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Collectors spent $9 million during James D. Julia’s Oct. 4-5, 2011 firearms sale, $2.4 million over the low estimate.
A gold-inlayed Winchester 86 sold for $201,250. There are numerous highlights in the Colt offerings, most notable was a rare cased No. 5 Colt Paterson which sold for $431,250.
Julia’s once again re-set the world auction record for a Kentucky Rifle with an important Frederick Sell, which went out at $195,500.
A rare, Colt model 1903 Gatling Gun on a Manila Gun Boat mount sold for $207,000. Between two of the bolt holes on the base is a bronze Ordnance Corps symbol with the name “MANILA ARSENAL 1900″. It was accompanied by a packet of correspondence to and from the Springfield Arsenal regarding the shipment and conversion of Gatling guns to the “new” 30-06 cartridge.
A Gustave Young engraved Civil War inscribed Colt model 1862 police percussion revolver sold for $25,300. Revolver is decorated by famed engraver Gustave Young in his deluxe coverage and patterns consisting of foliate arabesque scrolls with fine punch dot background. Several of the scrolls on the frame terminate in flower blossoms and one scroll on left terminates in Young’s stylized bird’s head.
An engraved Winchester Model 1866 lever-action musket with bayonet brought $48,875. The firearm sports a full magazine, square base front sight and a 900-yard Henry ladder rear sight. the rifle is mounted with a very nicely figured and uncheckered slab-sawed American walnut with a 3/4 length forearm and straight stock with musket/carbine brass buttplate with trap.
A rare Smith & Wesson Volcanic small-frame pistol sold for $47,150. The vintage gun retains much of its original finish. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 1,200 of these little pistols were produced in the period 1854-1855 and are almost never found with any orig finish remaining.
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