Monday, 17 June 2024  

WANTED:  All Guns, Swords, Knives, War Souvenirs, Photographs, Documents, Decoys, Powder Cans, Old Ammunition, Calendars, Paintings etc...


Hours of operation:
MON by appointment
TUE 12:00PM-5:00PM
WED-THUR 12:00PM-6:00PM
FRI 12:00PM-5:00PM
SAT 10:00AM-4:00PM

Classifications are as follows:
  • Pre-1865 Antique Arms
  • 1865-1898 Antique Arms
  • Antique Swords & Edged Weapons
  • Pre-1898 Antique Collectibles
  • 1899-1945 Arms (Including WWI & WWII Collectibles)
  • Post 1945 Arms (Including Modern Shooting Arms & Collector's Arms)
New Ruger Book

By John Dugan

Investing in American Rarities
by Tom LoPiano Jr.

After years of outperforming stocks, bonds, T-bills and other more traditional paper investments, historical Americana has taken off on a tear that makes previous gains look paltry by comparison.

Prices and values of firearms are shooting up faster than almost anything else on the market and investors and collectors are capitalizing on opportunities to invest and profit from them.

Cherished over the centuries by king and commoner alike, antique firearms have found their way into the mainstream art world.

In the last decade, much of the interest and activity in high-grade arms has switched from the "private" transaction of hobbyists to public auction, resulting in dizzingingly high prices.

For example, a circa-1840 Colt Paterson engraved belt model percussion revolver, which sold in 1988 for $50,000, sold at public auction in 1992 for $770,000. A gold-inlaid Colt dragoon revolver made for the Sultan of Turkey was purchased in the early 1970s for $250,000.

A bid of $5 million was rejected for the piece in 1996 which now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Also, the finest condition example of Samuel Colt's first military issued revolver, known as the "Walker" Colt revolver, introduced in 1847 was sold at auction in November, 2008 for a world record price of $920,000.

Investment Diversification - A Hansen & Hansen Advisory

Many financial advisers recommend that investors place from 10-30% of their discretionary funds in tangible assets to maintain a diversified investment portfolio. Fine collectors' antique firearms are wonderful tangible assets.

They can be touched, admired, and a fine collection can enhance your home. It will have a mark of your own "personality" on it, unlike any stock, bond or security transaction which may alienate a person from his investment. You can actually become involved in your investment. Knowledge of collecting and investing in rare antiquities can open up new interests and friendships and involve interesting travel as well as enhance your ability to increase your collection in size and value - and profit enormously from it.

 An Opportunistic Market

A renewed interest in American history has been fueled by public awareness via cinema and TV. This has expanded an already existing market for collectors and created "new" and exciting opportunities for investors.

Melding beauty and functionality, antique firearms and edged weapons not only represent the pinnacle of the machinist's and engraver's arts but also bear brand names of some of the oldest and most storied in American history. Samuel Colt was a legendary industrialist long before Henry Ford ever came upon the scene.

Oliver Winchester lived and died by the time anyone heard of Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell or the Wright Brothers.

Whether you collect or invest in valuable American historical arms & artifacts, a common link is made - an ever upward growth in value and profit.

Due to published uniform standards for recognizing value and condition, the industry has grown in excess of 2,000,000 collectors (excluding hunters, who may own a variety of guns for sporting purposes).

One study estimates that about half of American households contain one or more firearms.

Those individuals entering the "historical" rarities market invest in a still relatively small yet "liquid" market -( when compared to stocks, bonds, etc. and gold, silver and collectors' coinage), but one offering a huge pool from which fine collectibles can be acquired.

Collecting Objects of Value - Goals

While the primary goal is making a profit, enjoyment is a wonderful by product of this market.

To capitalize and profit relatively quickly one collects for rarity and historical value. Fine, high-grade items of proven rarity have shown remarkably high rates of appreciation in a relatively short term. Colt firearms have always been the "blue chips" of arms collecting in America and have outpaced many other categories of investments in the today.

The interest and enjoyment in our country's past can be the vehicle to create a collection of "rare art" that becomes an important store of value, a way to accumulate wealth that can be passed on to future generations or used to fund your own retirement. Therefore we urge our clients to view their acquisitions from both perspectives - as a collection and as an investment portfolio. We at Hansen & Hansen provide you with fine and diverse investment opportunities, Firearms, edged weapons, and historical emphemera. We offer strategies you should employ to reduce risk and increase upside potential.

Tax Benefits, Capital Gains and No Risk of Ownership

  There are few legal obstacles to discourage anyone from investing and enjoying personally the collecting of arms and related antiquities.

With few exceptions permits are not needed - any gun manufactured before 1899 is considered to be an antique or curio under federal law and can be freely traded across state lines.

Modern day gun collectors include the entertainers Mel Torme, Johnny Cash, Tom Selleck, Sylvestor Stallone, Buddy Hackett,actor Rutger Hauer and John Entwhistle of the rock group, the Who; baseball legend Ted Williams and businessmen Michael Korda and Ronald Lauder. Elvis Presley and Steve McQueen both maintained large firearm collections, as have various members of the Ford and Mellon families, and Alan Wertheimer, chairman of the board of Chanel, who actually owns the gun-making firm of Holland & Holland.

Capital gains on antique firearms can only be taxed upon liquidation, when profits are actually realized.

There is no taxation on phantom or undistributed profits as there are with some investments. No sales "loads" are imposed on purchases or reinvested dividends, no deferred sales charges or redemption fees on turnovers and arms can be freely traded at will.

Own a Piece of American History

Hansen & Hansen continually researches thousands of collectibles to select the fast-appreciating investment opportunities - high grade antique firearms, historically documented weapons of the American military, and rare manuscripts, photographic and autographs.

Premium condition Colt firearms of the period 1837-72, Winchester firearms from 1849-1894, and historically engraved and inscribed Civil War weapons are our specialty. Rare Colt models and high grade presentation pieces can command premium prices.

Historical arms and artifacts- guns, swords and other items that can be associated with a particular individual and documented as such are in great demand, yet few people are knowledgeable enough and respected as authorities in this field. Hansen & Hansen is one of a very few.

Determining the authenticity and value requires an experienced authority. We maintain a library of over 2,000 volumes of military records and have access to millions of pieces of written material on computer pertaining to American wars & world history.

This material, experience and "instinct" enables us to authenticate a collectible, establish an increased value, which is recognized without question by the collecting fraternity.

Manuscripts, Images and Autographs

A remarkable change is occurring in this, one of the world's oldest and most respected pastimes. As this hobby attracts greater and greater attention... prices are rising at rates exceeding anything ever experienced before.

But why do autographs, photography and manuscripts consistently post gains that make stock brokers green with envy?

Why do the prices increase?

Because they are not volatile.

While they seldom double in value in a year, they have consistently outperformed stocks, bonds and other more traditional paper investments for years.

"The rare document field sees prices spiral as a new breed of collector signs on", quotes the Wall Street Journal. That new "breed" is the investor such as you.

Hansen & Hansen is respected as an authority in its field and would welcome an opportunity to manage a lucrative portfolio for you.

Hansen & Hansen - Investment Management Services

While offering viable alternatives to acquiring historical items of American history, we actively purchase historical artifacts - weapons, militaria, documents, photos, etc., single items or large collections. We perform historical research, acquisitions and placement of objects for museums, and de-accession for institutions and historical societies is another of our specialty.

We maintain a gallery at 244 Old Post Road - Southport, CT 06890. Located about 45 miles outside of New York City on Interstate 95 North Exit 19. We conduct sales and offer auction services to dispose of collections. We constantly maintain a large group of clients and investors nationwide from which we purchase collectibles and place the same in a regular practice of asset management and turnover of investment. We offer free appraisals for individuals and nonprofit institutions who wish to sell and paid appraisals to those who require them for insurance purposes.

All inquiries are strictly confidential.

For more information please contact us toll FREE at 1-800-571-7337. We would be pleased to discuss the advantages of investing through Hansen & Hansen

You may E-mail us at: or write to Hansen & Hansen Arms & Antiquities - 244 Old Post Road - Southport, CT 06890

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