August 15, 2009


Lot 600 HOT CANNON BALL TONGS.
Iron tongs for handling red hot cannon balls. Used to set wooden ships on fire. Mounted on a wavy old board 9.5" wide by 22" long with a cannon ball inside. Each side of the tool has 4 fingers which grip the ball. An interesting seldom seen piece. 5"W x 20"H.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 601 2 LEATHER REVOLVER CARTRIDGE BOXES.
In fine condition. Both are marked made by J.I. Pittman. 6"W x 4"H.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 602 MODEL 1861 US PERCUSSION RIFLE-MUSKET.
Contract model. 58 caliber with 40" barrel. Lock is marked with an eagle over U.S. in front of hammer and 1864 behind hammer, and savage R.F.A. Co. Middletown. CT in 2 lines below bolster. Most of the metal has turned brown. Bands and trigger guard are bright but lightly pitted. Stock is very good and still has a cartouche on flat opposite lock. A good example.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 603 SWORD CANE.
35.5" Overall length with a wood body covered over with a mahogany colored early celluloid material with simulated wood grain. Blade is 16" long and sharp. Outside wrap is deteriorating and a few small pieces are missing. 35.5"H.
Estimate $150 - 250.
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Lot 604 TIGER MAPLE FULL STOCK FLINTLOCK RIFLE.
Smoothbore with 45.5" barrel of about 60 caliber. Lock is unmarked and is missing the screw that retains the hammer - needs a little work to make it function properly. Tiger maple stock has shrunk back from lock a little bit and there are a couple of old cracks on both sides of the wrist, but overall it is very nice - you can feel a ridge at every stripe. The barrel is octagon for the first 15 inches then turns round with two grooves separating the two profiles. Also has some light engraving on the left side flat with a square proof mark. Rear sight dovetail has been filled with a brass blank. Brass sideplate has the number 1 engraved on it. A likely militia used weapon from 1760-1780.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,500.
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Lot 605 COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY. 36 CALIBER 6 SHOT REVOLVER.
7.5" octagon barrel. This is a fourth model with SN 1092xx. Metal is mostly a gray-brown and exhibits numerous nicks and dents. Small areas of the cylinder scene are faintly visible. Wood grips are very nice and all numbers match.
Estimate $900 - 1,200.
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Lot 606 EARLY CARBINE BOOT.
Early carbine boot with brass shield at front. Top inside has "22" stamped into it. Leather is stiff and crackled, the straps are fragile and the ends are missing on two of them.
Estimate $300 - 500.
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Lot 607 HORRACE SMITH PAINTING.
OIL ON CANVAS PORTRAIT OF HORACE SMITH.
Horace Smith was born in Cheshire, Massachusetts in 1808 and he died in 1893. He was a gunsmith, inventor, and businessman. With his business partner Daniel B. Wesson, they formed two companies; Smith & Wesson, the first of which was financed in part by Oliver Winchester and was eventually reorganized into the Winchester Repeating
Arms Company. This painting hung for many years in the Smith & Wesson lobby. It is in very good condition, with no signs of restoration. Has a small tear in the top left corner of the canvas, behind the frame. 24.5"W x 29"H.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
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Lot 608 METROPOLITAN ARMS CO. POLICE MODEL REVOLVER.
36 caliber 5 shot half fluted cylinder with 4.5" barrel marked Metropolitan Arms Co. New York. Frame retains fair amount of colors, barrel blue is starting to turn brown. Brass trigger guard and grip frame have nice patina. Wood grips are very good with lots of varnish remaining. Hammer doesn’t stay cocked.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
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Lot 609 MUNROE EMMONS TESTIMONIAL OF GRATITUDE CERTIFICATE.
This certificate was presented to Munroe Emmons of Company "D" of the 10th Massachusetts Infantry, by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in gratification of his faithful service. It was presented on April 19th, 1870 and signed by Attorney General J.W.A. Cunningham and Governor William Claflin. Printed by the American Bank Note Co. - New York & Boston. Has some wrinkling from previously being "rolled" and also has some foxing. 21"W x 13.5"H.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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