This will be the final auction held at Julia’s fabled Fairfield, Maine auction barn before all future auctions move to Morphy Auctions Locations in Denver, Pennsylvania and Las Vegas
Fairfield, ME – In December 2017 James D. Julia Auctioneers merged with Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania. In February, Julia’s conducted their last Fine Art & Antique auction in Fairfield, Maine and on March 21-23 will conduct the last auction of any type to be held in Fairfield, Maine by James D. Julia. All future auctions will be held at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania. The auction should prove to be a most notable one including collections such as the Ray Bentley Collection of rare Winchesters, and numerous other outstanding and rare items including Louis XV extraordinarily rare and exquisite repeating flintlock rifle made by Sebastian Hauschka.
As James D. Julia Auctioneers concludes its business for the last time in Fairfield, Maine with this auction, the spirit of the Julia’s brand will be perpetuated by its merger with Morphy Auctions. Both companies take pride in having the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the industry, and the blending of both teams of leading experts will enhance processes, descriptions and valuations and create a synergistic team of passionate staff members to better serve their customers and strengthen the antiques and collectibles industry for years to come.
Headlining this auction, Julia’s will present the first phase of the lifetime collections of the late Ray Bentley. At the time of his recent passing, Ray’s Winchester collection was regarded as one of the finest of its kind in the world today. In fact, more than 100 of Mr. Bentley’s high quality, rare and valuable Winchesters and Henrys will be offered in this auction, and many of them are the finest examples that Julia’s has ever offered. The ultimate highlight from the Bentley Collection is the “One of One Thousand” Model 1873 Winchester rifle accompanied by rock solid provenance including a factory letter that verifies all the features of this outstanding firearm. This “One of One Thousand” bears serial number 27141 and is in the most desirable configuration, with full magazine, octagonal barrel, rifle butt with crescent buttplate, chambered in 44-40. Additionally, it was one of the first rifles to be identified as a result of the search for these ultra-rare and desirable rifles by Universal Pictures as publicity for their iconic Western film Winchester 73 starring Jimmy Stewart. Also from the Bentley Collection of Winchesters is a gilded, high-relief engraved and fully signed Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifle, serial number 7994. The ultimate engraved Model 1866 Winchester rifle, it is one of the most famous of all Winchesters. As a work of 19th century art this rifle transcends the fact it is a firearm, with its interpretation of Hiram Power’s “Greek Slave” sculpture making it worthy of display alongside one of Powers’ sculptures or the finest American 19th Century paintings. Among the many great Henry rifles is an early Hoggson engraved and silver-plated Henry rifle with deluxe wood. Engraved with flowing foliate patterns and finely cut borders, features typical of Henry factory engraver Samuel J. Hoggson, this example of an early engraved Henry rifle saw little use and was just put away.
In addition to his Winchesters, Mr. Bentley amassed innumerable other collections with the same discerning eye. His silver trophy collection is like nothing you will probably ever see again. This includes a historic, sterling, oversized beaker to Baron von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, from Kaiser Wilhelm, an incredibly detailed sterling scale model of the British-built Brazilian battleship “Minas Geras”, a Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund £100 Battle of Trafalgar trophy, one of only 15 awarded after the famous 1805 engagement, and many more.
Also offered from the Bentley collection will be countless other high condition longarms, Colt and S&W handguns, Gatling guns, edged weapons, rare ammunition and much more. Additional Winchesters and Colts from the Bruce Burtner collection will also be featured, as will offerings from the Fritz Baehr, Daryl Middlebrook and Robert Roughton collections.
Class 3/NFA machine guns will lead off the sale on the first day of the auction. This increasingly popular collecting genre is highlighted by a Colt R-75A machine gun. Among the WWII-era machine guns certain to attract the attention of discerning WWII collectors is a Mauser-manufactured German MG-42 on a Lafette mount with accessories, as well as a Hungarian model 43M machine gun which utilizes the powerful 9mm Mauser cartridge and saw service on the Eastern Front during WWII. This auction will also include many additional and important Class 3 items such as Thompsons, H&Ks, Colts and advanced weapons of all kinds.
Top shelf offerings from the esteemed private collection of Rafael Cruz include a Marlin 1893 Deluxe Rifle engraved with gold & platinum inlays presented by Marlin to history’s most famous marksman, Annie Oakley. The receiver has special deluxe engraving with gold & platinum embellishments, most likely the work of the renowned Conrad Ulrich. This fine firearm has a very interesting history, chronicled in the book, Marlin Firearms by William S. Brophy and is pictured on pages 200, 547, and 548. Also from the Cruz Collection comes the only known matched presentation pair of Helfrecht-engraved silver plated Colt Single Action Army revolvers with a rich South Texas history, and many others.
In addition to the world class Winchesters and Colts in the first session, an offering of antique arms will come to the block, led by a historic Royal French Flintlock Repeating Rifle by Sebastian Hauschka for King Louis XV, incised with the inventory number of the French Royal Cabinet d’Armes #464, This extraordinary rifle exhibits quality throughout as befits a royal presentation piece, and is also an exceptional rarity being a repeating rifle built on the Lorenzoni/Berselli system. Up for sale will be a cased four gun garniture by French master arms maker Nicolas Noel Boutet. Boutet (1761-1833) was Napoleon’s personal armorer and examples of his work have graced the greatest museums in the world, including a fine collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Civil War and Confederate items have always been a mainstay at Julia’s and this auction is no exception. A pair of consecutive numbered Confederate manufactured pistols will be up for sale. Rigdon & Ansley revolvers SN 1774/5 and a Civil War Ames 1863-dated bronze 12-pounder Mountain Howitzer are the headliners, along with a selection of edged weapons and Martial arms to round out this genre.
Julia’s will be offering up the “Miracle Six,” a battery of Holland & Holland Royal Doubles made at the turn of the 20th century for Boston tycoon Nathaniel C. Nash. These guns were put into cold storage in 1915 and have been out of circulation for over 100 years, until now! Also, a pair of contemporary Holland & Holland 28 gauge gold engraved game guns and a host of English and Continental guns will be sure to please. American sporting arms from the estate collection of Daryl Middlebrook will feature Parker shotguns and big bore fowling pieces. A one-of-a-kind consecutive serial numbered set of experimental Grand American style Winchester Model 21 Double Rifles anchor this category.
Julia’s Sporting & Collector offerings on the second part of day 2 and all of day 3 will feature over 650 modestly priced lots across all categories, appealing to a broad base of interests and budgets. Great items from the Ray Bentley collection will lead the session along with the final phase of the prestigious Warren Buxton collection of Walther related goods. Offerings from the Bruce Burtner and Robert Roughton collections will also be featured in the Sporting & Collector sessions.
About James D. Julia, Inc.
James D. Julia, Inc., a division of Morphy Auctions, has been one of the top ten antique auction antique houses in North America as measured by annual sales. In business for over 45 years, the company conducts high-end antique, collectible and fine art auctions throughout the year. The company has routinely established new world records through its auction events through three key divisions, including Rare Firearms; Fine Art, Asian & Antiques; and Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry. Each division is regarded for its excellence and is staffed with world-class specialists to guarantee fair and professional authentication, identification, and valuation services. In December of 2017, James D. Julia, Inc. merged with Morphy Auctions of Denver, PA. Morphy Auctions and James D. Julia, Inc. share a common purpose of delighting collectors worldwide with aligned missions and unparalleled customer service standards. Joining forces creates a synergistic team of passionate staff members to better serve our customers and strengthen the antiques and collectibles industry. All future auctions will be held at the world class facilities of Morphy Auctions. For more information, please visit www.jamesdjulia.com.