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Morphy's Dec. 6-8 Firearms & Militaria Auction is Locked and Loaded with Rare and Historic Colts, Premier English & Continental Sporting Guns, 100+ NFA Lots


Featured: Prized entries from collections of Dick Burdick and Dr. Jim Watson; Colt No. 3 Paterson, engraved/silverplated Model 1860 Henry rifle, Colt 1921A Thompson machine gun

DENVER, Nov. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 6-8, Morphy Auctions will conduct a 1,152-lot Firearms & Militaria Auction featuring star-studded entries from long-held, highly respected collections. Among the top highlights are treasured pieces from the collection of the late Richard "Dick" Burdick, who was one of the foremost authorities on Colts.

Mr. Burdick had a passion for engraved and historic cartridge Colts. His rare smoothbore Colt Frontier Six-Shooter Single Action Revolver originally belonged to legendary exhibition shooter John Witner Garrett (1865-1937), whose Colorado Springs sporting goods store was described in 1928 as "the most unique novel and attractive gun and sporting goods room in the West." The Burdick/Garrett gun is one of only 15 Colt Single Action Revolvers manufactured with a smooth barrel in .44 caliber for a .44 smoothbore cartridge. It is offered with extensive documentation, including a Colt factory letter that confirms its configuration and original shipment date of 8/21/1912. Estimate: $75,000-$150,000.

The Burdick collection shares the auction spotlight with top-tier firearms from the venerable collection of Dr Jim Watson of Scottsdale, Arizona. One of the crown jewels of Dr Watson's collection is a historic circa 1837-1840 cased Colt No. 3 Paterson belt-model percussion revolver. It is believed to have been given to William Watson, a NYC attorney who represented Samuel Colt (1814-1862) in patent disputes, by a New Jersey politician named Andrew Parsons. An extraordinary specimen, the gun is cased with various accoutrements and represents one of very few such sets in private hands. Estimate: $250,000-$350,000

The auction also boasts one of the finest collections of sporting arms to come to market in quite some time. One highlight is an extremely rare Bertuzzi Gullwing in a desirable 20-gauge over configuration with demi-bloc nitro proofed 28¾-inch barrels. It is engraved with game scenes, hunting dogs and scrollwork by Marico Torcoli and Valerio Peli. Estimate: $50,000-$80,000.

Magnificent in every way, a Model 1860 Henry factory-engraved and silverplated rifle made in 1862 is a .44 RF caliber and is marked on its barrel with the Henry pattern: OCT 16, 1860 / MANUFACT'D BY NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CT. Its engraving pattern matches one shown in The Book of Winchester Engraving. Estimate: $70,000-$100,000.

Last but certainly not least, Morphy's will respond yet again to the red-hot NFA market with a fantastic selection of machine guns, including a finished Maremont M-60 with its original shipping box and mint accessories, $90,000-$120,000; and a spectacular all-original, high-condition Colt 1921A Thompson 1921 machine gun, 1921, with the three-digit serial number 152. It is one of five guns that were shipped by Auto-Ordnance Corp (NYC) on April 26, 1921 to British arms expert Captain H B C Pollard. As intelligence officer on the staff of the Chief of Police in Ireland, Pollard was headquartered at Dublin Castle at a time when guns of this type were part of the arsenal kept on hand for possible use in quelling the Irish independence rebellion. Estimate: $60,000-$100,000

Morphy's December 6-8, 2023 Firearms & Militaria Auction will be held at the company's Denver, Pennsylvania gallery, starting each day at 9 am ET. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live. Questions: call 877-968-8880; email [email protected]. Online: www.morphyauctions.com.

Media Contact:
Dan Morphy, Morphy Auctions
877-968-8880, [email protected]

SOURCE Morphy Auctions


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