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Three-estate auction offering 2,700 firearms for bid

Collectible firearms from many of the most popular makers, along with military models and thousands of curio and relic firearms are coming to auction April 24-26, 2015 at Rock Island Auction Company.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Rock Island Auction Company’s first Premiere Auction, taking

Colt Pocket Model Patterson revolver with accessories

Highly documented, cased, and earliest known factory engraved Colt Pocket Model Paterson Revolver No. 1 (Baby Paterson) with accessories. (All photos courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company)

place April 24-26, 2015, is offering more than 2,700 firearms in nearly 3,000 lots, comprising more than 500 Colts, 400 Winchesters, in excess of 300 military arms, dozens of Class III collectibles, sporting arms galore and more than 2,000 items classified as antique or Curio & Relic firearms.

The April Premiere Firearms Auction marks the final installment of the landmark Gene Smith collection, as well as the lifetime collection of Ralph Shattuck, which includes unparalleled selections of Lugers, Mausers and Borchardts. Also offered is the Dr. Joel Glovsky Collection, which is reportedly the most complete and advanced array of 7.65mm pistols ever made available.

The result of more than 60 years of collecting, Dr. Glovsky’s Collection includes most of the 7.65mm pistols from the estate of Sid Aberman and is filled with rare prototypes, tool room samples and test models. Additionally, Part II of the William Baird Collection, with its emphasis on Model 1877 Lightnings and Thunderers, will be a highlight of the sale. Superb condition and variety abound in this meticulous and accomplished collection.

Winchester collectors will be more than pleased at the assortment from the legendary manufacturer. For example, lot 1017 is a rare and brilliant deluxe, gold plated, factory engraved, Winchester Model 1866. Another example of the high quality lever guns comes in lot 3016, which houses a Second Model 1876 sporting rifle with its 28-inch octagon barrel, set trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, case hardening and $5.00

New Haven Arms Henry lever action

Deluxe factory engraved New Haven Arms Henry lever action rifle.

This sale may be the most balanced sale Rock Island Auction Company has ever amassed. Besides the three world class foreign military collections that highlight the event, there are also outstanding Kentucky rifles, more than 100 unique Deringers and curio weapons, and items with ties to the Old West, Theodore Roosevelt, Omar Bradley and many other colorful characters from history.

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