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Historic Memphis mansion combine with firearm collection for blockbuster March 13 sale

Rare finds in historic Annesdale mansion-villa
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February 21, 2010

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Blunder Buss Flintlock Pistol w/ Spring Loaded
Bayonet Marked Twigg on the side plate

NORTHPORT, Ala. – Contents from the historic Annesdale mansion-villa in Memphis, Tenn., which was decorated with rare finds from the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition, will cross the block March 13. The treasures inside Annesdsale comprise five generations of one family and will be combined with several other private Southern collections and an important collection of antique guns.

The sale will be conducted at Hal Hunt Auctions’ gallery, located at 5925 Hwy. 43 in Northport.

Annesdsale was built in 1855 by Dr. Samuel Marsfield as a wedding present for his wife. In 1869, a Robert Brinkley bought the mansion as a wedding gift for his daughter, Annie Overton Brinkley. The 200-acre estate (pronounced “Annie’s Dale”) was named in her honor.

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Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle cal 45-60
28" Round Barrel with full magazine and dust cover
Date 1881 Serial # 16156

Although a wide collection of elegant furnishings are primary among the 400 sale lots, also on the block are about two dozen guns. Listings include a Blunder Buss flintlock pistol, severalknife pistols, Civil War era revolvers, Winchester rifles, a Sharps Model 1870 rifle, and more.

The sale that will have no Internet bidding or phone bidding – only an in-house crowd and absentee bids. A preview is scheduled March 12. To view photos and for more information visit, call 205-333-2517, or reach the staff at at

Photos courtesy Hal Hunt Auctions.

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