Antique Gatling Gun tops Heritage military auctions
A three-day Heritage event offering rare and historic military memorabilia has realized more than $3 million in Dallas.
The sales began on December 12, with the Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction. The auction was topped by a Griswold & Gunnison .36 Caliber Percussion Revolver, offered with its original Confederate brown leather holster in "untouched 'attic' condition", which sold for $22,500.
Competition from fourteen bidders saw an extremely rare Civil War recruitment broadside from 1863 seeking African-American soldiers also bring $22,500; and a rare handwritten letter signed by Confederal General Stonewall Jackson, and sent to General Joseph E. Johnston on March 16, 1862, achieved $20,000.
Next up on December 13 was the Stephen Saathoff Civil War & Militaria Collection, featuring a wealth of military uniforms and caps. Leading the sale was a rare piece of superbly-preserved Civil War headgear, in the form of a Commercially-produced 14th Forage Cap issued by New Hampshire in 1862. Still retaining its original leather chin strap, the cap sold for $20,000.
The collection also saw notable results for a Calvary Officer's frock coat, accompanied by a group of items owned by Captain Luman G. Pierce of the 8th Illinois Cavalry, which sold for $18,750; and a Forage Cap retaining its Original 2nd Corps Badge and Regimental Insignia of the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry, which brought $17,500.
The biggest sale of the weekend was achieved on December 14, during the Arms & Armor Signature Auction. A U.S. Colt Model 1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun, a limited production weapon tracked by its #207 serial number as a documented U.S. Army purchase, sold for an impressive $395,000.
Further firearms to achieve top prices in the sale included a fine U.S. Colt Single Action Army Revolver which sold for $62,500, and a Sam Colt Engraved Model 1851 Squareback which realized $37,500.
"Collectors' demand for fresh-to-market firearms and Civil War relics with strong provenance always brings strong results," said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. "All three auctions held something for every collector."
In total the three sales achieved a combined result of $3.16 million.
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