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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Theodore Roosevelt’s Colt Automatic Pistol

26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt’s Colt Automatic Pistol to be Offered at Public Firearms Auction. December 2011

Rock Island, Illinois. One of the most interesting and important personal effects of the celebrated 26th Presidents of the United States Theodore Roosevelt, known for his animated and energetic personality, wide variety of interests, a love of the outdoors, will be auctioned off Saturday December 2nd  by the Rock Island Auction Company.

The item to be sold is a Fully Documented Colt Model 1902 Semi-Automatic Pistol Factory Gold Inlaid with initials “T.R.”. The pistol is one of a handful of firearms ever to have been presented to a standing U.S. President. The pistol is accompanied by a factory letter which confirms all features of this pistol. More importantly though are a pair of letters, the first of which was discovered in the Library of Congress dated March 4, 1903 and is a thank you letter from President Roosevelt to Colt President Franklin Julian Price in which he inquires about what cartridges the pistol fires. The second letter dated March 5, 1903 comes from the Colt President Mr. Price “I am glad you like the Colt Automatic. As to the cartridges, the weapon takes either the .38 caliber Automatic Colt or the .38 Caliber Rimless Smokeless. The pistol is expected to fetch upwards of $150,000.00

The President was an avid outdoorsmen, and hunter. And among many other things is considered the father of our National Park system. He was also known to be a fantastic marksman and from the documentation that accompanies this pistol it is clear the President had every intention of firing this pistol. The practice of presenting special firearms to diplomats, and other high ranking influential people, was originated by Samuel Colt in the early 1850’s as a means to secure large government contracts.

Friday, November 11, 2011

December 2011 Auction Lot Index

To Be Sold At Auction -

SESSION I - Friday, December 2nd

Commencing at 10 a.m. selling between Lots 1 and 860
SESSION II - Saturday, December 3rd
Commencing at 10 a.m. selling between Lots 1000 and 1991
SESSION III - Sunday, December 4th
Commencing at 10 a.m. selling between Lots 3000 and 3826

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Friday Lots  1 Thru 860
TYPE                                    LOTS

Winchester Lever Actions/Single Shots/ Slide Actions            1 - 87
Cannons/Bronzes/Single Shot Rifles                                      88 - 146
Antique Arms/Kentucky/Halfstock/Fullstock Rifles              148 - 230
Colt Woodsmans - Bill Neal Collection                                 231 - 289
Schwinn Whizzers                                                                 290 - 294
German Military/Lugers                                                        295 - 388
U.S. Military Arms and Items                                               389 - 480
Shotguns/Sporting Arms/Assault Rifles                                481 - 753
Winchester Items/ Commemoratives                                    754 - 791
Sporting Pistols/Revolvers                                                   792 - 860

Saturday Lots  1000  Thru  1991
TYPE                                LOTS       

Derringers/Antique Flintlock and Percussion Arms            1000 - 1035
U.S. Martial Arms/Early U.S. Military                               1036 - 1058
Civil War Arms/Volcanics/Henrys                                     1059 - 1184
Sharps/Single Shot Rifles                                                   1185 - 1214
Colt Percussion Revolvers                                                 1215 - 1262
Winchester Lever Actions/Henrys/Volcanics                    1263 - 1304
Colt Single Actions                                                           1305 - 1344
Antique Smith & Wessons                                                1345 - 1394
Colt Deringers/Longarms/ Early Autos/1911s                  1395 - 1450
Colt Woodsmans - Bill Neal Collection/ Colt D.As          1451 - 1507
German Military - Putnam Green Collection                     1508 - 1640          
Lugers/German Military                                                    1641 - 1681  
Shotguns/Sporting Arms/Assault Rifles                             1682 - 1838
Miniature Arms                                                                  1839 - 1848
Colt Single Actions/Modern Smith & Wesson                   1849 - 1891
Colt Autos/Snakes/Commemoratives/SAAs/DAs              1892 - 1991

Sunday Lots  3000  Thru  3826
TYPE                                    LOTS

Antique Flintlock/Percussion Arms                                    3000 - 3040
Civil War Arms                                                                  3041 - 3164
Colt Percussion Revolvers                                                  3165 - 3207
Colt Single Actions/DAs/Deringers/Longarms                  3208 - 3287
Winchester Lever Actions/Henrys/Volcanics                     3288 - 3345
Single Shot Rifles                                                               3346 - 3376
Lugers/German Military Arms                                           3377 - 3503
Shotguns/Sporting Arms                                                    3504 - 3627
Japanese Military/U.S. Military- Putnam Green Collection  3628 - 3762
Sporting Arms/Colt Commemoratives/Autos/Snakes          3763 - 3826

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Civil War Collector

A Lifetime Collection of Everything Civil War - November Newsletter

by Kevin Hogan, Auctioneer
November 11, 2011
If you are a collector of anything Civil War then Rock Island Auction Company’s December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Premiere firearms auction is a must participate. This December’s sale will feature the most comprehensive antique American arms to be offered at auction this year and will be spearheaded by the following incredible Civil War collection. This grouping comes from 40+ years of collecting. It has been a true pleasure working and learning from this consignor/collector whose knowledge and passion literally jump off the pages of our auction catalog. It is not only the finest collection of Civil War carbines but also the most complete with the rarest and most desirable configurations, variations as well as incredible high condition.

When we had the privilege of stepping into his “gun room”, and I will use that term loosely because of the tremendous memorabilia and accessories that were also present (more on that later), we were awe-struck by the history the room held. It would be an understatement so say that this collector had an “eye”; as he told us “I bought what I loved, and I bought the best that I could find”.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

30 Merkel Shotguns in the December Auction.


Rock Island Auction Company's December 2nd, 3rd and 4th Premiere Firearms Auction will feature one of the largest and most diverse grouping of Merkel shotguns and rifles we have ever offered. Touted as some of the most beautiful and intricate engraving on firearms today this auction features over 30 Merkel factory engraved rifles and shotguns. Among the most prolific of the bunch is a Signed Doreen Grill Master Engraved Merkel Model 140-2 Safari Series Double Barrel Rifle with Box in the desirable 375 H&H Magnum. Shotguns include: an Engraved Merkel Model 147SL Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun in 12 gauge with Box, Signed Master Engraved Merkel Model 1620 SL Two Barrel Set Double Barrel Shotgun in 20 and 16 gauge with original box, Signed Mathis Koch Master Engraved Merkel Model 280EL Two Barrel Set 28/410 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun with Box. As with many other genres in this auction the list goes on and includes over 10 new in the box Merkel sporting rifles. Also included in this auction is a tremendous amount of Browning's, grade I-III, safari grades, Olympians, and many new in the box rifles, shotguns and pistols. Anyone on the market for any new sporting arm, a high grade investment piece, or a new hunting rifle should be in attendance at this December sale!

Smith & Wessons in December 2011 Auction

Rock Island Auction Company is proud to offer over 100 Smith & Wesson pistols and revolvers in its upcoming Premiere Firearms Auction December 2nd, 3rd and 4th! This grouping of Smith & Wesson's spans the companies entire 150 plus year history of operation and manufacture. From the very first Smith & Wesson's produced to some of the most recently manufactured models. Starting with the first lever action magazine pistols originally developed by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson this auction has two examples of both the large frame .38 caliber and the small frame .31 caliber Smith & Wesson Lever Action Magazine pistols. The finest of the group is Lot number 1276 an Outstanding Large Frame Smith & Wesson Lever Action Magazine Pistol which retains a strong 80% original brown finish on the barrel! Moving to the tip-ups we have an Outstanding Cased Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson Model 1-1/2 New Model Revolver with Relief Carved Ivory Grips. This gun is really the whole package; it's masterfully engraved, factory cased, and has the most beautifully carved ivory grips that we at Rock Island Auction have seen on a Smith & Wesson! If you like the large frame models then this may be one sale to attend in person. Headlined by a truly one-of-a-kind Only Known New York Engraved U.S. Contract Smith & Wesson 1st Model Schofield Single Action Revolver with Kelton Safety, Ivory Grips and Factory Letter.  If you are missing a Second model Schofield from your collection then lot number 1346 is a must have. It is with out a doubt the finest of either Schofield model we have ever offered! Also of interest is a Unique and Rare Unserialized Smith & Wesson Second Model Russian Single Action Revolver with possible Russian Contract Markings. Lastly our pre and post war collection of Double Actions is simply magnificent and includes: a Custom Engraved Gold Inlaid Pre-War Smith & Wesson Registered 357 Magnum Revolver with Holster, Carved Ivory Grips and Factory Letter, Custom Arnold Griebel Engraved Gold Inlaid Smith & Wesson Pre-Model 27 357 Magnum Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter and Pearl Grips, and also a Very Rare Factory Class A+ Engraved Smith & Wesson Model 45-2 Double Action Revolver with Box. As is always the case the list goes on and on! Be sure to check the website for additional photos! We hope to see you in December so you can see for yourself what a fantastic group of Smith & Wesson's we have!  

* LOT 1345 - Only Known New York Engraved U.S. Contract Smith & Wesson 1st ModelSchofield Single Action Revolver with Kelton Safety, Ivory Grips and Factory Letter