Bidders Go Wild for Exotic Taxidermy, Vintage Tools in Cordier's July 31 Sale

August 26, 2016

A white rhino shoulder mount charged past its estimate to sell for $9,000 at Cordier’s July 31 Firearms and Militaria Auction, which featured the exotic taxidermy collection of Jim and Barb McCarthy.  Other highlights at the Harrisburg auction house included Colt revolvers, military hand and long guns, and a vintage tool collection. Prices quoted are hammer prices.


The exotic taxidermy collection, the result of local couple Jim and Barb McCarthy’s decades of professional adventuring, also included two full body leopards mounted together ($4,500) and a full body lion with an impala mounted under its front paw which sold for $2,300. Another impressive full body lion hammered down at $2,800. Other notable pieces included a European brown bear ($1,300) and a beautiful ceiling mount of a mountain lion on a tree limb which brought $1,400. A musk ox on a base sold for $1,600.


Antique firearms featured an 1851 Colt Navy Revolver inscribed to John G.B. Adams. Adams was a Prisoner of War and a Medal of Honor recipient during the Civil War. The revolver brought $8,500, one of the leading results among the firearms. A W.L Evans 1826 Navy Pistol dated 1831 hammered down at $1,000. In the Military Handguns category, German Lugers remained popular with a Mauser Code 42 1940 dated Luger selling for $1,200.


Modern Handguns also performed well, highlighted by a Colt 6” blued Python ($2,750), and a Browning Hi-Power GP Competition Pistol ($1,200).


In Long Guns, a Vietnam War commemorative Thompson model 1927A1 shot past its high estimate of $1,200 to sell for $1,900, while a brand new Springfield Armory M1A rifle in 7.62 NATO caliber hammered down at $1,700.


Military Collectibles drew heavy interest at this auction, with the Home Service Helmet of British Colonel Hugh Fortescue Coleridge of the 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment ultimately selling for $1,300 after spirited bidding. Edged weapons also did well, notably an early Prussian staff officer’s sword which sold for $450 and a Civil War era D-Guard bowie knife which brought $550.


Rounding out the day was the vintage tool collection from the estate of William Snyder, Carlisle, which featured numerous Stanley Planes in original boxes. Over half a dozen of Stanley’s popular #55 plane were sold, ranging in price from $250 to $475 each. Other standout lots include a Stanley #444 dovetail tongue and groove plane in the original box ($600), a Stanley #85 Plane ($375), and a Miller’s Patent Stanley #141 combination plane ($450).

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