Antiques and Other Collector Guns For Sale
Updated March 29, 2017
I have been a gunsmith for a little over 42 years and an investor with a masters degree in economics and finance for 50 years. (I am 77 years old.) All my personal investments, including gold bullion, gold coins, common stocks, preferred stocks, corporate bonds, municipal bonds, real-estate, coins, stamps and others have never equaled investment in “quality” antique firearms. The percent appreciation as a percentage of money invested is absolutely unequaled to the point where, even if you paid too much for a particular firearm all you have to do is wait a short period of time to turn a profit. All the previous mentions areas of investment fluctuate up and down with political earthquakes and rain, but the value of fine obsolete American firearms does nothing but go up and up and up. I have tracked the appreciation value of investments all my life and have never found anything like the appreciation of firearms. Real-estate is definitely second on my list, but guns are so much more fun. God created dirt and “there ain’t no more.” As for fine firearms, visionary, inventive men created them from God’s raw materials” and there ain’t no more!
If you would like high resolution close-up photos of any of these old antiques I will be glad E-Mail them to you. If you see something I have misrepresented or is in question please do not hesitate to call or E-Mail. I am in San Antonio, Texas and the phone number is 210-494-3063, and my E-Mail address is “firstname.lastname@example.org”
OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) Colt cylinders. If you have a first or second generation Colt needing a new cylinder for restoration to original Colt specs or a caliber change I have new cylinders available in just about any caliber Colt made including 45 Colt, 44 WCF (44-40), 32 WCF (32-20), 44 special, and others. We also have OEM cylinders in 45 ACP for your 45 Colt, but only for first and second generation single actions. These OEM cylinders are blued. There are no OEM cylinders for Colt third generation single actions. You cost for the cylinder…$355.00.
Note: Some late model Colt second generation and commemorative single-actions will require internal fitting of the “hand” which requires considerable extra gunsmith expertise and fitting adding $65.00 to the fitting charge. First generation cylinders and early second generation cylinders can be sent in and I can match the dimensions, but the late second generation cylinder single actions will have to have the complete revolver sent so I can adjust the hand to the cylinder.
Texas YO Ranch Colt 45’s Commemorating “100 Years of Ranching in Texas”
(88P & 89P) (Serial #’s SA07933 & SA09224) 45 Colt caliber, 7 1/2″ barrels, ivory grips with unique YO medallion, color cased frame and blue barrel and grip. This “one of a kind” matched set of very special Colt Single Action Army six-guns are new and unfired in a French fit custom case of hand tooled custom leather by Kenny Unger. The Colts were made in 1979 or there abouts and shipped by Colt directly to Master, world renown, Colt engraver Frank Hendricks here in San Antonio around 1980. Frank was commissioned to engrave these fine 100 anniversary YO Ranch Colts and a few others for members of the Schriner ranching family here in Texas. When Frank Hendricks died several years ago these two 7 1/2″ barrel single actions were about 50% finished with the gold bands inlayed and some engraving. I set the Texas seal gold medallion in the frame behind the hammer, had famous grip maker Paul Persinger of El Paso custom make the Elephant Ivory grips and affix the YO Ranch custom medallion on the right side grip. The “one of a kind” fine silver medallion is unique and was created by Frank Hendricks showing Texas Long Horns, cactus, a Lone Star, the dates 1880 & 1980 and the YO ranch logo. Master engraver Terry Theis finished the engraving and Doug Turnbull of Turnbull Restorations color cased the receiver and blued the rest. The guns are magnificently cased in a Kenny Unger hand tooled leather box with a red swede leather interior and two cartridge holders. The top of the case has a Texas Ranger badge tooled into the leather to celebrate Charles Schreiner’s service to Texas as a Ranger.
CONDITION: These guns are new, unfired and in excellent mechanical condition.
Engraved, Cased Antique Nickel 4″ Colt Python With Colt Gold Medallion Mother of Pearl Service Grips
(199P) Serial #V84227, caliber .357 magnum, 4″ full lug barrel, with 75% scroll engraving by master engraver Weldon Lister of Boerne, Texas. This is a magnificent, cased Colt Python would highlight and be the centerpiece of any fine Colt collection. The antique nickel plating is flawless and was also expertly executed by Mr Lister. The case is genuine Colt factory with a “rare” two inch oval Colt medallion inlayed into the center of the top and the word “Colt” cut into the lower right corner. The interior holds the Python perfectly nested in breath taking “sea blue” velvet. The bottom right corner of the interior has a wood insert holding six .357 Magnum cartridges.
CONDITION: This fine, rare Python is in excellent condition and mechanically perfect. The beautiful walnut case is new and in excellent condition with a rare Colt medallion expertly imbedded in the top.
Impressive and Original Colt 1921 Thompson Sub Machine Gun
(166P) Colt Model 1921 Full Automatic Class III “Thompson” submachine Gun – serial #5526, 45 ACP caliber, 10 1/2″ round barrel, blue finish, walnut butt-stock and walnut forearm. This is an example of an early production Model 1921 Thompson submachine gun as produced by the Colt Firearms Company circa 1921/1922. This specific submachine gun remains in it’s early original 1921 configuration. The Thompson SMG is probably one of the most famous and easily recognized SMGs ever produced in the world and made famous and most easily recognized SMGs ever produced. It was made “infamous” during the Prohibition and gangland warfare era by both U.S. law enforcement agencies, the Mafia and again by the USMC in 1928 during their time in Nicaragua. These 1921 models had mediocre sales for the first few years with most being later upgraded to the 1928 configuration, however this example remains in it’s original 1921 configuration. This specific weapon still has the early distinctive Thompson features such as; the original short 10 1/2″ barrel with thin cooling fins, unmarked “Cutts” type compensator, vertical front pistol grip, detachable butt-stock and the fully adjustable Thompson ladder rear sight that is graduated from 100 to 600 yards, and the original early style, large headed, recoil spring guide. The left side of the receiver is now marked “MODEL OF 1921/NO5526” with the original factory markings block towards the rear of the receiver marked “THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN/CALIBER .45 ATUOMATIC COLT CARTRIDGE/MANUFACTURED BY /COLT’S PATENT FIRE ARMS MFG. CO/ HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. The right side is marked with the five lines of patent dates along with the two line “AUTO-ORDNANCE CORPORATION/NEW YORK U.S.A.” The top of the receiver is marked with the original Auto0Ordance “Bullet” logo with the early markings of “AUT0-ORD-CO” inside the bullet logo. The lower receiver/trigger housing group is numbered “3780” and the left side of the pistol grip and butt-stock are both marked “PV-50″, with no other visible police markings. This SMG includes one original Thompson/Auto-Ordnance marked 50 round drum magazine with a rare original Thompson oiler. These were one of the best if not the best made SMG ever and if you ever have a chance to disassemble one of these American made firearms you will be amazed at how beautifully they were manufactured with parts that slide together like glass.
Following is the listing in Colt Thompsons by Gordon Herigstad: "5526 1921 AC Pittsburg County Sheriffs Office McAlester, Oklahoma (Shipped 7/7/33) Attn. to Sheriff G. R. Lackey. (Form-1 letter, NFFA registration 10/22/34 by G. R. Lackey, Sheriff." NOTE: (This gun has a mis-"matched trigger frame number 3780 Robert Adler Collection Broken Arrow Oklahoma 11/81." Following is the interesting listing for serial number 3780 in Herigstad's Book: 3780 1921 AC (1 of 62 Marine Corps guns not accounted for, on existing known Contracts). Letter date 4/3/30 (40) gun shipment from USMC 5th Regiment, Managua, Nicaragua to: Depot, Hampton Roads (Seawalls Point) Norfolk, Virginia for inspection or conversion to Model 1928. This trigger is now with Thompson No. 5526 GH/1/13
CONDITION: Very fine overall with 75% of the original blue finish remaining, thinning overall with minor blue loss on the sides and rear of the receiver. The markings are clear and sharp and it hand cycles perfectly. The butt-stock, pistol grip and forearm are all in new or excellent condition with a nice matching medium brown color on all three pieces, showing only very minor handling marks overall, mostly on the sides and underside of the butt-stock.
NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully automatic rifle that is currently registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and explosives (BATF&E) and has been classified as a “Curio or Relic” as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. Firearms such as this are still subject to the provisions of 18 U. S. C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 278. It is the sole responsibility and obligation of the buyer/class 3 FFL holder to understand and comply with all the state and Federal transfer laws and restrictions that apply in their current place of residence.
Exceptional, Extremely Early Production Colt Model 1921 Fully Automatic Thompson Submachine Gun With Matching 100 Rd. Magazine
SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!
“Serial Number 366” with “Matching Serial Number (366) 100 Round Drum” and 50 Round Drum and 20 Round Stick.
Serial number “336”, Caliber 45 ACP, 10 1/2″ classic finned barrel, blue finish, walnut stock and walnut forearm grip. This is a beautiful example of an original, “very early” production Thompson submachine gun as produced by the Colt firearms company circa 1921/1922. Serial number “366” specific 1921 submachine gun has that early three digit serial number and is still in it’s original 1921 configuration. This early 1921 SMG really set the standard for all future SMGs produced by all countries. These early SMG’s became infamous during their use by the various U. S. law enforcement agencies during the gangland warfare of the 1920’s and 1930’s, again in 1928 by the USMC used in Nicaragua and in WWII. These 1921 models had somewhat mediocre sales during this time and most of them were upgraded to the 1928 model and were then stamped 1921/28. This early production model remains in it’s original configuration with the original unaltered receiver markings, high polish blue finish, vertical fore-grip and no Cutts compensator. The primary difference between the 1921 and 1928 configuration was the latter has a slightly reduced cyclic rate of fire (920 RPM down to around 750 RPM), a Cutts compensator, horizontal forend and was usually equipped with a set of sling swivels.
The Thompson SMG is one of the most famous and best manufactured machine guns ever produced. It was machined under Colts superior manufacturing standards using solid, high grade tool steel, fully machined parts to include the upper and lower recievers that exhibited excellent fit and finish. If you ever have a chance to disassemble one of these heavy, American quality weapons you will be amazed at how well they were manufactured as you feel the parts slide together like glass on glass.
This specific Thompson still has the early distinctive Thompson ladder rear sight graduated from 100 to 600 yards. “366” also retains the original early style large headed recoil spring guide. The left side of the receiver is marked “MODEL OF 1921/NO 366” with the original factory markings block toward the rear of the receiver marked “THOMPSON SUBMACINE GUN/CALIBER .45 AUTOMATIC COLT CARTRIDGE/ MANUFACTDURED BY/ COLT’S PATEND FIREARMS MFG. CO/HARTFORD, CONN U.S.A.” The right side is marked with a single circled “JHB” inspector mark, followed by the five lines of patent dates along with the two line “AUTO-ORDNANCE CORPORATION, NEW YORK U.S.A.” The top of the receiver is marked with the original Auto-Ordnance “Bullet” logo with the early markings of “AUT-ORG-CO” inside the bullet logo.
Thompson SMG “366” comes complete with one original, matching (366), very rare 100 round drum 50 round, Type “L” drum magazine manufactdured by the Auto-Ordnance Corp of New York along with one 20 round stick magazine and green carrying case for the Thompson and it’s assessories. The serial numbers on the upper receiver and lower receiver/trigger housings group have matching numbers of “366” and the underside of the trigger guard has been electric pencil marked with Kentucky police agency property markings of “24051/KY“.
History: First National Bank of Princeton Kentucky (1 shipped 5-12-21); Kentucky state penitentiary Eddyville, KY; Bob’s Police Equipment Co, St Mathews, KY (East Louisville); Greg Bergman Collection Kentucky 1985; Ohio Ordinance Inc. (Robert Landies) Chardon, OH) 5-12, sold for $41.000; Alex Hamilton collection San Antonio Texas 7-8-12; For sale by Ten-Ring Precision, Inc. San Antonio, Texas $55,000.
CONDITION: Excellent, with 95% plus of the crisp original blue finish overall with some high spot wear, some vertical scratches present on the right side of the receiver and rear, underside of the lower trigger and housing where the stock slides on. The wood components, stock vertical fore-grip and pistol grip are all in excellent condition showing a nice high luster oil finish with minimal handling marks on the upper sides of the buttstock. If you desire to own a Colt Model 1921 Thompson Submachine gun, here is your opportunity to have one of extroaordinary early production, three digit serialized example!
The 100 round, number “366” magazine is one of the rarest of the rare Thompson parts. The majority of 100 round magazines were destroyed after WWII, but this one somehow survived and could be the only one in existence matched to its original rifle. When It was discovered it had corroding on one side only around the patent plate and lettering only on one side and had been refinished, but everything, especially the serial number “366” is legible. To find a 100 round drum is rare enough, but to find one matching the serial number is exceptionally rare.
NOTE: This superb Thompson is currently registered with the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco Firearms and Explosives as a National Firearms Act (NFA) weapon which has been classified as a Curio or Relic as defined in 27 DFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S. C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478. Before buying this rare piece of American history it is the sole responsibility and obligation of the buyer/Class III holder to comply and understand all state and Federal transfer laws and restrictions applying in their current place of residence.
Estimated high value for this exquisite piece of history is:
$62,999.00 SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!
This beautiful “early” Thompson was the property of the Philadelphia police department back in the early 1920′s where it began its historic life. If it could talk I can only imagine the stories it would tell. It is in very good to excellent condition and shows very minor storage scratches in the 98% blue finish. The barrel is bulged where a handloaded bullet caught up with the one in front of it. Bulged barrels are common for the early 920 rpm cycle rate Thompsons. I found an original replacment barrel and will keep it as a spare if this Tommy Gun is ever sold. The case is original and is complete with spare parts/tool box, ramrod, 50 round drum magazine, four ten round magazines, a WWII vest and other stuff. Shooting this magnificent piece of American history is a treat beyond words. It ain’t for sale, but you can dream.
History: in 1921 this Thompson was sold to the Murta-Appleton & Co. on the S.W. corner of 12th & Samsom Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. It was in a shipment of seven other Thompsons. It was then taken possession by the Philadelphia, Pa. Police Department as 1 of 14.
Keith Cort a class III dealer in Brian, Texas bought it in 1976 for $1,400.
A man in Marion, Texas was the last owner before me. I purchased this Thompson in 2012 and discovered the 100 round drum owned by a collector in California in 2013 or I should say he found me.
NOTE: Some of the following photos are compliments of John Goodspeed who can be seen in the camouflage shirt shooting this rare Thompson.
Framed Peters Cartridge Co. Advertisement– This is a beautifully preserved Phillip Goodwin, Peters Cartridge Co. advertising poster in a gilt frame measuring 17 1/2″ X 22 1/2″ painted by famous American artist Phillip Goodwin (1882 – 1935) who was an American painter who created illustrations for Collier’s Weekly, Everybody’s Magazine, Outdoor Life, and McClure’s Magazine as well as covers for the Saturday Evening Post. Goodwin’s work is recognized in many museums such as the American Museum Of Natural History, the Brandywine River Museum, the National Cowboy Hall Of Fame, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the National Museum Of Wildlife Art.
CONDITION: The poster is preserved in a sealed museum frame and the colors remain vivid behind clear glass…$499.00.
19th century miniature canon for salute and noise-making purposes. The tube is cast brass, hand stamped “C. F. Jones, Omaha“, marked on the right side of the breech is “Colombia, 1893.” The tube measures approximately 11 3/4″ and is of heavy construction with an iron mounted latch and breech swivels up to accept a 12 ga. blank shell. The noisemaker is fired by lanyard pull, with a trip-trigger and hammer type a arrangement. The wheels and carriage are case-iron.
Condition: Very good to excellent! These old cannons used “black powder only.” They are meant to be sand-bagged when shooting. This rare, beautiful little curiosity will make a beautiful floor piece in your arms room, but could be made to make a lot of noise on the 4th of July if the proper black powder shells and safety precautions are used. This fine canon is from the famous Robert Peterson collection and carries an estimated value of $1,800.00…$1,500.00.