Garth's Announces Firearms & Americana January 6-7 Auction to start 2012 With 465 lots of firearms, bladed weapons & related material to be sold in the same weekend with 600+ lots of fine Americana including formal and painted furniture, folk art, ceramics, fine art and mo
West Virginia, attended West Point, and served in the Black Hawk War before returning to civilian life as a lawyer in Licking County, Ohio. In 1846, he was appointed an adjutant general of the Ohio militia, but resigned to re-enlist in the US Army during the Mexican War. It was then he began his career as a military paymaster, ultimately overseeing all military payroll during and after the Civil War. Brice is credited with modernizing military pay in the later years of the Civil War.
A great selection of approximately 54 Colt revolvers will be offered including an ID’D Confederate Colt Model 1860 Army revolver estimated at $2,000-4,000. The .44 caliber, bears an engraved Naval scene on the 7 1/2" round barrel. It is accompanied by the original leather flap holster with old typed label identifying the original owner as Colonel Tim Reeves [sic]. A Baptist preacher in peacetime, Timothy Reves served as a captain in the 15th Missouri Cavalry, then later as its colonel, and was thus assigned to McCray's Brigade, Fagan's Division, Army of Missouri under Major General Sterling Price. An ID’D Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver is engraved on the grip strap "Lt. Col. Jas. L. Graham." Estimated at $1,500-2,500, the revolver likely followed Graham from enlistment in 12th New York Infantry in May 1861 where he received the rank of lieutenant-colonel through when he mustered out of the 12th NYVI in June and was later commissioned a captain in the 12th New York Cavalry where he served until 1864 when he resigned for personal reasons. A rare engraved and cased Colt Model 1855 sidehammer “root” revolver will also cross the block with an estimate of $2,500-5,000.
The Smith and Wesson revolvers sold will include a Model No. 1 estimated at $2,500-5,000 in part to the rare original gutta percha case with high-relief revolver illustrated on the top. There are two rare Remington Model 1890 single-action Army revolvers in the sale bearing serial numbers #670 and #1041 each estimated to bring $3,000-5,000. An engraved New Haven volcanic lever-action repeating pistol is an attractive No. 1 Pocket Model adorned with an engraved and silver-plated brass frame and walnut grips.
Over 75 early cased photographs, including civilians and soldiers, some identified will sell – some individually and some in groups. A group of three tintypes of men in uniform with flags is estimated $200-400. An assortment of bladed weapons will be offered – one including the sixth plate ambrotype of the officer with his sword and a Colt Model 1849 pocket revolver in his belt. This aforementioned staff and field officer's sword with brass American eagle guard and pommel and bone grips (estimate $1,500-2,500) belonged to Sergeant William W. Thompson, Co. G, 12th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry. Captured at Plymouth, North Carolina, who died at Andersonville Prison Camp. Included with the sword are copies of Thompson's muster roll and letters including one noting Thompson's death.
AMERICANA: The Collection of Carl & Joyce Mueller of Tallmadge, Ohio plus additions.