James Julia Firearms Auction Includes Iconic Collections

Over the years, James D. Julia Auctioneers has become the foremost place in the world to buy high quality, fine firearms.  But it has also evolved into the foremost place to sell.  Julia’s 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 their sale:

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.

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 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.

Also included will be some extraordinary Colts.  One of the most notable one 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.

An impressive grouping of rare Kentucky rifles will also 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.

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 ga. estimated at $32,500-62,500.  A rare Parker 20 ga. 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 hang tag 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 at www.jamesdjulia.com.  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 by contacting them at 207-453-7125.  Julia’s next Firearms Auction is scheduled for October 2015 and they are currently accepting consignments for what is going to be another important and exciting sale.