$4,750 CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE OFFICER INSCRIBED 1851 NAVY REVOLVER AND $3,000 WWII COLT 1911A1 PISTOL A rare Confederate Officer inscribed Civil War revolver realized $4,750 and a World War II Colt 1911A1 pistol saw $3,000 in Cordier Auction’s Firearms & Militaria auction held on March 24, 2013.
of America 75th Anniversary Commemorative sold above estimate for $1,000.
Prices were strong among modern handguns. A Colt DiamondBack revolver with a four inch barrel realized $850 while an FNH Hi-power pistol in 9mm went for $700. A Walther PPK/S in .22 caliber saw spirited bidding and hammered down above estimate at $850. A Smith & Wesson Model 53 revolver in the rare .22 Jet caliber with a monstrous 8-3/8” barrel brought $950 while a new-in-box Colt 1911, representing a reproduction version of the World War I pistol, hammered down at $1,000. Both were above estimate. The diamond in the rough for this category was a Smith & Wesson Pre-War Kit Gun revolver in .22 caliber made just prior to World War II. This handgun was a 5-screw version of an early Smith & Wesson revolver. After an aggressive bidding session between two bidders in the room, the piece finally hammered down at $1,200, well above the estimate of $300 to $500.
Highlights from the long gun category included a beautiful H&R Small Bore Double Hammer shotgun in 28 gauge which sold right at the high estimate of $800. A Winchester 1884 realized $700 while an 1886 model hammered down at $850. A Browning A-bolt Bighorn Sheep rifle also sold right at the high estimate of $1,200 while a nice Winchester Model 70 in .458 Winchester magnum realized $1,000.
Military collectibles included items from pre-Civil War through the Vietnam Era. A US Army 1832 artillery waist belt realized $500 while a World War II era Hamilton Navigation Master pocket watch sold for $450, both above estimate. A 19th century gunner’s powder horn hammered down within estimate at $375 while a Civil War artillery gunner’s pouch saw $300.
The Edged Weapon category saw aggressive bidding from the internet. Highlights were a relic Confederate sword from the Shiloh battlefield and several Nazi daggers. The Confederate sword was mounted on a piece of rough cut lumber and hammered down at $425, well above estimate. Two unit marked Nazi Police dress daggers with scabbards sold for $600 and $375 while a World War II era Chinese Nationalist Airforce dagger worn during the Sino-Japanese war of 1937-1945 sold above estimate for $425. A bidder from the room stepped up on a Nazi Army dagger with its scabbard and porte pee, which realized $375.
Other highlighted items included a miniature photo of Abraham Lincoln that realized $225 and a bronze, After Frederic Remington, which sold for $325. Numerous Ned Smith prints were offered, selling for $60 to $140. However, a surprise came when a print entitled “Waiting for Dawn” crossed the block and sold to a bidder in the room for $850.
Cordier’s next Firearms and Militaria auction is set for the summer at their auction facility located at 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Consignments including antique and modern firearms, edged weapons and military collectibles are currently being accepted.
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