Julia’s Spectacular March Firearms Auction Include Iconic Collections

Elmer Keith's Colt SA #5 .44 Special

James D. Julia Auctioneers’ March 15th & 16th auction will once again feature an array of renowned, old time collections from iconic firearms collectors and authorities. Following is just a sample of the many collections trusted to Julia’s with its sale:

Elmer Keith's Colt SA #5 .44 Special
The Collection of Elmer Keith, the most famous and prolific gun writer in 20th century American history will be included in this sale. One of the featured handguns is Colt SA “#5” in 44 special. It is estimated at $30-50,000.

The Collection of the Late Elmer Keith

Elmer Keith established himself as one of the most renowned authorities on arms and ammunition in the 20th century. His regular articles in “Guns & Ammo” & “American Rifleman” propelled him to national and international notoriety. A truly unique, independent, old curmudgeon, Elmer became the “go-to” guy in the 20th century for matters particularly concerning ballistic performance. Elmer is credited for developing the 44 magnum, at that time, the most powerful handgun in the world.

The Collection of the Late Elliott Burka, “Mr. Remington”

Elliott put together one of the finest Remington collections of the 20th century and over the years, he became renowned for high quality Remingtons in outstanding condition. Elliott was a member and supporter of many arms associations including the NRA and the prestigious American Society of Arms Collectors.

The Collection of the Late Norm Flayderman

The name Norm Flayderman is probably one of the most iconic names in antique firearms of the 20th century. Norm was a tremendous patriot, an honorable and brilliant businessman with a tremendous eye and intellect; all of which propelled him to acquire and establish one of the finest private collections of the 20th century. He authored books on numerous subjects, began a catalog business which became renowned the world over. Perhaps most noted for the eventual production of his price guide on antique firearms, “Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms and their Values.” Norm Flayderman was also a member of the prestigious American Society of Arms Collectors. This is the second offering of items from the Flayderman Collection.

The Evergreen Ventures, Inc. collection of care class III, formerly on loan to the Evergreen Museum by the late Dell Smith.

Smith was an extraordinary visionary that developed an international aeronautics corporation and later together with his son, Capt. Michael Smith, started the Evergreen Museum of Aviation and Rocketry in McMinnville, Oregon. A true pioneer and a great visionary, this is the second and final portion of his extraordinary collection of class III.

The Extraordinary Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess of Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Sturgess’ collection represents the finest, most comprehensive collection of auto loading weapons in the world today currently in private hands. In addition to his extraordinary collection, Dr. Sturgess also recently co-authored a three-volume treatise on the evolution of auto loading weapons that has become the bible on the subject. This is the fourth in a series of sessions to disperse this extraordinary collection.

Charter Oak 1855 Root revolver
Extraordinarily rare and important cased Charter Oak 1855 Root revolver “To Wm Read from the Inventor.” Read was a Boston gunsmith and major distributer of Colts. This recently discovered gun comes from a descendent of the Read family. Estimate $65-95,000.”

The Incredible Collection of Artillery from the Springfield Arsenal, LLC

Formed by Mr. John Morris, one of the foremost authorities on antique artillery in the world today. This is the second and final session of his spectacular collection.

The Late Richard Schreiber Collection of Sporting Arms

A lifelong collection of English and European quality sporting arms from Long Island, New York.

The Estate of the Late Thomas W.Connolly

Featuring best quality sporting arms by prestigious makers from around the world.

The George Reeb Collection of European Sporting Arms

This collection includes various lavish gold inlaid and engraved arms from Austria and Germany.

The Collection of Dr. Douglas M. Sirkin

Dr. Sirkin spent a good portion of his life quietly collecting extraordinary high art European and American arms, particularly Kentucky rifles. This is the final session to dispose of this magnificent, expansive collection and will feature in particular a number of quality relief carved Kentucky rifles.

In addition…

In addition to these announced collections, there are other wonderful private collections including a great selection of quality Winchesters, a special offering of historically important artifacts from the Battle of Little Big Horn together with innumerable individual and small groups of items from various estates and collections located all over North America.

The first day of the sale will begin with the collection of the late Elmer Keith. One of the most coveted items of the Keith Collection is the Colt SA Army revolver “The Last Wood-Old #5,” custom designed by Keith and Harold Croft. This iconic and famous gun carries a conservative and realistic estimate of $30,000-50,000. In addition to vast array of historic handguns, Keith also had a great collection of long arms particularly, sporting arms. The most notable of which is the famous Jim Corbett W.J. Jeffery Grade 2 Double rifle used to hunt man-eating tigers.

Corbett was a professional hunter working for the British government and at its request stalked and killed 44 different man-eaters. Two of these tigers had been documented as killing and eating over 800 humans. This classic and historic double rifle carries a presale estimate of $75,000-150,000. Another rare W.J. Jeffery best Sidelock double rifle from the Keith collection is mounted with the crest of Raja of Miraj Junior State. This 500 Nitro express rifle is estimated at $50,000-80,000. A caliber 577 Nitro express Westley Richards Droplock also from the Keith collection is also estimated at $50,000-80,000.


To be sold immediately after the Keith collection is that of Elliott Burka. His extraordinary collection of Remingtons will include a very rare engraved Remington Model 1875 in fine condition estimated at $20,000-30,000. A rare cased factory engraved new Model DA originally in the renowned Carl Moldenhauer is estimated at $25,000-40,000. Elliott’s collection included all manners of Remington arms and among these are numerous rare derringers. Remington derringers included an extremely rare Remington parlor percussion pistol in its original cardboard box with virtually all of its original silver plated finish in extremely fine plus condition. An almost unheard example carries a conservative presale estimate of $8,000-12,000.

Another great rarity is the Remington split breech pistol rifle in .32 caliber estimated at $15,000-25,000. Elliott was also a passionate collector of Remington cane guns and the first portion of his cane collection is being offered in this sale and includes many rare examples. The rarest of all cane guns is the Coral gutta percha cane gun featuring overall coral coloration, this extraordinarily rare example (one of only two known) carries a presale estimate of $8,000-12,000.

Following the Burka collection will be an offering of superb Winchester rifles—included are numerous Henry’s; the finest of which is SN 884. This gun in extremely fine condition is probably the finest handled by the Julia firm in the last 25 years. A truly superlative example, it comes estimated at $80,000-140,000. An extremely rare first model flat side Model 1866 saddle ring in very fine plus condition is estimated at $30,000-50,000.

Another Model 1866 engraved by Nimschke also carries significant historical importance. At one time, it belonged to Custer’s Black Hills expedition photographer, William H. Illingworth. It carries a presale estimate of $15,000-25,000. The most historic Winchester in this sale is SN 291, a Model 1873 engraved “presented to Major Frank North, USA from Buffalo Bill.” North was a fellow scout of Cody’s, and North had been an important and close friend of Cody’s for most of his life. This historic and important gun carries a presale estimate of $75,000-125,000. A Model 1876 cal .45-60 is in extremely fine plus condition with vibrant case colors and this great rarity is estimated at $40,000-60,000.


Despite all the above rarities in Winchester rifles, the most notable of all will be two extraordinarily rare Winchester motorcycles! These include a Model 1909 and Model 1910 Winchester branded motorcycles in superb restored condition. Winchester’s original plans in the early 1900s were to market 200 of these machines. These two examples are the only two known to exist in the world today. Each carries a presale estimate of $350,000-600,000. One of these great rarities some years back was sold at auction for between $500,000-600,000. At the time, it was the world record for the most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction. The buyer eventually fell upon hard times and sold the motorcycle to the consignor for a greatly reduced price.

Also included will be some extraordinary Colts. One of the most notable is a superb gold and silver engraved Colt SA that was at one time part of the famous 1876 Colt Exhibit at the Philadelphia Centennial World’s Fair. This important and high condition gun ranked in extremely fine condition is estimated at $175,000-225,000. A rare factory engraved Colt SA 45 caliber with nickel finish in extremely fine plus condition engraved by the renowned Cuno Helfricht is estimated at $55,000-65,000.

A rare cased #2 Patterson belt model percussion revolver SN 60 replete with all its accessories in fine condition carries a realistic and conservative estimate of $80,000-120,000. A rare and spectacular cased Model 1848 Baby Dragoon with ivory grips is rated in extremely fine condition and one of the finest handled by Julia’s. It carries a presale estimate of $60,000-70,000.

A recent discovery in the Colt world is a Model 1855 Root with Charter Oak grips inscribed to “Wm. Read from the Inventor/Charter Oak stock from J.W. Stuart.” Read was a famous and prominent Boston gunsmith and distributor. Mr. Stuart was the owner of the Charter Oak, a very historic tree located in Connecticut. During the Revolutionary War, to save the State’s Charter it was hidden in the knothole of “the Charter Oak.” The tree was destroyed in a windstorm in 1856 and wood from that very historic and memorable tree was used to make grips for a few very special presentation Colt revolvers; this being one of them. It has been in the Read family since its presentation and comes directly from a descendent and was previously unknown. This exciting new discovery carries a conservative estimate of $65,000-95,000.

Another superb Colt rarity is an extremely rare engraved Colt 1849 pocket is in its original and extraordinarily rare book casing. It is in very fine to extremely fine condition and estimated at $40,000-70,000. Another extraordinary Colt is an extremely rare new and unfired cased Model 1860 in brilliant nearly new condition. It carries an estimate of $85,000-100,000.

This session also includes a second offering from the Norm Flayderman Collection. Included are many historical identified and/or inscribed items. One lot is the fabulous archive of Col. Edward Anderson, “the infamous fighting preacher” who personally executed numerous suspected Confederate spies, guerrillas, bushwhackers and disloyal Southern citizens. This grouping consisting of his sword, gun, epaulets and other ephemera carries a presale estimate of $12,500-22,500. Also from Norm’s collection is a very rare and important circa 1830 guardless coffin handled silver mounted American Bowie knife, which is the exact knife pictured in Norm Flayderman’s iconic text “The Bowie Knife.” It carries a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000.


Another extraordinarily rare and historic blade is the rare and historic 100 Guinea Lloyd’s presentation sword for a hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. Lloyd’s ship was on the high seas and thus in their best interest that pirates and other entities might destroy their insured vessels were repressed; subsequently, they put aside money in a special Lloyd’s fund to purchase and present trophies and swords to those who accomplished a heroic or were successful in a special naval battle. This extraordinary gold and ivory engraved and embellished presentation sword was presented to John Pilford, Esq., Captain of the HMS Ajax for his brave service in a Battle of Trafalgar in October of 1805. This extremely rare cased sword carries a presale estimate of $125,000-150,000.

Lloyd’s presentation items are extraordinarily rare but this sale includes two of them. The second one is an exquisite Lloyd’s Patriotic Fun presentation lidded silver trophy for John S. Tracy in 1804 for his actions in a battle in the harbor of Ft. Royal Martinique. This important English silver vessel is estimated at $50,000-70,000. Another recent discovery and truly rare object is the rare unique signed Samuel Bell, San Antonio silver mounted Bowie knife. This important bowie knife is the only one to ever come for public sale. It is one of only two and the other remains in a private family collection. This specific knife was a recent discovery and carries a presale estimate of $45,000-65,000.

A number of Civil War items also include a regulation Confederate Major’s frock coat of James Ratchford, adjunct to the famous Confederate General John Bell Hood. This historic uniform is estimated at $20,000-30,000. A fabulous early Confederate First National Battle Flag “Liberty or Death” carries a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. A very fine and rare Confederate Dance revolver SN 165 at one time in the William Locke Collection is one of the finer Dance revolvers to come to auction in years and carries an estimate of $70,000-90,000. Another rare Confederate Dance revolver SN 121 also in great condition is estimated at $60,000-80,000.

The sale includes a number of very rare Confederate pistols. A very rare Leech & Rigdon novelty works in great condition is estimated at $65,000-85,000. Also included in this auction is an extraordinarily rare Confederate long rifle known as the “Arkadelphia rifle.” Only a couple of these are known to exist; this one is believed to be one of the finest examples extant. It is estimated at $45-55,000.

Also included in the first session are a number of items relating to Gen. George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of Little Big Horn. An extraordinarily rare gold and enameled M.O.L.L.U.S. Medal belonging to Gen. George Armstrong Custer is estimated at $50,000-70,000. A Remington Army revolver with rare period l holster and farrier’s knife carrying the inscription “Lt. William W. Cook” had been taken from his body at the massacre. This historic group of items to one of Custer’s officers is estimated at $50,000-100,000. A truly extraordinary and rare historic early hand drawn map executed by William Filo Clark and done in 1877 carries specific details of the Battle of Little Big Horn and estimated at $30,000-40,000.

An impressive grouping of rare Kentucky rifles will be offered, many of which are from the noted collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. An outstanding relief carved Flintlock Kentucky by John Armstrong is estimated at $45,000-75,000. An extraordinary and rare, one of a kind, Lehigh County Kentucky attributed to Stoeffel Long with two Indian heads is estimated at $30,000-50,000.

Early American arms include a rare and fine 1811 Samuel North Contract Flintlock pistol, the exact one used to illustrate the cover of “US Single Shot Martial Pistols” by James Kalman. A superb cased encrusted dual ignition shotgun by Thomas Page Delorme of Paris, formerly gun maker to the King of Sweden and Norway. This magnificent gun embellished with inlaid gold wire on stock and all over encrusted in the middle with gold is reminiscent of the extraordinary early gun maker, Nicholas Noel Boutet. This gun carries a very conservative estimate of $17,500-37,500.

Confederate Dance revolver
Very fine and rare Confederate Dance revolver SN 165. Formerly in the William Locke Collection. An absolutely outstanding example, probably one of the finest ones known to exist. Estimate $70-90,000.

Tuesday, March 16 begins Session II and includes a wonderful array of Class III machine guns, many of which have come from the famous Evergreen Ventures Collection of McMinnville, Oregon. Included is an Inglis Bren Mark II machine gun dated 1944 estimated at $30,000-35,000. An outstanding German WWII MG42 manufactured by Gustloff estimated at $30,000-40,000. Also, from the Evergreen Collection is a rare Model 1893/95 Gatling gun on original carriage estimated at $125,000-150,000.

Tuesday also includes the second and final session of the renowned Springfield Arsenal, LLC Collection of Artillery formed by John Morris. A rare and historic US Navy light bronze 12 lb. Dahlgren Boat Howitzer on original carriage is estimated at $50,000-60,000. The only surviving specimen of a Daniel Treadwell Model 1841 Iron and Steel 6 lb. gun is estimated at $20,000-30,000.

A massive 5-ton patent 1844 8” Columbia Seacoast Siege gun is estimated at $35,000-60,000. Also in this sale from a private collection is an extremely rare Confederate New Orleans made 12 lb. bronze Napoleon on carriage with limber. One of only a few in existence, there are perhaps no more than five in all that are privately owned. This is the most desirable bronze cannon extant and carries a presale estimate of $200,000-250,000. A large number of rare military items of the 20th century include an extremely rare Singer Model 1911 A-1 presented to a member of the management and is in outstanding condition, new and unfired, and carries a presale estimate of $50,000-100,000. An extremely rare special order Colt Government Model semi-auto, one of only two known to exist with factory silver finish, is estimated at $20,000-30,000.

This sale also includes another session from the Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess Collection of Zurich, Switzerland. Included is a highly desirable and rare Budapest Borchardt pistol, which is a proto-type carrying SN 3 estimated at $25,000-35,000. A fantastic Mauser C-96 20 shot Lone Hammer with milled panel and correct stock is estimated at $35,000-55,000. A Danish Model 1906 Schoube First Variation gold inlaid presentation pistol to the President of Uruguay carries a $15,000-20,000 estimate. A phenomenal Mauser M1912/14 in .45 ACP with matching magazine is estimated at $50,000-75,000. An ultra-rare Walther Volkspistole, sheet metal double action prototype 9mm Parabellum is estimated at $65,000-85,000.

As always, the Julia’s auction includes the finest selection of sporting arms and once again, this auction is no exception. Included is an exceptional best Quality 12 bore Boss O/U with extra barrels circa 1952 in exceptionally fine and very new condition. It is estimated at $60,000-90,000. An exceptional pair of rare 2” Chamber 12 bore James Purdey Sidelock Ejector guns made for Maharajah of Mawanagar is estimated at $40,000-60,000. A superb pair of E.J. Churchill Premiere pinless Sidelock XXV game guns made for the Prince of Wales and later Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor with original Royal warrant from the Prince of Wales is estimated at $40,000-60,000.

Parkers include a previously unknown lightweight Parker A-1 special 12 gauge estimated at $32,500-62,500. A rare Parker 20 gauge AAHE is estimated at $45,000-60,000. The only known Philadelphia Arms Company (predecessor to A.H. Fox) grade D shotgun is estimated at $17,500-22,500. A number of fine L.C. Smiths include a rare L.C. Smith Premiere grade two-barrel set estimated at $30,000-50,000 and an incredibly near-new .410 L.C. Smith Specialty grade salesman sample with original hangtag is estimated at $35,000-55,000. An exceptional Lefever B grade side cocking drilling from the John Amber Collection is estimated at $40,000-60,000.

Catalogs for this sale are available for $39 each or $75 for both sessions. The entire catalog is available online. Shortly following the firearms auction will be an outstanding single owner private collection of rare Asian objects of art to be sold on Monday, March 23. Details for this auction can also be viewed at Julia’s website or 207-453-7125. Julia’s next Firearms Auction is scheduled for October 2015. It is currently accepting consignments for what is going to be another important and exciting sale.

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1 Comment;

  1. The C4orbett info RE his being a “professional” is WRONG, he was a railroad executive who took extended time off to hunt man-eaters for humanitarian reasons! He was a supremely competent naturalist, hunter and author. He did not hunt these cats for money! (I’m thinking the estimate on this rifle is very low, I bet it brings a lot more!)

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