MIDDLEBORO, Mass. – White’s Auctions’ June 1st sale is offering a significant selection of early antique US and foreign rifles, revolvers and edged weapons, and World War II pieces. The auction’s start time will be moved back to start at 1 pm instead of 2:30 pm.
Of special historical significance is a Revolutionary War/War of 1812 era cartridge box, red leather belt with a “Star of Stars” brass buckle, eagle brass hat plate and a bayonet with red leather scabbard signed by William Smith. We believe this belonged to Capt. William Smith (1755-1816), Revolutionary soldier who later married John Adams’ daughter Abigail and served in US the House of Representatives from New York. Other items of historical significance is the “Certificate of Discharge” 1906 Signature of Master stamp Edward Smith (Capt. of the Titanic) in original Seaman/Steward’s book w/medals (collector’s provenance). This Steward was to be on the Titanic but luck would have it, his previous voyage delayed his boarding.
Offered at this sale are five 19th c scrimshaw whale’s teeth consigned by an avid collector who has amassed an extensive collection over a period of decades. American whaling dates to the colonists “whaling fishery” voyages in the 1700’s. By the early 1800’s whaling was a big industry, with nearly 700 ships by the 1840’s, setting out from New England seaports on long and dangerous voyages, more than 400 of those from the homeport of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
This auction began to take shape with the consignment of several antique weapons and WWII items totaling approximately 80 significant pieces to tempt the serious collector with a C.C. Gailbraith & Son (NY) In Line Bow Chasing cannon (the first reliable model created by West point & MIT graduate David Lyle (1845-1937), Remington Model 1858 “Zouave” percussion rifle with its matching 1863 bayonet with leather scabbard will be sold separately. “Zouave referred originally to light infantry units in the French Army, French North Africa, dating to 1831. The name was later adopted by other army units including volunteer regiments during the American Civil War. There is an on-going conversation as to its actual use during the Civil War. Collectors generally consider them to be the best made and designed muzzle loading weapons of the Civil War era.
Other antique firearms include a Colt Lighting rifle, cased 1849 Pocket pistol known as the “secondary” gun used in the Civil War, cased pair of European flint lock pistols, Remington Rider double action new model percussion revolver, Colt Model 1882 Police Percussion revolver, Smith & Wesson engraved revolver and Colt Cloverleaf Model SA revolver, as well as several other pieces. Edged weapons include a Confederate 1841 pattern Naval cutlass, Union 1842 Naval cutlass, D-guard Bowie knives. Indian 17th/18th c. Katar iron armor piercing push dagger, Indonesian Golok with blade engraved with tribal depictions, WWII medical corpsman’s knife, Kukuri dagger (original personal weapons of the Gurkas of Napal and northern Indian warriors as early as the 12th c), several European bayonets, European bayonets, cased US Historical Society Uberti-Sam Houston commemorative Walker revolver and more.
Several lots will be offered for the WWII German buyer, most of which consigned by a retired US Army Colonel who has been a collector of WWII German militaria for over 70 years. Lots include a rare SS award document for the Iron Cross, an LAH (Leibstandarte Adolph Hitler) Third Reich Elite Forces monogrammed ice bucket (Wellner), LAH monogrammed table knife & plate, SS Swallows Nest musician shoulder caps, Feldgendarmerie Gorget w/chain, German NSDAP Podium banner, early SA dagger (maker Bismark), rare SS award document for the Iron Cross 2nd class, WWII German Corpsman’s bollo style Rad Hewer dagger. .
AUCTION LOCATION: The auction to be held on Sunday June 1, 2014 at the Middleboro Lodge of Elks, 24 High Street, Middleboro, MA at 1:00 pm. Preview on Friday May 30TH, from 12-6pm, Saturday May 31st from 12-6pm. Sunday 10:30am to 1:00pm auction start. Please call John White (508-947-9281) or Kathryn Black (508-269-9275) with any questions. Please arrange your absentee and phone bid requests in advance with Kathryn (508) 269-9275. Phone bids will be accepted based on availability and timeliness. As of this June 1, 2014 Auction. we will accept major Credit Cards. ALSO, PLEASE NOT THE EARLIER START TIME.