Bidders to vie for early American firearms at Cowan’s, May 2-3

Remington Beals Navy percussion in the original cardboard box. Estimate $9,000-$12,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Remington Beals Navy percussion in the original cardboard box. Estimate $9,000-$12,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions Inc. will host their Spring Historic Firearms and Early Militaria Auction on May 2-3. The 1,500-lot auction will be held at Cowan’s salesroom and will include historic firearms and militaria from the 18th to the 20th century. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Featured in the auction will be a selection of Virginia and Kentucky rifles from the Wallace Gusler Collection, as well as Remington Revolvers from the Charles Schif Collection.

“This sale is rich in Kentucky rifles, civil war percussion revolvers and carved powderhorns,” notes Jack Lewis, director, historic firearms. “All in all there is something here for all firearms collectors.”

Highlighted in the sale will be one of the earliest known Kentucky rifles from the Wallace Gusler collection, made with a brass barrel, dated 1771, and attributed to Hans Jacob Honaker. The rifle is estimated at $275,000-$350,000. This rifle is one of the most important American long rifles known. It is the earliest known, dated American Long Rifle with a hinged box, and is the second oldest dated American long rifle.

Additional rifles from Gusler’s collection will also be offered in the sale. A silver mounted Kentucky flintlock rifle by J.B. Maus is estimated at $50,000-$75,000. A full-stock percussion rifle attributed to Abraham Honaker is estimated to bring $15,000-$25,000.

A number of Civil War Remington revolvers from the collection of the late Charles Schif are also expected to bring higher than estimated hammer prices. One of two known Remington Beals Navy percussion revolvers, in its original cardboard box, is estimated to bring $9,000-$12,000. A factory cased Remington New Model 1858 Army revolver is expected to fetch $5,500-$7,500.

Cowan’s will also offer fresh-to-the-market French and Indian War items in the auction. A French and Indian War pewter pipe tomahawk is expected to bring $35,000-$50,000. A French and Indian War map horn, detailing the Forbes Trail to Fort Pitt is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. This engraved map horn depicts the sequential forts and waypoints on the trail from Colonial New York to remote Fort Pitt at the strategic forks of the Ohio River.

World War II items will also be featured in the auction. A rare German World War II field marshal’s visor, similar to the cap worn by Herman Goering, is estimated at $20,000-$40,000. A World War II U.S. Winchester Model 12 pump-action trench gun is expected to bring $5,000-$6,000.

Featured lots in the auction also include Parker shotguns and Winchester 21s, a collection of obsolete handguns from 1900-1960, an international target rifle made for the U.S. Marine Corps, knives, swords, daggers, posters, and other collectible firearms ephemera.

To learn more about Cowan’s visit cowans.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Remington Beals Navy percussion in the original cardboard box. Estimate $9,000-$12,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Remington Beals Navy percussion in the original cardboard box. Estimate $9,000-$12,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Early brass barrel Kentucky rifle dated 1771, attributed to Hans Jacob Honaker, Frederick County, Va. Estimate: $275,000-$350,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Early brass barrel Kentucky rifle dated 1771, attributed to Hans Jacob Honaker, Frederick County, Va. Estimate: $275,000-$350,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

French and Indian War pewter pipe tomahawk. Estimate $35,000-$50,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

French and Indian War pewter pipe tomahawk. Estimate $35,000-$50,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Rare German World War II field marshal's visor similar to the cap worn by Herman Goering. Estimate $20,000-$40,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Rare German World War II field marshal’s visor similar to the cap worn by Herman Goering. Estimate $20,000-$40,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Silver mounted Kentucky flintlock rifle by J.B. Maus. Estimate $50,000-$75,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Silver mounted Kentucky flintlock rifle by J.B. Maus. Estimate $50,000-$75,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

French and Indian War map horn, Forbes Trail to Fort Pitt. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

French and Indian War map horn, Forbes Trail to Fort Pitt. Estimate $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.