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RARE 1st YEAR PRODUCTION FACTORY ENGRAVED

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  Lot #3009  (Sale Order: 9 of 841)  
Sold for: $27,000.00 to onsite
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WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE TAKEDOWN RIMFIRE RIFLE WITH FACTORY LETTER. Cal. 22 Long. S# 158192. Bbl. 24 1/4" full oct. w/ standard two line address & caliber marking on top flat at breech. Rocky Mountain front sight & semi buckhorn rear sight. Full mag. w/ intact correct internals. Early Third Model rimfire receiver w/ unaltered takedown feature is masterfully engraved in flowing foliate scrollwork w/ sunflower terminus & architectural ribands, all w/ fine punch dot background, the hallmarks of the Ulrich engraving shop. Appended metal is adorned w/ similar fine scroll patterns. Lifter is marked “22 Cal / Long”. Mounted w/ XXX grade fancy feathercrotch walnut, pistol grip w/ebony insert & steel shotgun butt. Stock & forend checkered in “H” style pattern. Left lower tang is marked w/ assembly number “5529” followed by “XXX” & “22 S”. Top tang mortise of stock is marked “22” w/ matching assembly numbers “5529” as is toe of buttplate. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: Winchester Factory Letter & copy of original ledger entry confirming special order features: 22 Cal, Oct Bbl, Plain trigger, Checkered PG stock, Shotgun butt, Casehardened, Engraved and shipped Sept 8, 1884 on order 13738. This was the first year of the 1873 Rimfire. This rare example is the first engraved 1873 Rimfire according to factory records. Only eight engraved 1873 Rimfires were ever produced. CONDITION: very fine. Receiver retains most of its fine original case colors w/ balance toning & silvering at high points. Bbl. & mag. tube have 80% plus factory blue w/ minor marks & pinprick oxidation. Stock & forend w/ much original finish & clean checkering. Tiny chip of wood missing on left side of receiver. Two tang screw holes are empty w/ no fillers. Hammer has strong case color w/ trigger turning silver & lever a darker case color patina. Buttplate is smooth patina. Extractor is intact. Lifter has mellowed to fine mustard color. Screw heads are very fine. Mechanics are crisp. Bright bore. A rare early factory engraved deluxe rimfire rifle for the discriminating collector. PROVENANCE: Vicente Sepulveda Collection; Ex. Ray Bentley Collection. (01-16965/WD). ANTIQUE. $30,000-50,000.

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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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RARE 1st YEAR PRODUCTION FACTORY ENGRAVED
RARE 1st YEAR PRODUCTION FACTORY ENGRAVED
Lot number: 3009
Seller: Poulin Antiques & Auctions, Inc
Event: SESSION 3 - FABULOUS FIREARMS & MILITARIA AUCTION!
Ends: Sunday, October 20 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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