One of the expected top lots James D. Julia’s upcoming Firearms Auction, slated for on March 10-12, is lot #2008—an extraordinary cased brace of Colt Model 1860 Revolvers—that once firearms belonged to Spanish General Don Carlos Garcia Tassara. They carry a a pre-sale estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.
FAIRFIELD, Maine – James D. Julia, Inc., one of the nation’s top 10 antique auction houses, is excited to present an auction of exceptional—and in some cases one of a kind—firearms from the finest and most prestigious collections in the world and offer collectors, enthusiasts and museums the opportunity to own a piece of history and a tier of craftsmanship simply not possible today.
The firearms from these important collections will be sold in association with the company’s upcoming Firearms Auction on March 10-12, 2014. Julia’s Fine Firearms auctions have a much-deserved tradition of delivering the finest selection of rare, expensive, and high-grade firearms and military rarities available. This upcoming sale has the additional benefit of featuring examples from some of the most famous and well-curated collections in the world.
“This upcoming event offers some of the finest firearms I have ever handled at Julia’s—and I’ve been here since 2007,” said Wes Dillon, James D. Julia’s co-department head for the rare firearms & military division.
“It was a challenge even picking out highlights, given the rarity, exceptional design, and history behind so many of the items,” Dillon added. “It’s hard to believe, but the quality and caliber of our consignments seem to get better with every auction we conduct.”
Here are just a few highlights that will certainly catch the eye of collectors everywhere:
Lot #1002 is an iron frame model 1860 Henry Lever Action Rifle estimated at $100,000 to $200,000.
• From the Tommy Rholes Estate Collection: Julia’s is offering lot #1002, an iron frame model 1860 Henry Lever Action Rifle estimated at $100,000 to $200,000; and lot #1190, a factory engraved Colt Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver estimated at $75,000 to $125,000. Both are extremely rare and would be the crown jewel in any fine firearms collection;
• From the William Gerber Family Collection: Julia’s is selling lot #2008, an extraordinary cased brace of Colt Model 1860 Revolvers estimated at $250,000 to $350,000. These remarkable firearms belonged to Spanish General Don Carlos Garcia Tassara;
• From the Norm Flayderman Estate Collection: Julia’s is offering lot #2115, a fine Leech & Rigdon Confederate Revolver estimated at $40,000 to $60,000. This amazing piece of history was captured by a Union Navy officer;
Lot #2146, a rare cased engraved pair of Hartford/London 3rd Model Dragoon Percussion Revolvers estimated at $75,000 to $100,000.
• From the Michael Leff Estate Collection: Julia’s is selling lot #2146, a rare cased engraved pair of Hartford/London 3rd Model Dragoon Percussion Revolvers estimated at $75,000 to $100,000. These magnificent firearms were awarded a silver medal by the NRA;
• From the Wendell Grangaard Collection: Julia’s is offering lot #2239, a Custer Battlefield Colt Single Action Army Revolver estimated at $100,000 to $200,000. This extraordinarily rare gun has been identified to Lt. William Van Wyck Reily, and was later gifted to Chief Two Moons, the Cheyenne Indian who was one of the models for the buffalo nickel.
• From the Charles A. Lamb Collection: Julia’s is selling lot #2478, a pair of Clarke (London) Double Barrel Flintlock Pistols estimated at $15,000 to $25,000. This outstanding set, from a boutique English gun manufacturer, is cased and would be a standout addition to any fine firearm collection.
This sales event will also feature more breathtaking items from the Frank Sujansky, Douglas Sirkin, and Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess collections—all of which were also featured in part in Julia’s astounding $18-million sales event in October of 2013.
Lot #2324, a relief carved John Armstrong Flintlock Kentucky Rifle, has a pre-sale estimate of $90,000 to $150,000. This award-winning gun is considered “the best of the best” in the fine firearms world.
• From the Sujansky Collection: Julia’s is offering lot #2324, a relief carved John Armstrong Flintlock Kentucky Rifle estimated at $90,000 to $150,000. This award-winning gun is considered “the best of the best” in the fine firearms world.
• From the Douglas Sirkin Collection: Julia’s is selling lot #2422, a pair of Saxon Elector Guard Wheel Lock Puffers estimated at $40,000 to $60,000. These extraordinary Puffers date from approximately 1590 and were once part of the Bremer Hogg Jackson Collection.
• From the Sturgess Collection: Julia’s is offering lot #3035, a London retailer-cased Mauser C96 “System Mauser” Step Barrel Pistol estimated at $75,000 to $100,000; and lot #3094, a platinum-plated ivory gripped and engraved Presentation Krieghoff P.08 Luger Pistol estimated at $50,000 to $100,000.
Items from these top tier collections—along with many others being offered in this sale—present a phenomenal opportunity for enthusiasts to begin, or build upon, their personal collections of amazing firearms.
Lot #3094 is a platinum-plated ivory gripped and engraved Presentation Krieghoff P.08 Luger Pistol, estimated at $50,000 to $100,000.
James D. Julia, Inc., is headquartered in Fairfield, Maine, and also has an office in Woburn, Mass. In business for almost five decades, the company consists of four key divisions: rare firearms; fine and Asian art and antiques; lamps and glass; and important toy, dolls and antique advertising. Each division is regarded for its excellence and is staffed with world-class specialists to insure fair and professional authentication, identification, and valuation services.
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