Historic and Rare Guns Offered at Rock Island’s September Auction

This is just about the largest and most powerful double rifle made any where in the world. Skillfully hand crafted by master gunsmith Ken Owen of Memphis Tennessee in the early 1990's, this is an exceptional and truly rare 4 bore double rifle. Estimated Price: $85,000 - $140,000

This is just about the largest and most powerful double rifle made any where in the world. Skillfully hand crafted by master gunsmith Ken Owen of Memphis Tennessee in the early 1990's, this is an exceptional and truly rare 4 bore double rifle. Estimated Price: $85,000 - $140,000

Gun Auction Snapshot

  • Auction Dates: September 9, 10, & 11
  • Putnam Green Collection: Part II – Outstanding U.S. & German Military
  • Over 75 Rare, Historical, and High Condition U.S. Martial Arms
  • Museum Quality Remingtons from the James Tipton Collection
  • Over 300 pieces of 19th Century American Stoneware – Over 75 pieces of Anna Pottery, the largest and finest collection of Anna Pottery ever offered at auction
  • Over 130 1911s
  • Over 350 Lugers
  • Over 500 Sporting arms

Rock Island Auction Company announces their premiere collector’s firearms auction to be held September 9, 10, & 11 at their new facility Rock Island, IL.

One of only 50 produced, all in the 22401-22450 serial number range, this specimen, is a superb example of an extremely rare 1902 DWM Luger that has been fitted with the unique "Powell Indicating Device", commonly called a "Cartridge Counter" on the left side of the grip. Estimated Price: $50,000 - $90,000

One of only 50 produced, all in the 22401-22450 serial number range, this specimen, is a superb example of an extremely rare 1902 DWM Luger that has been fitted with the unique "Powell Indicating Device", commonly called a "Cartridge Counter" on the left side of the grip. Estimated Price: $50,000 - $90,000

The Putnam Green Collection was the finest U.S. & European Military collection ever offered at auction. This September RIAC is proud to feature The Putnam Green Collection Part II: An outstanding collection of rare, historic, and high condition U.S. & German Military Arms. This collection features over 100 of the most unique firearms, uniforms and holsters. Highlights of this historic collection include: The finest known historical U.S. DWM Model 1902 American Eagle cartridge counter Luger pistol serial number 22430 with holster ($50,000-$90,000 ), a magnificent Mauser Model 1912/14 experimental pistol in 9mm, with matching shoulder stock ($45,000.00-$80,000.00) and a rare early production U.S. Colt Model 1911 semi-automatic pistol serial number 33 ($40,000-$80,000). The quality military arms in this collection also include prototype P-38’s, DWM Model 1900 Test Luger, multiple presentation pistols, exceptional German military longarms and sniper rifles, and the finest known Springfield 1903 with shipping case as well as many posters, uniforms and military memorabilia. This incredible collection is only the beginning of the outstanding military arms being featured this September at RIAC.

In addition to incredible quality, this September auction offers quantity with over 400 U.S. Military arms brought to auction. Over 25 trench shotguns from WWI and WWII, more than 130 1911’s and Part 1 of the finest M1 Carbine Collection, featuring every serial number block for each contractor of M1 Carbines during WWII. Top U.S. Military lots include an excellent WWI production Winchester Model 1897 trench gun ($5,000-$7,500) and a desirable WWII inland M1 carbine with M3 infrared sniper scope and accessories (4,500-$6,500). Also many uniforms and memorabilia identified to historic Generals such as Douglas MacArthur, David McCampbell, and George S. Patton.

The impressive military is not limited to U.S., German military arms are also well represented. Once again RIAC has assembled an astonishing collection of over 350 Lugers with highlights including: an outstanding cased Model 1893 Borchardt pistol rig complete with matching walnut shoulder stock, four matching magazines and accessories ($25,000-$45,000), a WWII Nazi “1943″ Dated Krieghoff luger rig with Luftwaffe/Krieghoff proofed holster and matching magazine ($8,500-$13,000), and an excellent DWM Model 1900 American Eagle Luger semi-automatic pistol with rare ideal stock ($4,500-$6,500). Other notable German arms include two WWII Cased J.P. Sauer & Sohns Luftwaffe M30 Survival Drillings, nearly 50 P-38s including prototypes and zero series, and sniper rifles many of which are rare and in high condition.

Going back further into military arms, RIAC is offering some of the rarest and historical Martial arms to ever come to auction. Of the 75+ Martial arms none are more impressive than the extremely rare John Miles 1798 U.S. Philadelphia contract blunderbuss with “Aetolian Waterloo” inscription ($50,000-$150,000) This is one of the few examples of a brass barreled shoulder blunderbuss made by John Miles Sr., circa 1798-1799 in existence. Going back even further is an extremely rare Revolutionary War, Thomas Ewing inspected, Maryland Council of Safety Gunlock Manufactory flintlock pistol ($50,000-$250,000). This pistol is 1 of 2 known to exist, and is in exceptional condition for a Revolutionary War pistol. Over 40 additional martial flintlocks make this a must participate for any early American arms collection.

This is an important example of an exhibition quality, factory engraved silver finished Henry rifle that was manufactured by the New Haven Arms company in the months of 1865 and is attributed to factory engraver Samuel Hoggson. Estimated Price: $90,000 - $160,000

This is an important example of an exhibition quality, factory engraved silver finished Henry rifle that was manufactured by the New Haven Arms company in the months of 1865 and is attributed to factory engraver Samuel Hoggson. Estimated Price: $90,000 - $160,000

Fast forward to the Civil War and take note of three incredible Henry rifles. A magnificent deluxe factory engraved, New Haven Arms Henry lever action rifle with silver plated frame ($90,000-$160,000), a historical presentation Henry Lever Action Rifle, inscribed to Andersonville Prison survivor Frank W. Smith from famed Ohio philanthropist Stillman Witt with extensive documentation ($50,000-$100,000), and a U.S. Contract Henry Rifle ($45,000-80,000). In addition are many rare Civil War handguns and longarms.

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