An extensive collection of firearms and artifacts from the Indian Wars goes to auction January 19, 20, and 21, 2023.
Wendell Grangaard has spent 60 years collecting, documenting, and authenticating several hundred American and Native American artifacts dating from the mid-1800s. Due to his age, Mr. Grangaard feels it is time to pursue the sale of this extensive private collection.
“For 60 years I’ve gathered oral and written histories for the many hundreds of items that I have collected. The pieces and their histories are authenticated. General Custer carried a pair of nickel-plated .455 caliber Webley Bulldog revolvers into the battle. I have these. I have the guns owned and used by Crazy Horse. There’s no other collection like mine on the planet," says Wendell Grangaard, collector.
The collection of weapons and artifacts dates from the Indian Wars, but primarily from the Battle of the Little Bighorn, with the items having been identified as belonging to soldiers and Native Americans involved in the battles. These include, among others, the great war chiefs Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Two Moons.
There are numerous revolvers, carbines, and repeating rifles along with an abundance of other artifacts, including dancing sticks, necklaces, buffalo-horn headware, paintings, Sitting Bull’s field glasses, and so much more.
An inkwell with an eagle perched on an extended base is also part of the collection. On the bottom of the base the name George Armstrong Custer is written in pencil, dated 1874.
The auction will be held at the Westin Hotel in Las Vegas, January 19, 20, and 21, 2023 from 6 to 10 p.m. daily. Viewing of auction items begins at 9 a.m. daily.www.gunsofhistoryauction.com and will be conducted by Lovig Auction Group (NFT) Ltd., Las Vegas, Nevada.The auction is detailed at
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