IMPORTANT UPDATE: April 22, 2020

In order to accommodate high levels of interest in online bidding, we have decided to split the auction into two sessions. Wednesday, May 6 beginning at 10:00 am we will offer Lots 1 through 285. On Thursday, May 7 beginning at 10:00 am ET we will offer Lots 286 through 567. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firearms@cowans.com or 513-871-1670.

We encourage bidders to utilize absentee or live online bidding options for this auction. For complete step-by-step instructions on how to bid by absentee or live online with Cowan's, click HERE.

About the Auction

Cowan’s is pleased to offer for its May 2020 Arms and Armor auction an enviable collection of fine antique arms and military accessories.  

While the entire sale is indeed a showcase of rare and desirable items, several lots showcased in the May sale are of special interest to advanced collectors of fine arms.  Specially featured is an incredibly rare #5 Holster Model “Texas” Paterson Revolver (Lot 48).  These revolvers are rare to find in any condition and not only does this example retain some of its original finish, it also has the added bonus of showing matching serial numbers, even on the spare cylinder.

Also featured in this sale are several one-in-a-lifetime opportunities, including a prohibitively rare Third Model Cofer Revolver (Lot 110), a unique Southern Percussion Revolver By V.G.H. Libeau (Lot 375), a remarkable double cased pair of silver and gilt Colt 1860 Army Revolvers, (Lot 376) and a factory engraved Winchester Big .50 Deluxe 1876 Short Rifle made especially for Sultan (later King) Fouad I of Egypt (Lot 295).  This unique assembly of important arms also includes rare curio and oddity pieces unlike anything available for auction in recent times, featuring a magnificent Mauser Zig-Zag revolver with ivory grips (Lot 533), a very fine Thuer Conversion Colt 1860 Army Revolver (Lot 374), and a Rare and Desirable 25-Shot Guycot Chain Pistol (Lot 527).  

In keeping with Cowan’s place as the premier auction house for academic collectors and historians, we are pleased to offer selections from the collection Arthur Marsh.  Representing a long career of passionate study and collecting, the collection of Arthur Marsh includes a large and very complete collection of U.S. aviation accouterments including high-quality flight helmets, pilot’s jackets, and badges (Lots 185-221, 223-224) representing the golden age of American military flight.

Jack Lewis
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Lots 1 - 285
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
10:00 am ET

Lots 286 - 567
Thursday, May 7, 2020
10:00 am ET

By Appointment Only

Buyer's Premium
A 20% buyer's premium will be added to each lot purchased absentee, on the phone, or on Cowan's Live! For all lots purchased through a third-party bidding platform, an additional 3% will be added by the third-party platform.

Purchase Pickup

Purchased items from this auction will be available for pickup at our Cincinnati office starting on Friday, May 8 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please email cincinnati@hindmanauctions.com.