Tomasoni Engraved Armi Fabri 12 Gauge Ejector Gun
Highlights Bonhams $1.1 Million Fall Arms & Armour Auction

San Francisco—Soaring past its $20,000-30,000 estimate to achieve $44,460 in the Antique Arms & Armour and Modern Sporting Guns Auction, November 18 at Bonhams, was a cased 12 gauge Tomasoni-engraved Armi Fabri over/under sidelock ejector gun. It was one of many examples to sell above its high estimate in the 90 percent-sold, $1.1 million, San Francisco-based auction.

Lever action rifles sold well in the auction, highlighted by a historic John Ulrich engraved Winchester Model 1866 that sold for $40,950; a Henry Model 1860 that sold for $23,400, ahead of an estimate of $12,000-18,000; and a factory-engraved Winchester Model 1866 that sold for $14,040, past an estimate of $8,000-12,000.

Shotguns of note included a cased set of two small gauge Campana-engraved Perazzi MX SCO over/under models that sold for $18,720, and a cased, engraved and gold-inlaid 12 gauge Beretta SO-6 EELL Grade over/under sidelock model, engraved by D. Massenza, that sold for $18,720. Several Perazzi Extra Gold Grade over/under shotguns also sold well, achieving $17,500 each. They included .410, 28, and 20 gauges, engraved by Galeazzi.

Bonhams is also pleased to have offered the Clark R. Hoffman Collection in the sale, featuring a strong selection of military pistols. Included was a rare Royal Forester's 1760/1778 Pattern flintlock light dragoon pistol that sold for $10,530, past an estimate of $3,000-5,000; a flintlock light dragoon pistol by Edge, dated 1759, that brought $9,360, ahead of an estimate of $2,000-4,000; and a rare Pattern 1796 heavy dragoon pistol with a Nock's patent screwless lock, that took in $7,020, past an estimate of $2,000-4,000.

Also on offer from the Clark R. Hoffman Collection was 20 lots of armour, including helmets, morions, gauntlets, suits and shirts. Examples of note included a mid-16th century close helmet, likely German, that achieved $9,360, past an estimate of $3,000-5,000, and mid-17th century English Pikeman's armour that brought $9,945, ahead of a $2,000-4,000 estimate.

Of additional note in the sale was a Winchester Model 1890 Single-W cartridge board, featuring central vignette of hanging ducks flanked by circular scenes, that brought $19,890; a rare factory engraved and 'Tiffany' gripped Colt Model 1862 Police conversion revolver that sold for $16,380; and a very fine American eagle pommel mounted officer's sabre, circa 1815-1830, that sold for $11,115.

The next San Francisco-based auction of Antique Arms & Armour and Modern Sporting Guns will take place June 9, 2014. For information on the sale or to view or purchase an illustrated auction catalogue, please visit in the weeks preceding the auction.


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