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Premier Firearms Auction: April 30th- May 2nd, 2010

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Rock Island Auction Company   

The April 30th, May 1st & 2nd Premiere auction, as always, has something to offer for all levels of collecting.

The auction has over 100 Civil War arms, including many rare and high conditioned arms from Starr Arms, Richmond Armory, Burnside, Remington, Whitney, Savage and others. There are also two fine historically significant examples which are an exceptional Gustave Young deluxe engraved, factory cased and Civil War Officer inscribed Colt model 1851 Navy revolver engraved “Lieut Jas B. Smith/Co D National Guards 2nd Regt Philada”, and an inscribed and identified Civil War New Haven Arms Co., Henry lever action rifle belonging to “Peter Church / Co.C. 23rd I11 Vols”. For the sword collectors there is a rare Miller & Co., presentation cavalry officer’s saber with Collins & Co. The upper scabbard mount has an integral, oval, plate inscribed: “COL. NELSON WALL. / - from Officers of - / the 4th R.I.M.”   This is only one of nearly 100 swords in this auction including several Union and Confederate. 


The auction also features the C.W. Slagle Firearms Estate Collection to include Derringers, palm pistols, powder flasks and other curio type firearms. C.W. Slagle was well known throughout the firearms collecting industry and especially known for his collection of unusual and unique antique and Curio & Relic firearms. There are also a number of Civil War arms from the collection including an impressive Morrill, Mosman & Blair Elgin patent cutlass pistol, serial number 52 (largest known example).

To complete the Civil War enthusiast’s collection is a Unique and Magnificent President Abraham Lincoln Stained Glass Window rescued from a fire damaged courthouse in Illinois. The high quality stained glass window depicts a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln adorned with his iconic stovepipe hat and is constructed out of seven pieces of glass. Below Lincoln are the vibrant stars and stripes on the crossed American flag.   

In its entirety, over 2700 quality lots will be offered at our April Premiere auction. The highly unique and broad assortment of firearms in this auction is sure to offer something for every collector. The April auction is cataloged in a full-color two-volume catalog, which can be ordered thought the mail ($60) or viewed online at

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