May 12, 2023
By Handguns Staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- Lot 1182: Inscribed U.S. 2nd Contract 3rd Veteran Volunteers Henry Rifle
- Lot 195: Spiller & Burr
- Lot 1191: Leech & Rigdon
- Lot 172: LeMat Revolver
- Lot 184: Phoenix 3-inch Ordnance Rifle
- Lot 183: 12-lb Dahlgren Boat Howitzers
- Lot 203: Gorgeous Presentation Sword to Documented Serviceman