Winchester and Colt firearms from Paul Friedrich collection are sure shots at Morphy Oct. 25

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DENVER, Penn. — To hear his friends tell it, Paul Friedrich (1943-2022) was a true one-of-a-kind collector. Captivated by TV cowboys of the 1950s and stories of the California Gold Rush and Old West, Paul grew into a consummate collector of firearms and historical relics that will come to Morphy Auctions on Wednesday, October 25. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The Friedrich collection includes antique and vintage firearms; Gold Rush and Old West artifacts; and gold jewelry, coins and nuggets. Additionally, the collection features 19th- and early 20th-century antique advertising, gambling items, and many other fascinating curios.

“Paul was everything a collector of historical American objects aspires to be,” said Morphy Auctions President Dan Morphy. “As a buyer, he had uncanny intuition, and he never forgot a single detail about any of the items in his collection. He was one of a kind.”

The sale’s top lot is a Winchester ‘1 of 1000’ 1876 lever-action rifle from the first year of production and marked with the serial number 724. It comes with full provenance and is estimated at $300,000-$500,000.

Friedrich’s fabulous assortment of Colts is led by a factory-engraved .45-caliber Colt Sheriff’s model single action revolver that was shipped in 1892 as a shipment of one to Dunlay & Geisler in Houston, Texas. In excellent condition with the barrel retaining nearly all of its original bluing, it is accompanied by a Colt factory letter, photos and additional literature, and is estimated at $100,000-$150,000.

An exceedingly rare prewar Colt .38 Super Match comes with pearl grips and an adjustable sight, making it literally one of a very few made before the outbreak of World War II. With full documentation on its history, beginning with being shipped in 1935 to Abercrombie & Fitch in New York, the piece is estimated at $75,000-$150,000.
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‘1 of 1000′ Winchester 1st Model 1876 Deluxe, serial number 724, estimated at $300,000-$500,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Sheriff’s model Colt single action Army, estimated at $100,000-$150,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Colt Super Match .38 semiautomatic pistol, estimated at $75,000-$150,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Colt Model 1894 double-action revolver, estimated at $75,000-$125,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Gold nugget weighing 131 grams (4.6 ounces), estimated at $4,000-$8,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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