Dubbed “ the most important private collection of Confederate manufactured firearms ever assembled” was on the block on the 26th and 27th April at Cowan’s Auctions, 6270 Este Ave in Cincinnati. The Cowan’s auction in partnership with John Gangel held an auction of some of the rarest examples of Civil War firearms.
Cofer, Dance, Leech and Rigdon, LeMat are just a microscopic part of the vast Cliff and Lynne Young Collection of the rarest and most Confederate Arms assembled over 65 years.
The auction consisting of 42 lots has been sold in one day while subsequent offerings are being put on the block and will be auctioned in November 2016 and spring 2017.
“There are collectors who just buy Confederate revolvers. Cliff went deeper than that. It had to have quality. It had to have historical significance,” Cowan’s director of Historic Firearms and Early Militaria Jack Lewis explained in a statement.
Young who passed away last year was a long-time member and past President and of the American Society of Arms Collectors, well respected and an avid collector of American Civil War guns.
“Some of them have a file of provenance two-feet thick,” said Lewis “These are truly the best-known examples of some of the rarest Confederate weapons ever produced.”
To see the rest of the collection and estimated prices check the official site at Cowan’s Auction.
All Photos by Cowan