First Model Henry Rifle Sets a Record in Cowan's Fall Firearms and Early Militaria Auction Cowan's October 27 and 28, 2010 Historic Firearms and Early Militia Auction totaled over $1.6 million, with a record price set for a First Model Henry Rifle.
News-Antique.com - Nov 08,2010 - CINCINNATI- Cowan's Historic Firearms and Early Militia Auction took place on October 27 and 28, 2010, featuring a large collection of rifles, shotguns, modern handguns, uniforms, swords, firearm paraphernalia, and a fantastic collection of engraved powderhorns. With over 554 bidders from 10 countries, the 1663-lot auction realized over $1.6 million in sales.
The highest selling lot of the sale was a First Model Henry Rifle which realized $207,000 over its $85,000-125,000 estimate. The rifle brought a great round of applause after hammering down as two bidders battled for it. This firearm descended through six generations of the same illustrious Ohio family since its original purchase in 1860 by scion Samuel Livingston Mather, himself a blood relative of the prominent Mather clan associated with early Puritan Connecticut.
The sales third highest selling lot was a 16th century Italian Milanese Helmet which hammered down at $51,750, quadrupling its pre-auction estimate of $10,000-15,000. This outstanding steel etched helmet is in excellent condition and is an important piece of Italian cultural heritage.
A collection of engraved powderhorns also did well in the auction. A French and Indian War Engraved New York Map Horn realized $11,500. A Frederick Humphrey 1776 Engraved Powderhorn also realized $11,500.00. An Engraved New York Map Powderhorn brought $8,050 and a Micmac Carved Horn realized $6,900.
A Full-Stock Percussion Kentucky Rifle by John Armstrong hammered down at $94,875, doubling its pre-auction estimate of $35,000-65,000. Overall this is a very beautiful rifle and as always the John Armstrong rifle stands out and is truly a great example of this “Golden Age” rifle maker.
A collection of German Schuetzen rifles also inspired competitive bidding in the auction. An outstanding Schuetzen by J.J. Fleischer Zwickit Gold Inlay Rifle realized $34,500 over its $20,000-30,000 estimate. A German Schuetzen Target Rifle, a German Schuetzen Rifle by Haenel, and a German Schuetzen Rifle by Miller and Valgrass all realized $4,025.
A Model 1903 Ramrod Springfield Rifle brought $20,700 at the auction. This rifle has never been touched and was found in a home in New Jersey. Springfield Research lists this rifle by serial number as being shipped to the governor of New Jersey, Franklin Murphy. Springfield arsenal gave one to each state governor. Real rod bayonet rifles are seldom found today in untouched condition and very seldom come up for sale.
An Excellent collection of Loveless Knives sold well above their pre-auction estimates. An R.W. Loveless Ivory Fighter Knife realized $6,900, doubling its pre-auction estimate of $2,500-3,500. An R.W. Loveless Wilderness Knife brought $5,750 over its $2,500-3,500 estimate and a R.W. Loveless Chute Knife realized $4,887.50 over its estimate of $1,500-2,500.
The gun that killed Bonnie and Clyde, a Colt Nickel Plated Revolver with Docs also sold in the auction and hammered down at $5,175.
A Colt Advertising of a Cowgirl Shooting a Leopard realized $9,200.
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