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HISTORIC DODGE CITY WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE.

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  Lot #3005  (Sale Order: 5 of 841)  
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Cal. 44 HRF. S# 39000. Bbl. 24" Oct. Mfg. 1870. This rifle features foliate vine type engraving w/ punch dot background by Louis D. Nimschke. His "LDN" signature is found in vignette border around lever screw on left sideplate. Vignette on left sideplate features the head of an American bison. Right sideplate is inscribed "F.C. Zimmerman / Agent / DODGE CITY / KANSAS". Frederick Carl Zimmerman Dec. 29, 1833 to Jan 20, 1888 was born in Saxon Prussia & died in Dodge City, Kansas. Zimmerman learned the gunsmithing trade in Germany, Paris & London before arriving in the U.S. in 1863. He plied the gunsmithing trade in several Western locations beginning in 1868, settling in Dodge City Kansas in July 1872 where he operated his gunsmithing, hardware & lumber businesses & was considered to be a gentleman farmer. He was a leader among the German population & served as founding President of the German Immigration Society. "Standard History of Kansas & KANSANS" by William E. Connelley describes Zimmermann as "one of the stalwart, courageous & upright men of the real pioneer era in Southwestern Kansas". The rifle features a bone blade sporting front sight w/ graduated leaf rear sight. Uncheckered walnut stock & forearm fitted w/ sling swivels on brass cap & toeline. Forearm cap & brass crescent trapdoor buttplate have engraving that match the action. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: photo of Front St. in Dodge City featuring Zimmermann's store. 3 Pages of internet information about Zimmermann, his history & his obituary. Signed letter by Ivan B. Hart describing & authenticating the Nimschke engraving. CONDITION: receiver & other brass parts of the gun exhibit an attractive mellow aged patina appearance. Bbl., mag. tube & other iron parts have a dark mottled appearance showing spots of light pitting & surface corrosion. Stock & forearm are refinished showing heavy wear & weathering w/ cracks, chips & added wood repair extending around action & in the wrist area. Bottom of forearm shows heavy wear that may indicate extensive use on cross sticks or other rest. Bore shows scattered pitting & retains largely intact rifling. (01-16340/DS). ANTIQUE. $20,000-30,000.

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This item is part of SESSION 3 - FABULOUS FIREARMS & MILITARIA AUCTION!
 Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 | 10:00 AM  Eastern
 
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HISTORIC DODGE CITY WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE.
HISTORIC DODGE CITY WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE.
Lot number: 3005
Seller: Poulin Antiques & Auctions, Inc
Event: SESSION 3 - FABULOUS FIREARMS & MILITARIA AUCTION!
Ends: Sunday, October 20 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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