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Please Note: 1) Magnificent addition: Consignor found and has provided an original C.E. JUNCKER mfg machine gunners badge. This is an extremely difficult find collector’s piece. 2) Please Note: There is a typographical error. The estimate should be $15,000-$20,000. In addition, the Finnish steel 7.62 Russian belt loading machine is not included with this lot.
***SHOOTER’S DREAM DWM MG-08 MAXIM MACHINE GUN AS REGISTERED BY ERB CONVERTED TO 7.62 RUSSIAN (FULLY TRANSFERABLE).
SN 5461. Cal. 7.62x54R. 33″ bbl with flash hider. This attractive MG-08 Maxim was originally mfg by DWM Berlin in 1918. SN’s match on water jacket, top cover, left sideplate, fusee cover, and optic sight bracket. Gun has been registered by Charles Erb and left sideplate sports his bullet logo address below the fusee cover. Gun has been professionally converted to 7.62 Russian by adapting a Russian feed block, bolt, and charging handle, cross head and bbl. Cyrillic markings visible on cross head, charging handle and on top of feed block surface which has been renumbered to “12A”. Included with this lot is an original WWI Swiss tripod SN 7593 with trunnion adapter for MG-08, camouflaged “ear cutout” M-18 helmet with post-war replacement liner and chin strap, four Russian-style ammunition belt boxes; three with empty Finnish belt’s and one with steel cased 7.62 Russian ammo. Also included is one steel tabbed Russian cloth belt. Also a Finnish steel 7.62 Russian belt loading machine in its can and a camouflaged painted water can. Gun has a reproduction muzzle plate with Imperial proofed muzzle and bearing. Steam hose brass fitting at front of water jacket is a post-war replacement. The top cover extractor assist springs are replacements, with the heads of the attachment screws visible on top cover. Water jacket fill cap chain is present however, wooden/hard rubber thumb piece is not present. Seven crates of 7.62 x 54 Russian ammo in sealed tins (approx 6200 rounds) are included with this lot. This is a National Firearms Act item and requires BATF approval prior to transfer. This item is fully transferable on an ATF Form 3 or Form 4. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is very fine as refinished over light pitting on top cover, rear sight bracket, top and sides of fusee cover as well as to a lesser degree on both side plates. Water jacket is an attractive olive green with a couple of very small dings and some scratches and handling marks. Fusee cover has also taken a slight ding at the high edge parallel to the front feed block. Feed block actuator arm exhibits some plum color from heat treating upon rework. It is interesting to note that the feed block was adapted by welding an approx 3/8″ spacer plate on the front of the feed block. This cataloger has seen such conversions before. Back plate handles have somewhat more moderate pitting underneath the refinish and handles have been restored to be completely serviceable. Tripod is in outstanding condition, hardly used. Mechanics are fine. Bore is fine with sharp grooves and bright rifling. Belt loading machine is in very fine condition with crisp mechanics. Both helmet and water can exhibit an attractive camouflage pattern of correct period color and pattern. However, it is unlikely in this cataloger’s opinion that this is vintage WWI paint. The MG-08 Maxim was the ultimate well-made machine gun made on a large scale for WWI. Beautifully machined and fitted. It is always an attention getter at the range. This specimen, converted to 7.62 Russian is particularly popular as the 7.62 Russian ammunition is still readily obtainable at a relatively reasonable price. Add to this that this gun utilizes Russian, or Finnish metal or cloth belts, and you have one very attractive ensemble. 52001-1 JWK (12,000-18,000) – Lot 1014
Please Note: Typographical error in the title, the gun is an M1A1 Thompson, which is correct in the description.
**HIGH CONDITION AUTO ORDNANCE WEST HURLEY THOMPSON M1 MACHINE GUN (CURIO & RELIC).
SN M575A. Cal. 45 ACP. 10-3/4″ bbl. Minty West Hurley M1A1 configured Thompson with fixed rear peep sight, side cocking handle, and non-detachable buttstock. Magazine well not cut to take drum mags and will only accept stick magazines. Includes spare vertical foregrip with retention screw, one leather sling, two 30 round Seymour magazines, one 30 round Bridgeport magazine and one 20 round 1920s patent date magazine as well as a black nylon carrying case. This model of Thompson is the final iteration as produced in great quantity for the US military. It saved considerable time and money in manufacturing over previous models. These guns were made by West Hurley right up until the point when machine guns could no longer be registered for private individual ownership in response to market demand. This is a National Firearms Act item and requires BATF approval prior to transfer. This weapon is fully transferable on an ATF form 3 or form 4 as Curio & Relic eligible. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish extremely fine. Deep lustrous blue finish with some slight pitting visible on side of bolt as viewed through charging handle slot under a gray patina with slight pin prick oxidation at left hand side of receiver outer most edge which will likely clean up. Wood furnishings are also extremely fine with only the slightest of handling marks. Magazines are in commiserate condition albeit the patent date magazine has been refinished with cold blue touch up giving it a somewhat mottled appearance in strong light. Mechanics are crisp. Bore is extremely fine, shiny, bright, with sharp rifling. An exceedingly attractive Thompson in a difficult to find configuration. 53174-1 JWK (12,000-18,000) C&R – Lot 1080
Please Note: Typographical Correction: The caliber of this rare revolver is .38 Spl, not .32 Spl as stated in the catalog.
*SPECTACULAR FACTORY DOCUMENTED AND ENGRAVED COLT SHOOTING MASTER REVOLVER WITH MOTHER OF PEARL GRIPS.
SN 341284. Cal. 32 Special. 6″ bbl. Blue finish overall with lustrous fiery Colt monogrammed Mother of Pearl grips. This outstanding “C” coverage engraved Shooting Master was manufactured April 13, 1940 and shipped to the Seattle Hardware Co. Seattle, WA. This information is well documented by a factory letter dated Oct. 8, 1979. Factory embellished New Services or Shooting Masters are some of the rarest of all embellished Colt firearms. This Shooting Master of course was an improved target variation of the iconic New Service revolver. The improvements included checkered rear and front straps, adjustable Partridge front sight and Windage adjustable rear sight. This outstanding example is complete with its factory Colt Shooting Master shipping box with numbers matching in pencil on interior of lid. The engraving although indicated by letter as having been “C” coverage appears to be extensively more than the traditional “C”. The engraving consists of wonderful scroll and vine foliate with dot punch background that is executed in virtually full coverage of frame and cylinder with exception of flutes. Extensive coverage on both sides of bbl inclusive of even the front sight base. This outstanding work has a wonderful lined border around address and caliber designations. CONDITION: The gun is in near new condition and an unbelievable state of preservation. Only the slightest evidence of edge wear is visible at the extreme corners and leading edges of the bbl and extreme high points of sights. The grips are masterfully fitted and remain in pristine condition. No evidence of distress, damage or ill storage is evident on this magnificent piece of mechanical art. The Colt shipping box has suffered extensive edge wear and is missing one end of the lower box. Label is still quite legible on top and interior is fine. This outstanding Colt Double Action would be the centerpiece of any of the finest Colt collections known. 53197-14 TDW (45,000-65,000) C&R – Lot 1131
SN 85483. Cal. 50EX. 26″ oct bbl., full magazine, silver bead front sight, marked “PAT. NOV. 4, 02”, with set screw, serrated side sporting rear sight with set screw. Standard bbl markings on top flat “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN CONN.U.S.A.” and “50 EX” adjacent to receiver. Receiver with tang mounted peep sight. “XX” walnut stock with checkered pistol grip in the “H” style, ebony insert in pistol grip cap, crescent steel buttplate, “H” style checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “241XX” and matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanying gun is a Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as a 50-110 rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, Lyman front and rear sights, received in warehouse January 23, 1894, shipped from warehouse January 23, 1894 on Order No. 7507. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-97% orig blue with some minor muzzle wear and slight thinning on sharp edges and a few typical minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 75-80% orig case colors, strong on rear portion of both sides, thinning in forward portion of receiver and slightly silvering mixed with brown patina across bottom. Right side is mixed with a few minor spots of brown patina. Hammer shows dark orig case coloring with some minor silvering on left side. Lever shows traces of orig color in protected area with balanced blending with a silver patina. Stock is sound, good checkering with a few minor flattened points, typical nicks, dings & light scratches, retaining much of its orig piano varnish finish. Buttplate has toned to a gray patina. Forend is sound with good checkering, a few minor flattened points, usual nicks & dings, and retains orig piano varnish, blending with hand worn patina across bottom in both rear edges. Nose cap shows orig case colors, strong on right side, remainder thinning and blending with gray and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. Rear tang sight is the correct tang sight and of a correct vintage. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 53073-1 MS (25,000-40,000) – Lot 1441
Please Note: This lot is accompanied by a 2018 Winchester factory letter confirming 30″ barrel and “1 of 1000” configuration, with ship date of Sept. 17, 1877.
ONE OF THE FINEST “ONE OF ONE THOUSAND” MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES EVER OFFERED FOR SALE WITH ROCK SOLID PROVENANCE AND ALL FEATURES VERIFIED BY FACTORY LETTER.
SN 27141. Cal. 44. 30″ full oct. bbl. Full mag. Beautifully and masterfully engraved “One of One Thousand” in script on top of bbl in between rear sight and receiver with the characteristic scrolls and darkened silver band. First model case colored receiver. Case colored first model thumbprint mortise type dust cover. Loading gate is nitre blued. Rifle with case colored hammer, lever and dark colored set trigger. Period thin-based tang sight. Lower tang on the left side marked “27141 XXX 292”. Wood marked with matching “292” assembly number in upper channel of the stock. Fancy feather crotch XXX grade wood. Early style coarse checkering that Winchester put on straight grip stocks, wraps around the bottom from one side to the other. Lovely Ulrich engraving on muzzle of bbl around front sight with a silver band that circles end of the bbl. With Rocky Mountain front sight. Serial 27141 One of One Thousand is in the most desirable configuration, full magazine, octagonal barrel, rifle butt with crescent buttplate, 44-40. Additionally, it was one of the first rifles to be identified as a result of the search for these ultra rare and desirable rifles by Universal Pictures as publicity for their iconic Western film ‘Winchester 73’ starring Jimmy Stewart. In a press release from Winchester PR head, Steve Hannagan, this “rifle is one of the first thus far reported of the approximately 130 of this rare version of the Model 1873.”…”Being among the first twenty persons in the United States to report satisfactorily his ownership of one of the rare ‘One of One Thousand’ rifles, Mr. Louis Ostendorp qualified to win a new Model 94 lever action. Accompanied by a rich archive of correspondence From Winchester/Olin Sales and Public Relations departments to Ostendorp regarding his ownership of 27141 and his participation in the 1 of 1000 promotion. Also a copy of a 1979 Winchester Factory Letter confirming the rifle’s configuration and ship date of Sept 17, 1877. PROVENANCE: Multiple letters of correspondence between Mr.Louis Ostendorp, William Depperman of the NRA and Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Ex-collection of Louis Ostendorp. The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Extremely Fine. This splendid rifle has not been cleaned or molested in any way. The screws are haloed by old dried oil which appears in recesses around the lever and other protected areas. The screw-heads under the frame are filled with ancient dried oil. The right sideplate has much original casehardening with some vivid rainbow color mixed with pleasing fading as does right side of frame. Old dried oil halos the sideplate which has not been removed for decades if ever. Hammer has almost all the case color remaining with vivid rainbow color. The left sideplate displays magnificent case colors with bright rainbow effect throughout. The left side of frame is faded toward the front but has spectacular beautiful rainbow colors at rear. The lever retains much faded casehardening with vivid color where it meets the frame. The loading gate has most of the factory nitre blue somewhat obscured by old dried oil. The ‘thumbprint’ dustcover is truly splendid displaying nearly all its bright vivid casehardening. The lifter is a lovely untouched butterscotch and has never been polished. The barrel and magazine tube have most of their blue mixing with age spotting and the beautiful Ulrich engraving is sharp and crisp as it left the Winchester factory in 1877. The silver barrel bands are a deep blue black having never been polished. The vernier rear sight is very fine throughout. Crescent buttplate retains considerable faded case colors. The 3x x ultra deluxe American walnut wood stock has magnificent flame grain, nearly perfect unworn checkering, and much original varnish finish. The action mechanics are fine as is bore. As stated, this One of One Thousand is in completely untouched excellent original condition and in the most desirable configuration. Superlatives are entirely appropriate applied to this incredibly beautiful rifle and it is one of the very best ever offered for sale. 53091-45 (250,000-350,000) – Lot 2017
Please Note: Gun is listed as being 100% authentic and original. This however is not the case. The barrel has been replaced with a later version with a different Winchester address and front sight. The barrel bands are also replaced with later versions. This possibly was done during the period of use for this rifle. The estimate is $10,000-$15,000.
SUPERB CONDITION VERY RARE FIRST MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER SADDLE RING CARBINE.
SN 7319. Cal. 44 WCF. 20″ bbl. with 2-line address that reads “Winchester Repeating Arms New Haven CT / Kings Improvement Patent March 29, 1866 October 16, 1860. Front bbl band has the correct bbl band sight. Correct rear sight and rear bbl band look to be all original to the gun. Round thumbprint dust cover with case colored hammer, lever and buttplate. Receiver retains saddle ring stud and ring. Caliber marking is not present on the bbl or on carrier lifter as evident for all first models. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Records Office search document which indicates Carbine configuration with “Metre Sights” and shipped August 12, 1875 on Order # 3634, which was likely to a foreign land. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Excellent. Receiver and Bbl with 90% blue. Magazine tube rates about 80-90% with scratches on the bottom of the mag tube just forward of the forearm. Forward bbl band retain 85% blue and rear bbl band retains 85-90% on left 60% on right. Condition of the case coloring on the hammer is quite bright with remaining 90% case colors. Lever retains case colors on both sides patinated in a few spots in the middle of the lever. Stock fit to the receiver is very fine with no chips missing around where the stock and metal meet.Stock has a few scattered minor marks with one solid ding in the area near the ridge of the back of the stock on the right side. Forearm has some dings and impressions on the left side. Right side has mark running parallel to the bbl running 3-1/2″ long. All screw heads are unmarred and unturned. About 95% of the case color remains on the buttplate with only the heel showing any evidence of wear. Cycles properly and the bore bright. First Model 1873 saddle ring carbines generally saw hard frontier use and are rarely if ever found with original finish much less nearly all the original Winchester factory blue. 53091-31 MS (20,000-25,000) – Lot 2029
Please Note: The Cody Firearms Records Office Research sheet does not list Checkered Pistol Grip Stock as is now observed on the rifle. All indications are that the gun was restocked by the Winchester factory, though no Repair and Return order is listed.
*IMPRESSIVE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TAKEDOWN RIFLE IN 38-40.
SN 310662. Cal 38-40. 24-3/8″ bbl. Full octagon, full magazine with takedown lever and collar. Comes standard with German silver blade front sight, with clover leaf type rear bbl sight with serrated edges. It is proofed marked in front of the 38 W.C.F. This would be correct for the time period in which the gun was made. Receiver is blued, case colored hammer and lever with a blued trigger. Rifle comes equipped with 1-X deluxe grade stock marked “2881” on upper tang and “2881” on back of stock with toe of buttplate marked with same numbers. Comes equipped with “H” style checkering pattern both on stock on forearm. Also on lower tang another set of numbers that read “20778” and two “x”‘s on bottom tang. Numbers on bottom tang have been crossed out indicating that it may have been restocked. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Records Office Research sheet confirming the configuration and shipped May 29, 1907. No Repair and Return order listed. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine. Octagon bbl retains 96-97% orig blue with a few scratches about 5” from front sight on left flat. Light on edges of bbl, rear sight has 98% blue. Take down mag tube is 95-96% orig blue with mag guide ring between 90-95% blue. Forearm cap 94-95% blue. Take down collar also retains 96-96% orig blue. Blued receiver has 98% orig blue, that would indicate not refinished, with buffing marks on receiver still in place. Right side of receiver with a few light surface scratches on bottom of receiver next to stock. Loading gate retain 95% of niter blue. All screw heads look to be unturned and in very fine condition with 98% orig case color remaining on screw heads. Case colored hammer has dark colors with a drag line but retains 96-97% orig case colors. Lever is 96-97% orig case colors, bright if not vivid on sides. Overall 96-97% orig case colors remain. Left side of stock has light surface scratches, checkering looks very fine with a few bruise marks. Wood to metal fit is very fine with no slivers missing and no cracks in stock. Right side with few impressions, few surface scratches. No slivers of wood missing. Overall condition of right side of stock is fine to very fine. Forearm overall has very few impressions or scratches with no wood missing. Buttplate retains 85-90% orig case color and fits the stock very fine. Bore is bright and shiny. Mechanics are fine, cycles properly. Overall a very fine 1892 deluxe that would be hard to upgrade on. 53091-190 MS (15,000-20,000) C&R – Lot 2064
Please Note: Catalog photo is incorrect. The correct image is shown online.
*MAGNIFICENT GROUP OF TEN PRE-WAR WINCHESTER 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINES IN ORIGINAL FACTORY CRATE.
1) WINCHESTER 1894. SN 919676, 921599, 921693, 922591, 922764, 923214, 923861, 924107, 931147, 931279. (1923) Cal. 30 WCF. Standard carbines with 20″ bbls, full magazines, square base front sights, carbine ladder rear sights with a stud & ring in each receiver. They are mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stocks and carbine buttplates. All ten carbines have their orig hang tags and have their orig short pieces of hemp string tied through the saddle rings to prevent saddle ring wear. This fantastic set of carbines is housed in its orig dovetailed pine wood crate with orig felt-lined dividers. The ends have orig stenciling with a large red “W” trademark. Top edge of one end of the crate, under the lid, has a small paper tag listing the SNs of all ten carbines. Accompanied by a custom built Plexiglas cover for the crate and end pieces to protect the crate and contents while being displayed. It has been speculated that these early 1920’s vintage carbines were part of a post WWI U.S. Government effort to re-stocked their military arsenals and also stockpile civilian firearms. It is thought that this crate, along with 2 or three other known crates in this SN range, were part of that government stockpile. These government stockpiled civilian arms remained in storage until the outbreak of WWII when the United States shipped tens of thousands of government owned and donated civilian arms to England for the British Home Guard. The invasion of England never came to pass and when the war was over a large portion of the donated civilian arms were simply destroyed but those still in crates were shipped back to the U.S. and sold on the American market in the 1950s. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Carbines are all pristine new and unused, appearing to never have been cycled. Crate shows handling & storage nicks & dings with some wear on the bottom ends & edges and light to moderate soil. Stenciling on the ends of the crate is all clear and legible. Plexiglas cover is a little nicked & dinged but intact. C&R 2) WINCHESTER 1894. SN 921599. x CONDITION: x C&R3) WINCHESTER 1894. SN 921693. x CONDITION: x ; C&R4) WINCHESTER 1894. SN 922591. x PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: x ; C&R5) WINCHESTER 1894. SN 922764. x CONDITION: x ; C&R6) WINCHESTER 1894. SN 923214. x CONDITION: x ; C&R7) WINCHESTER 1894. SN 923861. x CONDITION: x ; C&R8) WINCHESTER 1894. SN 924107. x CONDITION: x. ; C&R9) WINCHESTER 1894. SN 931147. x CONDITION: x ; C&R10) WINCHESTER 1894. SN 931279. x CONDITION: x ; C&R 53091-73, 53091-74, 53091-75, 53091-76, 53091-77, 53091-78, 53091-79, 53091-80, 53091-81, 53091-82 MS (75,000-125,000) – Lot 2069
Please Note: The statement “Also a Repair and Return order in May, 1906”. Does not appear in the Cody Firearms Records for this rifle. It should read “Repair and Return on February 12, 1898, Order number 3752”.
SPECTACULAR AND RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 DELUXE FLATSIDE RIFLE FACTORY ENGRAVED IN NUMBER 8 STYLE.
SN 4977. Cal. 38-72. 26″ full octagon bbl with a Marbles improved ivory bead front sight, rear sight is a sporting flat top. Bbl marked “38-72 WCF” and is encased in scrollwork and gold band at chamber. Winchester proof mark which is located under the thumbprint of rear sight elevator. Proof marked also on left side of receiver. Receiver is engraved in $14 No. 8 style with two caribou engraved in left panel and one moose engraved in right panel all encased in flowing grape vines. Appended metal is engraved in fine scrollwork. All screw heads are engraved except the two buttplate screws. Has case colored hammer and trigger, lever is blued. Full-figured fancy American walnut stock features $5 style “E” carving and fitted with capped pistol grip and rubber buttplate. Forearm also comes equipped with an ebony black insert at schnable end of forearm. Stock finish is of a high luster piano type finish. Lower tang marked with “4810” with “RB XXX”. No assembly line number can be found on the stock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Records Office search sheet which confirms the special order features: Fancy Pistol Grip Stock, Carved $5; Hard rubber Shotgun butt; Engraved $14 and shipped Feb 12, 1898. Also a Repair and Return order in May, 1906 which accounts for the proof marks, etc. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very Fine. Octagon bbl retains 96-97% orig blue with some very scattered light to moderate pitting that does not detract. Receiver retains on left side 95-96% blued, right side retains 94-96% blue with some light surface scratches. Hammer retains 90-95% of it’s orig case color. Left side of stock retains 96-97% of a high luster finish with no slivers of wood missing or cracks in the stock. Right side of stock is a 97-97% finish with few impressions and few visible scratches. No slivers of wood missing or cracks on the upper or lower portion of tang. Box magazine is of a light blue with balance turning patina. Lever retains a solid 90-95% orig blue with some high edge losses. Bore is bright and shiny. Cycles correctly, all mechanics are fine. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Please read the Conditions of Sale, section 15, for more information regarding the Endangered Species Act, and your responsibilities as a buyer. 53091-210 MS (35,000-55,000) ESA – Lot 2078
Please Note: Lot does not include Keyston made Bridle and Headstall nor Breast Collar and Martingale, as illustrated in the catalog.
BEAUTIFUL SILVER MOUNTED SADDLE WITH MATCHING MARTINGALE BRIDLE AND BIT MADE BY EDWARD H. BOHLIN, INC. OF HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA.
Saddle is floral tooled overall with a black punch dot background. Tooling is bordered with silver conchos. Fenders also are bordered by conchos. Pommel, saddle swells and seat back are silver capped. Initials “CDC” are found in gold on back of seat. Bridle is decorated with conchos overall with 3 strung between upper and lower strap. Center conchos have horse head decoration. Horse head decorations also appear on martingale which has silver conchos decorations overall. Bit is engraved with concho decorations on the cheek. Bit has no spade. Reins are attached and are banded with silver. Saddle is lined with sheepskin and stirrups are open. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very good. Saddle shows use but no abuse. Silver is intact with no missing pieces. Lining shows some wear and sweat stains. This saddle would come to life with a careful cleaning. 53091-239 TEP (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2130
Please Note: Correction: Lot includes Keyston made Bridle and Headstall also Keyston made Breast Collar, illustrated as Lot 2130 in error.
ELABORATE KEYSTON PARADE SADDLE.
Tooled brown leather with over 100 silver conchos and insets. Cantle is totally covered with sheet silver with repousse design. Gold horse heads are also inset on some silver decorations which are often seen on the best Keyston products. Keyston Brothers are the best known of all San Francisco saddle makers of the early-mid 20th century. This is among their highest grade saddles which has survived in wonderful condition. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collection of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Missing some silver insets as can be seen in photos. 53091-240 JS (6,000-8,000) – Lot 2133
Please Note: Counted cleaning rod sections included in this lot. There are 231 total pieces; 57 of each type of end piece, and 117 middle sections. This is enough for 57 complete rods with two extra middle pieces.
CARDBOARD BOX NEARLY FULL OF ASSORTED STEEL WINCHESTER CLEANING ROD SECTIONS.
Box weighs at least 20lbs! Label of box is addressed to Mr. Bentley. UPS shipment was on 2/4/91. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Rods appear to be in very good condition overall. 53094-206 TEP (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2236
Please Note: This lot is accompanied by a factory letter. Factory letter indicates Caliber .45
FINE EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.
SN 76854. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Ejector rod housing is third type with flat half moon ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “45X CAL / E”. The third digit of the Caliber marking has been peened over. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of SN in back strap channel. It is apparent that this revolver was intended to have been caliber 455 Eley but was changed to 45 Colt at the factory. There is no evidence that the chambers in cylinder were modified to accept the longer cartridge so it is apparent that the cylinder was originally bored for 45 Colt cartridges. The cylinder is period equipment with beveled lands between the flutes, without any proof marks on rear face which is not uncommon for this period of manufacture. Further lending credence to the idea that the cylinder is correct for this revolver is that neither the bbl nor the cylinder are British proofed as were the majority of all the single actions made in British calibers. This is a fine, scarce antique single action made in 1882. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including grip. Overall retains about 96-98% strong orig nickel finish, slightly dulled on bbl and sides of frame. There are minor losses on lower front edge of frame by cylinder opening with a couple of flaked spots on hammer. Screw heads retain most of their orig factory fire blue. Grip shows light to moderate edge wear with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Hammer is not strong in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 53094-218 (8,000-10,000) – Lot 2268
PHIL SHERIDAN LETTER TO GEORGE CUSTER WITH ENCLOSED PHOTOGRAPH.
2-pg ALS from Sheridan, Chicago, May 26, 1862 “My dear Custer, I enclosed the “photo” at last. It is said by some to be very good. How are you and what news hear you? With kindest regards to Mrs Custer. I am yours truly, Sheridan”. Lot also includes cabinet card of Sheridan in his full regalia. Sheridan was Custer’s angel and was the first to see the great potential in him, giving him numerous advances and opportunities to make his mark in American history. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Letter is cracked at folds with old scotch tape repair which has stained through paper, but ink is dark and easily discerned. Cabinet card is very good overall with minor soiling and yellowing. 53094-189 JS (1,500-2,000) – Lot 2282
Please Note: There was a typographical error. The estimate should be $4,000-$5,000.
HIGH GRADE STATUE GRIP MILITIA OFFICER’S SWORD OF CAPTAIN HENRY FALES, MAYHEW GUARDS, 10TH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER MILITIA.
31-1/2″ lustrous Clauber blade with gold highlighted 9″ patriotic panels mounted in silver-plated solid brass scabbard with gilt relief mounts. Hilt features a full standing silver-plated Indian maiden wearing tobacco leaf skirt. Pommel exhibits a full relief American eagle on patriotic shield. This is quite an ornate Civil War era surplus sword with “1873” presentation. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine overall. Blade retains virtually all its orig luster with only minor blemishes. Hilt and scabbard and mountings retain about half of their orig silver and gold plating. Drag is missing its retaining screw. 53094-150 (4,000-5,000) – Lot 2290
Please Note: Pistol-carbine is accompanied by an original 1858 dated letter on Springfield Armory stationary signed by superintendent.
SCARCE AND DESIRABLE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1855 PISTOL CARBINE WITH MATCHING STOCK.
SN 16. Cal. .58. 12″ bbl. Standard markings. 1856 dated on lock and bbl tang. Clear cartouches on left side opposite lock. Orig swivel ramrod. Proper matching detachable shoulder stock with “US” stamped on top of buttplate. Both gun and stock are numbered “16”. No cartouche on stock. Rear sight appears to be a replacement. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Fine with metal surfaces exhibiting an even matching patina. Uniform extremely minor pitting on exposed steel parts. All markings are clear and sharp in metal. Wood appears to have had an additional coat of varnish applied, cartouches are still visible. Bore has light pitting with well defined rifling. Mechanics are fine. 53094-68 GER (3,500-4,500) – Lot 2305
Please Note: The lot #2311 has an incorrect caliber listed in the catalog. The title is correct however the caliber designation in the description should be listed as 44-40 WCF and not .44 Russian.
OUTSTANDING SMITH & WESSON 44 DOUBLE ACTION FRONTIER REVOLVER IN ORIG BOX.
SN 10481. Cal. .44 Russian. 6-1/2″ bbl. Deep, rich factory blue finish overall with vivid case colors on hammer and trigger. 2pc Smith & Wesson hard rubber monogrammed grips. These large frame dbl action Smith & Wessons were truly Smith & Wesson’s first foray into the dbl action world. They were known for their outstanding fit and finish. They were well known for their reliability and strength and were favored throughout the world and frequently encountered being utilized by troops during the first World War. This outstanding example is housed in what appears to be its orig factory purple pebble grain finished cardboard box with both top and bottom label on edge indicating “FRONTIER” on top label and “SMITH & WESSON DOUBLE 44 ACTION BLUED.6 1/2 INCH” on the bottom. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Outstanding overall condition with a very slight amount of finish loss at muzzle and on blade sight as well as in several small areas of cyl. All areas of loss are consistent with being housed in its orig cardboard box. Estimated at over 97% finish and retaining virtually all of its vivid case colors on trigger and hammer. Bore and chambers of cyl are excellent. Mechanics function properly with a strong a solid lock-up and crisp action. Box is very fine with very strong label with slight material loss at top and two loose corners on lid of box. Lightly visible on bottom of box in pencil is matching SN to revolver. Revolver has matching numbers found on frame, bbl, cyl and interior of one grip. An outstanding example. 53094-23 TDW (3,500-4,500) – Lot 2311
Please Note: There was a typographical error. Don Hartman, author of the Krag bayonet book states there should be no periods in “US” markings. There are no periods and Bowie-Bayonets are guaranteed original and authentic.
PAIR OF RARE KRAG BOWIE-BAYONETS.
Popularly known to the collecting world as the “Bowie-bayonet” for the Model 1898 Springfield-Krag rifle, it was officially designated “Combination Entrenching Knife-bayonet” but proved inadequate for digging rifle pits. Its wide 9″ single edge blade is marked on obverse ricasso ‘U.S.’ and dated ‘1900’ on reverse. Steel mountings finished bright; dark wood grips. Steel scabbard in the curved shape of the blade with blued finish and steel fitting to affix on to waist belt.” These are very fine examples of very scarce knives made only one year in orig scabbards. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Both knives are very fine. One retains virtually all of its orig luster, the other has some old cleaning with scratching and pinprick pitting. Markings on both are excellent. Grips are sound and solid. Iron mounts have staining and pinprick pitting. One scabbard retain about 60-80% thinning blue finish, the other has traces of blue but is an overall plum/brown with staining and pitting. 53094-162 JS (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2374
Please Note: There was a typographical error. The estimate should be $1,500-$2,500.
RARE WWII ERA USN DIVER’S KNIFE COMMEMORATING THE GREATEST SUBMARINE RESCUE IN AMERICAN HISTORY OF “DIVER 1ST CLASS F.H. O’KEEFE, USN”.
Rare Navy divers knife made by “MFD. BY BATTERYLESS TEL. EQUIP. CO. INC. / PITTSBURGH, PA.” 6-15/16″ sturdy, double edged blade with saw teeth on top. Screw-in solid brass sheath inscribed “SQUALUS SALVAGE UNIT/ MAY 23, 1939 /TO / F. H. O’KEEFE, COX..USN / DIVER FIRST CLASS”. The rescue of the USS Squalus in 250 feet of water was an unprecedented Navy rescue that would result in four Congressional Medals of Honor, 46 Navy Crosses and a Distinguished Service Medal. Since 1921, almost 1,000 men had died in submarine accidents; no rescue attempt had ever succeeded until this operation. The provenance on line should be read of the heroic action involving this ship. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Fine overall. Appears unused. Brass sheath retaining much of its orig burnished bright finish with freckling. 53094-161 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2380
Please Note: This Winchester Model 65 has been upgraded to deluxe with fancy deluxe-style checkered stock and forend. It is not a factory Winchester Model 65 Deluxe.
*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 65 DELUXE RIFLE WITH BOLT PEEP SIGHT.
SN 1005611. Cal. 218 BEE. 24″ rnd bbl, half magazine, full blue finish. Nicely figured American walnut stocks with checkered pistol grip and forearm. Pistol grip is capped. Checkered steel shotgun buttplate. Bbl shows Winchester Model and Cal. designation marked at the left breech with the Winchester address on the right. Front sight is hooded and mounted on a ramp. Rear sight mortise has been plugged with no evidence of a rear sight having been mounted. “WP” proofs are struck on bbl breech and receiver ring. SN is stamped on froward bottom of receiver. Upper tang is marked “WINCHESTER / TRADEMARK”/ MADE IN USA”. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue finish that has drifted to a plum patina toward the muzzle. Markings are sharp. Front sight is very good. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Receiver also retains 95% orig blue with only a few handling marks and no carry wear. Hammer and lever both retain most of the blue finish. Loading gate also retains most of the fire blue. Stocks are fine, full sized, retaining most of the orig varnish finish and only minuscule handling marks. Buttplate retains most of the blue finish, as does the forend cap. Mechanics are crisp. This is an opportunity to obtain an extremely rare, deluxe Model 64 Winchester rifle, one of only 5704 made. 53080-45 TEP (4,500-6,500) C&R – Lot 2443
Please Note: Additional Information : At the time of its Factory Refinishing in Jan. 1959, the barrel was also replaced as indicated by an “O” marking alongside the serial number on the barrel flat.
*SMITH & WESSON .38 HAND EJECTOR, MILITARY & POLICE FIRST MODEL WITH FACTORY LETTER.
SN 1903. Cal. 38 Spcl. Scarce target version with full nickel finish. 5-screw action with pinned bbl. Bbl is 6-1/2″ rnd with square cut blade front sight and U notch adjustable rear sight. 6-shot fluted cylinder. Nickel finish with case colored hammer and trigger. Rnd butt pearl grips have gold S&W medallions. Frame and bbl have matching SN’s. In continuous production since 1899, the current version of this famed revolver is known as the Model 10. Includes S&W factory letter signed by historian Roy G. Jinks. Letter states this revolver was shipped on April 24, 1900 to Kinco, Maine. PROVENANCE: The collection of Robert Roughton. CONDITION: Very good condition, Factory refurbished in January 1959. Retaining over 95% nickel finish. Hammer and trigger retain 95% case colors. Right grip panel is chipped at bottom of frame. Mechanics needs attention; Cylinder bolt lacks proper spring tension. Bore is dark with general pitting. Some chambers show spots of pitting. 53079-4 (1,500-2,000) C&R – Lot 3043
Please Note: There is a typographical error. Estimate should be $6,000-$8,000.
UNUSUAL OVER-UNDER FLINTLOCK PISTOL BY SMITH OF LONDON.
NSN. Cal. 50 cal. Integral 4″ bbl/ breech/ breech iron group, with platinum touch holes and gold band at breech end, is engraved “SMITH LONDON” on top flat. Bottom flat is marked “7K-S 1010”. Locks with very unusual external mainsprings which double as frizzen springs connect to small reinforced cocks with swivels. Locks also feature sliding safeties, waterproof pans, and bridled frizzens. Locks are engraved with feather borders, and some scroll. Steel trigger guard has shield and floral engraving on bow. Well marbled European walnut stock with checkered bag grip, has steel cap with screw-in loading rod. CONDITION: Good. Metal parts retain essentially all of a fine of the period English refinish. Stock shows wear. Mechanically fine. 53214-1 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3131
Please Note: The caliber is 6.5×54 (rimless) not 6.5x54R (rimmed) as stated in the catalog.
*MANNLICHER SCHOENAUER 1903 FULL STOCK CARBINE.
SN 14784. Cal. 6.5 x 54R. 18-1/2″ tapered rnd bbl with flip-up and fixed rear sight and ramp blade front sight. Mounted with Leupold M8-2.5X Compact scope. Dbl set triggers. Full length stock checkered in 3-point pattern at forearm and grip. Steel pistol gripcap, cheekpiece on left side of stock and 13-7/8″ LOP from front trigger. Top of action is marked “PATENT / MANNLICHER / SCHOENAUER / 1903”. Sling swivels with Beeman leather sling currently mounted. All visible SNs match. WEIGHT: 7lbs 13oz with scope and sling. CONDITION: Fine, bbl retains 95% orig blue as does action. Stock is very good with scattered scratches and hunting bumps and retains about 90% of its orig finish, checkering has thinned slightly. Bore is very good with minor frosting in grooves. Mechanics are fine. 53051-21 JSL (1,500-2,500) C&R – Lot 3192
Please Note: This lot is accompanied by a 1993 dated A.H. Fox Factory Letter confirming the gun’s grade and configuration with ship date Oct. 23, 1923 to Von Lengerke and Antoine, Chicago, IL.
*PHILADELPHIA A. H. FOX XE SHOTGUN.
SN 25832. (1923) Cal. 12 ga. 2-5/8″ Chambers. 30″ Bbls with narrow, matted rib, are marked “CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL” and “MADE BY A.H. FOX GUN Co. PHILA. PA. U.S.A.” on tops, twin ivory beads. Breech ends are engraved with 2″ flourishes of large open shaded scrolled acanthus. Bbl flats are stamped with SN, grade, and Fox proof. Outer edges of flats and cocking slide, are damascened. Case hardened action with rebated back features automatic safety and Kautzky single selective trigger in rear position. Action is engraved in typical second generation “X” style with large shaded stylized oak leaves and acorns surrounding oval vignettes of flying quail on each side under “ANSLEY H. FOX”. Bottom of action depicts a fox in mountainous background. Well marbled and nicely figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14″ over leather faced Silver type pad. Side panels are checkered and checkering at grip is in semi-fancy backed modified point pattern. Attenuated splinter ejector forend has inset ebony tip and Deeley type release. Bore diameter: left-.728, right -.729. Bore restrictions: left -.039 (full), right -.042 (full). Minimum wall thickness: left -.035, right -.025. Drop at heel: 2-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14″. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining a high percentage of orig finish on wood and metal, bbls over 85% blue, with a few minor marks and scratches, action over 90% vivid color, thinning and silvering on bottom and sharp edges, stocks most of their orig finish, grain somewhat raised. Checkering is slightly worn. Both stocks have a number of marks and scratches. Forend has considerable denting toward tip. There are some light chips behind action tang on buttstock. Bores are very fine, with some light frosting, and a couple of inconsequential raised dents on bottom of left bbl. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works well. This is a fine old high grade Fox. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Please read the Conditions of Sale, section 15, for more information regarding the Endangered Species Act, and your responsibilities as a buyer. 53131-1 MGM (4,500-7,500) C&R; ESA – Lot 3199
Please Note: Good News: The serial number should read 124973. The Parker Gun Id & Serialization book confirms this SN as a Grade 3 Hammerless 16 ga, straight grip with 26″ Damascus barrels.
*DANDY PARKER DH GRADE 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN.
SN 124793. Cal. 16 ga. 25-15/16″ (orig length) Damascus bbls. 2-1/2″ chambers. #1 frame. Choke mod/full. Full length matted top rib with white plastic mid and front beads. Usual rib inscription. Double triggers, extractors, auto safety. Straight grip buttstock checkered in 3-point pattern with tear drop behind action. 13-7/8″ LOP over orig Parker skeleton butt. Silver oval near toe engraved “1904” in fancy pattern. Splinter forearm checkered in standard DH pattern with Deeley release and steel tip. Receiver is nicely engraved in typical early D grade pattern with setter on right, pointer on left surrounded by flowing scroll engraving. All visible SNs match. Bore diameter: left – .670, right – .667. Bore restrictions: left – .032 (full), right – .014 (mod). Wall thickness: left – .020, right – .021. Drop at heel: 2-1/2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs 15 oz. PROVENANCE: Daryl Middlebrook Collection. CONDITION: Very good. BBls retain more than 90% orig Damascus pattern starting to thin on left tube near grip area and breech end. Receiver has gone gray as has long tang trigger guard although engraving is still crisp. Buttstock and forearm are very good, checkering has lightly thinned and stocks retain most of what is likely a factory restored finish with only minor handling marks. Mechanics are crisp. Bores are bright and shiny with very minor beginning erosion. According to the Parker story this is one of 60 made with original 26″ bbls. 53098-23 JSL (2,500-3,750) C&R – Lot 3203