Auction: March 10-12, commencing at 10 a.m. each morning
Preview: March 7-9th, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and 8-10 a.m. on the mornings of sale
This year’s James D. Julia spring sale includes a veritable list of Who’s Who in the firearms world; historic collection after historic collection, all to be offered in this one unprecedented presentation.
Some of the important collections to be included in the March 10-12 auction are:
- The Collection of Fine Colts from the late Norm Flayderman’s. In the firearms world of the 20th century, Norm Flayderman was unquestionably the most iconic figure of all. These firearms are a select group of ones that Norm had put away and saved; some of which were purchased in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
- The Collection of William Gerber’s Impeccable Colts. Bill is a well-known member of the American Society of Arms Collectors and over the years has been a most discerning collector. Many of the examples in his collection are considered to be some of the finest examples known. Rarity and condition have been a standard trademark of Bill’s collecting mantra.
- The Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess of Rare Autoloading Weapons. The Sturgess Collection (from Zurich, Switzerland) is unquestionably the finest and most comprehensive collection of autoloading weapons currently in private hands today. Protypes, experimental, high quality condition and extreme rarity are standard attributes of many of the items to be offered. This is the second of various sessions to dispose of this monumental and world class collection.
- The Collection of the late Tommy Rholes. In the world of firearms dealers, Tommy Rholes was also an iconic figure. He was a passionate collector and dealer in Texas and had very discerning taste when it came to fine Colts and Winchesters but his collection also includes rare Smith & Wesson’s and much more.
- The Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. This is the second session to dispose of the previously unknown collection of Dr. Sirkin which represents a treasure trove of rare and choice arms. His collection of raised carved Kentucky rifles is one of the finest and largest of its type to ever come to auction. His collection of high art European Wheel Locks is one of the finest to come to auction in many, many years. The collection also includes a diversity of antique American and English high quality firearms.
- The Rare Colt Collection of the late Michael Leff. Mr. Leff was a successful developer from Florida who developed a great love for quality cased Colts particularly high art engraved examples. This is the second of two sessions to dispose of his choice collection.
- The Collection of Mr. Frank Sujansky. This is the second of two sessions to dispose of this fabulous collection. His collection of raised carved Kentucky rifles is outstanding but his extraordinary collection of Kentucky pistols is unprecedented. Rare makers, historic ownership and an overwhelming number of pistols are all attributes of this world class collection.
- The Collection of the late Robert H. Haskell III. Mr. Haskell’s collection is notable for his extraordinary collection of choice Austrian and German Pickelhauben. He was an extremely discerning collector who amassed not only a distinguished collection but each example is both outstanding and in exemplary condition. Also included is his collection of rare firearms.
- The Collection of Charles Anthony Lamb. Mr. Lamb’s lifelong collection features a fine selection of Early American Martial pistols. Mr. Lamb is a member of the American Society of Arms Collectors.
- The Collection of the late John Houchins. Mr. Houchins was a noted scholar, author, and collector of rare L.C. Smith shotguns. His superb collection of high art and high quality L.C. Smith’s is outstanding. Included are some of the highest grade L.C. Smith’s that were ever made.
The collections are overwhelming but in addition to these collections, there are groups or individual arms from various notable other collections and institutions all over North America and throughout the world.
Those include the only pair of best quality Boss 28 ga. O/U, known to exist or the extremely rare L.C. Smith Deluxe Grade 16 ga. one of only two made, an outstanding offering of Parker shotguns, fabulous Brownings, rare Model 21’s including cased Grand Americans, fine Purdeys and Holland & Holland.
Civil War items include Confederate and US arms, blades, flags, swords, and accessories will be featured in this sale. Also there are a number of historic items including Dr. Sirkin’s pair of Haslett Flintlock pistols made for Gerome Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon). Also a historic Custer battlefield revolver captured by Chief Two Moon’s nephew (Chief Two Moons is the image on the American nickel). Along with various Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Indian War historical items. An exceptional offering of military and desirable Class III items are included.