Historic American and European firearms generated $1.9M in firepower at Milestone

Colt 1847 Martial ‘Walker’ D Co., .44 caliber percussion revolver with the serial number 218, which sold for $70,000 ($81,900 with buyer’s premium) at Milestone Auctions.

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Milestone Auctions rolled out 1,340 lots of historically important military, civilian and sporting guns at its November 18 and November 19 Fall Premier Firearms sale. The auction closed at a robust $1.9 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Among the top-tier entries were many exquisite Colt rarities, such as the documented Colt 1847 Martial ‘Walker’ D Co., .44 caliber percussion revolver with the serial number 218. This model was developed through a collaboration between Samuel Colt and Texas Ranger Captain Samuel H. Walker, national hero of the Texas-Mexico Wars. Only 1,100 were made, and fewer than 100 are known to have survived. It sold within estimate for $70,000 ($81,900 with buyer’s premium).

Any serious Winchester collector would want to own an 1897 advertising display known as the ‘double W’ board. A recent discovery in all-original condition, the shell-packed advertisement is adorned with A. B. Frost vignettes and gold-overlay borders. Bidders sent it rocketing to $57,500 ($69,000 with buyer’s premium), just shy of its high estimate.

Boasting a Hollywood connection, a B. Searcy 500 Nitro Express double rifle was #4 of a four-gun set manufactured in 1995 and sold privately by the manufacturer. Two rifles from the auction set were used in the movie The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Rifle #4 had all-matching numbers and an action that was profusely engraved with scenes of dangerous game. Together with its felt-lined, partitioned luggage case, it sold for $27,000 ($31,590 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $20,000-$40,000.

A Russian contract Colt 1911 .45 caliber pistol, manufactured in 1916 and bearing factory-applied Cyrillic markings, was accompanied by a 2020 Colt factory letter signed and certified by historian Beverly Haynes. The document indicated that the firearm had been sent to the Russian government on 9/2/1916 in a shipment of 5,000. Pistols of its type are known to have had an extremely low survival rate, hence they are rarely encountered in the marketplace. It sold for $20,000 ($23,400 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

German World War II firearms secured very pleasing prices overall. A Walther World War II Party Leader PPK pistol in .65 ACP caliber displayed Party Leader brown plastic grips and a loaded chamber indicator. It was accompanied by an LOA hand-signed by the noted author and firearms expert James Rankin. The pistol realized $10,000 ($12,000 with buyer’s premium) against a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

Winchester 1876 Deluxe ‘1 of 1000’ reigned supreme at Morphy’s Friedrich collection sale

Winchester 1876 Deluxe, designated “1 of 1000," $280,000 ($358,400 with buyer’s premium) at Morphy Auctions.

DENVER, Penn. — An incredibly rare Winchester 1876 Deluxe, built in 1876, numbered 724 and designated ‘1 of 1000’ for its exceptional accuracy and build quality, achieved top dollar at Morphy Auctions October 25 as part of the Paul Friedrich collection. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

‘1 of 1000’ Winchesters simply never come up at auction, and particularly not in this condition. Inscribed One Of One Thousand at the factory, the rifle hammered for $280,000 and sold for $358,400 with buyer’s premium.

Built in 1892, a factory-engraved Colt Sheriff’s Model single-action revolver shipped to the Dunlay & Geisler gun store in Houston, Texas was another top earner. D&G was a top Colt dealer during the period, ordering numerous guns for use by local law enforcement in Texas. Estimated at $100,000-$150,000, the Colt hammered at $190,000, or $243,200 with buyer’s premium.

Douglas Sheldon is a Colt .38 ‘automatic pistol’ expert, having literally written the definitive book on the subject. According to his examination of Colt production records, only 23 prewar Super Match .38s were made with factory engraving, and of those, only seven were blued and shipped with pearls. This example was known to bidders for its rarity, and it rose steadily from an opener of $50,000 to land at $120,000, or $153,600 with buyer’s premium.

This Colt .45 with a 5.5in barrel and simply outstanding factory engraving comes with a who’s-who list of historic gun collectors as previous owners. It hammered for $95,000, or $121,600 with buyer’s premium.

Suit up and bid: Hermann Historica plans summer series of sales, June 26-30

16th-century style helmet, estimated at €3,500-€7,000. Images courtesy of Hermann Historica and LiveAuctioneers
16th-century style helmet, estimated at €3,500-€7,000. Images courtesy of Hermann Historica and LiveAuctioneers

16th-century style helmet, estimated at €3,500-€7,000. Images courtesy of Hermann Historica and LiveAuctioneers

MUNICH, Germany – Once again, Hermann Historica is opening its virtual doors for an online-only auction from Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30. Comprising almost 3,000 objects, the five sales cover antiquities, art and antiques, firearms and armor, with numerous rarities from near and far thrown in for good measure that are guaranteed to spark fierce bidding wars. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

Saddle up for Brian Lebel’s Santa Fe Old West Show & Auction, June 23-25

One-of-a-kind pair of Tony Lama ‘El Rey II’ handmade cowboy boots. Custom-ordered from Luskey’s 1966 catalog by a Route 66 service station owner, Ted Jenkins of Vernal, Utah, to display as a roadside tourist attraction. Premium-grade black calf with inlaid gold leaf and 54 carats of diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Estimate $20,000-$30,000. Morphy Auctions image

SANTA FE, N.M. – Buyers, sellers, collectors, and enthusiasts of Western and Native American memorabilia, or anyone who is just discovering this red-hot collecting category, should mark their calendars for June 23-25. Those are the dates for Brian Lebel’s 33rd annual Cody Old West Show & Auction, to be held in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center at 201 West Marcy Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The auction is produced in association with Morphy’s, and absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

Milestone knocks down $2.5M at busy Premier Collectible Firearms Auction

P & D Moll Allentown (Pa.) brass-barreled and brass-mounted flintlock pistol with manufacturer’s name marked on barrel, .42 caliber smoothbore, manufactured circa 1820. Lock marked ‘C. BIRD & Co PHILAD, WARRANTED.’ Sold for $45,630 against an estimate of $4,000-$6,500

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Sometimes lightning does strike twice in the same place. As the days grew closer to Milestone’s March 11-12 Premier Collectible Firearms Auction, company co-owner Miles King felt increasingly certain that the sale’s top entries might achieve the same sort of estimate-defying prices as those paid at the March 2022 edition of their Premier sale. His hunch was right on the money. The high-powered lineup of antique, military, sporting and civilian arms with a timeline spanning the Civil War through Vietnam era attracted a gung-ho field of bidders and closed the books at a hefty $2.5 million – exactly what Milestone’s March Premier sale had grossed one year ago. All prices quoted in this report include the buyer’s premium.

Continue reading

Morphy Auctions announces collaboration with Brian Lebel’s Old West Events


DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, announced today that Brian Lebel’s Old West Events and Cody Old West Show & Auction have integrated with Morphy’s in an initiative that will benefit dealers and collectors of Western antiques and firearms in several significant ways.

Continue reading

Antique firearms to muster at Bruneau auction, Feb. 22

Mid-17th-century German Wheelock sporting carbine, estimated at $2,000-$4,000
Mid-17th-century German Wheelock sporting carbine, estimated at $2,000-$4,000
Mid-17th-century German Wheelock sporting carbine, estimated at $2,000-$4,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ online-only Historic Arms & Militaria auction, scheduled for Wednesday, February 22 and starting at 6 pm Eastern time, is a well-rounded sale, with objects that are affordable for the beginning collector as well as the most advanced. Areas of focus for its 300 lots include the Civil War, World Wars I and II and modern firearms. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

Morphy’s Dec. 13-15 Firearms & Militaria auction a virtual survey of American history

Rare-pattern 1760 British light infantry flintlock carbine. Distinctive furniture is of a type seen on carbines recovered from French and Indian War sites. Identical to an example in DeWitt Bailey’s reference ‘Small Arms of the British Forces in America.’ Estimate $20,000-$30,000

DENVER, Pa. – Year after year, collecting firearms and militaria ranks as one of America’s favorite hobbies – and it’s easy to see why. It’s a pastime whose subject matter uniquely crosses history with technology, and it’s accessible to enthusiasts at all levels, from absolute beginner to seasoned pro. A preferred source for arms and military relics from the pre-Revolutionary War era through modern day is Morphy Auctions’ popular Collectible Firearms & Militaria series. The next event produced under this banner is set for December 13-15, 2022 at Morphy’s Pennsylvania gallery. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

New Frontier to auction premier Old West artifacts, antique & vintage firearms, Aug. 28  

Winchester 1895 Deluxe takedown rifle, manufactured in 1913, deluxe two-barrel set (405WCF and 35WCF calibers). Comes with French fitted oak and leather case, period cleaning tools and box of ammunition for each caliber. Provenance: Estate of Mike Wilson, Denver, Colorado. Estimate $5,500-$8,500

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming’s capital city, Cheyenne, has been known as the “Magic City of the Plains” practically since its establishment in 1867, when it officially became part of the Dakota Territory. Its status as a railroad town and military encampment only added to its allure, attracting cowboys, ranchers, outlaws and others seeking adventure and wide-open skies. That Old West atmosphere can still be felt in Cheyenne, and never more so than when New Frontier hosts its annual Cheyenne Firearms & Western Collectibles Auction, next slated for August 28.

The 391-lot auction of firearms, and both historical and modern Western antiques and art will be conducted in tandem with the promoter’s August 27-29 Cheyenne Firearms & Western Collectibles Show at the Laramie County Event Center at Archer. Bidders can take part in the auction either at the event itself or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading