James D. Julia, Inc.

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This extremely desirable Model 1883 variation of the famed Colt Gatling Gun was produced in limited quantities for the U.S. Navy. A similar "Naval Battery Gun" sold in Julia's March 2016 auction for a hefty $322,000.
  On the Road
Our team is already "on the road". Please call us if you would like to schedule an appointment to meet at the show, or have us stop by while we are in the area.


Tulsa Show - Tom, Francis and Wes will be at the Tulsa show, and visiting clients throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming.

Knob Creek (Kentucky) - John Keene will again be "at the Creek" representing Julia's this year. I know he can't wait to see all of his friends!

Bray's Island (South Carolina) - Josh will be at Bray's Island touring the show, April 15-17th. We don't have a table, but can meet with you at a mutually convenient time and location.

NVRHA Annual Civil War Show (Virginia) - John Sexton will be at the show, and ready to meet with friends, both old and new.

ISA National Convention (Ft. Worth Texas) - John Sexton will be at the Convention.

Ohio Civil War Show - John Sexton will be at the show, and available before, during and after the show.

One of a Kind by Mark Ford, CEO

Whether it be Fine Art, Asian and Antiques, or Rare Lamps, Glass and Fine Jewelry, or our Rare and Collectible Firearms division, Julia's is known for offering at auction some of the most amazing, rare and collectible items in the world. During March 14th and 15th, we had our semi-annual Extraordinary Auction of Rare and Collectible Firearms, and once again our facility was filled with treasures from around the world, including several important items from the Civil War era.

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What's It Worth

Original ten round box of Holland branded Kynoch cartridges
Even more rare than 4-Bore rifles themselves is the ammunition to feed them. This original ten round box of "Holland" branded Kynoch cartridges was hotly contested and sold for a whopping $20,700.

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The Royal Armoury of the Nizam of Hyderabad by Wes Dillon, Senior Consultant and Sales Representative
Julia's recently concluded March 14-15, 2016 Firearms Auction proved to be yet another brilliant success in a long line of historic and important offerings coming to market under the auspices of the Julia firm. The sale grossed approximately $15 million which was approximately 30% above low estimate value of the items sold. In this highly touted auction, no less than 300 items generated $10,000 or better; 45 items realized over $50,000; and 20 items generated over $100,000. There was a great depth of participation in nearly all categories of guns.

Among the most notable and intriguing offerings coming to market were spectacular English made best quality double rifles once belonging to the exalted monarch of the Indian State of Hyderabad, popularly known as "His Exalted Highness" (H.E.H.) the Nizam of Hyderabad. Hyderabad was the largest and most prosperous of all princely states in India. It covered 82,698 square miles and had a population of roughly 16.34 million people per the 1941 census. Seven Nizams ruled the independent state Hyderabad from 1724 until 1947.

The Nizam rulers were great patrons of literature, fine art, architecture, culture, and high life style, inclusive of blood sport. Independently, the Nizams also developed a railway system, and the introduction of electricity; developed roads, airways, irrigation and reservoirs. All major public works and buildings in Hyderabad City were built during the Nizam's reign under the British Raj. Through inheritance and the firm financial support of the Brits, the sixth Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, was pictured on the cover of TIME magazine in 1937 as the richest person in the world.

In totality, the Nizam's material holdings were astounding. The jewels alone were valued at $250-$350 million by Sotheby's and Christie's dating back to early 18th century. Crafted in gold and silver and embellished with enameling, the jewels are set with Colombian emeralds, diamonds from the famous Golconda mines, Burmese rubies and spinels. The pearls from Basra and Gulf of Mannar, could fill up an

Cased and Gold-Encrusted H & H 10-Bore Hammer Rifle

Exceptional Cased and Gold-Encrusted H & H 10-Bore Hammer Rifle which brought $149,500, estimated at $65,000-95,000

Cased H & H Deluxe 4-bore Hammer Rifle
Cased H & H Deluxe 4-bore Hammer Rifle which sold for an astounding $258,750 on a presale estimate of $80,000-120,000

Olympic size swimming pool. The immense 19th century, 480 rough carat, "Victoria" or "Jacob" Diamond, was a gem of great mystery and controversy. Cut to a more pedestrian 185 carats in 1887, it was summarily used as a paperweight by the Nizam as the rock was simply too large to wear. After the Princely Hyderabad state acceded and amalgamated into the Union of India, Osman Ali Khan set up a trust in order to preserve and document his vast wealth. The Jacob Diamond along with other priceless heirlooms, artifacts, palaces, vintage cars and firearms formed an enviable list of prized possessions of the Nizam. Many of these priceless treasures of the Nizam were monetized by the Government of India for the benefit of the state.

Mahbub Ali Khan, the Nizam of Hyderabad

His Exalted Highness, Mahbub Ali Khan, the Nizam of Hyderabad and his Shikar group, 1892

Subsequently, a host of articles have been monetized, including many of the superb firearms from the Nizam's Royal Armoury. The London firm of Holland & Holland, who were originally contracted to make many of the best quality double rifles for the British Raj, were tapped to assist in the disbursement.

In 1974, when Malcolm Lyell and the H & H team gained access to the palace in Hyderabad, fantastic scenes ensued. "There were more than 2,000 weapons in 11 huge packing cases," Holland evaluator David Winks recalls. "About 20 guards were getting them out. There were modern shotguns, antique pistols, breech-loading rifles, military arms - everything. The temperature was stifling, well into the hundreds. As each gun came out, a colleague passed it to me, and I had to value it instantly." The resultant score gave the Holland & Holland

firm an instant foothold in the lucrative trade in second-hand arms. Those items deemed military surplus were jobbed out to the trade. Many of the Nizam's personal treasures were repatriated to London and proudly displayed in the H & H library reference collection, housed in their Bruton Street headquarters.

Throughout the lean years of the 1980's, Holland's requirement for additional liquidity necessitated the sale of some of the Nizam's holdings. The fortunate few with strong ties to the firm, and Mr. Winks in particular, were granted special acquisition opportunities that come along perhaps once in a lifetime. Subsequently, in March 2016, the Julia Auction firm was selected to pass along the favor to bid on no less than six of the Nizam's personal rifles to its loyal and passionate following. The auction results were befitting of the title "His Exalted Highness!"

Leading the way was Lot 2354 an Incredible Cased H & H Deluxe 4-bore Hammer Rifle which sold for an astounding $258,750 on a presale estimate of $80,000-120,000. Immediately following was an Exceptional Cased and Gold-Encrusted H & H 10-Bore Hammer Rifle which brought $149,500, estimated at $65,000-95,000. Also in the mix, a pristine H & H 8-Bore Hammer Rifle which sold for $34,500 against a conservative estimate of $15,000-25,000. Other big bore rifles from Indian Raj but not the property of the Nizam included a monstrous true Pair of R.B. Rodda Hammer 4-Bore Rifles which delivered $161,000, and a superb H & H 8-Bore Paradox Ball & Shot Gun selling for $46,000. Though rarely used for hunting, these enormous rifles were very popular among the Raj as tributes to people of influence, representing offerings of great power and energy rather than thoughtful utilitarian gifts.

Today, these immense and powerful rifles must certainly provide their owners with a similar sense of shock and awe as they did over 100 years ago. Rarely does one have the opportunity to view or handle such magnificent artillery let alone witness or be the chosen one to touch off a round or two! We at James D. Julia's consider ourselves among the chosen and fortunate few!

H & H 8-Bore Hammer Rifle

H & H 8-Bore Hammer Rifle which sold for $34,500 against a conservative estimate of $15,000-25,000

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 or Click Here 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.

Auctioneer: James D. Julia | Lic#: ME:AR83 | MA: AU1406 | NH: 2511