Top 10: Antique Rifles

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2015-06-26 10:27:37

10. Original “one of one thousand” 1873 Winchester - $190,000

The very fine quality of the engraving work on this rare “one of one thousand” Winchester has led experts to suggest it is the work of master engraver John Ulrich. The rifle, which features a 12 inch octagon barrel, has been fitted with a deluxe 3x fancy figured walnut stock and forend with factory checking. It was sold by Rock Island Auction Company for approaching $200,000 in April 2012.

9. John Ulrich Engraved Deluxe 1886 Winchester - $201,000

This finely decorated gun had been on display at the Cody Firearms Museum for many years before its sale in October 2011. It’s a spectacular example of a gold inlaid Deluxe takedown Model 86 in .33 WCF.

8. Sharps Model 1875 Centennial Edition Rifle - $201,250

A Sharps Model 1875 long range single shot, specially designed for display in the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, was sold by James D. Julia in March 2012 for $201,250.

7. Nash Buckingham’s Bo Whoop - $201,250

Thought for many years to be a long-lost treasure, Nash Buckingham’s 12-gauge HE Grade Super Fox shotgun sold for just over $200,000 in March 2010. The original Bo Whoop is considered to be an integral piece of waterfowling history. It disappeared for close to 58 years after allegedly being balanced by Nash on the back fender of a car that drove away.

6. “One of a kind” Gold and Nickel Winchester - $300,900

This relief engraved, luxurious gold and nickel Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifle came to sale in 2012 from the Wes Adams Estate Collection. The rifle just exceeded its $300,000 high estimate.

5. 1873 Lever Action Winchester - $316,250

A scarce 1873 lever action Winchester 1873 was sold for $116,000 more than its high estimate of $200,000 at James D. Julia in March 2012.

4. Ernest Hemmingway’s Wesley Richards Single Trigger – $339,250

This .577 NE dbl rifle was used by American author and journalist, Ernest Hemmingway, during his infamous African safari in the 1950s. It is also thought to be one of the guns used by Hemmingway during his 1940s Nazi sub-hunting expedition. WWII historian, Paul Fussell, notes in ‘Hemmingway on War and its Aftermath’: “Hemmingway got into considerable trouble playing infantry captain to a group of resistance people that he gathered.”

3. “One of one hundred” Winchester Rifle - $373,750

A Winchester 1st Model 1873 was sold for $373,750 at a James D. Julia sale in 2010. This lever action rifle is thought to be from a production run of just one hundred, and is considered to be the finest of its type by collectors.

2. Rare, John Ulrich-engraved Winchester Model 1873 - $391,000

This exceptionally rare Winchester 1873 rifle comes from the Robert H. Coleman family collection and features gold-inlaid engravings by master firearms engraver, John Ulrich. John Ulrich and his brother Conrad Ulrich both worked predominantly for Winchester during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The rifle was sold by gun specialists James d. Julia in 2011.

1. President Roosevelt’s 1908 Shotgun - $862,500

This 1908 custom-made, gold-inlaid, Presidential Fox shotgun was sold at a James D. Julia auction in October 2010 for the record breaking price of $862,500 – making it the most valuable rifle ever to be sold at auction. It is thought to have been one of the guns used on the President’s extensive hunting trips.

 

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