Fabled Harrisburg collection coming to auction

Advertising painted on board for Colt Revolvers with a specimen of the product mounted. Colt Revolvers The Choice of the Texas Rangers with a mounted Texas Rangers emblem. James Buchanan Gillett, Proprietor, former Ranger and El Paso Marshall. On the back, printed letters Colt Adev 583 30 Marfa-Texas 26 1/2"H. x 20" W. Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000

Advertising painted on board for Colt Revolvers with a specimen of the product mounted. Colt Revolvers The Choice of the Texas Rangers with a mounted Texas Rangers emblem. James Buchanan Gillett, Proprietor, former Ranger and El Paso Marshall. On the back, printed letters Colt Adev 583 30 Marfa-Texas 26 1/2″H. x 20″ W. Estimate: $2,000 – 3,000

Guernsey’s Auctioneers’ Harrisburg Auction will be taking place July 15-21 in Harrisburg, Pa. The auction categories will include:

  • The Wild West: which ranges from items relating to specific historic figures including Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill and Doc Holliday, on to such items as original horse drawn wagons, frontier clothing, saloon and gaming paraphernalia, even the largest known casting of Frederic Remington’s Bronco Buster, approximately 12 feet tall!
  • American Indian
  • Firearms and Swords
  • Spanish Colonial
  • The Early Wars: the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Indian Wars
  • Mercantile: featuring objects sold in the general stores of the Old West, advertising, etc.

Where did this massive collection come from?

Early in our Nation’s history, pioneers considered Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to be the “Gateway to the West”. Three decades ago, the then Mayor of the Pennsylvania state capital saw the wisdom in creating a museum paying homage to those pioneering days. To create the magnificent institution he envisioned, the City spent millions for the acquisition of rare artifacts pertaining to the Old West. In the process, the Mayor also saw fit to assemble collections relating to the Revolutionary, Civil and Indian Wars, and a wide range of other historic collectibles.

For various reasons, the Old West museum that the Mayor dreamt of was never built. The staggering collection he amassed on behalf of the City – consisting of more than 8,000 antiques, artifacts, firearms, and rare documents – has languished in Harrisburg’s storage facilities. Now, in what is certain to be a massive and glorious event to be held in Harrisburg this July. Guernsey’s will be presenting at Unreserved Auction this magnificent Collection. Those interested are urged to either follow Guernsey’s website (www.guernseys.com) for auction updates or feel free to contact Guernsey’s directly.

Remington Revolver, Shoshoni Beaded Holster. 14 1/2"L. Estimate: $4,000 - 6,000

Remington Revolver, Shoshoni Beaded Holster. 14 1/2″L. Estimate: $4,000 – 6,000

The Auction

The Harrisburg Auction will be taking place July 15-21 at City Island in Harrisburg. There will be an Auction Preview being held at the D & D Building, part of the Public Works Complex at South 19th Street, Harrisburg, on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14. Bidders can participate 1. live in person, 2. by written bid, 3. by telephone, 4. in “real time” via the Internet. Internet bidding will be taking place on www.liveauctioneers.com.

July 15 – July 20 will consist of “structured” auction days devoted to specific categories of antiques, historic artifacts and collectibles. On these days, bidders can participate in any of the four ways listed above. July 21 will be an “unstructured day” where a wide variety of less valuable, but nonetheless interesting, items will be sold. Bidding on this day (the 21st) will be in front of a live audience only (i.e., no Internet). There is no charge to attend the Auction.

All additional information, including specifics start times and the daily auction schedule category by category can be found on Guernsey’s web site – www.guernseys.com or by contacting Guernsey’s at 212-794-2280 or auctions@guernseys.com

 

 

 

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