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Morphy’s April 11-13 Firearms & Militaria Auction ‘presents arms’ of exceptional quality, rarity and provenance

Remarkable original .40-caliber percussion Kentucky long rifle made circa 1835 by master gunsmith John Armstrong of Emmitsburg, Md. One of only four known original percussion Armstrong rifles. Magnificently carved stock, brass inlaid plate on barrel signed ‘JOHN ARMSTRONG’ and handmade percussion lock signed in script ‘J A.’ Super condition, Golden Age rifle. Provenance: Joseph Kindig collection. Estimate $70,000-$100,000

DENVER, Pa. – At every level of the antique firearms hobby, savvy collectors are guided by three non-negotiables when considering a purchase: impeccable provenance, genuine rarity and unimpeachable condition. They will find all three qualities in uncompromising abundance at Morphy’s April 11-13 Firearms & Militaria Auction. Bid absentee or live online through 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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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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Morphy’s to auction 1,500+ lots of firearms and militaria, July 13-15

Beautifully decorated Kentucky-style percussion rifle recently discovered with consignor provenance stating it once belonged to a Dr. Emmanuel Meyer (b. 1818, Basel, Switzerland; later a surgeon in Texas). Family ownership since the 1840s. Estimate $30,000-$50,000

DENVER, Pa. – In preparing for Morphy’s big July 13-15 sale, the Pennsylvania company’s firearms specialists have once again come through with flying colors, curating a first-class selection of firearms, edged weapons, armor and militaria from fine American and international collections. More than 1,500 lots will be presented over the three-day period, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s to host May 18 auction of important early firearms and militaria

Important and historical Kentucky long rifle presented by Marquis de Lafayette to Tuscarora Iroquois Indian guide and friend Chief Tunis, who traveled with him during the American Revolution and led him on expeditions through 24 of the United States. Profusely engraved and decorated, inscribed ‘Presented to Chief Tunis by Lafayette at Kingston NY 1824.’ Unbroken chain of provenance traces ownership back to Chief Tunis and common-law wife Ruth Yaple. Estimate $200,000-$500,000

DENVER, Pa. – On May 18, Morphy Auctions will present a 161-lot selection of highly important and historical arms and militaria. Specialty categories include early flintlock muskets, rifles and pistols; antique handguns, powder horns, sabers, medals, maps, portraits of distinguished military figures, and more. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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