Morphy’s Auction to Offer Rare Firearms from the Paul Friedrich Collection

Colt 1851 Navy RevolversExquisite pair of factory-engraved Colt 1851 Navy Revolvers commissioned and purchased by Victor Emmanuel II, first King of Italy, for presentation to General Alessandro Negri di Sanfront. Serial numbers indicate the guns were made circa 1853, at the beginning of the Colt London era. Presented in box with Crown of Savoy inscribed on lid escutcheon. Accompanied by di Sanfront's calling card and postcard depicting the general. Estimate: $300,000-$500,000 /Submitted Image

DENVER, PA — In a gathering that promises to be a landmark event for collectors and history enthusiasts alike, Morphy Auctions is set to present an extensive array of elite firearms and militaria from May 7-10. The sale will feature pieces from the esteemed Paul Friedrich collection, offering bidders the rare opportunity to own artifacts linked to pivotal historical figures and events.

Paul Friedrich, who passed away in 2022, was known for his passionate dedication to collecting firearms, particularly those from America’s Old West and the Gold Rush era. With a discerning eye for quality and rarity, Friedrich amassed a collection renowned for its historical significance and superb condition.

Among the highlights of this auction is a pair of pre-World War II Colt Officers Model Double-Action Revolvers. These exhibition-engraved and gold-inlaid pieces are housed in a deluxe French-style case and are estimated to fetch between $75,000 and $150,000. Also featured is a .44-40 caliber Colt Lightning magazine rifle, custom-made for a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, with an estimated value of $75,000 to $100,000.

A particularly notable lot is a John Ulrich factory-engraved, nickel-plated Deluxe Winchester Model 1876 lever-action rifle. Dated 1882 and chambered in .45-60 caliber, this rifle is one of only a few hundred made with such distinguished features. It is expected to command a price of $60,000 to $90,000.

The auction also includes an exquisite pair of factory-engraved Colt 1851 Navy Revolvers, originally commissioned by Victor Emmanuel II, the first King of Italy. These historic firearms, dating back to the early days of the Colt London era around 1853, are poised to attract significant interest, with estimates ranging from $300,000 to $500,000.

Another standout piece is a US Army-purchased Colt Model 1875 “Long Model” Gatling gun, which remains in extraordinary condition. Serial numbered “130” and one of only 44 purchased by the Army, this Gatling gun has an estimated value of $200,000 to $300,000. Its remarkable provenance includes being a gift from William Simon, a former US Secretary of the Treasury and Lafayette College alumnus, to his alma mater’s class of 1952.

This auction not only offers collectors the chance to acquire rare and coveted pieces but also underscores the enduring fascination with firearms as tangible links to our collective past. Each item represents a chapter in the story of technological innovation, artistry, and historical significance, making this event a significant occurrence for both the collector community and those interested in military history.

Morphy Auctions invites enthusiasts from around the globe to participate in this momentous sale, with all forms of bidding available, including live online options for those unable to attend in person. This event is poised to be a highlight in the world of collectible firearms and militaria, reflecting the legacy of Paul Friedrich and his lifelong pursuit of preserving history through the objects that have shaped it.

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