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SN 38

This gun was manufactured in 1854 at Colt's London Factory in England.  Somewhere between six and seven hundred Colt Dragoons of various configurations were produced.  The parts for the Colt London Dragoon were shipped to England from Hartford to be assembled in London.  The parts were apparently in various stages of construction.  Many of the barrels already had their barrel addresses and it seems the cylinders already had the cylinder scene rolls.  This gun is correct and has never been tinkered with.  I see no replacement parts.  It has completely matching serial numbers including the wedge and cylinder pin.  The loading lever has a different number, which may be an attempt to use an assembly number that is found on early Dragoons.  At any rate, the lever is correct, authentic and was engraved along with the other parts of the gun and assembled in this configuration.  The gun has a very nice, light patination with no pits of any consequence at all.  The frame, hammer, barrel, loading lever, trigger guard and back strap are beautifully engraved in the English style.  A clamshell appears on the back strap behind the hammer.  The frame and barrel have rope border treatment along with a very delicate foliate design.  The stem of the loading lever is also engraved.  It was done with a master engravers touch and is completely authentic Colt London factory engraving.  The grips still retain the majority of their varnished finished and are constructed from European wood.  When viewed from the rear, the grips are wasp waisted, which is typical of London production guns.  The cylinder still retains a respectable amount of cylinder scene.  However, you will note that it is very light.  This is typical of the London production Dragoons.  The cylinders sent for assembly from Hartford already had cylinder scenes.  But the English market demanded a much higher luster blue than the American market.  In order to get the high luster blue, Colt's polishers literally buffed the cylinder scene away.  In effect, when this gun was built and polished, much of the cylinder scene was polished away.  That is how the cylinder would have looked the day it was made.  According to Rosa in his book "Colonel Colt London" 200 dragoons were still in inventory at the Colt sales office in London by 1861.  Seventy three engraved Colt London Dragoons were shipped to J.C. Grubbs and Company of Philadelphia.  They were presumably sold into the American Civil War market.  This gun is very likely one of those 73 engraved Dragoons shipped back to the U.S. at the beginning of the American Civil War.  Click on image for detail photos!!   SOLD!!




This Rosewood case measures 14 X 9 1/2 X 2 3/4 inches.  It is rosewood which is very nicely brass bound with a keyed lock (key is not present).  It has been very nicely re-lined in the interior to accommodate a pair of percussion pistols which have an overall length of about 11 inches.  Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!







SN 3499

This is a strong, honest condition, early Athens production Cook & Brother two band rifle.  The barrel and lock assembly have a light to medium patination.  The brasses are nice and even in coloration.  The wood looks like it is actually cherry, which has a little different graining pattern than walnut.  It is dark with a reddish undertone with minor dents and dings.  This gun is completely original with two parts that are original Cook but taken from other rifles during the period of use.  The hammer screw is original Cook but has a different number than the lock assembly.  The front barrel band is original Cook but is from a gun in an earlier serial number range.  These additions are no doubt due to the efforts of unit armorers to salvage damaged guns and keep the rest in the field and operating.  The lock is clearly marked with the First National Confederate flag behind the hammer and Cook & Brother, Athens, GA 1863 in front of the hammer.  The barrel is marked behind the rear sight, Cook & Brother over Athens, GA 1863 over the serial number 3499.  The left rear of the barrel has the "PROVED" mark stamped up side down, which is correct .  The barrel shows twists and metal flaws, which were present when it was made.  The front and rear sites are original and intact.  The breech plug and barrel have matching sub-assembly numbers on the bottom.  Although the bore is still a little dirty, rifling is clearly evident.  The lock assembly has completely matching  subassembly numbers.  The lock plate, hammer, the internal lock screws, sear, bridle and tumbler all have matching sub-assembly numbers.  As pointed out earlier, the hammer screw has a different sub-assembly number.  The tang screw and both lock plate screws are correctly serial numbered to the gun and are original.  The rear barrel band also has matching numbers.  There is very little burn out behind the nipple in the stock.  This is an early Athens production gun and as such, was made in the New Orleans configuration, possibly from left over New Orleans production parts.  The trigger guard is  two piece, exactly like the New Orleans trigger guard.  The rear swivel on this gun is also original and configured exactly like the New Orleans rear swivel.  Later in Athens production, they adopted a one piece trigger guard with a boss for mounting the rear swivel which was integral to the casting.  A really nice, authentic example of the early Athens production Cook Rifle.  As Cooks go, a solid, intact 1863 production gun is relatively hard to come by. Click on image for detail photos!!  SOLD!!




This is a very rare agent marked New Orleans Tranter 36 caliber pistol.  It dates to approximately 1860.  The top of the barrel marked "Manufactured expressly for "D. KERNAGHAN & COMPANY, NEW ORLEANS - W. TRANTER'S PATENT".   The serial number of the gun is 11473, which places it just before the American Civil War.  The gun retains all of its principal markings and engraving but there is only the slightest hint of finish left.  It has a pleasant light patina and solid checkered wood grip.  It is complete and functions quite nicely.  Agent marked D. Kernaghan pistols are quite rare.  The books I have indicate that Kernaghan was an importer and retailer in New Orleans between 1855 and 1860.   New Orleans dealers were major importers of firearms just prior to the advent of the American Civil War.  This one would be among the rarest and considered by most collectors to be a secondary Confederate handgun.   Click on image for additional views SOLD!!






A solid, honest, very good condition Confederate Blockade Run P-53 Enfield Rifle by Parker Field & Son.  This gun has blockade numbers engraved on the butt plate tang, the "F" inspection mark in the wood before the butt plate tang and a JS & Anchor mark in the wood below the trigger guard tang.  The wood on the gun has not been sanded or abraded and is in very nice condition.  Minor dents and abrasions but no repairs or major damage.  The gun has its original rear sight and an original unmarked ramrod.  The metal components have a nice, uncleaned patination with a light peppery texture.  It is missing the front and rear sling swivels.  The barrel has proper London proofs at the left rear and the bore needs a light cleaning but appears to have strong rifling.  The lock has an excellent, crisp mechanism.  The rest is unmolested and intact.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!




This is a New Orleans production Saber Bayonet for the early Cook Rifle.  It is intact with a lightly cleaned blade showing some dark discoloration but no disfiguring pitting.  The serial number on the cross guard indicates it was mounted on rifle number 1271.  Cook & Brother had a contract with the State of Alabama for 1000 rifles.  According to Howie Madaus, the serial number range for that contract was approximately serial numbers 800 to 1800.  Production on the contract was begun at the New Orleans factory, interrupted when the Union took over New Orleans and then continued and finished at the Selma Arsenal.  Most of the Alabama contract guns and accoutrements saw very hard use during the Civil War.  They is seldom encountered today.  Click on image for additional viewsSOLD!!






In US Single Shot Collecting, there is a undefined and odd merging of guns with similar characteristics under three different titles.  Some are called Kentucky Pistols, some are called Colonial Period and some are described as Committee of Safety.  It appears to me that in many cases, they strongly overlap.  I believe this is an early Colonial Period pistol because of the characteristics it presents.  It has a seven inch 50 caliber barrel which is slightly swamped at the muzzle.  The wood is obviously American black walnut.  The unmarked lock is almost banana shaped and lacks the arm on the pan which retains the frizzen (a very early feature).  The hammer is early gooseneck in design.  The butt cap is reminiscent of an English Dragoon Pistol.  The counterpane is simple and basically American in design.  The barrel bears no proof marks but has a sunken number 137 stamped on the left side.  There is also a cryptic mark on the left side of the barrel that I don't quite understand.  The metal surface on top of the barrel is contoured and sculpted, which is again a very early feature.  Now this gun is missing its mainspring, has wood damage to the left side along the barrel and is missing its trigger guard.  But I think it is worth somebody restoring.  The brass parts are lightly lined and engraved.  Based on the characteristics that I am looking at, I believe this gun was made slightly before the Revolutionary War in Colonial America.  Click on image for additional views.  SOLD!!




This is an extraordinary, 1st Series Civil War era Whitworth Military Target Rifle (Sniper Rifle).  The gun has a 33 inch barrel, bright hexagonal bore and an overall length of 49 inches.  It has three barrel bands and a round patch box at the right rear of the stock.  The gun has matching numbers.  The serial number is found on top of the barrel at the rear, on the bottom of the barrel, on the breech plug, all three barrel bands, patch box lid, inside of the lock and hammer, stock, and on the rack and pinion rear sight.  It has almost all the blue on the barrel, barrel bands and trigger guard.  The case hardened surfaces, ie. butt plate, patch box cover, lock assembly and nose cap are toning off to a very pleasant, smooth patina. 

The rifle was manufactured about mid 1860.  But they were so expensive, they did not sell and most of them remained in the factory.  Meanwhile, Whitworth continued to develop his sighting systems.  The rack and pinion rear sight and the micro-adjustable front sight were a result of his work.  Sales seemed to pick up at about the time of the American Civil War and as the rifles were sold, many of them were retrofitted for the new rack and pinion rear sight and micro-adjustable front sight.  This gun is among those which were retrofitted.  According to Bill Curtis, Curator at the NRA museum in Great Britain, this gun would have been retrofitted between 1861 and 1863. 

When I purchased this gun, I immediately emailed Mr. Curtis who sponsors the Whitworth Registry.  Surprisingly, they had no details on this gun except that the serial number had been listed in a 1960's publication.  They knew nothing about the particular characteristics of the gun.  The gun is now included in their registry with all details described including comprehensive photography.  In other words, it is now registered and from this point forward, anyone in the world, at any future time, can verify the configuration of this gun.

Information regarding the Whitworth Rifle and its use during the American Civil War is very scarce.  The South armed men with Whitworths and used them in a manner which in today's terms would be described as a sniper.  I.E. A Sharpshooter who was free to roam the lines, detached from a unit and pick targets of opportunity.  Today, these guys are heralded as heroes.  Not so during the Victorian period.  It was considered immoral at best, during the Victorian period, to shoot an enemy who was not given the opportunity to acquit himself.  You might compare it to today's concept of murder.  The scarcity of information regarding these men and these tactics probably emerges from this moral convention.  It was not something to boast about, not something you tell the grandchildren later in life.  As a matter of fact, if a man were captured or surrendered with a Whitworth Rifle, the Yankees would most likely shoot him dead on the spot.  The guns would have been discarded before surrender which leads to a scarcity of surviving rifles today.  Very little would ever have been spoken of or written down regarding use of the guns in battle and therefore a dearth of information.  We know that Confederate Central Government Ordnance purchased a small number of Whitworths, some of which were equipped with a telescopic sight.  These guns are marked 2nd Quality, have two barrel bands, standard sights and have no safety on the lock.  We also know that at the beginning of the Civil War, there was no central government system.  The states were arming themselves utilizing importers in the various regions.  For instance, we know that at the beginning of the Civil War, Cook & Brother of New Orleans immediately ordered 20 Whitworth Rifles.  It is highly probable that importers in the various states, from Texas to Virginia around the southern coast, also ordered small numbers of these guns.  Serial number 983  is certainly not among the known purchases that Confederate Ordnance made.  But it has the correct  configuration of a gun which could have  been ordered by an importer and paid for by either local contributions or state funds.  We will probably never know for certain but it is surely a beautiful condition Civil War era Whitworth Military Rifle.  Click on image for additional views.  P.O.R.  SOLD!!




This is a fine to excellent condition, completely matching, iron strapped, cut for stock Colt Navy with original Canteen Shoulder Stock.  The gun has all matching serial numbers, cut for stock iron backstrap and trigger guard with the swivel mounted in front of the guard.  The gun retains 70-80% of the original case hardening and blue.  The stock is matching to include the yoke, the hasp, the butt plate, etc.  It retains almost all the silver plate with very few dents and dings.  The gun is mechanically excellent with all original components inside.  The grips are also matching.  The cylinder scene is pretty much intact with a considerable amount of blue remaining.  Typical of a Cut for Stock Navy in this range, there is a factory dovetail front sight and a deluxe checkered hammer spur.  The gun is a little anomalous.  There is no barrel address and there never was one.  The barrel is in its original finish, which is flaking with all lines contours and markings perfectly intact.  There is no way it has been touched.  I did a little studying on this.  This gun was produced in 1858.  It was manufactured precisely at the time Colt changed from the early New York City address to the Hartford address.  Apparently a few guns got through during the change over of the die.  We have a similar circumstance with some of the early Fluted Armies.  The die for those broke and before they could get it replaced, a few Fluted Armies got through the factory without a barrel address.  Then they switched to the Pocket Model address and put it on a few and then finally they obtained and then installed the new die for the standard address.  It's pretty obvious that they didn't slow down for anything if they could get a gun out the door.  Click on image for additional views.  P.O.R.  SOLD!!



This is an unusually nice condition Confederate Enfield.  It has a bright bore with strong rifling and is totally complete.  The metal has barely turned brown but is extremely smooth with virtually no pitting.  The stock is unusually clean and sharp with a light finish.  There are no vice marks, carvings or other mutilations.  The Confederate Inspector Isaac Curtis's cartouche and block letter stamp are found in the stock, opposite the lock.  The Sinclair Hamilton & Company mark, which is a Crown over S over HC over a Fletched Arrow is found on top of the stock just above the butt plate tang.  There is a darkening of the wood on the right side between the two lower barrel bands.  The wood is not eroded and I suspect this is from the gun being mounted over a fireplace.  The soot from the fireplace worked its way into the grain of the wood.  The gun is intact with its original ramrod, swivels and barrel bands which have the nuts on the ends of the bolts.  An unusually nice Confederate Enfield.  Click on image for additional views.   SOLD!!




This is a very early, rare Silver Hilt Eagle Head Sword, probably from the Philadelphia area.  The blade is marked I or J Rose.  The grip is beautifully patinaed Ivory and the mounts including the guard, the ferrule, the Eagle Head and backstrap are all solid silver.  The Eagle Head is not a casting.  It is repose' made in two pieces and joined.  You don't see that type of work on these early swords very often.  The sword is basically attic condition and the blade is not significantly pitted or chipped.  It is quite smooth with a light patina with a little rust here and there.  The silver is black with tarnish.  This sword will date to around 1800 and is certainly a fascinating construction.  You may view a similar Eagle Head Sword at page 150  of  Mowbray's book "The American Eagle Pommel Sword."  Click on image for additional views.  P.O.R.  SOLD!!





SN 125352

This is a solid, Civil War Era Colt 1860 Army which was issued in 1863.  The gun is in an overall very good condition with all matching serial numbers except an original mismatched Colt Barrel Wedge.  The gun has a strong barrel address and a strong, nearly complete cylinder scene.  It has a very legible Colt's Patent on the left frame and military sub-inspector marks on the barrel, cylinder, backstrap and trigger guard.  The oil finished grips are sound, with no repairs and still have visible cartouches on both sides.  It has a very nice bore and a good functioning action.  The initials RI are carved on the bottom of the right grip and have a significance which is probably lost to history.  A solid, tight, well marked, very good condition Civil War Colt.  Click on image for additional views.   SOLD!!







This is a classic Conning Staff & Field Officer's Sword.  The blade is typically Conning with a 31 inch length, unstopped fuller and a rounded back.  The guard casting is one of the more handsome products produced in the South during the Civil War.  It has the CS between the ornamental branches and is very nicely done.  There is a considerable amount of the original gold wash still showing on the guard and traces on the pommel cap.  The guard on Conning Staff & Field Officer Swords was molded off a pattern which belonged to Jacob Fazier of Macon, Mississippi.  Fazier obtained the patter piece from Windham in Philadelphia.  It was bequeathed to him upon Windham's death.  He changed the "U" to a "C" on the pattern piece.  It then became the basis for swords that he made as well as those made at Conning.  He was employed by Conning to set up Conning's sword manufactory.  This sword is solid, has a nice grip wrap and a bright blade which shows its age but is not grossly disfigured by pitting or chips.  There is no scabbard and that is where Conning marked his Staff & Field Officer's swords.  He normally engraved his name and location on the upper brass mount of the scabbard.  A very attractive piece of Confederate Civil War history.  Click on image for additional views.   SOLD!!





This is one of 200 2nd Army Issue US Trial Guns.  It has a factory letter that indicates it was shipped to Springfield Armory on January 11, 1901.  Most of these guns were sent to the Philippines for trial.  This gun has strong markings, good sound grips, a matching numbered slide and the correct nickeled magazine with the patent dates on the bottom.  This gun has been converted from sight safety to standard sight by the Colt Factory.  During the period of use, you could send these guns back to the factory and have the sight safety removed and a standard sight installed.  The gun has been professionally refinished to the highest possible level with an attention to detail that is quite extraordinary.  The finish is as close to the original Colt charcoal blue that I have ever seen.  The gun has no replaced parts or repairs, just a beautiful refinish.  A very rare, early Colt Automatic.  Click on image for additional views.   SOLD!!








SN 7754

One of the few pleasures of growing old after decades of collecting, buying and selling Colt Percussion Revolvers, is to find something in one of the major auctions that nobody understands.  This four inch barrel Colt Baby Dragoon was in one of the major auctions. It had been very carefully and professionally re-blued.  The re-blue was unusual in the care that was taken but nevertheless, the barrel, cylinder, frame and hammer had been re-blued.  The gun belonged to Elmer Keith, an early author and promoter of handgun techniques.  The auction house described the gun as a re-blued Baby Dragoon with later added engraving.  That is absolutely not the case.  This gun has the earliest form of factory engraving to be found on a Baby Dragoon.  It is in the correct serial number range and has an un-bordered engraving on the frame.  The backstrap, trigger guard and hammer are also factory engraved.  The gun has completely matching serial numbers to include backstrap, trigger guard, grips, frame, barrel, cylinder, cylinder pin and barrel wedge.  There are traces of the original cylinder scene on the cylinder and the barrel address is the correct variant for this serial number range.  Further, the forward portion of the trigger guard, above and below the serial number are sub-inspected with a "K" and a "Q".  The Tuller "T" is still to be found on the rear of the barrel and the right side rear of the trigger guard.  If you will go to the book by Jordan and Watt titled "Colt's Pocket 49 It's Evolution Including the Baby Dragoon and Wells Fargo" you will find a wealth of authenticating data about this pistol.  This gun has an unusually nice bore and a crisp, functioning action.  The big problem was, it had been re-blued, probably in the 1950's.  Even though it was unusually well done, very professional, I just don't like a re-blued gun.  I had the blue removed from the gun by a professional, stipulating that no buffing wheels, belt sanders, or files be used.  In other words, it has to be done carefully by hand, preserving all the original lines, edges and contours.  The results are a bright gun with very nice lines and edges.  Now I know that there are any number of restorers who can put a patina on this gun, but I believe that should be done by the person that buys it if they so choose.  It is an exceptionally nice, early factory engraved Baby Dragoon which is correct in every technical detail.  Click on image for additional views.   SOLD!!




This consecutively numbered pair of Colt 3rd Model Cut-For-Stock Dragoons are NOT reproductions.  Neither are they fakes.  They were restored by a collaborative effort between Tommy Haas, Sr. and Horacio Acevedo.  The work was probably done 40 or more years ago.  They are picking up minor handling wear and patination and they look great!.  Tommy Haas, Sr. was a master machinist, more like a tool & die maker.  Horacio Acevedo was a master metal finisher and master engraver.  The cylinder scenes on these guns were applied with a round roll die, which Acevedo hand engraved in the obverse.  For those of you who knew Tommy, he was a bit of a rascal, while Horacio always seemed the perfect gentleman.  Both men are gone now and these guns were restored during a time frame when not everybody was sure whether full bore restorations were a mistake.  Today, full bore restorations, especially on percussion Colts is rarely ever attempted.  The skills to do a set of guns like these, in all probability, don't exist anymore.  I think the cylinder scene dies, which Horacio made, are still out there but have suffered some rust damage and are seldom, if ever used anymore.

With that said, these are beautiful, original, authentic 3rd Model Cut-For-Stock Colt Dragoons.  They have matching serial numbers, excellent actions and are tight and crisp.  The flask that accompanies the guns, I believe is an original body with replaced spout and bullet compartment lid.  I believe the body of the flask is the same as the item pictured at #830 on Page 354 of The Powder Flask Book by Ray Riling.  The spout and the bullet compartment door look to me like have been pulled off a reproduction.  The flask is marked Colt's Patent and embossed on both sides with the typical Colt panoply of arms.  The case is a mahogany veneer case of the  period, which would be appropriate for these guns.  It would need a dust shield, new partitions and lining of course and restoration to the veneer on the top.  But it would make for a very appropriate casing of these two guns.  Click on image for additional views SOLD!!




SN 59

This is a strong, very good condition Confederate 1st Model LeMat which is very early production, serial number 59.  The barrel is marked Col. Lemat's Patent with script LM trademark at the right rear.  The serial number is found on the frame, barrel, cylinder, shotgun barrel, etc.  The action is mechanically excellent rotating the cylinder and locking up very nicely.  The grips are original with no repairs and the hammer nose is intact.  The pistol barrel has good rifling with a light frost.  All the nipples are original to include the one for the shotgun barrel.  A solid, all around decent 1st Model LeMat.

These are very historic guns with a total production of 450.  Most 1st Models were probably issued to the Cavalry in the Army of Northern Virginia.  Notables such as Jeb Stewart, PT Beauregard and Captain Henry Wirtz all carried 1st Model LeMats.  Click on image for additional viewsSOLD!!




SN 41317

This is one of the neatest Adams Revolvers I have ever seen.  It is Factory Deluxe Engraved in very nice condition with plenty of blue mixing with an untouched patination.  The grips are excellent and the mechanical function is fine.  The engraving is extremely well done, sharp and crisp with an unusual amount of coverage.  It is inscribed on the top strap "Major Rawlings, From, Robert Adams, No. 76, King William Street, London, 1864."  I do not know the real historical significance of the gun but I know it is the only factory presentation gun I have ever seen given by Robert Adams.  Robert Adams was knee deep in supplying guns to the Confederacy, was a major shareholder in the London Armoury Company and was active with the British Government.  He was Sam Colt's fierce competitor in the London market.  Major Rawlings may turn out to be a British ordnance official, a friend of the family or just someone Robert Adams was attempting to curry favor with.  These presentations at the time were a socially accepted form of bribery.  A very nice factory presentation which is no doubt historically significant.  Click on image for additional viewsSOLD!!






At the beginning of the Civil War the State of Alabama sent all of their early regiments to the Southern Coast, the Mobile and Pensacola area.  These early regiments were literally armed with shotguns and country rifles.  The Mobile Depot was established in an attempt to convert many of these civilian arms to military application.  This bayonet and others like it are one of the most interesting products of the Mobile Depot.  Single and Double Barrel Shotguns had a brass mount soldered to the right side of the barrels which mounted this bayonet.  Both the mount and bayonet were constructed at the depot.  this bayonet has many forging flaws and the brass hilt is crudely made.  There is what looks like a chip out of the blade which more than likely is just a lamination flaw and the metal fell out.  This blade is not pitted and is relatively smooth with dark spots.  Click on image for additional views SOLD!!




If you ever wanted to know what a Golden Age Kentucky looks like coming in out of the woods after 200 years of service, this one is par for the course.  This gun was made by John Brooks of Lancaster, Pennsylvania right around 1800.  The barrel is clearly signed J. Brooks.  It has been converted to percussion and has a Calderwood lock.  Calderwood made guns and locks in Philadelphia.  The gun was originally full stock Tiger Stripe Maple with an ornately engraved Daisy Head patch box and incise carved.  The bore is approximately 50 caliber, maybe 52.  The patch box, trigger guard, butt plate, inlays, etc. are clearly John Brooks' patterns.  John Brooks is listed in Kindig's book "Thoughts On the Kentucky Rifle In Its Golden Age."  On pages 138-141 you will find narrative history on John Brooks and a picture of his Daisy Head patch box which is present on the gun I am selling.  As you can see from the photos, the old gun has fallen on hard times.  It would certainly be worthy of TLC and a professional restoration.  On these guns, sometimes this is all you can get.  Click on image for additional views SOLD!!




A decent, very good condition 1st Model Colt Dragoon.  The gun has a nice bore and good barrel and frame markings.  The matching numbers include barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder and cylinder pin.  The loading lever appears to have a three digit assembly number on it, which would never have matched the serial number.  The barrel wedge is unnumbered but appears to be original.  The gun still has its original "V" type mainspring and hammer without roller.  The grips are worn but solid with chipped toes on both sides.  Overall the gun is relatively smooth and has been cleaned to a pleasant gray.  The cylinder scene is light but visible all the way around.  The cartouche above the serial number on the cylinder bears a faint US Dragoons mark rather than the earlier USMR.  The nipples are still good in the cylinder and the action works fine.  Click on image for additional viewsSOLD!!







A superb little Southern Deringer which was manufactured by Wurfflein of Philadelphia, agent marked and sold by Casper Suter of Selma, Alabama.  Typical of nice Philadelphia Deringers, it is German silver mounted with engraving on the trigger guard, lock, hammer and barrel tang.  A fairly special little gun as it has two gold bands at the breech of the barrel.  Even the ramrod appears to be original, brass tipped on both ends.  The wood on the gun retains 98% of the original finish with no repairs, cracks, etc.  The barrel and lock assembly have a smooth gray patination, which is very pleasing.  About the nicest Suter I have ever seen.  Gorgeous little Southern Deringer.  Click on image for additional views SOLD!!




This is one of the nicest Spiller & Burrs I have personally ever seen.  It is technically correct in all respects.  It has matching serial numbers to include grip, frame, trigger guard, barrel, loading lever and cylinder pin.  The frame has taken on a dark lusty patination with verdigris building up on the inside forward and rear areas.  There is still considerable blue on the barrel, which is turning to a very pleasant patination.  The cylinder has just a touch of blue and it is turning off a very light, thin patina.  The cased surfaces are sharp with some color that is turning dark.  The action is as crisp as new.  Internally, the gun is like new.  The machining at the muzzle is the most distinct I have ever seen.  The bore is strong and has the correct right hand gain twist.  An extremely sharp and rare Confederate Revolver.    SOLD!!







An early brass mounted Shoulder Stock for the 3rd Model Colt Dragoon.  This is an early variant of the shoulder stock for a four screw cut for stock third model Dragoon.  The bottom tang is short, which is typical of the early brass mounted stocks.  This stock has been refinished and there are signs of some minor repairs.  It is definitely worth salvaging and fitting to a gun.  SOLD!!









This is an authentic Colt rosewood case for a pair of Six Inch 1849 Pocket Revolvers.  The outside of the case is very nice with minor age cracks, dents dings, etc.  The interior of the case is showing its age but still has the original lining.  There is some chippage to the dust shield in the front of the case but nothing dramatic.  The bottom of the case shows clearly its authenticity, age and use.  SOLD!!





SN 1312

The Model 1900 Colt Automatic is the first automatic pistol produced by Colt Firearms.  It was primitive in nature and the result of Colt's decision to produce a prototype design and develop it later.  There were approximately 3,500 made and are routinely called "Sight Safety."  The gun incorporated a sight safety mechanism which was soon dropped with the development of the 1902 Automatic.  The Model 1900 has no hold open device and certainly no satisfactory safety device.  It was made with wood grips and a nickel plated magazine which has an 1884 patent date on the bottom of it.  This gun has a matching numbered slide and correct magazine.  The gun has been professionally refinished and I do mea Professional.  The markings have NOT been enhanced and are still strong.  The finish is the original Colt high luster charcoal blue with cased hardened hammer and safety and temper blued small parts.  It is quite impressive.  It is accompanied by a factory letter which indicates it was shipped on December 3, 1900 to Simmons Hardware Company, St. Louis, Missouri.  Click on image for additional viewsSOLD!!








This gun and holster were issued to Captain Arthur G. Poorman in 1918 in France.  The gun is a typical 1918 production Black Army.  It is complete and correct as issued.  It has correct slide, barrel, grips, magazine, etc.  The bore in the barrel is near new.  The barrel has the correct intertwined HP mark on top.  The magazine is a very nice condition two-toned Colt magazine.  The grips are showing moderate wear with minor dents and abrasions.  As is almost always the case with a Black Army, the blue is flaking.  It retains 50-60% of the original blue with the rest a very nice patina.  It has no pitting and retains all of the original scratch marks from the finishing.  The holster is an early 1914 production, swivel type, made at Rock Island Arsenal.  The leather is solid and sound and has a very good look.

The gun and holster are accompanied by a notarized affidavit from the gentleman in the family given the gun by Captain Poorman.  The gun was given to its last owner sometime around 1957 and has remained in the family ever since.  There is also a copy of Captain Poorman's honorable discharge and his military record which indicates that he took part in the Ypres and Somme offenses.  There is a copy of his life membership card in the "Military Order of the Purple Heart."  There is a copy of a post card sent home to his wife from France and a photograph of he and his wife in old age.  He served as an Infantry Captain in WWI, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, practiced law in Chicago Heights, Illinois, served as mayor of Marshall, Illinois and as Commander of the Illinois American Legion.  About as well documented a WWI officer's side arm as you can get.  FFL or C&R Required! P.O.R.  SOLD!!



This is one of the original stock blanks that were left in the Dixon Nelson buildings in Dawson, Georgia at the end of the Civil War.  Dixon Nelson never produced the carbine version but was preparing to do so as the War ended.  It is the only one I have ever seen that has written provenance connecting it back to Dawson, Georgia.  My first encounter with these was in 1970.  I was serving in the Army as a Battalion Company Clerk in the 2nd Aircraft Brigade at Fort Stewart, Georgia (think Radar on the Mash TV series).  My wife and I were traveling across Georgia on leave to Alabama.  We stopped at Zeke's Antique Shop in Dawson, Georgia.  Zeke had one of these stocks for sale and he explained to me that there were a few hundred of them still in the old Dixon Nelson factory building and apparently Zeke had the inside track on them.  As a soldier, I couldn't afford the thing but it always stayed in my mind.  This stock comes from a man who is now deceased here in Montgomery, Alabama.  He apparently, in 1981, found an obituary where Zeke had died and corresponded with Zeke's wife in an attempt to purchase this stock.  Zeke's wife responded and the correspondence is found above.  I have never seen any real iron clad documentation that corroborated where these stocks came from.  Even though I have been there and I have seen the stocks in Dawson, Georgia, I still think the documentation is a very significant thing.  Click on image for additional views.  Click on image for detail photos!!   SOLD!!


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