Antique shotgun headlines Bonhams’ arms sale



2015-06-26 11:17:46

Antique shotgun headlines Bonhams’ arms sale

Bonhams’ 330-lot Antique Arms & Armor and Sporting Guns auction realised a total of $634,250, headlined by a rare 12 gauge A-1 Special Parker Brothers boxlock shotgun two barrel set, sold for $70,200.

This gun was manufactured in 1905. Only 37 of the A-1 Specials were produced with Whitworth steel barrels.

The second highest achieving lot was a fine cased Gustave Young engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver, sold for $35,100.

Other firearms of note in the sale included a previously undocumented full stock flintlock rifle, circa 1810-20 by Frederick Sell, one of the most significant Pennsylvanian rifle makers. This sold for $25,740. A pair of James Purdey & Sons 12 gage self-opening sidelock ejector guns, circa 1906, fetched $23,400.

Yet firearms were not the only items that attracted high bids at the San Francisco auction. A Winchester Repeating Arms Company ‘Inverted V’ cartridge board, dated 1888, sold for $32,760.

Two items of armor were also popular, a black and white three-quarter suit dating from the 16th century selling for $23,400, and a fine 19th century full suit of armor for $21,060. Some interesting uniform items followed, a Federal dragoon helmet dating from 1823 sold for $2,340 and an 1832 infantry officer’s dress uniform ensemble for $4,387.

A rare coffin hilt bowie knife made by Gravely & Wreaks in 1839 headed up the edged weapons, fetching $25,740. In addition many interesting knives were offered from around the world, including an intricately decorated Indian Katar, sold for $4,446.

Pieces of advertisement art from gunmakers did well, a 1911 Winchester Repeating Firearms poster of ‘Two Hunters’ shooting at goats selling for $2,925, a 1909 Winchester Repeating Arms Company poster ‘Two Grouse Flying’ by Edward Knoble selling for $1,989, and an H. S. Moskowitz canvas ‘Father and son hunters’, used to advertise Peters Ammunition Company, sold for $2,574.

A selection of Bronze Age axe heads, spearpoints and daggers, as well as weapons from all over the Orient, rounded out the eclectic sale of arms and armor throughout history and across the world.

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