Cordier's Firearms And Militaria Auction To Feature 1866 Henry Winchester Rifle With Provenance

Dec. 10 Sale Will Have Over 300 Lots

December 1, 2017

Cordier Auctions is set to offer over 300 lots of antique, modern, and military firearms in its Firearms and Militaria Sale, set for Sunday, Dec. 10, at its Harrisburg, Pa., facility. Included will be a Civil War rifle with distinguished provenance.
The rifle, an 1866 Winchester Model B lever action, is the expected star lot of the auction, with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. Its provenance connects it by descent to Robert Bruce Ricketts (1839-1918), who commanded the First Pennsylvania Light Artillery in the Civil War and distinguished himself in battle at Gettysburg. Land purchased by Ricketts after the Civil War would eventually make up part of Ricketts Glenn State Park. Other antique firearm highlights will include a U.S. Springfield Model 1884 Trapdoor (est. $400 to $600), as well as an 1873 Carbine (est. $200 to $400).
In Military handguns, standouts will include an Ithaca M1911 (est. $800 to $1,000), a 1942 Mauer Code BYF P08 Luger with an Otto Sindel police holster (est. $500 to $1,000), and a German Broomhandle Mauser with shoulder stock (est. $1,000 to $1,500).
An impressive selection of modern guns are also going to be on offer, including a Charles Daly Superior (est. $400 to $600) and a Grulla engraved (est. $800 to $1,000), both in 12 gauge. Other modern long guns such as Remington, Winchester, and Browning will be sold. Collectible firearms, including commemorative models such as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Centennial, a Winchester “Buffalo Bill,” and a Wincheser NRA Model 94, will also cross the block.
Modern handguns are highlighted by Colts, including a Diamondback (est. $1,000 to $2,000), and a Python (est. $1,000 to $2,000), as well as firearms by Berretta, Mauser, and others.
The sale will also feature an array of militaria and edged weapons, with two Samurai swords and two Civil War swords sure to draw interest from collectors. A large selection of bayonets will also be sold, including Luftwaffe and SA daggers. In militaria, a number of WWII artifacts will be offered, including a German Heer helmet (est. $500 to $600), a large Kriegsmarine flag (est. $400 to $600), and a German building banner flag (est. $200 to $300).
Also of note are a full body mount lion in the taxidermy category, as well as a Grizzley Model G40152 industrial milling unit.
Bidders will participate in the sale both live and through simultaneous online bidding. A full online catalog of the auction is available by visiting


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