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Auction Description for Amoskeag Auction Co: Auction No. 100 Featuring Fine Collectible Arms
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VIEWING MARCH 10TH - MARCH 28TH Viewing will be available from March 10th through March 28th by appointment, as well as on the day of sale from 7:30am to 10:00am. We do have a few select evenings available for viewing and those times and dates can be obtained by calling our office. Our office is not open for viewing on the weekends. Viewing will not be available once the auction has started.

Auction No. 100 Featuring Fine Collectible Arms

(943 Lots)

by Amoskeag Auction Co


943 lots with images

March 29, 2014

Live Auction

250 Commercial Street #3011

Manchester, NH, 03101 USA

Phone: +1 603-627-7383

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Exceptional Cooper Navy Model Double Action Revolver

Lot 1: Exceptional Cooper Navy Model Double Action Revolver

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Description: serial #14776, .36 cal., 4" octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel retains about 97% original blue, the loss is due to some light flaking near the muzzle on the left side of the barrel and on the left side at the barrel lug. The loading lever and ram retain all their vibrant color case-hardening. The five-shot rebated cylinder retains about 98% original blue, the nipples are immaculate and nearly all the original blue is within the chambers. The frame retains 98% to 99% vibrant color case-hardening, showing a couple very light handling marks from the years; both hammer and trigger show vibrant color case-hardening as well. The grip strap and triggerguard retain 98% plus original silverplate which is tarnishing nicely with age. The smooth one piece walnut grip rates excellent with nearly all its original varnish, it is pencil-numbered "76". Many of the screws show some good fire temper blue, a couple with some very minor slot damage, all of the numbers are matching and the gun is very crisp mechanically. A superb second model Cooper from-which it would be very difficult to upgrade. (36229-569) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Remington Model 1871 Army Rolling Block Pistol

Lot 2: Remington Model 1871 Army Rolling Block Pistol

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Description: 50 CF, 8" round barrel with a mint bore. This is a spectacular pistol. The barrel retains 95% original blue finish with loss due to just a little light thinning. The frame retains 99% brilliant original color case-hardened finish overall. The breechblock and hammer remain nice and bright and the hammer and breechblock pins both retain all of their original fire tempered finish and the frame screws show bright original fire blue. The one piece walnut grip and forend rate excellent plus with virtually all of their original oil finish and a crisp "CRS" cartouche. It would be very difficult to upgrade from this pistol, it is absolutely top shelf. (16451-6) {ANTIQUE}?[Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection]

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Exceptional Merrimack Arms & Manufacturing Southerner Deringer

Lot 3: Exceptional Merrimack Arms & Manufacturing Southerner Deringer

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Description: serial #2451, .41 RF, 2 1/2" octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore showing only some light oxidation or very light pitting at the muzzle. The barrel retains strong 97% original bright blue, the loss is due to some very light freckling, most prominent in the center of the top barrel flat; the bore still showing nearly all its original blue with the exception of the oxidized area at the muzzle. The frame retains a similar amount of a vibrant color case-hardening, toning only very slightly on the backstrap, also with some very sparsely scattered extremely light oxidation staining. Both hammer and trigger still show some nice case colors as well and the barrel screw shows lovely pale temper blue showing a couple tiny flakes in the screw slot. The smooth rosewood grips rate excellent with most of their original varnish showing only some very light wear on the high edges, each is stamp-numbered to the gun. Barrel-to-frame fit is only very slightly loose and the gun is very crisp mechanically and all of the numbers are matching. Really a very lovely Merrimack Arms & Manufacturing Southerner-marked Deringer which is very likely unfired. (36229-182) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Outstanding J. H. Hubbard Of Ilion Ny Double Percussion Shotgun

Lot 4: Outstanding J. H. Hubbard Of Ilion Ny Double Percussion Shotgun

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Description: 10 bore, 30" damascus barrels with bright excellent bores. The barrels display a beautiful gray and brown pattern showing only some sparse spots of fading color. Hubbard's name and city are engraved into the top rib and there are provisional British proof marks and the initials "CW" stamped under the forestock. Interestingly, "1876" is stamped on each barrel hook and a German silver insert is fitted under the breech face for the breech block to rest upon, probably as an added measure to prevent the stock from cracking at that point. In addition, there is a neat little curved rib on the underside of each barrel which helps to align and hold the stock in place. Each lock is engraved with two standing birds in habitat, the triggerguard shows a dog chasing a rabbit, and there are little flourishes of fine scroll and line borders gracing the remainder of the metal. The locks and hammers exhibit 40 to 50% fading case color and the triggerguard displays a soft slightly mottled pewter patina. The straight grip stock rates about excellent having a few minor dings and small scratches in a strong polished oil finish and both the grip and forestock have extensive and well executed checkering which remains crisp. There is a steel buttplate retaining traces of case color turning pewter providing a length of 14 1/4". In addition, the triggerguard has a nicely chiseled extended finial, the tailpipe is engraved to match, and the cross pin escutcheons are similarly embellished, all of the metal having a pleasing gray patina. Three ramrod thimbles are affixed to the barrels and what appears to be the original ebony ramrod with brass ram is present. There is little information on Hubbard but it might be assumed that he could have been a retailer. This fine gun shows a very high level of attention to detail and quality which would be expected of a British maker and remains in beautiful unaltered condition. (116463-1) {ANTIQUE}

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New York State Three Barrel Percussion Drilling By Frederick Smith

Lot 5: New York State Three Barrel Percussion Drilling By Frederick Smith

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Description: 16 ga. shotgun and .36 caliber percussion, 30" barrels with very good shotgun bores showing some scattered light pitting and a very good-very good plus rifle bore which is mostly bright with some sparsely scattered light oxidation and perhaps a scattered pit here and there. The barrels exhibit a pleasing mottled plum patina showing some very light scattered surface oxidation. The ribs are tight and the smooth with the top rib maker marked "F Smith" engraved in script. The gun is sighted with a simple German silver blade front sight and semi-buckhorn shallow v-notch rear sight. The bar under locks are borderline engraved with "Smith" engraved showing a neat flourish and a small star as the dot atop the letter i. The hammers show light borderline and star engraving and are primarily a plum patina as is the long triggerguard tang, hammer spring/triggerguard and the front triggerplate extension. The underhammer has two neatly checkered panels left and right for ease of cocking. The steel crescent buttplate with long upper tang shows a mottled pewter patina. The American Walnut straight grip stock rates very good having minor scratches over a smooth oil finish showing some very stunning grain figure in the butt. There are a number of old age cracks in the underside of the forend, they are tight and unobtrusive and have clearly been there for a long time. The front trigger fires the rifle barrel first if the rifle hammer is cocked and then a further pull fires the right shotgun barrel; the back trigger fires the left shotgun barrel only. All three hammers work crisply but the half cock does not hold on the left lock. Two ramrods with brass tips are included and appear to be original. The rifle rod has a two inch extension which probably indicates a repair but it is solid; they are mounted in twin iron thimbles on each side of the rifle barrel. Frederick Smith was active in the Fleming - Springport area of New York about 1850 to about 1880. This is a very unique and well made New York State gun which shows what a talented gunsmith could do in the mid 19th c entury. (36432-13) {ANTIQUE}

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Superb Engraved And Cased Early Manhattan Pocket Model Revolver

Lot 6: Superb Engraved And Cased Early Manhattan Pocket Model Revolver

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Description: serial #15, .31 cal, 4" octagon barrel with a bright very good plus to near excellent bore which shows only some scattered light oxidation and light pitting. The barrel on this lovely factory-cased revolver retains about 92% bright original blue, the areas of loss flaked to a light brown patina with toning to pewter on the sharp edges. The barrel flats show about 50% coverage of excellent-quality loose flowing scroll with background punch-dot shading. The loading lever is primarily a smoky pewter case-hardened patina. The early smooth cylinder was made before the application of cylinder scenes and is a flaked faded original blue plum brown patina with some generous traces of original blue in the protected areas. The frame has toned now to a pewter and soft plum with some generous traces of original blue near the root of the triggerguard. The frame flats and top rear of frame behind hammer show nice quality scroll with a small spray on the bow of the guard and sharp edge of the butt. The gun wears a nice pair of period smooth ivory grips which have shrunken uniformly with age and rate very good plus, also showing some length-wise age cracks; they are pencil-numbered to the gun on their interior. The frame, cylinder, barrel, loading lever and wedge are all numbered alike and the gun seems to function well mechanically with tight lockup. The presentation case rates very good with a lightly-moderately warped lid showing one end which was re-glued. The interior burgundy lining has faded primarily to orange and is unquestionably original. The accessories include a Colt-style eagle and star pattern flask. The flask features common top with fixed charger and has tight seams around its periphery and retains much original lacquer. There is an unmarked dual-cavity bullet mould showing some remnants of original blue with toning to brown and pewter, the mould cavities are very good. There is an antique japanned tin of caps and a combination nipple wrench screwdriver. An assortment of projectiles is included as well as a key which does not operate the lock. The gun was featured in a "Man at Arms" Roll of Honor center spread, a blown-up copy of that image is included, which edition is uncertain. Really a wonderful, very early Manhattan pocket model revolver perhaps made for a company official or important retailer. (36229-547) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Fantastic Remington Over-Under Deringer With Original Box

Lot 7: Fantastic Remington Over-Under Deringer With Original Box

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Description: serial #99128, 41 RF, 3" barrels with as-new, likely unfired, bores. The metal surfaces retain about 98 to near 99% original blue finish. The loss is due to a few very superficial scratches or extremely light high edge wear in a spot or two, most notably a 3/4" very light scratch on the left side of the upper barrel. There is a minor freckle here and there of light oxidation but it is very unobtrusive. The barrel release lever, trigger, screws and hammer show excellent original fire blue. The checkered hard rubber grips rate excellent. The gun comes in what is likely its original box with a blued steel one piece cleaning rod which is likely original. The press-board box features stapled corners and has a Remington Arms Company Inc. end label with the red Remington UMC ball, now faded and only partially visible. The gun locks up tight and functions well mechanically. Interestingly the very rear edge of the hammer shows a tiny grind mark which has now lightly oxidized from the years. The hammer barely clears the frame in this area and it appears to be clearly a factory expedient repair, no doubt done by the final assembler and fitter. Really a super example overall in very nearly as-new condition. (36393-342) {C&R}

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Excellent Merrimack Arms & Manufacturing Southerner Deringer

Lot 8: Excellent Merrimack Arms & Manufacturing Southerner Deringer

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Description: serial #2221, 41 RF, 2 1/2" octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore which shows a few spots of light oxidation. The barrel retains about 97% original bright blue, the loss due to some sparsely scattered flakes of brown oxidation, most prevalent below the manufacturer's address. Indeed even the interior of the barrel shows good original blue. The frame retains about 95% original silverplate, tarnishing nicely to a dull pewter patina, the areas of loss toned to an ocher. The hammer exhibits some very nice smoky case colors, as does the trigger, the trigger showing a bit more fading. The smooth rosewood grips rate very good plus to near excellent with only some very minor handling marks and wear along the sharp edges of their butt, each is stamp-numbered to the gun. All of the numbers are matching and barrel-to-frame fit is excellent and the gun is crisp mechanically; the barrel retaining screw shows some lovely nitre blue as well but has some very light slot damage. The "Southerner" marking on the top barrel flat goes slightly uphill and the manufacturer's marking on the left side is crisp. Really a super example in a very lovely state of preservation. (36229-184) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Colt First Model Deringer

Lot 9: Colt First Model Deringer

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Description: serial #1464, 41 RF, 2 1/2" barrel with a a near excellent bright bore that shows a patch or two of light surface oxidation. This is a super Colt No. 1 deringer. The barrel retains about 75% bright original blue finish with loss due to flaking and with areas of loss showing a lovely smooth gray brown patina. The bottom of the barrel shows two tiny British proofs. The frame which has the standard loose scroll engraving retains 90% plus original silverplated finish overall. The hammer shows strong original color case-hardened finish. An extremely fine example of these neat all metal Colt deringers. (16452-1) {ANTIQUE}

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Minty Peabody Martini Long Range Creedmoor Rifle

Lot 10: Minty Peabody Martini Long Range Creedmoor Rifle

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Description: serial #313, 45-100, 32" part round part octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This rifle is in exceptional condition. The top of the barrel bears the standard "Manufactured by the Providence Tool & Co. Providence, RI. U.S.A." with the right side of the action being engraved "PEABODY & MARTINI PATENTS" and the left side being engraved "Creedmoor". The barrel retains about 80% evenly thinning original blue finish which is blending with a pleasing smooth brown patina. The action retains 98% vivid original color case-hardened finish with the lever being a little more brown. The checkered pistolgrip buttstock and forend rate excellent with 95% original finish remaining and with strong crisp checkering. The rifle is equipped with a smooth steel shotgun buttplate and a heel position sight base that is clearly original as it fits into the top tang of the buttplate. The rifle is sighted with a windgauge front and a long ranger Vernier tang mounted peepsight. The tang sight is period but is likely not the original sight for this rifle as it mounts in one of the factory mounting holes but not the other; in fact the forward mounting holes has been filled, very neatly. It would be a simple procedure for a competent gunsmith to drill out the filled hole, re-tap it and install the proper tang sight. Regardless, this is not a big issue and this sight is aesthetically pleasing. A very minty and handsome Peabody Martini Long Range Creedmoor rifle. (16106-90) {ANTIQUE} [Warren Greatbatch Collection]

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Winchester Model 1873 Special Order Rifle

Lot 11: Winchester Model 1873 Special Order Rifle

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Description: serial #171883A, 32 WCF, 24" part round part octagon barrel with full magazine and a very good bore. This rifle features the rare combination of a special order half octagon barrel with a full magazine. This rifle remains in wonderful condition retaining 80% even original blue finish on the barrel and magazine with loss just due to thinning on barrel toward muzzle where finish is blending with a pleasing smooth brown patina. The action retains about 85% original blue with some mellow brown blending in on the sideplates. The hammer and lever retain strong original color case-hardened finish which is just darkening slightly. The stock screws show very minor slot wear. The plain walnut stocks rate excellent with a little light oil finish added and with some light handling marks present. The rifle was once equipped with the early style 1873 folding tang mounted peepsight as the tiny rear locating stud is still present. The factory records confirm the configuration and show receipt and shipment on February 26, 1885. A fine special order 1873 rifle. (16331-4) {ANTIQUE}

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First Year Production Winchester Model 71 Deluxe Lever Action Rifle

Lot 12: First Year Production Winchester Model 71 Deluxe Lever Action Rifle

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Description: serial #48, 348 Win, 24" barrel with an excellent bore. The barrel, forearm cap and magazine tube have a few light handling marks and retain about 98% original blue which is lightly flaking to a pleasing brown patina. The receiver and hammer have better than 90% blue that is graying around the belly and a few of the receiver edges, the hammer has wear along the sides but nearly complete coverage along the back. The magazine tube cap, lever and checkered steel butt are mostly mottled gray. The checkered walnut deluxe stocks rate excellent and have few light dings and most of their original varnish that is lightly flaking throughout. The long tang, capped pistolgrip buttstock, and forearm are equipped with the deluxe sling swivels and include a military style leather sling. The rifle features the original hooded front sight and the factory optional bolt peep sight with aperture. The rear barrel sight is a factory folding leaf, which may have been ordered from the factory in lieu of the larger semi-buckhorn rear sight because of the bolt peep. A factory letter is included which confirms that the serial number was applied in November 13, 1935, but sadly there were no additional records available to verify the configuration of this supposed special order rifle. The consignor did confirm that his father purchased the rifle new and it has been in his family ever since. An exceptional but truly honest deluxe Model 71 that has been lovingly carried but has not seen much use or any abuse and given its vintage has lots of investment potential. (46454-1) {C&R}

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Marlin Model 39 Lever Action Rifle

Lot 13: Marlin Model 39 Lever Action Rifle

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Description: serial #12078, 22 S,L & LR, 24" octagon barrel with an excellent bore. The barrel, magazine tube and forearm cap retain about 97-98% original blue with light handling marks along the barrel where the original rear sight once sat and wear around the cap. The receiver and lever retain nearly 80% of the original case colors that are fading to a dusky gray and are strongest in the protected areas. The bolt, hammer and trigger retain about 90-95% original blue with light handling wear from normal use. The barrel and receiver markings are crisp and there is a small star stamped on the upper tang just forward the stock screw. The walnut stocks rate excellent and have a few light dings and a professionally applied varnish. The buttstock features the "S" shaped pistolgrip and has a hard rubber buttplate that has a small chip at the toe with corresponding wood loss. Rifle is equipped with the original front sight, the rear sight has been replaced by a slot blank, and mounted to the upper tang is a Lyman combination rear aperture sight. A lovely little Marlin lever action that has wonderful condition and would make a fine investment rifle. (46484-15) {C&R}

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Special Order Shiloh Model 1874 Sharps #3 Sporting Rifle

Lot 14: Special Order Shiloh Model 1874 Sharps #3 Sporting Rifle

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Description: serial #3147B, 45 2/10" (45-70), 30" heavy octagon barrel with Hartford collar that has a like new bore. The barrel retains 99% of the original polished blue finish while the frame, hammer, lever and military style buttplate retain a similar amount of the factory bone and charcoal case-hardened finish. The receiver and stock screws have all been fire blued and the stock screws are each seated in a brass escutcheon. The presentation grade walnut stocks rate excellent and feature absolutely fabulous figure underneath layers of hand applied factory oil finish. The forearm features a bright pewter tip while the buttstock is the straight grip design, both have a few very light handling marks. The rifle is equipped with a globe style front sight, a full buckhorn rear sight and an Axtell mid range adjustable rear tang sight. The various options alone more than double the value of this fine sporting rifle, that coupled with its near perfect condition set it far beyond any standard Sharps style rifle. A true gem of quality and craftsmanship that would be the prize of your collection, not to mention a fantastic long range sporting rifle. (46456-3)

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Superb Rogers & Spencer Percussion Army Revolver

Lot 15: Superb Rogers & Spencer Percussion Army Revolver

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Description: serial #4895 all matching, 44 caliber, 7 1/2" octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. While fine conditioned Rogers & Spencer revolvers are not uncommon, this one is uncommonly fine. The barrel and frame retain 98% strong original blue finish overall. The cylinder shows some light flaking toward rear and retains over 90% strong original blue finish with areas of loss showing a lovely smooth brown patina. The hammer and loading lever show 95% original color case-hardened finish which shows just a little light fading. The two-piece walnut grips rate excellent plus retaining almost all of their original oil finish, showing a crisp "RPB" cartouche and with crisp sub-inspectors initials on bottom; there is just the slightest wear along the outer edge of the flared base. A top shelf example of these high quality revolvers. (16379-3) {ANTIQUE}

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Savage Revolving Firearms Company Percussion Navy Model Revolver

Lot 16: Savage Revolving Firearms Company Percussion Navy Model Revolver

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Description: serial #1129, .36 caliber, 7 1/8" octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This revolver is in very fine condition showing very little use and with any finish loss due to flaking rather than wear. Metal surfaces of revolver retain about 30% original blue finish with the balance bearing a pleasing smooth brown patina. All metal surfaces remain smooth, edges are crisp and screwheads are clean and unmolested. The hammer, triggerguard and trigger all retain strong original color case-hardened finish. The two piece walnut grips rate excellent plus retaining nearly all of their original oil finish and with excellent "WAT" cartouche present on right side; they are pencil-numbered to the gun. An extremely fine example of the Savage Percussion Navy revolver. (16397-2) {ANTIQUE}

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Exceptional Baker Gun Company Batavia Leader Model Sidelock Double

Lot 17: Exceptional Baker Gun Company Batavia Leader Model Sidelock Double

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Description: serial #15582F, 12 ga, 30" steel barrels choked modified and full with bright excellent bores. The barrels retain 97% original blue showing some faint wear and old dried lubricant around the muzzles. The locks and frame exhibit 99% vibrant case color with no embellishment except for the maker's name and model stamped on the locks and the triggerguard retains 97% blue displaying a little light edge wear. The pistolgrip stock and snap-on splinter forearm rate almost excellent showing a few handling marks and faint blemishes in a strong factory varnish and having crisp checkering on both. There is a hard rubber gripcap present and a hard rubber buttplate is fitted providing a length of 14 1/2" with drops of 1 5/8" and 3". The gun features double triggers, extractors, and an automatic safety. A rare find in this condition. (116461-2) {C&R}

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Manhattan Firearms Navy Type Percussion Revolver

Lot 18: Manhattan Firearms Navy Type Percussion Revolver

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Description: serial #53356, .36 cal., 6 1/2" barrel with a bright excellent bore exhibiting a few very light spots of oxidation. The barrel retains about 98% of its original bright blue finish with light silvering present on the high edges and a tiny ding at the left side of the muzzle. The tapered loading lever retains about 94% of its lightly faded case-hardened colors. The five shot, ten stop cylinder retains about 92% of its original blue finish with some light silvering on the edges; the panel scenes are nice and crisp and there is some scattered bluing still visible in the chambers. The frame retains about 99% original color case-hardening that is remarkable vibrant; the spring plate is present. The triggerguard retains about 30% of its original silver plating with the backstrap toned to a goldenrod patina. The walnut grip is in excellent condition and correctly numbered to the revolver showing only a couple light flakes and wear along the butt. The revolver still functions well with correct matching numbers on all the appropriate parts except the loading lever which is numbered "3396", clearly a factory error. A super example overall that would be a handsome addition to any Manhattan collection. (86229-114) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Manhattan Firearms Navy Type Percussion Revolver With British Proofs

Lot 19: Manhattan Firearms Navy Type Percussion Revolver With British Proofs

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Description: serial #57718, .36 cal., 6 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. The barrel retains about 97% of its original bright blue finish with the loss primarily light oxidation blemishes at the muzzle. The tapered loading lever retains about 70% of its slightly muted case-hardened colors with the right side exhibiting a small casting flaw. The cylinder exhibits about 97% original blue finish with some light silvering on the edges, light operational marks and a few light handling blemishes. The interior of the chambers retain nearly all of their original blue finish and the panel scenes remain as-new. The frame and hammer retain 98% original color case-hardening which is still quite vivid; the spring plate is not present. The triggerguard retains 98% original silver plate while the backstrap retains about 95%, the toned areas now an ocher patina. The one piece walnut grip rates excellent and is correctly numbered to the revolver with light handling wear with added varnish, perhaps showing a light cleaning as the metal is slightly proud in a few spots. This beautiful example of a Series IV has the appropriate parts with correctly matching numbers except the loading lever. London proof marks appear over each chamber on the cylinder and the left side of the barrel in front of the wedge; the spring plate is no longer present. This little gun exhibits a lot of finish, is mechanically sound and begging to be the center piece in your Manhattan collection. (86229-372) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Delightful Francotte Jubilee model

Lot 20: Delightful Francotte Jubilee model "Funeral" Model Double Ejectorgun

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Description: serial #88670, 20ga., 26" barrels choked improved cylinder and light modified with bright excellent bores. The barrels retain 95% of a high polish rust blue showing a few scratches and some fading around the muzzles. They are marked "Abercrombie & Fitch Co." on the right tube and "US Agents New York" on the left. The sideplates and frame have only a stylized border engraving with "A. Francotte Maker & Patentee Liege Belgium" in very fine block letters incorporated into the border on each side. The metal exhibits 95% dark blue displaying some very faint specks of oxidation on the left plate. The round knob pistolgrip butt and splinter forearm rate very good having a few scattered nicks and dings over a strong oil finish showing some light fading and a little flaking, particularly on the forearm. There is a leather faced recoil pad present providing a length of 14 3/8" with drops of 1 3/8" and 2 3/8" with no cast, and it weighs 5 1/2 lbs. The forearm features a push button release and there is a German silver monogram oval inlaid into the toeline of the stock with three initials done in block letters. Double triggers, ejectors, and an automatic safety make this a superlative bird gun. Included is a nice "toe-under" leather case with leather corners showing a few scuffs. It is lined in burgundy colored baize and contains nickel plated snap caps, an oil bottle marked A & F, and a two piece wooden cleaning rod with mop and brush all in good condition. This lovely little gun with its plain blued action does not hide its quality behind heavy ornamentation. Only 71 Jubilee models were imported before WWII. A great upland shotgun. (116385-2)

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Exceptional L. C. Smith Grade 5 Sidelock Double Ejectorgun

Lot 21: Exceptional L. C. Smith Grade 5 Sidelock Double Ejectorgun

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Description: serial #2727, 16 ga., 30" matted rib Whitworth barrels choked modified and full having bright excellent bores. The barrels retain 90% original blue, the most predominant wear around the muzzle area and there are scattered scratches and some oxidation specks with a nick in the edge of the rib about half way up the barrel. The flats are engine turned and there are one inch wedges of scroll engraving on both sides of the breech, an engraved border at the muzzles, and a gold filled line on the rib separating the matted portion from a more detailed two inch breech section with rib extension. The locks and frame are beautifully engraved with fine shaded scroll and flowers and with a large oval on each side displaying a life like pair of setters on the left and pointers on the right all done in detailed habitat with shaded backgrounds. In addition, there is a small oval at the front of each lock with a pair of woodcock on the left and a pair of quail on the right, and the front of the action has a very detailed bouquet of flowers on each side. The metal exhibits 40% muted case colors with the balance showing a pleasing gray case colored patina. The triggerguard has geometric designs and scroll with initials of "GHF" engraved with intertwined block letters inside a stippled oval. It retains 90% of an original high polish blue. The beautifully figured straight grip stock rates very good plus displaying scattered small scratches and minor dings over a polished oil finish. It exhibits finely executed fleur-de-lis checkering with scalloped flourishes at the back of the triggerguard tang. The forearm has a wonderful little checkered "clamshell" latch in an engraved escutcheon and also an ebony tip which has a small chip. It is almost completely and finely checkered with a few minor impact marks. There is an old Hawkins style recoil pad fitted showing a little deformation at the toe and providing a length of 14 7/8" with drops of 1 3/8" and 2 3/8" and 1/4" cast off. The gun features double triggers, ejectors, an automatic safety, and bushed firing pins. Included is a leather Abercrombie & Fitch trunk case showing a few scuffs and scratches with a broken handle lined in red baize. It has a couple of small tears but is otherwise in good condition and contains an A & F nickel oil bottle, nickel snap caps, and a two-piece wooden cleaning rod with brush and mop. According to Cody records this gun was shipped to a George S. Fields in 1898 and, other than the recoil pad, it conforms to the order. However, we cannot explain the difference in middle initials between the triggerguard and the record. There were only 37 16 gauge guns made in this grade before it was renamed the Crown grade in 1913. A truly beautiful and rare Smith. (116385-1) {ANTIQUE}

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Charles Daly Hammer Side Lever Drilling Two Barrel Set

Lot 22: Charles Daly Hammer Side Lever Drilling Two Barrel Set

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Description: serial #38758/59, 12 ga. x 12 ga. x 40-65, 28" fine damascus barrels choked modified and full with bright excellent shotgun bores and bright very good rifle bore showing some frosted grooves and strong rifling, and 12 ga. x 12 ga. x 32-40, 28" fine damascus barrels choked skeet and light modified having bright excellent shotgun bores and bright excellent rifle bore. Both sets of barrels exhibit full lovely contrasting damascus pattern with just a slight amount of fading at the muzzles, the rifle barrels being steel and retaining 95% of a dark rust blue. There is an oval in the matted ribs in which is stamped "Fine Damascus Barrels" and the rib extensions are engraved with a detailed sunburst. Really a rare special-order drilling, the frame, back action locks, triggerguard, and hammers all have little vignettes of fine scroll engraving with line borders and all exhibit 20 to 30% fading case color toning to a soft pleasing pewter. The nicely figured round knob pistolgrip stock and snap-on splinter forearm rate good to very good displaying scattered light scratches, a couple of small hairline cracks in the base of the forearm, an old tight crack on the right side of the top tang, and a couple of older small cracks below the back of the right lock, all over a polished added finish showing some checking, particularly on the left side of the stock. In addition, there is an expertly done wood inlay in the forearm suggesting some type of repair which is hardly visible. Checkering is well executed but lightly soiled with some rounded diamonds. A German silver monogram oval is inlayed into the toeline and a checkered horn buttplate is present displaying a few chips and providing a length of 14" and drops of 1 5/8" and 2 1/2" with 1/4" cast off. The gun is equipped with double ivory beads on both sets of barrels, the front being housed in a brass frame with a center hole and there is a tang sight which folds very neatly into a groove in the top tang. A lever on the top tang sets the rifle barrel to fire with the right lock and the action functions smoothly and is tight. Included is an old leather trunk case fitted for this particular gun showing scuffs and tattered corners, missing its outside straps but with a good handle, and lined in red baize with wrist strap. A quality drilling made by Sauer which would have been a special order since it combined 12ga shotgun barrels with American rifle calibers. (116429-26) {C&R}

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Fine Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Model Revolver

Lot 23: Fine Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Model Revolver

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Description: serial #5596, 32 RF, 3" ribbed round barrel with a very good plus bore with strong rifling showing some minor oxidation and a few scattered pits. This is a lovely overall-engraved Marlin revolver with beautiful Wexell & DeGress patent grips. The barrel retains 99% original nickel and is covered with excellent quality loose flowing scroll with background punch dot shading in the Nimsche fashion. The cylinder retains about 90% original nickel with the sparsest light oxidation staining, the same wonderful scroll and a later gold-wash enamel or lacquer. The brass frame retains about 92% original nickel, with the frame flats being near fully intact showing identical wonderful scroll, there is flaking on the butt, frontstrap and radius of the frame ahead of the trigger, this has toned to an ocher patina. The hammer shows remnants of a gold wash and the trigger has faded to gray-brown, the cylinder stop with good original blue. The Wexell & DeGress patent grips are copper-colored and rate about excellent showing foliate scroll on the left and a dancing girl with tambourine on the right. Barrel-to-frame fit is excellent with only the slightest amount of vertical play and the gun functions well mechanically. All of the numbers are matching. Really a lovely example overall in a fine state of preservation. (36229-287) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Excellent Cooper Navy Model Percussion Revolver

Lot 24: Excellent Cooper Navy Model Percussion Revolver

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Description: serial #2347, .36 cal., 4" octagon barrel with an about excellent bore. The barrel retains about 95% original blue, the loss is due to some light flaking to brown and some muzzle wear. The loading lever and ram show some generous smoky traces of original color case-hardening. The cylinder retains about 92-95% original blue, showing some light flaking to brown, a light turn ring and some very sparsely scattered light oxidation. The frame retains about 95% original color case-hardening which is quite vibrant in areas, also with some very light oxidation staining. The hammer retains some very good case colors as does the root of the trigger, the balance faded to a dark gray-brown. The backstrap and guard are actually nickel rather than silverplated and retain 97% original nickel, the flaked-through areas showing a dull ocher beneath. The one-piece walnut grip rates very good plus with much original varnish and only some light flaking and handling marks from the years, it is pencil-numbered to the gun. A number of the screws show some nice remnants of fire blue, a couple with some minor slot damage. All of the numbers are matching and the gun functions crisply mechanically. A very nice second model overall. (36229-571) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Exceptional Cased And Engraved Cooper 2Nd Model Double Action Revolver

Lot 25: Exceptional Cased And Engraved Cooper 2Nd Model Double Action Revolver

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Description: serial #6520, .31 cal., 4" octagon barrel with an about a very good bore which shows strong rifling but with minor scattered pitting. Truly a lovely and very rare revolver; the metal surfaces retain about 95-97% original silverplate. A second model Philadelphia revolver, the gun features high-quality flowing scroll with background punch-dot shading in about 75% coverage on the barrel with a nice geometric ring at the muzzle. The flats of the loading lever are fully engraved and the frame itself features full coverage excellent quality loose flowing scroll. The backstrap shows the same nice engraving at the corner of the butt and the top of the grip strap with a nice flourish on the bow of the guard. The cylinder is primarily smooth with only a light geometric embellishment at its front edge. The areas of wear are some of the high spots, a rubbed-through area on the right barrel flat and right diagonal upper flat with the backstrap and the butt toning primarily to a deep ocher patina. The revolver wears a one-piece ivory grip which fits wonderfully, has mellowed nicely with age and is doubtless original equipment. The revolver seems to function flawlessly mechanically however there is no half-cock notch. The numbers are matching on barrel, loading lever, triggerguard, butt and cylinder; the wedge is correctly un-numbered. Beautifully period-cased in what is likely its original presentation case, the gun comes with some lovely accessories. Included are a "Colts Patent" 31 caliber dual-cavity bullet mould. The mould retains 98% original silverplate with some minor dings and impact marks from the years, the cavities rate about very good, showing some minor oxidation. Also included is a silverplated Colt-style star and eagle pattern pistol flask. The flask features the 13 stars surrounding federal eagle above crossed belt pistols and "e pluribus unum" in riband. It features a fixed spout, fixed common top and it has tight seams around its periphery. Additionally there is a japanned tin of Eley's percussion caps included and an assortment of cast projectiles and the key for the case. The very rare overall silver plating of the gun, the silver plating of the flask and bullet mould suggested that this case was specially ordered or specially-made and has been together since-new. A superb Cooper silver-plated revolver. (36229-200) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Starr Percussion Civil War Carbine By Starr Arms Company

Lot 26: Starr Percussion Civil War Carbine By Starr Arms Company

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Description: serial #13474, .54 cal., 21" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel retains about 97% original blue, the loss is due to flaky freckling along its right side, where it appears as though some contaminant has removed the blue. There are the scattered light dings and handling marks one would expect from the years, most prevalent just to the rear of the front sight. The frame and lockplate retain perhaps 50% original color case-hardening, the balance a smoky case-hardened gray patina, also with some of the similar areas of loss as seen on the barrel, a few of these have left behind some pinprick pits. The breech block, lever and lower tang show about 98% good-quality restored blue which has a very nice look to it. The buttstock rates very good plus as very lightly refinished showing the minor dings and dents from the years as well as two slightly light but good left-side cartouches; there is a light drying crack in this same area about 5", it is stable. The forend is in a similar state of condition with light dings and handling marks. The screws show some very nice pale fire temper blue, a couple with restored blue, the band spring showing some nice restored blue; the barrel band and buttplate toned to a nice ocher patina. The front sight has been regulated during the period of use but the lock is crisp and mechanically functional. Interestingly, serial #13473 was issued in 1864 to Company A, 17th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. Overall a very attractive Starr Civil War carbine. (36497-8) {ANTIQUE}

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Burnside Fifth Model Civil War Carbine By Burnside Rifle Company

Lot 27: Burnside Fifth Model Civil War Carbine By Burnside Rifle Company

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Description: serial #16594, .54 cal., 21" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel retains about 97% arsenal-grade rust blue showing some remnants of scattered minor pinprick pitting. The frame retains about 95% original color case-hardening which is vibrant in spots showing a few spots of light pitting. The lock and hammer retain about 85% original color case-hardening with the rear of the lock faded to pewter with some light pitting. The upper tang, lever and breech block link retain excellent original bright blue. The smooth walnut buttstock and forend rate very good plus and are both rather dark, each with minor dings and handling marks but with two very crisp left side cartouches. The sling ring and bar are in place, as is the rear sling swivel and the barrel is appropriately numbered to the gun. Lockup is excellent and the lock mechanism is crisp and mechanically functional. A very attractive example overall still retaining lots of nice original finish. (36460-1) {ANTIQUE}

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Spencer Contract Model Of 1865 Carbine By Burnside Rifle?Company

Lot 28: Spencer Contract Model Of 1865 Carbine By Burnside Rifle?Company

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Description: serial #8563, .52 cal. RF, 20" barrel with an about very good bore which is mostly bright with strong rifling but with scattered light pitting and oxidation. The barrel is a gray brown patina with pewter undertones showing wear at the muzzle, the rear band showing some good faded original blue. The frame and lock have toned to a dark gray and smooth brown patina with some scattered light oxidation staining but are overall very pleasing. The buttstock rates very good plus with much original varnish and light dings and handling marks from years, the forend rates good to near very good showing a bit more wear and a thin sliver missing from its right rear edge. There are two light cartouches on the left side of the stock near the rear of the sling ring bar (the ring is missing, the bar is present) also with a light drying crack in this area about 5" long; the rear sling swivel is present at the toe. The heel of the buttplate and the magazine tube tab in this area show some minor scarring. The mechanism is crisp and lockup is excellent, the receiver is slightly peened in the area of the firing pin from dry firing. An attractive Burnside-manufactured Spencer overall, this example without the Stabler cut off. (36405-2) {ANTIQUE}

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Sharps New Model 1863?Carbine Issued To Company F, First Iowa Cavalry

Lot 29: Sharps New Model 1863?Carbine Issued To Company F, First Iowa Cavalry

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Description: serial #73147, (converted to) 50-70 CF, 22" three groove barrel with a very good plus bore which is mostly bright with strong rifling but with scattered light pitting. The barrel retains about 70% fading original blue, the balance flaking to brown with some handling marks and wear to pewter at the muzzle. The frame retains about 50% color case-hardening, the balance a flaky mottled gray case-hardened patina, with near overall very light oxidation staining. The lockplate shows a similar amount of case color with the hammer toned to a mottled silvery-gray case-hardened patina. The buttstock rates very good showing added finish, also with the minor dings and handling marks seen from use showing two good left-side cartouches, one by the sling ring bar, the other in the middle of the left side of the butt. The forend is in a similar state of condition, showing added finish but is unsanded. The barrel is numbered 77371 but appears to have been on this gun for a very long time, likely from the time of the cartridge-conversion. The lock is crisp and mechanically functional; the front sight has been slightly modified by the addition of a taller blade pinned in. Springfield Research Service lists this arm by serial number as having been issued to Company F 1st Iowa Volunteer Cavalry in 1863. The 1st Regiment Iowa Volunteer Cavalry was active throughout Missouri and Arkansas, largely against the guerrilla forces there pursuing Quantrill and Anderson. A very nice Sharps carbine overall that saw lots of time on the Western frontier. (36462-5) {ANTIQUE}

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Superb Cased Takedown Marlin Ballard Schoyen Muzzle Loading Schuetzen Rifle

Lot 30: Superb Cased Takedown Marlin Ballard Schoyen Muzzle Loading Schuetzen Rifle

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Description: serial #14062, 32-40, 30" No. 4 weight octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore that shows a subtle ring about four inches back from the muzzle. This is an exceptional example of a Schoyen customized Ballard rifle, the rifle is well known, is devoted a full page in Dutcher's Ballard - The Great American Single Shot Rifle and has been in some of the finest single shot collections in the country. The rifle is built on a plain Ballard action with a ball and spur lever and factory adjustable double set triggers. The top of the barrel is marked "GEO. C. SCHOYEN DENVER, COLO." and the A.W. Peterson scope is mounted in a claw rear and dovetail front mount with two pair of holes with filler screws to accommodate conventional blocks. The stock is classic Schoyen with high cheekpiece and dramatic perchbelly; the grain is not only beautiful but it also follows the contour of the stock perfectly. The condition of the rifle is stellar with the barrel retaining 95% original Schoyen brown finish. The action retains 95% lovely period color case-hardened finish still retaining most of the original lacquer applied after finishing. The stocks are of English walnut and rate excellent plus retaining 98% original finish and retaining crisp edges, sharp checkering and only a few sparse light handling marks. The bottom of the pistolgrip retains its perfectly fitted ebony insert. The original Schoyen Schuetzen buttplate is in place retaining 99% original nickel plated finish. The original Schoyen palm rest is fashioned from the same beautiful English walnut and it rates excellent plus like the balance of the wood. The Peterson telescopic sight retains almost all of its original finish and has nice clean optics. The rifle comes with its original false muzzle and loading rod. Additional accessories include a nice period nickel plated duplex powder measure (missing one glass jar), Ideal bullet mould, bullet lubricating pump and an Ideal re-decapper. The rifle comes with its original A.E. Meek & Co. leather takedown case. Meek was a Denver trunk and bag maker who is known to have made cases for numerous kinds of rifles of the period and this case is clearly period and original to this rifle as it fits perfectly. Former owners of this rifle include John Dutcher, Dan Manning, Brian Kent, E.C. Goodlad, Gary Quinlan and of course, Warren Greatbatch. A spectacular Schoyen Ballard worthy of the finest collection of American single shot rifles. (16106-65) {ANTIQUE} [Warren Greatbatch Collection]

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Colt Single Action

Lot 31: Colt Single Action "C" Engraved Revolver

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Description: serial #S17703A, .45 Colt, 4 3/4" barrel with bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces exhibit a bright nickel finish and are extensively engraved in Colt's "American scroll" with stippled background. All of the screws are nitre blued providing a nice contrast to the bright finish and the black hard rubber grips with embossed Colt logo and Federal Eagle are excellent and also enhance the look of this gun. Included is a Colt marked presentation case with red velvet lining French fitted for this revolver and containing a gold key. A fine and impressive Colt. (116393-196)

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Angelo Bee Engraved Colt Single Action Revolver

Lot 32: Angelo Bee Engraved Colt Single Action Revolver

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Description: serial #253509, .45 Colt, 5 1/2" barrel with bright excellent bore. This gun shows a rich dark blue and is profusely engraved in foliate and acanthus leaf scroll with shaded background and bordered by gold wire inlay at the muzzle, breech end of the barrel, cylinder and cylinder flutes, frame, and backstrap. All of the Colt markings including the Rampant Colt are gold filled and there is a gold buffalo applied to the left recoil shield below which is the engraver's name and logo, a gold filled Indian head on the right recoil shield, and a gold and silver Eagle showing a little fading on the backstrap. There are excellent ivory grips pencil numbered to the gun providing a nice contrast to the dark metal. Included is a Colt marked walnut presentation case lined in green velvet French fitted for this gun. A truly beautiful Colt artistically enhanced by one of America's premier engravers. (116393-186)

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Custom Gold Inlaid Engraved Colt Model 1911A1

Lot 33: Custom Gold Inlaid Engraved Colt Model 1911A1

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Description: serial #55920, .45 ACP, 5" barrel with bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces exhibit a rich dark blue finish and are profusely covered in acanthus leaf scroll engraving with stippled background, only the grip safety remaining unembellished. Gold wire inlayed borders surround all of the engraving and geometric inlays appear on the bottom front of the frame and top rear of the slide. The barrel bushing, trigger, hammer, and grip screws are all gold plated and even the bottom of the blued magazine is engraved. The smooth ivory grips rate excellent and compliment the dark frame nicely. Included is a Colt marked presentation box with red velvet lining French fitted to the gun and containing a key. Appearing very much to be an Angelo Bee, the work is unsigned. A striking and beautiful 1911 wonderfully enhanced by the artist. (116393-188)

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Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson Model 29-2 Revolver

Lot 34: Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson Model 29-2 Revolver

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Description: serial #N148145, .44 mag, 8 3/8" barrel having a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces exhibit a deep rich blue and are extensively engraved in acanthus leaf scroll with stippled background including a portion of the barrel, between the cylinder flutes, triggerguard, and most of the frame. All S & W markings are clear and original case color is very much in evidence on the trigger and hammer. The smooth wood grips with S & W medallions rate excellent. The gun is equipped with the red insert front sight and adjustable rear sight. Included is a walnut presentation case with blue lining containing a cleaning rod, mop, screw driver and owner's manual with warranty card and some advertising literature. A subtly striking revolver. (116393-187)

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Colt Prewar Commercial Model Ace Semi-Auto?Pistol

Lot 35: Colt Prewar Commercial Model Ace Semi-Auto?Pistol

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Description: serial #1596, 22 LR, 4 3/4" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain about 95-97% original blue, the loss is due to some high edge wear, light scattered handling marks or superficial scratches and some light muzzle wear. There is a superficial takedown scratch on both frame and slide and some front strap wear. The fully checkered walnut grips rate very good plus and about very good, the left grip with a square monogram plate inset showing two applied initials (a third center initial has fallen out of the inlay); a replacement left grip should be an easy feat. There is some light brown toning on the bright-polished section of the barrel which is visible through the ejection port. One original two-tone magazine is included. Really a very nice commercial Ace produced in the first year of production, 1931. (36425-2){C&R}

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Fine Farrow Deluxe Single Shot Off-Hand Rifle

Lot 36: Fine Farrow Deluxe Single Shot Off-Hand Rifle

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Description: 32-40, 30 1/2" full octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a fabulous example of these rare and high quality American target rifles. This particular example is the same gun used to illustrate the May 1937 American Rifleman article by Ned Roberts which was entitled "The Farrow Rifle". It is also the rifle illustrated in DeHass' More Single Shot Rifles and Actions which was published in 1989. The rifle is in wonderful condition with the barrel retaining 75% evenly thinning original blue finish with silvering along the high edges. The action and lever retain 95% original nickel plated finish which has toned with age and has a really lovely appearance. The checkered pistolgrip buttstock and forend are of beautifully figured walnut and rate excellent with a little added light finish and with strong crisp checkering. There are some small areas of light crazing in the stock finish but the overall appearance is excellent. The rifle features a nickel plated Swiss buttplate and a heel position sight base. The rifle is sighted with a windgauge globe front and a Vernier folding tang mounted peepsight. Overall a wonderful Farrow rifle formerly of the John Dutcher collection. (16106-81) {ANTIQUE} [Warren Greatbatch Collection]

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Colt Model 1911A1 Prewar Government Model Pistol

Lot 37: Colt Model 1911A1 Prewar Government Model Pistol

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Description: serial #C149793, 45 ACP, 5" barrel with a very good plus to near excellent bore which is mostly bright with strong rifling but with minor frosting within the grooves. The metal surfaces retain about 95% original blue, the loss due to high edge wear, overall tiny dings and scratches and wear on the mainspring and front grip strap. The fully checkered walnut grips rate good to very good with overall flattening of the points and a few minor impact marks. There is a light takedown scratch and the rear sight shows some impact marks from adjustment. Included is a near gray two-tone magazine. The pistol rides in an about very good antique Audley swiveling cavalry-style holster with triggerguard retention clip which is suspended from a khaki-colored US web belt which rates very good plus. A nice vintage rig overall with a fine prewar Commercial Government Model pistol, likely private-purchased by some officer and carried during the Second World War. (36425-1) {C&R}

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Winchester Model 1892 First Year Of Production Lever Action Rifle

Lot 38: Winchester Model 1892 First Year Of Production Lever Action Rifle

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Description: serial #321, 38-40, 24" octagon barrel with bright very good bore showing light frosting throughout with strong rifling. The barrel retains about 60% blue having even wear toning to brown with some pinprick pitting around the muzzle and the frame exhibits 30% blue turning to a light brown patina and showing the typical age striations left and right. The straight walnut stock and forearm rate very good plus displaying a few scattered dings and scratches over a smooth varnish, the forearm having been lightly cleaned. The crescent buttplate shows a mottled pewter and brown color commensurate with the rest of the gun. The rifle is equipped with a Lyman ivory blade front sight and a correct Rocky Mountain buckhorn rear sight. The barrel is Winchester proofed however the receiver is not; the sight elevator is not present. The rifle remains in very nice condition for being made in the first year of production. (116288-67) {ANTIQUE)

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Winchester Model 1894 Special Order Lever Action Rifle

Lot 39: Winchester Model 1894 Special Order Lever Action Rifle

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Description: serial #276664, 38-55 Win, 26" part round part octagon barrel with a near excellent bright bore showing sharp rifling with some light roughness in the grooves. The barrel retains 95% original blue freckled with older brown oxidation stains. Scattered light impressions and pinprick usage marks appear across the surface. The receiver retains about 75% original blue now fading to mottled brown with the high edges and point of carry now wearing to pewter. Light surface scratches are scattered across the surface. Both sides of the hammer and lever show strong original case-hardened color, with the spine and interior of the finger loop showing as pewter overlaid with peppered brown patina. The forend cap and special order button magazine show traces of original blue, now mostly faded to mottled brown patina with pewter highlights. The buttstock and forend are in near excellent condition with much original varnish now thinning to a smooth finish with scattered impressions and usage marks commensurate with the age of the rifle. No cracks are apparent. The buttstock wears a special order checkered hard rubber buttplate with Winchester logo, also in excellent condition. The original Rocky Mountain rear sight is present, with the front sight being a period replacement Lyman blade with ivory bead. Overall a very nice 1894 in a great caliber with three special order features: part octagon part round barrel, shotgun butt, and button magazine. Manufactured in 1903. (146331-5) {C&R}

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Interesting Henry Repeating Rifle

Lot 40: Interesting Henry Repeating Rifle

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Description: serial #9507, 44 RF, 24" octagon barrel with full length integral magazine and a very good bore. This rifle was purportedly purchased from the Hudson's Bay Company at Vancouver, Washington in 1873 for the sum of 9 beaver pelts and a bag of elk fat. The rifle is very honest with all matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, stock and buttplate. The barrel retains a pleasing and even gray brown patina with a little scattered old light oxidation staining. All markings on barrel remain crisp and clearly legible. The frame bears Oliver Winchester's "W" inspector's initial on lower tang and it bears a lovely untouched patina with well-defined edges that show just the lightest wear. The plain walnut stock rates excellent and looks to have probably been very lightly and properly refinished long ago. The swivel on the left side of the butt is a replacement, the base looks original but just the swivel seems to be a modern style swivel. The German silver blade front sight is present as is the original Henry ladder rear sight. According to family history and an assortment of documents that accompany the gun, this rifle was purchased by Perry Titus who according to tax records owned property around the Fernhill area of Oregon. Titus was born in Buffalo, NY in 1840 and in 1856 as a sixteen year old, he and his friend traveled on horseback to California inspired by the California goldrush. After working in the gold mines for 16 years, he moved to eastern Oregon where his livelihood became trapping and he operated a small farm. It was the following year that he traded the beaver pelts and elk fat for this rifle. Hudson's Bay Company headquarters were located at Fort Vancouver, Washington along the Columbia river across from Portland, Oregon. Among the other documents included is a 1974 dated letter from the Clatsop County Historical Society in which the 80 year old secretary states that her father was a good friend of Perry Titus and she remembers visiting the Titus farm with her father when she was 16 and she remembers having to travel the Columbia River by boat to get to the farm. The documents piece together a chain of ownership starting with Hudson's Bay Company, then to Perry Titus, then to his son John C. Titus, Jack Butcher of Palmer, Massachusetts, James Raymond of Vermont, Fred Anderson of Vermont and then to our consignor. Also included is a sworn affidavit from Mrs. Eva Pringle (Perry Titus' granddaughter) stating that this rifle was purchased by her grandfather in 1873 from the Hudson's Bay Company for nine beaver pelts and a bag of elk fat. Interestingly on the toeline of the stock there are two holes and the outline of some sort of plaque that was once affixed to the rifle - it very well could have been a Hudson's Bay Company property disc. With the 1873 Winchester being out and chambered in the centerfire 44-40 cartridge this Henry rifle would have been quite outdated when it was traded in 1873. This is a nice honest Henry rifle with an interesting and very cool history. (16331-1) {ANTIQUE}

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Manhattan Firearms Navy Type Percussion Revolver

Lot 41: Manhattan Firearms Navy Type Percussion Revolver

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Description: serial #33389, .36 cal., 6 1/2" barrel with a bright excellent bore exhibiting a small amount of oxidation at both ends of the barrel. The barrel retains 97% of its original blue finish with very light flaking evident on the high edges, light scattered handling wear with an isolated but, faint oxidation blemish on the left barrel flat. The loading lever exhibits faded case colors. The five shot, ten stop cylinder has worn to a pleasing smooth brown with traces of the original bluing still present in the stop notches and crisp panel scenes. The frame retains about 95% of its original color case-hardening with a small oxidation blemish present on the lower right frame; the hammer with strong case colors on the spine. The backstrap and triggerguard retain about 92% original silver plating with the loss on the high edges. The walnut grip is in near excellent condition with very light handling wear and his correctly numbered to the gun in pencil; some finish has flaked near the frame. The revolver functions well with all numbers correctly matching on the appropriate parts. The previous owners of distant past saw fit to very lightly hand scratch their initials in several locations on the revolver: on the right side of the loading lever, left and right rear of the trigger guard, the bottom of the grip frame and top of the grip, they are all very light and very small in character. A simply lovely example over all (86229-112) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Manhattan Firearms Navy Type Percussion Revolver

Lot 42: Manhattan Firearms Navy Type Percussion Revolver

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Description: serial #61640, .36 cal., 6 1/2" barrel with a bright excellent bore showing the tiniest of light oxidation reflects nearer the breech. The barrel retains about 98% of its original bright blue finish with light silvering on the high edges and a small spot of flaking 1" from the muzzle and tiny impact marks near the wedge. The tapered loading lever retains about 80% of its lightly faded case-hardened colors. The five shot, ten stop cylinder retains about 95% of its original blue finish with some light handling wear present and crisp panel scenes. The frame and hammer have 98% original color case-hardening present. The triggerguard and backstrap have about 97% original silver plating present with some light wear on the high edges. The smooth walnut grip is correctly numbered to the gun and rates near excellent with light handling marks and light wear at the butt. There is slight screw slot damage evident and that the spring plate is no longer present. This Series IV has correctly matching serial numbers on all appropriate parts except, the loading lever. This is a splendid, very crisp example of the Manhattan Navy revolver. ?(86229-600) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Very Fine Cooper Navy Model Percussion Revolver

Lot 43: Very Fine Cooper Navy Model Percussion Revolver

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Description: serial #2449, .36 cal., 4" octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel retains about 96% original blue, the loss due to some light high edge toning to pewter and very light flaking to brown; there are a number of small impact marks on the right barrel flat by the wedge, a few more on the left side. The loading lever and ram show some very good original color case-hardening. The cylinder retains a similar amount of original bright blue, showing a light cylinder turn ring and numerous length-wise lines worn to pewter where the gun lay in a drawer and shuffled around a bit. The frame retains 95% color case-hardening, muting in areas and toning to pewter on the edges of the recoil shield. The hammer and trigger show some strong remnants of color case-hardening, fading mostly to a mottled gray patina. The backstrap and triggerguard have toned to a dull ocher patina. The one-piece walnut grip rates very good plus to near excellent with nearly all its original varnish and only a few flaked areas, the sharp edges of the butt worn-through; it is pencil-numbered "449". All of the numbers are matching and the gun functions crisply mechanically. A very fine-excellent second model Cooper overall that was very well-cared-four. (36229-572) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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Winchester Stevens-Pope Custom Muzzle Loading High Wall Schuetzen Rifle

Lot 44: Winchester Stevens-Pope Custom Muzzle Loading High Wall Schuetzen Rifle

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Description: serial #79602, 33-47, 32" octagon No. 4 weight Stevens-Pope barrel (SP #549) with a bright excellent bore. This is a very handsome and neat custom High Wall. The rifle was sold through Jackson Arms twice during the 60's and according to the Jackson Arms descriptions this barrel may have migrated from one High Wall to another during that period. The rifle is a full-on Stevens-Pope custom rifle with Stevens barrel and stocks, the wood is numbered to the rifle and the Winchester palm rest is inset in the Stevens forend with the checkering cut around it. The rifle features a Pope lever, factory double set triggers, Pope tang sight, globe target front sight, the barrel is milled for Pope mounts and the original false muzzle is present. The barrel retains 95% excellent quality old professionally restored blue finish. The action retains 97% vivid original color case-hardened finish. The checkered pistolgrip buttstock and forend rate excellent with 97% original finish remaining and showing nice figure. The buttstock has a nice Stevens style cheekpiece along with a Schuetzen buttplate and the forend has the typical Stevens schnabel tip and all checkering remains sharp. The tuning fork palm rest and Pope tang sight retain almost all of their original blue finish. In addition to all of the other Stevens improvements, the rifle is equipped with a Stevens 338 telescopic sight mounted on Pope mounts. The Pope lever and Schuetzen buttplate retain almost all of their original nickel plated finish. The rifle comes with a wooden loading rod and a shooting kit which includes a mould, Pope duplex powder measure, brass starter, re-decapper, cast bullets, cartridge cases, powder can, etc. This is an exceptionally handsome Stevens-Pope High Wall. (16106-45) {C&R} [Warren Greatbatch Collection]

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Fine Cooper Navy Model Percussion Revolver

Lot 45: Fine Cooper Navy Model Percussion Revolver

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Description: serial #14916, .36 cal., 4" octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore which a couple spots of minor oxidation. The barrel retains 97-98% original blue, the loss due primarily to some light high edge wear, with a few very sparse spots of light oxidation staining, also showing light impact marks in the area of the wedge. The loading lever and ram show excellent original color case-hardening, muting slightly more on the left side. The cylinder retains perhaps 85% original blue, the loss due to some flaking to pewter and brown with some worn areas where the gun lay on its side, also with some minor oxidation showing. The frame retains about 95-97% original color case-hardening showing toning to pewter on the recoil shield and fading slightly more on the left side of frame. The hammer and trigger show some very good color case-hardening, the trigger toning on its left side. The triggerguard and backstrap have toned to a tarnished ocher patina with some generous traces of tarnished silver plate. The one piece walnut grip rates very good with much original varnish showing wear along the sharp edges and high edge of the grips center, they are pencil-numbered on the interior "916". All of the numbers are matching and the gun functions very well mechanically. A really super Cooper overall. (36229-578) {ANTIQUE} [Elliott Riggs Collection]

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American Martini Schuetzen Rifle By Frederick Toggenburger Of Chicago

Lot 46: American Martini Schuetzen Rifle By Frederick Toggenburger Of Chicago

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Description: .38-50, 30" octagon barrel with a very good bore. This rifle features rudimentary but very endearing scroll engraving on either side of action along with a sunburst on the top of the action and some light border engraving on the tang. The right side of the action is also engraved "F, Toggenburger / Manufatr / Chicago, Ill". This is an unusual sidelever martini which utilizes a neat "S" shaped lever chiseled and engraved in the form of a sea serpent. The rifle is equipped with adjustable double set triggers, a folding palm rest, Swiss butt, cheekpiece and target sights. The barrel retains a pleasing even brown which appears to be a mix of finish and patina and shows some silvering on the high edges. The action appears to be nickel plated and that finish is 95% intact and has taken on a pleasing German silver color. The front bottom of action has a threaded hole which accommodates the round folding palm rest. The checkered pistolgrip buttstock and forend are of highly figured American black walnut and rate excellent with 90% plus original finish with sharp checkering. The left side of the stock between the rear edge of the checkering and the cheekpiece shows some very old wood filler which has cracked over time but is not overly obtrusive, is strictly cosmetic and could likely be made to disappear by a talented wood person. The pistolgrip is capped with a nickel plated steel cap and the heavy Swiss buttplate is also nickel plated. The rifle is sighted with a windgauge front, there is no provision for rear barrel sight and a folding tang mounted peepsight is in place. This is a very rare Toggenburger being engraved and equipped with the sidelever opener. A handsome American martini Schuetzen rifle. (16106-14) {ANTIQUE} [Warren Greatbatch Collection]

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Maynard Improved No. 16 Target Rifle

Lot 47: Maynard Improved No. 16 Target Rifle

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Description: serial #11500 (matching barrel), 32-35, 28" part round part octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a very nice, matching and honest Maynard target rifle. The barrel retains 95% original blue finish overall showing a perfectly filled dovetail that is polished and finished over and appears to have been like this since the beginning. The action is marked "1882" on right side and "1873" on left and retains 95% original color case-hardened finish which has toned somewhat but is still clearly visible in about full coverage. The checkered walnut buttstock and forend are of highly figured American black walnut and rate excellent with 95% original oil finish remaining and with strong checkering (the forend checkering shows very slight wear). The rifle is equipped with its original nickel plated Swiss buttplate. The rifle is sighted with a windgauge front with spirit level and its original Maynard folding tang mounted peepsight complete with stud mounted in top tang to hold it in place an protect it when not in use. This is a very fine Maynard Target rifle. (16106-15) {ANTIQUE} [Warren Greatbatch Collection]

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Extra Deluxe Cased And Engraved Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Pepperbox

Lot 48: Extra Deluxe Cased And Engraved Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Pepperbox

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Description: serial #295, 30 RF, 3" four barrel cluster with near very good bores. This model 2A pepperbox features the push-button barrel release and is engraved in an extra deluxe style. The frame features full coverage fine relief scroll engraving and is marked "TIPPING & LAWDEN / SHARPS PATENT" in circular pattern. Some of the extra engraving includes fine scroll within the circular maker's mark and extra engraving at the breech of the barrels in addition to the wedges to front and rear of the stippled thumbprints. Additionally the grips, like the frame, are of silverplated brass and they too are engraved in full coverage relief scroll. The condition of the pistol is nice with about 60 - 70% evenly thinning original blue remaining on the barrels. The frame and grips retain 97% original silverplated finish. The pistol comes in its original walnut case with burl lid showing a plain brass shield shaped escutcheon on top. The interior of the case is lined in blue baize and rates excellent with steel wiper, ebony handled turnscrew, key and both wooden compartment lids present. The condition of the case is excellent overall. An extremely attractive and heavily decorated Tipping & Lawden pepperbox. (16229-307) {ANTIQUE} [Elliot Riggs Collection]

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Superb Cased And Engrvaed Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Pepperbox

Lot 49: Superb Cased And Engrvaed Tipping & Lawden Sharps Patent Pepperbox

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Description: serial #5338, 30 RF, 3" four barrel cluster. This model 2B pepperbox features the lever barrel release and is marked on left side of frame "TIPPING & LAWDEN / SHARPS' PATENT" in circular pattern. The frame features wonderful relief scroll engraving with nice floral border patterns and the sides of the barrel show round stippled panels which are bordered in light scroll. The condition of the pistol is excellent with the barrels retaining about 90% original blue finish with most loss on left side near knurled panel. The frame retains 98% original silverplated finish overall. The foliate gutta percha grips rate excellent showing just light wear. The pepperbox comes in its original walnut case with burl lid. The interior of the case was lined in a purple baize which has faded to a beige color. Accessories include a pewter oiler, ebony handled turnscrew, steel wiper and key. The sliding lid cover on interior compartment is a replacement. The exterior of the case rates excellent with plain brass shield shaped escutcheon on lid, the keyhole escutcheon is missing. A handsome deluxe engraved Tipping & Lawden pepperbox. (16229-362) {ANTIQUE} [Elliot Riggs Collection]

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Browning Challenger Renaissance Semi-Auto Pistol

Lot 50: Browning Challenger Renaissance Semi-Auto Pistol

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Description: serial #40603U71, 22 LR, 6 3/4" barrel with bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces including the barrel base, front strap, slide, and frame are engraved in beautiful acanthus leaf scroll with stippled background over a gray satin nickel finish having only one tiny blemish on the underside of the unengraved portion of the barrel. The full wrap-around wood grips have nicely carved uppers done with acanthus leaf scroll and textured background and are finely checkered with a stylized border rating excellent. The pistol is equipped with a blade front sight and a screw-adjustable rear sight. One stainless steel magazine is included. This is a beautiful pistol, one of 437 made and in excellent condition. (116393-159)

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