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S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum
Engraved by master Alvin White, this S&W revolver was presented to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover by gun collector Bill Sweet in 1958. Engraving includes a gold inlay of Hoover on one side with red, white and blue ruby, diamond and safire bar underneath. The FBI seal is inlaid in gold and silver on other side. Copies of the original factory invoice and a photo of Sweet presenting the revolver to Hoover accompany the piece.
Colt Single Action Army
This gun was specially engraved for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and is the earliest known factory engraved SAA revolver.
SOLD, October 2009: $345,000
_James D. Julia Auctions has made tiny Fairfield, Maine, a destination for gun fanciers. Julia’s spring and fall auctions offer pieces that are among the highest works of the gun makers art; are steeped in history; are exceedingly rare, and sometimes all three combined. Guns from Kentucky rifles to M16s, owned by the famous and the infamous alike sell at Julia’s.
Voumes 1 & 2 of the fall auction catalog contain an overwhelming 700 pages of guns and related items, such as Douglas MacArthur’s gun case. Here is a preview of the the fall 2011 auction that runs October 4-5 as well as a look back at some guns from past Julia auctions._