Fine sporting arms and sporting art head to Guyette & Deeter Feb. 10

Phillip Russell Goodwin, 'A Welcome Opportunity,' estimated at $50,000-$70,000 at Guyette & Deeter.

ST. MICHAELS, Md. – More than 340 lots of fine sporting arms, including Winchesters, Parkers, L. C. Smiths and more all head to market at Guyette & Deeter‘s Fine Sporting Arms Auction on Saturday, February 10. The complete catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Heading the sale with an estimate of $50,000-$80,000 is a factory-original 1984 Winchester Model 21 Grand American in 28 gauge and 410 bore. Built by the United States Repeating Arms Company as a special order for one Carl E. Press, the rib features as-ordered engraving to the original owner and has gold plated SST, auto ejectors and auto safety. Truly an over-the-top firearm, its original purchase price 40 years ago was $35,000 upon delivery.

Phillip Russell Goodwin (1881-1935) was a top-tier American sporting-art painter and illustrator whose works were reproduced by firearm and outdoors manufacturers in their advertising – often on calendars. This original oil on canvas, titled A Welcome Opportunity, measures 29 by 36in and is accompanied by a handful of examples of the work being used in period advertising in 1925 and 1935. It carries an estimate of $50,000-$70,000.

Working earlier than Goodwin was John Martin Tracy (1843-1893). In an 1895 retrospective on his career, the New York Times opined “J. M. Tracy was a painter to delight the heart of all sporting men.” Tracy fought for the Union Army in the Civil War and later studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Dying at just 49, few of Tracy’s works ever come to market, with most held in private collections or by institutions such as the American Kennel Club. Marsh Shooting is a self-portrait of the artist and his setter retrieving a snipe. Last on the market in 2009, it has an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.

The sale includes two notable cigar store American Indian figures. The first is attributed to Louis Jobin (1845-1928) of Montreal, Canada, who had trained in New York before opening his own shop in 1876. Standing 78in in height, the figure has been previously restored and distressed to look aged. Even so, it commands a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.

The second is a ‘leaner’ style indicative of Thomas Brooks (1828-1895) of New York. His shop developed a way of supporting the figures more substantially by having them ‘lean’, or be connected, to an external structure — in this case, a corner post with an integrated club. The trade sign is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Historic American and European firearms generated $1.9M in firepower at Milestone

Colt 1847 Martial ‘Walker’ D Co., .44 caliber percussion revolver with the serial number 218, which sold for $70,000 ($81,900 with buyer’s premium) at Milestone Auctions.

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Milestone Auctions rolled out 1,340 lots of historically important military, civilian and sporting guns at its November 18 and November 19 Fall Premier Firearms sale. The auction closed at a robust $1.9 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Among the top-tier entries were many exquisite Colt rarities, such as the documented Colt 1847 Martial ‘Walker’ D Co., .44 caliber percussion revolver with the serial number 218. This model was developed through a collaboration between Samuel Colt and Texas Ranger Captain Samuel H. Walker, national hero of the Texas-Mexico Wars. Only 1,100 were made, and fewer than 100 are known to have survived. It sold within estimate for $70,000 ($81,900 with buyer’s premium).

Any serious Winchester collector would want to own an 1897 advertising display known as the ‘double W’ board. A recent discovery in all-original condition, the shell-packed advertisement is adorned with A. B. Frost vignettes and gold-overlay borders. Bidders sent it rocketing to $57,500 ($69,000 with buyer’s premium), just shy of its high estimate.

Boasting a Hollywood connection, a B. Searcy 500 Nitro Express double rifle was #4 of a four-gun set manufactured in 1995 and sold privately by the manufacturer. Two rifles from the auction set were used in the movie The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Rifle #4 had all-matching numbers and an action that was profusely engraved with scenes of dangerous game. Together with its felt-lined, partitioned luggage case, it sold for $27,000 ($31,590 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $20,000-$40,000.

A Russian contract Colt 1911 .45 caliber pistol, manufactured in 1916 and bearing factory-applied Cyrillic markings, was accompanied by a 2020 Colt factory letter signed and certified by historian Beverly Haynes. The document indicated that the firearm had been sent to the Russian government on 9/2/1916 in a shipment of 5,000. Pistols of its type are known to have had an extremely low survival rate, hence they are rarely encountered in the marketplace. It sold for $20,000 ($23,400 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

German World War II firearms secured very pleasing prices overall. A Walther World War II Party Leader PPK pistol in .65 ACP caliber displayed Party Leader brown plastic grips and a loaded chamber indicator. It was accompanied by an LOA hand-signed by the noted author and firearms expert James Rankin. The pistol realized $10,000 ($12,000 with buyer’s premium) against a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

‘Lonesome Dove’ collaborator Bill Wittliff’s collection drove big numbers at Vogt

Bill Wittliff, Crossing the Rio Grande, $27,500 ($34,375 with buyer’s premium) at Vogt Auction.

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SAN ANTONIO — Nobody does Texas-sized estate auctions bigger or better than San Antonio’s Vogt Auction, as demonstrated by its recent two-day estate liquidation sales for Bill Wittliff and various local Texas estates November 11 and November 12. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Bill Wittliff (1940-2019) was a native Texan and an accomplished screenwriter and photographer. He is best remembered for his collaborations with musician Willie Nelson on his three films, and for his work on contemporary westerns, most notably Lonesome Dove (1989), adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry.

Crossing the Rio Grande, a production-based image captured by Wittliff during the Lonesome Dove shoot blasted through its $4,000-$6,000 estimate to land at $27,500 ($34,375 with buyer’s premium). The museum-quality sepia framed print was signed by actor Robert Duvall, who played the character of Gus, and Wittliff.

Similarly, Gus on the Front Porch by Wittliff, with the same level of framing and signatures, hammered at $21,000 ($26,250 with buyer’s premium) after a $5,000-$8,000 estimate.

A third Wittliff framed photograph from Lonesome Dove, taken in 1988, On the Mesa, featured Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall on horseback. It was estimated at $3,000-$4,000 and hammered at $17,000 ($21,250 with buyer’s premium).

Day two of the sale featured fine items from local Texas estates. Among the many standouts was this monumental Winchester-branded oak gun cabinet, standing at a whopping 103 by 64 by 18 in. It was estimated at just $1,000-$2,000, but bidders battled it out until it finally hammered at $14,000 ($17,500 with buyer’s premium).

Far from its Pottsville, Pennsylvania home (but still in the sales territory) was this Yuengling reverse-on-glass advertising sign dating to the late 19th or early 20th century. Made by famed ROG manufacturer Rodier & Fitzgerald of New York, it sold for $8,000 ($10,000 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $600-$800.
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Bill Wittliff, ‘Crossing the Rio Grande,’ which sold for $27,500 ($34,375 with buyer’s premium) at Vogt Auction.
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Bill Wittliff, Gus on the Front Porch, $21,000 ($26,250 with buyer’s premium) at Vogt Auction.
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Bill Wittliff, ‘On the Mesa,’ which sold for $17,000 ($21,250 with buyer’s premium) at Vogt Auction.
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Monumental Winchester-branded oak gun cabinet, which sold for $14,000 ($17,500 with buyer’s premium) at Vogt Auction.
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Rodier & Fitzgerald Yuengling reverse-on-glass advertising sign, which sold for $8,000 ($10,000 with buyer’s premium) at Vogt Auction.
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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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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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Outstanding collection of antique advertising to be auctioned June 10 at Milestone

Carborundum Razor Hone die-cut cardboard sign with original easel back, 18in x 14in. Estimate $300-$500

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – As a special highlight of its June 10-11 sale, Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland will offer a fine collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century advertising related to a variety of products that would have been sold in general stores of a century ago. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be provided through LiveAuctioneers.

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Milestone presents fine sporting, Civil War & Old West firearms, June 10-11

Very fine Winchester Model 1866 Yellow Boy .44-caliber rimfire rifle designed by Oliver Winchester as the continuation to the famed Henry rifle. This example, manufactured in 1886, features a gunmetal brass receiver with full-length octagon barrel and full-length magazine. Barrel has two-line Winchester address, German silver sporting blade front sight, and elevation-adjustable rear sight. Excellent full-size stocks. Estimate $15,000-$25,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Over the weekend of June 10-11, Milestone Auctions will open its doors to an arsenal of antique, vintage and other fine weapons chosen expressly for the summer edition of its Premier Collectible Firearms sale. The 1,421-lot auction event, featuring the types and brands of military, civilian and sporting arms hobbyists yearn for, welcomes absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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John Wayne, Gene Autry and Gary Cooper’s guns headline at Cowan’s, May 3

Winchester 1892 large loop saddle ring carbine movie gun from John Wayne's production company BATJAC, estimated at $20,000-$25,000
Winchester 1892 large loop saddle ring carbine movie gun from John Wayne's production company BATJAC, estimated at $20,000-$25,000
Winchester 1892 large loop saddle ring carbine movie gun from John Wayne’s production company BATJAC, estimated at $20,000-$25,000

CINCINNATI – Iconic actors from Old Hollywood will be spotlighted through an impressive selection of arms this spring at Cowan’s Auctions. Premiere firearms from revered names including John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Gene Autry and Gary Cooper will anchor Cowan’s Wednesday, May 3 biannual live auction. This sale will present a strong display of the arms of choice of legendary actors, and the weapons that shaped the culture of the Old West and the films they appeared in. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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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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Milestone knocks down $2.5M at busy Premier Collectible Firearms Auction

P & D Moll Allentown (Pa.) brass-barreled and brass-mounted flintlock pistol with manufacturer’s name marked on barrel, .42 caliber smoothbore, manufactured circa 1820. Lock marked ‘C. BIRD & Co PHILAD, WARRANTED.’ Sold for $45,630 against an estimate of $4,000-$6,500

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Sometimes lightning does strike twice in the same place. As the days grew closer to Milestone’s March 11-12 Premier Collectible Firearms Auction, company co-owner Miles King felt increasingly certain that the sale’s top entries might achieve the same sort of estimate-defying prices as those paid at the March 2022 edition of their Premier sale. His hunch was right on the money. The high-powered lineup of antique, military, sporting and civilian arms with a timeline spanning the Civil War through Vietnam era attracted a gung-ho field of bidders and closed the books at a hefty $2.5 million – exactly what Milestone’s March Premier sale had grossed one year ago. All prices quoted in this report include the buyer’s premium.

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