Rock Island Auction Company

Premier Firearms Auction #72

Friday December 1st, 2017

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This December Rock Island Auction Company will bring an auction to the collecting public certain to end the year on a most memorable note. Just before the holidays, collectors across the country and around the world will be checking items off their wish list as world class firearms find new collections to call home.


Currently topping this perennial favorite manufacturer is a silver gilded, engraved Henry – a deluxe rifle certain to endear itself to lever gun collectors. Also notable from the hundreds of rifles available is a rare and magnificent Winchester First Model 1873 “One of One Thousand” rifle. This significant offering is an incredible rarity for collectors of exceptional 19th century American arms.

Silver plated, engraved Henry rifle



High End Sporting

It is our great pleasure to announce a superb selection of high end sporting arms in the December sale. The most respected and well-known names in the genre will be out in full force showing off their superior quality and remarkable craftsmanship. Holland & Holland, Rigby, Parker, Greener, Heym, and more. Serving as flagship will be the extraordinary bespoke pair of Philippe Grifnee engraved and gold inlaid H&H Royal Deluxe shotguns. Imbued with a fantastic fantasy theme and chambered in 28 gauge, this supremely impressive cased pair is fresh to market and an absolute masterpiece. They are two of a staggering five Holland & Holland arms in this sale graced by Grifnee’s artistry.

Also of interest to shooters and collectors of sporting arms will be the excellent selection of large bore hunting rifles in exotic and powerful calibers.

Pair of engraved Holland and Holland sporting arms



The demand for beautiful Colt revolvers is endless and collectors know to find the best at Rock Island Auction Company. The December sale will continue this strong tradition with hundreds of arms from the legendary manufacturer. Of significant interest will be a historical Colt Walker marked as issue to C Company, Walker’s own unit. One of only 220 ever made, these revolvers are the Holy Grail for many collectors. However, leading the way for Colts will be a first year production, cased and factory engraved Model 1862 Police revolver presented by Samuel Colt to Major Charles Traintor Baker. Baker receiver another Colt from Colt and it currently resides in the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also, given the date of the presentation, it was likely one of the Colt ever presented before his death.


factory engraved cased Colt 1862 Police presented by Samuel Colt


These are only the beginning! Artisan antiques, outstanding Smith & Wesson revolvers, and incredible military arms will also be well represented. Please stay tuned to our website and social media pages for more updates, videos and fantastic photography of the amazing firearms in this auction.

Singer 1911 Pistol: The finest known Singer M1911A1 pistol in existence 


The finest Singer M1911A1 pistol known



Rock Island Auction Company is the world’s #1 auction company for firearms, bladed weapons and militaria. Founded in 1993 by its current CEO Patrick Hogan, RIAC continues to lead the industry with record sales numbers and their extensive and beautiful marketing efforts. Their 86,000 square foot facility hosts 8 auctions each year. They actively seek consignments, be it a single weapon or a collection of hundreds, a thousand dollar item or one million. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-238-8022.

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