Cowan's Auctions

As one of the nation’s leading auction houses with sales approaching $20 million, Cowan’s has been helping individuals and institutions build important collections for more than a decade. The company has seven divisions consisting of American History, American Indian and Western Art, American and European Fine and Decorative Art, Historic Firearms & Early Militaria, Asian Art, Ceramics, and Jewellery.

Throughout the year Cowan's Auctions holds major consignment auctions, each supported by a full colour catalogue that is sent to buyers throughout the United States and Canada. An internet-only version typically attracts buyers from South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. More than 1,000 bidders usually participate in each sale.

Cowan's provides complete insurance and free storage for your consigned items. Their service includes all photography, advertising and catalogue preparation of the items that are consigned to them.

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US Model 1822 Flintlock Musket by Springfield

.69 caliber, 42" barrel secured by three barrel bands, S/N W/a88. National Armory brown finish, color case hardened lock with removable brass pan, smooth walnut stock. Lock marked with a [spread-winged eagle]/US forward of the hammer and in three lines vertically at the tail of the lock SPRING/FIELD/1829. Tang dated 1829 as well. Breech with depressed P proof over [eagle head]/V. Serial numbered W/a 88 on top of breech, with bayonet mating code D35 on upper strap of top barrel band. Stock marked with two fine cartouches on counterpane; a script ET inspection and a script EB/3 reclassification mark from the 1840s. A fine JS final inspection cartouche is present behind the triggerguard. Lock remains in original flint configuration with perfect fit internally, matching V assembly marks on internal parts and hammer, inspection marks throughout. Tumbler, bridle, sear and internal screws all retain the majority of their original brilliant heat blued finish, with the frizzen spring retaining much of the blue as well, although duller and faded. Barrel is in original flint configuration as well with a complete unmolested touchhole that is correctly tapered and angled. Retains both original sling swivels as well as the original, full-length button head ramrod. Really a stunning example of a National Armory brown US M1822 (M1816 Type II) in an outstanding state of preservation that somehow escaped the percussion alteration program of the 1840s and 1850s.Read more

  • 13d 0h
Low estimate
3 800 GBP

Sheffield Bowie Knife Presented to G.A. Custer

5.25" spear point blade, bone handle with German Silver escutcheon with period inscription "G. A. Custer" engraved in the escutcheon. German silver guard. Blade marked with "N" shield "Y" on the reverse Sheffield. Red leather scabbard with German silver tip and throat with button. This was purchased during the sale when Dr. Frost purchased the Custer Farm. A signed and notarized document dated February 16, 1980 stipulates provenance for the aforementioned Sheffield Bowie Knife, to whit: "This knife and sheith (sic) were acquired at public auction from Custer residence in Monroe, Michigan after Mrs. Elizabeth (Bacon) Custer died in April of 1933 by my late Husband Mr. H. M. Wilkinson. The knife was purchased from Mr. Wilkinson by C.E. Baer of Mansfield, Ohio in September of 1949 at the Richmond County Gun Collectors Meeting in Ashland, Ohio. The history of this knife was passed on to Mr. Wilkinson at the time of purchase and has been retained in the Wilkinson Family ever since the knife was purchased 46 years ago. Signed and Witnessed, Mrs. Harold Wilkinson/Mr. Carl E. Baer." Another more recent document dated March 12, 2018 on the letterhead of a Mansfield, Ohio Jeweler attests "that the engraving on this item was performed by hand and not by machine." Nothing could be found online regarding the 1933 "public auction." We posit that this is likely the very blade carried by Custer during the Civil War as his personal side knife. A common knife was then a necessary if innocuous utilitarian item that was every bit as personal as, say, a pair of expensive pistols or high end sword owned by this larger-than-life personality. Note: The wording suggests that, in fact, Carl E. Baer was the owner from 1949 and that The Wilkinson Family, namely Mrs. Wilkinson, retained only the "history" to which both parties signed the notarized document on February 16, 1980. Carl E. Baer was the husband of the current consignor.Read more

  • 14d 0h
Low estimate
15 100 GBP

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Yokut Polychrome Basket, Property of a Midwest Collector
tapered form and designed with large connecting blocks which meander around body, height 8.75 in. x diameter 17.25 in.second quarter 20th century Cowan's Auctions
Oldenburg Walnut Two-Piece Step-Back Cupboard, with poplar secondary
Oldenburg Walnut Two-Piece Step-Back Cupboard, with poplar secondary wood. With canted front corners in upper and lower cases. Upper case with 3 glass panes on the canted corners, double doors, each with 3 panes, and topped with a cove-moulded cornice. Interior with 3 shelves with plate grooves, and in an old green paint. Lower case with solid ends, 2 dovetailed drawers with old, turned, mushroom knobs over 2 doors with raised diamond panels. With square bracket feet with arched cutouts. Appears to retain its original lift-off hinges and finish; 88.5" high x 63" wide x 20" deep at base x 17" deep at top.Oldenburg, Indiana was established in 1837 by European immigrants, many of whom were from the Alsace-Lorraine Region of Germany/France. The furniture exhibits a style similar to that of other Midwestern Germanic settlements, such as Zoar, Ohio, often utilizing diamond panels and hand-wrought brass or iron hardware.From the Estate of John Auraden of Hamilton & Fairhaven, Ohio.Two panes replaced with old, wavy glass, missing cornice on right side; still VG. Cowan's Auctions
Complete Lot of M-1 Garand Trigger Housing
Complete Lot of M-1 Garand Trigger Housing, Cowan's Auctions
* WWII Walther Nazi P38 ac44 Pistol
* WWII Walther Nazi P38 ac44 Pistol, 9mm caliber, 5" barrel, serial number 8508k. Blue finish, brown Bakelite grips, 359 Nazi proofs. This pistol is in excellent overall condition. It retains nearly all of its wartime finish, but the slide may have been dipped to add finish. All metal surfaces are excellent with all machine marks present and all lettering and proofs present. The bore and grips are excellent. The magazine retains ca 75% original blue finish. Cowan's Auctions
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Handwoven Brocade Hopi Dance Sash, ca second quarter of 20th centurydepicting Broad-Faced Katsina in traditional colors, length w/o fringe 87". Cowan's Auctions

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Cowan's Auctions, Inc.
6270 Este Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45232

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