Cranston, RI, USA, February 12, 2023 — Bruneau & Co. Auctioneersâ€™ online-only Historic Arms & Militaria auction scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, is a well-rounded sale, with objects that are affordable for the beginning collector as well as the most advanced. Areas of focus include the Civil War, World Wars I and II and modern firearms, for a total of 300 lots.
â€œThis auction contains everything from single and grouped bayonet lots to magazines, holsters, WWI and WWII militaria, revolvers, bolt-action rifles and martial arms of all types and from many countries,â€ said Joel Bohy, Bruneau & Co.â€™s Director of Arms & Militaria. â€œThere are also groupings of hard-to-find parts for a variety of military arms.â€
Four items could end up vying for tot lot honors. The first is a circa 1919 Colt model 1902 military pistol â€“ a famous â€œ.38 special â€“ serial number 40010, with black checkered hard rubber grips marked â€œCOLTâ€, 9 Â¼ inches long with a 9-inch barrel, sporting a blued finish and marked to the left and right sides as well as the magazine (est. $3,000-$4,000).
The second is a mid-17th century German Wheelock sporting carbine, 24 inches in length (the barrel 16 Â½ inches), with a .65 caliber rifled bore, a walnut stock with raised cheek piece on the left side of the butt and a patch box on the right side of the butt, two carved lines near the barrel chamber and a brass cloud-shaped side plate (est. $2,000-$4,000).
The third is a Spanish circa 1760 Miquelet musket fusil with a .69 bore at the flared muzzle, 51 inches long (the barrel 35 Â½ inches), boasting an ornately carved walnut stock with foliate designs on the apron near the barrel tang and at the ramrod entry, and a steel butt plate, side plate and trigger guard with engraved foliate designs (est. $2,000-$3,000).
The fourth is a pre-WWII, circa 1937 9mm Polish VIS-35 Radom pistol, serial #5515, with matching frame, slide and 4 Â¾ inch barrel, black checkered Bakelite grips marked â€œFBâ€, a blued finish and marked to the left side of the slide with a Polish eagle, plus a slotted black strap for shoulder stock and a â€œG/2â€ marked magazine (est. $2,000-$3,000).
Four German model 1898 sword-bayonets â€“ a pipe back dress bayonet and scabbard; an 1898 n/A bayonet and scabbard with unit markings; and two 1898 n/A bayonets and scabbards, overall 25 Â¾ inches in length â€“ will be offered as a group lot (est. $200-$300).
Two World War II-era German pistols are expected to attract keen bidder interest. One is a 9mm Black Widow Luger pistol and holster, circa 1941, serial #5535, all matching, with black checkered Bakelite grips, a black/blue finish and marked #41â€ on the ring and â€œbyfâ€ on the toggle, with a waffenamt on the right side of the barrel (est. $1,500-$2,000).
The other is a 9mm P-38 pistol and holster, serial #9112y, all matching, with Bakelite grips, a dark blued finish and marked on the left side of the slide â€œP38 cygâ€ with waffenamt markings on the right side. The magazine is marked â€œjvdâ€ with a waffenamt and the black leather holster is marked â€œ41â€ and â€œP38â€ on the back (est. $400-$600).
An American-made, circa 1857-1861 Massachusetts Arms Co. .36 caliber Adams patent revolver and holster, serial #90, checkered with a walnut grip, overall 11 Â½ inches with a 6-inch barrel, marked on the left side of the frame (â€œAdamsâ€), the loading lever (â€œKerrâ€), the top strap (â€œMass. Arms Co.â€), and leather holster (â€œHavanaâ€) should hit $800-$1,200.
A Canadian-made, circa 1946 .22 caliber Long Branch No. 7 MKI bolt-action rifle, serial #1L6454, having a walnut stock with a broad arrow in a â€œCâ€ behind the trigger guard and muzzle and an â€œLâ€ on top of the butt near the butt plate tang, a blued finish, marked on the left side of the receiver and magazine, 44 Â¾ inches in length, should fetch $300-$500.
A British pattern 1859 Type 1 naval cutlass/bayonet with steel hilt and knuckle guard, overall 32 Â¾ inches long with a 27 Â¼ inch blade, having a leather-wrapped wooden grip, a steel blade with no visible markings and a black leather scabbard with steel throat and drag, in good condition, the steel showing light scatted patina, should make $300-$500.
Online bidding will be provided by bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app â€œBruneau & Co.â€ on iTunes or GooglePlay, plus the platforms LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
A live, in-gallery preview will be held on auction day, Wednesday, February 22nd, from 9am to 5pm, or by appointment, in the Bruneau & Co. gallery located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston, R.I. To schedule an appointment call 401-533-9980; or, send an email: email@example.com.
All winning bids will be subject to a 17.5 percent buyerâ€™s premium, with a 3 percent cash or check discount when bidding on the Bruneau & Co. platform and app only. Third party bidding platforms will be subject to a 20.5 percent buyerâ€™s premium, with no discount.
Before purchasing a firearm at auction, Bruneau & Co Auctioneers recommends having it examined by a qualified gunsmith to determine whether or not it is safe to use. FFL transfers are handled by Lost Treasures in Pawtucket, RI, and are subject to a $35 fee.
To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the online-only Historic Arms & Militaria auction planned for Wednesday, February 22nd at 6pm Eastern, visit www.bruneauandco.com.