Cordier's Spring Firearms Sale Defies National Trends

May 1, 2017

The auction was held on March 26 at the company’s Harrisburg, PA auction house, with bidders competing from all over the world through the live online catalog.


The top performers of the auction were all semi-automatic machine guns, consigned by a private collector, including a TNW Model MG-34 ($4,400) and a BREN MK II ($3,900). Also included in that category were a Keeter Creek DPM-28 semi-auto ($2,800) and a TNW M1919 A4/A6 ($2,300).  


In military collectibles, a rare, soldier-identified WWII A-2 flight jacket and bomber shearling cap sparked heated competition, finally selling to an internet bidder for $2,300. The jacket belonged to Tech Sergeant Gunner James F Byrd of the 305th bomb group “Can Do.” It was decorated across the front with a patch for the 422nd Bomb Squadron, as well as with three German crosses, each designating downed enemy aircraft.


Military firearms were highlighted by a Winchester M-1 Carbine ($1,100) and a Rockola M-1 Carbine ($950). A Springfield M1A rifle in 7.62 NATO brought $1,100, while a two US Springfield M-1 Garands sold for $1,200 and $1,100, respectively. A Romanian PSL Marksman Rifle led the way in foreign military long arms, selling for $1,100.


Colts continued to produce strong sales results, with a Colt Python Revolver bringing $1,800 and a Colt Model 1908 hammerless pistol selling for $1,300. Also sold were a Colt SA Army 3rd Generation Revolver ($1,200), a Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver ($1,100), and a reproduction Colt Texas Patterson Revolver in a display case ($1,000).


Winchesters also did well, represented by Winchester model 70 rifles in .250-3000, .257 Roberts, and .375 H&H Magnum that sold for $1,600, $1,400, and $1,100 respectively. A vintage model 1886 in .33 W.C.F. hammered down at $1,300, while a model 94 Chief Crazy Horse Commemorative sold for $700.  


The auction was the first of three Firearms and Militaria Auctions Cordier has scheduled in 2017.

Colt Python
Winchester Pre-64 Rifle