Rock Island Auction

Every would-be explorer needs a trusty sidekick and, ropes and protective gear aside, we like the thought of one that can fight back against the perils of the jungle. If said sidekick is an incredibly rare, immensely beautiful piece of gunmaking art… well, all the better. That’s what you’ll find and more at Rock Island Auction’s December sale.

Drawing from 17 named collections – you know, the kind that set classic car collectors frothing at the mouth – the range, quality and sheer rarity of the Premier Firearms Auction is truly extraordinary. There are classic hunting arms from Marlin, Savage Arms and their kin, a whole armoury’s worth of US military guns (including a ‘gas trap’ M1 Garand) and enough rare Winchesters to blow a collector’s life savings. Then there’s the headline lot: two pairs of Colt revolvers in vivid blue and red cases.

Magnificent Exhibition Quality Factory Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid and Relief Carved Savage Model 1899 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter from the Nash Collection

Magnificent Exhibition Quality Factory Relief Engraved, Gold Inlaid and Relief Carved Savage Model 1899 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter from the Nash Collection

Experimental Briggs Patent Henry

Experimental Briggs Patent Henry Lever Action Rifle

Rare Documented Deluxe Factory Exhibition Engraved Gold and Platinum Inlaid Marlin Model 1893 Takedown Rifle

Rare Documented, Deluxe, Factory Exhibition Engraved, Gold and Platinum Inlaid, Marlin Model 1893 Takedown Rifle

ilver Plated Deluxe Engraved-New-Haven-Arms-No. 1 Volcanic Pocket Pistol

Silver-Plated, Deluxe Engraved New Haven Arms No. 1 Volcanic Pocket Pistol auction watch

Inscribed as a presentation from Samuel Colt to Brigadier General Andrew Porter, they’re a piece of American history. They even come accompanied with a letter by Colt himself. It’s a waiting game until the 30 November – 2 December auction, and there’s sure to be plenty more highlights added before it’s all said and done. If these lots don’t convince you to pay close attention though, no gun on God’s green earth will; www.rockislandauction.com