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Morphy Auctions' June 2016 Premier Antique Toy, Doll, Marble, and Figural Cast Iron Sales Event Plays With Almost $1.5 Million In Sales

It was a race to the finish at Morphy’s recent Premier Antique Toy, Doll, Marble, and Figural Cast Iron sale! This three-day event, held on June 24th-26th, featured world-class selections of dolls, Steiff animals, marbles, lunch boxes, banks, games, and toys—many from fine collections from across the United States. However, ships, cars, airplanes, trains, omnibuses, and other wheeled playthings from Antique Toy World contributor Jack Herbert’s collection truly got enthusiasts’ engines revving! Until quite recently, this breathtaking assembly was showcased in his tiny Greenwich Village, N.Y., home—itself a carefully curated museum. Here are some fifth-gear highlights from the Herbert collection sale. All prices reported include Morphy's 22% buyer’s premium.

Early American Tin Clockwork Sidewheeler, $14,030.

Boats and other floating vehicles really made a splash at this auction. Let’s launch with lot #241, a Marklin 1st series battleship Connecticut. This well-made, lifelike, and detailed early 20th century clockwork battleship realized $18,300. Lot #270, a circa 1895 paper-on-wood, lithographed, City of New York ocean liner by Bliss in extraordinary original condition ruled the waves at $6,100. Front and center were two outstanding sidewheelers—an early, all-original American tin clockwork, Golden Gate example and a Francis, Field & Francis version from the 1850-1860s era in remarkable, all original condition. They paddled their way to $14,030 and $37,820 respectively.

Vintage land vehicles were the wheel-deal here. A very rare English biscuit steam-driven tin lorry advertising “J. Lyons Chocolates & Toffee” and featuring its original lithographed driver earned its just desserts at $5,490. A rare 1929 English tin litho double decker wind-up bus advertising, “Huntley & Palmer Breakfast Biscuits,” started the day off right to realize $4,880. A Francis, Field & Francis omnibus decorated with amazing painting and stencilwork, and detailed with ornate coachman’s seat supports, rear stair entry supports and roof cresting, was the grand marshal in this parade of Herbert highlights. It more than quadrupled its low estimate to realize $68,320!

Francis, Field & Francis Omnibus, $68,320.

It’s off to the races with this sale’s fine selection of cars and automobiles from the Herbert collection. A rare blue tin Japanese 1962 Chrysler Imperial was a royal crowd favorite and realized $5,795. An unusually large c. 1900 fly wheel French Open Landau Automobile with its original tufted red satin seats, head and side lamps, and fly-wheel, propelled itself to $18,300. An impressively sized, early French race car in wonderful condition featuring its original papier mache goggled driver sitting upon its leather seats, generated the need for speed among bidders. This absolute rarity more than doubled its high estimate to realize $30,500.

Several fine planes and trains—including one from Spain—rounded out this review of highlights from the Jack Herbert sale at Morphy’s. A c. 1930 Spanish tin litho Rico wind-up amphibian aircraft with four propellers took flight at $5,490. A scarce pre-war Japanese Masudaya tin military wind up airplane with nice camouflage colors really stood out at $11, 590—nearly eight times its low estimate! For those in “training,” an exceptional early late 1800s hand-painted French clockwork train and an extraordinary, large, colorful, Althof Bergmann tin freight train without issues should keep things on track. These railroad rarities realized $18,300 and $9,150 respectively.

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, "It was an absolute delight, as well as a pleasure and an honor, to offer selections from Jack Herbert’s world-famous collection of toy transportation vehicles to our customers worldwide. Many of these items were featured in go-to reference books and publications, including Antique Toy World, so customers can be assured they are best-in-class. It was especially meaningful to have members of the Herbert family as special guests at this event. The toys themselves were works of art; the Francis, Field & Francis Omnibus and Sidewheeler had many collectors speechless with their beauty and rarity.”

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517. Info: 717-335-3435, fax 717-336-7115, and Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. 

James D. Julia's June 2016 Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Sales Event--$2.8+ Million In Sales

Julia's recent rare lamps, glass & fine jewelry sale was a bright light indeed, presenting 1,100+ lots of the most desirable and attractive selections to come to auction in years. These fine examples, which included lighting, decorative and functional arts, and jewelry, proved irresistible to collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Tiffany Studios leaded glass lamps stole the spotlight in this sale. Both table lamps and hanging lamps generated high wattage bidding. Pull up a chair and check out these top table lamp highlights. Lot 2016, a stunning Drop-head Dragonfly table lamp buzzed to $130,000, while lot 2005, a Geranium table lamp with rich red flowers blossomed at $94,800. Lot 2100, a green, amber and yellow mottled glass Tyler Scroll table lamp wound its way to $23,107, and lot 2152, a blue Belted Dogwood with rich mottling hit $59,250. It was all systems go with lot 2185, a handsome green favrile bodied Moorish table lamp, which nearly doubled its high estimate to realize $14,220. And not to leave anyone hanging, lot 2081, a large leaded shade Black-Eyed Susan chandelier sold for $35,550.

Tiffany Studios Drophead Dragonfly table lamp, $130,000.

Other fine lighting highlights included lot 2318, a Duffner & Kimberly Wisteria floor lamp that flowered at $47,400 and lot 2553,a purple, periwinkle, green and cream Galle floral themed cameo lamp which came in at just a shade under estimate to realize $47,400. And collectors followed the call of the great outdoors with lot 2340, a Daum Nancy Rain Scene lamp selling for $23,700.

This auction featured a fantastic assortment of gorgeous Galle vases. Three examples of the company’s mold blown treasures left buyers gasping for air. These included lot 2548, a bright pink floral Hyacinth vase, which realized $16,590; lot 2420, a shaded blue and purple Plum vase, which realized $11,850; and lot 2418, a red and yellow Cherry vase, which scored a juicy $11,850.And bird’s the word with another exceptional Galle rarity - lot 2554 - a cameo Penguin vase. This stunning example more than doubled its low estimate, chilling out at $46,689.

Galle Cameo Penguin vase, $46,689.

Daum was another premier glass manufacturer in this sale. Collectors could not seem to get enough of the company’s fantastic cameo glass and wheel-carved examples, among other specialties. Lot 2472, a large glass vase featuring cameo paper white flowers, more than doubled its low estimate to realize $11,850.Lot 2504, a cameo and enameled vase with a clear frosted body and an internal rainbow decoration, was a colorful sensation at $13,035; while lot 2344, a wheel-carved cameo Poppy vase realized an astounding $11,850 - nearly a four times its low estimate! Lot 2469, a gorgeous padded and wheel carved floral themed vase with a green foot and a mottled pink and purple background, was a pretty big deal at $17,775.And lot 2350, a Rain Scene vase - one of the company’s most treasured and collectible patterns - thundered to $11,850.

Other highly collectible lamp and glass manufacturers also had a strong showing at this sales event. Lot 1263, a Webb cameo vase with intricately carved white cameo flowers, stems, and leaves was pretty in pink at $33,180.Lot 1430, a Suess Waterlily floor lamp, hit the ground running with bidders, eventually selling at $13,035.Lot 2461, a G. Argy Rousseau Poppies vase, bloomed at $11,257.And collectors put the pedal to the metal for lot 1453, a Pair point Puffy Rose Bouquet table lamp, which realized $9,480.


G. Argy Rousseau Poppies vase, $11,257.

Exquisitely manufactured and decorated pottery was another important category in this fine sale. The selection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre on offer was truly a dream come true for collectors. Lot 1225, a Malfrey pot decorated in the Sycamore Tree pattern climbed to $14,220, while lot 1216, miniature a Malfrey pot decorated in the Elves and Bell Branch pattern defied its petite proportions to realize $10,665.And lot 1226, an absolutely delightful Fairyland Lustre vase decorated in the Candlemas pattern with candles, heads and elves, caught fire to sell at $9,480.

Bidders also took a shine to this auction's outstanding selections of silver and jewelry. A heavy metal highlight in these categories would have to be lot 1193, a Reed & Barton Francis I Sterling Service, which took its rightful place at the head of the table in realizing $11,257.Other crown jewels here included lot 1111, a platinum Cape Diamond ring which doubled its low estimate to bling in $20,145; lot 1038, a Jaeger Le coultre Master Control Grande Memovox watch which marked time at $10,665; and lot 1083, a gorgeous18k Cartier jade and enamel compact, which expanded to $11,850.

According to Mike Fredericks, James D. Julia’s Department Head, "The results of this sale again confirm James D. Julia as the premier auction house for the finest rare glass, lamps and fine jewelry in the market. I am so pleased with the outcome of this sales event as well as the energy and renewed interest it has generated. The sale represented the best available merchandise from the most collectible manufacturers, and collectors and enthusiasts truly responded in the best possible ways to these outstanding selections. Our next auction will be held in November, 2016, and our department is already accepting consignments for this much anticipated sales event."


About James D. Julia, Inc.: James D. Julia, Inc., one of the top ten antique auction antique houses in North America, is headquartered in Fairfield, Maine. The company also has an office in Boston, Massachusetts. In business for over 45 years, the company conducts high-end antique, collectible and decorative arts auctions throughout the year. Julia's routinely establishes new world records through its sales events. The company consists of three divisions, including rare firearms and militaria; fine and Asian art and antiques; and rare glass, lamps and fine jewelry. Each division is regarded for its excellence and is staffed with world-class specialists to ensure fair and professional authentication, identification, and valuation services. For more information on James D. Julia, Inc., please visit 

American-made Glass and Pottery Featured at the 17th Annual Elegant & Depression Glass Show

A wide variety of American-made glassware and pottery will be on display July 16th and 17th at the 17th Annual Elegant & Depression Glass Show and Sale in Nashville, Tenn. The show will be in the Exhibitor Building at the Fairgrounds Nashville. Hours are 10-5 on Saturday and 11-3 on Sunday. Admission is $6 per person and is good for both days. Parking is free with a show card.

The show will feature nationally known dealers from across the country with glassware and pottery made by U.S. manufacturers during the last century. Glassware will include Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG), Depression glass, elegant glass and Mid-Century Modern. Manufacturers will include Heisey, Imperial, Tiffin, Cambridge, Fostoria, Jeanette, Hocking and others that are no longer in business. Dealers may have pottery by Roseville, McCoy, Hall and other American potters.

Dealers will have many colors and patterns of Depression glass at the show. This is Miss America Depression glass.

Each year, the show features a display to highlight a pattern or type of glass. This year’s display will be candlesticks from the Elegant Glass Era that ran from the 1920s through the 1950s. During this period, glass companies made many different types and styles of candleholders to provide options for decorating and entertaining. The display will show the wide variety of candlesticks made by Fostoria Glass Company and other manufacturer.

A special seminar on Saturday at 1 p.m. will feature Sandy Bridwell-Walker, an authority on using glassware in formal dinner settings. She will discuss proper table settings and etiquette for a formal dinner, circa 1930. Her presentation will illustrate the placement of pieces on the table and the correct etiquette for dining. The seminar is free to attendees.

Another service provided at the show will be glass repair. Richard Heldenbrand from Michigan will be on-hand to provide minor repair for chipped or broken glassware. He will also offer for sale glassware that has been re-purposed into necklaces, earrings, ring trees, nightlights and bells. Shoppers may find a unique piece of jewelry that matches their glassware collection.

The show is hosted by the Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee, a chapter of the Fostoria Glass Society of America. Proceeds from the show will support the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, W.Va., and other glass museums. 

Morphy Auctions' April Fine Firearms Event Shoots Past $1.8 Million In Sales!

Collectors clearly set their sites on Morphy Auctions' fine firearms sale held on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th, 2016. This event featured: rarities from the most sought-after manufacturers; a full range of guns, knives, and swords; historical items; and other highly collectible militaria, including uniforms and accessories. When the smoke cleared, this sale had 19 lots realizing $5,000-$9,999; 11 at $10,000-$19,999; and one topping $20,000. All prices reported include Morphy's 22% buyer’s premium.

This auction’s outstanding selections of rifles aimed to please. Enthusiasts targeted both domestic and international models as favorites. Made in the USA highlights included examples from Winchester, Remington, Colt, and Weatherby.

The gold inlaid, engraved Weatherby, $15,250.

Homegrown rifle highlights included lot #315, a Winchester model 1873 LA. This exceptional firearm, retaining 93%-95% of the most lustrous, rich, velvety blue imaginable, realized $10,980. Lot #602, a Winchester U.S. M1 Garand rifle, made from May 1943 through October 1943, realized $3,965. Lot #584, a near mint, boxed Remington Model 1903-A3 US rifle realized $1,830.Lot #1042, two “as new” boxed Remington nylon rifles, proved twice as nice to realize $2,440. Lot #306, a Colt Model 1855 half stock deluxe presentation sporting rifle in all original factory nickel ponied up to realize $8,540. And lot #599, a deluxe gold inlaid and engraved Weatherby rifle—described by Morphy’s catalogers as “…one of, if not the most, ornate Weatherby rifle ever produced”—was one of the auction’s crown jewels, realizing $15,250.

Foreign rifle highlights included lot #581, a Japanese type 2 paratrooper rifle with its original bayonet with metal scabbard. This firearm, in excellent condition, nearly tripled its high estimate to realize $3,660. Lot #872, a Russian model 1940 Tokarev semi-automatic rifle, caused a red alert among bidders. This example, manufactured in 1940 and 1941 only, realized $5,490. Also, lot #498, a rare scoped German Mauser M98 sniper rifle used to train snipers during World War II, realized precisely $3,355. According to Morphy’s experts, this Mauser “…is the first example in this caliber we have seen.”

It’s time to hurry up and review some shotgun highlights from this sale. Lot #496, a one-of-a-kind, mint-in-box Browning superposed 20 Ga. O/U shotgun, was truly in a class by itself. This exquisite, engraver-signed firearm realized $23,180.Many enthusiasts battled overlot #490, a Winchester model 1897 WWI trench gun. This outstanding example was described by Morphy’s specialists as, “…one of the finest WWI trench guns that we have seen in quite a while.”

Handguns were another major category in this auction worthy of a high five. Both revolver and pistol selections were of the highest caliber. Lot #397, a Colt lightning-etched panel revolver bolted to $5,185. This six-shot, double-action revolver—referred to as the “Sheriff’s Model” as it was manufactured without an ejector—was in near new, unfired condition. Lot #469, a boxed Colt pre-war Fitz snub-nosed revolver modified for concealed carry, had a hard time hiding from the spotlight. Arguably one of the rarest Colt revolvers of the 20th century, this pretty pony realized $14,030. Lot #466, a Colt nickel python target gun slithered its way to $5,490. This gun, which showed no signs of having been fired, except for its factory test, came in its original box with its hang tag and instructions.

Enthusiasts also hit the mark with this event’s fantastic pistol offerings. Lot #471, a presentation Nazi Walther PP pistol, most likely given to a very important member of the Nazi party, made quite the impression when it realized $19,520. Lot #924, a 1960’s-eraFrench Manurhin Walther PP pistol realized $2,318.00. Truly the whole package, this fine firearm came complete with its original box, extra magazine, cleaning tool, and proper label. Many bidders went back to the future with lot #964, an early Auto Mag model 180 .357 AMP prototype pistol, which realized $5,795. This futuristic looking, semi-automatic pistol—designed with a vent rib, adjustable rear sight, and black polymer grips—appeared to be a tool room model. Lot #468, a rare model 1902 American Eagle Luger, soared to $10,370.

Nazi Coast Artillery/Army Tropical Caps, $3,050.

Knives, swords, bayonets, uniforms, and other militaria, including some outstanding decorative items, rounded out this auction event. Lot #745, a Japanese NCO Samurai sword with a sharkskin handle and brown enameled wrap truly had bidders on the edge. This exquisite example with a 27-3/4-inch long blade realized $1,586. It was a hat trick, literally, for lot #686: three Nazi coast artillery/army tropical caps. This grouping nearly tripled its low estimate to realize $3,050. Lot #715, a Nazi German M44 field blouse showing little use buttoned up $2,318. Lot #1171, two cast aluminum Nazi ceremonial flag or pole toppers, waved their way to $3,660.

Nazi German M44 field blouse, $2,318.

According to Dave Bushing, Morphy's Firearms Division Expert, "This sale was Morphy’s largest offering of firearms and related items to date. It featured a carefully curated militaria collection from a single owner. This collection put Morphy’s on the map with some once-in-a-lifetime militaria offerings. This sale also featured some great early American and European swords, a fine selection of Revolutionary war era items, and quite a few surprises in the prices realized area. And building on this momentum, our July Firearms auction, scheduled for July 30–31, 2016, is already shaping up to be a real dazzler. We’ve timed it to follow the Gettysburg Civil War show and during the peak tourist season here in Lancaster. As a result, we expect lots of interest and great results!”

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517 and can be reached by phone at 717-335-3435, by fax at 717-336-7115, and by email at Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. For more information on Morphy's, visit 

March Firearms Auctions in Fairfield, Maine Total $19 Million

Fairfield, Maine is unquestionably the worldwide epicenter for firearms auctions. The largest number of high-end, rare and expensive units offered, the largest total gross for firearms at auction; all take place in Fairfield, Maine. This year on March 11-15, the total take approached an amazing $19 million. Starting off the semi-annual event was the Poulin Auction Company which conducted a 3-day sale from March 11-13. Poulin’s specializes in moderately priced, affordable firearms and they regularly present not only an expansive offering but a tremendously diverse offering. Total take for their 3-days was $4 million. Less than 100 yards, a “stone’s throw” away, at the James D. Julia Auction facilities on March 14 & 15, things were far different. Julia’s presents a more intimate selection of firearms for auction but the average sale value is the highest you will find anywhere in the world. This Julia Auction grossed approximately $15 million. The average sale price of lots sold was $12,600. Over 300 lots realized $10,000 or more, 20 lots realized $100,000 or more.

Monday, March 14 featured the Sporting & Collector Firearms Session, a new addition to the Julia Firearms Auction. This session generally presents more moderately priced firearms in the average range of $2,000-8,000. This portion of the sale featured the Estate Collection of well-known Texas collector, G.W. “Bill” Stewart. Bill had a passion for Colts and Winchesters and judging from the prices, many of the collectors shared his views. The first lot up was a rare Smith & Wesson #1 Volcanic pistol which carried a presale estimate of $7,500-12,500 but went out at just under $15,000. The sleeper of the sale was Bill’s rare Nimschke engraved Winchester Model 66 carbine. This silver plated, engraved masterpiece had been ordered by Mexican President, Porfirio Diaz, who had 10 created and presented them to prominent businessmen. This example had been estimated at $6,500-12,500 and went out at a strong $31,000.

Also included in this sale was the Estate Collection of another Texan, Dr. Robert G. Cox. Cox and his collection have been much renowned for many years. Dr. Cox was a scholar and authority on Colt New Line revolvers and his collection reflected that. A factory engraved plated pistol in a beautiful black leatherette case was estimated at $3,000-5,000 but with a number of serious buyers chasing it, the price flew to $13,800.

Another collection was of Carmen Gianforte from Tennessee. Mr. Gianforte was a well-known scholar on a special group of Pocket pistols made by James Reid, known as Reid Knuckledusters. His very rare 41 cal. Knuckleduster, estimated at $8,000-12,000, shot to $16,100. But it was not just his guns that fellow collectors wanted, he had an archive of his personal notes and scholarly books. Those carried a presale estimate of $500-1,000 but shot up to $5,175.

A nice selection of moderately priced sporting arms included a massive William Evans 8 bore Fowler estimated at $2,500-4,000; collectors drove the final price to $12,650. A pair of Colt Python 357 “Snake Eyes” cased set were estimated at $3,000-5,000 but soared past the high estimate to $17,250. Perhaps one of the most stunning items in Monday’s sale was an extremely rare factory engraved gold plated Smith & Wesson .38 1st Model Hand Ejector that had been created specifically for the 1901 Pan-American Expo in Buffalo, New York. It went into the auction with a presale estimate of $4,000-7,000 but went out at a healthy $23,000.

Tuesday’s sale was where the greatest excitement was. First lot up was a spectacular and pristine Volcanic #2 pistol. At one time, it had been in the Colt Firearms Museum and carried a hefty but well warranted presale estimate of $75,000-85,000. The final selling price was just under $100,000 at $92,000. One of the more distinguished collections was that of Paul Tudor Jones II. Jones, one of the country’s top hedge fund managers, many years ago had collected choice firearms to decorate an Eastern Shore Maryland hunting compound. He recently donated the facilities and land while electing to sell his small but very discerning collection. Included was an engraved, plated Model 66 Winchester with carved ivory stocks made for Mexican President, Porfirio Diaz. The gun was estimated at $150,000-250,000 and sold for $230,000. Mr. Jones’ rare Winchester 1876 1 of 100 also fared well. It carried an estimate of $175,000-275,000 and it went out at $230,000 also. Mr. Jones’ extraordinary rare cased consecutive numbered exhibition quality Colt Model 1860 Armys had been presented to General Joseph Hawley for his service as President of the U.S. International Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA. For the most part, the guns were almost brand new and much coveted. They finally sold at $212,750. Another exciting piece from the Jones Collection was a spectacular Lefever “Optimus” quality shotgun in outstanding condition. The gun was presented by Friends of Industry to President Benjamin Harrison, who was an avid duck hunter. This gun carried a presale of $75,000-125,000 and went out at $120,750. This makes the second Presidential shotgun that Julia’s has offered at an auction. In fact, Julia’s holds the record for the 8 highest prices realized for American shotguns at auction. The highest being a Fox shotgun they sold that originally belonged to Theodore Roosevelt. That particular gun established the world record for the most expensive shotgun ever sold at auction when it realized $862,500.

There were plenty of desirable Winchesters, but one of the most beautiful examples was an extremely rare factory engraved John Ulrich signed special order Deluxe 1894 Takedown. The gun was engraved on one side with a beautiful grizzly bear on a ledge and a leaping stag on the reverse. It was inlaid with gold and in outstanding condition with an estimate of $55,000-85,000. It went out at $103,500.

Colt Model 1883 U.S. Navy Gatling Gun on Tripod and Two Drums (combined est. $158,000-265,000), Sold for Combined $346,150

A super rare and desirable Colt Model 1883 U.S. Navy Gatling Gun on tripod together with two extra drums generated a total of $346,150, confirming the demand for these iconic early “machine guns”.

A great number of beautiful Colts were available. One of the best Single Actions was a black powder, factory engraved, plated gun featuring pearl grips and shipped to Charles Hummel, San Antonio, Texas in 1885. This beauty went out at $92,000. Speaking of Colts, this sale included the esteemed Collection of Steve Ardia. Mr. Ardia’s love has been Colts and he specifically attempted to collect only outstanding examples, such as the rare rosewood cased Gustav Young engraved 1851 Navy. It came on the block with a $60,000-80,000 estimate but went out with a final selling price of $69,000. Another beauty from the Ardia Collection was an extremely fine 1860 fluted cased Colt Army estimated at $65,000-95,000. When the smoke cleared, the final price was $74,750.

Extremely Rare Cased Colt No. 5 Holster Model Texas Paterson Percussion Revolver
(est. $300,000-600,000), Sold for $345,000

One of the most coveted Colts is the Paterson model, which represents the earliest Colt creation. This sale included an extremely rare cased Colt #5 holster model Texas Paterson cased together with all its accessories in outstanding condition and came to the sale with a $300,000-600,000 presale estimate and went out with a price of $345,000.

Julia’s sales regularly include outstanding Civil War and Confederate items. For the serious collectors, this sale was certainly one for the ages. Included was the Don and Kathlee Bryan Collection of Confederate Revolvers. The collection was billed as the finest, most comprehensive collection of Confederate Revolvers ever assembled. Don is not only a passionate collector but also an authority and scholar on Confederate Arms and had spent much of his lifetime amassing some of the finest examples known. He continually upgraded when the opportunity presented itself. His rare Cofer Portsmouth revolver was estimated at $100,000-150,000 but after the battle was over, it went out at $149,500. His LeMat revolver SN 8, which had belonged to Confederate General Beauregard, is considered by many to be one of the finest condition Confederate revolvers ever known. Early on, Beauregard not only championed LeMat’s lethal handguns but invested money in the company, which provided many Cavalry officers with a 7-9 shot pistol featuring a second barrel that housed a 16 ga. shotgun filled with buckshot. Beauregard’s historic pistol was estimated at $200,000-300,000 and finally sold at $224,250. His extremely fine Dance Revolver inscribed to cavalryman, Charles Hill, Company H, 35th Texas Cavalry is the finest Dance Navy revolver extant. Bidders on this gun paid accordingly. It came to the auction with $100,000-150,000 estimate but went out at just under $150,000. Bryan’s collection of Texas Confederate revolvers was both complete and extraordinary. His rare L.E. Tucker Lancaster Confederate Navy revolver is one of only two examples known; this one being absolutely in superb condition and subsequently the finest example known. It had a presale estimate of $150,000-250,000; if finally topped out at $172,500.

LeMat SN 8, General P.G.T. Beauregard’s Personal Revolver and Finest Known (Bryan Collection) (est. $200,000-300,000), Sold for $224,250

Extraordinarily Rare and Unique “Sisterdale Texas” Dragoon Army Revolver (Bryan Collection) (est. $150,000-250,000), Sold for $253,000

The highlight of the day for Confederate items and specifically the Bryan Collection was his much coveted and unique “Sisterdale” Texas Dragoon revolver. It is the only example in existence, it retains its original cow horn grips and came to the auction with a presale estimate of $150,000-250,000. Its great importance was reflected in its great price and finally sold at $253,000. Other rare Civil War items included a fine Model 1861 Parrott rifled cannon made for the State of New York and believed to have been used at the Battle of Gettysburg. It came to the auction with a reasonable estimate of $40,000-60,000 and went out with a blast at $80,500. A very extraordinary and historical captured Civil War battle flag of the 45th Pennsylvania featuring numerous battle honors went on the block. It was captured at Petersburg in 1864 when General W.H.F. Rooney rounded the loop of the Union Army to attack them from the rear. The results were devastating and the 45th was annihilated by Lee’s Virginians. The flag captured by the rebels was estimated at $40,000-60,000 and went out at $57,500.

In the fall 2015 auction, Julia’s offered a portion of the famous John Ashworth Collection of Confederate Bowies. The remainder of Bowie knives from Ashworth’s estate was offered in this sale and his exceptional and unique massive “Memphis Novelty Works” Bowie with “Floating CS” was estimated at $30,000-40,000. It slashed its way to $34,500.

This sale featured an extraordinary array of sporting arms. A truly exceptional pair of 410 ga. Purdey golden age extra finish side by sides, possibly the finest small bore pre-war guns in existence, came to the auction with a presale estimate of $150,000-250,000. They went out at $189,750. This sale included 16 rare and desirable English Purdey shotguns.

If you were impressed by the number of Purdeys in this sale, you would be astounded by the approximately 40 rare and desirable Holland & Holland shotguns and double rifles that were offered. Most of these came from a single owner, private collector who collected what is known as Stopping rifles. This type of gun was used for hunting large and very dangerous game, such as elephants, rhinoceros, tigers, etc. in the late 19th and early 20th century. The highlight of the collection was an incredible 4-bore made for the Nizam of Hyderabad. It came in with an $80,000-120,000 presale but went out with a roar at $258,750. Another gun from the Nizam was an exceptional gold inlaid 10-bore Holland & Holland double rifle which was estimated at $65,000-95,000. This too drew much competition and finally sold at $149,500.

Double rifles are expensive but so is the ammunition. An exceptionally rare, full box of 10 Holland 4-bore nitro rifle cartridges by Kynoch came up on the block with what seemed like a high $3,000-5,000 estimate but left with an astounding sale price of $20,700. At over $2,000 a round, one could not afford much target practice.

A great number of other quality English sporting arms were offered in this sale and included a coveted pair of magnificent and rare Boss side lever hammer ejector game guns estimated at $70,000-90,000; they generated a $92,000 sale price.

The big money for an American shotgun was, of course, the Harrison “Optimus” for over $120,000 but there were other notable American side-by-sides such as an exceptionally rare “All Options” L.C. Smith premium grade 12 ga. which came in at $50,000-70,000 but went out at $69,000.

A number of fine Parkers were offered, the biggest money being for an exceptional high original condition .410 ga. VHE Parker with case and hang tags. Presale estimate was $20,000-30,000 and the price shot through to almost double the high estimate at $57,500.

Winchester was also represented with a scarce 16 ga. Model 21 Deluxe Grade #6 engraved two-barrel set carrying a presale estimate of $25,000-40,000 and went out at $37,375.

Another area that Julia Auction House excels in is Class III weapons (machine guns). From 2008 up to October 2015, James D. Julia’s has sold more than 50% of all Class III weapons offered at auction in North America during that time period. Four other major auction houses dealing with firearms divided up the remaining 50%. Up until this sale, Julia’s had sold nearly $12 million of Class III items; the remainder equating to approximately $9 million was divided up between the other auction houses. So it is no surprise that once again, some more fine examples were offered at Julia’s. A Colt Model 1921 Thompson machine gun, a favorite weapon of Machine Gun Kelly and/or Al Capone, carried a presale estimate of $25,000-35,000; it flew to $43,700. A 50 cal. Browning Water-cooled M2 “Tora Tora” on pedestal mount was estimated at $25,000-35,000 but finally sold for just under $50,000. A Colt SP1 Machine gun set up with 3 custom uppers was estimated at $15,000-25,000 and established a new auction record at just under $42,000.

For more details on this spectacular auction check out Julia’s next firearms auction is scheduled for October 2016 and already includes fabulous collections and spectacular arms and is sure to be another record breaker. 

Scott Antique Markets Add Summer Antique Extravaganzas in Ohio
By Janet Kessler

The Scott Antique Market management is adding summer Extravaganzas to their schedule of shows in Ohio. They have leased the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Washington Court House, Ohio. The four show dates are the fifth weekend of April, the fourth weekends of June and August, plus the first weekend in October. Show promoter Don Scott terms it as an “Antique Extravaganza at the Awesome Fayette County Fairgrounds.”

Betty Scott comments, “The grand old fairgrounds have filled up nicely with exhibitors wanting booths, and there should be enough room for most of the antique dealers wanting to exhibit. Thousands of shoppers will take away treasures the exhibitors are bringing in. They will bring truckloads from all over the world; many of the antiques will end up in museums. It will be an exhibitor’s and treasure hunter’s paradise.”

Don Scott added, “Over 30 years ago after starting our shows at the State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio, and Atlanta, along with the start of the Springfield show, the grand old Washington Court House show emptied out. Spending the first part of my life as a professional pilot gave me the opportunity to shop antique shows from the Rose Bowl in California to the markets in Europe. During my three years flying in Saudi Arabia, I also shipped all over the Middle East. My favorite markets were Brimfield, Massachusetts, Washington Court House Ohio, and the small markets in Afghanistan and Kuwait City. Washington Court House, however, stood out as my favorite! With the fairgrounds restored, new buildings added, the US highway 35 interchange at the show, I-71 connecting a few miles away, and the new nearby hotels will make this show wonderful for antique dealers and buyers.”

The Scott show offices are buzzing with excitement. The large staff is answering the many phone lines, responding to e-mails, assigning antique dealers to spaces on charts and doing mass mailings. Obviously, the show will be larger than the great ones of many decades ago. The fairgrounds have paved the roadways and built new buildings. The food feast will require you to come with empty tummies; many food vendors will have great healthy food with all being “required to have reasonable prices.” Their plan is to keep the shoppers walking on the newly paved walkways with the antiques in the buildings, while the outside antique dealer’s displays will be on the concrete, gravel and grass areas.

Many members of the Scott family are involved with the business. Nephew Kenny Scott manages the advertising and the day-to-day operations of the Scott Antique Markets. Kenny says, “At least four Washington Court House summer antique extravaganzas are planned into perpetuity with more dates being added with demand. The show’s location is in a small county town in the rolling foothills of southwestern Ohio. It is encircled with a massive population base such as found on the West and East Coasts, including historical Cincinnati, Dayton, Springfield, Columbus, Lancaster, Xenia and many more. We will have a fleet of golf carts running shoppers to and from parking and flatbed golf carts and small trucks hauling the shopper’s antiques to their vehicles. Free VIP admission passes and hotel information is available on our website; please go to As always, thank you for attending the Scott Antique Markets.”




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