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.
I grew up in York, Pennsylvania. York was the First Capital of the United States, and seemed to be so close to many of the seminal events in the creation of our country. Valley Forge was not too far away to the east, and Gettysburg was a mere 40 miles to the west. As a child, I was always intrigued by history, and our frequent family trips to historical sites like Harper’s Ferry, Gettysburg, Antietam, Bull Run just spurred my interest in the Civil War to a higher level. We would explore the battlefields, visit the exhibits, and try to learn more about the people of that era.
Since joining Julia’s, I’m seeing it from a different perspective. The flags, the uniforms, the furniture, the letters, the symbols, and the firearms. Whether it is from Texas, or Massachusetts, the story is now far more personal. We are fortunate to have one of the foremost Civil War experts, John Sexton, on our staff to share his unique insights with us, and all of our clients.
There were several amazing Civil War items at our last auction, but the one that intrigued me the most was the “Sisterdale Texas Dragoon”. The pistol was manufactured in 1862 by a group of men assembled in Sisterdale, Texas. They attempted to combine the “best” features of Colt, Remington, Smith and Wesson, and Rogers and Spencer. It is believed that they only produced six pistols, and there is only one known example that survives to this day. Imagine – just one left in the entire world! Incredibly, it was retained in the family until 1974, and has been in the collection of the foremost Confederate collectors, including its most recent owners, Don and Kathlee Bryan. It sold at auction after spirited bidding at over its auction estimate for $253,000.