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Vintage Colts and sporting guns locked and loaded at Morphy Dec. 6-8

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DENVER, Penn. — The single-action collection of Colt firearms authority Richard Burdick comes to market with amazingly rare examples Wednesday, December 6, Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 at Morphy Auctions. The catalogs are now available for bidding on LiveAuctioneers.

Burdick had a passion for engraved and historic cartridge Colts. His smoothbore Colt Frontier Six-Shooter Single Action Revolver originally belonged to legendary exhibition shooter John Witner Garrett (1865-1937). Garrett was not only a trap shooting world-record holder, he also had hunted with the Theodore Roosevelt party in 1901, and competed with Annie Oakley in sharpshooting championships. The auction estimate is $75,000-$150,000.

Burdick’s collection shares the auction spotlight with top-tier firearms from the venerable collection of Dr. Jim Watson of Scottsdale, Arizona. One of the crown jewels is a circa-1837-1840 cased Colt No. 3 Paterson belt-model percussion revolver. It is believed to have been given to William Watson, a New York City attorney who represented Samuel Colt (1814-1862) in patent disputes, by a New Jersey politician named Andrew Parsons. This may explain the inscribed plaque affixed to the gun’s original case. It reads: “W Watson / from A P.” The lot is estimated at $250,000-$350,000.

The auction also boasts one of the finest collections of sporting arms to come to market in some time, with highlights that include an extremely scarce Bertuzzi Gullwing in a desirable 20-gauge over configuration. This shotgun has demi-bloc nitro-proofed 28¾in barrels and is adorned with game scenes, hunting dogs and scrollwork engraved by Marico Torcoli and Valerio Peli. With its leather case, it is estimated at $50,000-$80,000.
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Colt No. 3 Paterson belt model percussion revolver, estimated at $250,000-$350,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Colt Frontier six shooter revolver, estimated at $75,000-$150,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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1860 Henry factor engraved and silver plated rifle, estimated at $70,000-$100,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Bertuzzi Gullwing 20 gauge over/under shotgun, estimated at $50,000-$80,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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