3 Notable Items From Morphy’s Upcoming Militaria & Guns Auction | Entertainment


Morphy Auctions, the Denver-based auction house, will hold a double billing of militaria and firearms sessions on May 17 and 18.

The May 17 session includes 213 bundles of militaria items and ancient weapons. The May 18 session has 405 bundles showcasing a selection of rifles, handguns, shotguns and more.

Auctions begin at 9 a.m. both days. Bidders can participate in person or remotely via morphyauctions.com.

Here are three unique pieces from the sale:

rare american flag

A rare 17 stars and 17 stripes American flag formerly owned by the descendants of post-Revolutionary War naval officer Stephen Decatur Jr. (1779-1820) is among more than 200 militaria bundles available at the May 17 session . The flag’s design dates to around 1804-1812, according to a Morphy’s press release, and coincides with Stephen Decatur Jr.’s active US Navy duty. The flag has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.

Single Action Colt Revolver

A single-action pinch-frame Colt revolver is among more than 400 firearms bundles available during the May 18 session. A revolver, serial number “58” manufactured before July 1873, is one of nine included in the first commercial shipment of Colt Single-Action Army revolvers sent to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham on September 2, 1873 according to a release from press from Morphy.

“Early series single-action revolvers made by Colt have unique features found only on their type,” Morphy Auctions firearms consultant Jeremy Hatch said in a press release. “Serial number 58 exhibits all of these characteristics, being 100% genuine and original in every respect.”

The Colt revolver will be accompanied by a four-page letter written in 2007 by Colt authority Ron Graham. It is estimated between $100,000 and $150,000.

Morphy machine gun

Original German Rheinmettal machine gun

One of only five German MG42/59 machine guns manufactured by Rheinmettal is available during the May 18 session. The weapon in near-mint condition bears a Rheinmettal logo and has a provenance that includes the registered collection of National Firearms Law firearms enthusiast JR Moody’s, according to the Morphy press release. . The machine gun has an estimate of $50,000 to $100,000.

The Morphy Militaria and Firearms Auction takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Morphy Gallery located at 2000 N. Reading Road in Denver.

For more information, call 877-968-8880 or visit morphyauctions.com.


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