MATHEWS. N.C. – A fully sealed box of Peters Target 20-gage shotgun shells, in near perfect condition, sold for a new world auction record price of $2,966 in SoldUSA.com’s online catalog sale that ended Jan. 23-24. The auction saw many high prices paid, and more than a few new world records set, for ammunition and sporting collectibles. SoldUSA.com’s next catalog sale will be in May.
The Peters Target box was bright and clean and showed only a little wear. Light soiling, plus a small tear to the non-load information end label were the only blemishes in an otherwise perfect box. The end panel reads, “Load No. 3738 Chilled – 2-1/4 Drams – 7/8 ounces – No. 8 Shot – Dead – Shot Smokeless.”
A Blatchford Cartridges 10-gage, Load 608 empty shell box – the very box pictured on page 11 of The Encyclopedia of Shotgun Shell Boxes – hit the mark at $2,260. The shells at one time had been loaded by the Chicago Shot Tower Company, which was not in business for long, making this item that much more desirable to collectors. The box showed little wear.
An unusual Peters New Victor 12-gage shotgun shell box – an uncataloged variation that does not appear at all in The Encyclopedia of Shotgun Shell Boxes – crossed the block at $2,203. The variation is subtle but nonetheless important to collectors. On the top label, the word “Kings” is blacked out in the Encyclopedia, but “Kings” does appear in the example from the SoldUSA.com sale.
A rare and hard-to-find Winchester case insert counter-top die-cut sign, model 12, from October 1931, achieved $1,305. The small die-cut was routinely packed into cases of shotgun shell ammunition. This piece featured a rising pheasant and model 12 Winchester rifle on the front, with the Winchester logo on the bottom, in purple and red. The model 12 is advertised, for a price of $39.50.
The May auction will feature a Union flag and a Confederate flag. The Confederate flag was authenticated by H. Michael Madaus of the Milwaukee Public Museum in 1989. He stated it is an authentic Confederate 2nd National Unit Flag. It is also accompanied by a letter from the family that bought it in a trunk of quilts in Connecticut, stating it was taken from Petersburg, Va., during the war.
For more information, call 704-815-1500, or go online to www.soldusa.com.