The Guns Of Alexander Hamilton Are Going Up For Auction

The Guns Of Alexander Hamilton Are Going Up For Auction

The flintlock pistols of Alexander Hamilton are going up for auction. Rock Island Auction Company is … [+] A pair of pistols once owned by Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who was killed in the most infamous pistol duel in American history, are going up for auction, with bidding estimated in the millions. The Rock Island Auction Company is planning to auction the brace of 18 th -century .50-caliber flintlock pistols on May 14, with an estimated price range from $1 million to $3.5 million. “It’s the highest estimate that we’ve ever offered,” said Joel Kolander, interactive production manager for Rock Island, an Illinois auction house for antique guns including the Colt revolver of President Theodore Roosevelt that sold last year for $1.46 million. Hamilton carried the flintlock pistols during his service with General Washington in the Revolutionary War, according to provenance provided by Rock Island. He is believed to have carried them at Yorktown, the decisive Virginia battle where forces led by Washington defeated the British army in 1781, winning the war and sealing the fate for American independence. The pistols were a gift to Hamilton from his father-in-law Philip Schuyler, who had used them in the French and Indian War. Hamilton passed them on to his son, who was also killed in a duel. The guns remained in the family until Schuyler Hamilton III of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, sold them to Robert Abels in 1942 for $150, according to provenance from Rock Island. The guns might still […]

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