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Morphy Auctions to sell noted Americana collection Sept. 26

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Engraved powder horn of Elijah Sharp, 1759. Estimate: $30,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions will offer the historic O’Connor Americana Collection on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Over 70 years in the making, Walter J. O’Connor’s collection of historic artifacts and documents is composed of items ranging from hand-drawn maps from the Revolutionary War to letters signed by George Washington and a fine collection of engraved powder horns dating back to the French and Indian War and American Revolution. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

With over 200 lots available, highlights of the O’Connor Americana Auction include:

– 1759 engraved powder horn of Elijah Sharp (above), Fort Edward, “Defiance to the Proud French.”

– Two of five known powder horns made by John Bush.

– 1763 master carver attributed powder horn of Thomas Hooton.

– Archibald Montgomerie’s pair of fine English silver mounted flintlock pistols from 1760.

– Revolutionary War Continental “USA” button mold (below).

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Button mold used for casting ‘USA’ buttons for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image

George Washington’s lifelong interest in travel and land acquisition in the Ohio Valley is reflected in a two-page table of the Ohio River (below).

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George Washington’s table of the Ohio River from Fort Pitt, 1770. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image

“If it weren’t for historians and collectors like Walter O’Connor, we wouldn’t have access to national treasures that tell us so much about our history,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. “We are honored to share O’Connor’s knowledge of the past by offering his complete collection with historians worldwide.”

In addition to historic artifacts, O’Connor’s collection contains memorabilia from films portraying iconic times in America, including the pistol used in the Western film Shane and rifles from Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier and the Daniel Boone TV shows.

O’Connor’s Americana Auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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