Federal Laboratories Catalog No. 34

Original catalog from Federal Laboratories in Pittsburgh PA in very good condition. It is catalog No. 34 and has 8 pages including covers and covers some weapons plus accessories such as bullet roof vests and shields. The first 2 pages covers both the 1921 and the 1928 Thompson with very nice photos and lots of ammunition. Very difficult catalog to find at the height of Federal selling Thompson’s.

Condition 9 / 10

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

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

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

1928-1929 W.S. Darley Catalog - Municipal Supplies

Original catalog from 1928 or 1929 from W.S. Darley Company in Chicago, they were very big in municipal items such as fire fighting items to street lights etc. In this particular catalog you find one of the top 3 sales advertisements for the Thompson Submachine Gun, it has great graphics and information you do not find in most of the other catalogs. Really hard to find these catalogs since they were intended for municipalities not general use. It is in very good condition with some wear on the covers spine but inside is excellent.

Condition 9 / 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

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

1930's Auto Ordnance "Statement" Sheet

Original 1930’s Auto Ordnance printed “Statement” sheet which is one of a couple of versions of this sheet, it was printed and inserted in the Green Catalogs during the 1930’s then later on Auto Ordnance just printed it onto the back of the first page in the later versions of the catalog. In good condition except the far right edge where it is worn, folded with tiny tears due to hanging out of the original catalog it was in (they made the mistake of printing on a page which is the same size as the catalog so it was bound to hang out). These do not come up very often for sale.

Condition 7.5 / 10

1930's Remington 45 Automatic Metal Piercing Ammunition Box

This is a very nice first version of the Metal Piercing Cartridges from Remington called Hi-Way Master, designed for Police use only, manufactured in the 1930’s. They were developed when it was realized that the Police were having difficulty piercing the heavy steel bodies of the automobiles the criminals were using on getaways. The second version has an all green front panel. It is in excellent condition showing some wear, it is complete with all the original ammunition. It has been shrink wrapped to help preserve it. 

 

Condition 9 / 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

1922-1923 Von Lengerke & Detmold Catalog

Original catalog from the sporting goods dealer in Chicago – Von Lengerke & Detmold Inc a few years before it changed to Von Lengerke & Antoine, featuring the Thompson Submachine Gun on a 2 page ad inside, this is by far one the the top 3 finest catalog advertisements for the Thompson. Complete catalog with some war and small bits of the cover missing on the spine otherwise excellent condition. A very hard to find catalog from the very early days of Auto Ordnance and the Thomson Submachine Gun.

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

1920's / 1930's Peters Thompson Shot Ammunition Box

Original late 1920’s early 2 pc 1930’s Peters 45 Automatic Shot Cartridge ammunition manufactured for the Thompson Submachine Gun (written on the front panel). It is complete with the original ammunition but shows wear and soiling from all these years and some of the corners of the lid are torn but shrink wrapped as it is it displays well. One end flap has a small sticker on it which may come off with some heat but I did not try it. These boxes are getting more difficult to find all the time, once they go into a collection they do not come back out again.
Condition 7 / 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

1921 Article - Test of Thompson Submachine Gun

Original article pulled from a magazine dated 1921, it is an excerpt from a larger article in the Army Navy Journal which announces the Testing of a new weapon – The Thompson Submachine Gun as tested by the US Ordnance Department in Springfield, MA. Great article from when Auto Ordnance was going around showing their new weapon to everyone, this is a short report of the testing of it. It was cut from a unknown magazine and is not a full age but is the full article.

Condition 9.5 / 10

1921 Thompson Submachine Gun Article

Original 1921 Literary Digest magazine with a really great article on the Thompson Submachine gun as used by the New York Police dept showing a great photo of 2 officers with the guns and a photo of very early Thompson’s without any sights on them. 2 page article in excellent condition with minor wear and soiling to the cover but tight and complete.

Condition 9 / 10