October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/22/2019
Fine example of Colt model 1914 Browning “Digger” machine gun on scarce and desirable original brass head tripod. The Colt “digger” acquired its name due to the large operating lever that reciprocates upon firing arching downward and upward for each shot as the gas is expelled from the cylinder. When placed close to the ground, this lever would dig a hole into the ground, hence the name digger. Numbers matching between receiver and barrel and are the only visible external serial numbers. The actuating arm number also matches. Two right hand receiver sideplate screws are not present. This firearm has been test fired successfully while in the custody of Morphy auctions. Brass headed tripod is included with this gun and retains its original leather leg retention strap. Included is original STEMBRIDGE GUN RENTALS INC receipt indicating that this gun identified by serial number was provided to Columbia Pictures Inc. where it would’ve been used in motion pictures. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is fine to very fine original blued finish turning a pleasing brown patina on sideplates, barrel and grip frame with very fine to extremely fine lustrous blue finish on rear portion of receiver. Top of sight and muzzle area as well as lower portions of sideplate turning an even gray patina. Mechanics are fine. Bore is also fine with bright rifling. Tripod exhibits about 70% orig painted finish with front legs turned a brown patina. Wooden brace completely serviceable and in fine condition. Early American machine guns command a premium and this one with its added film history provenance is an especially desirable specimen. THIS IS A NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT ITEM AND REQUIRES BATF APPROVAL PRIOR TO TRANSFER. THIS ITEM IS FULLY TRANSFERABLE ON AN ATF FORM 3 OR 4 AS CURIO AND RELIC ELIGIBLE. JWK 2019-10-137
1 Tripod
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1914 Potato Digger
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Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $16,800.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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