FIREARMS & MEDICAL ANTIQUES HEADLINE GARTH’S ANNUAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND AMERICANA AUCTION With 150+ lots of firearms, bladed weapons and related material, 150+ lots of antique medical equipment, fine art and accessories, and 600+ lots of fine Americana including formal and painted furnitur
News-Antique.com - Aug 16,2011 - With 150+ lots of firearms, bladed weapons and related material, 150+ lots of antique medical equipment, fine art and accessories, and 600+ lots of fine Americana including formal and painted furniture, folk art, ceramics, fine art and more, the Annual Labor Day Weekend Auction to be held September 2-3 by Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers, will trigger a holiday gathering of faithful collectors and dealers. All three sessions will offer bidders a variety of interesting objects, fascinating stories, and competitive bidding.
FIREARMS: The Collection of the M.O. Hallock Family plus additions
It is appropriate that Macy O. Hallock collected Civil War firearms, as he was a relative of Civil War General Henry W. Halleck (the family name has been spelled different ways over the generations). Of course, Hallock collected more than just guns—a 1940 newspaper article written about him describes some of his “25 collections,” including American Indian relics (his primary passion), as well as smoking pipes, fossils, buttons, coins, and much more. When the Hallock family decided to begin dispersing its multi-generational collection, Garth’s was honored to have been chosen to sell the items.
A dealer as well as a collector, Hallock and his wife, Clara, exhibited at many antique shows in the Midwest in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, often in period costume portraying Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. It wasn’t long before Macy’s son, also named Macy, joined the game, helping his father drive to and from shows, setting up their booths, and of course, selling all manner of antiques. Today, the tradition continues as the children and grandchildren of the younger Macy travel with their father and grandfather to shows. These days, however, the family’s focus is principally on Civil War firearms, edged weapons, and accoutrements. This session will include a wonderfully broad and deep collection from the Hallock family of muskets, rifles, revolvers, swords, bayonets and accoutrements, plus a handful of additions from other consignors.
One of three Colt revolving rifles to be sold will start of the Friday session. The Colt Model 1855 revolving rifle is a .56 caliber, 5-shot cylinder, with a 31 3/16" octagon-round barrel. The Colt markings on top strap, cylinder, and left side of frame, in addition to a full walnut stock and bayonet with ribbed brass hilt and slightly curved blade should encourage bidders to pursue the rifle(S/N 1550) to the $3,000-6,000 range. The weapon also retains its original leather and brass scabbard.
Of the numerous Harper’s Ferry rifle muskets to be sold, a Model 1855 .58 caliber example with a 33" round barrel comes with its socket bayonet, scabbard and "US" frog. Dated 1860, the rifle has a Maynard tape primer compartment, iron hardware, and a walnut stock which should help drive it to a sale price of $4,000-6,000.
A great selection of Colt and Smith and Wesson revolvers will be offered, including cased examples. A cased Colt Root Model 1855 pocket revolver is a sidehammer, fifth model with a .31 caliber and a 3 1/2" round barrel. A