Those who have wanted to own an extraordinary historical firearm may get the chance. A number of rare, cased and engraved Colt revolvers, along with a variety of other antique firearms, will soon be up for auction.
Bonhams, one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, will be hosting two sales in San Francisco on November 10 and 11, 2014. The first auction, taking place on November 10, will include the Colt revolvers and a number of other fine firearms. The second auction on November 11 features 453 lots of antique and collectible arms, armor, edged weapons and sporting guns.
The various rare, cased and engraved Colt revolvers that will be available for bidding in the first auction include:
- Three Colt Paterson revolvers (two are cased with accessories), one of which is a silver-banded Colt "Texas" Paterson No. 5 Holster Model percussion revolver — the only engraved and silver-banded Paterson with a 6-inch barrel (estimated value of $300,00 to $500,000) — and one that belonged to Col. Samuel Colt's personal collection
- A factory-engraved Colt third model Dragoon .44-caliber percussion revolver ($300,000 to $500,000) and several other deluxe cased Dragoon revolvers
- A third model Dragoon .44-caliber percussion revolver with a rare 8-inch barrel ($200,000 to $300,000)
- A Model 1848 Baby Dragoon ($100,000 to $150,000)
- A Model 1849 Pocket Revolver ($125,000 to $200,000)
- Three 1851 Navy Revolvers, including one featuring a shoulder stock ($150,000 to $200,000)
- A deluxe Model 1860 Army Revolver ($100,000 to $200,000)
- The famous H.A.G. Pomeroy cased presentation set of Colt percussion revolvers, given by Col. Colt to the architect of Colt's Hartford factory ($600,000 to $800,000)
Also highlighted in the first auction are a number of fine Colt semiautomatics — including two Model 1902 Military .38 ACP pistols engraved with the names of two prominent Mexican generals of the Mexican Revolution (each valued at $50,000 to $80,000) and a Model 1905 pistol, serial number 0, which was the first .45 semiautomatic produced by Colt ($40,00 to $60,000). A selection of rare Henry Deringer percussion pistols; a collection of Confederate revolvers, swords, bowie knives and military artifacts; and German military antiques, including a group of rare Luger pistols, round out what is available at the November 10 auction.