British-made Civil War rifle led the charge at Milestone’s $1.8M Premier Firearms Auction

Parker Field & Sons (London) 39in, .577 caliber Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle manufactured circa 1861 under commission to the Confederacy. Number on butt plate and loading rod indicates it was among the first 10,000 rifles the gunsmiths delivered to the buyer across the Atlantic. Fresh to the market, it sold for $15,600 against an estimate of $4,000-$5,000.

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Antique and vintage firearms collectors converged at Milestone Auctions’ suburban Cleveland gallery over the weekend of June 10-11 to bid on 1,421 lots of outstanding military, civilian and sporting arms. The summer edition of the company’s popular Premier Collectible Firearms series, which also benefited from absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, closed the books at a hefty $1.8 million, with many surprises along the way. All prices quoted in this report include the buyer’s premium.

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Morphy’s Firearms & Militaria Auction hits the bull’s-eye at nearly $7M

Circa-1988 Armi Fabbri bespoke over/under shotgun with demi-bloc 27in nitro proof blued steel barrels, serial no. ‘E701,’ Italian proof marks. Flawless example with engraving by Claudio Tomasoni, presented in fitted Fabbri leather case. Sold for $84,000

DENVER, Pa. – Collectors turned out in force for Morphy’s April 11-13 Firearms & Militaria Auction, which surpassed even seasoned experts’ pre-sale expectations as it closed the books at nearly $7 million. Morphy’s president and principal auctioneer Dan Morphy reported an average selling price of $5,600 per lot, a result he attributes to the firearms department’s focus on “quality consignments versus volume” and a lineup of Class 3 and sporting arms that discerning collectors found hard to resist. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Milestone’s March 11-12 Firearms Auction features top-notch antique, military & civilian rarities

High-condition Deluxe large-frame Bullard rifle made 1886-1890, .40-.75 caliber, Serial No. 575, one of the finest lever-action rifles from this production period. Very scarce full octagon barrel with half magazine. Bullard address stamped on left side of frame, caliber stamped on bridge. Short production run attributable to time and attention that had to be given to each of these customized rifles. Exceedingly high-condition example, tip to tail. Estimate $13,000-$18,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Milestone’s first Premier Collectible Firearms Auction of 2023, slated for March 11-12, promises to be a crowd-pleaser with its high-caliber selection of US, British, German, French and Japanese productions. The 1,452-lot selection is led by superior-quality antique, military and civilian arms from long-held collections. Many of the consignments are fresh to the market, and in keeping with Milestone’s tradition, there are excellent examples to suit every pocketbook and special interest. The auction follows a historical timeline that starts in the 18th century and progresses to contemporary conflicts. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Antique Colts reigned at Milestone’s $2M Premier Collectible Firearms Auction

Colt Model 1861 Navy Revolver, manufactured 1863, 7½in barrel, caliber .36 percussion. One of fewer than 39,000 produced. Compartmented, velvet-lined case with powder flask, bullet mold, cartridges and tin of percussion caps. Sold for $18,600 against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – On June 17-18, 2022, Milestone Auctions held a 1,450-lot live webcast sale of rare military, police, Old West, Civil War, NFA and other collectible and historical firearms, closing the books at $2 million. Online bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s July 12-14 Collectible Firearms & Militaria Auction traverses 4-century timeline

After Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860), unsigned circa-19th-century portrait of George Washington in his Continental uniform. Paper tag on verso notes painting was relined and restored in 1931 by Hannah Horner Field, Upper Darby, Pa. Framed size: 25 x 29in. Estimate $70,000-$100,000

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s July 12-14 Collectible Firearms & Militaria Auction serves as a grand showcase for 1,471 lots of expertly vetted antique and vintage weapons and relics, many with noteworthy provenance. The top-notch selection follows a four-century timeline, starting with 17th-century weaponry and traversing history through European wars, the American colonial and Revolutionary War period, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the modern era. In addition, there are numerous specialty categories which include sporting arms and ammunition; (55) swords, (25) cannons, Nuremberg lockboxes, Native American weapons and art; and the Doug Everhart collection of Derringers. The militaria section is distinguished by six very special lots containing war heroes’ Purple Hearts. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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World auction records shattered at Morphy’s $7M Firearms auction

Important identified Revolutionary War New England fusil (musket) inscribed on metal tag ‘Made By DB For B. Bacon 1776,’ referring to Benjamin Bacon Sr. (1726-1807), who served throughout the war as a captain in the 21st Connecticut Militia and responded to the Lexington alarm. Manufacture attributed to Deacon Barrett. Sold for $50,400

DENVER, Pa. – Intense interest in weapons of war from the Revolutionary War period through the modern era was the driving force behind Morphy’s barnburner of a firearms sale, May 17 and 18. With expectations of reaching $1.5 million, the two sessions – one titled Early Arms and Militaria, and the other, Extraordinary Firearms – combined to total more than $7 million. Spectacular prices were paid for Class III guns, which are strictly controlled and require NFA registration. Three of the 100+ Class III lots offered in the sale reached individual prices in excess of $100,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Milestone June 17-18 Firearms Auction follows trail from Civil War to modern conflicts

Documented Barrett M82A1, manufactured 1991 and adopted by the US Marine Corps for scout sniper use during Operation Desert Storm, 19in barrel, caliber .50BMG, Serial No. 0974 as documented in Col. Norman Chandler’s book ‘Death From Afar.’ Estimate $25,000-$40,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Milestone Auctions, one of the country’s fastest-growing auction houses, will “present arms” on June 17-18, with a 1,450-lot sale chock-full of rare military, police, Old West, Civil War, NFA and other collectible and historical weapons. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Military history comes to life at Morphy’s May 17-18 Firearms & Militaria auction

Fine relief-carved flintlock Kentucky longrifle attributed to master gunsmith Leonard Reedy (Berks County, Pa., 1776-1837). Classic Reedy-style carving around the patchbox and barrel tang, and behind the cheekpiece. Pictured in ‘The Kentucky Rifle and Me’ by Edith Cooper. Estimate $40,000-$80,000

DENVER, Pa. – Antique and collectible firearms of superior quality and great historical importance await bidders at Morphy’s mid-May auction event, with two distinct sessions that, together, offer significant firearms and militaria from the 18th century through contemporary times. For the May 17 session, Morphy’s has prepared a 213-lot curated selection of early arms and militaria, followed on May 18 by a 405-lot offering of fine rifles, shotguns, 19th-century Colts and other handguns; military and NFA weapons; and much more.

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Bidders aimed high at Milestone’s $2.5M Collectible Firearms Auction

Fine Civil War 2nd Model Martial Henry rifle manufactured in 1865. Barrel shows late large 2-line barrel address with serial number stamped behind rear sight. Sold above high estimate for $48,000

 WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – On March 12-13, 2022, Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland held its first-ever two-day Premier Collectible Firearms sale, a well-received outgrowth of its single-day firearms events, which have proved consistently popular. The March sale featured a curated selection of antique, vintage and modern-era weapons. The opening session, which was geared toward higher-end firearms, produced the majority of the top 10 prices realized, while day two was notable for its diverse array of military, civilian and sporting arms with estimates to please most collectors. Bolstered by absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, the sale cashed out at $2.5 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium.

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Milestone to host first-ever 2-day Premier Firearms Auction, March 12-13

Fine Civil War 2nd Model Martial Henry rifle manufactured in 1865. Barrel shows late large 2-line barrel address with serial number stamped behind rear sight. Estimate $35,000-$45,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Over the weekend of March 12-13, Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland will conduct its first-ever two-day Premier Collectible Firearms sale, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The expanded format answers the call from an ever-growing contingent of collectors who enjoy the historical and design aspects of antique, vintage and modern-era weapons. Day one focuses on higher-end firearms, while day two features a diverse selection of arms that are affordable to most.

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