|Last Updated 11/21/2014|
Firearms (Edged Weapons follows further down)
PLEASE NOTE: I have decided to start listing some of Dale's collectible firearms that he was able to put together over the past couple decades. In 2004, we had sold most of his collection through Rock Island Auction. He missed them so much that he started filling in the gaps again once we moved to Alaska. As time permits, I will list some of them here on the website. Some are antique, many are post-1898, which will require I ship to an FFL dealer. Over all the years we ran this business, when it came to firearms, we had everyone sign a release of liability form. In order to protect me, I will ask the same. Today, so many of these online shows say the value of an antique firearm is greater if it shoots, and they go out and shoot them. This is not something Dale ever recommended, unless the weapon was thoroughly checked out by a firearm specialist. And the idea that they are worth more if they shoot was not in the equation. Dale always considered the value of an antique was in its historical significance, condition overall, but not a daily shooter. I am not a gun specialist by any means. All I can do really is list a title, serial number, pictures, and price, to the best of my ability. Those purchased more recently from auction, will help me with describing them. There are only two listed now that Dale had actually written up many years ago, so I can at least use those descriptions.
Dale did not collect junk. All the bores I have looked at look clean and bright. I don't feel competent in describing in more specific details, but please ask if I can give you other details. If I missed any important details in the photos, please also let me know.
I have listed all the remaining M1 Garand wood stocks below...both finished by Dale and those need refinishing.
2F - EARLY PRODUCTION MODEL 1896 SPANISH AMERICAN WAR KRAG CARBINE - (This is Dale's description he wrote 10+ years ago. It was kept with the gun while in his collection. Now I can use it to describe it and one other SAW weapon, listed below.) Serial No. 29346 .30-40 caliber, 22 inch round barrel, blue finish, walnut stock. First lot M1896, made in 1895, more properly designated M1892, Second Type. Combat veteran of the Spanish American War which serial number records (Springfield Arsenal) suggest was issued to 2nd Cavalry. Receiver marked "1895/U.S. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY/29346". Early enough to still have the carbine bar and ring. Has "C" marked M1896 rear sight. Crisp "J.S.A. / 1896" cartouche and circle "P" under wrist. All metal fine retaining 90% original or arsenal refinish. Tip of muzzle has bit of exterior pitting. Fairly bright bore with good rifling showing some wear. The extractor retains most original fire blue. Excellent wood with light, smooth overall wear. Has hairline crack that runs from the rear of the loading gate rearward to the bolt recess notch. Few little dings at most. Nice edges and color. $2500 Priced at our original cost
3F - RARE EARLY U.S. SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1892 KRAG RIFLE (This is Dale's description he wrote 10+ years ago. It was kept with the gun while in his collection. Now I can use it to describe it and one other SAW weapon, listed above.) Unaltered, and extremely rare prize from the Spanish American War...just how they looked going up San Juan Hill. Serial No. 9338, .30-40 caliber, 30" round barrel. Left side of receiver clearly marked "1894/SPRINGFIELD ARMORY/9338". Retains all its original features, including cleaning rod, no butt trap, correct 1892 rear sight, short handguard, no lightening cuts on the guide rib and flat toe. Has a legible "J.S.A. / 1895" cartouche and good circle "P". Condition is very good to fine. Fine bright bore with light wear. Solid even blue on barrel thinned to approximately 60% and toned. Receiver darkened to even plum with some thin, scattered etched spots and fine pitting. Bolt aged silver grey. Extractor has some matte' etching to surface. Dark, lustrous original finish on wood with light, smooth wear and numerous small scratches and rubs. Includes early leather sling, looks pre-1903. Extraordinarily rare Spanish American War Krag. $3520 Priced at our original cost (I think I missed taking a photo of the J.S.A/1895, so I'll try to get to that soon.)
11F - RARE ORIGINAL SA/JLG M-1 GARAND STOCK Click thumbnail photos for larger views This is the rarest stock we’ve had, among the hundreds we’ve handled. This is an entirely original Garand stock without hand guards or stock metal. Boxed SA/JLG letters are nearly 100% legible in decent light. Top border line is worn off. The bottom border line has relaxed to the point it is not visible. Letters are not deep, but are pretty clear. Circle “P” is 100% visible, with some smooth wear. The ordnance wheel is light, but almost fully legible in sunlight. The cartouche stands for Col. James L. Guion, 7-1-50 to 6-13-53, serial 4,20x,xxx to 4,3xx,xxx. Duff’s book notes this is a most difficult stock to find. Has not been refinished, and has an excellent, lustrous original finish. Has good edges, light wear and expected scattered little dings and rubs. Stock was fitted to a mint barreled action to test lock-up, which was tight. $350
12F - ORIGINAL M1 GARAND STOCKS Click on the thumbnail photo for larger view These are the last of a once large lot of stocks auctioned by an Army arsenal, from which Dale was able to pick the best. Over the years, he spent countless hours refinishing these to exacting standards. He picked the best out of the lot, so what he did refinish had good to excellent cartouche/markings. These stocks have been cleaned and painstakingly refinished to the highest quality of WWII G.I. standards, and to appear original. Attention was paid to sharp edges, not touching original markings, and have a fine surface and color. All markings guaranteed original. He used the best stain he knew to exist for superb color, Chestnut Ridge Supply, Military Stock Stain. Now that he is gone, I am unable to individually describe each stock as he once did, so I am going to group them based on overall condition and completeness of cartouches/circle P, etc., and price them lower than what we would have sold them for previously. I'm also trying to avoid having to take a bunch of photos for each stock, another reason for the lower prices. If interested, and you want them ALL, I will give you a group price.
#1 - SA/GAW Group - SA's partially visible, GAW's visible. All good circle P's. Two have some wood missing right at the hole on the underside (probably 1-1 1/4" piece), that way before Dale refinished them. Overall wood is great, with expected nicks and dings. $150 Each For the two with missing wood $135 Each
#2 - Can no longer make out the markings (can see a very light SA), no circle P visible. Has small ordnance wheel. Nice wood overall. $95
#3 - SA/GAW - Very nice, best markings left. Good circle P's. One has a very shallow 2" crack at the top, rearward from the opening and a 1 1/2" very shallow crack toward the circle P. Best is $175; One with crack $150
#4 - Most markings not visible; one you can see a little of the A; the other you can see a little bit of the SA. Wood is very nice overall. $85 Each
#5 - SA/EMcF's - #1 SA mostly gone. EMcF visible. Very nice finish. $150 #2 has good markings. Circle P is dark and blurry. Very nice finish. Small chip of wood missing at the hole on the underside, missing before Dale refinished it. $165
13F - ORIGINAL M1 GARAND STOCKS - UNFINISHED Click on the thumbnail photo for larger view These are the last of the large lot Dale bought many years ago, but these are unfinished. He never got to them. What I can provide are very excellent written directions provided by Dale some time ago, if you wish to follow how he refinished the ones above. Many in this lot had SA/GAW markings, but most are so light they are hard to read easily. There is one EMcF stock, again with light markings. The dark stock on the bottom right looks like it had been refinished, not sure if Dale did it, but there are no markings at all that I can see. The one on the bottom left appears to me to be original finish, really nice wood grain. No markings that I can see. I will sell each stock for $50 and the original finish stock for $75
16F - 2005 THE GUN REPORT 50 Years, Volume 51, Number 1 1955-2005 50 year edition of this very popular, and long running publication. Very good condition overall, no dog ears, no marks or highlighting. "The GUN REPORT Volume 51, Number 1 June 2005 / $10.00" - "50 Years Serving Firearm Collectors Around the World 1955-2005". $5
(Thought some of you might like these gun related pins, from the Pins & Stick Pins section)
17F - WWII SWEETHEART PINS Click on each thumbnail to see larger views
G. WWII Crossed Rifles & National Emblem Pin. Really nice
national emblem eagle on crossed rifles. Pin back. Near mint
condition. Bit over 2 1/2" wide. $15
19F - WWII CROSSED RIFLES SWEETHEART BROOCH PIN This pin is made up of two crossed rifles affixed to a circular backing ring. For wear by mother, wife, or girlfriend of an Infantryman. The circle is 1 9/16" in diameter, with the rifles sticking out a bit over. Pin back. Nice. $25
21F - SPANISH AMERICAN WAR PATRIOTIC RIFLE PIN Consists of a steel color Winchester Lee Straight Pull Rifle with bayonet, 2" long, pin back, with a 9/16" tall brass color bullet applied at center. Excellent with some tarnish. $20
PLEASE NOTE: The items in this section represent our final sword and knife offerings. We will NOT be acquiring any more edged weapons.
There is one G.I. knife left in this section and has been reduced to our cost level. Please check below and take advantage of a great buy.
1EW - FASCINATING FOLK ART HAND MADE SWORD - U.S. MODEL 1840 ARTILLERY SABER Click on thumbnail photos for larger views Appears to date C.1840-70. Has been hanging in Dale's office for at least 35-40 years. Possibly made as a theater prop or as an elaborate toy by a very indulgent father. Almost 37" long. Iron knucklebow with ancient gold painted surface. Black painted grip is wrapped with flat iron wire with dark brown patina. Pommel appears to be gold painted wood. The curved iron blade is 5/32" thick and 31 1/4" long. It has ancient silver painted surface. The scabbard is wood with the same silver paint, all showing considerable age. No rust, just some thin age stain. Has serviceable suspension rings with old gold paint. Thin scabbard wood is generally very good with couple cracks. During our 50 year career dealing in militaria, specializing in Civil War, we did on the rarest occasions, encounter crude hand made Southern knives, and swords with wooden scabbards. Whatever the origin, the sword has a lot of character and good looks. It's actually a rather nice piece of American folk art, regardless of what its original purpose was. It is heavy enough to be a combat sword, and it was Dale's opinion, too detailed to be a toy. Whatever...we've thought it neat enough a homemade sword to be displayed for decades in Dale's office. $250
2EW - VERY TYPICAL WWII G.I.-MADE
FIGHTING KNIFE More Photos, Click Here
Another way of saying shop-knife…which were turned out in great variety
and profusion by G.I.’s who had access to any kind of machine or repair
shop. Knife is 10¾” long. Heavy grip is made of typical stacked washers
made of a maroon red phenolic, interspersed with brass washer, and steel
pommel cap. Thick brass counterguard. Nicely shaped, constant
thickness steel blade. Blade bright, clean, showing some light,
original marks from its shaping. Original dark brown sheath showing
nice patina of age. Strong and flexible. Few rubs. Face has a punch
mark border line around large, less than professional initials scratched
in. Classic G.I. $125
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