WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – After many months of traveling across the country, picking up select collections and expert cataloging of inbound shipments, the Milestone team will present their first auction of ancient and modern firearms, the Saturday June 19. The sale will take place at the cozy Milestone’s, a purpose-built auction gallery in the suburbs of Cleveland, with all forms of remote auctioning available, including live online through multiple platforms.
Approximately 770 lots will be auctioned, with many of the most popular specialty categories represented. “There is a great military selection, many rare Colts, and many historic and collectible firearms – something for all types of collectors,” said Chris Sammet, co-owner of Milestone Auctions.
The Colt name is synonymous with quality and American tradition. One of the best selling Colts is a very good condition 1911 caliber .45, one of 1,250 such pistols shipped to the United States Marine Corps Depot in Philadelphia on July 9, 1913. Smooth, clean and 100% as contemporary, the pistol is stamped “UNITED STATES PROPERTY” and “US ARMY MODEL 1911”. An accompanying document from Colt’s archives confirms that the weapon went directly from the Colt factory to the USMC depot quartermaster in Philadelphia. “It’s rare for a Colt to be identified as having been issued directly to the USMC,” Sammet said. “Typically, the documentation indicates that a weapon of this type was shipped to the US government. The Milestone auction example is estimated to be between $ 12,000 and $ 18,000.
Another Colt gem is a 1st year (1929) .38 caliber Super, arguably the most desirable of all firearms in the manufacturer’s 1911 lineup. It has a nearly new magazine and a like new bore and handles. The original instructions are included, as well as a leaflet “Special Instructions” and a May 1929 advertisement from American rifleman magazine touting Colt’s new “Super”. Estimate: $ 10,000- $ 13,000
A third Colt highlight is a nearly new 1st year (1931) Colt .22 caliber Colt ACE .22 pistol from pre-WWII when Colt’s highest quality automatic pistols were produced. This firearm has a 3-digit “163” serial number and boasts exceptionally good condition, with over 98% of its pre-war blue finish intact. Ranked in the top 1% of its type by Milestone specialist Tony Wilcox, it is auctioned off with an estimate of $ 4,000 to $ 6,000.
Rich in Old West history, a .38 caliber Colt revolver that belonged to the legendary Texas Ranger, cowboy, poker player, breeder and sheriff John Slaughter (1841-1922) comes with a fascinating archive of ephemera. . Documents include a factory letter showing the gun was originally shipped to Montgomery Ward in 1904, an 1890s letter on letterhead from El Paso County regarding the “L ‘State of Texas vs. John Slaughter’ and a letter from 1902 on colored letterhead depicting “Slaughter’s Herefords” (cattle). Estimate $ 8,000 to $ 12,000. From an even earlier period and also valued at between $ 8,000 and $ 12,000, a coveted Confederate Civil War rifle .58 caliber is marked “CS Richmond Va” and dated “1862”. Notably, its first “medium” hump lock was made on machines captured at the Harper’s Ferry Armory in Virginia.
Moving on to the military section, an exceptional Mauser Banner Police Luger has “Banner” imprinted on the toggle link and a small date “1941” on the chamber, as well as an Eagle “L” proof mark on the receiver and the spare charger (unnumbered). The rigging is complete, with a leather case marked “Schambach & Co Berlin 1941” above an embossed eagle. An early war Luger P-08 and a recent find that has never been on sale before, it is priced between $ 4,500 and $ 6,500.
A first prize in the military category is a German Walther semi-automatic rifle from WWII, caliber 8X57, and manufactured in 1945. In very good condition with matching numbers, it retains over 97% of its original finish on its receiver, barrel, trigger assembly and bolt support assembly. He will drive with a ZF4 scope and a nice range of accessories. Estimate of $ 8,000 to $ 12,000
Those who enjoy exotic military weapons won’t want to miss the opportunity to acquire a Japanese 7mm “Baby Nambu”, a model made at the Tokyo Arsenal as a private purchase pistol from 1903 to 1923. A small pistol The Nambu is a favorite with military gun collectors, but the example offered by Milestone is particularly desirable, as it was captured by a US Navy officer during World War II. The pistol is accompanied by a handwritten notarized statement from George Lund, Petty Officer 1st Class, US Navy, claiming that he captured a Japanese officer’s pistol in the Admiralty Islands in March 1944. This extremely rare pistol has an auction estimate of $ 5,000- $ 8,000.
The auction’s firepower continues with a museum-quality Model 1893 Marlin rifle made in 1905. This 38-.55 caliber longarm is one of the very few Marlins made with a special 32 inch barrel and is almost certainly one of the best surviving rifles of its type. Estimate: $ 8,000 to $ 10,000. A rare and undamaged Winchester 1890 .22 caliber long rifle was among the last of its kind to be built during WWII. A superior copy in 95% or better condition, with nearly new inventory and bore, it will be offered with a quote of $ 4,000 to $ 6,000.
In a class of its own, a 1999 37-inch Judson Brennan (Delta Junction, Alaska) .50 caliber flintlock rifle was manufactured by the most respected of all contemporary rifle builders, using a maple fiddleback stock and handcrafted brass furniture. Its carved ornaments include raised volutes and a clamshell pattern faithful to the type of decoration seen on rifles of the “golden age”. Sammet observed: “A thinner rifle would be difficult to find. This recreation is truly mechanical art in its purest form. Auction estimate: $ 15,000 – $ 25,000.