Outstanding Original Photograph of General George A. Custer by W. R. Howell, New York, given and signed by Elizabeth B. Custer, Amazing piece of history, this is an original CDV Photograph taken by William Roe Howell of General George A. Custer in uniform in April, 1876, just two months before the Battle of The Little Bighorn. The photo was taken at the request of Elizabeth, and is one of the last images ever taken of Custer. From the Phillip Schwartz Collection (Ex. Vice President of Colt Firearms Mfg.) This photgraph is vintage framed and in beautiful conditon, with a post-battle endearment note written on the reverse by Custer's wife, Elizabeth Bacon Custer. It reads; "I am so glad my dear Emma, I give you what I think is the best picture of your friend General Custer / Elizabeth B. Custer" A truly wonderful, one of a kind piece of Custer history from one of the oldest and finest antiques collections in Connecticut. Wonderful Native American Indian Framed Original Photograph, ca. 1885-1900. This piece is right out of a private collection in Texas, and depicts eight Native Americans, probably of Southwest origin (Apache?). The frame is professional and of a later date, measuring 9 5/8"x8 1/8", while the actual photo measures 6 1/2"x4 1/8". The photo is in excellent condition, with just one small crease on the upper right corner. A great artifact of the American West. Important Typed Letter to R.H. Russell, Signed by Theodore Roosevelt on May 10th, 1898 as newly appointed Colonel of the "Rough Riders", Theodore Roosevelt had been serving Assistant Secretary of the US Navy Department at the time America declared war against Spain in April, 1898. On May 6th, Roosevelt resigned and joined the military, being appointed Lt. Colonel of the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry, aka "The Rough Riders". This letter was written by him only four days after being appointed Colonel of the Rough Riders, and is written on his own letterhead as previous Secretary of The Navy. By the end of May, Roosevelt and his Rough Riders would be off to Cuba to fight the Spanish, and on July 1st, 1898, would make their famous charge up San Juan Hill. This letter is written to R.H. Russell of New York (presumably the famous publisher), and is as follows: "My Dear Mr. Russell: I should particularly like some copies of that song. I admire it greatly, and am glad to have it. Very sincerely yours, Theodore Roosevelt" It would be interesting to do more research to determine what song Roosevelt was referring to. The letter is in very good condition overall, with a strong signature, and strong typed font. The printed letterhead information is faint, but visible. Roosevelt lived a long life full of various achievements, but perhaps the most important and noted period of his life was while he was Lt. Colonel of the Rough Riders, and to find a document written and signed by him during this brief period is very rare. RARE Large Blacksmith Forged & Marked Grizzly Bear Trap, mfg. ca. 1840. This is a fantastic, early bear trap that measures 37" long overall with 12" wide jaws. It is marked at least six times on various parts by the maker. The writing is partially legible, but I just can't quite figure out the name. Years ago we spoke with an old time collector out west about the trap who thought that it may have been used initially as a sample by the blacksmith. Thick, original forged dog and pan, both of which are marked, and four 1 3/4" long forged teeth which are fully intact. The forged chain and fastening ring measure 4 ft. long. The iron is strong and heavy, and in excellent condition. This is one of the better traps we have ever had. It's very difficult to find a large, quality trap this early! NOTE: NO SALE TO FOLLOWING STATES: Florida, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, California, and Washington. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to know your own state laws on the purchase and ownership of leg hold traps. This trap is sold as a historical decorative piece with no intent of contemporary use. Rare Wells Fargo & Co. "No. 8" Iron Stagecoach Strong Box, ca. 1890-1910. This massive strong box came out of an old west collection in Texas, and is the biggest and best strong box we have seen in quite some time. The box measures 24" wide (plus the handles), 15" deep, and 15" tall. It is painted black, with "W.F. & CO." stenciled in gold on the front and back, and "NO. 8" on the top. The inside has been painted silver. The box is serial numbered on the top near the locking ring, and there are more old numbers on the inside mechanism stenciled under the silver paint. The bottom of the box is bellied slightly from years of carrying coins, gold, and money. One side handle is round and matches the top locking lever in design, while the other side handle is triangular, though they seem to have been this way since the time of use. The original key is missing. This is a great looking piece of western history. Absolutely authentic. Wonderful Vintage North American Bobcat (Lynx) Taxidermy Head Mount, mounted in New York in 1959. From the bottom of his chest to the top of his head measures around 11". The plaque he is mounted to measures roughly 12"x9", and information regarding the mount is hand written on the back in pencil. A great looking addition to your gun room or den!
GRIFFIN & HOWE
Makers of Fine Shotguns
RARE Griffin & Howe New York No. 2 "Blue Rock Trap" Tournament/Club Pigeon Thrower, ca. 1930's. This is the only example we have seen in this style by this maker. Right out of a private collection here in Connecticut, this piece is of impressive size, and would have been intended for use in a tournament or club shoot. The entire trap pivots on a unusual ball and socket design, and is clearly marked on both sides of the base. The tripod stand is made of three pieces of pipe that unthread from the base for transporting. The base is a heavy metal plate that the trap is bolted onto. The tripod is right from the period and was used with the trap. The entire piece looks to have been painted yellow at one time, and is now painted black. The trap pulls back and throws great. The little spring on top that holds the release forward has lost it's tension over the years and should be replaced. It measures 25" just from the ground to the base, and well over 4 feet high in total. This is a very impressive looking piece, and would be a highlight of any collection. RARE Wild West Show Performer's "Quick Draw" Holster & Gun Belt Rig for Colt Single Action Army Revolver, ca. 1920's/1930's. This is a very interesting and purpose built rig, featuring a 3 1/4" wide leather belt that holds 12 cartridges in
the .41 to .44 caliber range. The holster itself is very small and simple in design, mounted low, and kicked back for ease of pulling the gun out quickly. The buckle is solid Nickel Silver with brass overlay stars and a "Peacemaker" Colt Single Action. It is engraved, and marked "Nickel Silver" on the back. Brass rivets and screws are used throughout as hardware, and the rig has no maker's name that I can find. The leather shows it's age and is a bit dry, but overall is very solid and stable with no rips or repairs. This rig was probably custom made for a Wild West Show performer, or could have seen screen time in an early Western movie. Overall just an intriguing and cool looking old west rig!
RARE Original Pair of Kelly Bros. Marked Cowboy's Spurs, ca. 1920. One of the most highly sought after names in vintage spurs are those manufactured by Kelly Bros. These spurs are all original and complete. They have wonderfully tooled leather that is in excellent condition, and engraved Nickel Silver overlays. The rowels and buckles are original, and both spurs are clearly marked "Kelly Bros." A fine pair of honest, real deal Kelly spurs. Fantastic Sioux Beaded Native American Indian Shirt, ca. 1880, excellent museum quality piece right from one of the most impressive Native American collections here in Connecticut. Made of Elk hide, with a fringed bottom, sleeves, shoulders, and back, with beaded floral patterns across the chest and upper back. Also there is beadwork around both wrists. The condition is phenominal, with great color and patina, and no damage. The leather is still supple. This shirt comes right from a very old, private collection that was full of only the best Native American artifacts. A very impressive, period piece. Incredible Sioux Beaded Indian Scout's Jacket with Bullet Holes, ca. 1870-1885, excellent museum quality piece right from one of the most impressive Native American collections here in Connecticut. This jacket is made of Elk hide, and is fringed across the bottom, up the sleeves and shoulders, and across the back. There is also fine beadwork going up the shoulders to the neck, and across the back. What makes this jacket really intriguing, is the fact that whoever was wearing it was shot in the back with buckshot from a shotgun! The back of the coat is peppered with holes from buckshot, most of which have been patched on the inside at a later date. You can even see where the shot skimmed across the leather before entering the body. A very interesting and grizzly piece of wild west history! The condition is otherwise very good for it's age, and the jacket has great color and patina, and the leather is still soft and supple. This shirt comes right from a very old, private collection that was full of only the best Native American artifacts. A very impressive, period piece that tells a story.
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Rare H. H. Heiser #1710 Tooled Mexican Double Loop Holster for Colt Single Action Army, ca. 1915-1925, for 4 3/4" or 5 1/2" barrel (7 1/2" may just fit). Will also fit other large frame Colts of the period. This holster is in excellent condition with thick, supple leather and a rich original color. No tears or repairs, and the original strap and snap are perfect. Heiser brand stamped on the back is crisp. A great example of a rare Heiser Colt holster! Beautiful Vintage North American Grizzly Bear Rug with Large Original Claws, measuring approximately 6 feet from the tip of his nose to his tail. Double matted, and even complete with hooks for wall hanging! The bear has a rich, blonde color and clean coat. All original claws are intact and present, with the largest fronts measuring 4"+ along the outer curve. Current expenses to legally acquire a tanned and preserved Grizzly run between $8-10,000, not including the hunt. This would make an impressive statement in any den or gun room. NOTE: NO SALE TO FOLLOWING STATES: Alaska, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia or West Virginia. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to know your own state laws on the purchase and ownership of genuine bear parts. NO INTERNATIONAL SALES. RARE Authentic 19th Century Native American Plains Indian Grizzly Bear Claw Necklace, ca. 1860. In nearly 30 years of collecting this is only the second period Grizzly necklace we have had. There are 34 claws in total, including 10 large front claws (the biggest measuring 4 1/2" along the outer curve!) and 24 rear claws. They are strung on sinew with original copper and glass trade beads. By far one of the best early Native American pieces we have offered. These DO NOT turn up. NOTE: NO SALE TO FOLLOWING STATES: Alaska, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia or West Virginia. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to know your own state laws on the purchase and ownership of genuine bear parts. NO INTERNATIONAL SALES. Wonderful Large Carved Powder Horn from Southwest Region, ca. 1820-1840. An original, untouched deep relief carved horn, probably from Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas. It measures 20 1/2" along the outer curve, and features it's original wood stopper and a remnant of the original leather strap. The initials "SG" are carved, along with a horse, pears, leaves, a heart and fish, among other designs. Original wood plug is intact, and there is much wear along the inner curve from where the horn was worn against the original owner. Overall a very interesting and unusual western powder horn. Early Tooled Double Loop Holster For Colt Single Action Army, ca. 1880, for 7 1/2" barrel. This is a great looking holster which has clearly left the imprint of a Colt Single Action. The leather is very supple and shows much use and wear. The lower loop looks to have been repaired once, but otherwise everything is intact and present including the plugged bottom. The stitching is very good. There is a small hole from the front sight having worn through near the bottom. No markings visible that I can see. A great old west holster! Wonderful Antique Oil Painting on Canvas of Native American Indian Chief Signed "DARY", ca. 1890, measuring 22"x33". This painting has a fantastic look, and would be right at home in any den. The paint is in fair condition overall with moderate cracking, and there are a handful of small tears and scuffs. It would benefit from a proper restoration, but looks fantastic just the way it is. It is stretched over a wood frame and held in place with round head nails. The back is signed in pencil "DARY" in large letters. We have been unable to find any information about the artist. Paintings of Native Americans this early are very uncommon, and certainly one with such a terrific look. RARE Money Belt Gun Rig with Tooled Double Loop Holster for Colt Single Action Army, ca. 1890, for 5 1/2" barrel. This is a fantastic looking wild west rig which has a rare a desirable money belt feature. The end of the belt is made open with an 8" double sewn pocket for holding silver dollars, coins, paper currency etc... The belt is over 2 3/4" wide and features 32 loops for .32 caliber size cartridges. The belt is marked "4775 / 32" with a "34" on the tongue. Large original Nickel plated buckle is in great shape. Overall the belt is very nice with no rips or repairs and a triangular tooled boarder pattern. The holster shows the imprint of a 5 1/2" barrel Colt Single Action Army and features two flower motifs with a tooled boarder. The top right corner of the first loop has an old repair and some old re-stitching. The mouth of the holster also has some re-stitching. Otherwise the holster is in good shape, while the loops are tender but intact. This is a complete and very scarce western gun rig that will greatly compliment any Colt Single Action!
TROPHY AFRICAN ELEPHANT TUSKS (& ACCESSORIES) OF
George Rowbottom & Bill Ruger
Taken from their 1958 Safari
RARE & IMPORTANT! Massive Trophy African Elephant Ivory Tusks Mounted in Silver From The Bill Ruger/George Rowbottom 1958 Safari with Elephant's Feet Foot Stools, End Tables, One Ear & Documentation. This is an impressive and rare group of authentic Elephant Ivory tusks and related items that are directly linked to William B. Ruger of Ruger Firearms Co. Ruger was an avid hunter and traveled to Africa on several occasions, however his very first safari took place in 1958. He was accompanied by his friend George Rowbottom and two professional hunters. They arrived at the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi and stayed at actor William Holden's personal safari club briefly, as well as in the company of George and Joy Adamson. A great variety of game were taken on the safari, including this fantastic Elephant by George Rowbottom. The tusks and feet were preserved by the famed Jonas Brothers Studios of New York. The tusks are mounted in solid Silver bands, with silver screws, nuts, washers, and solid Silver chain. 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. The bases of both tusks are capped in leather from the Elephant's hide. The rear feet of the Elephant were made into foot stools that also double as storage boxes. They are Mahogany lined with hinged tops that are covered in Lion skin. Both are in very good condition overall, with some deterioration to the surface of one foot. The front feet were made into end tables with Mahogany tops. They too have some minor surface deterioration but are in stable condition. One Mahogany top has split from age but could easily be repaired. There is also one ear from the Elephant which was preserved. Accompanying the group is the original 1958 license signed to George Rowbottom for this Elephant to be legally hunted in Kenya, and original receipts from the Stanley Hotel (Note the mention of Bill Ruger). The original hanging bracket that these were displayed from is also included. The safari itself is described in R. L. Wilson's book "Ruger & His Guns". These are legal, documented pre-ban Ivory that was purchased directly from the estate of George Rowbottom through his son. They have never been available to the public until now. Authentic safari Elephant tusks are very rare and very hard to acquire today, and the fact that these were taken on Bill Ruger's first African safari makes these a priceless and important addition to any collection. NOTE: No sales to California or New York state. Please know your own state laws prior to purchase. ABSOLUTELY NO INTERNATIONAL SALES WHATSOEVER.
H. H. HEISER
Scarce Left Handed H. H. Heiser #710 Tooled Double Loop Holster For Large Frame Colt or Smith & Wesson Revolver, ca. 1910-1925. A very nice condition example of this holster which was originally intended for Colt Single Action Armys, Officer's Models, and large Smith & Wesson revolvers. This example is marked "SW 6" on the back, so it was probably used with a Smith & Wesson. Crisp tooling, no rips or tears, and a clear Heiser mark under the toe. The holster is a little flat from sitting but should stretch out nicely since the leather is in such good shape. Rare Cowboy Used M1881 US Cavalry Two-Hole Flap Colt Single Action Army & S&W Schofield Holster, mfg. ca. 1880's. These holsters were developed at a time when both the Colt Single Action Army and the Smith & Wesson Schofield were in use by the US Cavalry. The flap is designed with two holes, one position for the Colt and the other for the Schofield. This well used example may have fallen into the hands of a cowboy, as the top of the holster has been notched for clear access to the gun's hammer. The back of the belt loop is clearly marked "ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL / H.E.K.". The toe plug of the holster is missing, and the seam along the back edge has come partially unstitched. We have sold nicer condition examples of this holster for well over $1,000, but I think this one would be right at home with an old cowboy used ex-Cavalry Colt or Indian Scout's gun. RARE H. H. Heiser #407 Steer Head Colt Single Action Army Holster, ca. 1920's. One of the rarest and highly sought after Heiser holsters which was only produced during the 1920's. This example fits a 4 3/4" Colt Single Action quite well, but would also work for a medium sized Smith & Wesson. There are a few small mars around the top of the holster, but overall the leather is very nice with no rips or tears. The steer head motif and markings are very clean, and the stitching is perfect down the side and around the plugged bottom. These holsters are very hard to find and especially in this condition. Pristine examples have sold for over $1,000! Fantastic Cowboy Used Double Loop Holster For Colt Single Action Army, ca. 1900. This is a great looking holster that just screams old west. I can not find a maker's name, but the top loop is marked "114 45", while the bottom is marked "7 1/2". Obviously this was intended for a 7 1/2" barrel Colt Single Action. The face of the holster is period carved "AFE FROM SBE 1905". The leather is in very good condition with no rips, tears, or repairs. It features a soft leather liner which was uncommon for the time. There are a few tears in the liner but it's there for the most part. About 4" of the seam along the trigger guard area of the holster have come unstitched. This is an excellent and desirable Colt Single Action Army holster from the Wild West era. Rare Basketweave Single Loop Holster for M1877 Colt Double Action Revolver, ca. 1890, for 4 1/2" barrel (or slightly less). Holsters for 1877 Colts are very hard to find, and this example fits perfect and has a great old west look. The gun pictured (not for sale) has a 3 1/2" barrel and is a little short for the holster, I believe it was intended for a standard length 4 1/2" barrel. The holster appears to be unmarked, aside from the initials "LAT" branded on the back side. The leather is in very good condition overall with the only exception being a 2" tear near the mouth. The stitching is all intact and good. A fine addition to your Colt Lightning or Thunderer! Scarce Tooled Civilian Flap Holster for Colt Single Action Army, ca. 1890, for 5 1/2" barrel (or 7 1/2"). This great looking holster comes from an old collection in Nevada and is marked "44 / 5 1/2". The toe of the holster is made open, so a 7 1/2" barrel will also fit. The leather is in good, supple condition with no rips or repairs, and features a tooled stitch pattern border. An extra hole has been added to the flap to accommodate a different revolver, probably a Smith & Wesson. (Gun pictured is not for sale.)
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Rare H. H. Heiser #126 Spring Clip Skeleton Shoulder Holster for Colt Single Action Army, ca. 1920. This scarce holster is in excellent original condition and fits a 4 3/4" barrel Colt Single Action quite well, though I'm sure it was intended to accommodate a variety of similar size single and double action revolvers. The leather is in great condition showing mild wear but with no rips, tears, or repairs. Original leather flap to cover the butt of the gun is intact, and the bottom of the holster is plugged. Both the leather and cloth straps are fully intact and complete with original buckle and laces. Clearly marked on the back of the holster. It's great to see an early skeleton shoulder rig in such great condition as this and by such a desirable maker! (Gun pictured is not for sale.)
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VERY RARE H. H. Heiser #198 Alaskan Rifle Sling, ca. 1920. Heiser offered three models of rifle slings for a brief period of time and they are seldom seen today. This is a fantastic example of their No. 198 "Alaskan" sling, which is adjustable from 26" long to 35" long. The leather is in great condition with no rips, tears, or repairs. Original brass "Chicago" screw rivet, brass clasp, and leather loop. Clearly marked on the back. This sling will enhance the value of any period hunting rifle and would certainly be a great addition to a fine Winchester!