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Ted Williams, also known as “The Kid”,” The Thumper” and, “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”, is marked down in history for his performance on the ball field. He’s one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He was also a great outdoorsman. He was a world-class fly angler and is mostly remembered for chasing tarpon in the Florida Keys. He was inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame in 2000.
On April 28th, Hunt Auctions will host an auction for Mr. Williams personal items, including his sporting gear and his private firearms collection.
There are 24 firearms ranging from a Bernardelli side-by-side to a Daisy air rifle. Williams had good taste in the classics: a Colt Woodsman .22 pistol, a Winchester pre-64 Model 70, a humpback Browning A-5, a Charles Daly over-and-under, a W.W. Greener side-by-side and others.
One stand out is an AYA side-by-side 12-gauge. From the catalog description: “Features fully engraved side plates and the receiver is finished in a stunning mellow case hardened fashion that brings out the fine hand engraving. This finish appears to be almost as new as the day it was made. The deluxe walnut stock features beautiful hand checkering which includes the checkered butt plate area which is actually part of the stock rather than an add on piece. The 26″ blued barrels also retain almost all of their original factory blued finish. It is chocked in both improved and cylinder bore which makes this an ideal upland game gun such as pheasants or dove. In addition, Williams’ initials and uniform number are stamped in gold on the underside of the butt stock. Very strong example is among the finest within the Williams collection. Estimated Price Range: ($1,000-$2,000).”
View the guns in lots 450 to 473 at http://www.huntauctions.com.
About the Author: James Card is an editor of Gun Digest the Magazine.
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