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‘1 of 1,000’ Winchester rifle may strike $400,000

More than 2,000 antique and vintage firearms and accessories, from 12 esteemed collections, will cross the auction block Oct. 31-Nov. 2 through James D. Julia, Inc.

FAIRFIELD, Maine – More than 2,000 lots of historic firearms and related accessories, including a notable Winchester rifle, will come to auction Oct. 31-Nov. 2 during James D. Julia Auctioneers’ Extraordinary Firearms Auction.

Lots Representing 12 Storied Collections

The bulk of the firearms in this sale hail from 12 renowned private collections. Due to that fact, the offerings include antique, military, sporting, and collector models.

Available bidding options including in-person on-site, telephone, absentee, and internet via,, and

Uncommon Winchester Rifle On Offer

1 of 1000 Winchester rifle

Likely the highest condition 1st Type Winchester Model 1873 "1 of 1,000" lever action rifle available at auction ($250,000-$400,000). (All photos courtesy James D. Julia, Inc.)

A selection of more than 100 high-quality Winchester rifles with engraving work will cross the block. Most noteworthy, a 1st type model 1873, one of the first 20 “1 of 1,000” rifles (showcasing its level of prestige and significance) will come before bidders. This Winchester rifle carries an estimate of $250,000 to $400,000. Also from the selection of Winchester firearms in the sale is an engraved Model 1866 rifle. The rifle’s provenance includes display at the 1876 Philadelphia World Exposition. Finally, the 1866 Winchester rifle heads into the auction with an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.

Another maker well represented in this sale is Colt. The Colt models slated to cross the auction include, but are not limited to:

• Colt Paterson Nov. 5 Texas percussion revolver ($75,000-$125,000).
— Engraved and nickel plated Colt Lightning rifle, presented to the 29th President of Mexico, Portfirio Diaz ($25,000-$45,000).

Rifle With Ties to Custer Up For Bid

Custer's Derringer

George Armstrong Custer's National Arms Company Derringer ($20,000-$30,000).

A historically significant firearm from The Battle of Little Big Horn is also one of the lots in this sale. The piece is John Martin’s Springfield model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine. Martin was Custer’s personal bugler and the only cavalryman attached to Custer at the time of the battle to survive. Furthermore, this rifle has been forensically proven to have fired a cartridge at the Battle of the Little Bighorn and is the only identified firearm ever found which has been proven to have been in proximity with Custer during the infamous battle. Also it carries a $175,000 to $275,000 estimate.

Additional featured lots of this three-day auction:
• Confederate Dance Army revolver ($40,000-$60,000).
• Pair of cased Joseph Manton flintlock dueling pistols ($30,000-$40,000).
• Scagel camp knife and original sheath ($20,000-$30,000).
• Parker “A-1 Special” sporting shotgun ($95,000-$150,000).

Furthermore, a unique feature of this auction is the inclusion of seven seldom-seen military vehicles, including a Soviet T-34/85 tank, seeing action in WWII, and it carries an estimate of $45,000 to $85,000.

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