Cowan's December 2019 Arms & Armor sale finishes the year with a diverse array of rare and high quality historical arms. Highlights of this auction include an excellent Colt Model 1883 Gatling Gun, complete with field carriage, limber, and ammunition box (Lot 41). One of twenty delivered to the Army in 1887, a piece of this quality and completeness appearing at auction is a rare event and will likely not occur again in the foreseeable future. Accompanying this example of fine Colt design is a rare Deluxe Factory Exhibition Engraved English Hartford Colt Third Model Dragoon (Lot 138), a Factory Engraved French Fitted Rosewood Cased Colt Third Model 1851 Percussion Navy Revolver (Lot 135) and a Matched Pair of Factory Engraved Colt New Line 38's, complete with case highlighted in striking engraved brass (Lot 134). Not to be outdone by the Colt firearms empire, a breathtaking engraved Savage Model 99 will be offered (Lot 118) along with its extensive archive of correspondence between Savage and the piece's original owner, P.J. Noel of Kentucky. A pair of gold plated Marlin lever-action rifles (Lots 115, 117) and Marlin Model 20-S Shotgun, all engraved by master engraver Conrad Friedrich Ulrich Jr. round out the flagship pieces of this extraordinary auction.
Also featured in the day's offerings are selections from the the extensive Indian Wars collection of Bob Snitselaar, including several high-quality examples of this era of American military history including a rare Ward Burton Trial Carbine (Lot 39), a Springfield Model 1870 Trial Carbine (Lot 38), and a Model 1884 Indian Scout Dress Coat, complete with unique quillwork chevrons (Lot 65). Mr. Snitselaar's collection also offers an attractive array of American military helmets, from the venerable Model 1872 to the classic 1891 (Lots 51, 52, 53, 54, et al.). All items being of excellent quality, a purchase from the Snitselaar collection would be difficult to improve upon.
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