James D. Julia, Inc.

Rare Firearms Division
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Extraordinarily Rare Engraved Book Cased Colt Model 1862 Police (Steve Ardia Collection)
Extraordinary Engraved Pair M-1860 Colts of Gen. Joseph Hawley, friend of Gen. Grant, Mark Twain, Samuel Colt, and the Pres. of The Centennial Commission 1876. Formerly in the collection of John Peck, Altmayer, Sheerin, Warren Anderson, and Paul Tudor Jones II (Paul Tudor Jones II Collection)

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Happy Holidays!
by Mark Ford, CEO

All of us at James D. Julia Auctioneers want to wish you and your family the very best this holiday season! If the past couple of months have been any indication, 2016 will be a very busy year here at Julia's.

Our first auction will Article Image be on February 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and feature over $4,200,000 of Fine Art, Asian and Antiques. Artists featured include Martin Johnson Heade, John Singer Sargent, Howard Terpning, Abbott Fuller Graves, Antonio Jacobsen, Waldo Peirce, Marguerite Zorach and many, many others. We have important Read more

What's It Worth

Colt 1911-A1 Government

A very rare Colt 1911-A1 Government. Only 1,296 were made in 1938. Sold for an astonishing $51,750 (with a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$4,000).

If you have a rare firearm and want to know "What's it Worth", please take a picture and email it to us at firearms@jamesdjulia.com. We are always looking for consignments of rare and valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

2015 - A Year For The Books by Francis Lombardi, Firearms Department Head, James D. Julia, Inc.
As we come to the 2015 year end, it is hard not to take a moment to reflect upon those events that are now history at James D. Julia Auctions; and what a wonderful year it has been. As the new Fine Firearms department head, I have changed roles from one of admiration and awe to now the responsible party to make sure Julia's leadership tradition is carried into the foreseen future. Surrounded by a great team and inspired daily by a visionary founder, I can assure you that I consider myself a very lucky guy indeed!

What is truly remarkable is how the hard work of the Julia's team to create and perpetuate an organization known for its extraordinary offerings, exemplary client service, and fair and honest dealings enables continued opportunities to handle the world's best-in-class, important, and historic firearms for auction. Reflecting upon 2015, the 27 significant collections and individual lots gathered from around the world exemplifies this beyond compare.

Elmer Keith's "Old Number 5" Sold March 2015 for $80,500 (est. $30,000-50,000)
Excuse the pun but 2015 was a year for the books - we were honored to handle the estate collections of the most iconic 20th century writers in the firearms industry - Mr. Norm Flayderman and Mr. Elmer Keith. Other notable writers and their personal firearms include Jim Corbett's Jeffrey man-eating tiger rifle and Philip Percival's Rigby rifle. Unfortunately for so many collectors, there has been much buyer's remorse with many of these guns - remorse in that they wished they had bid higher and were the successful winners! Elmer Keith's "Old Number 5" was surely one of those guns.

We were proud to launch the new and highly successful Sporting and Collector session this past Fall. This new and exciting session was created to provide a greater opportunity for client items in the $2,000 to $8,000 range where they could enjoy and benefit from the Julia's experience at very competitive market rates. With 736 lots offered and over $2 million in sales, both buyers and sellers alike showed great support for this new session. An outstanding performer was Lot 1291, a Colt 1911-A1 Government Model 1938 production that was estimated at $3,000-$4,000 and sold for an astonishing $51,750!

It is truly a challenge to recount all of the fine and important firearms that we have handled this past year at Julia. For each collector niche there was an offering that would have become the crown jewel of any respected collection. Our March 2016 auction is already shaping up to be quite special

as well. So goes the tradition at Julia's. As it goes for me as the new Department Head, let's be honest, what gun enthusiast would not dream of a job where you come to work and get to handle, learn, and share the history and beauty of the world's finest firearms with other like impassioned folk, with fresh goods coming in every day and new inventory twice a year. Sort of like having Christmas everyday.

Happy Holidays to All,
Francis Lombardi


Jim Corbett's man-eating tiger Jeffrey rifle and Philip Percival's Rigby rifle. Sold March 2015 for $264,500 (est. $75,000-150,000) (Elmer Keith Collection)

At James D. Julia, Inc. we are always seeking high quality antiques of all types for our year-round auctions. We offer the best seller commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% for high value items and collections. Please contact us directly at 207-453-7125 (Maine office) or 781-460-6800 (Boston area office) to learn more or if you are considering consigning one item, an entire collection or an estate to auction. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.
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