1930’s Auto Ordnance (Thompson) Blueprint

Original 1938 dated Auto Ordnance blueprint showing failures to fire with 3 “views”. No 1 is Failure to feed No. 2 is Feed Jam and No. 3 is Un-Fired Cartridge in Chamber. In each corner is the Auto Ordnance Logo but it is the very old version (first style). It is in decent used condition, it has been folded and shows wear in the creases and a few tiny missing pieces but framed will look very good. In the bottom right corner is all the info and signatures and the date Nov 7, 1938. It measures approximately 23 inches by 36 inches.

Condition 7.5 / 10


1934-1935 Marine Corps Manual

This is the very earliest manual from the Marine Corps related to the Thompson. In the very early days the Marines were instrumental in developing the Thompson to what it is today, this manual is dated 1934-1935  It is for the Model 1928 which was developed when they asked to have the 1921 Thompson rate of fire slowed down. It has 10 pages including the covers and is held by 2 staples, it is for printed for the use of the Marine Corps Schools in Quantico VA. Shows some wear and soiling but is complete with no rips or tears but the staples are rusty (still holding). A very rare impossible to find item.

Condition 8 / 10


1927 Auto Ordnance Brochure – EE Richardson

Original 1927 Auto Ordnance 2 page brochure which is very rare printed with their salesman EE Richardson on the front page. It is in excellent condition showing minor wear or soiling and has never been folded. It is a single sheet of paper folded in the middle making a 4 page brochure, 8.5 X 11 when folded. Has no pricing on it but is very early with the 302 Broadway address.

Condition 9 / 10


1934 German Auto Ordnance 1921 & 1928 Information Sheet

Original 1934 dated sheet in German – this was in a group of weapons papers and I got it from a collector in Germany years ago. It is a printed version of some parts of the Auto Ordnance catalogs with the drawing of the 1921 and info on the 1928 as well accessory info etc. It is folded in 3 and is in excellent (perfect) condition.

Condition 10 / 10


WW2 French Model 1921 Thompson Submachine Gun Manual

Really great 1941 dated French Manual for the early M1921 Thompson Submachine Gun with a fantastic set of full-colour pullouts in the back, printed in France and completely in the French language.  This is a very early Military issue manual for the early Thompson’s they purchased early on leading up to the war.  In good used condition with a cardstock cover and 88 pages with a number of black and white and colorized drawings. It measures 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches and has 2 staples holding the cover on. The cover shows some wear and discoloring from age but a solid example of this manual.

Condition 7.5 / 10


WW2 British 30 Round (6) Magazine Pouch

Original WW2 British made 30 rnd magazine pouch in the “private ryan” style holding 6 magazines with no dividers inside the pouch. It has the shoulder strap and is British Made (marked), this is a very difficult to find pouch being British made, the majority of them were all US made. It is manufacturer marked M.M.C & Co. LTD and dated 1943 under the front flap, it is also US stamped on the front body bellow the snap. It is in very good condition but shows soiling from storage not use, it appears to be NOS un-issued but had some tough years of storage.


Condition 8 / 10


1944 US Ordnance Catalog

1944 (10 February) dated US Ordnance Catalog titled ORD 9 SNL A-32 Catalog dealing with all the parts and accessories for the models – 1928 / M1 / M1A1. In ok condition but the back half of the cover is missing therefore the front cover is loose and the last page has some water staining but the inside pages are all good. A very nice catalog to have to identify all the parts and their part numbers etc, mostly text with few photos. Measures approximately 6 inches by 9 inches with 28 pages.

Condition 8 / 10


1930’s Auto Ordnance Catalog

Original 1930’s Auto Ordnance catalog (green cover) with the Nassau Street Address as well documented in many books. The catalog is in good condition showing some wear on the cover including the typical fading on the closed end, this one the cover is just hanging on by the bottom staple – ready to come fully loose. Inside it has 32 pages with many photos and information of all their guns. Measures approximately 6 inches by 9 inches.

Condition 8.5 / 10


1930’s – 1940’s FBI Official Photo 6.75 X 9.5

Original “Official” FBI photo with an ink stamp on the rear, it is an unusual size and appears to have been trimmed down. Really great photo of an agent training how to shoot at targets from a moving car with a Thompson Submachine Gun, must be at the Quantico VA training center. Very little white border on 3 sides and none on the bottom side but it does not detract from the photo, once framed it would show very well. Measures 6.75 X 9.5 – must have been originally 8 X 10.

Condition 9.5 / 10


1920’s Mills 20 Round (4) Magazine Pouch

Original 1920’s Mills 20 round magazine pouch in very good condition with no holes or tears but has soiling from use and age and sadly some kid has written in a name on the inside flap with ink (I did not try to remove any of it). Well stamped with the Mills logo on the inside flap and has the belt loop sewn on the rear. Getting to be a very difficult pouch to find.

Condition 8 / 10


1934 Federal Laboratories Thompson Magazine Advertisement

This is an original very nice advertisement from Federal Laboratories for the Thompson Submachine Gun from the 1934 Leatherneck magazine (USMC Magazine). This is when they became the official supplier of the Thompson when Auto Ordnance suspended civilian sales of the gun. It is in good condition but shows some wear from age (the magazine). It is the complete magazine which is well worn but complete, the cover is also loose. Very nice frameable advertisement from the very early years when they were selling the 1928 Navy Model Thompson after the 1921 Model was modified. Measures approximately 4.5″ X 3.5″.

Condition 8.5 / 10


WW2 British 50 round L-Drum Magazine Pouch

Original WW2 production British made 50 round drum magazine pouches, with rear belt loop and adjustable shoulder strap. In well used condition with soiling and wear. The material is a bit different than the typical drum pouches, the outside flap is marked US and the inside has the marking British Made plus the makers mark and is dated 1944.

Condition 7.5 / 10


1927 Auto Ordnance Brochure – EE Richardson

Original brochure from late 1927 on the Thompson Submachine Gun with EE Richardson’s name on it for his use in his selling areas – Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is a double page 17 inches by 11 inches folded in the middle, sadly it has water damage on the “back” page but the front is excellent, would look great framed.

Condition 6.5 / 10


1920’s-1930’s Rusco 50 Round (L-Drum) Magazine Pouch (Commercial)

Original 1920’s-1930’s Commercial Thompson drum pouch for the 50 round drum in excellent plus (almost mint) condition, has minor soiling from storage / age. Made by Rusco and well stamped inside the flap and the shoulder belt. It would be hard to find a better example of this very difficult pouch to find.

Condition 9.5 / 10


1921 \ 1928 \ 1927 Auto Ordnance Handbook 1st edition 1929

Very nice original first edition Auto Ordnance Handbook for the 1921 \ 1928 and the newly produced 1927 semi-automatic Thompson Submachine Gun. It is dated 1929 and is in very good used condition but the cover has a few tiny pieces missing and some soiling on the front but the inside pages are excellent. The cover is beginning to split at the top as is common on these manuals but is still attached. It has 64 pages with many drawings and lots of information. IT has the very early 302 Broadway Address on the front cover.

Condition 8 / 10


1930’s – 1940’s Western 45 Automatic Ammunition Box

Original Western ammunition box which is full but missing 1 end flap. The box is in good condition but shows the typical wear from age and storage with a bumped bottom edge. The box contains the correct original bullets with 230 grain projectiles. The rear panel lists the firearms they are “adapted to” one of them being the Thompson (Thompson Submachine Gun). The box has been shrink wrapped to help preserve it and keep it from receiving any more wear or damage.

Condition 7 / 10


1942 British Home Guard Thompson Manual

Original WW2 British Home Guard Manual for the Thompson Submachine Gun titled – The Thompson Submachine Gun – Mechanism Made Easy, private printing and dated 1942. This particular version is dated but most are not, as well, this has the orange colored cover and some had more of a yellow colored cover. In good used condition showing some wear and soiling on the cover as well as color fading along the covers edges, inside is good with minor soiling. Held by 2 staples (rusty) and the center page has pulled loose but complete. 32 pages plus cover.7

Condition 7 / 10


1940 Auto Ordnance Advertisement – 80 Broadway Address

Original Auto Ordnance magazine advertisement pulled from a 1940 dated magazine, In excellent condition measuring approx 3.5 X 5 inches (quarter page ad). It is nice because it is one of very few showing the 80 Broadway address. Would look great framed.

Condition 10 / 10


1921 Auto Ordnance Instruction Sheet – 1st Version

Original 1921 Auto Ordnance Thompson Submachine Gun Instruction Sheet which were enclosed with every Colt Thompson sold (they came in an envelope). This is the first version with the 302 Broadway address. It is folded in 3 (this is from the factory to fit in the envelope). In good used condition but getting a bit delicate at the folds, minor soiling in the folds. Getting very hard to find these early ones in any condition.

Condition 8 / 10


1930’s 50 Round (L-Drum) Magazine Pouch – Blank

Original 1930’s 50 round (L-Drum) magazine pouch but it is in the 1920’s commercial style with no shoulder strap but here is where it is odd, it has no markings especially no U.S. on the front to denote it as military as well no makers marks. It has the rear belt strap such as the commercial ones early on but it is in a light OD color not Khaki / straw color like the commercial ones. I have compared it to many pouches and it is not a reproduction but when it was made and by whom I have no idea.

Condition 10 / 10


1920’s / 1930’s Rusco 20 Round (5) Magazine Pouch (Commercial)

Original 1920’s-1930’s commercial 20 round stick magazine pouch made by Rusco and well stamped under the far left (1st cell) flap. It is almost perfect but has a tiny brown stain on the pouch under the flap and on the underside of the flap also otherwise perfect. Very difficult pouch to find without the military US stamping on it.

Condition 9.5 / 10


1928 Auto Ordnance Price Sheet

Original 1928 Auto Ordnance price sheet for all the Thompson models and accessories and is dated Feb 1, 1928. It is a single sheet of paper folded in half to make it 4 pages and has been folded again in the middle with minor soiling and wear. It is a very scarce item with few surviving. Over all in good condition and getting really hard to find.

Condition 8 / 10


1921 Auto Ordnance 1st Edition Handbook

Original 1921 Auto Ordnance 1st edition handbook in very good condition except the cover spine is torn from the bottom up about 1/3 of the way. Minor wear and soiling on the cover but nothing bad.  It has the raised drawing of the Thompson on the cover and the glued in label on the inside page. Inside is very good condition. 60 pages and printed by Western Reserve Press Cleveland.

Condition 8.5 / 10


WW2 USMC 30 Round (3) Magazine Pouch

Original WW2 USMC 30 round magazine pouch holding 3 magazines in excellent condition. Made of an OD colored canvas with USMC stamped on the rear along with the manufacturer: R.M. CO. and dated 1944. Shows minor soiling from storage otherwise perfect condition.

Condition 9.5 / 10


1929 Auto Ordnance Jobbers Price List

Original 1929 confidential Jobber Price List from Auto Ordnance, single double sided 9 X 11.5 page. It covers the Retail / Dealer and Jobber pricing for all the parts and accessories for the 1921 / 1927 & 1928 Thompson’s. It is in good condition showing some wear and minor soiling (bottom left corner has a small water stain) and the bottom appears to have been trimmed but this does not effect it. It is a fantastic look at the cost of the parts but more importantly the accessories for the Thompson’s at a very early time. Very few are still in existence with collectors, a very rare item.

Condition 8.5 / 10


WW2 USMC 20 Round (5) Magazine Pouch

Original WW2 production USMC 20 round magazine pouch holding 5 magazines. In very good used condition showing some wear and minor soiling but a very good example, some of the soiling will clean off. The rear is marked with USMC along with the manufacturer marking: R.M.C.O. and dated 1942.

Condition 8 / 10


1920″s EE Richardson Letter, Business Card and Printers Ink Block.

Original 1920’s EE Richardson Letter, his business card as well as the original printers ink block used to create the image in the top let corner of the police officer kneeling with a Thompson. All are in perfect condition and all came directly from Mr. Richardson’s Estate when he passed away. There are many copies of the letter and business card but there is only 1 printers block existing, from my private collection.

Condition 10 / 10


WW2 US Canvas Vehicle Case (Early)

Original WW2 early production canvas gun case that holds a complete gun with no magazine attached in un-used condition. This case never left the depot and has a tag wired to the zipper, the tag reads – NOMENCLATURE B3 Cover Cal.45 Sub-Machine Gun CAT or PART No. D50268 QUANTITY 4 (this is only a single case). I have placed some plastic over the tag to protect it from further aging and wear – the plastic can be easily removed. These were used in vehicles such as half tracks and Sherman tanks. There is a full length zipper with the original cotton tie string attached to the zipper and 2 the leather straps with snaps on the back. This case has very strong clear stenciling on the front side. The original US Stock number is – D50268.

Condition 10 / 10


WW2 British Gun Case (Winter)

Original WW2 production gun case that holds a complete gun with magazine attached as originally intended for use by the Commandos in Winter Raids, in un-used condition with some minor soiling form storage and minor corrosion on the brass hardware. There is a wooden toggle, large dimensions for ease of use with gloves, also with original sewn shoulder strap with brass adjusting buckle. This case has a very clear makers stamp and dated 1944 on the inside.

Condition 9 / 10


WW2 US Leather Motorcycle Scabbard

Original WW2 production leather motorcycle scabbard / gun case that holds a complete gun, in excellent condition, with very soft pliable leather and firm stitching.  These were used on Harley Davidson’s by couriers and MP’s and others. There is a leather tie strap at the bottom to attach to the metal frame on the motorcycle on the right hand side front fork. This case has a very clear makers mark – Milwaukee Saddlery Co. and dated 1943.

Condition 9.5 / 10