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Jefferson Davis Revolver, Other Civil War Collectibles Up for Auction

The Beaumont-Adams double-action revolver Jefferson Davis surrendered upon his capture is being auctioned by Rock Island Auction Company, May 19-21. Many other Civil War collectibles on auction, too.

Jefferson Davis Revolver, Other Civil War Collectibles Up for Auction

(Photo courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company)

Some highly historic and significant Civil War items are going up for auction in Rock Island Auction Company's May Premier Auction, happening May 19-21. Rock Island offers collectors the opportunity to acquire rare, historic and significant collectibles such as fine arms, art, vintage flight jackets, Tiffany & Co. swords and more.


Jefferson Davis Capture Beaumont-Adams Double Action Revolver

Jefferson Davis Capture Beaumont-Adams Double Action Revolver
(Photo courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company)

Considered to be one of the most important war trophies of any American war: the historic, finely engraved and silver-plated, Beaumont-Adams Double Action Percussion Revolver was presented to Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis by Robert Adams of London and personally surrendered to Union Cavalryman John Hines of the 4th Michigan Cavalry at the time of Davis’ Capture on May 10, 1865. 


Cased Colt 1861 Navy Revolvers Presented to Capt. Geo. Williams

Cased Colt 1861 Navy Revolvers Presented to Capt. Geo. Williams RIAC Auction Item
(Photo courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company)

This extraordinary pair of presentation-cased, factory-engraved, silver-plated, gold-trimmed Colt Model 1861 Navy revolvers with spectacular raised relief grips is among the best-known pair of silver Colt revolvers in existence. This cased set – in magnificent condition, and a work of beauty worthy of any art museum – is also a set representative of the treasured history of the Civil War. This history combined with the rarity and beauty of the set itself truly sets them into a class of their own. Few Civil War presentation revolvers, let alone cased pairs, retain both their beautiful artistry and high condition as well as have traceable history. This set has all three.


Pair of Engraved Gilt Moore Derringers of Abner & Mary Doubleday

Pair of Engraved Gilt Moore Derringers of Abner & Mary Doubleday RIAC Auction Item
(Photo courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company)

Abner Doubleday graduated from the United States Military Academy in the middle of the class of 1842 and was assigned to the 3rd U.S. Artillery which makes the engraving on the frame of the pistol particularly relevant. He served in the Mexican American War, the Seminole Wars, the Civil War.


Nelson Miles Presentation Winchester Model 1895 Carbine

Nelson Miles Presentation Winchester Model 1895 Carbine RIAC Auction Item
(Photo courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company)

Col. Nelson A. Miles Presentation Model 1860 Officer Sword

Two Officer's Dress Swords of General Nelson A. Miles

These historic artifacts all relate to Medal of Honor recipient General Nelson Appleton Miles. Taken as a whole, these lots represent an incredible opportunity to own an array of arms from the second half of the 19th century spanning from the Civil War through the Indian Wars.


Below is a detailed list of other superlative military collectibles including cannons, presentation swords, confederate revolvers, rifles and more.

Contact Lauren Witt at (817) 721-5576 or email her at lauren@interdependence.com if you would like to set up a time to chat with an RIAC representative about any of the items coming up in the May Premier Auction, May 19-21. A video conference can be coordinated so you can see the items in a private one-on-one, as well.

Additional May Premier Auction Items

Superlative Condition Items:

  • Lot 1154: Finest Known Colt Model 1851 Navy
  • Lot 152: Finest Known Fluted Cylinder Colt Model 1860 Army
  • Lot 210: Springfield Model 1861
  • Lot 11: Exceptional Henry Rifle
  • Lot 190: Spencer 1860 Carbine
  • Lot 1192: Sharps Model 1859 Rifle
  • Lot 1189: Burnside Carbine
  • Lot 191: Mass Arms Maynard Carbine
  • Lot 1188: Starr Arms Carbine
  • Lot 1178: Starr Model 1863 Revolver
  • Lot 1204: Rogers & Spencer Revolver

Veteran Rifle:




  • Lot 1182: Inscribed U.S. 2nd Contract 3rd Veteran Volunteers Henry Rifle

Confederate Revolvers:

  • Lot 195: Spiller & Burr
  • Lot 1191: Leech & Rigdon
  • Lot 172: LeMat Revolver

Cannons:

  • Lot 184: Phoenix 3-inch Ordnance Rifle
  • Lot 183: 12-lb Dahlgren Boat Howitzers

Presentation Sword:

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  • Lot 203: Gorgeous Presentation Sword to Documented Serviceman

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