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Some highlights of the Australian Arms Auction held on 6-7 October, 2007, Melbourne.


Lot No. 98 -
Rare Russian Mosin Nagant sniper rifle, 7.62 x 54R cal., very good bore with clear breech markings and dated 1943, scope marked with hammer and sickle, and dated 1942, No.78886. All complete and matching numbers; in unissued condition except for some light muzzle wear.
Price realised $4,600.
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Lot No. 173 -
Victoria Police 1851 Colt Navy revolver, .36 cal., with period flap holster. One-line New York address and London proofs, barrel lug marked T10 "McIvor District, Victoria Police", good profiles, fine to good grips with an old repair to right hand side, replaced cylinder, repair to hammer nose. In overall fine to good condition.
Price realised $4,000.

Lot No. 212 -
DWM P.08 Artillery Luger semi-automatic 9mm pistol, with holster and shoulder board, 1917, good bore with some light pitting, excellent condition overall with straw colour to relevant parts, excellent grips, all matching numbers including magazine and shoulder board, holster complete with loading tools and cleaning rod. A very complete example in excellent condition.
Price realised $3,800.

Lot No. 251 -
Profusely carved Boer War 1896 Mauser carbine, 7mm, poor bore, blotchy silver grey patina to metal. Wood carved DUNDEE 20/10/99; NATAL INCETROKEN 12/10/99; EENDRAGHT MAAKT MAGT coat of arms; T.F. JOHANNESBURG COMMANDO; ELANDSLAAGTE 21-10-99; MODDERSPRUIT 30-10-99; GOLENSO 15/12/99; SPIOEN KOP 22/??, and J.C. ROUX to top wood. Complete with sling loops and cleaning rod, misnumbered bolt, but overall honest condition.
Price realised $1,700.

Lot No. 281-
Cased Holland & Holland Royal S.L.E. with both paradox and shotgun barrels, 12 gauge, formerly belonging to the King of Italy, Umberto I. Both barrels reproofed in 1984-85, 100% blue finished remaining on barrels. HOLLAND & HOLLAND engraved to each lock, and THE ROYAL HAMMERLESS to bottom of action. Holland & Holland have confirmed that this gun was supplied to the King of Italy in 1900, with new 28" barrels being supplied and fitted by H&H in 1984.
Price realised $2,600.
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Lot No. 341 -
Cased pair of Tranter medium frame rim-fire revolvers, .38 cal, barrel flats marked COGSWELL & HARRISON STRAND LONDON and Tranter's patent to left side of frame, sharp profiles and clear address markings, barrels retain 85% original blue finish, thin blue to frame. Both cased in original oak case with original Cogswell & Harrison trade label.
Price realised $4,750.
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Lot No. 450 -
Scarce Merwin & Hulbert & Co. 4th Model Froniter Army single-action revolver, .44 cal., round barrel with 95%+ nickel finish, very good bore with strong rifling, but some light pitting, left side of frame under cylinder marked RUSSIAN MODEL, excellent black chequered grips on square butt, overall excellent condition.
Price realised $3,200.

Lot No. 557 -
Colonial Australian scrimshaw powder horn, domed wooden end plug with turned stopper, carved black mouth piece, and wonderful aged patina to body with coastline map with Port Macquarie, Port Stephens, Newcastle and Sydney Town, and a view of a ship and scattered buildings on the shoreline. An inscribed poem reads: 'Here is my hand, And is my [heart], That we meet, We never may part, Till death of Gaol, As had then you, And I will be parted still. E. Nye Tothilfield Prifor 1819. Aged 20.'
Price realised $1,800.
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Lot No. 610 -
N.S.W. Police issue Wbeley M.P. model revolver, .450 cal, barrel with top strap marked WEBLEY & SON LONDON & BIRMINGHAM, good bore, left side of frame stamped NSW POLICE with hand-cuffed Webley Metropolitan trademake, very good profiles and clear markings, 80% orignal blue to barrel and cylinder, good working order and very good condition.
Price realised $1,350.
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Lot No. 702 -
Presentation Drilling presented to General Marshall Herman Goering, 16 x 16 x 9.5 cal., steel barrels with gold inlaid inscription 'EIN GESCHENK FÜR MEINEN FREUND, GENERAL MARSHALL GÖRING VON FRANZ SELDTE'. Minor amount of pitting to both barrels which have been restruck and reblued, hammer, top lever and back action locks marked JOS DAHL OSANBRUCK. An historically important sporting gun from a senior figure in the Third Reich hierachy, presented by Seldte, founder of the Stienhelm League for returned German servicemen after WW1, and a close friend and hunting companion of Göring's.
Price realised $8,000.
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Lot No. 721 -
Smith & Wesson Model 357 Magnum revolver, .357 magnum caliber, 6 shot, mint bore, blue finish, target sights with Kings patent front sight, patent hammer and REG 998 stamped to yoke of frame. Excellent working order and condition, with factory letter.
Price realised $3,400.


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