2011 Live Auction Descriptions
Sealed Bids Accepted. Click here for the 2011 Advanced Bid Form in PDF format.

 

Lot # 1

Steel & Canvas

 Commemorating the Texas Rangers, this Colt Single Action Army, manufactured only in 1970 in limited numbers, is new, unfired and is number 861 of 1,000 made. 7 ½” barrel, special blue and color case hardened finish, nickel trigger guard and back strap. Special features include miniature Texas Ranger badge set in left grip panel of smooth wood, “Texas Ranger” on back strap. “One Riot, One Ranger” engraved on barrel. A Texas Lone Star in silver on top of grip along with a glass topped presentation case. Includes an original copy of “A Pictorial History of the Texas Rangers” by Charles Schreiner III and a Cinco Peso Texas Ranger badge encased in Lucite.
 

Accompanying this is “Powder Burn ‘Em”, an original pen and ink by the New Mexico State Centennial Artist Ronald Kil of Santa Fe, New Mexico. This stunning canvas depicts a small band of Texas Rangers commanded by Ranger Captain Jack Hays as they encounter and engage a large Comanche Indian War Party. Hays’ orders were to “Powder Burn ‘Em”, get close while firing their new Colt Paterson Revolvers before you shoot and powder burn ‘em they did. With the history by the artist on the reverse.

 

Generously donated by John Bradford of Houston, Alan Harton of Houston and Ronald Kil of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 
 

 

Lot # 2

Retreat in Style

Enjoy a getaway to the German town of Fredericksburg, Texas with a two-night stay at the quaint and relaxing Schandua Suite for two adults. Subject to availability, weekends are included. Strictly an adult relaxing getaway, conveniently located in the heart of the Fredericksburg business district, so you can walk to everything!

Your best lady can stroll the streets visiting historic shopping and eateries in her new Double D Ranchwear tan suede “Adelita” duster embellished with fringe and delicate embroidery, paired with a beautiful faceted smoky quartz pendant and earring ensemble by James Avery Craftsman, Inc.

Generously donated by Sharla & Jonathan Godfrey of Fredericksburg, Double D Ranchwear of Yoakum, and James Avery Craftsman, Inc. of Kerrville.

 

 
  Lot # 3

Ready to Ride
 

You will be in classic-style and custom-comfort in a pair of these L.M. Easterling custom boots. With a six-row fancy stitch design around the Former Texas Rangers Foundation’s logo, or your personal brand, on 13” black cherry kid skin shafts and smooth ostrich 6 R toe, these boots can be made for a man or a woman. Winner will be able to order their custom boots personally with the Easterlings’. A pair of custom made spurs by Charles Wendt of Rocking W Spurs and Chuck Wagon Catering round out this outfit with embellishments of sterling silver and jewelers bronze recognizing the 40th year of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. With a French gray finish, you are ready to ride.

While on the trail you’ll have your very own copy of “Bits and Spurs in the Texas Tradition”, personally autographed by the author, FTRF Board Member Kurt House.

Generously donated by Lloyd & Mary Easterling of Fredericksburg, Charles Wendt of Llano and FTRF Board Member Kurt House of San Antonio.

 

 

 

Lot # 4

 A Pair of Colts

The Legendary Colt 1911. The standard everyone else tries to imitate, but no one else can duplicate. A pair of Colt Firearms 1911 Anniversary II and Anniversary III, .45 Caliber Colt Government Model pistols. Anniversary Model II is finished in royal blue, with Colt symbols highlighted in 22 karat gold on the slide, enhanced with scroll engraving, Cocobolo grips with the 100th anniversary gold-plated medallions. Anniversary Model III is based on the Colt Model 01918 configuration and finished with custom roll-marks on the frame and slide relative to the history of the model 1911. Comes in a glass-topped walnut presentation cases and Special Edition 100th Anniversary packaging.

Generously donated by Lt. General William Keys, USMC Retired, President and CEO of Colt Manufacturing Company LLC of Hartford, Connecticut.

 

 
 

Lot # 5

On a Hunt with a Texas Ranger on the Tres Niños

Two hunters will have the chance to go on a hunt with a Texas Ranger. But this hunt isn’t for criminals; it’s for two mature bucks and two does during the 2011 Hunting Season. And if you’ve had your fill of deer, a sheep or Barbados, Texas Doll or Black Hawaiian can be substituted for one of the deer. Complete with lodging and meals in a rustic hunting cabin, one shoulder mount by Bob Noah, this three-day hunt is on the beautiful West Texas Tres Niños Ranch in Val Verde County along the lower Pecos River. Don’t miss this opportunity to hunt whitetail in beautiful West Texas with Texas’ finest. Date in 2011 Hunting Season to be arranged between owner, buyer and Ranger.

 Generously donated by FTRF Chairman of the Board John & Vicki Meadows of Austin.

 

 

 

Lot # 6

One-of-a-Kind Custom Sporting Rifle

 Gunsmith Charlie Worrell created this one-of-a-kind custom Sporting Rifle in 300 Winchester Magnum caliber for the discriminating sportsman. The stock is a Triple A fancy American Walnut, with hand cut checkering, custom Remington action, fitted with a Sako style extractor, custom match grade barrel by Shilen, 24” overall length, black matte finish topped by a Zeiss 3 X 9 power scope with Leupold mounts and rings. A Texas Ranger badge by Lopez Brothers Silversmiths adorns the floor plate. Custom stock work performed by David’s Firearms Ltd., Metal work performed by Worrell Rifles and all commissioned by Mr. Pat Brown, FTRF member.

Accompanying this custom sporting rifle is a wheeled Pelican Rifle Hard case, waterproof, crushproof and dust proof, O Ring Seal with automatic Pressure Equalization Valve, Stainless Steel hardware and 3-piece foam set.

Generously donated by Charlie Worrell of Fredericksburg, David Bichrest of David’s Firearms Ltd, Pat Brown of Comfort and Mark R. Rolfes, Vice President of Sales, Pelican Products.

 
 

Lot # 7

“The Signal”

 “All eyes of the posse are turned toward the lone man on a tall gray gelding situated on the edge of a cliff that overlooks the valley below. After nine days and nights of hard riding and tracking, the time has come for all the actors of this human drama to take care of the business that has brought them to this time and place. The man on the gray slowly takes off his sweat-stained Stetson, holds it high above his head and with a wave of his arm, the Texas Ranger gives the men of the posse what they are waiting to see… “The Signal.”  An incredible bronze sculpture by Edd Hayes which stands 25” Tall x 15” Wide x 11” deep. Edition #25.

 

Generously donated by Edd & Carolyn Hayes of Humble.

 

 

 

Lot # 8

Tactical Ready

 The same model Bushmaster Texas M4 Carbine in 5.56 mm caliber as issued to Texas DPS Troopers and Texas Rangers, sans the DPS Department markings, 16” barrel, 6 position collapsible stock, sling, thirty round magazine with Texas STAR laser engraved on the magazine well is ready for action. Hard case included.

Paired with the “real thing” above is a full size M4 Carbine crafted in pure Egyptian Lead Crystal by Crystal Pistols. Incredible detailing with a display stand suitable for the office or your gun room.

 

Generously donated by FTRF Chairman of the Board John & Vicki Meadows of Austin and Ed Kohorst, President of Crystal Pistols in Rockwall.

 

 

 

Lot # 9

In Memory of the American Civil War

The year 2011 marks the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. In observance of this important period in America’s history, offered from the August Long Collection of Ohio, is an authentic Civil War Era Remington Model 1858 .44 Caliber black powder revolver. This historic revolver, serial number 45,502 has been expertly graded as NRA Antique “Fair to Good Condition”, not suitable for firing.

It is paired with a modern manufactured reproduction Remington Model 1858, .44 Caliber black powder revolver suitable for firing courtesy of Texas Jacks of Fredericksburg, Texas. Both revolvers are cased in a custom walnut case by Brookfield Cases courtesy of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. A genuine, authenticated and graded $50 Confederate bank note is included.

 

Generously donated by August Long of New Lebanon, Ohio, Texas Jacks of Fredericksburg and the Former Texas Rangers Foundation.

 

 
 

Lot # 10

South Texas Quail

Let the 4,500 acre D.B. Hinnant Ranch located in Jim Wells County be the place where you reach your limit of South Texas Quail. You and three guests can hunt with a Texas Ranger during the regular 2011 Quail season. Includes three nights of lodging, meals, and hunting vehicles. Although bird dogs are welcome, they are not provided. Specific date to be arranged between owner and buyer. All Texas Parks and Wildlife Rules apply.

 

Generously donated by the Kevin Norman Family of Austin.

 

 
 

Lot # 11

The Governor’s Rifle and Trophy

Governor Rick Perry used this very rifle to hunt buffalo this past year on the Harper Cattle Ranch in New Mexico.  This 1874 Sharps “Billy Dixon” Sporting Rifle made by Pedersoli of Italy and marketed by Cimarron Firearms of Fredericksburg is in 45-70 Caliber, with a 32” Blued Octagon barrel, forged steel frame and color case-hardened. It has a straight grip stock, semi crescent belt-plate, deluxe walnut with hand checkered grip and fore end, silver Hartford style nose cap and hand-rubbed oil finish. Medium range Creedmore tang sight included.

A handsome mounted wild American Buffalo head, taken by the Governor with the above Sharps Rifle, is included to the lucky bidder.

 

Generously donated by Governor Rick Perry of Texas.

 

 
 

Lot # 12

The Great Outdoors

 

Hunt the 2,500 acre Wheeler Ranch for feral hogs at Tilden, Texas, just one and a half hours south of San Antonio. The hunt is for two hunters for two days and one night. Hunt dates after February 1st to be arranged between winner and owner.

But that’s not all – this hunt is paired with the incredible Ruger Firearms Gunsite Scout Rifle in .308 Winchester caliber. It is the perfect lightweight hard hitting do-it-all bolt action with such unique features as a 10RD detachable magazine, 16.5” barrel with flash suppressor, black/grey laminated stock with adjustable butt pad, and topped by a Burris Scout Rifle 2.75x Scope.  “The one rifle to have if you could have only one.”

 

Generously donated by: Charles Wheeler of Fredericksburg, Randall Pence, Vice President of Marketing, Ruger Firearms, Southport, Connecticut, and Joe McBride of McBride’s Guns of Austin.

 

 
 

Lot # 13

New Mexico State Centennial Artist

 

Ronald Kil, Western Artist and official State of New Mexico Centennial Artist draws upon experience as a true western ranch hand and working cowboy. “Hazin ‘Em Down”, is an original oil painting 27 ½” x 22 ½” framed on masonite. The artist writes, “Early each spring, the ranch’s remuda is gathered from winter pastures to start the spring works – gathering cows and calves for branding. Hazin’ ‘Em Down begins the cowpuncher’s year.” History on reverse by the artist.

 

Generously donated by Ron Kil of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

 
 

Lot # 14

Celebrate 100 Years

 In recognition and celebration of the first 100 years of the Model 1911 .45 pistol, STI International is proud to offer its limited edition 100th Anniversary Commemorative set. Featuring both a traditional “GI” style 1911 and a pistol built on STI’s patented “2011” high-capacity modular frame, this boxed set is truly a unique offering unlike anything else available. The set comes in a handsome velvet lined walnut box with elegant brass lock and fittings and gold leaf markings on a leather top and includes a brass plaque featuring the serial number of the collector’s edition and a specially designed 2011 STI “Challenge” coin.

These sets are limited to only 500 and is sure to remain a family heirloom for generations to come, plus they are made right here in Texas!

Generously donated by STI International, Inc. of Georgetown.

 
 

Lot # 15

Trophy Aoudad Hunt with a Ranger

Trophy Aoudad Hunt for three days for two guests on the beautiful and historical Barrel Springs Ranch near Fort Davis, Texas. Guided by the ranch manager and accompanied by a Texas Ranger, your hunt includes a stay in a furnished hunting cabin on this ranch once owned by the Famous Texas Ranger Captain James Gillett. Date to be arranged between owner and winning bidder.

                                                      

Generously donated by Gene S. Walker, Sr. Huisache Cattle Co., Ltd.

 
 

Lot # 16

Hunting Way South of the Border

 

 

Get your trigger finger and shoulder in shape for a wing shooters hunt of a lifetime in Cordoba, Argentina, the Volume dove hunting capital of the world, where there is no limit on doves every day of the year!!  This two person, three day dove hunt at five star lodge “El Cortijo’, includes lodging, gourmet meals featuring the wonderful Argentinean beef, open bar with selection of the finest Argentinean wines after the evening hunts.  Also included: hunting guide & bird boy, maid & laundry service, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, high speed internet, wifi and direct USA phone line, and transport to and from the Cordoba airport and hunting fields. Please note: NOT included is airfare and airport fees, license, gun importation, gun rental, ammunition and tips. See bearer certificate for details. This trip is valid from October 2011 to October 2012.

This item is being offered in partnership with Veteran Outdoors. This is your chance to support two great charity organizations as the Former Texas Rangers Foundation will split the proceeds of this item with Veteran Outdoors.

 

 

Generously donated by: Veteran Outdoors and SYC Sporting Adventures, LLC.

 

 
 

Lot # 17

 The PredatAR

              LaRue Tactical’s PredatAR 7.62 caliber rifle was designed for those searching for a lightweight, ultra reliable and accurate 7.62 mm NATO rifle for Home/Ranch defense, competition shooting or hunting. Based on the Optimized Battle Rifle 7.62 “Heavy” design, it is lightened in every possible way with the least possible impact to accuracy. Stated accuracy is 1 minute of angle. Simply the best in tactical armament.

Generously donated by LaRue Tactical of Leander.

 
 

Lot # 18

“Singing Seven Spanish Angels”

             A framed print titled “Singing Seven Spanish Angels” by artist Jimmy Don Cox. The print is autographed by several Western notables such a Ben Johnson, James Drury and others of TV and music fame according to the artist Jimmy Don Cox.

Accompanying this art is a copy of “Hand Forged for Texas Cowboys”, autographed by the author Kurt House. Note that this is the very special Texas Longhorn Cowhide edition with Kurt’s personal brand on the front cover, edition #60 of 105. This limited edition also includes, within the cover, a copy facsimile of the famed Joe Bianchi catalog.

 Generously donated by J. Weldon Clampitte of Houston and Kurt House, FTRF Board Member of San Antonio.

 
 

Lot # 19

Texas DPS 75th Anniversary 

The Texas Department of Public Safety celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2010. Texas DPS authorized Sig Sauer Firearms to produce a commemorative pistol, Model 226, .357 caliber to be sold to active and retired officers only.  Less than 500 made and sold! The Department also authorized ELHN Badge & Emblem Design of Canton, Connecticut to make a 75th Anniversary badge for active and retired officers. Each badge designates the officer’s rank, service and ID number and a similar lapel pin.  This exquisite firearm comes bearing engravings of both the traditional Texas DPS Seal and the 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee logo inlaid in 24 Karat gold on the top of the slide, beautifully engraved scroll work and “Texas Department of Public Safety”, “1935 - 75th Anniversary - 2010” and “Limited Edition” text on the sides of the slide, engraved rosewood grips are included with a walnut display case with diamond jubilee logo glass etched on the top. This pistol will be accompanied with the personal 75th DPS Anniversary issue Texas Ranger Badge of Joe B. Davis, President of the FTRF accompanied by a letter of authentication, making this offering a one of a kind collectable opportunity.

 Generously donated by Joe & Lila Davis of Camp Verde and Dan Neal of Denton.

 
 

Lot # 20

Stovall Ranch Hunt for Blue Quail

 

 Hunt the 87,000 acre Stovall Ranch near Marathon with a five-day, Blue Quail hunt for six guests, complete with lodge accommodations on the ranch. Food and transportation not provided. Dates January 3, 2012 to the end of the season. Specific dates to be arranged between the owner and winning bidder. Don't miss this opportunity to bag enough birds for a feast in Texas' Big Bend!

 

Generously donated by Eric Stovall of Marathon.

 

 
 

 

Lot # 21

“One Riot…”

             An original watercolor, titled “One Riot…” by noted Western artist Bob Dale, retired Editorial Cartoonist at the San Antonio Express News. 33 ½” x 18 ½” with a unique wood grain frame, 24” x 10” matted image. Accompanying this print is Charles Schreiner III’s book “Pictorial History of the Texas Rangers”.

Generously donated by Bob & June Dale of Cibolo and Kurt House of San Antonio.

 

 
 

Lot # 22

Hunt with a Hero!

 This is your opportunity to hunt with an American Hero. Join Veteran Outdoors as they host a wounded warrior on his or her dream whitetail deer hunt at the beautiful Lonesome Coyote Ranch in Tilden, Texas. This is a three day guided hunt with two nights lodging in their 4,400 sq ft fully furnished lodge, game room, pool, and includes food.  Winning bidder will also have the opportunity to take a management buck while on this hunt. The outdoorsman in you will appreciate the diversity of the Lonesome Coyote Ranch.  During your whitetail hunt, do not be surprised to see Rio Grande turkeys, wild hogs, coyotes, bobcats, and even a mountain lion.  The ideal time for this hunt in January – February 2012. Winner to schedule this hunt with Lonesome Coyote Ranch and Veteran Outdoors.  

This item is being offered in partnership with Veteran Outdoors.  Veteran Outdoors’ mission is to honor our country’s wounded veterans’ patriotism and their sacrifice by providing quality hunting, fishing and outdoor related activities. VO’s goal is to raise public awareness about the therapeutic effects that being in the outdoors actually has on the mental and physical disabilities of our country’s wounded men and women. VO also provides a platform for veterans to tell their own stories, in their own words, via their TV show that airs weekly on the Sportsman Channel and visit them at www.veteranoutdoors.com for more information on this great organization.

This is your chance to support two great charity organizations as the Former Texas Rangers Foundation will split the proceeds of this item with Veteran Outdoors.

Generously donated by Veteran Outdoors and Lonesome Coyote Ranch.

 
 

Lot # 23

“Guardians of the Lone Star”

 A framed giclee’ canvas print, 31” x 43” overall, entitled “Guardians of the Lone Star” by noted artist Donny Hickmott of Walking Horse Gallery. This is Donny’s personal reserve #1 in the edition. This number is never sold and the artist will write a personal note to the buyer on the back of the canvas.

Also included is a copy of the original text of “Life on the Texas Frontier” originally published in 1908 by Texas Ranger Captain John M. Elkins. This republished text has an added table of contents and pictures of Captain Elkins’ wife and others from the era. A true account of events and happenings from 1853 until 1908 in Western Texas.

 Generously donated by Donny Hickmott of Spring and Kurt House, FTRF Board Member of San Antonio.

 
 
 

Lot # 24

 Chisholm Trail Ranger Rig

 This Ranger’s rig includes a classic A.W. Brill style holster for a full size Colt 1911, right hand holster fully tooled and lined, a Ranger style 1 ¾” gun belt with matching tooling and Ranger buckle, and a Damascus 7 ½” blade Bowie Knife with a bone handle and fully tooled sheath. Handmade by Chisholm’s Trail Leather.

Generously donated by Alan Soellner, Chisholm’s Trail Leather of Newnan, Georgia

 
 

Lot # 25

Working the Range in Custom Style

 

 Own this beautiful, yet functional pair of hand-crafted bits and spurs with the Former Texas Rangers Foundation in silver.  The strap buttons feature a Texas star badge with 40th in the middle to signify the 40th anniversary of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation.  The inside of the heel band features a Ranger on horseback in a caprock setting.  Both the bit and spurs reflect hours of hand filing on the rings and shanks.  The bit also features a badge in silver signifying the same 40th anniversary of the Foundation.  These beautiful pieces are displayed on a handcrafted oak base and a hand cut metal badge with the Former Texas Ranger Foundation anniversary displayed.

Kevin Johnson of Clarendon, Texas has done custom work for Texas Rangers, cowboys, the President of the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation, former President George W. Bush, many Texas sheriffs and their departments, the Sergeant of Arms for the US House and many more.  Kevin has also made trophy buckles and spurs for rodeos all over the Texas Panhandle.  His artistic ability is exemplified in all his work.

 

 Generously donated by Kevin Johnson of Clarendon.