Historical Firearms and Militaria


Hindman’s firearms buyers and consignors are serviced by the internationally recognized team at our Cowan’s location in Cincinnati. For over 20 years, our arms historians have been an industry leader in the sale of historic and modern firearms, edged weapons, militaria, ethnographic weapons and accoutrements. Our auctions feature important firearms collections from some of the most prolific collectors in the country and achieve record prices across the category.


Historic Firearms and Early Militaria

The Historic Firearms and Early Militaria department at Cowan’s are experts in over 500 years of military and sporting arms innovation. The sales feature medieval armor, European swords, American Revolutionary War muskets, 18th and 19th century presentation swords, weaponry and uniforms used during the American Civil War, Bowie knives, revolvers from the Wild West, rifles used during World War II, 19th and 20th century sporting arms and much more.

Historic Firearms and Early Militaria auctions are held in Cincinnati four times a year. In the spring and fall, we conduct our largest Premier Auctions.

The Firearms and Militaria department has a long history of successfully negotiating private sales for significant objects. Our specialists are always available for complimentary and confidential valuations of single works or entire collections.

Ethnographic Weaponry

The Ethnographic Weaponry department brings to light rare and exotic weapons from parts of the world too often overshadowed by the West. The sales feature Southeast Asian kris’, swords and daggers, African swords, daggers and other edged weapons, South American knives, Persian, Ottoman and Afghani edged weapons, Fijian throwing clubs, New Guinea and other Oceanic weaponry and countless others.

Ethnographic Weaponry auctions are held online out of the Cincinnati office twice a year. Our specialists are always available for complimentary and confidential valuations of single works or entire collections.

Japanese Arms & Armor

Japan has a military history that rivals any European culture and yet the Japanese arms and armor market has been underserved by western auction companies. Hindman and Cowan’s are committed to bringing this unique culture the attention it deserves using some of the most respected experts in the field to catalog and evaluate each piece.

Japanese arms and armor appear in both of Cowan’s Historic Firearms & Militaria catalog auctions as well as in several salesroom and online sales a year.

Director

Historic Firearms & Militaria

Jack Lewis is the director of Historic Firearms & Militaria at Hindman.

Mr. Lewis has over 50 years of experience as a firearms and militaria historian and collector including nearly 15 years as the director of Historic Firearms and Early Militaria at Cowan’s. A world-renowned expert on US Military arms, he has written and contributed to many articles on the Springfield and Frankford Arsenals among other topics. In 2018, Mr. Lewis helped bring the finest sword collection ever offered in the United States, The Magnificent Sword Collection of William Koch, to the auction block, selling it for $1.3 million. He is a member of numerous collecting groups including the prestigious American Society of Arms Collectors, The National Rifle Association and Ohio Gun Collectors Association.

Director

Historic Firearms & Militaria

Complimentary Auction Estimates​

You are welcome to submit items electronically or to contact any of our offices directly.​​

Our specialists are eager to help you learn more about your collection and current auction sale estimates. ​

To begin an estimate, our specialists will need:​

  • At least 3 photos​
  • Detailed description​
  • Details on signatures or marks

Auction Specialist

Jack Lewis

Director, Historic Firearms & Militaria

The Historical Firearms and Militaria department is currently accepting consignments for upcoming auctions. To request an electronic evaluation of your property, click the button below and begin the consignment process now.