1930’s / 1940’s Peters 45 Automatic Ammunition Box

This is a very nice original box with the less commonly found front panel titled 45 Automatic. It is full of the original ammunition and is in excellent condition. The rear panel lists as one of the weapons the ammunition is made for is the Thompson Submachine Gun. It is shrink wrapped to protect it form damage.

Condition 9 / 10

1920's MIlls 50 Round (L-Drum) Drum Pouch - PA State Police

Original MILLS canvas pouch for the 50 Round L-Drum without shoulder strap. Well used with soiling but no rips and the threads are still strong, it came out of the PA State Police a long time ago. The rear belt loop shows use as well (folded). I have not tried to clean the pouch I will leave that for the next person, the inside of the flap is stamped MILS with the bullet logo. A very interesting part of history to own.

Condition 6.5 / 10

1921 Colt Trigger

This is a very nice original 1921 Colt Thompson Submachine Gun trigger in excellent used condition. Came out of a 1921 Colt that was cut into a parts kit many years ago. It is in a higher polished blue finish and has no markings.

Condition 9 / 10

1931 Auto Ordnance Letter & Sheriff poster

Original 1931 dated Auto Ordnance letter with accompanying Sheriff “poster”, the letter is on the fantastic Auto Ordnance letterhead with a great image as well it is signed by W.B. Ryan Jr. who was the president at the time. The Letter is to the Sheriff who the poster is from. The poster is dated 1914 with a large photo of him. In excellent condition never folded but has minor wrinkling, would look really great framed. Each item is approx 8.5 X 11 inches in size.

Condition 8.5 / 10

1921 Auto Ordnance Advertisement

Original 1921 Auto Ordnance advertisement from a magazine dated 1921, in excellent condition. All through the 1920’s Auto Ordnance advertised very heavily in many magazines with a different advertisement in just about every magazine, you will find slight changes to every advertisement making each one a stand alone advertisement. It is a 1/6 page ad measuring approximately 5 x 3.5 inches.  Would look very nice framed.

Condition 10 / 10

1929 The Readers Digest Magazine

Original 1929 The Readers Digest Magazine with a very nice Thompson article titled – Machine Gun Madness, the  article which is a compressed version of the Colliers Magazine article. This is a complete magazine which is in good condition but shows some water damage to the covers along with some tears and soiling but inside is excellent, the 2 staples are rusty and the center pages have come loose but are still excellent. It is 64 pages plus covers and measures approximately 5.25 X 7.75 inches, this is a tough copy to find.

Condition 7 / 10

1928 Auto Ordnance Letter to Dealer

Original 1928 Auto Ordnance letter to a potential dealer – Hudson Sporting Goods Co. in New York, a great insight as  to how Auto Ordnance tried to convince new sporting goods dealers to carry the Thompson Submachine Gun. It is on the letterhead which has a great image on the top left corner of a police office with a Thompson. sadly it has a water stain on the top left corner but at least there is no missing paper, it shows some wear and soiling and was folded in 3 when originally mailed out I believe. Really a fantastic looking letter with excellent content. Standard paper size 8.5 X 11 inches single sided, would look great framed.

Condition 7 / 10

1921 Colt Hammer and Pin

Original 1921 Colt Thompson Submachine Gun Hammer and Pin in excellent used condition. The hammer is made of nickeled steel and the pin is blued, both parts are un-marked. These came out of a 1921 Colt Thompson that was cut into a parts kit many years ago.

Condition 8.5 / 10

1920's / 1930’s Remington 45 Automatic Colt Ammunition Box

This is a very nice original box of 1920’s and into the early 1930’s Remington 45 ammunition box known as the “dog bone” box due to the Remington logo on the front which looks like a dog bone. This box is prior to the having the ammunition companies print the Thompson Submachine Gun on the rear panel as one of the weapons the ammunition is chambered for. It is in perfect condition complete with the original ammunition, perfect for display with eh early Colt Thompson’s. It is in excellent condition, could not be improved upon.

Condition 10 / 10

1930’s / 1940’s Winchester 45 Automatic Colt Ammunition Box

This is an original 1930’s produced civilian box of 45 Automatic Colt ammunition from Winchester that lasted into the 1940’s. It is complete in very good condition except some soiling with some ink smearing on the front and rear panels with minor wear (the front and rear panels are exactly same). It has all the flaps and the original ammunition inside. It has been shrink wrapped to protect it from further soiling and wear.

Condition 7.5 / 10

1927-1928 Von Frantzius Sporting Goods Catalog

An original copy of the sporting goods dealer in Chicago – Peter Von Frantzius, this was the store that sold the 2 Thompson Submachine Guns to the gangster and  used in the St Valentines Day Massacre. He sold a number of Thompson’s and those 2 were some of many used by criminals. This is a complete catalog in good condition but the cover has a small piece of tape on the top corner and the cover is torn along the fold and coming loose from the pages but the inside is very good. There is no date printed in the catalog but it is believed to be from 1928, I have it as 1927-1928 because at one time someone dated it on the front cover by hand – Year of 1927 which I believe is correct. Very nice drawing of the Thompson and pricing on one of the pages along with other Police items. Minor wear and soiling to the cover and discoloring of the inside pages but a good copy.

Condition 8 / 10

1921 Colt Firing Pin Spring

An original 1921 Colt Firing Pin Spring, used in very good condition not stretched or worn out. Part of a bunch of spare parts from a PA Police Department when they had Thompson’sin their inventory way back when they had them in their inventory.

Condition 9 / 10

1922 Auto Ordnance Advertisement

Original 1922 magazine / newspaper Auto Ordnance advertisement pulled from the issue. It is a smaller size advertisement measuring approximately 3 X 4.5 inches and talking about their “new” invention of their self acting breech closures without mentioning the Thompson Submachine Gun but that is what is in the 2 line drawings. In good condition but has a small hole in it (about 1/4 in diameter) which cuts out a couple of letters in 2 words but you can still see what the words are.. Nice early advertisement when they were very heavily advertising in many different publications and each advertisement seemed to be slightly different from each other. Would look very good framed.

Condition 6.5 / 10

1921 & 1928 Thompson Canvas Gun Case (Type A1)

Original 1930’s 1921 & 1928 Thompson case (Type A1) for the guns equipped with the Cutts Compensator in very good condition but has soiling from being in the back of a police car for many years (came out of a police department with another case). Made I believe by RUSCO but this example is unmarked. Has the shoulder strap and all the snaps work, no rips or tears. Holds (4) 20 round magazines in the front and the buttstock on the side. Getting to be a tough case to find.

Condition 9 / 10

1937 US Marine Corps 1928 Thompson Manual

Original 1937 dated USMC manual titled Thompson Submachine Gun Model of 1928 from the Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, Virginia. Very hard to find early manual from the Marines covering everything on the Thompson with 2 very nice pull-outs in the back. 30 pages in good condition but wear and minor soiling to the cover with a tiny bit of water stain along the cover bottom and part of the left side but inside excellent. The staples are rusty and the last page is starting to pull away but still held. There is one version of this manual dating back to 1935 which is even harder to find.

Condition 8 / 10

1921 Cleveland Ohio Telephone Book

Original 1921 Cleveland Ohio telephone book which is a nice historical piece from the early days of Auto Ordnance. In it you will find Auto Ordnance listed with their Euclid address and phone number along with suppliers of importance such as John’s Machine and Stamping Shop and others involved with Auto Ordnance in some way- Warner Swasey. In very good condition with soiling and wear of the cover but very good inside.

Condition 8 / 10

1922 Auto Ordnance Advertisement - Army Navy Football Program

This is an original copy of the Football program for the game between the Army and Navy teams dated November 25, 1922. It is complete and has a fantastic advertisement from Auto Ordnance which is one of the nicest ones from that time period. The program shows some minor soiling and wear and the cover though held on with the 2 staples it is becoming loose (still attached). The inside is very good and the ad is perfect.

 

Condition 8.5 / 10

1934 Federal Laboratories Advertisement (Thompson Submachine Gun)

This is a fantastic advertisement from a 1934 Magazine from Federal Laboratories with their early Pittsburgh PA address. This is when they got the “exclusive” rights to the Thompson Submachine Gun from Auto Ordnance to market and sell the gun in the US. It is for the Model 1928 equipped with the Cutts Compensator years before the 1928A1 model. It is a 1/3rd page ad and is in excellent condition. Full page but folded bellow the ad.

Condition 9.5 / 10

1920's EE Richardson Distributor Letter

Late 1920’s letter from their best salesman EE Richardson on his letterhead. It is in excellent condition measuring 8.5 inches by 11 inches. Fantastic letter made to be sent to potential customers in his area (Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies etc). Fantastic image on the top left corner.

Condition 9.5 / 10

1922 Army Ordnance Magazine (Thompson Advertisement)

Original Army Ordnance magazine with a fantastic full page Auto Ordnance Advertisement (back cover – outside) in good condition but has some soiling and creasing from being the outside back cover but still very good. A very tough magazine to find and this is really a superb full size advertisement. Complete magazine with numerous articles and the inside is very good.

Condition 8.5 / 10

1929 Auto Ordnance Catalog

Original 1929 Auto Ordnance Catalog in good condition showing some wear and soiling from use and age, but a complete solid example. It has the Thompson Submachine Gun Model 1921 and the Model 1927 along with their parts and accessories. Some wear on the inside as expected but clean and complete with 16 pages plus cover, measuring 9 inches by 12 inches.

Condition 7.5 / 10

1921 Auto Ordnance Magazine Advertisement

This is an original very early advertisement from the Auto Ordnance Corporation from a 1921 magazine. It is in excellent condition but is only the page not an entire magazine. Very nice frameable advertisement from the very early days of the company measuring approximately 4.5″ X 3.5″.

Condition 10 / 10

1920's Frankford Arsenal 45 Automatic Ammunition Box

20 round box of 45 automatic ammunition from Frankford Arsenal with the headstamp F A 29 (dated 1929) listed for the 1911 Colt Automatic pistol but would have also been used with the Thompson. Complete with the pull tables and sealed, in excellent condition showing minor wear and soiling. It has been shrink wrapped to preserve it from further soiling.

Condition 9.5 / 10

1921 & 1928 Thompson Canvas Gun Case (Rusco) - Type A1

Original 1930’s Rusco manufactured canvas gun case for the 1921 & 1928 Model Thompson Submachine Gun, it is the longer version to hold the gun with the compensator (Type A1). It is complete with the shoulder strap and holds 4 – 20 round magazines in the front of the pouch with a single flap closure and the buttstock in a separate pouch on the side also with a single flap closure. It has the manufacture ink stamping on the inside of the flap but not on the shoulder strap, No rips or tears just minor wear from age and use and some sun fading. A very nice example of this hard to find case.

Condition 8.5 / 10

1921/1928/1927 Auto Ordnance Handbook 2nd Edition

Original Auto Ordnance Handbook for the models 1921 \ 1928 and the 1927 Thompson Submachine Guns. This is the second edition of this manual – undated but probably around 1932 \ 33. It is in good used condition, but the cover is splitting and has almost come loose from the manual (very delicate ready to fall off). The front cover has an ink stamp from a previous owner’s name as well as his full name written in ink on the inside page and a few small pieces missing from the cover. The inside pages are very good and show little wear. It has 64 pages with lots of drawings and information on all the models. The front cover has an early New York address but not the very early 302 Broadway address.

Condition 7 / 10

1920's VL&A Sporting Goods Catalog No. 67 - Fall and Winter

Original 1920’s Von Lengerke and Antoine Sporting Goods Catalog in excellent condition. One of the major sporting goods dealers in the Chicago area for many years. It has all types of goods including firearms – the Thompson Submachine Gun is also included with a line drawing and pricing, a great looking gun advertisement. Measuring approximately 8″ X 10″ with 128 pages.

Condition 9.5 / 10

1921/1928/1927 Auto Ordnance Handbook 3rd Edition 1936

Original 1921/1928/1927 Auto Ordnance Handbook 3rd edition dated 1936 and in very good used condition. The manual shows some wear from age and use. The covers spine shows wear but the cover is still perfectly attached and is not splitting. It shows some minor soiling and the inside shows perhaps it got a bit wet because it shows a minor bit of red discoloration on the right hand side of the pages (not easy to see). This also shows the New York address on the front the same as the second edition and the top of the cover has the previous owners name written in ink on the top. It has 64 pages plus covers.

Condition 7.5 / 10

1920's Colt Patent Firearms Co. Catalog

Original late 1920’s Colt Patent Firearms Co. catalog which is the only “official” Colt catalog that mentions the Thompson Submachine Gun. With the gangster problem during the 1920’s Colt wanted to be as far away as possible from the Thompson Submachine Gun so they did not list the Thompson as a weapon they built. Only a handful of Colt Advertisements (from Colt) ever mentioned the Thompson and this one catalog. In excellent condition with minimal wear, measuring approximately 5.75″ X 8″ with 42 pages and cardstock cover.

Condition 9.5 / 10