Witness to history: Confederate gavel Lincoln discussed on night of assassination

Historic gavel used in the Congress of the Confederate States of America, retrieved from Richmond in April 1865 by Senator Charles Sumner. Before departing for Ford’s Theatre on the night of his assassination, Abraham Lincoln mentioned the gavel and how it was acquired to White House visitors, Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax and Massachusetts Congressman George Ashmun. Lot includes original copy of April 17, 1865 edition of the Boston Daily Evening Traveller and an 1867 book, Six Months At The White House, both of which make reference to the gavel. Estimate $5,000-$10,000

DENVER, Pa. – April 15, 1865 is a date that will forever be associated with the assassination of America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. While volumes have been written about shooter John Wilkes Booth’s cowardly act, and the valiant fight to save Lincoln’s life, not as much is commonly known about the hours leading up to the president’s fateful visit to Ford’s Theatre.

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Morphy’s offers 4 centuries of rare firearms & militaria, March 15-17

Lot of two consecutively serial-numbered Winslow Arms Co. (Osprey, Fla.) Crown Grade bolt-action rifles in production between 1962-1983. Very ornately carved and inlaid with images of striding and trotting deer, respectively. Each fitted with Bausch & Lomb Balvar 2.5-8x scope. Lot estimate $7,000-$10,000

DENVER, Pa. – Nearly 1,200 lots of rare and high-quality firearms and militaria, including edged weapons and World War II/Third Reich relics, will cross the auction block at Morphy’s, March 15-17. The expertly curated three-day event offers extraordinary variety and buying options, with a huge list of highlights that incorporates flintlock, drilling/combination and percussion revolvers and rifles; plus bolt-, lever- and slide-action rifles. Other spotlight categories are: semiautomatic pistols and rifles; over-under and side-by-side shotguns; prop guns, modern handguns, Civil War swords, cannons, armor; and hard-to-find ammunition, some still packaged in the original factory boxes. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy Auctions reports blockbuster year with 2021 sales exceeding $50M

Rare and exceptional Mohawk Gasoline circular porcelain neon service station with Native American graphic and original cast-metal mounting stand. Produced in the 1930s for Mohawk Oil Co., Bakersfield, California. 9.0+ condition. Sold at Morphy’s Oct. 3-4, 2021 Automobilia & Petroliana Auction for its high-estimate price of $120,000

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions is pleased to report a year of unprecedented new-buyer interest and stellar results across all categories in 2021, with gross sales surpassing $50 million.

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Morphy’s Dec. 14-17 Firearms/Militaria auction led by Civil War swords, USS Arizona lifebuoy

USS Arizona BB39 lifebuoy, or life ring, recovered during Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese military’s attack on Pearl Harbor by a Hawaiian contract mechanic, Ernest K. Morita, who was nearby during the attack, transported the wounded to Fort Shafter Hospital, and personally retrieved the lifebuoy. It has remained in the Morita family ever since. Previously unknown to the militaria hobby and fresh to the market. Estimate $30,000-$50,000

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions has gone above and beyond all expectations in preparing an incomparable selection of firearms, militaria and highly important American historical objects for its December 14-17 auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available on all four days through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s Nov. 17-18 Firearms Auction led by Mel Guy’s legendary Colt ‘Buntline Special’ 

Noted collector Mel Guy’s Colt Buntline Special single-action Army Revolver with a 16-inch-long barrel. Shipped by Colt in 1884. Accompanied by extensive provenance and numerous experts’ letters attesting to the firearm’s authenticity and originality. Estimate $400,000-$800,000

DENVER, Pa. – On Nov. 17-18, Morphy’s will proudly present its fall 2021 Extraordinary Firearms Auction, the latest in a series known for its premier consignments from long-held private collections. As always, a historically important firearm will serve as the marquee piece, following in the footsteps of such icons as the flintlock musket that fired the first shot at the Battle of Bunker Hill (sold by Morphy’s for $492,000, Oct. 23, 2019). The November sale’s signature firearm is one of the most renowned and coveted of all known Colt single-action Army Revolvers: Mel Guy’s “Buntline Special.”

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Milestone’s Oct. 23 Firearms Auction loaded with fresh-to-market one-off productions

Iconic New Haven Arms Model 1860 brass-framed Henry rifle, manufactured 1863, .44 Henry caliber, 24¼-in barrel length. Wonderful example of the reliable, high-capacity lever-action rifle that was immediately pressed into service during the Civil War and later used during the westward migration. Untouched, never tampered with or cleaned, this is a recent discovery from a northern Colorado collection. Estimate $20,000-$30,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – A choice selection of recently discovered firearms that have never before appeared at auction will headline Milestone’s October 23, 2021 Premier Antique & Modern Firearms sale. After months of traveling extensively and visiting private collections, Milestone’s firearms team has secured a number of top prizes, including guns that were produced in very low numbers or for a specific agency, arms with a low survival rate, and early examples that display historically significant design innovations. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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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.

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High-condition militaria fueled Milestone’s $1.5M Premier Firearms Auction

High-condition Colt 1911 with documentation, .45 ACP, one of only 1,250 such pistols shipped to US Marine Corps’ Philadelphia depot on July 9, 1913. Stamped ‘UNITED STATES PROPERTY’ and ‘MODEL OF 1911 U.S. ARMY.’ Sold for $18,000, the predicted high estimate

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Motivated bidders and a fresh-to-market selection of rare and near-flawless firearms formed the winning recipe for a $1.5 million payday at Milestone’s June 19 Premier Antique & Modern Firearms Auction. The 777-lot sale attracted a throng of new international bidders online in addition to stalwarts of the hobby who attended in person or via remote-bidding methods. Absentee and live online bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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New venue for popular Cheyenne Firearms & Western Collectibles Show & Auction

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Scott Tarbell, owner/promoter of New Frontier Shows, announces the company’s Cheyenne Firearms & Western Collectibles Show & Auction is moving to a spacious new 64,000 sq ft location, Laramie County’s Event Center at Archer. The 12th edition of the popular collector-focused event will be held August 27-29. The on-site live auction, which will also be accessible to online bidders through LiveAuctioneers, starts at 2pm MT on Saturday, August 28.

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U.S. Navy WWII ship's bridge binoculars, which sold for $22,800

See here: WWII binoculars lead Cowan’s $1.1M arms & armor sale

U.S. Navy WWII ship's bridge binoculars, which sold for $22,800

U.S. Navy WWII ship’s bridge binoculars, which sold for $22,800

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s kicked off a new era of Arms and Armor on May 25 with a two-day sale that saw a fresh-to-market collection drive the auction well past its high estimate to a total of $1.1 million. The first auction under new Director of Arms, Armor, and Militaria Tim Carey received significant interest with nearly 1,000 bidders participating in the auction and selling 97% of all lots offered.

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