Full-Stock Percussion Rifle by C. Wing .32 cal. 42" octagonal barrel marked on the top flat C. Wing.? Engraved forward-action percussion lock.? Brass furniture maple stock with cheek ?piece.? Sellers (1983) lists C. Wing?as working in Jackson IN circa 1850. Condition: Barrel with nice dark patina mixing with some pitting.?Lockplate also has dark patina with pitting around and under the percussion drum.? Brass with nice patina.? Stock has been refinished but still has very sharp lines.
Model 1842 Aston Percussion Pistol: A very nice Aston single shot martial pistol as used in the Mexican – American and Civil Wars. The gun is clean and extremely well marked, with clear and strong oval cartouches on the wood, and small stamps on the brass mounts, as well as good sharp marks on the lockplate. Dimensions: the gun is 15 inches long overall, with the barrel being 8. 675 inches. Processing and shipping in the continental U. S. $32. 00 plus 1. 5% replacement cost insurance. Condition Very good, with an excellent stock. There is a little bit of pitting on the bolster and the hammer, as well as the vent, but the brass is excellent, and the steel parts are clean and nice. The cartouches are excellent, with the WAT in one being clear and sharp, and the other nearly as clear. Function is excellent with a very strong main spring. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions.
Model 1865 Spencer Rifle .50 cal. 32.5'' round barrel S/N 29605. Walnut buttstock with walnut forearm with three barrel bands. This is a carbine altered to rifle by Springfield Arsenal. Comes with a extra breechblock. Condition: Barrel is sharp and grey. Frame and lock are sharp and grey. Buttstock and forearm with some nicks and dings. Buttstock has a small gouge in the middle at the buttplate also has a small crack.
*Army Sport Model 1874 Sharps Reproduction Single-Shot Rifle .45-70 cal. 32" octagonal barrel S/N SH6058. Blue/cc finish walnut checkered stocks; pewter fore end cap double-set triggers. Condition: Like-new condition with an excellent bore.
Rare Christian Sharps 4-barrel .32 rim fire Derringer pepperbox circa 1860
nickelplated over steel, barrels slide forward for loading, ebony brideshead grips. Made in Hartford, CT. SN 2475.
*Pedersoli Sharps Single-Shot Rifle .45-70 cal. 32" barrel S/N SH16559. Blue barrel case-hardened receiver walnut stocks tang sight. Condition: This gun appears to be in new unfired condition.
VERY RARE WINCHESTER 1887 LEVER 12 GAUGE SHOTGUNVery rare and early production Winchester 1887 Lever Action 12 Gauge Shotgun, serial number 34214, made the fourth year of production in 1891! This model was designed by John Browning and brought Winchester into the forefront of the repeating shotgun business. The 1887 was cherished for its reliability and fire power. Many were used by freight carriers like Wells Fargo, train guards, prison guards and lawmen of the West. Sportsmen who were used to handling lever action rifles also found favor with the 1887 lever action shotgun. Most examples found today show very hard frontier and field use and often display considerable abuse and replaced parts. This is an early example that retains all of its original parts. The metal surfaces are smooth and show an uncleaned mottled case color patina on the receiver. The barrel shows an attractive blue finish that appears to have only light normal thinning and retains a much better than usually encountered fine bore! The Winchester markings and patent dates on the lower tang are correct and sharp as is the “WRA Co” (Winchester Repeating Arms Company) entwined logo on the left side of the receiver. The screws are in fine condition. It further retains the original checkered steel shotgun butt plate (these often changed or replaced with rubber recoil pads), wood is unsanded and shows only typical light handling and no abuse. The wood also displays very tight wood to metal fit overall. Correct and original 32” barrel (this was the longest length barrel offered by Winchester for this model) retains the original brass bead front sight, mechanically crisp and tight. This 132 year old Winchester is a very difficult historical model to locate in any condition and this one is far above most that have survived to the present. Serial Number: 34214. This firearm qualifies as an Antique, and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.
US NORTH MODEL 1819 SINGLE SHOT MARTIAL FLINTLOCK PISTO...This is an 1819 Simeon North contract US single shot flintlock pistol, made by North in Middletown Connecticut, in 1819, and so marked on the lockplate. It has marks on the barrel: JD/P, over P, over US. The stock has a fairly clear cartouche, with the letters: JM. There is a sliding safety behind the cock that is in good, functioning condition. Dimensions: T he gun is 16 inches long overall, with a barrel length of 10 inches. Processing and shipping within continental U.S. $32.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.
Very good condition, with extremely nice wood, and crisp, clean metal. The marks on the lockplate are worn, and the “S. North” is not visible, and the eagle is largely obscured. Other than that the metal is clean and the markings are sharp. The action is crisp and nice. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition: statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions.
Half-Stock Percussion Rifle by William Gibson .32 cal. 46.5" octagonal barrel. Top of barrel marked William Gibson ?a Southern maker in Tennessee. Walnut stock iron hardware and pewter tip. Double-set triggers.?Engraved forward-action percussion lockplate marked Conestoga Rifle Works. Condition: Barrel is very sharp and crisp with nice dark brown finish.? Lock is brown with some pitting around the percussion drum.? Stock has been refinished.?
SHARPS PEPPERBOX PISTOL. Third Model Type A .32 caliber four 3 1/2'' barrels with worn blueing marked ''Address Sharps & Hankins Philadelphia Penn.'' Frame with round sideplate marked ''Sharps Patent/ Jan. 25 1859''. Smooth walnut grips have wear. 5 1/2''l. overall. S/n 11218.
*Prototype Searle Semi-Automatic Pistol .32 cal. 3" barrel no serial number. Prototype ?no markings. Finished in the white with black grips. Includes eight mechanical drawings used to build the pistol from 1917 ?seven mechanical drawings from 1916 and likely the original "Draft drawings" for the prototype pistol. In addition there are three original granted patent letters for: Firing Mechanism Breech-Loading Firearms Reloading Mechanism For Magazine-Firearms.ELBERT HAMILTON SEARLE remembered by his grandchildren:On March 13 1865 some two weeks before Robert E. Lee surrendered his forces at Appomattox Courthouse Virginia our grandfather Elbert Hamilton Searle was born in East Hampton Massachusetts into an industrialized culture forced by the War to be the zenith of 'modern' ordnances and gunnery.Invention innovation and devotion to craft were to be the watch-words of Searle's professional life.How he became so entranced with firearms we do not know. What we do know is that prior to WW1 he traveled to Berlin Germany to file European patents for designs of his making and became hopelessly enamored with a young office clerk named Elizabeth Fix. He managed to persuade her to relocate to Los Angeles California settling in Ocean Park a suburb of breezy sun-lit Santa Monica.?Our mother Marguerite their only child was born in 1912.Grandfather was singularly involved in the design and development of the Savage Model 1907 semi-automatic pistol which went on to become one of the most successful personal defense weapons of its time. His resume then became somewhat unclear. But evidence points to continuing independent design work for both the Savage Arms Company and the U.S. War Department.Beginning in 1916 and 1917 in Los Angeles California Searle designed a revolutionary semi-automatic pistol in .32 and .380 caliber. It was small had a strikingly modern profile and allowed one-handed locking and unlocking of the magazine. More importantly it featured one-handed cocking. These three functions were controlled by an action bolt accessible to the shooter's finger. The prototype for this pistol was possibly made in Los Angeles but more likely back East between 1917 and 1918.In 1918 and 1919 while Grandmother and Mother were still living in Ocean Park Grandfather was for protracted periods of time working in Utica New York and Hartford and Bridgeport Connecticut both hot-beds for contemporary arms development. He was working for the War Department Ordnance Office in Bridgeport while also working on something else. Since the patent for the prototype .32 was filed in July of 1918 and addendum patents filed in 1919 we think it's likely he was working on the prototype.His surviving letters to his wife and daughter during this period are filled with warmth humor and ambition. One such missive is dated January 29 1919 on War Department stationary. "I have a sneaking desire to build an aircraft machine gun" he wrote. "There is a big opportunity if we can bring out a gun with a speed of about 2000 shots per minute . . . I have learned a lot about the private lives of machine guns since I came here . . . I am greatly tempted to try it! You see I cannot help it my Dearest. It is in the blood."Perhaps Searle's revolutionary .32/.380 semi automatic pistol proved too complex to manufacture profitably or maybe he sold the patent to what remained of Savage Arms or another company.But at the age of fifty-four our grandfather returned to California and transplanted his family north to the Sacramento River delta and began a new life as a rice farmer trading machined steel for green grasses. He went on to design and construct instruments at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.He died on May 7 1936 of heart disease.Elbert Searle was the epitome of an 'old-school' craftsman dedicated to the transcendence of cutting-edge exquisitely finished work. Although my brother and I never had the honor of meeting him we continue to feel privileged to have grown up in his shade.His .32 prototype in working condition and all original vellum signed mechanical drawings as well as the three original Letters Patent granted to the design are the subjects of this auction. Bergren Family Descendants of Searle Family Condition: Pistol is in the white?with some little minute areas of black staining caused?by storage over the years.? All lines are very sharp and crisp.?
Superb U. S Springfield M1879 . 45-70 Trapdoor Rifle: Offered for sale is a Superb U. S. Springfield Model 1879 . 45-70 Trapdoor Rifle. The rifle features a 32 1/2" barrel, trapdoor action, external hammer, adjustable sights, walnut stock, cleaning rod, and blue'd finish. This one has a beautiful un-blemished stock and fore-end with desirable 1884 dated inspector cartouche in the left side of the stock. This rifle also features a deep full blue finish, showing only normal ageing, and has excellent markings, including the “U. S. SPRINGFIELD” with sharp full eagle on the lock plate and correct “U. S. MODEL 1873” on the breech block. The bore on this example is shiny with strong rifling and some darkness in the lands. This rifle is complete with 1884 style cleaning rod. This rifle was manufactured in 1884/1885. Serial Number: 259454. This firearm qualifies as an Antique and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.
*Colt Single Action Army Revolver .32-20 WCF caliber 7.5" round barrel with single-line address S/N 306875.?Two-line patent markings with rampant Colt circa 1906.?Blue and case colored finish with hard rubber grips. Condition: Nice sharp and crisp revolver with some brown speckles and traces of original finish in the protected areas.?Grips are good.?Front sight has been replaced and some work around the front sight.
CHIEF SITTING BULL'S C. SHARPS 1859 PEPPERBOXThis historic and important lot includes the C. Sharps four-barrel derringer circa 1859-1862 owned by Hunkpapa Sioux Chief Sitting Bull marked in Togia language as such as well as being marked with the Silent Eaters Society symbols. The firearm is a Christian Sharps Model 4B Pepperbox four-shot derringer pistol chambered in .32 RF (rimfire) with 2 ½ inch barrel, bird’s head grip frames, serial number of 10157, and marked on the side C. SHARPS PATENT JAN. 25, 1859.” The pistol has been examined by Wendell Grangaard from The Guns of History, Inc., in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and was found to be marked in Lakota Togia language as follows: On the left side of the frame shows the Silent Eaters Society mark, Hunkpapa Sitting Bull, Sitting Bull / Slow, and One Bull (Illustration 1); the right side of the frame shows the Silent Eaters Society mark, Sitting Bull / Slow Hunkpapa, and One Bull mark again (Illustration 2); under the frame shows Slow / Sitting Bull, Silent Eater Society mark, Hunkpapa and One Bull (Illustration 3); under the frame near the serial number marked Sitting Bull / Slow (illustration 4); one the top of the barrel at the end of the left side is marked Sitting Bull / Slow (illustration 5); and on the back side of both the left and right of the grips marked Sitting Bull / Slow Hunkpapa, Silent Eaters mark (illustration 6). In the late 1960’s Wendell Grangaard met with David Bald Eagle, grandson to White Bull, on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. White Bull was nephew of Sitting Bull and fought at Little Bighorn, David retold the stories handed down to him when he was a child, in the traditional manner. At this meeting David brought out a box and its contents which he inherited in 1947 after his grandfather and great uncle One Bull died. Inside the box Wendell asked about a fancy beaded bag he saw and David’s wife Josey noted it had a small derringer inside, Wendell noted this as being a Model 4B 4-barreled pistol with serial number of 10157. David Bald Eagle noted the ownership history as such: The firearm was part of the Sioux annual annuities in possession by Agent Samuel Latta in May 1862 at Fort Pierre who arrived there by steamboat. Agent Samuel Latta hosted a special gathering of the tribal chiefs aboard the steamboat on May 27th, 1862 with a feast and gift ceremony, the annuity payment being part of the treaty with the U.S. Government to stop the Sioux from attacking the whites on the “Holy Road”. At this time, on May 27th Sitting Bull received this Sharps 4-barreled derringer. Later Sitting Bull’s mother, Her Holy Door, made him a bag to carry the pistol in. A drawing of the bag is included. The bag shows a red heart, representing the Strong Heart Society and inside the heart are the names of Sitting Bull in the language of Togia; these names were Sitting Bull, Slow and Jumping Bull. Below the red heart on the left in blue beads was the Silent Eaters symbol and on the right in white beads was White Horse Riders symbol. The black beaded crosses were Lakota Sioux symbols and the large black “W” represented the Hunkpapa. The symbol for Wakan Tanka / Paha Sapa was below the “W” in black beads and above the “W” was the symbol for the Thunder Being in black beads. The illustrations of the bag were made with the help of David Bald Eagle by Wendell Grangaard. In December 1890 a Standing Rock Indian Agent, James McLaughlin ordered the arrest of Sitting Bull. Early in the morning of December 15, 1890, Sitting Bull was sleeping with his oldest wife, Seen By The Nations in their log home alongside the Grand River, south of the Wagon Road. They were awoken suddenly by Shaved Head, an Indian Police sergeant, who rushed in the door and shouted, “Brother – we have come for you!” Two policemen grabbed Sitting Bull, he was noted as trying to get something from under his bed, and took him outside into the cold night, being barely clothed. His wife, Seen By The Nations saw Sitting Bull looking under the bed and knew he was looking for his Sharps derringer, she wrapped it in a blanket and went outside. She tried to conceal the gun and give it to Sitting Bull and he shook his head saying “no”, so she put the gun in her pocket and wrapped him in the blanket. Sitting Bull yelled, “Let me go” and Seen By The Nations yelled, “What do you want of my husband.” Little Soldier, their son watched in shock. Just then Catch The Bear came running up with his Winchester rifle so Little Soldier rushed to protect his mother and pulled her away just before Catch The Bear started shooting at the policemen. They returned fire and Sitting Bull was killed by Red Tomahawk, along with many of their friends and guards being killed as well, including Catch The Bear. Little Soldier saw his mother start to pull at the derringer to shoot at the policemen as well, but he stopped her and took the gun from her. They went back and got the bag and brought both to give to One Bull later, One Bull was not there the day Sitting Bull was killed. They gave the gun to One Bull as he was also in the Silent Eater society. Ownership Provenance: Agent Samuel Latta gave the gun in the annuity payment on May 27th 1862 and Sitting Bull received it. Sitting Bull kept it with him during his lifetime. He had it the day he was killed, his wife Seen By The Nations gave it to their son Little Solider, who in 1890 gave the pistol to One Bull. The information was handed down from One Bull, the great uncle, and White Bull, the grandfather, to David Bald Eagle. When both One Bull and White Bull died, the box including this gun were given to David Bald Eagle in 1947 and shown to Wendell Grangaard in the late 1960’s, as was the transmission of the history. Later Wenedell saw the gun come up for sale and purchased it, examining the piece and noting its Togia language markings. This C. Sharps Model 4B is in well kept condition. The barrel slides out, the hammer pulls back, rotating the rim fire pin or mechanism to the next barrel. The spur trigger correctly releases the hammer. The hammer has two clicks. These Model 4A and 4B with the 2 ½ inch barrel clusters were commonly referred to as “Bull Dog” pepperboxes. The pistol is accompanied by the photograph illustrations, the drawn illustrations of the bag Sitting Bull kept the gun, and the written testimony and historical examination of the gun signed by Wendell Grangaard. It should also be noted that at this meeting in the late 1960’s David Bald Eagle gave Wendell Grangaard a 32 RF shell from the gun as a present, which was also marked on the end in Togia, “Hunkpapa / Sitting Bull / Slow” as noted in Illustration 7. This bullet casing is in Grangaard’s personal collection. It should also be noted that David Bald Eagle stated that Sitting Bull carried the bag with the special derringer at his side thought most of his life, one could easily surmise that Sitting Bull then might have had this sidearm with him we he and Crazy Horse attached the U.S. 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, that to be said, this is not noted in the paperwork. Sitting Bull attributed pieces are exceedingly rare with only a few pieces being brought to the public market such as the Winchester 1st Model 1876 taken from Sitting Bull’s cabin on December 15, 1890 and turned in to Standing Rock Reservation Indian Agent Major James McLaughlin (1842-1923) which sold at Cowans in June 2022 for $136,400 (shown w/ bp) from the Larry Ness collection and the Sioux Twisted Pipe Stem attributed to being owned by Sitting Bull from the Forrest Fenn collection sold by Hindman in June 2022 for $129,000 (shown w/ bp). This is an Antique Firearm that does not require an FFL.
Model 1868 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle .50-70 caliber 32.5" round barrel S/N 45036. 1870 dated breechblock; 1863 dated Springfield lockplate.?Walnut stock with leather sling. Condition: Barrel and breechblock?are sharp and crisp grey with some light staining.? Stock has some nicks and dings.
C. Sharps Four Barreled Derringer: C. Sharps four barreled Derringer with birdshead butt, a scarce . 32 caliber pistol manufactured by Christian Sharps prior to 1874. It is sometimes called a "pepperbox" because the firing pin revolves. The gun retains traces of finish and has clear markings. Dimensions: 5. 5"l overall. Processing and shipping within the continental U. S. $25. 00 plus 1. 5% replacement cost insurance. Condition Very good and better. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions.
MODEL 1842 ASTON PERCUSSION PISTOLA very nice Aston single shot martial pistol as used in the Mexican – American and Civil Wars. The gun is clean and extremely well marked, with clear and strong oval cartouches on the wood, and small stamps on the brass mounts, as well as good sharp marks on the lockplate. Dimensions: the gun is 15 inches long overall, with the barrel being 8.675 inches. Processing and shipping in the continental U.S. $32.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.
Very good, with an excellent stock. There is a little bit of pitting on the bolster and the hammer, as well as the vent, but the brass is excellent, and the steel parts are clean and nice. The cartouches are excellent, with the WAT in one being clear and sharp, and the other nearly as clear. Function is excellent with a very strong main spring. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition: statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions.
SHARPS & HANKINS MODEL 3 PEPPERBOX PISTOL, 32 rim fire caliber, blued finish, checkered gutta-percha (hard rubber) grips, round side plate, patent date Jan 25,1859 on left side of frame, four 3 1/2" barrels, rotating firing pin, spur trigger, serial #1408, manufactured 1859-1874. No background check or FFL required.
Description Serial # 3377. Cal/GA: 32 cal Center Fire. Barrel length: 3 inches. Bluing 75%. Good original grips. Bore is very good. Clean with sharp rifling. Originality: 100%.
Smith & Wesson Mod 1 . 32 Cal Break-Action Revolver: Available for your consideration in this lot is a "2nd Issue" Antique tip-up single action spur trigger revolver chambered in . 32 caliber rimfire, produced by Smith & Wesson, circa 1868-1875. The revolver features a nickel plated finish, 3 1/2" ribbed barrel, round blade front sight, 'v' notched rear sight cut into the cylinder stop, stationary ejector rod located under the barrel, fluted five-shot cylinder, knurled spur trigger, knurled hammer spur, and two-piece smooth wood birdshead grips. Revolver exhibits approximately 80% of it's original finish showing scattered losses with some pin prick pitting. Action functions well, bore is fair to good condition, and sharp roll-stampings. The top of the barrel reads; "Smith & Wesson Springfield MASS. PAT. April 8. 55. July 5. 59 & NOV 21. 65. "As well, the right grip panel, and the underside of the grip is marked with matching serial numbers. This firearm qualifies as an antique, and does require FFL Transfer or NICS Background check. Serial Number: 106551. Condition For a complete representation of condition and for additional images please call 800-686-4216. It is the buyer
Factory Engraved Remington Beals Single-Shot Rifle .32 rimfire cal. 28" octagonal-to-round barrel S/N 679.? Engraved barrel and?frame with an inscription C.K. To J. L. B 1871.? Walnut stock. Condition: Entire rifle is very sharp and crisp with the barrel retaining 60% of the original blue finish fading to a plum.? Frame has an?untouched dark brown patina.? Wood is excellent.? A very rare rifle to find with this much engraving.
A composite Richmond Armory percussion rifle musket
The 32 1/2 inch barrel with double folding leaf rear sight and no visible breech markings. Richmond high hump lock with standard markings and dated 1863. Unmarked iron furniture. Brass nose cap. Walnut stock incised with a large H opposite the lock.
Condition: Very good as configured. Barrel and furniture showing scattered light pitting with heavier pitting at breech. Lockplate with generally sharp markings. Sound stock showing light marks and newer refinish.
A 12 gauge J. Purdey & Sons single barrel trap gun
Serial no. 22429, 12 gauge. 32 inch blued Whitworth steel barrels with matte vent rib and marked James Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London. Extractor. Side clips. Fences chiseled with scrollwork. Engraved and blued lever inlaid with gold monogram GH. Signed and casehardened sidelock action with best scroll engraving and seven panel scenes of game birds. Engraved and blued triggerguard with scene of two ducks. Checkered semi-beavertail fore-end with Anson release. Checkered semi-pistolgrip stock of figured walnut. Drop points. Red rubber buttpad.
Condition: Very good. Barrels retain most old reblued finish showing edge wear and some thinning with sharp markings and areas of very light pitting. Bright bores with some very light frosting. Rib dented. Action with perhaps 50% casehardening, the locks and tang showing much vivid color. Fore-end with few light marks and glued repairs around release and at left rear. Stock with few light marks and filled area where oval was removed.
Data: Choke: .044: Full.
Pull: 14 3/16 inches.
Weight: 8 lbs. 5 oz.
Chamber: 2 3/4".
U. S. Springfield Model 1868 . 50-70 Trapdoor Rifle: Included in this lot is a U. S. Springfield Model 1868 . 50-70 caliber Trapdoor rifle. These scarce U. S. issued military rifles were only manufactured from 1868-1872. All are serial numbered on the side of the barrel and breech block. This superb example has the same matching number of 27205 on each part. The Model 1868 is the direct forerunner of the later Model 1873 . 45-70 Trapdoor Springfield. The Model 1868 Springfield utilized left over lock plates and other various parts from earlier Civil War . 58 caliber muzzle loading rifles that the arsenal still had on hand. All lock plates on this model are from these earlier rifles and are marked with the American eagle over “U. S. Springfield” and dated either 1863 or 1864 on the rear section of the lock. This one is correctly dated 1863. Further, the top of the breech block is correctly and clearly stamped with an eagle’s head, crossed arrows and the date 1869. The butt plate is also sharply marked “U. S. ” All metal parts were finished at the arsenal “in the white” which means metal parts were polished bright and not blue'd. This example shows exceptional bright parts and with clear, sharp markings. The stock also is in superb condition showing only very light handling marks and displaying the correct inspector stamp “ESA” in an oval. The bore condition is minty bright with sharp rifling throughout. The standard 32 ½” barrel retains the correct rear ladder sight with slide intact and the cleaning rod is also intact. These early . 50-70 single shot Trapdoor Springfields were the rifles sent to the West for the early Indian Wars. The Native American warriors were in for a terrible surprise the first time they faced U. S. troops armed with these accurate, cartridge firing rifles. In the past, Indians waited for soldiers armed with muzzle loaders to fire. Then, when they were reloading, the Indians would attack. The first time they tried this, the troopers quickly reloaded and fired again with devastating results. From archeological discoveries made at the Little Bighorn Battlefield where George Armstrong Custer met his fate, it is known that Indian forces used a number of previously captured . 50-70 Springfield rifles against the 7th Cavalry. It is also interesting to note that here in Bozeman, Montana, Fort Ellis would issue surplus . 50-70 Springfield's to unarmed settlers in need of firearms to protect themselves. In the 1870s a large number of buffalo hunters were known to have used . 50-70 Springfields to great and lethal effect on the herds. With production time and numbers small, the Model 1868 Springfield is a difficult arm for collectors to obtain. This is an outstanding example that would be hard to improve upon. Condition For a complete representation of condition and for additional images please call 800-686-4216. It is the buyer’s responsibility to view each image and preview the item to determine condition.
COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER CONVERSION. .32 caliber rimfire five-shot cylinder with engraved stagecoach scene 5'' octagonal barrel with two-line New York address nickel finish walnut grips. S/n 72228. Retains 75-80% of original nickel plating with sharp clear marks original finish on the grips minor dings and dents action smooth but the hammer will not stay cocked. The wedge has the matching s/n to the rest of the gun but also the number 2811.
Model 1889 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle with Rod Bayonet .45-70 cal. 32.5" round barrel with large VP and eagle S/N 97245.? 1884 dated breechblock. Buffington rear sight.?Walnut stock with firing proof behind the triggerguard and nice cartouche SWP/1891.?This rifle was first produced by the arsenal in 1878-79 period and was later converted by the arsenal to the 1888 configuration.? This is a hard-to-find rifle if you collect Trapdoors.? Condition: All metal is very sharp and crisp and is a dark brown.?Bore is excellent.? Stock is good with very sharp cartouche.
Remington Beals Single-Shot Rifle 32 rimfire cal. 24" octagonal-to-round barrel S/N?697.?Nickel-plated ?brass frame and buttplate. Walnut stock. Condition: Barrel is very sharp and crisp with a nice plum appearance and blue bleeding through. Frame retains 70% of the original nickel finish with some flaking of the finish on both sides of the frame. Stock with some nicks and dings.
US North Model 1819 Single Shot Martial Flintlock Pistol: This is an 1819 Simeon North contract US single shot flintlock pistol, made by North in Middletown Connecticut, in 1819, and so marked on the lockplate. It has marks on the barrel: JD/P, over P, over US. The stock has a fairly clear cartouche, with the letters: JM. There is a sliding safety behind the cock that is in good, functioning condition. Dimensions: The gun is 16 inches long overall, with a barrel length of 10 inches. Processing and shipping within continental U. S. $32. 00 plus 1. 5% replacement cost insurance. Condition Very good condition, with extremely nice wood, and crisp, clean metal. The marks on the lockplate are worn, and the “S. North” is not visible, and the eagle is largely obscured. Other than that the metal is clean and the markings are sharp. The action is crisp and nice. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions.
SHARPS FOUR BARREL MODEL 4B PEPPERBOX PISTOLSharps four barrel model 4B pepperbox pistol , .32 RF caliber, with rosewood bird head grips, 2 1/2" barrels. SN #8110
Competitive in-house shipping is available for this lot.
Some surface pitting to frame and barrels, on repair to one grip, hammer does not fall when trigger is squeezed.
LEGENDARY COMMEMORATIVES 1874 SHARPS RIFLE ''OREGON AUTHENTIC OREGON PROUD'' MODEL 45-70 caliber 32'' octagonal barrel with high polish blue finish silverplated lock and receiver with gold highlights laser carved walnut stock and forend flip up rear sight double set trigger special edition number 10 of 50 serial #SH5143 purchased new in 2004 original purchase price $2534.95. Lot requires FFL or background check.
Sharps Model 4A Derringer .32 caliber rimfire Long 2.5'' round barrel S/N 321. Rosewood grips. Condition: Nice sharp and crisp markings with grey metal and some salt and pepper staining. Rosewood grips with some nicks and dings. Mechanically sound.
Remington-Beals First Model Pocket Percussion Revo .31 cal. 3'' octagonal barrel S/N 32. Gutta percha grips. Missing front sight. Condition: All metal is sharp and grey. Gutta percha grips are excellent.
U. S. Model 1873 Trapdoor Springfield Rifle: U. S. Model 1873 Trapdoor Springfield Rifle, c. 1880, . 45-70 caliber, serial number 131306, walnut stock with a crisp cartouche on the left side dated "1880, " steel fittings, lock marked with an eagle and "U. S. /SPRINGFIELD, " trapdoor marked "U. S. /MODEL/1873, " and the barrel marked "V/P" over an eagle, barrel lg. 32 5/8, overall lg. 52 in. . Estimate $800-1, 200 . . Stock has a few light dings and nicks, trapdoor retains some of its original color case hardening, the lock functions properly, and the bore is sharp and bright. . . . Items may have wear and tear, imperfections, or the effects of aging. Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.
A U.S. Model 1879 trapdoor Springfield rifle with scarce trowel bayonet
Serial no. 224475, .45-70 caliber. 32 inch barrel with standard rifle sights and breech markings. Full stock with SWP cartouche, the date obscured. Together with scarce trowel bayonet, the socket showing traces of patent markings.
Condition: Very good. Metal with dark grey patina showing sharp markings and scattered light pitting. Sound, clean wood with few scattered marks. Bayonet with dark patina showing some minor pitting.
Remington Beals Second Model Cartridge Conversion Revolver .32 rimfire cal. 3" octagonal barrel S/N 807. Marked on top of barrel Beals patent 1856 & 57 Manufacture by Remington's Ilion N.Y. This revolver is pictured in Schif Charles. Remington's First Revolver.?Mowbray 2007: p. 94. Checkered gutta percha grips. A rare prototype converted to a .32 rf cartridge. Condition: Markings are sharp and crisp . Barrel with nice dark brown patina. Cylinder with brown patina. Frame with some light pitting and brown patina. Grips have a worn look.
Cased S&W Model No. 2 Army Revolver.
Serial # 67407 This revolver was manufactured in 1868. The Model was popular as a personal sidearm throughout the Civil War era and it is noted that Wild Bill Hickok carried this model while in Deadwood. Standard features on this revolver are a 6" octagon barrel, blued finish, single action, spur trigger, rosewood grips, square butt, six shot not fluted cylinder and chambered for the .32 rimfire long cartridge. The hinge is strong and tight. Action works as new. Barrel retains approximately 20% of the original factory high polish blue, the majority on the left breech barrel flat and under rib. The cylinder retains approximately 20% of the blue finish. Frame and grip straps retain fully 90% of their original blue. The majority of the case colors remain on hammer. Rosewood grips are near mint. Edges are sharp as new. Near mint bore. This gun appears to have seen very little use and most of the finish loss is simply due to flaking and has turned a soft patina. It is housed in a vintage wood case that may have been repurposed but at the very least has been relined with brown felt. A brass box stamped "H.L.A." contains 50 cartridges.
U. S. Model 1884 Trapdoor Springfield Rifle: U. S. Model 1884 Trapdoor Springfield Rifle, c. 1886, . 45-70 caliber, serial number 364558, walnut stock with a crisp cartouche on the left side of the stock, blued-steel fittings, lock marked "U. S. /SPRINGFIELD, " trapdoor marked "U. S. /MODEL/1884, " with proof marks on the breech, barrel lg. 32 5/8, overall lg. 51 3/4 in. . Estimate $700-900 . . Stock has a few dings and nicks with a crisp cartouche, lock, barrel, and other steel fittings retain almost all of their original blue finish, trapdoor and barrel tang retain some of the color case finish, the action functions properly, and the bore is bright and sharp with some very light scattered pitting. . . . Items may have wear and tear, imperfections, or the effects of aging. Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.
SHARPS AND HANKINS PEPPERBOX PISTOL. .32 caliber four-shot 3 1/2'' barrel cluster checkered gutta percha grips. S/n 2815. Action does not work 30% blue on the barrel cluster.
A Winchester Model 1892 saddle ring carbine with saddle scabbard
Serial no. 933575 for 1924, .32-20 caliber. 20 inch barrel with full magazine and Marbles adjustable buckhorn rear sight. Blued finish. Oil-finished walnut stock and fore-end. Together with period saddle scabbard retaining its attachment straps.
Condition: Very good. Barrel and tube retain 85-90 percent old reblued finish with some areas of very light pitting. Excellent bore. Action retaining generous traces of finish and missing the saddle ring. Excellent wood showing sharp edges and very few light marks. Scabbard in fine condition showing some light scuffing.
**Ithaca Single Barrel Trap Gun Grade 5.
Serial # 402395 This old Ithaca has a 30" barrel with a raised vent rib and choked full. The barrel blue rates 98% and the bore is bright and shiny. The forearm has highly figured walnut with sharp checkering showing only a nick or two. The receiver rates 90% showing some bright case colors. The engraving rates excellent. The left side of the receiver shows a standing pheasant and the right side has a gold inlayed woodcock. The trigger housing screws are not installed properly as they are proud of the metal. The buttstock shows a fleur - de - lis checkering pattern with a LOP of 13" to a Pachmayr recoil pad. Where the wood meets the top of the receiver there is a 1/32" air space. This gun was probably disassembled and not put together properly. That being said the gun is in wonderful condition and with a little TLC it will be ready for the trap field. Included with this gun is a brown Browning leather hard case two barrel set.
Two pepper box pistols: Sharp's second model, .32 caliber with 3 in. barrel, brass frame, four barrels with revolving firing pin, 10 percent original surface with overall pitting, replaced wooden grips ; percussion with six barrels, 2-3/4 revolving barrel, finely checkered wooden grips, European, nickel plated surface with extensive corrosion ; no permits required. Private Collection.
SHARPS MODEL 4B FOUR BARREL PEPPERBOX PISTOL, 32 rimfire long caliber, 2 1/2" barrels, rosewood bird's head grips, blued finish, pivoting catch retains barrel at the front, thumb release allows barrel to be slid forward for loading (in half-cock position), manufactured circa 1865. No FFL or background check required.
EARLY PRODUCTION MARLIN 1881 .45 GOV LEVER RIFLEEarly production Marlin 1881 in desirable .45 Government (.45-70) caliber. This rare example with serial number10466 was made in the 2nd full year of manufacture of 1883. The big Marlin Model 1881 was the first successful lever action rifle capable of handling the powerful .45-70 Government cartridge. It was also offered in .40-60 Marlin, .38-55 and .32-40 calibers. Model 1881s in these calibers are more common than the big .45-70 chambered rifles. Today a Marlin 1881 in .45-70 is a prize. It took Winchester a full five years after the introduction of the Marlin to produce their own rifle in this caliber. Marlin produced the Model 1881 for only 11 years and produced approximately 20,000 rifles combined in all calibers. This example shows fine lightly aged blue on the 24” octagon barrel. The receiver and magazine tube reveal a thinning aged blue to gray patina with blue in the more protected areas and on the spring loaded sliding loading gate. Further, the barrel shows excellent Marlin address and patent markings and is fitted with the original long buckhorn rear sight with elevator bar intact and a Rocky Mountain blade front sight. The solid stock and forearm on this example are particularly fine with tight wood to metal fit and showing only normal light handling. The correct original shotgun butt plate is smooth steel and unaltered. The action is tight with strong springs and positive safety half-cock on the hammer. The bore on this 140 year old Marlin is surprisingly excellent with sharp rifling all the way through. Normally the bore condition on these big black powder rifles is poor to fair, this one is exceptional in that regard. One of the first truly powerfull repeating lever action rifles to grace the American Frontier, the Marlin 1881 was popular with hunters, lawmen and outlaws alike. This example was produced right at the end of the great buffalo harvest and could quite possibly have been used for this purpose. This rifle recently came out of Montana. Serial Number: 10466. This firearm qualifies as an Antique, and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.
Winchester Model 1894 . 32 WS Lever Action Rifle: Included in this lot is a desirable Special Order, early classic Winchester 1894 rifle, with low serial number 300848, in scarce . 32 WS caliber (. 32 Winchester Special). This rifle was made 1904. This example has the rare 26” half-octagon barrel paired with a full length magazine. This is two special order features from Winchester because when a rifle was built with a half-octagon barrel it was paired with a half-magazine, unless the customer specifically requested a full magazine. According to the standard work by George Madis, “The Winchester Handbook”, of the hundreds of thousands of Model 1894 rifles, only 3, 633 had half-octagon barrels. Combined with the special full magazine, this rifle is doubly rare. It is also important to note that the . 32 WS caliber, which was introduced for the Model 1894 Winchester in the year 1902, was actually advertised as a cartridge factory loaded with smokeless powder that could be reloaded with black powder. At this early date, many riflemen on the frontier, where factory ammunition might be difficult to purchase, were more inclined to load their ammunition with a supply of black powder than the new, difficult-to-locate, high-pressure smokeless propellant. This early production 1894 shows fine deep blue on the 26” half-octagon barrel, along with nice blue on the top portion of the magazine with the balance an uncleaned aged patina. The receiver retains fine screws and displays good, aged blue mixing heavily with gray/brown. The fore-end and butt stock are excellent and display a tight wood to metal fit. Additionally, this early 1894 has the standard Winchester buckhorn rear sight paired with a blade with bead front sight, along with sharp and clear correct Winchester markings on the barrel. At one time this fine rifle was fitted with a tang sight that has been removed. The mounting screws for these commonly found sights remain; replacing such a tang sight would be simple. The 1894 was one of the most popular of Winchester’s models and thousands are still used regularly today. The 1894 was also known as the “Klondike Model”, as many found their way to the Yukon Gold Rush of the last years of the 1890s and into the 20th century. It was equally as popular east and west of the Mississippi and big game hunter/conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, was known to have used a Winchester 1894. This example boasts a tight action and fine bore with good rifling all the way through. For such an early production example, this is a truly fine 1894; it is in better condition than usually encountered on the collector’s market today. Considering its special order barrel and magazine, it would be a prize for any collector. This firearm qualifies as a Curio & Relic, and requires FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.
A French Model 1866 Chassepot bolt action rifle
Serial no. F57227, 11mm. Standard military model with 32 inch barrel dated 1867. Walnut stock with faint armory marking.
Condition: Very good. Smooth bright grey metal showing some light pitting and generally sharp markings. Manufactory marks removed from action, probably indicating capture by Germany. Sound, clean wood with scattered light marks.
Model 1819 Hall Breech-loading Flintlock Rifle .52 caliber 32.625" barrel length. Breechblock marked J.H Hall H. Ferry U.S. dated 1826. Browned finish with walnut stock.? With the original angular bayonet. Condition: All metal is very sharp and crisp with a nice chocolate brown finish. Stock has a nice dark opened-grained look.?There is a circle?by the tang where the wood chipped out and was properly glued back long ago. This is the only defect.?This rifle is very crisp.
Full-Stock Percussion Rifle by F. W. Vale .32 cal. 38.5" octagonal barrel.? Top of barrel marked?F. W. Vale. Lockplate marked Leman Lancaster Pa.? Double-set triggers brass furniture.? Walnut stock with cheek piece. Condition: Barrel and lock are sharp and crisp with nice brown patina. Stock has been refinished.
Winchester Model 1894 Rifle - Manufactured in 1895: Winchester Model 1894 with the earliest possible production manufacture date, serial number 13660, which according to the Winchester records housed at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, indicates a manufacture date of 1895. When the Model 1894 rifle was introduced in that same year it was chambered only in the black powder loaded caliber's of . 32-40 (. 32 caliber bullet with 40 grains of black powder) or . 38-55. Once Winchester perfected barrel steel that would withstand the new smokeless powder pressures along with copper jacketed bullets instead of lead slugs, the revolutionary, and still popular, . 30 WCF (also known as the . 30-30 Winchester cartridge) was introduced. This occurred in 1895, the year this example was manufactured. Thus, this rifle is one of the very first to ever be chambered for this exceptional cartridge. In 1895 Winchester was still producing mostly . 32-40 and . 38-55 rifles, as these were the accepted rounds of the day. To find one of the first smokeless . 30 WCF rifles from 1895 is nearly impossible today and few have come to light on the collector market in recent times. This rifle shows fine blue on the standard 26” round barrel and full magazine. The barrel retains all the clear and sharp early Winchester address stampings. The upper tang behind the hammer also retains the correct very early markings “MODEL 1894” over “WINCHESTER” over “PAT. AUG. 21, 1894. ” The receiver reveals a lovely dark aged blue appearance with excellent screw heads and fine blue on the loading gate. Sights consist of a high blade/bead front sight with a buckhorn rear sight complete with intact elevation bar. The walnut stock and forend is nicely figured with good, rich color and shows only light handling and very tight wood to metal fit. The Model 1894 was a popular rifle with lawmen, sportsmen and especially with the Klondike Gold Seekers in Alaska beginning in 1898. Many consider this Jonathan Browning designed rifle to be the finest and most modern tubular magazine lever action rifle Winchester ever produced. A rare opportunity to acquire a classic, first year production and historically significant Winchester. This firearm qualifies as an Antique, and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check. Condition For a complete representation of condition and for additional images please call 800-686-4216. It is the buyer’s responsibility to view each image and preview the item to determine condition.
Model 1865 Springfield First Allin Two-Band Rifle .58 cal. 32.5" round barrel. Lockplate marked with eagle US and Springfield and dated 1865. Correct lockplate date and has the cut to allow the extractor to work properly. Top of buttplate has rack number.? Walnut stock.? These were made up and used as Cadet rifles by military schools and academies. Condition: Barrel is grey with some black staining. Breechblock is a dark mottled grey. Lockplate is grey with sharp and crisp?markings.?Stock is excellent with some nicks and dings and two very nice cartouches.
Winchester Model 1894 Special Order Takedown Rifle: This lot features a Winchester 1894 special order takedown rifle made with a rare half-octagon barrel in the less common caliber of . 32 Winchester Special. This rifle, with serial number 214396, was made in 1904, indicating this was an early, second year production for this caliber that was introduced in 1902. This is a superb example of a special order Model 1894 that shows fine blue on both receiver sides and only thinning blue on the bolt and bottom of the receiver. The barrel and magazine also show fine blue and excellent, correct markings on the upper tang, as well as on the barrel. The takedown is tight, as is the wood to metal fit. Winchester often chose a higher grade of walnut to be used on special order and takedown rifles, and that was the case with this rifle as the butt stock reveals a particularly attractive grain pattern. While this rifle is in superior condition, it shows it was used on horseback. This is indicated by a typical saddle rub spot on the upper left side of the forearm. This is caused by a right handed hunter gripping the rifle by the wrist and resting the forearm over the front of the saddle. There is a similar rub area just behind the lever that is probably from riding in a saddle scabbard. This kind of honest wear adds to the western flavor of this fine and early Winchester rifle. Additionally, this Model 1894 is fitted with the correct . 32 Special smokeless rear sight, which was used only for this caliber, and is also marked with early patent dates. It is paired with a standard Winchester blade front sight. The bore is bright, sharp, and excellent all the way through; the screw heads are also excellent and the action is tight. The Browning designed 1894 was one of the most popular of Winchester’s models and thousands are still used regularly today. The 1894 was also known as the “Klondike Model”, as many found their way to the Yukon Gold Rush of the last years of the 1890s and into the 20th century. It was equally popular east and west of the Mississippi and big game hunter/conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, was known to have used several Model 1894s on his various hunts. This is a truly fine 1894 with desirable special order features that is in better condition than usually encountered on the collector market today, especially for such an early production example. It would be a prize for any firearms collector. Serial Number: 214396. This firearm qualifies as a Curio & Relic firearm and requires FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.
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