Lot 647    

* Winchester Model 1903 Rifle Presented by W.F. Cody,
2008, Fall Firearms Sale, Oct 28 & 29
.22 Winchester auto caliber, 20" round barrel, serial number 7990. Blued finish with select walnut buttstock and forearm. Left side of frame with factory presentation inscription, To Aaron Sullivan from Col. William F. Cody "Buffalo Bill" 1904.

Aaron Sullivan was 14 years old at the time this rifle was given to him by Buffalo Bill. In 1886, Aaron L. Sullivan, Sr., a long time resident of Lincoln, Nebraska, organized the importing, "Draft Horse Company" (later the "Lincoln Importing Horse Company") and was the manager and secretary of the enterprise until his retirement in 1911. The company imported German Coach Horses, Percherons, and Shires, some of which were sold to William Cody as draft and coach horses for his Wild West Show.

Indicative of Aaron L. Sullivan's ongoing acquaintance with Cody are two of the items at auction with the rifle. A free box seat pass to Cody's Wild West Shows Good Forever to Aaron L. Sullivan, his family and Friends, and a copy of The Last of the Great Scouts: The Life Story of Colonel William F. Cody, "Buffalo Bill", as told by his sister, Helen Cody Wetmore, autographed to Aaron L. Sullivan on 22 August, 1904 by Cody in Arboath, Scotland, a location where the Wild West Show was performed during its final European tour. A second autograph pasted in the book is inscribed to Aaron Sullivan as The Nebraska Kid. Also included is 15 full boxes of Yellow Label Winchester .22 Automatic Cartridges. The lot further includes a Deputy Sheriff's badge from Lancaster Co., Nebraska. This was given to the father of Aaron Sullivan so that he could police the horse ranch. In addition, a 14K gold railroad pocket watch, made by Hamilton Watch Co. The back of watch is inscribed to A.L Sullivan from his wife and son and dated 1898. The watch is in the original cardboard box. PLUS, a walking cane with gold "L"-shaped handle with his name engraved in the handle. Along with the rifle comes a signed affidavit attesting to family ownership along with a photograph of A.L. Sullivan. A factory ordered Winchester Rifle presented by Cody is seldom encountered in the market. Included is a factory letter attesting to the inscription on this firearm.

Ex. The Sullivan Family

Rifle retains ca 90% original blue finish, the bottom of frame is fading and turning to a plum color. Left side of frame has a small area ca .25" by .25" of light pitting. Back of frame where the buttstock is joined to the frame, there is an area of light pitting. Buttstock and forearm have most of the original varnish with some scratches and dings.
Sold: $17,250.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

don't miss

an opportunity to bid. You can't win if you're not in.

sign up to bid

what's it worth?

ask the experts

sell your item

start selling
European Dagger by <i>N. Dotzert,</i>
Lot # 2175 - European Dagger by N. Dotzert,
5.25" clipped-point blade marked N. Dotzert. Steel quillon and German silver ferrule. Ivory handle. Leather sheath with German silver tip and throat. > Item Details
Model 1842 Contract Pistol by Johnson,
Lot # 29 - Model 1842 Contract Pistol by Johnson,
.54 caliber, 8.5" round barrel, lockplate marked I.N. Johnson and dated 1855. Brass furniture, walnut stock. > Item Details
Manhattan Percussion Single-Shot Pistol,
Lot # 584 - Manhattan Percussion Single-Shot Pistol,
.31 caliber, 4" octagonal-to-round barrel, serial number 173. Marked on bar hammer Manhattan FA New York. Wood grips. > Item Details
Italian Morion,
English Percussion Single-Shot Pistol,
Lot # 1102 - English Percussion Single-Shot Pistol,
.45 caliber, 2.5" octagonal barrel. Brass frame marked Spencer Lynn. Folding trigger, checkered wood grip. Silver lion head butt cap. > Item Details
* FTL MKTG. Automatic Nine Pistol,
Lot # 1158 - * FTL MKTG. Automatic Nine Pistol,
.22 LR cal, 2.25" barrel, serial number 04423. Two-tone finish, plastic grips, alloy frame. > Item Details
* Colt  Single-Action Army  Revolver,
Lot # 679 - * Colt Single-Action Army Revolver,
ca 1902. .38WCF caliber, 4.75" barrel, serial number 222910. Nickel finish with ivory grips and Colt medallions. > Item Details
Early Horseman's War Hammer,
Lot # 317 - Early Horseman's War Hammer,
hammer with crown mark (Krakow, Poland) and cross-hatched hammer face. Round iron shaft with globular base. Overall length is 23". > Item Details
* Remington Model 51 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box,
Lot # 827 - * Remington Model 51 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box,
.380 caliber, 3.5" barrel, serial number PA8934. Blued finish, hard rubber grips with Remington UMC logo. In original cardboard box with instructions, cleaning rod and brush. Leather holster. > Item Details
Japanese Carved Ivory Temple Sword and Scabbard,
Lot # 374 - Japanese Carved Ivory Temple Sword and Scabbard,
a nice relief carved 3-piece elephant ivory temple sword with 14” Kozuka blade Sugba (straight) type Hamon (temper line), and brushed brass Habaki, lacking Tsuba (guard), carved ivory Fuchi (front collar), with Ito (grip) carved in the form of a dragon head with scales and two small dragons, total l... > Item Details
* Colt Single-Action Army Revolver with Box,
Lot # 732 - * Colt Single-Action Army Revolver with Box,
.45 Long Colt caliber, 3.5" barrel with ejector, serial number S26534A. Engraved, nickel finish with black rubber grips. > Item Details
Japanese Chisa Katana Sword Blade with Beautiful Mounts
Lot # 1366 - Japanese Chisa Katana Sword Blade with Beautiful Mounts
an intermediate blade between the Katana and the Wakizashi, commonly worn at court. Hand-forged 20.5" single-edged steel blade, with beveled top edge with single Nakago-ana (mounting holes) in unsigned Nakago (tang) and non-visible Hamon (temper line). The blade appears to have quite a bit of age. H... > Item Details
* Smith & Wesson Model 36 Revolver,
Lot # 954 - * Smith & Wesson Model 36 Revolver,
.38 caliber, 2" barrel, serial number 423559. Blued finish, walnut grips in original box. > Item Details
Belgian Military Revolver,
Lot # 399 - Belgian Military Revolver,
.10mm caliber, 5.75" barrel, serial number 774. Marked on left side of frame Brevete Nagant. Blued finish with checkered wood grips and blued finish. > Item Details
Four Early to Mid-19th Century Mediterranean Jack Knives,
Lot # 2180 - Four Early to Mid-19th Century Mediterranean Jack Knives,
includes a wonderful example with ratchet locking single-edged 6" steel blade with clipped end and both faces with acid-etched hunting scenes, ricasso marked Toledo, engraved steel and horn handle; total length open 13", closed 6.8". Second is a pre-Civil War example with 6.75" tapered single-edged ... > Item Details
Smith & Wesson First Model, Third Issue Revolver,
Lot # 977 - Smith & Wesson First Model, Third Issue Revolver,
.22 caliber, 3.25" barrel, serial number 11659. Blue finish with rosewood grips. > Item Details
Model 1842 Pistol by <i>H. Aston,</i>
Lot # 2005 - Model 1842 Pistol by H. Aston,
.54 caliber, 8.5" round barrel. Lockplate marked U.S. H. Aston, in the rear of lockplate marked Middtn, Conn 1847. Brass hardware with walnut stock. > Item Details
Lot of Three WWI Helmets with Painted Insignia,
Lot # 1342 - Lot of Three WWI Helmets with Painted Insignia,
including Engineer's battalion, 91st Division and First Infantry. > Item Details
Early 19th Century Ivory Grip Naval Dirk,
Lot # 2214 - Early 19th Century Ivory Grip Naval Dirk,
likely British, but unmarked with engraved 6.4" tapered double-edged blade, cast brass oak leaf and acorn guard with brass collar and single-piece turned walrus ivory handle with ivory plug at pommel; total length 10". Original black leather sheath with gilt brass throat with carrying ring, matching... > Item Details
* Remington Model 870 Pump Shotgun,
Lot # 809 - * Remington Model 870 Pump Shotgun,
.410 gauge, 25" full choke barrel, serial number V606100H. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20