Colt Model 1875 Gatling Gun to be sold by Fontaine's Sept. 12 A full slate of three auctions, including a Civil War & Militaria Auction planned for Sunday, Sept. 12, will be held by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. (Sept. 11, 12 and 25).
News-Antique.com - Aug 31,2010 - (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – A full slate of three auctions, including a Civil War & Militaria Auction planned for Sunday, Sept. 12, will be held by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s spacious gallery facility at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. The centerpiece of the Sept. 12 event promises to be an authentic Colt Gatling Gun, expected to bring over $150,000.
The month will kick off on Friday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m., with an Antique Discovery Auction that will feature over 600 lots from prominent local estates and collections. Offered will be about 50 pieces from the Arts & Crafts Movement (Stickley, Limbert, etc.), a vintage clock collection, artwork, sterling silver, cut glass, coins, bronzes, art glass, cameo glass and more.
The following day, Sept. 12, also with an 11 a.m. start time, will be the Civil War & Militaria Auction. The day will be packed with nearly 500 lots of firearms, swords, Civil War items, saddles, daguerreotypes, uniforms, buckles, canteens, letters, ephemera and more, to include the aforementioned Gatling Gun. A replica model 1862 Gatling Gun will also be sold.
The third September sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, beginning at 10 a.m. It will be an unreserved estate auction (everything sells, regardless of price), featuring over 650 fresh to the market items offered in two sessions. Sold will be a fine Newport, R.I., Ocean Avenue estate (name withheld per request of the heirs). All items will be transported to the gallery in Pittsfield.
The contents of the estate represent a vast array of silver, Russian enamel, period furniture, paintings, Mettlach steins, Tiffany pieces, cloisonne, carved jade, Oriental rugs, European & Asian porcelains and more.
Bidding for the Sept. 11 sale will be live, phone and absentee, with no online bidding component. Internet bidding for the Sept. 12 auction will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Proxibid.com and the Fontaine's Auction Gallery website (www.fontainesauction.net). Online bidding for the Sept. 25 sale will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Fontaine's website.
In the Sept. 12 firearms auction, keen advance interest has already been expressed in the Colt Gatling gun (Model 1875, Serial No. 135, manufactured in Hartford, Conn., in 1875). At a Fontaine’s auction held Aug. 15-16, 2009, a Colt Model 1883 .45 caliber Gatling gun sold for a respectable $172,500.
The Gatling gun is named after the man who invented it, Richard J. Gatling, and was a 19th century precursor to the modern-day machine gun. The example set to cross the block Sept. 12 comes out of the private arms collection of Peter and Patty Murray. It comes complete with carriage, trunnion and tripod. It is expected to realize $150,000-$250,000.
The gun has enjoyed two careers of sorts. Its first incarnation, of course, was as a weapon for the U.S. Army. That began when the gun was shipped by the Gatling Gun Co. (a subsidiary of Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Mfg. Co., Inc.) from Hartford on Oct. 13, 1875. But the piece also was used by MGM Studios in