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Victor Higgins (American, 1884-1949) Mountain Forms

Victor Higgins (American, 1884-1949) Mountain Forms III. Oil on canvas, 1924-27. Signed lower right 'Victor Higgins'. Literature: Dean A. Porter, 'Victor Higgins: An American Master' by Peregrine Smith Books, 1991, p. 125, and illustrated on page 263, no. 18b. Note: On page 125 of his book, Dean Porter cites five paintings in the Mountain Forms series, all dating to 1924-27. Of the five, three are known only from old black and white photographs, including the present example. 'Mountain Forms III' was known from a photograph in the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico (JHR Archives), Santa Fe, and listed as 'dimensions and present location unknown'. Porter notes that the two previously known paintings are both in private collections. To our knowledge, this is the only one of the three untraced paintings of this series to have recently surfaced. The painting is in it's original frame and has been behind glass in the same private collection for decades. Victor Higgins moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1913 and joined the Taos Society of Artists in 1917, one of the qualifications for membership being that a new member had to have worked in Taos for three consecutive years. He joined original members Joseph Henry Sharp, E. Irving Couse, Oscar E. Berninhaus, W. Herbert Dunton, Ernest Blumenschein, and Bert Phillips, and became one of the most important painters working in Taos in the early years. Others who joined later were Julius Rolshoven, E. Martin Hennings, and Walter Ufer. The society disbanded in 1927, but the artists continued to work in Taos. This particular example shows Higgins' bold brushwork following the contours of the forms and is typical of his best works Canvas: 24" x 27"

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  • 2016-05-21
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Buffalo william f. 'bill' cody colt model 1849 civil wa

BUFFALO WILLIAM F. 'BILL' CODY COLT MODEL 1849 CIVIL WAR REVOLVER IN ORIGINAL CASE. With carved ivory handle, engraved "Wm Cody." Engraved with serial number "187228" and "Address Col Sam L. Colt, New York U.S. America." Revolver manufactured in 1861, the first year of the Civil War. In 1861, Colt manufacturing began at #184000--William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Colt patent number is #187228. By 1862, the Colt manufacturers were up to #197000. Revolver comes in original case with bullet mold, powder flask, and other accessories. Revolver was on display at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, WY from 1983 to January of 2013, as verified by Warren Newman of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Revolver and case include a signed copy of a 1966 authenticity letter from Arnold Marcus Chernoff, copied below: Mr. Howell H. Howard President Edward Hines Lumber Company 200 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL Dear Mr. Howard: I would like to take this opportunity to explain the historic background of the cased, engraved Colt 1849 Pocket Model, serial number 187228, which you recently purchased from me. As you know this 5’’ Pocket Model Colt has typical factory engraving that is found on Colt presentation pieces. The two most unusual features of the gun are the original carved ivory grips, which bear the identical likeness of William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody and the backstrap which bears the inscription “Wm Cody.” This inscription, while undoubtedly original, was obviously not done at the Colt Firearms Company, as the style of engraving is different than the engraving on the gun itself. However, there is no doubt that the gun and the inscription are legitimate. This piece was originally purchased by the well known arms collector Henry Stewart of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania in 1954 from Mrs. Josephine G. Thurston, the niece of Col. William F. Cody. Stewart, like many collectors, did not buy the gun for the historic inscription but mainly for the quality of the piece itself and the rarity of the carved ivory grips. In 1960, Mr. Stewart became involved in a gun trade with Mr. Johnie Bassett of Fayetteville, Arkansas, who became the gun’s new owner. Mr. Bassett is a well known Colt and Winchester collector, and unlike Mr. Stewart, specializes in arms with authentic historic backgrounds. Mr. Howell H. Howard July 25, 1966 Page Two The piece remained one of the prizes in Mr. Bassett’s personal collection until June of this year, when I was able to secure it, along with four other guns from his personal collection. Normally, Mr. Bassett does not sell arms from his private collection but, in this instance, he needed the money to further his financial interests in the newly reorganized Cord Motor Company. During the time the Cody gun was in Mr. Bassett’s collection, many Colt collectors and museum curators had viewed the piece with much interest. Mr. Larry Wilson, who is now a consultant for the Colt Firearms Company and assistant curator of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, considers it to be one of the finest and most outstanding historic Colts in existence. Collectors who have viewed the piece tend to agree that Cody probably purchased the gun or perhaps was given the gun during the time he rode for the Pony Express. He obviously had his name engraved on the backstrap at a later date. Included with the gun are the original case, bullet mold, powder flask and other accessories. Also, a very interesting watch fob showing the profiles of both Buffalo Bill Cody and Pawnee Bill. This watch fob was in the case at the time it was obtained from Mrs. Thurston. Having been a Colt collector myself for many years, I can honestly say that this is one of the most exciting guns I have ever owned. Had I not purchased such a large group of arms for my own personal collection along with the Cody piece, I would have kept it in my own collection. If, in the years to come, you should ever decide to sell the gun, I would sincerely welcome an opportunity to buy it back. I trust the above information has been of value to you and you have my personal congratulations on owning a truly outstanding piece of Americana. Sincerely, Arnold Marcus Chernoff H: 5''

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  • 2013-04-27
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