Published: September 30, 2003
J.C. Devine, Inc recently brought to market the firearms collection of Ohioan J.C. Milner at the Wayfarer Convention Center.
The feature attraction of this collection, offered August 10, was a Colt Texas Paterson revolver, serial #37. The 165-year-old Colt had been unknown to most, having been retained by the collector’s granddaughter since his death 28 years ago. This firearm sold for $63,000.
A rare Smith & Wesson .320 revolving rifle also came to the block. Smith & Wesson manufactured these revolvers between 1879 and 1887. The gun showed no evidence of being fired. It was sold in its original maroon leatherette covered compartmented case for $23,000.
A pair of cased 1862 Colt police revolvers and accessories caught serious interest and left the auction for $15,500.
The rare pistol by London’s famous gun manufacturing firm J. Purdey of London found itself in the list of top sellers. The Purdey .54 caliber, double barrel percussion pistol, serial #3105 manufactured in 1838, in its case with all accessories, is returning to England after selling for $13,800.
A John Rigby & Co. percussion double rifle sold to an aggressive bidder for $9,200. A beautiful S&W first model Ladysmith revolver with pearl grips reached $1,950, while a Dakota Arms .22 caliber bolt-action sporter sold for $4,250.
An unusual looking European air rifle with ball-shaped reservoir drew some strange looks from many, but in the end left the auction for $3,350. A fine quality English percussion target rifle by George Gibbs was also a star of the auction, having sold for $4,945.
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