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**UTTERLY FANTASTIC AND RARE COLT R75A BROWNING AUTOMATIC RIFLE WITH DETACHABLE BARREL (CURIO & RELIC).
SN C102974. Cal .30-06. 23 3/4″ bbl. Truly exceptional and exceedingly rare Colt Model R75A version of the Browning automatic rifle. This incorporates some very desirable features, most importantly a quick detachable bbl which is affected by actuating the lever at the front of the gas cylinder and lifting the bbl retention spring with the point of a cartridge. Other noteable features include a bbl carrying handle, a bi-pod which is attached to the gas cylinder and folds up out of the way into recesses in the wood forend, a hinged magazine well cover, an ejection port cover, and also an incorporated pistol grip. Marked “COLT model R75”, with SN on top of receiver. This is the only visible external SN. The Colt Model R75A incorporated all the most desirable features, but unfortunately was costly to produce and very few specimens remain extant and registered for private ownership. Lot includes one 20-rd Seymour manufactured magazine, and orig instructions manual for the Colt Automatic Machine Rifle Model R75, and also Orig Colt “Information relating to Colt Automatic Machine Rifle (R75A). The 3-position selector does not incorporate the familiar stud to protect the weapon for inadvertently being put on safe. Otherwise a familiar appearing BAR receiver when viewed from the left side. Fine, high-quality walnut forend and stock. Bi-pod incorporates a nice positive latch at the scissor brace,which holds the bi-pod positively in place against the forend when not in use. Manufacturer’s block of NFA registration indicates “Colt”. 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 simply outstanding. Very fine to extremely fine, smooth gray Parkerized finish on receiver with fine finish on retention latches, charging handle and trigger housing, as well as gas cylinder and carrying handle. These pieces show more of a dark patina with some light corrosion. Gas cylinder exhibits an area of brown patina at forward sling swivel. Bbl exhibits an extremely fine dull gray finish, consistent with rest of firearm. There is some high edge wear to gray metal at the buttplate. Lustrous blue finish on ejection port cover hardware. Dull blue finish on magazine well cover starting to turn a brown patina with same condition on pistol grip frame. Mechanics are crisp, bore is extremely fine, shiny and bright, bolt face also extremely fine. Wood is very fine with some dings and handling marks, very attractive. With only a handful of these in the registry, this is a rare opportunity for the advanced American machine gun collector to acquire one of the scarcest and most desirable of the Browning automatic rifle models. 53153-1 JWK (70,000-100,000) C&R – Lot 1065
**MAGNIFICENT GOLD ACCENTED COLT M16A2 AS SPECIALLY MANUFACTURED FOR THE ROYAL HOUSE OF SAUDI ARABIA (FULLY TRANSFERABLE).
SN 8189271. Cal 223. 21″ bbl with flash hider. New in original box with gold plated magazine, cleaning kit and Colt manual, written in Arabic, this original Colt manufactured M16A2 was specially made for the Royal House of Saud and incorporates gold plated flash hider, bolt, ejector port cover, magazine release, trigger, fold down trigger guard, retention pins, charging handle, sight adjustment knobs and clamp on carrying handle fastening knobs as well as telescoping buttstock bushing. Royal palm tree over crossed swords on both sides of magazine well make this a strikingly handsome machine gun. 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. CONDITION: New in box retaining just about all of its high gloss black finish with gold accents. Anti-corrosion paper still in the bore. Magazine and cleaning kit still in orig plastic wrapping. Bolt has been pulled to the rear to check to insure chamber is not loaded but that is all. Absolutely tremendously attractive gun. Very few of these were ordered and manufactured and this is one which was held back and has now found its way to the surface. It is a fantastic handsome machine gun in extremely fine as new in the box unfired condition. 53234-2 JWK (50,000-75,000) – Lot 1099
MAGNIFICENT AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT LORENZONI-SYSTEM FLINTLOCK REPEATING RIFLE BY SEBASTIAN HAUSCHKA MADE FOR AND PRESENTED TO KING LOUIS XV AND BEARING HIS PERSONAL CYPHER, AS WELL AS THE FRENCH ROYAL ARMS NO. 464 FROM THE ROYAL CABINET D’ARMES, CIRCA 1735.
NSN. Cal. .380 approx. Groove diameter. 7 deep rounded rifling grooves. This extraordinary rifle exhibits the very highest quality throughout as befits a royal presentation piece and is also an exceptional rarity being a repeating rifle built on the Lorenzoni/Berselli system with a rotating breech accessing separate ball and powder magazines contained in the butt and operated by a silver lever on the left side. The action itself is of fire-gilded bronze. The 25 inch swamped, octagonal, superb Damascus barrel is engraved “Sebastian Hauschka A Wolfenbuttel” (1695-1775). One of the greatest masters of 18th century German gunmaking, Hauschka was appointed maker to the Court of Prince and Duke August Wilhelm von Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel. As a Court maker, Hauschka was required to make the most elaborate guns for presentation to foreign monarchs including The Holy Roman Emperor, Charles VI, King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia, a gun for Empress Maria Theresa of Austria ordered by the Prince of Salm, and the present rifle for King Louis XV of France. The flat lock of steel with separate priming magazine of fire-gilded brass has a rebated tail and deeply moulded bevels. The cock is en suite with the lock and displays Hauschka’s characteristic artistry in steel engraving. All furniture is of brilliantly fire-gilded brass. Trigger guard is fluted at bow and spurred at wrist with decorative filed finials. The buttplate which offers access to the magazines has a broad tang with hinged receptacle and a spring loaded cover retained by a button catch. The inside of the lid is engraved Hauschka Pinxit, Latin for “Hauschka Painted Here” refers to the replaced portrait of Louis XV contained within. All features and embellishments on King Louis XV’s rifle exemplify the highest order of the gunmaker’s art. The gold on the barrel is inlaid and engraved rather than damascened. The most important of these inlays is the personal insignia of the French King himself, consisting of mirror image L between an X and a V in an oval with crossed laurel leaves behind, surmounted by a Sovereign’s crown and all surmounted by a sun in splendor. Other gold inlays are of Louis XV as a helmeted warrior with elaborate border over an oval cartouche with the Bourbon lilies, the three fleur de lis. The gilded action is finely engraved with acanthus at the breech end. Another portrait of Louis XV in a tricorn hat flanked by two of his hunting dogs appears on the top of the action drum. The tang is engraved with a classical Romanesque laureled head. The rebated section of the lock-plate is chiseled in low relief with scrolls and engraved with a stag. A grotesque face is engraved behind the cock. The buttplate is cast and chased in high relief, nearly in the round, and a Sovereign’s crown adorns the door of the magazine. The stock is of the finest, highly figured, stump walnut with exceptional quality relief carving of acanthus scrolls, dragon heads, and grotesques. The molded and sculpted borders extend along the sides of the toe which is incised with the inventory number of the French Royal Cabinet d’Armes #464. The butt is adorned with masterfully engraved silver plaques featuring mythological beasts, Putti, and scrolling wire after designs in the pattern books of Jacquinet and DeLacollombe (1705) in the so-called Berain style similar to the Le Conte gun made for Louis XIV and inlaid in silver by Jean Berain at Windsor Castle. The right side is inlaid with Putti and a griffon and the left a Putti over a Sovereign’s crown. The fore-end is of stump walnut, pinned to the barrel, relief carved with a false ramrod held in by fire gilded brass thimbles. PROVENANCE: The Cabinet d’Armes of Louis XIII. This historical masterpiece was discovered in 2013. Then part of the estate of a recently deceased U.S. Military Officer, who discovered the gun in 1945 in a pile of abandoned weapons that were to be burned and destroyed. This specific gun, with its stock sticking out of the pile, caught his eye, and because of its great beauty, he removed it and eventually brought it home. Accompanying this lot will be a notarized affidavit from a member of the family discussing the discovery of the gun in 1945 and its chain of possession since that time, having been handed down directly through the same family. NOTES: The Cabinet d’Armes begun by King Louis XIII was the single most important collection of firearms ever assembled. The Cabinet d’Armes was set up in the Louvre Palace and first cataloged in 1673. A second inventory took place in 1717 and the third and final inventory began with the reign of Louis XVI and was completed in 1775. This final inventory included Louis XV’s Hauschka rifle, number 464. Whether one accepts the theory that the Cabinet was housed at the Bastille, the Louvre, or the Garde-Meuble Museum, the events of 1789 took their toll on the Royal Collection and superb pieces were dispersed all over France and eventually throughout the world. Although the gun had some imperfections when found, it was in remarkable condition, and in much finer condition than many of the other firearms discovered over the years which had been in the inventory of 1775. A Wheelock #94, formerly in the Hank Visser Collection, was badly damaged when it was found and was missing its entire barrel attachment. The magnificent Wheelock #29, formerly in the Joe Kindig Collection is missing its trigger guard and the grand Flintlock 34 by Pierre Le Bourgeiosa Lisieux regarded by the Metropolitan Museum curator, Randolph Bullock as “the most beautiful gun in the world”, was finally acquired on behalf of the museum after a 50 year long pursuit. During the auction of the Collection of William Goodwin Renwick Jr. on December 20th, 1972 by Frank Partridge for the sum of £125,000 or $312,500. A purchase price of $312,500 today would equate to nearly $2 million.
In June of 2009, letters from Louis XV was sold in Paris. Among them was a note from the King to his cousin, Duc de Penthiver, referring to an incident involving the King shooting his horse by accident, “The wild boar, which was very large, charged at me….. my rifle misfired when I saw him and I did not have time to turn him aside….(the bullet) wounded my horse in the buttock“. King Louis may have been carrying this very rifle on this infamous hunting trip! CONDITION: Now in museum quality condition. When it was originally acquired from the family of an American military officer (who had rescued it from a burn/destruction pile of weapons), the gun was in as found, closet condition. Some of the elaborate wire inlays in the stock were loose, there was also a crack in the stock near the rear of the action, and a few other rather insignificant imperfections, which included a couple of small missing pieces of silver and a replaced mother-of-pearl portrait hidden beneath the lid of the stock. The gun was properly and thoroughly cleaned and what little restoration work that needed to be done was done in the finest order by one of the foremost authorities on early firearms restorations (We also have numerous photographs of the gun before it was cleaned up thus a before and after presentation). This is an extraordinary work of art of significant historical consequence and in the finest of preserved condition. An absolute focal point of even the most sophisticated and advanced collection. The likelihood is that you will never, ever again in your life have an opportunity to acquire a historic and extraordinary Royal firearms such as this. 53211-1 (175,000-275,000) – Lot 1138
MAGNIFICENT 4-GUN GARNITURE BY NICOLAS NOEL BOUTET.
SN 438. Cal. 38 bore/Cal. 30 bore. This magnificent set of guns were originally made circa 1810 based on address and SN. The guns were converted to percussion, no doubt by Boutet himself as he lived and worked well into the percussion age, dying in 1833. Note: the exemplary engraving on locks, disguising the old frizzen screw mortises which are virtually undetectable, unless you know exactly where to look. The hammers are also engraved en suite with magnificent dragon motifs on the large pistols and florally with Boutet distinctive zig-zag arrows on the pocket pistols. Bbls still retain the pre-1813 addresses in gold “BOUTET ET FILS / A VERSAILLES”. This particular garniture of pistols were originally in the Charles Draeger Collection, sold to Sotheby’s in Monaco, 1987. Examples of Boutet’s work graced the greatest museums in the world, including a fine collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Boutet (1761-1833) was Napoleon’s personal armorer and several examples are known made for Napoleon and gifted by Napoleon. The large pair of pistols have 9-5/8″ swamped oct bbls, inlaid in gold with gold sights. The steel mountings, including bbl tang, locks, hammers, trigger guard, buttcap and lock escutcheons and screws are all exquisitely engraved in style unique to Boutet. The small pair of pocket pistols are beautifully silver inset in bag-shaped wood grips with engraved panels of animals and floral and geometric panels of the highest quality as can be seen in photos. Each of these pistols is signed on top of frames “BOUTET / DIRECTEUR / ARTISTE”. Bbls are each signed “MANUF re / A VERSAILLES”. These small guns have matching assembly numbers “1” and “2” to bbl and frame. The mahogany and ebony trimmed casing is in matching very fine condition with green velvet lining, with a full set of accessories, including an incredible silver mounted tortoise shell flask. This is a magnificent garniture which cannot be upgraded. PROVENANCE: Charles Draeger, Paris, (1886-1980); Sotheby’s Monaco, Lot 212, December 7, 1987. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Guns appear unfired with crisp, shiny, multi-grooved bores on large pistols and bright shiny smooth bores on small pistols, mechanics are crisp, including folding triggers on small pistols function perfectly. Guns retain virtually all of their bright finish with light iron patina and tiny areas of pinprick pitting. The bbls retain virtually all of their orig gold with over half of their orig blued twist pattern. Accessories are all matching, very fine to extremely fine condition. Only light wear and fading to green velvet lining. Mahogany and ebony casing is sound and solid with functional key, with two long hairline cracks in mahogany veneer on lid. 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. 52969-1 JS (75,000-125,000) ESA – Lot 1139
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
EXHIBITION GRADE ENGRAVED, GOLD AND IVORY LARGE BORE MODEL 1868 TRANTER REVOLVER BY H. HOLLAND.
SN 5978. Cal. 450. This is about the fanciest Tranter cartridge revolver you will find mounted with ivory grips with royal cypher as are ivory handled tools in case. 5″ oct engraved bbl with gold inset designs and address “H HOLLAND 98 NEW BOND ST. LONDON”. Fine floral and scroll engraving are found on most of the flat surfaces of frame with about 50% coverage on cylinder, bbl, trigger guard and buttcap. Tranter’s patent markings are found on left side of frame and left side of lever. Frame, cylinder, trigger guard and buttcap are gold plated, as is brass tip to cleaning rod, screwdriver and Dixon oiler. The custom French fitted English case is maker marked “P & F SCHAFER MAKERS / 27 PICCADILLY LONDON”. Casing is also bound in leather with same crown over unknown cypher that is on gun and each cleaning tool ivory grip. Case has two compartments, one with functional key and small chamois bag with extra mainspring and triggerspring. The second compartment retains cutouts for 36 cartridges retaining a mix of 34 complete cartridges and brass, all with “ELEY” backstamps. The quality of engraving, plating, ivory finish and casing are all exceptional. This gun was obviously made for a very important person. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains over 90% orig bright blue finish with slight muzzle wear and small reductions near frame. Cylinder retains about 90% orig gold. Frame retains about 70% orig gold, worn on gripstrap and worn at high areas of frame flats. Trigger guard and buttcap retain strong traces of gold, especially in protected areas of trigger bow. Hammer and trigger retain about half of their orig bright finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. Casing is matching fine condition internally with a green baize lining, with some soiling and wear at contact areas of muzzle and hammer. Gold plating to oiler and screwdriver is thinning. Ivory grips and tool handles are smooth with fine patina, with crisp scrimshawed seals with black backgrounds. Leather covering to case is very good with scuffing and cosmetic blemishes expected after 150 plus years with well discerned embossed cypher in lid as seen in photos. Casing has an orig attached leather folding handle seen on other high grade English sporting arms. 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. 52999-1 (15,000-25,000) ESA – Lot 1153
*RARE AND DESIRABLE .577 NITRO 750 GRAIN “BEST” QUALITY WESTLEY RICHARDS HAND DETACHABLE LOCK SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR DANGEROUS BIG GAME STOPPING DOUBLE RIFLE, WITH MAKER’S CASE.
SN 17443. (ca 1912) Cal. .577 3″ Nitro Express made for 100 grains cordite and 750 grain bullet. This superb rifle has 26″ shoe lump bbls fitted with matted rib with usual dolls head extension, quarter rib holds one standing, two folding leaf express sight. Transition to mid portion of rib is nicely scroll engraved, as is area leading up to front sight ramp holding silver bead and flip-up night bead. Ramp is fitted with Westley Richards patented flip-over sight protector. Mid-rib is engraved “Westley Richards 23 Conduit St. London. Gun Makers By Appointment to His Majesty George V Rex et Imp.” Tops of bbls at rear are engraved “577 H.V. Cartridge” “100/750 Grs”. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 100 grains of cordite and 750 grain bullet. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “H.L” and with SNs. A narrow sling loop is screwed to bottom rib. Massive case hardened action has hand detachable locks, use no. “2514”, which are engine turned and gold inlaid for “L” and “R” under hinged floorplate. Action also features bolted non-automatic safety marked “SAFE” and “BOLTED” in gold, Westley Richards third fastener, along with Westley Richards very reliable patented single selective trigger. Top of action in front of top lever pivot is so engraved. Action is engraved with 80% coverage varying sized scroll which is very nicely cut. “WESTLEY RICHARDS” is in gold on each side. Scroll surrounds somewhat naive scene of elephant at water hole on floorplate. “577” in gold is on trigger guard bow. SN is on trigger guard tang which extends to scroll engraved steel grip cap with trap, containing spare front sight SNed to rifle. Darkly streaked and lightly fiddle figured European walnut pistol grip buttstock with checkered side panels, drop points, point pattern checkering at grip, as well as a small right hand cheekpiece with shadow line and bead, measures 14-1/2″ over red Silver type pad. Toe line has rectangular gold crest plate engraved “LBB” and narrow sling loop matching that on bbls. Matching splinter forend with inset horn tip and Deeley release, is fitted with Deeley ejectors. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Cast: approx 1/4 off. Weight: 14 lbs. 0 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. Makers oak and leather case with shaped brass corners, is lined in dark green cloth and has Westley Richards paper label in lid, with other cleaning and use instruction labels. Case contains WR marked round oil bottle, brass and ebony 2-pc cleaning rod, two ebony handled turnscrews, and a pair of WR snap caps, along with the key. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of an old best London re-black over some very light marks and scratches. Action retains approx 90% what appears to be orig case hardening color, thinning to pewter gray along bottom. Blue of top lever is silvered on thumbpiece. Floorplate retains nearly all of a re-blue, as does trigger guard. Stocks retain nearly all of a well done hand rubbed oil refinish with some subsequent light scratches and marks. Checkering is lightly worn especially on forend. Bores are excellent, bright, and shiny, strong rifling throughout, with some slight erosion and frosting at breech ends. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Mechanically fine. Case leather is darkening with numerous bumps, dents, and rubs. Interior cloth and lid have orig labels considerably foxed and wrinkled with some losses and chips. Bottom portion re-lined, and is very fine, lightly soiled. Accessories are excellent. This wonderful big bore is a brother to the rifle owned by Ernest Hemingway (SN 17425) which Julia’s sold in 2011 for over $300,000.00. 53052-7 MGM (40,000-70,000) C&R – Lot 1167
*WELL CRAFTED GOLD INLAID JOHN WILKES “DELUXE” BOXLOCK EJECTOR DANGEROUS GAME DOUBLE RIFLE.
SN 13556. Cal. 450/400 3″ Jeffery. 24″ Chopper lump bbls are fitted with file cut quarter rib having square shouldered dolls head extension which holds one standing, two folding leaf express rear sight. Sunken mid rib is gold inlaid “John Wilkes” and engraved “79, Beak Street, London” as well as “Cal 450/400″ in gold. Matching front ramp fitted with slip-on sight protector, has gold bead. Bbl flats are stamped with 1982 London nitro proofs for 450/ 400 3”. A sling eye is soldered to bottom rib. Case hardened heavy boxlock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), sliding bite third fastener, disc set strikers, side clips, and dbl triggers. Action is engraved with 80% coverage nicely cut scroll within gold line borders. This fine scroll surrounds semi-relief gold inlaid renditions of members of “the big five” under “John Wilkes” also in gold on each side of action; cape buffalo bull on left, and large horned white rhino on right. Fences are relief carved in acanthus motif. Blued floorplate is gold inlaid “John Wilkes” “450/ 400” “London”. Side panels of stock are fitted with ornamental sideplates having scroll and gold borders matching action. Blued trigger guard has more scroll outlined by intricate looped and scrolled gold wire. SN is in gold on tang which extends to steel grip cap engraved and gold inlaid matching remainder of gun. Intricately stump figured and somewhat mottled European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock is traditionally styled with drop points, point pattern checkering, and right hand shadow line cheekpiece, and measures 15-3/4″ over Silver type pad. A vacant gold oval and sling eye are on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release, and there is some scroll engraving on inside of iron. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Cast: approx 1/4 off. Weight: 9 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 15-3/4″. CONDITION: Excellent, appears essentially unfired since proof, with only a few light handling and assembly marks on all surfaces. There is some water spotting evident on butt. Bores are excellent. Mechanically excellent. A well balanced showy double rifle in a great caliber. 53052-9 MGM (25,000-35,000) C&R – Lot 1169
*SUPERB ORIGINAL CONDITION HOLLAND & HOLLAND “ROYAL” .375 NITRO EXPRESS DOUBLE RIFLE IN ORIGINAL MAKER’S CASE WITH ACCESSORIES, MADE FOR NATHANIEL C. NASH, CAMBRIDGE, MASS. IN 1905.
SN 19309. Cal. .375 Flanged NE. 2-1/2″. This fine condition rifle has 26″ chopper lump bbls fitted with file cut H & H style quarter rib with one standing, two folding leaf express sight with ivory triangle inset in standing leaf. Matching front ramp is fitted with enamel bead and flip-up night sight, as well as slip-on sight protector. Tops of bbls are engraved “Holland & Holland. 98. New Bond Street. London.” and “Winners of All the “Field” Rifle Trials, London.” Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 40 grains cordite and 320 grain bullet. SNs are on bottoms of bbls. Case hardened action with slightly rounded bar, is fitted with back locks in usual double rifle manner. Top strap extends over comb, and is fitted with folding peep sight which nestles into recess in strap. Action also features automatic bolted safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), hidden third fastener, disc set strikers, gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and dbl triggers (front checkered and “loose”). Action and locks are engraved in early Holland & Holland style with interplay of large open strapwork scroll in background of varying sized shaded scroll. “Holland & Holland” is in scroll flanked device at front of lockplates. Fences are more deeply engraved with scroll. Bottom of action is engraved “The Royal” and “Hammerless”. Blued top lever is scroll engraved and trigger guard is engraved with non-shaded open scroll with SN on tang which extends to case hardened trap steel grip cap (containing spare strikers and front sight). Nicely marbled and stump figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over orig ribbed horn buttplate. Stock features classic Holland styling, with drop points, point pattern checkering at grip which has reverse curve to rear line, and superbly sculpted right hand shadow line cheekpiece. A gold oval engraved with monogram “NCN” and sling loop matching that on bbl, are on toe line. Matching splinter forend has Anson release. Drop at heel: approx 2-7/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Cast: approx 1/4 off. Weight: 9 lbs. 5 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Orig makers oak and leather case with brass corners and central medallion is lined in scarlet cloth, and has dust divider between lid and bottom compartment. Gold embossed H&H label as well as charge card for this particular rifle, are in lid. Bottom compartment contains an assemblage of orig accessories French-fitted including 3 horn handled turnscrews marked Holland & Holland, and a horn handled striker key, H&H marked round oil bottle, pair of snap caps, pull through cleaning kit in black morocco wallet, lace on leather muzzle protector, carrying sling, broken case extractor, bone striker bottle with ivory fore sight, and wood covered steel cleaning rod, with 1 brush in covered compartment which also contains two keys. PROVENANCE: Nathaniel Cushing Nash; Nathaniel Cushing Jr.; The prestigious personal collection of 4-time Oscar-winning Visual Effects Icon, Richard Edlund; Special Gold Medal winner at first CA Side-by-Side Society Concours d’Elegance of Fine Guns in 2000; Copies of ledger pages indicating that this rifle was finished in July 1905. CONDITION: Excellent, with evidence of casual field use, with silvering and thinning of case hardening colors on fences, beads, and on bottom of action and forend iron as well as top tang, from normal hand wear, otherwise bbls and stocks have only a few handling and assembly marks. Bores are excellent. Mechanically excellent. Case leather is still light in color, has some light staining, and a few marks and rubs. Straps and handle are fine. Interior cloth is excellent with compressions and rubs. Labels and accessories are 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. 53184-3 MGM (30,000-50,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1181
*STUNNING BEAUTIFULLY MATCHED PAIR OF 28 GAUGE HOLLAND & HOLLAND “ROYAL DELUXE” SHOTGUNS WITH SUPERBLY RENDERED DRAMATIC SCROLL AND FINELY DETAILED TWO-COLOR GOLD INLAYS BY SIMON COGGAN, WITH CUSTOM FACTORY CASE.
SN 41378/ 41379. Cal. 28 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Chopper lump bbls are gold inlaid “Holland & Holland. London. England.” on narrow, swamped, game ribs. Nos “1” and “2” are gold inlaid at rear portions of ribs, as well as on top levers and forend tips. Single gold bands surround breech ends of bbls. Bbl flats are stamped with 2000 London nitro proofs, and with importers name and address. Bbls are fitted with Holland & Holland patent self-opening assist springs. Small sized coin finished sidelock “Royal” actions feature automatic safeties, gold band tumbler end cocking indicators, and dbl triggers. Actions and locks are decorated with a well thought out panoply of large shaded scroll accented by two-color flush gold inlay of light gold sprays of foliage and darker gold birds. Some birds are full bodied, most are just heads peeping (pun intended) from behind gold leaves and tendrils of scroll. Gun “1” has full bodied grouse on left lock has heads of pheasant, wood pigeons, partridge, and quail; right lock with duck, pheasant, woodcock, and grouse. Bottom of action depicts 3/4 view of a quail along with woodcock and grouse heads. A pair of quail are on trigger guard bow, and head of pheasant is on tang. Gun “2” with full bodied pheasant on left lock has heads of grouse, quail, and ducks, with grouse, ducks and woodcock on right. A grouse and duck, as well as pheasant and quail, are on bottom, with heads of a pair of quail on trigger guard bow and grouse at rear of tang. “Holland & Holland” in gold is on scrolled ribbon on each lockplate, and SN is in gold on trigger guard tangs. The number of individual gold inlays is probably well over 100 per gun, and this unusual treatment even extends to Anson release rod housings on insides of forends. All work is masterfully done by the revered prodigy master engraver, Simon Coggan, who early in his career took training in his father, Phillip Coggan’s shop to learn the intricacies of the Bulino technique; later evolving his own style of shading, which is evident in this particular work. His signature “S.COGGAN” appears on trigger plates of both guns. Superbly matched exhibition quality intricately marbled lightly stump figured European walnut straight grip buttstocks are classically styled with drop points and point pattern checkering at grips, along with vacant gold ovals on bottoms, and measure 15″ over checkered wood butts. Matching splinter ejector forends have Anson releases. Gun no “1”: Bore diameter: left -.550, right – .550. Bore restrictions: left – .023 (full), right – Gun.015 (mod). Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Cast: approx 1/2 off. Weight: 5 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 15″. Gun no “2”: Bore diameter: left -.550, right – .551. Bore restrictions: left – .022 (full), right – .014 (mod). Drop at heel: 1-15/16″-, drop at comb: 1-3/8″+. Cast: approx 1/2 off. Weight: 5 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 15″. Makers highest quality oak and dark brown leather case with brass corners has tan canvas leather trimmed outer cover, central medallion embossed “L. W. W”. Interior is lined in dark green suede surrounding inset gold embossed black leather H&H label in lid. Bottom is nicely fitted for both guns, with accessories semi-French fitted. These accessories include 2-pc brass and composition cleaning rod, 3 ebony handled turnscrews, ebony handled chamber brush, 2 pairs of H&H marked gold plated snap caps with horn bodies, and gold plated H&H round oil bottle. PROVENANCE: The Estate of noted CO Springs,CO entrepreneur Larry W. Wiedeman. CONDITION: Excellent, very close to “as new”, with only a few very minor handling and assembly marks in all finishes. Bores are excellent. Mechanically excellent. Case leather is nearly as new, protected by its outer cover, which has some light scuffs and marks in leather. Interior is excellent. Accessories are excellent. An incredible over-the-top pair of guns. 53046-1 MGM (125,000-175,000) – Lot 1185
*WONDERFUL PAIR OF SELF-OPENING SINGLE TRIGGER SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME SHOTGUNS BY JAMES PURDEY WITH MAGNIFICENT GOLD INLAID BIRDS AND METICULOUS SCROLL BY MARCUS HUNT, WITH CASE.
SN 28533/28534. (1982) Cal. 12 ga. 28″ Chopper lump bbls with slightly raised matted game ribs gold inlaid “1” or “2” on breech ends, denoting a pair, are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons Audley House, South Audley Street, London England.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with 1985 London nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs and bottoms of left bbls with bbl makers initials “PS”. Tube nos. “74441” and “74442” are on loop of gun “1”, and “74443” and “74444” are on gun “2”. Case hardened self-opening sidelock actions feature automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), disc set strikers, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and single non-selective triggers. Actions and lockplates are engraved with Purdey house style small rose and scroll bouquets interrupted by and surrounding superbly detailed semi-relief renderings in gold of scenes of birds in flight. A pair of gold woodcock are flying through gold alder branches and leaves on left lockplate of gun “1”, with group of doves rising from trees on right. Bottom of action portrays a woodcock nestled in leaf litter. Gun “2” has trio of mallards settling into marsh on left, and covey of bobwhite quail taking wing on right. A woodcock settles down through branches on bottom of this action. The superbly cut scroll and fine game scenes are by Marcus Hunt, accomplished son of all time great Ken Hunt. His signature is at the bottom of each game scene. Small bow trigger guards have SNs in gold on tangs, which extend to horn grip caps. Well marbled and nicely figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstocks measure 15-3/4″ over checkered wood butts, and feature classic styling with well executed drop points and point pattern checkering at grips. Toe lines have individual gold initials “D D” inlet. Matching splinter ejector forends have Anson releases, and are not stamped with actioners initials. Gun “1”: Bore diameter: left -.728, right – .726. Bore restrictions: left – .025 (mod), right – .017 (lt mod). Wall thickness: left – .030, right – .034. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Cast: approx 1/4 off. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 15-3/4″. Gun “2”: Bore diameter: left -.728, right – .727. Bore restrictions: left – .022 (mod), right – .017 (lt mod). Wall thickness: left – .032, right – .031. Drop at heel: 2-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Cast: approx 5/8 off. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 15-3/4″. Guns are housed in brown leather two gun motor case with stitched leather corners lined in burgundy cloth, with Purdey gold embossed label in lid. Also there is a charge card for these particular guns in lid. Case contains square oil bottle still in its wrapper. CONDITION: Excellent, with evidence of fairly light field use. Gun “2” may show a bit more handling, but well over 95% finishes remain on metal parts, with some marks and dings on stocks. Bores are excellent. Mechanically excellent. Case has a few scuffs and marks in leather. Straps and handle are fine. Interior cloth is very fine. Label is excellent. 53052-8 MGM (40,000-60,000) – Lot 1196
*SIMPLY EXQUISITE, PETITE PAIR OF FINELY CRAFTED, BEAUTIFULLY ENGRAVED AND GOLD INLAID .410 BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR LIGHT GAME SHOTGUNS BY JOHN WILKES WITH CASE.
SN 15300/ 15301. (1994) Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. These superb little guns have 26″ chopper lump bbls gold inlaid “John Wilkes” and engraved “79 Beak Street. London. W.1.” on narrow swamped game ribs. They are also gold inlaid “1” and “2” denoting a true pair. These gold numbers also appear on top levers and forend tips. Bbl flats are stamped with 1994 London nitro proofs for 3″ chambers. Scaled down (.85″ between firing pin holes) actions are case hardened and stocked to the fences, and feature automatic safeties (SAFE inlaid in gold), gold band tumbler end cocking indicators and dbl triggers. Actions and lockplates are engraved with incredibly well detailed relief sculpted large open acanthus scroll with some strapwork highlights, in beautifully shaded background. This superb work surrounds relief carved scenes of gamebirds on lockplates, major subjects are gold inlaid in full relief and have lifelike detailing. The themes are different on each gun with gun “1” commemorating quail; bobwhite on left lock erupting out of thicket, and Gambels quail on the right flushing into open with mountainous background. Bottom of action has 2-color gold rendition of pointer retrieving Gambel’s quail. Gun “2” with grouse as theme, with gray partridge in dramatic dense woodlands on left side, and trio of red grouse blasting out of the heather on right. Bottom of action depicts a portrait of a spaniel retrieving partridge. (No engravers signature is found, but this is most likely the top quality work of Craig Whitsey, long time engraver and gunmaker, present proprietor of John Wilkes.) Single beaded trigger guards have matching scroll and SNs in gold on tangs. Pretty well matched straight grip buttstocks of burl and stump European walnut, measure 15-1/4″ over checkered wood butts, and feature standard drop points, point pattern grip checkering and vacant gold ovals. Small splinter ejector forends with Anson releases are engraved “Made for Bartlett Burnap” on irons. Gun “1”: Bore diameter at muzzles: left -.368, right – .377. Bore restrictions: left (full), right – (mod). Drop at heel: 2-1/16″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Cast: approx 1/2 off. Weight: 4 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 15-1/4″. Gun “2”: Bore diameter at muzzles: left -.387, right – .396. Bore restrictions: left – full, right – mod. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-5/16″. Cast: neutral. Weight: 4 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 15-1/4″. High quality tan leather two gun case with stitched leather corners, is lined in burgundy cloth, and has Wilkes Beak Street gold embossed black leather label in lid. Case contains one piece of a composition and brass 2-pc cleaning rod, two horn handled turnscrews, and two gold plated oil bottles starburst engraved (one marked “John Wilkes London” on top, the other “Lubricant”). CONDITION: Excellent, very close to new, with only a few small marks and dings in metal finishes, most notably four knocks about 12″ back on muzzles on right bbl of gun “2”. Both guns show some light scratches in wood. Bores are excellent. Mechanically excellent. Case leather has only a few light marks. Interior is excellent. 53052-10 MGM (40,000-60,000) – Lot 1221
*EXCEEDINGLY RARE PARKER CHE 28 GAUGE SKEET SHOTGUN.
SN 242219. Cal. 28 ga. 28″ ventilated rib fluid steel bbl with ivory front bead. 00 frame with bbl flats marked with SN, “SKEET IN/SKEET OUT” and un-struck bbl weight of 3 lbs 2 ozs. Left side of bbl lugs marked “C GRADE 28 GA/FOR 2 7/8″ SHELLS”. Proper reinforced forend lug. Nickel plated Parker single selective triggers, Automatic ejectors, non-auto safety. Buttstock is checkered in typical late Remington pattern with unusual semi-capped pistol grip and is of flame grained American walnut, with 13-3/8″ LOP from rear position single trigger over original engraved skeleton buttplate. Silver oval near toe. Beaver tail forearm with engraved Deeley release checkered in standard CHE pattern. Action is fabulously engraved likely by Runge, with scroll engraving on sides with setter on point on left side and pointer on point on right. Bottom of action with flying pheasant in wood scene surrounded by well-cut Runge executed scroll engraving and marked “PARKER” on bottom surrounded by more scroll. Fences are scroll engraved as is top lever which has proper cyanide case hardening. Trigger guard with burst of scroll at bow framed with zig-zag border pattern and finishing with scroll engraving, SN in wave and scroll pattern at tang. Bore diameter: left – .552, right – .552. Bore restrictions: left – .003 right – .002. Wall thickness: left – .035, right – .032. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs 11 ozs. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain nearly all of the factory blue likely having been restored by Remington a few years after manufacture (overload proof stampings have been hand engraved). Buttstock and forearm are extremely fine as restored, likely during its very early life. Checkering appears factory and quite crisp and there is almost no doubt that the work done to the wood and bbls was performed by Remington. Action retains virtually all of its late Remington case color which is bold and vivid. Top lever is cyanide case colored, as is forearm iron which is proper for an Ilion mark gun of this vintage. Trigger guard retains approximately 90% original blue starting to flake on bow and with minor toning at grip. Bores are brilliant and shiny and breechface appears with only minor ejector scrapes. This gun has seen very little use. Mechanics are crisp. Unquestionably the finest CHE 28 ga skeet gun we have ever offered and one of only 3 or 4 Parkers ever made in this configuration. According to the Parker story there were only 5 “C” grades made with 28″ Acme bbls. A fabulous investment opportunity for an American sporting shotgun collector. 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. 52920-6 JSL (75,000-110,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1293
*SUPERB ALL ORIGINAL PARKER GHE 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN WITH FACTORY LETTER.
SN 217874. Cal. 28 ga. 26″ Special Steel bbls. No. 00 frame. 2-3/4″ chambers. Full length matted top rib with steel front bead. Automatic ejectors, automatic safety, original mid position Parker single selective trigger. Capped pistol grip buttstock, checkered in 3-pt pattern with nickel shield near toe, with 13-1/2″ LOP over original Parker Bros. DHBP. Splinter forearm checkered in standard G grade pattern with engraved Deeley release and engraved steel tip. Action is engraved in typical G grade pattern with two pheasants on right in field scene, two ducks on left in marsh scene and engraved “PARKER BROS” at top of oval game scenes. Bottom of action with two pheasants in circle with light scroll border. Trigger guard with small burst of scroll at bow and SN with wavy floral pattern. All visible SNs match. Bore diameter: left – .557, right –.558. Bore restrictions: left –020 (full), right – .011 (mod). Wall thickness: left –.025 , right – .023. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 5 lbs, 10 ozs. Accompanied by PGCA Research letter which confirms this gun in all aspects. CONDITION: Very fine and collector quality. Bbls retain 98%+ crisp original blued finish with original strike marks still present on breech ends. Buttstock and forearm are very fine with scattered handling marks and light scratches, particularly on left side of butt towards buttplate and a couple of minor impressions on right side of forearm towards frame. Action retains more than 90% of its original case hardened finish with some light losses on trigger plate and beginning thinning on bottom of frame. Color on breech balls have thinned. Trigger guard retains about 30% of its original blue, mostly flaked from storage, not from use. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bores. According to the Parker story there were only 64 “G” grades made in 28 gauge with 26″ bbls.Absolutely an as found high original condition small bore Parker worthy of serious consideration by the most advanced collectors. 52920-1 JSL (30,000-50,000) C&R – Lot 1294
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
VERY RARE SHORT BARREL COLT #2 BELT MODEL PATERSON REVOLVER.
SN 486. Cal. .34. Rare Paterson with 3-1/16″ oct bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “Patent Arms M’g Co Paterson N-J Colt’s Pt” address with small bow ties at each end. Cyl has five chambers with the centaur scene roll marking. Grip frame is straight style with 1-pc nicely figured walnut grip. SN 486 was observed on rear face of bbl lug, rear face of cyl, rotating ring, trigger, bottom of grip. According to various publications there were about 850 Belt Model Paterson revolvers produced 1837-1840 with those SNs shared by both the No. 2 and No. 3 revolvers. Any Paterson is a collector’s prize. They have been valuable since before, during and after the Great Depression, even in the 1950s they sold for hundreds of dollars. The short bbl #2 Belt apart from its rarity is a more than acceptable specimen. CONDITION: Gun retains much of what appears to be much of an old refinish, possibly factory. Bbl markings are still clear and cyl scene is fully visible and excellent for a Paterson. Figured walnut grips retain considerable traces of factory varnish. Wedge is numbered 94 although is an orig Paterson part. Bore is very good and will clean better. Mechanics are excellent. 53084-1 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1393
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
VERY FINE HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER W/FACTORY LETTER.
SN 48131. Cal. 45. 7-1/2″ bbl. Standard configuration, blue/case hardened arsenal finish. All matching SN Colt Cavalry SAA inspected by Henry Nettleton. Grips have matching SN inked inside with 1878 cartouche and H.N. inspectors mark. This is one of the orig bbl length Nettleton’s that was refurbished for the cavalry at the Springfield Arsenal and is a very fine example of these rare U.S. Martial revolvers. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter confirming configuration and delivery to the U.S. Government Inspector at Colt Plant on July 17, 1878 in a 150 gun shipment.Also a letter from noted historian, Larry Wilson, describing the revolver. CONDITION: Excellent overall with all matching numbers. Bbl retaining nearly all of its dull military bluing, ejector rod housing also excellent. Cylinder retaining much orig blue throughout.Backstrap and trigger guard with much orig finish. Feathering visible on backstrap as well as around front sight. Orig grips with very visible cartouches on both sides w/clear date 1878. Trigger with nitre blue. Mirror bore and tight crisp action. One of the better Nettleton’s we have observed. 52881-1 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 1407
*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
*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
FANTASTIC EARLY HOGGSON ENGRAVED AND SILVER-PLATED HENRY RIFLE WITH DELUXE WOOD.
SN 1215. Cal. 44 RF Henry. 24″ bbl with blue finish and two line barrel address. Rear sight is correct with 900 yd set screw elevator. Receiver with full coverage flowing foliate patterns engraved on each side with punch dot background and finely cut borders, a typical feature of Henry factory engraver Samuel J. Hoggson. Left sideplate has an additional spray of flowers from the junction of primary scroll wheels. Matching foliate patterns are engraved on top of receiver and buttplate as well. Buttplate is engraved on tang with silver plating. Fine finished, well-figured stock mounted with sling swivels low on right side of stock and right side of bbl gullet. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine. Receiver retains most of its original silver finish with some thinning at high points and edges. Barrel with strong original blue with balance turning to fine patina. Buttplate retains most of its orig silver plating. Small amount of orig case color on hammer and lever in protected areas. Orig finish on wood would indicate that this rifle saw very little use and handling. Screw heads are mostly untouched with only one damaged screw head. Sharp markings. Bright shiny bore. Mechanics are fine. This splendid example of an early engraved Henry rifle saw little use and was just put away. 53091-5 MS (100,000-150,000) – Lot 2004
SPECTACULAR ENGRAVED AND IDENTIFIED HENRY RIFLE WITH CIVIL WAR SERVICE IN VERY FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION.
SN 7465. Cal. 44 Henry. 24″ oct bbl. Correct rear bbl sight with 900 yd. The frame engraved during the period of use, the left front side with a large eagle clasping olive branches and flags while standing on the American shield, the rear two thirds of the frame engraved with a border of ferns, the panel engraved “F. Hoch” in highly stylized letters over “C.B. 3rd Regt. U.S.V.V”, the front of the right side engraved with a seven pointed star with the same fern borders, the panel with an emblem with an owl perched on a banner reading ‘GUT HEIL” with two fern branches below. Screws all fit well to the frame and wood without any matching numbers. SN indicates that it is too high to have screws numbered to the gun, as this practice was dropped at around 5000. The bottom tang is marked with a small “w” between the latch lever and wood stock screw. Rifle comes equipped with sling swivels mounted on left side of stock with bump below the mounting of the sling swivel. Sling swivel also mounted on left side of bbl. Complete with the rarely found original Henry rifle dust cover: this is a simple wooden block carved out to fit over the bolt and into the frame. The top is covered with a thin brass plate which is engraved in the same style as the frame. A very similarly engraved Henry rifle credited to Lockwood Sanford is illustrated on pg. 35 of The Winchester Book by George Madis. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl has thinned to about 30-40% with remaining blue turning plum. Ample amount of blue in flute of mag and bbl connection. Blue blends in well with bbl itself. Address is crisp and sharp with a very light age patina around the rear sight. All screw heads show evidence of being removed but are still in serviceable condition. Bright shiny bore, rating a 9 on a scale of 1-10. The frame and buttplate are fine with a clear coat of substance to protect the brass. Hammer is crisp with faint case colors. Lever is mostly dark patina with trigger a slate grey color. Varnish finished walnut stock is very fine with no gouges, cracks or missing slivers of wood. The left wrist has original small block letter marking “A.W.M”. The dust cover is in fine condition with crisp engraving. Buttplate fits extremely well with no gouges in that area. Rifle cycles correctly. Mechanics are fine and bore is bright and shiny. This is a very fine 2nd model Henry that has seen very little use. The 3rd Regiment of U.S. Veteran Volunteers has a rich Civil War history and many were ‘Galvanized Yankees’. Serious research will elevate the already high status of this wonderful Henry. 53091-9 MS (60,000-80,000) – Lot 2008
POSSIBLY CONRAD ULRICH’S GREATEST MASTERPIECE AND A LEGENDARY WINCHESTER COLLECTOR’S ICON FOR NEARLY HALF A CENTURY IS THE MAGNIFICENT GILDED HIGH RELIEF ENGRAVED AND FULLY SIGNED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
SN 79994. Cal.44 Henry. 24″ octagon bbl with gold plated with blue finish on other metal parts. Uncheckered wood deluxe highly figured walnut stock. This is a extraordinary exhibition Winchester model 1866 lever action rifle manufactured in 1870 and superbly engraved (signed under lever) by the master of the Winchester engraving shop Conrad F. Ulrich. This rifle is shown on the dust jacket and front piece of the 1975 edition of The Book of Winchester Engraving by R.L Wilson. Pages 103-106 of this book contain a full description and eight illustrations of this magnificent work of art rifle, including a multi-page color foldout. The description states that this rifle is considered to be one of Conrad Ulrich’s masterpieces. This most artistic and extraordinary 1866 was the pride of iconic Connecticut collector Jonathan M. Peck and illustrated on pages 30 and 31 of the Texas Arms Manual. The rifle has a very rare blued and engraved octagonal barrel, full-length magazine and lever with a nitre blue loading gate. The hammer and trigger are color case hardened. The brass forearm, nose cap, frame and crescent buttplate have a gold washed finish. The stock and forearm are select fancy grained walnut with high polish piano finish. The barrel is fitted with a globe front sight and the standard model 1866 folding leaf rear sight with 1,000 yard center notch and elevation bar retaining screw at the top of the leaf. A folding leaf peep sight is mounted on the tang. The forearm cap and stock have factory sling swivels. The top of the barrel is roll stamped with the two-line legend “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT.-KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866, OCTOBER 16.1860.” in an oval panel with engraved borders ahead of the rear sight. The serial number “79994” is located behind the trigger in an engraved panel. The lower tang is stamped “C.F. ULRICH” in a tiny rectangle, with “L.C.”as an overstrike. The rifle frame is profusely relief-engraved. The focus of the engraving are two standing nude female figures in relief panel on either side of the frame and three highly detailed game scenes. R.L. Wilson notes that the engraving on this rifle differs dramatically from the typical Winchester scroll and game scene engraving. He states that nude figures are rarely found on engraved arms from the Victorian era. The archways which frame the nudes and the use of geometric borders are of the greatest rarity. The nudes are based on the most famous sculpture of the mid-19th century, “The Greek Slave” by famed sculptor Hiram powers completed in 1844. This magnificent work of art held symbolic meaning for American abolitionists and inspired innumerable poems and essays. Ulrich’s use of Power’s sculpture to decorate this rifle raises it to the level of high art far above almost any other decorated firearms. The game scene on the left side of the frame depicts five running deer in the forest and in a panel with escalloped borders. The scene captures the fluid lines of animals in motion against a finely detailed forest backdrop of trees and ferns. The right side of the receiver features two game scenes. The first scene depicts a buck, doe and fawn at rest near a forest stream in a circle with escalloped borders. A second smaller scene behind the first depicts a seated hound in a circle with escalloped borders. Six horizontal geometric designs frame the loading gate and six vertical geometric designs separate Ulrich’s version of Power’s “Greek Slave” from the game scene on the left side of the frame. Smaller geometric ovals form part of the border at the front of the receiver and back of the forearm cap. The underside of the tang and the top of the buttplate heel are also engraved with relief scrollwork. The barrel is decorated with flowing scrollwork on a punch dot background. The engraving extends from the receiver along the top and sides of the barrel for six inches, on the sides of the barrel for several inches near the forearm cap and on the top and sides of the barrel for about 4″ behind the muzzle. Conrad Friedrich Ulrich began his engraving career with Colt and served his engraving apprenticeship primarily under the renowned Gustave Young. Serial 79994 is regarded as the finest and best known of all engraved 1866 Winchester rifles. The combination of a relatively early production Model 1866 rifle, special order features, distinctive and flawlessly executed engraving by one of the 19th Century American master engravers. Dramatic bright fire gilt finish and outstanding condition make this rifle one of the finest of all engraved Winchesters. PROVENANCE: Jonathan M. Peck 1971: Arlen L. McCroskie 1975; The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Extremely fine. The rifle is in outstanding original condition and retains 98% of the original blue and gold washed finish. The barrel and magazine retain nearly all of the high polish blue finish. The engraving and barrel legend are extremely crisp. The loading gate has more than 95% of the fiery nitre blue finish intact. Nearly all of the gold washed finish remains on the forearm cap, frame and buttplate with very minor handling wear on high points. The highly detailed engraving on the frame, forearm cap and buttplate is deep and extremely sharp. The highly figured fancy deluxe figured walnut stock and forearm are both excellent; nearly all of the oiled piano finish is present, with few extremely minor handling and storage marks. The hammer and trigger retain nearly all of the muted case colors. Action is excellent. Bore bright and shiny. This magnificent Conrad Ulrich Engraved Model 1866 rifle is the ultimate engraved Model 1866 Winchester rifle, and the finest we have ever offered. It is a collection in itself and one of the most famous of all Winchesters. As a work of 19th Century art it transcends the fact it is a firearms and its interpretation of Power’s “Greek Slave” sculpture makes it worthy of display alongside one of Hiram Powers’ sculptures or the finest American 19th Century paintings. The fortunate purchaser of this splendid rifle will own an ‘American Winchester Legend’. 53091-88 (175,000-275,000) – Lot 2010