One of the featured firearms auctioneers in the nation, Little John’s Auction Service, is eager to kick off their December auction with over 2500 lots hitting the auction block. This auction has over 1500 antique and modern firearms to appeal to any collector, along with jewelry and estate items. This auction runs for three full days and registrations and pre bidding are open in the online catalog.
John R. Gangel has had an active multi-faceted career promoting most every type of auction and also as a Private Dealer representing America’s Best and Biggest Collectors. “Little John” is known to treat every Collector, their families and Student of Arms with the Respect and Dignity they deserve. His reputation remains stellar after nearly 50 years in “The Ring” and he fights for his Consignors with a vigor unmatched in the trade. His auction ability and style have won wide acclaim.
Day One features a important original period Henry rifle inscribed “Enos W Tyler/Co. W/W.S.S” at Lot 131a. This outstanding rifle is opening for bidding at $20000 and the full description is as follows:
Important original period inscribed Henry rifle, S/N 1672; inscribed “Enos W. Tyler/Co. D/W.S.S.”. This well-known Henry is pictured in Les Quick’s book on Henry rifles from the Doug Beneck Collection.W.S.S.stands for Western Sharpshooters and were the U.S. Volunteers under Lt. Colonel John M. Birge, Commanding. Tyler served with both the 14th Missouri and the 66th Illinois; he was mustered into service onNov. 9, 1861 and was discharged on Sept. 17, 1864. Birge’s Sharpshooters served at Fort Donelson, TN; Shiloh, TN; Corinth, MS; Resaca, GA; Atlanta, GA; Peach Tree Creek, GA and Jonesboro, GA. Tyler died on Aug. 24,1903 in Free Soil,MI. This early Henry is in overall good to very good condition showing a beautiful dark patina to the barrel assembly and terrific taffy colored, un-cleaned patina to the brass frame andbutt plate; the action is good the bore fair to good and the butt stock is very good +. A great Civil War soldier’s inscribed Henry rifle who belonged to one of the premier Sharpshooter regiments that utilized weaponry
A fine Winchester is highlighted on the second day of action at Lot 1146a. Up for grabs is an 1886 Winchester deluxe rifle opening for only $4500. The online catalog describes this treasure as:
1886 Winchester deluxe rifle with factory engraved name “N.L. Milland” on the left side of the receiver. This rifle is in .38-56 caliber with a 26” octagon barrel, plain trigger, Lyman peep and beech sights, halfmag, rifle butt, 3X checkered walnut stock, S/N 35106. Shipped Sept. 19, 1898 with 4 other 1886’s on order 1702. Return and repaired Oct 25, 1899 on order 12037. Factory letter included. The rifle remains in verygood plus original condition with 80%-90% original blue on the barrel with some toning and natural aging along with minor losses at the muzzle and edges. Minor scratches but crisp and fairly bright with good address and caliber markings. 50% plus original case colors starting to go silvery with light rainbow hues. The stock shows good burl with good checkering. Just minor marks and minor aging. Excellent wood to metal fit with60%-80% varnish and slight darkening to the fore end. Good bore and considerable bright blue on loading gate and bolt.
A Colt Wyatt Earp .45 is featuring in the final day of the auction at Lot 1515. A beautiful value opening at only $1250 this features the following:
Colt Wyatt Earp buntline Special in .45 Colt caliber with a 12” barrel, rare factory gold plate, select gold medallion grips, S/N 0106WE. Buntline barrel is #3681. Excellent to mint in correct green colored presentation display case. 1 of only 150 produced in the 1960’s with gold finish making this among rare among commemorative Colt’s 99%+ to mint. No evidence of firing or use. Minute handling only.
In addition to the highlighted features, there are many more to view. All items, along with photos, are available in the online catalog for full inspection. Little John’s and iCollector.com are pleased to answer any questions via email or telephone about this auction or any of their other auctions; so contact them and make your bids today. The sessions begin at 11AM Pacific Time each day on December 17th to 19th, 2017.