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Engraved New Haven Arms Co. Silver-Plated Volcanic No. 1 Pistol

Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 726)      

Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Company Silver-Plated Volcanic No. 1 Pocket Pistol

This Volcanic No.1 Lever Action Pocket pistol with extra cost factory engraving and silver-plated frame was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company c. 1857. This pistol has a four-inch, non-ribbed barrel with integral six-shot magazine, silver-plated brass frame and two-piece, flat base walnut grips. The barrel has a crowned muzzle, rounded T-bar spring, pinch-top front sight blade and clam-shell shaped, brass magazine follower. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "NEWHAVEN CONN./PATENT FEB. 14. 1854" in two lines. The brass frame has a semi-circular cut-out at the front of the ejection port and simple, dove-tail mounted, rear sight. The top and sides of the frame, backstrap and side plates are decorated with the typical New Haven Arms Company open scroll and floral engraving with scalloped borders. The hammer has hand-cut knurling on the spur. The serial number is stamped on the bottom left side of the frame beneath the grip and on the inside of both grips. The barrel, bolt, cartridge elevator and rear sight have a high polish blue finish, the brass frame is silver-plated, the hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. The walnut grips have a varnished piano finish. The New Haven Arms Company manufactured approximately 850 No. 1 Pocket Pistols between 1857 and 1862.

Class: Antique

Very fine. This good-looking pistol is all original and retains 90% of the original silver-plated finish. The barrel has 50% of the bright original blue finish with sharp factory markings on the top flat. The frame retains 80% of the delicate silver-plated finish with some thinning on contact points. The well-executed factory engraving is crisp. Traces of the bright blue finish are present on the cartridge elevator, bolt and rear sight. The hammer, trigger and lever have traces of the muted case colors with scattered surface discoloration on the sides and bottom of the lever. The grips are in very fine condition and retain 80% of the piano finish with scattered minor handling marks. The internal grip positioning pin is absent. This is a very good example of an early production New Haven Arms Company Volcanic No.1 Lever Action Pocket Pistol with extra cost factory engraving and silver-plated frame.

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Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol

Lot # 2 (Sale Order: 2 of 726)      

Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol

This Lever Action Navy pistol was manufactured by the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company c. 1856-57. This pistol has a blued barrel with integral 10-shot magazine, plain brass frame, casehardened lever with distinctive finger hole and two-piece, varnished walnut grips. The Type I barrel has a full rib, crowned muzzle, rounded T-bar spring, pinch-top, nickel-silver, front sight and clam-shell shaped, steel, magazine follower. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the three-line legend: "THE VOLCANIC/REPEATING ARMS CO./PATENT NEWHAVEN CONN. FEB. 14.1854". The plain brass frame has a simple dove-tail mounted rear sight and is stamped with the serial number "1198" on the left side of the frame bottom beneath the grip. The hammer has hand-cut knurling on the spur. The serial number, "1198" is stamped on the left side of the lever. The hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. "1198" is stamped on the inside of both grips. All of the visible serial numbers match. The pistol has been period altered to accept a brass cartridge. The bolt has been modified with a new firing pin and a screw-fastened extractor on the top. The top of the receiver has been milled to accept the extractor on the top of the bolt. A slot has been milled in the top of the barrel chamber to accommodate the new extractor. Follower spring partially absent. The lever and hammer screws may be period replacements. The bolt and receiver alterations are professionally done. The modifications represent an attempt to overcome the primary weakness of Volcanic firearms - the underpowered and unreliable 'Rocket Ball' cartridge.

Class: Antique

Fine. The barrel has 80% of the original high polish blue finish with sharp edges. The barrel legend is crisp. There are light vice marks visible on the barrel side flats for approximately 1 1/2-inches from the edge of the receiver. The hammer, lever and trigger retain 85% of the muted casehardened finish. The period modified receiver remains in fine condition with an attractive patina, tight side-plate joints and only minimal handling wear. The grips are in very good overall condition and retain most of the refinished varnish with a few relatively minor handling marks. Mechanically functions, but lever does not retract breech bolt far enough back to full cock the hammer. This is a unique example of a Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol that was period modified for use with a more reliable cartridge.

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Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Takedown Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 3 (Sale Order: 3 of 726)      

Extraordinarily Rare and Equally Fine, Well-Documented Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Takedown Lever Action Rifle with Winchester Gun Museum Verification

Manufactured in 1914. The accompanying Winchester Gun Museum verification, dated August 24th, 1973 and addressed to Mr. Lewis, states factory records lists this rifle with a round barrel in .33 caliber, shotgun butt, hard rubber buttplate, "hand made stock" (likely referencing the unusual high comb stock), checkered pistol grip stock, takedown configuration, 1/2 magazine, F.T. sporting rear sight with broad notch, Lyman Jack front sight and "bead in middle of barrel" when shipped on July 24, 1915 to George W. Raynes "from A.P. Wendel ?", both from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The rifle was charged to Iver Johnson Sporting Goods, Boston, MA, and returned for rework on two occasions. It is rare to find Winchester records listing specific shipping locations and recipients. "A.P. Wendel ?" may reference A.P Wendel & Co., a Portsmouth retailer. Unfortunately, George W. Raynes remains unidentified at the time of this writing, although he may have family ties to 19th century Portsmouth shipbuilder George Raynes (1799-1855). The barrel has the two-line address/patent dates, nickel steel marking and caliber designation on the left side. A Winchester factory oval proof appears on top of the barrel and receiver at the breech. The upper tang has the three-line model/trade mark information, and the lower tang has the two-line patent dates marking and serial number. The takedown release has the 1893 patent date. The highly figured forearm and high comb pistol grip stock are checkered. The stock has a hard rubber grip cap and buttplate. The left side of the lower tang has the number "304." "304" is repeated on the stock inlet. The rifle has a rare high comb stock. As Winchester expert and author George Madis noted, "very few customers found it necessary to order a special stock."

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Excellent, retaining 90% plus original blue finish mixed with some patches of brown patina. 85% plus original case colors remain on the lever. The wood is also excellent showing some minor dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive factory documented deluxe Model 1886 takedown rifle with rare special order "handmade" pistol grip stock and added bonus of known shipping delivery records for your outstanding Winchester collection.

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Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Takedown Rifle

Lot # 4 (Sale Order: 4 of 726)      

Documented Early Production Four Digit Serial Number Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Lever Action Takedown Rifle in Desirable .38-55 W.C.F. with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1895 (W.A.C.A.), the second year of production, with the standard markings. The included factory letter lists the rifle in .38-55 with a half octagon barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, hard rubber shotgun buttplate, oil finish, and takedown when received at the warehouse 14 January 1896 and shipped the same day. The left of the lower tang is marked "2432 CF S XXX" (the number stamped over what appears to be "2217") and "2432" is repeated in the stock inlet. Fitted with dovetailed German silver blade front and elevation adjustable notch rear sights. Mounted with a finely figured "H" pattern checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with a Winchester, hard rubber, shotgun buttplate.

Class: Antique

Very fine, retains 75% plus original blue finish, 40% case colors, and 60% original nitre blue finish on the loading gate with the balance thinned to a smooth grey patina and a few scattered patches of light surface pitting. The wood is also very fine with a few scattered light handling marks, a small, barely noticeable, filled chip near the lower tang, and crisp checkering on the buttstock. The forend checkering has been recut. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Repeating Arms Co. "Double W" Cartridge Display

Lot # 5 (Sale Order: 5 of 726)      

Highly Desirable Winchester Repeating Arms Co. "Double W" Cartridge Display Bullet Board

This is a very desirable bullet board showing the iconic "Double W" pattern of cartridges. A gold painted border is mounted around the green board which measures approximately 49 inches by 31 1/2 inches and a wood frame outside that. The board displays a dark green background, red and white lettering and vignettes of a duck, bear hunting scene, and a moose bust (see photograph). The display consists of various cartridges and shotgun shells and nine containers of primers, each described below in white lettering. The back of the board has the tag, "PRESENTED wITH COMPLIMENTS OF THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS Co. PLEASE HANG IN A PROMINENT PLACE." Also below in lower center, "No. 2062".

Class: Other

Very fine overall. The frame has an attractive age darkened appearance with some small dings. There are a couple separated age cracks in the gold border with a professionally repaired chip visible in the top left corner. The board retains its whole host of cartridges all of which show an attractive aged patina. Several of the lower shotgun shells have been reattached with wire. The colors on the board and images show a slight aged color, but remain vibrant. Overall a desirable Winchester bullet board which are becoming increasingly collectable. A must have for the serious Winchester collector!

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Antique Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Rifle

Lot # 6 (Sale Order: 6 of 726)      

Documented Antique Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle in .45-70 with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1892 with the early casehardened receiver, standard only on Model 1886 rifles manufactured before 1902, and is chambered in the desirable .45-70 W.C.F. caliber. The barrel is marked with the standard two line address and caliber designation, model designation on the upper tang, and two line patent dates and serial number on the lower tang. The left side of the lower tang is marked "1XXXRB", and "1" is repeated in the stock inlet. The barrel is fitted with later production replacement beaded blade front and Redfield elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights and is paired with a special order half magazine. Mounted with a finely figured, "H" pattern checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with ebony grip insert and a checkered hard rubber shotgun buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration of the rifle including the special order features as well as receipt at the warehouse on 20 February 1892 and shipment on 25 February 1892.

Class: Antique

Fine, retains 40% plus original blue finish, 50% plus original case colors, and 60% original nitre blue on the loading gate with the balance mostly a silvery grey patina, primarily on the receiver and edges, with a few scattered patches of very light surface pitting. The wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches scattered throughout and a few minor blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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Antique Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Rifle

Lot # 7 (Sale Order: 7 of 726)      

Fine Antique Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Lightweight Lever Action Takedown Rifle

Manufactured as a special order deluxe Model 1894 with standard markings. The left side of the lower tang is marked "8141 XXX" and "8141" is repeated on the buttstock and buttplate. The special order part octagon barrel is fitted with Marble Sheard beaded blade front, Lyman folding leaf rear, and Lyman receiver mounted peep sights. Mounted with a very finely figured, "H" pattern checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with a hard rubber grip cap and crescent buttplate.

Class: Antique

Fine, retains 60% plus original blue finish, 70% original case colors, and 50% plus original nitre blue with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina, primarily on the buttplate and upper right edge of the receiver, which also has a few patches of light pitting. The wood is very good with some scattered minor dings and scratches, mostly crisp checkering, and retaining most of the varnish. Mechanically excellent.

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Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson No. 2 Lever Action Pistol

Lot # 8 (Sale Order: 8 of 726)      

Rare Early Production Factory Engraved Smith & Wesson No. 2 Type I Lever Action Repeating Pistol

This Factory engraved, No. 2 Lever Action Repeating Pistol was manufactured by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson in Norwich, Connecticut, c. 1854. This Type I No. 2 pistol has an eight inch part octagon barrel with integral 20-shot magazine, iron frame with distinctive hump behind the hammer, single lever spring screw and lever with distinctive early pattern finger spur. The barrel has a flat muzzle and flat T-bar spring and pinch-top brass front sight blade. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "SMITH & WESSON/NORWICH CT./CAST-STEEL PATENT" in three lines. The iron frame has a simple, screw-fastened rear sight and ejection port with square front and rear ends. The top and sides of the frame, side plates, back strap and top of the hammer are decorated with the typical factory scroll engraving utilized on S&W Volcanic pistols. The serial number, "65" is stamped on the bottom left side of the frame beneath the grip. The barrel is browned, the frame has a bright blue finish, and the hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. The two-piece rosewood grips have a high polish piano finish. The serial number "65" is written in pencil on the inside of both grips. S&W manufactured fewer than 500 of the large frame No. 2 repeating pistols, and surviving examples, particularly the early Type I pistols, are rare and very desirable.

Class: Antique

Fine. Smith & Wesson No. 2 pistols are rarely encountered with more than traces of the original finish. The barrel has 85% plus of the original brown finish which has aged slightly to rich plum brown. There is some slight finish loss on the edges of the muzzle and magazine. The barrel and magazine surfaces are smooth and free from scratches and handling marks with sharp edges. The S&W legend on the top barrel flat is crisp. The iron frame has a mottled silver gray patina and retains significant amounts of the original bright original blue finish in protected areas. The surfaces of the frame are smooth and free from scratches and handling marks and the side plate joints are perfect. Nearly 50% of the bright blue finish remains on the rear sight. The simple but well-executed factory scroll engraving on the frame and hammer top is sharp and deep. The hammer, trigger and lever retain 50% of the color casehardened finish. The varnished rosewood grips are very fine and retain 85% of the original piano finish with a few scattered and very minor handling marks. This is a superior example of a rare, early production S&W No. 2 Type I Lever Action Repeating Pistol that would be very difficult to improve upon.

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Winchester "Single W" Cartridge Display Bullet Board

Lot # 9 (Sale Order: 9 of 726)      

Desirable Winchester "Single W" Cartridge Display Bullet Board

Manufactured c. 1890. This Winchester Repeating Arms Co. advertisement retains its full compliment of cartridges and percussion cap tins from the minuscule b.b. cap to the monstrous 4 bore brass shot shell. Between the legs of the "W" are a winter hunting scene, two ducks hanging from the rear of an "H" headstamped casing, and a pioneer firing over his dead horse. The top of the board has "WINCHESTER" in orange letters with yellow outline and " REPEATING ARMS CO." beneath it. The bottom of the board reads " NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A." The board measures 43 inches wide by 30 inches tall with a silver border and frame beyond that.

Class: Other

Very good. The top left corner of the refinished frame is showing some separation that continues into the refinished silver border. The cartridges all show an attractive patina. The board has a few small spots of flaking, peeling on the left side, scattered scratches, and fading to the color. The perfect addition to any antique Winchester collection.

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J. Ulrich Exhibition Relief Engraved Winchester Model 1873 Rifle

Lot # 10 (Sale Order: 10 of 726)      

Phenomenal and FRESH, High Art 19th Century American Masterpiece: John Ulrich Double Signed and Dated, Relief Panel Scene Engraved and Gold Inlaid Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle Commissioned as a Factory Display Piece for the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition and Later Presented by Winchester to the President of Honduras Marco A. Soto with Factory Letter

Rock Island Auction is proud and privileged to unveil this never before published masterpiece by celebrated Winchester factory engraver John Ulrich. Its rarity of configuration alone puts into the ultra elite category as a "best of". Sprinkle in the nuances of condition, depth of engraving, execution and style in tandem with its exhibition and presentation history and this rifle, serial number 18264, becomes a collection defining piece. An object that transcends rank and file, genre specific, fine and historic arms collecting all together. Its an object worthy of the most discerning public institutions or private collections of the decorative arts. This rifle was originally discovered in France in approximately 2014-2015 and was the second of two incredibly important Winchester rifles found in Europe in the last fifteen years. The second, also an engraved Winchester Model 1873, is serial number 16139. While the rifles were discovered in two different countries and several years apart, they will forever be linked to one of the most culturally significant events of 19th century America: the Philadelphia Centennial International Exhibition of 1876. A celebration grand enough to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In fact, it was their discovery and corresponding factory letters which shed new light on the mystery surrounding Winchester’s display at the Centennial. Unlike the fabulous photograph of Colt’s spectacular “pin-wheel” display board from the Centennial, and, unlike the photographs of Smith & Wesson’s awe inspiring display at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, virtually no primary source information is known about Winchester’s display, other than it was extraordinarily ambitious. Winchester had grand plans for the Centennial display. They would introduce not only their newly refined and expanded ammunition manufacturing capability for which they were awarded a bronze medal by the exhibition judges. They would also unveil two new models of firearms: the Model of 1876 Rifle appropriately marketed as “The Centennial Model” as well as introducing their first revolver, a new departure and market for the firm (its imperative to note that we also have one of the Centennial revolvers in the sale). Beyond the lead up plans to the exhibition, and understanding the tradition of arms makers displaying only the finest decorative pieces at such an event, the only other primary source material we are left with are a series of photographs and a quote. The photographs are from the main exhibition hall with frustrating views from above looking east to west and west to east. They only show the silhouette and configuration of Winchester’s display, not its actual contents. The quote is from a souvenir booklet published in 1877 and like the photographs gives you just enough to live in utter frustration. That was until the discovery of the aforementioned rifle, serial number 16139. The quote reads: "The Winchester Repeating Arms Company of New Haven had a rich and extensive display of weapons, consisting of magazine rifles, field, sporting, and target models. The cases containing them were upright, forming three, sides of a square, with projecting counter cases, and in the center an upright, octagonal case…… Another case contained a rifle exquisitely inlaid in gold tracery on blued steel, the floor of the case being a mirror, reflecting the reverse side, and thus exhibiting the whole piece. The exhibit included nearly two hundred guns, representing about fifty different styles. The cost of the cases alone was $3,000, and this represents but a fraction of the value of the exhibit….. At the Exhibition the company received an award on their magazine sporting rifle, the report of the judges characterizing it as 'the best magazine rifle for sporting purposes yet produced'". "Souvenir of the Centennial Exhibition, 1877" published by George D. Curtis, page 89. The only rifle discussed individually in the excerpts is Winchester 1873 serial number 16139 “a rifle exquisitely inlaid in gold tracery on blued steel”. This rifle was discovered by RIAC founder and CEO Patrick Hogan circa 2008 in Spain. The rifle was said to have been presented to Spanish royalty, and it is indeed "exquisitely inlaid in gold tracery on blued steel”. Its factory letter is equally extraordinary: “rifle, octagon, set trigger, Engraved by Young, Monogram on stock” and then three very important dates: “October 19, 1882, Order
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Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 11 (Sale Order: 11 of 726)      

Outstanding Documented Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Offered here is an extraordinary Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with several sought after special order features confirmed by factory records such as the half magazine, sights, and half octagon barrel. The accompanying factory letter also confirms the 26 inch half octagon barrel in .38 caliber, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, "Vernier and Beach" sights, half magazine tube, and casehardened receiver. The rifle was received in the warehouse on August 8, 1887, and shipped the next day. The rifle is fitted with a combination Beach front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight, and a Vernier tang sight. The casehardened third model receiver features an integral dust cover guide rail and a dust cover featuring serrated finger grip on the rear. The receiver also has the desirable casehardened finish. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Winchester New Haven address/King's improvement patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight and "38-CAL." at the breech. The brass cartridge elevator is marked "38 CAL." The lower tang has the serial number. The forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured "XXX" deluxe checkered walnut. The pistol grip has an ebony insert. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate containing a 5-piece cleaning rod. The left side of the lower tang is marked "482 XXX 38." The assembly number "482" as well as the caliber designation "38" are repeated on the stock inlet. The stock inlet is also marked with the letter "P". "482" is also repeated on the buttplate.

Class: Antique

Excellent. The barrel retains 95% original blue finish with the balance thinning to a brown patina. The dust cover retains 85% thinned original blue finish. 90% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. 95% plus vivid original case colors remain on the receiver. Nearly 95% original case colors remain on the forend cap, hammer, lever and buttplate. The deluxe wood is also excellent with minor dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. A strikingly handsome special order deluxe Model 1873 rifle that will be a welcomed addition to even the most advanced Winchester collections.

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Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Navy Model Pistol

Lot # 12 (Sale Order: 12 of 726)      

Exceptional Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Navy Model Lever Action Pistol

This Navy Model Lever Action Pistol was manufactured by the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company c. 1856. This pistol has an eight inch Type I barrel with full rib and integral 20-shot magazine, plain brass frame and two-piece walnut grips. The barrel has a high polish blue finish with crowned muzzle and rounded, fire blue, T-bar spring, brass cone front sight and clam-shell shaped steel follower. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the legend: "THE VOLCANIC/REPEATING ARMS CO./PATENT NEWHAVEN CONN. FEB. 14.1854" in three lines. The plain brass receiver has a small cut-out at the muzzle end of the ejection port, larger crescent cut-out at the rear of the port and simple, dove-tail mounted rear sight. The serial number is stamped on the left side of the butt beneath the grip. The loading lever, hammer and trigger are color casehardened with muted case colors. The loading lever, correctly, lacks a finger spur. "1441" is stamped on the right side of the lever. The hammer has hand-cut knurling on the spur. The walnut grips have a varnished piano finish. "1441" is stamped on the inside of both grips. All of the visible serial numbers match.

Class: Antique

Excellent. This exceptional pistol retains most of the original blue and casehardened finish with only very limited handling and storage wear. 95% plus all of the original high polish blue finish is present on the barrel and integral magazine. The T-bar spring has 60% of the delicate nitre blue finish. The barrel legend is extremely crisp. The brass frame is in excellent condition with a beautiful, untouched patina. The frame has minimal handling marks and perfect side plate joints. Significant amounts of fire blue finish remain on the bolt, cartridge elevator, rear sight and trigger spring. The hammer, trigger and lever have 90% plus of the original case colors. The grips are excellent and retain most of the original piano finish; the only significant wear is some finish loss on the lower edge of the right grip. This is an exceptional example of a Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Navy Model Lever Action in excellent plus condition. It would be very difficult to improve upon this scarce and very desirable Volcanic pistol.

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New Haven Arms Company Iron Frame Henry Rifle

Lot # 13 (Sale Order: 13 of 726)      

Extremely Rare, Documented New Haven Arms Company Iron Frame Henry Lever Action Rifle

Iron frame Henry Lever Action Rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company, June 1862. Experts estimate that the New Haven Arms Co., manufactured about 300 Henry rifles with iron frames during the first three months of production (April-June 1862). Serial numbers of the eighty-nine identified iron frame Henry rifles range from 1-393. Collectors have identified seventy-seven brass frame Henry rifles in this same serial number range. Sixteen brass and iron frame Henry rifles in this serial number range have been identified with duplicate serial numbers. The rifle has a blued iron frame, crescent buttplate and octagon barrel with integral 15-round magazine. The hammer, lever and crescent buttplate have a casehardened finish. The straight grain, American walnut stock has a polished "piano" finish. The rifle has the distinctive early production features which include: (1) alternate rear sight dovetail on the receiver, (2) loading lever which lacks the lever latch spur, (3) lower tang with no provision for a lever latch, (4) small diameter brass cartridge follower head, (5) straight, un-beveled, receiver follower slot, (6) half-moon shaped, nickel-silver, front sight blade, (7) rounded buttplate heel, and (8) serial numbers stamped on the shanks of the buttplate screws and the tang screws. The rear sight dovetail on the barrel is fitted with the original, first style, rear sight with 1000 yard center notch and elevator bar with rounded ends. The butt trap contains a four-piece, jointed, hickory cleaning rod. The cleaning rod is the standard configuration furnished with rifles below serial number 4000 with the exception of a non-standard brass tip. The rifle is not fitted with a sling loop or ring hook, which were special order items on early Henry rifles. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 1860/MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS.CO. NEWHAVEN.CT" ahead of the rear sight. This smaller, first style legend utilizes both Roman (serifed) and Gothic (block) letters with the second "NEWHAVEN" in the second line in block letters. The serial number, "287" is stamped: (1) on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver, (2) on the left side of the lower tang underneath the stock, (3) in the upper tang inlet of the stock, (4) inside the heel of the buttplate, and (5) on the shanks of all five buttplate and tang screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. This rifle is identified by serial number in Wiley Sword's "The Historic Henry Rifle" (page 85) as one of the very few known iron frame Henry rifles to have a duplicate serial number as a brass frame. The iron fame Henry rifle is the rarest and most desirable variation of the rare and desirable Henry lever action rifle.

Class: Antique

Fine. The rifle is original with all of the original components. The blue finish is 30% intact on the barrel and iron frame and has aged to an attractive gray-brown patina. Traces of the original casehardened finish are present on the hammer, lever, and buttplate. The barrel and integral magazine have sharp edges. Traces of blue finish remain in protected areas. There is some heavy flash pitting at the muzzle. The receiver has several scattered and very minor handling marks and some small spots of age discoloration. The upper edges of both side plates have some shallow dents but the side plate joints remain tight. The buttplate has a smooth silver-gray patina. All of the screw heads are in good condition with minimal screwdriver wear. The stock is in good overall condition with scattered handling marks primarily on the bottom edge and heel. Most of what appears to be the original piano finish remains. The barrel legend and serial numbers remain sharp. Henry rifles were extremely popular with Federal soldiers during the Civil War and with both frontiersmen and Native Americans in the post-war west. As a result, most Henry rifles show the effects of hard wear in a hostile environment. This rifle shows expected use but remains in fine condition. This is an outstanding example of an extremely rare iron frame Henry Rifle that would enhance even the most advanced collection of Winchester rifles or 19th Century American firearms.

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Deluxe Engraved New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic Carbine

Lot # 14 (Sale Order: 14 of 726)      

Scarce Deluxe Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic Lever Action Carbine with Rare 25 Inch Barrel and Checkered Stock

This factory engraved, silver-plated, Volcanic lever action carbine was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co. c. 1858. The carbine has the desirable 25-inch blued barrel and integral magazine. The hammer and lever have a casehardened finish. The brass receiver and crescent buttplate are silver plated and are engraved with the large open, scroll work typically found on factory engraved Volcanic pistols and carbines. The straight grain American walnut stock has a high polish "piano" finish. The stock wrist has checkered panels on either side that feature well executed, flat top checkering and double line borders. The carbine has a nickel-silver, flat back, front sight blade. The rear sight is mounted on the carbine receiver and has the distinctive elevation wheel. The magazine follower is the lever-shaped type used on Volcanic carbines. The hammer spur has deep, borderless knurling. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend "NEW HAVEN CONN./PATENT FEB. 14. 1854". This legend was adopted after Oliver Winchester reorganized the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company into the New Haven Arms Company in April 1857 and eliminates all references to the Volcanic Company. The serial number is stamped on the right side of the loading lever, the lower right side of the tang beneath the stock, on the top of the stock heel beneath the buttplate, on the inside of the buttplate heel, and on the shank of both hand-fitted buttplate screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The "2941" assembly number is also stamped on the lower right side of the tang behind the serial number. The Volcanic pistols and carbines were revolutionary firearms. The combination of self-cocking lever action combined with an integral spring loaded magazine and self contained, primed cartridges set the Volcanic carbines and pistols apart from contemporary percussion firearms. Deluxe, factory engraved, silver plated, Volcanic pistols and carbines like this example are scarce, historically significant key pieces in any advanced collection of Winchester lever action rifles. According to the book "Volcanic Firearms" by Lewis and Rutter, fewer than twenty Volcanic carbines are known with 25 inch barrels. Deluxe engraved and silver plated ones are of even greater rarity.

Class: Antique

Fine. The blue finish on the barrel and magazine has aged to an even plum brown patina. The barrel edges are sharp, and the markings are crisp. There are some scattered rough spots and small areas of light pitting along the edges of the magazine follower slot. The brass receiver and buttplate retain 75% of the original silver plated finish with wear on contact points. The well executed scroll engraving is crisp. The case colors on the hammer and lever have aged to a mottled, gray-brown patina. Traces of fire blue finish are present on the front sight. The stock is fine and retains 80% of the original piano finish. The stock has scattered light superficial handling marks and scratches. The two upper tang screws are replacements; all of the other components appear to be original. The hammer does not hold at full cock, otherwise mechanically fine. This is an extremely fine example of a rare, deluxe, New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Lever Action carbine with factory engraving, silver plated receiver, 25 inch barrel, and deluxe checkered stock. The writer knows of only one other deluxe Volcanic 25 inch rifle!

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Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 15 (Sale Order: 15 of 726)      

Excellent Documented Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1889. The accompanying factory letter confirms the octagon barrel in .32 caliber and plain trigger. The rifle was received in the warehouse on March 12, 1889 and shipped the next day. This Model 1873 rifle has a third model receiver with integral dust cover rail and dust cover featuring serrated edges. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail beaded blade front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight and a tang peep sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Winchester New Haven address/King's Improvement patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight and "32 W.C.F." at the breech. The brass cartridge elevator is marked "32 CAL." The lower tang has the serial number. The forearm and straight grip stock are nicely figured walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a solid crescent buttplate. The hammer, lever, and buttplate are casehardened. The loading gate is nitre blue. The remaining surfaces are blued.

Class: Antique

Excellent. The magazine tube, barrel and forend cap retain 90% original blue finish and the receiver and dust cover retain 95% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 95% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. Nearly all vibrant original case colors remain on the hammer. 50% original case colors remain on the lever. 80% original case colors remain on the buttplate. The wood is very fine with minor dings and scratches and retaining nearly all original finish. Mechanically excellent. An exceptional example of a Winchester Model 1873 rifle in .32 WCF.

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Special Order Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Takedown Rifle

Lot # 16 (Sale Order: 16 of 726)      

Excellent Special Order Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Takedown Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1899 with standard two-line address and "38 W.C.F." on the barrel, three-line model/trademark/patent date on the upper tang, and serial number on the bottom of the receiver. Fitted with dovetailed German silver blade front and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter lists a serial number application date of 1 August 1899, confirms the current configuration, and lists receipt at the warehouse on 9 August 1899 and shipment on 24 October 1899 in order number 41968.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Excellent, retains 97% plus bright original high polish blue finish, 60% of the original case colors, and the loading gate showing mostly a bronze colored hue, though crisp and original. The wood is very fine with some light dings and scratches scattered throughout and the forearm showing some nice figure. Mechanically excellent.

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Prototype Winchester Spanish Model 1873 Lever Action Musket

Lot # 17 (Sale Order: 17 of 726)      

Rare Documented Presentation Prototype Winchester Spanish Model 1873 Lever Action Musket with Bayonet as Presented to Winchester Factory Superintendent and Previously of the Winchester Gun Museum

This extremely scarce Model 1873 musket was assembled on 19 April 1879 as a prototype for a possible military arm for the Spanish government. In regards to this potential contract, it is said, that no custom demanded and received more special treatment for such little return in sales and business. The receiver is the Second Model pattern with dust cover rail retained by two screws and dust cover with a thumb print grip. Unlike the 1873 muskets that entered full production, with their three barrel bands and jointed cleaning rods, this example only has one barrel band and a forend cap with a special ring on the left to retain the solid cleaning rod. The barrel is marked with the standard two-line address/King's patent marking, Winchester factory oval proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech (added in 1943), and the model designation on the upper tang. The barrel is fitted with a blade front sight that doubles as a bayonet lug and a military pattern folding ladder rear sight. The loading port on the right side of the receiver was machined slightly longer than standard by the factory, but it was fitted with a standard sized loading gate, as requested by the Spanish government. Mounted with a smooth full-length forearm and straight grip stock with sling swivels and a carbine style buttplate. Includes a socket bayonet. The included Buffalo Bill Historical Center letter that prior to being transferred to them, this rifle was part of the Pugsley Collection which was owned by Olin Corporation's Winchester Gun Museum. Edwin Pugsley was a longtime superintendent at Winchester Repeating Arms Company, as well as an accomplished arms collector. A copy of Pugsley's original collection catalogue card is also included that confirms the configuration of the musket as well as stating that it was refinished by Winchester Repeating Arms Co. in 1943 and presented to him by T.G. Bennett on 2 February 1943. This musket is pictured on p. 202 of "The Winchester Book" by Madis along with the carbine consecutively serialized after it, 33904. Both of these guns are also pictured on p. 509 of "Winchester's Model of 1873 A Tribute: Vol. II" by James Gordon. Gordon states that only 84 of these "Spanish Model" muskets were ever manufactured. Gordon goes on to state that, of those 84, only five are known to have survived, with most being retained in museums, making this an incredibly rare opportunity to add a truly scarce and desirable Winchester variation to your collection!

Class: Antique

Very fine, retaining 98% of the factory refinished blue with a few scattered light handling marks and some light edge/muzzle wear. The factory refinished wood is also very fine with some scattered light dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. An incredibly rare and desirable variation of the Winchester Model 1873 Musket that would be a welcome addition to any Winchester lever action collection!

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Factory Engraved Winchester Model 1866 Carbine

Lot # 18 (Sale Order: 18 of 726)      

Stunning and Important Gustave Young Factory Engraved, Nickel Plated Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine with Factory Letter

Likely exhibited as part of Winchester's "200 gun" display at the Philadelphia Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 Rock Island Auction Company proudly offers this previously unpublished work of 19th century engraving and die cutting virtuoso Gustave Young. Gustave Young joined Colt in the early 1850's and and spent nearly two decades with the firm in Hartford when in 1868/69 he would depart Hartford for Springfield and join the firm of Smith & Wesson as head of their engraving shop. While Young's work is most typically associated with Colt and Smith & Wesson the demand for his skill combined with the capability of his shop allowed for additional contracts and jobs with other firearms makers. As R.L. Wilson writes in "The Book of Colt Engraving Vol. I" referencing the additional work performed by Young "accounting records show that other clients (under contract with Young), include the Sharps Rifle Co. (Hartford), Smith & Wesson, Charles Parker, the Connecticut Arms and Manufacturing Company, the Wesson Arms Company, and the Meriden Arms Company…Young is also known to have handled a small amount of work for Winchester, in the 1860's and 1870's." One of Young's greatest masterpieces is not a Colt nor a Smith & Wesson but a Winchester 1873 serial number 16139, which actually states in the Cody firearms record "Engraved by Young". This rifle was the centerpiece of Winchester's display at the Philadelphia Centennial International Exhibition of 1876. Unfortunately, unlike the famous photograph of Colt's "Pin-Wheel display" from their exhibit, no known published photos exist of Winchester's display. The production of this carbine by serial number and verified by the factory letter place it at the exact time Young would have been working Winchester 1873 serial number 16139 as well as another Winchester 1873 done by Young's own hand serial number 15828, which we now believe was also part of Winchester's Centennial display and sold by our firm September 8th 2018, and photographed on pg. 90 of "Winchester Engraving" by Wilson. The most important aspect of properly identifying Young's hand is not shipping records or the Centennial display thesis but rather the engraving itself, which is unmistakable to the trained eye. Young's use of scrolls and punch dot is entirely unique. His scroll on this carbine, just like you see on Smith & Wessons of the 1870s and beyond, are finished with an element of punctuation. But the big tell is in the panel scenes themselves. The repetition of dogs and hounds (full body or just busts) is synonymous with Young; it is virtually his signature. Hounds heads and dogs are seen over and over again on percussion Colts and Smith & Wessons with variations in body contours, body shapes and nuance in the shading that are identical to this carbine. Reference the famous gold inlaid Colt 1849 serial number 38843 on page 66 of "Firearms Engraving as a Decorative Art" by Harris. Reference the barrel lug, recoil shield and frame of Colt 1851 Navy "The Comstock Navy" photographed on page 116 of "The Colt Book of Engraving Vol. I" pg 116 and later sold by our firm september 7th 2012 as lot 1201 for $276,000. This is the only known Winchester 1866 carbine done by Young and one of two panel scene Winchester's done by Young, the other 1866 Rifle serial number 26283 photographed on page 101 of "The Winchester Book of Engraving" by Wilson. The accompanying factory letter confirms the carbine configuration with factory nickel plating and factory engraving. The carbine was received in the warehouse on May 18, 1876, and shipped the same day. On this carbine the receiver is adorned with broad scrollwork on a stippled background. Each side plate features a circular panel dog scene surrounded by the scrollwork pattern. Flourishes of scrollwork extend to the buttplate and cartridge elevator. The barrel is fitted with a blade front sight integral to the front barrel band and a two leaf rear sight and is stamped with the two-line address/patent date marking ahead of the rear sight. A saddle ring is mounted on the left side of the receiver. The trapdoor carbine buttplate contains a three piece cleaning rod. The forearm and buttstock are both highly figured deluxe walnut. The underside of the buttstock features a filler plate in the sling swivel base cut out. The serial number is repeated on the stock inlet along with “11/11/11/11” with the last “11” stamped over “4”.

Class: Antique

Exceptionally fine, retaining 90% plus original nickel plating with general loss on the lever and breech of the barrel. The engraving is crisp. The wood is very fine with a number of minor dings and scratches and most of the original varnish remaining. Mechanically excelle
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Antique Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 19 (Sale Order: 19 of 726)      

Outstanding Antique Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle in Highly Desirable .38-55 W.C.F. with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1895 with standard two-line address and "38-55" on top of the barrel, three-line model/trademark/patent date on the upper tang, and serial number on the bottom of the receiver. Fitted with dovetailed beaded blade front, three-leaf express rear, and added tang mounted peep sights. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as the serial number application date of November 12,1895, receipt at the warehouse on 16 December 1895 and shipment on 20 February 1896 in order number 6485.

Class: Antique

Excellent overall, retains 97% plus bright original high polish blue finish, 80% original vivid case colors, and 95% original nitre blue on the loading gate with the balance a smooth grey patina primarily on the buttplate with some scattered very light scratches on the left top receiver edge. The excellent wood has some light storage dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. One of the finest antique Model 1894s we have ever offered at auction!

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Civil War New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 20 (Sale Order: 20 of 726)      

Civil War New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle

Manufactured in 1864. The rifle has the distinctive Henry brass receiver without the sight dovetail and buttplate with pointed heel. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Henry's patent date/New Haven address legend ahead of the rear sight and the serial number "5310" at the breech. The rifle features several period of use alterations such as the removal of both barrel and stock sling swivels with the stock cut-out inlaid in wood, upper tang tapped for a sight (no filler screws), and added combination Beach front sight and three leaf rear sight (one leaf fixed, two leaves folding). Matching serial numbers are found on the barrel, left side of the lower tang, stock inlet, and buttplate. Most Henry rifles manufactured during the Civil War were privately purchased by Federal soldiers from Midwestern regiments. The firepower of the Henry rifles was valued on the frontier in the years that followed the Civil War. Most Henry rifles were "working guns;" the surviving examples typically exhibit wear associated with years of hard use. Includes an Eric Vaule Military Antiquities advertisement from the December 1978 issue of "Gun Report" listing this rifle and two well-known Civil War Henry related photographs (reprints), 7th Illinois Infantry troops showing off their Henrys and a portrait of a Union army 1st sergeant with his early production Henry.

Class: Antique

Very good plus with great "working gun" character. The barrel and magazine retain 30% faded original blue finish with the balance a mottled gray patina mixed with some minor spotting. The receiver and buttplate have an attractive aged appearance. Tight fitting side plates. The stock is also fine with minor dings and scratches. The bolt is missing the rimfire firing pin, otherwise action functions fine. A classic Civil War era New Haven Arms Henry rifle showing authentic care and use that will be a welcomed addition to any Winchester or American antique collection.

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Fifty Count Box of New Haven Arms Co. .44-100 Ammunition

Lot # 21 (Sale Order: 21 of 726)      

Desirable Fifty Count Box of New Haven Arms Co. .44-100 Ammunition

One 50 count box of New Haven Arms Company .44-100 cartridges. The box has the correct green label which reads, "50 CARTRIDGES/FOR/HENRY'S REPEATING RIFLE,/MANUFACTURED BY THE/NEW HAVEN ARMS CO../NEW HAVEN, CONN./No. 44-100". All cartridges are accounted for in the box.

Class: Antique

Exceptionally fine. Label is clear with some flaking towards the edges and some slight fading. Box shows storage and handling marks as well as torn corners and an edge to the lid.

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Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 High Wall Schuetzen Rifle

Lot # 22 (Sale Order: 22 of 726)      

Highly Attractive Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 High Wall Schuetzen Rifle with Winchester A5 Scope and Factory Letter

This is an exceptionally attractive example of a Winchester Model 1885 Schuetzen target rifle. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 30 inch, no. 4 octagon barrel, Schuetzen set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, mid-range Vernier peep sight, wind gauge front sight, no rear sight, Winchester A5 telescope with no. 2 mount, Helm buttplate, cheek piece, spur finger lever, and palm rest. The rifle was received in the warehouse on December 2, 1909 and shipped the same day. The no. 4 barrel is marked with the two-line Winchester New Haven address and patent date marking as well as "32-40" at the breech on the upper left flat. The lower tang has the patent date marking and serial number. The checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are "X" deluxe walnut. The buttstock features a hard rubber Winchester grip cap, cheekpiece and Helm buttplate. A tuning fork palm rest is mounted on the underside of the forearm. The left side of the lower tang is marked with a scratched out assembly number along with "X U.S." The left side of the upper tang is marked "6788 X U.S." The assembly number "6788" is repeated on the buttstock under the buttplate and on the buttplate.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Exceptionally fine, retaining 85% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 90% original case colors remain on the breechblock, hammer and lever. The buttplate has a mixed brown-gray patina. The wood is also exceptionally fine with a small surface chip and short hairline stress crack in the pistol grip, some minor handling marks, overall crisp checkering and nearly all original finish remaining. Mechanically excellent. The scope is excellent, retaining 98% plus original blue finish and slightly hazy optics. This high condition special deluxe Model 1885 High Wall Schuetzen rifle is a must have for the serious Winchester or single shot collector.

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Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 High Wall Single Shot Rifle

Lot # 23 (Sale Order: 23 of 726)      

Attractive Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 High Wall Single Shot .45-70 Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1892 with an attractive color casehardened action in the desirable .45-70 cartridge. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 30 inch, no. 3 octagon barrel in .45-70 caliber, plain trigger, "X Stock" and shotgun butt. The rifle was received in the warehouse on April 29, 1892 and shipped the next day. The no. 3 barrel is fitted with a dovetail beaded blade front sight and an elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight and is marked on the top flat with the two-line New Haven address ahead of the rear sight and "45-70" at the breech. The lower tang has the patent date marking and serial number. The receiver as noted was finished in the very desirable "color casehardened" finish which was used until the early 1900s. The checkered forearm and straight grip stock are deluxe walnut. The lower tang lacks an assembly number and a select walnut marking; however, the X deluxe walnut does letter as mentioned above. The buttstock is fitted with a special order steel shotgun buttplate.

Class: Antique

Exceptionally fine. The barrel retains 80% thinned original blue finish with some scattered light spotting. The receiver retains 85% vivid original case colors. The hammer, breechblock and lever retain 97% original case colors. The buttplate has a mixed brown-gray patina. The wood is very fine with some minor dings and scratches, a few scuffs in the original finish and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive deluxe Model 1885 High Wall .45-70 that will be a welcome addition to any Winchester or single shot collection.

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Winchester Model 92 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot # 24 (Sale Order: 24 of 726)      

Outstanding Winchester Model 92 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine in 25-20 WCF Caliber

Manufactured in 1923. The left rear of the barrel is marked with the two line address/patent date with the caliber designation at the breech. The top of the barrel and receiver are marked with the Winchester oval proof at the breech. The upper tang is marked with the three-line model, maker, and patent information, and the serial number is on the bottom of the receiver. Pinned blade front sight and adjustable folding ladder rear sight graduated to 200 yards. Saddle ring and staple on the left side of the receiver and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a steel carbine buttplate.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Excellent. The carbine retains 97% plus of the original blue finish with some minor wear on the muzzle end of the magazine tube, some minor edge wear on the receiver, as well as a couple of very small areas of oxidation and some wear from the saddle ring. The wood is also excellent with a few scattered minor dings and scratches. The markings are sharp. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 1886 Lightweight Takedown Rifle

Lot # 25 (Sale Order: 25 of 726)      

Excellent Winchester Model 1886 Lightweight Lever Action Takedown Rifle in .33 W.C.F. with Ammunition

Manufactured in 1902, according to the Winchester Arms Collectors Association. Standard markings including the "nickel steel" barrel marking. Fitted with raised Lyman beaded blade front, receiver mounted 5A peep, and factory elevation adjustable notch rear sights. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a hard rubber Winchester shotgun buttplate. Includes three plastic wrapped boxes of .33 W.C.F. ammunition that have been opened but appear to contain their full compliment of 20 cartridges.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Excellent, retains 97% plus of the bright original high polish blue finish, 80% of the vivid original case colors, and 80% of the original nitre blue on the loading gate with some light wear and scattered light dings/scuffs on the front edge of the receiver and the balance of the lever a smooth grey patina. The wood is also excellent with a few scattered light dings, some light scratches on the lower left buttstock, and a small crack in the buttplate. Mechanically excellent. The cartridge boxes are very good with some mild wear.

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