Antique weapons under the hammer in Denver


20 January 2017
Philadelphia-Silver-Hilt-with-Scabbard_web-83948.jpg Philadelphia Silver Hilt with Scabbard estimated at $20,000-$30,000
Huge selection of antique and modern handguns, rifles, shotguns, knives, militaria and historical ephemera at Morphy Auctions

Morphy Auctions has announced its upcoming Premier Firearms sales event to be held on Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26, 2017.  All lots from this upcoming sale are on display in Morphy's Denver auction gallery and available for preview now.

This sale represents Morphy’s largest and most diversified sale of firearms and early Americana to date.  Day one kicks off with a premier offering of European and American militaria, uniforms, edged weapons, medals, hats, helmets, and bronzes.  There is also a large offering of Olympic style target pistols, most from a single owner, to include Hammerli, Unique, Feinwerkbau, Walther and Pardini, along with numerous military long arms, to feature a near mint Remington 1917 Mosin Nagant. 

Day two kicks off with a strong collection of high condition pre-war Smith & Wesson revolvers. Also notable is the largest single offering of King custom target revolvers.  There is a vast array of Colts to include an unfired English cased Colt Model 1878, an unfired Navy shipped pre-war Model 1911-A1, and a high condition Colt 1891 S.A.A. cavalry revolver.  German military is well represented with a fine single-owner collection of rare and high condition Lugers to include: Persian Artillery, Persian Cutaway, Krieghoff, Simson Suhl, Vickers, and rare foreign contract guns. 

One of the highlights of day two is the finest and largest offering of early Weatherby rifles ever presented, with numerous deluxe, Crown Grades and pre-Sauer examples.  As usual, there are lever action rifles that are highlighted by one of the rarest Model 1886 models in .50 caliber smooth bore with complete historical reference.  Also included is a fine engraved Martial Henry, a fine 1876, a high condition 1866 musket, along with some early high condition Savage Model 1899s. 

For the Remington collector, there is a desirable J.P. Lower stamped 1901 target pistol in .44 Russian and a rare Rolling Block No. 1 Adirondack sporting rifle.  If you are a lover of fine shotguns, it doesn’t get any better than a cased Royal Grade Holland & Holland two-barrel set, along with numerous English doubles that include Purdey, W.C. Scott, Greener, along with some Belgian Brownings. 

Day two also features the extensive and well-known Dan Hartzler collection of silver hilted swords, all of which are featured in his book American Silver Hilted, Revolutionary and Early Federal Swords, with nearly 40 examples, many American silversmith marked, along with two Philadelphia silver hilted swords with repoussé scabbards.  The Michael Kvietkauskas collection features fine Revolutionary War and earlier powder horns, knives, muskets, important documents and art; this collection comprises over 200 lots of some of the finest, early Americana.

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While not steeped in history, the Colt Python has, none-the-less, become an American icon.  To that end, there over 15 high condition examples, many boxed, to include two rare factory lettered 3” Models.  

Day three is a mix of collectible firearms and a nice assortment of weapons earmarked towards hunters and collectors alike. If you can’t make it in person there is an internet and call-in service. For more information on Morphy's, visit