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Julia’s Fall Firearms Auction – Another Historic Sale

In March 2012, James D. Julia Auctioneers conducted what is reportedly the largest grossing firearms auction in history. It was hard to imagine ever putting together another sale of such monumental proportions, but the recent October sale, which grossed almost $16 million certainly approached it.

One fine example was on the first day of the auction, which began with the second session of the Wes Adams Winchester Collection. Like those offered in Julia’s March auction, the participation was extraordinary. In fact, the crowd in attendance was one of the largest in recent years; many had come for the Adams’ Winchester and/or Savage Collection, both of which are considered to be the finest of its type ever offered at auction. Highlights included a fine 1860 Henry rifle; the piece de resistance of this Adams’ session, however, was, a spectacular cased, silver-plated and L.D. Nimschke engraved Model 1866.

Other notable offerings were the fine Model 76 with beautiful case coloring; a rare, semi-deluxe Model 86 with extraordinary case coloring; a presentation 1873 John Ulrich engraved Winchester, presented to George P. Bissell and an early, special order Model 86.

Wes also had a great love for Colts, and this session included the remainder of his collection of Colts. A very rare, early pinch frame Colt SA, SN 2 and a rare Nimschke engraved Colt SA drew intense interest and bidding. The remainder of Wes Adams’ Marlin collection included an extremely rare, deluxe, engraved presentation quality Model 1893 takedown and an ultra-rare deep relief gold-plated presentation Model 1889.

Rare and wonderful Sharps rifles have been a mainstay of Julia’s recent auctions, some bringing outstanding prices such as this extraordinary Freund 1874 “Boss” gun Sharps.

Julia’s recently opened a new satellite office in Woburn, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Although they have only been open a few months, the dividends from the office have already paid off significantly. For instance, a collection of rusty, old artillery projectiles from the Gettysburg battle was discovered in a Massachusetts house, which was being renovated. The projectiles had at one time been part of the J.A. Danner Battlefield Museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Danner had collected these projectiles shortly after the actual battle and mounted many of them on little wooden plaques on which he painted the location of where they were found. Many of these projectiles retained these original small wooden plaques, one of which was inscribed, “Pickett’s Front”, another “Hancock Front”, etc.

Julia’s next auction will take place in late November 2012 and will include a major auction of rare glass & lamps, including fine Tiffany lamps, French cameo glass, etc. The Toy, Doll & Antique Advertising Division also has a spectacular sale put together, including a vast array of items. Julia’s is now accepting consignments for these and for the next Firearms Auction, which will take place in March of 2013. This sale will include the third and final session of the Wes Adams collection and will feature the extraordinary Dodge Winchester and Dodge Savage rifles, both examples of some of the finest art produced by either one of these firms. Also included will be session II of the Pickup Collection as well as a vast array of Civil War, Confederate and fine high-grade shotguns and sporting rifles, Colts, and much, much more.

More details about this historic auction can be had by visiting Julia’s website at, and catalogs together with prices-realized lists are still available by contacting the office at 207.453.7125.

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