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Denver, Pennsylvania, February 6, 2018 – Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, welcomes enthusiasts from around the world to this important sale to be held on March 1st and 2nd, 2018. The auction begins promptly at 9am on both days. All merchandise from this sale is on display in Morphy’s Pennsylvania auction gallery and available for preview now as well as listed on the company website, www.morphyauctions.com.
Hand-held firearms, including a huge range of pistols and revolvers, are a key category in this sale. There is something for everyone looking to add a top tier Smith and Wesson, DWM, Krieghoff, Mauser, Walther, Browning, or Colt to their collection. Many have their original cases or boxes.
The top lot here is #147, an amazing Colt Whitneyville Hartford Transitional Walker Model Dragoon Revolver, estimated at $20,000-40,000. This gun is considered by those in the know to be the Holy Grail of Colt percussion revolvers. Only 240 examples of these were manufactured, with serial numbers spanning 1100 through 1340. All were made in late 1847 at the Hartford factory from excess parts from the Walker model. This one has matching numbers on its frame, barrel, trigger guard, backstrap, and cylinder. It has been completely field stripped, examined, and vetted by numerous experts and deemed to be one of the better existing examples of this extremely rare U.S. Martial revolver.
Also available through this sale are broad selections of outstanding rifles, shotguns, muskets, and carbines. The sheer number of choices from national, as well as European makers, such as Colt, Winchester, Marlin, Parker Brothers, Ithaca, Krieghoff, L.C. Smith, Browning, A.H. Fox, J.P. Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Mauser, Springfield, and Sharps are certain to catch the eye of collectors worldwide. Several fine Winchesters are the top picks in these key categories; many are from a 19th century collection of Winchesters that took the consigner nearly 50 years to complete. These top guns include:
New and antique swords, sabers, and other edged weapons also make a prominent showing in this sale. Both functional and ceremonial examples are on offer, including eye-catching rarities from Japan, Burma, and Turkey. Two standouts include:
This sale comes full circle with fine examples of Kentucky rifles and firearms, Bowie and other hand knives, modern editions, headwear and uniforms, books, ephemera, and collections. Lot #444, an exquisite cased, engraved, and gold inlaid Franz Sodia .458 Winchester SxS double rifle from 1977 is estimated at $35,000-45,000. This artistic masterpiece – capable of downing the world’s most dangerous game if one chose to do so – comes protected in a Winchester hard case. To replicate this extraordinary rifle today would cost over $75,000. And lot #540, a Winchester 1885 Low Wall and archive attributed to Pawnee Bill’s Wife, May Lille, is estimated at $25,000-30,000. This exciting time capsule, from a female “Wild West” legend, includes her 1888 firearm, brass tacked leather jewelry box, an 1896 Buffalo Bill Wild West Show flag with “MAY LILLIE” stenciled on front, a Pawnee Bill hand signed Wild West pocket card, a brass keyplate stamped “MAY LILLIE BBWWS” and “MAY L.” and a pair of beautiful beadwork woman’s leather Western gloves. This once-in-a-lifetime lot is certain to be of enormous interest to Western-centric collectors, museums, and historical societies.
According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, “This auction represents the first firearms sale we’ll present after our purchase of James D. Julia late last year. We are thrilled to welcome Julia’s customers to Morphy’s, and promise to match – or even top – the outstanding merchandise, service, and relationships they enjoyed at Julia’s through our expanded firearms division. This two day sale presents a non-stop offering of some of the finest firearms to come up for sale in recent memory. The selections of Winchesters are second to none. The Cased Winchester Henry Lever Action Rifle from 1862 is really mindboggling. I am certain just the thought of it will keep Winchester enthusiasts up at night! We welcome you to visit our gallery in Denver, PA to view these outstanding items firsthand, or of course check them out online anytime at www.morphyauctions.com.”
About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest destination for a fresh to the market collectables is headquartered in Denver, Pennsylvania. The company also has a satellite office in Las Vegas, Nevada. A full-service auction house, Morphy’s presents over 35 premiere auctions annually. The company’s three-part mission includes ensuring consignor satisfaction with every auction, offering world class customer service that goes above and beyond the call of duty, and providing relentless buyer support to create confidence for all clients seeking a trustworthy purchasing experience. Morphy’s team of specialists include the nation’s finest and most recognized experts in popular collectable collecting categories; including advertising, firearms, fine automobiles, automobilia, petroliana, coin operated machines, antiques and decorative arts, dolls, bears, toys and trains, cast iron toys, marbles, jewelry and wrist watches. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder, Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories. Morphy’s has been in business since 2004 and has grown from 2 to over 65 employees in a span of a decade.
Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, Pennsylvania 17517 and can be reached by telephone at 877.986.8880, Email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax at 717.336.7115. Our Denver Auction Gallery is open 7 days a week, Monday through Friday, 9.00 am-4.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9.00 am-1.00 pm. Our Las Vegas facility is located at 4520 Arville Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103 and is open Monday through Friday from 9.00 am-4.00 pm. For more information regarding Morphy Auctions, please visit www.morphyauctions.com.
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|Lot||Item||Low Est.||High Est.|
|147||Colt Whitneyville Hartford Transitional Walker Model Dragoon Revolver||$20,000||$40,000|
|229||Winchester Ulrich Engraved Deluxe Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle||$25,000||$45,000|
|230||Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Musket with Bayonet||$15,000||$20,000|
|231||Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Musket||$20,000||$40,000|
|239||Henry Marked Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle||$15,000||$20,000|
|243||Deluxe Winchester Model 1876 Open Top Lever Action Sporting Rifle||$15,000||$20,000|
|254||Cased Winchester Henry Lever Action Rifle||$60,000||$80,000|
|310||French Saber Attributed to General Brooks and Presented by Lafayette||$20,000||$40,000|
|311||Fine Jade Hilted Silver Mounted Shamshir||$15,000||$25,000|
|444||Cased Engraved and Inlaid Franz Sodia .458 Win Mag SxS Double Rifle||$25,000||$35,000|
|539||1889 Paris Exhibition Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine||$30,000||$50,000|
|540||Winchester 1885 Low Wall and Archive Attributed to Pawnee Bill’s Wife, May Lille||$25,000||$30,000|