DENVER, Pa. – Bidders are already setting their sights on more than 2,500 lots of coveted rifles, small arms, and quality accessories at Morphy’s Field & Range Firearms Auction slated for September 10-12. The comprehensive live gallery event is expected to be very well attended, but global participation will also be possible by phone, absentee bid, or online as the sale is being conducted, through LiveAuctioneers.
Three full-day sessions feature most desired US and European productions, with spotlight on Colt, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, Merwin & Hulbert, Mauser and Luger
One of the undisputed stars of the three-day firearms bonanza is Lot 3028 [shown at top of page], a magnificent Merwin & Hulbert .44 caliber cartridge revolver with lavish factory engraving and an 1873 serial number. The 2nd Model open-top, six-shot, single-action gun displays sharply engraved images of the Mexican Eagle with a snake on the left side and a partridge on the right side, as well as scrollwork, chick tracks and punch dots. Retaining 98% of its original factory nickel plating and with near-mint grips, this collector’s showpiece is estimated at $6,000-$9,000.
Another top-shelf revolver is Lot 1386 [above], an engraved and gold-inlaid Colt single-action Army Revolver made in 1998. This full-blued gun was exquisitely decorated by master engraver Tim George, who apprenticed under Colt Firearms master engraver Ken Hurst before establishing his own business. Described in Morphy’s catalog as “an absolute treasure and work of art,” the revolver is offered with its original factory box. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000.
Also among the many revolver highlights is Lot 3340, a fantastic Texas Gun Collectors Association factory-engraved and gold banded Colt Third Generation single-action Army Revolver with a relief-carved steer-head grip. A special gun that would be a prize for any Colt collection, it comes in its original hardwood display case and is entered as Lot 3340 with a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.
In the antique flintlock category, there are several especially fine pistols. Lot 1005 [below] is a very rare 1807-1808 Joseph Henry (Philadelphia) contract single-shot secondary martial pistol from the Robert Sadler Collection.
Immediately following at Lot 1006 [below], a scarce US North Berlin (Conn.) Model 1811 Transitional is highly coveted by collectors of US martial pistols, being one of only 550 that were made. Each of the guns is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Collectors of long guns can choose from a stellar selection of rare and historically important rifles, muskets, shotguns and carbines. The lineup is led by Lot 2064 [below], a fine early Custer 7th Cavalry Range US Model 1873 Springfield trapdoor carbine in .45-.70 Government caliber.
Extremely clean, with 100% original, correct parts, it boasts very early features such as a thick, long wrist, an 1873 pinned rear sight, and US carbine buttplate. The bolt is stamped “MODEL 1873.” The catalog description notes that it “never went through 1879-1880 rebuild,” a point that would be significant to antique gun historians and collectors. The pre-sale estimate is $5,000-$8,000.
Lot 1251 [above], an Ansley H. Fox (Philadelphia) CE Grade Double side-by-side was made in 1916 and features Krupp blued steel barrels. It comes with a hang tag and Callahan factory letter. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.
Lot 1849 [above] is a Winchester Model 23 two-barrel shotgun set with two beavertail forends carved with a fleur-de-lis and wave checkered pattern. Both barrels are of monoblock manufacture, with Set No. 1 in 20 gauge and Set No. 2 in 28 gauge. The firearm appears to have been factory test-fired only. Offered in the original Winchester fitted case, this lot is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.
In the semi-automatic category, standouts include Lot 2121 [above], an extremely early and rare US Marine Corps Colt Model 1911 pistol from the second shipment dispatched to the Marines in 1913; and Lot 1115, a factory-engraved Colt Government MKIV Series 70 .45 ACP pistol that was shipped in 1984. It comes with documentation and its original Colt velvet-lined display box. Each of these highly desirable guns is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
The Morphy Auctions brand is known and trusted worldwide in the collectible firearms hobby. “We know what gun collectors want before making a purchase. They like to have as much detail as possible about a firearm and, especially if it’s an antique, what its history is,” said Morphy Auctions’ president Dan Morphy. “That’s why we go to the extra mile to produce a beautiful catalog with first-class images and descriptions. Our team of firearms specialists spends months researching and writing the catalog text. Remote bidders know they can trust our condition reports, so they bid with confidence, which is of utmost importance to me and the entire Morphy team.”
The Sept. 10-12, 2019 Field & Range Firearms Auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time each day, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Questions: call 877-968-8880, email firstname.lastname@example.org.