Pair of important firearms auctions to be held Sept. 6th A pair of outstanding single-owner lifetime firearms collections will be sold without reserve in back-to-back auctions on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the St. Charles Convention Ctr. in St. Charles, Mo.
TWO OUTSTANDING SINGLE-OWNER LIFETIME FIREARMS COLLECTIONS WILL CROSS
THE BLOCK SEPTEMBER 6th AT THE ST. CHARLES CONVENTION CENTER IN MISSOURI
(St. Charles, Mo.) - A pair of outstanding single-owner lifetime firearms collections will be sold without reserve in two auctions slated for Saturday, September 6, at the St. Charles Convention Center. The two-session event will be conducted by Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Ks. Both collections were amassed by dedicated firearms collectors from Missouri, but they are dissimilar in many respects.
The Brinker Collection comprises about 300 lots of firearms, most of them Belgium Brownings, Smith & Wesson and Colt manufactures, plus wartime firearms. Mr. Brinker, who passed away in 1997, acquired his weapons over a 30-year period. He bought most of what he owned brand new, and he liked to keep each piece in their original box. Most of his firearms are in like-new condition, still in the box.
Dr. Allen Luger, on the other hand, enjoyed vintage firearms, like the twenty early Winchester rifles that will cross the block September 6. All are pre-1964, and some were manufactured prior to 1900 -- so old the government doesn't even recognize them as firearms, but collectibles. Also sold will be about 40 High Standard firearms, the high-quality semi-automatic handguns Dr. Luger also collects.
“The great thing about these sales is that there is virtually no duplication or cross-over,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “One is as fascinating and unique as the other, and that's a good thing for firearms enthusiasts who will be bidding, presumably at both auctions.” The Brinker Collection will be sold from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. After a brief break, Dr. Luger's collection will be sold, starting at 5:30 p.m.
All the Brownings in The Brinker Collection are Belgium manufacture. Also from his collection are about 25,000 rounds of ammunition; these will be split into 25-30 lots. “Since Mr. Brinker's death, his wife has kept his vast collection in a secure location in their house,” said Mr. Woody. “She just felt now was the right time to make his collection available to folks who appreciate high-quality firearms.”
Some of the firearms in The Brinker Collection expected to pique bidder interest include:
A pair of Colt “SAA Single-Action Army” .357 Magnum handguns, chrome finish, 3.75” barrels, with stag handles, like new, in presentation case.
A commemorative Browning “A5 Classic” 12-gauge shotgun with brushed nickel finish, 28” barrel, new in the box, one of only 5,000 manufactured.
A Winchester “M1 Garand” 30-06 Cal service-grade rifle with military Parkerized finish, 24” barrel, all purchase and acquisition papers.
A Colt “Delta Elite” 10mm handgun with blue finish, 5” barrel, like new in the box.
Three Belgium Browning firearms, including a high-power 9mm handgun, a pocket model 380 and a Baby Browning .25ACP; all with blue finish and in like-new condition, in the presentation case.
A Smith & Wesson Model “19-3” .357 Magnum handgun with blue finish and 4” barrel; Texas Ranger commemorative