San Francisco — The fine fall sale of Arms, Armor and Sporting Guns at Bonhams, November 12, will include some 400 lots of edged weapons, armor, antique American and European firearms and sporting guns.
Standing out in the sale will be a rare Parker Brothers A1 Special shotgun two barrel set, est. $60,000-80,000, and an important and previously undocumented American full stock flintlock rifle by Frederick Sell, circa 1810-1820, est. $30,000-50,000. Frederick Sell (1781-1869) of Littlestown, Pa., is widely regarded as one of the finest and most important of Pennsylvania rifle makers. He was the son of gunmaker Jacob Sell, and though apprenticed to his father, he also worked as a journeyman with George Eister, John Lechner and Adam Ernst, as noted by Joe Kindig, Jr. in "Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in it's Golden Age." These associations helped Sell to refine his own designs and become, as Kindig asserts, "one of the great masters of Kentucky rifle making."
Highlights will continue with a rare coffin hilt bowie knife by Gravely & Wreaks, est. $10,000-15,000 and a Winchester cartridge board, est. $8,000-12,000.
Edged weapons in the sale will include examples from the Bronze Age, the 17th century and military swords from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Antique firearms will include several factory engraved Colt percussion revolvers, Civil War carbines and a group of Edo Period Japanese matchlocks, of varying estimates.
Property from the Eddie Rickenbacker Saloon Collection will feature a pair of epaulets, owned by George Armstrong Custer, est. $15,000-25,000; a large firing model of a Krupp Model 1873 field gun with limber, est. $3,000-5,000, and 19th century American firearms.
The Antique Arms and Armor illustrated auction catalog will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com.
Auction Preview: November 9-11, San Francisco
Auction: November 12, San Francisco
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com