ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Rock Island Auction Company set the firearms market ablaze at its 2013 Premiere Firearms auction held April 19-21. The sale included a large number of named collections, such as The Charles Lindley Collection of German Military Arms, Gary Cote Collection of Winchester 1894’s, The Anthony Urbanowski Collection of Smith & Wesson’s and the auctions most daunting yet most anticipated collection, The William Ashby Collection of Arms and Armor, comprised of nearly 30 full suits of composite and Victorian armor.
The highest grossing item was a documented U.S. Colt Walker Model 1847 revolver that earned $138,000. Other Colt firearms also commanded large sums: a pair of U.S. Martially Inspected Colt 2nd Model Dragoon Revolvers brought $115,000; a Bertrand Couch factory engraved and gold inlaid revolver brought $109,250; and a Patterson No. 3 Belt Model Pistol realized $54,000.
A Special Order 20 inch Winchester Model 1887 shotgun in phenomenal condition brought $54,625 and one of only five factory engraved Winchester Model 1887 shotguns rang the bell at $97,750. Twelve different Model 70 rifle and carbine variations all brought over $15,000 apiece, including a factory engraved and gold inlaid Model 70 Super Grade that commanded $28,750. Other notable sales in the Winchester collecting genre include two different Henry Rifle variations: an iron frame Henry that brought $109,250, and a documented Civil War engraved Henry achieved $74,750.
The two top selling suits of armor from the William Ashby Collection of Arms and Armor (which as a whole earned $1,033,000, exceeding presale expectations) realized $34,500 and $28,750. An elaborately inlaid and engraved wheelock Tschinke rifle brought $21,850, while a European wheelock sporting gun with extensive bone inlays commanded a staggering $34,500.
Military arms from around the world continue to draw record breaking interest. The finest Civil War Spencer Rifle RIAC has ever cataloged achieved $48,875. An early U.S. Navy Marked Colt Model 1911 brought $51,750, while a 1903 Mark I Rifle with original Pederson device brought $69,000. A Swiss Model 1894 Mondragon reached $37,375, while a pair of experimental Japanese Pedersen rifle and carbine both serial number 5 each realized $31,625.
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