ROCK ISLAND, ILL. – The world renowned Gateway Collection of important Colts, Winchesters, Smith & Wesson’s and other 19th and 20th Century arms is likely to produce several top lot honors in Rock Island Auction Company’s Sept. 7-9 firearms auction.
Amassed over 50 years, this collection was constructed by an exceptionally astute business man who had an eye and a passion for rare, high conditioned and historically significant firearms. The Gateway Collection represents a lifetime of studying, searching, and building, not just buying the best of what was available but meticulous in taste and patience. The collection boasts rare and historic arms including: a historic factory-engraved black powder Colt Single Action Army revolver from outlaw Bob Dalton, taken from his dead body after the famous Dalton Gang’s Raid on Coffeyville, Kan., on Oct. 5, 1892.
The outlaw Bob Dalton was ringleader of the Dalton Gang, who attempted to outdo crime sprees committed by the James Gang. Dalton planned to rob two banks at once in broad daylight in Coffeyville, Kan. While the gang robbed the banks the townsfolk armed themselves for a shootout. The ensuing gunfight killed three townspeople and Town Marshal Charles Connelly. Grat Dalton, Bob Dalton, Dick Broadwell and Bill Power were killed while Emmett Dalton was shot 23 times but survived.
This revolver has an unparalleled amount of documentation and for an outlaw gun its pedigree is unsurpassed as the revolver can be documented back to its original owner who bought the gun from the Coffeyville public auction nine months after the raid. The collection also features an original factory documented 16” Colt buntline, an original factory documented 10” Buntline, an excellent and original Winchester “1 of 1000”, Factory engraved Henry’s, rare highly desirable U.S. Colt 1890 Gatling gun, and the list goes on and on to include over 20 original Colt flattop target Single Actions and Bisley’s as well over 150 other first generation Colt Single Action many factory engraved and high condition examples.
The Michael Barrett Collection is truly an extraordinary assemblage of European firearms and militaria featuring: 125 spectacular 19th and 20th century European Helmets which include Russian Garde Du Corps officer’s helmets, Royal Dragoons cavalry helmets, and Early 17th Duke of Cambridge Lancers helmets. The center piece of the collection is without a doubt: the Napoleon presentation silver hilted French saber and the Napoleon Imperial Guard Czapaka.
The Howard “Doc” Janecek Collection of important, high condition and rare Civil War arms. Many pieces in this collection represent the most sought after rarities and the highest known condition examples of particular models. Of note is a Massachusetts Arms Greene carbine with 26-inch barrel tin finish and in 45 caliber. The collection features an outstanding martially inspected Pettengill and an original Confederate Lemat.
The William Ashby Collection which spans military conflicts as early as the 17th century all the way through WWII. Featured in this auction was his core grouping of derringers including over 35 gold and silver banded Henry Derringers as well as many highly desirable early U.S. martial pistols including rare 1811 U.S. Simeon North pistol, scarce 1805 U.S. Harpers Ferry pistol, for condition the collection feature a near new Harpers Ferry Model 1841 rifle with rare Merrill breech loading conversion.
“We consider ourselves to be extremely fortunate to be able to offer these collections back to the market place,” said Patrick Hogan, president and owner of Rock Island Auction Co. “It’s a tremendous success for us as a company to secure one of these collections, let alone all four, and for a single auction.”
The auction also boasts important unnamed collections which include a fine grouping of Luger semi-automatic pistols. Individual consignments include factory engraved percussion Colt’s of which two were personal presentations from “the inventor” Col. Samuel Colt himself.
The auction which will occur Sept. 7-9, 2012. For more information visit Rock Island Auction Co.
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