After an unexcused absence from my pick of the week duties, I am back for this week with a piece from the firearms and militaria auction to be held here at Pook and Pook Auction in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The sale will be on November 16th, 2019 and begins at 9:00 AM, EST. There are many guns that I like however my pick was for an accessory item. Lot 204 is a terrific leather cigar case. What makes it a great cigar case and why would it be in a firearms sale? This gem has a highly detailed gilt impression of a German Schuetzen target rifle. When you slide the case open you reveal a simulated target with a faux bullet hole. I wonder if this was an award for a competition or was a Christmas gift for that special someone. It is dated 2 June 1879, so I am guessing it was for a shooting competition. To make it even more desirable is it was made by renown leather maker and bronze worker August Klein. August had many high-profile clients including the Prince of Wales, members of the Imperial Court of Austria and France, among other aristocracy. Who is on your Christmas list this year that would love to have this piece of history?
by: Jamie Shearer