Milestone’s October 23 Old and Modern Firearms Auction is full of unique productions
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – A select selection of newly discovered firearms that have never been auctioned before will be the star of Milestone’s Premier Antique & Modern Firearms Sale on October 23, 2021. After months From long trips and visits to private collections, the Milestone gun team has won a number of major awards, including guns produced in very small numbers or for a specific agency, guns with a low rate of survival and the first historically significant examples of design innovations. The live auction will take place in the comfortable Milestone-designed auction gallery in the suburbs of Cleveland, with all forms of remote auctioning available, including live online through multiple platforms.
Over 420 high-quality lots of the most popular gun collection categories will be offered, with a timeline spanning 18th century Vietnam. “There are some very rare and unusual entries in this sale,” said Tony Wilcox, firearms specialist at Milestone Auctions. “At the preview, collectors will enjoy examining the intricacies of each weapon, but if they aren’t able to attend in person, they will find that the catalog descriptions are very well detailed. We try to put ourselves in the bidder’s shoes and provide the kind of information we think they want to know.
At the top of the antique firearms section is an iconic Henry New Haven Arms Brass-Mounted Model 1860, .44 caliber Henry rifle with a 24 inch barrel length, which was made in 1863. A wonderful example of The reliability and high capacity lever action rifle which was immediately put into service during the Civil War and later used during the migration to the west, it was untouched, never cleaned and originated from ‘a long-established collection in northern Colorado. The auction estimate is $ 20,000 to $ 30,000.
A truly historical highlight of the 19th century is the exquisite New Haven .31 caliber “Volcanic” pocket pistol, never cleaned, made in 1857, then engraved and presented to the gallant Bavarian general Ludwig von der Tann in 1881. His estimate is $ 7,500 to $ 9,500.
Described by Wilcox as “probably the best rifle of this type that [we] never sold ”, a Winchester Full Antique Deluxe 1894, 38-55 WCF model, with a piano finished stock, was made in 1897. A superb example in absolutely pristine condition, it comes directly at auction from a private collection of Florida and has an estimate of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000.
The Colt name is synonymous with quality and American tradition, and there will be plenty of Colts to choose from, including dozens of high-quality Pythons, SAAs, a factory-verified uncooked .22 Diamondback nickel, and many models. 1911.
An elusive and important Colt Model 1905 automatic pistol, .45 ACP and manufactured in 1911, is one of more than 6,000 manufactured. “They represent the durable Colt .45 matrix that is still in use a century after its invention,” noted Wilcox. Early versions of the 1905 model were in great demand and were hardly ever sold at auction. Entry into the Milestone sale brings an estimate of $ 9,500 to $ 17,500. Another stellar Colt is a 1911 model made in 1917 and made available exclusively to members of the NRA through the US government. The majority of the show was produced by Springfield, but around 50 guns, including this one, were made by Colt. Marked “NRA,” it is auctioned off with an estimate of $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.
An exciting prospect for collectors of Colt’s Snake Series is a factory verified .22 caliber nickel Diamondback manufactured in 1982. Eight years have been counterfeit, with nickel refinanced by counterfeiters. Our gun is verified with papers proving it was shipped as a factory nickel plated example. In mint condition, uncooked in its original period box with documents, it is valued between $ 4,500 and $ 6,000. In addition, a Colt “Python Hunter” .357 Magnum manufactured in 1980 with a factory fitted Leupold M8 4 power scope, comes complete with an ammo box, matching tool set, cleaning rod and manual. instructions. Estimate: $ 5,000 to $ 7,500
An exceptional Remington UMC Model 1911 pistol manufactured in 1918 is one of 21,676 such examples produced. “Right after World War I, all of those guns that were left were destroyed by US government surplus because their parts were not considered interchangeable. As a result, the number of survivors is low. This is among the finest and most honest examples we’ve seen recently, ”Wilcox said. Estimate: $ 10,000 – $ 20,000
Among the military highlights is a Rare SA der NSDAP / Gruppe Pommern Walther PP, .32 ACP pistol, manufactured between 1937 and 1940 for use by the German Nazi police who protected the assault troops. A rare survivor with genuine markings, he is estimated to be between $ 4,000 and $ 6,000.
Manufactured in 1939, an extremely rare 22 caliber Winchester Model 61 Rutledge-bore shotgun is one of approximately 75 that were produced. In its original condition, this fantastic pistol is from a private Kansas collection and will be offered publicly for the first time – either at auction or other public sale – with an estimate of $ 7,500 to $ 12,500.
Built before WWII, a set of Browning A5 .16 caliber shotguns (25½ and 27½ inches, respectively) are lavishly engraved with a game scene and signed by master engraver Felix Funkin. An affidavit from the sender indicates that the original owner was Oklahoma State Senator Walter Ferguson (1886-1936). Estimate: $ 4,500 – $ 6,500
Truly one of a kind, the 1983 Coors Schuetzenfest Grand Prize rifle was custom made by Ron Long (Denver, Colorado) to order from event sponsor Coors Brewing Co. with action courtesy of Bill Ruger of Ruger Firearms. It comes in a display case equipped with accessories, loading tools, two Adolph Coors shooting medals and a 1984 issue of American rifleman magazine, which features the rifle on its cover. Estimate: $ 7,500 to $ 12,500
Massive in size and intended for commercial hunting, a rare ELG-proof 8-bore SXS shotgun from Nitro Belgium has two 29½-inch barrels. Close to mint condition, never used and capable of accommodating modern ammunition, it will pass the auction with an estimate of $ 6,500 to $ 8,500.