Superb March 2009 Firearms Auction
Sold $11.5 Million!

Auction: March 16 & 17, 2009

Preview: March 13-15, 2009

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1005
Revised: 3/14/2009

Additional Information: Equipped with rare bolt “thumb release”.

**CHINESE MAXIM (TYPE 24) ON EVERETT REGISTERED SIDE PLATE (FULLY TRANSFERABLE). SN 4861P. Cal. 7.62x54R. 28″ bbl. Gun parts manufactured by “21st Arsenal in Hanyang, China, on Everett registered sideplate. Accessories include orig Chinese tripod, 4 250 rnd belts, 3 of which are of the Finnish type, 1 is of the Russian type, 1 Russian marked ammo box, 2 green Maxim ammo boxes 1 with star, the other plain, and 1 German ammo box with 25 rnd Maxim belt segment. Also included are spare Chinese Maxim parts as follows: water jacket assy, bbl in 7.62, crank and rails, squeeze type back plate, muzzle assy, bottom plate, spider antiaircraft sight, and top cover. All in rather poor condition but could be made serviceable with effort and care. Another spare which is in very good condition is a spare bolt with 7.62x54R extractor. A set of RCBS reloading dies in 7.62x54R RUSS is also included. As is one crate of approx 700 rnds steel cased 7.62×54 ammo, and about 200 more rnds on the belts. Gun and parts are mismatched throughout. Back plate is of the later squeeze-to-fire type. Top cover has bow and arrow symbol within a gear above Chinese swastika. Fusee cover has brass plate affixed which also displayed Chinese swastika. Tripod also has brass plate displaying Chinese reverse swastika and Chinese characters over SN. Firing mechanism moves smoothly when cycled by hand. This arm appears fully functional. Gun traverses smoothly on tripod. Elevation is also functional. Legs on tripod move as do swing out carrying handles at rear. CONDITION: Overall finish in appearance is well used with loss of much finish on both side plates to a light brown patina. Fusee cover has also loss much of finish and is a light grey metal color. Top cover retains more bluing but is also turning brown. Feed block appears all matching to itself and has much deeper and complete bluing. Bolt, crank and other internal parts appear excellent although mismatched. Actual flash hider displays mixture of red primer under light green paint. Booster assy retains much of grey-blue finish and appears to be in very good condition. Water jacket is covered in light green paint over red primer w/numerous gouges and scratches. Interesting is that the water jacket filler plug has an attractive wooden handle and is attached to the top cover retaining bolt with a mixture of copper wire and braided steel chain. Wooden grips on back plate are cracked but serviceable. Caps for oilers are present and serviceable. Tripod is covered in light green paint. Knee rest plates are present w/o padding as is seat which is w/o provision to hold spare parts. Spare bolt box under cradle is present. Cover and latch mechanism for spare bolt box are serviceable. Bore is shiny with crisp rifling and although has dark spots will probably clean up well. Bore of spare bbl is pretty much the same but has some spots of corrosion. Type 24 Chinese Maxims are scarce in the United States. This one with its spares would make a great shooter. 4-37889 JWK36 (10,000-13,000)

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1156
Revised: 3/14/2009

Please note: Stock takedown screw is a non-original replacement.

*EXCEPTIONALLY RARE MANNLICHER MODEL 1903 PISTOL CARBINE. SN 952. Cal. 7.65 mm Bottle-necked Rimless. Cartridge for this rare revolver is dimensionally the same as the 30 Mauser but less powerful. This unusual pistol/carbine has an 11-1/2″ rnd bbl, completely covered with a wood forestock. It has a small dovetailed front sight on a pedestal with a 400 meter rear sight. The action is very similar in operation to the Mauser 1896 with a detachable box magazine in front of trigger guard. Mounted with a very nicely figured, uncheckered, semi-pistol grip buttstock with smooth steel buttplate which is detachable by means of a knurled bolt through the tangs. Forestock & buttstock are mounted with sling swivels containing an orig leather sling. Noted handgun authority, James Rankin, of Coral Gables, Florida, in a personal letter to the purchaser, states that there is only an estimated 150 of these pieces still in existence. Page 202 of the book, Pistols of the World, states that it is doubtful that more than 1,000 1903-type pistols & pistol carbines were ever made. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including magazine, buttstock, buttplate & takedown bolt, no further disassembly was affected to check for other matching numbers. Overall retains 96-98% strong orig factory finish to both metal & wood with only minor sharp edge wear on the receiver and a few minor nicks & scratches in the wood. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Rear sight leaf spring is broken, a simple repair by a competent gunsmith. 4-38070 JR280 (7,000-10,000)

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1176
Revised: 3/14/2009

Please Note: Grips are appropriate, non-antique replacements.

*WEBLEY FOSBERY 2ND TYPE SEMI-AUTO REVOLVER. SN 2211. Cal. 455. Blue finish with 6″ oct bbl with integral rib & pedestal front sight with fixed rear sight. Left side of top strap is marked “WEBLEY FOSBERY” and left side of frame has the Webley winged bullet & caliber marking. Left side of frame also has a thumb safety lever. Mounted with checkered hard rubber grips that have “SAFE” at top of left side and has a stud & ring in the butt strap. These revolvers are most unusual in that they are single action for the first shot, in that the hammer must be cocked to fire the first round, however from there on the upper part of frame recoils during firing which cocks the hammer and rotates the cylinder by means of the zig zag grooves on the outer surface thereby bringing a fresh cartridge in line with the bore. These revolvers, while successful, saw only limited production in the early 1900’s and are quite scarce today. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains a professional restored rust blue finish with some scattered spots of pitting. Grips are sound showing light to moderate wear. Some of screw heads are lightly battered. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-37947 JR191 (3,000-5,000)

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1213
Revised: 3/24/2009

Correction to Printed Catalogue: The correct spelling of the engraver’s name is Tomasoni.

*SPECTACULAR FABBRI OVER/UNDER SHOTGUN. SN E657. Cal. 20 ga. Beautiful hand made over/under shotgun with 28-1/2″ superposed bbls, 2-3/4″ chambers, choked FULL/MOD, matted solid rib with single silver bead, ejectors & single non-selective trigger. Top bbl marked on left side “IVO FABBRI-BRESCIA” and “VACUUM ARC REMELTING STEEL” on the right. It has full sidelock receiver with cocking indicators & beautiful scalloped standing breech, marked on bottom with maker’s name & address in two tiny ribbons. It has full coverage deep intertwined floral & foliate arabesque patterns and is signed on trigger plate “INC. C. TOMASONI”. Mounted with spectacular Circassian walnut with full checkered forearm with metal engraved to match receiver and checkered pistol grip stock with leather covered pad and a gold initial plate engraved “RBJ”. Accompanied by a fine Nizzoli leather case with burgundy felt lining. Bore diameter: top – .622, bottom – .622. Bore restrictions: top – .028, bottom – .018. Wall thickness: top – .024, bottom – .025. Drop at heel: 1-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz. LOP 15″. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. May have been fired but if so very little. Bbls retain about 99% strong orig blue with only faint thinning around muzzle edges. Receiver retains virtually all of its subtle orig case colors with very minor thinning on bottom edges. Trigger guard & opening lever retain virtually all of their fine orig blue. Wood is sound with a minor storage nick or two and retains virtually all of its beautiful hand rubbed orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, with non-auto safety, strong ejectors and bright shiny bores. Case is equally new. 4-38016 BDT230 (75,000-100,000)

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1272
Revised: 3/14/2009

Additional Information: This is not a double action revolver, but a very rare Single Action trophy revolver.

*RARE SMITH & WESSON MODEL 14-2 DA TROPHY REVOLVER. SN K495346. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue finish with 6″ bbl, integral wide rib, thick partridge front sight on a ramp with fully adjustable rear sight. It has case colored target trigger & hammer and is mounted with silver medallion, smooth, highly figured, magnum wood grips. Sideplate on right is engraved “SMITH & WESSON / TROPHY / National Mid Winter Championships / TAMPA, FLA. 1963”. This fine revolver has high polish royal blue finish not usually found on standard revolvers. Accompanied by a Smith & Wesson factory historian letter fully identifying this revolver as having been shipped March 1963 “for presentation as a trophy gun at the National Mid-Winter Championships held in Tampa, Florida”. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains virtually all of its extraordinary factory finish with only miniscule nicks on rib at muzzle. Grips are equally new. Crisp mechanics, brilliant shiny bore. 4-37913 JR222 (800-1,200)

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1284
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction to Printed Catalogue: This item is a modern firearm.

*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE PROTOTYPE GEORGE WILSON SEMI-AUTO TARGET PISTOL. SN GAW3. Cal. 45 ACP. Extraordinary pistol, hand built by George A. Wilson of Pennsylvania back in the 1960’s. Mr. Wilson, a designer for High Standard, designed & patented this pistol and was granted a patent in 1961. He had actually built SN 1 back in 1959, which he used to win an NRA tournament. He subsequently built SN’s 2 & 3 which he apparently sold to the late well known collector, Sydney Aberman of Pittsburgh, PA. When Mr. Aberman passed away in 1993 well known handgun & military dealer, David Buehn, acquired SN’s 2 & 3 with Mr. Wilson having retained SN 1. There apparently was correspondence between Mr. Wilson and Mr. Robert Loveless, the legendary knife maker, after Mr. Loveless had acquired SN 1 and was trying to buy SN’s 2 & 3. In a hand written letter from Mr. Buehn, dated 1995 to the consignor he states that he took SN 3 to the Las Vegas Gun Show where it was noticed by a friend of Mr. Loveless who subsequently called & purchased it from Mr. Buehn but later returned it for a refund due to personal circumstances. Consignor purchased SN 3 from Mr. Buehn in 1995. Buehn’s letter and catalog is included with the lot. This unusual pistol is described as having a 5-3/4″ bbl with a heavy forward slide, tapered on front edges with grasping grooves, which slides into internal rails in the upper rear frame. It has a front sight similar to a Luger with rectangular base containing a thick partridge blade pinned in place with two pins. Rear sight is adjustable for windage & elevation. Frame is an engineering marvel with an unusual locking block that cams into the lower part of the slide when the pistol is in battery, creating a sort of delayed blow back operation. Left side of the frame has a short slide release. Grip is set at an ergonomic angle of the approx. same degree as High Standard & Colt Woodsman pistols and the renowned Luger pistol. It has an integral trigger guard with thin flat trigger and 1-pc wraparound, highly figured walnut grip with checkered back edge. Front strap is beautifully hand checkered. Magazine release is European style, in the butt. Magazine is similar to and appears to be made from a 1911-style magazine with thick Teflon follower leaving room for only about 5-rds. Each side of the front of the slide is marked “MATCH .45 ACP” with a bull’s eye target in the middle. Top right flat is marked “GEORGE A. WILSON / MEDIA, PENN., U.S.A.” and the left top flat is marked “PATENTED MAR. 21, 1961 / NO. 2, 975, 680”. The serial number “GAW3” is on top of the slide & right side of the frame with just the number “3” on bottom of the frame in front of the trigger guard. This is an extraordinarily rare & historic target pistol, probably still capable of winning iron sight matches. PROVENANCE: George A. Wilson; Syd Aberman Collection; Robert Loveless; David Buehn CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, appears to be all matching, no disassembly was attempted to verify matching parts. Overall retains 99%+ fine orig finish. Grip is sound and retains about all of its fine hand rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-38069 JR294 (10,000-15,000)

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1328
Revised: 3/14/2009

Additional Information: Stock is a replacement Safari-grade stock. The stock has tested positive for traces of salt as normally found on Brownings of this time period. Small spot of rust on inside of tang hole under the stock (typical of salt finish stock).

*OUTSTANDING BROWNING OLYMPIAN BOLT ACTION RIFLE. SN 7P41906. Cal. 30/06. 24″ rnd bbl with no provision for sights. Bbl is marked on left side “BROWNING ARMS CO” and right side “CALIBER “.30-06″ ONLY 7P41906/MADE IN BELGIUM”. There is a 2″ wedge of scroll engraving down each side of bbl. The Olympic grade receiver is engraved on left side of front ring with a bull elk and signed “A MARECHAL”. Right side is engraved with a buck antelope and marked “AM”. The remainder of upper receiver is a foliate scroll with a shaded background. The floor plate is engraved with a buck whitetail deer, with trees in the background and fern leaves in the foreground, and signed “L LAMBERT”. Trigger bow is engraved with a stalking bear and marked “JL”. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, wrap around checkered forend, checkered pistol grip, left side cheek piece, Browning marked hard rubber butt plate, and sling swivel studs. PROVENANCE: Tom Clinton Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Gun appears near new and test fired only. There are a couple of minor faint scratched on bbl. The receiver is bright and crisp. Stock is sound with just a very few light handling marks, and a minor flake of finish on sharp edge of cheek piece. Even though this is a salt era gun, pulling the metal from the wood reveals no signs whatsoever of it being a salt cured stock. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-37372 BDT15 (4,000-7,000)

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1346
Revised: 3/16/2009

Additional Information: Extraordinary, highly professional repair at wrist.

*EXTREMELY RARE 34″ PARKER DHE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN. SN 207429. Cal. 20 ga. 34″ Titanic steel bbls with matted, tapered, concave rib with sgl brass sighting bead, 3″ chambers, IMP-MOD / IMP-MOD chokes, ejectors and dbl triggers. Top rib is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS MERIDEN CT. U.S.A. TITANIC STEEL”. Chamber end has narrow band of border engraving. Receiver is engraved in typical “D” pattern with foliate arabesque scroll and ribbon with “PARKER BROS.” on each side, a pointer on point on left side, a setter on point on right side, and four pheasants – two in flight, two standing – surrounded by foliate arabesque scroll on trigger plate. This receiver was made in a live bird gun fashion and not equipped with a safety. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, checkered splintered forend, side panels with dropper points, checkered pistol grip with Parker Bros. black hard rubber grip cap, skeleton butt and blank gold oval halfway between grip cap and toe of butt plate. Bore diameter: left -.617, right -.617. Bore restrictions: left -.020, right -.20. Wall thickness: left -.039, right -.036. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 8 lbs. 6 oz. LOP 14-3/4″. The serial number of this gun is not included in the book Parker Gun Identification and Serialization. Gun is built on the Parker No. 1 frame. CONDITION: Very good. Bbls retain 85-90% orig blue with some minor wear at muzzle, a few minor surface oxidation marks on left bbl 7-9″ from muzzle, some minor thinning on left bbl just forward of forend tip, some thinning on bottom of bbls at forend tip and the usual minor nicks and scratches. Left bbl flat is marked with a circle “JG” and “5 3”. Left bbl flat has a circle “T”, “HT” over “A”, “4 3”, and “3” near the chambers. Receiver retains 20-25% orig fading case colors blended with a brown silvery patina. Trigger guard has 30% orig blue, fairly strong across bow, mixed with silvery patina at front edge and through grip area. Stock is sound with nice sharp re-cut checkering, a few minor handling marks in its fine restored hand-rubbed finish; it fits very well around frame and tangs but is just a whisker shy around the skeleton butt plate. Forend is sound with patina gray exposed metal parts, some minor nicks and dings, good checkering with only a couple of minor flattened points; carries a nice hand-worn patina finish. Mechanics are crisp with strong ejectors, top lever just slightly right of center, crisp trigger pulls, nice bright bores. 4-37393 BDT1 (20,000-30,000)

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1347
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction: Wall thickness is Right-.032; L-.029.

*DESIRABLE PARKER BROS. DHE GRADE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN. SN 232428. Cal. 16 ga. 28″ Titanic steel bbls; tapered, matted, concave rib with sgl silver sighting bead, 2-1/2″ chambers, MOD / FULL chokes, ejectors and dbl triggers. Top of bbl is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. TITANIC STEEL”. The No. 1 sized frame is engraved in standard “D” fashion with a pointer on point on left side, a setter on right and four pheasants, three in flight on trigger plate, with the remainder a fine full foliate arabesque scroll with ribbons “PARKER BROS.” on each side. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, multi-point checkered splinter forend, multi-point checkered pistol grip with Parker Bros. hard rubber grip cap, raised side panels with dropper point, engraved skeleton butt plate and blank initial oval. The book Parker Gun Identification & Serialization identifies gun as a T-13, D Grade with Titanic steel bbls, pistol grip stock, 16 gauge, 26″ bbls and no extras. Although the ledger and the gun do not match exactly, there is no doubt in this cataloger’s mind of the gun being correct and the bbl length and ejectors were simply omitted from the original ledger. Bore diameter: left -.665, right -.665. Bore restrictions: left -.028, right -.013. Wall thickness: left -.023, right -.020. Drop at heel: 2-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. LOP 14-1/4″. Gun is accompanied by a green canvas, leather-cornered luggage case. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbls retain 95% of their fine orig rust-blue with some minor wear at muzzle, some minor thinning at chamber area, a couple of small spots of minor surface oxidation and a minor bruise on the bottom of each bbl about 8-1/2″ from muzzle that is barely noticeable. Receiver retains 75-80% strong orig case colors blended with a silver patina across bottom and minor fading on the fences. Trigger guard has 40-50% orig blue, mostly across bow, flaked to a brown patina in front and thinned to a silver patina through grip area. Stock is sound with a tiny hairline crack behind top tang, very good checkering, a few usual nicks and handling marks, retaining about 95% of its orig finish. Skeleton butt has flaked and worn with only traces of orig blue, being mostly a silver patina. Forend is sound with good checkering, a few minor nicks and handling marks and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with top lever slightly right of center, strong ejectors with automatic safety and nice bright shiny bores. Case is in excellent condition with only a few minor scuffs. 4-37308 BDT12 (10,000-15,000)

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1348
Revised: 3/15/2009

Additional Information: Minor dent about .5″ from muzzle on right bbl next to bottom rib


*RARE PARKER BROS. DHE GRADE WITH DAMASCUS STEEL BARRELS. SN 181007. Cal. 16 ga. 26″ Damascus steel bbls, matted, tapered, concave rib, sgl ivory sighting bead, 2-1/2″ chambers, IMP-CYL / MOD chokes, ejectors and dbl triggers. Top rib of bbl is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. DAMASCUS STEEL”. The “1” size frame is typical D grade engraving with oval with pointer on left side, setter on right, four game birds on trigger plate, two flying and two walking, ribbons with “PARKER BROS.” on each side and balance of engraving a fine foliate arabesque scroll. Mounted with highly figured walnut, checkered splinter forend, checkered pistol grip, hard rubber Parker Bros. grip cap, side panels with droppers, checkered butt with steel skeleton buttplate and blank gold initial oval. Bore diameter: left -.665, right -.665. Bore restrictions: left -.010, right -.003. Wall thickness: left -.019, right -.017. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. LOP 14-1/8″. The book Parker Gun Identification and Serialization identifies gun as D3 capped pistol grip, 16 gauge with 26″ bbls. D3 is a grade 3 with Damascus steel bbls. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain strong orig Damascus pattern with a few minor handling marks and rub mark on bottom from forend. Receiver retains 25% orig case colors, strong in protected areas, blending with a silver patina. Stock is sound with sharp re-cut checkering, a few minor handling marks and retains virtually all of a fine factory quality restored finish. Forend is sound with sharp re-cut checkering, a couple of minor handling marks and retains virtually all of a fine factory quality restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with automatic safety and bright shiny bores. 4-37846 BDT188 (6,000-8,000)

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1349
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction: Wall thickness is Right-.035; L-.038.

*PARKER BROS. DH GRADE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN. SN 116327. Cal. 16 ga. 26″ Titanic steel bbls, matted, tapered, concave rib with sgl silver sighting bead, 2-1/2″ chambers, FULL / FULL chokes, extractors and dbl triggers. Top rib is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. TITANIC STEEL”. The “O” frame is typical D grade engraved with pointer in oval on left side, setter on right, four game birds on trigger plate, all in flight, ribbons with “PARKER BROS.” on each side and balance of engraving a fine foliate arabesque scroll. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, checkered splinter forend, checkered pistol grip with Parker Bros. hard rubber grip cap, 1-1/4″ neatly checkered wood extension, checkered butt and blank initial oval. Bore diameter: left -.663, right -.663. Bore restrictions: left -.029, right -.027. Wall thickness: left -.022, right -.021. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs. 15 oz. LOP 14-1/8″. The book Parker Gun Identification and Serialization identifies gun as grade T-13, capped pistol grip, 16 gauge with 26″ bbls. Grade T-13 is D grade with Titanic steel bbls. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain virtually all of a fine factory quality restored rust-blue finish. There is a small lightly pitted area on rib about 1-1/2″ above bbl address. Receiver retains 70-75% orig case colors, thinning across bottom and top, blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with sharp checkering, a few minor handling marks and retains most of a factory quality restored finish. Forend is sound with good checkering, a hairline crack running from iron to checkering and retains most of a factory quality restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with automatic safety and nice shiny bores. 4-37851 BDT187 (6,000-9,000)

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2000
Revised: 4/16/2009

Correction to Typographical Error in the Printed Catalogue: This is a Paterson No. 2 belt model as it does not have flared grips.

EXTRAORDINARY CASED ENGRAVED NO.2 COLT PATERSON BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 566. Cal. 34. Incredibly beautiful Paterson with 5-5/8″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight with usual Patent Arms rolled address. Address is a light strike with cylinder end very faint. Frame & hammer have the very rare case color hardening with a deluxe walnut 1-pc straight grip and 5-shot cylinder with centaur scene and round cylinder stop notches. The frame, recoil shields, hammer & bbl lug are engraved with very beautiful flowing foliate & vine patterns with a light incised dbl line border around the frame which extends over the shoulders of the back strap. Back strap & butt strap are engraved to match, also with dbl line borders. Center of back strap is inlaid with a rectangular silver initial plate with scalloped corners. Bottom of frame, behind trigger slot, is engraved with a beautiful sunburst beneath which is the vignette of a shore bird inside a foliate panel. Both sides, rear edge & nose of hammer are engraved to match with a hand cut checkered tear drop panel on the spur. Bbl has a wide silver band around muzzle with a short silver band across top flat, behind front sight. Two other silver bands are across bottom three flats of the bbl & the bbl lug and a wide & narrow silver bands over top three flats of bbl at cylinder end. Recoil shields also have a wide & narrow silver bands around front edges. Serial number was observed on wedge, rear face of bbl lug, cylinder rotating band, on bottom right edge of grip, on right side of front strap under grip and inside back strap. Both cylinders are also matching numbered. Accompanied by its orig fluted lid mahogany casing with scalloped corner rectangular silver plate in center and a mortised brass lock with escutcheon in the front. Interior is lined in dark velvet with recesses in bottom for the revolver & charger. Charger is orig Paterson equipment with gold washed body & bands with the center band having the No. 5 Belt Model bbl roll mark. Also accompanied by a sgl cavity 3-handled bullet mold, a combination tool, a wood handled cleaning rod and an orig capping tool numbered “7” on interior. Right rear corner has a dowel containing a second orig matching numbered cylinder, which is missing one nipple. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only about 800 of both styles of the No. 3 Belt Model Paterson were made in the period 1838-1840. Few of these rare revolvers are found cased today and of those exceedingly few were ever engraved. This exact revolver appears on pp. 4&5 in full color of the book Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching, appears to be unfired. Bbl retains virtually all of its orig factory glossy blue with only a minor nick or two. Frame & hammer retain about all of their strong & bright orig case colors, slightly thinned on front strap. Back strap retains about 96-97% glossy orig blue, slightly thinned around the heel. Cylinders are about identical, retaining virtually all of their orig glossy blue and 98-99% centaur scenes. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case has a chip from left front bottom corner, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish. Accessories are also fine with the charger being extremely fine retaining most of its orig gold wash. Capper is a mellow medium mustard patina. 4-36399 JR100 (275,000-500,000)

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2001
Revised: 3/17/2009

Please Note: Capper top is non-antique replacement. Bottom is correct.

EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED SILVER PLATED & INLAID COLT NO. 5 BELT MODEL TEXAS PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 351. Cal. 36. Bore actually measures .415″. Spectacular Texas Paterson with 7-5/8″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight with usual Patent Arms address. It has a silver plated frame, front & back straps. The bbl, cylinder, cylinder plate & recoil shields are blued with case colored hammer. Recoil shields, hammer & sides of bbl lug are very nicely engraved in very early vine style foliate arabesque patterns with sparse coverage. Bbl has five silver bands with a band around muzzle, a wide & narrow band at cylinder end, another wide & narrow band on the bottom flats with a sixth silver inlay being a band just behind the front sight. Recoil shields also have a wide & narrow silver band inlay for a total of eight silver bands. Mounted with a highly figured, deluxe burl, 1-pc walnut grip with wide flared butt and rounded bottom edges. Cylinder has five chambers with square rear shoulder and is rolled with the stagecoach holdup scene. Accompanied by an orig Paterson mahogany casing with fluted lid and a rectangular German silver plate centered in the top with a silver plated escutcheon on front. Interior is lined in dark velvet with recesses in the bottom for the revolver, an orig #5 size charger with the number “55” on the powder end and “100” on the ball end. Center band is roll marked identically to the bbl address. Brass fittings on charger are all gold washed. Also accompanied by an orig Paterson capper numbered “201” on the inside, a reproduction sgl cavity, 3-handle ball bullet mold, an orig combination loading tool, nipple wrench and nipple pick and finally a walnut handled brass cleaning rod. Right rear corner is recessed for a spare cylinder and contains an orig No. 5 Paterson cylinder with serial number “113”. The serial number was observed on the rear face of bbl lug, wedge, rear face of cylinder, on cylinder rotating ring, on bottom of cylinder plate, left side of front and rear grip straps under grip. While no number was observed on the grip, it is readily apparent that these grips are orig to this revolver. No further disassembly was affected to determine additional numbered parts. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only about 1,000 of these rare revolvers were made in the period 1838-1840. Few survive today and those very few were cased and of those, only a very tiny number were engraved, making this truly one of the more rare Colts today. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 75-80% thin orig glossy blue with the loss areas a medium patina. Frame & front strap retain most of their orig silver plating with a few light nicks & scratches and a series of small nicks on left side. Front strap apparently was drilled & tapped at one time to attach a flat hammer spring to replace the orig “V” spring. That hole has now been plugged and the “V” spring stud & spring restored. There are light file marks on front strap. Back strap retains virtually all of its orig silver plating with some light battering on butt strap. Cylinder retains a silvery blue/brown patina and exhibits about 90% stagecoach holdup scene. Hammer has a chipped nose. Grip is sound, having been re-glued internally with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with minor scuffing toward chamber end. Case has a couple of light cracks in the lid with another in the bottom, with minor handling & storage marks, nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Interior is lightly faded with light soil. Charger overall retains about 90% strong orig finish. Capper is a medium mustard brass patina. Extra cylinder is a gray/brown patina. Combination tool retains 75-80% strong orig factory blue. Cleaning rod & bullet mold are fine. 4-36400 JR98 (350,000-650,000)

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2002
Revised: 3/16/2009

Please Note: Cappers are non-antique replacements.

RARE CASED COLT PATERSON NO. 3 BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 169. Cal. 34. Rare No. 3 Paterson, one of only about 800 made in two grip styles in the period 1838-1840. It has 4-5/8″ oct bbl with 11-groove rifling, tiny German silver front sight with usual Patent Arms bbl address. Bbl lug is flat sided with a radius cutout on each side by the cylinder pin hole. Cylinder is usual 5-chamber with round cylinder stop holes, rounded rear shoulders and is rolled with the centaur scene. Frame & hammer have the very rare case color hardening and it has a deluxe burl walnut 1-pc walnut grip with flared butt. Serial number was observed on the top of wedge, cylinder rotating ring, bottom left edge of grip, inside back strap channel of grip, on left side of toe of front strap under grip, inside back strap and on hammer. No further disassembly was affected to check for additional matching numbers. Accompanied by an orig dark velvet lined Paterson casing with fluted lid that has a rectangular German silver inlay in center and a mortised brass lock in front. Interior is recessed for the revolver, a copper & brass charger numbered “47”. Center brass ring on charger has the same roll mark address as is on the bbl and the three brass collars are gold washed. It also has wire brackets containing a single cavity 3-handled bullet mold with sprue cutter, a combination loading tool/screwdriver/nipple wrench/pick, a walnut handle cleaning rod and a brass capping tool without number inside. Right rear of case has a dowel for the spare matching numbered cylinder which accompanies this lot. Altogether a very rare & complete belt model set. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except bbl which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 80-85% glossy orig blue with only light edge & muzzle wear. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright on sides, faded on top & back edges of hammer & front strap. Cylinders are nearly identical retaining 85-90% thinning orig blue with about 95% centaur scene on both. Back strap retains about 90% glossy orig blue. Grip is sound with light nicks & dings and dark oil staining on right side and overall retains about 75-80% orig varnish, stronger on left side. Case has a crack in the lid, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled. Accessories are fine, charger retains about 80% orig finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and scattered pitting. 4-36401 JR99 (225,000-375,000)

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2017
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction: Serial Number is 151718, not 15713 as per Dr. Murphy and upon closer inspection. Several of the “8s” were light strikes, looking like “3s”.

Correction – Illustration of cased set in the printed catalogue depicts a tin of reproduction Ely caps. This is a mistake that took place during photography. This cap tin does not go with this lot. In its place is a genuine, full tin of antique Eley Bros. Colt caps wrapped in original paper with an antique, light green, Eley paper label on lid of tin.

EXTRAORDINARY & LEGENDARY UNION/LIBERTY CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY WITH EBONY GRIP ASSOCIATED WITH ULYSSES S. GRANT. SN 151713. Cal. 44. Spectacular engraved ’60 Army with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and the caliber is on left rear web of trigger guard. It has silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel back strap containing a fantastic 1-pc smooth ebony grip with the last four digits of the serial number in pencil in the back strap channel. This fantastic revolver is exhibition quality finished with brilliant high polish blue & case colors and is engraved in late vine style with plain background consisting of full coverage on frame and sides of hammer with an unusual eagle’s head on each side of hammer nose. The hammer spur is hand checkered in a swallow tail pattern with serrated patterns in the “v” opening and six small dots in a band below. Bbl has matching engraving on each side with a ribbon incorporated into the patterns marked “UNION” on left side and “LIBERTY” on right side. Left side pattern, just above wedge screw, has a bird head incorporated at the end of a scroll, of the type associated with identified works by Gustave Young. Right side of bbl, above wedge slot, at end of a scroll is a grotesque man’s face. Engraving patterns extend forward up the sides of the bbl and meet over the top to form a frame around the address, with matching patterns around the muzzle & front sight. Rammer pivot is also engraved to match. Cylinder is typical 6-shot 1860 rebated pattern with the Ormsby Naval battle scene on the raised area and is most unusually engraved with matching patterns in the rebated area. All six safety pins are crisp. Back strap & butt strap are engraved in matching patterns with additional foliate arabesque patterns on trigger bow and front of trigger guard. Shoulders of back strap & trigger guard are engraved in patterns associated with known works by Gustave Young. Serial numbers on bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a small “E”. Accompanied by a deluxe, burgundy velvet lined, rosewood casing with a blank brass diamond inlay in the lid and a diamond shaped brass escutcheon on the front. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a single sided straight spout “COLTS PATENT” flask with silver plated collar and thumb lever, an exceptionally high polished & brilliant blued “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter marked “44H” on right side, a high polished L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, two sealed packets of combustible cartridges and a blued tin of Eley’s caps with yellow & black label. Right rear compartment contains bullets & balls and there is a functioning orig key. Also accompanied by an extremely rare & important Matthew Brady CDV of Ulysses S. Grant in uniform, hand signed on the bottom “U.S. Grant / Lt. Gen. U.S.A.”. This wonderful firearm was discovered in 1998 by John Gangle, who states he acquired it from members of the Ulysses S. Grant family. Family history states that this fabulous firearm was presented to Gen. Grant but never used by him. This fabulous firearm is pictured in full color on pp. 90-91 in the book Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. PROVENANCE: U.S. Grant descendants; John Gangle; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Overall retains virtually all of its brilliant deluxe orig factory finish with glossy bright blue on bbl, cylinder & back strap and brilliant case colors on rammer, rammer handle, frame & hammer. Back strap is slightly flaked. Trigger guard retains virtually all of its lightly oxidized silver plating. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its smooth orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. Case has a repaired crack across the lid, otherwise is sound and retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish to the exterior. Interior is original and is moderately to heavily faded with moderate soil in the bottom and wear from front sight & hammer spur. Flask has a few small dents on the back and retains most of its orig finish on front with most of the wear on the back. Collar & thumb lever retain most of their orig silver plating with one small spot of wear on the collar. Mold is exceptional, probably unused and retains virtually all of its glossy factory blue. Nipple wrench/screwdriver is very fine. Antique cap tin, probably a reproduction, is very fine. 4-36419 JR96 (350,000-650,000)

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2032
Revised: 3/24/2009

Title Should Read: EXTRAORDINARILY RARE PANEL SCENE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, THE EARLIEST KNOWN FACTORY ORDERED AND ENGRAVED SINGLE ACTION “THE 1876 CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION COLT”.

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE PANEL SCENE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, THE EARLIEST KNOWN ENGRAVED SINGLE ACTION “THE 1876 CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION COLT”. SN 8928. Cal. 45 Colt. Extraordinary single action with nickel finish, 7-1/2” bbl, script 1-line address with serifs at each end. Frame has 2-line patent dates on left side and is mounted with extraordinarily rare diamond checkered 2-pc walnut grips. Fitted with Type I ejector rod housing and bulls eye ejector rod head. Serial numbers on frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a small “E”. The complete serial number is found on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and last two digits of serial number are stamped in the inside radius at rear of ejector rod housing. Cylinder has complete serial number in a shallow arc in a panel on outside radius at rear edge of one of the flutes. The entire revolver is spectacularly engraved, probably by Herman Ulrich. A Colt Lightning rifle in a museum in Canada is engraved nearly identical to this revolver and is signed Herman Ulrich, however others have attributed the engraving to Cuno Helfricht. It is embellished with astounding delicately intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with 75-80% coverage over the entire revolver. Frame has full coverage with panel scenes on each side consisting of a wolf standing over its deer kill with very fine detailed background scenery. Right side panel depicts a large grizzly bear at bay with a mountain scene in the background. Both panels are surrounded by the aforementioned fine foliate arabesque patterns. Recoil shield & loading gate have flower blossom panels surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and top strap is engraved to match with smaller flower panels surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns terminating in triangular shaped spider web patterns at front ends. Both sides of front frame have matching flower panels with geometric designs over the base pin radius and ejector rod housing radius. Bottom gullets of front part of frame are simply very finely stippled with punch dot background leaving an untouched border and untouched round dots creating a beautiful foil to the engraving. Cylinder is equally spectacularly engraved with full coverage except for the flutes with matching delicate foliate arabesque patterns and a fine shaded diamond border at the rear edge. Bbl & ejector rod housing are also richly engraved to match with matching flower blossom panels on each side of bbl. Muzzle is engraved with three bands, two of which are shaded chip engraving and the center a very unusual dot pattern. Top of backstrap depicts a creeping panther surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns which extend completely down back strap with cross-hatched oval panels at top & bottom. Butt strap, front strap, trigger bow, trigger plate & bottom of frame are engraved to match with very detailed scallop shells around the serial numbers on trigger guard & frame. Front edge of frame is also engraved to match and there is a flower blossom around the base pin hole. All of the engraving has an extraordinarily fine punch dot matted background. Bulls eye ejector rod head has a diamond border around its circumference and the hammer has full coverage engraving on the sides, rear & top edges with extremely elaborate wolf’s heads on each side of the hammer nose and an extended hand-checkered spur. Screws are all fire blued with front trigger guard screw slightly battered. This revolver is pictured & described on pp 132-139 in Fine Colts the Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. Accompanied by a copy of two pages from the Henry Folsom & Co. of St. Louis ledger dated Oct. 15, 1877 to H.D. Folsom, New York, NY, which lists this revolver near the top, as found, with ivory grips and the cost as $36.60 which is the third most expensive single action on the inventory. There is a total of five single actions listed with three of them bearing earlier serial numbers – number 8925, 8926 & 8927 but apparently these three earlier items are not known today. On the bottom of the second page is a notation dated -?-?- 7 77 “Colt’s Pat Fire Arms Co”. “We sent these guns to you by boat this day. They attracted a great deal of attention at the Exposition and in Berlin they have been a grand advertisement. Please chg to us the frt on the next bill to us. Thanking you for the use of these goods -?-?- “ and signed H.D. Folsom. In addition there is a grouping of material from the 1876 International Exposition (World’s Fair). This material consists of an orig Centennial portfolio in book form that is 11” x 7-1/4” x about 1” thick; a 25 cent “Authorized Visitor’s Guide to the Centennial Exhibition and Philadelphia 1876” and is touted as “The only guide book sold on the exhibition grounds”; there is also a smaller burgundy, white & gold “Centennial Pocket Album” as embossed on front cover with back cover embossed “1776” / “1876”; additionally there is an International Exhibition package ticket with the dates “1776” and “1876” in top corners and overstamped “Fifty Cents”. It is also serial numbered; there is also a scarf from the exhibition that is marked “Exhibition / Fairmount Park / Philadelphia / 1776 1876” with other writing that is inside the folded scarf which was not unwrapped and in addition, this grouping contains two Philadelphia 1876 medallions; one is 2-7/8” diameter x 3/8” thick and the other 2-1/16” diameter x 1/8” thick. Also accompanying is a National Rifle Association of America Silver Medal No. 114 and a small plaque indicating a “Ten Best Arms Award 1998”. Additionally accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 caliber, bbl length not listed with nickel finish, ivory stocks and factory engraved. It was shipped to the H & D Folsom Arms Company, New York, NY on Feb. 12, 1878 in a shipment of two same type guns. Under remarks section there are also two other shipments listed, one showing it with a 7-1/2” bbl and wood stocks, shipped to A.G. Spalding Brothers, New York, NY, April 30, 1897 in a one gun shipment and another entry to the same company with checkered wood stocks shipped on Sept. 12, 1897 in a one gun shipment. In addition it is accompanied by the July/August 1982 issue of Man at Arms magazine which contains a 4-page article by noted author, historian R.L. Wilson on pp. 31-34 which gives a history of some of the Colt Exhibit arms from the 1876 World Expo, including this famous revolver, wherein he states that this is the earliest known factory engraved single action. The two center pages of the magazine illustrate this revolver in great detail in full color. Mr. Wilson explains that due to “gaps in the factory ledgers, the initial shipments of 8928E for the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 and to H&D Folsom for the 1877 St. Louis showing have not been located.” He also says that it is likely that this revolver was shipped any number of other times that are not recorded. And, finally accompanied by its spectacular exhibition case that was undoubtedly created by Arno Werner with fine blue leather covering with gold embossed borders on lid, inside which is embossed in gold “COLT’S ARMY .45 SERIAL NO. 8928 / FACTORY SHOW PIECE / OF THE / PHILADELPHIA CENTENNIAL / AND OTHER EXHIBITIONS / THE EARLIEST KNOWN / FACTORY DOCUMENTED / ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION”. Interior is lined in blue velvet with a leather covered hinge and French fitted bottom with a leather plaque embossed with the identical inscription as on the lid. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine and original. Overall retains all of its orig factory nickel finish with only a small ding on front sight and another adjacent on muzzle. Left grip has a few minor chipped diamonds in one small spot, otherwise retains about all of its orig factory finish showing light diamond point wear with a few minor scratches on bottom edges. Hammer is not solid in the safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a loose right front corner in its bottom and a loose left front corner in the lid, otherwise it is sound showing minimal wear on the exterior. Interior is exceptionally fine. 4-36439 JR81 (350,000-600,000)

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2065
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction to Typographical Error in Catalogue: This is an 1849 Pocket model, not an 1851 as stated in the catalogue description.

FINE CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1851 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 9037. Cal. 31. Blue & case colored with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight, 2-line London address with serifs and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. Bbl lug & cylinder have British proofs. It has blued steel trigger guard & backstrap with 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is 5-shot with stagecoach holdup scene and all five safety pins crisp. Accompanied by a scarce & unusual orig bird’s eye maple, blue velvet lined English casing. Inside lid has orig Colt directions label and is compartmented in bottom for a maple handled cleaning rod, blued 2-cavity iron “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold marked on right side “31 PKT”, a Hawksley bag shaped flask with broken spring, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Reilly’s caps. Covered compartment in right rear contains a few bullets & balls. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Appears to be unfired with bbl retaining 75-80% glossy orig blue with balance cleaned to a light patina. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors with handle having been cleaned bright. Frame retains about all of its orig factory case colors, strong & bright on right side, somewhat faded on left side. Hammer retains about all of its orig case colors, turning silver on top edge. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 30% orig blue with balance a silver patina from handling, not use. Cylinder retains 75-80% thinning orig blue and about 98% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and light edge wear and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with blue still in grooves. Case has a couple of minor loose corners and is missing front escutcheon, otherwise is completely intact with only minor handling & storage marks. Interior is extremely fine with very light soil with some yellowing to label in lid. Mold retains 60-70% thin orig blue. Flask has a small dent on one side, with aforementioned broken spring and retains most of its orig finish. Cap tin & cleaning rod are fine. 4-35955 JR31 (4,000-6,000)

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2067B
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction: The correct estimate is $8,000-$12,000 for the pair of guns in the case.

TWO CASED ENGRAVED INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 101925 & 101935. Cal. 31. Both revolvers have silver finish with 6″ bbls that have pin front sights with engraved “Saml Colt” address. They have silver plated brass trigger guards and backstraps with fine, 1-pc ivory grips. Both are engraved by Gustave Young, but not identically. They have Mr. Young’s deluxe coverage of foliate arabesque engraving with SN 101935 having a dog’s heads incorporated in two of his fine scrolls on the left side, one on the frame and the other on the bbl lug, with others ending in flower blossoms. SN 101925 is engraved nearly identically, without the dogs’ heads, having several scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Both have “COLTS PATENT” engraved on the left sides of the frames in kidney-shaped panels. Tops of both backstraps have Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at the top, at the heels, on the buttstraps and trigger guards. Shoulders of the trigger guards and backstraps are also engraved. Backstraps are inscribed in script “Jas. R. Morris, April 1860”. Accompanied by a burgundy velvet lined mahagany, 2-gun casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolvers, a double sided, silver plated eagle & shield flask, a silver plated 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and 2 tins of Eley’s caps. Also included is a packet of 5 combustible cartridges. A preliminary internet search for James R. Morris disclosed numerous entries in both the Union & Confederate Armies. CONDITION: Both revolvers retain about all of their fine professionally restored silver finish. Both cylinders have been buffed with the cylinder on number “101925”, possibly re-rolled. Grip on “101925” is probably an old replacement. Both grips have light age lines and retain wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics on both revolvers are very fine. Both bores show heavy use with moderate to heavy pitting. Both cylinders have all five safety pins replaced. Case has a couple of grain checks in bottom, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish. Interior in the lid is moderately faded with a reglued section of the lining. Bottom is relined and shows moderate soil with pressure points from grips & cylinders. A small section of the dust seal is missing in left front corner. Flask has several small dents and retains about all of an applied silver finish. Mold is very fine with a few nicks & dings and retains about all of its applied silver finish. Cartridge packet is extremely fine. Cap tins are fine. 4-38003 (8,000-12,000)

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2089
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction to Typographical Error in Catalogue: Serial Number is “11232-IE” (the “IE” stands for ivory & engraved, which is correct)

CASED INSCRIBED & ENGRAVED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 7 PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 112321E. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ rnd bbl, 2-line New York address and mounted with 1-pc ivory grip. Engraved in early vine style with light coverage foliate arabesque patterns without background. Back strap is engraved in period script “J.N. Burgess”. It has 5-shot cylinder with screw through side retaining the cylinder pin. Serial number on butt is unusual in the extreme in that it is six digits followed by an “E” when the highest recorded serial number observed by this cataloguer is approx. 30,000 which was for the Model 3 with oct bbl. Apparently the workman applying serial numbers got carried away or had one too many beers for lunch and whacked an extra “1” while applying the number. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a scarce brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter having an “H” on right side, a 2-sided early eagle flask and two other compartments containing bullets & balls. The lock escutcheon is replaced with light colored wood. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains 30-40% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, blue/gray patina elsewhere. There is a small gouge on bbl and moderate wear elsewhere. Cylinder has light to moderate pitting, front & rear and retains about 50% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip has a couple of very minor age lines and may be an old replacement as it does not fit perfectly and overall retains a wonderful golden mellow ivory patina. Hammer will not catch in half cock or full cock notches and the hand jams in one of notches. Strong bore, dark in the grooves. Case has had lid reglued, otherwise is sound with heavily faded interior and soil in bottom with damage from front sight. Mold & flask are fine. 4-35920 JR36 (5,000-8,000)

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2097
Revised: 3/14/2009

Additional Information: Springfield research Service records indicate this Serial Number in the immediate range of New Model Army gun issued to Company K, 3rd Arkansas Vol Cavalry.

EXTRAORDINARY REMINGTON MODEL 1858 NEW MODEL ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 46708. Cal. 44. Blue finish with 8″ oct bbl, pinched post front sight, brass trigger guard & crisp 2-pc walnut grips with crisp cartouche on left side. Several of the various parts have small inspector initials. While these revolvers were produced in very large quantities during the Civil War and were one of the most popular revolvers during the war they are rarely ever found in crisp, unfired condition as is this one. Just in case anyone would wish to know, this is what one looks like in unissued, unused condition. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine. Overall retains about 99% plus crisp orig factory finish with brilliant deep blue and case colors. Trigger guard has crisp sharp edges, as do the grips. Grips do have a few minor nicks on edges. Revolver has a few minor nicks on sharp edges with one small spot on right side of frame. Cylinder is extremely crisp with only the hint of a drag line. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-35291 JR193 (8,000-12,000)

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2099
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction: The barrel is, in fact, Hexagonal rather than Octagonal. This is an exceptionally RARE variation on the Pettengill Army Models.

RARE MARTIALLY MARKED PETTENGILL ARMY MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN None visible.. Cal. 44. Rare martial Pettengill, blue finish, with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight with pinch frame style groove in the top strap. Top strap is marked with the makers’ names and patent numbers on each side flat of the top strap. It has a 6-shot cylinder with attached 3-pc rammer and 2-pc walnut grips. The butt strap and various small parts are stamped with small inspector initials and proofs. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 2000 of these martially marked Pettengills were manufactured between October 1862 and January 1863. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl retains most of its strong orig factory blue with a coating of old dried oil. Cylinder retains 60-70% strong orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina. Frame retains traces of orig blue, being mostly a silver brown patina. Rammer pivot and handle retain dark case colors. Grip is sound with worn edges, nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong dark bore with light pitting. 4-35926 JR62 (4,000-7,000)

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2105
Revised: 3/14/2009

. Correction to Typographical Error in Catalogue: Serial Number is 21834T.

TRANTERS PATENT GRISWOLD & CO DOUBLE ACTION ARMY SIZED PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 21. Cal. 44. Blue finish with 5-7/8″ ovoid shaped oct bbl, tiny dovetailed front sight and fixed rear sight. Top strap and top flat of bbl are marked “MADE BY WM. TRANTER FOR A.B. GRISWOLD & CO NEW ORLEANS”. The rammer and handle are attached to the left forward side of frame with the Tranters Patent mark, which also appears on the left front side of the frame. It has the extended dbl action trigger that protrudes through a slot in the trigger guard, and has the spring-loaded safety on the left side of the frame, with a 5-shot cylinder. Frame, bbl & rammer handle are lightly engraved with foliate arabesque patterns. It is mounted with a checkered, 1-pc, angled, saw-handle style grip with engraved steel butt cap. CONDITION: About good, overall retains 70-75% thin, dull orig blue with some moderate pitting around forcing cone and top strap areas. Ramrod latch is broken. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear and a dark oil stain. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-35968 JR59 (750-1,500)

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2107
Revised: 3/14/2009

Please Note: Not only is the engraving style identical in these two lots, but the serial numbers are only 4 numbers apart thus almost positively factory engraved.

RARE ENGRAVED STARR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 52575. Cal. 44. Fine late Starr Single Action with 8″ rnd bbl, dovetailed front sight and mounted with checkered 1-pc walnut grip. It has usual markings on both sides of frame. Frame, cylinder, bbl & back strap are nicely engraved, through the blue in sparse foliate arabesque patterns. Upper front sides of bbl lug have Hunter’s stars and top strap has simple geometric designs as does back strap & trigger guard. This revolver and another being sold in this auction apparently were an attempt by Starr or its receivers to enhance sales of unsold Civil War arms. While no records are known to exist regarding these engraved revolvers, several have been observed with the identical engraving & checkered grips leaving little doubt that this was in fact a factory employed device to enhance civilian sales. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about all of its fine, strong orig blue finish with minor flaking on the cylinder. Engraved areas show white metal. Hammer retains about all of its brilliant orig case colors. Grip shows light wear and retains most of its orig oil finish with minor dings on heel. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-37400 JR170 (6,000-10,000)

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2108
Revised: 3/14/2009

Please Note: Not only is the engraving style identical in these two lots, but the serial numbers are only 4 numbers apart thus almost positively factory engraved.

RARE ENGRAVED STARR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 52571. Cal. 44. Fine late Starr Single Action with 8″ rnd bbl, dovetailed front sight and mounted with checkered 1-pc walnut grip. It has usual markings on both sides of frame. Frame, cylinder, bbl & back strap are nicely engraved, through the blue in sparse foliate arabesque patterns. Upper front sides of bbl lug have Hunter’s stars and top strap has simple geometric designs as does back strap & trigger guard. This revolver and another being sold in this auction apparently were an attempt by Starr or its receivers to enhance sales of unsold Civil War arms. While no records are known to exist regarding these engraved revolvers, several have been observed with the identical engraving & checkered grips leaving little doubt that this was in fact a factory employed device to enhance civilian sales. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains about 75% thinning orig blue, strong in sheltered areas. Hammer retains dark case colors. Grip has chips & dings on bottom, and several small gouges on right side, otherwise grip is sound showing heavy wear. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine, pitted in the grooves. 4-37399 JR171 (3,000-6,000)

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2142
Revised: 3/14/2009

Please Note: Barrel appears to be replaced, “C” mark on wood stock is not typical or consistent of those used by Colt inspectors.

FINE EARLY COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 16770. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with script address. It has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.” on left side of frame. Fitted with 1-pc walnut grip bearing cartouche on left side of “APC”, the cartouche of A.P. Casey. This revolver is from the series produced in 1875 during the height of the Indian Wars and were almost certainly 100% issued to cavalry units on the frontier engaged in the Indian wars. The trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, bbl & bottom right edge of grip are all stamped with small “C” inspector mark. While not considered to have been Custer-issue Colts, they were certainly produced well before the 1876 Custer fight. Ejector rod housing is of the first type with a bull’s eye ejector rod head. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl, cylinder & grip frame retain a smooth even blue/brown patina with minor nicks & scratches. Frame & hammer retain 50-60% moderately faded case colors, stronger in sheltered areas. Grip is sound with minor chipped right toe showing light wear with minor nicks & scratches and retains about 50-60% orig finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with some very fine pitting in the grooves. 4-36336 JR128 (5,000-8,000)

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2146
Revised: 3/3/2009

Additional Information – Please Note: The condition states “all matching except cylinder and grips which are unnumbered but appear to be orig to this revolver”. This is, of course, correct and as the gun should be. Colt SA in this SN range did not have SN on cyl or on the grips. The gun is a superb example in outstanding cond.

EXTRAORDINARY COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 133607. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & case colored with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight having been very minutely reduced in height. Bbl has 2-line address on top with roll mark “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Left side of frame has the early 3-line patent dates with the caliber marking on left front web of trigger guard. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” under the base pin. Mounted with rampant Colt eagle grips that are unnumbered. Cylinder has a tiny “G” on rear face. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 44-40, with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, rubber stocks and shipped to John P. Lower & Sons, Denver, CO on July 11, 1890 in a shipment of two same type guns. This is one of the finest Western shipped 4-3/4″ Frontier Six Shooters extant. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching except cylinder & grips which are unnumbered but appear to be orig to this revolver. Bbl retains 95-96% glossy, inky, orig Colt blue with light muzzle edge wear. Ejector rod housing retains 88-90% of the same blue with holster wear on outer radius. Ejector rod head is bent. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig factory case colors, only very slightly faded on top strap and recoil shields. Trigger guard retains 95% strong orig blue with some slight etching on front strap. Back strap retains about 85% orig blue, strong & bright at the top with flaking & etching on back strap & butt strap. Cylinder retains 90-92% glossy orig blue, slightly thinned around rear edge, strong & bright in the flutes with scattered pin prick pitting in the flutes. Grips are sound showing light diamond point wear, beginning to turn chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. Has been fired but very little. 4-38085 (22,500-27,500)

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2236
Revised: 3/14/2009

Additional Information: Serial Number is 25, which is not mentioned in the description, but actually a low and desirable number.

VERY RARE SMITH & WESSON NO. 1 SMALL FRAME VOLCANIC PISTOL. Cal. 31. All steel construction w/4″ oct to rnd bbl that has ribbed integral magazine tube. It has pinched post front sight w/a fixed rear sight in the top flat of the frame. Top flat of the bbl is marked “SMITH & WESSON / NORWICH, CT.” and the left side flat is marked “PATENT / FEB. 14, 1854”. It is mounted w/2-pc, bag-shaped smooth rosewood grips, numbered to this pistol. Serial Number is found on the left side of the butt strap under the grip, inside both grips, and on the exposed part of the carrier in the slot in the bottom of the frame. Right side of the lever is marked with a large “F”. No further disassembly was attempted to determine additional matching parts. Frame, back strap and back edge of the hammer are very nicely engraved in foliate, arabesque patterns. According to Flyaderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearmsonly abut 1,200 of these rare pistols were produced in the period 1854-55. Accompanied by a Smith & Wesson factory historian letter identifying this pistol as having been manufactured in 1854 and sold through the J. Dixon & Co., New York City, NY, who was, at that time, Smith & Wesson’s sole agent. Letter states that this pistol was in 31 caliber with small frame & blue finish. Previously examined specimens have all shown hard use and wear w/little or no remaining orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 50-60% thin orig factory brown finish, stronger and darker on the swivel end. Frame retains traces of orig blue in the most sheltered areas being mostly a flaked, not worn, gray metal color. Hammer retains dark case colors. Lever retains traces of orig blue. Grips are sound showing light wear and retain most of their orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. This is certainly one of the finer S&W #1 volcanic pistols to be found today. 4-38039 JR261 (22,500-32,500)

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2374
Revised: 3/14/2009

Important Note: Serial Number is not “22”, but actually “92”. The assembly number is “22”. This is an exact Walch Navy from the famous Locke Collection as illustrated on page 462 of Locke Catalogue.

RARE WALCH NAVY 12-SHOT PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 22. Cal. 36. Extremely rare Walch Navy sized revolver with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight with the makers name and patent date on the top flat. It has Colt style 2 piece hinged rammer and 6 shot cylinder with 12 nipples, 2 hammers and 2 triggers. It is fitted with 2 piece checkered walnut grips with German silver screw escutcheons. This is one of the single most unusual American made revolvers in that each of the six chambers accepts 2 superposed charges which are fired with the double row of nipples. The outer nipples fire the front chargers and the inner nipples fire the rear chargers. When the double hammers are cocked the right hand hammer and right trigger fire the front charge and a continuous squeeze contacts the left trigger which releases the left hammer which fires the rear charge. The serial number was found on the left heel of the grip frame under the grip, face of the cylinder, wedge, rammer handle and in roman numerals on the cylinder pin flat under the cylinder spring. No further disassembly was attempted to check for additional matching numbers. Bottom of the butt strap and right side of the bbl bear assembly numbers “92”. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 200 of these rare revolvers were made for John Walch and J.P. Lindsey circa 1859-early 1860s. Some scholars considered these revolvers to be secondary US Martial handguns. CONDITION: Fine all metal is “in the white” , having been professionally cleaned, probably in preparation for restoration. Lever latch is a modern replacement. Right grip has a chipped toe otherwise grips are sound showing moderate wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp. Strong clean bore with fine pitting. Altogether an extremely rare and unusual American revolver. 4-37816 JR253 (10,000-15,000)

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2392
Revised: 4/9/2009

Additional Information: This was made in the 20th Century.

TIFFANY MARKED BOWIE KNIFE. You are bidding on a clip-point bowie knife which is just over 12″ long with a 7-1/4″ blade. These knives have always been enigmatic to the market. The blade on this is knife is etched in a style typical to some Sheffield etched knives circa 1850. This knife is etched “Californian Bowie Knife” with other motifs and a large American eagle which is hard to discern. Cross guard is 2″ and German silver, grip is of bone, or simulated bone and is mounted between a sterling silver ferrule and pommel cap. CONDITION: Generally very good. 4-35283 (1,100-1,500)

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2392H
Revised: 3/14/2009

Please Note: This flag is old, but we cannot and will not guarantee this is a genuine 28 star flag.

RARE 28 STAR “TEXAS” AMERICAN FLAG. You are bidding on a beautiful American flag with 28 stars & 13 stripes commemorating the State of Texas entry into the Union, December 29, 1845. When James K. Polk was President this was the first official flag during the Mexican War. This is a beautiful bunting flag with great colors with 28 hand sewn double appliqued stars. Flag measures about 58″ x 42″, is all hand sewn. The 1-1/2″ heavy linen hoist has three large hand whipped eyelets and bears an indiscernible inscription. 28 star flags are rarely offered. This flag was official for only about 2 years, 1846-1848. This is rare opportunity to find a flag commemorating Texas’s entry into America as a state. This is a great flat with brilliant colors in a flag that was obviously painstakingly made totally by hand in 1845 or 1846. CONDITION: Colors are still vibrant. Hoist is solid and complete with some staining. as can be seen in photographs. There are several large 2-3″ holes which almost appear as battle damage. There are a couple contemporary repairs, one being a 3″ x 2-1/2″ patch on one white stripe near fly end. 4-38014 JS29 (5,000-8,000)

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2415
Revised: 3/16/2009

Additional Information: At least one person has questioned whether this gun is a re-conversion. We have removed the locks and if it is in fact a re-conversion, it is the finest work we have ever seen.

MODEL 1795 SPRINGFIELD FLINTLOCK MUSKET. SN NSN. Cal 69. 44-3/4″ bbl. You are bidding on a fine example of the first Springfield musket known to collectors as the Model 1795 Springfield Musket Type 1. These guns were made 1799-1804. The condition overall on this gun is excellent. Markings are crisp and well defined. The lock is properly marked “Springfield” and proofed with large well delineated federal eagle with “US” in its breast and a script “US” below. A large “US” is stamped in top of bbl. The “P/V/eagle head” proofs on bbl are very good. “RP” is stamped on trigger guard plate. “800” is stamped on buttplate tang, possibly denoting manufacturing date of 1800. Top of buttplate comb is stamped “P14”. Rarely are these early Springfields offered in such superior condition with all the earliest features including one piece welded swing swivels and removable beveled/faceted flash pans. CONDITION: Metal surfaces overall are gray/bright with scattered areas of rust and pitting. Bore is smooth and shows little wear. Stock overall is very good and sound with scattered scratches and scrapes. Markings, as can be seen in photographs, are crisp and well defined. Mechanism works well. 4-37385 JS7 (9,000-12,500)

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2434
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction to Printed Catalogue: Description is correct. Images in printed catalogue are incorrect.

DUTCH MUSKET CIRCA 1730-1745. SN NSN. 80 Cal. 45-3/4″ long bbl marked on left side of breech with bbl makers initials in a sunken rectangular stamp. Gun retains its original 12″ long flat blade bayonet marked “No 1497”. Additional marking on top of bbl also not discernible. Touch hole shows evidence of being welded and re drilled. Single bridled lock is unmarked and shows evidence of the flash pan being replaced and inside of lock shows evidence of re welding. Cock has been replaced. Heavy brass mounted furniture includes butt plate with long tang and massive trigger guard , 4 faceted rammer pipes, nose cap and side plate (side plate only is a modern replacement) Nicely made stock well carved around the back of the lock, bbl tang and side plate. CONDITION: Metal is generally in very good condition with some medium pitting lock plate shows heavier pitting. Brass in fine condition. Wood generally excellent with only minor chips and no major losses. 4-35214 PAS29 (2,000-3,000)

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