James D. Julia

James D. Julia is one of the top ten antique auctions houses in the US and is headquartered in Fairfield, Maine. The company also has an office in Woburn Massachusetts. They have been in business for over 40 years and conduct high-end antique, collectible and decorative arts auctions throughout the year.

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VERY RARE CONFEDERATE OCTAGON BARREL DANCE DRAGOON REVOLVER CARRIED

NSN. Cal. 44. The six-shot percussion revolver produced by Dance is readily recognizable by its flat frame, rather than the Colt's rounded recoil shield. Dance revolvers are extremely well made, comparing very favorably with Colt products, and generally exhibiting higher quality workmanship than their both CS and Colt counterparts. James Henry Dance and his three brothers, Perry, David and Isaac, settled in a small town directly south of Houston, Texas, called Columbia, which was located on the banks of the Brazos River. It was the year 1853. The original Dance family, having migrated from Virginia to North Carolina, then Alabama, finally chose Texas as the home for their manufacturing talents. The Dance Brothers machine shop was converted to a revolver manufactory at the outset of the Civil War, and while all four brothers enlisted in the 35th Texas Cavalry, only 1st Lieutenant James Henry Dance remained on active duty, the other brothers being detailed back to the Dance pistol factory for the duration of the war, where they made pistols for the Confederacy. Of the known authentic 104 Dance pistols that survived, 90 are 44 caliber Dragoons; only five of these have full octagonal barrels, the four other substantiated guns with full oct bbls are SN's 121, 164, 172 and 247 and all had higher grade finish and this example has better grade grips retaining traces of original varnish. This is the only octagonal barrel Dance cryptically marked. Gun is orig and complete, all matching with the cryptic serial found on bbl, loading arm, frame, hammer, trigger-guard, and backstrap. Overall edges are sharp. Action is tight and crisp. Five other known cryptically numbered examples are , , , OO, and OO, This gun by NRA standards grades good to very good. By Confederate standards this gun is quite fine. Dance revolvers saw hard Confederate use, and Texans who carried these knew where they were made and were proud to carry them. This gun has been in the Hargrave/Hamby family ever since. There is an accompanying copy of a 1964 published family history showing history of the first Hargrave's dating back to American Revolution including Ezekiel Hargrave who served with the 4th Carolina regiment under George Washington at the Battle of Trenton, NJ. John Howard Hargrave was grandson of Ezekiel, born in 1840 in Indiana moving to Hancock County Texas with his family in 1843. John Hargrave enlisted February 1, 1862 in Whitfield's Texas cavalry, a hard fighting unit that saw service first with Sterling Price in the Army of the West, later with Van Dorn in Mississippi and Tennessee, then Sol Ross in Atlanta campaigns and finally with N. B. Forrest's cavalry near war's end. Whitfield's Texas Legion is known to have been in over 80 actions, skirmishes and battles as found on "Handbook of Texas Online" compiled by Ron Brothers. This is a rare and exemplary example of Dance revolver carried by Texas cavalryman who served in one of the hardest fighting Texas units in the Confederacy. Of the known authentic 104 Dance pistols that survived, 90 are 44 caliber Dragoons; only five of these have full octagonal barrels, the four other substantiated guns with full oct bbls are SN's 121, 164, 172 and 247 and all had higher grade finish and this example has better grade grips retaining traces of original varnish. This is the only octagonal barrel Dance cryptically marked. Gun is orig and complete, all matching with the cryptic serial found on bbl, loading arm, frame, hammer, trigger-guard, and backstrap. Overall edges are sharp. Action is tight and crisp. Other known cryptically numbered examples are , XXXXXXXXXXXXX This gun by NRA standards grades good to very good. By Confederate standards this gun is quite fine. Dance revolvers saw hard Confederate use, and Texans who carried these knew where they were made and were proud to carry them. This gun has been in the Hargrave/Hamby family ever since. There is an accompanying copy of a 1964 published family history showing history of the first Hargrave's dating back to American Revolution including Ezekiel Hargrave who served with the 4th Carolina regiment under George Washington at the Battle of Trenton, NJ. John Howard Hargrave was grandson of Ezekiel, born in 1840 in Indiana moving to Hancock County Texas with his family in 1843. John Hargrave enlisted February 1, 1862 in Whitfield's Texas cavalry, a hard fighting unit that saw service first with Sterling Price in the Army of the West, later with Van Dorn in Mississippi and Tennessee, then Sol Ross in Atlanta campaigns and finally with N. B. Forrest's cavalry near war's end. Whitfield's Texas Legion is known to have been in over 80 actions, skirmishes and battles as found on "Handbook of Texas Online" compiled by Ron Brothers. This is a rare and exemplary example of Dance revolver carried by Texas cavalryman who served in one of the hardest fighting Texas units in the Confederacy. PROVENANCE: John Howard Hargrave, 1863-1920; ÉÉÉÉ Curtis Hamby (1893-1951); Curtis Edwin Hamby (1930-2006); Katheryn Hamby. CONDITION: Gun appears to be orig and authentic in every regard and is much above average of most encountered specimens. With the exception of two screws replaced, gun appears as manufactured. Several other screws are buggered but all function. Cryptics are all well struck and fully discernible. Cryptic assembly markings appear internally also on left side trigger guard under grips. Brass backstrap & trigger guard have mustard colored patina. Original one-piece walnut grips are well fit with edge wear retaining traces of original varnish. Iron surfaces of gun are dark grey/brown with patina and scattered pitting overall. There is a chip on bottom left barrel housing over corresponding frame been. There is hairline crack on left side of frame which is seen on a few other Dances and small casting flaws noted on trigger guard also occasionally seen on other Dance Revolvers Mechanically functional with crisp well-defined rifling in bore. All-in-all this is among the best identified Dance Dragoons extant. 51728-1 JGSRead more

  • USAUSA
  • 17d 11h
Low estimate
40 000 GBP

*FINE BERETTA SO9 OVER-UNDER SHOTGUN WITH BULINO AND SCROLL ENGRAVING

SN AAA203B. (1995) Cal. 12 ga. 3" Chambers. 28" Mono-bloc bbls fitted with flat, matted, ventilated rib, are engraved "P. Beretta - ITALY" and with importer (Beretta USA) on top bbl either side of rib. Upper left portion of mono-bloc is engraved with caliber and bbl length. Mono-bloc is stamped with 1995 Italian nitro proofs, and is engine turned on sides. Bbls are fitted with Briley interchangeable choke tubes. Coin finished, low profile OU action fitted with non-automatic safety and non-selective single trigger, is engraved with makers name on each side and on bottom. Action is engraved with 60% coverage well cut small scroll surrounding meticulously rendered bulino game scenes of game birds; pheasant flushing over meadow on left lockplate, trio of chukar partridge flushing over field on right, and a pair of woodcock flitting through alders on bottom. This fine engraving is signed "D. Bonsi" and "S. Venzi" on trigger plate. An imperial crown is inlaid in gold on top lever. Single beaded small bow trigger guard with scroll engraving on bow, has grade engraved on tang. Well marbled and lightly figured European walnut deep pistol grip buttstock measures 14-5/8" over russet brown leather covered pad. Point pattern checkering with line border is at grip. Matching one piece forend has Beretta's rendition of a Deeley release. Bore diameter: top -.724, bottom - .723. Bore restrictions: screw chokes. Wall thickness: top - .035, bottom - .038. Drop at heel: 2-1/4", drop at comb: 1-1/2". Cast off approx 1/4". Weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz. LOP: 14-5/8". High quality leather case by Vera Pelle with stitched leather corners is lined in dark olive felt, and has dark brown leather Beretta label in lid. Case has space for an extra set of bbls, and contains a pair of plastic snap caps, and three additional choke tubes (two in the gun) and wrench. CONDITION: Excellent, showing limited use, with a small number of minor marks and rubs on bbls. Coin finish remains bright overall. Stocks have some light handling marks. Checkering is excellent with tops of diamonds hand polished, and some flat diamonds on left side of grip. Mechanically crisp. Case leather is excellent with a number of rubs and scuffs. Interior cloth is excellent with some light rubs. 51639-2Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 17d 11h
Low estimate
9 600 GBP

**EXTREMELY SCARCE KRIEGHOFF FG-42 2ND MODEL MACHINE GUN (FULLY TRANSFERABLE).

SN J.M.C. 04254. Cal. 8mm. 19-3/4" bbl. Iconic and penultimate model German machine gun FG 42 Type G (2nd Model with 90 degree hand grip). Firing as a select fire machine gun, this rifle utilizes the full power 8mm Mauser cartridge and includes one orig 20-rnd magazine. Production of the earliest FG-42's occurred in 1942 with the final prototype, the early Type C Model being presented to Hitler by Hermann Goring as a Christmas present. Subsequently, Hitler decreed that the Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 should be issued to the paratroopers. Specifications demanded a light, but robust automatic weapon, capable of reliable, accurate, long-range fire. There was an evolution of models culminating in this G Model offered here. Heinrich Krieghoff of Suhl with code (fzs) made most of the FG-42 type weapons which totaled, including all models, fewer than 7,500 units. This particular specimen was at one time deactivated by cutting the receiver underneath the wooden buttstock in two places. It was later re-welded and re-manufactured as a full transferable machine gun and will transfer as such. Reweld is totally invisible when buttstock is in place and does not affect the serviceability in any way. Firing mechanism moves smoothly when operated by hand, this weapon appears fully functional. Marked on underside of receiver behind pistol grip, "J.M. CARNEY / 7243 MAIN ST / WESTMORELAND, N. Y. " with additional, "J.M.C. 04254". This is a National Firearms Act item and requires BATF approval prior to transfer. This weapon is fully transferable on an ATF form 3 or form 4. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish extremely fine to near excellent. Orig smooth grey finish. Starting to turn a pleasing patina in places with about 90% of the finish remaining overall. Bore is extremely fine and bright with strong rifling. Grips are also an extremely fine, pleasing red-brown Bakelite. Wood is also extremely fine to near excellent with a small chip on the left side of the butt right at the very edge. It is this catalogers estimation after more than 30 years collecting NFA firearms that there are very few registered specimens of all models of the FG-42 within the United States. This offering is a significant opportunity for the advanced German military weapon enthusiast. These guns seldom surface for sale, and this specimen is exceedingly attractive, and would make a great display specimen, or gather crowds at the range. 51834-1 JWKRead more

  • USAUSA
  • 17d 11h
Low estimate
120 000 GBP

SUPERB CONDITION JOHN PRATT OF EDINBURGH PERCUSSION DOUBLE RIFLE WITH

SN 88/ 89. (1839) Cal. 16 ga. Rifle (.655 Bore diameter, multi groove rifling) and cal. 12 ga. (.710 groove diameter) shotgun bbls. 28" Rifle bbls and 29-1/2" shotgun bbls, both have wide flat ribs engraved "J. Pratt No 11 Hanover Street Edinburgh" (1833 - 1839) on rear portions of ribs, and have case hardened patent breeches with platinum blow-outs. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs and with SNs 88 for shotgun bbls and 89 for rifle bbls. Each bbl set has its own rosewood and brass ramrod. Rifle set has typical rifle rod, and one standing, one folding leaf rear sight, dovetailed through rib. Rifle bbls also have sling eye on front ramrod pipe. Breech iron is nicely scroll engraved. Back action locks with flat faced hammers have back sliding safeties and are engraved with scroll, game birds, and "J. Pratt". Case hardened trigger plate has stylized pineapple finial which is scroll engraved and matches thimble. Blued trigger guard has nicely engraved running stag on bow, more birds on tang, along with SN 89. Nicely marbled and stump figured dense European walnut straight grip stock measures 14-3/8" over blued steel buttplate engraved with standing stag and scroll on long top tang. Drop at heel: 2-1/8", drop at comb: 1-1/2". Weight with shotgun bbls: 7 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14-3/8". Fine figured mahogany case with pivoting hook closure has inlet cupid's bow brass corners and central D-ring handle. Case is lined in green baize and has orig Pratt paper label in lid with 28 Hanover Street address (ca 1839). Case is configured for gun and both sets of bbls, and has a near complete complement of orig tools and accessories including rosewood handled turnscrew, nipple key, loading mallet, and wad container. The rosewood used is rather striking incorporating some white sapwood. Also included are Davis type steel 16 bore round ball mold, small ebony bottle with spare nipples, small round pewter oil bottle, correct style and size tin bodied Sykes powder flask, leather shot pouch with steel spout, and what appears to be orig leather sling with snap hook swivels. Another compartment holds some cleaning implements, no rod present. CONDITION: Excellent, showing very little use. Both bbl sets retain nearly all of their orig brown with excellent twist definition. Case hardening of patent breeches is excellent. Top strap and tails of locks are silvered, but generally retain 80% of their orig color. Trigger guard and buttplate retain most of their orig blue, most loss due to flaking. Stock finish is excellent, dry, and essentially untouched, with a few light marks and dents. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Locks are crisp. Case retains what appears to be most of its orig finish with some added varnish. There are some large shrinkage cracks in lid and across rear left corner, with repairs to rear side of lid. Interior cloth is fine with marks, compressions, and soiling, and some repairs to blocking and areas where cloth has been cut by sights, etc. Accessories are generally fine. It is unusual to find guns of this quality and vintage in this high state of orig condition. 51689-1 MGM112Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 17d 11h
Low estimate
5 200 GBP

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