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Auction Description for Amoskeag Auction Co: Auction No. 92 Featuring Fine Collectible Arms
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VIEWING NOVEMBER 5TH - NOVEMBER 16TH Viewing will be available from November 5h through November 16th 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. 92 Featuring Fine Collectible Arms

(951 Lots)

by Amoskeag Auction Co


951 lots | 936 with images

November 17, 2012

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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Colt prewar super match 38 semi-auto pistol

Lot 101: Colt prewar super match 38 semi-auto pistol

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Description: serial #22428, 38 Super, 5" barrel with a bright very good plus bore which shows some minor frosting in the grooves for about three quarters of its length. The metal surfaces retain about 90% original blue, the loss is due primarily to muzzle and high edge wear and overall light dings and handling marks as though the gun sat in a crowded drawer. The fully checkered walnut grips rate very good with most of the points showing minor flattening and a couple of the stock screws showing some light slot damage. This example is equipped with the factory Stevens adjustable rear sight and a correctly marked "Colt/Super/38 Auto" marked two-tone magazine is included. The included factory letter confirms the rear sight as adjustable and shows shipment in December of 1936 to Salt Lake Hardware Company in SLC, Utah. Overall a very nice example manufactured in 1936 which likely still shoots one-ragged-hole groups. (35450-28) {C&R}

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American colonial-era Hudson Valley long fowler

Lot 102: American colonial-era Hudson Valley long fowler

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Description: About .77 cal. percussion, 53" barrel with a lightly oxidizer bore. The barrel is an overall pleasing plum brown patina and shows a turned medial one third of the way down its length and features a shallow dovetailed brass blade front sight; the left barrel radius shows what is likely sunken British proofs and the makers marking of "TS" beneath crown. The gun was converted during the period of use to percussion and shows a good deal of erosion and pitting in the flash area, the breech featuring a simple flat dovetailed tang. The original lockplate is present and is a gray patina with some light engraving and very light pinprick pitting; it is marked "T.Saunders" (Thomas Saunders was active in London from 1688-1715). The Spartan percussion hammer and nipple barrel are primarily a deep plum brown patina. Clearly a north American restocking with older British parts, the butternut or perhaps cherry halfstock features comb flutes and a nice club butt. The stock itself rates very good for its age showing a minor chip at the rear of the tang which was re-affixed with a tiny brad and another chip between the tang and the lockplate which was also re-affixed and light handling marks and dings from the years; there is an incise carved concentric decoration on the left side of the butt. Additionally there is quite a chip from the toe and a large scorched area on the right side of the butt and beautiful high edge and carry wear from the years; the protected areas of the stock around the triggerguard are a rich untouched blackened varnish. The left stock flat shows a serpentine brass sideplate depicting a sea serpent and there is a simple brass triggerguard affixed with the tang screw and an iron nail. The original ramrod is present with a screw-end patch pull. It is retained by two brass thimbles attached to an oak under-rib, the rib is cracked in one spot but is fully intact. The lock is retained by three screws through the aforementioned sideplate, it will hold on half cock but the full cock notch is worn. Really a super untouched American long fowler which clearly had a long service life. (35531-2) {ANTIQUE}

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New York State over under percussion buck and ball rifle by wood

Lot 103: New York State over under percussion buck and ball rifle by wood

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Description: .36 cal. percussion and .60 cal. (about 20 ga.) smoothbore. 31" barrels with a very good plus to near excellent rifle bore which is mostly bright and shows only a few scattered, very minor pits and a similar smooth bore, also showing a handful of very light pits. The metal surfaces are an overall deep pewter gray patina with scattered minor brown oxidation staining, sparsely scattered pinprick pits and a number of light dings and handling marks from the years of use. There is a Beach-style combination front sight in place, the globe is no longer present, and a scant semi-buckhorn rear sight with step elevator, the tang is drilled and tapped for a lollipop-peep which is no longer present. The top barrel flat is marked "BC Wood/P. Post NY" and there is light engraving on the top flat between the percussion bolsters, each bolster showing light foliate engraving with a very light geometric engraving on the long upper tang. The back action locks and hammers also show some very light geometric scroll engraving and are maker marked identically to the barrel. There is a nice single spur triggerguard which is lightly engraved, iron buttplate and toeplate and a lightly engraved iron patchbox on the right side of the butt with a smaller, nicely engraved cap box on the left-side cheekpiece. The American walnut stock rates very good plus with much original varnish, light dings and handling marks from the years, flat-top checkering and a flared left-sided shadowline cheekpiece. The locks are crisp and mechanically functional and the single trigger will actuate each lock in turn or both simultaneously if both are cocked. What appears to be an antique rifle ramrod is in place on the right side thimbles while an original flared bone tip ramrod is in place in the left thimbles. Really a very nice example from this prolific Painted Post New York maker; Barry Wood was active there from 1842-1876. (35529-55) {ANTIQUE} [Bruce W. Putney Collection]

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Tipping & Co. British percussion Double Muzzle Loading Shotgun

Lot 104: Tipping & Co. British percussion Double Muzzle Loading Shotgun

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Description: 14 bore, 29 1/2" damascus barrels with very good bores. The barrels retain about 20 to 30% brown showing a fading pattern under a graying color. The rib is marked "Tipping & Lawden London" and there are twin gold breech bands and a platinum blow-out plug on each side. The locks are engraved with a dog and partridges on the left side and a dog and pheasants on the right side, each with a panel of scroll on the front and a nice border detail on the back. The hammers and top tang are scroll engraved and the triggerguard has a dog and borders and all of the metal surfaces have turned a soft pewter color. The straight grip stock rates very good to excellent as refurbished and the checkering on both the forearm and stock has been professionally pointed up. The triggerguard has a nicely detailed front extension done with a pineapple finial and the ram rod stovepipe mirrors the triggerguard but adds more detail. Both pieces exhibit some light pinprick pitting but retain most of their engraving. The gun features a gold monogram oval in the toeline which is engraved with the head of a roaring lion and there is a steel buttplate with top extension providing a length of 14 1/2". What appears to be the original ramrod is present and is held in place by two iron thimbles. A very nice refurbished brass reinforced oak case is included which has the same lion head crest engraved into a brass plate located inside the case handle on the top. The green baize interior is in very good condition having a replacement lining in the lid but original material in the compartments. It contains a shot belt, powder flask, powder measure, ebony handled screw driver, nipple cleaner, a brass oiler, three piece cleaning rod and several bore brushes, jags, and swabs and three containers of caps. Also included is a package of correspondence relating to the purchase and shipping of the gun and case from England in 1963. This is a quality British gun of the mid 1800's showing what was evolving as the ultimate style of a fine side by side, and with all of the related accoutrements provides a wonderful glimpse into the shooting kit of a gentleman of that era. Besides, given the modern dimensions of this gun, there is every reason to take it afield now. (115513-6){ANTIQUE}

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U.S. model 1861 contract rifle musket by Providence Tool

Lot 105: U.S. model 1861 contract rifle musket by Providence Tool

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Description: .58 cal. percussion, 40" barrel with a very good bore having some very light oxidation and fine pitting. The metal surfaces are a lightly softened pewter gray having been lightly cleaned with scattered light oxidation staining and areas of light pinprick pitting with the buttplate a darker brown with spots of light pitting. There is no evidence of barrel proof markings; the appropriate marked lock has a lightly fading but still visible eagle ahead of the cock and the first two numbers of the 1862 date at the rear are no longer visible. The stock rates about very good with cracks at the rear tang, stock flat above the lockplate and ample handling marks more prominent along the ramrod channel. The inspectorÕs cartouche is still visible in the left stock flat. A proper tulip tip ramrod and a lightly worn but supple and intact leather sling are present. A very overall example of a 1861 contract musket. (5528-134) {ANTIQUE}

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Rare John H. Hall Breechloading Percussion Converted Sporting Rifle

Lot 106: Rare John H. Hall Breechloading Percussion Converted Sporting Rifle

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Description: serial #96 on side of breechblock, .38 caliber, 36" octagon barrel with a very good bore is fastened by four wedges. This is a very rare example of a Hall sporting rifle which is the predecessor to the the Model 1819 Hall military rifle which enjoyed much success being produced by Harper's Ferry arsenal for a span of 15 years. This rifle is marked on top of breechblock "JOHN H. HALL / PATENT". The rifle has been converted to percussion and the percussion hammer has a broken spur. The right side of the stock at the action has a fairly large piece of maple neatly spliced in however the color of the new piece is much lighter; another smaller piece can be found on the left side of the forend near the muzzle. The fit is excellent it just needs to be stained and aged to match the balance of the stock which could be done by an expert for two or three hundred dollars. The rifle has beautiful lines with a lovely stock profile and pierced brass patchbox which is the typical style found on these rifles. The rifle looks very Pennsylvania even though it was made in Portland, Maine. The metal surfaces of rifle bear a dark brown patina with a little scattered light pitting which is confined mainly to the nipple area. The stock has lovely rich color and nice figure. The carry point on forend is lighter than the balance from wear, exactly as it should be. The condition of the stock is very good except for previously mentioned repairs and there is a rather stable crack at rear of triggerguard. The stock has nice early lines with rather flat buttplate and all the brass furniture bears a lovely untouched patina. This really is a fabulous rifle that just needs a little quality restoration to add to its wonderful eye appeal. A very rare and highly desirable antique American rifle. (15528-129) {ANTIQUE}

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Providence Tool Co. Roberts Conversion 1861 Rifle Musket by Manton

Lot 107: Providence Tool Co. Roberts Conversion 1861 Rifle Musket by Manton

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Description: .58 Roberts CF., 37" barrel with a very good bore having some light specks of pitting and oxidation still with good rifling remaining. The metal surfaces bright finish has softened lightly to a duller gray with scattered spots of pinprick pitting and light oxidation staining. The left side of the breech shows proper conversion markings; the appropriate Manton marked lockplate is dated 1862 at the rear and the buttplate has a large ÒE" stamped in the heel just behind the mounting screw. The stock rates very good having been lightly cleaned removing any cartouches with lightly rounded edges and light handling marks under an added oil finish. The musket features proper front and rear sights and what appears to be an original tulip tip ramrod is present. A very good example Roberts converted musket. (55556-66) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. model 1861 contract musket by Wm. Mason

Lot 108: U.S. model 1861 contract musket by Wm. Mason

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Description: .58 cal. percussion, 40" barrel with a good bore having even light oxidation. The metal surfaces are now a soft gray with a light covering of oxidation staining and some fine pinprick pitting, the lock being a slightly darker mottled gray patina. The barrel proofs have all but faded, the properly marked lock plate is 1863 dated at its rear. The stock rates good having been lightly cleaned with an abundance of handling marks, a couple chipped edges along the barrel, there is no inspector cartouche visible and the stock flat is stamped ÒH.C. DANIELS". What appears to be the original ramrod is present. An about very good condition 1863 contract musket. (55528-131) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. model 1861 special contract rifle musket by Amoskeag manufacturing

Lot 109: U.S. model 1861 special contract rifle musket by Amoskeag manufacturing

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Description: .58 cal. percussion, 40" barrel with a very good bore having light oxidation at the muzzle. The bright metal surfaces have softened to a dull gray with some light pitting at the muzzle and the breech under a thin covering of antique varnish, slightly darker around the rear sight. The buttplate is a darker brown with modest pitting The breech area shows appropriate eagle head and firing proofs; the properly marked lockplate is dated 1864 at its rear; additionally a large ÒC" is stamped in the breech just behind the 1864 date. The stock rates very good with a vertically stamped inspectorÕs cartouche and light handling marks more prevalent along the buttplate. What appears to be the original tulip tip ramrod is present. A very good plus condition 1861 Amoskeag musket. (55529-119) {ANTIQUE}[Bruce W. Putney Collection]

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Fine Percussion Pennsylvania Kentucky Rifle by Jacob Fordney of Lancaster

Lot 110: Fine Percussion Pennsylvania Kentucky Rifle by Jacob Fordney of Lancaster

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Description: .36 caliber, 42 1/2" octagon barrel is marked on top flat "J. FORDNEY / LANCASTER". This is a very handsome rifle with a beautifully figured curly maple stock with figure showing the entire length. The rifle features a lovely pierced patchbox which is beautifully engraved with floral scroll on door and neat crosshatching on finial. The toeplate is also nicely engraved with border decorations. The wrist of the stock is skip line checkered and there is a small lozenge shaped brass inlay on the small cheekpiece. The engraving and checkering on this gun are very reminiscent of Melchoir Fordney's style. The iron surfaces of rifle bear a dark brown patina with light to moderate (mostly light) confined only to the bolster area. The lock shows some light engraving at the rear with no visible marks on the front of the lock due to the pitting. The stock rates very good plus with wonderful figure with the striping having a lovely texture that you can feel as you run your hand along the stock. The stock retains lots of original finish as well as old added oil and shows light wear on forearm, just as it should. There is a crack beneath the lock that flexes slightly but is untouched and should be an easy fix - it is quite sound and tight. The brass furniture all bears a pleasing mellow patina. The hammer is of very nice quality, has perfect color and is period but it shows no pitting and is likely an old replacement. Overall a very handsome Lancaster, PA Kentucky rifle. (15560-1) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. model 1816 Flintlock Musket by Springfield Armory

Lot 111: U.S. model 1816 Flintlock Musket by Springfield Armory

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Description: .69 cal. flint, 41 1/2" barrel with a very good bore having spots of older light pitting and oxidation. The metal surfaces are a bright gun metal gray with light pinprick pitting and overall light oxidation staining. The breech area shows appropriate eaglehead and firing proofs also showing some light tool marks and dings; the vent shows a small brass re-lining but does not appear to be reconverted. The appropriately marked lockplate is 1817 dated at its rear and the eagle ahead of the cock is no longer evident due to the light pitting present. The triggerguard and buttplate are a slightly softer pewter patina, the guard also with light pinprick pitting. The stock rates good as lightly cleaned showing a repair at the rear of the tang, a few older repaired cracks and a repaired chip at the right of the tang, the original piece having been glued back in. There is no evidence of a left side cartouche however inspectorÕs markings can be seen at the rear extension of the triggerguard. What appears to be the original ramrod is present and the lock is mechanically functional with a very robust spring. An about very good overall type I 1816 musket. (55559-2) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Model 1819 Hall Breechloading Flintlock Rifle

Lot 112: U.S. Model 1819 Hall Breechloading Flintlock Rifle

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Description: .52 caliber, 32 5/8" barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a superb, unissued Hall rifle. The breechblock is properly marked and dated 1838. The barrel, frame and stock furniture all retain 95% smooth original brown finish overall. There is some flaking on the lower barrel band and a little on the triggerguard while the buttplate shows some old surface rust. The breechblock retains 95% beautiful original oil quenched color case-hardened finish with crisp clear markings. The stock rates excellent plus with virtually of its original finish and with crisp edges and nice raised grain. A fabulous, investment quality Hall rifle. (15560-3) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Model 1817 Flintlock Common Rifle by R. Johnson

Lot 113: U.S. Model 1817 Flintlock Common Rifle by R. Johnson

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Description: .54 caliber, 36" round barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a very fine example of these handsome American flintlock muskets. This is a late R. Johnson manufactured rifle being dated 1824 and bearing all proper lock markings. The barrel shows crisp inspectors initials "JM", "JN", "P" in starburst and "U.S.". The barrel is a pleasing smooth gray patina with just a little scattered light salt & pepper pitting. The lock is a pleasing smooth gray patina overall. All markings in metal are crisp and clean. The stock rates excellent retaining 90% plus original oil finish with sharp edges and crisp cartouche. There is a little minor light chipping at the rear most portion of the lock. The patchbox retains traces of original brown finish with the balance bearing a pleasing smooth gray patina. The barrel bands, triggerguard and buttplate all retain about 75% original brown finish blending with a smooth gray patina where it is thinning. A wonderful example showing just light use but remaining in excellent condition and being completely honest. (15560-2) {ANTIQUE}

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James Warner Solid Frame Percussion Revolving Rifle

Lot 114: James Warner Solid Frame Percussion Revolving Rifle

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Description: serial #81, .40 caliber, 29" octagon barrel with a very good to excellent bright bore. This is a very nice example of these rare revolving rifles of which only about 300 were produced. The topstrap of action and cylinder are marked "JAMES WARNER SPRINGFIELD, MASS" with the cylinder bearing the additional mark "WARNER'S PATENT". The metal surfaces of this rifle bear a pleasing even gray patina which is mostly smooth with just a few scattered light patches of pitting here and there. All markings remain clear and legible and edges are sharp. The walnut stock retains lots of original finish and has a pleasing look with an old stable repair to a crack which extends from the rear of the top tang back into the body of the stock. The compartment in the butt still holds the original wooden ramrod tip and what may well be the original ramrod is present beneath barrel but may be missing its tip. Overall this is a very nice and very honest example of these interesting American revolving rifles. (15528-123) {ANTIQUE}

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Rare Haviland's Patent Percussion Harmonica Gun

Lot 115: Rare Haviland's Patent Percussion Harmonica Gun

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Description: serial #3, .56 caliber, 36" round smoothbore barrel. This rare gun is lightly engraved with border scroll on topstrap and is engraved "No. / 3" on top tang. The rifle has two chamber bars, one four shot which is engraved in a scroll riband on one side "HAVILAND'S PAT", the second chamber bar is a single shot marked "PATENT APPLIED FOR" on one side and "DAN / B" on the other. We attribute this gun to Frederick Haviland of Waterville, Maine who was most well-known for co-patenting the Bennett and Haviland Many Chambered Revolving Rifle which utilized many single chamber bars mounted in linked belt fashion. This gun is interestingly simple in design, it exudes Yankee ingenuity. The triggerguard is elongated, reminiscent of a Jennings rifle, with a ring trigger at front which when pulled backward, cocks the hammer and a trigger at the rear fires the gun. The triggerguard is made of thin sheet steel being affixed to the gun in the rear position only with a stud on the front passing through the bottom of the frame and locking into recess on chamber bar, locking it in place on desired chamber. To advance the bar you simply pull down on the front of the triggerguard and slide the bar. Iron surfaces of gun bear a rich brown patina overall with scattered old surface oxidation in some areas. The sides of the chamber bar have numerous impact marks, which partially obscure the "HAVILAND'S PAT" marking but it does remain legible. The buttstock is of walnut and rates excellent as sanded and refinished. The stock has a nice red hue and is adorned with an engraved German silver patchbox which is on the rudimentary side but at the same time, quite endearing. The top of the action has a neat round rear sight and the front of the barrel has a simple stud as a sight. A desirable, rare and interesting piece of American firearms curiosa. (15528-110) {ANTIQUE}

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Rare New York state harmonica percussion rifle by B C wood

Lot 116: Rare New York state harmonica percussion rifle by B C wood

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Description: about .38 cal. percussion, 27" octagon barrel with a fair bore which is oxidized its full length. The metal surfaces on this very rare rifle are primarily a deep gun metal gray mingling with some brown oxidation staining. The barrel features a brass blade front sight on a circular base and a simple semi-buckhorn sporting rear sight, the top flat being marked "B. C. Wood/P. Post N.Y.". There are some antique bite marks from a vise near the breech end of the barrel and the frame itself shows light borderline engraving with some light pitting and a few handling marks. The back-action lock is a dull tarnished pewter patina with the hammer showing some minor pitting; the lockplate is marked "B.C.Wood". There is an iron single spur triggerguard, iron crescent butt and toeplates and a nice pendulum style patchbox, these all a deep tarnished pewter patina. The American walnut buttstock rates otherwise about very good with a flared left-sided shadowline cheekpiece; there are a number of old repaired cracks and breaks through the thin wrist, doubtless due to the heavy nature of the barrel and the dainty nature of the wrist. The magazine battery has three cylindrical chambers with a left-side mounted offset stop which contacts three drilled holes in the block aligning the chamber with the centerline of bore. Barry Wood of painted Post New York is a very well-thought-of New York maker who was very prolific. Harmonica magazine rifles are one of the great rarities in American firearms collecting, this is the only percussion example we are aware of by Mr. Woods; purportedly there is a pill-lock three-shot harmonica gun which exists. A talented wood man could permanently repair this stock without the necessity of restocking this fine rifle. (35528-112) {ANTIQUE}

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very rare Belgian vertical harmonica pistol by Henri Colleye

Lot 117: very rare Belgian vertical harmonica pistol by Henri Colleye

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Description: About 36 cal. percussion, 4 1/2" octagon barrel with an about good bore. This is an exceptionally cleverly made vertical-acting "harmonica" battery pistol. Very nicely made in its day, and still mechanically functional, the gun shows evidence of a very old light cleaning. All metal surfaces are now a warm pewter-brown patina with some of the edges just slightly softened. The sides of the frame show loose flowing rococo scroll with floral embellishment and background checkerboard crosshatching while the vertical battery shows loose flowing scroll left and right as well as along its top edge which shows a Belgian proof. The backstrap as well showed light loose foliate scroll and there is a lanyard loop on the butt. The gun is double-action only and the charged magazine is loaded from the bottom. As the trigger is pulled the magazine raises into battery position lining each chamber up in succession with the bore. The arm features smooth buffalo horn grips, the left grip showing a number of old minor cracks showing some pinned repairs. The frontstrap is marked "H.Colleye/Brevette". Henri-Joseph Colleye was an arms manufacturer in Cheratte near Liege from 1850 - 1860. He was an inventive gunsmith with no less than eleven patents to his credit. This very interesting arm, since the magazine operates vertically, has the front sighting bead on the right diagonal flat, meaning a right-handed shooter slightly cants the arm left when firing it, using the right diagonal flat as the top sighting plane. The gun comes in a nice hardwood French-fitted presentation case with unmarked iron three-cavity mould, European-style combination powder flask with cap and ball compartments and paper package of Gaupillat & Co. percussion caps. A very interesting piece of firearms curiosa for the collector of the rare and exotic. (35528-84) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Model 1882 Chaffee-Reese Bolt Action Rifle by Springfield Armory

Lot 118: U.S. Model 1882 Chaffee-Reese Bolt Action Rifle by Springfield Armory

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Description: 45-70, 27 7/8" barrel with a bright excellent bore. This rifle bears all proper markings and is dated 1884. The barrel bears a pleasing even gray brown patina with some scattered light oxidation staining present. The action is mostly a smooth smoky gray patina with strong traces to perhaps 10 or 15% original faded color case-hardened finish in protected areas. The stock shows old quality repair to wrist cracks which are now very sound. There is a small gap in the inletting at the rear of the triggerguard, possibly from time of repair. Rifle is equipped with its original sights and cleaning rod. (15556-75) {ANTIQUE}

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Remingon-Keene Magazine Bolt Action Sporting Rifle

Lot 119: Remingon-Keene Magazine Bolt Action Sporting Rifle

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Description: 45-70, 24 1/2" round barrel with a very good bore. The barrel and magazine retain a smoky gray patina with a little scattered light surface oxidation and with traces of original blue in protected areas. The frame is similar in appearance but shows some scattered light pitting mostly toward the rear and again with traces of original blue in protected areas. The bottom metal is similar to action with possibly some old cold blue added to the lifter. The walnut stock rates about excellent with lots of original finish remaining. Overall a good solid Remington-Keene with a very shootable bore. (15556-102) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Colt Single Action Army Artillery Model Revolver

Lot 120: U.S. Colt Single Action Army Artillery Model Revolver

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Description: serial #11523, 45 LC, 5 1/2" barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a very nice Artillery revolver featuring an early Ainsworth frame and even earlier Ainsworth triggerguard and backstrap. The triggerguard is numbered 8418 and shows the tiny "A" inspectors initial The backstrap is also numbered 8418 but in a slightly smaller font with no inspector's initial present. The color and style of the finish as well as the wear on these two pieces match perfectly and have obviously been together since the refurbish at Colt. The revolver has a replacement "R.A.C." inspected barrel and cylinder, both are properly inspected and properly un-numbered. The condition of this revolver is quite nice with the barrel and ejector rod housing retaining 85% strong original bright blue with most loss on outer edge of ejector rod housing and on left side of muzzle. The cylinder retains about 40% original blue with the balance bearing a pleasing smooth gray patina. The frame retains at least 85% original color case-hardened finish which shows its age but remains strong. The grip straps retain about 15% original blue finish in protected areas with the remaining surfaces bearing a pleasing, even and smooth brown patina. The one piece walnut grip rates very good with a good deal of original oil finish remaining and light but visible and partially legible cartouche and 1903 date. The grips show light handling marks and have nice color with "R.A.C." initials on both sides of butt. The revolver is listed in Cochran's Peacemaker Encyclopedia and comes with factory letter confirming configuration, factory refurbish and reshipment to Springfield Armory on August 21, 1903. This is a very nice Artillery with lots of bright original finish. (15506-6) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Colt Single Action Army Artillery Revolver

Lot 121: U.S. Colt Single Action Army Artillery Revolver

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Description: serial #5141, 45 LC, 5 1/2" barrel with a very good bright bore. This Artillery features an early Custer range frame with the triggerguard bearing #94831, backstrap is unnumbered, cylinder is #6230 and the barrel is #8353. This revolver is 12 numbers away from a documented Custer gun #5153 which was traded by Indians for beef. Revolver #5147 was with Troop "L" of the 7th Cavalry. The barrel which has the early italicized address is Ainsworth inspected and retains about 75% evenly thinning original blue finish which is beginning to mix with a pleasing smooth brown patina. The cylinder retains traces of original blue in protected areas and is a pleasing even gray brown patina overall. The frame retains a smoky gray patina with traces of old cold blue in some areas. There is a little scattered very light salt & pepper pitting on some parts of the front section of frame. The one piece walnut grip rates very good with no visible remaining cartouches but does show "R.A.C." stamped in the butt. This revolver is listed in Cochran's Peacemaker Encyclopedia with note that there are no marks on numbers on the loading gate. A nice honest Artillery built on a good early Custer range frame. (15506-4) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Colt Nettleton Inspected Single Action Army Cavalry Revolver

Lot 122: U.S. Colt Nettleton Inspected Single Action Army Cavalry Revolver

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Description: serial #48264, 45 LC, 7 1/2" barrel with a bright minty bore. This is an extremely fine revolver. This revolver is all matching and bears all proper inspectors marks. The initials "H.N." appear on the top of the backstrap, periphery of cylinder, and on the bottom of the triggerguard, frame, barrel and grip. The revolver retains a very high percentage of original finish overall but was very lightly cleaned at some point which did not remove finish per se but did remove some of the luster. The barrel, ejector rod housing and cylinder retain 90% original blue which is thinning evenly but remains strong and still shows clear feathering around the front sight and ejector rod housing stud. The triggerguard and backstrap also retain 90% evenly thinning original blue finish and also shows clear feathering on either side of the triggerguard bow. The frame retains 85% original color case-hardened finish with very light scratches evident from improper cleaning. These marks are very light, barely through the finish. The one piece walnut grip rates excellent plus with nearly all of its original oil finish remaining with crisp clear cartouches on both sides with "1878" date. All screw heads remain clean and screws retain lots of bright original fire blue. A highly respected Colt expert viewed this revolver and commented: "without the cleaning itÕs a hundred thousand dollar gun". A super Nettleton with tons of finish. (15399-1) {ANTIQUE}

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U.S. Colt Single Action Army Artillery Model Revolver

Lot 123: U.S. Colt Single Action Army Artillery Model Revolver

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Description: serial #34014, 45 LC, 5 1/2" barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a really lovely Artillery. The revolver is on a Cleveland range frame that was inspected by Lewis Draper. The revolver remains in very nice condition with the barrel and ejector rod housing retaining 75% original blue which is blending with a pleasing smooth gray/brown patina. The cylinder and grip frame retain about 40 - 50% bright original blue with the balance bearing a pleasing smooth brown patina. The frame retains 80% plus original color case hardened finish which has mellowed over time but is still easily visible and has a wonderful appearance. The hammer colors are a little stronger but have that same lovely antique look. The one piece walnut grip rates excellent with 80% plus original oil finish with light but visible cartouche and a good "R.A.C." in butt on either side of buttstrap. The revolver comes with a factory letter showing it as part of a 200 gun delivery to the Government Inspector at Colts as a Cavalry on January 10, 1877. The letter also states that the revolver was returned for refurbishing and reshipped to the Commanding Officer at Springfield Armory on June 16, 1903. A very handsome Artillery which retains lots of finish. (15506-7) {ANTIQUE}

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Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 124: Colt Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: serial #283694, 38 WCF, 5 1/2" barrel with a relatively bright bore that rates near very good. This revolver has been wonderfully restored. The barrel, cylinder and grip frame all retain 99% beautiful charcoal blue finish. The frame retains 99% brilliant color case-hardened finish which is exactly the right style and color. The checkered hard rubber grips rate very good plus showing just light wear. Most markings remain clear and legible with only the caliber marking on the barrel being light. The revolver cycles and locks up beautifully. Revolver comes with a factory letter confirming the configuration and showing shipment to Norvell Shapleigh Hardware in St. Louis on October 19. 1906. (15506-14) {C&R}

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Custom Winchester High Wall Target Schuetzen Rifle by O. A. Bremer of San Francisco

Lot 125: Custom Winchester High Wall Target Schuetzen Rifle by O. A. Bremer of San Francisco

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Description: serial #87596, 32-40, 30" octagon No. 4 weight barrel with a very good bore that shows a little light frosting ahead of chamber. This rifle features Bremer's double set triggers along with his custom Schuetzen buttstock and custom checkered factory Winchester forend. The barrel has eight holes drilled and tapped some of which obscure part of the barrel address. The barrel and action retain about 85% original blue finish with some scattered light freckling on right side of frame. The forend is a factory forend with Bremer's slightly more coarse than factory checkering and a very neatly added palm rest, certainly another Bremer addition. The checkered pistolgrip buttstock has a high comb and a nice cheekpiece and is of beautifully figured walnut. The Swiss buttplate retains 95% original nickel plated finish with just a little peeling on the top tang where it is marked "O. A. BREMER / MAKER / SAN FRANCISCO". The condition of the stocks is excellent with 95% original oil finish remaining. There are checks in the right side of the stock and a crack in the top of the wrist which barely flexes and should be an easy repair for a talented wood man. The Bremer double set adjustable triggers work beautifully. The rifle is sighted with a globe front and blank in rear slot. There is no tang sight and currently no scope blocks. A little help would go far on this fine custom California target rifle. (15529-23) {C&R}[Bruce W. Putney Collection]

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Peabody Martini

Lot 126: Peabody Martini "What Cheer" Mid Range Rifle by Providence Tool Company

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Description: serial #78, 44-95, 30" part round part octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore with Zettler style rifling. There is one small area of light corrosion near the muzzle but it is minor. This is a very handsome rifle which remains in lovely original condition. The top of the barrel is marked "MANUFACTURED BY THE PROVIDENCE TOOL CO. PROVIDENCE R.I. U.S.A." and "44 CAL" just ahead of action. The action is engraved "What Cheer" on left and "PEABODY & MARTINI PATENTS" in circular cartouche on left side of action. The barrel retains about 50% evenly thinning original blue which is blending with a pleasing smooth brown patina. The action retains about 90% original color case-hardened finish which remains quite vivid for the most part with areas of loss turning to a pleasing smooth brown patina. There is some light oxidation staining on the action along with very fine scroll border engraving. The checkered straight grip walnut buttstock and forend rate excellent retaining 95% original finish. The checkering has the lovely Peabody Martini rope pattern borders with finer checkered panels on belly of forend. The forend has a nickel plated cap with fancy tip and the shotgun style buttplate is of smooth iron. The rifle is sighted with its original "Providence Tool Co." marked globe front sight, no rear seat and a mid-range folding tang mounted peep sight. This is a very fine and completely honest What Cheer. (15598-1) {ANTIQUE}

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Custom Stevens Ideal No. 45

Lot 127: Custom Stevens Ideal No. 45 "Schuetzen Rifle" on No. 44 1/2 Action

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Description: serial #6074, 28-30, 29 3/4" part round part octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This rifle has been custom stocked in the factory style but with some added decoration. The barrel is an original Stevens barrel but it is not serial numbered and has a .14" spacer at the breech. The barrel retains 90% evenly thinning restored blue finish. The action retains about 70% original color case-hardened finish which is quite vivid on left side. The rifle features adjustable double set triggers, a walnut paneled ball and spur lever as well as a walnut palm rest on brass base. The stocks are of beautifully figured walnut and feature a lovely cheekpiece with high comb and a great perchbelly toeline. The forend is quite wide but the tip is very much Stevens style. The checkering has fancy borders and is well done with additional relief oak leaf carving in both the pistolgrip and the forend. The condition of the stocks is excellent with 95% original finish remaining and with a Stevens heavy Swiss buttplate which retains most of its bright original color case-hardened finish. The rifle is sighted with a windgauge front with spirit level, open rear slot just ahead of action, scope blocks are present along with a Stevens windgauge Vernier tang mounted peep sight. Overall a handsome rifle that would likely perform well on the range, shoot with open sights or throw your Unertl on those blocks. (15583-29) {C&R}

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Fine Swiss Martini Schuetzen by A. Hauri of Reinach

Lot 128: Fine Swiss Martini Schuetzen by A. Hauri of Reinach

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Description: 7.5x53.5, 34 1/2" octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This rifle is in lovely original condition. The barrel is marked "FR. STUCKI" and features a thin grooved rail on top flat along forend and is fluted beyond the forend with the front sight being mounted on an integral raised base. The right side of the action is marked "A: HAURI / A / REINACH". The barrel retains about 90 - 95% original blue finish overall. The action retains about 60% evenly thinning original blue finish which is blending with a smooth brown patina with a couple small patches of very fine pinprick pitting. The buttstock and forend are of beautifully figured walnut and rate excellent retaining 95% original oil finish. The buttstock has a nice engraved brass plaque in the right side of the butt which reads "OTTO ZEPFEL / SOLOTHURN". The rifle features adjustable double set triggers which function crisply. Oddly, the forend has a wedge and a tapered pin both neatly in place, the wedge is ahead of the barrel lug and the tapered pin enters through the wedge lug which is rounded at the front to accept the pin. The condition of the barrel and action are very similar and appear to be original to each other. This is a very nice quality and handsome Swiss martini. (15556-49) {ANTIQUE}

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Swiss Stutzer martini target rifle by Martini Tanner & Co.

Lot 129: Swiss Stutzer martini target rifle by Martini Tanner & Co.

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Description: serial #1410, .41 cal. CF, 32" part octagon part round barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel is an overall pleasing plum brown with some very sparsely scattered, very light oxidation. The case-hardened frame is primarily a smoky mottled gray patina with generous traces of fading original colors, perhaps 15% of which remain. The right side of the frame is marked "Martini Tanner & Co./Frauenfeld" while the left side of the action shows "Martini's Patent" and the serial number. The smooth walnut buttstock rates about very good with numerous minor dings and handling marks and a 1" chip missing at its junction with the frame atop the wrist. The near full-length forend rates very good and has a 1" rectangular ivory inlay on its left edge. The rifle is equipped with a simple blade front sight, service style adjustable long-range rear sight, bayonet lug mounted on the nosecap, double set triggers and a Swiss style hooked butt. According to a tag attached to the gun there is a spare firing pin beneath the buttplate, we have not verified this. A nice example of the Swiss stutzer rifle made by a prolific firm which manufactured arms for only a short period of time. (35556-11) {ANTIQUE}

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Parker CH Grade Boxlock Double Shotgun

Lot 130: Parker CH Grade Boxlock Double Shotgun

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Description: serial #169481, 12 ga., 30" Acme steel barrels choked skeet and full having bright very good bores. The barrels retain 80% of their original blue showing scattered fine light oxidation and fading around the forearm and muzzle. The frame is engraved in the standard "C" pattern with dogs on both sides surrounded by fine scroll and borders and the bottom plate having a running deer with similar scroll work. The frame, triggerguard, and top lever show evidence of a light cleaning having only faint traces of case color in protected areas but the engraving remains very crisp. The nicely figured pistolgrip stock and splinter forearm rate good to very good showing numerous scratches and dings with some checking near the monogram plate and a tiny hairline crack behind the top tang. The fancy checkering shows some soiling and flattening of the diamonds but remains quite good. The gun features double triggers, extractors, automatic safety, parker grip cap, and an old hardened rubber recoil pad providing a length of 14 1/2" and drops of 2" at the comb and 3 1/8" at the heel. The pad was merely added and the stock is uncut showing remnants of original widows-peak at the heel. This is a very attractive Parker circa 1914 which remains unaltered and mechanically sound. (115489-1){C&R}

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Extremely Rare Parker VH boxlock Double Shotgun

Lot 131: Extremely Rare Parker VH boxlock Double Shotgun

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Description: serial #235860, 410 bore, 26" matted rib barrels choked improved modified in both and having bright excellent bores. The barrels retain 98% plus original blue showing a faint scratch on the right barrel just ahead of the chamber and some fading around the muzzle. The border engraved frame exhibits 95% plus vivid case colors, the only loss being some brown flaking on the right side near the hinge pin and on the bottom plate. The triggerguard retains 80% fading blue, particularly on the tang, and the top lever shows some silvering of the pad and the edges. The stock has the shallow round knob semi pistolgrip and rates excellent showing some finish wear on the edges of the stock shields and some minor handling marks and one tiny dent in the right side comb. The splinter forearm rates excellent as well having only some slight rub wear on the right edge. The decorative tip retains 90% color while the lever latch exhibits about 50% blue and the base is turning pewter. The point pattern checkering remains crisp on both the grip and forearm. The stock has a gold monogram shield inlaid into the toeline of the stock and an excellent Parker "dog's head buttplate" providing a length of 14" with drops of 1 9/16" at the comb, 2 11/16" at the heel, and 1/8" cast off. This gun features double triggers, extractors, and an automatic safety and is built on a triple "O" frame with the appropriate cutouts machined into the water table. The right side stock shield has a half inch circle with "PHD" stamped into it which was done to designate property of the ÒPennsylvania Highway Department", the story being that the highway department used shotguns for pest control. This shotgun, in this configuration is a very rare arm to begin with. When one couples this armÕs condition with its rarity, we have an extremely fine American double, worthy of the finest battery of sporting arms, the discerning gun-manÕs library or the savvy firearms investorÕs portfolio. (115108-1){C&R}

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Massive Parker NH Grade Boxlock Double Shotgun

Lot 132: Massive Parker NH Grade Boxlock Double Shotgun

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Description: serial #119861, 8 ga., 36" damascus twist barrels choked full and full with bright very good plus to excellent bores with no visible pitting and one faint dent in the left barrel about 8 inches back from the muzzle. The barrels retain 90% original brown with excellent pattern visible and having scattered light scratches and some fading around and under the forearm. The frame, triggerguard, and top lever are very simply engraved with some stylized borders and sunbursts and exhibit a silver brown patina with just the slightest traces of case color under the triggerguard. The screw slots including the tang screws are timed and unmolested. The pistolgrip stock rates about very good with numerous dings and scratches with some staining mostly in the surface over the original thinning varnish. The checkering, while soiled and with some flattened diamonds, remains very visible and functional and the original grip cap with a few chips missing from the edges and the "dog's head" buttplate are present with a length of 14 1/4". The splinter forearm rates very good with a fading finish and functional checkering. The gun features double triggers, extractors, automatic safety, and a gold monogram shield in the toeline of the stock. Built on the huge number 6 frame, this gun weighs just over 14lbs. and was the perfect tool for the market gunner circa 1904. Amazingly, this gun remains in wonderful original condition and certainly would be a very good example of a classic American gun of a memorable bygone era in history. A rare piece of American gunmaking. (115509) {C&R}

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Joseph Lang Sidelock Crossover Double Ejectorgun

Lot 133: Joseph Lang Sidelock Crossover Double Ejectorgun

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Description: serial #13582, 12 ga., 28" barrels choked cylinder and light modified with bright very good bores and wall thickness. The barrels retain 80% original blue showing fading around the forearm and muzzles with scattered surface scratches and some light oxidation present. All of the metal is extensively covered with fine well executed rose and scroll engraving with bouquets of flowers applied to the locks, frame, and triggerguard. The frame and locks exhibit 30% fading case colors turning pewter gray at the front and on the bottom with some brighter color in protected areas. The triggerguard retains about 30% blue fading to silver, particularly on the tang, and the top lever retains 80% blue showing wear at the top. The nicely figured straight grip stock has been purposely set off for a right handed shooter to use the left eye and this was obviously how the gun was ordered since both upper and lower tangs are bent appropriately. It rates very good with various dings and scratches over a thinning oil finish. The splinter forearm has a push button release in a very nicely detailed and engraved metal escutcheon and the finish rates good showing scratches and dings over a dull surface. The fine checkering remains functional although it is somewhat worn and soiled, particularly on the forearm. The stock has a gold monogram oval in the toe line and a well checkered butt providing a length of 14 1/2" and drops of 1 7/16" at comb and 2 1/4" at heel. The gun features a single non selective trigger, ejectors, and an automatic safety. This shotgun was made as a best gun in the early 1900's for a well-heeled shooter with an eye problem and it remains quite functional and not unattractive. (115505-11){C&R}

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Henry Clarke of Leicester British Double Hammer Shotgun

Lot 134: Henry Clarke of Leicester British Double Hammer Shotgun

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Description: serial #9627, 12 ga., 30" nitro proof fine damascus barrels choked cylinder and skeet having a bright very good bore. The barrels retain 90% brown showing a full beautiful pattern with only some minor fading around the forearm and near the muzzles. The bar action locks are fully engraved with birds and dogs surrounded by fine scroll and stylized borders, and the rebounding hammers and triggerguard are similarly embellished. All the metal is turning a pewter color with some hints of case color in protected areas and this, in turn, is emphasizing the nice engraving. The nicely figured straight grip stock and splinter forearm rate very good to excellent exhibiting an older professional refinish of the highest quality including the checkering. The locks are set off by very crisp stock shields with well executed dropper points and the stock has lightly engraved scalloped heel and toe plates turning brown and a gold monogram plate in the toe line. The stock dimensions are 14 1/4" length of pull, 1 5/8" drop at comb, 2 1/4" drop at heel, and no cast, and weighs 6lbs. 11 ozs. This gun was nitro proofed for 2 1/2" cartridges in London in 1988, probably when it was refinished and remains in very nice shootable condition. This is a beautiful English hammer gun with all of the right attributes. (115392-8){ANTIQUE}

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Remington Hepburn No. 3 Sporting and Target Rifle

Lot 135: Remington Hepburn No. 3 Sporting and Target Rifle

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Description: serial #3391, 40 1 7/8, 28" part round part octagon factory damascus barrel with a bright excellent bore that shows just a couple small patches of oxidation ahead of chamber. This is a completely original, honest and extremely rare rifle featuring this special order barrel. The top flat of barrel is not marked, however the "40 1 7/8" caliber marking is on the bottom of barrel ahead of forearm, the barrel is numbered to the rifle and is also marked "TWIST" under forend, the barrel is clearly RemingtonÕs. The barrel retains 90% original brown finish and shows good strong pattern its entire length. The action retains about 90% original color case-hardened finish which has faded over time but still shows subtle contrast and has a pleasing appearance. The breechblock, hammer and trigger all retain a good deal of bright fire blued finish. The checkered pistolgrip buttstock is highly figured while the iron tipped forend is more plain. The condition of the stocks is excellent with 90% original finish remaining and with sharp edges and crisp checkering. The sporting buttplate is a mix of faded color and a gray patina. The rifle is sighted with a Lyman hunting front (Sheard style), sporting rear and original folding tang mounted peep sight. This is a very unusual, cool and handsome Hepburn. (15529-36) {ANTIQUE} [Bruce W. Putney Collection]

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German Kar. 43 semi-auto rifle by Walther

Lot 136: German Kar. 43 semi-auto rifle by Walther

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Description: serial #8317C, 8mm Mauser, 22" barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a very nice rifle which has appears to have seen little or no use. The barrel retains about 97-98% original blue, the only loss being some light muzzle and sharp edge wear. The receiver and sight base are a dull gun metal gray as is the bolt carrier, the actuating handle with its machined surfaces a dull pewter. The sight base is K43 and ac45 marked along with the serial number; the right side of the receiver has the integral machined scope base. The stamped sheet metal bolt housing is a dull gray green while the sliding dust cover retains nearly all its original blue. The bottom metal is a gray green with light handling marks, the action screws retain all their original blue and appear unturned. The receiver, bolt and actuating handle are all appropriately numbered alike and the gun exhibits numerous Waffenamt markings. Disassembly reveals the interior has antique hardening grease, the bolt face is immaculate and the gas system is completely unstained and free of any carbon or fouling. The rough-finished laminated stock rates excellent with a crisp 359 Waffenamt/ Eagle on the left side of the butt and along the toeline as well as a smaller one on the pistolgrip; there is a tiny sliver of wood missing just ahead of the right side sling machined cut. The handguard is in a similar state of condition, its patina matches that of the stock, it is Waffenamt-stamped and the interior shows only a tiny amount of light blackening which can only be from its original test firing at Walther. The cupped steel buttplate is bare metal and shows only some very light oxidation from the years. The interior compartment has a stamped steel oil bottle, original instruction sheet, firing pin and spare parts, still wrapped in what appears to be its original cellophane - or at least antique cellophane - wrap. Included with the gun is a woven canvas sling with leather keepers, the buckle is slightly oxidized but it overall rates excellent and a single aye-coded, K43 marked magazine which rates excellent. Really a lovely rifle in an astonishing state of condition that appears to have seen little or no use. (35525-4) {C&R}

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German Gew. 43 semi-auto rifle by Berlin-Lubecker

Lot 137: German Gew. 43 semi-auto rifle by Berlin-Lubecker

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Description: serial #8153e, 8mm Mauser, 22" barrel with a very good plus bore which is mostly bright with crisp rifling but with a spot or two of light oxidation or light pitting. The barrel retains about 95% original blue, the loss is due primarily to fading, while the receiver and sight base are primarily a dark tarnished pewter gray patina with some minor oxidation staining. The sight base is G. 43 marked and duv 44 coded after the serial number. The bolt carrier is a darker blue-black with the actuating handle having toned to a smooth brown, the bolt housing retains about 90% of its original blue with only light wear. The bottom metal retains perhaps 85% original blue with some minor sparsely scattered very light oxidation, most prevalent on the bow. The bolt, extractor, locking lugs, bolt carrier, bolt housing and stock are all numbered to the receiver. The laminated stock rates very good plus to excellent with minor dings and handling marks from the years, it shows an Eagle/Waffenamt on the right side of the butt, on the pistolgrip behind the triggerguard and along the toeline with the serial number. The phenolic resin handguard is made to simulate the laminated grain of the buttstock and is by Durofol, it rates excellent. Included is a single black enameled Òaye" K 43 marked magazine (no other accessories are present). Overall a really good example of the G.43 rifle which would likely perform as well at the range as it will as an investment. (35587-2) {C&R}

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German ZF 4 telescopic sight with G.43 / K.43 mount

Lot 138: German ZF 4 telescopic sight with G.43 / K.43 mount

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Description: serial #88517 This is a rather nice blued steel ddx-coded Zielfernrohr 4 telescopic sight made by Voigtlander & Sohn at Braunschweig. The blued steel tube rates very good plus to excellent retaining nearly all its original blue with only some light wear. The right-side turret adjustment triangle retains nearly all its original white paint as do the markings on the adjustment turret; the left-side triangle shows remnants of green paint in its recesses denoting a scope intended for tropical climes. What appears to be an original drawn steel sunshade with three retention clips is intact and there is a rubber eyeshade included which is very flexible and unmarred. The stamped sheet metal top turret protector retains nearly all its original blue with only some light edge wear and extremely light surface oxidation. The mounting straps show some light abrasions from the years and the strap screws are tapered to a point on their ends. The rough-cast mount is an overall dull gray patina and is Waffenamt stamped "359". The leading edge of the mount has been engraved with the serial number "4472", the interior of the engraving is rough and is definitely machine-engraved rather than stamped. The sight features the typical center post with left and right crosshairs and the optics are very good with only very light hazing around their periphery, one of the interior lenses showing some light air bubbles. There is included with the scope a more contemporary leather and wood set of lens covers. A nice, usable ZF 4 scope overall, perfect for one of the preceding lots. (35525-5)

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Japanese Type 22 Murata Rifle

Lot 139: Japanese Type 22 Murata Rifle

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Description: serial #80171, 8mm Japanese, 29 3/8" barrel with a good plus bore that shows a little dark freckling. This is a complete and very honest rifle which is all matching except for the floorplate. This is the early style rifle with the type I front barrel band. The condition is quite nice with the metal surfaces bearing a pleasing mix of original thinning blue and a smooth brown patina. The Imperial Chrysanthemum is intact on top of barrel along with numerous other Japanese kanji characters. All marks remain clear and crisp. The stock and handguard rate very good plus with about 80% original finish remaining. The left side of butt is marked "242" and the right side has numerous kanji characters in rectangular border. A very nice Murata rifle overall. (15556-101) {ANTIQUE}

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Cased Pair of Factory Howard Dove Engraved and Gold Inlaid Colt Huntsman and Targetsman Pistols

Lot 140: Cased Pair of Factory Howard Dove Engraved and Gold Inlaid Colt Huntsman and Targetsman Pistols

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Description: The Huntsman pistol, serial #058897-S, is a 4 1/2" pistol which is Class A engraved by the Master Howard Dove with single gold bands at breech end of barrel. The Targetsman, serial #099114-S, is a 4 1/2" pistol engraved in the exact same pattern as the Huntsman. Both pistols come with factory letter showing that they were shipped together on July 20th 1988 to Sile Distributors in Meriden, CT. Each pistol is additionally accompanied by a letter from noted Woodsman expert Robert Rayburn stating that there were probably less than a dozen factory engraved Huntsman pistols and only a fraction of those would have been gold inlaid. Regarding the Targetsman, Rayburn states that the 4 1/2" barrel is extremely rare and that the total number of factory engraved Targetsmans can certainly be counted in the single digits. The pistols come in a superb quality oak and leather custom French fitted case by Marvin Huey. Pistols are each as-new and are accompanied by their original boxes with Colt Custom Shop labels. Each of these pistols is extremely rare and desirable individually, together they present a unique opportunity for the advanced Colt collector. (55471-33,34)

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Colt Woodsman Model S Master series  semi-auto pistol

Lot 141: Colt Woodsman Model S Master series semi-auto pistol

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Description: serial #316496S, 22 LR, 4 1/2" non-tapered barrel with a bright, excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain 99% original blue and are gold etched with loose foliate scroll on the right side of slide with a marksman and scroll on the left side of slide. The factory checkered thumb-rest walnut grips rate excellent. This pistol also features an Elliason adjustable rear sight and a factory single line bottom release magazine. Included is a lovely hinged dark blue French fitted walnut presentation case with Ò1 of 400" plaque on lid with key, original wood grain box with Styrofoam insert and outer shipping sleeve. An as-new limited edition Master Series Huntsman pistol. (55471-32)

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Colt Woodsman first series target model semi-auto pistol

Lot 142: Colt Woodsman first series target model semi-auto pistol

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Description: serial #63178, 22 LR, 6 5/8" barrel with a bright, excellent bore. This is an early model Woodsman with a standard velocity mainspring housing. The metal surfaces retain 98% original blue with a very small spot of silvering at the left side of the muzzle, a faint scratch in the lower front corner of the left side of the slide and a speck of very faint oxidation on the right side of the frame at the breech. The checkered walnut grips rate fine with some softening to some of the points. Included with the pistol is the original purple factory box numbered in pencil to the gun, a single two line factory magazine and instruction sheet. The box rates fine overall with intact end labels, lights scuffs and a separated, torn lower left corner of the lid and bottom compartment. An excellent 1929 manufactured Target Woodsman that would make a welcomed addition to the Colt collection. (5471-16) {C&R}

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Colt Woodsman second series Match Target semi-auto pistol

Lot 143: Colt Woodsman second series Match Target semi-auto pistol

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Description: serial #118593-S, 22 LR, 4 1/2" heavy barrel with a bright, excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain 98% original blue with a spot of light wear on the right side of the slide, tip of the thumb safety and light scuffs. The checkered Coltwood thumb-rest grips rate very good with some light wear along the edges. This pistol features a two line factory magazine and includes an un-numbered brown leatherette box with separated corners on the lid, two Coltwoodbackstraps and instruction sheet. An excellent condition Match Target Woodsman. (55471-21) {C&R}

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Colt woodsman first series target model semi-auto pistol

Lot 144: Colt woodsman first series target model semi-auto pistol

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Description: serial #66256, 22 LR, 6 5/8" barrel with a bright, excellent bore. This is an early manufacture Woodsman with a standard velocity mainspring housing. The metal surfaces retain 95% original blue with fading loss primarily at the muzzle and along the gripstrap edges and a few light scuffs and scratches. The checkered walnut grips rate excellent. Included is a modestly worn factory purple box with torn edges and a missing endflap numbered to a different gun, a single two line factory magazine and instruction sheet. A very good plus to fine condition 1929 manufactured first series Woodsman Target. (55471-5) {C&R}

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Winchester Model 1873 Deluxe Rifle

Lot 145: Winchester Model 1873 Deluxe Rifle

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Description: serial #252884, 38-40, 24" octagon barrel with full magazine and a bright excellent bore. This is a very handsome, high condition rifle. Special order features on this rifle include fancy checkered pistolgrip stock and an adjustable set trigger. The barrel and magazine retain a pleasing mix of a smooth brown patina and perhaps 35% original blue. The frame retains 95% original color case-hardened finish which has mellowed a little in some areas but remains generally quite vivid. The loading gate has turned a little dark but is pleasing in appearance. The dust cover and trigger retain lots of original blue. The left side of the lower tang is marked Ò2732 S 38 XX" and the top tang inlet of stock is marked Ò38 2732". Upon removal of the stock some artificial wood is evident on the face of the stock where it meets the action. We have examined the wrist very closely and there are no evident repairs. The stocks are of very nicely figured walnut and rate excellent having been very lightly cleaned but retaining a good deal of finish and they have a beautiful appearance. The checkering remains sharp and may have been freshened up a little on the pistolgrip. Case color on buttplate remains quite strong. The rifle is sighted with standard open barrel sights. Factory records confirm the configuration of the rifle and show receipt in the warehouse on August 5, 1891 and shipment the following day. This is a very handsome rifle with very strong original case color. (15444-7) {ANTIQUE}

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Rare Belgian Falling Block Military Rifle by Edouard Malherbe of Leige

Lot 146: Rare Belgian Falling Block Military Rifle by Edouard Malherbe of Leige

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Description: serial (or batch) #21, 10.66x57R (42 Berdan), 32 3/4" round barrel with a bright minty bore. This is a very nice, well designed falling block rifle, likely made to solicit a military contract from Russia. The action is similar to that patented four years later by John Browning. The rifle has a bottom mounted lever / triggerguard which locks in place with a neat spring loaded catch to the rear of trigger. The rifle cocks and ejects upon opening and the shape of the breechblock is eerily similar to the High Wall. The rifle features military style sights, bayonet stud on bottom of barrel and a sling swivel mounted to front bottom of frame. The condition of the rifle is superb with metal surfaces retaining 95% original brown finish which remains smooth and has a wonderful appearance. The stock and full length forend rate excellent plus with virtually all of their original finish and a nice rich color. The right side of the butt bears a round stamp which reads "E. P. MALHERBE 1875" and there is a very old brass inventory tag on the toeline which is stamped "277". This is a very interesting and fine quality rifle chambered for the Russian military cartridge of the period. It is our feeling that this is a limited production rifle built to seek government military contracts. It is interesting to note that Malherbe also patented and manufactured massive Breechloading percussion fortress rifles during the 1860's. A handsome and rare single shot rifle. (15556-38) {ANTIQUE}

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Superb Swiss Vetterli Model 1868/69 Deluxe Bolt Action Rifle

Lot 147: Superb Swiss Vetterli Model 1868/69 Deluxe Bolt Action Rifle

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Description: 10.4 x 38R, 33" round barrel with a bright minty bore. This is a truly fabulous Vetterli rifle. The rifle is essentially a model 1868 but with the 1869 style under-mounted cleaning rod. The quality of the rifle is typically wonderful as with all Swiss made arms but it is finished in a much fancier style than military issued Vetterli rifles. The barrel is browned, the barrel bands are fire blued as is loading gate cover and magazine cutoff and the action is color case-hardened as is triggerguard and buttplate. The condition of the rifle is wonderful with the barrel retaining 95% original brown finish, fire blued parts are 95% or better and the action retains 90 - 95% original color case-hardened finish which is just slightly faded and has a very pleasing appearance. The walnut buttstock is highly figured and the full length forend more straight grained as we would expect. The forend is finely checkered in the typical Swiss Vetterli square pattern while the buttstock is beautifully checkered in the more common diamond pattern. The stocks rate excellent with 95% original finish remaining and with sharp checkering. The deceased owners copious notes indicate that this rifle came out of the Winchester Factory Museum and was a gift to Oliver Winchester. We have been unable to confirm these claims, the good news is the rifle is absolutely fabulous and stands up on its own. (15556-13) {ANTIQUE}

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Rare Reilly-Comblain Breechloading Carbine by Henry Holland of London

Lot 148: Rare Reilly-Comblain Breechloading Carbine by Henry Holland of London

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Description: .577 Snider, 20 1/2" barrel with a very good bright bore which shows just a little light pitting. This is a very rare example of these lever actuated trapdoor breechloaders. The design is sound although you do chuckle the first time you open the action (at least I did). The right side of the action has a lever which the user pulls up and backward which brings the hammer to half cock safety, pulls the breechblock rearward and then upward and trips the ejector. The front edge of the breechblock actually slides into the front ring of the frame and the lever locks on a centrally mounted stud on right side of the frame. The top of the action is engraved "H. HOLLAND / 98 NEW BOND ST. / LONDON", the lockplate is engraved simply "H. HOLLAND" and the breechblock is marked "REILLY-COMBLAIN / PATENT NO. / 125". A brass plaque affixed to the bottom of the stock beneath action is beautifully engraved "Reilly / Comblain / Patent / No. 25". This is a two band carbine surely made for trials in England and it remains in very nice condition. The barrel and frame retain a pleasing mix of original brown and a smooth brown patina. The breechblock and lock are a dark gray which appears to be old oil quenched case-hardening blending with a brown patina. The one piece walnut stock rates excellent having been lightly cleaned and refinished at some point. A very interesting and rare British breechloading carbine. (15556-76) {ANTIQUE}

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Rare J. F. Gevelot Breechloading Military Rifle

Lot 149: Rare J. F. Gevelot Breechloading Military Rifle

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Description: 11.5 x 56, 29 1/2 round barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a very rare rifle built on Gevelot's French 1866 patent which is essentially a lever action rifle. The triggerguard pivots on a pin beneath the bolt and when the triggerguard (or lever) is moved downword the round bolt moves backward, cocking the hammer in the process. The top tang is marked "INV ON P.L. / NO. 36 / GEVELOT". The rifle is Belgian proofed and remains in very nice condition. The barrel retains 85% original blue with most loss toward muzzle where finish is thinning and blending with a smooth brown patina. The frame retains lots of faded original color case-hardened finish which has a pleasing smooth mottled appearance. The rear dust cover on action retains about 60% original blue finish blending with a smooth brown patina. The full length military stock is of walnut and rates excellent with 95% original finish remaining. The rifle features a a side mounted bayonet lug and military sights. It is peculiar that the rifle has no provision for a cleaning rod. This is a very rare and interesting rifle which apparently never went into production. (15556-40) {ANTIQUE}

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Sandro Lucchini Sidelock Double Ejectorgun

Lot 150: Sandro Lucchini Sidelock Double Ejectorgun

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Description: serial # 60944, 20 ga., 28" chopper lump barrels with bright excellent bores choked light modified and improved modified. The barrels have a flat matted rib with a single line border at the breech and retain 99% quality cold rust blue. The coin finished frame and locks are all beautifully engraved by Rizzini in complete bulino style game scenes with vignettes of fine scroll. The left side has two ruffed grouse in flight, the right has two woodcock in flight, the bottom plate has a Brittany's head, and the triggerguard has a pheasant. The straight grip Turkish walnut stock is finely checkered and exhibits very nice figure and color contrast with some light scratches showing. The butt has a gold monogram plate in the toe line and case colored scalloped heel and toe plates with fine scroll and remains uncheckered. The splinter forearm has a push button release held by a detailed engraved metal tip and is finely checkered over 80% of its surface. Stock dimensions are 14 1/2" length of pull, 1 1/8" drop at comb, 2 1/8" drop at heel, and no cast. The gun weighs 6 lbs. 12 ozs. and features double triggers, ejectors, rolled edge triggerguard, and a non automatic safety. Included is a quality leather case with maker's label, snap caps, and felt sleeves for the stock and barrels. This is an elegant gun from a small Italian maker, priced well below what the "big makers" would get, and which would be deadly on crossers, both clay and real. (115392-16)

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