Morphy Auctions June, 2017 Firearms Auction to Include Over 1,100 Lots of Guns, Knives, Swords, and Other Militaria, Including Numerous Museum Quality Examples and Rarities.

Denver, Pennsylvania, May 8, 2017 – Morphy Auctions’ June 9th-10th, 2017 Firearms Sales Event promises to be the company’s highest grossing firearms auction to date. The bidding starts promptly at 9:00 AM each day. All lots from this event are on display in Morphy’s Denver auction gallery and available for preview now.

Highlights include a presentation Winchester Henry rifle given to Wells Fargo detective James Hume, the man responsible for bringing in the notorious Black Bart.  Also on offer are several volumes of related provenance and his original gold badges.  Another important rifle is an exquisite silver-mounted Daniel Searles of Baton Rouge, inscribed and given to Robert Anderson, commander at Fort Sumter.  It features gold and platinum bands around the breech and muzzle.

This sale presents a number of important Bowie Family items that include provenance from direct descendants. These include a miniature portrait on ivory of Rezin Pleasant Bowie and his own personal silver-mounted rifle by Bartlett and inlaid with a large silver alligator on the buttstock.

Over 30 of the best-known Bowie knives in existence, including the largest known “Improved Pattern” Schively along with seven others, are certain to catch the eye of enthusiasts.  Many examples are from world renowned collections and have been extensively studied and documented.  Other examples include the finest known Samuel Bell signed silver mounted Bowie knife and four others by Bell.  Also of interest are a massive coffin-handle Bowie knife by Dufilho of New Orleans, a ring-guard Bowie knife by Lassarie of New Orleans, and several fine and scarce English examples.

This sale also features a fine collection of Southern made and retailed Deringers and rifles, including a silver and gold mounted Searles-made Deringer presented to Stephen Henderson who was the recipient of one of the original Searles Bowie knives.  Other examples include a fine and large pair of Deringer pistols by Libeau of New Orleans, a silver and gold-mounted Deringer retailed by Hyde & Goodrich, a scarce American dueling pistol by Searles & Fitzpatrick, and several other important pistols.  We are also pleased to offer an ornate silver and gold mounted rifle by Fitzpatrick, who was another important and early Bowie knife maker.

With well over 100 swords spanning all time periods and countries, there is something for every edged weapon collector.  Highlights include a 1st Model Virginia Manufactory Cavalry saber, several Scottish basket hilts, fine eagle hilts, and a well-known and rare Napoleonic Prince of Wales presentation sword.  Other accessories offered include a large collection of powder flasks and powder horns.  One of the most significant horns is engraved with a depiction of Fort Ontario and dates from the French and Indian War.  There is also a variety of uniforms, helmets and headgear from many different countries and periods of history.

The offering of deluxe and high grade Winchesters is impressive and the company’s largest to date.  There is a special one-of-a-kind nickel plated Broomhandle Mauser given by Kaiser Wilhelm to Captain Von Luckner, World War I’s most decorated German Naval hero.

We have a Napolese Bira Gatling gun, our usual high condition assortment of Colt 1911s and Luger pistols, and a vast offering of both military and Wild West-era memorabilia.  There is also three of the earliest boxed Colt Pythons – one in factory nickel, a fine selection of London doubles with several early and unique examples, a large collection of 19th century Smith & Wesson revolvers including a Wells Fargo, numerous pre-war boxed Colt revolvers, a fine collection of early high grade Mannlicher Schoenauer sporting rifles, and a nice collection of Colt automatics.

Millions of tourists swarm the state of Pennsylvania in early June; we hope you can make it fit into your summer plans.  Our auction gallery is an ideal destination to attend a world class offering of antique weapons combined with history and antique shopping in our beautiful Pennsylvania setting.  Internet pre-bidding is available at


About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is headquartered in Denver, PA. The company also has a satellite office in Las Vegas, NV. A full-service auction house, Morphy’s presents over 35 premier auctions annually. The company’s three-part mission includes ensuring consignor satisfaction with every auction, offering world-class customer service that goes above and beyond the call of duty, and providing relentless buyer support to create confidence for all clients seeking a trustworthy purchasing experience.

Morphy’s team of specialists includes the nation’s finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; jewelry and wrist watches. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories.  Morphy’s has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade.

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517.  We can be reached by phone at 717-335-3435, by fax at 717-336-7115, and by email at  Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm.  For more information on Morphy’s, please visit

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Lot Description Low Estimate High Estimate
875 R. Bowie’s Silver-Mounted Flintlock Rifle $40,000 $70,000
893 “Improved” Bowie Knife by Schively, PA $50,000 $75,000
897 Clip Point Bowie Knife by Samuel Bell $60,000 $100,000
911 James Bowie Bond Signed by J. & R. Bowie $40,000 $60,000
912 Miniature Portrait of Rezin Bowie $40,000 $60,000
1035 Silver Mounted Rifle Signed by Daniel Searles $30,000 $50,000
1036 Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle $35,000 $50,000
1037 James B. Hume’s Henry Lever Action Rifle $100,000 $150,000
1038 Solid Gold Badges Belonging to James Hume $25,000 $50,000
1039 Cabinet Card of Stage Coach Robber Black Bart $30,000 $40,000