Featured: Lifetime Collection of 1895 Winchesters, Horsehair Bridles, Western Art, and Bronzes; The Winchester Deluxe 1886 rifle from gun legend Elmer Keith
– Scott Tarbell, Owner, New Frontier Western Show & Encan
CHEYENNE, WYO., United States, Aug 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Wyoming’s capital, Cheyenne, has been known as the “Magical Town of the Plains” virtually since its inception in 1867, when it officially became part of the Dakota Territory. Its status as a railway town and military camp only added to its appeal, attracting cowboys, ranchers, outlaws and others seeking adventure and the great outdoors. This Wild West atmosphere is still felt in Cheyenne, and never more so than when New frontier hosts its annual Cheyenne Guns and Western Collectibles Auction, scheduled to take place on August 28.
The auction of 391 lots of historic and modern Western firearms and antiques and art will be held in tandem with the Cheyenne Firearms & Western Collectibles Show hosted by the promoter August 27-29 at the Laramie County Event Center to Archer. Bidders can participate in the auction either at the event itself or live online via Live auctioneers.
The firearms category is led by a special order .45-.90 caliber Winchester Deluxe 1886 Rifle, manufactured in 1903, which was personally owned by legendary gun expert and author Elmer Keith (1899-1984). Keith was instrumental in the development of the .357 Magnum (the first magnum revolver cartridge) as well as the later .44 Magnum and .41 Magnum cartridges. He also co-designed the Winchester Model 70 bolt-action rifle. During World War II, he served as a rifle inspector at the Arsenal in Ogden, Utah. Keith’s precious Winchester Deluxe 1886 shotgun has highly flamed American Walnut checkered pistol grips, bladed front sight, Express rear sights, a sliding Lyman receiver sign, and many additional custom features. His auction estimate is $ 8,500 to $ 12,500.
Perhaps no other gun in the auction is more closely associated with the outlaw days of the American West than the .38 caliber Colt 1877 Lightning revolver carried by the ruthless Chief of Bert Casey gang (died 1903). Described in a newspaper in Guthrie Territory, Oklahoma, as “the most dangerous and unscrupulous bandit these days, always killing when an opportunity presented itself,” Casey was ultimately arrested by two of his own former gang members, who were deputized and promised a prison pardon if they could apprehend or kill him. It’s a case that parallels that of Pat Garrett, who was persuaded to be deputized to kill Billy the Kid. Casey was unceremoniously buried in Guthrie’s Boot Hill section, but his historically important Lightning revolver lives on. It displays beautifully, with an inscription on the back strap that reads: ‘RW’ Bert Casey ‘El Reno, OT’ Estimate: $ 3,000 – $ 5,000
A Winchester 1895 dismantling rifle manufactured in 1913 features a deluxe two-barrel set (calibers 405WCF and 35WCF) with checkered and heavily figured stocks, 3-leaf Express rear sights and a Lyman Model 21 sliding sight. Travel holster in oak and French leather, it comes with vintage cleaning tools and an ammo box for each caliber. A stunning example ready for use in the field, the rifle is priced between $ 5,500 and $ 8,500.
The Winchester 1895 is one of over 100 lots in the Mike Wilson Estate Collection. A highly respected United States Marine Corps veteran, Olson collected beautiful historical weapons – especially Winchesters – and antique cowboy clothing. “He had a special affinity for Colorado items, since that’s where he lived,” said Scott Tarbell, owner of New Frontier Shows, producer of the Cheyenne Firearms & Western Collectibles Show & Auction. “Mike’s collection includes ten horsehair bridles as well as spurs and bridles made at Canon City State Prison.” One of the prison bridles, a beautifully crafted example and decorated with engraved silver conchos, silver bands and a piece in the shape of a woman’s leg, is estimated to be between $ 4,000 and $ 6,000.
A pair of double-mounted stellar spurs made by Phillips & Gutierrez (active Cheyenne, Wyo., 1917-1918) have masterfully etched domes, large dials, and dove-wing straps. Rare and highly desirable, the spurs will be offered with an estimate of $ 4,000 to $ 6,000. Another phenomenal work of art, a pair of turn-of-the-century Native American (Plateau) gauntlets, fringed and fully beaded with images of Indian chiefs and horses, is expected to fetch $ 4,500 to $ 7,500.
Bidders won’t believe their eyes when they see the highly detailed Heiser-Keyston (Denver) Silver Seller Saddle sample with tricolor tooling and silver engraving. While as finely crafted and detailed as a full-size saddle, its seat is only 4½ inches long. In perfect condition, this little gem carries an estimate of $ 2,000 to $ 4,000.
The name Carl Moon (1878-1948) is synonymous with the earliest photographs of Native Americans living in Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. As early as 1903, Moon traveled to the villages where his subjects lived, staying as a guest while making portraits and posed romantic scenes depicting storytelling, hunting, weaving, and playing instruments. The August 28 auction features two significant relics of Apache Chiricahua from the 1860s from Moon’s personal collection of Indigenous artifacts, both of which were used as props in his photos. The first is a tanned cowhide bow holster and quiver with a bow and four arrows, estimated at between $ 6,000 and $ 9,000. The second is a colorful and artistically decorated 12 inch sheath and knife, from $ 2,000 to $ 4,000. Both are described in Tom Driebe’s famous book, In Search of the Wild Indian.
To top off the event, a Resistol 3X hat worn by John Wayne in the 1962 MGM film How the West Was Won. Made by Western Costume Co. (Hollywood), the hat has a sewn-in studio tag with both the movie name and Wayne’s name. Worn by cinematic royalty and accompanied by an Affidavit of Authenticity from Boyd Magers, it has an estimate of $ 2,000 to $ 10,000.
New Frontier’s Saturday August 28 auction begins at 2 p.m. MT / 4 p.m. ET. Preview in person at the Cheyenne Firearms & Western Collectibles Show on Friday August 27 from noon to 5 p.m. and August 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. local time. For more information call Scott Tarbell at 913-406-8057, email [email protected] Visit New Frontier online at https://newfrontiershow.com. View the catalog and sign up to bid away or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
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