James D. Julia, Inc., will conduct its Fall Firearms Auction on Oct. 5-7 with a preview on Oct. 1-2. The first session on Oct. 5. will be the inaugural Sporting and Collector Firearms auction and will include over 730 fine and outstanding firearms expected to sell for between $2,000-$8,000. The sale will represent at least 18 major collectors and collections.
The Oct. 5 sale is very strong in quality sporting arms. A beautiful Parker VE Grade is estimated at $12,500-17,500. A fine Remington 1100 Grade F Four Skeet Set carries an estimate of $8,000-12,000; and an A.H. Fox AE Grade 16 ga. Special is estimated at $8,000-12,000. A gorgeous High Art Ithaca Dollar Grade Knick Model Single Barrel is one of the many trap guns to be offered in this session. This one carries a presale estimate of $6,000-10,000. Fine international shotguns and double rifles will also be represented in this sale, including a custom Gold Inlaid Krieghoff Model 32 estimated at $10,000-20,000.
The first session will feature a number of items from the Phil A. Bleakney Estate Collection including Winchester, Colt, and Civil War items. A group of Civil War carbines includes a Minty Green Breech Loading Carbine estimated at $4,000-6,000. A private single owner collection of Colt Semi-Automatic Pistols include a rare 1907 US Army Test Pistol estimated at $10,000-15,000. The Rod Fuller Estate Collection of High Grade Brownings will be featured together with the William Henkel Collection of Winchester Mod 70’s and a portion of the Robert Burg collection of sporting arms. Various Winchesters will include a Model 1894, estimated at $7,000-11,000, and a Model 42 Gold Inlaid Walter Kolouch engraved 410 ga. shotgun, lot #1457, estimated at $7,500-10,000. Another engraved Henry rifle was owned by Civil War Gen.l McCook and was later gifted to King Kalakaua of Hawaii and later to Princess Kawananakoa.
The second session of the auction begins Tuesday and concludes on Wednesday. This two day event features selections from some of the finest collections and estates, including the estate collection of William West of big bore double rifles, the estate collection of noted author/scholar Larry Baer together with rare sporting guns from the Bura Collection and the Fuller Collection, a private collection of high quality Marlins, and many others.
The first day includes an assembly of sporting arms. Two Fabbri Titanium Action Pinless Sidelock Ejector Single Trigger O/U Game or Pigeon Guns are each estimated at $100,000-150,000; a custom ordered pair of Grifnee engraved Holland and Holland Royal Deluxe Sidelocks are estimated at $85,000-125,000; and the Ken Hunt relief sculpted James Purdey .410 Sidelock Ejector is estimated at $80,000-120,000.
This Extraordinary Firearms auction has perhaps the largest selection of high grade Brownings to come to auction ever. More than 100 fine examples are represented. Highlights include the "Two Millionth Browning" Auto-5 Presentation at $65,000-95,000; a 20-gauge Browning Diana Grade Superposed Three Barrel Set dngraved by Dewil estimated at $12,500-17,500; and an early .410 Gauge Browning Diana Grade Superposed engraved by Watrin, estimated at $7,500-12,500.
There's certain to be huge interest in this auction's fine collection of large sporting and big bore rifles. It includes a huge Holland and Holland Four Bore Double Elephant Rifle in outstanding condition. This extremely rare firearm is estimated at $60,000-90,000. Other highlights include an Incredible Golden Age Holland and Holland Royal Deluxe Hammerless Ejector Double Rifle in .577 Nitro Express, most likely made for Sir Rana Ranjit Singhji Of the State Of Barwani (estimated at $60,000-100,000;) a Royal Hammerless Dangerous Game Double Rifle (estimated at $45,000-65,000;) a Holland and Holland 8 Bore Ball and Shot Double Hammer Gun, (estimated at $70,000-90,000) and more.
A John Rigby .470 Boxlock Ejector Double Rifle was once owned by Philip H. Percival, noted as “The Dean of African Professional Hunters.” The Rigby will carry an estimated of $75,000-150,000
Tuesday's sale will also include many factory engraved Marlins from a single owner private collection. A rare engraved and gold inlaid Marlin Mod 1898 D-Grade Shotgun Two Barrel Set is estimated at $55,000-75,000. .
Wednesday will include more than 800 lots and start with Winchesters, a One of a Kind Engraved Deluxe Winchester Mod 1866 Carbine made for King Alphonso XII of Spain.. It is estimated at $200,000-300,000. Another highlight is a rare Winchester Model 1865 "Patent Carbine" Serial Number 3, estimated at $125,000-$175,000. A Very Early Winchester Model 1876 Open Top Rifle That belonged to Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull is estimated at $35,000-55,000. From the Bleakney Estate Collection is an 1873 rifle in very fine condition: est. $15,000-25,000. From the Dr. Ed Lewis Collection is a fine special order inscribed Mod 73 Deluxe estimated at $15,000-25,000, as well as a number of volcanic rifles and other rare models, many with original case coloring.
Quality Colts are also a standard at Julia Auctions. A rare Cased Baby Paterson is estimated at $150,000-250,000. A cased pair of Mod 1860 Armies to Col. James Cameron, “Compliments of Col. Colt” will be another highlight lot. Colt was an entrepreneur extraordinaire and at the outbreak of the Civil War presented special Colts to all the right people. Cameron was Commander of the 79th N.Y. Highlander, later K.I.A. at Bull Run, but most importantly to Colt was his brother Simeon Cameron, who was Lincoln’s Secretary of War; Simeon also received a cased set from Colt. James' rare cased set is estimated at $100,000-150,000. Additional highlights include a Fine Cased Colt 3rd Model Dragoon with a 8" barrel (estimated at $60,000-90,000;) a cased Colt Model 1851 Navy estimated at $55,000-$75,000; a number of fine Colt Single Actions. Many are from the Bleakney Estate, one of which is an early Nimschke engraved SA with ivory grips. It carries a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. A etch paneled front SA in fine to very fine condition carries a $35,000-50,000 estimate. One of the most valuable Colts is a rare Model 1875 Gatling gun on carriage with limber in caliber 50cf. The Gatling gun comes from an old private collection with a presale estimate of $200,000-300,000.
Civil War and Indian War weapons are also another area in which Julia’s has regularly and consistently presented some of the most outstanding items to ever come to auction. Included in this sale is the Confederate Collection of well-known Confederate collector, Jim Maconkey. Known for his discerning taste, Mr. Maconkey’s extremely rare early New Orleans Cook rifle, SN 197, carries a presale estimate of $25,000-35,000. Another standout is his extremely rare and extremely fine, C.H. Rigdon CSA marked revolver estimated at $40,000-60,000. In addition to outstanding firearms, the Maconkey Collection also includes a select group of outstanding Confederate fighting knives or Bowie knives.
In addition to the McConkey Confederate knives, there is a grouping from the John Ashworth Collection. One of the most notable is the Confederate Bowie made at Etowah Iron Works in Georgia identified to Captain E. M. Seago complete with its original scabbard. The knife is estimated at $40,000-60,000. The Ashworth Collection includes a small but very select grouping of these rare knives. His “Confederate States Armory” Clip Point D-Guard Bowie is probably one of the finest known and an early 19th century label indicating that it was picked up on the battlefield of Ilka, MS by Major E. H. Smith of the 105th Illinois. This carries an estimate of $20,000-30,000.
Also included is a variety of other interesting and historical lots such as a rare historic bow of the famous Lakota Sioux Chief Gall. Gall was Custer’s chief Indian scout. The bow is estimated at $20,000-40,000. A few very select advertising items include the original water color artwork for Iver-Johnson’s 1906 calendar depicting a beautiful equestrian female leaping a fence. This spectacular piece of original artwork at one time hung in the offices of Iver-Johnson and carries a presale estimate of $15,000-20,000. Another extraordinarily rare piece of advertising is the 1904 Harrington & Richardson calendar. This is one of only two known such calendars and in outstanding condition it carries a presale estimate of $15,000-20,000.
This sale will also include more of the famous Elliott Burka Collection of rare Remingtons. Elliott probably had the biggest collection of rare Remington Cane Guns in existence.
The latter part of Wednesday’s sale will include some outstanding Military and Class III items and will feature a historically important Colt SMG 3 Machine gun fully transferable in caliber 308. The gun was held back by Colt in the “Pattern Room”. It is estimated at $150,000-250,000. The final offering of the Evergreen Ventures Collection formerly on loan to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McKinnville, OR includes a Nazi proof WWII ZB-26 machine gun with a presale estimate of $13,000-18,000.
This sale includes more treasures from the Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess Collection of Zurich, Switzerland. An SN 30, 1899-00 Swiss/UK Trials prototype Luger rig is estimated at $60,000-90,000. A rare Gabbet-Fairfax Mars M1901 pistol with original holster comes to the auction with a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. A group of rare Colt semi-auto pistols will also be featured in this sale.
For more information, contract James D. Julia’s at 207-453-7125 and ask for department head, Francis Lombardi or Wes Dillon. Or email at FLombardi@jamesdjulia.com. Ac olor set of catalogs is available; one for each day. The price is $39/each or all three for $100. Auction preview days include Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd, 3rd, & 4th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and days of sale; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.. The auction is scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 5-6 & 7 starting at 10 a.m. each day. The auction will be held at James D. Julia's auction facilities at Route 201 in Fairfield, Maine.