Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Hiram Percy Maxim Archive, containing a truly unique collection of numerous blueprints, pamphlets, patents, official documents, and various manuscripts concerning the Maxim Silencer. Hiram P. Maxim was the son of Hiram S. Maxim (inventor of the machine gun) and nephew of Hudson Maxim (inventor of smokeless gunpowder). This archive includes six original blueprints for silencers (and related parts) from Maxim's Silent Firearms Co. of New York, including one for "Springfield .30 Experiment with #5 Barrel shortened 6", June 28, 1908 (23.5" x 17"). Five others (all 17.75" x 11.5") are all dated 1908-1909.

    Also included are various documents, copies of letters, and official patent papers from Italy, Germany, France, and Argentina, all dated around 1911 and dealing with Maxim's Silencer patent. Some examples: One copy of a letter from a French weapons manufacturer, who is interested in buying the patent, asking for a "new specimen" of the Maxim Silencer to see if improvement has been made; a four page document issued by Hiram P. Maxim, in December 1908, to the French National Office of the Industrial Property (in French) entitled "Improvements with the Apparatuses reducing the Noise of the Discharge of the Firearms," with a diagram of the relevant parts of a firearm; a check issued to Hiram P. Maxim from the Maxim Silent Firearms Co. (1911) and endorsed by him on verso; a newspaper clipping of a "Maxim Silencer" advertisement (ca. 1915); and much more. All items are in very good to fine condition, with all documents doubtless 'one of a kind'. An important firearms related archive.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,711

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    AZ
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 June 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 June 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,101,256