Jeremiah Johnson Trading is one of the most experienced dealers of fine antique arms, with over 30 years of collecting. We also specialize in a vast array of collectibles, including western memorabilia, antique cars, Revolutionary and Civil War artifacts, early Bowie and folding knives, period nautical and scrimshaw pieces, unusal artwork, and colonial era furniture.
~Specializing in Winchester and Colt Firearms~
"A TREASURE OF THE AMERICAN WEST"
Arizona Sheriff James V. Parks' Personal Factory Engraved and Inscribed Colt Single Action Army .45, mfg. 1908 with Factory Letter
James V. Parks was born in Hood County, Texas, in 1867. Led by his father, Sheriff W. J. Parks, James joined the Arizona Duncan Rangers in 1885 to fight against Apache Indians. Between 1890-1906, James Parks served as Deputy Sheriff to several regions, Graham County Sheriff, and then US Deputy Marshal. During this time, James shot and killed at least 3 men, wounded several more, chased the Apache Kid and the Bill Smith Gang, and hung the infamous outlaw Augustine "The Hairy One" Chacon. This pistol was delivered to him, fully engraved from the factory with his name inscribed along the barrel, in 1908. As quoted by Chuck Smith, who is currently writing a biography on James V. Parks; "As far as I am concerned, Jim Parks' career as a lawman overshadows that of Wyatt Earp or many other legendary people of the Wild West."
WE BUY SINGLE PIECES OR ENTIRE COLLECTIONS
Please view our menu at the top of this page for items currently offered for sale. Below is a sampling of featured items that either have been or currently are part of our personal collection. Serious offers will be entertained.
Rare Henry Nock 8 Gauge Flintlock Market Gun Featuring his Screwless Boxlock Action
Massive 19 1/2 lb Manton 6 Gauge Market Hunter's Double Barrel Shotgun
Rare J. & W. Tolley
.450 3 1/4" BPE Double Rifle
Outstanding Condition Alexander Henry
.450/400 3 1/4" BPE Double Rifle
David Kirkwood of Boston 4 Gauge Breechloading Market Hunter's Shotgun
This massive 4 Bore shotgun was built to order in 1884 by famed American gunmaker David Kirkwood of Boston. It is one of only approx. 400 guns personally made by David Kirkwood, and is the only known 4 Gauge "D. Kirkwood" gun in existance. Kirkwood used an English imported raw barrel, and built the rest of the gun to fit. He also revised the Jones Underlever design, which English guns were typically designed for at the time, and built the gun as a top lever which was becoming more popular in America. The gun also features his Nov. 27 1883 Patent "Adjustable Barrel Lug", and is one of just a few known Kirkwood guns to bare any patent information. A truly rare and important American Market Gun.
Winchester M1873 Deluxe Rifle, Factory Gold Plated
.38-40 WCF, 24" Octagon Barrel/Full Magazine, Special Order H-Checkered Burl Wood, Pistol Grip, "Solid" Rifle Buttplate, and Early Heavy Base Tang Sight, with Factory Letter
Winchester M1873 "Trapper" Saddle Ring Carbine, .44-40 WCF with 15" Barrel, Half Magazine, Full Nickel Plated with Factory Letter
Winchester M1873 "Trapper" Saddle Ring Carbine, .44-40 WCF with 15" Barrel and Rifle Butt -From the George Madis Collection
Winchester M1873 "Trapper" Saddle Ring Carbine, .44-40 WCF with 16" Barrel and Factory Letter
Brasher 8 Gauge Market Hunter's Fowler with Massive Reinforced "Two-Step" Barrel
Massive, Rare American Made 4 Gauge Single Barrel Market Guns
Rare Confederate 1863 C.S. Richmond Type III Musket
Winchester M1892 "Trapper" Saddle Ring Carbine, .44-40 WCF with 14" Barrel, English Proofed with Factory Letter
Winchester M1897 Riot Gun, 12 Gauge
Winchester M1897 Riot Gun, 12 Gauge
Canton Police Dept. "Traffic" Guard
Winchester M1893 Riot Gun, 12 Gauge
Special Police Order 20" Barrel with Factory Letter
The Rarest of The Riot Guns!
Winchester M1897 Riot Gun, 12 Gauge
Berkeley Police Dept.
Winchester M1897 Trench Gun, 12 Gauge
Excellent Condition WWI Model
Winchester M1897 Riot Gun, 12 Gauge
Factory Inscribed "Committee Public Safety"
The Hurricane of 1900 proved to be the deadliest Hurricane in US history, and the city of Galveston, Texas, was hit the hardest. Town officials declared Marshall Law, and took it upon themselves to rebuild the devastated city. A small batch of these inscribed M1897 Riot Guns were ordered to enforce law in Galveston. Large numbers of African Americans were recruited to remove and bury the bodies that littered the town and shore. Due to their religious beliefs, they were reluctant to touch the bodies, and these Winchesters were used to ensure the workers did their job. They are considered to be the only factory inscribed M1897 Winchester Riot Guns produced. With Factory Letter.
Isaac Collombes .65 Cal French Officer's Pistol
This pistol was made by Isaac Collombes circa 1810 in Quebec, Canada. Collombes was a direct relative of Christopher Columbus, and worked as a gunsmith and maker to the French military in Canada. This is currently the only known example of a fine officer's pistol by Collombes.
J.P. Moores & Sons New York Engraved Colt Single Action Army
Ivory Grips, .44-40 cal, mfg. 1881, Factory Nickel Plated with Factory Letter
Rare Thomas Bland & Sons 4 Gauge Breechloading Market Hunter's Shotgun
with factory letter from T. Bland & Sons. One of approx. 100 made by the company, very few of which are known to exist today. Manufactured for a "Mr. Lamberton" on July 8th, 1883. From the Frank E. Wolcott III collection, who's family had previously owned and hunted with this gun for nearly a century.
Extraordinary 8 Gauge Maritime Provincial Musket/Market Gun
Attributed to the W.B. Hamilton & Co. merchants out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the infamous War of 1812 Privateer/Merchant Captain Joseph Barss. Joseph would captain the most successful privateer ship of the war; the "Liverpool Packet", capturing over 50 American ships by the war's end. His brothers John and James, also Captains, became shareholders with several British privateers. It is likely this gun was aboard the Liverpool Packet, as it bares the marking of Isaiah & Joseph Barss, who both sailed on the ship, Joseph as Captain, and were captured together in 1813.
Erik Olsen's M. N. Serup 4 Gauge Shotgun
This gun was purchased new in the early 1870's by Danish immigrant Erik Olsen (1846-1928), and used by him to hunt Geese and Ducks in Nebraska to support his family for nearly 50 years. The gun was handed down to his daughter, the well known artist Teckla Olsen of Omaha, Nebraska, who kept the gun with her for most of her life, right up until her passing in 1975. The gun was made to order by Danish gunmaker Michael Nielsen Serup, and is one of only 16 Serup guns known to exist today. It is presumed to be the only 4 Gauge he ever made. A truly unique and intriguing, documented market gun.
Teckla Olsen and her father's gun.
Erik Olsen's 4 Gauge, Ca. 1955
Massive 21 1/2 lb W. H. Tisdall & Sons 4 Gauge Breechloading Market Hunter's Shotgun
The only known example by the maker, this gun was custom made around 1880 for a man of very large proportion. Whoever carried this gun fired it from the shoulder, and probably hunted with it on a daily basis!
Extraordinary 4 Gauge Swivel Mounted Ship's "Rail Gun" with Massive Powder Horn,
Weighing 32 lbs, with Military Conversion from Flintlock to Percussion in 1832
Exceptionally Rare Colt Single Action Army Sheriff's Model
Mfg. 1895, .45 cal, Nickel Plated, 4" Ejectorless Barrel, Shipped to Houston, Texas
J. P. Moores & Sons New York Engraved Colt Single Action Army .44-40
Shipped from Colt in "Soft" Finish for Engraving, Silver Plated with Gold plated Hammer, Trigger, Cylinder Pin, and Screws, with Ivory Grips. With Factory Letter.
The Rifleman's Rifle
This Winchester M1892 Saddle Ring Carbine, .44-40 WCF, mfg. 1907, is just one of a handful of guns modified by gunsmith Maurice "Moe" Hunt of North Fork Productions into "The Rifleman's Rifle". Moe was a very close friend of Chuck Connors, and made at least three of these large-loop, rapid firing carbines for Chuck to use in promotional shows and appearances in the latter years of his life. A very rare and special Winchester.
The late "Moe" Hunt with Chuck Connors
The Original Rifleman
Colt M1860 Richards Second Model (aka Richards II or R2) Transition Conversion with Union Pacific Railroad guard markings ("UPRR Co's Express")
One of approximately 800 second models ever made, only a handful of which were purchased by the Union Pacific Railroad. This gun was carried by a railroad guard right in the golden age of the old west. The Union Pacific was even robbed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's "Wild Bunch" in 1899, and again in 1900. A very rare Colt variation combined with one of the absolute rarest Express Company markings known.
Very Unusual Market Hunter's 10 Gauge Double Barrel "Goose Gun" by Mortimer, London
THE LONGEST DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN WE HAVE EVER SEEN OR HEARD OF!
Smoothbore, single barrel fowlers were relatively simple to make, and as a result many examples do exist with very long barrels, sometimes over six feet in length! With double barrel shotguns on the other hand, the longer the barrels are constructed, it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep the barrels from twisting, and the gun quickly becomes too heavy to shoulder. The common length encountered with early doubles is in the 28"-34" range, with 36"-42" barrels being considered extra long. This particular gun features incredible 47" long barrels! A very impressive and unique piece.
A Market Hunter from Grand Isle, Louisiana, ca. 1870 Holding an equally long Double Barrel "Goose Gun"
Ultra Rare Factory COPPER PLATED Smith & Wesson No. 1 1/2 Single Action Revolver
Rare Factory "A" Engraved Colt M1903 Automatic
One of Approximately 600 Produced
Captain Joseph Barss
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M1859 Sharps "Berdan" Sharphooter's Rifle
One of approx. 2,000 rifles special ordered by Colonel Hiram Berdan for his 1st and 2nd United States Sharpshooter Regiments during the American Civil War. The rifles differed from the standard Sharps military rifles, in that they were fitted with double "set" triggers. The majority of true Berdan rifles fall between serial numbers 54390 - 57574. This example, number 56518, has certainly seen battle, and is marked with 9 "kill" notches on the buttstock. It bares the correct inspection marks by John Taylor on the stock, and Orville W. Ainsworth on the barrel. A truly important arm that surely saw some of the most famous battles of the Civil War.
The WINCHESTER BIG .50-100-450
Winchester M1886 Rifle in .50-100-450 WCF, with octagon barrel, shotgun butt, and Lyman Express sights, mfg. 1896
Not to be confused with the .50-110 Express, these exceedingly rare rifles were offered for those who needed the ultimate big game cartridge in a lever action Winchester. The rifles differ from the .50 Express, in that the rifling has a quicker twist rate to keep the heavy 450 grain lead bullet in the air longer without dropping. Only 331 of these special rifles were produced, of which approx. 20-40 are known to exist today. Many of the .50-100-450's were sent out of country for big game use in Africa and India, and of the examples known many are in surprisingly good condition. This is probably due to the fact that their powerful recoil would lead their owners to use the guns sparingly. The example pictured here features a 26" octagon barrel, full length magazine, shotgun butt, Lyman Express rear sight and "Rocky Mountain" front sight, all of which including the caliber are listed in the Winchester Factory Letter. We are currently awaiting history on this particular gun from it's previous owner, who's family had owned the gun since new. For a .50-100-450, this gun is of particular importantance in that it did see extensive use, and was actually used right here in America on the Mexican border! A truly special and impressive Winchester! Though well used, it's owner made sure to take excellent care of his rifle's bore.
Massive Belgian Proofed 8 Gauge Market Hunter's Double Barrel Shotgun, owned by The Chesapeake Gun Club
A very large gun, featuring 36" barrels and weighing 16 1/2 lbs. Special ordered for the Chesapeake Gun Club, probably in the mid-late 1880's. The gun remains in phenominal original condition, with checkered stocks, fine Damascus barrel pattern, and case hardened locks. Well above average quality for a Belgium made gun, and a great example of a Market Gun that saw use right here on the American east coast.
"The other" Osa Johnson Mauser Type A Sporting Rifle
Osa Johnson, 1894-1953, was a very influential adventurer, who took part in many big game safaris with her husband Martin Johnson, and documented their expolits through both film and book. The life they lived and documented together was the epitome of classic big game safari hunting in the 20th century. In recent years, one of the only existing rifles attributed to Osa surfaced, an Oberndorf Mauser Type A factory Sporting Rifle in caliber 9.3x62mm, serial number 105930, manufactured ca. 1930/31. This rifle is consecutive serial number 105929, and it's previous owner did infact hunt with the Johnsons. The gun is a 9.3x62mm Oberndorf Type A sporter, and is absolutely 100% identical in every regard and condition to the aforementioned "Osa Johnson" rifle. It was sold through the firm of Charles A. Heyer & Co. Nairobi, British East Africa, presumably at the same time as Osa's #105930 rifle. The fact that both rifles are identical in every way, including the rubber buttpad fitting for a lady, and consecutively serial numbered to the same African firm, it is highly likely that this too was one of Osa's safari rifles. The Type A factory Sporting Rifles are regarded as being the finest and most sought after Mauser rifles, and at the time were made specifically for the English market and use on dangerous game in Africa and India.
Market Hunter's 8 Gauge Flintlock Bank Gun
Measuring 7 1/2 feet long and weighing 20 lbs, this gun was constructed in the late 1700's and used along the eastern shore. The market hunter would rest this gun on a bank or sea bed and fire into flocks of birds as the tide brought them in. They quickly became unpopular however, as they proved too large to shoulder fire on a regular basis but not big enough to be used as the primary punt gun. It is exceedingly rare today to find an original example of a bank gun with it's original long length barrel, as this gun has.
Teckla loaned the 4 Gauge to a local museum at one time, and provided this documentation about her father's life and history with the gun
Identified Guns of The Civil War
NORTH and SOUTH
"Two amazing rifles, that provide us with a rare chance to learn who used them, and where they fought."
M1860 Spencer Repeating Rifle, Identified to Prvt. Rathburn Valentine Goodrich, 1843-1915
118th New York Vol. Infantry, Co. K
This M1860 Spencer Repeating Rifle is identified by two plaques, one fixed to each side of the buttstock, as belonging to Rathburn Valentine Goodrich of Keeseville, New York. Goodrich enlisted in Co. K of the 118th New York Vol. Infantry, the "Adirondack Regiment", which in late 1864 became the first Federal infantry unit to be armed with the formidable Spencer Repeating Rifle. This is his issued gun that he carried throughout the remainder of the war. The 118th fought in the Battles of Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Fair Oaks among others, and was the first regiment to march into the captured Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia in 1865. This gun was there. It has been said that the colors of the 118th flew higher than any other regiment in the Civil War. With the average height of a Civil War soldier being 5'7", only men being 6' or taller were selected for the regiment's color guard. Sgt. Joseph Hastings, standing 6'6" tall, carried the American flag. The flag was never captured.
M1853 Enfield Rifled Musket, Confederate Issue, Identified to E. Craig
1st Mississippi Infantry Co. A "Natchez Light Infantry" CSA
An amazing example of a true Confederate musket that saw use throughout the entire war, in the hands of two Confederate soldiers. The musket is one of the earliest Enfields smuggled into southern ports by Confederate blockade runners. This is evidenced by the blockade numbers (40) engraved on top of the buttplate. The musket has been field altered, by having it's Enfield lock replaced with Harper's Ferry M1842 US musket lock. A brass patchbox from a M1841 US "Mississippi Rifle" was also fitted into the buttstock. The patchbox is engraved; "E. CRAIG / NATCHEZ". Records show a "E. Craig" having served in Co. A of the 1st Mississippi Infantry. Company A was raised in Adams County with most members being from Natchez, giving rise to the company's name "Natchez Light Infantry". The unit was raised early in the war as a State Militia regiment, and spent much time in Kentucky and Louisiana. At some point however, ownership of the gun changed to a "G. Riggs", who scratched his name onto the inside of the patchbox. Further research is currently being done to identify this man.
Inscribed Patchbox fitted from a US M1841 "Mississippi Rifle"
Extraordinary Exhibition Quality Engraved Colt M1877 Thunderer Sheriff's Model
with Rare 1 1/2" Barrel and Carved Ivory Grips
Attributed to Master Engravers & Colt Restorers Tom Haas and Horacio Acevdeo
A HERO'S GUN
L.A.P.D. Detective Sergeant J. W. Milton's Colt Official Police Revolver
Detective Sergeant J. W. "Tommy" Milton had served 21 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, when he and Detective R. S. Ingham were called in for backup on the night of May 16th, 1949. Charles S. Thompson had fired a shot into the ceiling of his bedroom earlier, and neighbors notified the police. By the time Milton and Ingham arrived on the scene, Thompson emerged from his house brandishing a .32 cal automatic pistol. Milton grabbed Thompson from behind attempting to disarm him. Thompson spun and fired twice, one bullet striking Milton. Milton produced this revolver from his holster, and fired once into Thompson's head, killing him instantly. Detective Milton was taken to Van Nuys Receiving Hospital where he passed away that evening. Milton's revolver is a standard issue .38 Special manufactured in 1935. It was fitted with FM Inc. 10 Point Target grips by Milton, and he had his name engraved onto the right side of the frame. This gun serves as a reminder of the danger police and rescue officials face every day, and honors one who fell victim in spring 1949.
Explorer & Hunter Frederick Courteney Selous
with his 4 Bore Elephant Gun
These massive 8 bore & 4 bore "elephant guns" are typical of the style used by the great African hunters during the mid to late 19th century. The locks and barrels were made in England and imported to South Africa where they were stocked by Dutch setllers. At the time the 4 bore was considered the most powerful rifle in the world. Smooth bores were popular among elephant hunters because they could be reloaded quickly, which may be of great necessity when battling a potentially dangerous pachyderm. Since they would be within close range of the elephant, the accuracy of a rifled bore was not a priority. Famous explorers and hunters Frederick Selous and Sir Samuel Baker both used massive smooth bores similar to this.
8 Gauge "Live Pigeon" Gun
JOSEPH TONKS - BOSTON
Clay Pigeons have earned their name today due to the fact that in the 19th century, real Pigeons were trapped and released as targets in competition. Early percussion "Trap" or "Pigeon" guns can be quickly identified by the lack of a ramrod. They are generally always high quality, lightweight, and aim high. They were made in all gauges, big and small. This particular example is exceedingly rare, being it is an 8 Gauge and made by Joseph Tonks of Boston, arguably the finest American shotgun maker of the time. Tonks is noted as being one of the few American makers that could compete with the best gunmakers in England. This gun is one of only a handful of Tonks Pigeon guns to exist, and features finely checkered stocks, a Clamshell carved horn forend cap, engraved Platinum blow-out plug, and solid Gold escutcheon with the original owner's initials engraved. A truly impressive and important early American shotgun. Born December 18th, 1853 in Illinois, Bob Crow moved to the Black Hills in 1881 and began working as a sub editor on the Deadwood Times. He worked with several other local papers for nearly the next 20 years before taking charge of the Lead Daily Call (aka Deadwood Pioneer Times) in 1901. Later in life, he continued as an editor, and also worked as a lawyer and probate judge. He passed away June 16th, 1940 in Spokane, Washington.
Deadwood Newspaper Editor & Publisher Isaac Robert "Bob" Crow's Colt Single Action Army, Mfg. 1879, .44-40
Trophy African Elephant Of
George Rowbottom & Bill Ruger
This African Elephant was legally hunted in 1958 by George Rowbottom, accompanied by Bill Ruger. This was Bill's first safari to Africa, and would inspire him to return and hunt many times throughout the rest of his life. The larger tusk measures 73" along the outer curve and weighs 60 lbs, while the other tusk measures 57" and weighs 45 lbs. The smaller tusk has some interesting battle damage on the tip from a fight the Elephant was in years before the '58 safari. They are mounted in solid Silver bands with Silver chains for hanging. The two front feet were made into end tables, while the two rear feet were made into Mahogany lined box/foot stools with Lion skin tops. One ear was also preserved. All of the taxidermy work was performed by the famed Jonas Bros. of New York.
Colt M1877 Lightning Sheriff's Model with Ultra Rare 6" Ejectorless Barrel
Factory Nickel Plated, one of approx. 60 Produced
Oklahoma Sheriff Lew Wilder's Colt Single Action Army .45
Nickel Plated with Gold Plated Cylinder, Hammer, and Trigger, with Carved Steerhead Pearl Grips
Sheriff Lew Wilder
Born in Morgan, Texas on August 8th, 1874, Lew Wilder spent his younger years as a cowboy and rancher in Texas and Oklahoma. In 1914, he was elected Sheriff of Creek County, Oklahoma. On October 12th, 1916, Wilder was shot four times by armed robber Alva Taylor during an attempted jailbreak. Wilder returned fire, shooting Taylor in the heart, fatally wounding him. The gunfight was compared to that of the O.K. Corral in newspapers of the day. Wilder recovered from his wounds, and served a second term as Sheriff until 1918, at which time he began working as a special agent for the Sinclair, Prairie, and Texas oil companies for the following 16 years. Wilder retured to politics however, and was re-elected for three more terms as Creek County Sheriff before being killed in an automobile accident on January 26th, 1942. According to legend, this gun was presented to Wilder in recognition for his efforts in the 1916 jailbreak. Nevertheless, he carried it from that point on through the remaining years of his life and services as Sheriff. The gun remained in the family after Lew's death, and was ultimately handed down to grandson Ronald Lew Wilder. It was sold from the Wilder family in 2011. A truly important piece of western history.
Spectacular Engraved Colt Single Action Army
.41 cal, mfg. 1906, Nickel Plated with Gold Plated Cylinder, Hammer, Trigger, Ejector Housing, Backstrap & Triggerguard, with Mammoth Ivory Grips
M1873 Otis Smith Pocket Revolver, Gold Washed with Rare L. D. Nimschke Engraving
& Unique "Morgan Dollar" Lady Liberty Panel Portrait
Attributed M1895 Winchester .405 Rifle
It is well known that Theodore Roosevelt favored the .405 Winchester, and owned several throughout his life. He brought at least three with him on safari to Africa in 1909, and shot everything from Rhinoceros to Elephant. This particular example mas manufactured in 1904, the first year that the .405 caliber became available. The rifle was previously owned by Canadian resident George Cooper, who inherited the rifle from his grandfather Charles Hineman at the time of his passing in 1955. Hineman worked as a commercial hunter, and was at times accompanied by Alexander Lambert, close friend and personal physician to Theodore Roosevelt. At this time, Lambert was president of the Tourilli Club, a private game preserve located Northwest of Quebec, and carried with him this rifle which had been given to him by Roosevelt. Lambert ultimately traded the rifle to Hineman, who cherished it the rest of his life. A truly important piece of national firearms history.
Federal Prohibition Agent James E. "Pistol Pete" Bowdoin's 10 Gauge Double Barrel Shotguns
A fantastic pair of guns belonging to one of the more colorful law enforcement officers of the prohibition era who was shot and killed in 1925 while conducting a moonshining investigation. It is likely that he was in fact carrying one of these shotguns when the incident occurred. Interestingly, both guns are Wells Fargo & Co. marked from guard use prior to Bowdoin's ownership.
Important Gustave Young Engraved "Apprentice Workshop Model" Colt M1849 Pocket Pistol
Winchester M1873 "Trapper" Saddle Ring Carbine, .44-40 WCF with 16" Barrel, Factory Letter, & Rare Shelton-Payne Arms Co. El Paso Texas Scabbard
HISTORIC & IMPORTANT
Factory Engraved & Inscribed Presentation
M1884 Colt Lightning Deluxe Medium Frame Slide Action Rifle with Factory Letter
The Medium Frame Lightning rifle was produced between 1884-1902, with nearly 90,000 manufactured. Of those, only 40 were factory engraved and 20 factory inscribed or monogrammed. This particular rifle being factory engraved AND inscribed as a presentation makes this a truly one of a kind example. It should also be noted that of the very few factory engraved Lightning rifles that exist today, most feature the more common "grape leaf" pattern engraving, and are of a less desirable caliber such as .32 or .38 CLMR. It is very uncommon to see a factory engraved Lightning rifle done in the classic Helfricht scroll style, such as this rifle, and in the much sought after big .44 caliber. The rifle also exhibits other features that are exceedingly rare to the Lightning rifle, such as a checkered pistol grip, deluxe grade wood, and a nameplate. William Scott Dunham was born in 1865 and lived in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. He enlisted with the 15th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Co. G, at the outbreak of the Spanish American War in 1898 and quickly rose to the rank of sergeant. Being noted for his fine marksmanship, he was also utilized as a sharpshooter. After the war, Dunham joined the Pennsylvania National Guard. The N.G.P. held an annual rifle match at the state range every year, and this rifle was special ordered by Lt. Colonel. W. F. Richardson as the intended first place prize for the 1901 shoot. William Dunham won the shoot, and was the fortunate winner of this stunning rifle. Dunham went on to patent a marksman's shooting arm rest in 1905, of which the patent still stands (US Patent 784390).
Extremely Rare Confederate 1863 Fayetteville Armory Type III Musket
BENTLEY & PLAYFAIR
Elephant Ivory-Once a popular and profitable trade
RAREST OF THE RARE!
M1873 Winchester 14" Short Rifles
Three of five currently known and documented '73 rifles with factory fitted 14" barels. Rifles and carbines could be ordered with any length barrel desired, though deviations from standard are quite rare. Most who preffered a handier version of the rifle opted for a special order 20" barrel, while those who needed an even shorter length typically ordered carbines with 14"-18" barrels ("Trappers"). These 14" octagon barrel RIFLES are among the greatest oddities and rarities of Winchester collecting. All feature factory letters and BATF clearance papers.
1 of 2 Known! Majors, Russell & Co. PONY EXPRESS Shotgun
Majors, Russell & Co. (later Russell, Majors, & Waddell) was a freighting and staging firm that existed between 1854-1862. Originally contracted to supply military posts in the west, they later operated various stagecoach lines, communications services, and express mail transportation. They were the company who in 1860 founded the famous Pony Express which lasted for only 19 months. In 1862 the remains of the company were bought by "Stagecoach King" Ben Holladay. There is only one other "Majors, Russell & Co." marked shotgun currently known to exist which was part of the William R. Orbelo collection sold by Little John's Auction Service in 2010.