Julia’s October Sale Billed as “Firearms Auction Extraordinaire!”

James D. Julia’s October 6th and 7th 2009 Firearms auction was indeed an auction extraordinaire by any measure. This historic event included one of the finest arrays of firearms to come to auction in many years. Whether you measure by quality, diversity, rarity, or value, this was an auction of note. The consignors themselves read like a who’s who of the gun world. Included were numerous members of the prestigious Society of American Arms Collectors such as Dr. Joseph Murphy, Ted Knee, Fred Edmunds, Peter Wainwright, and Chip Beckford. Other notable collections and estates included the long-time collection of Springfield rifles amassed by Carl Metz, the renowned William H. Osborn, II collection of important Confederate swords, the Herbert G. Wellington, Jr. collection of Winchesters and much more. For the last six years, Julia’s Firearms Auctions have averaged over $10 million dollars each, an accomplishment never attained by any other auction facility in the world. Despite weakness in the world economy and the impact its had on the collecting fraternity, the auction still grossed over $11 million dollars for 840 lots. The average sale price per lot realized was $13,140. The total low estimate for the items sold was $9,200,000; thus realizing 20% over the catalog low estimate. The auction facility was filled both days with collectors and dealers from all North America and across the world.

Tuesday October 6th began with a small choice grouping of Class III’s. Lot 1002, a historic Russian AK-47 taken from a dead Viet Cong fighter after the famous Tet Offensive battle at the U.S. embassy, was estimated at $30,000 to $50,000, and went out after spirited bidding at $92,000. A British Bren Mark I pre-86 dealer sample estimated at $6,500 to $9,500 brought $12,809, and a Solothurn A. G. S18-1000 carried a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 to $20,000 and sold just above the high estimate at $20,700. U.S. military items were well-represented and included great rarities. A rare M1898 Krag rifle with Parkhurst stripper clip loading attachment came directly from the renowned collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wainwright. Estimated at $12,000 to $20,000 it went out almost at high estimate selling for $19,500. Also from the Wainwright collection was an extremely rare Springfield M1903 Air Service Rifle estimated at $15,000 to $25,000 which went out at $32,750. A rare Springfield M1903 with ramrod bayonet coming from the Carl Metz collection was estimated at $15,000 to $30,000 and sold for $18,400. The top military item of the day was a 1903 Mark 1 with original Pedersen device and two magazines. It blew way above the $27,500 to $37,500 estimate, selling for $57,500. Another ultra-rare item was a Remington M1917 Mark II—the only 1917 rifle cut with complete and unique Pedersen device. This again came from the Wainwright collection and was estimated at $30,000 to $50,000. It sold at dead center of the estimate when it realized $40,250. A USMC Remington 700 M40A1 sniper rifle with proper USMC scope coming from the Carl Metz collection carried a $5,500 to $9,000 estimate, but went off at $20,250. A number of Colt semi-automatic pistols were offered.

A 1900 Army first contract pistol estimated at $12,000 to $15,000 sold for $20,250. A small group of arms consigned by the widow of the famous actor Lee Marvin included an inscribed, cased, Stoeger Luger semi-automatic pistol, which had been presented to Lee Marvin at the time that he did the movie “Gorky Park.” It carried a pre-sale estimate of $500 to $2,500, and went out at $2,875. Another lot, a Colt 1911 military Pistol was estimated at $1,000 to $2,000, and sold for $3,220. Marvin, an on-screen macho action actor often portrayed heroes in military movies. But unlike most of the actors who pretended to be war heroes, Marvin was, in actuality, a war hero: a U.S. Marine during WWII. He fought in the Pacific theater and was badly wounded near the end of the war; and, after returning home, later became involved in film.

The next category was high art and Best Quality side-by-side shotguns and sporting rifles. In recent years, the Julia firm has become the leading seller of quality side-by-sides in the world. In this fall’s offering was the finest ever presented by the Julia firm. A James Purdey 20 bore best quality sidelock ejector game gun with case carried a pre-sale estimate of $32,500 to $42,500 and sold for $54,600. An exceedingly rare and important James Purdey double flint shotgun carried a pre-sale estimate of $50,000 to $70,000 and went out at $69,000. A J & W Tolley four bore hammer ball and shotgun with case was estimated at $22,500 to $27,500 and sold for $46,000. A pair of Abbiatico and Salvinelli over under Jorema Royal heavy game guns with extra barrels realized $32,500. An extremely fine Bertuzzi Zeus extra Lusso engraved by Muffolini with case caliber 20 gauge realized $37,500. An incredible Dassa engraved Bertuzzi sidelock two-barrel set with gold inlays were estimated at $37,500 to $47,500 brought $40,250. A Pedretti engraved F’lli Piotti Monaco #3 extra .410 sidelock game gun estimated $50,000 to $85,000 sold for just under $55,000. A highly embellished gold inlaid Prussian Charles Daly Regent Diamond Quality single barrel trap gun, estimated at $17,500 to $22,500, brought $23,000. A beautiful J. Purdey extra finish sidelock ejector single trigger shotgun with extra barrels in 12 gauge having beautiful gold inlays realized $46,000. Another fine Purdey with extra finish sidelock ejector gun in 12 gauge estimated at $30,000 to $40,000 brought mid-estimate at $34,500. An inspired and spectacular Flohimont engraved Purdey self-opening sidelock ejector 20 bore realized $113,850. A Purdey best sidelock single trigger over under shotgun in 12 gauge realized $60,375 and a very fine Purdey over under sidelock ejector single trigger heavy game gun in 12 gauge also realized $60,000. A particularly artistic and exceedingly well-decorated four-color gold inlaid Westley Richards 28 bore game gun with case and accessories sold for $52,500. Included with the shotguns, were some early English flint shotguns and pistols including a Joseph Manton double flint game gun with original case estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 realized $28,750, a spectacular cased Joseph Manton flintlock dueling pistols estimated at $30,000 to $40,000 finally stopped at $63,250. A Holland & Holland Royal hammerless double rifle made for Maharajah Ganga Singh of Bikaner sold for $32,000. A beautiful Kent Hunt engraved Westley Richards double rifle in .22 high power caliber, estimated at $25,000 to $40,000 sold mid-estimate at $30,500. One of the most exciting sporting arms sales of the day was the exceptional fine Hartmann and Weiss takedown magazine rifle with a scope and case. Having beautiful gold inlays, it drew a great deal of attention during the pre-sale with an estimate of $35,000 to $50,000; and a significant bidding battle ensued, resulting in the final sale price of $74,000.

Offered shortly after the European sporting guns was a small group of target rifles. A Marlin Ballard No. 8 Union Hill single shot target rifle realized $10,350. There were a number of successes in American shotguns, an outstanding L.C. Smith premier grade cased two barrel gun set in 20 gauge estimated at $27,500 to $37,500 went out at $52,000, included were an outstanding array of Parker shotguns, many of which came from the noted collection of Doctor David Rozier. A very rare Parker A-1 special realized $86,250. Another of Dr. Rozier’s collection was a late Remington Parker AAHE in 12 gauge, which sold for $63,250. A Parker CHE 12 gauge which had been presented to the Connecticut speaker of the House of Representatives Elbert L. Darbie, carried a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 to $20,000 and sold for $23,000. A restored Parker AHE 20 gauge estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 sold for just under $21,000. A beautiful restored Parker AAHE two-barrel set in 12 gauge estimated at $27,000 went out at $30,000. A very rare late Parker GHE small bore 410 gauge also from Dr. Rozier’s collection, carried a pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $40,000 and went out at $33,350. An extremely scarce Ithaca classic double superlative grade 2-barrel set including 20 and 16 gauge estimated at $27,500 to $37,500 and sold at $34,000. A stunning CSM AH Fox FE special in 410 sold at $19,000. Also included in the high-art sporting rifles was an incredible set of 3 Nick Kusmit Factory engraved gold inlaid Winchester Model 61 pump rifles with deluxe carved wood. In essentially new condition with boxes, it was estimated for $60,000 to $80,000 and sold mid-estimate for $69,000. An incredible special order Winchester Model 21 Grand American 28 and 410 gauge set was estimated at $70,000 to $90,000 and went out at $75,000. A rare Winchester Model 20 junior trap shooting set in 410 gauge complete and originally in the Eldon Owens collection, carried a pre-sale estimate of $9,000 to $13,000 and realized $11,500. Completing the first day’s auction was the H.G. Wellington, Jr. collection of Winchester Rifles. Shortly after the collection was consigned, gun co-department head Wes Dillon examined the two prizes of the collection, a Winchester 76 lever action and a Winchester 73, both with extraordinary engravings and rare bold gold inlaid initials “AR”. Dillon suspected the guns had to have been made for someone special and after a period of research came up with the possibility of Col. Archibald Rogers who was known to have ordered two such special rifles. At this point, he contacted the heirs of the Wellington estate and asked if the family knew where their father had acquired these particular guns, and the answer coincided with what Wes had already discovered. Mr. Wellington bought them from a member of the Rogers family in New York. Col. Archibald Rogers was a conservationist, philanthropist, very successful businessman, and personal friend of Theodore Roosevelt. Together, they spent much time hunting and in the summer of 1881 and they both ordered nearly identical Winchester Model 76 rifles. Rogers also ordered a Model 73 at that time. The 76 was first ordered with a 50 express caliber barrel, as was Teddy Roosevelt’s. Both sportsmen later realized that the 50 caliber was much more than what was needed for any North American game and furthermore the kick from the 50 caliber express was excessive. Shortly thereafter, both Roger and Roosevelt changed to caliber 45-75. Later, Rogers and Roosevelt were founding members and officers of the renowned and much esteemed Boone and Crockett Club. The rarity, condition and artistry of the guns, together with the historical aspect, drove the final sale price far above pre-estimate of $50,000 to $125,000. The Model 76 eventually sold for just under $190,000 and the Model 73 at $126,500. The other Wellington guns offered included a factory engraved Winchester Model 94 Deluxe take down in caliber 25-35 estimated at $8,000 to $12,000 and brought just under $17,000. Factory engraved Winchester Model 87 lever action shotgun estimated at $3,000 – $5,000 went off at $11,000. A small group of Superb Winchester 22 caliber’s included an 1890 2nd model with brilliant case coloring estimated at $6,000 to $10,000 sold for $8,000.

The second day continued with Winchester rifles. An outstanding Winchester Model 92 16” trapper realized $17,500 and a scarce Model 92 take down short rifle from the Ted Knee collection estimated at $6,000 to $10,000 brought $8,600. An outstanding Winchester Model 86 deluxe 45-70 with beautiful case colors sold for $40,250. An outstanding Model 76 deluxe in cal. 45-60 with nice case hardening estimated at $30,000 to $40,000 sold for $46,000. A rare 76 open-top estimated at $8,000 to $12,000 finally went out at $17,250. A 76 saddle ring carbine estimated at $7,000 to $10,000 realized $11,500 and a beautiful Nimschke engraved Henry marked 2nd Model 66 SRC estimated at $40,000 to $60,000 brought just about mid-range at $46,000. An engraved Winchester 1866 from the Ted Knee collection estimated at $15,000 to $25,000 went out at $21,850. And a Henry lever action engraved from the same collection estimated at $35,000 to $50,000 realized just over $40,000. An early New Haven Arms Volcanic No. 1 pistol estimated at $6,000 to $10,000 from Knee’s collection went out at $16,100.

Immediately after the conclusion of the Winchesters, the auction began Phase 2 of the renowned Doc Murphy Colt collection. Doc Murphy’s collection based on quality, rarity, condition and value, is considered to the finest firearms collection ever offered at auction. Julia’s had divided the collection into multiple sessions. The first session held in March of this year was an outstanding success and so there was great anticipation for the second session. This time included a Texas Patterson No. 5 revolver with 9” octagon barrel in which the final sale price was $288,000. Strong prices continued throughout the Murphy offering, an extremely rare cased 1st model dragoon, realized $230,000. An extraordinary cased civilian 2nd model dragoon percussion revolver, sold for $178,000. An extraordinary and spectacular cased engraved pair of Colt 1862 Police percussion revolvers realized $288,000. Immediately after a rare cased engraved Model 1860 Army sold for $104,000. The highlight of the day for the Murphy collection was an extraordinarily rare paneled scene engraved Colt single action from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in exquisite condition estimated at $250,000 to $450,000 sold mid-estimate at $345,000. An extraordinary presentation book cased engraved Colt Model 1849 in exquisite condition brought $178,250. An extraordinarily rare cased engraved exhibition quality Colt Model 1862 police percussion sold for $166,750. A superb cased unfired civilian Model 1860 army, estimated at $50,000 to $75,000 shot way above its high estimate to $92,000. A rare engraved Colt open top estimated at $9,000 to $16,000 did almost high estimate at $15,500. Also included was a wonderful late model Howard Dove engraved Colt 2nd generation army revolver with exquisite gold inlays estimated at $12,000 to $16,000. It sold just above high estimate for $16,100. A rare cased engraved Smith and Wesson 32 double action estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 went out at $18,400. Also from the Murphy Collection was a 1902 commercial military semi-auto pistol 38 caliber in outstanding condition estimated at $6,000 to $9,000 sold above high estimate for $10,300.

Quality Colts were not restricted to the Murphy Collection. A number of wonderful Colts were offered including a spectacular Cuno Helfricht engraved single action 45 caliber revolver. The consignor brought it in a few weeks prior to the cataloging and wanted to know if it had any collectible value. He was delighted with a conservative pre-sale estimate of $25,000 but was later astounded with the results of ferocious bidding battle between many enthusiastic potential buyers. The final price was $86,250. A pair of factory engraved Colt single action army revolvers inscribed Alfonse Malin had been purchased by the consignor a few months prior to the auction through an online gun auction. At this sale the pair brought nearly four times the original purchase price at the online auction, when it sold for $26,400. A rare 1st series fluted frame Colt Sheriff’s Model single action, estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 sold almost at high estimate at $19,500. A rare 1st Model 1855 Colt percussion revolving carbine at one time in the U.S. Cartridge Collection and in excellent condition from the Jim Eplen Collection carried a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 to $25,000 and sold mid-estimate at $20,000. Another scare Colt half stock revolving percussion sporting rifle from the Eplen collection realized $23,000. An extremely rare cased Colt 3rd Model dragoon in outstanding condition still exhibiting some of its case hardening realized $138,000. A pair of outstanding Colt cased Model 1851 Navy’s estimated at $50,000 to $70,000 sold at $50,600. A fantastic cased Colt Model 2 percussion revolver estimated at $18,000 to $22,000 went out at $27,600. And a rare cased Model 62 police percussion that was part of the Colt Archive Collection and in outstanding condition carried a pre-sale estimate of $16,500 to $22,500 and finally sold at $25,300. Scarce Colt Model 1871/72 open top estimated at $7,500 to $12,500 sold for $17,250. A rare deluxe engraved gold inlaid Marlin Model 1893 takedown short rifle, realized $48,300. An extremely fine Remington Model 1875 single action revolver estimated at $16,500 to $22,500 went out at $19,500. In the late 19th century for personal protection, one couldn’t beat a rare Belgian Apache Knuckleduster DA revolver. The 6-shot revolver included a retractable knife, and the grips consisted of a set of brass knuckles. This piece estimated at $7,000 to $9,000 went out at $16,000. A fine inscribed cased pair of Remington New Model army revolvers estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 from the Peter Wainwright Collection went out at $16,000. An extraordinary cased pair of unique Franz Ulrich percussion target pistols with exquisite engraving estimated at $7,500 to $12,500 realized $18,500.

Wes Dillon from the Julia gun department attended one of the major gun shows at which a potential client approached him with an extremely rare and extraordinary pair of cased royalty quality Manceux percussion target pistols. Each together with their accessories where lavishly encrusted and embellished with gold and engraving. In addition, they were inscribed in French “Given by the King of France to Monsieur Captain Cochran 1843”. The owners had hoped that the set might bring $25,000, but their expectations were greater than tripled. The final sale price on this lavish artistic set was $86,250. One of the most exciting historical finds in many years was a documented Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with holster rig, which at one time belonged to the notorious outlaw Jesse James. The gun and holster rig likely carried by Jesse as a teenager when he rode with Quantrill’s Raiders was given by Jesse’s widow Zerelda immediately after the funeral to lifelong friends Babe and Rufus Hudspeth. The Hudspeths rode with Frank and Jesse James during their years with Quantrill’s Raiders and had grown up in the same general area. The guns descended directly from Babe Hudspeth to the current consignor, an octogenarian who was recently widowed. An affidavit from the consignor attesting to the above information was strong evidence of its history with rare and conclusive evidence affirming the consignor’s statements. On the reverse of the silver belt keeper and buckle of the holster rig, Jesse had scratched his name “Jesse W. James” with the tip of a knife. The much worn inscription matched that of known signatures of the famous outlaw, but what was even more conclusive was the photograph taken of Babe Hudspeth, the new proud owner of the holster rig. Shortly after acquiring the rig, he and a cousin went to Winan’s Photographic Room in Independence, Missouri, and there he stood chest out, head cocked at a jaunty manner, his coat carefully tucked behind the gun, and the other side of his coat held back by his hand which rested on his hip, proudly brandishing this very Colt revolver and the holster with its unique silver buckle, belt keeper and belt tip. The combination of the affidavit, the signature and the period photograph of the rig was a unique set of conclusive proof of ownership and descent rarely encountered in a historic item. The rig sold for $230,000.

Julia’s regularly features outstanding Civil War and Confederate items and this sale included some special offerings. Notable was the collection of swords from the late William H. Osborn, II estate. Bill Osborn, renowned in Confederate circles and an authority on Confederate swords, had amassed a select group of outstanding Confederate swords, some of which were considered to be perhaps the best of their type. One lot, a historic Confederate Field Officer’s sword of Edward Paine, 59th Alabama CSA, made by Louis Haiman, carried a pre-sale estimate of $65,000 to $90,000 and went out at $68,250. A beautiful Confederate Staff and Field Officer’s sword with rare “Fort Hilt” marked Thomas Griswold & Co. New Orleans sold for $46,000. An ultra rare Leech & Rigdon Cavalry Officer’s Saber from Osborn’s Collection brought $43,125.

Another very important Confederate collection offered was that of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Edmunds. The Edmunds had collected Confederate memorabilia for many years and Fred was highly respected as an authority on Confederate Arms. His esteemed collection has always been coveted and some of the items in his collection were the finest examples known. The most exciting lot was a Leech & Rigdon revolver made in Greensboro, Georgia. The provenance together with its great condition warranted a $30,000 to $35,000 estimate but bidding competition shot well through the high estimate and ended up at $63,250. A Dance & Brothers Confederate Revolver, converted to 44 rimfire, sold for $43,125. A rare Augusta, Georgia marked Rigdon & Ansley revolver sold at $40,250 and a Spiller & Burr revolver serial #129, estimated at $25,000 to $30,000 sold just under high estimate at $29,300. A Leech & Rigdon revolver made in Augusta, Georgia in rare condition, also went out at $30,000. And one of the best of his swords offered was a Confederate Staff and Field Officer’s Sword by Leech & Rigdon with fine etched blade. Estimated at $30,000 to $35,000, it sold for $31,600.

In addition to the Edmunds and Osborn Collections there were a number of other fine Confederate and Civil War items. A small group of Civil War Artillery from the Ken Horn Collection was offered as a collection. Estimated for $10,000 to $20,000, it went out at $15,000. Historic cased artillery tools used on the famous Civil War Cannon “Swamp Angel” carried a pre-sale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000 but sold for $7,700. A consecutively numbered pair of Le Mat revolvers were offered; any Confederate used Le Mat revolver is rare, but to find a matched pair is extraordinarily rare. They were estimated at $30,000 to $40,000 and sold just above high estimate for $40,250. A Berdan’s Sharps rifle with bayonet and scabbard from the Peter Wainwright Collection, estimated at $6,000 to $10,000 went out at $9,800. Another scarce Sharps Model 1874 mid-range No. 1 Single shot rifle estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 went out at just over $20,000. A pristine Colt 1861 special model musket from the Jim Eplen Collection, estimated at $8,000 to $12,000 realized just under high estimate at $11,200. A model 1855 US Rifled carbine in spectacular condition estimated at $12,500 to $17,500 sold for $23,000. Exquisite artistically made long rifles, one a flintlock rifle by contemporary maker Will Sater had fine silver wire inlay, carved wood, and silver embellishments. Another was a percussion lavishly carved, engraved, and inlaid with gold and silver by Cecil G. Brooks; each brought $17,250. A beautiful S. Mier full stock Kentucky flintlock rifle with engraved silver embellishments and carved stock carried a pre-sale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000 and went out at $9,200.

In the days prior to the Julia auction, Poulin’s Auction Company, Mr. Julia’s sister and her husband, conducted a 2,000 lot firearms auction consisting of arms in the $5,000 range and below. Their sale generated $1.5 million. Together with $11 million at Julia’s, the total was around $12.5 million for the 5-day session in Fairfield, Maine. Twice a year, the Julia & Poulin auction companies conduct auctions back to back and the results have consistently been the most significant auction event to take place in the world at that time. Despite the tremendous success of the Julia sale, economic times are not the same as they were a year ago. Julia’s prediction that there would be plenty of bargains at the sale proved to be true. In addition, there were items that did not sell. Immediately after the auction, Julia’s posted a listing of things that did not find buyers, and within a week after the auction, a second flurry of activity took place with collectors negotiating offers for unsold items. “This is a buyer’s market today”, stated Jim Julia. “It is an extraordinary time for serious collectors of rare and antique firearms. The auction venue continues to be the most powerful marketing device in the world for offering diverse collections. In an economy where buying is sometimes sluggish, auctions with realistic estimates will produce very positive results and sometimes generate some exciting prices.” Julia’s next firearms auction is scheduled for March 2010, and is destined to include another spectacular array of firearms. Among the numerous items already consigned for that sale is a highly important offering of rare exquisite high-art Nicholas-Noël Boutet flintlock arms. More details about this and future auctions can be had by contacting Julia’s at James D. Julia Inc., 203 Skowhegan Road, Fairfield, ME, 04937, or calling 207-453-7125 or visiting their website at www.jamesdjulia.com.




Rare & important Colt No. 5 holster model Texas Paterson percussion revolver (Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection), sold: $288,000




Extraordinarily rare panel scene engraved Colt Single Action Army revolver from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition & the earliest known factory engraved single action army revolver (Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection). Est: $250,000 – $450,000, sold: $345,000.




Very rare Early New Haven Arms Volcanic No. 1 pocket pistol (Ted Knee Collection). Est: $6,000 – $10,000, sold: $16,100.




Very rare cased Colt Model 1851 London Navy revolver with canteen shoulder stock. Est: $35,000 – $45,000, sold: $40,250.




Spectacular pair of cased Joseph Manton flintlock dueling pistols. Est: $30,000 – $40,000, sold: $63,250.




Extremely rare cased Colt third model dragoon percussion revolver, sold: $138,000.




Leech & Rigdon revolver made in Greensboro, Georgia, an outstanding example from the renowned Fred Edmunds Collection. Est: $30,000 – $35,000, sold: $63,250.




Rare Augusta, Georgia marked Ridgon & Ansley revolver from the renowned Fred Edmunds Collection, sold: $40,250.




Very Rare Dance & Brothers Confederate revolver from the renowned Fred Edmunds Collection, sold: $43,125.




USMC (Remington 700) M40A1 sniper rifle w/ proper USMC scope (Carl Metz Collection). Est: $5,500 – $9,000, sold: $17,250.




incredible set of three Nick Kusmit engraved & gold inlaid Winchester Model 61 pump action rifles with deluxe carved wood, cal 22. Est: $60,000 – $80,000, sold: $69,000




Extremely rare cased Colt 1st Model dragoon percussion revolver (Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection), sold: $230,000.




Extraordinary cased Colt Civilian 2nd Model dragoon percussion revolver (Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection), sold: $178,000.




Extraordinary cased unfired Colt Civilian Model 1860 Army percussion revolver (Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection). Est: $50,000 – $75,000, sold: $92,000.




Engraved Henry lever action repeating rifle cal 44 (Ted Knee Collection). Est: $35,000 – $50,000, sold: $40,250.




Spectacular factory engraved Colt single action army revolver (Ted Knee Collection). Est: $40,000 – $70,000, sold: $71,875.




Rare & extraordinary cased pair of royalty quality Manceaux percussion target pistols inscribed “given by the King of France to Monsieur Captaine Cochran 1843”. Est: $25,000 – $50,000, sold: $86,250.




Russian AK-47 with Secret Service Provenance to Tet Offensive Battle at the American Embassy, Saigon. Est: $30,000 – $50,000, sold: $92,000.




Joseph Manton double flint game gun 16 bore with original case. Est: $15,000 – $20,000, sold: $28,750.




Superlative four color gold inlaid Westley Richards hand detachable lock 28 bore game gun with case and accessories, sold: $60,375.




Awe inspiring and spectacular Flohimont engraved Purdey self-opening sidelock ejector game gun with case, sold $110,000.




Exceptionally fine Hartmann & Weiss takedown magazine rifle with scope and case with exquisite engraving and artistic gold inlay. Est: $35,000 – $50,000, sold: $74,175.




Ultra-rare Remington Model 1917 Mark II, the only 1917 rifle cut for Pedersen device with complete and unique Pedersen device (Peter Wainwright Coll.). Est. $30,000 – $50,000, sold: $40,250




Perhaps one of the most important and exciting recent historical discoveries a Colt 1860 percussion army revolver and holster rig once owned by the notorious outlaw Jesse James, probably carried as a teenager when he was with Quantrill’s Raiders and descended through The Babe Hudspeth Family, brothers in arms and friend of Jesse James. Est: $200,000 – $300,000, sold: $230,000.




As is typical in our current economy, not everything sells at auction, but one considerable surprise was this important shotgun, recently discovered documents affirmed that this BHE Grade Side-by-Side was ordered by Frank Butler, husband of the renown Annie Oakley. The gun ordered in 1903, with special engraved vignettes on each side of the breech depicting the love of his life Annie. The gun carried a pre-sale estimate of $30,000 – $50,000 and was a great surprise to Julia’s when it found no takers. Two years ago, Julia’s would have said there would have been 6 bidders on this lot, and it would have unquestionably flown above the high estimate. It’s just an example of some of the many bargains to be had in this economy, for passionate collectors who are still focused on collecting.




Very rare identified Parker A-1 special 16 gauge side by side shotgun (Dr. David Rozier Collection). Est: $80,000 – $120,000, sold: $86,250.




Exceptional late Remington Parker AAHE 12 gauge side by side shotgun (Dr. David Rozier Collection), sold: $63,000.




Beautifully restored Parker AAHE Grade 12 gauge side-by-side shotgun with two sets of barrels. Est. $27,500-$37,500, sold $30,000




Spectacular Cuno Helfricht engraved single action army revolver in unused condition. Est: $25,000 – $40,000, sold: $86,250.




Extraordinary deluxe John Ulrich engraved Winchester Model 1876 lever action rifle, identified to famed sportsman Col. Archibald Rogers and long time friend of Theodore Roosevelt (Herbert G. Wellington Jr. Estate). Est: $50,000 – $125,000, sold for nearly $190,000




Extraordinarily rare John Ulrich engraved gold inlaid Winchester 2nd Model 1873 deluxe lever action rifle, identified to famed Sportsman Col. Archibald Rogers and long time friend of Theodore Roosevelt (Herbert G. Wellington Jr. Estate). Est: $50,000 – $125,000, sold: $126,500.




Nimschke engraved Henry marked Winchester 2nd Model 1866 saddle ring carbine cal 44. Est: $40,000 – $60,000, sold: $46,000.




Holland and Holland Royal hammerless double rifle with rounded action bar cal. 500/ 450 Nitro Express. Made for Maharajah Ganga Singh of Bikaner. Est: $35,000 – $50,000, sold $32,200.




J. Purdey extra finish side lock ejector single trigger shotgun 12 gauge with extra barrels, sold: $46,000.




Extremely scarce Ithaca Classic Double Superlative Grade, 2 barrel, in 12 and 16 gauge. Est: $27,500 – $37,500, sold for nearly $34,000




Rare Model 1903 Mark I bolt action rifle with original Pedersen device and two magazines. Est: $27,500 – $37,500, sold: $57,500.




Incredible special order Winchester Model 21 Grand American small bore set. Est: $70,000 – $90,000, sold: $75,000




WWII Japanese police sword given to the late actor Lee Marvin by the famous Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. Est $500 – $1,000, sold $3,250




Ultra rare Leech & Rigdon cavalry officer’s saber from the estate of the renowned William H. Osborn, II, sold: $43,125.




Confederate “Fort Hilt” staff and field officer’s sword by Thomas Griswold & Co, New Orleans from the estate of the renowned William H. Osborn, II, sold: $46,000.




Rare and historic Confederate staff and field officer’s sword of Edward Paine, 59th Alabama CSA from the estate of the renowned William H. Osborn, II, sold: $74,750.




J. & W. Tolley four bore hammer ball and shot gun with case. Est: $22,500 – $27,500, sold: $46,000.




James Purdey 20 bore best quality sidelock ejector game gun with original case and accessories. Est: $32,500 – $42,500, sold: $54,600.




Exceedingly rare and important James Purdey 16 bore double flint shotgun. Est: $50,000 – $70,000, sold: $69,000.




Outstanding special order Winchester 1886 deluxe lever action rifle cal 45-70, sold: $40,250.




Outstanding LC Smith Premier Grade 20 gauge cased two barrel set. Est: $27,500 – $37,500, sold: $52,000




Outstanding Winchester 1876 deluxe lever action rifle cal 45-60. Est. 30,000-40,000, sold $46,000




Extraordinary & spectacular cased engraved pair of Colt Model 1862 police percussion revolvers that almost certainly belonged To Maj. Gen. James B. Mcpherson (Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection), sold: $288,000.




Extraordinary presentation book cased engraved Colt Model 1849 pocket percussion revolver (Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection), sold: $178,250.




Extraordinarily rare cased engraved exhibition quality Colt Model 1862 police percussion revolver (Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection), sold: $166,750.