Smooth bore officer’s fusil rises to promising end in SoldUSA auction

SoldUSA auction ends July 17

July 12, 2010

(MATTHEWS, N.C.) – Around 1,200 lots of rare and vintage firearms, militaria, ammunition and advertising collectibles are being offered in an Internet auction already underway by SoldUSA.com. The sale went online in mid-June and will conclude July 17. Many items in the sale are expected to fetch thousands of dollars.

The expected top earner is an extremely fine smooth bore officer’s fusil (light flintlock musket) with both iron and brass decorative hardware (est. $3,100-$10,000). The gun (above), was made by Jeremiah Cooper (N.Y., N.Y., circa 1815-1831) and has a scrolled presentation plate on the right side of the stock.

The presentation plate states, “Awarded by the 4th Comp. of National Guards, Chandler White Capt. to Wm. H. Curtis, for superior shooting, 1 Aug. 1826.” The fittings are half brass and half iron with the presentation plate being German silver. The metal on the musket is a gray patina with light pinprick pitting, the wood is immaculate and original, and the bore is near mint.

Also expected as a top seller is a Colt model 1911 A1 .45 automatic pistol (serial #938990), made in 1943 and with a World War II holster and belt, should hit $1,000-$2,000. Condition-wise, the gun retains most of its parkerized finish (except for some holster wear). The barrel is blued, and the bore shows a grainy patina with the rifling still strong. The gun is complete and fires properly in dry operation.

SoldUSA.com’s next big sale will go online in mid-August and conclude Sept. 18-19. Featured will be high-end ammo collectibles, advertising items, rare tin signs, die-cuts, posters, calendars and many other hunting and fishing collectibles, plus militaria. The auction after that will go online in mid-October and end Nov. 13-14. Watch the website for details on both sales.

SoldUSA.com is one of the oldest Internet companies in the world. It was launched in 1990 by Ronnie Roberts, who began the firm as Dixie Sporting Collectibles.

To learn more about SoldUSA.com and the auctions slated to end Sept. 18-19 and Nov. 13-14. The firm, with over 42,000 registered users, is always looking for quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item or a collection, you may call them at (704) 815-1550, or you can e-mail them at croberts@SoldUSA.com. For more information, log on to www.SoldUSA.com.

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