Firearms: Richard Wray Collection - Class III

Firearms: Richard Wray Collection - Class III

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Firearms: Richard Wray Collection - Class III

Firearms: Richard Wray Collection - Class III

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Cowan's is pleased to announce the sale of the collection of firearms and militaria from the estate of Richard Wray. Wray, a Cincinnati, Ohio native and former president of The Wray Electric Company,

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**H&R Rising Model 50 Submachine Gun

Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 190)      

.45 caliber, S/N 8156. Commercially blued gun, with 20-round magazine. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Excellent.

[EST $ 4000 - 6000 ]...more

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**Smith & Wesson Model 76 Submachine Gun

Lot # 2 (Sale Order: 2 of 190)      

9mm caliber, S/N U586. Complete with magazine. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Excellent-to-new.

[EST $ 4000 - 6500 ]...more

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**Finnish Semiautomatic Lahti L-39 Anti-Tank Gun

Lot # 3 (Sale Order: 3 of 190)      

20mm caliber, destructive device, S/N 644. Complete with two spare magazines and 12 rounds of ball ammunition, muzzle brake and bipod mount with spiked feet for hard ground and sled-type shoes for soft ground or snow. Mfg. by VKT (Faltion Kiraaritehdas- "State Rifle Factory"). Collector & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Very good-to-excellent.

[EST $ 6000 - 9000 ]...more

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**French Chauchat C.S.R.G. Light Machine Gun

Lot # 4 (Sale Order: 4 of 190)      

8mm Lebel, S/N 26223. Complete with bipod, flash hider and one magazine. Receiver is stamped SIDARME and CSRG. This firearm has never been deactivated. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable.

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Very good-to-excellent. Bore is excellent. Firearm retains ca 95+% of its original finish.

[EST $ 4000 - 6500 ]...more

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***Exploraco MK11 Sten Gun & Exploraco Model "S" Suppressor

Lot # 5 (Sale Order: 5 of 190)      

9mm caliber, S/N 802 . Suppressor is S/N 736 and is 9mm caliber and mounted on the Sten gun.Nicknamed the "Tube Gun," this requires two NFA stamps, one for the submachine gun and one for the suppressor. Manufactured by Exploraco. Comes with a fifty-round clip (not original to the gun) as pictured. Fully transferable.

*** Class III Fully transferable; also the suppressor has to be filed together.

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Bore is very good and shows very little use. Overall condition is excellent.

[EST $ 4000 - 5000 ]...more

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**U.S. Model 1909 Benet Mercie Light Machine Gun

Lot # 6 (Sale Order: 6 of 190)      

30-06 caliber, S/N 368. Manufactured by Springfield Armory, including bipod and monopod; barrel serial number is mismatched. Warner-Swasey Model 1913 optical sight andleather case. Barrel is finned in the rear and the front section is heavy knurled. The Mark II tripod is extremely rare, S/N 18 and was also manufactured by Springfield Armory. Also has the very rare feed strip box with 10 feed strips. Curio & Relic, fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: This gun and tripod are in excellent condition.

[EST $ 16000 - 20000 ]...more

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**Vickers Mark I Water-Cooled Machine Gun

Lot # 7 (Sale Order: 7 of 190)      

7.92 X 57 caliber, S/N H1394. Mounted on correct Turkish modified tripod. WWI British Army Gun converted in Belgium in 1939; water-cooled. German made optical sight and folding rear anti-aircraft sight. Original numbered parts C1368 (Clayford 1918); mfd. by VSM, Cincinnati, Ohio. Fluted jacket. Fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Excellent.

[EST $ 15000 - 18000 ]...more

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**Argentine Maxim MG1895 Water-Cooled Machine Gun

Lot # 8 (Sale Order: 8 of 190)      

7.65mm caliber, mfd. by DWM in 1895.Gun is allmatching S/Ns 73, except the lock; S/N 168. With correct tripod No. 55. Standard pattern early Maxim gun with smooth brass water jacket and brass feed block. Comes with correct Carl Zeiss (Jena) optical sight with leather carrying case and detachable rare wood and steel shoulder stock.Rate of fire is about 400 rounds a minute. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Brass retains a nice untouched patina. Retains all of the original blue finish. Gun is excellent overall and would be very hard to upgrade.

[EST $ 20000 - 30000 ]...more

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**MG 15 Light Machine Gun

Lot # 9 (Sale Order: 9 of 190)      

8mm, S/N 44235-41. Water-cooled with special bipod that is similar to the MG34 type. 75-round saddle drum and Madsen AA tripod adapted to fit the gun. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Very good.

[EST $ 15000 - 20000 ]...more

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**Colt Model 1895 'Potato Digger'

Lot # 10 (Sale Order: 10 of 190)      

7x57 caliber, S/N 105.Complete with gas hammer belt, high tripod with seat and correct ammo box. Made under Browning Patent By Colt Pt FA Co. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Barrel is starting to turn plum; receiver is dark blue. Overall excellent+. Bore is very good. This is one of the finest 1895 'Diggers' to come on the market in years.

[EST $ 20000 - 25000 ]...more

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**Vickers Mark I Water-Cooled Machine Gun

Lot # 11 (Sale Order: 11 of 190)      

.303 caliber, S/N B12904. Complete with Mark IV tripod, ammo box and holder. Mfd. by VSM, Cincinnati, Ohio. Fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Spectacular firearm retaining almost all of its original blue finish.

[EST $ 10000 - 15000 ]...more

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**FN. Model FN30, BAR Browning Light Machine Gun

Lot # 12 (Sale Order: 12 of 190)      

7.65 caliber, S/N 4281. Belgian model with bipod, original magazine, original combination ground / AA tripod and monopod. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Very good-to-excellent condition.

[EST $ 25000 - 30000 ]...more

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**French Model 1914 Hotchkiss

Lot # 13 (Sale Order: 13 of 190)      

8mm Lebel caliber, S/N 43301. Matching serial numbers, manufactured in 1918. Mounted on omnibus mount with AA extension and vertical fire bracket (support pour le tir vertical), with very rare early flash hider. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Firearm has light patina, but in overall excellent condition.

[EST $ 15000 - 20000 ]...more

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**MG81 Z Mauser by BYF Aircraft Machine Gun

Lot # 14 (Sale Order: 14 of 190)      

8mm caliber, S/Ns: left gun 53111; right gun 53112. Complete with link chutes, original aircraft sights, shoulder stock. Replica mounting block with separate adapter for Browning fittings. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Excellent.

[EST $ 20000 - 30000 ]...more

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**Italian Breda Model 1937 Heavy Machine Gun

Lot # 15 (Sale Order: 15 of 190)      

8mm rebated caliber, S/N 21259. Dated 1941, complete with tripod, AA extension, AA sights, AA 4th leg for tripod and twelve feed trays. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Excellent.

[EST $ 25000 - 30000 ]...more

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**Rare German Parabellum Model LMG 14/17

Lot # 16 (Sale Order: 16 of 190)      

7.92x57mm caliber (8mm), S/N 5638. All matching numbered parts, complete with Oigee/Berlin .3 power telescope with reticule for firing at aircraft. Mounted with correct fittings. Gun is mounted on flexible head complete with 10" diameter ammo belt drum and bracket. Head is designed for mounting on scharf ring that was used on WWI aircraft or Zeppelin. Air cooled. This gun was much lighter than the Maxim. Includes one mint original 250 round belt. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Excellent and Incredibly rare in this configuration.

[EST $ 40000 - 50000 ]...more

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**Twin French Darne Observers' Guns

Lot # 17 (Sale Order: 17 of 190)      

7.5mm caliber, S/Ns 6988G (gauche/left) and 7043D (droit/right). Dated 1931. Complete with twin observers' mount, ammo boxes, aircraft sights and shoulder stocks. (See Chinn, Vol I, pg 385). Each gun isregistered individually. Fullytransferable C&R.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Very good-to-excellent.

[EST $ 15000 - 20000 ]...more

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**Vickers Mark I Machine Gun

Lot # 18 (Sale Order: 18 of 190)      

7.92 caliber, S/N F8227. WW I British gun. Smooth jacket, additionally with 08/15 drum and bracket, correct spider AA rear sight and AA extension on proper Turkish tripod. Sideplate by VSM, Cincinnati, Ohio. Fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Excellent condition. No scope and scope mount.

[EST $ 10000 - 15000 ]...more

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**British MKII Bren Gun

Lot # 19 (Sale Order: 19 of 190)      

.303 caliber, S/N 12T834. Complete with bipod and matching barrel. Manufactured by Inglis in 1944. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Correct gun in excellent condition.

[EST $ 25000 - 35000 ]...more

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**Carl Gustafs Model 1921/1924 Browning Automatic Rifle

Lot # 20 (Sale Order: 20 of 190)      

6.5 Swedish caliber, S/N 6871. Manufactured in 1930 and has Finnish Army proofs, with original magazine and bipod. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Very good+.

[EST $ 15000 - 20000 ]...more

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**WWI German MG 08

Lot # 21 (Sale Order: 21 of 190)      

7.92mm caliber, S/N 47181. Manufactured by DWM in 1918. All matching serial numbers except for lock. Complete with booster, flash shield and frontal armor. Firearm comes with original Z.F. 12 opticalsight. Mounted on original Maxim sled mount. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Firearm is excellent-to-mint. Tripod appears to have been repainted and is overall fair condition.

[EST $ 15000 - 20000 ]...more

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**Japanese Type 92 Naval Lewis Light Machine Gun

Lot # 22 (Sale Order: 22 of 190)      

7.7mm (.303) caliber, S/N 245. Manufactured by Toyokawa Naval Arsenal, dated 1943. Major part serial numbers match. Complete with Naval marked Japanese 97-round drum, spade grips and reproduction AA sights. Firearm is mounted on original Japanese-manufactured tripod. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Excellent.

[EST $ 25000 - 30000 ]...more

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**Portuguese Vickers Machine Gun

Lot # 23 (Sale Order: 23 of 190)      

.303 caliber, S/N 49. Manufactured by VSM of Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally manufactured by Fabrica-de-Braco-de-Prata in 1930. Plain jacket, matching serial numbers except lock (No. 23). Leather trunk-style box is possibly oil can carrier. Mounted on Mark IV mount which is serial number 49. Fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Excellent.

[EST $ 15000 - 20000 ]...more

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**Maremont Corp. U.S. Model M60 Machine Gun

Lot # 24 (Sale Order: 24 of 190)      

7.62mm NATO caliber, S/N SM37. Manufactured by New England Group, Maremont Corp. This is an all-original gun with original tripod. Fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Like new and possibly unfired.

[EST $ 25000 - 35000 ]...more

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**U.S. Marlin Model 1918 Tank Gun

Lot # 25 (Sale Order: 25 of 190)      

.30 caliber, S/N 1267. Firearm is complete with low tripod. Curio & Relic fully transferable.

**Class III fully transferable

Provenance: The Collection of Richard Wray

Condition: Excellent to mint, It would be very hard to upgrade.

[EST $ 20000 - 25000 ]...more

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