Denver, Pennsylvania – Morphy Auctions welcomes enthusiasts from around the world to it’s March 2018 Premier Firearms sale to be held on March 1st and 2nd, 2018.The auction begins promptly at 9am on both days. All merchandise from this sale is on display in Morphy’s Pennsylvania auction gallery and available for preview now as well as listed on the company website, www.morphyauctions.com.
Hand-held firearms, including a huge range of pistols and revolvers, are a key category in this sale. There is something for everyone looking to add a top tier Smith and Wesson, DWM, Krieghoff, Mauser, Walther, Browning, or Colt to their collection. Many have their original cases or boxes.
The top lot is #147, a Colt Whitneyville Hartford Transitional Walker Model Dragoon Revolver. This gun is considered by those in the know to be the Holy Grail of Colt percussion revolvers. Only 240 examples of these were manufactured, with serial numbers spanning 1100 through 1340. All were made in late 1847 at the Hartford factory from excess parts from the Walker model. This one has matching numbers on its frame, barrel, trigger guard, backstrap, and cylinder. It has been completely field stripped, examined, and vetted by numerous experts and deemed to be one of the better existing examples of this extremely rare U.S. Martial revolver.
Also available through this sale are broad selections of outstanding rifles, shotguns, muskets, and carbines. There are many choices from national, as well as European makers, such as Colt, Winchester, Marlin, Parker Brothers, Ithaca, Krieghoff, L.C. Smith, Browning, A.H. Fox, J.P. Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Mauser, Springfield, and Sharps are certain to catch the eye of collectors worldwide. Several fine Winchesters are the top picks in these key categories; many are from a 19th century collection of Winchesters that took the consigner nearly 50 years to complete. These top guns include:
Lot #254, a cased Winchester Henry Lever Action Rifle from 1862 .
This example is 100% clean, untouched, and all original in every way and is one of the finest standard early commercial Henry rifles in existence. It is housed in a walnut factory display case; an exact example can be found on page 92 in the book “Volcanic Firearms” by Lewis and Rutter. The rifle and case are accompanied by a full sealed box of Remington UMC .44 Henry flat (50) rimfire green label cartridges. For Winchester collectors, it doesn’t get much better than this!
- The only complete collection of 19th Century Winchester Lever Auction Muskets ever offered. Ranging from 1866-1895 including; 1 of 5 made 1894 models, rare 1886, 1895 30-40 musket, un-fired 1873 et all.
Lot #239, a high condition, untouched Henry Marked Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle from 1869. Its barrel and tube retain approximately 90% of the original factory blue finish that mixes with a soft patina coming through the finish, resulting in a completely clean and homogeneous appearance. The octagon barrel has the Henry’s Patent stamp. According to our experts, “This is the nicest Henry marked Model 1866 standard rifle that we have cataloged; this rifle would surely place in the top 5% of all existing specimens.”
Lot #229, a Winchester Ulrich Engraved Deluxe Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle. A Special order ’94 has an engraved receiver in style “4” by John Ulrich and is signed on the lower tang behind the trigger. Its engraving includes a panel of a hunter shooting from behind a tree with two elk in the foreground, all in a forest scene on the left side; and a grizzly bear in a mountain scene on a promontory on the right side, all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and wavelet borders. This handsome example, with provenance to the Lloyd Goff, Glenn Hockett, and Wes Adams Estate Collections, comes with several museum letters from 1971, 1982, and 2008 which provide further information regarding the history and significance behind this extraordinary firearm.
Lot #243, a deluxe Winchester Model 1876 Open Top Lever Action Sporting Rifle from 1878. This early model features rare straight grip deluxe wood checkered walnut stocks, a very rare blued half octagon barrel, full magazine, standard sporting front sight, 1876 ladder rear sight, and a case colored frame, hammer, lever, forend cap, and buttplate.
Lot #539, an 1889 Paris Exhibition Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine from 1889. This example is listed in the “Winchester 1873” book by serial number by Gordon. Its receiver, dust cover, and heel of its buttplate are decorated with engraved scrollwork and punch dot background. The left sideplate features a white tail buck in circle, almost identical to the pattern seen on page 230 by the shop of John Ulrich in the book “Winchester Engraving” by R.L. Wilson.
New and antique swords, sabers, and other edged weapons also make a prominent showing in this sale. Both functional and ceremonial examples are on offer, including eye-catching rarities from Japan, Burma, and Turkey. Two standouts include:
Lot #310, an historically important French saber attributed to General Brooks and presented by Lafayette. This piece, which is in excellent condition, was probably made at Klingenthal and is possibly a LePage. It is elaborately detailed with high-relief foliate patterns, languettes, and acanthus leaves engravings. The scabbard is decorated with four applied panels, in the French style, with relief scenes of Roman soldiers, arms motifs, and diplomats. The museum-quality sword is complete with a letter detailing its provenance and history from William Dykes Antiques.
Lot #311, a fine jade hilted silver mounted Shamshir. This example features a curved Damascus steel blade and a silver guard with languettes. The guard is embellished with chiseled florals and scrolls with jade and turquoise ornamentation on both sides. Its well- executed 18th century jade hilt is covered with relief carved flowers and foliage.
This sale comes full circle with fine examples of Kentucky rifles and firearms, Bowie and other hand knives, modern editions, headwear and uniforms, books, ephemera, and collections. Lot #444, a cased, engraved, and gold inlaid Franz Sodia .458 Winchester SxS double rifle from 1977 is up for sale. This artistic masterpiece – capable of downing the world’s most dangerous game if one chose to do so – comes protected in a Winchester hard case. To replicate this extraordinary rifle today would cost over $75,000. And lot #540, a Winchester 1885 Low Wall and archive attributed to Pawnee Bill’s Wife, May Lille will make a fine buy. This exciting time capsule, from a female “Wild West” legend, includes her 1888 firearm, brass tacked leather jewelry box, an 1896 Buffalo Bill Wild West Show flag with “MAY LILLIE” stenciled on front, a Pawnee Bill hand signed Wild West pocket card, a brass keyplate stamped “MAY LILLIE BBWWS” and “MAY L.” and a pair of beautiful beadwork woman’s leather Western gloves. This once-in-a-lifetime lot is certain to be of enormous interest to Western-centric collectors, museums, and historical societies.
According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, “This auction represents the first firearms sale we’ll present after our purchase of James D. Julia late last year. We are thrilled to welcome Julia’s customers to Morphy’s, and promise to match – or even top – the outstanding merchandise, service, and relationships they enjoyed at Julia’s through our expanded firearms division. This two day sale presents a non-stop offering of some of the finest firearms to come up for sale in recent memory. The selections of Winchesters are second to none. The Cased Winchester Henry Lever Action Rifle from 1862 is really mindboggling. I am certain just the thought of it will keep Winchester enthusiasts up at night! We welcome you to visit our gallery in Denver, PA to view these outstanding items firsthand, or of course check them out online anytime at www.morphyauctions.com.”
About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest destination for a fresh to the market collectables is headquartered in Denver, Pennsylvania. The company also has a satellite office in Las Vegas, Nevada. A full-service auction house, Morphy’s presents over 35 premiere auctions annually. The company’s three-part mission includes ensuring consignor satisfaction with every auction, offering world class customer service that goes above and beyond the call of duty, and providing relentless buyer support to create confidence for all clients seeking a trustworthy purchasing experience. Morphy’s team of specialists include the nation’s finest and most recognized experts in popular collectable collecting categories; including advertising, firearms, fine automobiles, automobilia, petroliana, coin operated machines, antiques and decorative arts, dolls, bears, toys and trains, cast iron toys, marbles, jewelry and wrist watches. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder, Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories. Morphy’s has been in business since 2004 and has grown from 2 to over 65 employees in a span of a decade.
Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, Pennsylvania 17517 and can be reached by telephone at 877.986.8880, Email at email@example.com, or fax at 717.336.7115. Our Denver Auction Gallery is open 7 days a week, Monday through Friday, 9.00 am-4.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9.00 am-1.00 pm. Our Las Vegas facility is located at 4520 Arville Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103 and is open Monday through Friday from 9.00 am-4.00 pm. For more information regarding Morphy Auctions, please visit www.morphyauctions.com.