Milestone’s Nov. 2 firearms auction features stellar Winchester rifles

Winchester rifles

Deluxe Special Order Winchester Model 1894 rifle, .30-.35 caliber, 26-inch half-octagon barrel, serial number applied in 1907. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Milestone image

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Milestone’s Nov. 2 Fall Premier Firearms Auction contains 800+ lots of excellent-quality modern-era handguns guns and long arms, as well as antique guns and rifles, with many from the Civil War era. It is a live gallery auction. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Co-owner Miles King noted that the multi-consignor sale includes the “best selection of Winchesters” Milestone has ever offered, as well as many desirable Colts, big-caliber lots and boxed pieces. “Each and every gun was assessed and cataloged by our new firearms specialist Dave Bushing, who is extremely knowledgeable and well respected within the collectible gun hobby. We were thrilled that he agreed to join us as our firearms consultant.”

Winchester rifles

Rare Special Order heavy-barrel Winchester Model 1886 rifle, caliber 40-82 WCF, shipped in 1888. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Milestone image

Auction headliners may be found in all five of the sale’s main categories. Overall top highlights include: a boxed and engraved Smith &Wesson K-38 Masterpiece revolver, Winchester Deluxe Special Order Model 1894 rifle, Winchester Model 1866 “Yellow Boy” rifle (above), Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 rifle, Marlin Special Order Model 1893 rifle, Colt Burgess lever-action rifle (below), an unissued Whitney Model 1861 U.S. Navy rifle, and a German Model G43 semiautomatic rifle.

Winchester rifles

Scarce Colt Burgess lever-action rifle, .44-40 cartridge, 24-inch octagon barrel introduced in 1883, small production run. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000. Milestone image

Modern handguns of special note include several popular Colt Pythons, single-actions and other models – many in their original boxes – several cased Colt Model 1911 commemorative pistols, numerous Smith & Wesson large-caliber pistols (many boxed), a nice selection of Heckler & Koch pistols, and many sought-after Walther, Ruger, Browning, Beretta, Sig Sauer and Dan Wesson productions.

Winchester rifles

High condition Colt Model 1878 .44-40 revolver. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Milestone image

Leading the modern rifles and shotguns are a pre-ban Israeli Galil rifle, Smith & Wesson M&P rifle, boxed Springfield M1A rifle, CZ Model 527 rifle, Remingtons, Winchesters, Brownings, Rugers, and many more. Brands represented in the shotgun section include Parker, Remington, Stevens, Benelli, Winchester and Ithaca.

Winchester rifles

Rare 1733 French dragoon flintlock pistol, large size with 12-inch barrel in .70 bore, first standardized pistol for French army and navy, type used in French and Indian War 1754-1763. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Milestone image

There are many attractive choices among the early firearms, including a pair of 18th-century silver mounted French pistols, several pairs of early 19th-century French pistols, English and German flintlock pistols, and a gold-mounted Spanish Miquelet pistol. A rare and large 1733 French dragoon flintlock pistol with a 12-inch barrel in a .70 bore represents the first standardized pistol used by the French army and navy and is of the type that was used in the French and Indian War, 1754-1763. Its estimate is $8,000-$12,000. Another prize in this category is a Simeon North (Middletown, Conn.) Model 1808 flintlock naval pistol, one of only 3,000 made. With a 10-inch barrel in .64 smoothbore, its iron lock is stamped “U. States” and has an early eagle image. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000.

Winchester rifles

Simeon North (Middletown, Conn.) Model 1808 flintlock naval pistol, one of only 3,000 made, 10-inch barrel in .64 smoothbore. Iron lock stamped ‘U. States’ with early eagle image. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Milestone image

Collectors of Civil War and other antique handguns will have their choice of several pepperbox pistols and Model 1849 Colt pocket pistols; a Model 1862 Colt Police pistol, several Lefaucheux large-caliber revolvers, many Sharps four-barrel derringers, Allen & Wheelock revolvers, Cooper percussion pistols, Smith & Wesson revolvers, a Colt Bisley revolver and many more.

Always-popular Civil War and 19th-century long arms are led by a Confederate Conversion Model 1816 musket with a Boyle & Gamble bayonet, Japanese matchlock rifles, both a pocket rifle and two-trigger rifle by Frank Wesson, and a near-mint unissued Whitney Model 1861 U.S. Navy rifle. This .69 caliber gun is dated “1863” on its barrel and has a large eagle-and-flag motif on its lock. The bayonet was made by Collins & Co., of Hartford, Connecticut. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000.

Winchester rifles

Near-mint unissued Whitney Model 1861 U.S. Navy rifle, barrel dated 1863, .69 caliber, large eagle-and-flag motif on lock. Bayonet made by Collins & Co. (Hartford, Conn.). Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Milestone image

Not surprisingly, two other stars in the early American long arms category bear the Winchester brand. A Rare Special Order heavy-barrel Model 1886 rifle, caliber 40-82 WCF, shipped in 1888 and is expected to reach $4,000-$6,000. A Deluxe Special Order Model 1894 rifle, .30-.35 caliber with a 26-inch half-octagon barrel, has a serial number that was applied in 1907. Its auction estimate is $3,000-$5,000.

A fascinating collector’s item, a circa-1850s E.M. Reilly (London) .32 caliber air-powered cane gun was designed to shoot lead balls. It comes in its original felt-lined, partitioned oak case with the dealer’s trade label affixed inside the lid. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.

Winchester rifles

Circa-1850s E.M. Reilly (London) .32 caliber air-powered cane gun in original oak partitioned case with dealer’s trade label inside lid. Shoots lead balls. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Milestone image

A beautiful display piece that’s sure to capture the attention of Winchester collectors is the huge 1924 Winchester cardboard triptych ad that measures 37½ x 55 inches (sight). Bright, clean and graphic, it is estimated at $2,000-$3,500.

Winchester rifles

Huge Winchester cardboard triptych ad, 1924, framed, 37½ x 55 inches (sight), bright and clean. Estimate: $2,000-$3,500. Milestone image

The auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 440-527-8060 or email