COMING IN JUNE 2020
Featured Items From The Personal Collection of Vincente Sepulveda
WELL DOCUMENTED EXTREMELY RARE AND FINE “1 OF 1000” WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE FORMERLY ON LOAN AT THE CODY FIREARMS MUSEUM.
Cal. 44-40. S# 31270. Bbl.28″.
The Winchester “1 of 1000” is among the most iconic of American arms. Oliver Winchester marketed these superior rifles by saying that of every 100 barrels manufactured, proved and tested for accuracy, the best 1 of 100 would be put aside. Once 10 superior barrels were gleaned, they would be tested for accuracy and the best of these would be marked “one of one thousand” and the other 9 barrels “one of one hundred” (though few 1 of 100s were marked). This long gleaning process produced guns of highest accuracy and were priced at $80-100 when standard model was $30. This gun was made famous among gun collectors when Universal Studios was filming “Winchester 73” starring Jimmy Stewart. This rifle was the 4th of the “1 of 1000s” reported during the nationwide search by the movie company in 1950 (23 1 of 1000s were located during this search).
RARE & FINE UMC CARTRIDGE BOARD. 54 1/2″ x 41 1/2″ Overall. This is among the scarcest and most difficult to find of cowboy era, circa 1885, gun store cartridge board display. The massive oak frame has two large gesso panels with raised 2″ relief lettering with “TRADEMARK” and “U.M.C.” on top banner and on bottom “The Union Metallic Cartridge Co.”. Over 100 examples of cartridges are labeled and arranged for the various Winchester, Sharps, Remington, Ballard, Colt, Merwin, Smith and Wesson rifles & handguns of the day. A central diamond color lithograph, 24″ wide with UMC logo surrounded by western game scene. (02-13624/JS)
AMONG THE FINEST WINCHESTER ADVERTISING SIGNS, CIRCA 1907.
41 1/2″ x 32″ Overall. Frame w/ Winchester logos and shotgun shell decoration surround well known painting of four bear hunting dogs by Henry R. Poore (1859-1940).
This particular poster is not extremely rare, but it is quite rare in fine condition with fine, original Winchester frame. If you want the finest example of this early Winchester advertisement, this is it. (02-13625/JS)
COLT FIREARMS “THE ARM OF LAW AND ORDER” ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISING POSTER.
This famous color lithograph of Frank Schoonover (1877-1972) painting of “Tex” on his horse, Patches, measures 30″ x 19″ in 41″ x 28″ frame. Schoonover in an interview relating to his most famous painting: “put a badge into the picture- artistic license”. Tex Randerson, was a ranch foreman and was considered one of the finest long-distance riders of his time. When Tex had a particularly hard section to ride, he always picked Patches, a rawboned surefooted cause. It was said “Patches was almost human when it was necessary to get back to camp on a dark night… Tex and Patches just naturally made pictures when they were together and it was always fine to see them on some little butte, horse and rider outlined against the sky”.
Not only was this 1925 Schoonover painting his most popular, he painted several versions, including this one utilized by Colt in 1926. Though not rare, this poster is quite scarce in fine, original condition w/ bright colors like this example. (02-13628/JS)
COLT REFERENCE BOOKS & ORIGINAL CATALOGS
Colt Pistols by R. L. Wilson & R. E. Hable. / Colt Single Action Army Revolver, A Thirty Year Anniversary Edition by Graham, Kopec & Moore. / (3) Colt Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers, Signature Edition by John A. Kopec. / Steel Canvas, The Art of American Arms by R. L. Wilson. / Colt, An American Legend by R. L. Wilson. / Colt Century of Achievement 1836-1936, copy right 1937 by Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Mfg. Co. / Colt Fire Arms The Arm of Law And Order, original catalog including January 1930 price list. CONDITION: all are very good to excellent. (02-13629-2/DS)