Winchesters Win At Cordier's Firearms And Militaria Auction

American Bald Eagle Gold Model In Original Box Sells For $3,600

September 7, 2018

A collection of new in-the-box Winchesters won bidders’ favor in Cordier’s summer Firearms and Militaria Auction, held July 29 at the company’s Harrisburg, Pa., auction house.
The top lot of the sale was a Winchester American Bald Eagle gold model in the original box, one of about 200 made. Firearms auction director Matthew Chilton called that lot’s $3,600 hammer price “surprising,” given the item’s $1,000 to $1,200 pre-sale estimate. Prices reported are hammer prices and do not reflect a buyer’s premium.
Other top performing Winchesters included a model 71 manufactured in 1955 ($2,200) and a diamond-grade skeet shotgun in the original box ($1,700). Non-Winchesters in the original box of manufacture also sold well, including a Smith and Wesson six-shot ($1,200) and a pair of Colt Heritage Commemorative revolvers ($1,200).
Asked about what struck him most about the sale, Chilton said, “Military firearms continue to be the hot sellers at these auctions.” Bearing that out, a deactivated Bren MKII light machine gun sold for $1,700, the top price in that category. The Bren had a reputation as a hardy and reliable weapon and was used in the British armed forces until fairly recently. A Mauser Model C96 Red Nine Broomhandle pistol brought $1,200, while a Colt Single Action Army revolver sold for $1,600.
Antique firearms remained strong, exemplified by the $1,300 sale price of an 18th-century Kentucky flintlock rifle by an unknown maker.
Bidders were not just drawn by firearms; knives and other edged weapons also crossed the block, including a U.S. model 1918 trench knife ($900) and two Case tested folding knives ($850). In military collectibles, a U.S. National Guard subcaliber mortar trainer sold for $1,100, while a named U.S. NCO medical corps footlocker brought $300.
The sale was the second of three firearms and militaria auctions that Cordier plans to hold in 2018. The popular sales draw bidders both locally and internationally, with participation both live and online.
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