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Auction Description for Amoskeag Auction Co: Auction No. 95 Featuring Fine Collectible Arms
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VIEWING MAY 6TH - MAY 17TH Viewing will be available from May 6th through May 17th 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. 95 Featuring Fine Collectible Arms

by Amoskeag Auction Co


842 lots | 839 with images

May 18, 2013

Live Auction

250 Commercial Street #3011

Manchester, NH, 03101 USA

Phone: +1 603-627-7383

Fax: +1 603-627-7384

Email: jason@amoskeagauction.com

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Winchester Model 1886 Lightweight Takedown Rifle

Lot 1: Winchester Model 1886 Lightweight Takedown Rifle

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Description: serial #139332,?33 WCF, 24" round barrel with half magazine and a bright excellent bore. This is a very clean 1886. The barrel and magazine retain about 95% evenly thinning original blue finish. The action retains about 90% original blue which is very strong on the side and with most loss being on the belly and top tang where metal has turned to a pleasing smooth brown patina. Color case-hardening on the lever is brilliant, the hammer is very strong but turning a little dark. The plain walnut buttstock and forend rate excellent with 95% plus original finish remaining with only wear, or issue, being one small area on the right side of the forend at the action where there is an old scuff which is worn over. The rifle is sighted with a Lyman hunting front sight, standard open rear and a Lyman 21 jack sight. This is a very fine condition 1886 rifle. (15910-8) {C&R}

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Peabody Martini Military Rifle

Lot 2: Peabody Martini Military Rifle

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Description: 43 Spanish, 33" round barrel with a bright minty bore. This is a very minty Peabody rifle. The barrel retains 95% strong original blue finish. The action and lock retain 97% strong original color case-hardened finish. All metal surfaces show a thin film of dried oil which likely has helped preserve the vivid color. The plain walnut buttstock and full length forend rate excellent plus with virtually all of their original finish and with a crisp "WC" cartouche on left side of stock. A stellar Peabody that would be next to impossible to upgrade. (15873-3) {ANTIQUE}

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Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Lot 3: Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

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Description: serial #239024 all matching including wedge, .31 caliber, 4" octagon barrel with a good plus bore that shows oxidation. This revolver is in very fine condition retaining lots of original finish. The barrel retains about 50% original blue with loss due to flaking and with those flaked areas taking on a pleasing smooth brown patina. The cylinder has flaked to an even gray brown patina with 95% scene visible. The frame retains about 80% faded original color case-hardened finish which still shows some vividness and has a pleasing appearance. The brass gripstraps retain a mellow patina and the one piece walnut grips rate excellent except for a decent size chip from the butt of the left side, 95% original varnish remains on the grips. A very nice pocket overall. (15906-5) {ANTIQUE}

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Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 First Issue Revolver

Lot 4: Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 First Issue Revolver

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Description: serial #9459, 32 rf, 3 1/2" barrel with a very good bore that shows just a couple specks of oxidation. This little revolver is in very fine condition. The frame and cylinder retain 95% plus bright original blue finish. The barrel has flaked and is an even brown patina with generous traces of original blue finish mostly under the barrel rib. The ejector rod and hammer retain lots of original color case hardening which is more vivid on the hammer. The two piece ivory grips are period and rate very good with a couple of small chips and the initials "AF" lightly scratched into the left side. The grips do not fit perfectly. (15884-1) {ANTIQUE}

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Mint Winchester Pre 64 Model 70 Target Bolt Action Rifle

Lot 5: Mint Winchester Pre 64 Model 70 Target Bolt Action Rifle

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Description: serial #139499, 257 Roberts, 24" medium weight barrel with bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces exhibit 99% original blue with one small speck of surface oxidation on the magazine floorplate. The marksman target style pistolgrip stock rates excellent as new with a few scattered tiny impact marks over a strong factory varnish. The gun features a checkered steel buttplate showing some specks of oxidation in the grooves and sling swivels are affixed to the toeline of the stock and on the forend. In addition, there is a blued adjustable sling swivel handstop mounted on a steel bracket with various drilled and tapped holes for adjustment. Sights include a Lyman #77 globe front sight, a fully adjustable Lyman receiver sight, and scope blocks mounted in the rear position on the barrel and on the front receiver ring. Included with this rifle is a military type leather sling showing some light mildew, an original instruction manual, a tin containing 5 Lyman sight inserts, and a couple of old non factory hanging tags all in a foam lined hard plastic case. This gun, circa 1950, is a rare find, not only because of its condition but also because of its configuration in this caliber. A very desirable rifle for a 70 collector. (115983-12) {C&R}

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rare Winchester model 1910 deluxe semi-auto rifle

Lot 6: rare Winchester model 1910 deluxe semi-auto rifle

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Description: serial #3463, 401 Win, 20" barrel with a mostly bright very good bore which shows strong evident rifling but with minor frosting its full-length. The metal surfaces retain about 92-95% original blue, the loss is due primarily to some light fading, chiefly confined to the front portion of the barrel, some high edge and contact point wear and a few minor scratches and handling marks; there is some sparse surface oxidation on the left upper edge of the receiver. The bolt shows some very good pale fire temper blue with only light flaking along its leading edge. The checkered walnut capped pistolgrip buttstock rates very good plus to near excellent with some stunning grain figure, light flaking and light handling marks, most notably two 2 1/2" scratches on the left and right side of the buttstock near the toe. The forend rates about very good showing some stunning grain but with more flaking of varnish and some moderate handling marks along the belly of the forend at the receiver, the forend is miraculously un-cracked in this area; there is a small 3/4" drying crack due to the highly figured wood along the left upper edge of the forend 2 1/2" from the forend nosecap. The original silver blade front sight is intact as is the factory semi-buckhorn sporting rear sight. The checkered hard rubber pistolgrip cap has a small abrasion and there is a small chip missing from the heel of the hard rubber buttplate. A single original magazine is included. Overall a very nice example of these rare deluxe model 1910 big bore Winchester self loaders. (35890-58) {C&R}

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Colt woodsman first series sport model semi-auto pistol

Lot 7: Colt woodsman first series sport model semi-auto pistol

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Description: serial #90841, 22 LR, 4 1/2" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain 99% original blue. The factory checkered walnut grips rate near excellent with some light softening to a few of the points. Pistol features a high velocity mainspring, adjustable rear sight and includes a single two line factory magazine and a light worn purple factory cardboard box. An excellent condition 1934 manufactured Woodsman. (55966-1) {C&R}

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Smith & Wesson model K-22 Outdoorsman first model revolver

Lot 8: Smith & Wesson model K-22 Outdoorsman first model revolver

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Description: serial #653103, 22 LR, 6" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain 95-98% original blue with light silvering at the muzzle, light cylinder ring and some specks of light pitting on the left side of frame and the right sideplate. The colors on the case-hardened hammer and trigger have mellowed slightly and some specks of light freckling and pitting more prevalent on the left side of the hammer. The factory diamond center checkered walnut grips rate near excellent with some lightly rounded points on the right stock which is also stamped ÒJFC" and is numbered to the gun. The revolver is equipped with an adjustable blade rear sight and a Call silver bead front sight. The enclosed factory letter confirms configuration and lists revolver as a single gun order sipped to Bob Smith Sporting Goods Co. of Boston Ma., October 10, 1935. A fine overall condition K-22 Outdoorsman revolver. (55989-D27925) {C&R}

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Colt diamondback double action revolver

Lot 9: Colt diamondback double action revolver

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Description: serial #R55214, 22 LR, 6" ventilated rib barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain 99% original blue with only a very faint turn ring on the cylinder. The factory checkered walnut grips rate excellent. The revolver includes an original lightly worn one piece wood grain cardboard box with Styrofoam insert, manual and papers. A virtually new-in-box Diamondback revolver. (55915-2)

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J. P. Sauer Scalloped Boxlock Drilling

Lot 10: J. P. Sauer Scalloped Boxlock Drilling

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Description: serial # 915210, 16 x 16 x 8x57 JRS, 23 3/4" raised matted rib barrels choked modified and improved modified and all having bright excellent bores. The barrels retain 98% original blue having a couple tiny scratches and one spot of surface oxidation on the left barrel just behind the muzzle. The coin finished frame is engraved with a bugling elk on the left side and a walking fox on the right side, both well executed and in appropriate habitat surrounded by fine scrolled borders with the balance done with open scroll. The frame shows some very faint dried oil stains and a tiny amount of surface oxidation on the bottom edges but otherwise remains in excellent condition. The triggerguard is carved and polished horn. The pistolgrip stock and splinter forearm with lever release rate excellent having just some light handling marks and one little dent in the top of the comb with fine well cut checkering. The stock has a hard rubber gripcap and grooved factory buttplate, both with white line spacers. It is shaped as a semi Monte Carlo stock with right hand beaded cheekpiece which has drops of 1 5/8" at the comb and 2 7/8" at the heel but maintains a 2" drop at face. Given the 14 3/8" length of the stock this gun would be quite comfortable for the average shooter. The gun features a simple blade front sight, pop-up rear notch sight actuated by the top tang button, double triggers (front set), extractors, Greener side safety, and cocking indicators. In addition there are sling swivels affixed to the toeline of the stock and on the under side of the barrels. This is a very nice drilling made with the quality you expect from Germany and would certainly make a very versatile hunting gun. (115888-5)

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lovely custom Mannlicher Schoenauer model 1908 rifle by Timner of coblenz

Lot 11: lovely custom Mannlicher Schoenauer model 1908 rifle by Timner of coblenz

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Description: serial #2861, 9x57 Mannlicher Schoenauer, 22 1/2" barrel with a bright very good bore which shows crisp rifling but with minor pitting within the grooves nearly its full-length. The barreled action retains about 75% original rust blue finish, the loss due primarily to even overall fading leaving a pleasing deep gray-blue appearance. The barrel features dual inlaid gold bands at the breech and the maker's name is inlaid in gold ahead of the rear sight boss "A.F.W. Timner, Coblenz". There is a simple bead front sight atop the sporting ramp and a single standing leaf rear sight on its boss present and the receiver is neatly fitted with a dual claw mount base; the rear base has been removed and its holes neatly filled. The receiver shows remnants of smoky case-hardening and is primarily a very pleasing tarnished pewter patina. The receiver, triggerguard bow and floorplate are all neatly engraved with a very nice quality oak leaf and acorn motif with hand matting and nice borderline engraving. The gun is stocked classic style, half-length in a very nice grade of French walnut and features a squarish German shadowline left-sided cheekpiece, bone schnabel forend tip, neatly pinched point of comb and carved basketweave checkered panels on the grip. The stock rates very good plus to excellent. The bone gripcap has a lovely blue steel accent plate affixed which is neatly engraved and gold inlaid with a monogrammed capital letter "O"; there is a smaller gold inlaid letter (or numeral) "v" intertwined with this. The steel trap door buttplate is neatly cross-hatch engraved, its tang features the same excellent quality oak leaf and acorn engraving. The trapdoor is inordinately wide and lifting it reveals a precisely inletted, cavernous compartment which will accommodate the no-longer-present telescopic sight and its quick-detachable claw mount bases. The rifle was initially proved for 7.9 mm (8x56MS) but was reproved for 9.5x56MS, this visible upon disassembly of the rifle. The front action screw shows some slot damage and was widened quite a bit over the years, appropriately dressing its slot would improve its looks quite a bit. Features double set triggers and maker-fitted sling provisions, the rifle really deserves to have a rear scope base re-affixed and have a nice set of dual claw mounts fitted along with a scope that would fit into the buttstock compartment. Included is a 10 round box of Kynoch cartridges with 245 grain metal covered soft nose bullet, the ammunition showing some light tarnish. August Friedrich Wilhelm Timner was a purveyor of fine arms to the Royal House of Hohenzollern. He was located in the Prussian Rhenish city of Coblenz. (Wilhelm II-the Kaiser-was head of the Hohenzollern House 1888-1918, his fifth son was Prince Oscar born in 1888 -- perhaps a clue to the "O" and "V"É.which is the Roman Numeral 5Éinlaid in gold on the gripcap?) (35944-11) {C&R}

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Browning Citori Grade III Three Barrel Skeet Set Over Under Shotgun

Lot 12: Browning Citori Grade III Three Barrel Skeet Set Over Under Shotgun

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Description: serial #26532PR3K3, 410 bore, 28 ga, and 20 ga, all 28" ventilated rib barrels choked skeet and skeet in all with bright excellent bores. The barrels have high post ribs which are matted and equipped with double ivory beads, and all retain 98% blue showing only a couple of very faint scratches, the 20 gauge barrels showing a few rub marks where the forearm attaches. The silver nitride frame is embellished with partridge and quail in panels surrounded by a foliate scroll and shows just the slightest amount of dulling around the bottom edges. The nicely figured pistolgrip stock and fluted beavertail forearm rate very good to excellent having a few scattered scratches and light dings with some flaking of the sharp edges all over a strong glossy finish and having crisp checkering on both. The stock has a factory recoil pad providing a length of 14 1/2" with drops of 1 1/2" at the comb, 2" at the heel, and 1/8" cast off. The gun features a single selective trigger, ejectors, and a non automatic safety. Included is an excellent Browning hard case containing an owner's manual, key for the case, and an aluminum stock spacer to extend the length of pull. This is a very attractive early Citori which should fit the bill for a nice small bore skeet gun. (115838-11)

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Browning Citori Superlight Grade VI Over Under Shotgun

Lot 13: Browning Citori Superlight Grade VI Over Under Shotgun

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Description: serial #35128NTF73, 28 ga, 26" ventilated rib barrels with Invector choke tubes of improved cylinder and improved cylinder installed with bright excellent bores. The metal surfaces retain 99% blue, the frame being extensively engraved with two gold pheasants on the left side, three gold ducks on the right side, a gold setter on the bottom plate, and a gold quail on the triggerguard all bordered with detailed acanthus leaf engraving over shaded backgrounds. The highly figured straight grip stock and schnabel forearm rate excellent having only a few faint handling marks and some light scratches over a strong high gloss finish. The forearm has an engraved lever release and both it and the buttstock exhibit crisp fine checkering. There is a factory buttplate installed having a small chip in the toe and providing a length of 14 1/4" with drops of 1 7/16" at the comb, 2 3/8" drop at heel, and no cast. The gun features a single selective trigger, ejectors, and a non automatic safety. Included are four additional choke tubes of skeet, 2 modified, and a full. Truly a light and lively little bird gun that is lovely to look at as well. (115948-1)

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Parker Reproduction Model DHE Boxlock Double Ejectorgun

Lot 14: Parker Reproduction Model DHE Boxlock Double Ejectorgun

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Description: serial #20-02322, 20 ga, 26" matted rib barrels choked light modified and improved modified (marked improved cylinder and modified) with bright excellent bores. The barrels retain 98% blue showing some slight fading at the muzzles. The frame is etched with the standard Parker engraving pattern of pointing dogs and scroll on both sides and flushing pheasants on the bottom plate and retains 70% case colors fading to a brown and pewter on the bottom and edges. The triggerguard has most all of its blue showing a little fading on the tang. The figured straight grip stock and splinter forearm rate excellent as refinished showing a few light handling marks over a strong glossy finish. Checkering is finely cut and in excellent condition. The buttstock has been cut and then what appears to be the same piece has been perfectly reattached showing an almost invisible seam about 1 1/4" from the end - obviously professionally done. The butt is a steel skeleton type, well checkered and in excellent shape providing a length of 14 3/8" and drops of 1 3/8" at the comb, 2 1/8" at the heel with no cast. The forearm has a lever release and the gun features a single selective trigger, ejectors, and a non automatic safety. Included is an excellent leather case with a slightly worn canvas overcase lined with green baize and displaying a Parker Reproduction label. It contains two nickel plated snap caps and a leather pouch holding two keys for the case. This is a fine upland double gun which is ready for a new season. (115895-4)

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Superb American Percussion Target Rifle in the wesson style

Lot 15: Superb American Percussion Target Rifle in the wesson style

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Description: .45 caliber, 36" part round part octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. The rifle is of wonderful quality, is heavily engraved and has tons of condition. The barrel is marked "REMINGTON / CAST STEEL" with the front half of the mark being only partially visible. The rifle is built on a Wesson style box action and remarkably, is not maker marked. The only identifying mark other than the barrel maker is on the patchbox, which is engraved in full coverage scroll and is adorned with the name "B. NELSON" who was no doubt who the rifle was built for. The frame and all furniture is of German silver and are engraved in virtually 100% coverage with tasteful 19th century scroll. The barrel breech and hammer are also engraved in the same lovely pattern. The condition of the rifle is wonderful with the barrel retaining a pleasing mix of original brown finish and a smooth brown patina. The rifle has no provision for a rear barrel sight and is equipped with a full length telescopic sight mounted in what would be the front sight dovetail and in an adjustable mount in a threaded hole in the top tang. The German silver all bears a pleasing mellow patina. The checkered buttstock is of very highly figured walnut and rates excellent with 90% plus original oil finish remaining. A crack in the wrist has been professionally repaired by Daniel Cullity of Sandwich, Massachusetts - it is undetectable. The rifle features a conventional rifle buttplate with a long toeplate which terminates only one inch from the triggerguard tang. The rifle is equipped with a false muzzle and a single trigger. The rifle is strikingly similar to those made by Edwin Wesson, the patchbox is very similar but not identical and the bolster is slightly different. While we have found other similar guns by Alfred Kellog and other makers we are unable to attribute this gun to any specific maker. This is truly a fabulous, high grade American percussion target rifle worthy of the finest collection of antique American arms. (15860-4) {ANTIQUE}

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fine Philadelphia percussion halfstock sporting and target rifle by Edward Anschutz

Lot 16: fine Philadelphia percussion halfstock sporting and target rifle by Edward Anschutz

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Description: (No. 44) .40 cal. percussion, 31 1/2" octagon barrel turned for starter with a bright excellent seven groove bore. The barrel is a pleasing smooth plum brown-gray patina with toning to pewter on the sharp edges and circumference of the turned muzzle. There is a German silver bladed dovetail front sight and simple flat-top sporting rear with a nice lollipop tang sight atop the wrist. The top of the barrel is maker marked "E Anschutz Philadelphia" and the patent breech and plain tang show some lovely original color case-hardening. The Spartan lock and graceful hammer also show some very nice color case-hardening with some very minor toning to brown, the lockplate marked "E Anschutz/Philadelphia". The gun features a German silver nosecap and oval wedge escutcheons with brass buttplate and brass dual spur triggerguard numbered "No44" on its rear extension. There is a single teardrop-shaped escutcheon on the left stock flat through which the lock screw passes. The birdseye maple stock rates excellent with crisp edges and much original varnish with nice darkening in the protected areas. There is a flared left side cheekpiece and a checkered wrist, strangely the checkering disappears in the area behind the rear extension of the triggerguard. The gun is equipped with dual-acting double set triggers and what is likely the original ramrod is present as is the brass starter marked "EA", "No44" and ".405". It is possible that the lollipop peep is a modern made replacement or perhaps merely a couple of its screws are. Really a lovely, Spartan, dual-purpose Philadelphia rifle that will perform well as an investment but certainly could be --and should be--enjoyed afield and at the range as well. (35968-1) {ANTIQUE}

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Winchester Pre 64 Model 70 Bolt Action Rifle

Lot 17: Winchester Pre 64 Model 70 Bolt Action Rifle

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Description: serial # 247987, 300 H&H, 26" barrel with bright excellent bore. The barrel retains 98% original blue having a few light scratches and some fading around the muzzle and the receiver exhibits 95% matte blue showing some mottling of the color. The bolt handle blue is fading around the knob, the floor plate is showing some light edge wear, and the triggerguard has some light scratches. The Monte Carlo pistolgrip stock rates excellent having a few handling marks and one light impression in the buttstock on the upper right side. Checkering remains crisp with a couple of flattened diamonds in the left grip panel. The original checkered steel buttplate is present showing some fading blue on the heel and toe and sling swivels are attached in the toeline of the stock and on the forend. The rifle is equipped with a ramp mounted blade front sight with hood and a single folding leaf rear sight. There is no evidence of scope mounting. This 1953 gun is in excellent condition and would enhance any Model 70 collection. (115983-14) {C&R}

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Winchester Pre 64 Model 70 Super Grade Bolt Action Rifle

Lot 18: Winchester Pre 64 Model 70 Super Grade Bolt Action Rifle

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Description: serial # 112183, 30-06, 24" barrel with bright excellent bore. The barrel retains 98% of a nicely enhanced blue showing some scratches and very faint polishing marks and the receiver exhibits 98% of a matte blue finish. The bolt handle, triggerguard, and the bottom plate show some slight fading and light handling marks. The pistolgrip stock rates very good showing light scattered scratches and some scuffs over a strong factory varnish and having crisp checkering. The gun features typical Supergrade ebony forend tip, a right hand cheekpiece, a hard rubber factory gripcap showing some soiling, and a checkered steel buttplate with sling swivels mounted in the toeline and on the forend. The sights are ramp mounted hooded blade front sight with a filled rear dovetail and a Lyman receiver sight mounted in the factory holes. Included is an old leather sling with detachable swivels attached. This is a very attractive Super Grade made in 1949 and in a very practical caliber. (115983-20) {C&R}

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Winchester Pre 64 Model 70 Varmint Bolt Action Rifle

Lot 19: Winchester Pre 64 Model 70 Varmint Bolt Action Rifle

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Description: serial #561372, 243 Win, 26" varmint barrel with bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain 98% original blue with only a few scattered faint scratches, the exception being the floorplate and triggerguard which have some very faint oxidation spotting. The Monte Carlo pistolgrip stock rates good showing no real wear but having areas of bubbled finish, probably the result of improper storage; it appears that a gentle refinish would be in order. The factory steel sight base and scope mount holes are vacant, the factroy swivels are present. The action functions smoothly although the bolt release is stuck from lack of use. This is a very nice rifle which does not appear to have been fired much and should make a great gun for which it was designed. (115983-17) {C&R}

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Marlin Ballard No. 9 Union Hill Rifle

Lot 20: Marlin Ballard No. 9 Union Hill Rifle

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Description: serial #29123, 32-40, 30" part round part octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a lovely Ballard rifle which remains in fabulous condition. The rifle is fitted with a Malcolm full length telescopic sight that appears to be original in every respect. The scope is mounted in the front dovetail and in another dovetail just ahead of action. There is no rear barrel sight dovetail and there never appears to have been a tang sight mounted on the rifle. The barrel retains about 80% evenly thinning original blue finish which is blending with a smooth brown patina. The scope is in virtually identical condition. The frame retains about 90% original color case-hardened finish which remains quite bright on the left side and slightly more subdued on the right but overall metal is very smooth and crisp and has a wonderful appearance. The checkered pistolgrip walnut buttstock and forend feature a cheekpiece and rate excellent with 95% original finish remaining and with sharp checkering. The rifle is equipped with its original short pronged Swiss buttplate which retains 95% of its original nickel plated finish. The rear scope mount is adjustable for elevation and still retains its original adjustment key affixed by a fine chain hanger. Overall a completely honest and extremely fine investment quality example of this popular Ballard model. (15860-17) {ANTIQUE}

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Smith Civil War Carbine

Lot 21: Smith Civil War Carbine

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Description: serial #16016 (all matching), .50 caliber, 21 5/8" part round part octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel retains about 70% original blue finish with the majority of the loss coming on the right side of barrel from the tip of the forend to the front sight. The frame retains about 85% faded original color case-hardened finish which is just evenly softened and shows a little light oxidation staining. The stock socket and locking bar both show lots of strong original blue. The plain walnut buttstock and forend rate about excellent with 90% original finish remaining and with small inspectors initials "GP" neatly stamped in block letters on left side of wrist; there is no cartouche, just the initials. Overall a very nice Smith carbine. (15873-30) {ANTIQUE}

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Spencer Civil War Model Carbine

Lot 22: Spencer Civil War Model Carbine

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Description: serial #53670, 56-52, 22" round barrel with a near very good bore that shows some scattered light pitting but is still bright with clean rifling. This is an original unaltered Civil War model Spencer without the Stabler cutoff. The metal surfaces of the carbine have a lovely smooth brown patina with well-defined edges and clear markings. The barrel has some old black paint that is thinly applied and looks like blue finish but it will flake away with a finger nail, exposing a pleasing smooth brown patina beneath. The plain walnut buttstock and forend rate near excellent with lots of original finish, very nice fit and raised grain. There is no evidence of a cartouche ever being present; there is a repaired chip on right side of forend at the action which uses the original piece of wood and the swivel inlet has been neatly filled in toeline of stock. The sling bar and ring were removed during the period of use with the ground area bearing the same patina as the balance of the gun. Overall a nice and very aesthetically pleasing Spencer. (15884-21) {ANTIQUE}

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R. Ball & Company Ballard Carbine

Lot 23: R. Ball & Company Ballard Carbine

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Description: serial #17068, 44 rf, 22" round barrel with a very good bright bore. This carbine is marked on left side of frame "MERWIN & BRAY AGT'S / NEW YORK", is serial numbered on top of barrel and top of frame and is also marked "No. 44" on top of chamber. The condition of the carbine is actually quite nice with the barrel retaining about 75% original blue with loss due to even thinning and with some very light oxidation present in some areas. The frame is a mix of faded original color case-hardened finish and a gray patina with markings remaining clear and legible. The plain walnut buttstock and forend rate excellent with 90% original oil finish remaining and with just normal light handling marks and dings. The carbine is equipped with its original manual extractor, original sights and sling swivels. A nice early Ballard carbine. (15873-28) {ANTIQUE}

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Maynard First Model Carbine

Lot 24: Maynard First Model Carbine

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Description: serial #4489, .35 caliber, 20" round barrel with octagonal breech and a near very good bore that shows a couple areas of roughness but lots of brightness. This carbine features the Maynard tape primer system and a slab walnut stock with patchbox. The barrel retains a pleasing even brown patina with just a little bit of light surface oxidation present. The action is a dark gray/brown patina with traces of faded original color case hardening in protected areas. The serial number appears on the underside of the barrel and on the inside of the primer door. All markings remain clear and legible. The plain walnut buttstock rates very good with 80% original varnish remaining and with a little staining in areas but with an overall nice appearance. The patchbox and buttplate both bear a pleasing patina which matches the balance of the metal surfaces quite well. The original folding tang mounted peep sight is present, there is no provision for a rear barrel sight and the original blade front sight is present. Overall a very decent example of these early Maynard carbines. (15873-8) {ANTIQUE}

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Ornate Double Hammer Rifle by Goldberger of Breslau

Lot 25: Ornate Double Hammer Rifle by Goldberger of Breslau

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Description: about 45 caliber (approximately .10" shorter than a 45-70), 28 1/8" damascus barrels with a bright very good relined bore showing pronounced rifling. The barrels exhibit a smooth rich brown color showing some fine pattern with some scattered scratches and silvering around the muzzles and the breech. The rib is matted with borders and is stamped with the maker's name and city and there is the German proofmark stamped at the breech indicating that this was of pre 1891 manufacture. The locks, hammers, and triggerguard are profusely engraved with acanthus leaves and scroll connected by silver or platinum vines over shaded backgrounds and with a running fox at the back of the left lock, a sitting dog and rabbit at the back of the right lock, a standing hunter in the top tang with more silver or platinum vines, and a bedded rehbock on the triggerguard all surrounded by detailed and line borders. In addition there is a gold monogram oval inlayed into the top tang. The metal surfaces retain 30% case color dispersed around protected areas with the balance turning a soft pewter patina. The intricately shaped triggerguard is made with a flat front as was the style of shooting at that time and is blended with a beautifully shaped and polished horn grip tang. The highly figured straight stock rates very good to excellent having been restored to a high standard in the past. It has a few scratches and light dings with an expertly done repair to the right side toe all over an older polished oil finish. In lieu of checkering, the grip is carved in acanthus leaf scroll with shaded background which carries well back onto the stock and under a pronounced right hand cheekpiece. The cheekpiece is nicely carved and underscored by a bead which runs to, and in line with, the bullet trap. The bullet trap has a spring loaded cover which is elaborately engraved with a bedded stag surrounded by the same intricate acanthus leaf scroll with silver or platinum vines as is on the locks and provides room for four cartridges. The cover extends up the stock providing a base for a narrow sling swivel. In addition there is a fully checkered horn buttplate held in place by two engraved screws in very good condition which furnishes a stock length of 14". This gun has the unique opening lever under the forearm which one sees on these early German firearms, this one being made of horn attached by an engraved metal base and having a checkered tip. It has an age crack running from the metal base 1" up to the first screw but does not seem to affect the operation of the action. The forearm, interestingly enough, is attached by a Deeley latch and is fully checkered in the conventional manner and shows some slight chipping of the edge. The rifle is equipped with a German silver front blade sight and a three leaf express rear sight with one folding leaf. In addition, there is a narrow sling swivel attached under the barrels. The gun has double triggers (front set), extractors, and rebounding locks. Obviously made for someone of means, this beautiful rifle was created at a time when skill and artistry had no hourly rate attached to it. A striking rifle which could still be used once the proper caliber has been determined. (115969-3) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Model 1841 Mississippi Rifle by Robbins & Lawrence

Lot 26: U.S. Model 1841 Mississippi Rifle by Robbins & Lawrence

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Description: .54 caliber, 33" round barrel with a very good bore that shows a subtle bulge 8" ahead of breech. This rifle is a Drake alteration featuring the added front sight/bayonet stud and the two leaf rear sight. The lockplate is marked "ROBBINS / & / LAWRENCE / U.S." ahead of hammer and "WINDSOR, VT / 1850" vertically behind hammer. The barrel is marked "US", bears proper inspector's initials and is also dated 1850 on tang. Iron surfaces of musket bear a lovely even smooth gray patina with all markings remaining clear and legible. The walnut stock rates excellent with well-defined edges, lots of original oil finish and two light but visible cartouches, the forward cartouche is partially obscured by handling marks. The brass furniture all bears a light mellow patina. The top of the buttplate bears the standard "US" mark and is additionally marked "3 / G". The rifle is equipped with its original brass tipped iron ramrod and the original spare nipple remains in the patchbox. Overall a very fine example of a Mississippi rifle adapted to socket bayonet by Augustine Drake. (15898-1) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Model 1851 Percussion Cadet Musket by Springfield armory

Lot 27: U.S. Model 1851 Percussion Cadet Musket by Springfield armory

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Description: .57 caliber, 40" round barrel with a bright excellent rifled bore. This Cadet musket is the rifled and sighted variation. The lock bears proper markings of Federal eagle over "US" ahead of hammer and "SPRING / FIELD / 1853" vertically behind hammer. The barrel bears correct "V / P / (eaglehead)" and is also dated 1853 on the tang. Iron surfaces of musket are a mellow gray patina with some light oxidation staining mostly on the lock and a tiny bit on the breech end of barrel. All markings remain clear and legible. The walnut stock rates very good with lots of original finish and normal handling marks. The stock edges remain well-defined and there is a small chip missing from the left side of the barrel tang. The iron furniture is in similar condition as the balance of the metal surfaces. The buttplate tang is marked with the standard "US" and is additionally marked "C / 24". The bottom of the stock just ahead of the triggerguard tang is stamped "47". Musket comes with its original trumpet shaped iron ramrod. The rifle features a bayonet stud on underside of muzzle, there is a front sight incorporated into the front barrel band and a long range rear sight is in place. This is a very fine example of these scarce rifled Cadet muskets. (15873-37) {ANTIQUE}

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Colt Lightning Medium frame slide action rifle

Lot 28: Colt Lightning Medium frame slide action rifle

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Description: serial #83918, 32 WCF, 26" octagon barrel with a very good plus bore, showing some pitting and good rifling on its length. The metal surfaces exhibit a pleasing brown patina mixing with hints of original blue finish and stronger traces of blue in protected areas along with pitting near the muzzle. The Rampant Colt is evident on the left of the receiver, though it appears the original stamping was weak at the time of manufacture. The smooth, straight walnut buttstock and the classic smooth, non-checkered slide forend bear only a few dings on the balance. Rifle is equipped with a dovetailed Rocky Mountain front sight blade, an adjustable dovetailed sporting rear sight and a tang peep sight with disk. This is a handsome and solid example of these collectable rifles, this one functions flawlessly. (25884-26) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Model 1861 New Jersey Contract Special Musket by Colt

Lot 29: U.S. Model 1861 New Jersey Contract Special Musket by Colt

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Description: .58 caliber, 40" round barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a nice clean musket. The lock is properly marked and is dated 1862 to rear of hammer. The barrel is properly "NJ" marked and is dated 1863. The iron surfaces of musket are a pleasing even light gray patina with just a few scattered pinprick pits in breech area of barrel. All markings remain very clear and legible, the Federal eagle on the bolster is still very crisp. The walnut stock rates excellent with slightly softened edges and a crisp NJ" struck in the stock flat opposite the lock. There are normal light handling marks along with a couple of chips from the edges. The original tulip shaped iron ramrod is present. Overall a very nice N.J. contract 1861 Special musket. (15873-21) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Model 1842 New Jersey Contract Percussion Musket by Springfield

Lot 30: U.S. Model 1842 New Jersey Contract Percussion Musket by Springfield

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Description: .69 caliber, 42" round barrel with a very good bore. The lockplate bears proper markings and is dated 1849 and the barrel bears "V / P / (eaglehead)" marking, is dated 1851 on the tang and marked "NJ" on left flat. Metal surfaces of musket bear a pleasing even gray patina with clear legible markings. The walnut stock has a rich dark color and rates about excellent with nice edges and strong "NJ" cartouche on left stock flat. The right side of the butt is carved with the initials "AR". The musket comes with its original trumpet shaped ramrod. A handsome New Jersey marked 1842 musket. (15898-12) {ANTIQUE}

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Rare Winchester Model 1892 Musket

Lot 31: Rare Winchester Model 1892 Musket

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Description: serial #84490, 44-40, 30" round barrel with a very good bore that shows some scattered small patches of oxidation but is still quite bright with strong rifling. This musket is completely honest and remains in very good condition with most condition loss being due to poor storage rather than wear. The barrel retains about 50% evenly thinning original blue finish which is blending with a smooth brown patina and with some light oxidation staining and one patch of pitting on the top of the barrel about half way to the muzzle. The action retains 30 - 40% original blue which is blending with a brown patina and with several patches of mostly light pitting which is confined generally to the belly of the action with a small patch of light to moderate pitting on the left side of the frame. There is some light oxidation on the frame as well that would probably clean up with proper attention. The lever and hammer still show considerable faded original color case hardening with some scattered patchy light oxidation staining. The plain walnut buttstock and full length forend rate excellent with 90% original finish remaining and with very few handling marks. The buttplate shows a little faded original color case-hardened finish with scattered light oxidation. The original military style sights are present. Factory records show this as a musket in 44 caliber being received in the warehouse on 11/30/97 and shipping on 12/4/97 and having two Òreturn and repairs" in March and May of 1898. A completely honest, documented Winchester 1892 musket. (15910-5) {ANTIQUE}

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Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Single Action Revolver

Lot 32: Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Single Action Revolver

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Description: serial #90904, 32 rf, 6" barrel with an about very good bore. This rare little Smith has all matching numbers on the frame, cylinder and barrel and remains in very nice condition. The metal surfaces of revolver retain about 93% original finish with nearly all of the loss being on the cylinder and on barrel just ahead of cylinder. The revolver wears a nice pair of mother-of-pearl grips which fit nicely and show proper age. A nice little long barreled variation of the Smith 1 1/2. (15971-3) {ANTIQUE}

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Smith & Wesson Model?1 1/2 Single Action Revolver

Lot 33: Smith & Wesson Model?1 1/2 Single Action Revolver

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Description: serial #96886, 32 rf, 8" barrel with a slightly dark but very good bore. This rare revolver has all matching numbers on the frame, cylinder and barrel. The metal surfaces of this revolver retain about 15% original nickel plated finish with the balance turned to a dark brown patina with old light surface oxidation present. The two piece checkered hard rubber grips rate about good having heavy wear with some areas of grips shiny and smooth where checkering was originally. This is a very rare gun and would make a perfectly acceptable example in a comprehensive collection awaiting a better example. (15971-4) {ANTIQUE}

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Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Single Action Revolver

Lot 34: Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Single Action Revolver

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Description: serial #96892, 32 rf, 10" barrel with a near very good bore. This rare Smith is the longest barrel offered for this particular model and it has all matching numbers on the frame, cylinder and barrel. In addition to having a most desirable barrel length, the gun is finished in blue which is desirable as well. The barrel retains about 25% original blue with some scattered light surface oxidation present and the balance bearing a pleasing brown patina. The cylinder is a brown patina overall with traces of original blue in some of the flutes. The frame retains about 20% bright original blue with the remaining areas bearing a smooth brown patina. The two piece checkered hard rubber grips rate very good plus with light wear. This is not a high condition gun but it is completely honest and exceptionally rare. (15971-5) {ANTIQUE}

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Interesting and Massive Percussion Left Hand Fowler by H. Berdan of New York

Lot 35: Interesting and Massive Percussion Left Hand Fowler by H. Berdan of New York

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Description: 8 bore, 45 1/4" double key fastened barrel bears Birmingham proofs on underside. The top of the barrel is engraved "H. BERDAN NEW YORK" and the lock is engraved "H. BERDAN". The barrel is double gold banded at the breech and features a neat tapered rib which is 5/8" wide at the breech and tapers to a point just before the forend tip. The barrel breech and tang feature tasteful scroll engraving while the lock is undecorated. The barrel bears a lovely brown patina and still shows subtle damascus pattern pretty much its entire length. The lock is a pleasing smooth gray patina and all metal surfaces are generally free of any pitting. The triggerguard and buttplate tang show wonderful relief floral scroll engraving. The walnut stock shows some figure and rates very good plus with lots of original finish, good, lightly worn checkering and excellent fit. The forend tip is of pewter and there is a sliver of wood missing on left side, top edge between the front wedge escutcheon and the forend tip. Hiram Berdan was an engineer and inventor who moved to New York in 1853 at the age of 29. He patented an ore amalgamator that same year and within a year of that patent being issued, sold the rights of manufacture and use rights in New York, California and England for $950,000 making him an extremely wealthy young man. With his background as an inventor, shooter and outdoorsman and his being located in New York City when this fowler was likely made, it is easy to conclude that fowler is a product of Hiram Berdan. Whether Berdan built the gun or had it build and whether this was a Òone off" or part of a production run is a mystery. Berdan's notable firearms inventions all relate to the transition to breechloading firearms and cartridge development after the Civil War. This fowler pre-dates the Civil War and could represent Berdan's first foray into firearm development. While the fowler has no technological advances for its time, it would seem reasonable that a left handed percussion market gun would be highly unusual for the time. A very interesting fowler which is worthy of further research. (15860-7) {ANTIQUE}

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Colt Cloverleaf model Revolver

Lot 36: Colt Cloverleaf model Revolver

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Description: serial #2159, 41 rf, 3" round barrel with a lightly oxidized bore. This revolver remains in very fine condition retaining 95% original bright nickel plated finish on the frame and barrel. The left sideplate appears to have a had a shallow dent which has been raised and is unobtrusive. The cylinder is numbered "1519" and retains about 20% original nickel plated finish. The original two piece walnut birdshead grips rate excellent showing very nice figure and retaining 85% original finish. Revolver functions well. (15971-6) {ANTIQUE}

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Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle

Lot 37: Smith & Wesson Model 320 Revolving Rifle

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Description: serial #225, 320 S&W, 18" barrel with a good bore that shows pitting toward muzzle. This revolver has all matching numbers on the frame, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch. The grips are not numbered but fit perfectly and are doubtless original, the stock is not numbered but matches perfectly in condition and appears as it has been with the revolver since the beginning. Metal surfaces of revolver retain an even brown patina overall with generous traces of original blue under the barrel rib and on the frame behind the recoil shields. All markings in metal remain crisp and legible. The are two impact marks adjacent to each other between the flutes on one chamber. The mottled checkered hard rubber grips and forend show wear commensurate with the balance of the revolver and rate very good overall. The walnut stock rates very good plus with a chip from the toe of the stock and buttplate. The front sight appears to be a dovetailed replacement, the folding leaf rear barrel sight is original and a filler screw is in place in the buttstock where the optional tang sight would seat. Overall this is a good honest example of these scarce Smith & Wesson guns that get extremely pricey in higher states of condition. (15971-1) {ANTIQUE}

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Savage Percussion Navy Revolver

Lot 38: Savage Percussion Navy Revolver

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Description: serial #531, .36 caliber, 7 1/8" octagon barrel with a good plus bore. The metal surfaces retain a gray brown patina overall with some impact marks present on the cylinder and parts of frame. There is also a little patchy light pitting but the metal surfaces remain mostly smooth and pleasing to the eye. The loading lever assembly retains a good deal of bright original blue with the balance bearing a smooth brown patina. The two piece walnut grips rate very good as refinished and with a couple small chips from corners. Revolver functions properly. (15911-2) {ANTIQUE}

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French Percussion Pistol by Moulard Dufour of St. Etienne

Lot 39: French Percussion Pistol by Moulard Dufour of St. Etienne

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Description: .60 caliber, 7" octagon barrel with swamped muzzle. This is a neat pistol which utilizes Dufour's lock that is integral with the frame. The lock mechanism is affixed to the inside of the right side of the frame and the main spring affixes to the inside of the lower grip frame, behind the triggerguard. The frame is of brass and is nicely engraved with fancy border engraving with the left side having an oval panel engraved "Par Brevet / D'invention / Moulard dufour". The barrel bears a rich brown patina with light surface oxidation overall. The frame bears a pleasing untouched patina. The one piece walnut grip is checkered and is of a typical French form of the period and fitted with an iron grip cap. The grip rates about very good with light to moderate wear to checkering. The ramrod is no longer present. This is a neat, very nice quality French pistol. (15800-48) {ANTIQUE}

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Rare Savage & North Figure 8 First Model Second Variation Revolver

Lot 40: Rare Savage & North Figure 8 First Model Second Variation Revolver

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Description: serial #44, .36 caliber, 7 1/8" octagon barrel. This is a very fine example of these rare American revolvers. The top of the barrel is properly marked "SAVAGE MIDDLETOWN, CONN / H.S. NORTH PATENTED JUNE 17TH 1856" and that marking remains 90% plus legible. The serial number "44" appears on the left side of the grip frame, cocking lever and front guard, left side of hammer, left side of loading lever, back of cylinder and on bottom of barrel while the assembly number "92" appears on the bottom of the barrel, bottom of frame, on both pieces of the cylinder, and on the inside of each grip. This all matching all original revolver remains in very good condition with the barrel, cylinder and other iron components bearing a generally smooth finish with a few light marks and some light oxidation in a couple areas. The brass frame bears a pleasing, mellow patina. The two piece walnut grips rate about very good as lightly refinished long ago. This revolver represents the beginning of what would become the much better known Savage Navy model revolver. A rare and unusual American percussion revolver. (15873-51) {ANTIQUE}

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Burnside Third Model Percussion Carbine

Lot 41: Burnside Third Model Percussion Carbine

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Description: serial #3908, .54 caliber, 21" round barrel with a dark bore. This is the first variation of the Burnside to have a forend and it retains the early style solid lever/breechblock which does not pivot as on the later, more common variations. Metal surfaces of carbine are a rich brown patina with some scattered old surface oxidation present. Markings on barrel and frame are difficult to decipher, the lock marking remains deep and fully legible. The lever catch appears to be a modern replacement (not visible when the lever is closed) and the forward screw in the bottom of the lever, which enters the front half of the breechblock appears to be a good quality period replacement. The plain walnut buttstock and forend rate near very good with some old added light finish and with handling dings, scratches and a few light bruises from the years. The rear sight may be an old replacement, the front sight is original. Overall a decent example of these seldom seen Burnside carbines. (15900-2) {ANTIQUE}

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fine German Kessler patent action Schuetzen rifle by Wolf

Lot 42: fine German Kessler patent action Schuetzen rifle by Wolf

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Description: serial #H8223, about .36 cal. CF, 29" octagon Guss stahl barrel with a bright very good plus bore which shows strong rifling but a few widely scattered, very light spots of oxidation or light pitting. The barrel retains about 85-90% original deep dark gray-blue which has toned to pewter on the high edges and contact points, also showing some very minor oxidation staining and a few minor handling marks. The martini-style frame is primarily a tarnished pewter patina with some sparse light oxidation and traces of case colors. The frame is profusely engraved in deep foliate and floral scroll with the right side showing an ancient German target scorer with feudal bib apron and plume hat while the left side shows a more contemporary shooting lady, also with plume hat with a prominent plunging neckline on her garb. It would appear that portions of the engraving perhaps have silver Damascening which are turning a blue-pewter with age. The engraving continues onto the belly of the action, lever bow, triggerplate, breechblock and upper tang. The top flat of the barrel is maker inlaid in gold "K Wolf Diez" and there is some light loose gold inlaid scroll with dual inlaid gold bands at the breech. The straight grip European walnut buttstock with high comb rates excellent and shows some lovely grain figure with minor handling marks and dings from the years with nice wrist checkering accented by beautiful carved foliate scroll to its rear. The Schuetzen style buttplate retains generous traces of original color case-hardening and light engraving as well. The forend rates very good plus to excellent with much original varnish and minor dings and handling marks with nice carved flourishes of scroll front and rear; it is keyed to the barrel with a single wedge. The rifle features a half-globe front sight with simple lollipop aperture, there is no rear sight present on the male dovetail; the rear sight seat holds what is likely the original diopter style aperture sight. What is likely a much later cleaning rod is present in the thimbles beneath the barrel. The action seems to lock up well and the mechanism is crisp. (35860-23) {C&R}

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Jenks Percussion Mule Ear Carbine by N.P. Ames

Lot 43: Jenks Percussion Mule Ear Carbine by N.P. Ames

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Description: .54 caliber, 24 1/4" round barrel with a fair to good smooth bore. The top of the barrel bears proper "USN" and "Wm. JENKS" marks as well as inspectors initials and is dated 1844. The lock shows the proper "N.P. Ames" mark and is also marked "Wm JENKS". All markings in metal remain clear and legible. Metal surfaces of carbine are a dark brown patina with some areas of scattered old light pitting present. The stock has three considerably large chips missing around the lock but otherwise rates very good with a good cartouche. The brass barrel bands, triggerguard and buttplate all bear a pleasing patina. The stock was period inletted for a ramrod and a period iron ramrod is now present. The bands have been altered to accept the ramrod with the bottom retaining screws being moved to the side and with the bottom holes now vacant. An interesting Jenks carbine. (15871-12) {ANTIQUE}

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Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Army Carbine

Lot 44: Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Army Carbine

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Description: serial #2016, 52 RF, 24" round barrel with a very good bore that shows some scattered light pitting but has generally sharp rifling. The barrel of this carbine bears an even brown patina which remains quite smooth. The frame is an overall blue / gray color with markings on right side being light and only partially legible; it appears to have been refinished long ago. The saddle ring staple has been removed with the holes neatly filled. Most screw heads show some degree of slot damage. The walnut buttstock rates excellent likely having been lightly cleaned but having a lovely appearance with excellent fit and does not appear to have ever been cartouched. The brass buttplate bears a light patina and the sling swivel remains present in toeline. The lever catch in bottom of frame behind trigger is either broken or missing. These army model carbines are quite scarce with only about 500 being produced. (15903-1) {ANTIQUE}

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rare Smith & Wesson new model number three target single action revolver

Lot 45: rare Smith & Wesson new model number three target single action revolver

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Description: serial #3898, 32-44 S&W Target, 6 1/2" round barrel with a bright excellent bore. Metal surfaces on this stunning revolver retain 98% plus original blue, the loss being only a few lightly worn high edges and a couple tiny abrasions on the right side of the barrel were something impacted the edge of the rib and a small spot on the barrel itself. The muzzle is polished bright and shows a couple very tiny pinprick flecks of oxidation on the rib. The triggerguard and hammer retain vivid original color case-hardening with lovely pale yellow fire temper on the trigger. The checkered walnut grips rate excellent, they are un-numbered. The rear sight blade is a very fine u-notch with a Paine-style front blade sight. The barrel-to-frame lockup is excellent and the gun times and locks up well. This example features the 1 9/16" cylinder, purportedly only 299 were manufactured with this long cylinder in this caliber. A very stellar example overall from which it would be hard to upgrade. (35865-178) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. model 1875 Smith & Wesson first model Schofield revolver

Lot 46: U.S. model 1875 Smith & Wesson first model Schofield revolver

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Description: serial #1162, 45 S&W, 7" barrel with a very good plus bore which shows strong rifling but scattered light pitting nearly its full-length. The metal surfaces on this U.S.-issued first model Schofield are primarily a mix of pewter gray and plum brown with the generous traces of original blue in the protected areas. There are the minor handling marks and dings one would expect from an issued arm as well as scattered light pinprick pitting. The hammer retains some very strong traces of case colors with remnants of pale blue on the barrel latch. The "U.S." marking on the butt is still very legible as are the "P" and "L" inspectors markings on barrel, cylinder and frame. The grips rate very good as lightly cleaned, the right-grip showing a moderate ding near the butt. The grips are still proud of the metal in some areas with the metal being slightly proud in others and the left grip showing a light but present cartouche, the right cartouche no longer visible; they are stamp numbered to the gun. Barrel-to-frame lockup is excellent and the gun times well and locks up appropriately. A couple screws show some very light slot damage, the rear cylinder catch screw more moderate. The included factory letter shows shipment in July of 1875 to the United States Government National Armory at Springfield Mass. Really a very good example overall in a very fine mechanical state of condition. (35884-15) {ANTIQUE}

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lovely U.S. model 1875 Smith & Wesson second model Schofield revolver

Lot 47: lovely U.S. model 1875 Smith & Wesson second model Schofield revolver

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Description: serial #3302, 45 S&W, 7" barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is really a stunning revolver. The metal surfaces retain 98 to near 99% factory Smith & Wesson blue with a light cylinder turn ring and a few remnants of light pitting. The triggerguard, hammer, barrel catch and cylinder catch all exhibit vibrant factory color case-hardening. The smooth walnut grips rate excellent as professionally refinished with the left grip showing a ghost of the original cartouche, they are stamp-numbered to the gun. The left side of the grip frame, beneath the grips, is stamped with the Smith & Wesson "diamond S" rework mark with a refinish marking of "661" signifying factory refinish in June of 1961. Barrel-to-frame lockup is as tight as the day it left Springfield and the gun times and locks up perfectly. The butt still has a very good "U.S." marking and the "W" and "P" markings on barrel, cylinder and frame are all intact and legible. The front sight blade has been replaced with a taller "Paine" style, without bead. The included factory letter shows shipment in October of 1876 to the U.S. Armory in Springfield Massachusetts. Really a super second model Schofield which appears very nearly as-new after its beautiful factory refurbish. (35884-16) {ANTIQUE}

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engraved Smith & Wesson No.3 American single action revolver

Lot 48: engraved Smith & Wesson No.3 American single action revolver

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Description: serial #14691, 44 S&W American, 8" ribbed round barrel with a very good plus bore which shows strong rifling but with minor scattered light pitting. This is an attractive Smith & Wesson revolver. The metal surfaces are primarily a pleasing smooth pewter patina with generous traces of silver plating, retaining strong amounts -perhaps 15%- in the flutes of the cylinder, ribs of the barrel and in the areas of the recoil shields on the frame. The gun shows nice New York-style engraving in about 65-70% coverage. It is loose flowing scroll with background punch-dot shading. The triggerguard, trigger and hammer show nicely restored color case-hardening which is now starting to tone and gain a mellow appearance. The top latch shows generous traces of a pale fire temper blue as do most of the screws, with those drifting slightly to pewter. The lanyard loop hole in the bottom of the butt has been plugged with a simple screw and all the markings remain legible. The gun wears a pair of smooth ivory grips which rate about excellent, they have shrunken somewhat with age and are pencil numbered on the interior "4691" showing some light age crackling along their butt edges. Frame, cylinder and barrel are all assembly numbered alike. Barrel-to-frame lockup is still quite good and the gun seems to time well mechanically. The included factory letter shows shipment in November of 1872 to M W Robinson in New York City with an 8 inch barrel and un-engraved with nickel finish. The letter suggests the revolver was New York engraved and mentions that M W Robinson kept a large stock of ivory grips on hand to fit customer orders. A very attractive second model No.3 American overall with a decidedly "frontier" look to it. (35884-18) {ANTIQUE}

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Engraved Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Pocket Revolver

Lot 49: Engraved Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Pocket Revolver

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Description: serial #8429, 32 rf, 3" ribbed round barrel. This handsome revolver features nice New York scroll engraving which is period and in about 80% coverage including work on the frame, barrel and cylinder. Metal surfaces of revolver retain 90% original nickel plated finish overall with most loss on the left side of barrel where exposed metal is an even gray patina. The two piece ivory grips fit perfect, are ink numbered to the gun and rate about excellent. A very handsome little Marlin revolver. (15906-9) {ANTIQUE}

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Whitney Model 1861 Navy Percussion Plymouth Rifle

Lot 50: Whitney Model 1861 Navy Percussion Plymouth Rifle

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Description: .69 caliber, 34" round barrel with a lightly rusted bore. The lock bears proper marks and is dated 1864 vertically to rear of hammer. The barrel is also dated 1864 and has an additional number "9018" with inspectors initials being light but still present. The metal surfaces of musket have been lightly cleaned and the eagle on the lock and the "V / P / (eaglehead)" on barrel are light but still visible. Metal is an overall gray patina with scattered light pitting. The walnut stock rates about very good as lightly refinished showing lightly softened edges and faint traces of cartouches. The stock shows numerous handling marks from its years of service. The rifle is equipped with its original long range sights and right side of muzzle has the rail and lug for saber bayonet. (15873-10) {ANTIQUE}

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