October 30 - November 2, 2018 Firearms, Militaria, & Sporting
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/30/2018
Captain Bogardus was a well known author and shooter during the 1860's and '70's, and patented the first successful glass ball thrower in 1877. It came in two varieties, the simplest would only throw balls straight away, and cost $6.00 at the time. The example offered here retailed for $8.00 and could be controlled by the person behind the shooter for angled, as well as straight shots, as top spring mounting block pivoted on a large wooden base. This example is branded "W & C. SCOTT & SON MAKERS PREMIER GUN WORKS BIRMINGHAM" on right side of oak mounting block. Top of this block has tacked on embossed brass medallion with trademark of shooter surrounded by "CAPTAIN BOGARDUS" "PATENT BALL TRAP". Balls were placed in a brass cup affixed to long side of a large V-spring, which is retained in loaded position by spring-loaded hook at rear with three notches to adjust for distance. Trap comes with three smooth amber balls (most later balls had a pattern so they'd break more easily). Two balls are made in a three piece mold and have standard wide opening, one with small opening is free blown. CONDITION: Fine, as conserved. Wooden parts are complete but oiled. Metal parts, once lightly rusted, have been cleaned and oiled. Lanyards, etc. renewed with black leather. Trademark medallion has some losses toward top. Balls are good, unbroken yet. Have at it! MGM 263
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $8,400.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Friday, November 2, 2018.
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