James D. Julia, Inc.

Rare Firearms Division
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Magnificent Royal Wheel-Lock Sporting Rifle by Samuel Kluge in Landshut, Made for Either King Charles XI (1655-1697) of Sweden or King Christian V of Denmark (Died 1699) Formerly the Property of The Rothschild Family. (est. $200,000-300,000)
   
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Massive and Extraordinary 1882 Vintage Holland & Holland 4 Bore Double Rifle, with Case and Accessories. (est. $45,000-75,000) More Highlights...


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.

Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Assoc.
Kansas City, MO - July 29th-31st

John Keene will be attending the show and available for appointments

Syracuse Gun Show
Syracuse, NY - September 17 & 18

We will be attending the show and available for appointments

Chicago Civil War Show & Sale
Chicago, IL - September 24

John Sexton will be attending the show and available for appointments

Colt Collector Show
Louisville, KY - September 29 - October 2

We will be attending the show and available for appointments

Summer in Maine by Mark Ford, CEO

When you think of summer in Maine, the advertising folks have you thinking of lazy summer days with sailboats bobbing in the harbor, bathers laying on a sandy beach or scenic hikes along a majestic rocky ridge. Not here at Julia's.

We are "right out straight!" In June, we had our Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry auction. Our Department Head, Mike Fredericks, did a wonderful job pulling together a fabulous auction. We had a two day event featuring 1100 different lots. We have always been known for our rare Lamps and Glass. However, over the past couple of years we have added Fine Jewelry to this division. As a result, we had almost 200 lots of Fine Jewelry. After the dust settled with the post auction sales, we had our second largest grossing Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction ever at... Read more


What's It Worth

Four Bore Holland & Holland Double Rifle
This Incredible Massive Four Bore Holland & Holland Double Rifle made for the Nizam of Hyderabad, with a pre-sale estimate of $80,000-120,000, sold for $258,750

If you have a rare firearm and want to know "What's it Worth", or consign it to an upcoming auction, please Click Here

We are always looking for consignments of rare and valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

 
Confederate Arms by John Sexton, Julia's special agent and cataloger
James Julia auctions has proven to be the best seller of Confederate arms in auction over the past several years. I'm proud to catalog Confederate and Civil War objects for James Julia providing detailed provenance, history and detailed condition reports. I catalog important historical arms exclusively for Julia's as they consistently allow me to properly describe every nuance, good and bad, and guarantee their clients receive warranty as described in their unique terms to auction industry.

In the March 16 sale, Julia's sold the finest collection of Confederate handguns ever assembled, the Don and Kathlee Bryan collection. Don bought his first Confederate arm in 1967, then specialized in primarily Confederate revolvers, upgrading to the finest specimens attainable. The collection consisted of only 18 revolvers which sold in a mere 20 minutes, bringing a combined $1,888,800 against a low estimate of $1,520,000 to a diverse group of collectors with only one gun being sold to a dealer I was aware of, showing the scope of Julia's market in Civil War arms.

Unique Sisterdale Texas Revolver
Unique Sisterdale Texas Revolver

A few of the Bryan guns sold included the unique Texas Sisterdale revolver bringing $253,000. Another Texas rarity was the LE Tucker, which is the finest of two examples known, brought $172,500. Finest examples known of Dance Navy revolvers of both variations sold for $149,500 and $115,000 respectively.

No doubt the finest first model LeMat revolver known which was once owned by Confederate Gen. PGT Beauregard sold for $224,250. Among the finest Spiller and Burr Atlanta made revolvers known and identified to a Confederate surgeon sold for $51,750. There will never be another grouping offered with such diversity and quality, as fully a dozen of the lots were the finest or only known examples surviving.

Finest Known 1st Model Lemat Once Owned by General PGT Beauregard
Finest Known 1st Model Lemat Once Owned by General PGT Beauregard

In addition to the Bryan guns were an additional small group lot of Confederate revolvers including the finest example of only six known prewar Auguste Francotte LeMat revolvers which sold for $46,000.

The Finest Group of Four Dance Revolvers of All Variations
The Finest Group of Four Dance Revolvers of All Variations

In the upcoming fall 2016 sale, Julia's will be offering another extremely rare LeMat revolver, this being one of only two known prototypes (serial number 2) made for LeMat by John Krider Philadelphia in 1858. These prototypes were utilized by Francotte in

their limited production of pre-war revolvers thought to be less than twenty based on surviving serial numbers known, the highest being "16". Serial number "1" Krider is still housed in the Liège Museum, a gift of Francotte.

Finest Known Pre-War Lemat Revolver
Finest Known Pre-War Lemat Revolver

To keep up the continuing demand for Confederate revolvers, Julia's upcoming Fall 2016 auction will offer a fine grouping of Georgia made Leech & Rigdon revolvers including the most iconic and famous example taken from the CSS Tennessee during the battle of Mobile. This revolver is not only 100% original and in extremely fine condition but is so historic. The only other captured Confederate revolver with inset silver plaque showing ship's name was sold by Julia's as lot 1107 in the Fall of 2007, a first model LeMat revolver taken from the CSS Atlanta which sold for $166,750. The Leech and Rigdon has presale-estimate of a conservative $50,000- 70,000.

Fine Lemat Captured / Very Fine Leech & Rigdon SN 605
(top) Fine Lemat Captured From CSS Atlanta, Sold for $166,750 (bottom) Very Fine Leech & Rigdon SN 605 Captured From CSS Tennessee, Pre-Sale Estimate $50,000-70,000

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