Early 19th century gunner’s powder horn pegged to fetch upwards of $300

HARRISBURG, Penn. – Cordier Auctions will hold their Spring Firearms and Militaria Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on March 24. Highlights of the sale include a Confederate Officer inscribed Civil War era revolver, a nice collection of military firearms from a private collector and several beautiful commemorative firearms. Antique and modern handguns, long guns, edged weapons and military collectibles will also be offered. The auction will be held in the company’s auction house located at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg.

The inscribed Colt 1851 Navy revolver will be one of the key lots in the antique firearms

Inscribed Colt 1851 Navy, carries a presale estimate of $4,000-$5,000. (Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions).

Inscribed Colt 1851 Navy, carries a presale estimate of $4,000-$5,000. (Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions).

category. Built in 1851 during the second year of production, this model features the inscription of a Confederate Officer’s initials and regiment he served in. His name was Francis H. Little. He was a major with the 11th Regiment of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry from July 11, 1862 to November 8, 1862 at which time he became a colonel. This regiment was formed in the spring of 1861 and was assigned to Bartow’s Brigade of the Army of the Shenandoah. The unit was mustered in on July 2, 1861 and mustered out on April 9, 1865 when it surrendered at the Appomattox court house in Virginia.

Another key area of the auction will be a selection of military weapons from a private collector. Six Colt 1911’s manufactured between 1917 and 1919 will be offered and are estimated at $1,000 to $2,000 each. Additionally, five 1911A1’s will be offered which were built during the early years of WWII and have an estimate range of $1,000 to $2,500. Nice examples of the Remington Rand and Ithaca versions of this pistol are also included in this group.

Military long arms will feature a nice selection from Springfield Armory including the 1863, 1898, 1903 and the M-1 Garand. A Winchester M-1 Garand is being offered with an estimate of $700 to $900. Also included in the lineup are German Mausers, British Enfields, SKS(s) and Russian Nagants.

WWII Era Barr & Stroud Field Rangefinder (estimate $300-$500). (Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions)

WWII Era Barr & Stroud Field Rangefinder (estimate $300-$500). (Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions)

Modern firearms in the sale will include a selection sporting guns, new guns and collectibles. Of note are several commemoratives. One is a General George Patton 1911A1 commemorative in a presentation case sporting an estimate of $1,200 to $1,500. It features a gold plated slide and accessories along with faux ivory grip panels and Patton’s monogrammed initials. Another impressive piece is the 2nd Amendment commemorative .44 magnum revolver by Dan Wesson. This gold plated revolver is presented by the American Historical Society in a presentation case and also carries an estimate of $1,200 to $1,500. Another highlight is a Ruger/Lyman 1878 Centennial rifle in .45-70 caliber and its presentation box (estimate $2,500 to $3,000). An additional selection in this group is a Colt 1982 John Wayne SAA revolver with display case and holster set (estimate $1,800 to $2,000).

Among other lots of modern firearms will be a FN FAL L1A1 Rifle in .308 caliber carrying an estimate of $1,500 to $1,800 and a new in box Bushmaster AR-15 with an estimate of $1,000-$1,500. Revolvers and pistols by Colt, Smith & Wesson and Ruger will also be offered.

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Military collectibles will cover the Civil War through World War II. Civil War items include muster rolls, letters, lithographs and a gunner’s powder horn. A highlight is a leather artillery gunner’s pouch marked “WATERTOWN ARESENAL 1865” (estimate $300 to $400). World War I and World War II items include helmets, belts, medals, a military watch and a Barr & Stroud rangefinder estimated at $300 to $500.

Military collectibles will be followed by edged weapons and include American blades as well as foreign. Two Nazi unit marked police dress daggers in their scabbards will be offered, carrying estimates of $400-$600 each. A Nazi Army dagger with scabbard and porte pee is being offered with an estimate of $350 to $550 while a Franco-Prussian Era German police sword with original scabbard and frog is estimated at $300 to $500. Art, Ned Smith prints, taxidermy and other items will follow the edged weapons. The sale concludes with a wide selection of non-cataloged military and sporting equipment.

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