A Colt single action revolver named to Sheriff Dillingham realized $5,500 and a Colt 1860 Army revolver inscribed to General James Barnes saw $4,500 in Cordier Auction’s Firearms & Militaria auction held on Nov. 24, 2013.
More than 130 bidders were registered in the room and more than 1,700 bidders were registered to bid via the internet. The sale featured 350 cataloged lots in categories including antique, military and modern long guns and handguns, edged weapons and other military collectibles. The auction was held in Cordier Auctions’ salesroom located at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg. Prices quoted are hammer prices.
The Sunday sale began with antique handguns. One very nice Single Action Colt revolver named to Sheriff Dillingham sold to the internet for $5,500, just under the low estimate. John H. Dillingham was born September 29, 1853 in Richmond, Kentucky and moved to Missouri. He went west as a young man and was appointed an officer for several months while at Butte, Montana. He returned to Missouri to marry and take up farming, but eventually was appointed city marshal of Platte City and held the post until April 1896. He then became sheriff January 1, 1897. He was shot and killed while making an arrest on August 20, 1900. His death was quickly avenged by his son Henry who killed his father’s slayer. No death was more widely and sincerely mourned in Platte County. Included with the revolver were a Colt letter of authenticity for the revolver, a leather holster and belt, a set of handcuffs with a patent date of May 2, 1899 and a gold chain and gold plated pocket watch engraved with the initials “JHD”.
A Colt 1860 Army revolver inscribed to General James Barnes drew heavy bidding, and sold to an absentee bidder for $4,500 (just below the low estimate). General Barnes was born December 28, 1801 in Boston, MA and died on February 12, 1869 in Springfield, MA. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1829 in the same class as Robert E. Lee and spent most of his pre-war service as an instructor of tactics and French at the Academy. On July 26, 1861 he became colonel of the 18th Massachusetts Regiment. He assumed command of the 1st Division on May 5, 1863 and arrived at the Battle of Gettysburg early on the second day with the rest of the 5th Corp. Another Colt revolver offered was an inscribed Colt 1860 2nd Model Richards Conversion with ivory grips which hammered down at $2,400 to an internet bidder. The revolver’s back strap is inscribed “UPRR Company’s Express” for Union Pacific Railroad.
The popular military & modern handgun groups continued to see strong results. A World War era DWM double dated & unit marked Luger pistol hammered down to a bidder in the room within estimate at $1,000, while a BYF Luger realized $800. Modern pistols in 45 caliber brought strong results from numerous manufacturers including H&K, Colt, S&W, Sig Sauer, Kimber and American Derringer. Additionally, an internet bidder won with a bid of $1,400 on a Beretta Gold Plated & Engraved Model 70 pistol in .32 automatic with a wood display case.
In the antique long gun group, a Colt model 1861 Special Musket in .58 caliber sold to the internet, hammering down above estimate at $700. A US Springfield model 1884 in .45-70 caliber realized $700 on an estimate of $500 to $800. Other highlights among the long guns category were a US Springfield model 1922-M2 rifle in .22 caliber which hammered down at $1,800 to the room, a Winchester model 94 John Wayne Commemorative rifle which sold at its high estimate of $1,200, a Marlin model 1897 rifle which sold within estimate at $1,500 and two Perazzi Trap shotguns which sold to the internet for $2,100 each.
Highlights from the edged weapon category included Japanese and Chinese blades. A 16th century Japanese sword sold above estimate for $3,600 to a phone bidder after heavy bidding. It is signed by Sukemune, who was one of the smiths by this name who worked in Suruga in the 16th century. A 19th century Chinese Polearm and Shuang Gau sword sold to the internet for $2,300, while a large Chinese Jian (sword) also sold to the internet for $2,700.
Other highlights included a Civil War Era cavalry sword which hammered down at $500 to a phone bidder, and a pair of German made Stag handled presentation blades and scabbards which realized $900 after heavy bidding between the room and the internet.
Military collectibles included items from the Civil War through the Vietnam Era. The highlight was an 18K West Point 1868 Graduation Pocket Watch & Ring named to James Worden Pope which hammered down at $2,100 to an internet bidder on an estimate of $2,000 to $2,500. Pope was born in Louisville, Kentucky on June 6, 1846. He attended Indiana University for two years and entered West Point in 1864, graduating in 1868. Following his graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, 5th United States Infantry on June 15, 1868. A series of promotions followed culminating in Lieutenant Colonel, Chief Quartermaster of the United States Volunteers on May 8, 1898 for the Spanish-American War. He was honorably discharged from volunteer service on September 2, 1899.
Cordier’s next Firearms and Militaria auction is set for the spring at their auction facility located at 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Consignments including antique and modern firearms, edged weapons and military collectibles are currently being accepted.
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