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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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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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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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Button from the coat of Titanic barber (and survivor) Charles Weikman, whose daughter gave it to a button collector; a note from her is attached. Est. $1,000-$3,000

Mohawk Arms offers Titanic memorabilia Dec. 18

Button from the coat of Titanic barber (and survivor) Charles Weikman, whose daughter gave it to a button collector; a note from her is attached. Est. $1,000-$3,000

Button from the coat of Titanic barber (and survivor) Charles Weikman, whose daughter gave it to a button collector; a note from her is attached. Est. $1,000-$3,000

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A White Star Line button worn by one of two barbers on board the Titanic (who survived the disaster), plus a trove of items pertaining to the renowned American naval officer, aviator and polar explorer Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd are expected highlights in Mohawk Arms’ Militaria Auction #86, slated for December 18. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Circa-1864 Civil War regulation painted rope tension drum, $7,995

Bruneau Historic Arms & Militaria sale drums up strong results

 

Circa-1864 Civil War regulation painted rope tension drum, $7,995

Circa-1864 Civil War regulation painted rope tension drum, $7,995

CRANSTON, R.I. – Two powder horns dating to the American Revolution and earlier sold for a combined $66,420 and a silver Captain Isaac Hull presentation medal from 1812 achieved $40,590 in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ fall Historic Arms & Militaria auction held on November 20.

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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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Cyrus B. Allen Elgin patent cutlass pistol with holster/scabbard, $27,025. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

Skinner Historic Arms & Militaria auction totals $757K

Cyrus B. Allen Elgin patent cutlass pistol with holster/scabbard, $27,025. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

Cyrus B. Allen Elgin patent cutlass pistol from 1837 with its original holster/scabbard, $27,025. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria auction, under the leadership of Christopher Fox, was met with great enthusiasm and posted strong results well exceeding presale expectations, with a final sale total of $757,784 including buyer’s premium. The October 29 live sale held at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery was headlined with the William Rose Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms Collection Part I and saw extremely active bidding. The collection featured a vast selection of military arms of all types spanning the late 17th century through the American Revolution.

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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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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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