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SHOWY PAIR OF HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION IVORY STOCKED SCREW BARREL BOXLOCK PERCUSSION MUFF PISTOLS WITH FOLDING TRIGGERS IN THEIR FINE ROSEWOOD VENEERED FRENCH FITTED CASE, WITH ACCESSORIES.
NSN. Cal. .460 smooth bore. 2-3/8″ Fluted octagon etched Damascus are smooth bore. Nickel-plated breeches integral with boxlock actions have spur triggers that drop down when hammers are brought to full cock. Actions are engraved with large open scroll, and are Belgian proofed. Solid ivory uncheckered bag grips have scrimmed initials “HS” (?) at rears. Pistols are french fitted in their high quality Brazilian rosewood veneered case with inlaid brass trim. Interior cloth is gold. Accessories include a steel combination bullet mold/ nipple wrench/ and bbl wrench, ivory powder flask, and ivory bbl shaped cap holder. There are two modern keys in one covered compartment. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining essentially all of their orig finishes. Ivory has shrunken away from actions. There are some cracks emanating from bottom tang at grip on one pistol. The same pistol has a long stress crack following line of grip. Mechanically fine. Case is very fine with some scratches in what appears to be orig varnish. Interior cloth is also very fine with compressions and light soiling from contact with guns. Accessories are very fine to excellent. 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. 53073-19 MGM (5,000-10,000) ESA – Lot 1143
*CHEYENNE, WYOMING ASSOCIATED SHARPS MODEL 1874 RIFLE WITH TELESCOPE AND FACTORY LETTER.
SN 156608. Cal. .40-100 Sharps. Bbl 26″ medium heavy octagon, measuring 1 1/16″ across flats at muzzle. Externally adjustable telescope marked “Manufactured R.C. Rice, Warren, Ohio”. Bbl marked “P. Bergerson”, w/2-piece walnut stocks w/ schnable forend tip, checkered metal buttplate and 1 3/4″ diameter white metal patch box inletted in buttstock. Rifle is accompanied by a Sharps Rifle Co. records letter from Dr. Richard Labowskie, indicating this rifle by number was shipped in 1879 to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. Orig shipped .45 cal. w/a 28″ bbl. Double triggers, open sights and oil finished stocks. Letter further states that Dr. Labowskie reviewed pictures of this rifle and states that it had been considerably modified of its orig configuration and bears the bbl stamp of Peter Bergerson of Cheyenne,WY. This rifle most certainly made and modified bio to utilized in the buffalo hunting trade, has a scalloped cheekpiece to be utilized when wearing a parka or to be more easily used when shooting from sticks. Survival rate of these buffalo hunting rifles is very small and finding any example is a great rarity. The unique scope mounts have a provision for elevation at the front while windage adjustment appears to be fully controlled from rear base. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Very good overall w/metal having obtained a mellow and somewhat mottled brown patina. Stocks are equally and consistently aged w/a darkening area at wrist and forward area of cheek rest from handling and period use. Bore is somewhat dark w/shallow traces of rifling. Telescope, while being cloudy, still functions and the fine crosshair reticle is still intact. A truly prime example of the buffalo hunting era w/great Wyoming association. 53073-5 TDW (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1334
EXTREMELY FINE REMINGTON MODEL 1875 SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.
SN 701. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Scarce blue finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, pinched blade front sight and 1-line address “E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y. U.S.A.”. Left rear web of trigger guard is marked “44”. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips that are numbered to this revolver. Buttstrap has a lanyard stud and ring. These scarce revolvers were produced in the Colt Single Action era starting 1875 in an attempt by Remington to compete with the Colt Peacemaker. They were all made with 7-1/2″ bbl in both blue and nickel finish with the preponderance probably in nickel. Blue finish specimens are very scarce and given their hard frontier service, almost never have strong orig finish. They were a strong Colt competitor given their simplicity of removing the cyl and sturdy frame. This is an especially exemplary example retaining most of its orig finish which would be difficult to upgrade. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall, retaining about 95% glossy orig blue with muzzle edge wear and some thinning on ejector rod, recoil shield and backstrap. Hammer and loading gate retain orig case colors, strong on right side of hammer, faded on left and on loading gate. Cyl retains about 90% flaked orig blue with flaked areas a grey patina. Grips are sound showing light use with light surface nicks and scratches and most of wear on right side and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired. 53073-14 JS (14,000-18,000) – Lot 1336
AMES HIGH GRADE PRESENTATION MODEL 1850 STAFF AND FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD, MAJOR BENJAMIN TRAFFORD, 71ST NEW YORK “THE AMERICAN GUARD” WITH WARTIME ARCHIVE.
This is among the highest grade Ames staff officer’s sword with engraved brass scabbard with applied relief decoration to scabbard mounts, sharkskin grip with extra engraving on hilt and pommel. 32″ blade has Ames finer “spiderweb” etching with military motifs. Blade and scabbard are both marked with full firm address, “AMES MFG CO, CHICOPEE, MASS”. The scabbard has engraved presentation between the top mounts: “PRESENTED TO / MAJOR BENJAMIN L. TRAFFORD / LATE CAPTAIN OF COMPANY E / 71ST REGIMENT AMERICAN GUARD / BY THE MEMBERS OF HIS RECENT COMMAND / NEW YORK OCT. 24TH 1862. Colonel Trafford was born in New York City in 1836. At the age of 18 he entered the 71st NYNG as Private, and was soon after promoted Corporal. When the war began, Trafford was commissioned Captain April 19, 1861, with final rank of Colonel May 13, 1863. Trafford and the 71st participated in the Battle of Bull Run, where he behaved with great gallantry. He served also in the campaign of 1862. When the rebel invasion of Pennsylvania was made in 1863, Colonel Trafford was in command of the regiment. On the arrival of the regiment at Harrisburg, it was brigaded with the 8th N.Y. Regiment. General J. M. Varian was the Colonel command the 8th at the time, and being senior officer he was placed in command of the provisional brigade. The brigade was engaged in the defense of railroads and bridges. On the night of June 21, the two regiments were to take the cars at Chambersburg for Carlisle. It was divided into two wings with one company as skirmishers. Colonel Trafford remained with the skirmishers, that being the most dangerous position. When the troops took the cars, Colonel Trafford missed the left wing of his command, and although Colonel Varian assured him that, excepting the company of skirmishers, the 71st was aboard the cars, Colonel Trafford was not satisfied. The rain was falling heavily and the roads were very muddy; nevertheless Colonel Trafford rode off in the darkness in search of his missing soldiers. Eventually he found them, wet and fatigued after a march of twenty miles. He secured a train of cars and sent them on to join the remainder of his regiment. He returned with his command soon after to assist in quelling the New York draft riots. Colonel Trafford resigned his command of the 71st in 1866, and about this time published a monograph on military tactics, which had a wide circulation. This sword is accompanied by a small archive of Colonel Trafford’s including several war time muster rolls signed by Trafford, name plate from his saddle, Infantry Manual of Arms written by Trafford and published in 1863 for the 71st Regiment, 80 pgs in wraps missing back cover with tape repair to spine, Major and Lieut. Colonel shoulder straps, cased epaulets, straight razor, swatch of his hair with old tag, several copies of his obituaries and many wartime letters and photographs, a few post-war photos of Trafford, 23 Civil War New York state seal buttons that were once on Colonel Trafford’s coat along with gilded sterling sash buckle and 1855 patent coat tightening buckle. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Sword is very good overall. Grey blade with some luster and discernible etching. Brass scabbard mounts and hilt are cleaned with light mustard patina with strong traces of gilt in protected areas. Inscription and engraving all crisp and discernible. Protective washer has been replaced. Sharkskin has typical longitudinal separation but intact, including twisted brass wire wrap with wear through at high spots and loss of much of its black dye. Several muster rolls are broken at folds. Infantry manual is missing back cover and has tape repairs as noted. Buttons, letters, photographs and shoulder straps are all very good. 53073-20 JS (8,000-12,000) – Lot 1371
EXCEPTIONAL BRASS MOUNTED HEAVY BARREL SAMUEL HAWKEN SINGLE KEY PLAINS RIFLE.
NSN. Cal. 48. This gun apparently saw little use as it retains orig brown to bbl and much of its orig varnish, crisp rifling and mechanics. Gun measures 48″ overall with a 31″ oct bbl, weighing just over 12-lbs, top bbl flat just rear of buckhorn sight “S. HAWKEN ST. LOUIS”, double set triggers. Gun appears orig and complete including ramrod and front German silver sight with copper dovetailed base. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Fine to very fine overall, an exceptional “as found” gun other than broken at wrist and has an old glued repair. Bbl is overall plum with areas of staining and pitting. Breech, lock and hammer are grey/plum with pitting especially at breech and nose of hammer. Stock is sound and solid other than noted repair at wrist, retaining about 80% orig varnish except at repair which has added varnish. Mechanics are fine with crisp 7-land and groove rifling. 53073-6 (27,500-37,500) – Lot 1378
RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
SN 317503. Cal. 31. Blue and case colored finish with desirable 6″ bbl, 5-shot cyl. Bbl has brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. The silver-plated brass trigger guard and back strap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Revolver is factory engraved with full coverage arabesque scrolls on frame which extends over bbl, bbl lug and rammer pivot. The muzzle is engraved in a matching thin drapery border. Top of backstrap is engraved in a fan pattern. Backstrap and trigger guard are further engraved with matching arabesques. Gun retains most of its orig bright blue finish and stagecoach holdup scene is almost entirely visible, four of the six safety pins are serviceable. Accompanied by an orig red velvet lined, Colt casing, compartmented in bottom for revolver, dbl-sided eagle pocket sized flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold, a packet of six “COLT’S CARTRIDGE WORKS” combustible cartridges, a Japanned tin of Eley’s caps with green and black label and a functioning key. This is a fine factory engraved revolver made in 1868 retaining most of its orig finish with fine casing and accessories. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine overall, retaining most of its orig blue and case colors with most thinning coming on cyl which still matches gun very well. Strong traces of silver are found on trigger guard and backstrap. Grips retain most of their orig varnish. Accompanying casing is matching fine condition with light soiling and light fading on bottom. Flask retains most of its orig varnish as does L-shaped combination tool. Mold, cartridges and cap tin also very good to fine. Mechanically crisp with bright shiny bore. 53073-12 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1397
OUTSTANDING COLT 1849 POCKET MODEL CASED WITH ALL ACCESSORIES.
SN 321505. Cal. .31. 4″ bbl with single line New York address. Traditional 5-shot cyl with stagecoach cyl scene with case colored frame, hammer and lever and silver-washed backstrap and trigger guard. Varnished walnut grips. Housed in its correct Colt casing with the appropriate Pocket Model flask with eagle motif surrounded with 13 stars. Also, accompanied by its blue finish iron dual cavity “Colt’s Patent” marked bullet mold and Colt takedown tool. A small grouping of round balls and conical projectiles as well as a period UMC cap can. All reside in this appropriately purple lined case. The 1849 Pocket Model was by far one of the most popular and treasured Colt percussion revolvers. Mfg well into the early 1870s. These guns were prolifically used by civilians and soldiers alike throughout wars and westward expansion. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall. Retaining most all of its deep factory blue finish on bbl and wedge. 100% cyl scene remains with approx 20% blue finish having flaked from age and/or storage in its protective case. All 5 safety pins remain intact; with one being very slightly battered. Case colors on frame and loading lever are vivid and bright with only the slightest amount of case color loss on sides of hammer spur. Factory varnished walnut grips are exceptionally fine with a minor abrasion on right hand side and several very small bruises on left bottom of grip. All screw heads remain fine and intact with only slight finish loss at very tops. Bore is very good with slight evidence of corrosion, however muzzle and forcing cone remain bright. Silver finish remains in the more protected areas of the trigger guard, however backstrap has only traces of silver in the most protected of areas. After close examination all numbers, including wedge were found to be matching. Mechanics are fine and crisp. The Colt case is very good overall with most all velvet lining being intact with only slight staining at contact areas of muzzle and cyl. Locking mechanism is loose, however complete and could be reattached at any time. Flask is excellent retaining virtually all of its finish. Mold is very fine retaining approx 40% of its finish balance fading to a mellow patina. Takedown tool is in similar condition with slight fading, however is very fine. Case is complete with locking key. Exterior of case is very good with a very small shrinkage crack on top of lid, but however does not detract from its beauty. This is an exceptionally fine example that is beautifully cased and would be a wonderful addition to any collector of Colt firearms. 53073-18 TDW (8,500-12,500) – Lot 1398
SPLENDID COLT 1860 ARMY RICHARDS MASON CONVERSION REVOLVER THE ANCESTOR OF THE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY.
SN 4796. Cal. 44. 7-1/2″ bbl. This pristine example of the Richards Mason conversion has the 2-line patent dates on the frame .44 caliber marking on the trigger guard and is a 6 notch cylinder as opposed to the scarcer 12 notch cylinder. All SN’s matching. The loading gate undoubtedly matched to the number on the frame, but did not disassemble to verify this. Revolver is remarkable in that it retains nearly 100% of its orig bright nickel finish. Most of these saw heavy use on the frontier and were often cut down and later sent down to Mexico. Considering the rarity of a pristine Richards they should be worth more than comparable single actions not less. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: 4796 is in near pristine condition throughout. The bbl retains nearly 100% bright nickel as does ejector rod housing. Cylinder has perfect Naval engagement scene. Frame is pristine with one small peel on right side. Backstrap & trigger guard retain nearly 100% orig Colt factory nickel finish. Screws are very good. Grips with some minor dents on left side retain nearly all their orig bright factory varnish. Bore is excellent and front of cylinder indicates gun has been fired very little if at all. Action is tight as new. A very fine example of this scarce revolver. 53073-15 (12,500-22,500) – Lot 1404
HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT ARIZONA ASSOCIATED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER CAVALRY REVOLVER WITH LETTER FROM NOTED AUTHORITY JOHN KOPEC.
SN 113906. Cal. 45. 7-1/2″ bbl. This most interesting Cavalry Colt was originally shipped in 1884 and sent back to Colt for refurbishment in the first decade of the 20th century according to Mr. Kopec, after which it found its way to Prescott, AZ where it did service on a cattle ranch whose identify should be able to be determined by the carving of brands on the right side of the grip. Interestingly No. 113906 has all matching numbers but was spared the usual fate of being cut down and made into an Artillery. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: No. 113806 retains nearly all of its 1910 period Colt factory refinish with faded case colors on frame and hammer. Most orig bright blue on bbl & ejector rod housing. Backstrap and trigger guard show hand wear. Screws are crisp. The grip has 9 cuts on left whose significance is unknown and a “CAH” and cattle brand “JLW” on right. Grip is orig to gun but shows wear and use. Bore is brilliant and action is crisp and tight as a new gun. The holster has cattle brands carved all over it and makers cartouche for “A J Mason Maker Prescott AT (Arizona Territory)”. If you like Western history this cavalry is for you. 53073-13 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1406
BEAUTIFUL AND ENIGMATIC COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY ARTILLERY MODEL REVOLVER.
SN L.D.. Cal. 45. 5-1/2″ bbl. This lovely Artillery model is very unusual in that the frame bears no SN but only the initials L.D., likely the U.S. Government inspector Lewis Draper. The trigger guard is from a Henry Nettleton Cavalry SN 47723. Backstrap is also unnumbered. Bbl & cylinder have no number either, although bbl has full Colt’s Patent firearms markings that are clear and obviously not refinished. Lack of frame SN makes this splendid conditioned Artillery a collectors enigma and worthy of further research. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: This Artillery is in lovely Colt Factory refurbished condition remaining brilliant blue on bbl and ejector rod housing. Thinning slightly on trigger guard and backstrap. Frame retains brilliant case colors fading somewhat on recoil shield. Slightly undersized grips are original to gun as refurbished with strong Renaldo A. Carr inspectors mark on butt.Bore is brilliant as new and action perfect. A most interesting and attractive Artillery model single action. 53073-16 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1408
BRILLIANT AND OUTSTANDING COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY ARTILLERY MODEL REVOLVER WITH FACTORY LETTER.
SN 82190. Cal. 45. 5-1/2″ bbl. This beautiful Artillery revolver is one of the best examples of this most desirable U.S. Military issue pistols. It has the expected mixed numbers indicating that the work was most likely performed by colt Factory as these were altered from 7-1/2″ configuration for use by the U.S. Military in the Philippine campaign. Frame was shipped in 1882 and backstrap was originally on an Ainsworth shipped in 1874. In this condition Artillery models are sought after by both Colt and U.S. Military collectors. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Condition of this lovely revolver is outstanding in every way. Bbl and ejector rod housing retain almost all of their orig brilliant blue. Backstrap & trigger guard 7 cylinder retain almost all their orig blue with faint tracking line on cylinder and some thinning on backstrap. Refurbished frame retains almost all bright case colors. Hammer retains faded case colors. Screws are unmarred and retain all their orig niter blue. Grip is under size from refurbishment but has extremely crisp R.A.C. inspector mark on butt as is proper. Bore is brilliant and action is crisp and tight as a new gun. Difficult to improve upon this splendid Artillery model Colt. 53073-17 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1409
*PAIR OF EXTRAORDINARILY RARE & DESIRABLE FULLY FACTORY LETTERED ENGRAVED & INSCRIBED SILVER PLATED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS.
1) COLT SAA. SN 208657. Cal. 45 Colt. Extraordinary engraved, silver plated Colt single action revolver with backstrap inscription. 4-3/4″ bbl, standard sight, 2-line bbl address with 2-line patent date and rampant Colt in circle. Fitted with fine, smooth pearl grips and has the last three digits of its serial number on the back of the cyl. This pistol is silver finished with fire blued screws & beautifully engraved by the master, Cuno Helfrecht, with about C+ level coverage. Engraving consists of about 60-70% coverage wonderful foliate arabesque pattern with very fine punch dot background. Top strap has feather pattern and top of bbl has Moorish pattern. The gullet of the frame in front of cyl on each side has tiny flower blossoms and top of back strap has beautiful fans with central “V”s. Top & bottom of actual back strap has beautiful incised pattern and the central part of back strap is inscribed “JOE PERIA”. The butt strap is lightly engraved and trigger guard bow has pattern that match the back strap. Full factory silver plated SAA are rare to begin with and to find one with beautiful engraving by master engraver Cuno Helfrecht presents a wonderful opportunity for the collector of decorated Colt firearms to acquire a gun with great rarity. Accompanied with a copy of Ron Graham letter. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Retains about 96-97% strong orig silver plating and most of the orig fire blue on the screws with only minor muzzle edge wear and some sharp edge wear on the frame. Grips are excellent, possibly period replacements. Bore is excellent. Mechanics are excellent showing little use. C&R 2) COLT SAA. SN 208673. Cal. .45. 4-3/4″ bbl. This is the pair to SN 208657; only it is presented to “N Garza” and retains its original factory pearl grips. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Virtually identical to its mate SN 208657 in every respect. Matched pairs of Helfricht engraved revolvers are virtually unknown and to find a silver plated pair with such beautiful and masterful engraving that letters from the Colt Factory as well as being lettered by a noted Colt authority Ron Graham, represents a not to be missed opportunity to acquire the rarest and best in decorated Colt SAA’s. C&R 53073-9, 53073-10 (150,000-225,000) – Lot 1410
*MAGNIFICENT WILBUR GLAHN ENGRAVED 5-1/2″ .45 SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH SUPERB FACTORY MEDALLION CARVED IVORY GRIPS, W/FACTORY LETTER.
SN 350742. Cal. .45. 5-1/2″ bbl. As fine a factory engraved late Colt SAA revolver as can be found. Gun has characteristic Glahn rose and scroll engraving with extra touch just above SN on frame. The factory carved ivory grips are unusually well detailed and have beautiful mellow patina. Engraving on recoil shield and ejector is most tasteful reflecting some of the best work by Colt’s master engraver. All cuts are crisply executed in the very best manner. Standard markings throughout. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter confirming configuration and Blue finish, Steer head carved ivory grips, Factory Engr, Charged to Loan Acct, Shipped on March 24,1927 to Murta Appleton & Co in a shipment of 2 guns. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Extraordinary throughout. This revolver is in essentially the same condition as it was when it left the factory in 1927. It retains almost 100% of its orig factory blue on bbl, ejector rod housing, backstrap and trigger guard. Frame retains all of its brilliant factory case colors. Hammer retains all of its factory case colors. Face of cyl has little or no flash. Bore is mint and action is perfect. There is only the faintest hint of a tracking line on the cyl and overall is one of the finest condition pre-war SAA we have ever offered. Grips are nearly perfect with only one minute stress crack above the right grip medallion, it does not detract from the piece. Screw heads are all perfect. 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. 53073-8 (45,000-65,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1411
*VERY RARE & DESIRABLE FACTORY ENGRAVED FULL SILVER-PLATED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER 4-3/4″ BBL MARKED COLT FRONTIER SIX-SHOOTER 44-40, W/FACTORY LETTER.
SN 350181. Cal. .44 WCF. 4-3/4″ bbl. Full factory silver plating is one of the scarcest finishes for the Colt SAA. No. 350181 is ultra-rare. The characteristic Wilbur Glahn engraving decorates the bbl, frame, cyl, backstrap and trigger guard in his usual rose and scroll style. Revolver features Colt factory medallion steer head ivory grips with five notches carved out at the base of left grip; significance is unknown. Silver plating has assumed a most attractive deep blue-black color and has not been polished. .44-40 at 4-3/4″ SAA’s of this period are rarely encountered. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter confirming configuration and Silver finish, Steer head carved ivory grips, Factory “Level 2” Engr, Shipped Oct 18,1926 to Richards & Conover Hardware Co in a shipment of 2 guns. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: This beautiful revolver retains most of its orig factory silver plating, engraving is as crisp as the day it left the factory with very little wear. Bore is mint and front of cyl shows only factory test firing. Action is crisp as new. Carved steer head grips fit perfectly. All together a fantastic revolver in the extremely desirable .44-40 cal. 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. 53073-7 (40,000-60,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1412
*UNIQUE GLAHN FACTORY ENGRAVED 41 COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER IN FULL NICKEL WITH FACTORY RAISED CARVED STEER HEAD PEARL GRIPS AND FACTORY LETTER.
SN 187737. Cal. .41. 5-1/2″ bbl. This unique factory engraved revolver was originally shipped in 1899 and returned to the factory for engraving at a later date. According to Colt authority R.L. Wilson, only one other specimen from the Glahn shop was returned for embellishment having been shipped in 1905 and engraved in 1923. Single-action 187737 has the factory ampersand rework mark on the right side of trigger guard bow. Engraving is classic Wilbur Glahn rose and scroll. Grips are unusual for Glahn with high raised relief carved steer head pearls with imitation ruby eyes. According to Wilson, this subject revolver was in the collection of a prominent Middle Eastern princely figure. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Gun retains nearly all of its orig Colt factory nickel finish. Bore is mint. Face of cyl shows virtually no flash marking. Action is crisp as new. A most interesting rare and desirable factory engraved Colt Single Action. 53073-11 (17,500-27,500) C&R – Lot 1413
*EXTRAORDINARY MARLIN ENGRAVED 1893 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH GOLD & PLATINUM INLAID DESIGN PRESENTED BY MARLIN TO ANNIE OAKLEY.
SN 419119. Cal. 38-55. This spectacular gun with irrefutable history is a takedown rifle and has a 24″ oct to rnd bbl with half mag was built by Marlin in 1917 for presentation to the world’s most famous marksman, Annie Oakley. It has a Rocky Mtn front sight and V-notch sporting rear sight. The receiver has special deluxe engraving with gold & platinum embellishments. The left side being the majestic “Monarch of the Dell”, stag typical of Marlin’s best work. The right side is that of a great bear poised over its kill. The remainder of the action is engraved in flowing foliate arabesque scroll with punch dot background. There is gold wire border engraving on receiver, lever, takedown ring & bottom of receiver. The hammer has platinum embellishments. A gold & platinum line surrounds the chamber area of the bbl and is encased with delicate scroll work. This great work is most likely that, of the renown Conrad Ulrich. Mounted with very highly figured American walnut with fine C-style checkering and pistol grip to a Marlin hard rubber buttplate. This fine firearm has a very interesting history and is chronicled in the book, Marlin Firearms; William S. Brophy, and is pictured on pgs 200, 547, and 548. Also printed in this book is a letter dated June 7, 1921, from Marlin Rockwell Corp. to Mr. L.J. Huber which follows:
“New Haven, Conn. June 7, 1921
Dear Sir:- We have your favor of June 6th giving us the number of the special model 1893 38-55 caliber Marlin rifle which you purchased in Philadelphia a short time ago.
This is a rifle which we presented to Annie Oakley back in 1917, and we are somewhat disappointed that it has been now offered on the market for sale. Miss Oakley expressed a desire to have one of our 38-55 caliber rifles and we went to considerable extra bother in getting out a special fancy gun that we considered she would be proud to own and shoot.
The value at the time that it was made up was in the neighborhood of $150.00 but considering the advance that has been made in the market price of firearms during the past two or three years the present value would be somewhat in excess of that figure. You can consider that you have obtained a very beautiful rifle and an exceptionally good shooter.
Under the present conditions we would not be in a position to furnish an extra 32-40 barrel part for the rifle engraving or forearm to match the buttstock. The only thing that we could supply would be the plain forearm without checkering and no engraving on the barrel, and our charge for a barrel part of this description would be $17.50.
There is a possibility that we will again take up the manufacture of the Marlin line in the near future and that guns will be on the market within the next four or five months. However, we do not think that we would be in a position to get out any special work for quite some time, although there is no doubt but what later on we could furnish a barrel part with the engraving and the checking to match the buttstock which you now have.”
Mr. Huber’s dismay is obviously very understandable. Marlin, like other firearm companies, wished to honor Oakley’s accomplishments, but of course, also wished to take advantage of her extraordinary popularity. Producing a firearm that was truly a work of art and presenting it to one of the most public marksmen in the world would likely result in much public use & exposure of their firearms. It was a very insightful & smart marketing ploy which had early on been much used by the famous and successful Samuel Colt. Unfortunately for Marlin, Oakley was not a vain, showy or boastful person. Her modesty and more importantly, her patriotic fervor, obviously far outweighed her attachment to such a beautiful gift. Not only did Oakley donate this and other fine firearms to the war effort, but she also relinquished most of her trophies for the cause of generating money to support the war effort and the purchase of War Bonds. Further proof of her patriotic feelings was exemplified by her attempt in both the Spanish American War & the First World War to establish a regiment of female soldiers to fight on behalf of the nation. In addition, she also offered to donate her services to teach marksmanship to the troops. At some point, Marlin purchased back this rifle (perhaps from Mr. Huber) and for years has been in the Marlin archives. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz; The Cody Firearms Museum (2007-2017), on loan from consignor for one of their prominent displays. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% of its orig blue with only sharp edge wear on the oct part of the bbl. It has the usual slight muzzle wear and typical nicks and dings. The mag tube retains most of its orig blue. The takedown ring and forward portion of receiver have faint case colors and mostly that of a silver hardening finish. The rear portion of the receiver the lever and hammer retain good strong visible colors. The stock is sound with a very professionally and expertly repaired hairline crack in the wrist. It has the usual minor nicks and dings and retains most of its fine factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bore is shiny with some light scattered pitting. 53073-3 (200,000-250,000) – Lot 1421
SPECTACULAR MARLIN MODEL 1893 ENGRAVED TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
SN 163058. Cal. 30-30. Special order 26″ octagon to round bbl, full magazine takedown, with ivory beaded combination front sight, and V-notch sporting rear sight with set screw. Also mounted with Lyman tang sight. Mounted with fancy checkered American walnut with pistol grip in style F and crescent buttplate. Factory engraved in no. 2 pattern. Left side scene with a whitetail buck deer being chased by a hound and inscribed with the name “Henry W. Cannon”. Right side engraving is of a smaller whitetail buck deer in a side hill woodland scene. The remainder of action, forend cap and takedown ring all have moderate scroll with punch dot background. The borders on both sides of receiver are of a framing style with wavy lines and punch dots. The top of the receiver borders are that of wavy lines. The inside left of the upper tang is stamped with serial number as is the stock top tang channel and the inside toe of buttplate. Cody Firearms Museum states that this serial number is too high to letter. There is no doubt that this is a factory engraved gun. We can only speculate as to Henry W. Cannon being the one who was comptroller of the currency during President Chester A. Arthur’s presidency. Cannon also gained recognition as a bank financier in St. Paul, MN, Washington, DC and NYC where he became President of Chase National Bank of New York. He was also an active sponsor of Rear Admiral Robert Perry’s dash to the North Pole in 1909, as arctic exploration was one of his hobbies. He is also recognized for building and endowing the library in Delhi, NY, and is also responsible for building the library in Franklin. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 98-99% of its orig blue with just a faint trace of wear on sharp edges of octagon and a few very light storage scratches. Forend cap has nearly all of its orig. case colors showing. Receiver has 95-98% of its orig case coloring with the balance point of receiver and bbl takedown ring starting to silver. The lever and hammer retain nearly all of their visible case colors. Buttplate has most of its fading case colors starting to turn towards silver. Stock is sound with only minor storage marks and a couple of small dings. It retains nearly all of its factory style piano finish. The forend retains 95-98% of its orig. finish with some slight flaking at sharp edges and on the balance point. Checkering is sharp and has darkened with age. Mechanics are crisp, bore is fine with some extremely light pitting. 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. 53073-4 (17,500-27,500) ESA – Lot 1422
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
*EXTRAORDINARY WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE SADDLE RING CARBINE ENGR BY ALDEN GEORGE ULRICH WITH FAMILY PROVENANCE.
SN 954730. Cal. 44 WCF. 20″ Stainless Steel bbl, very rare to find this on any Winchester rifle/carbine. The engraving the artistry of Winchester factory engraver Alden George Ulrich in factory style No. 5. patterns with Stag hunting scene on left side and Grizzly on right. The balance of the receiver and appended metal engraved with foiliate scrollwork. Bbl & receiver are properly proof marked. Full magazine with two bbl bands are present. Features a deluxe American walnut pistol grip stock and forearm of 2X and possibly 3X quality with lovely figure. Stock has a hard rubber grip cap with Winchester Repeating Arms Co. present. Bottom toe of buttplate is stamped “265”. Left side of bottom lower tang is also stamped 265″ and “241” is indicated but is marked out. Stock does not have any assembly line number matched to it but this is characteristic of Winchester factory deluxe gun manufactured in the late 1920s. Accompanied by a 1998 dated and notarized affidavit by David M. Ulrich, second cousin of Alden George Ulrich, which lists this rifle’s serial number, configuration and engraving, and states it was made for his father, Leslie Borden Ulrich ca 1925, and engraved by A. George Ulrich at the Winchester factory. It further states the rifle has remained in the Ulrich family until its sale July 6, 1998. PROVENANCE: The Family of Leslie Borden Ulrich; The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Very Fine. Rifle retains virtually all of its original factory finishes. Stainless steel bbl with 98% of the Japan black enamel finish. Left receiver with a faint saddle ring rub. Forend bbl band with thinning at high edges. Buttplate fits perfectly to stock and receiver and retains 90-95% finish. Rifle cycles properly and the bore is near mint. Factory engraved Deluxe 1892 SRCs are extreme rarities and one with rock solid Ulrich family provenance is extraordinary. 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. 53073-2 MS (30,000-50,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1442
*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE WITH BEACH’S COMBINATION FRONT SIGHT AND LYMAN TANG SIGHT.
SN 214863. Cal. 30 WCF. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine. Full blue finish. Straight grained American stocks with crescent buttplate. Bbl shows 2-line Winchester address rolled in front of rear sight mortise that has been filled with a plug. There is no evidence of a rear sight having been attached. Cal. mark is at breech of bbl. Beach’s combination front sight has remnants of an ivory bead. Bbl is also marked “NICKEL STEEL BARREL” over “ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”. SN is stamped on forward bottom of receiver. Tang sight was not removed. Tang sight is marked “LYMAN” over “MIDDLEFIELD” over “CONN. U.S.A.”. Receiver sight has a large aperture disc. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine both retain 90% of orig bright blue finish. Markings are sharp. Front sight is very good. Bore is frosty with strong rifling. Receiver retains 80-85% bright blue finish, turning somewhat plum/brown at the carry point. Screws are not molested. Loading gate shows considerable fire blue finish. Hammer and lever both retain a generous amount of orig case color. Lyman sight is fine with most of the blue finish. Mechanics are crisp. Stocks are fine, full sized and retain most of the varnish finish with only some minuscule handling marks overall. This is a very fine example of a Winchester Model 1894 rifle made in 1901 in far above average condition. 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. 53074-1 TEP (5,000-8,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 2423
8-1/2″ tall with early plunger style measure. Flask retains traces of orig varnish in protected areas with rich patina overall, nicely highlighting the details of the panoply of American flags, cannon, and arms. Ribbon at bottom of motif reads “COLT’S PATENT”. Decoration is seen on both sides. Top of flask has trapdoor marked “COLT’S PATENT” for caps. Two triangular carrying rings are found on either side. Plunger is marked “35 / GRS” which is same as found on Walker’s. This is an honest, orig example that shows honest use with great dark patina. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Fair to good overall. Several dents and dings. Iron screws all rusted, plunger is non-functional and locked in place. As noted in description, strong traces of varnish are found in protected areas with an overall mixed chocolate/dark mustard patina. 53074-3 JS (1,500-2,000) – Lot 3001
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL U.S. CAVALRY BELT, HOLSTER AND CARTRIDGE POUCH FOR A MODEL 1873 COLT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER OR U.S. S&W SCHOFIELD, CIRCA 1870S.
Holster is U.S. flap type with two tab holes for flap. Front of holster is embossed “U.S.”. Flap is marked “G43” which is a company mark above “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL” and an “E.H.S.” inspector mark. Cartridge pouch is also embossed “U.S.” with “12G10 / 11”. Belt has a brass U.S. buckle. Belt is also equipped with saber hangers. Belt has a “W.T.G.” inspector mark. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Very good. Holster body is fine. “U.S.” is sharp. Toe plug is intact. Flap is crazed. Arsenal mark is slightly obliterated. Pouch is very good with a clear “U.S.”. Belt is intact. Buckle is very good with a mellow mustard patina. A chance to obtain an orig rig for your Colt or S&W cavalry revolver. 53074-4 TEP (900-1,500) – Lot 3028
VERY ATTRACTIVE COLLINS/MILES CITY SADDLERY MONTANA TERRITORIAL HOLSTER AND GUN BELT.
Holster is of the Mexican single loop type with border tooling and toe plug. Holster has a J. S. COLLINS & CO MILES CITY M.T.” cartouche on front face. Belt has a “MILES CITY SADDLERY CO MILES CITY MONT.” cartouche on billet. Money belt is 2-1/2″ wide. Belt has loops to accommodate 44 cartridges. Belt is mounted with a nickel plated rectangular round corner buckle. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Very good. Holster is a deep russet brown color with some staining and some fray marks at throat. Cartouche is clear. Toe plug is intact. Loop is attached. Belt is also very good. Cartouche is clear. Loops are attached. Buckle very good. A very attractive Montana Territorial gun belt and holster, circa 1880’s for a short bbl Colt Single Action Army revolver. 53074-6 TEP (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3029
HOLSTER AND GUN BELT RIG FOR COLT SHORT BARREL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER MADE BY KNOX & TANNER OF RAWLINS, WYOMING.
Matching holster and gun belt rig. Holster is of the Mexican single loop pattern with full skirt. Holster has intertwining line border. Front face of holster is marked “KNOX & TANNER MAKERS RAWLINS, WYO”. Holster has a closed toe and a deep throat. Holster retains a dark russet brown color. Belt has no money pocket and is 2-7/8″ wide. Billet has an intertwining line border and is marked “KNOX & TANNER RAWLINS WYOMING”. Belt has a nickel plated clip-corner rectangular buckle and 44 loops for 32WCF Cal. cartridges. Belt shows an owners name written in black ink which appears to be “FRED BRANDON”. Below name is marked but is not legible. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Fine. Holster shows a deep russet brown color with some stains. Stitching is intact. Marker’s mark is clear. Belt is also fine and shows a dark russet brown color. Loops are intact. Belt shows some cartridge stains. Maker’s mark is clear. Billet is intact and all stitching is intact. Buckle retains most of its scratched nickel finish. A rare opportunity to obtain a matching rig for your short barrel Colt six shooter. 53074-5 TEP (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3030
SINGLE LOOP MEXICAN HOLSTER AND MONEY BELT RIG FOR A 4-3/4″ 45 CALIBER COLT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER MADE BY W.B. TEN EYCK OF BILLINGS, MONTANA TERRITORY.
Holster is russet brown in color with an open toe. Holster has border tooling on face with Ten Eyck maker’s mark, in a cartouche. Single loop is also tooled in rope pattern. Cartridge belt with money compartment is 3-3/4″ wide, marked “45” on billet with loops for 44 cartridges. Buckle is iron with nickel plate of the clip-corner design. PROVENANCE: The esteemed collection of Rafael Cruz. CONDITION: Very good. Holster shows clean russet color with some scuff marks overall. Stitching is broken for an inch at top of throat. Belt is unmarked and shows a scuffed russet brown finish with cartridge stains at every loop. Billets are intact, loops are intact. Buckle retains traces of orig nickel finish. An opportunity to obtain an Montana Territory gun rig to house your favorite Colt Single Action revolver. 53074-7 TEP (900-1,500) – Lot 3031