Historic Hangman’s Noose, Firearms, Pocket Knives,and Military Nostalgia to sell at Southern Indiana Auction

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Sohn & Associates will be conducting a Firearms Auction which will feature over 500 lots of firearms, pocket knives, and military items. Also being sold is the historic noose which was used to hang notorious gangster, Charlie Birger, in the last Illinois hanging in 1928.

Sohn & Associates Ltd., an Indiana auction company, will be conducting a Firearms Auction on Saturday, July 27, 2015 at 9:00am CST. The auction will be held at Sohn & Associates, Ltd. which is located at 4600 O’Hara Dr. in Evansville, Indiana. Online bidding is also available at http://www.proxibid.com/sohn. In addition, absentee bids may be left or you can register to be a phone bidder.

One of the highlights will be the noose that was used in the last hanging in Illinois. On April 19th, 1928 hangman Phil Hanna used this hemp rope to execute notorious Southern Illinois bootlegger and gangster Charlie Birger. This was the last public hanging in the state and took place in Benton, Illinois. It was reportedly witnessed by 5,000 people. The rope was given by Hanna to Franklin County Sheriff James Pritchard who arrested Birger and presided over the hanging. After spending years on display at the Franklin County Jail Museum, and several more years in a legal custody battle, this historic artifact can now be yours. Make plans now to bid your price on this important piece of Illinois history. Note: The noose will be offered at 12 Noon.

In addition there will be approximately 150 guns from Smith & Wesson, Colt, Remington, Winchester, Thompson Center, Enfield, High Standard, LC Smith, Mossberg, Bernardelli, Browning, Walther, Ithaca, Ruger, DSA, NEF & more. There will also be approximately 300 pocket knives and approximately 90 lots of military items ranging from WWI to mostly modern selling at this auction.

Sohn & Associates has over 90 years of combined auction and real estate experience and belongs to the Indiana Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association. The full service auction company specializes in real estate, antiques, collectibles, firearms, tools, equipment, and business liquidations. To get up to date information on all of Sohn & Associates’ auctions go to our website at http://www.sohnandassociates.com and subscribe to their email list located on the right side of the screen or send an email to info(AT)sohnandassociates.com.

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