Cased Tiffany sword may top out at $60k at firearm and Militaria sale

CINCINNATI  – Cowan’s Auctions Inc. will host its Fall Historic Firearms and Early Militaria Auction Oct. 25-26, 2012. The two-day auction will be held at Cowan’s salesroom, in Cincinnati, and will include nearly 1,200 historic firearms and militaria from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The auction will feature a collection of American and European sporting arms, rifles, swords, uniforms and a collection of fresh-to-the-market archived lots that will be offered at auction for the first time.

“This sale is rich in Kentucky rifles, Civil War percussion revolvers and carved powderhorns,” notes Jack Lewis, director of Historic Firearms at Cowman’s, “All in all, there is something here for all firearms collectors.”

Tiffany presentation sword

Cased Tiffany sword presented to Lt. Samuel P. Ferris, 8th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, estimated at $45,000 to $60,000.

antique powder horn

Some of the detail offered on an engraved powder horn by Tim Tansel, which is expected to fetch $10,000 to $15,000.

Highlighted in the sale will be a cased Tiffany sword presented to Lt. Samuel P. Ferris, 8th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, estimated at $45,000 to $60,000; this is the first time this Tiffany presentation sword will be offered at auction. Samuel P. Ferris was a career regular officer who was twice brevetted for gallantry during the Civil War, with subsequent service during the 1876 Sioux campaign.

A number of Kentucky rifles will also be offered in the auction. A Kentucky flintlock rifle by John Armstrong is estimated at $150,000 to $200,000 and a Kentucky flintlock rifle by William Walker is estimated to bring $25,000 to $30,000.

A Colt Aircrewman AF-1, presented to Hoyt S. Vandenberg, is expected to bring $30,000 to $50,000. Vandenburg was one of the first directors of the CIA.

Engraved powder horns will also be featured in the sale. An engraved powder horn by Tim Tansel is expected to fetch $10,000 to $15,000. An engraved powder horn by John Tansel is estimated at $12,000 to $15,000 and an engraved powder horn attributed to Solomon Crosby is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.

A prototype Searle semi-automatic pistol is expected to bring anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000. This prototype, in working condition with all the original vellum, with signed mechanical drawings and three original patent letters granted to the design are the contents of this lot in the auction.

For more information, visit Cowan’s Auctions.

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