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Auction No. 124- Session 2
Auction No. 124- Session 2

Auction No. 124- Session 2

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This sale by Amoskeag Auction Company features over 1300 lots of rare and historic firearms. View the entire catalog here.
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Very Rare Beretta M9-FS Semi-Auto Pistol Made for The U.S. Army Reserve Shooting Team

Lot # 1000 (Sale Order: 1 of 753)      

serial #BER183489Z, 9mm, 5" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces of this pistol retain 99% original factory dull blue and anodized finishes showing a couple of very light handling marks sparsely scattered about. The black checkered synthetic grips with Beretta logos remain in excellent condition. The pistol includes its original factory sleeve and blue plastic hard case, manual, cleaning brushes and two 15-round magazines. The magazines and major components bear proper military drawing numbers, "PB" in a circle sans serif on the left side slide, "PM" proof on right side slide and "U.S. 9mm M9" military designation. The story behind these pistols is an interesting one, in 1992 Lt. Col. (Res.) Mark Westrom of AMCOM Rock Island worked a deal with Beretta USA to provide a limited number of pistols for the U.S. Army Reserve Marksmanship Shooting Team. Due to U.S. Government regulations, no working firearms are deaccessioned (the only notable exception being M1 Garand rifles), therefore pistol team members could not legally obtain an actual U.S.-issued Beretta M9 pistol for practice and competition shooting. Beretta made available a total of 217 M9 pistols that were taken "off the line" from the government contract and given conventional civilian serial numbers with the "BER" prefix and "Z" suffix. Since the U.S. Government never took legal ownership of the pistols, no DOD regulations were violated, and the individual shooters could purchase the arms directly. It was eventually agreed between Beretta and the U.S. Army at Rock Island Arsenal that they would not have any future production of these pistols. Evidently the D.O.D. got wind of the deal and stopped any further "civilian" offerings, even though, technically these were not "civilians" purchasing the arms. These guns were the subject of a September 1996 American Rifleman article detailing their interesting history, a copy of which is included. With only 217 such pistols manufactured by Beretta, the chances of locating one on the secondary market are very slim and this is a very rare opportunity for the Beretta or military pistol collector to obtain an actual M9, as-issued government pistol. (13,3B9502-1) {MODERN}

serial #BER183489Z, 9mm, 5" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The metal surfaces of this pistol retain 99% original factory dull blue and anodized finishes showing a c...moreouple of very light handling marks sparsely scattered about. The black checkered synthetic grips with Beretta logos remain in excellent condition. The pistol includes its original factory sleeve and blue plastic hard case, manual, cleaning brushes and two 15-round magazines. The magazines and major components bear proper military drawing numbers, "PB" in a circle sans serif on the left side slide, "PM" proof on right side slide and "U.S. 9mm M9" military designation. The story behind these pistols is an interesting one, in 1992 Lt. Col. (Res.) Mark Westrom of AMCOM Rock Island worked a deal with Beretta USA to provide a limited number of pistols for the U.S. Army Reserve Marksmanship Shooting Team. Due to U.S. Government regulations, no working firearms are deaccessioned (the only notable exception being M1 Garand rifles), therefore pistol team members could not legally obtain an actual U.S.-issued Beretta M9 pistol for practice and competition shooting. Beretta made available a total of 217 M9 pistols that were taken "off the line" from the government contract and given conventional civilian serial numbers with the "BER" prefix and "Z" suffix. Since the U.S. Government never took legal ownership of the pistols, no DOD regulations were violated, and the individual shooters could purchase the arms directly. It was eventually agreed between Beretta and the U.S. Army at Rock Island Arsenal that they would not have any future production of these pistols. Evidently the D.O.D. got wind of the deal and stopped any further "civilian" offerings, even though, technically these were not "civilians" purchasing the arms. These guns were the subject of a September 1996 American Rifleman article detailing their interesting history, a copy of which is included. With only 217 such pistols manufactured by Beretta, the chances of locating one on the secondary market are very slim and this is a very rare opportunity for the Beretta or military pistol collector to obtain an actual M9, as-issued government pistol. (13,3B9502-1) {MODERN}

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Pre-War Colt Government Model Semi-Auto Pistol

Lot # 1001 (Sale Order: 2 of 753)      

serial #C132916, 45 ACP, 5'' barrel with an excellent bore. The metal surfaces of this 1922 Commercial pistol retain about 97% original blue with some freckling, assembly marks, wear on the frontstrap, mainspring housing toning to pewter and small blemishes. The slide is marked ''132 / 916'' underneath the firing pin stop and shows some light scratches, slight edge wear and a patch of freckling on the left of the slide toward the muzzle. The fully-checkered walnut grips are about very good, there are some signs of handling, some light scuffs and some compressed points. A correctly-marked ''COLT / .45 AUTO'' magazine showing some operational wear and some light freckling is included. (22B9312-3) {C&R} [Dr. Daniel L. Leary Jr. Collection]

serial #C132916, 45 ACP, 5'' barrel with an excellent bore. The metal surfaces of this 1922 Commercial pistol retain about 97% original blue with some freckling, assembly...more marks, wear on the frontstrap, mainspring housing toning to pewter and small blemishes. The slide is marked ''132 / 916'' underneath the firing pin stop and shows some light scratches, slight edge wear and a patch of freckling on the left of the slide toward the muzzle. The fully-checkered walnut grips are about very good, there are some signs of handling, some light scuffs and some compressed points. A correctly-marked ''COLT / .45 AUTO'' magazine showing some operational wear and some light freckling is included. (22B9312-3) {C&R} [Dr. Daniel L. Leary Jr. Collection]

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Desirable Pasadena Auto Mag Model 180 Semi-Auto Pistol

Lot # 1002 (Sale Order: 3 of 753)      

serial #A02344, 44 AMP, 6 1/2'' ventilated rib barrel with an excellent bore. The polished and matte stainless steel surfaces are about excellent with a few scattered freckles and blemishes, the right-side of the barrel is marked ''MADE IN U.S.A.'', the left-side is marked ''AUTO MAG / .44 AMP MODEL 180 / PASADENA, CALIFORNIA / PAT. PENDING''. The fully-checkered black synthetic grips are about excellent. The front sight is a smooth blade with red insert, the rear sight is a stainless partially-serrated adjustable blade. A black Auto Mag hard case is included, the foam has apparently deteriorated and is no longer present. The Pasadena Model 180 pistols are favored for their all-steel construction, this is an outstanding example that appears to have seen very little time outside the safe. (22B9400-122) {C&R}

serial #A02344, 44 AMP, 6 1/2'' ventilated rib barrel with an excellent bore. The polished and matte stainless steel surfaces are about excellent with a few scattered fre...moreckles and blemishes, the right-side of the barrel is marked ''MADE IN U.S.A.'', the left-side is marked ''AUTO MAG / .44 AMP MODEL 180 / PASADENA, CALIFORNIA / PAT. PENDING''. The fully-checkered black synthetic grips are about excellent. The front sight is a smooth blade with red insert, the rear sight is a stainless partially-serrated adjustable blade. A black Auto Mag hard case is included, the foam has apparently deteriorated and is no longer present. The Pasadena Model 180 pistols are favored for their all-steel construction, this is an outstanding example that appears to have seen very little time outside the safe. (22B9400-122) {C&R}

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Heckler & Koch P7 M8 Semi-Auto Pistol

Lot # 1003 (Sale Order: 4 of 753)      

serial #16-105453, 9mm, 4 1/8'' barrel with an excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain about 99% plus original nickel. The stippled black synthetic grips are excellent. This 1992-proofed pistol is equipped with an ambidextrous mag release, three-dot sights and distinctive squeeze-cock feature. This pistol appears to be near new-in-box, there is very little evidence of handling or firing. Included are two factory magazines and the original black hard case with matching serial number and manual. (22A9400-110) {MODERN}

serial #16-105453, 9mm, 4 1/8'' barrel with an excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain about 99% plus original nickel. The stippled black synthetic grips are excellent....more This 1992-proofed pistol is equipped with an ambidextrous mag release, three-dot sights and distinctive squeeze-cock feature. This pistol appears to be near new-in-box, there is very little evidence of handling or firing. Included are two factory magazines and the original black hard case with matching serial number and manual. (22A9400-110) {MODERN}

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Special Colt Woodsman Match Target Pistol with Unique Serial Number

Lot # 1004 (Sale Order: 5 of 753)      

serial #RJS-1, 22 LR, 6'' barrel with an excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain about 99% plus very nice original royal blue. The partially-checkered factory walnut grips with thumb rest are excellent. The front sight is a slightly undercut Patridge blade, the rear sight is an Elliason adjustable blade. Included are a single factory magazine and a two-piece blue factory box. Mr. Stoddard likely built this gun for himself, royal blue was never offered on Match Target pistols which is really too bad, this gun looks amazing with its high polish and dark coloring. Not many individuals have their initials serialized on a Colt pistol, this is a one-of-a-kind Match Target made by one of Colt's long-tenured gunsmiths. (22A9385-17) {MODERN} [Richard J. Stoddard Collection]

serial #RJS-1, 22 LR, 6'' barrel with an excellent bore. The metal surfaces retain about 99% plus very nice original royal blue. The partially-checkered factory walnut gr...moreips with thumb rest are excellent. The front sight is a slightly undercut Patridge blade, the rear sight is an Elliason adjustable blade. Included are a single factory magazine and a two-piece blue factory box. Mr. Stoddard likely built this gun for himself, royal blue was never offered on Match Target pistols which is really too bad, this gun looks amazing with its high polish and dark coloring. Not many individuals have their initials serialized on a Colt pistol, this is a one-of-a-kind Match Target made by one of Colt's long-tenured gunsmiths. (22A9385-17) {MODERN} [Richard J. Stoddard Collection]

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Ruger Old Model Blackhawk Flat Top Revolver with Rare Factory Stag Grips

Lot # 1005 (Sale Order: 6 of 753)      

serial #16104, 44 Magnum, 6 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. The metal surfaces of this excellent 1959-made revolver retain about 97% original blue and anodized finishes showing edge wear, scratches and a few small scuffs. The stocks are a beautiful set of unmarked factory stag grips with Ruger Phoenix medallions that rate excellent. The black paint in the medallions has completely flaked off, is equipped with a nickel plate grip screw, all holes are clean and even except where they were cut in spongy horn and one grip screw stud is slightly oblong from being removed and replaced. The medallions have a single center punch stake mark on the stud. The gun has many of the usual features found on Flat Tops including: serrated ramp front sight, Micro black blade adjustable rear sight, type three ejector rod housing with straight slot, type three large round ejector rod and crisp action. The front sight top was lightly tooled by one of the owners and shows an impact mark on the right side at the base of the blade. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this gun. A fine example of a 44 Flat Top with rare factory stag grips. (8B9314-112) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

serial #16104, 44 Magnum, 6 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. The metal surfaces of this excellent 1959-made revolver retain about 97% original blue and anodized finish...morees showing edge wear, scratches and a few small scuffs. The stocks are a beautiful set of unmarked factory stag grips with Ruger Phoenix medallions that rate excellent. The black paint in the medallions has completely flaked off, is equipped with a nickel plate grip screw, all holes are clean and even except where they were cut in spongy horn and one grip screw stud is slightly oblong from being removed and replaced. The medallions have a single center punch stake mark on the stud. The gun has many of the usual features found on Flat Tops including: serrated ramp front sight, Micro black blade adjustable rear sight, type three ejector rod housing with straight slot, type three large round ejector rod and crisp action. The front sight top was lightly tooled by one of the owners and shows an impact mark on the right side at the base of the blade. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this gun. A fine example of a 44 Flat Top with rare factory stag grips. (8B9314-112) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

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Rare Ruger Old Model Long Frame Super Blackhawk Revolver with Mahogany Presentation Case

Lot # 1006 (Sale Order: 7 of 753)      

serial #1430, 44 Magnum, 7 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. This excellent condition first year (1959) production revolver has many features collectors find irresistible; low number, long frame and factory mahogany presentation case. The metal surfaces retain about 95% original blue with the grip frame starting to thin, high edge wear, ejector rod housing toning to smoky gray and a turn ring on the unfluted cylinder. The varnished smooth walnut factory grips with black Ruger Phoenix rate about very good showing scattered light handling marks. The back of each panel has a "C" impressed into the wood by the factory to indicate grips sized to the longer frame. It features a serrated ramp front sight, steel Micro black blade adjustable rear sight, Ruger Phoenix on the barrel, type 3 steel ejector rod housing with straight slot and type 3 ejector rod with large head. The rear sight slider (blade) has been cut down flush with the sight boss. The gun includes an original factory mahogany French fit red felt lined presentation case marked "GENUINE MAHOGANY" on the bottom of the box. The case rates about very good plus with scattered dents, scratches and dings, strong joints, a pair of sliding spring latches and brass hinges. The inside cover is also red felt lined with a paper label attached showing a red Ruger Phoenix with model, caliber and address below it. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this revolver. With an estimated 300 guns manufactured with the long frame and less than 4000 guns shipped in mahogany boxes this combination remains a wonderful find for the collector. (8B9314-53) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

serial #1430, 44 Magnum, 7 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. This excellent condition first year (1959) production revolver has many features collectors find irresistib...morele; low number, long frame and factory mahogany presentation case. The metal surfaces retain about 95% original blue with the grip frame starting to thin, high edge wear, ejector rod housing toning to smoky gray and a turn ring on the unfluted cylinder. The varnished smooth walnut factory grips with black Ruger Phoenix rate about very good showing scattered light handling marks. The back of each panel has a "C" impressed into the wood by the factory to indicate grips sized to the longer frame. It features a serrated ramp front sight, steel Micro black blade adjustable rear sight, Ruger Phoenix on the barrel, type 3 steel ejector rod housing with straight slot and type 3 ejector rod with large head. The rear sight slider (blade) has been cut down flush with the sight boss. The gun includes an original factory mahogany French fit red felt lined presentation case marked "GENUINE MAHOGANY" on the bottom of the box. The case rates about very good plus with scattered dents, scratches and dings, strong joints, a pair of sliding spring latches and brass hinges. The inside cover is also red felt lined with a paper label attached showing a red Ruger Phoenix with model, caliber and address below it. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this revolver. With an estimated 300 guns manufactured with the long frame and less than 4000 guns shipped in mahogany boxes this combination remains a wonderful find for the collector. (8B9314-53) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

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Ruger Old Model Super Blackhawk Revolver with Rare Mahogany Presentation Case

Lot # 1007 (Sale Order: 8 of 753)      

serial #1998, 44 Magnum, 7 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. This second year (1960) production revolver remains in excellent condition with an original factory "genuine mahogany" case. The metal surfaces retain about 97% original blue, the grip frame just starting to show signs of thinning along with scattered very fine pinprick pitting on the backstrap, scratches and light operational wear on the unfluted cylinder. The smooth walnut factory grips with black Ruger Phoenix rate about excellent showing scattered light handling marks. The revolver features a serrated ramp front sight, steel Micro black blade adjustable rear sight, it has no Ruger Phoenix on the barrel, type 3 steel ejector rod housing with straight slot and type 3 ejector rod with large head. The gun includes an original factory mahogany French fit red felt lined presentation case marked "GENUINE MAHOGANY" on the bottom of the box. The case rates about excellent with a few handling marks, strong joints, a pair of sliding spring latches and brass hinges. The inside cover is also red felt lined with a paper label attached showing a red Ruger Phoenix with model, caliber and address below it. Approximately 4000 mahogany cases were produced before the factory ceased using them due to a fire at the box plant. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this revolver. A highly desirable and excellent condition early "Super" with a wonderful case. (8A9314-55) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

serial #1998, 44 Magnum, 7 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. This second year (1960) production revolver remains in excellent condition with an original factory "genuin...moree mahogany" case. The metal surfaces retain about 97% original blue, the grip frame just starting to show signs of thinning along with scattered very fine pinprick pitting on the backstrap, scratches and light operational wear on the unfluted cylinder. The smooth walnut factory grips with black Ruger Phoenix rate about excellent showing scattered light handling marks. The revolver features a serrated ramp front sight, steel Micro black blade adjustable rear sight, it has no Ruger Phoenix on the barrel, type 3 steel ejector rod housing with straight slot and type 3 ejector rod with large head. The gun includes an original factory mahogany French fit red felt lined presentation case marked "GENUINE MAHOGANY" on the bottom of the box. The case rates about excellent with a few handling marks, strong joints, a pair of sliding spring latches and brass hinges. The inside cover is also red felt lined with a paper label attached showing a red Ruger Phoenix with model, caliber and address below it. Approximately 4000 mahogany cases were produced before the factory ceased using them due to a fire at the box plant. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this revolver. A highly desirable and excellent condition early "Super" with a wonderful case. (8A9314-55) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

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Rare Ruger Old Model "White Box" Super Blackhawk Revolver

Lot # 1008 (Sale Order: 9 of 753)      

Description Update 11/14/2019: Caliber is 25 CF, neither 25-25 nor 25-21

serial #5142, 44 Magnum, 7 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. In 1960 when the Super Blackhawk mahogany presentation case supplier's facility burnt down Ruger needed a quick fix for packaging their guns and resolved the issue with a three-prong strategy: reduce cost of the guns, give them a high polish and provide a unique corrugated cardboard box cut to fit the revolver and designed to slide into an outer sleeve. The metal surfaces of this excellent condition 1961-made Super retain about 98-99% original blue showing some light high edge and operational wear handling marks and the frame is starting to tone to plum. The varnished smooth walnut factory grips with black Ruger Phoenix medallions rate near excellent showing old handling marks and light striations. Revolver features a serrated ramp front sight, steel Micro black blade adjustable rear sight, it has a Ruger Phoenix on the barrel, type 3 steel ejector rod housing with straight slot and type 3 ejector rod with large head. The box features a separate cardboard cutout for the revolver with a printed red Ruger Phoenix, the inside of the cover features a paper label showing a red Ruger Phoenix with model, caliber and address below it and is the same style used in the earlier mahogany presentation cases. The cover of the box has a large red Ruger Phoenix and overall rates about good to very good showing scattered staining, right corner is torn, right rear corner starting to tear and the two left corners show light repairs. The outer sleeve is hand numbered to the gun and rates about good to very good overall showing light to moderate scuffing on the folded edges and the ends show light to moderate scuffing, tearing and crushing. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this revolver. More of the "white box" guns shipped than the mahogany cases but the attrition rate of the boxes was very high making for a rare combination. (8A9314-58) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

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Low Number Ruger Old Model Super Blackhawk Revolver with Rare Mahogany Presentation Case

Lot # 1009 (Sale Order: 10 of 753)      

serial #42, 44 Magnum, 7 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. This beautiful 1959-made gun was one of the first to roll off the assembly line and includes an original factory mahogany case. The metal surfaces retain about 98-99% original blue, the left side of the frame and topstrap showing small light scratches, turn ring on the unfluted cylinder, the grip frame and loading gate taking on the "Ruger" plum tone. The smooth walnut factory grips with black Ruger Phoenix rate about very good plus showing scattered light scratches, dents and flaking finish. It features a serrated ramp front sight, steel Micro black blade adjustable rear sight, it has a Ruger Phoenix on the barrel, type 3 steel ejector rod housing with straight slot and type 3 ejector rod with large head. The gun includes an original factory mahogany French fit red felt lined presentation case marked "GENUINE MAHOGANY" on the bottom of the box. The case rates about very good plus with a few scattered dents, dings and scratches plus strong joints, a pair of sliding spring latches and brass hinges. The inside cover is also red felt lined with a paper label attached showing a red Ruger Phoenix with model, caliber and address below it. Approximately 4000 mahogany cases were produced before the factory ceased using them due to a fire at the box plant. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this revolver. A highly desirable and excellent condition early "Super" with a wonderful case. (8A9314-52) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

serial #42, 44 Magnum, 7 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. This beautiful 1959-made gun was one of the first to roll off the assembly line and includes an original fact...moreory mahogany case. The metal surfaces retain about 98-99% original blue, the left side of the frame and topstrap showing small light scratches, turn ring on the unfluted cylinder, the grip frame and loading gate taking on the "Ruger" plum tone. The smooth walnut factory grips with black Ruger Phoenix rate about very good plus showing scattered light scratches, dents and flaking finish. It features a serrated ramp front sight, steel Micro black blade adjustable rear sight, it has a Ruger Phoenix on the barrel, type 3 steel ejector rod housing with straight slot and type 3 ejector rod with large head. The gun includes an original factory mahogany French fit red felt lined presentation case marked "GENUINE MAHOGANY" on the bottom of the box. The case rates about very good plus with a few scattered dents, dings and scratches plus strong joints, a pair of sliding spring latches and brass hinges. The inside cover is also red felt lined with a paper label attached showing a red Ruger Phoenix with model, caliber and address below it. Approximately 4000 mahogany cases were produced before the factory ceased using them due to a fire at the box plant. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this revolver. A highly desirable and excellent condition early "Super" with a wonderful case. (8A9314-52) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

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Rare Ruger Old Model Super Blackhawk "Short Barrel" Revolver

Lot # 1010 (Sale Order: 11 of 753)      

serial #24590, 44 Magnum, 6 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. It is purported a workman was happily trimming to a 6 1/2" length what he believed to be .41 caliber barrels and after about 400-600 had been cut it was discovered they were .44 caliber stock. The ever-frugal Sturm Ruger simply screwed them into Super Blackhawk frames and sold them as a non-catalogued model S46. The metal surfaces of this 1966-made revolver retain about 96% original blue and anodized finishes, the grip frame showing light thinning in addition to high edge wear, turn ring on the cylinder and scratches. The smooth walnut factory grips with black Ruger Phoenix medallions rate near excellent showing light scratches, mostly on the butt area of the left panel. The gun features a serrated ramp front sight, aluminum black blade adjustable rear sight and aluminum ejector rod housing. The gun includes a two-piece un-numbered black and red factory box end labeled for a "S47" revolver with the 7 1/2" barrel, the length blacked out as was correct but no indication the shorter barrel length was added. The box rates about very good with light scuffing along the edges and repairs to both left corners. There is a bold red Ruger "neck feather" Phoenix on the cover surrounded by a white wreath. Also included are a factory manual and paperwork. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this revolver. A highly collectible and eagerly sought revolver in excellent condition. (8A9314-51) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

serial #24590, 44 Magnum, 6 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. It is purported a workman was happily trimming to a 6 1/2" length what he believed to be .41 caliber barre...morels and after about 400-600 had been cut it was discovered they were .44 caliber stock. The ever-frugal Sturm Ruger simply screwed them into Super Blackhawk frames and sold them as a non-catalogued model S46. The metal surfaces of this 1966-made revolver retain about 96% original blue and anodized finishes, the grip frame showing light thinning in addition to high edge wear, turn ring on the cylinder and scratches. The smooth walnut factory grips with black Ruger Phoenix medallions rate near excellent showing light scratches, mostly on the butt area of the left panel. The gun features a serrated ramp front sight, aluminum black blade adjustable rear sight and aluminum ejector rod housing. The gun includes a two-piece un-numbered black and red factory box end labeled for a "S47" revolver with the 7 1/2" barrel, the length blacked out as was correct but no indication the shorter barrel length was added. The box rates about very good with light scuffing along the edges and repairs to both left corners. There is a bold red Ruger "neck feather" Phoenix on the cover surrounded by a white wreath. Also included are a factory manual and paperwork. The transfer bar safety update has not been installed on this revolver. A highly collectible and eagerly sought revolver in excellent condition. (8A9314-51) {C&R} [Robert C. Greenberg Sr. Collection]

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Fine Custom Winchester Model 52 Sporter Bolt Action Rifle by Jaeger

Lot # 1011 (Sale Order: 12 of 753)      

serial #10319, 22 LR, 23" shortened barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a lovely custom rifle crafted from a Model 52 Target to Sporter specifications. The metal surfaces retain 98% quality maker-applied blue with a spot of minor operational wear on the rear of the receiver and some very fine silvering on the magazine release plunger and a speck or two of light staining on the grip cap hardly worth the mention if it wasn't for the quality of this arm. The barrel has been expertly turned with only part of the proof remaining and the dovetail atop the rear of the receiver nicely filled with a blank showing a perfect metal-to-metal fit. The bolt body remains bright and is numbered to the rifle. The checkered pistolgrip walnut stock with raised cheekpiece is fabulous with one minute nick in the edge of the cheekpiece and is marked "JAEGER 1/79" in the barrel channel. The checkering is crisp and clean and the edges sharp, the wood exhibiting nicely figured grain and a rich reddish-brown finish. The stock features a checkered steel Neidner style buttplate and gripcap retaining all their blue finish with only a speck or two of fine staining on the gripcap. Rifle is sighted with a Williams streamline ramp front sight, hood is present and a Redfield aperture sight has been installed on the receiver, the base perfectly inletted into the wood and a single factory magazine is included. This is an absolutely stunning custom 52 Sporter, the beauty eminent of a Jaeger rifle. (5C9405-45) {MODERN}

serial #10319, 22 LR, 23" shortened barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a lovely custom rifle crafted from a Model 52 Target to Sporter specifications. The metal...more surfaces retain 98% quality maker-applied blue with a spot of minor operational wear on the rear of the receiver and some very fine silvering on the magazine release plunger and a speck or two of light staining on the grip cap hardly worth the mention if it wasn't for the quality of this arm. The barrel has been expertly turned with only part of the proof remaining and the dovetail atop the rear of the receiver nicely filled with a blank showing a perfect metal-to-metal fit. The bolt body remains bright and is numbered to the rifle. The checkered pistolgrip walnut stock with raised cheekpiece is fabulous with one minute nick in the edge of the cheekpiece and is marked "JAEGER 1/79" in the barrel channel. The checkering is crisp and clean and the edges sharp, the wood exhibiting nicely figured grain and a rich reddish-brown finish. The stock features a checkered steel Neidner style buttplate and gripcap retaining all their blue finish with only a speck or two of fine staining on the gripcap. Rifle is sighted with a Williams streamline ramp front sight, hood is present and a Redfield aperture sight has been installed on the receiver, the base perfectly inletted into the wood and a single factory magazine is included. This is an absolutely stunning custom 52 Sporter, the beauty eminent of a Jaeger rifle. (5C9405-45) {MODERN}

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Cooper Arms Model 57-M Bolt Action Varmint Rifle

Lot # 1012 (Sale Order: 13 of 753)      

serial #HMR167, 17 HMR, 24'' barrel with an excellent bore. The matte-finished metal surfaces retain about 98-99% original blue with some freckling along the barrel and some scattered light oxidation on the checkered steel buttplate, the underside of the bolt handle is marked H / 167 and the receiver is drilled and tapped. The checkered walnut pistolgrip stock shows very attractive fiddleback grain figure and is about excellent with a few light handling marks. A single factory magazine with several patches of oxidation and a set of 1'' rings and mounts are included. Please see more magazines for this rifle in our online auction. (22A9420-1) {MODERN}

serial #HMR167, 17 HMR, 24'' barrel with an excellent bore. The matte-finished metal surfaces retain about 98-99% original blue with some freckling along the barrel and s...moreome scattered light oxidation on the checkered steel buttplate, the underside of the bolt handle is marked H / 167 and the receiver is drilled and tapped. The checkered walnut pistolgrip stock shows very attractive fiddleback grain figure and is about excellent with a few light handling marks. A single factory magazine with several patches of oxidation and a set of 1'' rings and mounts are included. Please see more magazines for this rifle in our online auction. (22A9420-1) {MODERN}

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Custom Sako L46 Pre-Vixen Heavy Barrel Bolt Action Sporter

Lot # 1013 (Sale Order: 14 of 753)      

serial #38 368, 222 Rem, 23 1/2" early Bofors Steel heavy barrel with an overall very good bore showing some very fine frosting and pitting but strong evident rifling the entire length. The metal surfaces retain about 95% original blue with a couple spots of wear along the barrel and thin silvering along the edges of the muzzle. The bolt body retains nearly all of its nicely jeweled finish. The New England Custom Gunsmithing checkered pistolgrip walnut stock remains in excellent condition with a few minor dents and blemishes. The stock features a raised cheekpiece with a semi-rollover raised comb, an extra-wide flared beavertail forearm with ebony nosecap and gripcap. The rifle is further equipped with a single detachable magazine and mounted is a B. Nickel Marburg Supra Favorit 6-9x50mm scope with clear optics and a center-dot reticle. A nice custom early short action L46 Pre-Vixen perfect for varmints. (5A9405-32) {MODERN}

serial #38 368, 222 Rem, 23 1/2" early Bofors Steel heavy barrel with an overall very good bore showing some very fine frosting and pitting but strong evident rifling the...more entire length. The metal surfaces retain about 95% original blue with a couple spots of wear along the barrel and thin silvering along the edges of the muzzle. The bolt body retains nearly all of its nicely jeweled finish. The New England Custom Gunsmithing checkered pistolgrip walnut stock remains in excellent condition with a few minor dents and blemishes. The stock features a raised cheekpiece with a semi-rollover raised comb, an extra-wide flared beavertail forearm with ebony nosecap and gripcap. The rifle is further equipped with a single detachable magazine and mounted is a B. Nickel Marburg Supra Favorit 6-9x50mm scope with clear optics and a center-dot reticle. A nice custom early short action L46 Pre-Vixen perfect for varmints. (5A9405-32) {MODERN}

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Zbrojovka Brno Model ZKW 465 Bolt Action Rifle

Lot # 1014 (Sale Order: 15 of 753)      

Description Update 11/14/2019: Stock about very good with dings and handling marks, sixth rifle of this model made

serial #00116, 22 Hornet, 23'' barrel with an excellent bore. The metal surfaces on this ''Hornet Sporter'' series rifle retain about 98-99% original blue that is lightly toning to brown and has a few light handling marks and a few specks of tiny surface oxidation scattered throughout. The checkered walnut stock rates excellent and has a few small dings and light handling marks as well. The original front sight remains intact, the rear sight has been removed and a Lyman Alaskan Varmint Master 2 3/4x scope has been mounted. The adjustable objective scope features a post and crosshair reticle and has clear optics. A single magazine is included. The barrel is date coded to 1948 and overall this is an excellent example of these classic and desirable sporting rifles. (4A9354-5) {C&R}

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Marlin Model 39 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 1015 (Sale Order: 16 of 753)      

serial #10957, 22 S,L,LR, 24'' octagon barrel with an excellent bore. The barrel and magazine tube on this early production example retain about 95% original blue that is toning to brown and has a few light handling marks, most of the wear is due to light silvering on the edges and thinning along the tube. The remaining blued action parts retain similar amounts of blue with light operational wear and handling marks to the hammer, trigger, take-down screw and bolt. The frame and lever retain about 80% of their original vibrant case colors, the lever has mostly faded to silver around the loop and there are a few areas of some very light oxidation staining with some fine pitting. The upper tang is marked ''Marlin / MOD. 39'' and has the star stamping. The beautifully figured walnut stocks rate excellent and have just a few light dings, scratches and other marks. The s-shaped pistolgrip buttstock is fitted with the original hard rubber buttplate and the forend appears to have some light added finish. Rifle is equipped with a sporting rear sight and blade front sight with ivory bead. A really terrific example of these popular lever rifles that are typically not seen in such a high state of condition. (4B9434-18) {C&R}

serial #10957, 22 S,L,LR, 24'' octagon barrel with an excellent bore. The barrel and magazine tube on this early production example retain about 95% original blue that is...more toning to brown and has a few light handling marks, most of the wear is due to light silvering on the edges and thinning along the tube. The remaining blued action parts retain similar amounts of blue with light operational wear and handling marks to the hammer, trigger, take-down screw and bolt. The frame and lever retain about 80% of their original vibrant case colors, the lever has mostly faded to silver around the loop and there are a few areas of some very light oxidation staining with some fine pitting. The upper tang is marked ''Marlin / MOD. 39'' and has the star stamping. The beautifully figured walnut stocks rate excellent and have just a few light dings, scratches and other marks. The s-shaped pistolgrip buttstock is fitted with the original hard rubber buttplate and the forend appears to have some light added finish. Rifle is equipped with a sporting rear sight and blade front sight with ivory bead. A really terrific example of these popular lever rifles that are typically not seen in such a high state of condition. (4B9434-18) {C&R}

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Winchester Model 1886 Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot # 1016 (Sale Order: 17 of 753)      

serial #29767, 45-70 Govt, 22'' round barrel with full magazine and a bright good to very good bore showing a moderate scratch running its length and areas of minor pitting in the rifling. The metal surfaces of this 1889-manufactured carbine are toning to a dull pewter patina with a few scattered minor impact marks and scratches, a light ring shadow on the left of the receiver and remnants of original blue in the protected areas. The smooth select grade walnut stock and forend rate very good with as nicely refinished long ago, a repaired swivel stud hole and some scattered hairline cracks, repairs, and handling marks expected of a carbine of this vintage while the checkered metal widow's peak buttplate remains in near excellent condition. The barrel is sighted with a long leaf rifle-type rear sight that obscures the caliber designation and a standard post front sight and the saddle ring and stud are present on the left side of the receiver. A handsome example of an early model 1886 carbine that could tell some stories. (23B9451-45) {ANTIQUE}

serial #29767, 45-70 Govt, 22'' round barrel with full magazine and a bright good to very good bore showing a moderate scratch running its length and areas of minor pitti...moreng in the rifling. The metal surfaces of this 1889-manufactured carbine are toning to a dull pewter patina with a few scattered minor impact marks and scratches, a light ring shadow on the left of the receiver and remnants of original blue in the protected areas. The smooth select grade walnut stock and forend rate very good with as nicely refinished long ago, a repaired swivel stud hole and some scattered hairline cracks, repairs, and handling marks expected of a carbine of this vintage while the checkered metal widow's peak buttplate remains in near excellent condition. The barrel is sighted with a long leaf rifle-type rear sight that obscures the caliber designation and a standard post front sight and the saddle ring and stud are present on the left side of the receiver. A handsome example of an early model 1886 carbine that could tell some stories. (23B9451-45) {ANTIQUE}

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Winchester Model 1873 Special Order Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 1017 (Sale Order: 18 of 753)      

serial #231578B, 38 WCF, 26'' part octagon part round barrel with half magazine and a mostly bright, very good bore showing areas of pitting in the strong rifling. The length and profile of the barrel along with the half magazine are all rare features that were specially ordered from the factory. The metal surfaces of this Third Model 1888-manufactured rifle are toning to an even and pleasing dark gray patina with scattered old spots of minor oxidation, a couple small areas of light pitting, and the expected impact marks and high edge wear from the years. The internals of the hammer and lever retain strong case-hardened colors and the brass lifter and buttplate trapdoor have mellowed to a warm ochre yellow. The smooth walnut straight grip stock and forend rate very good plus to near excellent for their age with a few minor dents and handling blemishes and perhaps a very light period added finish that nicely accentuates the figure in the wood. The crescent buttplate remains well-fitted to the stock and the rifle is sighted with a replacement Marbles adjustable leaf rear sight and an original brass fixed blade front sight. A lovely '73 with multiple special-order features which make it stand out amongst its peers. (23B9451-51) {ANTIQUE}

serial #231578B, 38 WCF, 26'' part octagon part round barrel with half magazine and a mostly bright, very good bore showing areas of pitting in the strong rifling. The le...morength and profile of the barrel along with the half magazine are all rare features that were specially ordered from the factory. The metal surfaces of this Third Model 1888-manufactured rifle are toning to an even and pleasing dark gray patina with scattered old spots of minor oxidation, a couple small areas of light pitting, and the expected impact marks and high edge wear from the years. The internals of the hammer and lever retain strong case-hardened colors and the brass lifter and buttplate trapdoor have mellowed to a warm ochre yellow. The smooth walnut straight grip stock and forend rate very good plus to near excellent for their age with a few minor dents and handling blemishes and perhaps a very light period added finish that nicely accentuates the figure in the wood. The crescent buttplate remains well-fitted to the stock and the rifle is sighted with a replacement Marbles adjustable leaf rear sight and an original brass fixed blade front sight. A lovely '73 with multiple special-order features which make it stand out amongst its peers. (23B9451-51) {ANTIQUE}

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Winchester Model 1892 Royal Navy Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot # 1018 (Sale Order: 19 of 753)      

Description Update 11/14/2019: Buttplate is a non-Winchester replacement

serial #730145, 44 WCF, 20'' round barrel with full magazine and a bright near excellent bore showing a few small spots of very light pinprick pitting in the strong rifling. The metal surfaces of this 1913-manufactured carbine are toning to a mottled gray patina with a few small areas of light pitting, scattered spots of old oxidation, typical Winchester striations on the bottom of the frame, and an easily missed small cut in the barrel and magazine tube half way between the bands. There are remnants of original blue along the wood line and between the barrel and bands, and the breech of the barrel is marked with the Dominion of Canada Proof, ''DC / P (crown / crossed pennants)'', indicating Royal Navy acceptance for service during WWI. The smooth walnut straight grip stock and nicely-figured forend rate very good plus to about excellent and appear almost unused except for a couple nicely done small filled repairs in the right wrist near the tang and around the heel of the butt where the buttplate was fitted causing a tiny bulge directly in front of the tang. The saddle ring and stud are present on the left of the frame and the carbine is equipped with a brass blade front sight and an adjustable leaf rear sight. A handsome 1892 that was pressed into emergency Royal Navy service during the First World War. (23C9510-8) {C&R}

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Winchester Model 1892 Special Order Short Rifle

Lot # 1019 (Sale Order: 20 of 753)      

serial #701135, 38 WCF, 20'' round barrel with two-thirds magazine and a mostly bright very good bore with areas of pitting in the strong rifling. The nosecap and special order barrel and magazine are toning to a mottled brown patina with spots of very old oxidation throughout, a narrow streak of finish wear toning to gunmetal gray from where a rear sight was once installed, with remnants of original blue along the wood line and in the protected areas. The 1913-manufactured receiver displays a plum patina with spots of old oxidation, a few tiny specs of pinprick pitting and the typical Winchester parallel striations. The smooth walnut forend and straight grip stock rate near very good plus with an old added finish that has dried on areas of the nosecap and tangs and numerous dents, dings and impact marks overall from frequent use. The special order hard rubber shotgun-style buttplate remains in near excellent condition with a tiny chip in the left edge. The rear sight has been blanked and a duel aperture tang sight has been installed to work with the ivory bead front sight. Multiple special order features make this rare and uniquely configured short rifle very collectible. (23B8976-10) {C&R}

serial #701135, 38 WCF, 20'' round barrel with two-thirds magazine and a mostly bright very good bore with areas of pitting in the strong rifling. The nosecap and special...more order barrel and magazine are toning to a mottled brown patina with spots of very old oxidation throughout, a narrow streak of finish wear toning to gunmetal gray from where a rear sight was once installed, with remnants of original blue along the wood line and in the protected areas. The 1913-manufactured receiver displays a plum patina with spots of old oxidation, a few tiny specs of pinprick pitting and the typical Winchester parallel striations. The smooth walnut forend and straight grip stock rate near very good plus with an old added finish that has dried on areas of the nosecap and tangs and numerous dents, dings and impact marks overall from frequent use. The special order hard rubber shotgun-style buttplate remains in near excellent condition with a tiny chip in the left edge. The rear sight has been blanked and a duel aperture tang sight has been installed to work with the ivory bead front sight. Multiple special order features make this rare and uniquely configured short rifle very collectible. (23B8976-10) {C&R}

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Fine Cased Pair of Percussion Pistols

Lot # 1020 (Sale Order: 21 of 753)      

43 caliber, 9" octagon barrels with bright excellent smooth bores. These pistols are unmarked on their exterior, the undersides of barrels are Birmingham proofed and marked "H&S" and the insides of the lockplates are marked "H&S". We attribute the guns to Hollis & Sheath who were active in Birmingham during the middle of the 19th century. These pistols were obviously made for export and were intended to be marked by their retailer but they remain unmarked. It would be nice to see a New York or Philadelphia retailer mark on the barrels but it just isn't there. The pistols are of very nice quality with back action locks which are nicely scroll engraved as are the patent breeches which are also double silver banded. The barrels are fastened by a single key with German silver escutcheons and the ramrod channels are enclosed to within three inches of the muzzles which requires only a tailpipe to retain the ramrod. The pistols have a lovely simple style and very graceful lines. The condition of the pistols is fabulous. The barrels each retain 95% original brown finish with lacquer still present and with strong pattern visible the entire length of the barrels. The locks, barrel breeches and tangs retain 97% vivid original color case-hardened finish. The stocks rate excellent plus with 97% original finish remaining with nice clean flattop checkered bag shaped grips. There is some very light crazing in the finish which barely warrants mention and the tailpipes retain strong original color case-hardened finish. The triggerguards are nicely engraved in the same style as the locks and have flaked with surfaces now bearing a pleasing smooth brown patina with strong traces of original blue in protected areas. The pistols feature single set triggers and have simple original sights in place. The pistols come in their original French fitted mahogany casing with a burgundy baize liner that has faded some and has a truly wonderful appearance. The pistol is accompanied by a French fitted eagle flask which is in wonderful condition, two round ball moulds, a tin of caps, cast balls, a ramrod / cleaning rod and a lovely little ebony handled dirk with its original leather scabbard with German silver fittings. The compartment for the dirk is the same size as the compartment for the cleaning rod and may have originally held a cleaning rod however, the dirk fits perfectly and adds character to this already beautiful set. The condition of the case is excellent overall with lots of original finish and just one crack in the lid that is not major. This case is very American being of mahogany with a soft wood base. We feel confident that these pistols were made for the American market and likely were cased by the retailer when the pistols were new. A very handsome and fine set of percussion pistols. (1B9371-10) {ANTIQUE}

43 caliber, 9" octagon barrels with bright excellent smooth bores. These pistols are unmarked on their exterior, the undersides of barrels are Birmingham proofed and mark...moreed "H&S" and the insides of the lockplates are marked "H&S". We attribute the guns to Hollis & Sheath who were active in Birmingham during the middle of the 19th century. These pistols were obviously made for export and were intended to be marked by their retailer but they remain unmarked. It would be nice to see a New York or Philadelphia retailer mark on the barrels but it just isn't there. The pistols are of very nice quality with back action locks which are nicely scroll engraved as are the patent breeches which are also double silver banded. The barrels are fastened by a single key with German silver escutcheons and the ramrod channels are enclosed to within three inches of the muzzles which requires only a tailpipe to retain the ramrod. The pistols have a lovely simple style and very graceful lines. The condition of the pistols is fabulous. The barrels each retain 95% original brown finish with lacquer still present and with strong pattern visible the entire length of the barrels. The locks, barrel breeches and tangs retain 97% vivid original color case-hardened finish. The stocks rate excellent plus with 97% original finish remaining with nice clean flattop checkered bag shaped grips. There is some very light crazing in the finish which barely warrants mention and the tailpipes retain strong original color case-hardened finish. The triggerguards are nicely engraved in the same style as the locks and have flaked with surfaces now bearing a pleasing smooth brown patina with strong traces of original blue in protected areas. The pistols feature single set triggers and have simple original sights in place. The pistols come in their original French fitted mahogany casing with a burgundy baize liner that has faded some and has a truly wonderful appearance. The pistol is accompanied by a French fitted eagle flask which is in wonderful condition, two round ball moulds, a tin of caps, cast balls, a ramrod / cleaning rod and a lovely little ebony handled dirk with its original leather scabbard with German silver fittings. The compartment for the dirk is the same size as the compartment for the cleaning rod and may have originally held a cleaning rod however, the dirk fits perfectly and adds character to this already beautiful set. The condition of the case is excellent overall with lots of original finish and just one crack in the lid that is not major. This case is very American being of mahogany with a soft wood base. We feel confident that these pistols were made for the American market and likely were cased by the retailer when the pistols were new. A very handsome and fine set of percussion pistols. (1B9371-10) {ANTIQUE}

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Unmarked Flintlock Fullstock Long Fowler

Lot # 1021 (Sale Order: 22 of 753)      

About .70 cal., 50 1/2'' part octagon part round barrel with an oxidized bore. This is a very attractive long fowler, the barrel an overall pewter and dull gunmetal gray patina with smatterings of light oxidation scattered across the surface. The arm transitions briefly to hexadecagonal with turned medials at the point of transition and is completely unmarked with the exception of the small stamped stars at the rear of the breech. The lock has a slight teat at its rear and faceted pan with unbridled frizzen and heavy swan neck cock, the touch hole appears to have been relined during the period of use although the arm does not appear to be a reconversion from percussion. There are three ramrod thimbles and a simple brass tailpipe with a very wide ribbed edge triggerguard having a lightly chiseled front extension. The brass buttplate is very simple and there is a brass oval monogram plate atop the wrist which is un-engraved. The stock appears very much to be cherry showing tight grain and scant figure, rating about very good, showing an old cleaning many years ago. There is a repaired crack on the left side of the stock below the stock flat, a few lengthy repaired cracks along the ramrod channel, a small chip missing at the front of the lockplate, small chip at left of tang with a chip at the toe as well. The stock still exhibits a nice patina with wear to a brighter coffee-cream color on the sharp edges. There is some very light open foliate carving to the rear of the raised tang island. A very nice and very attractive long fowler for above the mantel, measuring 66 1/2'' overall length, very ''lower Hudson Valley''. (3A8937-404) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection]

About .70 cal., 50 1/2'' part octagon part round barrel with an oxidized bore. This is a very attractive long fowler, the barrel an overall pewter and dull gunmetal gray ...morepatina with smatterings of light oxidation scattered across the surface. The arm transitions briefly to hexadecagonal with turned medials at the point of transition and is completely unmarked with the exception of the small stamped stars at the rear of the breech. The lock has a slight teat at its rear and faceted pan with unbridled frizzen and heavy swan neck cock, the touch hole appears to have been relined during the period of use although the arm does not appear to be a reconversion from percussion. There are three ramrod thimbles and a simple brass tailpipe with a very wide ribbed edge triggerguard having a lightly chiseled front extension. The brass buttplate is very simple and there is a brass oval monogram plate atop the wrist which is un-engraved. The stock appears very much to be cherry showing tight grain and scant figure, rating about very good, showing an old cleaning many years ago. There is a repaired crack on the left side of the stock below the stock flat, a few lengthy repaired cracks along the ramrod channel, a small chip missing at the front of the lockplate, small chip at left of tang with a chip at the toe as well. The stock still exhibits a nice patina with wear to a brighter coffee-cream color on the sharp edges. There is some very light open foliate carving to the rear of the raised tang island. A very nice and very attractive long fowler for above the mantel, measuring 66 1/2'' overall length, very ''lower Hudson Valley''. (3A8937-404) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection]

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French Percussion Double Fowler by Cotté

Lot # 1022 (Sale Order: 23 of 753)      

10 ga., 31 1/2'' barrels with bright very fine to perhaps near excellent bores, showing some sparsely scattered oxidation and a few areas of light pinprick pitting. The Leupold Bernard barrels are primarily a dull contrasting gunmetal gray and pewter patina showing light damascus pattern and light oxidation staining remnants, with some scattered light pinprick pitting. There are platinum blowout plugs at the breeches with a bit of nice engraving on the rib extension between. Leupold Bernard has marked the underside of the barrels with his name and sunken ''LB'' touchmark along with his name inlaid in gold along the rib ''Canon de Ld Bernard a' Paris''. The stepped lockplates and hammers are a dull gunmetal gray patina, as-is the upper tang. They show nice sprays of open loose scroll engraving with banknote filigree on the lockplates. Beneath each hammer is the makers mark ''Cotté Arqe a Peronne'' and there is the same lovely engraving along the tang. Wedge escutcheons and the balance of all the metal surfaces show the same nice quality engraving. The tailpipe and bow of the guard actually show some strong remnants of bright blue, the balance of the metal surfaces a dull gunmetal gray patina. The French walnut straight grip stock rates very good-fine showing an old cleaning many years ago, the checkering now completely flat-topped. There is some nice grain figure in the butt and there is a shield shaped silver monogram plate atop the wrist which is inlaid in gold ''HG'' (the same initials are in a brass monogram plate affixed to the case). There is a German silver stock support inlaid in the area beneath the breeches just ahead of the tang hook and the arm is maker equipped with sling eyes. The locks are crisp and mechanically functional and in time. The gun comes in a French fitted oak case with green baize interior with the makers name embossed in gold within the lid. Inside we find a Sykes patent fireproof screw-off top flask with adjustable spout from 2 1/2 to 3 drams. It features a foliate embossed body on both sides with tight seams and remnants of original lacquer. There is a turned mahogany percussion cap ''jar'' and an assortment of wads within the case compartments; the key for the case is included. The touchmark on the underside of the barrels was used by Bernard in the period 1867-1873, Cotte' was active in Pérrone, Sommé circa 1870. A quality made French fowler that seems very rugged, and may still do its job afield after a complete inspection by a competent blackpowder arms smith. (3B8937-136) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection]

10 ga., 31 1/2'' barrels with bright very fine to perhaps near excellent bores, showing some sparsely scattered oxidation and a few areas of light pinprick pitting. The L...moreeupold Bernard barrels are primarily a dull contrasting gunmetal gray and pewter patina showing light damascus pattern and light oxidation staining remnants, with some scattered light pinprick pitting. There are platinum blowout plugs at the breeches with a bit of nice engraving on the rib extension between. Leupold Bernard has marked the underside of the barrels with his name and sunken ''LB'' touchmark along with his name inlaid in gold along the rib ''Canon de Ld Bernard a' Paris''. The stepped lockplates and hammers are a dull gunmetal gray patina, as-is the upper tang. They show nice sprays of open loose scroll engraving with banknote filigree on the lockplates. Beneath each hammer is the makers mark ''Cotté Arqe a Peronne'' and there is the same lovely engraving along the tang. Wedge escutcheons and the balance of all the metal surfaces show the same nice quality engraving. The tailpipe and bow of the guard actually show some strong remnants of bright blue, the balance of the metal surfaces a dull gunmetal gray patina. The French walnut straight grip stock rates very good-fine showing an old cleaning many years ago, the checkering now completely flat-topped. There is some nice grain figure in the butt and there is a shield shaped silver monogram plate atop the wrist which is inlaid in gold ''HG'' (the same initials are in a brass monogram plate affixed to the case). There is a German silver stock support inlaid in the area beneath the breeches just ahead of the tang hook and the arm is maker equipped with sling eyes. The locks are crisp and mechanically functional and in time. The gun comes in a French fitted oak case with green baize interior with the makers name embossed in gold within the lid. Inside we find a Sykes patent fireproof screw-off top flask with adjustable spout from 2 1/2 to 3 drams. It features a foliate embossed body on both sides with tight seams and remnants of original lacquer. There is a turned mahogany percussion cap ''jar'' and an assortment of wads within the case compartments; the key for the case is included. The touchmark on the underside of the barrels was used by Bernard in the period 1867-1873, Cotte' was active in Pérrone, Sommé circa 1870. A quality made French fowler that seems very rugged, and may still do its job afield after a complete inspection by a competent blackpowder arms smith. (3B8937-136) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection]

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New York Percussion Halfstock Sporting Rifle by Maynard

Lot # 1023 (Sale Order: 24 of 753)      

.40 cal., 34 3/4'' octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel is an overall pewter gunmetal gray patina and is fitted with a simple sporting German silver front sight and slightly ornate shallow v-notch rear which exhibits some very lovely pale fire blue and is actually pierced midway down its length to reveal the makers name stamped on the barrel beneath. The breech shows a bit of geometric engraving with an inlaid gold band, the short tang lightly engraved and a dark gray patina. The back action lock shows light open scroll and banknote edging with a graceful dolphin nose hammer with nice rearward flourish at the spur. There is a pewter nosecap, brass tailpipe and New York style dual spur triggerguard with a pineapple front extension. The faceted brass buttplate and semi-fancy toeplate show some very light engraving and there are two oval German silver monogram plates atop the wrist which are un-engraved. The American walnut stock rates very fine with some lovely grain figure in the butt, coarse wrist checkering and a square-bottom cheekpiece, retaining much original varnish with a bit of crazing finish on its left side. The lockplate screw escutcheon shows a long German silver sea serpent-like tail and there is a nice pierced German silver star inlay on the cheekpiece which is lightly engraved. This would appear to be the work of ''JN Maynard'' purportedly of Deposit, New York in the 1860s, John Maynard of Albany would be a bit too early for a percussion gun. A very graceful rifle overall. (3A8937-299) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection]

.40 cal., 34 3/4'' octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel is an overall pewter gunmetal gray patina and is fitted with a simple sporting German silver fr...moreont sight and slightly ornate shallow v-notch rear which exhibits some very lovely pale fire blue and is actually pierced midway down its length to reveal the makers name stamped on the barrel beneath. The breech shows a bit of geometric engraving with an inlaid gold band, the short tang lightly engraved and a dark gray patina. The back action lock shows light open scroll and banknote edging with a graceful dolphin nose hammer with nice rearward flourish at the spur. There is a pewter nosecap, brass tailpipe and New York style dual spur triggerguard with a pineapple front extension. The faceted brass buttplate and semi-fancy toeplate show some very light engraving and there are two oval German silver monogram plates atop the wrist which are un-engraved. The American walnut stock rates very fine with some lovely grain figure in the butt, coarse wrist checkering and a square-bottom cheekpiece, retaining much original varnish with a bit of crazing finish on its left side. The lockplate screw escutcheon shows a long German silver sea serpent-like tail and there is a nice pierced German silver star inlay on the cheekpiece which is lightly engraved. This would appear to be the work of ''JN Maynard'' purportedly of Deposit, New York in the 1860s, John Maynard of Albany would be a bit too early for a percussion gun. A very graceful rifle overall. (3A8937-299) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection]

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British Percussion Double Fowler by Moore & Co.

Lot # 1024 (Sale Order: 25 of 753)      

About 12 bore, 29 1/2'' barrels with mostly bright very good plus to about excellent bores which show some sparsely scattered very light surface oxidation. The barrels show a very nice contrasting dark gray, light gray and brown damascus pattern their full length with darker gray color case-hardened remnants at the breeches. Each breech shows a platinum blowout plug and there is some light open scroll with dual inlaid gold lines on the rib extension between; the rib is marked ''Real Stub Twist''. The bar under locks show some strong fading color case-hardening, perhaps 35%, the balance a smoky blue-gray patina. Each shows light sprays of loose open flowing scroll and are marked ''Moore & Co./London''. The engraving continues onto the hammers which are both in time and the locks seemed crisp and mechanically functional. The English walnut buttstock rates about very good showing much original varnish and very good checkering but with the overall light dings and handling marks that come from the years, the butt showing some nice grain on its right side. Underside of barrels exhibit Birmingham proofs and what is likely the original ramrod with a wad pull end is included. A quality and seemingly solid British double percussion gun. (3A8937-303) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection]

About 12 bore, 29 1/2'' barrels with mostly bright very good plus to about excellent bores which show some sparsely scattered very light surface oxidation. The barrels sh...moreow a very nice contrasting dark gray, light gray and brown damascus pattern their full length with darker gray color case-hardened remnants at the breeches. Each breech shows a platinum blowout plug and there is some light open scroll with dual inlaid gold lines on the rib extension between; the rib is marked ''Real Stub Twist''. The bar under locks show some strong fading color case-hardening, perhaps 35%, the balance a smoky blue-gray patina. Each shows light sprays of loose open flowing scroll and are marked ''Moore & Co./London''. The engraving continues onto the hammers which are both in time and the locks seemed crisp and mechanically functional. The English walnut buttstock rates about very good showing much original varnish and very good checkering but with the overall light dings and handling marks that come from the years, the butt showing some nice grain on its right side. Underside of barrels exhibit Birmingham proofs and what is likely the original ramrod with a wad pull end is included. A quality and seemingly solid British double percussion gun. (3A8937-303) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection]

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