Denver, PA, - Morphy Auctions announced its upcoming Firearms, Militaria, and Sporting sales event to be held on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th, 2016. All lots from this upcoming November sale are on display in Morphy's Denver auction gallery and available for preview now.
There will be almost 150 antique handguns up for auction at this sale. First on this list is lot #278, a Paris Second Model LeMat revolver. This example features a blued octagonal .42 caliber rifled top barrel, a 20 bore shotgun bottom barrel, and is marked “Col. LeMat Btc. S.g.d.g. Paris” in script. Another firearm of interest is #279, a Volcanic Arms large frame repeating pistol. This design is an iconic ancestor to the Winchester brand and was one of the first successful, large capacity repeating pistols ever manufactured. According to Morphy's catalogers, “This is the finest Volcanic pistol that we have offered and its condition, scarcity, and desirability makes it an investment quality firearm that would be extremely difficult to improve upon.”
This auction also presents a selection of over 130 antique rifles. An assortment of Pennsylvania flintlock rifles will be of interest to collectors. These include lot #407, a Bucks County fullstock flintlock rifle detailed with a brass wearplate engraved with a Pennsylvania German chicken-eagle; lot #405, an elaborately carved and decorated Bucks County flintlock rifle attributed to John Shuler; lot #400, a golden age relief carved flintlock rifle signed by Nicholas Beyer of Dauphin County; lot #401, a relief carved Lehigh County flintlock rifle possibly by John Moll; and lot #403, a Lehigh County fullstock flintlock rifle attributed to Kunz.
Other antique rifle selections in this sales event include lot #408, a martially marked Henry Lever Action repeating rifle with provenance, one of the finest of its type to surface in memory. According to Springfield Research, this rifle was issued to Private Matthew Johnson, Company K, 73rd Regiment, U.S. Veterans Volunteer Infantry, on May 13th, 1865. This remarkable piece of history will be up for auction. Lot #406, an untouched relief carved Kentucky rifle, attributed to Leonard Reedy, features a full length figured maple stock in the typical style of the Womelsdorf (PA) gunsmithing school is up for sale. And lot #404, a silver mounted percussion over/under Swivel Breech rifle by Gibbs is decorated with a four piece pierced silver patchbox engraved with checkered panels, acanthus leaves, 'C' scrolls, flowers and foliage, and a vacant silver oval wrist escutcheon with sprigs of engraving at the top and bottom.
This sale also offers more modern firearms. The first big gun in this category is lot #474, a Francotte Grade A Trap Boxlock shotgun attributed to Theodore Roosevelt. This executive level example comes with its solid mahogany case which is detailed with an engraved plaque reading "Theodore Roosevelt, PRESIDENT, UNITED STATES AMERICA" as well as a letter of provenance and two factory letters confirming its authenticity. And the second is lot #369, a collection of four consecutive c. 1935-45 Portuguese Lugers with accessories will go under the gavel. All four handguns have matching numbers, as well as their original holsters, magazine pouches, loading tools, and metal top cleaning rods. Given their limited production and era of manufacture and distribution, it is astonishing that these four Lugers have remained together, and in such fine condition overall.
This auction offers up selections of fishing accessories, lures, reels, and rods. Lot #1021, a 71” long ice fishing spear attributed to William Scagel - the world famous maker of knives, hatchets and decorative iron works will be up for sale. This amazing functional and decorative spear comes with a letter of provenance as well as its very heavy leather point protector, which also appears to be by the hand of Mr. Scagel. Lot #1061, a Philbrook & Paine marbleized salmon reel will make some collector quite happy. This rarely seen c. 1880 raised pillar reel is in excellent condition and considered by many to be the most esthetically pleasing and highly sought after model by reel collectors worldwide.
Ammunition, books, swords, uniforms, and other military ephemera - including lot #881, an outstanding Union Metallic Cartridge Company framed cartridge store display board round out this targeted auction event.
According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, "We are thrilled to welcome firearms, fishing, and militaria collectors to this very exciting auction event. We are offering a wide range of top tier merchandise in a number of important and complementary categories. This sale will be an ideal combination of quality, variety, and rarity with selections that fall within everyone’s budgets. The Henry Lever Action repeating rifle has caught my eye; it has such an amazing provenance and is truly a piece of living history! Please attend this auction in person if you can, it’s worth a trip from anywhere.”
About Morphy Auctions
Morphy Auctions is based in Denver, Pennsylvania. The company also has an office in Las Vegas, Nevada. A full service auction house, the company presents over 30 premier auctions annually. Morphy's team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; and jewelry. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, a 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 two to over 65 employees in over a decade.
Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517. They can be reached by phone at 717-335-3435, by fax at 717-336-7115, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. For more information on Morphy's, please visit www.MorphyAuctions.com.