Firearms & Militaria

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Department Director

Firearms Department
Specialist

Contact Information
513.871.1670 (ext. 227) or firearms@cowans.com

   John Gangel
Specialist: Orange, CA

Contact Information

714.939.1170 or johngangel@cowans.com


Jack Lewis
has 36 years experience in the firearms industry. Jack is nationally known for his expertise in the Springfield Arsenal and the Frankford Arsenal. Jack is a Life member of both the National Rifle Association and the Ohio Gun Collectors Association. He is also a member of the American Society of Arms Collectors.

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Bay State Arms Co. Falling Block Rifle
Lot # 400 - Bay State Arms Co. Falling Block Rifle
.32 RF caliber, 26" barrel, no visible serial number. Company name and address on top flat of octagonal barrel with 1885 patent date. Fancy grain polished walnut stock and forearm.
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Twelve Civil War Buttons and Three Civil War Insignia
Lot # 27 - Twelve Civil War Buttons and Three Civil War Insignia
One group of nine buttons and second group with infantry button and related insignia, artillery button and related insignia & cavalry button and related insignia.
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Mossberg Model 500 Pump-Action Shotgun
Lot # 1593 - Mossberg Model 500 Pump-Action Shotgun
12 ga., 24" slug barrel, S/N K408480. Walnut stocks, blued finish. Bushnell sportview scope with Weaver scope mounts.
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Model 1861 Contract Short Rifle by Whitneyville
Lot # 324 - Model 1861 Contract Short Rifle by Whitneyville
.58 caliber, 33" round barrel. Lockplate engraved with eagle and standing flags marked U.S. Whitneyville and dated in the rear 1863. Original two-band rifle. Walnut stock.  Complete with the original bayonet.
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Remington Elliot Single-Shot Rifle
Lot # 414 - Remington Elliot Single-Shot Rifle
.32 rimfire cal., 24" octagonal-to-round barrel, S/N 136. Brass frame and buttplate; walnut stock.
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Fine Striped Stock Kentucky Percussion Rifle
Lot # 175 - Fine Striped Stock Kentucky Percussion Rifle
.45 caliber, 42.75" octagonal barrel. Engraved lock and hammer, double set triggers.  Maple stock with very fine grain tiger stripping with brass furniture including an engraved and pierced four-piece patchbox, pierced side plate and inlaid floral pattern on the buttstock missing the center flower. Silver barrel pin and wrist escutcheon plates and engraved eight-pointed star on the cheek rest.  Stock has line carving along the ramrod channel and a pattern in the left buttstock.  Complete with wood ramrod.
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Three CDVs, Ohio BBGs: Marcellus J.W. Holter, Robert P. Kennedy, John C. Lee
Lot # 468 - Three CDVs, Ohio BBGs: Marcellus J.W. Holter, Robert P. Kennedy, John C. Lee
Lot of 3: E.W. Beckwith, Alexandria, VA carte of Bvt. Brig. Gen. Marcellus John Wesley Holter, ink autographed on verso, Lt. Col., 195th OVI, received single brevet. Bendann Bros., Baltimore CDV of Bvt. Brig. Gen. Robert P. Kennedy, ink autographed on verso, Col. 196th OVI, received single brevet. Baldwin & Stevens, Columbus, OH carte of Bvt. Brig. Gen. John C. Lee in civilian clothing, ink signed beneath portrait, Col., 55th and 164th OVI, received single brevet.
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German WWII Helmet Shell and Civil Defense Helmets, Lot of Three
Lot # 301 - German WWII Helmet Shell and Civil Defense Helmets, Lot of Three
One WWI transitional helmet shell and two Civil Defense helmets - one fireman and one messenger.
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U.S. Civil War Belt and Buckle, PLUS Pistol Cartridge Box and Indian Wars Canteen
Lot # 3 - U.S. Civil War Belt and Buckle, PLUS Pistol Cartridge Box and Indian Wars Canteen
Oval US plate on original leather belt, pouch has crossed sabers on flap, canteen marked "N.P.G."
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European and US Assorted Buttons and Buckles, Large Lot
Lot # 310 - European and US Assorted Buttons and Buckles, Large Lot
How often have we said "I need to find a button for this," or "if I only had a buckle to fix that holster or saddle." Well look no more. Buttons, buttons, we've got the buttons and buckles.
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**Webley & Scott Mark I N .455 Automatic Pistol
Lot # 558 - **Webley & Scott Mark I N .455 Automatic Pistol
.455 caliber, 5" barrel, S/N 6192. Left of slide marked with company name, model and flying bullet logo. Dated 1914. Marked with British proofs and Navy broad arrows throughout. Mat black finish, checkered hard rubber grips.
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WWII Disney Final Proof Painting 302nd Bombardment Squadron
Lot # 455 - WWII Disney Final Proof Painting 302nd Bombardment Squadron
This is a final art painting for the 302nd Bombardment Squadron. Frame measures 16 x 16". This proof painting was not created by Hank Porter, although he did create many others. Patch was never adopted.

Hank Porter began running his own successful Commercial Art studio in Buffalo N.Y., in 1925. He later applied for a job at Disney, in 1936 where he became a valuable staff artist in their Publicity Art Department, until 1950. From the very beginning of WWII, different military units began adopting divisional "mascots" as their representative insignia. And though both the 'Walter Lantz' & 'Warner Bros.' studios also contributed insignia designs, the lion's share of them were still created by Hank Porter through Disney Studios. Porter headed up Disney's official 'Military Insignia' department. Designing & drawing most of the emblems himself and supervised the work of others including, artist Roy Williams.

The originals of these specimens basically do not exist anymore. There are approximately 600 preliminary studies and 100 final paintings known to exist out of the nearly 2,000 done during the war. Half of the paintings are permanently locked into U.S. military collections and museums. Many 70-year-old vintage patches made from this one-of-a-kind art now sells for hundreds into thousands of dollars each. In most instances the preliminary studies are the only known remaining examples of a unit or aircraft's insignia art. (see also lots 456-458)
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Model 1902 Enlisted Infantry Dress Tunic
Lot # 1173 - Model 1902 Enlisted Infantry Dress Tunic
Dark blue wool with sky blue cord piping and chest cords, gilt collar insignia. Black lining with "08" dated contract label.
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Paper Packet of .44 Caliber Combustible Pistol Cartridges
Lot # 679 - Paper Packet of .44 Caliber Combustible Pistol Cartridges
Unopened paper-wrapped package of 6 cartridges tied with cord.  Marked "SIX / COMBUSTIBLE CARTRIDGES / Cal. 46-100 / FOR / Colt, Whitney or Remington / ARMY PISTOL, / Cal. 44-100."  This is the exact packet shown in Malloy, Thomas & White, Percussion Ammunition Packets, 1845-1888, pg. 53, Fig. 199.
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Japanese 20th Century Model 1905 Cavalry Sword with Scabbard
Lot # 664 - Japanese 20th Century Model 1905 Cavalry Sword with Scabbard
Sword with 30.25" matching blade. Blade marked 101136 and marked same on drag. Blade has nice polish. Sword knot is German Panzer (we believe).
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*Model 1917 Eddystone Rifle
Lot # 827 - *Model 1917 Eddystone Rifle
.30-60 cal., 26" round barrel, S/N 765583. Barrel dated 6-18 with "E" and flaming bomb. Parkerized finish with walnut stock.
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*Mossberg Model 10 Single-Shot Bolt-Action Rifle
Lot # 459 - *Mossberg Model 10 Single-Shot Bolt-Action Rifle
.22 S,L,LR caliber, 22" barrel, no S/N. Blue barrel, sport stock with finger grooves.
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Spanish-American Photograph of Two Third Vermont Cavalry Troopers
Lot # 32 - Spanish-American Photograph of Two Third Vermont Cavalry Troopers
Silver gelatin print, 5" x 7", on 8" x 10" mount. Inscribed in pencil on verso, Brown and Morgan members of troop G, 3rd U.S Cavalry 1898 at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt. Two fully cloth cavalry troopers, with Model 1896 Krag carbines, mill woven belts with both pistol and rifle cartridges and holsters with Model 1895 Colt Revolvers.
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*National Ordnance M1 Carbine
Lot # 1597 - *National Ordnance M1 Carbine
.30 carbine caliber, 18" barrel, S/N 4066. Blue finish, walnut stock.
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Model 1858 Union Enlisted Forage Cap
Lot # 661 - Model 1858 Union Enlisted Forage Cap
Blue wool with pasteboard crown stiffener. Black enameled leather visor and chin strap with brass buckle and eagle side buttons.  Complete with a brass unit number "2" on the front.  Interior has crosshatch-embossed leather sweatband.  Original lining has been replaced with contemporary black cotton.
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