Morphy Auctions sale features rare firearms and fishing lures

45 Caliber

45 Caliber

2016-10-11 13:45:51

From famous firearms to fishing lures, an upcoming sale at Morphy Auctions is set to offer investment-grade relics across two days in Pennsylvania.

"We are thrilled to welcome firearms, fishing, and militaria collectors to this very exciting auction event," said Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions.

"We are offering a wide range of top tier merchandise in a number of important and complementary categories.  This sale will be an ideal combination of quality, variety, and rarity with selections that fall within everyone’s budgets.

"The Henry Lever Action repeating rifle has caught my eye; it has such an amazing provenance and is truly a piece of living history! Please attend this auction in person if you can, it’s worth a trip from anywhere."

The Henry Lever rifle in question is regarded as one of the finest to surface in the hobby in recent years. It was initially issued to Private Matthew Johnson, Company K, 73rd Regiment, U.S. Veterans Volunteer Infantry, on May 13th, 1865, and having survived remarkably intact for more than 150 years, it is now expected to sell for $40,000 - $75,000.

Leading the auction is an historic Francotte Grade A Trap Boxlock shotgun attributed to former US president Theodore Roosevelt.

Roosevelt was renowned as an outdoorsman with a passion for hunting, and he was known to gift guns to close friends and hunting guides during trips. Offered with a letter of provenance from the 1950s, recounting how the former owner's father was given the gun by Roosevelt, along with a testimonials from the curator of the NRA museum, the shotgun comes with an estimate of $50,000 - $80,000.

Notable lots amongst the 150 handguns on offer include a Paris Second Model LeMat revolver, estimated at $14,000 - $18,000; the finest Volcanic Arms large frame repeating pistol ever offered by Morphy Auctions, estimated at $18,000 - $24,000; and an incredible set of four consecutive Portuguese Lugers, dating from 1935 and priced at $30,000 - $50,000.

And for collectors of vintage fishing lures and artifacts, standout lots will include a 71” long ice fishing spear attributed to knife maker William Scagel, estimated at $15,000 - $20,000, and a Philbrook & Paine marbleized salmon reel, circa 1880, estimated at $15,000 - $20,000. 

The Morphy Auctions Firearms, Militaria & Sporting sale takes place in Pennsylvania on November 5-6.

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