A distinct trend toward the collectible was observed at Cordier’s March 25 Firearms and Militaria Auction, with top lots including a vintage Case Knives display showcase as well as commemorative and vintage military firearms.
The display case, featuring 68 different Case cutlery samples, sold for $1,920 and was part of a Case Knives collection spanning over 90 lots. Altogether, the collection realized more than $28,500, with a store counter display with samples ($780), and a set of 5 Case XX Dots folding knives ($660) among other highlights.
Bidders also drove up prices of a single owner collection of commemorative and limited edition firearms. Many of these pieces were finely engraved with scenes from military and American history, and came from quality makers such as Colt, Browning, and Uberti. Top lots included a Colt Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Tribute Revolver ($1,680), and a Winchester Gambling Tributes Rifle ($1,560), which was decorated with scenes of Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, and Bat Matson.
Models of classic firearms were included among the limited edition offerings, highlighted by a USMC commemorative Thompson ($1,320), and a Thompson model of a 1927 Tommy gun ($1,320), the iconic weapon used by American gangster outlaws during Prohibition.
Antique and military firearms remained strong, exemplified by the $1,800 sale price of a Norwegian 11.25mm automatic pistol model 1914. A 19th century Kentucky flintlock musket with powder horn ($1,440) and a Turkish Ottoman Empire flintlock pistol ($1,200) were standouts among the antique offerings.
In edged weapons, the stand out lot was a circa 18th century Indian Pata sword with a long gauntlet hilt in the form of a cat. Created during the Mughal period, the pata was a type of sword used largely in the 17th and 18th centuries during the Marathas rise to prominence. This particular example of the legendary weapon sold for $1,560.
Bidders were not just drawn by collectibles and history however; dozens of modern firearms also crossed the block, including a Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 12 gauge, which brought $1,560.
The sale was the first of three Firearms and Militaria Auctions Cordier plans to hold in 2018. The popular sales draw bidders both locally and internationally, with participation both live and online. Prices quoted above include buyer’s premium. For more about the company, visit www.CordierAuction.com.