Premier Firearms Auction
May 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2022
Our first premier auction of 2022! This event hosts collections from across the country and brings them under one roof for an amazing multi-day auction!
This is an incredible opportunity to add rare and desirable firearms & militaria to your collection.
ELABORATE HIGH ART CHISELED STEEL, GOLD INSET “HYDE & GOODRICH” TARGET PISTOL OWNED BY YANKTON, DAKOTA TERRITORY GUNSMITH.
Cal. 56 Bore (About 44 cal)
16” overall, 10” octagonal barrel with unique textured “damascene” etching, gold inset lettering in gold inset frame “HYDE & GOODRICH IN NEW ORLEANS”. Iron mounted, set trigger, adjustable rear notch sight, inset fine blade front sight. Lock, breech, side plate, triggerguard, and tang are relief chiseled with gold backgrounds, intricate designs include angel, musketeer, dragon heads, medieval knight in armor. Buttcap finely sculpted and engraved. Stock has fluted & relief carved grip, fore end carved lion’s head, detailed glass eyes with pupils. Stamped on top of barrel in 2-lines “H. W. WHITE / YANKTON, DK”.
Hiram Wallace White (1819-1903) early citizen of Yankton, Dakota Territory and gunsmith as listed in 1880 Yankton census, and earlier ones in Illinois. Hiram was also inventor & traveler. Where could he have got this wonderful antebellum Southern piece of firearm art. Hyde & Goodrich was the leading fancy goods store in New Orleans from 1829 to 1861. A New Orleans reporter in late 1860 as the Civil War was about to begin, noted that the Hyde & Goodrich window displays instead the usual diamonds and silver items, “windows now occupied by trophies of magnificent arms of every description”. Of the surviving high-grade firearms emblazoned with Hyde & Goodrich’s name, nothing compares to quality and condition of this one.
PROVENANCE: ex-William Orbello collection of dueling pistols. Collection of John Montague.