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  • Jesse James's 1879 pocket pistol blasts into SoldUSA's September auction
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    Paul Fraser
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Jesse James's 1879 pocket pistol blasts into SoldUSA's September auction

 


Here's a quick reminder that an estimated 2,000 quality lots of rare and vintage firearms, militaria, ammunition, Civil War memorabilia, personality items, Winchesters and more are all in an auction now online at SoldUSA. The sale ends September 24.

"By the time it's over this could very well be the biggest auction we've ever had," said David Reichle of SoldUSA.com. Consignments kept pouring in, even after the auction first went online in mid-August.

 


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"I realise part of that is driven by the poor economy".

'Personality items' are a popular feature of the auction. Two lots in particular promise to generate much bidder interest.

The first is a lot comprising the 1950s-era shirt, bolo tie, guns and holsters worn by Duncan Renaldo, the actor who portrayed Cisco Kid on the hit TV series. The items come with a personal appearance advance advertising poster and certificate of authenticity.

The other is a rare Jesse James collectible - a Hopkins & Allen Ranger No. 2 nickel-plated .32 caliber Smith & Wesson solid frame singe-action pistol, once owned by Zerelda "Zee" James, the wife of Jesse James.

According to legend, Jesse bought the pocket pistol for Zee in 1879 (the same year the gun was produced), to commemorate the birth of their daughter, Mary.

Speaking of weapons, one that is already garnering attention is a 1913 Remington .22 caliber Model No. 4S military rolling block rifle, in the rare 'Boy Scout Rifle' variation. The rifle was only produced that one year (1913) of the ten years Remington made the 4S model.

 


The Hopkins & Allen Ranger No. 2, once owned by Zerelda "Zee" James
wife of Jesse


This specimen is complete (save for one screw), the action is crisp and the sights are original.

A musket is also expected to do well: an antique U.S. Springfield Model 1863 rifled musket (second model Allin trapdoor conversion model 1866, .50-.70 caliber).

Considering its scarcity, the musket has a fine overall appearance. Both sling swivels are present and original, the hammer spring is strong and the actions function perfectly.

"People need to get their hands on quick cash for a variety of reasons, and sometimes selling their treasured items is a means to do that. It's unfortunate, but it also creates tremendous opportunities for collectors," said Mr Reichle.


 

  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • 1879James'sJessepocket