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Fine sporting arms and sporting art head to Guyette & Deeter Feb. 10

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ST. MICHAELS, Md. – More than 340 lots of fine sporting arms, including Winchesters, Parkers, L. C. Smiths and more all head to market at Guyette & Deeter‘s Fine Sporting Arms Auction on Saturday, February 10. The complete catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Heading the sale with an estimate of $50,000-$80,000 is a factory-original 1984 Winchester Model 21 Grand American in 28 gauge and 410 bore. Built by the United States Repeating Arms Company as a special order for one Carl E. Press, the rib features as-ordered engraving to the original owner and has gold plated SST, auto ejectors and auto safety. Truly an over-the-top firearm, its original purchase price 40 years ago was $35,000 upon delivery.

Phillip Russell Goodwin (1881-1935) was a top-tier American sporting-art painter and illustrator whose works were reproduced by firearm and outdoors manufacturers in their advertising – often on calendars. This original oil on canvas, titled A Welcome Opportunity, measures 29 by 36in and is accompanied by a handful of examples of the work being used in period advertising in 1925 and 1935. It carries an estimate of $50,000-$70,000.

Working earlier than Goodwin was John Martin Tracy (1843-1893). In an 1895 retrospective on his career, the New York Times opined “J. M. Tracy was a painter to delight the heart of all sporting men.” Tracy fought for the Union Army in the Civil War and later studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Dying at just 49, few of Tracy’s works ever come to market, with most held in private collections or by institutions such as the American Kennel Club. Marsh Shooting is a self-portrait of the artist and his setter retrieving a snipe. Last on the market in 2009, it has an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.

The sale includes two notable cigar store American Indian figures. The first is attributed to Louis Jobin (1845-1928) of Montreal, Canada, who had trained in New York before opening his own shop in 1876. Standing 78in in height, the figure has been previously restored and distressed to look aged. Even so, it commands a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.

The second is a ‘leaner’ style indicative of Thomas Brooks (1828-1895) of New York. His shop developed a way of supporting the figures more substantially by having them ‘lean’, or be connected, to an external structure — in this case, a corner post with an integrated club. The trade sign is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
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Factory-original Winchester Model 21 Grand American 28 gauge 410, estimated at $50,000-$80,000 at Guyette & Deeter.
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Phillip Russell Goodwin, ‘A Welcome Opportunity,’ estimated at $50,000-$70,000 at Guyette & Deeter.
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John Martin Tracy, ‘Marsh Shooting,’ estimated at $25,000-$35,000 at Guyette & Deeter.
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Thomas Brooks cigar store Indian, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Guyette & Deeter.
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Louis Jobin cigar store Indian, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Guyette & Deeter.
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