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Rock Island Premiere Auction: May 13th-15th

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The highlight of Rock Island’s premiere sale of May 13th   is a cased pair of Remington new Model Army Revolvers owned by Ulysses S Grant. These fabulous documented historic revolvers are engraved by L.D. Nimschke, have eagle carved grips and carry and estimate of one to three million dollars.  Among other rare guns in the sale are a Winchester ”One of One Hundred” model 1873, a Custer battle field pickup Ainsworth inspected Colt Single Action Army, a Texas ranger Colt Walker and an engraved Colt 1851 Navy attributed to Wild Bill Hickock.

Among the sporting guns in the sale are Ken Hunt engraved Purdey 28 ga sidelock, A brown Brothers Engraved P.V. Nelson over and under, engraved 20AG Fox and Galazan shotguns and a very fine engraved Parker Brothers 16GA A-1 special shotgun.

Other lots of interest include a civil war 1862 dated Copper Co Napoleon 12 pounder model 1857 light field cannon with carriage, A superposed Saxon wheellock pistol, a 1590 dated sporting gun and a historic grouping of medals and documents belonging to the “First Man In” on D-Day, Capt, Frank Lillyman, commander of the 101st Airborne’s pathfinders. Click on the image for a link to the full catalog.


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Probus Auction’s sale of April 20th   in Stockholm includes a good section of American revolvers as well as a fine selection of European arms and decorations from all periods. Among the American guns offered are US and Belgian Colt Navy’s, Colt Army’s, a Rogers and Spence revolver, several 1849 Colt Pockets, Whitney, Cooper and Manhattan revolvers as well as an 1861 Remington navy.

Fine early Swedish and European Arms offered include a superb Saxon puffer dated 1604 a detial of wjhich is pictured, a fine pair of Austrian flintlock carbines by Balthasar Zelner C 1720, rare examples of Swedish military swords, M1701, M1680,M1685 and M 1653, a cased pair of LePage percussion pistols, fine pairs of 18th C Liege, French, German and Italian pistols in addition to early European rapiers and amour.

Lots of Eastern interest include a fabulous 19th C kilij with damascened blade and silver mounts, a fine Turkish Miquelet rifle, an Ottoman shamshir with damascened blade and a fine 17/18th C shamshir wootz or damascus blade signed and inlaid.  Other lots offered include a Saxon cartridge box C 1580, a good shaska sword and an example of the rare Swedish Knightly order of order of Seraphim. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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Bosley’s sale of April 20th   includes a good section of British martial guns as well as fine military swords and choice sporting and target cased arms.  The top lot in the sale is a rare 1815 Baker rifle converted for a socket bayonet.  Of related interest is the Baker 1813/27 rifles cavalry carbine that will also cross the block as will the rather awesome 1860 Jacobs double rifle by Swinburne. Among the edged weapons offered is a very rare WWII Lord Lovatt No 4 Commando dagger, one of only 6 known. Early swords in the sale include an 1847 presentation sword from the King of Hanover to the Duke of Beaufort.

Other lots in the sale include a Purdy cased pepperbox, a cased Adams war department marked revolver, a fine Napoleonic yeomanry officers’ sword by Deane of London, a 1788 pattern officers’ sword and a cased Lancaster percussion sporting rifle. Click on the image for a link to the sale.