June 25-28, 2018 Firearms
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Extremely fine condition Colt 1921 Thompson machine gun without compensator. Upper and lower assemblies match serial number. 1921 parts verified inside receiver. Includes one original "NEW YORK, NY" 1920s patent date "L" drum. Anchor proof mark present at front of buttstock. Early square slot Thompson with "AUT-ORD-CO" bullet logo forward of rear sight. This Thompson is one of a consecutively numbered pair which was delivered to Charleston, West Virginia in April, 1921 and subsequently sold to the Winding Gulf Colliery in August of that same year. The Winding Gulf Colliery paid their employees in a special scrip and some of this scrip is included with this gun. Both of these Thompson machine guns are being offered separately in this sale. The Colt Thompson machine gun exhibits the highest quality of fit and finish of any Thompson ever produced. They are as much elegant works of art in high condition as this one is, as they are enjoyable and utilitarian. Overall appearance and finish is very fine to extremely fine. Deep lustrous original blued finish turning somewhat grey patina with some very light pitting on right side high edge of lower assembly. Wood is also extremely fine with only the lightest of handling marks. Buttplate very fine with some loss of finish at high edges to a grey patina with a series of little dings at the toe of the buttplate. Mechanics are crisp. Bore is very fine with distinct rifling and some light corrosion turning a little dark in the groove recesses. Third Model "L" drum in extremely fine condition with original finish. Left side of this Thompson is as handsome as they ever get and the right is no slouch either! This gun and its mate being offered in the same sale have been together ever since they were first sold over 98 years ago. A fantastic opportunity for the advanced Thompson collector. 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 & RELIC ELIGIBLE.
Rotary drum magazine
Barrel Length
10 - 1/2"
.45 ACP
FFL Status
1921 Thompson
Sear Serial Number
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $18,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $39,000.00
Estimate: $35,000 - $50,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
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