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Officer’s Fusil Expected to lead Firearms, Militaria & Advertising Collectibles Auction

by WorthPoint Staff (07/05/10).

This officer's fusil, or light flintlock musket is expected to bring between $3,000-$10,000 at an auction hosted by Sold USA on July 17, 2010. It is anticipated to be the sale’s top lot.

This officer's fusil, or light flintlock musket is expected to bring between $3,000-$10,000 at an auction hosted by Sold USA on July 17, 2010. It is anticipated to be the sale’s top lot.

MATTHEWS, N.C. – Some 1,200 lots of rare and vintage firearms, militaria, ammunition and advertising collectibles—including an officer’s fusil (light flintlock musket) with both iron and brass decorative hardware—are being offered in an Internet auction already underway by SoldUSA.com. The sale went online in mid-June and will conclude July 17.

Many items in the sale are expected to fetch thousands of dollars. The expected top earner is an extremely fine smooth-bore officer’s fusil (light flintlock musket) with both iron and brass decorative hardware (est. $3,100-$10,000). The firearm, made by Jeremiah Cooper (New York, N.Y., circa 1815-1831) and has a scrolled presentation plate on the right side of the stock.

The presentation plate states: “Awarded by the 4th Comp. of National Guards, Chandler White Capt. to Wm. H. Curtis, for superior shooting, 1 Aug. 1826.” The fittings are half brass and half iron with the presentation plate being German silver. The metal on the musket is a gray patina with light pinprick pitting, the wood is immaculate and original, and the bore is near mint.

Following are additional anticipated top lots of the sale, with high and low sale estimates:

This extremely rare 1910 Colt cowgirl poster with the small lettering variation is expected to bring between $2,000 and $8,000.

This extremely rare 1910 Colt cowgirl poster with the small lettering variation is expected to bring between $2,000 and $8,000.

In extremely rare 1910 Colt cowgirl poster (the small lettering variation), as fine an example there is, is estimated to reach $2,000-$8,000. There are four variations of the poster (this one is considered number two). It measures 18 inches by 29 inches and displays a full and colorful cowgirl image, with correct bands top and bottom. It was printed by W.F. Powers Co.

Original Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show poster showing Russian Cossacks (est. $1,000-$6,000).

Original Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show poster showing Russian Cossacks (est. $1,000-$6,000).

An original Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show poster with Russian Cossacks graphic and in mint condition is expected to realize $1,000-$6,000. It is the best known example of the poster known to exist. The piece—measuring 20 ½ inches by 30 inches—is laid on linen (for archival purposes) and has no fading, soiling or wear at all. It was lithographed by A. Hoen & Company.

Winchester model 42 .410 pump shotgun, 1952, with rare second barrel (est. $1,500-$5,000).

Winchester model 42 .410 pump shotgun, 1952, with rare second barrel (est. $1,500-$5,000).

A Winchester model 42 .410 pump shotgun (serial #94641), made in 1952 and with a rare second barrel, should climb to $1,500-$5,000. Both barrels are numbered to the receiver. One is marked “SKEET” (26 in.), the other “MOD” (28 in.). The gun is in excellent-plus condition. The luster blue finish on the metal is almost 100 percent there, and the bore action is tight and crisp.

Rare 1899 Winchester calendar with December page and all correct bands (est. $1,300-$4,500).

Rare 1899 Winchester calendar with December page and all correct bands (est. $1,300-$4,500).

A very rare Winchester 1899 calendar with the December page and correct bands top and bottom has been assigned a $1,300-$4,500 estimate. The calendar, measuring 14 ¼ inches by 26 ½ inches, has had some light to moderate restoration work done to the edges, but it has not been backed and it appears as it did at manufacture. The lithographers were the Forbes Co. (Boston).

Cussins & Fearn Co. 2-piece empty 12-gage shell box, all original (est. $525-$2,500).

Cussins & Fearn Co. 2-piece empty 12-gage shell box, all original (est. $525-$2,500).

Robin Hood “Capital Shells” 2-piece empty 12-gage shell box (est. $525-$2,500).

Robin Hood “Capital Shells” 2-piece empty 12-gage shell box (est. $525-$2,500).

Two shell boxes are estimated to bring $525-$2,500. The first is a Cussins & Fearn Co. (“American Standard Loads”) 2-piece empty 12-gage box, all original and showing no restoration at all. It is considered to be one of the top 100 boxes to collect and appears on page 43 of The Encyclopedia of Shotgun Shell Boxes. The box has the correct top and bottom label.

The other one is a Rare Robin Hood (“Capital Shells”) two-piece empty 12-gage box. The top has a couple of slight scuffs at the edges, but remains overall bright and clean, and the load information end panel has a couple of small tears. The bottom label has some scuffs, too. But the colors on the box are very bright and vibrant overall and it would display well in any collection.

Colt model 1911 A1 .45 automatic pistol, 1943, with WWII holster and belt (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Colt model 1911 A1 .45 automatic pistol, 1943, with WWII holster and belt (est. $1,000-$2,000).

A Colt model 1911 A1 .45 automatic pistol (serial #938990), made in 1943 and with a World War II holster and belt, should hit $1,000-$2,000. Condition-wise, the gun retains most of its parkerized finish (except for some holster wear). The barrel is blued, and the bore shows a grainy patina with the rifling still strong. The gun is complete and fires properly in dry operation.

For more information about this auction, call 704.815.1550, e-mail to croberts@SoldUSA.com or visit the Sold USA Web site.

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