18th Century Collectibles Up for Auction

colt revolver
Colt Detective Special — Pre-Auction Estimated Price: $50,000 - $75,000

Press Release

This December, collectors will be grappling to get their hands on several historical art pieces that will be available during Rock Island Auction Company’s Premier Firearms Event, Dec. 3-5.  Featuring some of the most iconic pieces available, and incredible collections.

winchester rifle
Solid Silver Winchester 1866 — Pre-Auction Estimated Price: $400,000 – $650,000
Rifle of British-American Adventurer Sir Henry Morton Stanley — Pre-Auction Estimated Price: $40,000 – $65,000
colt revolver
Colt Single Action Army Revolver of Major General Emory Upton — Pre-Auction Estimated Price: $250,000 – $450,000
High Art

Nothing embodies the treasures in gun collecting more than December’s crown jewel offering, an immensely historic collection of militaria recorded as presented to General Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797 and later presented by now Emperor Napoleon to his aide-de-camp, General Junot. This six-piece garniture of five exquisitely engraved and relief carved firearms plus a gilt dress sword are each the works of Nicolas-Noël Boutet, the famed royal gunsmith at Versailles. This lavish garniture was exhibited in England from 1816-1833 following Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, displayed as a symbol of the victory of the British and their allies.

Napoleon Garniture — Pre-Auction Estimated Price: $1.5M – $3.5M
Event and Bidding Details

Rock Island Auction Company will host a Preview Day on the preceding Thursday and the items are sold Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Preview and auction days are open to the public. Interested buyers can bid in-person or live right from the webpage using a virtual platform, RIAC Live. Participants may bid via third-party websites that host the auction. Absentee bids can also be submitted to RIAC via any number of means: our website, email, fax, phone, or by mailing in an Absentee Bid Form. As with all forms of bidding, participants must be registered to bid prior to auction.