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$2 Million Antique Arms Auction Features Infamous Dueling Pistols, Train Robber's Revolver and Derringer Collection at Butterfield & Butterfield.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 5, 1998--An exceptional offering of antique arms and armor, featuring a pair of dueling pistols used in 1859 when the Chief Justice of the CA Supreme Court shot and killed a US Senator, the McCrary derringer collection, Colt firearms and finely crafted long arms will be sold to the highest bidders Tuesday November 24 and Wednesday November 25 in an auction simulcast between the San Francisco and Elgin, Ill. galleries of Butterfield & Butterfield.

More than 1,100 lots of antique arms are set for preview in the Butterfield, Butterfield & Dunning Elgin, Ill. galleries Nov. 14 and 15 (derringers only) and in San Francisco Nov. 21-23.

A pair of dueling pistols used in the second most infamous duel between US politicians is expected to bring bids of $30,000 to $40,000. This cased set of Belgian percussion dueling pistols feature nine inch Damascus steel barrels and walnut grips. September 13, 1859 the pistols were in the hands of US Senator David C. Broderick and California Chief Justice David S. Terry. Terry shot Broderick after the Senator's gun misfired and Broderick died days later in San Francisco. The duel caused such a public outcry that this event stands as the last "affair of honor" in California history.

Another interesting lot likely to spur spirited bidding is an historic Colt model 1851 Navy percussion revolver belonging to Indiana train robber John Reno. The revolver is offered along with its leather holster and documentation, excerpts from books about the exploits of the Reno Gang, and should bring $15,000 to $20,000. The Reno Brothers reportedly absconded with more than $122,000 in the late 1860s until being caught by Pinkerton detectives. They were later removed from their cells by vigilantes in scarlet hoods and lynched. A 1955 film "Rage at Dawn" chronicled Reno's story.

Derringers, the easily-concealed weapon of gentlemen and ladies in the mid- and late-1800s, within the Collection of the late L.C. McCarry are expected to be of great interest to collectors. A cased pair of single shot percussion overcoat pistols made by the creator of the weapon Henry Deringer are estimated to bring $5,000 to $7,000. This pair and many of the offered pistols feature gold-banding, walnut stocks and fine engraving.

The McCrary collection comprises several weapons used as examples in books written on the history of derringers. A cased pair of factory-engraved Colt No. 3 Thuer derringers are expected to fetch $12,000 to $15,000 while another cased pair with ivory grips should sell for $4,000 to $5,000. A fine cased pair of factory-engraved Remington Rider magazine pistols feature mother-of-pearl grips and are estimated to bring $15,000 to $20,000.

Other interesting lots include a cased Holland & Holland bolt action magazine rifle made expressly for Saturday Evening Post columnist, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and big game hunter Robert Ruark (est. $12,000/15,000) as well as a rare pair of factory-engraved Tiffany-gripped Colt Navy conversion revolvers. The silver-plated Tiffany grips depict Civil War battle scenes and the pair should bring $30,000 to $40,000. The auction includes Buffalo Bill and Custer memorabilia and related arms, property of US military officers and exceptional long arms.

For more information please contact Greg Martin 415/861-7500 ext. 375.
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