Rifles, powder horns and a Tiffany sword at Cowan’s



2015-06-26 10:45:52

Rifles, powder horns and a Tiffany sword at Cowan’s

Cowan’s auctions have announced details of their Fall Historic Firearms and Early Militaria Auction, to be held on October 25th-26th.

Around 1,200 historic firearms and items of militaria spanning the 18th-20th centuries will be offered, featuring American and European sporting arms, rifles, swords and armour and uniforms.

A large selection of Kentucky rifles, Civil War percussion revolvers, and carved powder horns are highlights. A Kentucky flintlock rifle by John Armstrong is expected to fetch £150,000-$200,000. A Kentucky flintlock rifle by William Walker is valued at $25,000-$30,000.

‘Kentucky rifle’ is the popular name of the American Long Rifle, nicknamed due to a popular early 19th century song ‘The Hunters of Kentucky’. Many of these rifles were manufactured in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky. The guns were heavily employed in the War of 1812.

One highly anticipated lot is a cased Tiffany presentation sword of Lt. Samuel P. Ferris of the 8th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, a career regular officer twice brevetted for gallantry during the Civil War. It is expected to fetch $45,000-$60,000.

A Colt Aircrewman AF-1, presented to one of the first directors of the CIA, Hoyt S. Vandenberg, is expected to fetch $30,000-$50,000. A prototype Searle semi-automatic pistol in working condition including mechanical drawings and patent letters is valued at $15,000-$25,000.

Engraved powder horns, used to carry gunpowder before the days of the breech loader, will also make an appearance. Horns by Tim Tansel and John Tansel are expected to fetch up to $15,000 each, and an engraved powder horn attributed to Solomon Crosby, $10,000-$15,000.

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