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
fluted cylinder, New York address, and walnut grips adorn the piece which comes in a mahogany case with flask, mold, and other accoutrements (estimate $1,500-2,500). A Colt Model 1851Navy revolver stands out thank to the cylinder with engraved naval scene. The .36 caliber weapon with the 7 1/2" octagonal barrel, large brass trigger guard, and walnut grips should fetch $1,000-2,000. A Colt Model 1860 Army revolver (.44 caliber), a cased Colt Model 1849 pocket revolver (.31 caliber), and a Colt Model 1861 Navy Richards-Mason conversion revolver (.38 caliber rimfire) are each expected to sell for $1,000-2,000.
A Naval cutlass by Ames Manufacturing Company and a Model 1860 Staff and Field officer’s sword are among the bladed weapons to be sold. The array of accoutrement among the session includes many cartridge belts, bullet molds, bayonets, scabbards, and an incredible Civil War photograph album (estimate $1,000-2,000). A Sharps New Model 1859 Military rifle, .52 caliber, 30" round barrel with three bands, and S/n 39576 is another exciting option at $3,000-$5,000.
While not from the Hallock collection, an amazing group of 19 taxidermy whole, half and head mounts will be offered at the end of the weapons session. They will likely make bidders feel they have been hunting or on a safari when they enter the gallery. The consignor collected what Garth’s staff is calling the “nicest collection of mounts” the company has ever handled from the full body examples of an African lion (estimate $2,000-4,000), a Grizzly bear (estimate $2,000-4,000), a mountain lion/cougar (estimate $4,000-6,000) and a polar bear (estimate $8,000-12,000) to smaller head mounts of bison, impala, gazelle, sheep and a stunning zebra (estimate $2,000-3,000).
MEDICAL: The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Megna
Energetic, bright, engaged and direct, Bridget & Bob Megna's spirited approach to everything they do is at once refreshing and a little intimidating – but, not for long. Their dedication and enthusiasm for their collections is contagious as Mrs. Megna once commented about their purchasing habits, “I'm not sure we had any criteria – we just loved the stuff. Really, we loved the stuff.” Taking stock of the medical collection, displayed in their historic home outside Dallas, Texas, one could quickly conclude that at least two forces were guiding their buying: form and history. Mrs. Megna admits to being attracted by the whimsical and unusual while the good doctor was all about research and history. This great combination took them to auctions and shops all over the world. Trips weren't always planned around shopping for their collection – but, on every trip, they found themselves looking. From the streets of London to rural roadsides in Texas, they methodically built a collection that is at once fascinating and simple in its focus.
A group of glass and ceramic apothecary jars is among the most recognizable of the medical antiques. A Royal Doulton “Leeches” jar with a cobalt glaze and hand-painted label measures 9 ½” high and carries an estimate of $6,000-7,000. A pair of Staffordshire jars with cobalt