Online auction offers more than 2,000 militaria and outdoors-related lots

SoldUSA.com offers World War I, World War II, Civil War, more through Nov. 20, 2010


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Model 1835 Harper's Ferry .69 caliber smoothbore flintlock musket converted to percussion. Photo courtesy SoldUSA.com.

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MATTHEWS, N.C. – As many as 2,000 quality lots of militaria, guns, ammo and hunting and fishing collectibles are being offered in an online auction that ends Nov. 20 by SoldUSA.com, a premier Internet collectibles auction site. The figure may even exceed 2,000 lots, as additional items were being added practically on a daily basis right up until press time.

“It’s incredible the phone calls we get and the merchandise that comes through our doors,” said David Reichle of SoldUSA.com. “The level of consignments has never been higher. I realize part of that has to do with the economy. People who wouldn’t ordinarily part with their collections might suddenly need quick cash. But that creates great opportunities for collectors.”

David and his wife Joyce are the new owners of SoldUSA.com. Joyce is the president and David, whose interest in collectibles dates back 40 years, is vice president. The couple took control of the firm Aug. 1. “I’m excited about taking the business to a whole new level, and very soon,” David Reichle said.

He listed design changes to the website as a priority, to make bidding and viewing items even easier than it is now. SoldUSA.com boasts 30,000 registered users, with the figure growing almost daily, so servicing that base must be a top priority. “That, and continuing our tremendous success at attracting top-quality, fresh-to-the-market consignments,” he added. “That is key too.”

Reichle said prior to acquiring SoldUSA.com, he had a spotless record selling items on eBay, with 2,800 stars and no negative ratings over a 10-year period. He and Joyce have been with SoldUSA.com for the past several years, as employees, but when the opportunity arose to acquire the firm, they jumped at the chance. “It was a no-brainer,” David said. “We love it here.”

The sale now underway went online Oct. 1. It is top-heavy with militaria: around 500 lots of mostly World Wars I and II and Civil War items. In addition, there are 500 lots of ammo, 100 lots of guns and hundreds of lots of what David Reichle described as “wild and wonderful items in an array of categories.” He mentioned a field doctor’s headlight from the 1800s as an example.

One lot certain to generate strong bidder interest is a Model 1835 Harper’s Ferry .69 caliber smoothbore flintlock musket converted to percussion, as evidenced by the 2nd type bolster alteration bearing “H & P” (Hewes & Phillips, Newark) stamped into the side. The musket, made in 1836, is in very good plus condition and comes with a leather US M1 garand style rifle sling.

Fans of Winchester displays will be impressed with the rare “Planting Game Feed Pays” point-of-purchase partial die-cut, made sometime between 1932 and 1935; the graphic was painted by Philip R. Godwin and features two men with a hunting dog. The two sections offered both have their easel backs, one including assembly instructions.

The auction has several daggers on offer, including a stag handle original RAD enlisted man’s dagger with scabbard and hanger made by Eickhorn, Solingen; a World War II German enlisted man’s Red Cross dagger with scabbard and sawtooth blade marked “Ges Gesch”; and a World War II German Luftwaffe miniature dagger (Type 2) with a bright blade.

Also sold will be a World War II German Luftwaffe paratrooper gravity knife made by SMF (not spring loaded), with a Waffen stamp on a spike near the hinge and with a bright clean blade (but with a cutting edge dinged and chewed). From the same era: a German World War II NSDAP Nazi metal enameled large sign-up sign for HJ, SS, NSKK, SA, NSFS (25 1/2 inches by 32 inches).

A wonderful condition and very clean partial Shelby shell box has 23 correct 12 gauge, three drams, and one 1/8 oz. 10-shot shells. All shells have a half-inch high brass collar, and the box has all tight corners, top and bottom. The blue label is complete on the box top, sides and base. There is some minor wear to the bottom label and a small stain on one side of a panel label.

A Winchester 1873 first model rifle (serial #25663) comes with a factory letter of authentication from the Cody Firearms Museum, verifying all the features of this rare, special-order gun. The .44 caliber weapon was made in 1878 and features a 30-inch octagonal barrel, full mag, set-trigger, sporting rear and Rocky Mountain front sights and early-style Henry lever latch.

One of the more unusual collectibles in the auction is a very rare Remington “The Horticulturist” puzzle, with the original box (which is perfect, with no splits). The puzzle has never been assembled, but if it were it would measure 18 inches by 42 inches. Some of the puzzle pieces have never been separated. Overall, the puzzle and box are VG+ to excellent.

A Thomas D. Murphy 1932 salesman’s sample original calendar, with vivid color images of 11 different scenes of hunting and nature, measures 22 inches by 34 inches and shows the single page for January 1932 attached to the face. Made of heavy oilcloth style paper and folded in the center, the calendar is in excellent condition and would be a fine addition to any collection.

A World War II Japanese non-commissioned officer’s sword, all-original, with matching serial numbers, arsenal stamps, a 26-inch blade and 8-inch handle is also up for bid. The sword, a nice representative piece, shows Kokura Arsenal markings and is in very good condition. The scabbard still retains about 95 percent of the original paint, and the blade and handle are tight.

To learn more about SoldUSA.com and the auction slated to end Nov. 20, visit www.SoldUSA.com. The firm is always looking for quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item or an entire collection, you may call them at 704-815-1500, or you can e-mail them at support@SoldUSA.com.


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Very rare Remington "The Horticulturist" puzzle with original box, never assembled, 18 inches by 42 inches.
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Thomas D. Murphy 1932 salesman's sample series calendar with 11 colorful hunting scenes.
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Very clean Shelby Smokeless partial shell box, with all shell having a ½-inch high brass collar.
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Winchester "Planting Game Feed Pays" point-of-purchase partial die-cut display, early 1930s.
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World War II-era German Nazi metal enameled sign-up sign, 25 1/2 inches by 32 inches.

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