September 5-7, 2023 Firearms & Militaria
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/5/2023
This Colt manufactured Maxim model 1904 comes on its original Vickers Sons & Maxim tripod. Additional accessories include an exceptionally attractive contemporarily manufactured wooden-wheeled carriage which incorporates the original tripod on the steel axle of the carriage. Carriage also incorporates a wooden water chest on the right side with a screw-on fitting for a steam condensing hose. Left side of carriage incorporates a wooden ammunition box. Inside lid of this box includes instructions on how to emplace the gun on this carriage. A leather barrel carrier is strapped to the long center leg of the carriage. A very neat arrangement. Others accessories included with this lot are a spare original copper washed barrel serial numbered 39A, 2 full-sized ammunition boxes, and 1 half-sized original ammunition box. Gun top cover retains its original attractive bronze patent number data plate on top cover, large muzzle booster diameter, brass backplate, and fusee cover are immediately distinctive features of this machine gun. Original brass chains are present at muzzle and water fill cap. Cork piece not present but associated hardware is. Brass feed shuttle, serial number 155B, is matching to gun serial number. Lock is non-matching serial number 138A. Trunnion and top cover, serial numbered 155, match receiver. Rear sight has a peep sight aperture adjustable for both elevation and windage. Front sight post has protected sheet metal cover. Brass fusee cover is devoid of markings except for adjustment index marks. Tripod serial number is 155 and brass head is embossed “TRIPOD AUTO. MACH. GUN CAL.30./NO.155 INSP./MADE BY/VICKERS SONS&MAXIM/UNDER U.S. PATENTS NOS.”. Electronic NFA Registry indicates “Colt” as the manufacturer. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is near excellent original finish just starting to take on a brown patina on the water jacket with more lustrous blue finish on the remainder of the steel surfaces with some thinning to gray patina at the high edges and bare metal at the front tripod contact point. Brass surfaces retain a pleasing, even patina. Rear sight is a pleasing gray patina. Interior of action is clean and well oiled. Bore is shiny and bright. Bolt face is excellent. These early U.S. Maxim guns are extremely attractive and historic display pieces. They surface for sale very rarely and this specimen is a prime example of its kind. 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 2023-9-63

This is not a standard shippable item and will require 3rd party shipping or pickup arrangements to be made.
Carriage, spare barrel, 3 wood ammo boxes, water drain spout
Barrel Length
.30-06 Springfield
FFL Status
1904 Maxim
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $42,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $108,000.00
Estimate: $85,000 - $100,000
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Thursday, September 7, 2023.
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