FAIRFIELD, Maine – Tallying up to an estimated $15 to $18 million, James D. Julia’s first Firearms Auction of the year is offering old time collections interspersed with some spectacular rarities.
Developed to serve clients with more moderately valued firearms, the Sporting & Collector Firearms session takes place March 14. Average sale values in this session range from $2,000 to $8,000. For example, a Smith & Wesson #1 Volcanic, in good to very good condition, is estimated at $7,500 to $12,500; and a Winchester Model 73 Saddle ring Carbine with socket bayonet carries an estimate of $3,000-5,000. A historic Winchester Model 86, known as the “Murder Steer Gun,” which once belonged to Private Jim Putnam of Company D of the Frontier Battalion Texas Rangers (1890-1893), is estimated at $10,000 to $20,000.
The Carmen Gianforte collection of Reid Knuckle Dusters is believed to be the largest single collection of its type in the world. Featured in this sale is a large frame .41 caliber Knuckle Duster in very good to fine condition ($8,000-$12,000) and an important Reid “My Friend” presented to J.M. Egnor (the only known factory inscribed Knuckle Duster), also in excellent condition, carries an estimate of $2,250 to $3,250.
Fine and moderately priced sporting arms are also included, such as a number of Parkers. A Parker VH 28 gauge, nicely restored, is estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. A Winchester Model 42 Field Grade with its original box and hangtags in extremely fine condition is estimated at $3,500 to $5,500.
The March 15 sale features an excellent selection of high-end, expensive guns. This session includes a President Harrison shotgun, which may prove to be the most significant Lefever extant. This is a Lefever Optimist 12 gauge. The Optimus Grade is the highest quality shotgun ever produced by the Lefever Arms Co. and this rare treasure is estimated at $75,000 to $125,000.
The sale is rich in Civil War items, including a fine Civil War Model 1861 Parrott Rifle Cannon made for the State of New York, believed to have been used by the New York Light Artillery at the Battle of Gettysburg in the wheat field. In very good condition, retaining its original iron, it is estimated at $40,000 to $65,000.
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