamous battle. Captain Benteen’s records and the documenting of the serial numbers conclusively prove this exact gun SN 5773 was at the battle. This very rare Colt SA, SN 5773, is one of the 3 guns that Captain Benteen documented in his reports. This exact gun has been subject of numerous articles and was extensively discussed and described and covered in great detail with several photographs on page 266, 267 & 268 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A continuing study by John Kopek and Sterling Fenn. This exact pistol, SN 5773 together with 5743 and 6559 were turned over to the Ordinance Department. It is known that 5743 and 6559 were later, during the Spanish-American War, rebuilt and converted to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ barrels. However, 5773 was not documented as having been reissued during the war and today is still in its original configuration and condition. It is strongly believed that gun was possibly sold out of the armory at some point in time. It is not known how or when it left the armory but what is known is that in 1979, it was discovered in Switzerland. It was accompanied by another Colt SA, SN 68360; both of which were complete with holster and belt. The guns were sold on a couple of occasions and were finally acquired by our consignor in the early 1990s. At the time, the extraordinary history was not known. It was not until our consignor sent a letter with photographs to Sterling Fenn and John Kopek. It was then that John Kopek identified SN 5773 as one of the very guns that Captain Benteen had turned in. Since that time, this historic gun has remained in our consignor’s collection. Today, the gun is essentially completely original and as it was in 1876 when Benteen turned it in. This gun, unlike the other two, has not been altered and although it is not known for certain why the gun was considered unserviceable, there are two likely possibilities. Mr. Kopek, at the time speculated that since the gun retains a fair amount of “blood” pitting, this might have been the reason, but more likely was the fact that on careful examination, it can be determined that the lock bolt trigger return spring is a replacement. Subsequently, it is very likely that the only thing wrong with the gun in terms of function was that the cylinder would not lock into position. The unique and important aspect of this Colt is that it is the only complete and original Colt SA extant that can be positively documented to this most historic and infamous battle. As previously mentioned, SN 5743 and 6559 are known to be converted, altered, restored and refinished and put back into service during the Spanish-American War. We do not know the whereabouts or current condition of SN 5743 but 6559 was offered and sold by our auction company in the late 1990s. At the time, it had been discovered in relic condition. The cylinder was blown out, all parts of the gun had much pitting, there was no original finish and it had many alterations; in fact, the only component of the Colt pistol bearing the special SN 6559 was the barrel. We believe this Colt SA, SN 5773, to be the single most significant and authentic and completely documented firearm from that famous battle. It is not based on speculation but is absolutely indisputable that this revolver participated in the famous Battle of Little Bighorn. As such, this is a truly historic treasure worthy of the finest of most advanced collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including bbl, cylinder & grip. No orig finish remains being an overall gray metal patina with dark patina in the most sheltered areas on the frame. The frame & cylinder have numerous areas of moderate to heavy blood pitting, heavier on the cylinder. Bbl has light, fine pitting toward the muzzle end with scattered spots of light pitting elsewhere. Trigger guard & ejector housing also show very fine pitting. Grip is sound with a few nicks, dings & scratches and shows heavy edge wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling & fine pitting. 51218-1 JDJ (175,000-275,000) – Lot 1129
*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
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
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
RARE GERMAN ETCHED ALL STEEL WHEEL LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, CIRCA 1580.
NSN. Cal. 15mm. Measuring 21-3/4″ overall, 13″, 2-stage swamped bbl is decorated over 95% of its surface. Most notable exception is buttcap which is un-decorated and thought to have originally been covered with fabric on leather. Etching includes floral and geometric patterns with several panels of animals, including Phoenix, dog, boar and stag. Two stamped shield stamped cartouches on top bbl flat at breech one having an eagle surcharged with the letters “HH”; the other a rampant horse (neither found in Stockel). Still retaining inventory tag (HL 265), from the Armory of Hohenlohe-Langenburg Castle. PROVENANCE: Armory of the Hohenlohe-Langenburg Castle; Private Lifetime Collection Of A Noted Scholar And Authority. CONDITION: Good-very good overall. Metal has seen years of cleaning with etched panels all still discernible with good black patina background, but some lighter than others. Iron ramrod is replaced. 51625-2 JS (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1268
*STUNNING PAIR OF IVO FABBRI 20 GA OVER-UNDER GAME SHOTGUNS WITH INCREDIBLY DETAILED POINTER, SETTER, AND PHEASANT SCENES BY RENOWN MASTER BULINO ENGRAVER, FIRMO FRACASSI, AND “BEST” SCROLL BY VALERIO PELI, WITH CASE AND EXTRA STOCKS.
SN 3544/3545. (1994) Cal. 20 ga. 3″ Chambers. Superbly struck 28″ demi-bloc bbls mounted with relatively broad concave solid ribs, are engraved “IVO FABBRI – BRESCIA – ” “VACUUM ARC REMELTING STEEL” on top bbls either sides of ribs. Guns are built as a true pair with nos “1” and “2” gold inlaid on rear portions of ribs, top straps, and forend tips. Flats on bottom bbls are stamped with 1994 Italian nitro proofs for 3″ chambers. Coin finished actions with non-automatic safeties (SICURA gold inlaid), and single non-selective triggers are fitted with Fabbri’s well re-engineered pinless sidelocks. Actions are engraved with near full coverage superbly executed large flowing open scroll with acanthus and floral highlights having exceptionally well done shaded backgrounds, in a unique creation by Valerio Peli of Creative Arts, whose signature appears on right sides of trigger plates. This dramatic scroll surrounds portraits of English Pointer and Gordon Setter in different poses on the bottom of each gun. Sides of actions have vignettes extending to the edges of sideplates with one gun depicting the Setter, and the other the Pointer. On the left lock of gun “1” the pointer is alert with cock pheasant ready to spring from wheat stubble. The background is of realistic dark woodland bisected by meadow. On the right lock a pheasant is taking wing while pointer springs in pursuit. Gun “2” depicts similar scenario with scenes repeated with major subject being the Gordon Setter. The background is different as it is mountainous with very dramatic clouded sky and sunset. These scenes are the epitome of the engraver’s art, and one can almost feel the texture of the dogs coats. Examination with a 10X glass reveals the delicacy of the graver cuts needed to achieve this effect. This astonishing work is by acknowledged Italian master engraver Firmo Fracassi, whose signature, and work numbers (INCISO DA FRACASSI PER LAMICO PERO XXXI (and XXXII) with an “R” in circle. are on the left sides of trigger plates. (Firmo Fracassi started numbering the guns he had engraved around 1979.). Mr. Peli’s scroll extends onto small bow trigger guards which have SNs in gold on tangs. Exhibition quality honey toned, darkly marbled European walnut straight grip buttstocks measure 14-7/8″ over checkered wood butts. Exceptionally well cut point pattern borderless checkering is at grips. Guns are accompanied by a second pair of stocks and forends with shorter LOPs (about 5/8″ less) which are the orig stocks supplied with the guns, and are of very fine intricately marbled European walnut with fiddle figure. Matching slim ejector forends have Anson type releases. Orig forends match orig stocks very well. Gun “1”: Bore diameter: top -.628, bottom – .628. Bore restrictions: top – .017 (mod), bottom – .006 (IC). Wall thickness: top – .023, bottom – .023. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Cast 5/8″ off. Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-7/8″. Gun “2”: Bore diameter: top -.628, bottom – .627. Bore restrictions: top – .016 (mod), bottom – .003 (IC). Wall thickness: top – .023, bottom – .025. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Cast 5/8″ off. Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-7/8″. Orig leather case with stitched leather corners by Nizzoli contains the orig stocks. (Partitions must be removed for present stocks to fit.) This case is lined in burgundy cloth and has paper Fabbri label in lid. Case contains a Star turnscrew and case straps. PROVENANCE: Originally made for noted Italian Super-collector Luigi Peppini, these guns were given 8 pages of superb photographs in a private folio of his superb collection which also accompanies this lot. These photographs show the guns “wearing” their orig stocks. These guns are fully illustrated in FIRMO & FRANCESCA FRACASSI-MASTER ENGRAVERS by Elena Micheli and Stephen Lamboy. This pair is also featured in the classic tome IL GRANDE LIBRO DELLE INCISIONI by Marco Nobili. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining essentially all orig finishes on wood and metal with only the slightest handling and assembly marks. Guns appear unfired since proof. Mechanically crisp. Fabbri case is excellent. Simply an irreplaceable pair of guns. Work of this intricacy will most likely not be available in the future. Often engraving of this caliber takes 1000+ hours to complete. Fracassi engraves an average of two guns a year for obvious reasons. 51718-1 MGM130 (375,000-575,000) – Lot 1296
*SUPERB ABBIATICO & SALVINELLI VENERI SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME SHOTGUN WITH EXQUISITE RISING DUCK BULINO SCENES BY THE RENOWN FIRMO FRACASSI. THIS GUN IS ILLUSTRATED IN MANY BOOKS ON ITALIAN ENGRAVING.
SN 32028. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 27-7/8″ Well struck chopper lump bbls fitted with slightly raised game rib, are engraved “Armi Famars” on top of left bbl. Bbl flats are stamped with SN and 1975 Italian nitro proofs. Rear lump is stamped with the first names of the craftsmen involved in the making of this gun, as was done by Famars on their best efforts. The names are: Mario (Abbiatico), Remo (Salvinelli), Primo and Tony. Coin finished sidelock action features non-automatic safety, bushed strikers, and dbl triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved with floral sprays in a background of well cut small scroll. Fences continue this motif in larger scale. Bottom of action features Bulino scene of four mallards winging over a marsh. Lockplates to the edges, and sides of action to the limit of the beads, have extraordinary borderless engraving of Bulino scenes of ducks taking wing from a marsh with ancient leafless trees in immediate background, and unforested mountain tops in the far background. Left lock depicts three mallards splashing as they break out of the water, with right lock showing them above the surface, heading for the skies. This wonderful work shows the Bulino style at its best, and is almost photographic in its quality. It is the work of Firmo Fracassi, acknowledged world class artist, and the best of the best among engravers, and his signature appears near roots of tree on bottom action scene. Left plate scene is featured on the dust cover of GRANDI INCISIONI SU ARMI D’OGGI by Mario Abbiatico Gianberto Lupi and Franco Vaccario. This gun was also featured in the winter 1987 Pachmayr catalog. Also an impression (smoke) of this very engraving is figure 129 in MODERN FIREARMS ENGRAVINGS by Mario Abbiatico. Single beaded trigger guard has SN on tang. Beautifully marbled and lightly stump figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/8″ over checkered wood butt, and features well cut drop points as well as very well executed closely spaced point pattern checkering with line borders at grip. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release and intricately inlet Famars shield with oak leaf border in uncheckered central diamond. Bore diameter: left -.729, right – .728. Bore restrictions: left – .020 (mod), right – .011 (IC). Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Cast is neutral. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-1/8″. PROVENANCE: Appraisers notes with description and valuation. Copy of the Pachmayr advertising, and copies of pages where gun is featured in Nobili’s book. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, appears unfired except for proof, with only a few light handling marks in all wood and metal finishes, and some slight discoloration of coin finish on action and locks. A superb irreplaceable high art gun. Among other things, Mr. Fracassi has engraved only an estimated 60 guns in his long career. 51448-3 MGM129 (60,000-75,000) – Lot 1305
*HUGE HOFFMAN ARMS MAGNUM SQUARE BRIDGE MAUSER DANGEROUS GAME RIFLE IN .505 GIBBS, ENGRAVED BY RUDOLF KORNBRATH.
SN 129. Cal. 505 Gibbs. 26-1/2″ Heavy round bbl has integral stippled quarter rib, holding four folding leaf U-notch rear sight marked for 50, 150, 200, and 300 yards. Matching sleeved-on front ramp holds ivory bead, and has sight protector with knurled end. A wide sling eye is partially sleeved-on. Top of bbl is engraved “Hoffman Arms Co. Cleveland Ohio 129”. Left rear is engraved “505 Hoffman” “For 505 Gibbs Cart’g”. Magnum length square bridge Mauser action, with sidewall unmarked, has receiver ring and top of bridge stippled within beaded borders matching quarter rib. Damascened bolt with long cocking piece and standard flag safety retains orig pear shaped bolt handle which has two checkered panels. Trigger is of double pull type. Extreme drop box bottom metal with largest hinged floorplate for .416 and larger cartridges, has release in trigger guard bow. Front of bottom metal and trigger guard bow are engraved with feather borders and sprays of scroll surrounding stippled oval on bow, gold inlaid “CL”. Floorplate has scroll matching that on trigger guard bow, surrounding large vignette of gold inlaid trumpeting elephant and well detailed background of trees and mountains. This well cut and executed embellishment is most likely by the famed Rudolf Kornbrath who did the bulk of Hoffman’s engraving. Somewhat figured red-toned European walnut stock measures 13-1/2″ over 1-1/2″ dark brown leather covered pad, and features right hand shadow line cheekpiece, engraved steel grip cap (engraving at center is classic Kornbrath feather burst), and horn forend tip. There is a vacant silver oval and sling eye on toe line. Checkering at grip and forend is nicely cut and has acanthus carving at sides and ends which have stippled background. Drop at heel: approx 2-11/16″, drop at comb: approx 1-3/4″. Cast: Neutral. Weight: 10 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 13-1/2″. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Metal parts retain most of a very light refinish with correct rust blue, which is over a few scattered light pits, engraving remains sharp and clear. Bolt damascening remains strong, with portions of bolt shroud and safety, as well as bolt handle somewhat browned. Wood retains nearly all of an old oil refinish over a few minor marks. Carving is very slightly softened. Checkering lightly worn, and has not been re-cut. Pad is a relatively new replacement. A receiver sight has been removed from right side of bridge, mounting holes are welded and small piece of wood installed. Restoration is difficult to see. Bore is excellent, bright, sharp and shiny throughout. Action is smooth. An ultimate classic Hoffman rifle; this rifle is pictured in ORIGINAL OBERNDORF SPORTING RIFLES by John Speed et al, as figure 963 on p. 425, and described and pictured again as figure 566, 567, and 569 on p. 253. 51423-1 (18,000-24,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1408
*INCREDIBLE, FRESH TO MARKET, HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION, 20 BORE PARKER “A1 SPECIAL” HAVING FINE SCROLL ENGRAVING AND GOLD INLAY, WITH ORIGINAL LEG O’ MUTTON CASE.
SN 234484. Cal. 20 ga. O frame. 2-5/8″ Chambers. This extraordinary gun matches all specifications in PARKER GUN IDENTIFICATION & SERIALIZATION ledger, with its 28″ Peerless steel bbls, having all correct factory markings on its nicely swamped top rib (with two ivory beads), engine turned bbl flats, and damascened lumps. Loop is damascened and top of splinter is engine turned, as are ejector kickers. Breech ends of bbls have 2-1/4″ triangles of well cut small scroll in front of geometric bands. Muzzles have 1/8″ engraved and geometric bands. Small sized Parker hammerless action with engine turned water table and breechface, correctly marked for grade and SN, is well filed with three beads around fences, Chevron on top lever, and raised cyma curve scrolls at transition of action sides to bottom. Action also features automatic safety (S inlaid in gold) and gold plated double triggers. with checkered finger blades (front trigger is articulated, a very rare feature on Parker guns). Action is engraved with near full coverage well cut small scroll within geometric borders surrounding semi relief circular vignettes of game birds on sides of action. A pheasant flies over rail fence on left side, and a woodcock flits over conifers on right. “PARKER BROS” is in small rectangle on each side of action. Bottom of action has more of this small profuse scroll, and trigger plate has circular relief gold inlaid vignette of a ruffed grouse flying over treetops. These engravings are very unusual and unprecedented in illustrated “A1 Special” Parkers, and obviously special ordered. Gold inlays of the quality of the grouse on this gun, are generally only seen on “Invincible” grade guns, and are very scarce on any Parker. Scroll engraved trigger guard has SN relief gold inlaid on tang. Wonderfully marbled and nicely figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over skeleton steel buttplate. The buttplate itself has nearly full coverage fine scroll engraving, matching action. Butt checkering is of fancy outline with modified fleur-di-lis intrusions at top and bottom. Other stock embellishments are typical of “A1 Specials” but unique to this gun, with sunken checkered side panels bisected by ribbons and with floral carving at back and front. Attenuated fleur-di-lis drop points are exceptionally well carved in high relief, and especially attractive, far superior in execution to that seen on most “A1 Specials”. The very fancy checkering pattern is also extraordinary, and differs from the norm, with a large amount of carved intrusion of acanthus with extra flourishes behind top tang, in front of comb, and behind trigger guard tang. Long intrusions of checkering up toward the comb and along toe line, are unprecedented. Toe line is also embellished with large fancy outline rectangular gold crest plate, with geometric engraved border, and emblazoned with initials “F. R. F.” Splinter forend with engine turned iron and ejector patent date is also checkered matching buttstock with unprecedented intricacy with more foliate carving, similar in execution to that found on “Invincible” gun no. 230329, except without ribbons. Bore diameter: left -.620, right – .619. Bore restrictions: left – .024 (IMod), right – .011 (Lt mod). Wall thickness: left – .020, right – .022. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Cast off about 1/4″. Weight: 6 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. This gun comes with its orig tan leather leg o’ mutton case unmarked as to maker, but stamped “46” and “28” on end flap, and has brass plated Eagle Lock Co latch. A side pocket with three straps contains 3-pc birch BGI cleaning rod. PROVENANCE: Parker Gun Collectors letter stating that the shotgun was completed on July 25, 1930, and confirming all specifications. 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: Unbelievable, original, untouched. Bbls retain 95% plus orig blue (possibly an old factory re-blue as the engraving is a bit soft) with only a few light flecks of oxidation on top of right bbl near breech, and 1″ x 1/4″ scratched area on right bbl toward muzzle. Breech ends of bbls show some staining from case induced storage rust on breechface and ejectors. Action retains well over 90% of its orig case hardening color with some attractive silvering to beads, fences, and thumbpiece at top lever. Color is thinned a bit from normal hand wear on bottom, forend iron (which has a couple of rust stains at bottom), and on latch. Trigger guard retains most of its orig blue, silvered on edges of bow, and considerably thinned, almost to silver, on tang. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig hand rubbed oil finish which is dry, and untouched, with some somewhat open grain, and with a few marks, most notably three dings on right side; two near comb, and one fairly deep scratch across checkering to trigger guard tang. There is also a 1-1/2″ scratch along row of diamonds in left hand checkered flourish into comb, otherwise checkering has very slight wear, and is a bit dirty. Buttplate retains a considerable amount of its blue, with some flaking and discoloration due to oxidation. Bores are excellent, with no visible imperfections, except for a dent/ ding about 6″ back from muzzle on side of right bbl, with pre mentioned scratches on exterior. Bbl has not had recent cleaning and there is some fouling in right tube. Action is tight. Mechanically excellent. Case is excellent, straps and handle intact, end flap detached. A fabulous find most likely the finest small bore high grade Parker in existence. THE PARKER STORY estimates eleven 20 ga “A1 Specials” were made, 3 with 28″ bbls.. 51471-1 MGM142 (125,000-200,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1414
*TRULY SPECTACULAR REMINGTON BICENTENNIAL THREE GUN SET COMMEMORATING REMINGTON’S 200 YEARS IN BUSINESS. PROCEEDS FROM THIS LOT ARE BEING DONATED TO ST. JUDE’S HOSPITAL.
SN 1816-700-3/1816-870-3/1816-1911-3. This charity auction includes a set of 3 extraordinary Remington’s built by Remington’s custom shop in Sturgis, SD to commemorate Remington Arms Cos. 200 consecutive years in business producing fine arms for sportsman and government users around the world. Proceeds from this sale will benefit St. Jude’s Hospital. This is one of only four that are being produced, this one the only one available for public sale. This set, # 3 of 4, is entirely hand-made and hand-finished and includes a Remington Model 700 in 7MM Mag, a Remington Model 870 in 12 gauge and a Model 1911R1 in 45ACP caliber. Gun #1 Remington Model 700 7MM Magnum stocked in exhibition fiddle back, hand selected, American black walnut- specifically selected for high fiddle back figure, with rosewood nose cap, is finely checkered with fleur-de-lis behind bolt and fine panel around wrist and fleur-de-lis at forearm. Action is fabulously engraved in scroll & floral pattern with exceptional and extensive gold line work throughout as engraved by Remington Custom Shop engraver Jesse Kaufman. Bolt is vividly jeweled and finely polished. Left side of action with SN in gold and marked “Remington 700″ in gold with gold banner outline. Breech of bbl with 2” burst of scroll with gold line work. Center of bbl marked “Remington Custom Shop Ilion, NY” and muzzle with 1″ scroll and gold line work and gold bbl band at muzzle, blued trigger. Floorplate with sensational engraving showing engraved Eliphalet Remington signature in gold lined oval and floral scroll work with gold line accents in near full coverage. Also on floorplate in a beautiful gold outline banner “1816 / Bicentennial / 2016″ in gold. Trigger guard with burst of scroll and gold line outline work. Pistol grip cap in finely finished rosewood. Buttstock with Monte Carlo and finely finished cheekpiece. Superb dark maroon colored leather covered pad. Sling mounts installed at forearm and at toe. This gun is housed in a custom cut-out Pelican brand travel case. Weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz. Gun #2 Remington Model 870, 12 gauge. 27” bbl with matted low profile ventilated rib with steel mid bead and white front bead. Choke tube currently installed. Gold plated trigger. Blued carrier and finely polished bolt. Stock is exhibition quality and hand selected for its exceptional fiddle back black American walnut with rosewood capped pistol grip and checkered in fancy fleur-de-lis pattern. Butt is finished with a high quality dark maroon leather covered pad. Forearm is finely hand checkered in fleur-de-lis pattern. Receiver is sensationally scroll & floral shaded engraved by noted Remington Arms Co. custom shop engraver Jesse Kaufman. Top of receiver is fully scroll engraved. Right side of receiver with beautiful large open floral scroll accented by exceptional gold line work and gold line border. Right side also with “1816 / Bicentennial / 2016” in gold in a gold bordered ribbon. “Remington 870” in gold bordered banner. Left side of receiver fully engraved in open floral scroll with gold line accents and gold line border with Eliphalet Remington signature at center in gold oval. Serial number in gold towards bottom back left of action. Also included with this gun is a custom cut Pelican hard plastic case. Weight: 7 lbs 5 oz. Gun #3 Remington Model 1911R1 45ACP cal. Fabulous custom pistol with spectacular open floral scroll engraving throughout by Remington custom shop engraver Jesse Kaufman. This finely finished pistol exhibits a vastly higher degree of high polish blued finish than is seen on 1911R1 pistols. Slide is near fully engraved with open floral scroll and gold borders along with gold line accents throughout. Left side of slide with “1816 / Bicentennial / 2016” in gold bordered ribbon. Right side of slide near fully engraved with gold lined border work and gold line accents. Signature of Eliphalet Remington in gold oval and “Remington R1” in gold which is in a gold bordered banner. Serial number on right side of action frame in gold. Bottom of bbl and action in superb open floral scroll engraving with gold line accents as is trigger guard. Grips are of fabulously figured hand-selected American black walnut and checkered in fleur-de-lis pointing pattern. Top of bbl accented with high luster blued “Novak” rear and front sight. The polish work on this gun is absolutely spectacular and one can almost see his or her reflection in the high polish blue. Accompanied by a green “Remington” hard plastic case and 2 magazines in case, along with instruction pamphlet, multi-tool and trigger lock. CONDITION: As new from Remington and unfired. 51292-1 JSL (25,000-50,000) – Lot 1473
The Making of the Remington Custom Bicentennial Collection
*SCARCE PRUDHOMME ENGRAVED WITH GOLD HIGH STANDARD SUPERMATIC TROPHY MODEL 102 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.
SN 791249. Cal 22 LR. Blue finish with 9″ “Buck Rogers” tapered bbl with muzzle brake which has a Partridge front sight. The fully adjustable rear sight is at the rear end of the bbl over the chamber area. The bbl also has 2 orig weights. Pistol is full coverage engraved in relief patterns of flowing foliate & arabesque scrolls that has a fine stippled background. Sides of the slide & frame are outlined in gold wire. Top of the bbl over the chamber area is relief engraved with a standing woodchuck. Center part of the bbl is relief engraved with a raised gold squirrel on a limb surrounded by gold wire inlay. Rear edge of the muzzle break boss is also inlaid in fine gold wire. Rear of the slide & frame are engraved to match with a small Confederate style flag engraved with the engraver’s name on one of the bars. Trigger bow is engraved in relief floral patterns and inlaid in gold with the initials “WJD”. WJD is William J. Donovan – Vice President of Sales for High Standard. This was his personal gun! Pistol is mounted with incredible, one of a kind grips that have fully engraved silver sheathing over wood base. Bottom edge of left grip is engraved “S.P HERRETT”. Herrett grips are world renowned and widely known for their quality and style. Bottom of the magazine is maker marked and lightly engraved. Bottom of the bbl, just in front of the frame is stamped with tiny initial “P”. Edward C. Prudhomme “1911-1990” was a master engraver and produced numerous high quality engraved firearms over his career. Very few were more well executed than the high standard pistol offered here. The extraordinary engraving & gold work along with the incredible, one of a kind set of silver grips make this pistol one of his finest pieces of work. Accompanied by a custom red felt lined oak casing that has the high standard oval logo inside the lid. Also in the case is an orig set of high standard full checkered, thumb rest wood grips with 2 engraved grip screws. Included with this gun is information from the engraver, E.C. Prudhomme, along with a Prudhomme catalog wherein this exact gun is featured. As well, there are letters from High Standard Head of Sales, Bill Donovan concerning this gun and confirming it as being used in the 1964-1965 Worlds Fair display in the Connecticut Pavillion representing the Firearms Industry of Connecticut that High Standard was part of. One of only 6 known engraved High Standard Pistols according to our consignor that can be proven to be factory engraved as ordered by The V.P. of Sales, William Donovan. PROVENANCE: The Frank H. Wheaton, III Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains about 99% crisp custom finish applied at the time of engraving. Pistol remains unfired since engraving. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is very fine with some minor chips in the finish and a grain check in the lid. Interior is moderately soiled & faded. 51516-19 (12,500-15,000) C&R – Lot 1480
*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE COLT CAMP PERRY “MODEL W” SERIAL NUMBER 1 REVOLVER PRESENTED TO CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR TRUMBULL.
SN 1. Cal 22. Blue finish with 10″ tapered rnd bbl, adjustable front & rear sights and 2-line address with caliber marking on the left side. Mounted with 2-pc silver medallion checkered walnut grips. Sideplate is engraved by renowned master engraver Rudolph Kornbrath. The engraving consists of a flowing ribbon upon which is inscribed “GOVERNOR JOHN H. TRUMBULL DECEMBER 1926”. Engraving has decorative borders with a fine shaded background. Sideplate also has the Rampant Colt trademark. The SN was observed on the inside of the bbl crane and left side of buttstrap under the grip. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter addressed to renowned dealer/collector the late Herb Glass which identifies this pistol in 22 caliber, bbl length & type of stocks not listed, blue finish and presented to Governor John H. Trumbull by Mr. Samuel M. Stone, President Colt’s Patent Firearms Co., 150 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, CT on December 6, 1926 in a one gun shipment. Under remarks section the following is noted “Records do not indicate any inscription on this revolver, however, we feel this fact could have been omitted by the recorder.” John H. Trumbull (March 1873-May 1961) formed the Trumbull Electric Co. in 1891 and was that company’s President 1911-1944, when it apparently became part of the General Electric Corporation. Mr. Trumbull served in the Connecticut National Guard rising to the rank of Colonel. He was elected Governor of Connecticut and served January 1925-January 1931. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention on numerous occasions and was apparently an active conservative Republican. Additionally accompanied by two targets fired with this pistol, one of 25 shots at 15 yards which is annotated “Target made with first model W produced with new tools 25 shots at 15 yards offhand.” The other is simply annotated “10 shots” in a very small grouping. Additionally accompanied by a large packet of the orig blueprints and drawings used in the manufacture of this model of pistol. Also accompanying is a 3-page handwritten parts list for the Camp Perry Single Shot Target Pistol Model W dated Oct 31, 1944 under the initials “JA”. Additionally there is a typewritten sheet listing the 82 parts of this pistol with their drawing numbers. Also accompanying are 5 American Riflemen magazines dated June, August and December 1927, September 1928 and June 1929 all of which have full page ads for the Colt Camp Perry Model. In addition there is a page 12 from the U.S.R.A. BULLETIN magazine which is a full page ad for the Camp Perry. Additionally there are several copies of newspaper articles regarding Governor Trumbull’s activities. According to Flayderman’s Guide To Antique American Firearms there were 2525 of these pistols produced 1926-1941 with less than 100 experimental models made in 1920 “All with serials under 100”. According to referenced publication this pistol was “among the smallest production of all Colt Cartridge Handguns”. This exact gun is pictured in “The Book of Colt Engraving” 3rd edition, by R. L. Wilson and had previously been on loan and displayed at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center Museum. This rare pistol encompasses virtually all of the rare features desired in a collectible firearm, rarity, condition, engraving by a renowned engraver with presentation to a noted figure. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 96-97% strong orig Colt blue with some minor thinning and a few spots on the bbl. Frame has sharp edge wear with a spot of pitting on right side of bbl boss. Hammer & cylinder latch retain bright fire blue with sides of hammer polished bright. Trigger retains virtually all of its orig fire blue. Grips are sound showing only minor diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Has been fired but very little. 51665-1 JRL (40,000-65,000) C&R – Lot 1486
*EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT OFFICER’S MODEL FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER WITH BOX.
SN 20240. Cal 22. Blue finish with 6″ tapered rnd bbl. Adjustable Patridge target front sight and adjustable rear sight in a dovetail in the top flat of the frame. Bbl has standard for the period 2-line address on top and is marked “COLT OFFICERS/MODEL .22 LONG RIFLE” on the left side. Left side plate has the Colt trademark Rampant Colt. Trigger is checkered and all blue finish while the hammer is polished bright on the sides with blued top & rear edges. Top flat of the frame and rear of the frame are matte finish and the backstrap is checkered. Revolver is engraved by William Gough with class “B” coverage of about 60% of the revolvers surface. Engraving consists of fine arabesque scrolls with pearled background. Revolver is mounted with factory 2-pc pearl grips that have left & right Rampant Colt silver medallions and a raised carved eagle on the right side. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 22 with 6″ bbl, blue finish, pearl stocks, class “B” engraving and shipped to Loan Account,(These rare loan account guns were the Colt Exhibition guns and were shipped for display purposes to selected and important Colt Dealers to exhibit the BEST Colt had to offer.) Spaulding W. Arms, Salt Lake City, Utah on May 31, 1938 in a one gun shipment. Remarks section indicates that the revolver was returned to the factory on Feb 1, 1939 and shipped 6 additional times to businesses in Albany, NY, Indianapolis, IN, Jamestown, NY, Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL and Jenkintown, PA and was finally sold on April 5, 1940 to the Bacharach Raisin Company in Baltimore, MD. Also accompanied by an orig burgundy hinged lid cardboard box with black & white end label identifying this revolver. Additionally there are 3 black & white overlabels, 2 on the end of the lid “TARGET” and “PATRIDGE SIGHTS”. The 3rd label is diagonally over the top “ENGRAVED” from which “EN” is missing. This exact revolver is pictured on page 330 of The Book of Colt Engraving, Wilson and on page 306 of Colt Pistols, Wilson & Hable wherein they state that it is “one of the most traveled of sample guns”. Wilson also states that this box was shipped 6 or 7 times and shows the travel wear but protected the gun during its travels. To say that this revolver is beautiful is a gross understatement. It is exceptionally beautiful and exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: R.E. Hable Collection, Vince Sepulveda Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, appears to be new and unfired showing no evidence whatsoever of having been fired. There is only the most faint cylinder line and a small spot or two on left side of the trigger. Grips are extremely fine, showing great fire and color. Box has worn edges and a couple of broken corners with the right end of the top partially detached, otherwise it is intact with mostly legible labels. This is the rare opportunity to own one of the most rare Colt’s extant. 51546-1 JRL (35,000-45,000) C&R – Lot 1487
ROYAL SAXON GUARD RIDER OFFICER’S HELMET WITH SILVER PARADE LION.
Officer’s style body in tombac metal with silver trim. Immaculate highly polished tombac helmet body with no dents or damage. Body has excellent form and contour. No extra holes in helmet body. Frontplate is a large silver star with the center Royal Arms of Saxony device in gilt. Interior has tan colored sweat leather with leather tongue headliner. Interior visors also covered in matching tan leather. Large rounded tombac chin scales with cloverleaf rosettes over Reichs and Saxon 2 piece officer cockades (cockade positions switched). Parade liner in exquisite condition and still retains silver frosted finish. Only minor discoloration on back tail. Mounted to helmet with center wing nut. Rare and beautiful regimental helmet. PROVENANCE: The Doug Buhler Collection of Rare and Spectacular German Imperial Headgear and Pickelhauben. CONDITION: Excellent plus condition inside and out. Helmet body with only age related toning to finish. Interior shows minor wear and use. Parade Lion has no damage with only minor age discoloration to tail area. 51585-11 RT (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1500
SUPERB EARLY LOEWE BORCHARDT 1893 PISTOL, EXPERIMENTAL FEATURES, CASED WITH ACCESSORIES.
SN 13. Cal. 7.65 mm. This is a very unusual Borchardt in several respects. Unlike a number of other pistols in this serial range that have a sear retained by a separately affixed spring, this gun has the later type sear. There are no proofs on bbl or toggle train, whose breech block is in-the-white. Similarly, there are no markings on right side of receiver. All the numbered parts are “13”, including the trigger plate, trigger, and right grip panel (left is unnumbered). The bbl is numbered “30” and is 7-1/2″ having pinned front sight and blade rear sight secured by two screws. Top of chamber marked “Ludw. Loewe & Co. / Berlin / 1893.” and “D.R.P./No75837.” on center toggle link. The main point of interest centers about the unusual attachment at the rear of the main spring housing. Instead of the usual lug, this pistol has a rotate-able tube that slips into a recess of the skeletonized shoulder stock. This unique form of stock and attachment is shown in early Borchardt literature. Rotating the serrated wheel advances a threaded screw to lock the back of the main spring housing onto the front of the matching numbered stock. At the rear of the stock is a loop for a shoulder strap, presently fitted with a modern replacement, that connects to the loop on the left side of the receiver. The ensemble comes with three original magazines, all with matching SN “13”, wooden hold open, wood screw driver handle with two blades, small oil bottle, and a larger grease tin marked “Virginia – Fett / Marked for Petri & Stark, Offenbach A/M”, and a pin punch. All components contained in an original period oak box, lid lined in green baize, whose base is lined in dark green felt and compartmentalized for the pistol and all accessories. Lid is secured with two rotating clasps and centered keyed lock. PROVENANCE: The Friedrich-Wilhelm Dauphin Collection – Germany. CONDITION: Pistol retains an amazing 99+% orig blue with the associated small parts and grips in the same condition. As mentioned, the breech block is in-the-white, most of the wear appearing on each side of the cocking knob and slight fading on the forward face of trigger and the right mainspring housing cover plate. Mirror bore and perfect manual mechanics. Comparable condition shoulder stock and each of the mags that show minor oxidative flecking on each side of their bodies. The dummy mag that appears near new, is of a very rare type seen in only one other cased early Borchardt. Near excellent screw driver handle and VG punch whose surface has been lightly cleaned. A spectacular, super low SN Borchardt, with experimental skeletonized shoulder stock and accessories, in beautiful period, deluxe presentation case. 49828-3 LMA (50,000-100,000) – Lot 1516
SN 9. Serial number 9 on firing pin, bolt, subframe, follower and floor-plate. With later correct type hollow wooden stock and attaching iron numbered 9 to match. Bears crown U proof mark. This is the only known Mauser factory prototype carbine identical to and possibly the very pistol illustrated on the frontispiece of SYSTEM MAUSER by Breathed and Schroeder as well as in THE BROOMHANDLE PISTOL 1896-1936. The photograph in black and white is credited to Herr August Weiss and the Mauser factory in Oberndorf. This is the only Mauser carbine known with a rectangular trigger guard with the pinhole through it, the same unique feature as the carbine in the Weiss photo. Another prototype carbine finished in the white is illustrated in the archives of the late Fred Datig which also has the square trigger guard with the pinhole. A similar ultra-rare Mauser carbine was sold in this room from the renowned Dr. Geoff Sturgess Collection however Dr. Sturgess’ carbine featured a later half round trigger guard. Serial number 9 is without doubt one of the very first Mauser carbines and the only example with these features known. A prize for the most advanced collector of C96’s or early shoulder stocked pistols. PROVENANCE: The Friedrich-Wilhelm Dauphin Collection – Germany. CONDITION: The bbl and action retains about 50% orig blue with considerable fading around the bbl and rails. The extractor is a replacement and most of the fire blue has faded from the small parts, excepting the safety whose fire blue has been enhanced. The attaching stock, recently manufactured, is in near new condition with only a few minuscule scuffs on wood and no appreciable wear on the lug. Dull bore with shallow rifling and considerable oxidation. Perfect manual mechanics. A very rare and unusual carbine. This conforms to the earliest pattern guns shown in most of the Broomhandle Mauser texts notably Breathed and Schroeder which illustrates a similar carbine in its end paper. Possibly the only opportunity the Mauser C96 collector will have to acquire an example of this type. The only other known sale also by James D. Julia was lot #3034 from the Sturgess Collection sold in March of 2014. 49828-194 (50,000-75,000) – Lot 1528
*◊ EXTRAORDINARY WALTHER ARMEE PISTOLE WITH LONG BARREL, ALLOY FRAME, MATCHING STOCK AND TWO MATCHING MAGAZINES.
SN 010. Cal. 9mm. Walther only made 10 long bbl shoulder stocked Armee pistols for military review before production of the standard 5″ barreled APs, so only very rarely is such a gun offered for sale. As true for all of these early pistols, it has 7-7/8″ bbl with a ramped drift adjustable front sight and a 2-position rear sight. The reinforced AP slide has a 2-line address on the left side marked “Waffenfabrik Walther Zella Mehlis (Thur) / (Walther Banner) Armee-Pistole Cal. 9m/m.” The right side of the slide is marked “Walther’s Patent”. Most unusual in having an alloy frame, generally considered a later development. This all matching gun is serial numbered on the right side of the bbl, right side of locking lug, takedown lever, and right side of frame. Fitted with crisply checkered wood panels, each internally numbered “46” (crossed out), “12” (penciled out), and then “10” in pencil. All AP pistols in the series were shipped with two magazines that were numbered individually. In this case, the pistol would have been issued with magazine #010-19 (original) and #010-20 (a replacement). Complete with the orig matching stock made from two pieces of wood having the levered lug that snugly attaches to the tang. Complete with unique orig canvas carrier. PROVENANCE: Ex-Visser Collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess; The Esteemed Collection Of Noted Expert And Author Warren Buxton. CONDITION: Superb 98% orig salt blue bbl and slide. Anodized frame with very slight thinning on the front strap. Comparable condition fire-blued safety. A previously noted stress crack near the rear of the slide cover has been perfectly repaired. Grip panels with orig varnish, deep crisp checkering, in same condition as the balance of the pistol. Mirror bore and perfect manual mechanics. Matching stock is in the same excellent condition with light unstained wood showing no cracks or chips. Original salt blue lug and hinge are in the same exemplary condition as is the canvas carrier. One of the most charismatic Walther pistols in existence, with important military history, and the forefather of the P38. 51568-20 LMA (60,000-90,000) C&R – Lot 1565
*ONE-OF-A-KIND KNOBLE .45ACP US MILITARY TEST PISTOL.
NSN. Cal. .45ACP. This extremely well recognized prototype, pictured in every reference covering early US military arms development, is offered for the first time at auction. This exact pistol is illustrated as plate IV in The War Dept Annual Report, Vol. 6, 1907. The Knoble is one of very few toggle mechanism pistols and is the only example outside the Luger to have been submitted for military testing. This particular double action gun was patented by W. B. Knoble of Tacoma, Washington in 1902 and submitted as one of a pair (the other a single action) in November 1906 to Springfield Armory for formal review. Although impressive in any size, the examiners cited “they were so crudely manufactured as to render any test without value – smooth working being impossible. It was, therefore, decided that these arms would be given no further consideration by the board”. The pistol being offered at auction, without any markings/NSN, has a 5.5″ rnd bbl and fixed sights. The geometry of the toggle action is different from the Luger, requiring that it be pulled upward and slightly forward so as to disengage from the breech before being pulled backward for casing ejection. There is no hold-open. Fitted with a deeply checkered spur hammer and a mechanism that allows both single and double action. The frame is fitted with separate, smooth walnut panels and has a checkered magazine release at the bottom of the backstrap. The frontstrap has a large, rectangular window that allows exposure/contact of the forward magazine spine. Should the single column magazine be stuck, it can be removed by exerting downward pressure on the exposed portion in addition to pulling on the small checkered ears that extend from each side of the base. Magazine presents as a single column design with a brass follower having open sides and a rounded base to conform with the bottom of the pistol. Included with this gun is a hang tag from early owner, Alex Montgomery. Montgomery was one of the very first major collectors of early experimental pistols. PROVENANCE: The Frank H. Wheaton, III Collection. CONDITION: The submitted pistol was presented in an unfinished form with the parts having been heat treated rather than blued. The bbl was heat treated to a fire blue with approximately 50% remaining. The receiver is now grey. The frame appears to have been heat treated to a fire blue, or given an oil quench blue, with moderate fading around the sharp edges and patchy discoloration. Grips retain most of their org varnish. Magazine in the white with comparable discoloration of the tinned surface. Bright bore with sharp rifling. Perfect manual mechanics with sticky action and tightly fitting magazine. 51516-1 LMA (30,000-60,000) C&R – Lot 1620
*FABULOUS AND HISTORIC WHITE-MERRILL 1907 US TEST TRIAL PISTOL.
NSN. Cal. 45. The 1907 White-Merrill was an extraordinary pistol designed through the collaboration of Joseph White and his partner Samuel Merrill, of Massachusetts. This massive single action blowback pistol, fitted with a deeply checkered spur hammer, could be cocked and loaded in the usual manner or with a single hand by means of a cocking lever, that the inventor called a a “loading spur”, located below the trigger guard. Feeding could be through the top, via stripper clip or more conventionally by way of a detachable 10-shot magazine. The left side of the frame is fitted with a hold-open/slide release, and one example had a left grip made of plexiglass, numbered “1,2,3”, to allow visual inspection of the loaded status. The magazine, made to hold a staggered column of cartridges, with open walls, was released by depressing a push button at the bottom of the backstrap. At least one White-Merrill pistol was submitted for formal military trial pistol competition and fired 211 rnds. Unfortunately, the number of malfunctions and failures to fire were such that testing was discontinued and the gun disqualified from consideration. This exact pistol is illustrated as plate VI in The War Dept Annual Report, Vol. 6, 1907. One example is pictured in Small Arms of the World by Ezell (pgs 326-327). This exact pistol is also pictured in U.S. Military Automatic Pistols by Meadows (pgs 273-274) has a 6″ bbl fitted with a half-moon front sight and a fixed rear sight. The top of the heavy slide is marked “PAT. APP’D FOR” and serrated at the rear for grasping. The frame is fitted with a hold-open, whose function is unreliable and separate grip panels. The left panel is made of clear, numbered plexiglass; the right panel, made of smooth brown Bakelite, is secured by two small screws. The heavy duty, open bodied magazine has a reinforcing plate on the back spine secured with six separate screws and a floorplate secured by an additional two screws. Accompanied by an archive of material on the M1906 pistol incl. rare original patent drawings, operation manual and blue prints. Also included with this gun is a hang tag from early owner, Alex Montgomery. Montgomery was one of the very first major collectors of early experimental pistols. This exact pistol is illustrated in a display article by Montgomery on pp.53-62 of World’s Guns and Other Weapons, 1958. Also included is a very rare White-Merrill stripper clip and 5 rnds orig ammo. Note: An extensive archive of related White-Merrill drawings, notes and patent related documents is being offered for sale as a separate lot in this auction. PROVENANCE: The Frank H. Wheaton, III Collection. CONDITION: Approximately 70% orig blue with most areas of contact subjected to handling having faded to grey, particularly the front of the trigger guard and the grooved surface of the cocking lever. The grip panels are in excellent condition with fewer scratches and mars than one might expect from a test gun. The magazine remains in-the-white without suggestion of polishing or enhancement. Mirror bright bore. Excellent manual mechanics with unreliable hold-open as previously mentioned. Truly an extraordinary, charismatic, one-of-a-kind test pistol that should be familiar to every enthusiast of military small arms. 51516-2 LMA (30,000-60,000) C&R – Lot 1623
*SUPERB UNISSUED SINGER MODEL 1911A1 PRESENTATION SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL.
SN 0 0. Cal. 45 ACP. This pistol has all blue finish with 5″ bbl, standard fixed sights with the slide marked “S. MFG. CO. / ELIZABETH, N.J., U.S.A.” and without military acceptance proofs. Mounted with orig Singer checkered brown composition grips without donuts and without reinforcements inside. Accompanied by its orig Singer all blue magazine. Pistol has checkered slide stop, thumb safety, hammer spur, recoil spring keeper, magazine release and arched main spring housing with lanyard loop. This pistol is typical of the very small number of pistols made by the Singer Manufacturing Company, but lacks any marking any marking except the slide legend and a small “0 0” on the frame under the left grip. In April 1940 “an educational contract” was placed with the Elizabethport factory which called for the preparation of one complete set of tools, fixtures & gauges and the manufacture of 500 complete pistols (SN S800001-S800500), plus spare parts. The purpose of this contract was primarily to provide tools which would be available for further larger production orders and to familiarize the Elizabethport personnel with pistol manufacture. With the advent of WWII this original 500 pistol contract was re-designated for military issue. A few un-numbered pistols were made as overruns of the original order. After the war, most of these leftover pistols were simply brought home by Singer executives. This particular example was retained by Singer Chief Engineer/Production Manager, Mr. Wilbur Peets. Mr Peets was employed by Singer for 47 years before retiring in 1961. The Pistol remained in the Peets’ family until a subsequent private sale in 1981. Accompanied by copies of factory documents regarding Singer’s production of the 1911A1 pistol, Mr. Peets’ 1981 obituary, and documentation regarding the timeline and chain of possession of the pistol from 1981 until its offering at this auction. PROVENANCE: The Frank H. Wheaton, III Collection. CONDITION: A magnificent Singer presentation example. Overall a superb condition Singer Presentation Pistol that appears to be as it left the factory with the exception of a very small ding and wear mark. Small pit on left side mostly hidden by slide stop. Small ring scratch on front grip strap. Light pitting on side of mainspring housing. No apparent wear even to edges. No evidence of firing except for possibly proof firing, but no p mark on bbl. Slide has spot of finish deterioration on left front that appears to have been factory touched up as well as a shadow on right side that appears to be an artifact of when the hold open notch was factory hardened. Tiny spot on right muzzle and small ding on right rear. Receiver and slide have 99+% orig factory finish. Small amount of thinning on front strap. Stocks are Singer manufactured with typical Singer wavy checkering pattern. Grip screws are about as perfect as they can be. Magazine has typical Singer large headed rivets and large view holes. Sides of magazine show sanding marks that were not completely polished out. The condition is amazing with only a few very minor blemishes. Orig stocks are in near perfect condition as is the bbl. This pistol was obviously well-stored and never used or altered in any way. 51516-15 (50,000-80,000) C&R – Lot 1630
*FANTASTIC AND EXTREMELY RARE POLISH WZ. 38 M (MAROSZEK) PRE-WWII SEMI-AUTO RIFLE.
SN 1048. Cal. 7.92mm. 24-1/2″ bbl. Developed by Josef Maroszek and adopted by the Polish Army in 1938 as the Wz. 38 M. A limited production of 55 rifles was completed in 1938 by Warsaw Rifle Factory 2 (Zbr.2) before the German invasion and WWII. Only five known documented examples have survived and only 2 are in the United States. The 5 known examples are: #1014 in Poland in a private collection, #1019 in Poland at Uprising Museum, #1027 in Poland at Army Museum, #1030 in United States in private collection, and #1048 in United States, now being offered for sale by James D Julia Auctioneers. This 1938 dated rifle is marked on top of receiver “Zbr.2 1938” and incorporates several features developed during the same period which were later incorporated into German designs such as a fixed box magazine charged using stripper clips from the top. This Wz. 38 M rifle has a gas block and operating piston and cylinder very reminiscent of the Browning Automatic Rifle design, such as a detent rotating pin like the B.A.R. except that this pin is at the right side of the receiver instead of the left. The operating rod resembles the B.A.R. in that it incorporates rails which fit inside recesses in the receiver with a compression spring providing forward impetus. It has a smaller diameter piston fitting within a cylinder which slides into the gas block in the same manner as the American B.A.R. does. The gas port nut on this rifle does not have variable apertures. The nut is held in place by the gas block itself once the assembly is in place, with an index mark on the left side to match the flat of the nut when the setting properly operates this rifle. The straightforward semi-automatic only trigger and hammer actuates a firing pin within the bolt which again looks very similar to the firing pin of the B.A.R.. The trigger and magazine housing assembly is locked in place by a tab at the rear of the assembly which fits into a tab in the rear of the assembly with the simple detent pin at the forward edge. The extractor necessarily is at the top of the bolt. The Wz.38 M is equipped with a simple compensator at the muzzle which also accepts the ring of the Polish bayonet. All Numbers are matching in this rifle. Sold without reserve. PROVENANCE: This Wz. 38 M was Liberated by a US Army Sergeant in Ordnance Tech Intel from a German Officers Barracks in Bremerhaven in 1945. Current consignor purchased it from him in 1972. Bob Faris of Yuma, Arizona and Dr. Novy collaborated on studying this rare rifle until his passing in 2012. Collection of Dr. Fred Novy. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish near mint with deep, lustrous blue finish on all metal parts with the exception of the trigger and the bolt which are in-the-white. Rear sight spring exhibits a straw color. There is some wear to the high edges of the buttplate and along the high edges at the back of the receiver. Bore is near excellent, shiny and bright. Wood is also approaching near excellent with some very light handling marks and dings. This model is so seldom encountered, it is difficult to imagine another opportunity to own this historic and extremely attractive and interesting pre-WWII semi-auto rifle. 51661-1 (40,000-80,000) C&R – Lot 1665
**EXTREMELY SCARCE KRIEGHOFF FG-42 2ND MODEL MACHINE GUN (FULLY TRANSFERABLE).
SN J.M.C. 04254. Cal. 8mm. 19-3/4″ bbl. Iconic and penultimate model German machine gun FG 42 Type G (2nd Model with 90 degree hand grip). Firing as a select fire machine gun, this rifle utilizes the full power 8mm Mauser cartridge and includes one orig 20-rnd magazine. Production of the earliest FG-42’s occurred in 1942 with the final prototype, the early Type C Model being presented to Hitler by Hermann Goring as a Christmas present. Subsequently, Hitler decreed that the Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 should be issued to the paratroopers. Specifications demanded a light, but robust automatic weapon, capable of reliable, accurate, long-range fire. There was an evolution of models culminating in this G Model offered here. Heinrich Krieghoff of Suhl with code (fzs) made most of the FG-42 type weapons which totaled, including all models, fewer than 7,500 units. This particular specimen was at one time deactivated by cutting the receiver underneath the wooden buttstock in two places. It was later re-welded and re-manufactured as a full transferable machine gun and will transfer as such. Reweld is totally invisible when buttstock is in place and does not affect the serviceability in any way. Firing mechanism moves smoothly when operated by hand, this weapon appears fully functional. Marked on underside of receiver behind pistol grip, “J.M. CARNEY / 7243 MAIN ST / WESTMORELAND, N. Y. ” with additional, “J.M.C. 04254”. This is a National Firearms Act item and requires BATF approval prior to transfer. This weapon is fully transferable on an ATF form 3 or form 4. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish extremely fine to near excellent. Orig smooth grey finish. Starting to turn a pleasing patina in places with about 90% of the finish remaining overall. Bore is extremely fine and bright with strong rifling. Grips are also an extremely fine, pleasing red-brown Bakelite. Wood is also extremely fine to near excellent with a small chip on the left side of the butt right at the very edge. It is this catalogers estimation after more than 30 years collecting NFA firearms that there are very few registered specimens of all models of the FG-42 within the United States. This offering is a significant opportunity for the advanced German military weapon enthusiast. These guns seldom surface for sale, and this specimen is exceedingly attractive, and would make a great display specimen, or gather crowds at the range. 51834-1 JWK (150,000-200,000) – Lot 1700