|ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Collectors around the world have come to expect the very best from Rock Island Auction Company and the Sept. 6-8 Premier Firearms Auction will be no exception.
Exceptional Colt firearms will always be a staple at Rock Island Auction. Serving as the flagship for this auction is an extraordinary Colt Walker revolver, marked No. 120 from E Company, thus making it the last martial Colt Walker ever manufactured. Of similar importance will be a National Treasure 1860 Army revolver, lavishly master engraved by Gustave Young, which served as a presentation piece from Colt to famed Union General George B. McClellan, Commander of the Army of the Potomac. Its unprecedented historic pedigree truly makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Also of note will be an 1877 Colt “Bulldog” Gatling gun, Colt Single Action Army #37 from the Mel Torme Collection.
The selection of Winchester Arms is a fantastic mix of rarity, artistry, and variety. One of the holy grails of Winchester collecting will be available to the collecting public, as RIAC proudly offers a historic and documented “Centennial 1876” single action U.S. Navy test revolver. Not only is it recognized as the rarest Winchester of all, but it also pioneered the independent swing-out cylinder. Standing shoulder to shoulder with this historic behemoth is the remarkable Winchester Model 1895 smothered in engraving and gold inlay by John Ulrich and inscribed to famed Western author Zane Grey.
This sale will also contain the efforts of several outstanding collections of Smith & Wesson arms. First and foremost of these will be the well documented and NRA Silver Medal winning Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum that belonged to S&W Vice President Douglas B. Wesson, accompanied by a host of significant accouterments. RIAC is also proud to offer the only surviving example of the four Triple Lock revolvers chambered in S&W .45 special, and submitted to the 1906 U.S. Army handgun cartridge trials. The rarity and desirability of this revolver will not be lost on S&W nor U.S. military collectors.
The auction will also include a Confederate 12-pound field howitzer and the only known matched pair of Collier Second Model flintlock revolvers. Military enthusiasts can find Georg Luger’s personal use, 7-shot prototype Baby Luger pistol.
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