|By Karin Milliman
Nappanee, Ind. — The Hahn auction building in Nappanee was the scene of a fantastic guns, fishing lures, knives, primitives, and furniture auction. There was a chance to bid on glassware, bedding, and smalls while some attendees were entertained with the sport items.
The guns took top billing at this sale. Once the auctioneer started selling the large selection of guns, the bidding cards kept rising and the heads kept nodding. Taking the top spot for the highest price was a rifle that brought $3,900. It was a Remington brand sporting rifle #1, 40-50 caliber with a 30-inch octagon barrel. The bids rose on this rare item as fast as the auctioneer could call them out loud.
And the fun didn’t stop there. Running a close second in price was a Winchester model 1886 rifle. This one was made in 1885, was a 45-90 caliber and was in amazing condition. The hammer fell on this rifle at $3,700.
A Belgium-made Stahl-Target rifle that had an extra case with a cleaning and reloading kit sold for the impressive price of $2,500.
A Winchester model 52, 22-caliber long rifle complete with a Winchester scope and sling sold for $1,200. A Winchester model 62A long rifle also attracted some interest. This 22-caliber short and long rifle was from 1950 and brought a high bid of $1,050.
A Belgium made Browning semi-automatic, 22-caliber rifle sold for $750. A Ruger model 77, 30/6 with a sling and loop-holed scope brought a bid of $550.
A Remington 1187, 12-gauge semi-automatic shot gun in camouflage sold for $525. A Winchester model #24 12-gauge sold for $400.
The fishing items kept the gentlemen in their seats as a Master Fly reel, automatic, was put on the auction block. This one was new old stock in the original leather case. It flew all the way to $245 before being pronounced sold.
An early trout reel, patent 1/23/83 marked on the post and made of nickel and black brought an impressive high bid of $250.
A William Shakespeare JR, #3 level wind reel held its own with a bid of $175. A bamboo fly rod consisted of four pieces. This H.L. Lenoard rod came with both a soft and a hard case. It sold for $125.
A Creek Chub #2818 weed bug in silver flash was said to be a very tough color to get. It evidently was as it sold for the very high price of $475. A Creek Chub #100 wiggler goldfish in the original box sold for $200.
A nice selection of knives was also sold. A Marbles Arms sheath knife with the marked sheath was mint in the original box. This shiny piece dated January 9, 1953, brought a lot of competition. It took $425 to be the new owner of this knife.
A selection of four Marbles sheath knives with Marbles marked sheaths were sold with choice out. The first one went for $130, with the second following right behind at $100 and the last winning bidder took two for his $85 bid.
A 1944 World War II knife with the sheath sold for $95.
A Marbles safety hatchet was in mint condition and appeared to have never been used. This shiny piece was quickly tucked away for a bid of $200. A similar Marbles safety hatchet had obvious wear and sold for $110.
A brick of Winchester 22-automatic bullets kept rising in price. These bullets brought a high bid of $250.
There was some really nice furniture sold. A nicely preserved jelly cupboard was pine and sold for $215. An oak library table and chair were sold as a set for $80.
A double-sided large oak wardrobe topped out at $180.
A five-shelf enclosed glass front bookcase made from oak that had a storage drawer in the bottom sold for $350. A set of four stacking bookcases with the original wavy glass in the doors sold for $400.
The piece that everyone seemed to have their eye on was a bolt cabinet. This was in mint condition. It stood 40-inches tall and still had the shiny epoxy finish on all the drawers. The wording was very clear and every drawer had a matching white porcelain pull. It really took some bidding to become the new owner of this rare piece. They didn’t get to pack the drawers carefully in boxes and move it all out until their bid went all the way to $2,100.
An early pine trunk sold for $80. And a gray feed bin sold for $60.
An old primitive dry sink brought a high bid of $200, while a beautiful mirrored three-drawer dresser sold for $155.
An oak desk that appeared to be made for a lady sat a bit lower and had miniature cubby holes once it was opened up. This piece brought a bid of $190.
A sturdy two-seater wooden airplane attracted the attention of some of the ladies and ended at a final bid of $80.
A vintage croquet set, complete with all the mallets, balls, end posts, and wickets sold for $70.
A bakers’ cabinet in the original oak finish that had flour and sugar bins, cutting boards, four smaller drawers, and two doors in the top brought a high bid of $230.
An Empire style bookcase was still styling with the original key and wavy glass in the doors. It brought a bid of $250.
A large working double fruit press was identified as a Kentucky Buckeye old primitive press still in working condition. It brought a high bid of $375.
A pair of metal shop stools with the back part of the seats still original sold for $200.
A Daisy butter churn that looked like a blue metal box sold for a bid of $50. A clear football butter churn sold for $115. The red football shape at the top by the handle gave this piece its nickname. A wooden barrel butter churn sold for the same bid of $115.
A tiny well made glass showcase would have worked great for any vendor doing shows. This piece commanded a high price with a bid of $170.
A large apple butter pail sold for the high bid of $225. Two smaller candy pots sold for the bids of $150 and $90. A large brass pail sold for $45.
Hahn Auctioneers, Inc. can be reached at (574) 773-8445. Watch The Auction Exchange & Collectors News for more upcoming auctions with this experienced company.