Weapons From Nation's Oldest Military School To Be Sold In Cordier's Firearms And Militaria Auction

Carson Long Military Academy In Perry County, Pa., To Sell Collection On Dec. 7 And 8

November 30, 2018

Cordier Auctions and Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pa., will hold a Firearms and Militaria Auction on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. The sale will include hundreds of lots of historic and modern firearms, including a collection of weapons from the almost two-centuries-old Carson Long Military Academy.
Founded in 1836, Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield, Pa., was the oldest continually-operating military boarding school in the United States. On day two of the auction, the school’s private collection of firearms, militaria, and related accessories will be sold.
The school’s collection will include a mid-19th century Pennsylvania long rifle by renowned gunsmith John Shuler of Perry County, Pa. Shuler’s guns gained popularity for their quality and reliability. In total, over 50 lots of match rifles, shotguns, and edged weapons, including two samurai swords, will be offered on behalf of the school, which celebrated its final graduating class in June of 2018.
The speciality auction will also be offering hundreds of uncataloged lots of ammunition, reloading supplies, and other firearm-related material to live and absentee bidders. The second day will cover more than 400 lots of cataloged firearms and collectibles in addition to the previously mentioned Carson Long collection.
Among the expected top lots of the sale are a FN FAL semi-auto military-style rifle, which was a free-world favorite during the Cold War, and a Winchester 1873 rifle marked “59 Atlanta Police” on the receiver. The Winchester includes documentation from the Cody Museum, and both firearms are estimated to sell for $4,000 to $6,000 each.
A blued steel Francotte knockabout shotgun with silver engraving is expected to be another top seller, with a pre-sale estimate of $1,500 to $2,500. The firearm was manufactured in Belgium for the New York company Von Legerke and Detmold, which was founded in 1882 and purchased by Abercrombie and Fitch in 1928. The engraving depicts the Lockwood family crest and motto, as well as hunting scenes of dogs and birds.
Unusual finds, such as a Mauser broomhandle pistol marked “Made in Germany” in Chinese script, an antebellum Colt pocket revolver, and a World War I Purple Heart medal with documentation, are also expected to draw heavy attention from collectors.
More information and a full online catalog of session two of the auction are available at www.CordierAuction.com.
Live previews of the auction items will be held on each day of the sale starting at 8 a.m. The auction will begin at 10 a.m.
To learn more, call 717-731-8662.


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