Cordier’s March 20 Firearms and Militaria Auction featured a fine assortment of Pennsylvania long rifles including one from Perry County that sold for $1,200. Other highlights at the Harrisburg auction house included Colt revolvers, sporting rifles, and militaria. Prices quoted are hammer prices.
Bidding started with an array of antique handguns, notably a Colt 1860 Army revolver, built in 1862, which brought $1,600. In modern handguns, the highlights included a Colt Python revolver in .357 magnum, which sold for $2,100.
Antique long guns featured a dozen Pennsylvania long rifles which spurred heavy competition among bidders; high points were a rifle signed by William Sweger of Perry County and a York/Maryland area rifle, both of which sold for $1,200. A Winchester model 1886 rifle in .38-56 caliber brought $2,400, and an unusual Whitney Kennedy Sporting rifle in .38-.40 caliber drew $1,600. In modern long guns, an A.H. Fox 12 gauge shotgun hammered down at $1,600.
Collectibles drew heavy interest at this auction, with a US Navy high altitude helmet selling for $2,800 after spirited bidding. A World War II era US A-2 decorated flight jacket hammered down at $2,200 while a grouping of service medals and police badges brought $3,200. A Civil War personal case identified to Willard E. Clarke sold for $1,600 after enthusiastic competition.