John James Audubon - Handsome Works of Nature

Auction Dates:
July 15 - 21

Public Preview:
July 11 - 14

Auction Location:
City Island
Carousel Pavilion
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(For driving directions, Click here)

Preview Location:
D & D Building
Public Works Complex
1670 S. 19th Street

Harrisburg, PA 17104
(Accessible from Cameron St. or South 19th St.)

(For driving directions, Click here)

Preview Hours:
(Extended Hours)
Thursday, July 11 - 12PM to 9PM
Friday, July 12 - 12PM to 9PM
Saturday, July 13 - 12PM to 9PM
Sunday, July 14 - 11AM to 8PM

Online Bidding:

Auction Daily Schedule:
Day 1 - July 15 - 7AM (PT)
Mercantile, Country Store, Advertising, Primitives,
Advertising, Lamps & Lighting, Vintage Clothing

Lot # 1000 - 1425

African Artifacts
Lot # 1500 - 1586

Day 2 - July 16 - 7AM (PT)
Important Spanish Colonial Artifacts, Revolutiionary War, War of 1812,
Civil War, Battle of Little Big Horn, Indian Wars, Maps.
The Presidents. Historical Documents and Books.

Lot # 2000 - 2701

Day 3 - July 17 - 7AM (PT)
Antique Firearms
Lot # 3000 - 3330

American Indian
Lot # 3500 - 3601

Day 4 - July 18 - 7AM (PT)
American Indian
Lot # 4000 - 4720

Day 5 - July 19 - 7AM (PT)
Wild West
Lot # 5000 - 5543

Day 6 - July 20 - 7AM (PT)
Wild West
Lot #6000 - 6611

Day 7 - July 21 - 7AM (PT)
(No Online Bidding)

Variety of Items
Unstructured Day

John James Audubon - Handsome Works of Nature


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.

All additional information, including specifics start times and the daily auction schedule category by category can be found on Guernsey's web site - or by contacting Guernsey's at 212-794-2280 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 and


Interested bidders should review the Terms & Conditions, as well as the Bidder Agreement form, and the Absentee Bid form.

Driving Directions

City Island: (Auction Location) Driving in either direction on I-83 Take exit 43 for Capitol/2nd St. Turn left on to S. 2nd St. Turn left on to Market St. Continue on to the bridge Turn right on to Championship Way Continue to parking lot.

D&D Building: (Preview Location) Driving in either direction on I-83 Take exit 44B for 19th St Turn right on to S. 19th St Turn right into the Public Works Complex Continue on road, the D&D Building will be on your left.

Following is a small sampling of the significant items to be sold:

Personal Binoculars

Advertising Board for Colt Revolvers

Advertising painted on board for Colt Revolvers with a specimen of the product mounted.
Colt Revolvers The Choice of the Texas Rangers with a mounted Texas Rangers emblem.
James Buchanan Gillett, Proprietor, former Ranger and El Paso Marshall.
On the back, printed letters Colt Adev 583 30 Marfa-Texas 26 1/2"H. x 20" W.
Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000

Personal Binoculars

The Owl Slot Machine

Oak cased, raised owl decoration, patented Nov. 1898.
Side door opens to empty the money bag. 58" high x 22" w x 12" deep.
Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

Personal Binoculars

Pair Black Feet Beaded Hide Chaps & Jacket

Beaded decorations with rabbit fur embellishments. Stamped and painted decorations 36'L.
Estimate: $4,000 - 6,000

Personal Binoculars

Snowflake Black on White Pitcher C. 1100-1200AD

C. 1100-1200AD / Salado. Four lobed pitcher. Location: Barth Ranch, Arizona. This four lobed pitcher is a rare form. It has an unrepaired rim "kill". The bottom of the bowl has been restored in an no design.
Estimate: $4,000 - 6,000

Personal Binoculars

Remington Revolver, Shoshoni Beaded Holster

14 1/2"L.
Estimate: $4,000 - 6,000

Personal Binoculars

Jessie James The Missouri Outlaw Poster

The Sensational Western Life Drama Jesse James, theMissouri Outlaw. Lige and Eliza Making Soldiers Toes Out. Donaldson Litho Co. Newport, Kentucky #2650. Some creases. Minor paper losses in the margins. 41"H. x 27"W.
Estimate: $1,000 - 1,500

Personal Binoculars

Wells Fargo Blickensderfer No. 5 Typewriter

In case. Typewriter marked Blickensderfer No.5 Stamford, Conn. Case marked Wells Fargo & Co. and a plaque marked Wells Fargo Office, San Francisco, Calif. 12 3/.4"W
Estimate: $1,000 - 1,500