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Freeville, NY, United States
DoneSun, Mar 12, 2017 3:00 PM GMT

Civil War, Muskets, Swords, Jewelry, etc.

This catalog features the first of three sessions of rare and desirable arms and militaria from the estate of a prominent Civil War collector, plus substantial additional offerings of fine art, jewelry and gemstones, musical instruments, and other valuable estate items. Central to the Civil War collection is a veritable arsenal of over 150 antique firearms and edged weapons, 64 of which are offered in this sale. Weapons of note include a Colt Third Model revolver with engraved cylinder and original color, a Model 1843 Sharps rifle, and a Cavalry saber with inspector mark dated 1862. Other remarkable items from this estate include a cased surgical instrument set, a cavalry bell with eagle insignia, a thirteen-piece mess kit, and much more. Fine art offerings in this sale include a number of Civil War-related pieces, like portraits of Union officers Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, Ralph Philbrook, and John Adams Dix. Additional works in this catalog include modern artists such as Balinese painter Anatole Shister, iconic psychedelic poster designer Stanley Mouse, and Fauvist printmaker Maurice Vlaminck. Following up on our successful sale of paintings by the versatile Ithaca artist George Rhoads last month, a further twelve canvases will be offered. Several compelling pieces of fine jewelry and rare gemstones will be showcased, including a gold and diamond tennis bracelet, a ladies? Rolex watch with sapphires and diamonds, and an immense faceted ruby weighing in at over 3,000 carats. Musical instruments and gear include three vintage Gibson guitars, a Fender Bandmaster tube amp from 1966, and an assortment of antique instruments including bugles, drums, and mouth harps, many with Civil War origins. Other items of particular interest are a No. 4 Ithaca Calendar Clock, pieces of Etruscan and Greco-Roman pottery dating as far back as 800 BCE, and a solid oak barrister stacking bookcase.