Image Lot Price Description



SN 6198. Cal. 45-100 Ballard Everlasting. Extremely rare rifle with 34″ rnd bbl, spirit level windgauge globe front sight and long range vernier tang sight with 5″ staff. Buttstock has a corresponding heel mount. Chamber area of the bbl has three raised, integral Rigby flats which are lightly engraved. Top flat is also engraved with the Ballard name on a ribbon wrapped around an arrow. There are 3 engraved borders around the muzzle. Mounted with very highly figured, honey & chocolate European walnut with checkered, tapered, round forearm that has carved horn tip and horn insert serpentine grip buttstock that has “BALLARD” embossed hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is very nicely engraved, probably by L.D. Nimschke with a ribbon on the left side engraved “Ballard A. 1” and an identical ribbon on the right side engraved “Long Range”. These ribbons are surrounded by very well executed foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background. Engraving extends over the top three flats of the receiver which is rebated and faceted. Dissassembly of the rifle disclosed that all visible parts are matching including frame, bbl, buttstock, forearm and tang. Accompanied by Mr. Yearout’s Collection inventory card which shows he purchased this rifle in Feb. 1976 from old time dealer Pete Harvey of Falmouth, MA. The card also shows that this rifle was previously owned for 25 years by Michael Galan of North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Also accompanied by its orig dark green leather covered, purple velvet lined sight case containing five extra front sight inserts. Very few of these rifles survive intact today in orig configuration. Most frequently the shooters of the day altered them to suit themselves. Even though this rifle has had finish damage it is still an exceedingly rare Ballard rifle. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good, all matching. Bbl retains 30-50% blue mixed with freckling; receiver shows 60-70% faded case colors with freckling; lever & hammer are also faded with light surface rust. Buttstock has the obligatory crack in the wrist otherwise wood is sound with light handling nicks & scratches and a series of small bruises by the heel of the buttstock and overall retains about 90% bright orig varnish. Sight case shows light scuffing and edge wear with faded interior but is completely sound. 4-53971 JR69 (5,000-10,000) – Lot 2148

Click here to view provenance

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2014
Please Note: All prices include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, which is paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. The prices noted here after the auction are considered unofficial and do not become official until after the 46th day.