The Harrisburg Auction

Auction Details

  • Auction:
    July 15 - 21, 2013

  • Public Preview:
    July 11 - 14

  • Auction Location:
    City Island
    Carousel Pavilion
    Harrisburg, PA 17101

  • Preview Location:
    D & D Building
    Public Works Complex
    1670 S. 19th Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17104

  • Online Bidding:

  • Absentee Bidding:
    By e-mail, mail and telephone

Session Details

Featured Item

Spanish Colonial

Jessie James
The Missouri Outlaw Poster

The Owl
Slot Machine

Pair Black Feet
Beaded Hide Chaps & Jacket

Advertising Board
for Colt Revolvers

Snowflake Black on White Pitcher
C. 1100-1200AD

Theodore Roosevelt
Cased Drilling Gun Set

Wells Fargo Blickensderfer
No. 5 Typewriter

Remington Revolver
Shoshoni Beaded Holster


Early in our Nation's history... pioneers considered Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to be the "Gateway to the West". Years ago, the then Mayor of the Pennsylvania state capital saw the wisdom in creating a museum paying homage to those pioneering days. To create the magnificent institution he envisioned, the City spent millions for the acquisition of rare artifacts pertaining to the Old West. In the process, the Mayor also saw fit to assemble collections relating to the Revolutionary, Civil and Indian Wars, and a wide range of other historic collectibles.

For various reasons, the Old West museum that the Mayor dreamt of was never built. The staggering collection he amassed on behalf of the City - consisting of more than 8,000 antiques, artifacts, firearms, and rare documents - has languished in Harrisburg's storage facilities. Now, in what is certain to be a massive and glorious event to be held in Harrisburg this July. Guernsey's will be presenting at Unreserved Auction this magnificent Collection. This will be a Sales tax - free event. Those interested are urged to either follow Guernsey's website ( for auction updates or feel free to contact Guernsey's directly.

The Auction

The Harrisburg Auction will be taking place July 15 through July 21st. The Auction will be taking place at City Island in Harrisburg. There will be an Auction Preview being held at the D & D Building, part of the Public Works Complex at South 19th Street, Harrisburg, July 11 thru 14. Bidders can participate 1. live in person, 2. by written bid, 3. by telephone, 4. in "real time" via the Internet. Internet bidding will be taking place on and

July 15 - July 20 will consist of "structured" auction days devoted to specific categories of antiques, historic artifacts and collectibles. On these days, bidders can participate in any of the four ways listed above. July 21 will be an "unstructured day" where a wide variety of less valuable, but nonetheless interesting, items will be sold. Bidding on this day (the 21st) will be in front of a live audience only (i.e., no Internet). There is no charge to attend the Auction.

The Auction categories will include:

  • The Wild West: which ranges from items relating to specific historic figures including Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill and Doc Holliday, on to such items as original horse drawn wagons, frontier clothing, saloon and gaming paraphernalia, even the largest known casting of Frederic Remington's Bronco Buster, approximately 12 feet tall!
  • American Indian
  • Firearms and Swords
  • Spanish Colonial
  • The Early Wars: the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Indian Wars
  • Mercantile: featuring objects sold in the general stores of the Old West, advertising, etc.

  • For additional information visit or contact Guernsey’s at 212-794-2280. For media inquiries or to request an interview, please contact Jaclyn Todisco at 646-695-7053 or

    Online Bidding

    Those who are unable to attend the auction but would like to participate can view the full catalogue online, and leave advance absentee bids, as well as bid live as the sale is taking place at


    Interested bidders should also review the Terms & Conditions, as well as the Bidder Agreement form.