Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 473: Rock-Ola Presentation M1 Carbine

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

Exceptionally Rare and Historic World War II Rock-Ola Factory Presentation M1 Carbine To "Mr. H. Veneklasen", Staff Member to Secretary of War Henry Stimpson with Deluxe Presentation Display Case and Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500

Exceptionally Rare and Historic World War II Rock-Ola Factory Presentation M1 Carbine To "Mr. H. Veneklasen", Staff Member to Secretary of War Henry Stimpson with Deluxe Presentation Display Case and Accessories

Manufacturer: Rockola
Model: M1 Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 30 M1 Carbine
Barrel: 18 inch round
Finish: high polish blue
Grip:
Stock: highly figured walnut
Item Views: 1719
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 261
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

With the lowest production numbers of all the M1 Carbine suppliers of World War II, Rock-Ola Carbines are already scarce, with a top quality presentation gun such as this being especially rare, worthy of a place of honor in an advanced collection. Produced circa 1943-1944, as part of Rock-Ola's second to last serial number block, this carbine was intended for Mr. H. Veneklasen, a member of the staff of Henry L. Stimpson, Secretary of War. Standard markings on the front receiver ring, the rear of the receiver is marked "ROCK-OLA/EX-6095440", and "ROCK-OLA" on the recoil plate and barrel. Correctly marked parts, with the early features produced during this time period, such as the Type II barrel band, flip rear sight, unmarked push button safety, the smooth "A-R marked M1 type magazine catch and two rivet handguard. The various parts are marked as follows; rear sight, R-R, bolt, ROCK-OLA, extractor; R, operating slide, ROCK-OLA, trigger guard ROCK-OLA, hammer LTQ-R, and recoil shield. Fitted with a low wood stock produced from attractively figured walnut and made without the oiler and sling cutouts, showing a fine tiger stripe pattern down the length. The carbine is housed in a handmade walnut display case that has a small brass presentation plaque on the inside of the lid that says; "M1 CAL 30-CARBINE/MANUFACTURED BY/ ROCK- OLA/ Manufacturing Corporation/ CHICAGO/ PRESENTED TO/ H. VENEEKLASEN/ 1945". The display case houses the carbine, with the following original new in the wrapper Rock-Ola accessories; a WWII canvas sling, the metal stock oiler and two 15 round magazines.

Rating Definition:

Excellent plus with 97% plus of the original high polished blue finish, showing a few scratches on the barrel from the band and minor wear from cycling and handling. The stock is also excellent, with minimal pressure dents. The case and accessories are in very fine condition with the wood display case showing handling marks on the edges and corners with the left lower corner having some minor separation of the wood from age, and mild scratches overall. A super example of a historic Rock-Ola presentation cased M1 Carbine.



Customer Product Questions

There are currently no customer product questions on this lot