Morphy’s to auction Bill Myers Collection of Historical Antique Firearms, Edged Weapons & Early Militaria

Featured: Kentucky rifles, flintlock pistols, silver-mounted knives, explorer Alexander Mackenzie’s historical pipe tomahawk, exquisitely engraved powder horns.

DENVER, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, September 26, 2021 / — On Wednesday, September 29, Morphy’s will auction the revered Bill Myers collection of antique firearms, edged weapons and early militaria. The 163-lot boutique auction is devoted exclusively to Myers’ holdings, which were carefully acquired and scrupulously researched over several decades.

“Bill Myers knew from childhood that he would be a collector. At the age of ten, he was gifted with a Civil War sword, musket and screw-tip powder horn. There was an immediate connection that developed into a lifelong fascination for antique firearms,” said Morphy Auctions Founder and President Dan Morphy.

After earning his college degree in structural engineering and serving in the armed forces, Myers set his focus on items from the 1750-1850 timeframe, when everything was painstakingly handcrafted. His acclaimed collection grew to include the finest examples of Kentucky rifles, Bowie knives, engraved powder horns and Indian presentation tomahawks.

“David Geiger, our expert who cataloged the collection, was awestruck by the rarity and incredible quality throughout. Bill is greatly respected by his peers in the antique firearms hobby, and we’re honored to present his incredible collection at auction,” Morphy said.

There are 31 antique rifles in the Myers collection, including several percussion and lever-action models, and 20 coveted flintlock types. Of the latter specialty, the top entry is a slender and finely carved 42-inch example attributed to John Rupp I of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. A classic, streamlined longarm that exhibits all of the defining features of the Lehigh school of gunsmithing, it retains a silver hang tag confirming it was the Kentucky Rifle Association’s 1979 choice as “BEST INCISED CARVED RIFLE.” Joe Kindig Jr’s respected Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in Its Golden Age depicts a similar, Rupp-signed rifle with the same Indian- head/Liberty-cap-head engraving as is seen on the auction gun. Estimate: $75,000-$150,000…. Read Full Article |

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