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Historic Civil War, Texas and Celebrity Western Artifacts up for Auction

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Gordon Lightfoot's silver and gold parade saddle, a knife and beaded sheath attributed to legendary Indian Chief Crazy Horse who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn , and an engraved Colt 1860 Army with Tiffany grips attributed to Texas Revolution hero Juan Seguin, are among some of the museum quality artifacts going up for auction on April 19 in Texas.

New Braunfels, TX (PRWEB) April 15, 2008 -- Gordon Lightfoot's silver and gold parade saddle, a knife and beaded sheath attributed to legendary Indian Chief Crazy Horse who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and an engraved Colt 1860 Army with Tiffany grips attributed to Texas Revolution hero Juan Seguin, are among some of the museum quality artifacts going up for auction on April 19.

Juan Seguin 1860 Colt Army
Juan Seguin 1860 Colt Army

The Western auction features other local Texas artifacts such as saloon advertising jugs marked with the Texas towns they came from and antique Lone Star Brewery advertising. "We have great western décor items and historical items for serious collectors," said Robb Burley, of Burley Auction Gallery in New Braunfels, where the sale is being held. Additional prominent Texas items in the auction include a collection of Texas Ranger firearms and related items. Of those are badges belonging Texas Ranger Captain Clint Peoples, which were on display at the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, and an oval badge with eagle that accompanies a pistol formerly belonging to Texas Ranger A.Y. Allee, Jr., with his personal brand on the grips.

 

There are over 150 firearms in the auction, many with historical ties such as the gun set previously belonging to Texas Border Patrolman Bill Jordan, one of the last gunfighters. There is also a rare Wells Fargo Express Co. marked shotgun, Smith & Wesson Schofield pistol, and knife. Another unusual item is a Civil War percussion sniper rifle with a telescopic site for shooting officers at long range, which weighs about sixty pounds. It was captured from a Union soldier by a Texan and brought back to his home. Other firearms of importance are rare factory engraved Colts, a Colt revolving carbine, a Colt Dragoon and Baby Dragoon, cased and engraved Colt model 1849, Colt Bisleys, Winchester 1866s, a factory engraved 1873 short rifle, 1873s, deluxe Winchester 1886, 1892s, 1894s, Winchester Trapper, Winchester Winder musket, and additional Civil War guns.

We have great western décor items and historical items for serious collectors
Other important western artifacts include the first original lithograph of General Custer made after his defeat, a pistol, gun belt, photo and bust of the famous Mexican Revolutionary General, Antonio Acuña Galindo, ca. 1890, a badge belonging to an Eagle Lake Texas Marshall, and a Civil War photo of Rebel Army generals Hood, Forrest and Bragg.

Additional collectibles in the sale are a 1930's Pueblo Indian drum, a 1920's Indian rug with swastikas, a Texas-made poker table of long-leaf pine from the 1890's, gambler's boxes, bits and spurs, saddles, early saloon advertising, Navajo Indian rugs, Sheffield Bowie knives, antique military swords, antique toys, old cast iron mechanical banks, Coca Cola trays, a 1939 Coca Cola salesman sample cooler, Winchester and country store advertising, ammunition advertising, posters and calendars, plus cigar and whiskey advertising.

The auction is being held in New Braunfels, Texas, at the Burley Auction Gallery, 134 Deborah Drive, Saturday, April 19th starting at 10:00 am. The preview is Friday, April 18th at 12:00 noon until 6:00pm and Saturday 8:00am until 10:00am at auction start. If you cannot attend the live auction, you can bid absentee, by phone, or online through eBay Live. For more information, full catalog with photos visit Burley Auction Gallery, TX Lic. #15184, at http://www.burleyauction.com or call 830-237-3440.

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