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Collectible Arms Cap $2.6 Million at Greg Martin Winter Auction

The event featured a portion of the largest collection of Bowie knives and edged weapons ever to come to auction.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.- Greg Martin Auctions' two-day winter event including a wide variety of edged weapons and collectible arms concluded with another multi-million dollar tally. When the gavel came down on the final lot, the sale on February 25 & 26 had realized over $2.6 million, with buyers participating both nationally and internationally in the San Francisco auction gallery, online in real time, and via telephone and absentee bidding.

The event featured Part I of the largest collection of Bowie knives and edged weapons ever to come to auction. The sale included the estate of Donald Littman which contained over 1500 knives of superb quality and craftsmanship from the last two centuries. Part I came up for bid on February 25 and achieved over $1 million; the results reaffirmed the strength of Bowie knives made in San Francisco. Part II will be offered at a future Greg Martin Auctions event.

Day Two of the winter sale featured over 750 Fine and Collectible Arms and Sporting Guns, where the sale of a rare prototype Walther semi-automatic pistol generated particular interest.


From Day One -- The Largest Knife Sale Ever, Featuring the Estate of Donald Littman, Portland, Oregon

$92,000 -- Scarce Hardware or Cutlery Store Sample Case of 98 Pocket Knives, with Matching Gold Hand-Lettered Wood Sign "A. Burkinshaw, Pepperell, Mass." Lot 173.

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$80,500 -- Rare Engraved and Silver-Mounted San Francisco Dress Knife by M.J. Hayes, Ivory Handle and Silver Scabbard. Lot 78.

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$57,500 - Giant Exhibition Multi-Blade Knife by Christian, Solingen, for Deutscher Gewerbefleiss, 1893. Lot 164.

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$40,250 - Fine W. & S. Butcher, Sheffield, Alligator Motif and Pearl Mounted Bowie Knife, with Scabbard, c. 1840s. Lot 12.

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$34,500 - Fine Will & Finck Gold Rush Period San Francisco Push Dagger, with Walrus Ivory Grip and German Silver Scabbard. Lot 74.

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From Day Two -- Fine and Collectible Arms and Sporting Guns

$126,500 -- A Rare and Important Pre-World War II Prototype Walther MP Hammerless Model Semi-Automatic Pistol, in .45 ACP Caliber c. 1935-36. Lot 1152.

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$97,750 -- Fine U.S. Martially Marked Cased Colt Second Model Dragoon Revolver, with Accessories. Lot 1047.

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$97,750 -- A Rare Nine-Inch Colt Texas Paterson No. 5 Holster Model Revolver. Lot 1043.

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$86,250 - Massive 4-Bore British Black Powder Double Rifle. Lot 1193.

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$69,900 -- Rare and Important U.S. Martially Marked Colt Texas Paterson Revolver, Accompanied by Leather Flap Holster. Lot 1044.

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The complete catalog and auction results are presented online at by individual lot, including full descriptions, estimates and photographs.

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